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Aleister Crowley revealed: was Thelema and all a JOKE?


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Please, excuse the blatant graphics, but this gif I just found made me think.

What do you think?


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Michael Staley
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It made you think????

Before posting images such as this, could you consider perhaps that not everybody wants to be confronted with these lurid, flashing images, and indeed some people can be adversely affected.


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"devnull" wrote:
What do you think?

I think that "kids these days" -- with their obnoxious, stupid graphics and low attention spans -- mostly suck.

As for the question of whether Thelema is "joke," that depends entirely on what you mean by "joke." If you want something to meditate on, here's a text, Liber Nuit, sub figura LXXV, which was written by some guy and posted to a discussion forum called "Beast Bay" back about 13 years or so: http://hermetic.com/beastbay/958034015/

Here are a few choice excerpts:

"Liber Nuit, sub figura LXXV" wrote:
0.The Book of Lies is at least honestly labelled; the Book of the Law, however entitled, is also clearly a fraud. Examine the very first word, "Had!" (as in "we've been had!"), see how it's jammed into the left margin, obviously a later addition by Crowley intended to create a meaningful symmetry with the first line of the second chapter ("Nu! the hiding of Hadit"). The question is whether the Book of the Law is a sacred & inviolable revelation, or a religious poem, of compelling interest perhaps, but not the product of "a praeterhuman intelligence beyond time and space" as all good Thelemites at least pretend to believe.

[...]

14.Don't be fooled by thoughts of a new dispensation! March 20, 1904 does not mark the beginning of something new any more or any less than March 19 or March 21. Sure, the world changes, but vantage point is all important in determining when and how. In the economic sphere the invention of the steam engine is far more relevant than the writing of the Book of the Law. Politically speaking, 1917 is more important than 1904; to a critic of children's literature the Golden Age might have begun with December 27, 1904 when Peter Pan first premiered on a London stage. Don't mix up the planes, aeons are a state of mind. The Law of Thelema existed before 1904 and it will continue to exist even after the double-wanded one sits down in our hearts and minds.

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"Zero equals two" makes fine sense as a metaphor, but it's awful mathematics, and mathematics, lest we forget, are the blueprints of existence. Metaphors, on the other hand, are the building blocks of poetry. For instance, how many Thelemites know that Crowley's 0=2 formula predates the Book of the Law by several years? or that Abrahadabra also predates the Book of the Law, that it was the result of Crowley's extensive exercises in Gematria? A lot of folks seem to believe that the Book came as a complete shock to Crowley, that it revolutionized his life & thought. In fact, there is nothing in it which is new to Crowley, much less to humanity. It's just a powerful poetic eruption from Crowley's unconscious mind which places clearly before us, albeit in another unique form, ideas and motifs which had long percolated through the layers of Mr. Aleister's consciousness. Not to be derided or ignored, but neither to be taken as gospel. Crowley himself certainly didn't take it as such, because then he would have taken seriously the admonitions to not change the book. Instead he "had" to make a few alterations.


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"MichaelStaley" wrote:
Before posting images such as this, could you consider perhaps that not everybody wants to be confronted with these lurid, flashing images, and indeed some people can be adversely affected.

Jesus, I just made the mistake of looking at the OP's posting history. Post after post of ugly, flashing graphics.


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Jesus, I just made the mistake of looking at the OP's posting history. Post after post of ugly, flashing graphics.

Delete him!


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"michaelclarke18" wrote:

Jesus, I just made the mistake of looking at the OP's posting history. Post after post of ugly, flashing graphics.

Delete him!

Why? I find the question pretty interesting!

And there is no Vision more critical in the career of the Adept of Horus than the Universal Joke.- Little Essays Towards Truth,


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Michael Staley
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You can have the question without the ugly, flashing graphics.


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"MichaelStaley" wrote:
You can have the question without the ugly, flashing graphics.

At your kind request, here's the updated graphic without the flashing graphics. Any admin/mod please feel free to replace the animated gif.


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Boring. Locked.

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