Welcome to the group and thanks for the question. I will try to give a
concise answer to your question, about which books could be written.
:-) As always, any personal magical curriculum must suit your own
personality, path, and Will, so these are all just suggestions, of
First, I suggest you let go of the idea that you must dispose of
everything in the G.'.D.'. in order to work in a "Thelemic" fashion.
One striking piece of evidence supporting this point of view, which you
ask about in your post, relates to the LBRP. I have never found any
evidence that Crowley *himself* performed the Star Ruby. Even toward
the end of his life, he was still advising his students to perform the
LBRP as part of their daily work. (This doesn't detract from the value
of the Star Ruby, however.) My point is that it is clear that Crowley
did not feel the necessity to abandon all pre-1904 practices, or to set
aside systems he learned in the G.'.D.'.. To the contrary, these
systems (in many but not all respects) became the very framework of his
own A.'.A.'.. Also, I'm aware of at least four modern mystery schools
which adapt G.'.D.'. cipher manuscript forms into a Thelemic context.
Therefore, I suggest you approach your current situation with the goal
of determining *which* G.'.D.'. practices, systems and "beliefs" are in
accordance with your understanding of the Law of Thelema, and which
aren't. Some may need to be tossed out, and some adapted, while others
may be continued with little or no modification.
On Sep 11, 2006, at 6:56 AM, email@example.com wrote:
> Posted by: "fr_aaaaam" rushgtrdn@... fr_aaaaam
> . Specifically,
> Liber O is quite familiar to me and nearly identical to my previous
> work within the G.D. system; should this be kept up as is?
The core ideas in Liber O will continue to serve you well. You may
find some books out there--Lon DuQuette's "Magick of Thelema" comes to
mind--which explain the rituals' potential Thelemic context in a
> Would the
> Star Ruby (ie Liber XXV) be substituted for the LBRP and the
> Qaballistic Cross?
See my comments at the beginning of this email. I'd suggest working
with the Star Ruby for a while to compare its results with the LBRP
(b/c you've been working with the LBRP consistently for some time,
right?). Remember that the SR is essentially a Banishing ritual, while
the LBRP gives an easy option for a general microcosmic banishing OR
invoking. The basic answer to your question is that yes, the Star
Ruby can be used as the basic daily ritual in place of the LBRP.
> Or would Liber V VEL REGULI be a more productive
More productive? Hard to say. Interesting experiment? Probably so.
I suggest and LBRP before and after Reguli.
> Should Star Sapphire (ie Liber XXXVI) be
> substituted for the LBRH?
The Star Sapphire is an invoking ritual which, IMO, is not really
suitable for replacing the traditional LBRH. For example, the LBRH is
traditionally adapted into *other* forms for specific planetary
invoking/banishing purposes, whereas Crowley never gives such alternate
forms for the Star Sapphire. His notes on the SS are a further clue
that the SS is intended as an HGA invocation of a sort.
So, by all means, experiment with the Star Sapphire, but keep up the
LBRH too, since the SS is not a banishing ritual. With the LBRH, you
may find it useful to adapt the Analysis of the Keyword into a more
Thelemic context, to de-program the traditional "dying god" connections
you may have developed when using this ritual.
> Or should I do all of the above?
Sounds like it so far, doesn't it?! ;-)
> I can
> identify that the Mass of the Phoenix should be done in lieux of the
> Elemental Eucharist.
I wouldn't say "should be done in lieux of". I'd say that the Mass of
the Phoenix is a new, powerful option for a Eucharist--not a
> Liber Israfel being related to the General
> Exordium of the Enterer of the Threshold, should this be performed
> Daily (with the idea in mind that I basically have to relearn or
> deprogram myself into the other rituals first)?
Sounds like some experimentation will suit you best on this one as well.
> I am quite familiar
> with Liber Resh and that should present no major obstacles. In
> general are the Godforms the same (ie Thoth is Thoth; Horus is Horus
> and so forth)?
Godforms are generally the same.
> Any advice, suggestions on the above questions or
> discussion of similar conversion experience would be highly
> appreciated. Again this has all been a bit much for me and to some
> extent I have not entirely adjusted yet. This has really been a
> profound experience for me. Thank you for any feedback you are
> gracious enough to provide and for your time.
Hope this helps somewhat. Remember above all to trust your instincts
and your experience more than you trust me. :-)
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