> From: cavalerima@...
> Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
The word of Sin is Restriction.
>> ...the existence of
>> supranormal powers ought concern the diligent Crowleyite
>> inasmuch as the relationship with the Holy Guardian Angel and
>> the Great Work are of epic (and grandiose) proportions and may
>> require extraordinary skill, stamina, or strength.
> Do you mean
> by this that all diligent Crowleyites are concerned with
> supranormal powers for this reason or that any diligent
> Crowleyite who is concerned with supranormal powers would be
> so concerned for the reason you have given?
the latter, as it serves the purpose of Crowley's magick.
> ...if I were to be a diligent
> follower of Crowley, would I be concerned with supranormal
> powers because I was a diligent follower of Crowley or could I be
> a follower of Crowley without being concerned ever with
> supranormal powers?
the former, because the Master provided some focus on this path.
> Would it be possible to take Thelema
> seriously if belief in the reality of supranormal powers had
> nothing to back it up, not even one single instance of anyone
> ever experiencing the use of a supranormal power?
yes. supranormal powers are only means and do not constitute the
ends typically selected by Thelemites. if they are shams, then
they are bait for fish and should be identified as such.
> If it is
> possible to do so, then why is it that Thelemites seem to have
> such a connection to these powers
image, persuasion, attracting new support for old ideas.
> and why is it that Crowley
> advocated allowing students to pursue these at their own pace
personal cycles of disillusionment?
> and why is it that Crowley would advertise Thelema as a path for
even the skeptic looks at the peculiar now and then. leaving no
stone unturned is a thorough way of getting what one wants.
> Also, what is the difference between will and true will?
will is the motivational force of the cosmos. true will is that
motivational force given impetus by the very cosmos Herself,
provided a clear orbit of inevitable success by virtue of destiny.
> > Invoke me under my stars.
> Love is the law, love under will.
> I would be honored to invoke someone who could write a
> response to my earlier query as you did. If there is a hidden
> meaning to the phrase "Invoke me under my stars", then I feel
> foolish for saying what I have said.
evident: cf. the Evul Book prior to "Love is the law, love under will."
and compute accordingly.
hidden: the invocation of the HGA might be described as infusion of
the true will or true self. "invoking me" implies the invocation of
the god speaking (Nuit in this case) or the intended of the god (as
the prophet of the god or some mystical truer self than them doing
"under my stars" implies that the celestial host are the children of
the speaking deity (or Her raiment, etc.); it could also imply a
World-Age and/or the Magus of the Aeon (i.e. one who has attained to
that high station) who is doing the invocation of their central spirit.
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