Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
This fourth installment deals with laughter and how it is important in this New Aeon. All quotations are from Aleister Crowley or The Book of the Law.
“Beauty and strength, leaping laughter and delicious languor, force and fire, are of us.”
–The Book of the Law II:20
“So sayeth this our Book of the Law. We respect Woman in the self of Her own nature; we do not arrogate the right to criticise her. We welcome her as our ally, come to our camp as her Will, free-flashing, sword-swinging, hath told Her, Welcome, thou Woman, we hail thee, star shouting to Star! Welcome to rout and to revel! Welcome to fray and to feast! Welcome to vigil and victory! Welcome to war with its wounds! Welcome to peace with its pageants! Welcome to lust and to laughter!”
-Commentary to The Book of the Law, III:55
“The Universe is the Practical Joke of the General at the Expense of the Particular, quoth FRATER PERDURABO, and laughed…”
–The Book of Lies, “Onion-Peelings”
“‘All in this kind are but shadows’ says Shakespeare, referring to actors. The Universe is a Puppet-Play for the amusement of Nuit and Hadit in their Nuptials; a very Midsummer Night’s Dream. So then we laugh at the mock woes of Pyramus and Thisbe, the clumsy gambols of Bottom; for we understand the Truth of Things, how all is a Dance of Ecstasy.”
-Commentary to the Book of the Law, II:9
“The common defect of all mystical systems previous to that of the Aeon whose Law is Thelema is that there has been no place for Laughter. But the sadness of the mournful Mother and the melancholy of the dying Man are swept in the limbo of the past by the confident smile of the immortal Child. And there is no Vision more critical in the career of the Adept of Horus than the Universal Joke.”
–Little Essays Towards Truth, “Laughter”
Feel free to leave your thoughts on these quotations and suggestions for future topics in the comments .
For more information on these topics check out these links:
- “Laughter” from Little Essays Towards Truth by Aleister Crowley
- The Book of Lies (falsely so-called)
Love is the law, love under will.