The Holy Books of Thelema

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The Holy Books of Thelema

The Holy Books of Thelema are the chief legacy of their scribe - English writer, mystic, and ceremonial magician, Aleister Crowley (1875-1947).

 

Penned between 1907 and 1911, the principal value of the Books to us, Crowley’s heirs, lies not in their considerable literary merit, but rather in the insight and illumination these books yield on each reading.  Written, as they were, on the most exalted planes of spiritual experience, they have a way of unfolding within the reader.

 

They afford far more than information or instruction - they give access to the source of the scribe’s genius, and can awaken, as if by sympathetic resonance, promptings towards similar experiences in the receptive reader.

 

Thelema

The most important of the Holy Books is the founding document of Thelema – Liber AL vel Legis, or The Book of the Law.  It is the book that most clearly illustrates the philosophy of Thelema.

 

The statement from the book that best distils its practice and ethics is "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law."

 

The word “Thelema” is Greek for “Will.”  This means that adherents of Thelema should seek out and follow their true path, i.e. find or determine their True Will.

And, "Love is the law, love under will" meaning the nature of Will is Love.

 

Thelema may be described as the Law of Liberty, its aim being the absolute and perfect freedom of every individual.

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