The initiatory system of the Irish Order of Thelema begins with the Elemental Series.
The work of this 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 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.
The nature of these rites is outlined fully in the Constitution.
An initiate member has also reflected on some of the symbols encountered in the initiation cycle here.
Becoming an Initiate Member of The Irish Order of Thelema
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