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The Message of the Master Therion

“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.”

“There is no Law beyond Do what thou wilt.”

“The word of the Law is Θελημα.”
Θελημα — Thelema — means Will.

The Key to this Message is this word — Will. The first obvious meaning of this Law is confirmed by antithesis; “The word of Sin is Restriction.”

Again: “Thou hast no right but to do thy will. Do that and no other shall say nay. For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect.”

Take this carefully; it seems to imply a theory that if every man and every woman did his and her will — the true will — there would be no clashing. “Every man and every woman is a star,” and each star moves in an appointed path without interference. There is plenty of room for all; it is only disorder that creates confusion.

From these considerations it should be clear that “Do what thou wilt” does not mean “Do what you like.” It is the apotheosis of Freedom; but it is also the strictest possible bond.

Do what thou wilt — then do nothing else. Let nothing deflect thee from that austere and holy task. Liberty is absolute to do thy will; but seek to do any other thing whatever, and instantly obstacles must arise. Every act that is not in definite course of that one orbit is erratic, an hindrance. Will must not be two, but one.

Note further that this will is not only to be pure, that is, single, as explained above, but also “unassuaged of purpose.” This strange phrase must give us pause. It may mean that any purpose in the will would damp it; clearly the “lust of result” is a thing from which it must be delivered.

But the phrase may also be interpreted as if it read “with purpose unassuaged”— i.e., with tireless energy. The conception is, therefore, of an eternal motion, infinite and unalterable. It is Nirvana, only dynamic instead of static — and this comes to the same thing in the end.

The obvious practical task of the magician is then to discover what his will really is, so that he may do it in this manner, and he can best accomplish this by the practices of Liber Thisarb (see Equinox I(7), p. 105) or such others as may from one time to another be appointed.

It should now be perfectly simple for everybody to understand the Message of the Master Therion.

Thou must (1) Find out what is thy Will. (2) Do that Will with (a) one-pointedness, (b) detachment, (c) peace.

Then, and then only, art thou in harmony with the Movement of Things, thy will part of, and therefore equal to, the Will of God. And since the will is but the dynamic aspect of the self, and since two different selves could not possess identical wills; then, if thy will be God’s will, Thou art That.

There is but one other word to explain. Elsewhere it is written — surely for our great comfort — “Love is the law, love under will.”

This is to be taken as meaning that while Will is the Law, the nature of that Will is Love. But this Love is as it were a by-product of that Will; it does not contradict or supersede that Will; and if apparent contradiction should arise in any crisis, it is the Will that will guide us aright. Lo, while in The Book of the Law is much of Love, there is no word of Sentimentality. Hate itself is almost like Love! “As brothers fight ye!” All the manly races of the world understand this. The Love of Liber Legis is always bold, virile, even orgiastic. There is delicacy, but it is the delicacy of strength. Mighty and terrible and glorious as it is, however, it is but the pennon upon the sacred lance of Will, the damascened inscription upon the swords of the Knight-monks of Thelema.

“Love is the law, love under will.”

[LIBER II - The Message of The Master Therion]


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The Book of the Law
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LIBER
Number
Class
Title
O.T.O.
core
A∴A∴
core
LIBER CCXX
220.
A
Liber AL vel Legis sub figurâ CCXX - The Book of the Law - (» in Hungarian)  
A∴A∴
      This book is the foundation of the New Æon, and thus of the whole of our Work.    
LIBER XXXI AL
31.
A
The Holograph Manuscript of Liber AL vel Legis  
A∴A∴
      Scanned images of the pages of the original 1904 EV manuscript of "The Book of the Law".    
LIBER CL
150.
E
Liber Cl vel נעל - De Lege Libellum - (» in Hungarian)    
      A further explanation of "The Book of the Law", with special reference to the Powers and Privileges conferred by its acceptance.    
LIBER DCCCXXXVII
837.
C / E
The Law of Liberty - A Tract of ΤΟ ΜΕΓΑ ΘΗΡΙΟΝ 666    
      This is a further explanation of "The Book of the Law" in reference to certain ethical problems.    

The Djeridensis Comment — "The Comment Called D" — Crowley's 1923 EV commentary on "The Book of the Law" .

θέλημα
About Thelema

LIBER
Number
Class
Title
O.T.O.
core
A∴A∴
core
LIBER I
1.
A
Liber B vel Magi sub figurâ I - (» in Hungarian)    
      This is an account of the Grade of Magus, the highest grade which it is ever possible to manifest in any way whatever upon this plane. Or so it is said by the Masters of the Temple.    
LIBER II
2.
E
The Message of The Master Therion - (» in Hungarian)    
      Explains the essence of the new Law in a very simple manner.    
LIBER XXX
30.
B
Liber Librae sub figurâ XXX - (» in Hungarian)  
A∴A∴
      Karma Yoga. An elementary course of morality suitable for the average man.    
LIBER LXXVII
77.
U
Liber Oz - (» in Hungarian)
O.T.O.
 
      The Declaration of the Rights of Man. A statement of human rights in words of one syllable.    
LIBER 666 3
666a.
U
The Master Therion, A Biographical Note [The Beast]    
      An autobiographical statement on the origins of the Great Beast 666 and his mission.    

The Beginning of the New WorldAn examination of the state of the world at the beginning of the New Aeon.

Duty - (» in Hungarian) — A note on the chief rules of practical conduct to be observed by those who accept the Law of Thelema.

On the Education of ChildrenAn essay describing Thelemic approaches to childhood education.

