Thelema Quotes 13: Initiation

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

Thelema Quotes 13 touches upon the subject of Initiation in the Aeon of the Crowned & Conquering Child. As always, all quotes are from Aleister Crowley or The Book of the Law.

Quotation #1

“There is a word to say about the Hierophantic task. Behold! there are three ordeals in one, and it may be given in three ways. The gross must pass through fire; let the fine be tried in intellect, and the lofty chosen ones in the highest. Thus ye have star & star, system & system; let not one know well the other!”

The Book of the Law I:50

Quotation #2

“In all systems of religion is to be found a system of Initiation, which may be defined as the process by which a man comes to learn that unknown Crown. Though none can communicate either the knowledge or the power to achieve this, which we may call the Great Work, it is yet possible for initiates to guide others. Every man must overcome his own obstacles, expose his own illusions. Yet others may assist him to do both, and they may enable him altogether to avoid many of the false paths, leading no whither, which tempt the weary feet of the uninitiated pilgrim. They can further insure that he is duly tried and tested, for there are many who think themselves to be Masters who have not even begun to tread the Way of Service that leads thereto. Now the Great Work is one, and the Initiation is one, and the Reward is one, however diverse are the symbols wherein the Unutterable is clothed…”

-“Liber LXI vel Causae,” lines 2-5

Quotation #3

“All ways are lawful to Innocence.
Pure folly is the Key to Initiation.
Silence breaks into Rapture.
Be neither man nor woman, but both in one.
Be silent, Babe in the Egg of Blue, that thou mayest grow to bear the Lance and Graal!”

The Heart of the Master

Quotation #4

“What is the meaning of Initiation?  It is the Path to the realisation of your Self as the sole, the supreme, the absolute of all Truth, Beauty, Purity, Perfection!”

Magick Without Tears, chapter 71

Quotation #5

“Initiation means the Journey Inwards: nothing is changed or can be changed; but all is trulier understood with every step.”

Little Essays Towards Truth, “Mastery”

Quotation #6

“We are whole-hearted extroverts; the penalty of restricting oneself is anything from neurosis to down right lunacy; in particular, melancholia. You ask whether these remarks do not conflict with my repeated definition of Initiation as the Way In.  Not at all; the Inmost is identical with the All.  As you travel inward, you become able to perceive all the layers which surround the “Self” from within, thus enlarging the scope of your vision of the Universe… When the entire system of the Universe is conterminous with your comprehension, “inward” and “outward” become identical.”

Magick Without Tears, chapter 28

Quotation #7

“The Ruach… is the machine of the mind converging on a central consciousness, which appears to be the ego. The true ego is, however, above Neschamah, whose occasional messages to the Ruach warn the human ego of the existence of his superior. Such communications maybe welcomed or resented, encouraged or stifled. Initiation consists in identifying the human self with the divine, and the man who does not strain constantly to this end is simply a brute made wretched and ashamed by the fact of self-consciousness.”

Confessions, chapter 54

Quotation #8

“There are four gates to one palace; the floor of that palace is of silver and gold; lapis lazuli & jasper are there; and all rare scents; jasmine & rose, and the emblems of death. Let him enter in turn or at once the four gates; let him stand on the floor of the palace.”

The Book of the Law I:51


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Thelema Quotes 12: Sex and Sexuality

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

Installment number 12 of Thelema Quotes focuses on the subject of sex and sexuality within the Law of Thelema. All quotes are from Aleister Crowley or The Book of the Law.

Quotation #1

“Also, take your fill and will of love as ye will, when, where and with whom ye will! But always unto me… Love is the law, love under will.”

The Book of the Law I:51, 57

Quotation #2

“Every star must calculate its own orbit. All is Will, and yet all is Necessity. To swerve is ultimately impossible; to seek to swerve is to suffer.

