A series of synchronicities... Got given a book by a relative stranger that changed everything. Then somehow connected with a couple of people on the pre-social network Internet and it all kicked off from there.
Started studying and practising alone, and a year later I joined OTO :)
If you haven't discovered it already, this new site is a fantastic resource for articles and current thinking on Thelema and the Thelemic community today.
The writers really know their stuff, and offer clear and thought provoking insights into key topics.
I recommend the following articles...
@allfoak re-reading your post I really like your points.
I resonate with the issue of conformity and the power of the imagination being the key to success.
And I wholeheartedly agree with and believe in the notion you put forward as the basis of magick.
I am wondering however whether it is an...
Really interesting question and a key topic to debate.
I would have to disagree with @allfoak only in so far that he states "no"! The rest of the post is bang on!
To illustrate why I think "no" cannot be the answer to the OP I'll start with the specific example of travel.
Liber Oz states that...
Those drwan to the A.'.A.'.are those whos paths follow the "Monastic" way of follwoing Thelema
OTO - (STATE) TheLaw is forall - the common Thelemite journey M.'.'M.'.'M.'.The Man of Earth degrees 0-PI
EGC - (CHURCH) The Law represeted for those who enjoy religious celebration of Thelema...
Lets set it out simply:
OTO covers the Social STATE Thelemic system
EGC covers the Thelemic CHURCH system
A.'.A'.'covers the MONASTC system
Each an and woman may be suited to all or none of these systems.... but remember ""The |Law is for ALL""
I have great respected for IR. without him we w ould not have access to a complete GD system
Thelema is a NEW RELGION. It takes its fields from many pre--dated systems
- GD symbolism
- Anquatied Freemasonic Systems
All combined into one complete charkra/qabaliatic system that...
The HOGD preceeded Thelema but it does have its links in Aleister Crowley.
HOGD practises a beautiful system of qabalisitic, elemental and enochian ritual and initation. Crowley led the order for a time in the early 1900s but it pretty much died out due to diagreements between members over the...
I dont see a link between Egpytian deities and the roots of the Qabala, or of the Eastern esoteric traditions, I would say the system is founded on many things. Qabala is hugely important, inlcuding gematria.
There is reference to it
(II:55). Thou shalt obtain the order & value of the English...
Yes very much a qabalistic one. Thelema And OTO are separate entities - that should be clarified, and I can never say what "the OTO feels", however I can say the both systems rely heavily on qabala, the OTO uses the chakra system from yogic teachings as well as Eastern tantra.
The BotL says...
Like I said I'm certainly not ignoring the Egyptian influences. They played an enormous part. But what was created was something new with a number of other important aspects and systems feeding into it.
Not sure about your "proven" mistranslation of Hadit and RHK being previously known as Ra.
I'd need a source for this theory. I'm looking at the original manuscript right here and I see no ambiguity...
If you wish to believe that Thelema is an Egyptian religion then that's totally fine to have your opinion.
I personally don't think it's that simple, I see it had Egyptian influences (due to the circumstance of the reception of Liber Al)
But I do not see Thelema as an "Egyptian based...
I don't understand your point.
I agreed with you Nu Horus and Ra were Egyptian.....
Nowhere in traditional Egypt ology do you find the names Nuit Hadit or Ra-Hoor-Kuit.
You find only their derivatives/what they derive from godwise
As I said in previous post. Totally don't get what you are...
Hours and Ra are Egyptian yes.
Nuit is new but derived from Nu you could say.
Hadit is new and Ra-Hoor-Kuit et al are new derivatives of Hours
Egyptian inspired I suppose
But then many of the other godforms in Thelema GD, AA have taken inspiration from non-egyptian origin: Hermeticism, Jewish...