Temple of Chrysalis – sometimes referred to as Naos tis Chrysallis – is an occult philosophical paradigm (“thought system”) based on the discovery of the Ideal self and multiplying ones potential through powerful transformation (i.e. Chrysalis).
The system combines Concrete rituals are used to support this transformation.
Chrysalis (Latin: chrysallis, in Greek: χρυσαλλίς = chrysallís, Plural: chrysalides) is the stage in the complete metamorphosis of a butterfly, where the butterfly develops during its pupa (e.g. life stage of transformation between the larva and adult). The butterfly larva is nearly destroyed whilst undergoing its pupa before it begins to develop into an adult butterfly, Imago. This cycle is adored in Naos tis Chrysallis as it is the basis of spiritual metamorphosis: resurrection requires death, and a great spiritual change often requires leaving things behind.
Imago is used as a term, describing the ideal self, the idealistic version of what you can be. Everyone has some sort of current version of the ideal self that can be achieved, and after you have achieved this you can either settle for what you have or start looking for a new Imago.
The route to a new Imago is through a new Chrysalis, and so the cycle continues. This way the cycle of self-improvement is practically infinite.
The founder and the creator of the Temple of Chrysalis goes by the pseudonym “Blackthorn” – and today also carries the leading title of the Temple: Luminary.
Quick brief about the essentials
All the information can feel a bit overwhelming, and as we have the esoteric inner circle, it is impossible to know everything. But we do our best to clear things out for you. Here are some of the key things that you may find crucial to study in order to understand the system.
The Edict is a statement of the laws governing the Temple, containing its Pillars, Code and the obligations of all Chrysalids.
The Pillars are a set of thesis, given by the Luminary, and they are about the construction of the Universe, relationships, responsibility, good and evil, pleasure, and other topics concerning the Chrysalid world-view.
The Kaleidoscopes are one of the most fascinating features of Chrysalis. They are like "Houses" that can be used to examine the world, its secrets, and its occurrences, from various perspectives. The Kaleidoscopes can also be used to figure out one’s personality through how much of each Kaleidoscope it contains.
Reality Shaping is a way of practicing the ritualistic path of the Temple, and one could describe it as a combination of psychology, self-suggestion, witchcraft and occult.
In practice, we shape the way we or the people around us interpret the sensory feedback sent by the environment, using the Old Arts of the world.
The Circles ...of the Pyramid
Temple of Chrysalis is an initiatory system that can be divided in three circles:
The First Circle aka Inner Circle consists of the initiated Chrysalids, also known as Teleas. The Seconds Circle refers to those on their trial: Pre-Teleas. And the Third Circle means any Chrysalids who are not official members, but mainly following the system. Also Chrysoteria academy members are in the Third Circle; Chrysoteria membership does not make you a Temple member.
TRANSFORMATION THROUGH MIND
The main theme of the Temple is change and transformation - both of which can be better amplified and controlled by gaining an understanding of the secrets of the mind. The process of transformation in the Chrysalis path is inspired by the life cycle of a butterfly.
Chrysalids explore the depths of the mind and familiarize themselves with different methods that can be used to influence the mind. The mind is your most important tool in the Chrysalis path.
...And the cult part?
There are several reasons why we refer to ourselves as a cult. Whether the term suits us or not, depends a lot on the definition list that you want to use. According to some, we would not be a cult, as our purposes are not malicious. Then again, we indeed do cover some of the "cult definition" lists. And, whenever we don't advertise ourselves as a cult, the word is often thrown to bring us down.
So, let's call it a cult. We don't care if you like it or not. We don't care if you see it more as a movement. Our intentions are usually good, but then again, what is "good" and "evil" anyway.
Some of the main topics of the Temple are...
The traditional Western esoteric principles that the Temple follows:
Rejected knowledge: The Temple explores theories and world views that have been rejected by the mainstream intellectual community because they do not accord with normative conceptions of religion, rationality and science. (Hanegraaff)
Correspondences: There are both real and symbolic correspondences existing between all things within the universe. (Faivre)
Imagination: The Temple places great emphasis on both the human imagination, and mediations, such as rituals, symbolic images, seals, sigils, and mantras as tools that provide access to worlds and levels of reality existing between the material world and the divine. (Faivre)
Experience of Transmutation: The Temple’s esoterics seek to fundamentally transform themselves through their practice, for instance through the spiritual transformation that is alleged to accompany the attainment of Imago. (Faivre)
Transmission: Emphasising transmission of esoteric teachings and secrets, through a process of initiation. (Faivre)
Why butterflies and moths?
The Temple was born around the inspiring philosophy of the butterfly’s life cycle. Chrysalis is the stage in the complete metamorphosis of a butterfly, where the butterfly develops during its pupa stage. The butterfly larva is nearly destroyed whilst undergoing its pupa before it begins to develop into an adult butterfly, Imago. This cycle is adored in the Temple of Chrysalis as it is the basis of spiritual metamorphosis: resurrection requires death, and a great spiritual change often requires leaving things behind.