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Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
The world needs Religion. Religion must represent Truth, and celebrate it. This truth is of two orders: one, concerning Nature external to Man; two, concerning Nature internal to Man. Existing religions, especially Christianity, are based on primitive ignorance of the facts, particularly of external Nature.
Celebrations must conform to the custom and nature of the people. Christianity has destroyed the joyful celebrations, characterized by music, dancing, feasting, and making love; and has kept only the melancholy.
The Law of Thelema offers a religion which fulfills all necessary conditions. The philosophy and metaphysics of Thelema are sound, and offer a solution of the deepest problems of humanity. The science of Thelema is orthodox; it has no false theories of Nature, no false fables of the origin of things. The psychology and ethics of Thelema are perfect. It has destroyed the damnable delusion of Original Sin, making every one unique, independent, supreme, and sufficient.
The Law of Thelema is given in the Book of the Law. [EQUINOX I, VII and X.]
THE EQUINOX has been founded to promulgate and demonstrate this Law.
The A∴A∴, or Great White Brotherhood, through Whom this Law was obtained, is a Body of the highest Initiates, pledged to aid mankind. It offers instruction in the Way of Spiritual Progress and Illumination to individual seekers. The work of the A∴A∴ is called Scientific Illuminism. This may be briefly expressed by quoting Its motto:
“The method of Science; the aim of Religion.”
Every seeker is taught how to realise Truth for himself, by means accurate and well-tested.
The O.T.O. is the first of the great religious Societies to accept the Law. It trains groups by way of progressive initiation.
THE EQUINOX publishes all instructions and pronouncements of the A∴A∴ and O.T.O. It also publishes such poetry, drama, fiction, and essays, as are sympathetic to this programme, so far as space permits.
THE EQUINOX is so called, firstly, because it is the Comment upon the Word of the New Æon, Θελημα, which was given at the Equinox of the Gods, when the Crowned and Conquering Child, gild, Horus, took the place of the Dying God, Osiris. (The Equinox marks a period of a fresh influx of Force from our Father the SUN.) Secondly, in accordance with this, publication takes place at the Equinoxes of Spring and Autumn of each year. The rule of the A∴A∴ is to alternate 5 years of silence with 5 years of speech. Hence publication has been from 1909–1914, An V-IX; and now from 1919–1924, An V-IX.
Love is the law, love under will.
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