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The Beast, Robed as a Major Adept, in Baltistan

“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.”

What follows is another installment of the upcoming reformational document of the Holy Thelemic Church. This one deals with the main Thelemic traditions.

For a number of reasons, I won’t be issuing any more PDFs. It is better just to put out the books I intended to issue as serial installments here at the website instead of as any kind of publications. Many more actually read the material by web-read than by download. Anyway, a great many more individuals are reached and influenced in this fashion than by published books or PDFs. Times have changed.

I need to emphasize first that I am neither telling anyone what to do, nor claiming to represent Thelemic practice. No one is infallible, not even the prophets and oracles. All are somehow flawed and/or more or less mistaken. Even if it were not the case, nobody should dictate to others what is right for them.

Some will disagree with some or all of what is written here. What their motives are, I neither know nor care. I have learned by study and experience, but also by intuition. I do not expect any to do entirely as I do, and I do not wish that any think as I do, either. None in the Holy Thelemic Church is exactly like another, and therefore none should be obliged to behave as another.

This is no herd, and I am no shepherd. Each of us is regal; each is his own master. As always, this is purely guidance. My guiding light, however bright, may be of help to you — or not. If you follow it blindly, going about the work as some empty-headed zombie, merely mouthing chants you fail to appreciate yourself, then you make a great miss.

This is all about joy, and passion, and ecstasy: for it is thereby that one achieves true realization of one’s own unique Holy Supernal Will. It is thereby that some even go beyond this great achievement, to genuine Supernal Communion (at Binah, Qabalistically speaking), Supernal Awareness (Chokmah), and Supernal Clarity (Kether).

There are many, in fact, that have attained to all this without having taken a religious approach of any kind, and without ever having read any sort of holy book. Some may get there without any knowledge of a Hidden Order or Secret Chiefs.

The key is to follow no man, unless his only command is to “Do what thou wilt”. Be servile to none; be led by none; be chained to none. You are your own lord: you are your own god. Think as you will; love as you will; do as you will. And as Joseph Campbell, one of the Saints of the Sacrorum of the Holy Thelemic Church, said so eloquently, “Follow your own bliss”.

That said, there may be some advantage to making use of such a system of practice, if one is so inclined. Of course, the symbols and songs — i.e. the imagery and invocations — may be substituted with others, as it suits you. All that is really important is that one understand the underying system, and that one adhere to the main lines of Thelemic Law — for otherwise there is danger of vile restriction and foul enslavement to hurtful archaic ideas.

However one chooses to utilize the system, it certainly is efficacious. This stuff really works. The degree to which it works, or whether it works at all, depends on you. If you misunderstand the underlying system, or the overarching Law, in whole or in part, then you are most likely to experience problems. No matter how you fail, however — to whatever extent, great or small — your failure is never really complete. Even if your failure is extreme, you have the benefit of experience from which you may perhaps learn and improve. Your failure is only complete if you give up for good. To quit is to stagnate.

If you fall, get back up again, dust yourself off, and strive to do better. I myself not only started off as a total moron (in every conceivable way), but I proceeded to leap blindly into every pitfall there was along the path leading up Mount Abiegnus, to the Holy Supernal Will. As if that weren’t enough, I was lazy in every way, long after the realization of superior will. I read certain things and omitted others; I rushed through some practices without taking time to get it right; and at the slightest glimpse of Supernal Epiphany, I was blown back by the shock of it, wrongly assuming that initial experience was Supernal Union. Then — worse — I  got hubris, thinking I was all that and a bag of chips.

The ultimate consequence of such foolishness was that I got some parts right and others wrong. And what this resulted in was a flawed vessel for the Supernal Will, firstly, as well as a great deal of confusion, as time and again my pure will was thwarted by the elements of mundane ill will that I had failed to purge.

These problems persisted as I ascended to greater attainments, so that I only partially benefitted from the same. Instead of being armed with a pristine Will, armored with perfect Communion with my full divine Genius, and growing therefrom into complete Supernal Awareness, my Sword of Holy Will was rusty and dull; my Armor of Understanding was flawed and weak; and I was feeble to wield the Sword or to carry around the Armor.

Yet I never gave up. I eventually threw away my broken Sword, and cast off my heavy Armor, went off into the wilderness, and did the work again. This time I spared no effort to work on what I had neglected before; and only when I was ready did I seek the Holy Supernal Will all over again. When that was accomplished, I sought Communion with my true divinity anew. Like Percival I emerged from the waters, free of myself, and only then was I to drink fully from the Chalice of Babalon, partaking of the Current that had filled the Saints of Supernal Genius. Only then could I attain to cloudless Clarity.

In short, it’s perfectly fine to make mistakes, as long as one learns from them and improves. Every child, after all, makes mistakes.

There are numerous Thelemic traditions adhered to by some hardcore Thelemites, certainly those priests and priestesses of the Sacrorum of the Holy Thelemic Church. Take them or leave them as you will. Many originate with the Thelemic Prophet, the Prince-Priest, and his Oracles, the Scarlet Women, from whom all subtle power of inspiration derived.

 

0. The Prohibition against interpreting the Law.

Some hold to the view that to interpret Thelemic Law, whether directly or indirectly, is unlawful. This view began with the Prophet, whose wish it was that the Law not be perverted. I respect those that hold this view. But I see it as a test of courage; and I boldly do my will as I see fit. “The word of Sin is Restriction”. (L I:41) Each must choose for himself/herself.

