October 14, 2019
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Review Category : Thelema

Crowley’s Definition of Magick

1.1.What is Magick? « The above definition of Magick can be as misleading in its simplicity as it is in its complexity. The key word is of course will **** in Greek, and according to thi definition, any willed action is an act of Magick: brushing your teeth, walking the dog, or even paying your taxes. Conversely any unwilled action is an unmagical act: reaching for a cigarette; ordering that fourth ...

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The Thelemic Ethics According to Crowley

Evolution and Thelemic Ethics “Intertwined with this call to freedom – the freedom to love one’s true will or fate – is the fierce scorn of Hadit for the weak. Crowley had never been a democrat, nor even a particularly empathetic human being. At times, in his commentaries on this chapter, his sense of justice seemed to prevail, and the disdain of Hadit was interpreted symbolically. For example, Hadit declares: ...

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The New Aeon’s Philosophy of Sex

The New Aeon’s Philosophy of Sex  “Given Crowley’s own bisexuality, it is striking that the erotic imagery of the Book is pronouncedly heterosexual. The explicit instructions on ecstatic union all pertain to the coupling of male and female, as, for example, this maxim on marriage and sexual freedom: ‘O man! Refuse not thy wife, if she will! O lover, if thou wilt, depart!’ There is, however, a general clause in ...

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Crowley’s Concept of Aeon Explained

2.1 The Concept of Aeon A magical formula is a statement of perceived itself and the universe increase. A change in the consciousness of the race necessitates a change in the magical formula. It’s not that the old formula doesn’t work anymore, it just that the new one works so much better. Obsolete formulae of the past aren’t necessary discarded completely but are often amended of fine-tuned to better harmonize ...

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Thelemic Orders#3: The O.T.O.

The higher grades of the OTO were teaching a Western form of tantric yoga that used the sexual act in its rituals, either with a partner or auto-erotically. This sexual act was seen as the means of obtaining the divine union.  In 1912 Crowley was paid a visit in his London flat by one Theodur Reuss. Reuss, who was rumored to be a paid agent for the German Secret Service, ...

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Thelemic Orders#1: The Golden Dawn

He joined the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in 1898 and featured prominently in the events which ultimately led to its destruction. As a young man, Aleister was mountain climbing in Switzerland when he met an Englishman named Julian Baker. Crowley stated that he was interested in finding a master. Baker said that he himself was not a master, but there was someone whom Crowley should meet. This man ...

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Thelemic Rituals #1: The Rites of Eleusis

Scarlet Woman, Leila Waddell Crowley’s mistress at the time was a violinist named Leila Waddell. She, Victor Neuberg, and a group of other dramatically skilled people, created a ritual centered around Leila’s violin-playing, Neuberg’s dancing, and other talents. The ritual aimed to invoke Bartzabel, the spirit of Mars. The group decided that enough talent existed for the thing to go public. The public performances were initially in Crowley’s flat at ...

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Deities of the New Aeon #5: Maat

A further goddess, Maat, the goddess of truth, balance and justice, although not one of the original deities in the Thelemic pantheon, has begun to play an important part in Thelemic thought. It has been suggested that the forces and trends associated with Maat have started to manifest in the present Aeon. For further information on this see “Maat Magick” by Nema. She is depicted as a tall woman wearing ...

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