Master Therion is the ecclesiastical leader of the Church of Illuminism. He is the spiritual leader of the Church.
Therion (Greek: θηρίον, beast) is a deity found in the mystical system of Thelema, which was established in 1904 with Aleister Crowley’s writing of The Book of the Law. Therion’s female counterpart is Babalon, another Thelemic deity. Therion, as a Thelemic personage, evolved from that of “The Beast” from the Book of Revelation, whom Crowley identified himself with since childhood, because his mother called him that name.
The word “therion” is mentioned in several Thelemic rituals, such as The Star Ruby. In total, there are five mentions of The Beast in Liber AL vel Legis, the first being in 1:15, and the remaining four are all in the third chapter—verses 14, 22, 34, and 47, respectively—although the word “beast” can be found elsewhere therein. Aleister Crowley believed that the references to The Beast and the Scarlet Woman (Babalon) in the book “do not denote persons but are titles of office”.
The first mention reads thus:
Now ye shall know that the chosen priest & apostle of infinite space is the prince-priest the Beast; and in his woman called the Scarlet Woman is all power given.
Thelema (/θəˈliːmə/) is a social or spiritual philosophy derived from Western esotericism. The word thelema is the English transliteration of the Koine Greek noun
θέλημα (pronounced [θélɛ:ma]), “will”, from the verb θέλω (ethélō): “to will, wish, want or purpose”.
An adherent of Thelema is traditionally called a Thelemite, and phenomena within the scope of Thelema are termed Thelemic.
While Thelema is most often regarded as a religion—a new religious movement and contemporary mystery religion in particular—it is also often called a philosophy, religious philosophy, spiritual philosophy, or “religious matrix”. Thelema has also occasionally been described as an esoteric, ethical, ideological, magical (or magickal), mystical, occultic, or paranormal social system or schema of beliefs or concepts.
Numerous Thelemites also feel that, while essentially religious or spiritual, Thelema as a worldview may have meaningful implications for how its adherents view, relate to, and act with regard to culture, ethics, historiography, history, metaphysics, politics, psychology, psychospirituality, and society, including sociocultural or sociopolitical systems.
Thelema is not monolithic: it has myriad, extremely diverse, and often conflicting interpretations, whether made by Thelemites themselves or non-adherents.
Thelema is unified across interpretations by its fundamental axiom, doctrine, or tenet, known as the “Law of Thelema”: “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law”. The traditional corresponding phrase is “Love is the law, love under will.”
In the Thelemic model, each person has a “True Will” and, insofar as each person acts in accordance with his or her Will, the nature of a person’s interactions with the world, or cosmos or nature, is a form of love or harmony. This is expressed further by the statement “every man and every woman is a star,” a metaphor that portrays everyone’s distinct nature as non-overlapping in space and time. Collisions between persons are infrequent if each is aware of—and acting in accordance with—their true purpose.
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