Thelema Quotes 5: War

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

In this fifth installment of Thelema Quotes, we delve into the topic of War. As always, all quotations are from Aleister Crowley or The Book of the Law.

Quotation #1

“Now let it be first understood that I am a god of War and of Vengeance. I shall deal hardly with them… Also ye shall be strong in war… I am the warrior Lord of the Forties: the Eighties cower before me, & are abased. I will bring you to victory & joy: I will be at your arms in battle & ye shall delight to slay. Success is your proof; courage is your armour; go on, go on, in my strength; & ye shall turn not back for any!”

The Book of the Law III:3, 28, 46

Quotation #2

“I am the captain of the hosts of eternity; of the swordsmen and the spearmen and the bowmen and the charioteers. I have led the armies of the east against the armies of the west, and the armies of the west against the armies of the east. For I am Peace… Thou shalt laugh at the folly of the fool. Thou shalt learn the wisdom of the Wise. And thou shalt be initiate in holy things. And thou shalt be learned in the things of love. And thou shalt be mighty in the things of war. And thou shalt be adept in things occult. And thou shalt interpret the oracles. And thou shalt drive all these before thee in thy car, and though by none of these canst thou reach up to me, yet by each of these must thou attain to me.”

Liber 418: The Vision in the Voice, “The First Aethyr: LIL”

Quotation #3

“FIRSTLY, let thine attention be directed to this planet, how the Aeon of Horus is made manifest by the Universal War. This is the first great and direct result of the Equinox of the Gods, and is the preparation of the hearts of men for the reception of the Law.”

-Liber CCC: Khabs Am Pekht

Quotation #4

“Only those who fear shall fail. Those who have bent their backs to the yoke of slavery until they can no longer stand upright; them will I despise. But you who have defied the law; you who have conquered by subtlety or force; you will I take unto me, even I will take you unto me…  Only if ye are sorrowful, or weary, or angry, or discomforted; then ye may know that ye have lost the golden thread, the thread wherewith I guide you to the heart of the groves of Eleusis. My disciples are proud and beautiful; they are strong and swift; they rule their way like mighty conquerors. The weak, the timid, the imperfect, the cowardly, the poor, the tearful — these are mine enemies, and I am come to destroy them. This also is compassion: an end to the sickness of earth. A rooting-out of the weeds: a watering of the flowers.

– Liber Tzaddi vel Hamus Hermeticus sub figura XC

Quotation #5

“The nature of Horus being ‘Force and Fire,’ his aeon would be marked by the collapse of humanitarianism. The first act of his reign would naturally be to plunge the world into the catastrophe of a huge and ruthless war.”

Confessions of Aleister Crowley, chapter 50

Quotation #6

“The price of existence is eternal warfare. Speaking as an Irishman, I prefer to say: The price of eternal warfare is existence. And melancholy as existence is, the price is well worth paying.”
The Book of Lies, ch.80

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Love is the law, love under will.

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3 thoughts on “Thelema Quotes 5: War

  1. It seems a great many of Crowley’s models
    were designed to suggest that it all ends with War,
    but I still say this was just another fnord…
    the snare of I AM I
    the last great pitfall of the abyss
    to swallow up all the power-hungry tyrants.

    In the end there will be peace.

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