The Beast 666 ordains by His authority that every man, and every woman, and every intermediately-sexed individual, shall be absolutely free to interpret and communicate Self by means of any sexual practices soever, whether direct or indirect, rational or symbolic, physiologically, legally, ethically, or religiously approved or no, provided only that all parties to any act are fully aware of all implications and responsibilities thereof, and heartily agree thereto.

Moreover, the Beast 666 adviseth that all children shall be accustomed from infancy to witness every type of sexual act, as also the process of birth, lest falsehood fog, and mystery stupefy, their minds, whose error else might thwart and misdirect the growth of their subconscious system of soul-symbolism.”

-Commentary to The Book of the Law I:51

Quotation #3

“When you have proved that God is merely a name for the sex instinct, it appears to me not far to the perception that the sex instinct is God.”

-Review of Ida Craddock’s “Heavenly Bridegrooms” in “The Tank” from The Equinox III:1

Quotation #4

“There shall be no property in human flesh. The sex-instinct is one of the most deeply-seated expressions of the will; and it must not be restricted, either negatively by preventing its free function, or positively by insisting on its false function. What is more brutal than to stunt natural growth or to deform it? What is more absurd than to seek to interpret this holy instinct as a gross animal act, to separate it from the spiritual enthusiasm without which it is so stupid as not even to be satisfactory to the persons concerned?

The sexual act is a sacrament of Will. To profane it is the great offence. All true expression of it is lawful; all suppression or distortion is contrary to the Law of Liberty. To use legal or financial constraint to compel either abstention or submission, is entirely horrible, unnatural and absurd.”

-Commentary to The Book of the Law I:41

Quotation #5

“Sex is the sacred song of the soul; sex is the sanctuary of Self…

Sex is the supreme sacrament, wherein the body and blood are offered up to the soul. The elements thereof must be worthy, their consecration absolute…

The sexual nature of a man is his most intense expression of himself; his subconsciousness endeavours thereby to inform his consciousness of his Will… It is supremely sacred to him, and to interfere with its expression, or try to edit it, is an abominable crime.”

-“On Sexual Freedom” from The Revival of Magick

Quotation #6

“Consent or refusal are to be determined by the impulse itself, without reference to any other motives such as commonly influence action. ‘So with thy all; thou hast no right but to do thy will’ (AL, I:42). Every thought, word, or act without exception is subject to this law.  ‘Do what thou wilt’ does not give license to do anything else; lest this be not understood, the doctrine is here explicit: ‘Thou hast no right but to do thy will.’ Every particle of energy must be built into this single-track machine of will; directly or indirectly, it must serve the one purpose.  A very small hole in the hull may sink a very large ship.  Every act, therefore, with the thoughts and words which determine its performance, is a sacrament.

Now of all acts the most intrinsically important is the act of love.  Firstly, because the ecstasy which accompanies its due performance is a physical image, or hint, of the state of Samadhi, since the consciousness of the Ego is temporarily in abeyance; secondly, because its normal effect on the material plane is, or may be, incalculably vast.  (The emphasis on the word ‘due’ is absolute.)  Precisely because it is so powerful a weapon, its use is hedged in with manifold precautions, and its abuse deprecated in injunctions heavily charged with menace…”

-Artemis Iota vel de Coitu Scholia Triviae

Quotation #7

“Every one should discover, by experience of every kind, the extent and intention of his own sexual Universe. He must be taught that all roads are equally royal, and that the only question for him is ‘Which road is mine?’ All details are equally likely to be of the essence of his personal plan, all equally ‘right’ in themselves, his own choice of the one as correct as, and independent of, his neighbour’s preference for the other. He must not be ashamed or afraid of being homosexual if he happens to be so at heart; he must not attempt to violate his own true nature because public opinion, or mediaeval morality, or religious prejudice would wish he were otherwise.”

-Commentary to The Book of the Law I:51

Quotation #8

“The word of Sin is Restriction. O man! refuse not thy wife, if she will! O lover, if thou wilt, depart! There is no bond that can unite the divided but love: all else is a curse. Accursed! Accursed be it to the aeons! Hell.”

