Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Today is April 1st, 2014 era vulgaris, April Fools Day. By the Thelemic calendar, it is also the year of the Fool, in the cycle of the Hierophant.
The Fool, to me, represents the courage to start along a path. It is the card of initiation, of throwing caution to the wind and seeing where life takes us. It feels pretty appropriate, being a newish Body Master, that my first full year be the year of the Fool.
The Hierophant is the bringer of the Logos to man, the cosmic delivery agent of the Word. This is, to me, the cycle in which we bring the word of the Law to the people.
So, like the Fool I am, I’m beginning a new project based upon outreach to our region, and I’ve convinced other Body Masters in the midwest to at least consider doing the same for their regions. I call the outreach program “Project Hierophant”. The goal is finding new ways to promulgate the Law. Some may call what we’re doing marketing, but I like the idea that we’re educating, not selling, the ideas of Thelema to all who ask. We’re beginning with identification, with T shirts and business cards announcing our existence to the world at large. I also ask folks who have been curious about OTO and Thelema, or who once came around, to come to a Meet & Greet in your area, celebrate a Gnostic Mass, and see what the Order has to offer. Check out our local and regional calendars for dates and times, join our Facebook and Meetup communities to discuss the OTO and our system, or email me with questions.
Our system and beliefs, although based upon occult teachings, travel far beyond the world of the mystical. Paramount to Thelema are ideals of universal freedom, liberty, and rights of humanity. As Aleister Crowley writes in his essay “Duty”:
“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.”
Love is the law, love under will.