Thelema Quotes 16: Thought, Reason, and the Mind

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

Thelema Quotes #16 will look at the role of the mind, thought, and Reason in Thelema. As always, all quotes are from Aleister Crowley or The Book of the Law.

Quotation #1

“Now a curse upon Because and his kin! May Because be accursed for ever! If Will stops and cries Why, invoking Because, then Will stops & does nought. If Power asks why, then is Power weakness. Also reason is a lie; for there is a factor infinite & unknown; & all their words are skew-wise. Enough of Because! Be he damned for a dog! But ye, o my people, rise up & awake!”

The Book of the Law II:28-34

Quotation #2

“Thoughts are false.”
The Book of Lies, chapter 5 “The Battle of the Ants”

“[This line] is another phrasing of the familiar Hindu statement, that that which can be thought is not true.”
-Commentary to chapter 5 of The Book of Lies

Quotation #3

“Here is the Key of Success, and its Name is the Skill to make right Use of Circumstance. This, then is the Virtue of the Mind, to be the Wazir of the Will, a true Counsellor, through Intelligence of the Universe. But o, my Son, do thou lay this Word beneath thine Heart, that the Mind hath no Will, nor Right thereto, so the Usurpation bringeth forth a fatal Conflict in thyself. For the Mind is sensitive, unstable as Air, and may be led foolishly in leash by a stronger Mind that worketh as the cunning Tool of a Will. Therefore thy Safety and Defence is to hold thy Mind to his right Function, a faithful Minister to thine own True Will, but Election of Nature. ”

Liber Aleph, chapter 130 “De Ratione Praesidio Voluntatis”

Quotation #4

“But this is of the essence of the Occult Wisdom concerning Daäth. For Daäth is the crown of the Ruach, the Intellect; and its place is in the Abyss. That is, it breaks into pieces immediately it is examined. There is no coherence below the Abyss, or in it; to obtain this, which is one of the chief canons of Truth, we must reach Neschamah.”

Little Essays Towards Truth, “Knowledge”

Quotation #5

““We must not suppose for an instant that the Book of the Law is opposed to reason. On the contrary, its own claim to authority rests upon reason, and nothing else. It disdains the arts of the orator. It makes reason the autocrat of the mind. But that very fact emphasizes that the mind should attend to its own business. It should not transgress its limits. It should be a perfect machine, an apparatus for representing the universe accurately and impartially to its master. The Self, its Will, and its Apprehension, should be utterly beyond it.”

-The Commentary to The Book of the Law, II:28

Quotation #6

“I distrust any thoughts uttered by any man whose health is not robust.
All other thoughts are surely symptoms of disease.
Yet these are often beautiful, and may be true within the circle of the conditions of the speaker.
And yet again! Do we not find that the most robust of men express no thoughts at all? They eat, drink, sleep, and copulate in silence.
What better proof of the fact that all thought is dis-ease?”

The Book of Lies, chapter 85 “Borborygmi”

Quotation #8

“There is no ‘reason’ why a Star should continue in its orbit. Let her rip! Every time the conscious acts, it interferes with the Subconscious, which is Hadit. It is the voice of Man, and not of a God. Any man who ‘listens to reason’ ceases to be a revolutionary… It is ridiculous to ask a dog why it barks. One must fulfil one’s true Nature, one must do one’s Will. To question this is to destroy confidence, and so to create an inhibition… We are not to calculate, to argue, to criticise; these things lead to division of will and to stagnation. They are shackles of our Going. They hamstring our Pegasus. We are to rise up – to Go – to Love – we are to be awake, alert.”

-The Commentary to The Book of the Law, II:29-31,34

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Thelema Quotes 9: Book of Revelation/Apocalypse

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

In Thelema Quotes 9, we look at the various references to the Book of Revelation, a.k.a. the Apocalypse of St. John, in Thelemic Holy Books & Crowley’s writings. All quotes are from Aleister Crowley or The Book of the Law, as always.

Quotation #1

“Now ye shall know that the chosen priest & apostle of infinite space is the prince-priest the Beast; and in his woman called the Scarlet Woman is all power given. They shall gather my children into their fold: they shall bring the glory of the stars into the hearts of men.”