The Book of the Law I:41


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Thelema Quotes 4: Laughter

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.

Quotation #1

“Beauty and strength, leaping laughter and delicious languor, force and fire, are of us.”

The Book of the Law II:20

Quotation #2

“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

Quotation #3

“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”

Quotation #4

“‘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

Quotation #5

“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”

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Thelema Quotes 1: Children

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

This first installment focuses on how the children are seen in the context of this Aeon of the Crowned & Conquering Child.

Quotation #1:

“Come forth, o children, under the stars, & take your fill of love! …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:12,15

Quotation #2:

“Children should not be taught. They should be put in a position where they have to learn. A child always tries to save itself trouble by asking its mother questions and the only legitimate question which should be answered is ‘What is the name of a thing?’ This is allowable because it is arbitrary. To any other question, the answer should be ‘Find out.’ The child is thus obliged to use its own mind only on those subjects which interest it or are actualities with which it is compelled to deal.

To answer the questions of children is to debauch their minds, to make them subservient, echoes of others. This is not the same as keeping a child ignorant and children should be shown how to find out things for themselves. In other words, they can be taught method as is done with scientific students who do not have to learn things by rote but are made to verify for themselves, even the most elementary statements. There is no reason why this process should not be begun aborigine.

If you answer a child’s question, its mind is set at ease and that encourages it to be lazy, servile and credulous. It is notorious for example that geography means nothing to people, even adults, unless they travel.”

The Magical Record of the Beast, p.118-9 (May 8, 1920)

Quotation #3:

“All children of Brethren are to be considered as children of the whole Order, and to be protected and aided in every way by its members severally, as by its organization collectively. No distinction is to be made with regard to the conditions surrounding the birth of any child.

There is an especially sacred duty, which every Brother should fulfil, with regard to all children, those born without the Order included. This duty is to instruct them in the Law of Thelema, to teach them independence and freedom of thought and character, and to warn them that servility and cowardice are the most deadly diseases of the human soul.”

-Liber CI: An Open Letter to Those Who May Wish to Join the Order Enumerating the Duties and Privileges

Quotation #4:

“Each child must develop its own Individuality, and Will, disregarding alien Ideals… Education is assisting a soul to express itself. Every child should be presented with all possible problems and allowed to register its own reactions; it should be made to face all contingencies in turn until it overcomes each successfully. Its mind must not be influenced, but only offered all kinds of nourishment. Its innate qualities will enable it to select the food proper to its nature. Respect its individuality! Submit all life for its inspection, without comment…

From infancy children should face facts, unadulterated by explanations. Let them think and act for themselves; let their innate integrity initiate itself! Make them explore all life’s mysteries, overcome all its dangers. Falsity and fear are their only foe-men. Let them witness birth, marriage, death; let them hear poetry, philosophy, history; compel apprehension but not its articulate expression. Make them face cliffs, billows, animals, finding their own formula of conquest. Thrust Truth on them tirelessly, careful only to make its range all comprehensive; trust them to use it… Let children educate themselves to be themselves. Those who train them to standards cripple and deform them. Alien ideals impose parasitic perversions. Every child is a Sphinx; none knoweth its secret but itself…”

Every child is absolute.
Dare not bias it or bind!
Give the seed fair play to shoot!
At maturity its mind
Shall perfect its proper fruit,
Self-determined, self-designed!”

-“On the Education of Children” from The Revival of Magick

Quotation #5

“All children and young people, although they may not be able to understand the more exalted heavens of our horoscope, may always be taught to rule their lives in accordance with the Law. No efforts should be spared to bring them to this emancipation. The misery caused to children by the operation of the law of the slave-gods was, one may say, the primum mobile of Our first aspiration to overthrow the Old Law.”

-“Liber CCC: Khabs Am Pekht”


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