by Soror Ana La Ahad
1. Understand the basic principles of Thelema, including the Law of Thelema, the concept of True Will, and the importance of the individual’s spiritual journey.
The Law of Thelema is the central tenet of Thelema, a spiritual philosophy founded by Aleister Crowley in 1904. It states, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” This Law is meant to be interpreted as a call to self-actualization, to discover and follow one’s own True Will. True Will is the path of self-realization and spiritual growth that each individual is meant to follow. It is the path of self-discovery and self-fulfillment, and it is not necessarily the same for everyone. It is a personal journey that requires self-reflection and exploration. The importance of the individual’s spiritual journey is emphasized in Thelema. Each individual is responsible for discovering and following their own True Will, and this journey is not necessarily easy or straightforward. It requires dedication and commitment, and it is a lifelong pursuit. The individual’s spiritual journey is essential to living a fulfilling and meaningful life.
2. Learn the basics of ritual magick and the tools used in Thelemic magick.
Ritual magick is a form of magick that uses symbolic gestures, words, and objects to create a desired effect. It is often used to invoke or evoke spiritual energies, deities, or other entities, and to create a space for magickal workings. The tools used in ritual magick vary depending on the tradition and the purpose of the ritual, but some of the most common tools used in Thelemic magick include:
- Wand: A wand is used to direct energy and to symbolize the magician’s will. It is often made of wood or metal and may be decorated with symbols or gemstones. It represents the solidity and unity of will of the magician.
- Cup: A cup is used to represent the element of water and is often used to contain ritual offerings or to pour out libations. It represents the breadth of the unconscious and the emotions.
- Dagger: A dagger is used to represent the element of air and is often used to banish and/or to draw ritual circles. It represents the sharpness of the mind.
- Pentacle: A pentacle is used to represent the element of earth and is often used to hold ritual items or to represent the magician’s magickal circle.
- Lamp: A lamp is used to represent the element of Spirit and is often used to light ritual candles or to symbolize the light of knowledge. It represents the Godhood within each individual. It is the light of the Holy Guardian Angel.
- Incense: Incense is used to purify the ritual space and to create a sacred atmosphere.
- Herbs and oils: Herbs and oils are used to anoint ritual items and to add power to the magickal workings. Abramelin oil is often used which has a very distinct feeling when applied.
3. Become familiar with the works of Aleister Crowley, particularly The Book of the Law and other foundational texts.
Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was an influential British occultist, ceremonial magician, and poet. He is best known for his founding of Thelema, a religious philosophy that emphasizes individual freedom and the pursuit of personal spiritual enlightenment. He is also known for his prolific writings, which include The Book of the Law, Magick in Theory and Practice, The Book of Thoth, and The Book of Lies. The Book of the Law is considered to be the foundational text of Thelema, and it outlines the core principles of the religion, including the Law of Thelema, which states that “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” Other important works by Crowley include The Book of Thoth, which explores the tarot, and The Book of Lies, which contains a collection of short essays and aphorisms. Understanding his works is central to understanding the what, how, and why of Thelemic magick.
4. Learn the basics of astrology and how it relates to Thelemic magick.
Astrology is a system of divination based on the belief that the positions of the planets and stars at the time of a person’s birth can influence their life and destiny. In Thelemic magick, astrology is used to determine the timing of rituals and to interpret the energies of the planets and stars in order to gain insight into the workings of the universe. Astrological symbols are used in Thelemic magick to represent the energies of the planets and stars, and to invoke their power in rituals and spells. Astrological correspondences are also used to determine the best times for rituals and to determine the energies of the day.
5. Understand the importance of energy work and how to use it in your practice.
Energy work is an important part of Thelemic magick, as it is used to channel energy from the universe and direct it towards a desired outcome. It can be used to manifest desired changes in the physical world, as well as to help with spiritual growth and development. Energy work can be used to create protective circles, to invoke deities and spirits, to create talismans and amulets, and to perform rituals. It is also used to enhance and direct the power of spells and rituals. Energy work is a powerful tool for Thelemic magicians, and it is important to learn how to use it properly and safely. This is one reason that sexual magick is used in Thelema, as a deep and powerful form of energy work that can transform the Thelemic magician.
