Society of Oriental Mystics

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Society of Oriental Mystics
Formation ~1902
Purpose/focus Tarot
Headquarters Chicago, Il.
President T. J. Betiero
Main organ The Philomathian; Oriental Mysteries

The Society of Oriental Mystics was an incorporated society, organised by Thomas J. Betiero, offering "the true initiation of the Tarot to the members by mail or personally."[1]



  1. Society of Oriental Mystics, "Arcane Societies in the United States", The Rosicrucian Brotherhood 2 (4): 153, October 1908,, retrieved 2016-04-26, "This was an incorporated society existing in 1902. It was organized in Chicago, Ill., by Dr. J. T. Betiero. He claimed to communicate the true initiation of the Tarot to the members by mail or personally, and that it consisted of the Minor and Major Arcana. The Philomathian of Union City, Mich., was its organ, about 1903, which later ceased being published. After-wards, Betiero's journal, Oriental Mysteries was published, and later a fire destroyed the office. Dr. J. T. Betiero then went to the Pacific coast. His address was 1015 Sutter Street, San Francisco, Calif."