The Order of the Satanic Temple (Ordo Templi Satanis) is to be organized along lines similar to those employed by the medie- val orders of chivalry. Each member of the Order, once recognized as a full member in good standing of the Order, is considered to be as part of the natural Satanic elite, and as such part of the new aristocracy which we are attempting to emplace in the land. To rise within the organization, a member must prove himself worthy-- not by financial contributions to the Order, nor by ones standing in the outside world, but in terms of services done to further the cause of the Satanic movement, and the Order's works, both magical and mundane. Standing within the Order shall be systematized, with a specific plan of ranks.
----------------------------------------------------------------- Rank Title Honorific Color ----------------------------------------------------------------- I Aspirant Hopeful -none- II Esquire Squire white III Knight Sir (or Lady) black IV Knight-Bachelor Worthy Sir (or Lady) blue V Knight-Companion Honorable Sir (or Lady) red VI Knight-Commander Revered Sir (or Lady) purple
The first rank is known as the Aspirant, because the holder is not yet a full member in good standing within the Order, but is merely aspiring to be so. This is a period of trial and test- ing on the part of both the Order and the Aspirant, to see if each is what the other is looking for. The period of Aspirantship shall last no less than six months, which should be spent in serious and frequent contact with other, higher-ranked, members of the Order. The leader of the local group responsible for the Aspirant shall make the determination of when and if the Aspirant shall be raised to the rank of Esquire.
The second rank within the Order is that of the Esquire. The Esquire has been recognized as possessing the potential to be a productive and useful member of the Order, and it is during this time that the members most intense training, practice, and demon- stration of devotion should come. Now that the basics are out of the way, and the member has been accepted within the ranks of the Order, the final finishing touches on his or her training are to take place, so that the member may serve a productive and useful function within the organizational structure of the Order. The Esquire wears the color white on his insignia, symbolic of the purity of Will which must exist ere the final steps along the left hand path may be taken. There is no time limit on holding the rank of Esquire, but when the Esquire is deemed worthy, his local group leader shall raise him to the rank of Knight.
The third rank is that of the Knight. This is the rank intended to represent that of the majority of the members of the Order; it is the rank that shows the member has accepted the responsibility and has been shown to be able to significantly contribute to the cause of the Order. Knights wear the color black on their uniform insignia, symbolic of the Dark side they have chosen. The Knight should not forget that, like his medieval namesake, he should be the embodiment of chivalry, justice, and strength. The Knight is the shining example of what a Satanist is, to be shown to the rest of the world. Every Knight should take his role of ambassador to the non-Satanist world quite seriously. If a particular Knight indicates an interest, and has proven a consistent ability, the local group commander may recom- mend him for promotion to the rank of Knight-Bachelor.
The fourth rank is that of the Knight-Bachelor; this is the first of the ranks of command, which are given only to those members of the Order who are willing to accept the further re- sponsibility of a position of leadership within the Order and who have a demonstrated ability to do so. The Knight-Bachelor wears the color blue on his insignia, signifying the assumption of the responsibility of a role of leadership within the organization. Any member of the rank of Knight-Bachelor and above may hold any position of leadership or responsibility within the Order. Only an action by the Knight-Commander of the Order may raise a member from here to the rank of Knight-Companion.
The next rank is that of the Knight-Companion. These are the highest of the command ranks of the order, and as such are recog- nized as those individuals who have made significant contribu- tions to the cause of Satanism and the Order. It is more a title of respect and reward than the assumption of any additional duties and responsibilities, and is bestowed as a token of recog- nition of a complete and total dedication to the Order. Knight- Companions wear the color red on their insignia to symbolize their ties, thick as blood, with the other members of the Order.
The final rank is that of the Knight-Commander. There can be but one Knight-Commander of the Order at any given time; whenever the position becomes vacant (for whatever reason), a new Knight- Commander is chosen by secret ballot from among the Knights- Bachelor and -Companion. The Knight-Commander serves as the titular and actual chief of the Order as a whole, directing its various components, acting as its ultimate spokesman, and serving as arbiter of any disputes and conflicts within it. The Knight- Commander may make statements of policy for the Order, and is empowered to make appointments and promotions within the ranks. The Knight-Commander wears purple on his insignia, symbolic of royalty from time immemorial.
While the Knight-Commander may wear the color of royalty, he must never forget one of the most basic rules of political life; without the consent of the ruled, the rulers are soon out of a job. So too is it with the Knight-Commander. He may possess near- autocratic power within the Order, but he should be cautious when exercising it. The opinions of the Knights-Bachelor and -Compan- ion should be solicited for major decisions of policy, and their word heeded when they appear to be of one mind. The voices of the Knights and even Esquires should be heard as well; the Knight- Commander should never become so proud that he fails to listen to those around him. And, one of the most important lessons to be learned; the Knight-Commander should never place himself in a position where his subordinates are fearful of speaking the truth. When the Knight-Commander punishes the bearer of bad news, all he is ensuring is that the next news he receives is good-- and possibly inaccurate.
The Order is divided into several Regions, each of which may be further subdivided into Priories, all of which are based on geographic location. Recommendations for the establishment of new Priories are made by the Regional commander, to be approved by the Knight-Commander. While Regions may encompass several states and contain many thousands of members each, each Priory is likely to be centered around a specific urban or suburban area, where there is a high density of membership. There is no necessity for each member to live within a Priory, but all members will fall under the jurisdiction of one of the Regions. Commanders of Regions and Priories may be no less than IVo members of the Order, and it should be recommended that no Priory commander outrank his Regional commander, if only to keep the chains of command from getting tangled, and to make the river of protocol flow smoothly.
All members of the Order should engage in the proper forms of protocol when in uniform. That includes a polite respect when addressing Knights of higher rank especially, but all members should show common courtesy when dealing with other members of the Order. While the Order may sometimes seem like a paramilitary organization, salutes and the like are not required, unless they are specifically to be included as part of a ritual (certain of the Order's rituals, which emphasize discipline and militarism, do specify such things).
Members should show the same respect to their uniforms as they do to themselves, and should always strive to project a neat, competent, and professional appearance. The official uni- form of the Ordo Templi Satanis (to be worn at all official Order functions) is a black Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) worn with combat boots (such uniforms are available at most military surplus stores for around $50 a set). A t-shirt should be worn under the uniform conforming to the color associated with the rank of the member. Unit patches and insignia may be worn on the pockets, as directed by the group in question (and which should be confirmed with the Knight-Commander), but all uniforms should, at the very least, have the inverted pentagram on the left breast pocket (possibly with the motto "Ordo Templi Satanis") and a trapezoid- shaped insignia on the collar tabs bearing the color designated for the rank of the individual. A color-coded shoulder braid rope may be worn if desired (usually only worn on formal occasions). A black BDU hat or baseball hat may be worn indoors or out. Addi- tional details may be added at the discretion of the individual, but the overall effect should be in keeping with the paramilitary image that the uniform is designed to project. This image is quite important to the idea of self-image, which is vital to the conclusion of successful Satanic Magic Workings.
If, for whatever reason, a uniform is not available to the individual during an official function of the Order, the member should wear plain dark clothing (preferably black) with some indication of their rank. A color-coded pentagram necklace is adequate for this purpose.