• Above: Front page to Liber L vel Legis by Perdurabo ST, and below the words: "The word of the Law is θελημα.", from Liber L vel Legis, written on April 8th, 1904 E.V., in al-Qahirah, Egypt.
"Who calls us Thelemites will do no wrong, if he look but close into the word. For there are therein Three Grades, the Hermit, and the Lover, and the man of Earth. Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." — Liber L vel Legis, Chap. I, pp. 10-11.
• Front cover of The Equinox of the Gods which was published by Aleister Crowley at the Autumnal Equinox in 1936 E.V., the single most important book published by him. The volume contained a description of what took place in Cairo in March and April 1904 E.V. together with a facsimile of the MS. of Liber L vel Legis, the first full size facsimile reproduction of the MS. published.
PRELUDE – forthethelemites.website
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
On secrecy and secrets.
Remember the words said by Hermes Trismegistus to Asclepius that it is an impious thing to divulge to the masses a teaching filled with the divine majesty. This again is reflected in the epigraph of Christian Rosenkreuz’s Chymische Hochzeit (1616), the Chemical Wedding: “[…] ne Margaritas obijce porcis, seu Asino substerne rosas”, do not throw pearls before swine, nor spread out roses to donkeys.
The essence is that it is necessary to refrain from saying all, to reveal all the divine knowledge. Hermes Trismegistus words to Asclepius are both wisdom and common sense, but the new Law given at the Equinox of the Gods: “Do what thou wilt”, and its word: “θελημα”, happen to be, as stated in The Heart of the Master: “the first Law ever given to man which is a true Law for all men in every place and time.” And furthermore that: “All earlier Laws have been partial, according to the faith of the hearer, or the customs of a people, or the philosophy of their sages. Nor is there need, with this Law of Thelema, of threats and promises: for the Law fulfilleth itself, so that the one reward is Freedom for him who doeth his will, and the one punishment is Restriction for him that goeth astray.” – an everlasting Law, and a Law that is for all!
But there are secrets and secrets! As said by the Queen of Heaven in Liber L vel Legis, I, [34.]: “the ordeals I write not: the rituals shall be half known and half concealed: the Law is for all.”; and in ibid., I, : “Let my servants be few & secret: they shall rule the many & the known.”
Love is the law, love under will.
An important thing in relation to the Law of Thelema and the new Aeon is intelligence. Therefore, study and be wise! Many people collect books about Magick and Thelema etc., however, it is more important to read and to think than to collect. Not long ago (2018 E.V.) a book about Aleister Crowley and Thelema etc., written by a young scholar involved in these subjects, started by stating that it was important for his discussion of “What is “Thelema”?” that in a religious context the Greek word θέλημα originated in the New Testament, and that the word not was used in Classical Greek! Nothing is more wrong – it originated in Classical Greek many centuries before the New Testament, and was used many times in the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament which appeared in the second Century B.C.! (Read the page "Magick") One of the first things I did when I became interested in the Law of Thelema many years ago was to study the history of the noun θέλημα. That should give you the key to what I wrote above!
As to Christianity and the Law of Thelema, remember The Heart of the Master where it is stated about the Brothers of “The Great White Brotherhood” in “The Temple of Truth”:
[…] After a great space (with few names and those illegible)
LAO-TZE, GAUTAMA, ZERDUSHT, PYTHAGORAS, DIONYSUS, OSIRIS.
These were sent forth at the same time – and Dionysus under several diverse forms – to enlighten Six Great Civilizations, about to be drawn together by the opening up of communications over the planet by the expansion of the Roman Power. After these there stood almost alone the name:
But above that extract, the whole width of the chart, the word I A O
Then came a blackness over the whole map for at one time the Brotherhood had been nigh utterly destroyed by a Great Sorcery of the Black Lodge, and the darkening of all Counsel, and the confusion of all Truth.
I saw only one glimmer bare legible:
[Khaled Khan (i.e. Aleister Crowley). The Heart of the Master. London, UK: O.T.O., 1938 E.V., pp. 30-1.]
The Wise will know what it means!
Perdurabo ST is a certain ‘one’ who represents the forces behind THE BOOK OF THE LAW. (Read the Introduction found in the book preview of For the Thelemites.)
• Below, left: Title page from Christian Rosenkreuz’s Chymische Hochzeit (1616).
• Below, right: Upper cover of The Heart of the Master (1938 E.V.)