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by Aleister Crowley
(a note on the chief rules of practical conduct to be observed by those who accept
the Law of Thelema.)
"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law."
"There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt."
"...thou hast no right but to do thy will. Do that and no other shall
say nay. For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust
of result, is every way perfect."
"Love is the law, love under will."
"Every man and every woman is a star."
- Your Duty to Yourself
Find yourself to be the centre of your own Universe
"I am the flame that burns in every heart of man, and in the core of every star."
Explore the Nature and Powers of your own Being.
This includes everything which is, or can be for you: and you must accept
everything exactly as it is in itself, as one of the factors which go to make up
your True Self. This True Self thus ultimately includes all things soever: its
discovery is Initiation (the travelling inwards) and as its Nature is to move
continually, it must be understood not as static, but as dynamic, not as a Noun but
as a Verb.
Develop in due harmony and proportion every faculty which you possess.
"Wisdom says: be strong!"
"But exceed! exceed!"
"Be strong, o man, lust, enjoy all things of sense and rapture: fear not that any
God shall deny thee for this"
Contemplate your own Nature.
Consider every element thereof both separately and in relation to all the rest as
to judge accurately the true purpose of the totality of your Being.
Find the formula of this purpose, or "True Will", in an expression as simple as
Leave to understand clearly how best to manipulate the energies which you control
to obtain the results most favourable to it from its relations with the part of the
Universe which you do not yet control.
Extend the dominion of your consciousness, and its control of all forces alien to
it, to the utmost.
Do this by the ever stronger and more skilful application of your faculties to the
finer, clearer, fuller, and more accurate perception, the better understanding, and
the more wisely ordered government, of that external Universe.
Never permit the thought or will of any other Being to interfere with your own.
Be constantly vigilant to resent, and on the alert to resist, with unvanquishable
ardour and vehemence of passion unquenchable, every attempt of any other Being to
influence you otherwise than by contributing new facts to your experience of the
Universe, or by assisting you to reach a higher synthesis of Truth by the mode of
Do not repress or restrict any true instinct of your Nature; but devote all in
perfection to the sole service of your one True Will.
"Be goodly therefore"
"The Word of Sin is Restriction. O man! refuse not thy wife if she will. O lover,
if thou wilt, depart. There is no bond that can unite the divided but love: all
else is a curse. Accursed! Accursed! be it to the aeons. Hell. So with thy all:
thou hast no right but to do thy will. Do that and no other shall say nay. For
pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way
"Ye shall gather goods and store of women and Spices; ye shall exceed the nations
of the earth is Splendour & pride; but always in the love of me, and so shall
ye come to my joy."
"Remember all ye that existence is pure joy; that all the sorrows are but shadows;
they pass & are done; but there is that which remains."
"But ye, o my people, rise up and awake! Let the rituals be rightly performed with
joy and beauty! ... A feast for fire and a feast for water; a feast for life and a
greater feast for death! A feast every day in your hearts in the joy of my
rapture. A feast every night unto Nu, and the pleasure of uttermost delight. Aye!
feast! rejoice! there is no dread hereafter. There is no dissolution and eternal
ecstacy in the kisses of Nu."
"Now rejoice! now come in our splendour and rapture! Come in our passionate peace,
& write sweet words for the Kings!"
"Thrill with the joy of life & death! Ah! thy death shall be lovely: whose
seeth it shall be glad. Thy death shall be the seal of the promise of our agelong
love. Come! lift up thy heart & rejoice!"
"Is God to live in a dog? No! but the highest are of us. They shall rejoice: who
sorroweth is not of use. Beauty and strength, leaping laughter and delicious
langour, force and fire, are of us."
- Your Duty to Other Individual Men and Women
"Love is the law, love under will."
Unite yourself passionately with every other form of consciousness, thus
destroying the sense of separateness from the Whole, and creating a new base-line
in the Universe from which to measure it.
"As brothers fight ye."
"If he be a king thou canst not hurt him."
To bring out saliently the differences between two points-of-view is useful to
both in measuring the position of each in the whole. Combat stimulates the virile
or creative energy; and, like love, of which it is one form, excites the mind to an
orgasm which enables it to transcend its rational dullness.
Abstain from all interferences with other wills.
"Beware lest any force another, King against King!"
(The love and war in the previous injunctions are of the nature of sport, where
one respects, and learns from the opponent, but never interferes with him, outside
the actual game.) To seek to dominate or influence another is to seek to deform or
destroy him; and he is a necessary part of one's own Universe, that is, of one's
Seek, if you so will, to enlighten another when need arises.
This may be done, always with the strict respect for the attitude of the good
sportsman, when he is in distress through failure to understand himself clearly,
especially when he specifically demands help; for his darkness may hinder one's
perception of his perfection. (Yet also his darkness may serve as a warning, or
excite one's interest.) It is also lawful when his ignorance has lead him to
interfere with one's will. All interference is in any case dangerous, and demands
the exercise of extreme skill and good judgement, fortified by experience. To
influence another is to leave one's citadel unguarded; and the attempt commonly
ends in losing one's own self-supremacy.
"Every man and every woman is a star."
"Mercy let be off: damn those who pity."
