a cache of usenet and other text files pertaining
to occult, mystical, and spiritual subjects.


Basics of Thelema

Geoffrey Ashe's "Do What You Will: A History of Anti-Morality" (London:
W.H. Allen, 1974) you will find it very illuminating. Perhaps you have
heard of Medmenham Abbey already?


To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.magick,alt.thelema,talk.religion.misc
From: Jeff Marshall 
Subject: Re: Basics of Thelema (was 'Who's a Thelemite?')
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 1997 05:42:25 -0500

nigris (333) wrote:
> identified with the Cult of Thelema (does anyone know
> if this is the *same* thing as the 'Cult of the Star and Snake' and
> from where this latter phrase originates?), resident within Crowleyanity,
> what is regarded by some as a 'religion' (it is not so to us all) takes
> on the qualities of many other 'religions of the book' (an echo of both
> Judeochristian and Masonic influences).

Check out Yarker's work.  He discusses the Star and the Snake and links
it to both Sumer and the Druids.  FWIW, I think it has to do with the
interplay of Aquarius and Scorpio.


$       a Rule for a Thelemic Abbey should consist of what is
$       necessary for the allowance of the "monks" to exist
$       within the spiritual retreat and contain the necessary
$       elements of discipline which allow for a "religious
$       vocation."
$       There should be a separate administrative rule which
$       allows for the operation of the abbey and its continued
$       sustanance. These do not necessarily conflict in nature.
$       The allowance of a Rule is for the spiritual nature of
$       the monks and the rule is for the operation of the abbey
$       itself.
$       The Rule should contain such elements of:
$       1) personal managment of the spiritual/philosophical pursuits;
$       2) group interaction;
$       3) outside influences and their allowance or control;
$       4) obligations of the individual to the abbey; and
$       5) protection of the group from the egos of the individual.
$       The rule should contain:
$       1) practical and financial necessities of sustaning the abbey;
$       2) admission and dismissal procedures;
$       3) standard operational and routine structures; and
$       4) governmental policies in regards to internal and external conflicts.

The Arcane Archive is copyright by the authors cited.
Send comments to the Arcane Archivist:

Did you like what you read here? Find it useful?
Then please click on the Paypal Secure Server logo and make a small
donation to the site maintainer for the creation and upkeep of this site.

The ARCANE ARCHIVE is a large domain,
organized into a number of sub-directories,
each dealing with a different branch of
religion, mysticism, occultism, or esoteric knowledge.
Here are the major ARCANE ARCHIVE directories you can visit:
interdisciplinary: geometry, natural proportion, ratio, archaeoastronomy
mysticism: enlightenment, self-realization, trance, meditation, consciousness
occultism: divination, hermeticism, amulets, sigils, magick, witchcraft, spells
religion: buddhism, christianity, hinduism, islam, judaism, taoism, wicca, voodoo
societies and fraternal orders: freemasonry, golden dawn, rosicrucians, etc.


There are thousands of web pages at the ARCANE ARCHIVE. You can use ATOMZ.COM
to search for a single word (like witchcraft, hoodoo, pagan, or magic) or an
exact phrase (like Kwan Yin, golden ratio, or book of shadows):

Search For:
Match:  Any word All words Exact phrase


Southern Spirits: 19th and 20th century accounts of hoodoo, including slave narratives & interviews
Hoodoo in Theory and Practice by cat yronwode: an introduction to African-American rootwork
Lucky W Amulet Archive by cat yronwode: an online museum of worldwide talismans and charms
Sacred Sex: essays and articles on tantra yoga, neo-tantra, karezza, sex magic, and sex worship
Sacred Landscape: essays and articles on archaeoastronomy, sacred architecture, and sacred geometry
Lucky Mojo Forum: practitioners answer queries on conjure; sponsored by the Lucky Mojo Curio Co.
Herb Magic: illustrated descriptions of magic herbs with free spells, recipes, and an ordering option
Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers: ethical diviners and hoodoo spell-casters
Freemasonry for Women by cat yronwode: a history of mixed-gender Freemasonic lodges
Missionary Independent Spiritual Church: spirit-led, inter-faith, the Smallest Church in the World
Satan Service Org: an archive presenting the theory, practice, and history of Satanism and Satanists
Gospel of Satan: the story of Jesus and the angels, from the perspective of the God of this World
Lucky Mojo Usenet FAQ Archive: FAQs and REFs for occult and magical usenet newsgroups
Candles and Curios: essays and articles on traditional African American conjure and folk magic
Aleister Crowley Text Archive: a multitude of texts by an early 20th century ceremonial occultist
Spiritual Spells: lessons in folk magic and spell casting from an eclectic Wiccan perspective
The Mystic Tea Room: divination by reading tea-leaves, with a museum of antique fortune telling cups
Yronwode Institution for the Preservation and Popularization of Indigenous Ethnomagicology
Yronwode Home: personal pages of catherine yronwode and nagasiva yronwode, magical archivists
Lucky Mojo Magic Spells Archives: love spells, money spells, luck spells, protection spells, etc.
      Free Love Spell Archive: love spells, attraction spells, sex magick, romance spells, and lust spells
      Free Money Spell Archive: money spells, prosperity spells, and wealth spells for job and business
      Free Protection Spell Archive: protection spells against witchcraft, jinxes, hexes, and the evil eye
      Free Gambling Luck Spell Archive: lucky gambling spells for the lottery, casinos, and races