Why Thelema?

Posted: January 21, 2012 in Thelema, Uncategorized

For those who don’t know, Thelema is the religion founded by Aleister Crowley.

I started writing this post over 6 months ago and have failed to finish it until now. But it serves the purpose better. I have been a Thelemite now much longer.

My path with Thelema began about 2 years ago, but officially I initiated and was baptized in the ECG. My baptismal certificate sits as a center piece in my living room. I don’t even have my diploma up.

There are many aspects to the religion of Thelema, one could actually spend a lifetime on it. There is the Book of the Law which is considered to be a sacred text revealed to Aleister Crowley by his Angel Aiwass through his wife Rose at an Egyptian museum. This is heavy stuff and I can get myself into arguments if I try to pontificate. But let me just say that this aspect of my religion does not offend me in the slightest. Even as I also herald myself a disciple of Atheism.

I read this book. In particular verse 1:47 of Liber al Vel Legis, also called The Book of the Law.

” …unite by thine art so all disappear.”

When I say these words one should envision atomic bombs, conquest of galaxies, destruction by the goddess Kali (who I consider to be a Hindu reflection of our beloved Babalon, sacred Whore). I breathe these little words like air. The rest of the book is mostly a mystery to me, and I am honored to sit at the feet of the Knight Monks who spend their lifetimes pondering the many words of this little book.

The Law of the Thelema is said as a hail to our brethren:

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

To which a brother or sister will answer : “Love is the Law. Love under Will.”

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

The secret here is to know what you want. Oh that may sound easy, but it is as hard as any holy quest. My will does not exalt me. My will humbles me.

It brings me to tears, it is the glimmer of light in the vast, vast, sea of darkness.

I don’t even know the whole of it. Just tiny, tiny, little details. The kind that hardcore, intense, militant habits are built from.

My will is elusive. It is so far from me, that it makes me rise to climb like staying on the fucking ground is death.

When I look to you deep in your eyes. Into your chakras. Into your holy potential and I say “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. ”

I expect you to break yourself in glory in despair. I expect to see a god-form manifest before me, and I expect to feel your will like the blast of the atomic furnace (Sun) that you are.

For it is also written “Every man, and every woman, is a Star.” In my dreams I say that with a sword in my hand, the armor of the Fakir, and the yearning of Alexander the Great.

And you, in your god-form answer the blessing, the reminder for me to do the same.

“Love is the law. Love under will.”

Love is the law. Love was understood by Crowley to be union, “unite by thine art so all disappear.” I feel the Whore of Babylon’s hot breath on my neck when I read this. If you ever see me read this, envision me as a murder weapon.

Love is the cataclysm of the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, which Crowley understood. Crowley made it his priority to be well versed in science. Eventually union will triumph over all. We taste that energy, a magician feels it in his or her will.

Love is under will. Sacred will. Beloved will.

What ails you my brethren? Is it not the massive overbearing decay pushed upon this Earth by those who remain ignorant of their will? They who destroy their sacred mother because they plunder as brain dead gods through the chaos.

No. It can’t be allowed to remain.

The Aeon of Horus is manifest. Crowley declared this, an Egyptian war god, as the herald and master of the New Age. Horus is not a mindless fire breathing war god. This Hawk Headed Lord was worshiped in Egyptian and Greek Mystery cults as the God of Silence: Harpocrates. The Christ Child is a clumsy mirror of this concept. The awakened child reveals to the magician the true secret of silence, that it is riddled with awareness and that speech is a necessary distraction from this bliss. I understand silence as the Neshamah of the Qabalah. This is where the perception of the Ajna chakra occurs, and the Sex Magick of the holy Svadisthana is manifest.

Horus beckons to your will as if Arjuna or Achilles beckoned you to war. It is the spirit of war, known to Friedrich Nietzsche as necessary for human ascension. We are not at our best when we are impotent, it is as simple as that.

The Aeon of Horus is with us now. The Law incarnates in increasing social liberality, in the current of freedom, that beautiful 93 current, manifest in the gematria of the Law, which permeates even the sleeping Pashus who ignore awareness of their wills. It is actually a dangerous power, I believe, which the Thelemite must be present as a sacred Knighthood to shepherd this energy into its perfect incarnation. This is the call of Horus, the silence that penetrates from the mezzanine.

I think at this point in the essay it is fair to say I am converted. And converted I am, as I have had many conversions in my lifetime, 3 or 4 at least. And Thelema swallows them all, and shows me what the intense Silence of Horus was guiding me to.

I love this shit.

I was drawn to it by the people. I started listening to Thelema Now! which has revealed to me the true connection between the 93 current and the counter cultural elements which guided me through the earliest parts of my self awareness, and my personal favorite Speech in the Silence which has been my Thelemic education through this whole process. Especially Living Thelema. I also have an Oasis, though now it is sadly far from me, I still pay my dues and will visit soon. And as soon as possible make it habitual.

