Rebranding Thelema

Ankhafnakhonsu Esoterica

Or Why OTO is Getting into Bed with Gerald Gardner

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For decades, the Ordo Templi Orientis, or OTO has been making a tidy sum by publishing the works of Aleister Crowley. They have done an excellent job of preserving these obscure texts and making them available to new generations of students of the occult arts. The internet has changed their relevance in the preservation of these once virtually unobtainable texts as they are now available virtually.

At the same time, the free dissemination of the books of instruction in Crowley’s personal brand of magick has marginalized OTO as the practice of Thelema has been taken up by unconnected individuals around the world, usually working with the material in isolation, and possessing no affiliation with OTO, nor do they particularly desire one. OTO have also seen the boom in interest in modern witchcraft as a…

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Top 10 Myths about True Will

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Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

The concept of “True Will”, or simply “Will”, is fundamental to the Law of Thelema since our central tenet is “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law” (AL I:40), along with “Thou hast no right but to do thy will” (AL I:42) and “There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt” (AL III:60). Thelema, after all, means “Will.”

For Will being such a central concept in Thelema there are many misconceptions about it that limit our understanding as well as limit our potential for accomplishing or manifesting our Wills. Many of these myths or misconceptions are highly interrelated, but they are also different in their emphasis or approach; the list is not meant to be exhaustive or comprehensive but to hopefully lead to further thought and clarity about the notion of…

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