The Order of the Solar Temple

The Order of the Solar Temple, also known as Ordre du Temple Solaire (OTS) in French and the International Chivalric Organization of the Solar Tradition or simply as The Solar Temple, is a secret society that claims to be based upon the ideals of the Knights Templar.

The group reportedly drew some inspiration for its teachings from British occultist Aleister Crowley, who headed the Order of Eastern Temple from 1923 until his death in 1947, and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a 19th-century Rosicrucian Order Crowley belonged to briefly.

The OTS is perhaps most notorious for being associated with a series of murders and mass suicides in 1994 and '95 that claimed several dozen lives.

As discussed in Black Terror White Soldiers, the cult also had ties to Gladio, the network of fascist terrorist organizations managed by the CIA and NATO.