Thelema

1407089411537The religion known as Thelema was founded in 1904 by the English occultist Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), who is regarded as the prophet. Those who follow the path of Thelema are called Thelemites. As is stated in The Book of the Law (Liber AL), the central text in Thelema, “Who calls us Thelemites will do no wrong…” —Liber AL, I:40.

Thelema emphasizes individualism, and the uniqueness of each person’s Will. As a result, it is very difficult to make blanket statements about its nature or (still more so) the natures of its adherents. Even the label “religion” fits Thelema awkwardly in some contexts — it is in other senses a philosophy and a way of life, while also overlapping with the set of practices and symbols commonly called “Magick”.