Sy Calaelen

Alternative Witch | Liber Oz Love

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42. …So with thy all; thou hast no right but to do thy will.
43. Do that, and no other shall say nay.
44. For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect.

Liber AL 1:42-44

I’m growing up! Or at least my memory is finally kicking into gear with my Thelema studies. Yay me! If there are any particular areas I expect people to keep an eye on when studying, its Liber Oz and Liber AL vel Legis. I don’t think you have to be a Thelemite as such to study and accept them. Most people who practice a form of Western esotericism and understand many of the philosophies, ideologies and practices are probably Thelemites and don’t even know it! That will be another video or post!

Liber Oz is a declaration; a solidified form of belief in oneself and a set of maxims from The Book of the Law. Live by these simple statements and see your world view change. Or at least, my world view has changed. I have recently been reading Liber Oz again, and making similar comparisons with the Blue Equinox. Not only have I started to look at magick and my life, from the point of view of the sun, but I know I must do something with myself to elevate from Malkuth up to God head. I feel like I have a purpose to fulfil; I’m not sure what just yet, but I’m going in the right direction. Everything just falls into place, the way things are supposed to. I guess, I knew things would work out, but my anxieties kept holding me back. My ego held me back also, and now I know I’m on the right track I need only to stand tall and keep my back bone rigid.

I had the intention to talk about how bad experiences within the pagan community have lead me to be the strong individual I am now, but I thought I would take a noble route instead. Have you ever sat and evaluated your life, looking for answers as to why certain folks treat you badly, knowing you haven’t done anything wrong? When you look at your life and see all the wonderful, and the bad things that have happened you suddenly realise your intelligence intimidates people. Ultimately, its their problem with you. I must say, giggling as I do, I am actually taking pride knowing I have ambition and I am actually doing something about it. Finally!

Unfortunately one area I can’t change is my skin colour. For the first time in a long time I have come across a pagan path that does not allow racism. According to Liber Oz, every man should have an opinion, and feel free to express it, but if you read between the lines it clearly states that you shouldn’t be a douche: “Every man and every woman is a star.” Regardless of colour, creed or root. (Somehow those are pretty much the same words…). On more than one occasion I have received numerous emails and comments on my videos about the fact that I shouldn’t be practising magick (Celtic, Wicca and Norse) because I’m not white enough. At the same time, when looking at me no one would ever know of my multicultural DNA, which unfortunately warrants hate mail from Africans and African Americans for not being African enough. To be honest, I am alive and well so I don’t care. I wasn’t born in the USA or Africa; I was born in the Caribbean and grew up in lower middle class Britain. The funny thing is, no matter how many times people have told me to stop following their paths, I try to listen, but the Gods have other ideas. Let me tell you one short story.

A number of years ago, when I was getting into Wicca and Celtic and Norse mythology, I did a cheeky spell asking any God to come to me and guide me (I have since updated that contact ritual for different deities, spirits and such). I started working with quite a few male deities over the following months. Cernunnos and Pan stayed with me, alongside two others. These two others were Odin and Thor; and to this day I have never told anyone of our antics and lessons. I learnt so much from them all, and thanked them often. I can remember back to when I used to daydream over images of Thor when I was a tiny child at school, so he’s always been part of my active life for as long as forever. It wasn’t until I joined a few pagan networking sites and opened up about my love for the Northern traditions that I was faced with an awful lot of racism and hostility. I quickly learnt to ignore my dreams and hid my runes so I would never open up any more hurt for myself. Something deep down kept urging to me keep the Futhark close, and keep Thor and Odin alive in a secret and small way, otherwise I would experience bad luck. Lo and behold, I ended up having a rough time until began to listen again. Every time I listened to the Gods, and put my trust in them I felt good. I learnt to put trust in myself and stand up for myself. I made the decision early on that I only had myself to rely on, and as much as I love seeing and hearing other peoples views, I have mine and I shouldn’t be afraid to share them. I shall do what I wilt, as long as I uphold the ethical and moral laws that govern the Universe.

As long as I stick to the plan, the message I received from the Gods I’ll be fine. As long as I am taught lessons, blessed and kicked into gear, I won’t let other peoples negativity get to me. To me, Liber Oz is more than a declaration, its the mapping for my True Will (or at least one element of it so far). As long as I stay within the remit of my own philosophies, it won’t matter what colour I am, what ethnicity, nationality, pagan path or gender I am; I am who I am, and according to the Gods, that’s perfect enough.

