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Normalizing the Holy Guardian Angel: Moving from Taboo to Dialogue

Normalizing the Holy Guardian Angel: Moving from Taboo to Dialogue

by Frater Praemonstro I decided to write this essay in response to a number of questions that I’ve seen posted online recently. One in particular stood out, and became the primary motivation for this essay. In a smaller A.A. discussion forum, a student asked why no one seems to talk about

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

Gender is not a Zero-Sum Game

Gender is not a Zero Sum Game in Aleister Crowley's Gnostic Mass

by Sib. James Gordon In the past forty-eight hours as outrage about the wording and explicit policy decisions concerning the way that some of our siblings are allowed to present in the EGC Mass have spread outward, I have seen a lot of hurt cisgender identifying people on the internet. The people

Aleister Crowley’s Sex Magick: Gnostic Mass, ZRO, Samadhi, and the Supreme Secret of OTO

Aleister Crowley's Sex Magick in Ordo Templi Orientis

by Hasan i-Sabah Aleister Crowley's Sex Magick: Looking at "Atlantis" Part of Aleister Crowley's infamous reputation comes from his involvement in sex magick, including his knowledge of the Ninth Degree or Supreme Secret of Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO). Now the O.T.O. is in possession of one supreme secret. The whole of its system

Magick, Yoga & Phenomenology

Magick, Yoga & Phenomenology

by Robert Prince This essay examines the similarities between Magick, Yoga and the philosophical method known as “Phenomenology.” These similarities will be discussed in relation to the yogic model of psychology ,as set forth by Pantanjali, many centuries ago.  Pantanjali’s “Yoga Sutra’s” is the first systematic text on yoga psychology in

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

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,

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

Yoga and Magick: The Cooperation of Lovers

Yoga and Magick: The Cooperation of Lovers

by Frater Aletheia A Gestalt of the Goal of the Magical and Mystical Path Yoga constitutes one of two central pillars in the system of practical and spiritual attainment encompassed by the Law of Thelema—the other pillar of course being Magick.  From his exposure to Yoga, Crowley took what he thought were

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