Have you ever played with the Ape of Thoth?
It’s a searchable database of Thelema texts – by verse and chapter, if one knows the number – but what makes it fun is that there is also a feature on the site that is a Thelemic text randomizer.
It’s pretty neat, actually. You type/ask a question, and it brings up a portion of text from the books of Thelema as an answer.
Which makes it so much more interesting than the Magic 8-Ball these days.
So…I have an issue that is quite emotionally-laden for me, and I was having trouble keeping a clear head about things.
So I decided to ask the Ape of Thoth for some guidance, simply typing:
What to do? RE: LOKI
[And this was the answer:]
“Continuation. Further concerning occupation.
Let the devotee transmute within the alembic of his heart every thought, or word, or act into the spiritual gold of his devotion.
As thus: eating. Let him say: “I eat this food in gratitude to my Deity that hath sent it to me, in order to gain strength for my devotion to Him.”
Or: sleeping. Let him say: “I lie down to sleep, giving thanks for this blessing from my Deity, in order that I may be refreshed for new devotion to Him.”
Or: reading. Let him say: “I read this book that I may study the nature of my Deity, that further knowledge of Him may inspire me with deeper devotion to Him.”
Or: working. Let him say: “I drive my spade into the earth that fresh flowers (fruit, or what not) may spring up to His glory, and that I, purified by toil, may give better devotion to Him.”
Or: whatever it may be that he is doing, let him reason it out in his own mind, drawing it through circumstance and circumstance to that one end and conclusion of the matter. And let him not perform the act until he hath done this.
As it is written: Liber VII, cap. v. —
22. “Every breath, every word, every thought, ever deed is an act of love with Thee.
23. “The beat of my heart is the pendulum of love.
24. “The songs of me are the soft sighs:
25. “The thoughts of me are very rapture:
26. “And my deeds are the myriads of Thy Children, the stars and the atoms.” And Remember Well, that if thou wert in truth a lover, all this wouldst thou do of thine own nature without the slightest flaw or failure in the minutest part thereof.”
All I could think upon reading the above is – what remarkably specific advice – even if it doesn’t answer the question that I thought that I was asking.
But sometimes that happens.
Perhaps this is the connection in discovering the meaning of that phrase
Love is the movement that gives substance to the Will