Manifesto of the O∴ A∴
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Manifesto 1. The O∴ A∴ was founded to assist those souls who are so prepared in the Great Work of Initiation.
The Order is a vehicle by which magicians may develop supreme facility in the magical arts towards the end of attaining the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel. This may be defined as the personal realisation of cosmic consciousness. In other terms it may be defined as Gnosis or direct experience of the Mysteries.
Manifesto 2. Any free man or woman aged 21 years or more may apply to the Order for membership.
A spiritual exercise is performed on a strict daily basis for a period of nine months and a magical diary Record kept of the work and any results. Aspirants should study the rituals and methods of the O∴ A∴ and adapt these according to the recommendation of their Guide in the Order. Once the preliminary work has been completed and approved, the person may enter the First Degree of initiation.
Manifesto 3. The Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel is the aim of all the working in the Outer (first five degrees).
Qabalistically speaking, the person has entered the Malkuth of the Order (as a Neophyte) and must ascend, via the paths of the Serpent of Wisdom, to Tiphereth so as to obtain certain knowledge.
Manifesto 4. The spiritual Law of Thelema (‘Will’) declares that the universe is created by the division of an intelligent infinity into individual centres of consciousness or stars, and that every man and every woman is such a star.
Through the process of division underlying creation each star experiences separate existence, undergoing suffering and death. Yet the division is that which creates the possibility of love. The “unfragmentary” intelligence that divides herself for the sake of love is called Nuit. By the love of Nuit, the star attains a spiritual destiny and is no longer ruled by the blind forces of fate or chance. The soul is thus able to overcome the forces of time and death and has a chance of realising the Immortal Stone of the wise. It is revealed, through magical Initiation, that the division underlying creation has a meaning and a purpose. The pain of division dissolves with the joy bestowed by Nuit—who created the world for that joy. A star may know this joy on earth as well as upon physical death. For even physical death can no longer then separate a star from its immortal birthright.
Manifesto 5. Magick is first and foremost a path of self-knowledge revealing the true identity of each star.
The core tenets of Thelema are outstandingly simple: “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law” and “Love is the law, love under will.” Thelema is the law of love—the spiritual intelligence or True Will that unites and harmonises all things. It is therefore a law based on relationship. The universality of the law rests upon the fact that it is particular and inclusive, respecting differences between stars and recognising that each complements the rest.
Come forth, o children, under the stars, and take your fill of love!
The (Egyptian) Book of the Law, I: 12
Love is the law, love under will.
1. The neologism, ‘unfragmentary’ appears in the holograph MS version of the Book of the Law, Liber CCXX, I: 21, “And the sign shall be my ecstasy, the consciousness of the continuity of existence, the unfragmentary non-atomic fact of my universality.”
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