Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law
The world economy teeters on the brink of disaster and the collapsing value in the dollar is making it most difficult for even two income homes to meet their needs. The nuclear family is reaching an end to its viability for many. The impending collapse of our culture in all its corruption will pave the way for a stronger and more wholesome society. And it is here that we will have an opportunity to further establish Thelema in the world.
Real Estate is the key to the complete manifestation of the Thelemic current. It is for this reason that a Zelator owning property in the A.’.A.’. is encouraged to set up an Abbey of Thelema. And so member churches are encouraged to purchase real property with the proper religious incorporation; doing things well and with business way.
The dream has led us to the purchase of a small church in Hoosick Falls, NY; setting up an Abbey of Thelema in the first floor quarters (Villa Aquila) for the Abbot to dwell while maintaining a strong community facility. From there, the Gnostic Church of L.V.X. maintains its sanctuary on the second floor and the A.O.M. has its space on the third floor. We are additionally, considering the placement of a trailer beside the building to be set up as a school, lecture hall, library and facility by which to fun our community food co-op; that we might bring light, life, love and liberty to the community at-large.
Further, the function of the church is to enhance the evolutionary development of the community; both its hierarchy and its laity. The eucharistic formulae certainly serves this end for the individual members of this community and the social resources provided by the church serves this end for the community as a whole. Therefore, we are promoting an ecclesiastically oriented social experience that partially separates us from the secular world about us; fortified by the economic advantages of the church.
On the Gender Roles in Thelemic Society
The woman casts the field of Maya…the ‘dream of life’ (as Patti Smith would call it) and this provides the man a space within which to think. One could say the N.O.X. cast out by the woman becomes the field for his fertilizing action. This waxes a bit poetic; but if you interpret that on a symbolic level, an intuitive understanding results. Indeed, the intuition lies within the veil of intimacy and is the entrance to the sacred mysteries; the key to a path with heart. And to follow a path with heart is the only thing a spiritual warrior can do, as he or she hunts spiritual power. And has not a woman always been said to have a special corner on intuition? Further, the seed the male would plant in this great N.O.X. is the L.V.X. of wisdom and knowledge drawn from experience and deep rumination—Gnosis…like the stars against a charcoal sky that in reality is a royal blue and gold.
In building a community, a Thelemic church, and to take this from poetry and mythos, into a natural and organic social structure will really take time. But to begin the conception of just such a place and time, we have but to begin by speculating in terms of what Liber AL and all the holy books of Thelema are relating to us. And so, we begin by stating that in this dualistic, world with its polar electromagnetic soul, there are two genders, and each has two basic functions as follows:
There are all sorts of things that we can begin to surmise from this paradigm. But first, we should consider the Chaste Woman who is the resultant horror of the sexual taboo in Christist culture. Though she even be a ‘loose’ woman, she is withholding her heart and not loving at all…but a “professional soldier” who “dare not fight.” But she pretends to love her man only for the money or protection he brings to her, as he comes in to assume the role of her father. This is perfectly portrayed in the Christist wedding ceremony; where the father gives the daughter away.
Also, I have frequently noticed that when a woman gives in to pity, compassion and tenderness, she herself moves away from strength and becomes destroyed in relationship with a man. Power does not meet power when she is like this…and all the “old sweetnesses” of the woman who is deliberately kept as a little girl and with all the immaturity that emboldens. And does not this kind of woman meet the worst ends in today’s world?
AL:III.43 “Let the Scarlet Woman beware! If pity and compassion and tenderness visit her heart; if she leave my work to toy with old sweetnesses; then shall my vengeance be known. I will slay me her child: I will alienate her heart: I will cast her out from men: as a shrinking and despised harlot shall she crawl through dusk wet streets, and die cold and an-hungered.“
But the Scarlet Woman is told to kill her heart…what could this mean? Is not love a surrendering, self-sacrifice unto the other? Is not Nuit all about ‘Not-I’—the other? Certainly today, we see the “shameless” behavior of powerful women and with all the pride that they hold for themselves and their work. She takes on multiple lovers; though in modern culture, through a serial monogamy, which shows us that no longer is she in any way ruined or spoiled for having slept with ‘another man.’
AL:III.44 “But let her raise herself in pride! Let her follow me in my way! Let her work the work of wickedness! Let her kill her heart! Let her be loud and adulterous! Let her be covered with jewels, and rich garments, and let her be shameless before all men!“
Motta’s comments to AL:III.44 addresses the issue clearly…
“Pride”—see A.C.’s Commentary to AL II, 77.
“Work of wickedness”—it should be clear by now that what we call virtue many others call wickedness. Our own atavism rises against us in the path of Spiritual Revolution. Our ‘conscience’ will tell us that we are being wicked when we struggle to free ourselves or others. Face the Phantom, then. You will be called wicked. He was. Glory in it!
“Kill her heart”: this refers to the Yoga practice of “Slaying the Cakkrams’, in this case the Anahatta.
“Loud and adulterous”—see Liber Aleph, 116-118.
“Covered with jewels”—Cakkrams active.
“Rich garments”—Purple, gold and scarlet auric colors.
“Shameless before all men”—See AL II, 52, and the Commentaries thereto. Also remember that all children are shameless. If you are ashamed of yourself, change yourself; if you are ashamed of what you do, why do it? But if you are sure of yourself and of your deeds, why shame? Again, read Emerson’s essay “Self-Reliance.”!
AL III.45: “Then will I lift her to pinnacles of power: then will I breed from her a child mightier than all the kings of the earth. I will fill her with joy: with my force shall she see & strike at the worship of Nu: she shall achieve Hadit.“
And so we return to what paradigm set up below suggests to the modern woman.
She can still be the mother and plan a family in the traditional sense of the matter and humanity can keep to flourishing on this planet through the virtue of reproduction. And she has the power to inspire a man to take on this method for producing the magickal childe…nurturing and educating her litter and keeping the man she needs to accomplish this in a functionally wholesome manner.
But she may also be so many other things, if she is so moved to be…and these things she can do; no matter that men call her “Witch”—indeed that this becomes a badge of honor that adorns her chest as she wields her sword. Her life becomes hers first and to whomever or to whatever she decides to giver herself to or involve herself with, these are those things that come about as she applies her own formula of love under will.
Also the man has his function and those same and several functions that the woman has, but in a different manner as befits the nature of his gender.
And no one man can be all things. But he has that wisdom that complements the intuition of his bride; when and if he should take one on. Or that his bride be his work, as has been the way of many a genius. And so some men are only befitted to be a monk/knight/warrior—and I might say that it is even sad that such still fall victim to the taboo and make children; usually abandoning the wife and the family in one way or another—physically, emotionally or both….even that he breaks fidelity with the family. His work here becomes both emboldened by the vanity that his whoredom develops; though his work is ultimately destroyed by his narcissism.
But when he is true to his nature, he brings the perfect character to his consort and virtue is sewn into his work. He builds his island and fortifies it so that as the perfect complement to his bride, he maintains the dream of life that she weaves. All the power is hers in that she directs his brute force and brings enhancement and refinement to his raw vigor. And as she tames the savage beast, so does he evoke passion in her—and together, the magickal childe is formulated in the Aethyr, so that with each and every congress, homunculus of their love is born of the energetic dream they do manifest by way of the great formula of ON.
In plainer terms, with each and every congress, so does the love of God grow in them that see IT more in each themselves and the other and to all that reach into the field of their vision—each of them being one eye on the face of the Magickal Childe.
Love is the law, love under will.