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What is Thelema?

Thelema is a religion and philosophy established by occultist Aleister Crowley in 1904. The word thelema means Will. It is not the basic needs and wants of an individual, but rather the higher calling of the individual. The person’s reason for being. Their soul’s mission this lifetime. Followers of Thelema are called Thelemites. Thelemites greet each other by saying Do What Thou Wilt Shall be the Whole of the Law. And when they part they say Love is the Law, Love Under Will. The greek word for Will is Thelema and the greek word for love is Agape. When using the greek technique isopsephy, they both add up to the number 93. Many thelemites simply use 93 in place of the phrase. 

Thelema blends many traditions, primarily Kabbalah, Greek and Egyptian. In the theology of thelema the central idea is that the universe is made of two opposing principles, the ever expanding force of the space time continuum, the void, the graph itself and the ever moving inward atomic principle of life and wisdom, ie the point on the graph. The tension between the two creates the manifest 3d world. The forces are personified as Nuit, the star goddess ever expanding, Haddit the winged serpent ever turning inward, and Ra-Hoor-Khuit (Horus) who is the conquering child. 

Thelemites believe in and eternal soul, the guiding light of the soul is called The Holy Guardian Angel. The Angel is seen as the higher self and also as a separate being.  The Angel speaks to us in the form of symbols, dreams and intuition. Its purpose is to better the individual and to bring them to the manifestation of their True Will. 

This is the opinion of the writer and not intended to be an interpretation of the Book of the Law. Please refer to Aleister's writings or OTO Grand Lodge for further information