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Aleister's Magnum Opus.
on 27 March 2012
Crowley's esoteric masterpiece - 25 years in construction - is divided into four parts: 1)Mysticism, (incorporating Yoga and Meditation); 2)Magick: Elementary Theory, (outlining the symbolism of the Wand, Cup, Sword, Robe, etc., employed in Ceremonial Magick); 3)Magick in Theory & Practice, (in essence the Philosophical, Kabbalistic and Scientific basis of Magick); 4)The Law Of Thelema: being an autobiographical account of how Crowley came to receive the Book Of The Law, followed by a full transcript of the text.
This tome is revered amongst Crowley Disciples as a kind of Occult Bible - and it certainly is the practical and theoretical cornerstone of the Religion of Thelema. What quite a few of Aleister's fans do not realize, however, is that he wrote "Magick" as a reference book, or guide: an addition to one's own independent line of esoteric study. Such is clearly outlined in the introductory "Note" penned by Mary d'Este Sturges, in which she also states that A.C. "does not ask for followers". Try telling that to the veritable legions of Crowley obsessives in existence nowadays. Put simply: the complex and (alleged) incomprehensible nature of the work which has left so many seekers dumbfounded and confused is a rich and colourful, alternative universe, the intention of which is to totally absorb the consciousness of the individual and cut off the malaise of triviality and "everydayness" - thus allowing supernormal, subconscious powers to be liberated. This process also underpins the nature of ALL Occult Ceremonies and Rituals.
The rationale lying behind Aleister's execution of this work lay in his strenuous conviction that each individual human being should strive to discover their True Will. The active pursuit of this goal must take precedence over everything else, the basic idea being to "free-up" the individual and force him/her to realize that they have been - in essence - living a lie. Whatever a person's role, rank, position or status in life, there was the probability that this was a falsehood, an act, a role-play.
The dangers of Crowley's Magick as outlined in this work have been exaggerated and misinterpreted by the frightened, the righteous and the hysterical. Many self-ordained "Crowleyites" are self-evidently driven by nothing more than a completely insincere, ego-driven lust "to be a Magician". By their very pretentious, imbecilic stances and puerile posturings, these people involuntarily and unwittingly actually do Invoke powerful Forces that will painfully make them realize that they are fakes, charlatans, pretenders. In each case, the extrovert egomaniac will be faced with the unpleasant fact that his True Will has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with Magick, Thelema or, indeed, Occultism of any kind. Its real nature is yet to be discovered.
"Do What Thou Wilt Shall Be The Whole Of The Law" means "Find out precisely who you really are - not what your idealistic, ego-crafted image of yourself happens to be." This is why the charlatans are pre-destined to be self-destroyed by the very Forces they so arrogantly and erroneously align themselves with.