Thelemic Will

By Xi O'Teaz | November 11, 2003

Subject: re: Uncle Al’s “Do what thou Wilt shall be the Whole of the Law”:
To: The zee-list

>>And you threw the Crowley quote as if to say it
>>means nothing more than, “do what ever you want to”.
>>In which case… if that was what it meant, that is
>>what it would read.
> >that is what it reads….i think..to me it is. anyone
>else care to suggest it means otherwise? i know there
>are some more qualified than me on this list on
>Crowley’s works…

Thelema is a Greek word meaning “Will”. The way that Crowley used the term, he meant *Will* as in a Path that one follows in Life. It has a kinda “higher” feel to it, in that one’s life should be spent discovering and then following their “True Will” (cf. *will*, as in a mere fleeting desire or want).

I think that one’s Will can be seen as similar to a Destiny or Fate. The Romans had a saying that basically stated

“The Fates *lead* those who would follow, and *drag* those who would resist.”

I think this sums it up quite well.

Weiser Books - Book of Lies

Another way to look at it is that we are all given a “script” for our lives. Whilst the actual *words* in the script are irrelevant, the progression of our Life’s Story (major plots and sub-plots, resolutions, direction, etc.) is our True Will.

Make sense?

But “doing whatever you want to” implies a more fleeting and ephemeral desire than a Thelema/Will would cover. One’s Will is *not* fleeting, as has been shown above.

Hope this helps.

“Know Thy Selves”

~~~3 Coyotes Dancing~~~


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