1. Adoption of Thelemic Names.

The central idea of the entire system of practice delineated in Liber L vel Legis, the Book of the Law, is to assist the practitioner to transcend and to transform the mundane mind, making it the perfect vessel of one’s own pure will. The mundane vessel of consciousness is cleansed of its impurities, purged of its petty problems, and ultimately filled with the perfect will. This being a gradual process, one might take one name to signify one’s aspiration early on, then other names to signify significant attainments later. The first Thelemic name taken by the Prophet, Perdurabo, is Latin, having the meaning, “I shall endure to the end”. He took others along the way, with the last being at the penultimate attainment, that of divine Wisdom and Awareness, at Chokmah: it was in Greek, To Mega Therion, which translates as “The Great Beast”. It simply means “The Divine in the Beast that is Man”.

2. Thelemic Protocol.

Thelemites tend to adhere to certain habits. When writing to one another, they are likely to begin their discussion or message with “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” (L I:40) The central part of this line being “wilt” or will, this line is often simply summarized with the number 93, the number of Thelema (the Greek word for “Will”). In closing a written message, or in response to the verbal salutation given above, one offers the line, “Love is the law, love under will”. (L I:57) The main parts in this line being “Love”, “love”, and “will”, this may be given as 93 93/93: the Greek word for Love, i.e. Agape, being the same Gematric value as the word for Will, 93.

Example: one Thelemite meets another and says, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” The other salutes him or her with the declaration, “Love is the law, love under will”.

One may choose to do this or not. It is a tradition. When chatting back and forth, or when texting, or when emailing back and forth, it may be done at the beginning and end of the discussion, or simply omitted altogether.

Remember that the Law is for man, not man for the Law. What this practice does is to serve as a reminder that the true will is all-important, and that the foundation of true will is love.

3. Respect for the Holy Law.

One should always make an effort to quote correctly from the Book of the Law, so as not to distort the meaning. In writing, try to get it right. Spell the words as they are written, even capitalizing properly. It is the respectful thing to do.

4. Dedicating oneself completely.

You need not do this if you don’t want to do so, but the Prophet made a habit — as some of us do as well — of devoting every action, however mundane, to the Great Work of the Holy Will. Before doing chores, he would say an affirmation, e.g. “I do this so that it may assist me in my will”. Before eating, another affirmation of will, e.g. “I eat and drink that I may be strengthened thereby, to the accomplishment of my will”. And so on.

5. Daily and nightly observances.

Thelemic practice has its observances, similar to the salats of Islam. One may observe these as one will. Basically, they involve facing the sun (or moon, at night, as one can), and uttering a short prayer of invocation. The Prophet developed his own way of doing this; you may choose to follow suit as you wish, or make your own prayers. It is important to understand what he was doing, however.

The observances he performed were at morning (sunrise), noon, and evening (sunset). I choose to perform another observance at night, usually around midnight or sometime before. It is not the mere sun or moon that is celebrated here. Rather, it is the subtle Current or Force of that which they symbolize that is invoked. For the sun is simply symbolic of the Genius of Man (i.e. the Beast), and the moon is symbolic of the Genius of Woman (i.e. the Scarlet Woman). So by invoking the Current of the Divine in Man, via its symbol, the sun, one is tapping the subtle Force of Holy Will. And by invoking the subtle Energy of the Scarlet Woman, via Her symbol, the moon, one is drawing down the Power of Pure Love.

These days I usually just keep the prayer simple. For example, at dawn I say, “I invoke thee, 93, through the sign of the rising sun: the sign is my ecstasy. Aumgn! let it fill me.” At night I say, “I invoke thee, 93, through the sign of the [new/waxing/full/waning] moon: the sign is my ecstasy. Aumgn! let it fill me.” 93 works both ways, because it is both will as well as love. Many prefer to do it as the Prophet did it, and that is fine too.

6. Ordeals.

It is Thelemic to charge through the ordeals of life with strength and mastery, not succumbing to petty emotions. In other words, with pure passion, not mere compulsion. One should be free of the bondage of obsession, unbothered by the outcome, no matter how bad, without being lackadaisical. See L I:22, I:32.

7. The Law is for all.

It is Thelemic to strive to bind none against his or her will. It is one’s will if it brings happiness, joy, bliss, not if it brings misery, sadness, or unwanted agony. To restrict is to sin against the Holy Will. Passionate peace is of us, not sorrow, loathing, fear, or the pain of sacrifice. (It is not sacrifice if it is for one’s loved ones, for they are loved as much as oneself.) Jealousy and possession have nothing to do with love: for if one truly loves others, one wants them to be free to experience all the joy and ecstasy they can possibly have.

8. Sacrifice.

Sacrificing one’s value (except to loved ones), or one’s bliss, or one’s happiness, in service to so-called spiritual gods, is an offense against the divinity within. In my view, animals are sacred — is it not the Age of the divine in the beast that is man? I do not presume to govern the actions of others; but sacrifice is propitiation, i.e. appeasement to gain divine favor. As such, it is pathetic. The law of the Old Age was one of death; but the New Law is of the Holy Will of the Divine Self, and its sacrament is love and sex, not death and atonement. See L I:58. [Note that the word appears in L III:12, but there it is highly symbolic, and refers to purging of sacrificial death cults of the Old Age, to bring them in harmony with the Law of Holy Will founded on love. I don’t wish to force this interpretation on anyone, but it is one I firmly believe to be true.]

