May 21st, 2005

AC Pensive

"Thien Tao"


"[W]hen thou hast understood thou mayest make symbols; but by playing child's games with symbols thou shalt never understand." -- "The Vision and the Voice," 28th Aethyr

I am challenged (not by a poster here) to back up this statement from a recent post of mine about the nature of Thelemic "attainment": The "solution" I'm talking about fits into considerably less than a few dozen pages, [and] is printed plainly in multiple places[...]. While the temptation is great to snap back "Do your own work!, I had to," this lets me plug a favorite: Uncle Al's brief metadiscussion (and one of his most forthcoming initiatory explanations ever), "Thien Tao." To choose just one highlight (cf. also "Liber Tzaddi"), note how an attained perspective resolves the alleged debate about whether Thelema "is" or "is not" a "religion": why those who answer with a firm (exclusivist) Yes or No fail to fully understand Thelema itself.*

This is, in any event, the sort of thing I'm talking about, the antidote to the uninitiated perspective: to too many "child's games with symbols," not enough understanding.** I'm quite sure this will change -- is changing even now -- and expect the process will provide a good deal of fun. :D

93 93/93 -- AJ

* I can already hear someone preparing to quote AC's slam on Thelema as a religion in Magick Without Tears: written to a specific student, for a specific purpose. I thoroughly agree with the letter itself, but wish it, and its context, were better understood.
** Cf. the Qabalistic relationship between Da'ath ("knowledge") and Binah ("understanding").