THE MASTER THERION
The Message of
The Master Therion
The quations in this Message are from Liber LegisThe Book of the Law.H.B.
``Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law."
``There is no Law beyond Do what thou wilt."
The word of the law is Velhma.
The Key to this Message is this wordWill. The first obvious meaning of this
Law is confirmed by antithesis; ``The word of Sin is Restriction."
Again: ``Thou hast no right but to do thy will. Do that and no other shall
say nay. For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of
result, is every way perfect."
Take this carefully; it seems to imply a theory that if every man and every
woman did his and her willthe true willthere would be no clashing. ``Every
man and every woman is a star," and each star moves in an appointed path
without interference. Thre is plenty of room for all; it is only disorder
that creates confusion.
From these considerations it should be clear that ``Do what thou wilt" does
not mean ``Do what you like." It is the apotheosis of Freedom; but it is also
the strictest possible bond.
Do what thou wiltthen do nothing else. Let nothing deflect thee from that
austere and holy task. Liberty is absolute to do thy will; but seek to do any
other think whatever, and instantly obstacles must arise. Every act that is
not in definite course of that one orbit is erratic, an hindrance. Will must
not be two, but one.
Note further that this will is not only to be pure, that is, single, as
explained above, but also ``unassuaged of purpose." This strange phrase must
give us pause. It may mean that any purpose in the will would damp it;
clearly the ``lust of result" is a thing from which it must be delivered.
But the phrase may also be interpreted as if it read ``with purpose
unassuaged"i.e., with tireless energy. The conception is, therefore, of an
eternal motion, infinite and unalterable. It is Nirvana, only dynamic instead
of staticand this comes to the same thing in the end.
The obvious practical task of the magician is then to discover what his will
really is, so that he may do it in this manner, and he can best accomplish
this by the practices of Liber Thisarb (see Equinox I(7), p. 105) or such
others as may from one time to another be appointed.
Thou must (1) Find out what is thy Will. (2) Do that Will with (a)
one-pointedness, (b) detachment, (c) peace.
Then, and then only, art thou in harmony with the Movement of Things, thy
will part of, and therefore equal to, the Will of God. And since the will is
but the dynamic aspect of the self, and since two different selves could not
possess identical wills; then, if thy will be God's will, Thou art That.
There is but one other word to explain. Elsewhere it is writtensurely for our
great comfort "Love is the law, love under will."
This is to be taken as meaning that while Will is the Law, the nature of that
Will is Love. But this Love is as it were a by-product of that Will; it does
not contradict or supersede that Will; and if apparent contradiction should
arise in any crisis, it is the Will that will guide us aright. Lo, while in
The Book of the Law is much of Love, there is no word of Sentimentality. Hate
itself is almost like Love! "As brothers fight ye!" All the manly races of
the world understand this. The Love of Liber Legis is always bold, virile,
even orgiastic. There is delicacy, but it is the delicacy of strength. Mighty
and terrible and glorious as it is, however, it is but the pennon upon the
sacred lance of Will, the damascened inscription upon the swords of the
Knight-monks of Thelema.
Love is the law, love under will.