9. The importance of science.

It is absurd to follow any religious demand of faith in the power of a god over medical science that is proven to work. There is nothing wrong, I suppose, with trying acts of prayer and/or invocation to work in conjunction with medicine, but it is nothing short of murder to resort to faith to the exclusion of valid medical treatments. Belief is powerful, but not that powerful. See L I:58.

10. Strength of will.

Weakness of will is a kind of illness. It is best to be strong-willed whenever things go wrong, rather than allowing difficulties to bother your equilibrium. Getting overwhelmed with the madness of sorrow is not just a waste of time and energy, it can also be dangerous, and detrimental to the Great Work. Better to be strong and move on.

Also, it is weak will that allows misfortune or poverty to make you downtrodden. Strong will makes the most of it.

11. Strong joys.

No matter what happens, it is better to be joyously alive — even in the face of death. Nothing can rule over you unless you allow it to do so.

12. Masterful confidence.

Why allow yourself to get down? If others would bully you, it is best to laugh at them and fight them if needed. If others would shun you, you’re better without them. Best to be oneself, unique and self-loved, than to appease fools. Herd-folk may hate you for it, but so what? You don’t need them.

13. A helping hand, not pity.

It is good to help a fallen comrade upon his feet, but it is an insult to his sovereignty to pity and coddle him.

14. Sacraments.

The things of ecstasy and joy are our sacraments. Hedonism is service to the god within, carnal pleasure its worship.

15. The Stele and the love-song.

In ancient times, many initiates from all over used upright stones — i.e. stelae — at the heart of their temples, as conduits to the subtle forces they invoked. We have our own conduit in the Stele of Revealing, and our own special love-song in the “A ka dua”. But as always, “Do what thou wilt”. Typhonian Thelemites, for instance, have their Yantra in the image of Lam, with an accompanying mantra to match. Muslims have the Black Stone; Christians have the Crucifix; Buddhists have the Buddha; others have their Idols; and so forth. All are sacred: for they arouse in us the hidden power of our secret Genius.

Or you may prefer none of the above! The Law, after all, is for all — not just the religious.

16. Celebrations.

There are rituals of nature, but there are also feasts of commemoration. All these holy days are for nourishing invocation, celebration of events in our lives, and remembering the Avatars (i.e. Saints) before us who manifested the same Current of Genius we embody in our lives today. See L II:35-44.

Of course, you may do as you will. It is the doctrine of the Holy Law that matters most, not its ceremonies and celebration. Delight in whatever you will!

17. We are as we are, and not other.

It is weak to try to be something you’re not. Be yourself. Find your talents and skills, hone them well, and make creative use of them. Aspire to your own Genius.

18. Self-worship.

Satisfaction of desire is worship of the god within, as long as it doesn’t remove others from their own joy. Bliss is best.

It is weakness of will, though, to rush your rapture. Is it not better to take your time, for the maximum enjoyment? Appreciate all that life has to offer.

19. Fearlessness.

Courage is also strength of will. What is there to fear? Even death itself is merely a transition: not an end to joy but merely a new beginning. And if you were to fall, so what? Get back up and have at it again. What is there to lose?

20. Service to the god within.

Pride and self-love honor the divinity within you. You are your own God, Most High, co-equal with that of those whom you love.

21. Promulgation of the Law.

See L III:39. Spread the Law as you will, if only by example — as it suits you, as always. Living the Law is enough, if you will.

22. Begone with the fools who would waste your time.

Those who would argue endlessly, lacking understanding, aren’t worth your time. Seeking to convert them is foolish: if they fail to understand then they aren’t ready. They talk and talk just to hear their own folly.

Begone with them that would bind you: be rid of such as would subjugate. Yield nothing to the nosferatu.

23. The Sanctity of the shameless.

Are not the ways of love, and the iconography thereof, utterly sacred? Should we not rejoice therein, exalting the same? Shame, and the veils of shame, are certainly not of us. If others take offense at this, they take offense at the Most High.

Sex is the Holy Spirit of God, not anything to be reviled: is not God a beast?

Chastity is restriction, and sin.

24. The Law is Liberty.

Freedom is the Law: repression is violation of the Law. Enslavement is unlawful. We fight for liberty and joy and love, for these support the will divine.

25. Hatred toward the ideologies of hate.

Those that hate us might someday love us, but their ideologies are despicable; for they poison minds and would make ugly what is lovely. To hell with their vile creeds of hate.

26. Trust in yourself.

Self-doubt weakens the will, leading you to falter and fail. Doubt is but the servant of fear; but we know that to fail is impossible if we are resolute, and so we fear not.

 

Those, then, are the basic traditions of Thelemic Law as I see them. I don’t claim to speak for all, but I will call it as I see it.

A more comprehensive exegesis is coming, in the forthcoming reformation Covenant. More is to come thereafter, in The Law Unveiled. All will be revealed here eventually. It is not the only way to interpret these matters of Holy Law, and it is not to everyone’s taste. It is one way of looking at it, and I make no apology, as it is forced on no one. This is the Law of Thelema as I see it, and if any disagree then that is just fine by me. The essence of the Law is freedom; and there is no place in its palace for dictators. For every man and every woman is his/her own master, and I would have it no other way.