"We have nothing with the outcast and the unfit: let them die in their misery: For
they feel not. Compassion is the vice of kings: stamp down the wretched and the
weak: this is the law of the strong: this is our law and the joy of the world.
Think not, o king, upon that lie: That Thou Must Die: verily thou shalt not die,
but live! Now let it be understood if the body of the King dissolve, he shall
remain in pure ecstacy for ever. Nuit Hadit Ra-Hoor-Khuit. The Sun, Strength and
Sight, Light these are for the servants of the Star & the Snake."
Each being is, exactly as you are, the sole centre of a Universe in no wise
identical with, or even assimilable to, your own. The impersonal Universe of
"Nature" is only an abstraction, approximately true, of the factors which it is
convenient to regard as common to all. The Universe of another is therefore
necessarily unknown to, and unknowable by, you; but it induces currents of energy
in yours by determining in part your reactions. Use men and women, therefore, with
the absolute respect due to inviolable standards of measurement; verify your own
observations by comparison with similar judgements made by them; and, studying the
methods which determine their failure or success, acquire for yourself the wit and
skill required to cope with your own problems.
- Your Duty to Mankind
Establish the Law of Thelema as the sole basis of conduct.
The general welfare of the race being necessary in many respects to your own, that
well-being, like your own, principally a function of the intellegent and wise
observance of the Law of Thelema, it is of the very first importance to you that
every individual should accept frankly that Law, and strictly govern himself in
full accordance therewith.
You may regard the establishment of the Law of Thelema as an essential element of
your True Will, since, whatever the ultimate nature of that Will, the evident
condition of putting it into execution is freedom from external interference.
Governments often exhibit the most deplorable stupidity, however enlightened may
be the men who compose and constitute them, or the people whose destinies they
direct. It is therefore incumbent on every man and woman to take the proper steps
to cause the revisions of all existing statutes on the basis of the Law of Thelema.
This Law being a Law of Liberty, the aim of the legislation must be to secure the
amplest freedom for each individual in the state, eschewing the presumptious
assumption that any given positive ideal is worthy to be obtained.
"The Word of Sin is Restriction."
The essence of crime is that it restricts the freedom of the individual outraged.
(Thus, murder restricts his right to live; robbery, his right to enjoy the fruits
of his labour; coining, his right to the guarantee of the State that he shall
barter in security; etc.) It is then the common duty to prevent crime by
segregating the criminal, and by the threat of reprisals; also, to teach the
criminal that his acts, being analyzed, are contrary to his own True Will. (This
may often be accomplished by taking from him the right which he has denied to
others; as by outlawing the thief, so that he feels constant anxiety for the safety
of his own possessions, removed from the ward of the State.) The rule is quite
simple. He who violated any right declares magically that it does not exist;
therefore it no longer does so, for him.
Crime being a direct spiritual violation of the Law of Thelema, it should not be
tolerated in the community. Those who possess the instinct should be segregated in
a settlement to build up a state of their own, so to learn the necessity of
themselves imposing and maintaining rules of justice.
All artificial crimes should be abolished. When fantastic restrictions disappear,
the greater freedom of the individual will itself teach him to avoid acts which
really restrict natural rights. Thus real crime will diminish dramatically.
The administration of the Law should be simplified by training men of uprightness
and discretion whose will is to fulfill this function in the community to decide
all complaints by the abstract principle of the Law of Thelema, and to award
judgement on the basis of the actual restriction caused by the offense.
The ultimate aim is thus to reintegrate conscience, on true scientific principles,
as the warden of conduct, the monitor of the people, and the guarantee of the
- Your Duty to All Other Beings and Things
Apply the Law of Thelema to all problems of fitness, use, and development.
It is a violation of the Law of Thelema to abuse the natural qualities of any
animal or object by diverting it from its proper function, as determined by
consideration of its history and structure. Thus, to train children to perform
mental operations, or to practice tasks, for which they are unfitted, is a crime
against nature. Similarly, to build houses of rotten material, to adulterate food,
to destroy forests, etc., etc., is to offend.
The Law of Thelema is to be applied unflinchingly to decide every question of
conduct. The inherent fitness of any thing for any proposed use should be the sole
Apparent, and sometimes even real, conflict between interests will frequently
arise. Such cases are to be decided by the general value of the contending parties
in the scale of Nature. Thus, a tree has a right to its life; but a man being more
than a tree, he may cut it down for fuel or shelter when need arises. Even so, let
him remember that the Law never fails to avenge infractions: as when wanton
deforestation has ruined a climate or a soil, or as when the importation of rabbits
for a cheap supply of food has created a plague.
Observe that the violation of the Law of Thelema produces cumulative ills. The
drain of the agricultural population to big cities, due chiefly to persuading them
to abandon their natural ideals, has not only made the country less tolerable to
the peasant, but debauched the town. And the error tends to increase in geometrical
progression, until a remedy has become almost inconceivable and the whole structure
of society is threatened with ruin.
The wise application based on observation and experience of the Law of Thelema is
to work in conscious harmony with Evolution. Experiments in creation, involving
variation from existing types, are lawful and necessary. Their value is to be
judged by their fertility as bearing witness to their harmony with the course of
nature towards perfection.
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