Little Bits of History

April 10

Posted in History by patriciahysell on April 10, 2017

1904: Alwass finished the dictation of the third chapter of The Book of the Law. Edward Alexander Crowley, aka Aleister Crowley was born in 1875 in Warwickshire, England. His family was wealthy and he was raised in a fundamentalist Christian household. He rejected his family’s religion and pursued interest in Western esotericism. He may or may not have been recruited by a British intelligence agency and may or may not have ever or always been a spy. In 1898 he joined the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and began training in magic and the occult. He was an international mountain climber and while in India he studied Hindu and Buddhist practices. He married Rose Edith Kelly in 1904 and they went to Cairo for their honeymoon.

While there, Alwass contacted the mystic and on three consecutive days, dictated the three chapters to The Book of the Law. Beginning at noon each day, the spirit communicated with Crowley as he wrote the sacred messages for an hour each day. The book is the central sacred text of Thelema, the belief system which held the new stage of spiritual evolution was at hand and the Æon of Horus had arrived. The primary principle of Thelema is “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Love is the law, love under will.” The religion is not monotheistic, but rather has a pantheon of ancient Egyptian deities with Nuit, Haddit, and Ra-Hoor-Khuit the primary gods.

Crowley explained the entire series of events in a later book, The Equinox of the Gods. The story began on March 16 when Crowley performed the Bornless Ritual for his new bride while they spent the night in the Great Pyramid of Giza. She saw nothing but went into a light trance and told her husband, “They’re waiting for you.” Because she was not a mystic and took no interest in magic, Crowley thought nothing of it. Two days later, he called on Thoth, the god of knowledge, and Horus’s name was mentioned as the person waiting. Crowley gave his wife a series of tests which she passed, although she shouldn’t have. In doing so, she convince Crowley of the authenticity of the divine intervention.

There are four directives to the willfulness of the religion. There is the first duty, the Duty to Self in which you follow your True Will or fulfillment of a balanced life of autonomy. There is a Duty to Others so we may all become one. Fight if you must but do not interfere with the Will of others. There is a Duty to Mankind which is manifested in the greatest liberty for all individuals. Crime is a violation of True Will. There is a final duty, the Duty to All Other Being and Things. This states the Law of Thelema should be applied to all problems in order to discern an ethical solution. Crowley continued to write several books on Thelema. He died in East Sussex, England in 1947 at the age of 72.

I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning.

The joy of life consists in the exercise of one’s energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die. The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal.

I was not content to believe in a personal devil and serve him, in the ordinary sense of the word. I wanted to get hold of him personally and become his chief of staff.

Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people. – all from Aleister Crowley

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