 

Thanks so much for your time, and may 93 be with ye.

 

“Love is the law, love under will.”

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SOROR ALOSTRAEL

aka Leah Hirsig

died

FEBRUARY 22, 1975

6:15 am

“A feast for Tahuti and the child of the Prophet — secret, O Prophet!”

– The Book of the Law, II:39

“Mark the day, for it shall be to thee as a sign.”

– Soror Anadra, February 22, 1992

[The Anadra Working]

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It was forty years ago, approaching the 71st Year of the Thelemic Age — the Year of Thoth (THOTH numbering 71 by serial English) — that Soror Alostrael, the “Ape of Thoth”, underwent the experience of her Greater Feast. Born April 9, 1883, she was nearly 93 years of age when she died in Switzerland, the land of her birth.

Alostrael (“Divine Womb”) met the Thelemic Prophet, To Mega Therion, aka Aleister Crowley, in January of 1919, greeting him with a passionate kiss. A strong, intelligent, sexually liberated woman far ahead of her time, she won him over quickly, taking the Oath of the Scarlet Woman on January 11, 1919 (for which see The King of the Shadow Realm by John Symonds).

It was on Thursday, July 22, 1920 (see King of the Shadow Realm), that the prophet himself, of his own free will, swore a permanent Vow of Holy Obedience to her. A few years later, furious that he had deserted her for good, she tried casting off her role as Scarlet Woman — in vain, however, for she was a Vessel of Our Lady Babalon, and once an Avatar, always an Avatar.

It was in her later diaries — the desertion diaries, as she titled them — that she expressed some of her most profound ideas. It was therein that she admonished the prophet for clinging to Old Age notions of gods. She emphasized that we, the Thelemites, were the gods, and so we should appeal to ourselves. Serving external deities, sacrificing to gods, appeasing divinities without, was in her view nothing but a slap in the face of the multifaceted divinity within.

She had other fantastic ideas, too, such as revising the old system of magick, devising all new symbols to express the New Way. She never did this herself, but her words have inspired us to do this.

A truly brilliant mind, and an extraordinary visionary, we are privileged to serve her great vision. I am proud that I was the first voice to publicly announce the true time and date of her death, back in 2003.

Alostrael, Matron Saint of the Holy Thelemic Church, we love you deeply, and remain forever devoted to your Great Work and Mission.

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“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law”

As has been announced on our social media, the Holy Thelemic Church is under reformation. Its Apostolic Ministry will shortly be issuing a full and clear delineation of the new aims, work, and tradition of the Church. The changes are dramatic, but necessary; and the reason for the transition will be fully explained therein. Suffice to say here, in brief, that the change is an inspired one that has the Apostolic Ministry very excited indeed. The Church is successfully spreading its message far and wide, and is drawing in a great many from near and far — but we have only just begun our Great Work.

Even so, we need to make a simple declaration first, before unloading such an extensive and detailed exegesis, so as to clarify what we are about.

1. The Church is no longer to function as a training organization. Its primary line of work will be the promulgation of the Law of Thelema, not merely as a new religion but as an ideological and overarching religious Law that encompasses all religious approaches, assimilating the same. It is to be divided into three sections: secular (for those preferring no religious approach), spiritual (for those of any given religious persuasion, but adapting the same to Thelemic Law), and the sacrorum (for those who prefer a purely Thelemic religious practice). All will be accepted, regardless of whether they are atheistic, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Pagan, or what have you. As long as Thelemic Law is accepted and applied, none is excluded.

2. The secondary line of work, equally vital, is to be the transmission of the Thelemic Current of subtle force to all humanity. This line of work will be strictly for those willing to do it, and how they go about it is their choice to make. In fact, there will be no reporting to anyone. What you do is your business. All that is important is that you accept Thelemic Law and work as you will, however you are gifted to do, not to further our institution over any others but to spread the glad word of Thelema.

3. The Church is in competition with none. We solicit no donations; demand no fees; require no personal information; ask nothing of anyone (except acceptance of Thelemic Law); dictate to no one; and set no tyrannical rules.

4. There is no hierarchy. Even the Apostolic Ministry exists but to serve the mission of the Church, never to preside or rule in any way.

5. The Ministry of the Church shall propound and even expound Thelemic Law, but will never seek to force any interpretation on others. Even the Apostolic Ministry works only as a guiding light that none of its members must accept. Of course there are obvious violations of Thelemic Law — e.g. binding others against their will, or sacrificing children, or gross criminal misconduct (to cite extreme examples); but we are not here to enforce them.

Finally, it should be understood that the Apostolic Ministry of the Church is no final authority. Again, we are simply putting out a message, without expectation of acceptance or approval. Our work is to provide neither a social network nor an authoritarian regime, but a vehicle by which a body of Thelemic tradition may be carried on; with which the subtle seeds of Thelemic inspiration may be planted among men and women everywhere; and through which Thelemic Law may be cultivated across all nations, advocating freedom from vile restriction and an end to xenophobia and tribal/cultural limitation.

Our work is for the betterment of humanity, not because it is ours to be altruistic, but because we wish for a better world for ourselves and our loved ones.

