42 posts tagged thelema
Are there Thelemic Satanists and/or Luciferians? Or Satanic Thelemites, etc.?
You’d think there would be more, huh?
Based on what I’ve seen and read, the ongoing animosity between Thelemites and Satanists seems to have more to do with individual personality clashes dating back to the 1970s than with some inherent incompatibility between their differing approaches to the common goal of personal liberation. (See The Church of Satan by Michael A. Aquino for more on that.)
One can argue that Aleister Crowley was overly demonized for daring to challenge the forces of Restriction, while he saw himself as a bringer of Light and true “Holiness.” But even Anton LaVey’s original Church of Satan was never about embracing “Evil” as defined by the preachers and churches, but rather rejecting the churches’ terms and definitions altogether. Stephen Flowers distinguishes between the “immanent” (carnal, sensual, physical) and the “transcendent” (metaphysical, spiritual) approaches to personal fulfillment in his Lords of the Left Hand Path.
In practice, whether one is more inclined to a carnal or spiritual path of self-liberation is a matter of one’s own inherent default settings. Personally, I reject the assumption that it’s an either-or proposition. Thelema > Crowley, and is the true Law of Liberty whereby we free ourselves to figure out who we really are and what we are called to Become (i.e., our “True Will”). Indulgence > LaVey, and is the fruit of our successful pursuit of that True Will as we seek out and fulfill our Desires.
I perhaps take for granted that the immanent/carnal and transcendent/spiritual need not be mutually exclusive… and indeed feed one another by way of cyclical dynamic balance when pursued mindfully. So I see no contradiction or incompatibility between the Liberty and sexual equality of Thelema and the pleasure-loving Indulgence of the Self that defines Satanic Indulgence. The “combination” only becomes problematic, at least to me, when one gets too wrapped up in the individual personalities and - whoops - EGOS involved.
— Brother Virgil