My crazy young Muslim friend was telling us that (in one of his usual excitable rants) that he was going to drive 50 miles after work to attend a big lecture by an esteemed Immam on whether or not the Prophet's birthday should be celebrated.
Someone posted something the other day (I'll admit I couldn't tell you when Crowley was born) saying Happy Crowleymas or something and I thought no it's just missing the point and veers towards hero-worship.
A prophet is just a human tool. I don't care when that prophet was born and I'm not looking for a new Christ.
There are recommended feast days in AL 2 (35 - 44) yes and note that there is nothing about the sacred conception (lol) between the chosen ones Edward Crowley and Emily Bertha Bishop.
It's good to be self-aware and not fall into that trap.
However, there could be occult significance to the feasts regarding the prophet which are besides hero worship. That would be up for personal interpretation and not worth arguing to try to convince anyone who's right as it's a personal relationship with AL.
That aside, remarking on Crowley's birthday isn't the same as having a closet shrine to the man or organized structured enforced participation. Not that that would work with Thelemites anyways.
I like celebrating the Feasts for each chapter of AL by reading that day's chapter, meditating on it etc. I think it connects me to the current more.
But I couldn't care less about anyone's birthday in regards to making it a case for guru worship/ deification. Being aware of them is good, but being aware is good in general...
cs: Being aware of them is good, but being aware is good in general…
When they slip by you, the only signal given by the absence of mail in your box, and the name or reason for the holy day escapes you, this is the sign of the Great Liberation. It's too bad there's nobody home to realize the day is holy or care about its significance.