THELEMA

THE HOLY THELEMIC CHURCH

THE FIVE-POINTED VOW

I vow to know the Holy Law of Thelema, and to receive its Holy 93 Current.
I vow to know the Holy Supernal Will, and to communicate its Beauty.
I vow to purge the tendencies of ill will from my being, and to realize Divinity.
I vow to Attain unto That to which I aspire with Desire of Love unsurpassed.
I vow to devote my whole life to Pure Will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered
From the lust of result, enthroned upon the foundation of Perfect Love.
Amen,
Aum-Ha.

from BREVARIUM BESTIALUM - Aleisterion 777
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93 93 93

Soror SCARAB BABALON, a.k.a. "MOTHER OF CATS".





суббота, 8 сентября 2012 г.

The Abbey of Thelema: Cefalu, Sicily


"HOLY PLACE"
ABBEY OF DO WHAT THOU WILT



1 March 1920 e.v., Monday, 5-30 p.m.

Shall I spend April and June in or near Marseille? Fire of  Water. No. Capri? Earth of Air. No. Cefalu? Earth of Lingam. This couldn't be better. (It was solely on this indication that I went to Cefalu - with all its vast consequence. And I did this deliberately as an 'Act of Truth', 
a sort of contemptuous courage.) 

from  "Magical Records of the Beast 666"





92  years ago, Aleister Crowley established his Abbey of Thelema at the Villa Santa Barbara, beside the Great Rock of Cefalu, in Sicily. 
 It is the “holy place” referred to in Liber Legis, just as Boleskine in Scotland is the “holy house”. 




2 April, 1920 e.v.
Certain local gods, whom I praise one and all, without the least conceivable omission, directed me this very first morning to the villa Santa Barbara. 
Je suis chez moi - and I have already begun certain operations.
from  "Magical Records of the Beast 666"








"...It fulfilled all myconditions; from possessing a well of delicious water to a vast studio opening northwards. The gods took no chances. They meant me to live there and guarded against any possible perversity on my part by planting two tall Persian nuts close to the house. They might have been the very same trees as those in the garden of the Villa Caldarazzo, which, as I have told, I had taken for a token in the days of Ab-ul-Diz. I struck a bargain on the spot, sent for the family, and the furniture with all our belongings were installed the same day. We hired a man to market, cook and clean ship; and there we were as much at home as a mummy in a pyramid, in the loveliest spot of the entire Mediterranean littoral."
from  "The Confessions of Aleister Crowley"







“For the next three years, then, I was to build, as it were, an ark of refuge, in which that which was worth saving from the Aeon of the Dying God might be in safety while the floods covered the face of the earth;  and it is really not for me but for history to record and interpret the events of my life following my return to England at the end of 1919.   I will only say that my main idea had been to found a community on the principles of The Book of the Law, to form an archetype of a new society.   The main ethical principle 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..."
from  "The Confessions of Aleister Crowley"



"Nothing can save the world but the universal acceptance of the Law of Thelema as the sole and sufficient basis of conduct.   Its truth is self-evident.   It is as susceptible of the strictest mathematical demonstration as any other theorem in biology.   It 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."
from  "The Confessions of Aleister Crowley"


“For three years I have laboured to construct an Abbey of Thelema in Sicily on the principles of the Law, so that I might have experience of the problems of government.    Those years have taught me how to deal with all classes of people of all ages and races.   It had been practically proved to me that the intelligent application of the Law of Thelema solves all social problems, and that its violation is immediately and automatically avenged.   I am now getting ready to write the Comment on The Book of the Law as it bade me do.   I had stupidly supposed this Comment to be a scholarly exposition of the Book, an elucidation of its obscurities and a demonstration of its praeterhuman origin. I understand at last that this idea is nonsense.    The Comment must be an interpretation of the Book intelligible to the simplest minds, and as practical as the Ten Commandments."
“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..."
from  "The Confessions of Aleister Crowley"





“In many respects, no doubt, the Law of Thelema is revolutionary.    It insists on the absolute sovereignty of the individual within the limits of his proper function.   And this principle will be resented by all those who like to interfere with other people’s business.   The battle will rage most fiercely around the question of sex."
from  "The Confessions of Aleister Crowley"






"I care nothing for public opinion. I care nothing for fame or success. I am perfectly happy in my
retirement. The full leisure to work, the freedom from all interruption, the absence of temptations to
distraction: Cefalu realizes my idea of heaven."

 from  "The Confessions of Aleister Crowley"




