Brother Creaux is a Thelemite who associates with Pelican Camp in the Valley of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
I first heard of Thelema by reading mentions of it and Crowley in other occult literature. Everyone only paid due mention to Crowley. It was like someone you’re flirting with at a bar that can’t stop mentioning their sexy friend but then quickly changes the subject so they don’t lose your attention on them and their half-cocked spiel.
Colin Wilson comes to mind. That dullard went on and on about things he knew nothing about. Then he mentions Crowley and has nothing but spite for the man. I thought to myself: if he hates Crowley, and I hate him, then I’m liable to love Crowley.
What really captivated me about Thelema was its ability to saliently navigate the human predicament and deftly answer the questions of who we are and what we’re supposed to do about it. Most any other philosophy is mere apologia about why they don’t have a clue.
What is Magick to you?
Magick is a technique by which the thing might be brought into its fullness, its richness – an ennoblement.
Why do you think Thelema is different from other philosophies? What makes it stand out to you?
Thelema provides technique to come to discovery rather than an abstraction you’re expected to adopt – scientific method with religious objective.
What do you love about OTO? What drew you to it? What makes you stay?
I love observing OTO’s effect on people, watching them come into their own through its initiations and, for the first time in their lives, engaging with a group of people who have gaily cast aside their chains and hoodwinks. What drew me to it was this possibility, and what keeps me with it is the vicarious enjoyment of this liberation through those I bring into her fold.
What do you think are most important Magick and meditation practices?
The Mass of the Phoenix and Liber Samekh. These two rituals seem most human to me. They invite viscerealism to ritual and remind one of mortality, the darkness of being and the monster that lurks within. There is no ritual without blood spilt, and there is no magick without Satan.
What do you think is the thing that most people misunderstand about Thelema?
The most ridiculous notion that I come across in contemporary “Thelemic” culture is the belief that OTO should entertain any sort of will, or that any one person’s will must necessarily be applauded by everyone else. Crowley wrote that our Love is a byproduct of our Will, thence love under will. This recalls the archaic use of Agape, in reference to John’s Epistles, a spiritual nepotism of sect and disposition, an elite esoteric understanding to the exclusion of the exoteric and inane.
Why do you think OTO is important to Thelema?
Ass to the plow!
What do you think are the most important aspects of Thelema?
The communion it proposes as being integral to any success, Thelema is the pleasure of one’s God. The doing of one’s Will is therefore the satisfaction of initiation, the affirmation of the greater joy beyond the constant struggle.
Do you have any stories from any experiences with Magick?
Ah but the monster writhes in the urn.
Where do you see OTO going in the next 10 years?
I trust that OTO will become an unabashed organ of Thelema and more competent proponent of Magick and champion of culture, that being the enriching of society through the creative expression brought to bear through the Great Work.
How do you see the world differently as a Thelemite?
I’ve come to understand history as an interplay between a creative vivifying sort and a banal irate sort, between magicians and maniacs. The grandiose appropriation of historical figures by both OTO and A∴A∴ claims that the lineage of civilization has always been one vivified by Magick, that being the mechanism of communion with Genius. Were it not that more capable intelligent people would embrace this historical potential and collaborate with us in the fashioning of a fine ark of cypress and cedar.
What is your favorite part about the Gnostic Mass?
The darkness before the dawn, the Priest’s circumambulations when all light is drawn up into the Shrine and he, madman, having descended Montsalvat and returned to the shades, seeks a return to the throne of the harlot, the chapel of abominations.
How do you see Thelema evolving in its 2nd Century of existing (i.e. after 100 years)? How is it different or how is it going to be different? What has grown or changed?
I anticipate schisms occurring within larger Thelemic culture as puissant creative direction wanes but Thelemites continue to multiply.