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Principles in Recovery and the Magical Formula IAO

Principles in Recovery and the Magical Formula IAO

by Tino Navarra Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. I suppose I should start by mentioning that the following essay is merely a conglomeration of my personal experiences, thoughts and opinions on the subject material.  I’m writing this on behalf of my own recovery and curiosity, and

Tradition & Eternity: Thelema, Christianity, and the Interior Order

Tradition & Eternity: Thelema, Christianity, and the Interior Order

by Entelecheia Occasionally I see discussions as to what extent Thelema is Christian or anti-Christian. It’s a reasonable question to ask. Aleister Crowley was a member of the Golden Dawn, which incorporates esoteric Christianity into its degrees. Some of this Rosicrucian symbolism is retained in Crowley’s own magical orders. He referred

Occultism With a Side of Salt: A Podcast

Occultism With a Side of Salt: A Podcast

Editor's Note: Thelemic Union has no connection to the Occultism With a Side of Salt podcast. As an organization, we seek to promote the philosophy and magick of Thelema. Thelemic Union therefore occasionally will help bring attention to the efforts of contemporary Thelemites to spread Thelemic viewpoints. We do not

Prophetic Speech and Silence: My Journey with The Comment

Prophetic Speech and Silence: My Journey with The Comment

by Entelecheia When I first encountered Crowley and Thelema, I had very little appreciation for the Comment to Liber AL vel Legis. My background was in pragmatic dharma, where exalted experiences and even spiritual awakenings are more commonplace and are discussed more openly than in other forms of spirituality. As far

10 Myths about True Will in Thelema

10 Myths about True Will in Thelema

by IAO131 Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. The concept of “True Will”, or simply “Will”, is fundamental to the Law of Thelema since our central tenet is “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law” (AL I:40), along with “Thou hast no right but

A Body for Children is a Body for All: Further Thoughts on Children in Thelema

A Body for Children is a Body for All: Further Thoughts on Children in Thelema

by Contemplatrix Upon reading "Our Sacred Duty: On The Accommodation Of Families And Inclusion Of Children In The O.T.O.", I was surprised to learn that there are bodies that are not universally (with the obvious exception of initiations) family-friendly.  It would strike me as counter-productive to any goals of growth to

The Accommodation of Families and Inclusion of Children in the Broader Context of Thelema

The Accommodation of Families and Inclusion of Children in the Broader Context of Thelema

by James Gordon Frater Parrhesia recently wrote on "Our Sacred Duty: On The Accommodation Of Families And Inclusion Of Children In The O.T.O." I think this is a solid article and well worth reading. The list of points under "Children in the Order" bears strong consideration and presents some good ideas, and

Our Sacred Duty: On the Accommodation of Families and Inclusion of Children in the OTO

Our Sacred Duty: On the Accommodation of Families and Inclusion of Children in the O.T.O.

By Frater Parrhesia Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. In the article "An Order for Families," Frater Beto Cuervo reminds members of the OTO that Aleister Crowley intended the Order to prioritize the accommodation of families and their children: "Crowley wanted children to be born and raised

There’s Nothing Special About Meditation

There’s Nothing Special About Meditation

by Vincent St. Clare Zazen Meditation Eihei Dōgen (also known as Dōgen Kigen, 1200 – 1253), the founder of the Buddhist school of Sōtō Zen in Japan, and one of the most important and influential Zen masters, preached the omnipresence of Buddha-nature (tathāgatagarbha)—that Buddha-nature, one’s true and enlightened nature, is present and

On Swami Vivekananda’s Philosophy of Yoga and its prevalence in Crowley’s Thelema

Swami Vivekanandas Philosophy of Yoga and its prevalence in Crowleys Thelema

by Lani Milbus This piece is an excerpt from Lani Milbus' forthcoming book Effing the Ineffable. The kind of person who would open a book such as this, a seeker, is usually someone who has a question about the nature of existence. More specifically, we want to know; what is the

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