Thelemic Tephilah

Thelemic Tephilah is a sequence of readings for each day through the year developed by James A Eshelman. Follow along with the Thelemic Tephilah social at Hrmtc I∴O∴ for daily reminders and links to these texts.

For the 22 days of the Holy Season each year (March 20-April 10), a correspondence is noted to the 22 Hebrew letters and their associated Tarot Trumps. These are the basis of such personal meditations as one may wish to undertake. The readings for each day are selected primarily (but not exclusively) from the Thelemic Canon (A∴A∴ Class A Documents), so as to correspond to the symbolism of the Letter and Trump.

The rest of the year is divided into three primary periods, with two interregna. These three periods are linked to readings (a few verses per day) from three Class A Documents: Liber LXV (Liber Cordis Cincti Serpente, “The Book of the Heart Girt with a Serpent”); Liber VII (Liber Liberi vel Lapis Lazuli, “The Book of the God Liber [Bacchus], or, The Book of the Blue Stone [Lapis Lazuli]”); and Liber CCXX (Liber L. vel Legis, “The Book of the Law”).

These Books were chosen, and in this sequence, for three reasons. First, they are the three greatest of the Thelemic canon. Second, they are the three assigned specifically (for memory work) to the three Foundation grades of A∴A∴: 0=0, 1=10, and 2=9. Third, they reflect, in this sequence, the natural path of spiritual progress, because they correspond, respectively, to the five Elements, then to the seven Planets, then to the triad of root alchemical principles (that is, to the Supernal Triad).

The overall plan is as follows:

THE HIGH HOLY DAYS (March 20-April 10). These 22 days have distinctive readings as outlined previously.

THE ELEMENTS (Liber LXV) (April 11-September 10) One chapter per month for five months. One day (the 10th of each month) intervenes between the prior section and this section, and between each chapter.

THE PLANETS (Liber VII) (September 11-October 29) One chapter per week for seven weeks. (NOTE: This cycle has a relationship to the 49-petaled rose.)

INTERREGNUM (11 days) (October 30-November 9) A pause, corresponding to the Abyss.

THE SUPERNALS or TRINITY (Liber CCXX) (November 10-February 9 One chapter per month for three months. One day (the 10th of each month) intervenes between the prior section and this section, and between each chapter.

February 11 through March 19 constitutes 37 days (or 38 in a leap year; the next one of which will be 2004, the Centennial of Liber Legis). These days may be used as a time of silence and asceticism following the annual cycle, as the earth lies dormant and the Dark Cycle’s energies build and accumulate for their rushing-forth in spring; or they may be equated to the 37 letters of the phrase Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. (If the latter approach is used, in a leap year, the final day, March 19, should be the day to which nothing is assigned.) The eve before the Vernal Equinox is dedicated to a reading of “The Prologue of the Unborn.”

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