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 Koine Greek noun θέλημα (), "will", from the verb θέλω (thélō): "to will, wish, want or purpose". Crowley asserted or believed himself to be the prophet of a new age, the Æon of Horus, based upon a spiritual experience that he and his wife, Rose Edith, had in Egypt in 1904.

In 1904, Crowley claimed to have received The Book of the Law from an entity named Aiwass, which was to serve as the foundation of the religious and philosophical system he called Thelema. ===The Book of the Law=== Crowley's system of Thelema begins with The Book of the Law, which bears the official name Liber AL vel Legis.

This small book contains three chapters, each of which he claimed to have written in exactly one hour, beginning at noon, on April 8, April 9, and April 10, 1904.

This brings them close to the position that Crowley held just prior to 1904.


Yeats, attributing this to "shared insight" and perhaps to the older man's knowledge of Crowley. Crowley wrote several commentaries on The Book of the Law, the last of which he wrote in 1925.


Here, God's will is always and exclusively designated by the word "thelema" (θέλημα, mostly in the singular), as the theologian Federico Tolli points out by means of the Theological Dictionary of the New Testament of 1938 ("Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven").


For Tolli it follows that the genuine idea of Thelema does not contradict the teachings of Jesus (Tolli, 2004). ===François Rabelais=== François Rabelais was a Franciscan and later a Benedictine monk of the 16th century.

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