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from the beast's-eye-view dept.
We're living in a New Aeon. That's one way of expressing the observation that we live in a time when fundamental rules are changing. Change is accelerating, and shows no sign of slowing. Some people are caught up in the passing away of time-honored customs, institutions, and values. In Thelema, we view this passing away as a natural outgrowth of our evolutionary development. Old values no longer apply because they are being replaced by new values.
Aleister Crowley clearly foresaw many of the values emerging in our time, and gave expression to this new world-view in the teachings of Thelema. Since his death, it's become evident that humanity is undergoing a transformation very much like the one he predicted. The Aeon is being realized.
As it unfolds, it's important for Thelemites to continuously re-examine the teaching in the light of our evolving world and our growing knowledge. For instance, while the importance of Crowley's work is immeasurable, he was neither omniscient nor perfect (did he ever claim to be?), so his ideas must be viewed critically as well as respectfully. In particular, there may be aspects of New Aeonic consciousness, such as ecological integrity, that Crowley did not embrace. Does this mean that ecology is outside the scope of Thelema? Or shall we expand Thelema to encompass the reality of what our New Aeon is coming to be?
At The Beast Bay, we're choosing to follow the latter approach. In addition to covering events traditionally associated with Thelema, such as new editions of Crowley's works, or references to Thelemic material in other sub-cultures, we encourage the submission of articles applying to the Aeon in its broadest sense, including:
We also encourage suggestions. How can we make this a better Thelemic resource? Since this is a new venture, expect to see many changes as we learn more about this medium and the on-line community. Send your comments to Xnoubis, and help us make The Beast Bay a useful tool for the opening of the Aeon.
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