"Hardly any one is willing to allow others their freedom on this point.   Sometimes it is a personal matter;   false vanity makes men try to enslave those whom they desire.   They cannot understand “There is no bond that can unite the divided but love: … “, and they outrage others in every way in order to obtain the outward show of affection.   It is the most hideous error conceivable, yet nearly all men make it, and nine tenths of the misery caused by wrong sexual relations is due to this determination to enslave the soul of another.   It seems impossible to make men see what to me is obvious:  that the only love worth having or indeed worthy of the name is the spontaneous sympathy of a free soul.   Social conventions which trammel love are either extensions of this stupid selfishness, or expressions of the almost universal shame which results from false ideas on the subject."
 from  "The Confessions of Aleister Crowley"






“Mankind must learn that the sexual instinct is in its true nature ennobling.   The shocking evils which we all deplore are principally due to the perversion produced by suppressions.    The feeling that it is shameful and the sense of sin cause concealment, which is ignoble, and internal conflict which creates distortion, neurosis, and ends in explosion. We deliberately produce an abscess, and wonder why it is full of pus, why it hurts, why it bursts in stench and corruption.   When other physical appetites are treated in this way, we find the same phenomenon.   Persuade a man that hunger is wicked, prevent him satisfying it by eating whatever food suits him best, and he soon become a crazy and dangerous brute.   Murder, robbery, sedition and many meaner crimes come of the suppression of the bodily need for nourishment."
 from  "The Confessions of Aleister Crowley"






“The Book of the Law solves the sexual problem completely.   Each individual has an absolute right to satisfy his sexual instinct as is physiologically proper for him.   The one injunction is to treat all such acts as sacraments.   One should not eat as the brutes, but in order to enable one to do one’s will.   The same applies to sex.   We must use every faculty to further the one object of our existence. The sexual instinct thus freed from its bonds will no more be liable to assume monstrous shapes.   Perversion will become as rare as the freaks in a dime museum."
 from  "The Confessions of Aleister Crowley"






“I have insisted on this because my experience in the Abbey of Thelema demonstrated the possibility of emancipating humanity from the obsession.   At first and in the case of newcomers, the familiar troubles threatened our harmony.   But by sticking to the Law, by training ourselves to treat our sexual life as a strictly personal matter, we abolished jealousy, intrigue and all the other evils usually connected with it.   We eliminated quarrels, spitefulness, back-biting and the rest.
“So far so good.   But the gods had a surprise in store for me.   I had rather expected that by releasing and encouraging the instinct it would loom larger in our lives.   The exact contrary was the case. In healthy people this instinct is not particularly predominant.   The importance of the subject, its omnipresence, is due to the constant irritation set up by its suppression.   We are always thinking of it, like an Anglo-Indian of his liver.   In the abbey we removed the sources of irritation, with the result that it slipped back into its proper physiological proportion, into serenity and silence.   We almost forgot its existence.   It began to surprise us when the sexual symbols which we had exhibited in the abbey, so that familiarity might breed forgetfulness, excited strangers.  A man who is either stimulated or shocked by an obscene photograph is just as much of an invalid as one whose mouth waters at the sight of a cookery book."
from  "The Confessions of Aleister Crowley"






Kenneth Grant: 
 "It was at Cefalu, in 1920, that the Master Therion laid the foundations of two great books on occultism: “Magick in Theory and Practice”, published in
1929, and ”The Book of Thoth”, published in 1944. Both these books flowered from seeds sown in Cefalu. The role of the Scarlet Woman, Leah Hirsig, is no less enigmatic than that of the Beast. She kept her own Magical Record which adds much to an understanding of Crowley and the more crucial stages of the prolonged Initiation to the highest Grade of all - that of lpsissimus.
And in the background of all this creative work at Cefalu was Crowley's constant experimentation with drugs, and his struggle against madness and
despair, aggravated by poverty, illness and persecution. It was all part of the Great Ordeal reached its climax when Crowley exclaimed: “I died”.
This is all he could utter at the deepest abyss of being, at the final pylon of initiation, where all the struggle, all the madness, all the knowledge, one may even say all the wisdom that had gone before, was sundered one supreme orgasm of self-immolation. His personal self (as opposed to the cosmic Self) was dead forever. No name, no form, no entity or identity could resurrect the ashes in the Urn of
The Magus except that unknowable essence, that unknowable spirit which calls itself Aiwaz."








“In the abbey each of us respected the will of the others as absolutely as they respected his.   It was nobody’s business to inquire what the will of another might be.   And so the total energy of each of us was perfectly free to achieve its own end, sure that no one would interfere, and that he could count on the moral support of the rest to assist him.   He therefore saw that in giving his own support to the abbey he was helping himself.   He did not have to be threatened with hell or urged to be altruistic."
from  "The Confessions of Aleister Crowley"






“In the New Aeon, each man will be a king, and his relation to the state will be determined solely by considerations of what is most to his advantage".
























sources:

The Abbey of Thelema: by Aleisterion

"Magical Records of the Beast 666"

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