The Cult of Thelema: Aleister Crowley and Ayn Rand’s big difference


One of the best aspects of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism is that it deals with reason, and is built by observed conditions.  It does leave open the possibility for unknown potential—but until proven, they cannot be considered.  This generally leads to the truth of most any situation.  However—not all of them—which is why I am not an Objectivist.  There are mysterious interactions which intersect our dimensional space that cannot be rationalized away until more evidence is gathered.  On more than one occasion I have had enemies who have locked themselves in rooms filled with candles, and all forms of black magic hoping to call against me assistance from beyond the grave.  From these rooms would emerge chants against my name and demons certainly answered the call—I have met them in all their glory.  I have had these enemies wish bad health to me and my family, bad luck, full-blown possession that would haunt our home and our dreams.  Fighting these entities has been quite challenging.  After 20 years, we’ve gotten pretty good at understanding the who, what, why, when and where of them and I can report that demons really aren’t to be feared once understood that they are just beings like anybody else.  The only real advantage that they have over our four-dimensional world is that they can move freely through it somewhat concealed.  But they often lack intelligence and if they do not have fear as an ally, they have little real power.  They can invoke cellular decay, negative thoughts, and other forms of quantum terrorism—but these things can be countered with a healthy mind that knows what to look for. 

However this has not stopped otherwise weak, and broken people who lack such healthy minds from looking for an advantage over their peers with the assistance of black magic and ceremonial indulgence.  And in recent history the most successful of these occultist experimenters was Aleister Crowley who has indirectly reached the lives of virtually every human being in the world through musicians who dedicated themselves to his Thelema religion.  If you have heard and loved a Rolling Stones song, you have admired the indirect work of Aleister Crowley’s religion of Thelema—which has been often labeled as “satanic.”  However, the truth of the matter is that Crowley did not recognize the devil because to do so would be to recognize his opposite—God—and that wasn’t going to happen.  Crowley had as a boy wanted to grow up to be like his evangelist father but when his hero died at a very early age, Crowley’s anger at God turned to a wrath that would embrace the heart of pure evil launching against the entire 20th Century and all our lives through artistic endeavor, the philosophical concept of Thelema.   

Thelema Koine Greek:[θélima]) is primarily a philosophical law, which has been adopted as a central tenet by some religious organizations. The law of Thelema is “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law. Love is the law, love under will.” The law of Thelema was developed by Aleister Crowley, the early 20th-century British writer and ceremonial magician.[3] He believed himself to be the prophet of a new age, the Æon of Horus, based upon a spiritual experience that he and his wife, Rose Edith, had in Egypt in 1904.[4] By his account, a possibly non-corporeal or “praeterhuman” being that called itself Aiwass contacted him and dictated a text known as The Book of the Law or Liber AL vel Legis, which outlined the principles of Thelema.[5] An adherent of Thelema is a Thelemite.

The Thelemic pantheon includes a number of deities, primarily a trinity adapted from ancient Egyptian religion, who are the three speakers of The Book of the Law: Nuit, Hadit and Ra-Hoor-Khuit. Crowley described these deities as a “literary convenience”.[6] The religion is founded upon the idea that the 20th century marked the beginning of the Aeon of Horus, in which a new ethical code would be followed; “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law”. This statement indicates that adherents, who are known as Thelemites, should seek out and follow their own true path in life, known as their True Will[7] rather than their egotistic desires.[8] The philosophy also emphasizes the ritual practice of Magick.

The word thelema is the English transliteration of the Koine Greek noun θέλημα: “will”, from the verb θέλω: to will, wish, purpose. As Crowley developed the religion, he wrote widely on the topic, producing what are collectively termed the Holy Books of Thelema. He also included ideas from occultism, Yoga and both Eastern and Westernmysticism, especially the Qabalah.[9]

According to Crowley, every individual has a True Will, to be distinguished from the ordinary wants and desires of the ego. The True Will is essentially one’s “calling” or “purpose” in life. Some later magicians have taken this to include the goal of attaining self-realization by one’s own efforts, without the aid of God or other divine authority. This brings them close to the position that Crowley held just prior to 1904.[48] Others follow later works such as Liber II, saying that one’s own will in pure form is nothing other than the divine will.[49] Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law for Crowley refers not to hedonism, fulfilling everyday desires, but to acting in response to that calling. The Thelemite is a mystic.[48] According to Lon Milo Duquette, a Thelemite is anyone who bases their actions on striving to discover and accomplish their true will,[50] when a person does their True Will, it is like an orbit, their niche in the universal order, and the universe assists them.[51] In order for the individual to be able to follow their True Will, the everyday self’s socially-instilled inhibitions may have to be overcome via deconditioning.[52][53] Crowley believed that in order to discover the True Will, one had to free the desires of the subconscious mind from the control of the conscious mind, especially the restrictions placed on sexual expression, which he associated with the power of divine creation.[54] He identified the True Will of each individual with the Holy Guardian Angel, a daimon unique to each individual.[55] The spiritual quest to find what you are meant to do and do it is also known in Thelema as the Great Work.[56]


