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NCowhan: Thelema and Crowley

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.magick.order,talk.philosophy.misc
From: (mordred)
Subject: NCowhan: Thelema and (vs.?) Crowley
Date: 19 May 1995 07:10:10 -0700

[from alt.magick: Nyk Cowham ]

In article <3p2h76$>
  "William Behun" writes:

> 93!
> Greetings, all.
> I have a question to pose.  Do you think that Thelema, as a culture, a series
> of practices, a religion, a system of philosophy, however you might wish to
> define it, can operate independently of the written legacy of Aleister
> Crowley? 
> To put it another way, is it possible to be a Thelemite, and not be a
> "Crowleyian?"
> It seems to me that the institutional structures that have given birth to
> "Crowleyanity" are accidental to the Thelemic Culture.  While it is difficult
> (impossible?) to deal with Thelema as a concept divorced from the originator
> of the concept (i.e. Crowley as scribe) it seems that Thelema as a phenomenon
> has an existence independent of Crowley, despite his position as originator or
> prophet.
> I am most interested in any responses.
> Best Regards:
> William Behun

Personally, I came to Crowley's Thelema last, after following the works of
Nietzsche, Chuang Tzu, William Blake, Charles Baudelaire, Algenon Swinburne
et al. These writers and their bodies of literature, I have always identified
as being from my own 'invisible college'. Crowley is simply one more addition
to this current. Indeed, he openly acknowledged his indebtedness to these 
creators. In particular, he mentions Nietzsche as "one of our prophets" - (In
"Magick Without Tears", I believe). It is the strong tradition of enlightened
antinomianism (in the narrowest definition of Thelema).

We are all locked in a dialogue with the past and those who have built upon
their own history. Our only evolutionary imperative is to help create the
conditions which will facilitate the emergence of conscious-entities of a
greater magnitude than those we currently admire. What is certain, is that
Thelema will be independent of any personality, if we so will it to be.

The above is all bullshit, but might be useful yet.

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