Issued: 23th March 2011 e.v.
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
The Irish Order of Thelema is a contemporary reconstitution and development of an age old initiatory tradition.
It has accepted the Law of Thelema and developed its Rites upon the precepts of the Book of the Law, and in doing so has regenerated the existing mythical and magical traditions of this Fortified Island of Ireland.
It provides a focal point for a community, united by a commitment to the principles of individual liberty, the advancement of the welfare of the human race, and the exploration, application and celebration of the principles of the Book of the Law.
The Order has a number of levels of membership, each with its own role, commitments and specific areas of focus, each of which are outlined in greater detail below.
Collectively the Irish Order of Thelema functions as a vehicle and catalyst for social transformation, providing a means whereby the Law of Thelema can be put into general practise and serve as a testing ground for new forms of social, political and religious structure, based upon the principles of the Book of the Law.
Ours is not a path away from the everyday world, rather one designed to aid those who will, to embrace and master their daily circumstances and to work collectively towards the fulfilment of our goal –
The complete emancipation of the Irish Nation,
and the arising within all her people
of full Knowledge and Power!
“But ye, o my people, rise up & awake! Let the rituals be rightly performed with joy & beauty! There are rituals of the elements and feasts of the times.” Liber Al vel Legis II; 34-36.
Community membership is open to those who find our aims and intentions in accord with their own and who wish to participate in the celebration of the seasonal festivals and various other semi-public events hosted by the Order.
These are celebrated on the eight festivals of the Solar year (the Equinoxes, Solstices and cross-quarter days) as well as on certain days of particular significance in Thelema.
Each of these seasonal festivals draws on local traditions, preserving that from the past which is still valid and revitalising it for the times in which we live.
A variety of ‘rites of passage’ which form an important focus for a community are also celebrated, such rites include a celebration for the naming of children, ceremonies of marriage, funeral rites etc. Marking these important events with joy and beauty and applying the insights of the Law of Thelema to these key experiences.
Events are also arranged focused on the reading of various Thelemic works and the general promotion of the Law of Thelema and the constitution and principles of The Irish Order of Thelema.
These events are co-ordinated by local ‘Groves’ which are the semi-public face of the local Lodges of The Irish Order of Thelema.
The Elemental Series
“The great bond of all bonds is ignorance. How shall a man be free to act if he know not his own purpose? You must therefore first of all discover which star of all the stars you are, your relation to the other stars about you, and your relation to, and identity with, the Whole.” De Lege Libellum
“…and Ireland, how has it been partitioned, where have things been therein? Not difficult; Knowledge in the West, Battle in the North, Prosperity in the East, Music in the South, Kingship in the Centre.” Suidigud Teilaig Temra
The work of the Elemental Series is to assist the individuals within it to come to a fuller comprehension of their true nature and purpose by understanding themselves and their environment and applying that understanding in action. This is facilitated via a series of rites of initiation.
This cycle of five ceremonies is based on a symbolic journey around the Island of Ireland, with each relating to the acquisition of the virtues traditionally associated with the provinces of Ulster, Connaught, Leinster, Munster and Meath.
They correspond closely with the traditional elements of earth, water, air, fire, and spirit and present experiences and information which are of largely universal application, within a symbolic framework ideally suited to this Fortified Island of Ireland. The candidate is also taught the benefits of fraternal conduct and of a social system based on contract, where individuals agree to interact according to a mutually beneficial agreement.
This cycle is also based on close interaction between sponsor/mentor and candidate/initiate.
Application for initiate membership is open to all men and women over 18 years of age.
Acceptance is dependent on securing two sponsors from within the Order.
Members of these Rites operate in local bodies called Lodges; each is governed by a Lodge Master or Mistress, a treasurer and a secretary.
The activities of the Lodge provide an example of the principles of the Order put into practise, and provide a space to aid its members to apply the lessons of their initiation and come to a clearer judgement of their own true will and nature.
The nature of these rites is as follows:
The Ritual of CATH (Battle)
The Candidate is an aspiring warrior of freedom, travelling through the province of Ulster which is traditionally associated with the powers of battle.
