However, from the point of view of the Warrior of Thelema, the Principle of War extends beyond physical combat. There can be war on other planes, sort of speaking. There is, for instance, the war with the self, which is The Great War of Initiation.
In the Thelemic Golden Dawn T. The Initiate of the Thelemic Golden Dawn is therefore consecrated as a Warrior of Horus, whose only Weapon is the Sword of Thelema, to conquer the real enemy within -- the self. Even the so-called enemy without is but a symbol for the true enemy within. In our Thelemic Philosophy the enemy without is actually looked upon as a focal point and means for conquering the true enemy within.
The Warrior of Thelema is one who accepts and practices complete responsibility for hir own life. In fact, self-responsibility is a key element and measure of success in our Thelemic Order. Each Initiate is to become completely responsible for hirself via the development of integrity and the strength of character that arises from confronting and surmounting the ordeals, tests and trials suitable to the evolution and progress of hir own unique nature.
Even in our Thelemic Golden Dawn group initiation ceremonies, Temple Officers are only there to assist the Initiate in hir initiatory progress and fight for personal Liberation, like Comrades in a Battlefield fighting for their Freedom. But it is always the Initiate hirself who is ultimately responsible for hir own life and progress and for all of hir own actions and reactions. Such is a fact of Nature. For outside conditions or objects do not cause the nature of the actions and reactions we experience in our lives.
It all comes from within. Thus there is nothing negative or positive in itself. It is only our subjective reactions to conditions which make them so. All is relative to the psychology of the individual. In this light, no one can really hurt a Warrior of Thelema. Thus there are no real obstacles for the Warrior of Thelema.
All ordeals are steps to success in the Great Work of Initiation. And to the Warrior of Thelema, success is the word of hir nature, for success is the fulfillment of hir Will. Thelemic Warriors, who strive to be Masters, do their own Will, whereas cowards and slaves do not. From a psychological point of view, the principal function of the Will is to control all of the other psychological functions, to regulate and direct them into proper channels for creative self-expression.
The Will is central to our personality and is directly linked to the core of our being. In relation to the Great Work, all aspects of the mind need to be placed in the service of our Will, that is, our True Will -- the natural, instinctive, creative, illuminated Will from within.
Every thought, every emotion, every feeling, must be sacrificed to this One Will in the Warrior of Thelema. In this there is strength, joy and fulfillment. For when the Will is in control of the other psychological functions, regulating and directing them into creative forms of self-expression, it brings with it an ecstatic sense of fulfillment, for it is then that we are in communion with our true nature, aligned with the center of our being.
We are, essentially, a Center of Will. Therefore, the first question that is put forth to the Candidate for Initiation is "What is your Will? It is the foundation of the work, the core of the path, and the source and means to fulfillment. With this Sword the Warrior of Thelema goes forth to conquer, aflame with energy and enthusiasm, and with iron diligence, to attain success in the accomplishment of the Great Work of Initiation!
Ads presented by the AdBrite Ad Network.The YouTube presentation for the Ace of Swords can be accessed by clicking on the icon below:. This is also the sword in the adjustment card of the major arcana. Eastern mystics have said that the mind is the enemy of higher states of consciousness and so CONFLICT is its intrinsic nature which reflects itself in the sorrow, strife and confusion that this suit often represents. It can therefore be used to cause harm to others as we see so often in the world when people are lacking higher awareness.
They also stand for spirit running through the adept or enlightened one.
A mind that has gained new insight and inspiration. It is in the sun of Tiphareth. Venus equates to love and LOVE must be the motive for our action and speech. It also links to Chokmah or the wisdom of the Logos. The Ace of Swo rds represents a period of great insight and clarity.
You have a new perspective on life or a situation that was previously unclear so that you can now cut to the heart of the matter. This is also a good time to act, and if you set your mind to accomplishing your goals, you can achieve anything you desire. The Ace of Swords highlights a new idea, inspiration, original thinking and creative vision. You are excited to pursue new opportunities that draw upon your creative and mental abilities.
