Thelema for Beginners - Part 12.
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:
Organizations below are listed to present a historically complete picture and general reference of Thelemic Groups, and in order to faithfully reproduce this original resource.
The presence of any group below does not constitute an endorsement by The Thelemic Order. For specific recommendations, see our Information Page under the headers “Listings of Other Thelemic Groups” and “Getting Started with Thelema,” – ed.
- “Thelemic Organizations” on Thelema101.com
- “Ordo Templi Orientis” on Wikipedia
- “Ordo Templi Orientis” on Thelemapedia.org
- “System of the OTO” by Aleister Crowley, Magick Without Tears, chapter 13
- “Ordo Templi Orientis History” by Bill Heidrick
- “The Great Beast Was Here” by T. Polyphilus & Sr. Sphinx
- “A.’.A.’.” on Wikipedia
- “One Star in Sight” by Aleister Crowley – an essay about the structure of the A.’.A.’.
- Speech in the Silence podcast about Thelema, Aleister Crowley, and OTO
- The Journal of Thelemic Studies – non-partisan journal dedicated to Thelema, the psycho-spiritual religious tradition of Aleister Crowley
- The Island – a social network of Thelemites dedicated to promulgating the Law of Thelema
“Thelema is being defined right now by the actions of living Thelemites, and the policies of Thelemic Organizations everywhere… today… not tomorrow. The responsibility of laying a solid foundation upon where Thelema can flourish is up to you, and me.”
– Gerald del Campo, “The Unfolding of Thelema“
“Every person must be a pyramid: flawless from base to apex, sufficient unto themselves. Yet each Star is part of the Body of Infinite Space. Therefore make friends and enemies as ye will. Our attitude to one another must be one of great respect like the chivalry from the West or bushido from the East. Thrill with the joy of vigorous competition and conflict yet always out of overflow of Will, strength, beauty, love, and rapture. Therefore do not cover yourself to mask your true brilliance. Let the Sun of your Will shine effulgently on all things: care not that it will inevitably nourish some and destroy others. But also do not fear losing your supposed “freedom” by banding together with other stars. Verily, a galaxy is an inconceivably potent source of gravitational force although it is, in reality, made up of individual stars… Therefore make camps and lodges and groups and propagate the Spirit of Freedom, enshrined in the Word of the Law: Thelema.”
– IAO131, “The Manifesto of Ra-Hoor-Khuit“
“Now then the one by natural, and the other by voluntary, Restriction have come each to greater Liberty. This is also a general Law of Biology, for all Development is Structuralization; that is, a Limitation and Specialization of an originally indeterminate Protoplasm, which latter may therefore be called free,
in the Definition of a Pedant… In the Body every Cell is subordinated to the general physiological Control,
and we who will that Control do not ask whether each individual Unit of that Structure be consciously happy. But we do care that each fulfil its Function, and the Failure of even a few Cells, or their Revolt, may involve the Death of the whole Organism. Yet even here the Complaint of a few, which we call Pain, is a Warning of general Danger. Many Cells fulfil their Destiny by swift Death, and
this being their Function, they in no wise resent it. Should Hæmoglobin resist the Attack of Oxygen, the Body would perish, and the Hæmoglobin would not even save itself. How, o my Son, do thou then consider deeply of these Things in thine Ordering of the World under the Law of Thelema. For every Individual in
the State must be perfect in his own Function, with Contentment, respecting hiso wn Task as necessary and holy, not envious of another’s. For so only mayst thou build up a Free State, whose directing Will shall be singly directed to the Welfare of all. Say not, o my Son, that in this Argument I have set Limits to individual
Freedom. For each Man in this State which I purpose is fulfilling his own true Will by his eager Acquiescence in the Order necessary to the Welfare of all, and therefore of himself also… Thence let them soar!”
– Aleister Crowley, Liber Aleph
Love is the Law, love under will.
Thelema for Beginners was originally produced by IAO131 and is reproduced here with permission of the author. Some links and information have been added or updated by the TTO Website Admin.