The rite marks a formal introduction to the ‘Book of the Law’ and the principles of the Law of Thelema.
The primary work of this degree is the development of self discipline, as a necessary basis for all further work and development.
This Degree is probationary, and provides an overall introduction to our system; the candidate is treated as a guest of our Order and placed under the supervision of two sponsors, who are held to account for the conduct of their guest.
Application is open to all men and women of 18 years age or older.
Acceptance will be ascertained via an interview and/or informal meeting, between the candidate and two or more members of the Order.
The period of Probation normally lasts for nine months, after which time the candidate may advance to full membership with the approval of their sponsors, remain as a community member, or withdraw from any association with our Order.
Ritual of FIS (Learning)
The candidate is an aspiring student of our mysteries, travelling through the province of Connaught, which is traditionally associated with learning, wisdom and teaching.
Progression to this degree marks a formal acceptance of the Law of Thelema, as the basis of one’s life and conduct.
The work of this degree is focused on revealing the true nature of the individual, achieving freedom by the removal of undue restriction, both external and internal.
This degree marks the beginning of full membership, our members are bound by the Laws and regulations of our Order, which provide a consensual framework of both acceptable and unacceptable conduct among all members.
The Initiate continues to be supervised by two sponsors/mentors who take an active interest in their work and progress and which are held to account for their conduct.
Ritual of BLATH (Prosperity)
The Candidate in this rite is an aspiring freeman/freewoman, travelling through the province of Leinster, traditionally associated with prosperity and abundance.
The work of this degree relates to attaining freedom through balanced growth and developing the strength to express ones true nature.
This degree also involves the public acceptance of the precepts of ‘The Book of the Law’.
This degree marks the achievement of prosperity through balanced growth and outlines the necessity of contract as a basis for ones interactions within and without our Order and a means whereby ‘all must be done well and with business way.’
The role of the initiates sponsors diminishes, they remain available to offer guidance or assistance but primarily at the request of the candidate, who is expected to cultivate self reliance and independence.
Members of this degree accept certain duties related to the practical application of the Law of Thelema in their own lives.
Ritual of SEIS (Harmony)
The candidate is travelling through the province of Munster, which is traditionally associated with music and harmony, seeking their place in the ordered harmony of one with all.
This degree moves beyond the recognition of the individual to focus on their role in a freely aligned society of individuals working harmoniously towards a common goal.
It relates to the application of the principles of ‘The Book of the Law’ to ones relations with others, with a view to achieving freedom through co-operation.
The role of the sponsors is reduced to overseeing the initiate from a distance, and affirming they have fulfilled any requirements for future advancement in the Order. The initiate of this degree may also sponsor new candidates applying for membership to the Irish Order of Thelema.
All members of this degree are bound to each other under contract to interact in a mutually beneficial manner.
The Ritual of MIDE
Individual recognised as sovereign over themselves.
The teachings of this degree relate to the application of the Law of Thelema, and the principles of the Order to the art of government.
This initiation recapitulates and synthesises the teachings of the previous degrees.
Admission requires two vouchers, these must be Initiates for whom the candidate has previously served as sponsor. Admission is only granted on the basis of a solemn affirmation from those whom the candidate has served, affirming that they have been diligent and vigilant in the sponsorship of those in their charge.
Initiates of this degree may constitute a local Grove of the Order.
The Rituals of the Law
“…and in the Book of the Law did I write the secrets of Truth that are like unto a star and a snake and a sword.” Liber VIII
The Rituals of the Law shift the emphasis from the individual, to the collective, and the role of the Order in the experimental application of the precepts of The Book of the Law and the provision of an experimental testing ground for new forms of social, political and religious structure.
They are based upon The Book of the Law as a whole, and its three chapters individually and provide a framework for the application of those instructions within Liber Al which are relevant to the purpose of our Order and its members.
Operationally these rites function in ad hoc working groups, which may be exclusive to their particular rite, open to members of the first or second series, or open to all members of the community.
This Cycle is governed by a representative of the Central Rite and one representative from each of the Rites of Nuit, Hadit and Ra Hoor Khuit.
