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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

Many Truths and Many Spirits: A detailed response to Keith Readdy’s Book

Many Truths and Many Spirits: A detailed response to Keith Readdy’s Book

by Frater Αγάπη και Φως Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law. Introduction I want to start by saying that I am an initiate of the O.T.O. and have been for over 20 years. I love my Holy Order and am committed to this for life. I have worked in multiple lines

Can a Thelemite be a Conservative?

Can a Thelemite be a Conservative?

by Frater Bec Pluribus Impar Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Our beloved brother Lon DuQuette wrote an article entitled "Can a Thelemite be a Liberal?" and treated the subject with his usual sense of humor. I and my colleagues have felt a different question is more

The Orgasmic Ordeal: Sexual Magic in Thelema

The Orgasmic Ordeal: Sexual Magic in Thelema

by Fra. In Sterquiliniis Invenitur “If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern.” ― William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell Sexual magic is a magical

A Thanksgiving Invocation to Babalon, Chaos, and Nuit

A Thanksgiving Invocation to Babalon, Chaos, and Nuit

by Frater Enatheleme Sun in 0° Sagittarius, Luna in 24° Taurus, Dies Jovii, Anno V:iv We give thanks unto our Earth, Babalon, Mother of Abominations, and unto our Sun, Chaos, Father of Life, for these products of their Love, our nourishment. We give praise for the capacity to thank. Our hearts to you, for we delight

Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse, and Consent in Thelema

Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse, and Consent in Thelema

by Fr. Enatheleme Aleister Crowley did and said many things relating to his personal life and interests that are not Thelemic. His misogyny is a good example of this: in his diaries and personal reflections you can find pages and pages of hostility towards women, but the Thelemic literature is consistently

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