The religion known as Thelema

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    The Aeon of Horus began in 1904 when an infamous occultist named Aleister Crowley was on his honeymoon in Cairo, and his wife, known as W the Seer, received communication from a higher intelligence. For the next three days he received the threefold Book of the Law, Liber AL vel Legis, which contains the Law of Thelema. I'm sure you've heard the various tales of Crowley as a drug-crazed sex-maniac with no respect for anything, but I would caution you to read some of his books and find out for yourself, and even if you still dislike the man, he was but a vessel for the Law of Thelema, so do not discount it.

    There have been tomes written on The Book of the Law in the past, and I don't want to even try to write a detailed commentary on it. I shall simply highlight a few of the phrases that for me display a profound philosophy and the answers to many religious problems, and I shall then leave you to do your own research. The Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO) in my eyes is the true custodian of the Law, and they have much more information, and the original text, on their web site at

    The religion known as Thelema was founded in 1904 by the English poet and mystic Aleister Crowley (1875 - 1947), who is regarded as its prophet. Those who follow the path of Thelema are called Thelemites.

    Thelema emphasizes individualism, and the uniqueness of each person's Will. As a result, it is very difficult to make blanket statements about its nature or (still more so) the natures of its adherents. Even the label "religion" fits Thelema awkwardly in some contexts — it is in other senses a philosophy and a way of life, while also overlapping with the set of practices and symbols commonly called "Magick".
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    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

    Thelema is the English spelling of the Greek word 'Θελημα' which implies 'will' or 'intention.'

    Thelema is also the name of a philosophical/religious system founded by Aleister Crowley in 1904. The central doctrine of this system is that knowing and doing one's True Will is the ultimate purpose and duty of every being. Crowley's 'received' text Liber AL vel Legis or The Book of the Law is the central document which provides the basis for Thelema. This book declares that "Love is the law, love under will", "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law", and "The word of the Law is Thelema".

    The Greek Thelema is the basis of the word Thelemite, coined by Francois Rabelais, the 16th century French humorist-philosopher in his classic work Gargantua, where it is used to describe the dwellers in a sort of anti-monastery, the Abbey of Thélème. The word Thelemite appears in The Book of the Law, and is used self-referentially by the adherents of Thelema.
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    The Holy Books of Thelema
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

    Aleister Crowley, the founder of the religion of Thelema, designated his works as belonging to one of several classes. Not all of his work was placed in a class by him. He also added material that other people wrote to the classes.

    Class A was for Holy Works
    Class B consists of works of scholarship and enlightment.
    Class C consists of material that suggests things other than the obvious.
    Class D consists of official rituals and instructions.
    Class E was everything else.

    The Books
    Class A material has a prime directive from Liber Al: III, 47.
    This book shall be translated into all tongues: but always with the original in the writing of the Beast; for in the chance shape of the letters and their position to one another: in these are mysteries that no Beast shall divine.

    Liber AL vel Legis is the foundational text for Thelema. It is the only Holy Book that Aleister Crowley claimed to have had no part in the authorship of.

    Class A

    Liber I: Liber B Vel Magi Sub Figurâ 1

    Liber VII: Liber Liberi Vel Lapidus Lazuli, Adumbratio Kabbalæ Ægyptiorum Sub Figurâ VII

    Liber X: Liber Porta Lucis Sub Figureâ X

    Liber XXVII: Liber Trigrammaton Sub Figurâ XXVII

    Liber LXV: Liber Cordis Cincti Serpente Sub Figurâ XXVII

    Liber LXVI: Liber Stellæ Rubeæ Sub Figurâ LXVI

    Liber XC: Liber Tzaddi Vel Hamus Hermeticus Sub Figurâ XC

    Liber CLVI: Liber Cheth Vel Vallum Abiegni Sub Figurâ XC

    Liber CCXX: Liber Al Vel Legis Sub Figurâ CCXX

    Liber XXXI: Liber Al(Liber Legis), The Book of the Law

    Liber CCXXXI: Liber Arcanorum ιων ATU ν TAHUTI Quas Vidit Asar In Amennti Sub Figurâ CCXXXI Liber Carcerorum ιων Qliphoth cum suis Geniis

    Liber CCCLXX: Liber A'ash Vel Capricoroni Pneumatici Sub Figuræ CCCLXX

    Liber CD: Libe Tau Vel Kabbalæ Trium Literarum Sub Figuræ CD

    Liber DCCCXII: Vel Ararita Sub Figuræ DLXX

    Class A-B

    Liber CCCCXVIII: Liber XXX Ærum Vel Saeculi, Being of the Angels of the Thirty Aethyrs the Vision and the Voice.

    Liber CDXV: Opes Lutetianum

    Class A-B


    Class D

    Liber LXI: Liber Causae

    Notes on the List
    Liber I originally was a Class B document, but was changed to Class A in 1913.

    Liber LXI was originally Class A, then changed to Class B, then changed to Class D.

    Liber CCXX and Liber XXXI are essentially the same. The latter is the handwritten original. The reason for the two documents comes from Liber Al: III, 74, which states Paste the sheets from left to right and from top to bottom: then behold!

    Liber CCCCXVIII has instructions in Aethyr 8 and 18 which are to be regarded as Class D. As it is a diary, it more properly belongs in Class B, except for the parts that the Angels dictated. Parts which are not consistently and clearly demarcated.

    Liber DCXV, more commonly known as The Paris Working is a magickal diary. The Class A material is so intertwined that segregating them apart is extremely difficult.

    Liber DCCCCLXIII is Class A for the introduction only. The rest of the text is Class B.

    The Stèlle of Revealing is not part of the Holy Books, despite it being a part of the Gnostic Mass (Liber XV) that is performed by Thelemites as part of their sacred rituals.

    The Comment of Ankh F N Khonsu is sometimes considered to be part of Liber Al vel Legis. At other times, it is considered to be a different document. In either instance, it has been understood by some to mean that no discussion of any of the Holy Books may take place.

    Reference Texts
    The Holy Books of Θελημα
    Crowley, Aleister
    York Beach, ME: Samuel Weiser, INC; Ordo Templi Orientis: 1983

    Commentaries on the Holy Books and other Papers
    The Equinox Volume IV number 1
    Crowley, Aleister
    Blavatsky, H P
    Fuller, J F C
    Jones, Charles Stansfeld
    York Beach, ME: Samuel Weiser, INC: Ordo Templi Orientis: 1996

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