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Thelema is post-Christianity, not anti-Christianity #2

January 10, 2010 8 comments

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

(read part 1 here)

“Not ‘Thy will be done’ but ‘Do what thou wilt!'” This is the sub-title or slogan of the Christianity is Dead, Thelema Lives series. This very phrase speaks to not the destruction but the continuation, fulfillment, and perfection of Christianity in the Law of Thelema.

We do not say that Jesus is dead, or that Christians are dead. Christianity is dead, and Thelema lives. Thelema is the torch by which we pass on the Flame of Gnosis through the Aeons.

Whereas in the Old Aeon of the Suffering Man – symbolized by Jesus and Osiris – found the source of Light outside of Man in the person of Jesus, in “The New Aeon [we] proclaim Man as Immortal God, eternally active to do His Will. All’s Joy, all’s Beauty; this Will we celebrate.”

“Every man and every woman is a star,” according to the Book of the Law and each star is like the Sun: a center of life, light, force, and fire. That is, the Fire of God burns in the heart of every man & every woman. God is found in one’s own Heart – the Self of oneself, “Thou who art I beyond all I am, who hast no nature and no name, who art, when all but thou are gone, Thou centre & secret of the Sun” (Gnostic Mass).

“Each star has a function in its galaxy proper to its own nature. Much mischief has come from our ignorance in insisting, on the contrary, that each citizen is fit for any and every social duty. But also our Law teaches that a star often veils itself from its nature. Thus the vast bulk of humanity is obsessed by an abject fear of freedom; the principal objections hitherto urged against my Law have been those of people who cannot bear to imagine the horrors which would result if they were free to do their own wills. The sense of sin, shame, self-distrust, this is what makes folk cling to Christianity-slavery.” (Commentaries to Liber AL)

The central rite of the Ordo Templi Orientis, the first of the Masonic Orders to accept the Law of Liberty, is the Gnostic Mass. This rite is also called “Liber XV” and “Ecclesiæ Gnosticæ Catholicæ Canon Missæ.” The Beast 666 himself writes, “[Liber XV] represents the original and true pre-Christian Christianity.” (Magick Without Tears). This Gnostic Mass is “the central ceremony of [the O.T.O.’s] public and private celebration, corresponding to the Mass of the Roman Catholic Church” (Confessions).

The Mass itself reflects that Christianity has preserved the Gnosis – or True Wisdom – despite its exoteric dogmas and superstitions. “The Christian Religion is packed… with survivals of pagan rites” (Liber 888). As the Beast 666 says, “Christmas is at the winter solstice, the birth of Christ put for the birth of the Sun…  It is rather amusing to observe that ultra-Protestants, in proving that Roman Catholicism is pagan and phallic, which they do quite irrefutably, need merely to be confronted with the proof of the Catholics that every point of their religion is derived from Scripture, to form the premisses of a syllogism, whose conclusion is that Christianity is but an adaptation of Phallicism.” (Liber 888)

And with that, we close with a version of the “Lord’s Prayer” which is appropriate to this New Aeon of the Crowned & Conquering Child:

Hoor hath a secret fourfold name: it is Do What Thou Wilt.
Four Words: Naught-One-Many-All.
Thou-Child!
Thy Name is holy.
Thy Kingdom is come.
Thy Will is done.
Here is the Bread.
Here is the Blood.
Bring us through Temptation!
Deliver us from Good and Evil!
That Mine as Thine be the Crown of the Kingdom, even now.
ABRAHADABRA.
These ten words are four, the Name of the One.
(Book of Lies, ch.2)

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Christian responses to encountering the Beast 666

January 7, 2010 21 comments

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

If anything, this blog ‘Christianity is Dead’ has exposed many Christians to the Law of Liberty. These are quotations are to show that, although perhaps not accepting & promoting it, Christians are at least examining the message of Thelema:

