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TV series Strange Angel (S01E04): "Thelema teaches that [...]":

The head of the Agape Lodge as portrayed according to the TV series (S01E04) Strange Angel, explains that "Thelema teaches that [...] Each person we love is a different key that unlocks a different part of us. Only one sets us free. (Source (SPOILER WARNING!): https://www.geekgirlauthority.com/strange-angel-recap-s01e04-the-sage/)

My request is if anyone knows if Aleister Crowley ever stated something akin to this in his teachings about Thelema?


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No, i don't recall AC ever saying that.

Reminds me of the character "Roper" (John Saxon) in Enter The Dragon saying "A woman like that could teach you a lot about yourself" about Dr. Han's head-woman.

In other words, a typical cliche of cheeseball TV/movies


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Ig: No, i don’t recall AC ever saying that.

Me neither. But the philosophy is interesting. I wonder if it derived from movies, Parsons' words or writings, or the mind of some screenwriter?


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It is quite possibly derived from a TV/movies cliche, as mentioned by ignant666. "A woman like that could teach you a lot about yourself" is listed as number 6 in reverse order on youtube among Enter the Dragon: Top 10 Movie Lines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5I_6F4FFeHQ

In Strange Angel (S01E07) Jack Parsons enters the lodge in an emergency, and has meeting with a Priestess. Jack Parsons' answer to the Priestess saying "Tell me what you want.", is: "To manifest my will."

The Priestess guides Jack Parsons to manifest his will, by in a trance like and/or possessed state saying:

"Don't look at me.
Focus on your intention.
Free your mind.
And it will break through everything that stands in your way.
Just free your mind.
The barriers you feel are illusory.
Just free your mind and it will break through everything that stands in your way.
It will break through everything that stands in your way."

As far as I know Crowley taught that you have to manipulate and control your mind to manifest your will:

Aleister Crowley: "BOOK 4 - Part II. MAGICK Elementary Theory First published London: Wieland & co., 1913", "THE TRAINING FOR MEDITATION PRELIMINARY REMARKS": "Only by experience can the student discover the ingenuity of the mind in trying to escape from control."

THE TAO TEH KING (LIBER CLVII) A New Translation By KO YUEN (ALEISTER CROWLEY) THE EQUINOX (Volume III, No. VIII.):

INTRODUCTION [...] "My friend and climbing companion, Oscar Eckenstein, gave me my first instructions in learning the control of the mind early in 1901 in Mexico City."


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Sorry for chain posting!

The perhaps most influential section within Crowley's Book 4, part III titled "Magick in Theory and Practice", contains the statement that "Every intentional act is a Magical act.", and a definition of magick as "Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will."

That Crowley taught that you have to manipulate and control your mind to manifest your will, is backed by how he uses the phrase “Holy Guardian Angel" within "Magick in Theory and Practice", where it is used as a symbol for the “Silent” or “True Self” of the individual, the dynamic part of which is the True Will:

"The mind is the great enemy; so, by invoking enthusiastically a person whom we know not to exist [= the "Holy Guardian Angel"], we are rebuking that mind."

The experience called "Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel", enabling you to follow your True Will uninhibited by distractions originating your mind, can be had with success in the said invocation.

Here is Crowley's explanation within "Magick in Theory and Practice" of why he selected the phrase "Holy Guardian Angel": "because the theory implied in these words is so patently absurd that only simpletons would waste much time in analysing it. It would be accepted as a convention, and no one would incur the grave danger of building a philosophical system upon it."


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I have not had the (pleasure?) of viewing this miniseries, but could you clarify whether this head/ explainer is actually Wilfred T. Smith, Jack Parsons himself, or Charles S. Jones (who was the head of the original Agape Lodge, back in Vancouver). Or whether it could even be the Head of the head, the Outer Head himself Karl Germer.

Just because the comment on Thelemic teaching is (rightly or wrongly) attributed to the head of the Agape Lodge, it doesn’t mean to say that it necessarily originated with A.C. either, although it doesn’t rule that out. it could also be poetic licence on the part of the screenwriter — and as part of that, they wouldn’t be under any obligation to “quote” either accurately or truthfully. So there might be nothing realistic in it at all.

I don’t see why “only” one ("key") should “set us free” anyway — why the limitation/ restriction? And why the implication that parts of us are “locked” up also (a stronger term than say closed or obscured)? There is something of the suggestion of Reichian rigid character armour there. Perhaps some further information on this outlook/ philosophy may be necessary in order to probe deeper, really.

Norma N Joy Conquest


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It is Alfred Miller (the ersatz “WT Smith”) speaking to Ernest, Jack’s neighbor (based vaguely on John Baxter) , who has introduced him to the Lodge. Ernest is uncomfortable with the homoerotic feelings he is developing for Jack.

Ernest is at the temple talking to his priest, Alfred Miller (Greg Wise) while the priest takes photos. He’s upset about the failed recruitment but also, he’s angry at himself for losing control and doesn’t know what he is. But Jack makes him very angry as the photos show. It’s not about Maggie, Ernest says, but Jack makes him feel like a freak. The priest says that how we see ourselves determines how we react. Does Ernest think he’s a freak? Because the priest doesn’t believe he is, and he doesn’t believe that he should put labels on his desire. Thelema teaches that they should go beyond such restrictive categorization. Each person we love is a different key that unlocks a different part of us. Only one sets us free. Ernst is like water, changing and seeking definition. Therefore, he’s drawn to Jack, who plays with fire. Two primary forces are at play, like male/female, dark/light. The union of opposites is the only thing that frees us from pain. Jack’s not an acolyte, he’s Ernest’s liberation from pain.


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This head/explainer is the character named Alfred Miller in this TV-series. Excluding Jack Parsons, every other character is fictional, and Alfred Miller appears to be a fictional character based on Wilfred Smith, who founded the Agape Lodge and was its head until 1942.

Alfred Miller The priest and lodge master Alfred Miller (Greg Wise), in the temple with Ernest Donovan (Rupert Friend), explaining to the latter that “Thelema teaches that […] Each person we love is a different key that unlocks a different part of us. Only one sets us free. (Source: (Spoiler warning!) https://www.geekgirlauthority.com/strange-angel-recap-s01e04-the-sage/)

"Jack Parsons was born Marvel Whiteside Parsons – what a name! – in Los Angeles in 1914. He was a brilliant young scientist who dreamed of building rockets that could take people to space. In 1939, he converted to Thelema; Strange Angel loosely follows this time in Parsons’ life. Irish actor Jack Reynor plays the TV version of Jack Parsons.

However, it’s worth noting that every other character is fictional…right down to his wife. Jack Parsons’ real wife was named Helen, not Susan, and Alfred Miller was not the head of the Agape Lodge. That would be Wilfred Smith. So…Strange Angel is taking some liberties." (Source: https://decider.com/2018/06/14/strange-angel-sex-magick-rituals/)


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@wellreadwellbred said:

However, it’s worth noting that every other character is fictional…right down to his wife.

There are many possible reasons for changing names of characters. One is legal concerns but also it gives them more freedom to take liberties with the storyline and/or combine minor characters into one to simplify or make one character more interesting. These are problems writers/filmmakers run into when turning a book into a movie.

I'm enjoying the series...about to watch episode seven. I'm in Asia so i cant view until Thursday or Friday each week. I understand the series is scheduled to last five seasons of ten episodes each. Pretty cool.


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