Love and do what thou wilt

“Love, and do what thou wilt.” It is a saying that I am familiar with from Aleister Crowley, the famous occultist. But it turns out the saying has a much more ancient and surprising origin. It comes from Saint Augustine in fact, from his Seventh Homily on the Letter of John. Here is the context: … Continue reading Love and do what thou wilt

What do Aleister Crowley and the Apostle Paul have in common? Thelema!

Thelema is the name of the magical system established by ceremonial magician Aleister Crowley in Liber AL vel Legis (The Book of the Law). The Law of Thelema is summed up in two phrases from the book: “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law” and “Love is the law, love under … Continue reading What do Aleister Crowley and the Apostle Paul have in common? Thelema!

Do what thou wilt shalt be the law of the psychopath

Is freedom always good? We often assume it is. But is it? Don’t get me wrong, I am not suggesting oppression is preferable. I was just wondering: what do we mean when we talk of freedom? Do we always mean the same thing by the word “freedom”? I mean, I love freedom but is it … Continue reading Do what thou wilt shalt be the law of the psychopath

Do What Thou Wilt?

  Had an interesting discussion online recently on the interpretation of the Liber Al vel Legis, specifically Aleister Crowley's famous injunction, "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." I was putting it to some that the Law of Thelema stands in tension point Christianity, specifically that Christianity requires a subordination of … Continue reading Do What Thou Wilt?