I have met the finest, most amazing, beautiful people there, showing me the truth: Humans in the path of their true will are gods, and they inspire the most sincere and religious humanism from me one could ever hope to imagine. I could give you biographies for most of them, and that is because each of them is so fascinating and inspiring as to merit the memory of a personal myth for each of them.

This is humanity at its best.

So, a little late for tradition. And far too late in my own life:

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.

To which I pray you answer

Love is the law. Love under will.

  1. Eric says:

    Hey –
    Informative post, I am interested in Thelema, but I had a sort of a fear about it, and perhaps you could address it for me.

    I felt that Crowley was simply being an egomaniac, the Christ in his own religion, that this was no different from Scientology, or numerous Cults, that it was all bullshit to feed his own ego.

    I know that’s quite a charge, and it’s a charge I don’t feel with conviction, but suspicion, and I’d like to hear your thoughts on it.


    • mindcore says:

      That’s a fair criticism, and for a while the reverence for Crowley was my least favorite part about Thelema. But in my experience Thelemites don’t see Crowley as a Christ figure. In fact the most dogmatic Thelemite I know sees Crowley almost as the bumbling idiot who happened upon the greatest wisdom of the age, and barely got any good out of it himself for his incompetence.

      Its hard to explain how Crowley is revered. I think for me the real answer is in the sainthood of the ECG.

      They include Friedrich Nietzsche, William Blake, Pythagoras, Mohammed, Edward Kelley (who was John Dee’s bumbling sidekick). Also Goethe, Charlemegne, Pope Rodrigo Borgia, John Dee himself, and Francis Bacon who invented modern science.

      One can be comfortable with Crowley because one is among these giants in the pursuit of the True Will. I have also found Crowley’s writing to do much to alleviate the negative things I once thought about him. His pen and how his hand wielded it has been a gift to me.

      However if I disagree with Crowley, I always take my own side and don’t feel an ounce of guilt about it. I am willing to bet this is the typical response of most Thelemites. Thelema is to a certain extent a religion of individualism, and Crowley was a hardcore, willful, world changing individual. As are the other saints of the E.C.G. (which is the more religious wing of Thelema).

      I see myself as in the company of these giants, and feel that way about all the brothers and sisters in the Order.

      From what I have heard about the actual practice of Scientology and its church, the tolerance and mutual respect practiced for the individual expressions of each Thelemite would be most unwelcome there.

      Besides L. Ron Hubbard stole from us. Literally, he robbed body master Jack Parsons’ boat during the mid 20th century. It is not so far fetched that he may have stolen some things from Thelema, like how Crowley carried himself.

      But Crowley preached the manifestation of the individual’s True Will revealed to the individual through a highly personal, and personalized initiatory process. A Thelemite is ultimately answerable to their own perfected self, in communion with the HGA. Not to Crowley.

      Crowley held an office. And that office was crucial to our current understanding. If he was too pompous, or crude, or egomaniacal so be it. But from his readings I find his words on Samadhi to be too revealing on this issue. Crowley evoked and banished his ego at will. For whatever purpose he believe he perceived beyond the abyss,

      All Thelemites hold an office, and they shall each incarnate and practice the Great Work in a way appropriate to them. With all the failure and all the glory to be expected in any serious spiritual, transcendent work.

      I hope I have answered your question, if not let me know if I can clarify anything. I should also say, as all Thelemites should, I don’t speak for the O.T.O. or the E.C.G. these are my own opinions. And healthy quarantine of the individual Thelemites theory and interpretation is common practice within the Order. The Order serves those who serve their True Wills. It does not attempt to dictate anyone’s will to them.

  2. Eric says:

    That was a great reply to be honest. I don’t know if any sort of reply that didn’t include “yeah Crowley was an egomaniac” could have been convincing. It sounds like something I might want to check out some more.

    Is OTO a Thelemite organization then? In addition, how often do you have meetups? I’m in a relatively small city (700k people), so I don’t think it has any offices up here. I suppose I could drive 7 hrs to the next biggest city once a month, or every other month.

    • mindcore says:

      Oh yeah, the O.T.O. is definitely a Thelemite organization. If you were willing to tell me which city I would be happy to find the nearest body for you. My current city is 250K and I am planning on setting up a camp here after I get a few more initiations. A camp is the smallest kind of O.T.O. body. There are not an overwhelming number of O.T.O. bodies, but you might be surprised at some of the places that have them.

  3. Eric says:

    I tried to look for a way to PM you, but ah, fuck it, I’m in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

  4. Eric says:

    sure do, can you send me an email with your facebook link? I have to enter in my email to post a comment so I’m presuming you know it?

  5. mindcore says:

    My pleasure. Send me a friend request. I hope this one works: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000891244198

    if not search Enrique Recuero Lubbock TX. that should get me.

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