The Book of the Law I:15

Quotation #2

“666. Last of the mystic numbers of the Sun. [666 has the same value as] the spirit of Sol. Also Ommo Satan, the Satanic Trinity of Typhon, Apophis and Besz; also, the Name of Jesus. The names of Nero, Napoleon, W. E. Gladstone, and any person that you may happen to dislike, add up to this number. In reality it is the final extension of the number 6, both because 6 × 111 ([Aleph] = 111 = 1) = 6, and because the Sun, whose greatest number it is, is 6…

[666 was] chosen by myself as my symbol, partly for the reasons given [above], partly for the reasons given in the Apocalypse. I took the Beast to be the Lion (Leo my rising sign) and Sol, 6, 666, the Lord of Leo on which Babalon should ride. And there were other more intimate considerations, unnecessary to enter upon in this place. Note however that the Tarot card of Leo, Strength, bears the number XI, the great number of the Magnum Opus, and its interchange with Justice, VIII.; and the key of 8 is 418.”

-Liber LVIII: Gematria

Quotation #3

“In the first place, there is again the woman riding on the bull, which is the reflection of BABALON, that rideth on The Beast. And also there is an Assyrian legend of a woman with a fish, and also there is a legend of Eve and the Serpent, for Cain was the the child of Eve and the Serpent, and not of Eve and Adam; and therefore when he had slain his brother, who was the first murderer, having sacrificed living things to his demon, had Cain the mark upon his brow, which is the mark of the Beast spoken of in the Apocalypse, and is the sign of initiation [This is the “Third Eye”, the “Eye of Shiva”, the Pineal Gland, supposed by some anatomists to be a rudimentary eye.]”

The Vision and the Voice, 2nd Aethyr

Quotation #4


Seven are the veils of the dancing-girl in the harem of IT.

Seven are the names, and seven are the lamps beside Her bed.

Seven eunuchs guard Her with drawn swords; No man may come nigh unto Her.

In Her wine-cup are seven streams of the blood of the Seven Spirits of God.

Seven are the heads of THE BEAST whereon She rideth.

The head of an Angel: the head of a Saint: the head of a Poet: the head of an Adulterous Woman: the head of a Man of Valour: the head of a Satyr: and the head of a Lion-Serpent.

Seven letters hath Her holiest name; and it is

This is the Seal upon the Ring that is on the Forefinger of IT: and it is the Seal upon the Tombs of them whom She hath slain,

Here is Wisdom. Let him that hath Understanding count the Number of Our Lady; for it is the Number of a Woman; and Her Number is An Hundred and Fifty and Six.”

The Book of Lies, ch.49

Quotation #5

“He that is righteous shall be righteous still; he that is filthy shall be filthy still.”

The Book of the Law, II:57

“A quotation from the Apocalypse.  This God is not a Redeemer: He is Himself.  You cannot worship Him, or seek Him — He is He.  And if thou be He, well.”

-Commentary to The Book of the Law, II:57

Quotation #6

“I have never lost sight of the fact that I was in some sense or other The Beast 666. There is a mocking reference to it in ‘Ascension Day,’ lines 98 to 111. The Sword of Song bears the sub-title ‘called by Christians the Book of the Beast.’ The wrapper of the original edition has on the front a square of nine sixes and the back another square of sixteen Hebrew letters, being a (very clumsy) transliteration of my name so that its numerical value should be 666. When I went to Russia to learn the language for the Diplomatic Service, my mother half believed that I had ‘gone to see God and Magog’ (who were supposed to be Russian giants) in order to arrange the date of the Battle of Armageddon.

In a way, my mother was insane, in the sense that all people are who have watertight compartments to the brain, and hold with equal passion incompatible ideas, and hold them apart lest their meeting should destroy both. One might say that we are all insane in this sense; for, ultimately, any tow ideas are incompatible. Nay, more, any one idea is incompatible with itself, for it contains in itself its own contradiction. (The proof of this thesis will be given in the proper place.)

But my mother believed that I was actually Anti-christ of the Apocalypse…”

Confessions, ch.48

Quotation #7

“MARSYAS.  My stature shall surpass the stars:

He hath said it!  Men shall worship me

In hidden woods, on barren scaurs,

Henceforth to all eternity.

OLYMPAS.  Hail!  I adore thee!  Let us feast.

MARSYAS.  I am the consecrated Beast.

I build the Abominable House.

The Scarlet Woman is my Spouse…”


Quotation #7

“Thus, in low grades of initiation, dogmatic quarrels are inflamed by astral experience; as when Saint John distinguishes between the Whore BABALON and the Woman clothed with the Sun, between the Lamb that was slain and the Beast 666 whose deadly wound was healed; nor understands that Satan, the Old Serpent, in the Abyss, the Lake of Fire and Sulphur, is the Sun-Father, the vibration of Life, Lord of Infinite Space that flames with His Consuming Energy, and is also that throned Light whose Spirit is suffused throughout the City of Jewels.”

-“Notes for an Astral Atlas” (Appendix III of Liber ABA)

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