The Ace of Swords also encourages us to champion a cause of social concerns and to find justice, after all the sword in this card is the same card as the adjustment card in the Major Arcana or Justice in the Rider Waite Deck. You could be standing up for your rights or the rights of others. For example, you may have a new idea for which you are ready to fight, or you may be all fired up on an issue that you are particularly passionate about, such as human rights, the environment or your personal beliefs.
You have gained new insight and inspiration. You have come out of the clouds of confusion and doubt into clarity. There are now blue skies so we can think clearly in a refreshed way. We must be aware that our insights gained sword cutting through the clouds by our will to progress and improve Mars are shared in a gentle and loving way Venus for the benefit of all concerned.
Polyphonic Tarot. Paul Hughes Barlow. Marveena Meek. Your email address will not be published. Ace of Swords Reversed We have lost clarity in a situation which has now become problematic for us. Using our desire for a cause and sticking up for ourselves in an overly aggressive way. Not having the clarity and will to stick up for ourselves or carry through our ideas. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.Initiation is the first real step toward the accomplishment of the Great Work; it is the first rung upon the ladder to the Palace of Wisdom.
Without it there is no possibility for genuine self-realization. It is the beginning of the creative process of individuation, of the soul traveling inward and achieving integration or true unity of being. It is the golden dawn of the soul, the blossoming of the inner lotus of the spirit. To put it in other words, Thelemic initiation is the realization of the True Will, which makes for the greater attainment of the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel.
Thelemic initiation is a threefold process, having three principal grades of attainment, called the Hermit, the Lover, and the Man of Earth. Each grade in itself partakes of a threefold quality. In the T. These are, however, very limited definitions of the threefold work of each grade, yet do they define the general quality of that work.
Efficiency is the power to produce effects. It is, ergo, the proper application of the Will, and the power to make changes in conformity with Will. Thelemic initiation is the scientific exploration and realization of the nature and powers of your own Being.
It is the purification of all that is an hindrance to your progress, and it makes for the free development and consecration of all those parts of yourself which are an essential element in the constitution of your True Will, that you may attain the Great Work of the New Aeon of Horus.
Thelemic initiation is a very serious matter, involving the awakening of the highest in you. Those who take a Thelemic initiation without understanding the actual powers that are awakened in the process are unaware of what they do and, more often than not, they will fail the initiation, being unable to comprehend the serious quality of its formula.
To be initiated in a Thelemic system of Magick within a Thelemic Order is to take complete responsibility for yourself, to dedicate yourself to the task of realizing all of your creative potentials as a human and spiritual being. Such is the task of one who is, relatively speaking, seeking to master all things. Those who undertake a Thelemic initiation without understanding and doing the necessary grade work are missing the whole point of the initiation.
It is simply stupid to undergo an initiation in a Magical Order without the will to advance in the Great Work. There are many who are attracted to Magical Orders and who undergo ceremonial initiations for purposes that, unfortunately, have no relation to the Great Work.
Most of them, however, remain but a short time in the Order, since they are generally incapable of handling an ordeal of initiation, which is an essential part of the initiatory process. The Way of Initiation is beset with ordeals no matter how we may approach the Great Work; and those who attempt to evade an ordeal are unworthy of the title "initiate.
An ordeal of initiation is meant to make, not break us. But more often than not, an ordeal will appear as an external conflict, sometimes seeming insurmountable, until, through experience and growth, we develop a genuine knowledge of the nature of conflict. Thelemic initiation is a personal battle with the self. The initiate of Thelema is a warrior of Nature who knows only one enemy -- the self.
Through this creative response, the initiate genuinely grows. For it should be borne in mind that how we respond to conflict strongly influences the formation of our personality structure. If we respond creatively we build strength of character, whereas if we react out of ignorance we do damage to ourselves and miss an actual opportunity to progress on The Path of the Wise. Through creative response we experience less and less seeming conflict with others, since others generally act toward us in a certain manner based on the way we respond to their own actions.