“Love is the law, love under will.”

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There is much discussion of late questioning the veracity of the prophet, with the aim of discrediting the revelation he transmitted, which ushered in the age of divinity in the beast that is man, putting an end to the superstitions and outrageous errors of the old-age thinking surrounding the silly belief in external deities with impossible “spiritual” ideals (along with their consequent unnatural and harmful impositions). This is hardly surprising, given that the new era is one of scepticism and not of faith. We are cautioned, in the Book of the Law itself, to be certain, as opposed to making blind leaps of faith (L, I:58). Crowley actually anticipated argumentative discord of the kind we have now in the Thelemic community. In ch.68 of the Book of Lies, we find the following prediction:

“Be not sad at heart, O prophet; the babble of the apes will presently begin.

“Nay, rejoice exceedingly; for after all the babble of the apes the Silence of the Night.”

From this we may glean that the prophet was unbothered by what he foresaw: for success is inevitable, as all prophets are given to see in time. His mission, as ours, simply cannot fail, no matter how bleak it may appear in times of trouble.

The problem I have is not with the notion that the revelation on which the New Law and its sacred mission are founded might be a lie, but that this would invalidate the message or make powerless the work based thereon. The message applies to humanity now more than ever before, and there is no way that Aleister Crowley or Rose Kelly (the ones that channeled the writing) could have anticipated just how much way back in the utopian glamour of the early 1900s. As for the system of work propounded in its oft-times cryptic verses, it can without doubt advance the mind and strengthen the will when adhered to intelligently and regularly.

The New Law teaches that God is not an external being, totally apart from the consciousness, but is instead buried beneath the myriad layers of the conscious and subconscious mind. This is all-important, as it heralds not merely another religion, but rather an overarching religious Law — in harmony with natural law and science — which holds the potential to reform all religions at odds with science, and in time, with a great deal of effort (and a little good fortune), to lead humanity out of the dark times of extremist error and the disasters concomitant therewith, into a brighter future of religious understanding and freedom from the ridiculous idea that we are, or are expected to be, enslaved to immaterial beings that would deny us happiness as we are.

The human mind has evolved greatly over a vast period of time, and continues to do so. What began as a primitive monkey brain has gradually developed into something vastly superior: i.e. a mechanism of loftier awareness, with the ability to tap great insight (leading to fantastic inventions and solutions), profound levels of reason (leading to brilliant scientific discoveries), and extraordinary creativity (producing incredible art, music, and literature). And as we continue to evolve, so too does the potential of the mind increase.

Pondering the imponderables is problematic, and wild speculation can be dangerous (as history has demonstrated time and again), but quantum science is now beginning to grasp the truth of Liber Legis, II:32, which reads:

“Also reason is a lie; for there is a factor infinite & unknown; & all their words are skew-wise.”

There are a couple of problems that seem to be obsessing and greatly bothering some. One stems from that sin of Restriction known as the lust of result. Many are swept away in the rapture of the lust of result; in fact, all of us are at some point, at least until we learn to fully divest ourselves of it.

However, it is a difficult thing to learn, and hard to keep firmly in mind even after we do learn. Each moment in time has such a tight grip on us; and worse yet, those moments which present us with tragedy and trouble, forcing us to struggle as if caught in quicksand, unleash on us such ferocious winds of the lust of result that we feel as if we were facing violent storms of hellish despair. It is moments such as these that tend to test rather severely our resolve not to worry or be bothered.

Some, though, are so hopelessly mired in the moment that they simply cannot envisage being at some level in all moments of time, transcending the limitations of expectation. They are always obsessed with success, so that failure destroys them. Even small failures may set them off into a rage, or send them sinking into a pit of hopeless depression.

Those who labor against the Law in this way, finding it difficult or even impossible to act with blissful passion without the fear of failure, even in the face of certain calamity, simply fail to realize that there is no consequence of failure as long as we never give up. Death itself cannot stop us, if as it seems that death is but a transition — and even were it not so, our greatest efforts will be admired by others, serving as an inspiration.

The second problem that appears to be perplexing or driving some, is the possibility that the prophet of the Law of Thelema may have fabricated all or some of the revelation story surrounding the Advent of the Law. The details driving their speculations hardly matter much, flimsy as they are. Was it the full conscious mind of the scribe that wrote of his own “ill will” and hatred for “the hand & the pen” (c.f. L, II:10-13) that were supposedly dragged along by a stronger will than that of which he was, in his moment of time, consciously possessed? Maybe. Was it he, in a carefully calculating frame of mind, that cast himself in such a slavish role, even referring to himself as “slave”? Possibly, though not too likely. For the book shows the signs of a hastily written work of inspiration; and it seems unlikely that a young man, puffed up in ego as he clearly was, and atop the world as it were, would exhibit himself as one so slavish and weak.

