This article is reprinted with permission from Khephra Rising OTO. Original article by Sister Sinistra.
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
This is Thelema in its simplicity.
The “Law” applies equally to both sexes, as our holy book states “Every man and every woman is a star.” In the context of Thelema, “will” is your soul’s purpose – your true will – in this life on earth. It has nothing to do with fleeting whims. The work of finding and doing one’s true will, or Great Work, is the sole aim of Thelema. “Do that, and no other shall say nay.” Methods for pursuing one’s true will include but are not limited to meditation, ceremonial magic, divination, yoga, astral projection. There is no stereotypical Thelemite; we are diverse in our practices but all accept the Book of the Law. Pagans, Wiccans, Buddhists, and Atheists (among others) call themselves Thelemites.
What does this mean for women?
Complete and total equality on every level. Our goddess archetypes, Nuit and Babalon, encompass every aspect of womanhood, and all are valid. In our central rite, the Gnostic Mass, the Priestess is enthroned at the Summit of the Earth. Women are not only equal, we are venerated, honored and celebrated as women and as human beings.
“We do not fool and flatter women; we do not despise and abuse them. To us a woman is Herself; absolute, original, independent, free, self-justified, exactly as a man is.” This is not a vague thought, accepted by some and not others. This is an unassailable tenet of Thelema. If you desire to fully realize yourself as a magician and a woman, Thelema offers every avenue. And you will have the support and active help of everyone – not only women – in your work.
Ultimately, Thelemites operate from the position that magick is a science, and we are to go about our work deliberately, methodically, and analytically. Learning one’s true will is an exercise in trial and error, documentation, revelation. It requires strict self-discipline and extensive self-analysis. We encourage our magicians to collaborate, share knowledge, revel in joy, celebration, and love.
We are completely dedicated to sexual freedom in every form and preference, among consenting adults.
Any harassment or worse is not tolerated from any quarter. You may choose to be sexually adventurous or completely celibate – your Will is supreme and no other may question it. You may be pleasantly surprised at the lack of judgment among Thelemites – sometimes we fail, but accepting each other as we are is one of our strongest traits.
Should you choose to join our holy Order, Ordo Templi Orientis, these beliefs are codified in rules of conduct. Should it be your Will, women have complete freedom and equality of initiation in the Order and its ecclesiastical division, the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica (EGC). Women serve as leaders of locally chartered bodies (camps, oases, and lodges), in national and international positions in teaching, training, policy decisions, and in the role as Bishop of the EGC. The OTO is an international Order, a 501c3 non-profit, with bylaws and protocol for violation of its rules. Women have strong roles and influence in policymaking, and are fully influential in every aspect of its workings. For more information, follow these links:
Love is the law, love under will.
Thank you to Khephra Rising OTO for this guest contribution.