Or even in the face of an unavoidable seeming conflict the initiate is able, through knowledge and self-control, to overcome it and promote peace. Such is the true nature of The Path of the Warrior, to perceive and prevent a potential conflict or danger, or to control such a conflict to the extent that no one is hurt, and this by overcoming the real enemy within.
The so-called enemy without is but a symbol for the true enemy within, thus by controlling the latter we can control the former, and thereby promote peace and order. The weapon of the warrior-initiate of Thelema is the Sword of Truth, which is never used to destroy the enemy without -- at least not literally!
The Sword of the warrior-initiate is but a symbol of the Love that is attained through division. Every other weapon will prove a misfortune for thee! Thou shalt have no other weapon than Love if thou wouldest conquer by My Force!In a world where humans must wear mystical pendants to survive, Justices of the Peace use sword and sorcery to bring law and order to the land of Severa, engaging in mortal combat against their own kind, as well as living, breathing corporations, all while searching for their twin flames.
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All rights reserved. Please support the official release.The Thelemic pantheon —a collection of gods and goddesses who either literally exist or serve as symbolic archetypes or metaphors—includes a number of deities, primarily a trio adapted from ancient Egyptian religionwho are the three speakers of The Book of the Law : NuitHadit and Ra-Hoor-Khuit.
In at least one instance, Crowley described these deities as a "literary convenience". Three statements in particular distill the practice and ethics of Thelema: 1 "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Many adherents also known as "Thelemites" emphasize the practice of Magick glossed generally as the "Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will".
Crowley's later writings included related commentary and hermeneutics but also additional "inspired" writings that he collectively termed The Holy Books of Thelema.
He also associated Thelemic spiritual practice with concepts rooted in occultismyogaand Eastern and Western mysticismespecially the Qabalah. Aspects of Thelema and Crowley's thought in general inspired the development of Wicca and, to a certain degree, the rise of Modern Paganism as a whole, as well as chaos magick and some variations of Satanism.
Some scholars, such as Hugh Urbanalso believe Thelema to have been an influence on the development of Scientology but others, such as J. Gordon Meltondeny any such connection.
One well-known example is in the " Lord's Prayer ", "Thy kingdom come. In the Renaissancea character named "Thelemia" represents will or desire in the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili of the Dominican friar Francesco Colonna. The protagonist Poliphilo has two allegorical guides, Logistica reason and Thelemia will or desire. When forced to choose, he chooses fulfillment of his sexual will over logic.
In the midth century, Sir Francis Dashwood inscribed the adage on a doorway of his abbey at Medmenham where it served as the motto of the Hellfire Club. Ashbee in his utopian romance The Building of Thelema There are, in Greek, two words for will, which are used, for example, in New Testament partly synonym : thelema and boule.
The verb thelo appears very early Homerearly Attic inscriptions and has the meanings of "ready", "decide" and "desire" Homer, 3,also in the sexual sense. In Septuaginta the term is used for the will of God himself, the religious desire of the God-fearing, and the royal will of a secular ruler. It is thus used only for the representation of high ethical willingness in the faith, the exercise of authority by the authorities, or the non-human will, but not for more profane striving.
Thus, the different meaning of both concepts was lost. In the New Testament in Koine thelema is used 62 or 64  times, twice in the plural thelemata. In the same way the term is used in the Apostle Paul and Ignatius of Antioch.
For Tolli it follows that the genuine idea of Thelema does not contradict the teachings of Jesus Tolli, Eventually he left the monastery to study medicine, and moved to the French city of Lyon in There he wrote Gargantua and Pantagruela connected series of books.
They tell the story of two giants—a father Gargantua and his son Pantagruel and their adventures—written in an amusing, extravagant, and satirical vein.
