Whether you spell it Magic, Magick or Magik, it is an important part of our lives. “I hope the above principles will demonstrate to ALL that their welfare, their very existence, is bound up in MAGICK. “ Magick in Theory and Practice (being Part III of Book 4) - by Aleister Crowley with Mary d'Este Sturges and Leila Waddell
In the early 20th century Aleister Crowley wanted to differentiate his practice of magic from what stage magicians did. He began to use an older spelling which is used in English through the 17th century. He also felt that the “k” made the word more numerologically significant.
Some modern practitioners reject the “k” as pretentious, or as some Thelemite leaders have gone out of their way to give Thelema a white supremacist rep, reject it because they associate it with Thelema. Others have taken to using magik, which is also an older variant spelling…English only standardized spellings fairly recently…for reasons of their own.
As an organization we don’t have an opinion…it’s just not that important.
These days the occult section at Barnes and Noble is a lot bigger than the stage magic section, so we aren’t all that worried about confusion.
Traditional Thelemites like to use the “k” because of Crowley, but we’re more about building a bridge to modern traditions than worrying about doing things precisely the way Crowley did them. Typically we use “magic” when speaking generically and “magick” when quoting other sources that use it. But really, whatever works…
Spirituality is passive. It involves waiting for
That isn’t really for The Thelemic Order to say. We can say that it is important to Thelema because it is a key to being able to act with the full resources of the universe available to you and to discover and enact your Will. Magic is both the ability to understand your own relationship with the universe and the ability to apply it.
Crowley wrote that every person “should make Magick the keystone of his life…should learn its laws and live by them.”
We don’t have anything against people who choose a primarily “spiritual path,” limiting their interaction and study of magic to ceremonies led by others, or focused spiritual devotions concerned with deity.
That said, we feel that few people really achieve their full potential that way….maybe you’re the exception…and that many people use sprituality to build a fence around magical practice, forbidding those things which fall outside of the allowed celebration or ritual.
We strongly oppose that. The core of TTO, the Order General, exists to further social interaction and individual magical practice.
The first Universities, universitas magistrorum et scholarium, were in translation, “an association of teachers and scholars.” Elements such as hierarchical leadership, and examinations evolved later. We seek to create a University in the truest since…a community of teachers and scholars.
There are no appointed masters or designated students.
In keeping with our flat structure and general respect and regard for the intelligence of our members, the Order General does not designate teachers or scholars, but rather assumes its members are, by turns, both. “Success is your proof.”
TTO has its roots in the leadership and cultural ferment of William Blake Lodge, O.T.O., Baltimore. WBL became, in the late teens, a “lodge of leaders.” Several attendees ran other groups, including Regla de Ocha households, Wiccan Covens, Druid Groves, Dionysian Initiatory groups and so on.
If Thelema is to be an intellectual center of the Magical world, then its adherents must be active in many communities. TTO promotes such activism, and aims to provide a solid basis on which leaders can build skills. Other organizations are not “rivals” of TTO, rather they are part of a complex ecology of freewill associations that represent the New Aeon concept of religion: powerful, personal, and decentralized.
The Order places a value on writing, arts, presentation, and scholarship. Internally it aims to provide opportunities for writers and presenters to share their information with others. Externally TTO will devote reasonable and equitable resources, when available, to promoting its member presenters, artists, and authors as an object of pride,
TTO will not, as has happened so often in the history of such orders…see for example Crowley and Mathers…hide its new authors and talent, or exile them for fear they may detract from the fading glory of long time leadership. New talent is by intent the glory and strength of TTO.
The General Secretary will provide a public resource for presenters and authors who present to post listings of their classes, workshops, intensives, etc. in order to facilitate bodies in finding presentations that fit their budget and interests.
Speaking and Leadership
TTO will work to provide classes, and network opportunities for outside classes, to facilitate leadership training as well as training in speaking and presentation. We will also encourage professional skill shares to enable those individuals who already have a professional ability to share their skills with others.
No but members of TTO will, and we will provide a place to meet them, learn from them, and make it easier for you to find them.
The only “sacred cow” is Hathor. TTO is not headed by a person of high degree who might need, as has happened so often in the history of Hermetic organizations, to protect their own reputation for scholarship by deprecating others, or to conceal their own magical impotence by creating circuitous paths that hide the banality of their knowledge and revelation.
TTO is headed by a Secretary General, who is selected from among the Membership for competence at Administration.
TTO Priests and Prelates self-select a path of ordination, and are elected to the College of Prelates. They may be authorities on magic, or may excel in other areas. They have no power to enforce rules or practices regarding magic.
TTO body Masters are trained in safety and consent. While they may often be great resource people for magic, some may excel at other things. They may exercise control, principally for purposes of safety, over what activities are performed within their body, but they are not authorities on individual practice.
TTO Initiators train in safety, consent, and the presentation of initiations. While we hope they are good resource people for magic, they too have no authority over individual practice
TTO bestows secular honors for conspicuous good work in the area of magic, particularly the publication of books or other notable works, or teaching and instruction. Those who have been so honored are excellent resource people, but they too have no power to tell you what is right and wrong.
“Fear not at all; fear neither men nor Fates, nor gods, nor anything. Money fear not, nor laughter of the folk folly, nor any other power in heaven”
There is no magic or art which is forbidden.
We do not avoid subjects such as goetia, necromancy, or spirit possession because they are too “scary” to normal people. We do not avoid subjects such as yoga or herblore because they are too “commonplace.”
Really, nothing forbidden?
Not forbidding the study or practice of magic doesn’t mean condoning every act that might accompany it. Remember, we hold consent to be paramount, and our policies generally prohibit violating the law at Local Body events.