Archive for the 'Thelema' 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 […]

Crowley in print?

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

I came across a page on Facebook the other day called Petition the OTO to publish Crowley’s out of print books and Thoth deck. It appears to be a platform for criticising the OTO for – as the name clearly suggests – not keeping Crowley’s books in print, heavily populated by professional complainer “Keith418”. Other […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


Friday, February 26th, 2010

A recent thread over on dealing with “promulgation” was recently locked and then deleted, and resulting in the closure of the accounts on that site of Joseph Thiebes and “Frater Oz“. While the goings-on over at, and the moderating decisions of the owner of, are not the concern of this blog, the ideas […]

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 […]