Q & A: Thelema and the Self

The Brazen Serpent

I have recently been given some quality feedback regarding the “Thelemic-ness” of some of the ideas in The Brazen Serpent. Most of these questions center around the idea of “self,” (no pun intended) as I have expressed in this post:

Consider that what differentiates man from other entities and animals is the function of his Ruach; i.e. the ability to use a symbol to convey a meaning not inherent within it. This allows for a circular process of thinking that expands infinitely outwards from a seed. It is precisely this function that allows the formation of Ego. This also describes the function of his consciousness as a predator, much like a shark within the ocean of the unconscious.

Following this metaphor, magick becomes a way of inserting living targets like fish in the path of the ‘shark of consciousness.’ Note that the Shark only does what is in its…

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