Most critics today agree that Rabelais wrote from a Christian humanist perspective. In his first book ch. It is a classical utopia presented in order to critique and assess the state of the society of Rabelais's day, as opposed to a modern utopian text that seeks to create the scenario in practice.Thelema celebrates personal freedom and discovery of individual will balanced by discipline, fraternity and love.
Our initiation system follows the structure of many mystery schools of the past. Initiation teaches lessons through the process of physically going through the ceremony, and represents a beginning —- the beginning of setting out on the path of self-discovery and unity with the divine however you define it. Find out more at the United States Grand Lodge website. The ceremony is named for Minerva, the goddess of wisdom. The Minerval initiation introduces the candidate into OTO and the degree formally makes one an honored guest of the Order.
It does not constitute full membership into OTO, and a permanent magical bond is not yet forged. The ceremony is designed for someone with no magical training to check us out and experience our initiation system without formally becoming a member.
Sponsorship entails coming to some events and getting to know the members and vice versa, and deciding whether this path is for you. Check out the Sword and Serpent Oasis website for our calendar of open events. Applying for Initiation There is an application that must be filled out prior to the initiation.
Obviously, if this is a path you choose to pursue, you must take responsibility for your development. There is a minimum of 30 days after your application is received before the initiation can take place. It generally takes a couple months to schedule your initiation. Sword and Serpent Oasis Membership Dues: please click here for a break down of our local dues structure.
Ordo Templi Orientis is a dues collecting organization and each degree requires payment of initiation dues and fees. Initiation fees go toward fronting expenses associated with putting on the ceremony and are therefore not refundable. Sword and Serpent Oasis is a c 3 non-profit religious organization. Your donations may be tax deductible.
Sword and Serpent Oasis. Skip to content. Attend an event for an application; electronic applications are not available. Proudly powered by WordPress.It has glossy fantasy-medieval artwork with a dreamy, wistful feel on its 78 cards. The unicursal hexagram on the back of the cards, widely associated with Crowley's Thelema is something of a red herring too.
Thelema, in the case of this deck refers to the Greek word for 'will or intention', and it seems that the will and intention of this deck is to offer a new interpretation of the classic Rider Waite Smith tarot. The mediaeval and Renaissance inspired images alluded to the courtly values and romantic aspirations of these times.
A sense of honour and dignity pervades the Thelema Tarot. This is a 78 card fully illustrated tarot deck, with 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana. The titles and ordering of the cards follow the standard established by A E Waite. The Major Arcana cards are indicated with both Roman numerals and titles; and the Minor Arcana have Arabic numbers, as well as titles. The cards measure 70 x mm which makes them a little broader than many standard decks, but they still fit comfortably into the hands.
The card stock is of very high quality, thin, flexible, smooth, with a high gloss finish. The cards are easy to shuffle, do not stick together, nor are they too slippery. The print quality is outstanding, clean and clear, with crisp edges, and much richer colours than the photo scans let on.
Very few of the cards are complete departures from Pamela Colman Smith's iconic illustrations, most preserve at least some of her symbolism and mise en scene. The picture on the back of the card, a unicursal pentagram on a field of stars is fully reversible. The cards and guidebook come packaged in a small, solid cardboard box, with a liftoff lid. The box has a glossy finish and is printed with the images from the Thelema Tarot.
It is very sturdy and quite compact, so can be easily slipped into a bag or backpack, and withstand the rigours of travel. The introduction is short and to the point, as is the small piece entitled What the Cards Mean. Each card has a first person dialogue in which it addresses the seeker directly. Information on the meaning of the card and explanations of some of the key symbols used in the image follows.
Finally, divinatory meanings are given for upright cards only. These are standard, commonly accepted meanings with no radical departures in interpretation. This is a glossy guidebook, with no reproductions of card images, only the written word. All in all it is a rather classy little box-set. With its strong traditional roots, and somewhat new age interpretive images it is an attractive deck with solid foundations. Buy from Amazon.
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