Laying in bed nursing a fever and wondering what to do with my evening , and lo and behold, Facebook to the rescue. In my newsfeed I see shared quote by “The Great Beast” Aleister Crowley, an often sited quote but typically misrepresented, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.” Often used in a context similar to “sex, drugs and rock and roll.” Or “do whatever you feel like.” This is a complete misrepresentation of Thelema and is not what Crowley was saying. The second part of that quote is also typically conveniently missing “Love is the law. Love under will.”
Thelema, the religion Crowley founded, means “Will. Or True Will.” Ones True Will is not your everday desires but is ones calling or purpose in life. The goal of Thelema is to uncover your calling or purpose through contact with your higher self or “Holy Guardian Angel.” Your calling is descerned through this contact and then Yoga with, or union with, the Absolute. Thus resulting in “Love (agape)” that can now be properly known and expressed “under will” as a result of this union. “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law” is not “do whatever the Hell you feel like.” In Crowley’s thought it is the constant awareness of, and contact with your higher self or Holy Gaurdian Angel (a self above and seperate from the ego) then seeking union and dissolution with the Absolute. Only then could your True Will or purpose be known and properly expressed. Whether you like Crowley or hate him. At least know a little about quotes that you take from him. That should go for any quotes from anyone ideally. Thats my fever induced rant for today.