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18 Months a Thelemite | Petty Stuff

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“18 months? Really? Is that all?” – that’s what one friend wrote in a catch up email (plus I also find I prefer catch-ups, so I can get used to normal interaction). The fact that it’s only been 18 months makes me giddy with delight. It’s been tough, easy, tiresome and weary, but I am one happy young woman for it. A lot of folks who are new to Thelema like myself, follow my stuff in order to see one perspective. I also follow podcasts, blogs and learn from friends about their own perspectives on Thelema. All in the goodness of progress, and to gain further knowledge.

I have been using specific jargon, trying to teach myself gematria (considering I grew up part Jewish, it’s still not bloody easy…) and using Thelemic greetings on a daily basis. I did notice a few folks writing to me about certain small areas they were stuck on, so here are a few tiny bits I’ve learnt in order to feel and be a new Thelemite.

First and foremost, try not to be afraid. If you are curious about something, I am pretty sure someone has written something about it, so read it and see. Understand that you are in total control, so if you allow your fears and worries to stop you from progressing, be aware of that and note it down. Remember, it’s all progress and you have an awful lot of time to realise the person you are and the Will you must acknowledge. I’ve learnt a lot about myself, especially emotionally and physically that I didn’t pay much attention to, either because I didn’t know how or I lived in fear. I’m all better now that in working through those issues.

I was told, by many and via Crowley’s words that all you need to do is accept Liber AL vel Legis, and understand it by exercising your Will through Magickal practice and cleansing. It is also super helpful to read and study what you can, and note every tiny detail in a journal. One of my shortest pieces followed through as such:

“22/12/2012 23:42
Force read chapter 8 of ‘The Middle Pillar’ twice. Just to understand… I’m tired and the syntax is making me even more tired. Did LBRP earlier and feel fine… Still think something is present in this room. 93”

Looking back I can gladly state I felt the negative energies being “boxed up” as it were, since the more I practiced the LBRP the more acute my awareness became. Another petty point is the number 93. A lot of new folks use it without knowing what it means, and I’m speaking from experience. 93 is commonly used as a greeting between Thelemites to signify love and will, here’s how:
Θ = 9
ε = 5
λ = 30
η = 8
μ = 40
α = 1

Add all the numbers and it equals: 93!
Θελημα is Thelema written in Greek; it means Will.

Α = 1
γ = 3
α = 1
π = 80
η = 8

Add all the numbers and it equals: 93!
Αγαπη is Agape written in Greek; it means Love.

Two phrases are apparent, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law,” (AL 1:40) and “Love is the law, love under will” (AL 1:57), with a deep understand around the words “love” and “will”. The first verse has emphasis on the will of a person, and the second verse follows through with giving love and inspiring will. So when Thelemites greet one another they usually say “93!”, or “93s!” to encapsulate this. In letters/emails/texts, whether formal or not, it is known to write 93 at the beginning and the end. For me, I like the formal and informal way of writing:

Formal:
93,

Body of message.

93, 93/93

Informal:
93, (or to close friends who are in in the joke, 93 Peaches),

Body of message.

93s!

93 is also a visual reminder or symbol to the Thelemite to stay true to his path and be free within discipline; at least that is how I see it.

As mentioned before, I like to follow various authors and speakers on the matter of life as a Thelemite. One such person is located on the blog roll over there ↗️ Or ➡️… IAO131 (just google that). He has been someone who has not only inspired the way I allow myself to be more open minded, but he was recommended to me by Mr Vamp, and thus I have recommended his website and books to other people. Speech in the Silence and ThelemaNOW! are also great sources for the modern green bean, such as myself. So set out into the world and breathe deep; you are the centre if your universe.

Another useful tip when living life as a Thelemite which I found most useful, flash cards. Bloody write stuff on them and train your mind! They are heaven sent! Whoever invented them needs sainthood. I mean it! In the last 18 months, I would write stuff all over my journals, and it never occurred to me to use damn flash cards until a friend mentioned them. You learn something new everyday!

That’s all I can think of as super, super duper basics for now. I’ll think of other stuff in future.

93s folks!

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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.

One thought on “18 Months a Thelemite | Petty Stuff

  1. Pingback: Thelemic Culture Update: November & December 2013 | 2nd Century Thelema

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