April 20, 2019

The earth echoes through the religions of the world. Even religions which have explictly rejected the divine female and divine imagery cannot ignore the power of the earth. Read more

April 19, 2019

Thelemites and Witches generally define ourselves as non-Christian so we wouldn’t normally think about celebrating Easter. But the Gnostic Mass and the Witchcraft circle are both eucharistic rituals which directly relate to the mysteries of Easter and Passover. You can think of them as a stack: the Witchcraft circle rests on the Gnostic Mass, which rests on the Christian Mass, which rests on Passover. These rites all tie the sacramental eating of food and drink to the promise of eternal… Read more

April 10, 2019

Ra-Hoor-Khuit speaks: “I will give you a war-engine.” It is the high holy days for Thelemites. Today we commemorate the reception of Chapter 3 of the Book of the Law by Aleister Crowley and Rose Kelly Crowley on April 10 1904. Where Nuit sings of love and Hadit whispers devotion, Ra Hoor Khuit thunders war. Crowley interpreted this literally. Horus, the crowned and conquering child, would usher in a new era through a bloody sacrifice, a Great War that would… Read more

April 9, 2019

Hadit speaks: “Remember all ye that existence is pure joy.” It is the high holy days for Thelemites. Today we commemorate the reception of Chapter 2 of the Book of the Law by Aleister Crowley and Rose Kelly Crowley on April 9 1904. The play of Nuit and Hadit is a love story. It is the love story, the one in which the universe is created, played out in the loves of all the goddesses and gods. This love story… Read more

April 8, 2019

Nuit speaks: “Every man and every woman is a star. ” It is the high holy days for Thelemites. Today we commemorate the reception of Chapter 1 of the Book of the Law by Aleister Crowley and Rose Kelly Crowley on April 8 1904. Revelation has gone out of fashion. The words of the gods are no longer self-authorizing. Since the Enlightenment elevated human reason over divine inspiration, the messages of prophets have been met with skepticism. This is in… Read more

March 21, 2019

Does my body demonstrate my spiritual worth? I’ve been meditating recently on the body as a focus for spiritual practice. As a Thelemite I know that I am spirit in matter. My soul has touched down to earth in a body. Leaning into physicality, embracing my body’s needs and pleasures, offers me opportunities for illumination. Through body my soul evolves. Does this development also reflect in my body? Does the state of my body visibly display my soul’s accomplishments? Does… Read more

March 15, 2019

The body is a powerful spiritual focus. I take a stretching class at the gym on Tuesday mornings. The teacher begins by telling us “come back to the body”. This is my cue to collect my thoughts from all the places they’ve scattered: out to my house, checking on my friends, dipping into memories, scurrying ahead to the future. I settle into the strength of my back, the firmness of my support, the steady rhythm of breathing. What if I… Read more

March 4, 2019

As a Thelemite use the word faith differently than most people do. I don’t mean a belief that isn’t backed by science. That kind of faith doesn’t work for me because I’m a scientific illuminist. Aleister Crowley described scientific Illuminism as “the method of science, the aim of religion”. I incorporate scientific knowledge into my practice and test what I plan to do before I put my weight on it. So when I say “faith” I am using the term… Read more

February 26, 2019

Going to PantheaCon this year reminded me that connecting is why I go to Pagan conventions. I skipped the last two years so I came in with a fresh perspective. I’m aware of the conflicts and negative experiences people have reported in the last several years. People fear talking about these and even fear talking about enjoying the event! I was very interested learn what is happening for myself. This year I realized how much I have come to depend… Read more

February 6, 2019

At Pantheacon a few years ago I ran a discussion on diversity in Thelema. We talked about race, gender, cultural appropriation, secrecy. I thought we had covered most of the bases until a guy in the back stood up and let me know I had missed something. “Brandy, I have some feedback for you,” he said. “I’m J. Gordon Melton.” I was simultaneously thrilled and alarmed – thrilled because I knew his work from the 1970s when he was writing… Read more

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