Morality

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. The contents of your letter appalled me. I had hoped that you had left behind for ever all that quality of thinking. It is unclean. It is stuffy and flabby. You write of a matter about which you cannot possibly have information, and what you say is not even a good guess it is simply contrary to fact. It shows also that you have failed to grasp the nature of the O.T.O. Its main raison d'etre, apart from social and political plans, is the teaching...

Epstola Penltima The Two Ways to Reality

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. How very sensible of you, though I admit somewhat exacting You write-Will you tell me exactly why I should devote so much of my valuable time to subjects like Magick and Yoga. That is all very well. But you ask me to put it in syllogistic form. I have no doubt this can be done, though the task seems somewhat complicated. I think I will leave it to you to construct your series of syllogisms yourself from the arguments of this letter. In your main...

How to Learn the Practice of Astrology

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Up, Guards, and at 'em First, you must know your correspondences by heart backwards and upside down (air connu). They are practically all in The Book of Thoth but if anyone anything lacks, look for it in 777. Then, get a book on Astrology, the older the better. Raphael's Shilling Handbook is probably enough for the present purpose. Get well into your head what the menu says about the natures of the planets, the influence of the aspects, what is...

My Theory of Astrology

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. A few well-chosen words about Astrology Madam, I am only too happy to oblige our aim is to serve. The customer is usually wrong but statistics indicate that it doesn't pay to tell him so. It seems a long while since I set up your Nativity, and read it, but it is very clear in my mind that you were astonished, as so many others have been, by the simplicity and correctness of my reading. It began, you remember, by your giving me the usual data when...

Introduction

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. I was very glad to gather from your conversation yesterday afternoon that you have a serious intention of taking up the Great Work in the proper spirit. Your criticisms of previous experience in the course of your adventures appeared to be singularly sane and just. As I promised I am writing this letter to cover a few practical points which we had not time to discuss and which in any case I think it better to arrange by correspondence. 1. It is...

Improvising a Temple

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. (This letter has been provoked by points discussed in your recent visit.) As some of your daily practices are ceremonial, it should not come amiss to vouchsafe a few hints of practical service. For in ritual Magick, it will of course be the first care to get everything balanced and tidy. If you propose to erect a regular Temple, the most precise instructions in every detail are given in Book 4, Part II. (But I haven't so much as seen a copy for...

Talismans The Lamen The Pantacle

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Really you comfort me when you turn from those abstruse and exalted themes with which you have belaboured me so often of late to dear cuddlesome little questions like this in our letter received this morning Do please, dear Master, give me some hints about how to make Talismans (that's the same as Telesmata, isn't it ) Yes, 666 and the Pantacle. The official instructions are quite clear, of course but somehow I find them just a little...

This Self Introversion

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. It is a lie, this folly against self. (AL, II 22) The English is very un-English, and the context hardly helpful. But the meaning is clear enough the idea is to dismiss, curtly and rudely, the entire body of doctrine which insists on altruism as a condition of spiritual progress. Why do I jump in with this text without warning Because at the end of my letter on Sammasati the Dweller of the Threshold popped up, and that brings us to the Black...

Reincarnation

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. You are within your rights when you Insist on knowing if I believe in Reincarnation and, if so, why and how do I feel about it. In other letters there is quite a lot of detail about the constitution of Man, and there is my Essay No. 1, in Little Essays Toward Truth you had better get these well fixed in your mind, in case some of what now follows should prove obscure. I can't be bothered to define all the technical terms all over again. 1....

Beings I Have Seen with My Physical

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Well do you know my lifelong rule never to make any assertion that cannot be verified, or at least supported by corroborative evidence, on any subject pertaining to Magick. When, therefore, you express curiosity as to how much of the normally super-sensible world has been revealed to my senses, and especially that of sight, you must take my answer as without prejudice, e. and o.e., under the rose, and in a Pickwickian sense. If you choose to call...

Magical Power

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Rightly you remark that most of these letters have dealt with self-development in one form or another now, what of the causa finalis, the practical angle some would call it. What you want now is to learn how to apply the knowledge and power that you have gained to the execution of your True Will, to the accomplishment of the Great Work. Obviously, much must be left to your own common-sense the one technical point on which I insist above all...

Cara Soror

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Right glad am I to hear that you have been so thoroughly satisfied with my explanation of what Magick is, and on what its theories rest. It is good, too, hearing how much you were interested in the glimpse that you have had of some of its work in the world more, that you grasped the fact that this apparently recondite and irrelevant information has an immediate bearing on your personal life of to-day. Still, I was not surprised that you should...

Postulate

ANY required Change may be effected by application of the proper kind and degree of Force in the proper manner through the proper medium to the proper object. (Illustration I wish to prepare an ounce of Chloride of Gold. I must take the right kind of acid, nitro-hydrochloric and no other, in sufficient quantity and of adequate strength, and place it, in a vessel which will not break, leak or corrode, in such a manner as will not produce undesirable results, with the necessary quantity of Gold,...

The Three Schools of Magick

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. There is in history only one movement whose object has been to organize the isolated adepts of the White School of Magick, and this movement was totally unconnected with religion, except in so far as it lent its influence to the reformers of the Christian church. Its appeal was not at all to the people. It merely offered to open up relations with, and communicate certain practical secrets of wisdom to, isolated men of science throughout Europe....

Preface

When I first read Magick without Tears some ten years ago, I confess it left very little impression on me. It seemed long and tedious to say the least. I suppose I was more accustomed to the dazzling pyrotechnics and virtuosity of the earlier Crowley, to The Equinox, and other books of sixty years ago. But my reaction was a serious mistake, as I discovered several years later when the opportunity to read it again presented itself. For despite its wit and humor, Magick without Tears is a...

Do Angels Ever Cut Themselves Shaving

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. A very witty way to put it Do angels ever cut themselves shaving Rem au tetigisti, again. English you big tease What sort of existence, what type or degree of reality, do we attribute to them By angel, of course, you mean any celestial or infernal being such as are listed in the Hierarchy, from Metatron and Ratziel to Lilith and Nahema. We read of them, for the most part, as if they were persons although of another order of being as individual,...

Definition

Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will. Illustration It is my Will to inform the World of certain facts within my knowledge. I therefore take magical weapons, pen, ink, and paper I write incantations these sentences in the magical language i.e., that which is understood by people I wish to instruct. I call forth spirits such as printers, publishers, booksellers, and so forth, and constrain them to convey my message to those people. The composition and...

The Universe The 02 Equation

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Yes, I admit everything It is all my fault. Looking over my past writings, I do see that my only one-pointed attempt to set forth a sound ontoiogy was my early fumbling little brochure Bemshith.1 Since then, I seem to have kept assuming that everybody knew all about it referring to it, quoting it, but never sitting down seriously to demonstrate the thesis, or even to state it in set terms. Chapter 0 of Magick in Theory and Practice skates gently...

The Qabalah The Best Training for Memory

The Ten Palaces Assiah

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Now you must learn Qabalah. Learn this Alphabet of Magick. You must take it on trust, as a child does his own alphabet. No one has ever found out why the order of the letters is what it is. Probably there isn't any answer. But our Magical Alphabet is primarily not letters, but figures, not sounds but mathematical ideas. Sir Humphrey Davy, coming out of his famous illumination with some help from Nitrous Oxide he got in exclaimed The Universe is...