Thelema Quotes 10: Drugs

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

In the 10th installment of Thelema Quotes, we tackle the subject of drugs within the context of the Law of Thelema. All quotes are from Aleister Crowley or The Book of the Law.

Quotation #1

“I am the Snake that giveth Knowledge & Delight and bright glory, and stir the hearts of men with drunkenness. To worship me take wine and strange drugs whereof I will tell my prophet, & be drunk thereof! They shall not harm ye at all. It is a lie, this folly against self. The exposure of innocence is a lie. Be strong, o man! lust, enjoy all things of sense and rapture: fear not that any God shall deny thee for this.”

The Book of the Law, II:22

Quotation #2

“Drunkeness is a curse and a hindrance only to slaves. Shelley’s couriers were ‘drunk on the wind of their own speed.’ Any one who is doing his true Will is drunk with the delight of Life.”

-Commentaries to The Book of the Law

Quotation #3

“The sot drinks, and is drunken: the coward drinks not, and shivers: the wise man, brave and free, drinks, and gives glory to the Most High God.”

-“Liber CL: De Lege Libellum”

Quotation #4

“Wine and strange drugs do not harm people who are doing their will; they only poison people who are cancerous with Original Sin. In Latin countries where Sin is not taken seriously, and sex-expression is simple, wholesome, and free, drunkenness is a rare accident. It is only in Puritan countries, where self-analysis, under the whip of a coarse bully like Billy Sunday, brings the hearer to ‘conviction of sin,’ that he hits first the ‘trail’ and then the ‘booze.’ Can you imagine an evangelist in Taormina? It is to laugh.”

-Commentaries to The Book of the Law

Quotation #5

“Again with drugs, it is the unknown which is the horrific factor.  Most people get their information on the subject from the yellowest of yellow newspapers, magazines and novels.  So darkly deep is their ignorance that that do not know what the word means—like us so often, yes?

Wide sections of the U.S.A. are scared of tea and coffee. They blench when you point out that bicarbonate of soda is a drug just as much as cocaine; at the same time they literally shovel in the really dangerous Aspirin, to say nothing of the thousand Patent Medicines blared at them from every radio—as if the Press were not enough to poison the whole population!  Blank-eyed, they gasp when they learn that of all classes, the first place among “drug addicts” is that of the doctor.

But the crisis in which fear becomes phobia is the unreasoning aversion, the shuddering of panic, above all, the passionate refusal to learn anything about “drugs,” to analyse the conditions, still less to face them; and the spasmodic invention of imaginary terrors, as if the real dangers were not enough to serve as a warning.”

Magick Without Tears, ch.78

Quotation #6

“The craving for these things is caused by the internal misery which their use reveals to the slave-souls. If you are really free, you can take cocaine as simply as salt-water taffy. There is no better rough test of a soul than its attitude to drugs. If a man is simple, fearless, eager, he is all right; he will not become a slave. If he is afraid, he is already a slave. Let the whole world take opium, hashish, and the rest; those who are liable to abuse them were better dead.

For it is in the power of all so-called intoxicating drugs to reveal a man to himself. If this revelation declare a Star, then it shines brighter ever after. If it declare a Christian — a thing not man nor beast, but a muddle of mind — he craves the drug, no more for its analytical but for its numbing effect. Lytton has a great story of this in ‘Zanoni.’ Glyndon, an uninitiate, takes an Elixir, and beholds not Adonai the glorious, but the Dweller on the Threshold; cast out from the Sanctuary, he becomes a vulgar drunkard.”

-Commentaries to The Book of the Law

Quotation #7

“This was my hypothesis: ‘Perhaps hashish is the drug which ‘loosens the girders of the soul,’ but is in itself neither good nor bad. Perhaps, as Baudelaire thinks, it merely exaggerates and distorts the natural man and his mood of the moment.'”

-“The Herb Dangerous, pt.II: The Psychology of Hashish”

Quotation #8

“Be goodly therefore: dress ye all in fine apparel; eat rich foods and drink sweet wines and wines that foam! Also, take your fill and will of love as ye will, when, where and with whom ye will! But always unto me.”

The Book of the Law, I:51

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Love is the law, love under will.

18 thoughts on “Thelema Quotes 10: Drugs

  1. drugs are dangerous because they are addictive, and who is not strong enought falls!!… into selfdestruction and destruction of those around him who loves him. you must control the drug otherwise it will destroy you! people are weak, exceptions are rare. must be strong. must have God in your heart.

  2. @Ivana: Drugs are not intrinsically addictive. The addiction that may arise lies in the personality of the user, not in the drug itself.

    • i agree. but people are weak and the drug is the devil in the dust. i can write a book on this subject…You are absolutley wright!! It is a person not a drug. Fight that devil..get out of that hole..

      • Embrace the devil, you can not fight him. Satan, Set and Loki are just the darker side of yourself, just as Zeus, Horus and Thor are the light. Two sides of the same coin, you can’t curse one side and still be whole.

    • Hi tonybkk: im sorry to disagree with you here, but speaking as someone who works with Substance misuse clients some drugs are intensely physically and psycologically addictive. Im a keen student of Magick and would suggest any aspirant considering using drugs to be very careful and to most certainly stay well away from any opiate/heroin substance. Pesonally I’d suggest avoid all substance misuse including alcohol but I accept its an individuals free will at play….. all I’d counsel is Ive met plenty of clients who first used drugs in search of esoteric highs…. by the time they met me they had one foot in prison and another in rehab.

