Thelema Quotes 18: Politics

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

Thelema Quotes’ eighteenth installment deals with politics. As always, all quotes are from Aleister Crowley or The Book of the Law.

Quotation #1

“Let my servants be few & secret: they shall rule the many & the known.”

Liber AL vel Legis, I:10

Quotation #2

“Practically all those parts of the Book which deal with social matters may be considered as political in the old an proper sense of the word; of modern politics it disdains to speak.”

Magick Without Tears, chapter 56 “Marriage—Property—War—Politics”

Quotation #3

“It is evident to all serious thinkers that the only hope of saving mankind from a catastrophe so complete that the very name of civilization will perish is in the appearance of a new religion.

The Law of Thelema fulfils the necessary conditions. It is not limited by ethnological, social, religious or linguistic barriers. Its metaphysical basis is strictly scientific. Its principle is single, simple and self-evident. It does not deny human nature or demand impossible virtues. It offers to every individual the fullest satisfaction of his true aspirations; and it supplies a justification for all types of political systems beyond the criticisms which have undermined all previous theories of government. There is no need for the fraud of divine right or the cant of democracy. The right of the ruler to rule depends solely upon the scientific proof if his fitness to do so, and this proof is capable of confirmation by the evidence of the experience that his measures really result in enabling each individual in his jurisdiction to fulfil his own peculiar function as freely as possible.”

Confessions, chapter 87

Quotation #4

“The absolute rule of the state shall be a function of the absolute liberty of each individual will.”

“The Scientific Solution to the Problem of Government”

Quotation #5

“It has naturally been objected by economists that our Law, in declaring every man and every woman to be a star, reduces society to its elements, and makes hierarchy or even democracy impossible. The view is superficial. Each star has a function in its galaxy proper to its own nature. Much mischief has come from our ignorance in insisting, on the contrary, that each citizen is fit for any and every social duty.”

-New Comment to Liber AL, II:58

Quotation #6

The average voter is a moron. He believes what he reads in newspapers, feeds his imagination and lulls his repressions on the cinema, and hopes to break away from his slavery by football pools, cross-word prizes, or spotting the winner of the 3:30. He is ignorant as no illiterate peasant is ignorant: he has no power of independent thought. He is the prey of panic. But he has the vote.

“The Scientific Solution to the Problem of Government”

Quotation #6

““For every Individual in the State must be perfect in his own Function, with Contentment, respecting his own Task as necessary and holy, not envious of another’s. For so only mayst thou build up a free state, whose directing Will shall be singly directed to the Welfare of all.”

Liber Aleph, chapter 38 “De Ordine Rerum”

Quotation #7

““The principle of popular election is a fatal folly; its results are visible in every so-called democracy. The elected man is always the mediocrity; he is the safe man, the sound man, the man who displeases the majority less than any other; and therefore never the genius, the man of progress and illumination.”

Liber CXCIV: An Intimation with Reference to the Constitution of the Order

Quotation #8

“The main ethical principle [of The Book of the Law] is that each human being has his own definite object in life. He has every right to fulfil this purpose, and none to do anything else. It is the business of the community to help each of its members to achieve this aim; in consequence all rules should be made, and all questions of policy decided, by the application of this principle to the circumstances.”

Confessions, chapter 87

Quotation #9

“Democracy dodders. Ferocious Fascism, cackling Communism, equally frauds, cavort crazily all over the globe. They are hemming us in. They are abortive births of the Child, the New Aeon of Horus. Liberty stirs once more in the womb of Time.

Evolution makes its changes by anti-Socialistic ways. The “abnormal” man who foresees the trend of the times and adapts circumstance intelligently, is laughed at, persecuted, often destroyed by the herd; but he and his heirs, when the crisis comes, are survivors.

Above us today hangs a danger never yet paralleled in history. We suppress the individual in more and more ways. We think in terms of the herd. War no longer kills soldiers; it kills all indiscriminately. Every new measure of the most democratic and autocratic govenments is Communistic in essence. It is always restriction. We are all treated as imbecile children. Dora, the Shops Act, the Motoring Laws, Sunday suffocation, the Censorship— they won’t trust us to cross the roads at will.

Fascism is like Communism, and dishonest into the bargain. The dictators suppress all art, literature, theatre, music, news, that does not meet their requirements; yet the world only moves by the light of genius. The herd will be destroyed in mass.

The establishment of the Law of Thelema is the only way to preserve individual liberty and to assure the future of the race. In the words of the famous paradox of the Comte de Fénix— The absolute rule of the state shall be a function of the absolute liberty of each individual will.

All men and women are invited to cooperate with the Master Therion in this, the Great Work.”

-Introduction to Liber AL vel Legis

Quotation #10

“”As I think that totalitarian methods are already on the way to extinguish the last spark of manly independence—that is, in self-styled civilized countries—it seems to me that we all should regard with shrewd suspicion any plans for ‘perfecting’ social conditions.” — MWT 75”

-Magick Without Tearschapter 75

Quotation #11

“Man has the right to live by his own law—to live in the way that he wills to do” — MWT 75”

Liber LXXVII: Liber OZ

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Thelema Quotes 17: Atheism

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

Thelema Quotes’ seventeenth installment deals with atheism. As always, all quotes are from Aleister Crowley or The Book of the Law.

