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MESSAGE OF THE MASTER THERION


 

 

 

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The Message of the Master Therion.

   

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Printed in red and black on a single sheet folded once to make four pages.1
7 3/4” x 11 1/4”.2
 
Publisher: Privately published by the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.).2  
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Published At: London.1  
Date: About 1916.1  
Edition: 1st Edition.  
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4.1

 
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Produced by George Macnie Cowie for Crowley while he was in the U.S.

 
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+ The International, Volume XII, Number 1, New York, January 1918.
+ Frank Bennett, Australia, circa 1920s.
+ O.T.O./Church of Thelema; Pasadena, CA; 1943.
 
Bibliographic
Sources:
1. Gerald Yorke, A Bibliography of the Works of Aleister Crowley (Expanded and Corrected by Clive Harper from Aleister Crowley, the Golden Dawn and Buddhism:  Reminiscences and Writings of Gerald Yorke, Keith Richmond, editor, The Teitan Press, York Beach, ME, 2011, p. 59.  
2. Weiser Antiquarian Books, Catalog # 9, “Aleister Crowley:  ‘The Old Devil’ ”.
 

Comments by
Aleister
Crowley:

     Again, on the last day of the year, whose midnight I habitually devote to a meditation on the past, culminating in a formulation of my future career, I was moved to write what was shortly afterwards published first as a pamphlet in England, secondly as an article in the International, New York, thirdly in The Equinox, vol. III, no. I, and fourthly as a pamphlet in Australia by Frater Ahah. In this I summarized shortly the events which had led to my attainment of the Grade, and explained that I was thereby committed to an irrevocable and absolute identification of myself with my office as the Logos of the Aeon of Horus. For the future my whole essence must be conterminous with that of the word, and my dynamical formula with that of its utterance.
     I continued by setting forth the import and purport of that word. I announced that since “Every man and every woman is a star”, each of us is defined and determined by a set of co-ordinates, has a true will proper and necessary, the dynamic expression of that nature. The conclusion from these premises is that the sole and whole duty of each of us is, having discovered the purpose for which he or she is fitted, to devote every energy to its accomplishment.
     It need hardly be said that the theory of ethics thus outlined involves the consideration of many difficult and important problems. I did not understand at that time the extent of the implication and have devoted immense labour in recent years to the solution of the theorems which are corollary to the fundamental proposition. It must suffice for the present to record the writing of this message. The act was the ceremonial gesture significant of my attainment: as one may say, the King’s speech at the opening of the Parliament of the New Aeon.
     — The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.  New York, NY.  Hill and Wang, 1969.  Pages 803-804.

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     In January 1918, I published a revised version of the “Message of the Master Therion” and also of the “Law of Liberty”, a pamphlet in which I uttered a panegyric upon the Law as the key to freedom and delight.
     — The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.  New York, NY.  Hill and Wang, 1969.  Page 828.

 
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