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Is Thelema a Religion or not?

Well is it? via IAO131 Aleister Crowley

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

One of the ever-present questions in the discourse about Thelema is whether or not it is a religion. I think this question is most poetically answered by someone – I believe the credit goes to Jake Stratton-Kent - who said:

“There is religion in Thelema for those that require it. There is also freedom from religion in Thelema, for those that require it.”

In short: Yes… and no. All I can attempt to do is elaborate on this position to make it a bit more clear.

Before going too far in depth, it should be said that – according to anthropologists, sociologists, theologists, and the like – Thelema would most definitely be classified as a “religion.” It has a “Bible” (Liber AL vel Legis), a moral code (Do what thou wilt), a Prophet (To Mega Therion), a set of practices (Magick), and even a “pantheon” (Nuit, Hadit, Ra-Hoor-Khuit, Hoor-paar-kraatet cetera).

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Peaches Geldof Joins a Weird Sex Cult? Where Do I Sign?

OTOlogoOh… you mean The O.T.O?

Disinfonaughts are likely to be familliar with The Order Templi Orientis, part of Crowley’s legacy to the modern world. Relatively small in number they’re an occult group who meet, discuss and carry out acts of practical Thelemic magick.

However, you might not be familliar with Britain’s Daily Mail newpaper and their version of The O.T.O:

Forget Scientology, celebs are now falling for an even more sinister ‘religion’: Introducing the Satanic sex cult that’s snaring stars such as Peaches Geldof

- Founder Aleister Crowley dubbed ‘the wickedest man in the world’
- Crowley was born in 1875 and styled himself ‘the Great Beast, 666′
- Other stars linked to the cult include Jimmy Page and Jay-Z

The socialite, 24, is a devotee of Ordo Templi Orientis, known as OTO, and even has the initials tattooed on her left forearm.

Given her tendency to flit between fads and fashions (at one point she was a Scientologist, more recently she has wandered into Judaism), this could be dismissed as another harmless flirtation.

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Duncan Trussell Interviews James Wasserman, Author, ‘In the Center of the Fire: A Memoir of the Occult’

Disinfo.com favorite and frequent podcast guest Duncan Trussell interviewed James Wasserman, the author of In the Center of the Fire: A Memoir of the Occult, 1966-1989. Wasserman is a longtime member of Aleister Crowley’s Ordo Templi Orientalis and a serious scholar of the magickal arts.

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Reiki, Yoga, and Wellness

The Infinite and the BeyondPodcast: Episode #020 — Reiki, Yoga, and Wellness

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In this episode we go on location to talk about Reiki and Yoga with Janet Watkins from Live in Joy Yoga and Wellness in Audubon, NJ. Janet shares with us some of her experiences and insights as a registered Yoga instructor and Reiki Master.

We learn about Russian healer, prophet, and monk Grigori Rasputin in A Corner in the Occult. Rasputin was the adviser to the Russian royal family during the turn of the 20th century which was an unusual position of power for someone who wasn’t born of Russian Nobility and it would be this position that would eventually lead to his elaborate and trial some death in 1916. He is often argued by some to have contributed greatly to the fall of the Romanov Dynasty in 1917, which was the last dynasty to rule over Russian.

We speak with local musician Robin Renee who describes herself as being a Mantra-Pop recording artist, a wayward poet, an obsessive fangirl, and writes from the intersection of music, eros, and the Divine. We also feature several of Robin’s songs during the show, discuss the ideas surrounding energy in The Essence of Magick, read some email, listen to some great music, and have a joyful and insightful time doing it.

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Dissecting Wicca

The Infinite and the BeyondPodcast: Episode #019 — Dissecting Wicca

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In the latest episode of The Infinite and the Beyond, we dissect and learn about the contemporary pagan religion known of as Wicca. We speculate about some of its primary roots and influences and go into more depth than most books on subject ever seem to go. Find out what makes Wicca what it is and what makes a Wiccan a Wiccan in this break down of the religion of Wicca.

We learn about Doreen Valiente in this episode’s edition of A Corner in the Occult. The famed Mother of Modern Witchcraft played a crucial role in the existence and development of Wicca throughout the entirety of the twentieth century. Doreen was one of Gerald Gardners early High Priestesses and later authored of several well respected texts on witchcraft and became the Patron of the Center for Pagan Studies in 1995.

In the Essence of Magick we look into the idea, practice, and significance of ritual initiation and the role it plays in groups and in religions such as Wicca. We even discuss the idea behind the popular modern Wiccan practice of self-initiation and looking into the reality and practicality of such a ceremony. I also read some listener messages and to close we discuss advanced Wicca and ways in which one can enrich their religious experience.

