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Learning the Joy of Existence in Thelema

Learning the Joy of Existence in Thelema

by Vincent St. Clare “I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive.”Henry Miller “Remember all ye that existence is pure joy; that all the sorrows are but as shadows; they pass & are done; but there is that which remains.”Liber AL vel Legis I've done enough suffering

Gnostic Mass Heresy: Breaking OTO’s Binary

Gnostic Mass Heresy: Breaking OTO's Binary

by Sibling AYIN Head of OTO: Gnostic Mass is from a Male Perspective At the 1996 O.T.O. Women's Conference, the Sovereign Patriarch/O.H.O. (Outer Head of the Order of Ordo Templi Orientis), Hymenaeus Beta XII°, decided to give his remarks on the topic of the Gnostic Mass. Of all the things in

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

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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