The Scarlet Letter
Volume VI, Number 1 | March 2001
Born Every Minute
By Paradoxos Alpha, Lodgemaster
“Do your best to be saved without any urging. Rather spur yourselves
on, and reach the goal before me if you can. Then the Father will love you.”
According to the formula of Osiris, the idea of the Father is the image of the divine. The Jesus of the Gospels instructs his followers in how to come to knowledge of “the Father.” The initiatory traditions from which our Order descends have historically espoused “the Brotherhood of Man and the Fatherhood of God.”
With the return of the Vernal Equinox, we begin a season of Holy Days leading from the Feast of the Equinox of the Gods through the Feast for the Three Days of the Writing of the Book of the Law. During this segment of the earth’s orbit around the Sun, Thelemites revisit and commemorate the inauguration of our New Aeon, governed by the formula of Horus, the Child. Our idea of the Child is our new image of the divine.
If our children are increasingly incarcerated in adult prisons that socialize them to criminality, what are we to believe about God? If many of our children are malnourished in the world’s most affluent nation, what are we to believe about God? If school children conducting massacres have become a recurrent news story, what are we to believe about God?
Curiously, the psychically homogenizing war-engine of our mass media is in large part a mechanism by which the “generation gap” has been intensified, and generalized from individual families to entire societies. Consumer capitalism delights in age-stratified demographics with differentiated perspectives and appetites, and it reinforces those distinctions whenever they emerge.
And sometimes it seems as if every attempt to prevent and correct these dilemmas only intensifies them. Indeed, while adults must provide education and training to children, one generation cannot control the next. For, as Kahlil Gibran wrote, “their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.” Or as Crowley remarks, “the stream floweth not uphill; the old life is no more; there is a new life that is not his.”
As new humans incarnate deeper and deeper into the danger and trouble of the world that we leave in the wake of our living, we must recognize them as heroes, deserving of our encouragement and admiration. For it is in their acts, undertaken despite us as much as because of us, that the Kingdom of the Aeon will be realized.
Love is the law, love under will.In service to Our Lady and Her Work of Wickedness,