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Low Magick

The Infinite and the BeyondPodcast: Episode #018 — Low Magick

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In the latest episode of The Infinite and the Beyond, we welcome back author Lon Milo DuQuette and talk about the rerelease of his Tarot of Ceremonial Magick and his new book Low Magick: It’s all in your head… You just have no idea how big your head is and we touch upon some of what he mentions in it; like his discomfort with the ideas of low and high magick, his concept of The Great G, pop goes Ganesha, and the celebrating of Christmas as a non-Christian.

We discuss my appearance on Beyond the Threshold with Gary Blackheart that occurred back in November. Gary took me beyond the threshold we discussed some touchy and often difficult issues that I have mentioned in the past on this podcast. I elaborate on my crisis of faith and come to some refreshing conclusions.

In A Corner in the Occult we learn about The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage and ceremonial goal of one attaining Knowledge and Conversation with their Holy Guardian Angel. The most familiar edition of the book was translated in 1900 by Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers for incorporation into the curriculum of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The book reveals a ritual procedure that becomes a pinnacle goal for ceremonial magickians of the western esoteric tradition.

Later we talk about “words of power” in the Essence of Magick series and look into language, words, and meaning and the roles they play in magick and ritual. I also read listener email and we have a good time as always!

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Ghosts and Loyd Auerbach

The Infinite and the Beyond — Podcast: Episode #017 — Ghosts and Loyd Auerbach

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In the latest episode of The Infinite and the Beyond, we speak to Parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach about his experiences as a paranormal investigator. Loyd runs the Office of Paranormal Investigations out in California and has been consulted and featured on many shows dealing with hauntings and the paranormal. Loyd talks to us about being a parapsychologist and ghosts, educational opportunities, investigating, and we even discuss some of the current television shows that depict paranormal investigation.

I share some of my own personal ghost stories, one of which occurred when I was very young and the other when I was much older. My interest in the paranormal started from this very early experience as a child; while the other experience taught me that you never know when you’re being watched and by whom.

We learn about famous escape artist and medium debunker Harry Houdini in A Corner in the Occult. Can you untie knots with your toes? Houdini could! Learn about this famous magician, his battle with the spiritualist movement during the early 20th century and why he is spotlighted in this episode’s edition of A Corner in the Occult.

Also in the episode, I read listener email. We see which listener won a copy of Jeva Singh-Anand’s book Bed Time Stories for the Faint of Heart. And in The Essence of Magick Series we discuss the ideas behind magickal intent and learn about what makes it up and how it applies to greater scope of one’s existence and not exclusively to the practice of magick. This is a real fun episode. I hope enjoy it!

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Ergo, the Ego

The Infinite and the BeyondPodcast: Episode #015 — Ergo, the Ego

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In the latest episode we discuss the Ego, ergo the name of this episode, and we explore some of the issues surrounding it with prominent occult author and musician Lon Milo DuQuette as well as talk about his new book titled Low Magick: It’s All In Your Head … You Just Have No Idea How Big Your Head Is.

Not only is Lon Milo DuQuette the author of over a dozen books on western esotericisim, but he is also the United States Deputy Grand Master of the O:.T:.O:., an expert on the life of and work of Aleister Crowley, and a Brother Freemason as well. In my interview with Lon he shares some his personal insights and tales in regards to the ego and we even address the role that the ego plays in groups and fraternal organizations such as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and even in Freemasonry.

Also in the show, we go on location in eastern Pennsylvania to get in touch with nature and paganism by studying some of the indigenous wildlife. We finally wrap up our journey through the Kybalion as we revisit what we’ve learned with a new perspective on life as we reflect upon the idea of the self. I announce a new show segment series for the podast. I read some of the listener email that has come to show since Episode 14 and our talk with Dr. Dean Radin. In A Corner in the Occult we learn about Doctor and Lawyer, Henri Cornelius Agrippa the famous German Renaissance author of the Three Books of Occult Philosophy. And we find out which lucky listener won a copy of Dr. Dean Radin’s book Entangled Minds. All this and more in this latest installment of The Infinite and the Beyond!

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Occult Sentinel Podcast Episode 29 — Frater Puck Accomplishing the Great Work

Occult Sentinel Podcast Episode 29 — The Great Work

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This episode features an interview with Frater Puck, host of the Thelema Now! Podcast. The official podcast of the OTO.

He also organizes the Musicka Mystica Maxima Festival in Manhattan, where people such as  John Zorn, Bill Laswell, Genesis P-Orridge, Amber Assylum, larkin Grimm come to perform.

Frater Puck is a long time member of the OTO and has some interesting things to say about art, occult culture, the great work, schisms in 80s occulture and much more in this interview.

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