Archive for the 'Thelemic living' Category

Fresh eyes

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

The mind runs along well-trodden ruts, and it does this by design. As we explained in Let there be no difference made, the mind would quickly become overwhelmed if it was necessary to fully process all stimuli received by the senses which would, apart from other things, be an enormous survival disadvantage. Suppose we are […]

Majesty in nature

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Over on, I’ve been involved in a thread dealing mainly with the question of “knowledge”. During that discussion, presumably objecting to the idea that “knowledge” – which requires effort and honesty to obtain – is helpful in any way, a flaky new-age whelp calling himself “sonofthestar” (whose immortal take on the veracity of Crowley’s […]

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 – […]

Reality revisited

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

In You are not entitled, we raised the possibility that a liberal society and liberal values, although clearly preferred by many, may actually be detrimental to a society and ultimately unsustainable. Earlier, in Let there be no difference made, we saw how natural selection has not “designed” us to be spiritually fulfilled and happy, presumably […]

Polishing the self-image (and success is not your proof)

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

In a comment to A damnable heresy recently, I stated that: The problem really is that people study this subject for a short while and then quickly conclude that they basically know what they’re doing. Sure, they’ll often claim that they’re humble, and that they know they’re still a beginner, and that they’ll never stop […]

The three dimensions of will

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

From private correspondence. The correspondent has been working with some of the ideas on this web site, but remarks: I’m still finding signifacant frustration with getting any kind of grasp on my will … When I try to just be quiet and look at my desires without trying to analyze them, I tend to find […]

What’s the point of it all?

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

Recently, a private correspondent asked me the following question: You’ve taken a lot of time explaining Thelema. However, there is something that’s been gnawing at me for some time now, and is possibly the most fundamental of all for this subject… “What’s the point of it all?” There’s a part of me that is wondering […]

A corvine interlude

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

On a lighter than usual note, this entry will consist of a review and discussion of John Crow‘s “The Missing Calls to the Great Work”, an interesting and thoughtful essay in an otherwise uniformly disappointingly lacklustre and low-quality second edition of the “Journal of Thelemic Studies” magazine. In the essay, Crow summarises some points relating […]

Thelema, libertarianism and politics

Friday, March 7th, 2008

An recent news article on generated the following comment from an individual calling himself “mendaxveritas”: Beyond that, the point is simply that it is unwise to employ methods that arguably violate the principles of The Book of the Law. The cause of liberty is not advanced by taking advantage of laws that themselves are […]

Moral education

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

Erwin wrote: I include this whole evaluative tendency under the heading of “morality,” and the moral layer of narration is probably the most pernicious of all, since if you manage to let go of the idea of what you “should” be doing, then all you really have to go on is what you are naturally […]