The basis of Thelema is the Will (which is Thelema itself in Greek). The command “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law” (Liber AL I:40) and “There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt” (Liber AL I:60) is often distinguished from the often misunderstood and mistranslated statement of “Do what you want.” Why is “Do what thou wilt” different from “Do what you want?” and is it similar in some respects? On this point, we may examine the positive and negative aspects of Thelema/Will insofar as positive means affirming and negative means denying. Continue reading
Ye Olde Morality
Most Westerns are familiar with the Ten Commandments that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai – the ten “thou shalt not”s. This system of ethics as set forth literally in stone by God and delivered through Moses is practically the perfect symbol of what I propose to call “old morality.” Old morality consists essentially in the belief that there is an absolute law of conduct, often rewarded with promises of heaven or some kind of pleasure and punished with verdicts of various types of suffering, even eternal suffering in a fiery “Hell.” This notion of absolute morality is most apparent in the Jewish religion, with its ten commandments (Judaism actually has 613 commandments in total), but it also appears in both Christianity and Islam (the “five pillars of Islam”). Both of these religions are characterized by their insistence on sin and the punishment of hell following sinful actions. These types of absolute morality are also apparent in many forms of Buddhism where they have “sila,” which consists usually of five “thou shalt not”s. In some forms of yoga, there are what is called “yama” and “niyama” which are essentially five “thou shalt”s and five “thou shalt not”s.
Now, this old morality being by definition founded on a notion of “absolute moral conduct,” is also necessarily quite inflexible. Not only did Moses invoke God as the source and authority of his commandments, but they were set in two gigantic tablets of stone.
In the course of history, one might say that these commandments, Jewish and otherwise, were necessary for that particular time. It can be agreed that many of these guidelines were (and still can be) effective if employed in the right circumstances, in the right cultures. For example, Continue reading
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
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). Continue reading
There is no light, nor any motion.
There is no mass, nor any sound.
Still, in the lampless heart of the ocean,
Fasten me down and hold me drowned
Within thy womb, within thy thought,
Where there is naught-where there is naught!
From “Kali”, by Aleister Crowley
In the beginning was the KAOS water, the pure creative force of undivided being. Crowley called this “Nuit”, which seems to be the combination of the sky goddess “Nut” with the chaos God “Nu”, or “Nun”. This was the potential for manifestation before the dream of Siva, before the suffering of Sophia that coalesed into the mist of dark reality. This primal force exits in a perpetual state of non-being, always edging toward being. A binary movement sets up from this tension of pre-creation, from a state of collapsed oneness, to a state of open potential. This is the struggle between Siva; the force of perfect order, and Sakti; the force of pure chaos. In Siva is the need to collapse to stable systems, the continual drive for one-ness that uni-fests as the point monad of Kether on the Tree of Life. In Sakti is the need for continual creation, the pure fertile need to populate Universe with the divine sparks of manifested intelligence. From these two forces arises the numinous Androgyne. This force exists at the beginning of physical creation, from its parthenogenic fullness it emanates across the Pleroma of the void, and down the Tree to Malkuth. Continue reading
Subject: Re: SV: Ordos Templis Orientalis
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 00:34:40 +0200
From: “Captain Bjørn Ursfjord” < ursfjord[at]powertech[dot]no >
Organization: PowerTech, +47-2301-0000
Newsgroups: alt.religion.wicca, alt.magick
William Edward Woody wrote in message …
<< Anyone who is alive and free and of sound mind is << entitled >> to take the OTO degrees up to the 3rd degree. I’ve heard (but again, take with a grain of salt, as I really do not know) that the 5th degree and above are by invitation. I don’t know anything at all about the requirements of the 4th degree, and I think there’s a degree between the 4th and the 5th.
And (again, as far as I recall), the degrees are “Minerval” (or 0th), 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. There is no such animal as the “3rd degree minerval.” Any OTO members reading this want to clarify? >>
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
The OTO actually consists of 12 degrees, from 0 (Minerval) to XI. All men and women who are free, of full age (18) and of good report has an indefeasible right to take the initiations from 0 to III. These 4 degrees are called “the Man of Earth triad”. Beyond the IV degree further advancement are by invitation only. The degree system eventually leads to initiation into the IX degree, also known as initiates of the Sanctuary of the Gnosis. This degree teaches the final secret of the magical system practised by the OTO, and the preceding degrees function as preparation to receive this knowledge by gradually initiating the candidate into the mysteries. The X degree is reserved for the Supreme and Holy King (Frater Superior) of the order, while the XI degree is said to have no direct link with the rest of the initiates and do their own magic apart from the rest of the body. Continue reading