The religion known as Thelema was founded in 1904 by the English poet
and mystic Aleister Crowley (1875 - 1947), who is regarded as its
prophet. Those who follow the path of Thelema are called Thelemites.
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
In this section of the US Grand Lodge OTO site we offer what can
only be a bare introduction to Thelema, covering Thelema's founder
Aleister Crowley, Thelemic theology, our calendar and customs, and a
brief description of the O.T.O.'s sister Order, the A?A?. We strongly
encourage you to use these resources as a gateway to your own
explorations. "There is joy in the setting out; there is joy in the
journey; there is joy in the goal."