But let us at least admit the possibility. After all, Crowley had a propensity for playing tricks. He pretended to be sympathetic towards Nazi Germany; he faked his death; and he was willing to lie in order to gain funds for the furtherance of his mission. He praised Madame Blavatsky, recognizing her exalted attainment as Magister Templi (a transcendent, Supernal level of awareness) — but more, he also conferred on her the extraordinary title of Forerunner of the Aeon. What is even more extraordinary is that he did all this knowing full well that she had been fraudulent many times herself. His justification for her behaviour was clearly and openly expressed in writing: i.e., she did what she had to do to draw attention to herself and to the Great Work. She was justified, he explained, because she succeeded in getting that attention, and did not waste valuable subtle energy on producing mundane miracles to do it. She had instead reserved those precious powers on far more important, more far-reaching works of Magick — such as the birthing of a prophet by subtle means, and vesting him with the same force that had guided her in her way; and paving his way via her writings, the inspiration of which obviously moved him deeply.

In Crowley’s Book of Thoth, in the section examining Atu I, “The Magus” — also called the Juggler or Trickster — he penned the following in reference to the Logos or Word (or prophet) of an Aeon:

“Logically also, being the Word, he is the law of reason or of necessity or chance, which is the secret meaning of the Word, which is the essence of the Word, and the condition of its utterance. This being so, and especially because he is duality, he represents both truth and falsehood, wisdom and folly. Being the unexpected, he unsettles any established idea, and therefore appears tricky. He has no conscience, being creative. If he cannot attain his ends by fair means, he does it by foul. The legends of the youthful Mercury are therefore legends of cunning. He cannot be understood, because he is the Unconscious Will.”

This is telling. Like Blavatsky before him, he would do whatever was required to accomplish his Great Mission. So even if Crowley did fabricate the revelation story, that would not necessarily invalidate the message itself. It should be obvious that he did not fabricate the writing of the verses of the Law themselves in a consciously-crafted manner; for had he done so, he would certainly have changed it a great deal from its current form — and he most certainly would not have allowed Rose Kelly, whom he called “an empty-headed woman of society”, to channel any of it.

In any event, we should probably consider carefully the implications of L, II:11, in reference to “the hand & the pen” being directed by an iron-fisted hidden will. This would mean that, no matter how faulty the fool, his own occult genius may push him forward. Sir Edward Kelly was one such charlatan, and yet his genius, expressed so powerfully throughout his channeled works, cannot be denied.

Let us bear in mind that Aleister Crowley laughed at Rose when she insisted that she was in subtle contact with a superior intelligence with the name (i.e. formula) of Aiwass. And it was the two of them that accessed, and were driven by, the deep-seated genius that resides in all. He disliked the message; she took no interest in it, yet was obsessed with getting it out.

We need not believe in angels or djinn, anymore than gods or demons. But the genius inherent in the mind is seated, in some form, in all moments of time, ad infinitum (as any beginning necessarily follows on the heels of an end, “nothingness” being impossible). It is logical that a more highly evolved form of mind might influence our own, directing it to ends we cannot yet fathom, possibly to save us from disaster, and with time, assisting our evolution.

One is reminded of Balaam’s ass. It was Balaam, whose ego was great, that insisted on a course of action which would have destroyed him. But it was a mere ass that refused to take him where he wished to go; and no ill will of Balaam’s could make it otherwise. Even an ass, it would seem, may serve as the instrument of the greater will.

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(I wrote this before, but it bears repeating. Let no one insist that you need his or her benediction or approval. You may build your own bridge to the Holy Supernal Will. I did so, and so have many others. All men and women are regal, if they so will. They need only realize it, and behave accordingly.)

In his commentary to Blavatsky’s The Voice of the Silence, Crowley wrote:

“The Brothers of the A.’.A.’. refuse none. They have no objection to any one claiming to be one of Themselves. If he does so, let him abide by it.”

This quote indicates that one may come out of no lineage and forge a connection with the Supernal Order itself.  Also there is the following passage from The Confessions, p.657:

“Many people may go through the ordeals and attain the degrees of the A.’.A.’. without ever hearing that such an Order exists.”

Now, this quote shows clearly and unequivocally that direct physical lineage is unnecessary.  One might attain the very same lofty states of realization without ever learning of the Great Order or its methods at all.  Some actualization of Genius is all that is really needed.

 

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“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.”

The success of the mission of this Church is of paramount importance to the destiny of the entire human race.  It may hardly seem so now, at this early juncture, at a point when the Church consists of a mere few, with its very Apostolic Ministry always teetering on the edge of financial collapse, but such has been the case with all great movements which started out small and weak and ended up large and powerful.  Mohammed started out driving camels for a meager living; Moses had his fold forsake him for a time, owing to their frustration with his seemingly impossible mission, in favor of a golden calf; and Jesus, of course, was betrayed by his own people, who insisted that he be crucified in place of a convicted murderer — and his movement had to endure three centuries of persecution before it could grow into anything at all significant.  Of course, ours is no religion akin to any of these, being an atheological religion — i.e. one that cultivates and worships the Genius of the greater ego of man instead of an imagined objective personal deity of some sort.  Yet it is precisely this form of religious approach, which springs from the secret doctrine veiled within The Book of the Law, that is certain not to overthrow theistic religion — surely an impossible task — but rather to revolutionize the same, leading to the reformation of all theistic religions to conform to the doctrine of the New Law of the Era of the Will of Man (not God), for the welfare of humanity and the salvation thereof from the global holocaust which extremist theistic cults, if thus unreformed, are bound to bring to mankind.