Quotation #1

“I am alone: there is no God where I am.”

Liber AL vel Legis, II:23

Quotation #2

“The Atheism of God. ‘Allah’s the Atheist! He owns no Allah.’ [Bagh-i-muattar] To admit God is to look up to God, and so not to be God. The curse of duality.”

-Old Comment to The Book of the Law II:23

Quotation #3

“This refers to the spiritual experience of Identity. When one realizes one’s Truth there is no room for any other conception. It also means that the God-idea must go with other relics of the Fear born of Ignorance into the limbo of savagery. I speak of the Idea of God as generally understood, God being “something ‘not ourselves’ that makes for righteousness,” as Matthew Arnold victorianatically phrased his definition. The whiskered wowser! Why this ingrained conviction that self is unrighteous? It is the heritage of the whip, the brand of the born slave. Incidentally, we cannot allow people who believe in this ‘God;’ they are troglodytes, as dangerous to society as any other thieves and murderers. The Christians to the Lions!

Yet, in the reign of Good Queen Victoria, Matthew Arnold was considered rather hot stuff as an infidel! Tempora mutantur, p.d.q. when a Magus gets on the job. The quintessence of this verse is (however) its revelation of the nature of Hadit as a self-conscious and individual Being, although impersonal. He is an ultimate independent, and unique element in Nature, impenetrably aloof. The negative electron seems to be his physical analogue. Each such electron is indistinguishable from any other; yet each is determined diversely by its relations with various positive complementary electrons..”

-New Comment to The Book of the Law II:23

Quotation #4

“To you who yet wander in the Court of the Profane we cannot yet reveal all; but you will easily understand that the religions of the world are but symbols and veils of the Absolute Truth. So also are the philosophies. To the adept, seeing all these things from above, there seems nothing to choose between Buddha and Mohammed, between Atheism and Theism.”

Liber Porta Lucis sub figura X

Quotation #5

“Also I was in the spirit vision and beheld a parricidal pomp of atheists, coupled by two and by two in the supernal ecstasy of the stars. They did laugh and rejoice exceedingly, being clad in purple robes and drunken with purple wine, and their whole soul was one purple flower-flame of holiness.”

Liber Cordis Cincti Serpente sub figura LXV, V:34

‘Atheists. ‘ Allah’s the atheist! He owns no Allah!’ (Bagh-i-Muattar). They are free of the obsession of mortality and dependence… it is my vision of mankind in the New Aeon of which I have proclaimed the Word.”

-Commentary to Liber LXV, V:34,41

Quotation #6

“Ceremonial Magic, as a means to attainment, has in common with all other methods, Western or Eastern, one supreme object in view ___ identification with the Godhead; and it matters not if the Aspirant be Theist or Atheist, Pantheist or Autotheist, Christian or Jew, or whether he name the goal of his attainment God, Zeus, Christ, Matter, Nature, Spirit, Heaven, {135} Reason, Nirvana, Asgard, No-Thing or No-God, so long as he “has” a goal in view, and a goal he is striving to attain. Without a goal, he is but a human ship without port or destination; and, without striving, work, WILL to attain, he is but a human derelict, rudderless and mastless, tossed hither and thither by the billows of lunacy, eventually to sink beneath the black waters of madness and death.”

-J.F.C. Fuller, “Temple of Solomon the King” in Equinox I:3

Quotation #7

“Atheists are of three kinds.

  1. 1. The mere stupid man. (Often he is very clever, as Bolingbroke, Bradlaugh and Foote were clever.) He has found out one of the minor arcana, and hugs it and despises those who see more than himself, or who regard things from a different standpoint. Hence he is usually a bigot, intolerant even of
    tolerance.
  2. The despairing wretch, who, having sought God everywhere, and failed to find Him, thinks everyone else is as blind as he is, and that if he has failed— he, the seeker after truth! — it is because there is no goal. In his cry there is pain, as with the stupid kind of atheist there is smugness and self-satisfaction. Both are diseased Egos.
  3. The philosophical adept, who, knowing God, says “There is No God,” meaning “God is Zero,” as qabalistically He is. he holds atheism as a philosophical speculation as good as any other, and perhaps less likely to mislead mankind and do other practical damage than any other. Him you may know by his equanimity, enthusiasm, and devotion. I again refer to Liber 418 for an explanation of this mystery. The nine religions are crowned by the ring of adepts whose password is “There is No God,” so inflected that even the Magister when received among them had not wisdom toe interpret it.

1. Mr Daw, K.C.: M’lud, I respectfully submit that there is no such
creature as a peacock.
2. Oedipus at Colonus: Alas! there is no sun! I, even I, have looked and
found it not.
3. Dixit Sultus in corde suo: “Ain Elohim.”

