Greetings and blessings on this the 109th annual commemoration of the First Day of the Three Days of the Writing of the Book of the Law! At noon on April 8, 1904 in Cairo, Egypt, following the instructions of Ouarda the Seer, Aleister Crowley sat down at his writing table and took dictation for exactly one hour. The result was the first chapter of Liber AL vel Legis, the Book of the Law.
— Shooter Jennings & Hierophant - Wake Up - Black Ribbons
I first became aware of the law in 1994 or 1995. As a student of magick in America, one must be a very skilled self-censor indeed to have no awareness of Crowley, even if one is not aware of exactly how far his influence has penetrated modern western esoteric thought. While I was aware of the law, I cannot say that I accepted the law, or that I had even the slightest inkling of its implications. I was interested in magick, and on some level I was interested in religion.
In the nearly twenty years to follow, I would periodically find my way back to the law, not to take on Crowley’s practice, but as a book that has accrued further meaning for me personally as I have matured. I have largely left the practice of magick behind, and I have long outgrown religion. There is however a tone and sensibility to the work that continues to resonate with me.
It may be an overstatement to say that I have accepted the law. To call me a Thelemite would be an error, as to think of me as such would be misleading and would imply much that I am not. I do however feel that each sentient being, at least as we can reckon, has a will and deserves the liberty to explore that will. Arguments against this idea are many and thin, as Crowley’s own commentary repeatedly demonstrates.
If I were to entertain the notion that the world moves in cycles or aeons, it would appear to me that the Aeon may in fact have turned, and that the rules and sensibilities that informed human development over the last two thousand years (six thousand if we are honest, and that Christ is only the most popular manifestation of a far older dying god) may not serve humanity in the next millennia.
In any case, this week marks the 108th anniversary of the dictation of the Book of the Law. I will be reading a chapter each day as it was written. If you have access, I’d encourage you to do the same.
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.