Manifesto of the O∴ A∴

OA Manifesto: Eye of Ra

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.

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. A magical diary Record is kept of the work and the observations of the practitioner, as according to instruction. Aspirants must study, learn and practice the rituals and methods of the O∴ A∴ as according to the advice given by their Guide in the Order. If the Record is approved, the person is invited to enter the First Degree of the O∴ A∴ by the ritual of Liber CMXXX, Phoenix.

Manifesto 3. The Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel is the aim of all 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. Even then, such knowledge is neither complete nor perfect. According to the (Egyptian) Book of the Law, Liber AL, I: 44,

For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect.

Manifesto 4. The spiritual Law of Thelema declares that the universe is created by the division of an intelligent infinity into souls or ‘stars’, and that every man and every woman is such a star.

In Liber AL, I: 2–4, Nuit declares,

The unveiling of the company of heaven. Every man and every woman is a star. Every number is infinite; there is no difference.

And in Liber AL, I: 29–30,

For I am divided for love’s sake, for the chance of union. This is the creation of the world, that the pain of division is as nothing, and the joy of dissolution all.

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 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.

Nuit is the ‘unfragmentary’ intelligence that divides herself for the sake of love. Hadit is the Esoteric Will, the ‘Knower’ that can thus never be known.[1] As declared in Liber AL, II: 3–4,

In the sphere I [Hadit] am everywhere the centre, as she [Nuit], the circumference, is nowhere found. Yet she shall be known and I never.

By the love of Nuit, the star realises a spiritual destiny that is not subject to the blind forces of fate or chance. The soul is thus able to overcome the forces of time and death and enter into the substance of the Great Work, which is the ‘immortal stone of the wise’, Lapis Philosophorum. 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.

Manifesto 5. Magick is primarily a path of self-knowledge revealing the secret nature of each star.

The core tenets of Thelema are outstandingly simple. In Liber AL, I: 39,

The word of the Law is Θελημα.

The elevenfold spell is given in in Liber AL, I: 40,

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

The sevenfold completion is given in Liber AL, I: 57,

Love is the law, love under will.

Spelled in Greek, Thelema (‘Will’) is equal to 93, Agape (‘Love’). The word of the Law thus expresses both ‘will’ and ‘love’. Thelema is the law of love—the spiritual intelligence that unites and harmonises all things. It is therefore a law based on relationship. Love is the basis; Will is the magical means.

Come forth, o children, under the stars, and take your fill of love!

Liber AL vel Legis, I: 12

Love is the law, love under will.


Notes

1. See ‘Lapis Philosophorum’, Babalon Unveiled! Thelemic Monographs.

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