Thelemic Symposium

Thelemic Symposium brings you Perspectives on Thelema with a panel discussion and question/answer session engaging the considerable experience and knowledge of three long-time Thelemites.

…thus we gather up all the threads of human passion and interest, and weave them into an harmonious tapestry, subtly and diligently with great art, that our Order may seem an ornament even to the Stars that are in the Heavens at Night. In our rainbow-coloured texture we set forth the glory of the whole Universe—See thou to it, brother Magician, that thine own thread be strong, and pure, and of a colour brilliant in itself, yet ready to mingle in all beauty with those of thy brethren!

—Aleister Crowley, Liber CXCIV: An Intimation with Reference to the Constitution of the Order

What is Thelemic Symposium?

Thelemic Symposium is a panel discussion and question/answer session engaging the considerable experience and knowledge of three long-time Thelemites.

Thelemic Symposium is a panel discussion and question/answer session engaging the considerable experience and knowledge of three long-time Thelemites.

Introductions
Thelemic Symposium begins with the panelists introducing themselves by way of biographical and/or editorial commentary explaining their perspective on Thelema and how they came to embrace it.

Three Questions
After the introduction, each panelist answers three questions. They are given at least two months to prepare answers to these questions. See a complete list of questions from past occasions of Thelemic Symposium.

Questions from the Audience
Following the “Three Questions” section, the audience at Thelemic Symposium is invited to pose questions to the panelists, who answer extemporaneously.

Reception
Finally, Thelemic Symposium dissolves into a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception.

The Panelists
Three panelists are invited by the moderator based upon a variety of factors, including principally the length of time that they have identified as a Thelemite.

The Moderator
Thelemic Symposium is moderated by its creator, Joseph Thiebes.

Thelemic Symposium creator and moderator, Joseph Thiebes

Thelemic Symposium creator and moderator, Joseph Thiebes

Thelemic Symposium will not be Televised

Recording devices are prohibited at Thelemic Symposium. Non-flash photography is permitted. The restriction against recording is in the interest of promoting an atmosphere of immediacy, encouraging the panelists to speak candidly, and minimizing the “audience/performer” dynamic. Mediated content is very easy to find in the world today in video, audio, and text formats. Immediate content is rare, and Symposium aims to preserve a sense of immediacy because the topic is so personal. Panelists may choose to publish their prepared material on their own, but that’s as close as you can get without attending.