  3. One must remember that the drugs of today are a totaly different thing from the drugs that Crowley took. The drugs have been refined thousands times since then, and the refinement has only one objective; to make the drugs more addictive. This is true for nearly all drugs, the only exeptions are most kinds of cannabis and shrooms.

    One should also remember that Crowley, himself, was strongly addicted to heroine for the most part of his life. He tried to kick the habit several times but never succeded. It has been said that he during his final time on earth had to take something like eight times a lethal dose to a normal person, just to get by.

  4. the drug is the light in the clouds of the universe……….and all men and women are the carriers of that light for each other.

  5. Drugs are amoral, very much like money. What you do with what is in your clasp is dependent upon your character. If its your will to do drugs then it is; but if you have The Law in your heart, life will be your drug–just like Crowley said.

  6. the question what are those “strange drugs” from Liber Legis II-22?there is a lot of different drugs,heroin and cocaine belong to the Fire,hashish to the Water.Which one should be taken?

  7. Didn’t Crowley die a broke heroin addict?
    His words are prophetic but he was just a mere muse of the Gods.
    If you think about what is said it is very clever. Only through experiencing and failing with addiction can one understand and transcend it. Only then can they be drunk with the presence of their own divinity.

  8. Drugs are the food of the gods, if they were not supposed to work, they would not work. Respect them and they will lead you to enlightenment! Disrespect them and they will annihilate you know your poison, know your dose know your self. Knowledge is wisdom wisdom is power. “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law”

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

    I have purposely overdosed on every drug mankind has ever discovered, innumerable times at that, save for huffing and certain Phenethylamines. The former due to the formation of a migraine at the mere thought of such a dizzying buzz, and the latter due to the fact that their are hundreds of them already synthesized. I had the first glimpse of My Holy Guardian Angel whilst under the influence of 1680 mg. of Dextromethorphan, and completed The Knowledge And Conversation when on 350 mg. of Adderall. I attained Samadhi the first time after consuming 1/2 oz. of ridiculously powerful Psilocybin Mushrooms, solved the Qabalistic “puzzle” in Liber AL vel Legis, II:76 while stoned out of My mind from multiple 1/2 g. gravity bong hits of extremely potent Marijuana, discovered the True meaning behind the traditional Masonic symbol while smoking a bowl full of 2.5 g. of Crack, and again attained Samadhi over 30 times in one hour while meditating under water in a pool, on copious amounts of Psilocybin Mushrooms, Cocaine, Marijuana, Cognac, and Dextromethorphan. I’ve been chain-smoking Tobacco for 21 years; smoked Marijuana almost daily for twelve years; was on Adderall, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Crack, and other Amphetamines for over eight years; shot Heroin, Oxycontin, Morphine into My veins for over four years; and drank at least 100,000 oz. of Beer, 20,000 oz. of Wine, and over 30,000 oz. of Liquor in just six years. I have as well taken a low estimate of around 30,000 mg. of every known Opiate, roughly 30,000 mg. of Methadone, about 5000 mg. of Benzodiazepine, and well over 50,000 mg. of Dextromethorphan. On top of all that, I’ve consumed over 200 pills of Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, over 150 hits of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, over ten lbs. of Psilocybin Mushrooms, over 30 doses of Mescaline, over 30 trips on Phenethylamines, over 50 hits of Salvia Divinorum, over twenty trips with Dimethyltryptamine, and at least twenty hits of Methylenedioxyamphetamine. Despite the supposed “perils” of drug usage, I have been able to quit every possible addiction cold-turkey as though it was nothing at all, and My mind and body are as sound and fit as a combination of a Chess Grandmaster and an Olympic Marathon Runner.

    Love is the law, love under will.

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  11. For better or worse, drugs are a part of many people’s lives. Often, we see with our own eyes, and hear with our own ears, the devastating way in which they affect us and effect our lives. I would be the last one to argue this fact. For I have personally seen and heard of this. Nonetheless, one cannot fail to balance the scale of justice with respect to the opposing argument. Who has not read or heard read a great poem that someone has written when they were ‘stoned’, or seen a hallucinatory-inspired work of art that did not inspire some emotional response? Who has not had a friend or relatives’ life and enjoyment of life extended by virtue of a drug?

    We know so little of the Human Condition that we are still children of the science and the art of drug use. However, with respect to one’s self, only the still small voice of one’s conscious, or the voice of their Holy Guardian Angel, can be of help here. Too many times I have been on the edge of a nightmare from drug addiction. I loathe this fact. But, personally, it is true. If I ignore this then I am in danger of validating my own insanity by doing the same thing with expectation of different results. That said, however, some take great pains to come to their own revelations.

    Where love, as a law, comes into effect in my life is when I have found myself to be engaged in the discovery of myself and my True Will. Sure, this means that I have used many drugs. I wouldn’t change that fact. I have learned a lot about myself and my True Will that I otherwise would not have learned were it not for drugs.

    Certainly, I wish that I could say that this has not caused some little pain to those whom I love and whom love me. This again, is a fact that I wish I could say is not true. Yet, it is. This is sad.

    The joy lies not in the price we pay for exploration into the unknown, for the most part, world of drugs, but in the hope of finding that we are biological creatures who interact biologically with the world in which we live, move, and have our being. This fact almost necessitates that we will all, one way or another, come into contact with drugs. Drugs will be. We each have a faculty to know where this fact is in harmony with our True Wills, or were, like The Master before us, we have exceeded ourselves on occasion.

    My advice, for what it’s worth. Look without. Look within. Find the balance of what is right for you. Accept only your True Will as your guide in this infinitely deep subject, and follow its lead.

    Know your True Will.
    Do your True Will.
    Be your True Will.

    And Our Lady of the Stars be with you!


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