The word religion quite naturally rubs many (especially the highly educated, and those free of the obsession of theistic extremism) in all the wrong ways.  We get it.  Atheists would surely be most likely to reject our movement merely for the very reason that ours is a Church that espouses a religious approach, in spite of the fact that this approach is centered not on God but on the celebration of the natural state of man and his potential for Genius.  Yet it is such an approach, and such an approach alone, that shall keep the madness of religious extremism from eventually overtaking the nations, robbing its peoples of their free will, and ultimately wiping out civilization altogether, swept up as such extremists are in the passion of eschatological insanity.  Reason alone can never win over zealous minds, as it lacks appeal for those whose aesthetic love for their respective religions exceeds all things.  We can only win over the minds of extremists, away from the self-defeating madness favoring an impossible spiritual ideal against the natural Genius of man, towards the realization of man’s own inherent divinity instead, by appealing to this aesthetic love out of which all their zealous passion derives, and reconstituting their respective systems to make them helpful, and not hurtful, to humanity in so many different ways.

The basic premise of theistic religion, in most cases, is that man is hopelessly mired in, and helplessly enslaved to, a corrupt natural state, and that the material world in which he lives — in which he suffers pain and death — is a revolting temporary prison from which he hopes to be redeemed to an imaginary spiritual paradise.  His material condition, subject to suffering, is deemed base and evil, therefore its natural ways are considered vile and sinful, leading away from the salvation they imagine would direct the afterlife consciousness to redemption in the union with a personal spiritual God thought of as being free of such a condition with all its natural tendencies.  As a consequence of this errant logic, the extremist views the world and even its inhabitants as ultimately dispensable, being as they are (per their warped logic) separate from the imagined perfection of the divine nature.

In our view, on the other hand, the natural state is not imperfect, the world is sacred, and all living beings partake of the divine essence (the evidence for this being the manifestation of Genius in man, and in the potential for animals to evolve as humans did to a level of higher intelligence).  Not only, therefore, is our religious approach in accord with science, but it is also most sensible, founded as it is not on a fantastic ideal but on empirical knowledge.  For that reason, and for its potential to redeem humanity from an otherwise irrevocable devastating error by its overarching methodology adaptable to all religious approaches, it is of inestimable value to us all.  As it is written in The Book of the Law:  “the Law is for all”.

Our religion, that of atheological Thelema, begins with the premise that human suffering is not evidence of separation from God at all, but is merely a requirement if its opposite, the appreciation of pleasure and the joy thereof, is to be realized.  In order to experience a caress, in other words, one must also be subject to a crash.  It is simple and irrefutable logic: the impersonal divine consciousness divides itself into countless points of individual realization, in all animal life, for the appreciation of joy, of beauty, of love, and of happiness; and in order for that to be, it must also subject itself totally to misfortune and pain.  There simply is no other way.  What this means, of course, is that all Prophets have been to some extent slightly misguided, even though their epiphany was of the same Genius that inspires us now.  The inspiration of religious epiphany is valid, but it filters through the lens — always to some extent clouded by faulty perception or knowledge — of human thought and interpretation, which is never infallible (in spite of what the pope may claim).  We do, therefore, respect and value the epiphany of Genius that manifested in all Prophets, while denying that their respective views were inviolable and their teachings beyond reproach.  In this way, too, we can, over the course of time, through the successful promulgation of our atheology, rescue the world from dangerous religious extremism.

It is not to be assumed, at any rate, that this Church is held to be the exclusive path to salvation of any kind at odds with, or in competition with, any other similar institution.  It can lead its members to enlightenment, provided they are not misguided, uneducated, possessed of inferior motives, or obsessed with superstitious ideas.  But it is not the only way to enlightenment.  Of course, there are various levels of enlightenment.  This Church, while of the greatest value to the future of humanity in the long run, for its atheological perspective alone, is nonetheless but one of many of the houses of the holy.  It is primarily a vehicle for atheology; but it is also a community of Thelemites, in which Thelemites of all persuasions may unite without discord, provided that they are willing to do so.  They are all free to utilize its Sacerdotal methodology, should they will — though they become official representatives strictly by invitation only — but they are also free to avoid doing so, if not so inclined, and may abide in the laity instead.  What we provide for the Thelemic community is a vehicle of communion for Thelemites to celebrate the Genius of humanity, to commemorate the Genius of Thelemic Saints (male and female) and that of Geniuses from all branches of art, literature, science, and religious epiphany, across all the ages of man.  And what we contribute to that community is a fresh, new insight into the Law of Thelema — an atheological insight, which unlocks the innermost adytum of the key truth thereof.

It was recently impressed upon me that it would be in the best interest of the Church if we avoided the pitfall of a cult of personality by skirting the issue of the Child of the Prophet.  I believe that I have done this by pointing out previously that all enlightened men and women are the Children of the Prophet — that is to say, Children of the Genius of the Aeons (or of that Genius which informed the Prophet of the Thelemic Age, as it also informed — in some measure — every Prophet and Oracle, male and female, from every era).  It is a fact not commonly known that the praeterhuman Genius that drove the Prophet and the Scarlet Women had not merely one but numerous such mystical Children:  we know this from the diaries of Leah Hirsig.  (Her entry for October 2nd, 1924 e.v. lists not only C.S. Jones but also John Wilson Navin Sullivan, Raoul Loveday, Norman Mudd, Helen Hollis, Ninette Shumway, and Scarlet Woman Dorothy Olsen, as magical Children; and she would surely know.)  But again (it simply cannot be overstated), no Prophet, great or small, is infallible, no matter how enlightened he or she is; and so no institution, however well-guided or how well-meaning, is beyond error or corruption.  And no mission thereof, no matter how critical at a given point in time, is of paramount importance at all points in time.  Thus, it would be foolish of us — or of any institution — to cling like sticks in the mud to any given dogma or tradition, resistant to change in the face of truth or to the changing needs of evolving man.  Is not the law made for the benefit of man, and not man for the law?  No law or plan, however vital to the needs of the moment, is absolute and final for all time.  Sticklers for outworn tradition are ultimately forsaken by the Current of Genius which originally informed and inspired them, just as those species in nature which survive are not those that are strongest in their resistance to change, but those that adapt best to it.