6. Learn how to use the tools of Thelemic magick, such as the tarot, scrying, and the Qabalah.
Learn the basics of tarot. Tarot cards are a powerful tool for divination, and they can be used to gain insight into yourself and your life. Learn the meanings of the cards, how to read them, and how to interpret them. There are many great resources such as Crowley’s The Book of Thoth to learn about the deep symbolism of the Tarot. Scrying is a form of divination that involves gazing into a reflective surface, such as a crystal ball or a bowl of water, in order to gain insight and knowledge. Learn how to use the tools of scrying, such as crystals and mirrors, and how to interpret the images that you see. The Qabalah is an ancient system of symbolism and mysticism that is used to gain insight into the spiritual realm. Learn the basics of the Qabalah, including the Tree of Life, the Sephiroth, and the Four Worlds. Read Crowley’s 777 and be sure to read “Liber O”. It is a deep study to understand the symbolism underlying Thelema.
7. Develop a relationship with the divine by connecting with the gods and goddesses of Thelema.
Study the works of Aleister Crowley and other Thelemic authors to gain a better understanding of the gods and goddesses of Thelema including Nuit, Hadit, Horus (in all his forms including Ra-Hoor-Khuit), Babalon, Chaos, and other figures. Participate in rituals and magical workings that honor the gods and goddesses of Thelema. Spend time in meditation and contemplation of the gods and goddesses of Thelema and their attributes (you can study them in 777 and The Book of the Law). Create art or music that honors the gods and goddesses of Thelema. Offer gifts and sacrifices to the gods and goddesses of Thelema as a sign of respect and devotion. Spend time in nature and connect with the energies of the gods and goddesses of Thelema. Keep a journal to document your experiences and insights related to the gods and goddesses of Thelema. Join a Thelemic community or group to gain further insight and understanding of the gods and goddesses of Thelema.
8. Learn how to create and use talismans and other magickal objects.
Create a Sacred Space: Before you can begin to create and use talismans and other magickal objects, you will need to create a sacred space. This can be done by banishing with the Star Ruby ritual or Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram. You can burn incense, light candles, and play music.
Gather Supplies: You will need a few supplies to create your talismans and other magickal objects. These can include a variety of crystals, herbs, oils, and other items that you feel drawn to.
Choose Your Intent: Before you begin to create your talisman, you will need to decide what your intent is. This could be something as simple as protection or prosperity.
Create the Talisman: Once you have chosen your intent, you can begin to create your talisman. This can be done by drawing symbols, writing words, or using other items to represent your intent.
Charge the Talisman: Once you have created your talisman, you will need to charge it with energy. This can be done by focusing on your intent and visualizing it being infused into the talisman. This also can incorporate sexual elements if you are versed in sex magick techniques.
Use the Talisman: Once your talisman is charged, you can use it in your magickal workings. This could be by placing it on your altar, carrying it with you, or using it in rituals.
Dispose of the Talisman: Once you have completed your magickal workings, it is important to dispose of the talisman in a respectful manner. This could be by burying it in the ground or burning it in a fire.
9. Understand the importance of ethics and morality in Thelemic magick.
Thelemic magick is a spiritual practice that seeks to bring about a greater understanding of the universe and the individual’s place within it. As such, it is important for practitioners to adhere to a set of ethical and moral principles. These principles are based on the Thelemic philosophy of “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law”, which is interpreted to mean that individuals should strive to act in accordance with their own true will. This means that practitioners should strive to act in a way that is in line with their highest values and beliefs, and that they should respect the rights and autonomy of others. Additionally, practitioners should strive to be aware of the consequences of their actions and to take responsibility for them. Finally, practitioners should strive to cultivate a sense of compassion, respect, and understanding for all living beings. By adhering to these ethical and moral principles, practitioners can ensure that their magickal practice is conducted in a responsible and respectful manner.
10. Practice meditation and other forms of spiritual development.
Meditation is a powerful tool for spiritual development in Thelemic magick. It can be used to connect with the divine, to gain insight into the mysteries of the universe, and to develop a deeper understanding of the principles of Thelema. Other forms of spiritual development include ritual magick, astral projection, tarot readings, and scrying. All of these practices can be used to gain a better understanding of the mysteries of Thelema and to gain a deeper connection with the divine.
11. Develop a regular practice of Thelemic magick and use it to manifest your True Will.
You develop a regular practice of Thelemic magick, using it to manifest your True Will. You begin by setting aside a specific time and place for your practice, and you create a sacred space for yourself. You use this space to focus your energy and intention on your desired outcome. You use the tools of Thelemic magick, such as rituals, invocations, and visualizations, to bring your desired outcome into reality. You also use the power of your own will to direct your energy and intention towards your goal. You trust in the power of your will and the power of Thelemic magick to bring your desired outcome into being. You practice regularly, and you trust that your practice will bring you closer to your True Will.
May you accomplish your True Will!
Love is the law, love under will.
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