Archive for the 'Thelemic theory' Category

Ultimate reality

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

In the same thread referred to in Majesty in nature, the idea of “ultimate reality” arose, exemplified in the following comment from Ian Rons where it is termed “absolute meaning” or “absolute knowledge”: However, yes of course people do make statements which they presume to be meaningful; but I would say that, ultimately, they […]

The Holy Guardian Angel

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

I have today uploaded to the “Writings” section of this web site a PDF version of my new essay, The Holy Guardian Angel. The objective of the essay is to engage in a comprehensive and thorough review of the occasions where Aleister Crowley wrote about the Holy Guardian Angel in his published works of prose […]

Each for himself

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Since it’s topical, another youtube video by “Frater Oz” entitled “In defence of the O.T.O.” contains an instance of another beginner’s mistake many Thelemites make that deserves correction. In the video, “Oz” says: Thelemites are a diverse group. Some do the work, some do not. Some simply live their lives as they see fit. Some […]

Grandeur in this view of life

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

The vice of kings recently discussed the attitude to “compassion” in The Book of the Law. Richard Dawkins’ latest book, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Evidence for Evolution – which should be required reading for everyone – contains a passage I can’t resist quoting which – inadvertently – sheds a significant amount of light […]

Liber AL Study Guide

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

As the volume of the writings on this website and blog grows, many of them extensive and dealing with multiple topics, it occurs to me that it would be useful to have some kind of index to enable new readers to have a fighting chance of finding the information they are looking for. In addition […]

Because, because, because, because…!

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

We have touched on the much-abused “a curse upon Because” and “reason is a lie” phrases from the second chapter of The Book of the Law in a number of places, including The fallacy of “experiential knowledge” and Sun enters Cadent of Aquarius, but we’ve never given them a thorough treatment in one place, so […]

The vice of kings

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

The phrase “Compassion is the vice of kings” from AL II, 21 is another in a long line of passages from The Book of the Law which modern-day Thelemites regularly attempt to pervert to their own moral and ideological ends. In particular, comments such as “we are told to indulge our vices” from Gerald del […]

What’s so great about the Great Work?

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

A few months ago, in the entry Religious naturalism and religious thinking, we criticized the much-vaunted but actually non-existent benefits of religion within the context of philosophy (which actually does not exist) which eschews the regular supernatural components of traditional religious beliefs. We saw that: once you take the supernatural out of religion, you are […]

Will? What will?

Friday, January 8th, 2010

The U.S. OTO Frequently Asked Questions page contains the following: What if it’s your True Will to do [some bad thing]? This is the philosophical puzzle at the core of Thelema, and like most puzzles, it resists easy solution. One school of thought considers “Do what thou wilt” to be a descriptive rather than a […]

Lust of result

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Reposted from Iskandar wrote: While I very much disagree with Mika’s last sentence, I am in complete agreement with her essential thesis, that “living according to one’s Will *is* achieving one’s Will.” I would consider Crowley as responsible for some confusion regarding this issue, but mostly because he was – Prophet or not – […]