New for July: The Heretic’s Guide to Thelema Volume 2 & 3 by Gerald Del Campo
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Friends! This summer is seeing a lot of new books from Concrescent. Just in time for July we complete the Heretic's Guide to Thelema series with Volumes 2 & 3: New Aeon English Qaballa and The Ethics of Thelema.
As religions develop, the implications left incomplete by the progenitor are expounded by the followers, who rarely agree with one another. Exhortations to 'leave well enough alone' or 'the master did not say that' are answered by 'you're doing it wrong' or at least, "can't you see the problem?' As religions become intwined with power, especially state power, power is then used to used to enforce the orthodoxy of the empowered clique. The danger is that what was originally a spiritual or moral injunction becomes a law to which obedience is compelled by the state. Authoritarianism and oligarchy can corrupt any good thing. But it can only do so if the voices of diversity remain silent.
Gerald Del Campo is one of the voices in diversity, and he is not remaining silent.
Therefore it is profoundly important that Thelema develop in a rich ecology of ideas, exploring all of the implications of the source material and sharing out the possibilities inherent this spiritual path. The book you hold sets out two major areas of development. One is a solution to the issue of using the English language in our Qabalah based on a cypher in the Book of the Law and set out in the first volume in this book, second in the series, New Aeon English Qaballa. It builds a new gematria and does some fantastic analysis of Thelema's core holy book, as well as develop a new take on kamias or magical squares.
Perhaps even more important is the second half of this book, Volume Three of the Heretics Guide to Thelema, The Ethics of Thelema. With welcome sincerity and plain speaking, our author explores the ethical questions inherent in the antinomian maxims of Thelemic scriptures. Is the Law of Thelema the law of the jungle or an exhortation to deep cooperation? Every religion has its specific focus, the existential question it is trying resolve. For Thelema, the question is ethical: What am I to do? Here is the effort of a deeply committed Thelemite engaging with that deeply rooted challenge.
This book concludes our Heretics Guide series, at least for now. Hopefully it will keep these fresh ideas before the eyes of inquiring souls as they ask What is Thelema? What am I to do today? What is my will? Here are some new tools, some thoughts crafted by one who has pondered them at length. Learn, experiment, test, try. Only in the doing is the knowing.