More on Theriot’s Sign of the Cross


Catching a reference to Aleister Crowley’s 777 and other Kabbalistic Writings in Nic Pizzolatto’s novel Galveston, I went back to thinking about something I’d dismissed as an inadvertent mistake on the set of True Detective—Reverend Theriot’s backward sign of the cross (unless he happens to be Eastern Orthodox, which is highly unlikely for a Louisiana evangelical preacher):

From Thelemapedia

The Greater Ritual of the Pentagram:

The following is a basic interpretation of the ritual from Aleister Crowley’s “Liber O” in Magick, Book 4:

  1. Begin with the “Qabalistic Cross”:
    • Touch forehead and say Ateh (to thee)
    • Touch heart and say Malkuth (the kingdom)
    • Touch right shoulder and say ve-Geburah (and the power)
    • Touch left shoulder and say ve-Gedulah (and the glory)
    • Clasping the hands upon the breast, say le-Olahm, Amen (To the Ages, Amen).



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    June 18, 2014

    I began watching this show on DVD a few nights ago and picked up IMMEDIATELY on the cross Theriot was making as looking odd. I wondered if it had to do with the Pentecostal church. The fact that he was making any cross at all for the church he was running, which looked to me as a strange pseudoevangelical church, also upped my “huh?” factor. I’ll be interested in seeing how this may/may not factor into things as I get closer to the end of Season 1.

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