I am not so special.  I am worthy of no praise or even admiration for the work I do.  I do what I do because I am sworn to do it, and because I have to do it, for the rectification of mistakes made prior to this life.  It is not to be assumed that I believe — as so many “beasties” mistakenly do — that I was the Prophet of Thelema in a previous incarnation: I most certainly do not believe that I was any Thelemic Saint or Prophet in any previous lifetime.  Aleister Crowley is, I believe, dead and gone.  He is not incarnate in this world, in my opinion, nor will he be anytime soon.  Of course, I could well be wrong in such an assumption, but it is my conviction that he is no longer with us and intends to keep it that way for however long.  So it should be well understood that I require nobody’s obedience or respect.  I am simply doing what I must do, for the betterment of all men and women, for their liberation in the Law of the Holy Supernal Will of man’s own greater Genius.  My own will is completely self-serving, not because the path on which I travel is of any personal benefit –it most definitely is not –but owing to the fact that it sets right my own previous mistakes, which need not be divulged here (nor elsewhere for that matter).  Time and again I have left this work in order to pursue more personally-rewarding endeavors, only to be dragged back kicking and screaming to this frustrating and thankless toil of what almost always seems to amount to head-banging against a dead-end wall.  I hardly believe, as some have intimated privately, that I will see a successful conclusion to this work in my own lifetime.  I would prefer it to be so, not for myself personally but for the opportunities it would provide for me to exercise other talents in my possession; but it is not necessary or the least bit expected.  I would much rather devote myself to my chief joys in life: the writing of novels and screenplays (I have several partly done now), and the production of art (I used to draw and paint in my youth but now I work almost exclusively in digital art).  But I have my duty, and that most certainly takes priority over mere mundane want.

The lust of result is always the bane of any inspired or impassioned but frustrated worker.  All things do, after all, collapse with time.  It is of utmost import to humanity that we do succeed in this particular mission, but it is, over the whole vast scheme of time, not really anymore important than the weaving of a spider’s web.  It is a construction of beauty, and a wondrous device of great practical value — for a time at least; but the winds of change shall surely blow it away one day, and nothing whatever will remain of it.  Even so, the web must be woven, and once it is done, the spider certainly expects no applause.

No matter what happens to its founders (the members of its Apostolic Ministry), the Holy Thelemic Church is destined to live on and prosper, its enlightened and gifted members spreading its glad word far and wide, working hard (however they will) to promote its unique doctrine of atheology, and celebrating Genius wherever it exists.  Who is to say what tree shall one day emerge from seeds planted today, or what fruit it will eventually bring forth?  From what I have been given to see, such fruit shall someday be to the great delight of all seated at the table of the Feast of the Gods, partaking of the Gnosis of Apotheosis, who are informed thereby with the Holy Spirit of Atheos (or No God).

Soror Alania (the Oracle of the Apostolic Ministry) and I will be going offline again soon, unfortunately, owing to problems that need not be mentioned here.  It is most unfortunate that it will keep me from writing in any capacity, and from releasing the Acta Apostolicae volume that is now nearly completed.  This is not to say that the work will never come.  However dark the night, there is certainty that the sun will arise:  so it is equally certain that events will bring about a brighter future.  The Scarlet Dawn shall come, and it when it does it will bring a baptism not of the blood of death but of rebirth unto a better tomorrow for all mankind.

The Church hopes to have a new Grand Minister in place very soon.  I will make the announcement as soon as it is verified.  We are taking no new members until the Autumnal Equinox, and by then I hope to return (though it is hardly certain at this time).  In the meantime, rejoice! for the revelation that began over a century ago in Cairo continues to unfold today, in ways seen and unseen, and its glorious truth shall lead all in time to the Apotheosis of Atheosis, and to the ongoing regeneration of the earth in the Law of Do what thou wilt.

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“Love is the law, love under will.”

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“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.”

Here is Liber Oz, published by Aleister Crowley in November, 1941 era vulgari.  Its brilliance is without equal.  Consisting entirely of one-syllable words, it is designed to appeal to all.  It also features 220 words, the number of verses in Liber L vel Legis, The Book of the Law.  All I did was chose and arranged the font, redesigned the artwork, and appended the signature of Ankh-f-n-khonsu (in Crowley’s hand).  It also appears in the upcoming Acta Apostolicae Ad Astra, Volume I, Part I, which deals with the Law of Thelema.

Click on the above image, or on the corresponding link in the sidebar library, to download the PDF.

“Love is the law, love under will.”

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