The Central Rite
This Ritual is based on the dedication of one’s life to the establishment of the Law of Thelema.
Those who hold office in the government of the Order must be of this degree.
Upon completion of this Rite, the initiate may seek admission to the following rites, choosing one or more according to their inclination and aptitude.
The Rite of Nuit
“Invoke me under my stars! Love is the law, love under will.”
Initiates of the Rite are dedicated to the application of those aspects of the first chapter of ‘The Book of the Law’ which are of relevance to the work of the Irish Order of Thelema.
They are responsible for the performance of the rituals unto Nuit on behalf of the Order and charged to promote beauty and harmony throughout our ranks.
Members of this rite serve the broader community of the Irish Order of Thelema, each according to their abilities.
The Rite of Nuit is also responsible for maintaining the archives of the Orders works of thaumaturgy and the issuing of the ‘license to research’ and ‘licenses to practise’ these techniques on behalf of the Order.
In cases where it is necessary, its members may also serve as defenders within our justice system.
The Rite of Hadit
“…this is the law of the strong: this is our law and the joy of the world.”
Initiates of this Rite are dedicated to the application of those aspects of the second chapter of ‘The Book of the Law’ which are of relevance to the Irish Order of Thelema.
Its members are charged to oversee the performance of the rituals of Hadit, to aid the emancipation of the individual from all bonds of weakness and ignorance, promoting strength, and rooting out weakness within The Irish Order of Thelema.
Members of this rite serve the broader community of the Order, each according to their abilities.
The Rite of Hadit is also responsible for the creation and preparation of the private rituals of the Order.
In cases where it is necessary, its members may also serve as prosecutors within our justice system.
The Rite of Heru-Ra-Ha
” Lurk ! Withdraw ! Upon them! this is the Law of the Battle of Conquest…”
Initiates of the Rite of Heru-Ra-Ha, are dedicated to the application of those aspects of the third chapter of ‘The Book of the Law’ which are of relevance to the Order.
Its members are charged to oversee the performance of certain rituals of Heru-Ra-Ha on behalf of the Irish Order of Thelema. They are sworn to defend the Order, to ensure its work is done well and with business way and to aid the emancipation of humanity from the restrictions of tyranny, superstition and oppression.
Its members may serve as judges within the justice system of the Order should the need arise.
The Government of the Irish Order of Thelema
“Governments often exhibit the most deplorable stupidity, however enlightened may be the men who compose and constitute them, or the people whose destinies they direct. It is therefore incumbent on every man and woman to take the proper steps to cause the revisions of all existing statutes on the basis of the Law of Thelema. This Law being a Law of Liberty, the aim of the legislation must be to secure the amplest freedom for each individual in the state, eschewing the presumptuous assumption that any given positive ideal is worthy to be obtained.” ~Duty, A. Crowley
“We hold this truth to be self-evident, that all men and women are created unequal; and our justice wills that this prejudice of nature be redressed, so far as is possible to human effort, by assuring to each and every one of them equality of rights before the law… and, by assuring to each and every one of them freedom to develop the powers of the soul, spiritual, moral, mental, or physical without interference from any other person or persons, so far as that development may prove compatible with the equal rights of others…
To obtain these advantages of security and freedom is the object of all proper government; and it is not only the right of every man for himself, but his duty to his neighbor, to refuse obedience to any authority which does not serve its people to this end with loyalty and fidelity.”
~Declaration of the Independence of the Irish Republic, A. Crowley
How do you create and govern an Order whose members are dedicated to the principle of individual Liberty?
The structure of the Irish Order of Thelema is intended to answer this question, for no matter how self reliant an individual is they do not exist in a vacuum, each is embedded to a greater or lesser extent in some form of social structure and the ideal of the Order is to ensure the creation of a society which grants the maximum amount of freedom, to the maximum number of individuals within it, and our structure is intended as a model of such a system.
The government of the Irish Order of Thelema is based on consent, and the principle that each is sovereign over themselves, but may, if they chose, consent to be governed. In doing so the individual may then become a participant in a broader society which is considered to be of sufficient benefit that they gain, rather than lose by the process.
