Soror Freyja is a Thelemite who associates with Blue Equinox Oasis in the Valley of Detroit, Michigan.
How did you hear about Thelema and what drew you to it?
Before we got married, my boyfriend had been searching around for a ceremonial magic community to join, and since he had been a fan of Crowley and the Thoth Tarot for years, it seemed a no-brainer for him to seek out OTO. We went to our first Gnostic Mass together, and right away as I was reciting the Creed, I thought to myself, “I already believe this.” I initiated a couple years later, once I had seen a clear connection between the Book of the Law and the way I wanted to live my life.
What is Magick to you?
Spiritual hygiene. Self-transformation. Play. Communication. Sanctuary. Knowledge. Logos.
Why do you think Thelema is different from other philosophies? What makes it stand out to you?
The emphasis on self-responsibility.
What do you love about OTO? What drew you to it? What makes you stay?
The people; my brothers and sisters.
What do you think are most important Magick and meditation practices?
For me, it’s not so important what you do, but that you do it regularly enough so that in all other areas of life, you can remain present to your Will and fulfill on it. Magick and meditation time is “me time,” where we are not beholden to anyone or anything but our very selves. You got to be in that space as much as is necessary to sustain the life you’re committed to.
What do you think is the thing that most people misunderstand about Thelema?
People still don’t get that the freedom to practice your Will takes responsibility. Yes, it sounds like a broken record when we say “Do what thou wilt doesn’t mean do whatever you want,” but we still gotta get on the soapbox and scream and yell because now Thelema is more public than it’s ever been and new people are finding out about it more and more. If you want to create space in your life for your True Will, you have to commit to getting every other distraction out of the fucking way. And that means HANDLE YOUR LIFE so you can do what it takes to fulfill on your Will. Support yourself so you have the means to do your Will. Eat well, and take care of your body which is the vehicle of your Will. Take care of your mind; feed it and stimulate it to keep a focus on your Will. Keep a schedule so you can make time for your Will. Be responsible in your relationships with others, because they are in the sphere of influence where your Will is expressed. Too many people use occult practices of all kinds to escape from responsibility, rather than move toward it as an expression of their magic.
Why do you think OTO is important to Thelema?
It provides community for people who want it. There are plenty of Thelemites out there who prefer not to associate or be a part of an organization, but there are others who would rather not risk feeling alone or isolated in their beliefs and practices, so OTO is there for them.
What do you think are the most important aspects of Thelema?
Freedom and responsibility. Freedom IS responsibility, and vice versa.
Do you have any stories from any experiences with Magick?
The particular system of Magick I use most is the Tarot. Discovering the Tarot has made the single biggest difference in my life – it GAVE me my life. It was the first taste of the occult I ever got, and it came in my early recovery from major depression. Once I learned how to use the Tarot as a tool for self-transformation, my hunger for occult knowledge just deepened from there, and my forays into folk and ceremonial magic brought me closer to myself than I had ever been before. From a nothing existence, I was able to get a job, a place to live, a wonderful man who eventually became my husband, an extended family of friends, new career choices….It’s incredible to think back on it now. Everything I have in my life I owe to my work with the Tarot.
Where do you see OTO going in the next 10 years?
I would like to see self-sustaining lodges where there’s little to no worry about where the money is coming from.
How do you see the world differently as a Thelemite?
I’m much more relaxed.
What is your favorite part about the Gnostic Mass?
What speaks to me most about the Gnostic Mass is, ironically, what doesn’t “speak” at all: the great mystery and secret that lies hidden in plain sight throughout every inch of the temple and in every word of the text. I’ve been told that the ultimate secret of the OTO is hidden in the Gnostic Mass, and I totally feel that. I want to be precocious and find out what it is in a literal sense, but the more I explore and sink into the journey, the less literal everything gets. And the common denominator emerges again and again: “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” Suddenly I feel like the protagonist in Diary of a Drug Fiend when he basically says, “Fuck the Great Work; I’m gonna just do my Will.”
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?
The Order has become way more public now than when it started. Because there’s more public awareness of alternative spiritual systems in general and Western occultism in particular, I think the veil of secrecy around our secret society has thinned out quite a lot. We’re on the Internet alongside everyone else now, and there’s a huge insistence to promulgate the Law not just by coming out of the closet but dashing out into the streets, basically advertising ourselves wherever possible. But what I think we’re forgetting is that the Order exists to protect occult knowledge, not to give it away wholesale. In the same way that people have misconceptions around “Do what thou wilt,” I think they also have misconceptions about what it means to promulgate the Law. A lot of Thelemites think that it means recruiting as many people into OTO as possible, but I don’t believe that. I don’t think we need everyone in the world to belong to OTO or be a self-identified Thelemite to have the Law of Light, Life, Love and Liberty as a possibility for all people. The Book of the Law also does not prophesize or propose a future in which all people on earth are Thelemites: “Let my servants be few and secret; they shall rule the many and the known.” So I’m glad we don’t have to go knocking on doors to “share the Good News of the Great Beast 666” (can you imagine what a Jackass stunt that would look like?). Let Christians and Mormons play that game. We don’t have to. If you want to promulgate the Law, simply be the Thelemite that you are, such that you are fulfilling your Will in life. If someone then comes up to you and says, “How do you do that?” then be ready to make a new friend.
Is there anything else you would like to talk about related to Thelema, OTO, and/or Magick?
Thanks for letting me share!