The Heart of the Master - (» in Hungarian) — A visionary and poetic summary of Thelema, the Holy Qabalah, the Tree of Life and the Tarot.

The Method of ThelemaAn essay on putting Thelema into practice.

The Scientific Solution of the Problem of GovernmentA short political essay from the 1930s EV, explaining how the Law of Thelema can be the foundation of a scientific approach to the art of government, in contrast to other approaches such as Divine Right and democracy.

On Sexual FreedomAn essay on Thelemic sexual ethics.

On ThelemaAn explanation of various ethical considerations including compassion within Thelema, and the key difference between sympathy and pity.

Stepping out of the Old Æon and into the New - (» in Hungarian) — Written by Fr. Achad (Charles S. Jones), this is an excellent and brief explanation about what it means to step into the New Aeon.

Pertaining to O.T.O.

LIBER
Number
Class
Title
O.T.O.
core
A∴A∴
core

— Vision statements —

LIBER CI
101.
B
An Open Letter to those who may wish to join the Order
O.T.O.
 
      The duties and privileges of brethren, organized according to the Houses of the Zodiac.    
LIBER CLXI
161.
U
Liber CLXI - O.T.O. - Concerning the Law of Thelema
O.T.O.
 
      "Concerning the O.T.O. and its solution of divers problems of Human Society, particularly those concerning Property..."    
LIBER CCC
300.
E
Khabs am Pekht
O.T.O.
 
      A special instruction for the Promulgation of the Law. This is the first and most important duty of every aspirant of whatever grade. It builds up in him the character and Karma which forms the Spine of Attainment.    
LIBER CXXIV
124.
U
Liber CXXIV - Of Eden and the Sacred Oak - And of the Greater and Lesser Hospitality of the O.T.O.
O.T.O.
 
      Concerning Profess-houses and how they are to be governed.    

The System of the O.T.O.From "Magick Without Tears", this letter outlines the system of the Order, how it differs from the A∴A∴, and briefly addresses other matters relating to the O.T.O.

What is Freemasonry?From "Confessions", Crowley's account of his motivations and methods in reconstructing O.T.O. and its rituals

Some Frequently Asked Questions about O.T.O. — (2014 EV)

           

— Organizational policies —

LIBER CXCIV
194.
U
Liber CXCIV - O.T.O. - An Intimation with Reference to the Constitution of the Order
O.T.O.
 
      The principal document upon which modern articles and bylaws of O.T.O. are based.    
LIBER LII
52.
U
Manifesto of the OTO - (» in Hungarian)
O.T.O.
 
      A summary explanation of the system of O.T.O., including guidelines for advancement and historical dues & fees, by L. Bathurst IX°, Grand Secretary General.    

Order of Oriental Templars: First Instruction (1912 EV) — by Franz Hartman IX°

O.T.O. Synopsis of Degrees (1912 EV) — by Aleister Crowley

M.M.M. Constitution of 1913 EVCrowley's constitution for the British Section of O.T.O. called Mysteria Mystica Maxima.

A Memorandum on O.T.O. PolicyAn unpublished (until Equinox III, No. 10) policy statement by Crowley

Bye-laws with Reference to the Profess-Houses of the Order and its Colleges of the Holy GhostPromulgated Jan. 1, 1914 EV by the National Grand Master General Baphomet X° (Crowley) and read before Lodge No. 1 on Friday May 8, 1914 EV.

Regulations on Greetings (1916 EV) — A letter addressed to Lodges and issued by Crowley through George Macnie Cowie concerning the use of our standard greetings.

Revised O.T.O. Constitution of 1917 EVby Merlin Peregrinus X° : This historical document was written by Theodor Reuss, the first Outer Head of the Order, which was largely based on the M.M.M. Constitution written in 1913 ev by Aleister Crowley.

An O.T.O. Prospectus (1944 EV) — by Ramaka X° : This "prospectus" iwas very likely written by Wilfred Talbot Smith, Frater 132, Ramaka X°. It provides a concise summary of the aims and origins of the Order, with certain of the advantages of membership highlighted. 

Camp, Oasis and Lodge (2000 EV) — A guide to O.T.O. local initiate bodies based on the O.T.O. International Bodymaster’s Handbook

O.T.O. Forms of Address (2000 EV) — based on the O.T.O. International Bodymaster’s Handbook

           

— Rituals and commentary —

LIBER XV
15.
U
Ecclesiae Gnosticae Catholicae - Canon Missae - (» in Hungarian)
O.T.O.
 
      The central rite of Ordo Templi Orientis and it's ecclesiastical arm, Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica. The Gnostic Mass is a celebration of the principles of Thelema.    

Preface to the Revised Rituals of O.T.O. (1918 EV) — Crowley's preface to his revised rituals for 0° through III°

Word of Baphomet to All Members of the O.T.O. — This memorandum or epistle is evidently Baphomet XI°'s first step towards ''thelemicizing'' the rituals of the O.T.O. 

Free Will and the Right to Initiation (1986 EV) — by Hymenaeus Beta X°

— O.T.O. history related —

An Introduction to the History of the O.T.O. — by Ad Veritatem IX°

History of the O.T.O. — (1996 EV) by Frater Sabazius X° & Frater AMTh IX°

History of the E.G.C. — (1995 EV) by T. Apiryon

Pertaining to E.G.C.

The Manifesto of the Gnostic Catholic Church (1944) — This manifesto was drafted by Dr. William Bernard Crow (1895 – 1976) in August 1944, and edited and approved by Aleister Crowley as Baphomet X° in August and October 1944 for circulation.

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