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Thelema

The Cult of the Will. Pronounced Thel-ley-mah by Babalon, with a strong emphasis on the first syllable, as it was pronounced in Ancient Greek.

Thelema is the name for the system of Magical Philosophy that was divulged to the modern world in the Book "Liber AL vel Legis", commonly referred to as the "Book of the Law", in Cairo, Egypt, in 1904. On April 8th, 9th and 10th of that year, a communication was received by Rose Edith Kelley and written down by her husband Aleister Crowley. This communication consisted of three small chapters that were received at noon, one on each of the three days. Within this writing, with its strange phrases and multi-layered meanings, a new Law for a new Aeon was proclaimed.

"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." Liber AL vel Legis I:40

Thelema is Greek for Will, and by Gematria equals 93. This Law proclaims that every woman and every man his a unique, individual and autonomous Will, and that she or he has an inalienable right and responsibility to find out that purpose, and to achieve it, no matter what it may be. Each personís Will is unique, and can only be discovered by his or her self. This Will is Spiritual, and the reason why one has incarnated on this planet. But, how does one discover what their Will is?

"Love is the law, love under will." Liber AL vel Legis I:57

Agape is Greek for Love, and also equals 93. In Thelema, Love means attraction and union. This union is a union with oneís Spirit, which holds the keys to oneís Will. One must discover and follow their path, by uniting with each and every experience that one needs in order to accomplish their Will, no matter what it may be. Since Thelema is a Magical Philosophy, and not just a mental or mystical exercise of the mind, there are Magical means of personally seeking out and discovering your Will. In the training of Templum Babalonis, these methods are often physical and experiential, and the Outer Temple degree structure is designed to help the student seek out and discover their Will through the magical training they receive.

See also Ophidian Thelema.


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