The oaths taken within the Order establish a contract between the individual and the Order as a whole, and establish a balance between the privileges and benefits of membership, and the commitments and duty’s which it requires. This contract must be made freely, with no coercion from any party concerned, hence we will have none but free men and women in our Order.
The government of The Irish Order of Thelema, seeks to maintain a balance between the benefits of autonomy and self reliance on the one hand, and the benefits of collective and coordinated interaction on the other.
The Order as a whole is governed by the National Council consisting of the following:
The National Sovereign.
The National Treasurer.
The National Secretary.
A representative of each of the Second Series Rites.
The chairperson of the Elemental cycle.
These are outlined in further detail below.
Holds ultimate authority for the Order.
Must be obligated in ALL of the Rites of the first and second series, and have demonstrated competence in the work of each.
They are challenged perpetually by two Watchers.
Holds office for seven years, and should nominate a successor no later than two years before the end of their term.
Their role is to continually assess the National Sovereign and the level of his or her success in fulfilling their oath of office and the achievement of stated targets and goals. They shall report to the National Council at will. In addition, they may present the national council with alternatives to any course of action proposed by the national sovereign, but only in cases where they consider it necessary to ensure due process and full consideration of all available alternatives.
They also have a responsibility to represent the views of any member of the Order who wishes to express dissent with regard to the activities of the order as a whole, or the National Sovereign individually.
Should it ever prove necessary they are obligated to call upon the members of the council of the lodges and the National council to depose a National Sovereign, following the procedures presented at their appointment.
Maintaining accurate financial records.
Collecting fees and dues, approving expenditure and the issue of grants and expenses.
Liaising with representatives of the first and second series, on all financial matters.
Maintaining accurate records of the membership.
Collecting and collating all reports and minutes.
Maintaining the national archive.
The Representatives of the First and Second series
These representatives give voice at national level to the interests of the members of the degrees they are responsible for.
The traditions of Thelema place a particular emphasis on certain techniques of practical magick involving the application of sexual energies to magical and spiritual ends. The nature of this work is referenced throughout the writings of Crowley, often in symbolic or veiled form but also explicitly, particularly in the private instructional papers which were written for the OTO, and kept secret until their publication by Francis King in 1973.
The techniques of sexual magic taught within the Irish Order of Thelema are overseen by the Rite of Nuit and may be made available to all suitable members of the second series,(and in special cases to members of the elemental cycle), suitability being determined primarily by the following:
1. Mature, balanced and responsible attitude to sexuality.
2. Proven commitment to the Order.
3. Proven ability in the basic method of science and the keeping of effective records.
The overall aim of research performed on behalf of the Order is to test the theories behind these instructions, to record the methods and outcomes of a broad and experimental exploration of these techniques, seeking to assess their effectiveness (or lack thereof) and aiming to define the extent and limits of their application.
These techniques and teachings take two forms:
a) Licence to research.
Consisting of preliminary instruction, and providing space for the individual to experiment freely with the application of these techniques. A copy of the record of such experiments to be presented to the archives of the Order (with due respect to the privacy of the individual concerned).
b) Licence to practise.
Upon achieving demonstrable competence with these techniques, the initiate may be delegated the responsibility for the performance of these techniques on behalf of The Irish Order of Thelema.
All members contribute financially according to their abilities, to ensure that the treasury of the Order is a powerful and potent weapon by which we can not only finance the day to day needs of the Order, but aid and support our brethren in times of need.
The current scale of fees and dues and policies of the national treasury are issued annually by the National Treasurer.
Concerning other Groups, Orders and Organisations
Wherever possible The Irish Order of Thelema will seek to establish and maintain cordial relations with all other organisations whose aims and intentions are compatible with our own.
We will also consider the establishment of formal connections with other organisations and individuals, where such may be of benefit to the great work of extending the dominion of the Law of Thelema and the promotion of respect, tolerance and concert of action, among those who accept it.
Issued by Order of:
National Sovereign of The Irish Order of Thelema.
Love is the law, love under will.