Introduction by the Editor

The Journal of Thelemic Studies is the first academic journal to collect the work of various modern Thelemites into one place. It is also the first Thelemic journal that is not an organ of or associated with any standing organization, including any form of the O.T.O. or College of Thelema. It serves to stand as a non-partisan synthesis of the many diverse manifestations of Thelema.

This journal was established to propagate the most modern Thelemic literature and art. Various names in the Thelemic community have congregated to show that, even in the face of apparently opposing opinions, we may still harmoniously come together to recognize each others’ unique and valuable point-of-views.

After Aleister Crowley’s death in 1947, the current of Thelema seems to have split into innumerable different “groups.” This is both a testament to Thelema’s diverse potential for growth in unlimited unique directions, but also on the other hand an indication of the widespread division in the Thelemic community. There is a careful balance to be struck between preserving one’s individual ideas and the consideration & acceptance of others’ ideas, even if one disagrees with them. Thelema is unique in that it proclaims the sovereignty of each individual and their right to do their own will.

In this first issue we have essays by Erwin Hessle, J. Ash Bowie, Gerald del Campo, and myself; we also have a poetic sermon by T Polyphilus, a painting by Layla, and a photograph by Gerald del Campo. In short, there is a wonderful amalgamation of all sorts of interesting flavors! On this note, I’ll leave the reader to enjoy the first issue of The Journal of Thelemic Studies.

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Love is the law, love under will.
There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.

Volume I, Number 1 ⇐ || ⇒ “The Ethics of Thelema” by Erwin Hessle ⇒