Just like any religion, most things about Thelema sound sensible—and even healthy.  It is hard to argue against the premise of “doing what one wills.”  Heck, I have lived my life in much the same manner.  Even Ayn Rand seemed to be saying much the same thing—and she was a devoted atheist.  So it is easy to conceive why Aleister Crowley had so many followers.  Even the sensible Barbra Bush—the mother and wife of two American presidents had a mother who found Crowley appealing and his philosophies beneficial.  They partied together in Paris in what was likely a sex magic ritual.  Like many college students who come from nice families and backgrounds, there is a sadness to see the perky little girl who used to baby sit children and had hopes and dreams of growing up to become a princess puking into a garbage can gang raped by dozens of young men unable to locate her cloths after attending a party where intoxication and sex were the dominate activities.  The same can be said of the followers of Thelema who followed Crowley into a type collective society where individualism was thought to be the pursuit, but in reality the congregation of followers willing to submit themselves to the high priest of black magic is what the real desire is—and within that premise sexual abuses from the mass orgies occur meant to appease demons to bestow upon the practitioners good fortune.  Many good, rational people have found themselves under the religion of Thelema on the bottom of a pile of naked bodies during rituals designed to throw off convention.  They get into such things thinking they are following an “individual will” when really demons are hungry for their purity.  Once that purity is given up, the body of such people are cast aside like a used sock and new victims are sought out—a new generation of willing minds. 


Hillary Clinton is an old “flower child”—growing up in the 1960s where radical political Marxists and communists were sprouting up like flowers in May.  Behind the flower children was the religion of Thelema where free love, free drugs and a free mind became the dominate culture driving influence.  Rock music followed Crowley’s lead and spread the message to millions creating the hippie—which would forever attack the sanctity of the typical American.  Once a woman takes off her top in a group of people how can she ever tell their daughters not to do such a thing?  Once a woman allows multiple sex partners into their life—how do they tell their daughters not to do the same and still maintain their authority as a wise parent?  Once a woman does drugs to “free her mind” she cannot tell her children not to do the same—so in many ways Aleister Crowley’s religion of Thelema opened the door to the hippie to spread the dark practices of Thelema to mainstream young people who would grow up to have no parental authority among the next generation leaving them open to be instructed by the state through public education.  Without strong parents, children have been more vulnerable than ever to the practices of Thelema which does not come to them from sexual orgies in a Thelema church, but in orgies from drinking parties, rock concerts and other primal activity unregulated by any parental value.  The parents were stripped of their value by the work of Thelema.  This is why Hillary Clinton had no sense of wrong when her husband Bill had oral sex with a White House intern.  To Hillary it was just sex, it wasn’t love, it wasn’t for power—it was just two people enjoying each other.  It was just “flower child” sex—and to Clinton, there was nothing wrong with that.  She believes these things because she is a descendent of Thelema thought processes which paved the way for the counter-culture generation which has caused so much modern-day damage. 


The danger is not in what starts in the beginning—it’s in what it does to a mind in the process.  For people who followed Aleister Crowley directly into Thelema they discovered that the purity of their lives was removed from them, their sense of possession, their belief in individual sanctity, their belief in solid individual values as the Helter Skelter cult, Jim Jones and dozens upon dozens of similar cults emerged following the basic teachings of Thelema.  Rituals were sold to the public as individual salvation, but the high priests in nearly every case were raw collectivists openly supporting communism and the actuality of the efforts were the breakdown of individual will to the benefit of the collective.  That is not YOUR wife—it’s our wife and we can all enjoy sex with her.  It’s not YOUR mind, it’s OUR mind and we all have a right to it.  This is not your money—it’s OUR Money—it’s communism over individual will.  In the case of Thelema—the individual will of the participants is sacrificed to the gods for the benefit of all. 


Aleister Crowley however got everything wrong where Ayn Rand was on the better path.  They both declared to cast away God.  Crowley because God had taken his father from him, Rand because she couldn’t prove the existence of God—she held out hope—but could not confirm or deny.  Both got their basic premise from Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil and worked from there.  However with Crowley, he brought much evil to the world directly through his dark Thelema rituals and concepts of collective sacrifice that somehow he rationalized benefited individual will.  All it really did was destroy the purity and value of millions upon millions of human beings—and for the will of all that is truly evil—only they have benefited. 


Tomorrow we will deal with the specific churches of Thelema occultism and explore how the one in Pasadena California brought the dark arts to the film industry behind the mask of communism. 

Rich Hoffman


4 thoughts on “The Cult of Thelema: Aleister Crowley and Ayn Rand’s big difference

  1. Ayn Rand’s greatest limitation was in the area of religion. I love her for extolling the greatness of the individual and for condemning the clear evils of the state. What she missed was that God acts as a brake on the actions of the state regardless of whether God exists or not.

    Most of the evil in the world has come from the secular/atheist collectivist states not from religion (I consider Islam to be a political ideology masquerading as a religion.). In the last century, Hitler, Stalin and Mao killed about 150 million people.


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