  • “You know what – I am going to take up this challenge and look deeply at ‘Thelema’ and Aleister Crowley’s life – to see what is taught and at the heart of this philosophical pursuit…which one might call religion?” (societyvs)
  • “I read through much of your literature on the philoshopy and ideas of Thelema. Thank you first for visiting the blog and responding to the post… The idea that Christianity is dead and will be redeemed and brought to fruition & perfection through Thelema is interesting to us.” (Derek)
  • “As a Christian, I obviously disagree with much of what you believe. Still, some of what you say about Christianity is true, at least with respect to how professing followers of Christ have observably behaved.” (dave)
  • “I am interested in the law as it pertains to the U.S. Constitution and our national justice system. Clearly, I am a Christian. Additionally, my political view standpoint is a Libertarian. According to Thelema, ‘Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law!’ and ‘Heaven is on Earth, and we live joyously without fear of grace or guilt, having discarded the priestly bogey of sin.’ What the above statements about Thelema mean is simply: 1. Individual freedom of choice, 2. Love yourself, 3. Abide by the law. As a Libertarian, I believe in individual’s freedom of choice and this is supported by our U.S. Constitution too. Libertarians believe in limited Government to control personal liberties which does support Thelema’s statement, ‘do what you will and that is the law’ [sic!]” (Christina)
  • “I’d ask simply – what’s the point of this thelema ideology? What’s the goal – the intended ending exactly? I read and I see: we need to lose our ‘restrictions,’ Doubt has more meaning than faith, sexual repression (of any sort) is not acceptable, we all determine our own wills (which is also about sexuality in the quote), The ‘God-idea’ must be placed with the rest of the relics of times past. I have studied some Huxley (in passing fancy) and this sounds a lot like his humanistic ideals of spirituality.” (societyvs)
  • “I see that you are disciple of Aleister Crowley. I must admit even by standards of some of my occultist friends Crowley was a wicked man. A genius? Yes! A Prophet? Of Lucifer indeed! An amazingly talented writer and poet? Of course! But Wicked above all things I must concur…” (dubi0usmonk)

Love is the law, love under will.

Quotations on the Life of Thelema and the Death of Christianity (part 1)

January 4, 2010 25 comments
(NOTE: AL refers to Liber AL vel Legis, or the Book of the Law which is the central text of Thelema)
Every man and every woman is a star.” -AL I:3

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“The only possibility of ‘evil’ is that the Will may be hampered. On the contrary, to the slaves of ‘Jesus,’ there is scarce an act which is not of the nature of ’sin’. ‘Even our righteousness is as filthy rags.’ ‘There is none good, no, not one,’ etc., etc., ad nauseam — et praetor! To us, then, ‘Jesus’ is the very fount and origin of all possible ‘evil,’ for he synonymous with the idea of Restriction on every plane. The Christian conception of sin as the will of the natural man, the ‘Old Adam,’ is the basis of all internal conflict — of moral insanity.” (comment to Liber LXV)

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The word of the Law is THELEMA.” -AL I:39

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“I slept with Faith, and found a corpse in my arms on awaking; I drank and danced all night with Doubt, and found her a virgin in the morning.” -Book of Lies, ch.45

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Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” -AL I:40

The word of Sin is Restriction.” -AL I:41

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“There shall be no property in human flesh. The sex-instinct is one of the most deeply-seated expressions of the will; and it must not be restricted, either negatively by preventing its free function, or positively by insisting on its false function. What is more brutal than to stunt natural growth or to deform it? What is more absurd than to seek to interpret this holy instinct as a gross animal act, to separate it from the spiritual enthusiasm without which it is so stupid as not even to be satisfactory to the persons concerned? The sexual act is a sacrament of Will. To profane it is the great offence. All true expression of it is lawful; all suppression or distortion is contrary to the Law of Liberty. To use legal or financial constraint to compel either abstention or submission, is entirely horrible, unnatural and absurd. ” (Commentaries to Liber AL)

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Thou hast no right but to do thy will.” -AL I:42
Love is the law, love under will.” -AL I:57

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“Every star must calculate its own orbit. All is Will, and yet all is Necessity. To swerve is ultimately impossible; to seek to swerve is to suffer. The Beast 666 ordains by His authority that every man, and every woman, and every intermediately-sexed individual, shall be absolutely free to interpret and communicate Self by means of any sexual practices soever, whether direct or indirect, rational or symbolic, physiologically, legally, ethically, or religiously approved or no, provided only that all parties to any act are fully aware of all implications and responsibilities thereof, and heartily agree thereto.” (Commentaries to Liber AL)

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Be goodly therefore: dress ye all in fine apparel; eat rich foods and drink sweet wines and wines that foam! Also, take your fill and will of love as ye will, when, where and with whom ye will! But always unto me.” -AL I:51

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“The God-idea must go with other relics of the Fear born of Ignorance into the limbo of savagery. I speak of the Idea of God as generally understood, God being ‘something “not ourselves” that makes for righteousness,’ as Matthew Arnold victorianatically phrased his definition. The whiskered wowser! Why this ingrained conviction that self is unrighteous? It is the heritage of the whip, the brand of the born slave.” (Commentaries to Liber AL)

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Beauty and strength, leaping laughter and delicious languor, force and fire, are of us.” AL II:20
There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.” -AL III:60