(Plus, I think its a great page to show teenagers who are dealing with depression, anxiety and peer pressure; but that’s my opinion).

Sy, 93, 93/93, x

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Author: Sy Calaelen

Sy Calaelen is a British writer, blogger and Youtube vlogger, though she isn't filming at the moment. English literature graduate and future social work graduate. Both sites will focus on literary reviews, book lists, comic books and nerd chat, writing and novel tips, and discussions in magick, paganism and the occult. A mixture of everything from her. Reach out on social media from Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, GoodReads, and Pinterest.

6 thoughts on “Alternative Witch | Liber Oz Love

  1. I studied the Norse tradition many years ago and it still holds a special place in my heart. Unfortunately you are absolutely right there are some Racist followers of Asatru and Asatru isn’t unique in that. I remember years back as I started to experiment in the Voodoo/Hoodoo system people made it difficult for me because I am White. In fact I had a Root Doctor tell me flat out this was not Magick for Whites to stick with what came from my culture. I remember how angry it made me to be told that and of course I completely ignored it and pursued my study anyway. Never let ANYONE dissuade you from your path. No race, culture or ethnicity owns a spiritual path that is exclusively for them and no one else and every path has something to teach you. For some odd crazy reason people endow Gods/Godesess with Racial and Ethnic identities and qualities without realizing that Races and Ethnicity are human characteristics and the Gods are not Humans. It may aid us to visualize Gods with certain Racial/ethnic characteristics but that is simply due to the limitations of our Human minds.

    • That’s so true!! I am planning on sorting a video about how Liber Oz and The Maxims of Ptah Hotep help me out in situations like that. And maybe The Kybalion too…

      I hate the racial thing, like people say you’re not white enough, or not black enough. The Gods don’t see colour, they see the soul of the practitioner. It’s pretty dense when people try to prohibit your practice because of such a small and unchangeable thing. Ah well, the Gods obviously love us XD

      • I always saw Liber OZ as a spiritual Declaration of Independence from Crowley. It showed a libertarian side to him. Crowley was a free spirit in a decidedly unfree society (Religiously and morally) He consumed drugs for religious purposes which was unlawful, He engaged in Religious practices which were far outside the accepted viewpoints of the times and he was bisexual which was morally if not legally taboo as well at that time. To me Liber OZ was Crowley demanding freedom for all humankind after all if every man and every woman is a star then why should they not be free? Which also follows right along with, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.”

  2. Off topic, but you have been nominated for the Liebster Award! http://annikagarratt.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/remember-me/

  3. Cara Soror,

    Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

    In the study of Liber AL, you may find this useful:

    The Commentaries of AL
    http://www.castletower.org/220comm.html

    Marcelo Motta was an A.’.A.’. student of Karl Germer (the German aspirant who took charge of OTO and A.’.A.’. after AC’s death) and wrote he these commentaries in the 1970’s ev. While they contain insights (and follies) that are particular to Motta, he gives us associative analysis of several themes, names, formulas, and patterns within the aeonic grimoire which are of interest to all aspirants. Occasionally one will find a bit of Motta’s Brasilian machismo coming through but for the most part Motta does a great job of keeping his comments to those of universal interest. He pulls no punches and he dares to call AC’s bullshit when he sees it (He questions the prophet’s commentaries 😛 something that Crowleyeans and traditionalists may find disturbing.)

    (Background: My own A.’.A.’. teacher is Ray Eales who was a student of Motta when they lived in an OTO Lodge in Nashville. While Motta disbanded his efforts in OTO in the 1980’s ev due to conflicts with the California corporate OTO revival there, Eales went on to found the Holy Order Of RaHoorKhuit under the auspices of A.’.A.’. in the 1990’s ev., which I joined in 1994 ev)

    Motta’s comments are in italics. Read, critique, question; enjoy!

    Love is the law, love under will.
    Fraternally,

    Ser Pente

    • Love is the law, love under will.

      Thank you very much!! I’m just in love with learning and educating myself where I can. I have saved the link too. I will take my time reading it and absorbing it.

      Everything just seems so new even though I have been studying since may last year. Its odd. You can read something once, and it feels different every time. 😀

      Thank you!!!

      Fraternally, 93s

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