• 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.
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.
• Below, left: Title page from Christian Rosenkreuz’s Chymische Hochzeit (1616).
• Below, right: Upper cover of The Heart of the Master (1938 E.V.)