Thelema is an esoteric and occult social or spiritual philosophy and religious movement developed in the early 1900s by Aleister Crowley, an English writer, mystic, and ceremonial magician. The word Thelema is the English transliteration of the Greek word meaning will, to will, wish, want, or purpose. The Thelemic pantheon contains numerous deities — primarily a trio adapted from ancient Egyptian religion, the three speakers of The Book of the Law: Nuit, Hadit, and Ra-Hoor-Khuit – and is a collection of gods and goddesses who either literally exist or serve as symbolic archetypes or metaphors.
Three statements, in particular, distill the practice and ethics of Thelema:
• Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law, meaning that adherents of Thelema should seek out and follow their true path, i.e. find or determine their True Will.
• Love is the law, love under will, i.e. the nature of the Law of Thelema is love, but love itself is subsidiary to finding and manifesting one’s authentic purpose or ‘mission.’
• Every man and every woman is a star, which implies by metaphor that persons doing their Wills are like stars in the universe: occupying a time and position in space, yet distinctly individual and having an independent nature largely without undue conflict with other stars.
As such, these three Thelemic principles sum up the spiritual concept of the Hebrew letter Gimel assigned to the High Priestess card, and which also, as a consequence, gives mankind the key to their spiritual elevation. Know that everyone is their own unique individual, and we all serve our authentic purpose. Therefore we must learn to focus on ourselves and not try to change others or convince anyone our way is better than theirs. Each of us is charged with uncovering our true purpose and life mission by looking within ourselves and spending time isolated in self-reflection. Once this occurs, we spiritually prepare ourselves to do anything asked of us. We open up our hearts to be filled with the spirit. It is in that moment that we connect to our true path. We will be blessed with a strong sense of certainty – knowing our ‘mission,’ which ignites within us, along with the will to serve and answer our calling. Like the camel (Gimel), we rise up and become great, determined to fulfill our duty.