There is a fourth kind of atheist, not really an atheist at all. He is but
a traveller in the Land of No God, and knows that it is but a stage on his
journey — and a stage, moreover, no far from the goal. Daath is not on the
Tree of Life; and in Daath there is no God as there is in the Sephiroth, for
Daath cannot understand unity at all. If he thinks of it, it is only to hate
it, as the one thing which he is most certainly not (see Liber 418. 10th
Aethyr. I may remark in passing that this book is the best known to me on
Advanced Qabalah, and of course it is only intelligible to Advanced
Students)).

This atheist, not in-being but in-passing, is a very apt subject for
initiation. He has done with the illusions of dogma. From a Knight of the
Royal Mystery he has risen to understand with the members of the Sovereign
Sanctuary that all is symbolic; all, if you will, the Jugglery of the
Magician. he is tired of theories and systems of theology and all such toys;
and being weary and anhungred and athirst seeks a seat at the Table of Adepts,
and a portion of the Bread of Spiritual Experience, and a draught of the wine
of Ecstasy.”

Liber LVIII: Gematria (printed in 777 and Other Qabalistic Works)

Quotation #8

“What the man in the street means by Atheist is the militant Atheist, Bradlaugh or Foote; and it is a singular characteristic of the Odium Theologicum that, instead of arguing soberly concerning the proposition, which those worthies put forward, they always try to drag the red herring of morality across the track. Of all the stupid lies that men have ever invented, nothing is much sillier than the lie that one who does not believe in God must be equally a disbeliever in morality. As a matter of fact, in a country which pretends so hard to appear theistic as England, it requires the most astounding moral courage, a positive galaxy of virtues, for a man to stand up and say that he does not believe in God; as Dr. Wace historically remarked, ‘it ought to be unpleasant for a man to say that he does not believe in Jesus’; and my dislike to Atheism is principally founded on the fact that so many of its exponents are always boring me about ethics.”

-“Concerning ‘Blasphemy’ in General & the Rites of Eleusis in Particular” (The Bystander, Oct 16, 1910, p 321-322)
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Thelema Quotes 15: Ideals

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

Thelema Quotes’ fifteenth installment deals with the concept of ideals. As always, all quotes are from Aleister Crowley or The Book of the Law.

Quotation #1

“…we are born into a World which is in Bondage to Ideals; to them we are perforce fitted, even as the Enemies to the Bed of Procrustes.”

Liber Aleph, “De Vita Corrigenda”

Quotation #2

“The man who fails to recognize [life as an attempt to realize one’s own nature in one’s own soul] is hopelessly bewildered by the irrational character of the universe, which he takes to be real; and he cannot but regard it as aimless and absurd. The adventures of his body and mind, with their desires for material and moral well-being, are obviously as foredoomed to disaster as Don Quixote’s. He must be a fool if he struggles on (against inexorable fate) to obtain results which he knows can only end in catastrophe, a climax the more bitter as he clings the more closely to his impossible ideals.”

-Commentary to The Book of the Law I:29

Quotation #3

“What is necessary is not to seek after some fantastic ideal, utterly unsuited to our real needs, but to discover the true nature of those needs, to fulfill them, and rejoice therein.”

Magick Without Tears, chapter VIII

Quotation #4

“…thou art born into Dis-Ease; where are many false and perverted Wills, monstrous Growths, Parasites, Vermin are they, adherent to thee by Vice of Heredity, or of Environment or of evil Training. And of all these Things the subtlest and most terrible, Enemies without Pity, destructive to thy will, and a Menace and Tyranny even to thyself, are the Ideals and Standards of the Slave-gods, false Religion, false Ethics, even false Science.”

Liber Aleph, “De Via Libertatis”

Quotation #5

“Each child must develop its own Individuality, and Will, disregarding alien Ideals. … Let children educate themselves to be themselves. Those who train them to standards cripple and deform them. Alien ideals impose parasitic perversions. … Standards of education, ideals of Right-and-Wrong, conventions, creeds, codes, stagnate Mankind.”

-“On the Education of Children”

Quotation #6

“[The Law of Thelema] admits that each member of the human race is unique, sovereign and responsible only to himself. In this way it is the logical climax of the idea of democracy. Yet at the same time it is the climax of aristocracy by asserting each individual equally to be the centre of the universe… The Law of Thelema does not require the individual to behave himself because God set the squire and the parson to boss him… Modern social unrest is largely due to misunderstanding of the Law of Thelema… Under the Law of Thelema, all false ideals and incongruous ambitions will be driven away as delusions.”

Confessions, chapter 87

Quotation #7

“Know then, o my Son, that all Laws, all Systems, all Customs, all Ideals and Standards which tend to produce Uniformity, being in direct Opposition to Nature’s Will to change and to develop through Variety, are accursèd. Do thou with all thy Might of Manhood strive against these Forces, for they resist Change, which is Life; and thus they are of Death.”

Liber Aleph, “De Lege Motus”

Quotation #8

“The joy of life consists in the exercise of one’s energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die. The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal.”

Confessions, chapter 65


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