Sunday, October 19, 2008

Liber II: Liber Legis

Liber II
The Message of
The Master Therion
This Epistle first appeared in The Equinox III(1)
(Detroit: Universal, 1919).
The quotations are from Liber Legis-The Book of the Law.-H.B.

Copyright (c) Ordo Templi Orientis


"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 Velhma.''
Velhma--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.

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.


Saturday, October 18, 2008

Regarding the Alaskan Govenor...

"A Shout Out To Sarah Palin"
HPS Deborah Blake

This is a video response to Sarah Palin, Witchhunting, and her Wacky Church:

Additional Resource:
"Pagan Author Responds to Sarah Palin"

Endnote: The divide between Alternative Spiritualists and mainstream religious followers continues to widen no matter how much we (Pagans, Witches, Shamans, etc.) attempt to educate the general populace about earth / nature-based religions. What truly annoys me, in this day and age, is that the mainstream religious mindset continues to be steeped in fear, misconception, and ignorance primarily on their own part because these folks are not willing to expand their myopic panorama of religio-spiritual knowledge and tolerance (outside of their own fundamentalist and evangelical belief systems) let alone work together with everyone for the common good of all humankind....

Summum Bonum,

▪ Frater Kheti
Elder HP
Temple of Kemetic Wicca

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Musing: U.S. Homeland Security

"Those who would give up essential Liberty,
to purchase a little temporary Safety,
deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

~ Benjamin Franklin ~

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Musing: Freedom of Thought & Speech

"Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech."

~ Benjamin Franklin ~

Monday, October 13, 2008

Musing: Morality

To teach morality is neither to preach nor to indoctrinate; it is to explain.

~ Émile Durkheim

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The I Ching

I Ching (Yi Ying or Yi Jing), a divination and oracle tool, is also known as the ancient Chinese Book of Changes or the Book of Transformation. It is a textual reference and resource of and about Chinese philosophy, prognostication, and intuitive spiritual perception based on the concepts of and theories derived from Yin and Yang, the universal cycles of transformation or change, wisdom, nature and its elementals (i.e., earth, air, fire, and water), and science. The practice of I Ching dates back some 5,000 years ago with many practical uses in modern times for predicting future events, outcomes, and activities. The ancient Chinese consulted the I Ching so as to become more aware of change within their lives (such as with their finances and social relationships) and surroundings.

Although the Book of Changes was originally used for divination purposes, it has uniquely influenced Chinese spiritual thought and philosophy in a way that brings together human beings and nature into a single cosmological system within the universe. Keep in mind that the I Ching is, in its origin, a book of symbology or symbols long before and well before it evolved into a written language or linguistic form. The Gua are displayed and represented as symbols only.

Emperor Wen Wang was the founder of the Chou Dynasty (c. 1111–255 BCE); and according to many historians, he originally formed the 64 I Ching hexagrams and wrote the Confucian classic book of I Ching. The emperor and sage Fu Hsi (reigned 2852-2737 BCE) is said to have discovered the eight (8) I Ching trigrams on the back of a tortoise.

The two primary philosophical schools of I Ching are:

[a] Moral and Reason (Confucian) School -
The Confucian School of studying the I Ching which teaches the Art of Understanding the I Ching.

[b] Symbol and Number (Taoist) School -
The Taoist School of studying the I Ching which teaches the Science of Understanding the I Ching.

As mentioned, I Ching is a divination and oracle tool for convening with universal spirituality:
Briefly, divination is the spiritual art, metaphysical science, and practice of attuning with a single deity or deities (such as a pantheon of gods and goddesses).

An oracle may be defined as a person (such as, a priest, priestess, shaman, medium, etc.), instrument (such as, Tarot, Ouija, I Ching coins and cards, Runes, etc.), or source of divine communication between you or a psychic medium and the spirit realms.

To be continued . . . and coming soon -

How the I Ching works (with yarrow stalks, coins, etc.) and how it can help you in your daily life . . .

Earth - Greater Yin

© 2005 Kheti Metaphysical Institute,
Dr. K. A. Sahure & Sifu H.A. Diop

Revised 10.2008 CE by
Dr. P.M. Lorca, D.D., D.Met.
Temple of Kemetic Wicca

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Musing: I Ching

Meditate upon the mysticism of the I Ching as you ponder the inner vision of its ultimate spiritual and numerological wisdom throughout your daily life...

~Dok Kheti

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Musing: Judgment

Some small sacrifices may be called for in order to attain your larger goal.

Generally favorable.

I Ching
[1985, 1987]
K. and R. Huang