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Thelema for Beginners - Part 10

Thelema for Beginners was developed by IAO131 and is hosted here by the Thelemic Order. While it is not an official publication of The Thelemic Order we consider it to be a balanced overview of Thelema.

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

For more information on this subject, we have provided pertinent books & links below:




Thelemic Video
  • HeruTV [YouTube] – Video channel of the Journal of Thelemic Studies, featuring ‘Thelema Talk’
  • Frater Oz [YouTube] – featuring readings of Aleister Crowley’s works & discussion of various topics related to Thelema

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Thelemic Podcast

“I’ve been an admirer of Aleister Crowley. I think that I’m carrying on much of the work that he started over a hundred years ago; He was in favor of finding yourself, and ‘Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law’ under love. It was a very powerful statement. I’m sorry he isn’t around now to appreciate the glories he started.”
– Timothy Leary

“The whole Beatle idea was to do what you want, right? To take your own responsibility, do what you want and try not to harm other people, right? DO WHAT THOU WILT, as long as it doesn’t hurt somebody…”
– John Lennon

“The lecture room was filling rapidly and Sir John scampered into a front-row seat. He noticed that Crowley had lowered his head and closed his eyes, obviously preparing himself for the lecture by some method of invocation or meditation. Behind him on the wall was a large silver star with an eye in its center, a symbol associated (Sir John knew) with both the goddess Isis and the Dog Star, Sirius. ‘Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law,’Crowley intoned suddenly, without raising his head. Then he looked about the room whimsically. ‘It is traditional in the great Order which I humbly represent,’ he went on, ‘to begin all ceremonies and lectures with that phrase. Like Shakespeare’s Ducdame, it is a great banishing ritual against fools, most of whom leave the room at once on hearing it uttered. Observing no stampede to the doors I can only wonder if a miracle is occurring tonight and I am speaking, for once, to an English audience that does not consist mostly of fools.’ Sir John smiled in spite of himself.”
-excerpt from Masks of the Illuminati by Robert Anton Wilson

Love is the Law, love under will.

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