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Loving Babalon

Loving Babalon

by Brandy Williams Listen to a reading of this text on Speech in the Silence or on YouTube Babalon says: Loving me is the most radical practice. 1. You and your body, you are perfect, you are Divine, you are the form in which the Divine is made manifest. I stand before you. I hold

The Imprimātur of A∴A∴

The Imprimātur of A∴A∴

by Alan Willms Imprimātur is Latin for “let it be printed”. The term has been widely used by the Catholic Church in two senses: a) in old times, for authorizing the publication of a book, otherwise to be censored; b) in modern times, as an endorsement of the contents of a book, stating they

Satariel’s Shroud: Sex, Power and Ethics in Contemporary Thelema

Satariel’s Shroud: Sex, Power and Ethics in Contemporary Thelema

By Shin Melitodes Dion Fortune (1890-1946) is a rather out-of-fashion occultist; she is rarely considered transgressive or florid enough to merit research in today’s edge-obsessed occult milieu. At one of the first academic conferences I  ever attended I asked a fellow scholar what she thought of Fortune’s work. The scholar sneered, and said she had no

Charity in Thelema: Contributing to the Greater Community

Charity in Thelema: Contributing to the Greater Community

by IAO131 Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Prologue Before even beginning to discuss the extent that contributing to the greater community is part of Thelema, it should be acknowledged that the “alpha and omega” of Thelema is Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the

Thelema in Innocence, Honor and Power Cultures

Thelema in Innocence, Honor and Power Cultures

by Harmony Pax Societies around the world are made up of mixes of innocence-guilt, honor-shame, and power-fear cultures. These define average people’s worldviews and how they respond to different situations. They also define different possible approaches to Thelemic spirituality and philosophy. Innocence-guilt cultures are individualistic societies, such as liberal areas in the US and other

The Bonfire of the Thelemites: A Perspective on Duplexity

The Bonfire of the Thelemites: A Perspective on Duplexity

By Shin Melitodes [For the sake of full disclosure I would like to explain that I did my MA with Keith at the University of Amsterdam. I had some limited friendly interaction with him, and although we were not particular friends, I have no personal grudge against him, nor could

Aleister Crowley’s a Leftist? Politics straight from the Beast

Aleister Crowley's a Leftist? Politics straight from the Beast

by Frater Oz After the accusation that people like me "persistently interpret his (Crowley's) words to mean the opposite of what he says," I wanted to NOT re-write some things and put that accusation into perspective for the "Stamp and Trample" crowd, who seem to me to try do the very thing I

Breaking the Binary in the New Aeon

Breaking the Binary in the New Aeon

by Sib. Ayin / R.A.D. Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Was Aleister Crowley (Baphomet) non-binary in terms of gender identity? A few sources seem to suggest he did not identify exclusively as "male" (in this life, or previous ones) despite his biological sex. If so,

What is the Future of Thelema?

What is the Future of Thelema?

by Soror صقر Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. For a movement born in 1904, one might think we'd have grown a bit larger by now... Yes, we have Organizations. There are Festivals. There are very serious Conferences with lots of Powerpoints, which have citations and probably too much text in them. We've got fancy books that

Why Beauty is Essential to Magick and Life

Why Beauty is Essential to Magick and Life

By Frater Entelecheia One of the great advantages of religious ceremony is that it mixes both dogmatic and creative elements. The dogma comes from the script of the ritual, the authority behind it, and the sedimented tradition it represents. The creative dimension comes from whatever aesthetic touch is brought to the

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