The Paradox of Liber Oz


It is Liber Oz an argument to excuse injustice?

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law

Talking on Liber Oz, people should be very careful to take it lightly. I am not willing to state new things here regarding Liber Oz but my purpose here is to share the most accurate observations on that thelemic text by – Sabazius which I found in Hermetic Library This book is frequently used as argument to justify many kinds of injustice, and people is not aware that the book is meant to be the commandments for a real thelemite and this meaning that a “real thelemite” it is that person who is doing his or her true will even if it does not know anything about thelema or Aleister Crowley. I mean, this is not for a man or woman who consider to be him or herself to be real thelemite in the whole sense of the word, without really being it.

And here again we have to talk about the true will  which can be everything but only if is aligned with the purpose of the spiritual evolution or even the Great Work… I would say that the true will would not be a stubborn conception.


A Man who is doing his True Will has the inertia of the Universe to assist him.” Aleister Crowley. 


The inertia of the universe should be a clue to understand the meaning of the true will. I have talked about this subject before in my article  About the art of Magickal Memory and a recount of my memories on past lives 

In the article I mention the theory according to what the True Will it is Hadit itself unfolding a single universal Will into myriads or different wills flowing as fire in the cores of the starts and the hearts of every man and woman.

The true will it seem to be that very inertia itself,  being a paradox since inertia it is a concept that mean something that has not a determination behind applying to it any kind of will. Some of the meanings of inertia are:


The tendency to not change what is happening 

And in physics:

Inertia is the force that causes  something moving to tend  to continue moving, and that causes  something not moving  to tend to continue not to move.

cambridge dictionary

Even more in spanish the word for Inertia it is “Inertia” that it can be compared with death. “The lack of skills in material things to change their own current state”.

We must not forget that Hadit said:

6.  I am the flame that burns in every heart of man, and in the core of every star. I am Life, and the giver of Life, yet therefore is the knowledge of me the knowledge of death.

Liber AL 

The universal inertia then is a kind of blind force that it will keep a state of things to create or to simply be quiet. The force behind that inertia I guess after all, that exist, and being consequent with the thelema teachings, then, we can say that the universal inertia in fact is driven by a hand behind invisible and perhaps unthinkable which we would be able to identify with no other thing that Love. Love is the Law and so, that suppose to be a higher reference  to our conduct, something that is above of us and we have to follow in order to be able to exercise our liberty. Love under Will and I also would say Will under Love, since it is the law. 

So to me the inertia of the universe being a force that only follows the tendency of that universe itself  and knowing that the universe it is always changing,  evolving, creating, and developing we should be able to equate this features to our true will. The people who interpret the text of Liber Oz textually without making an examination of themselves and using it as an argument to make appear as valid any kind of unfair behaviour are very far from being in tune with that universal inertia.

Has any special purpose the redaction of Liber Oz?   Of course, it was written as a manifesto to the thelemites given to them  in a certain social-historical context. And of course it has to be considered a book to be studied and deeply meditated. Some scholars even link the text with “an attempt  to encourage Britons to participate enthusiastically in the Second World War. It’s just possible that the most controversial lines were at least in part intended to be considered within that context”. source


“Liber 77” aka “Liber Oz” aka “Book of the Goat” for his “Order of Thelema” system of ceremonial magick. He cites the number 11 as the number of Magick itself, the number of the “New Aeon”. The number 77 is the sublime, supreme septenary, the magical manifestation through matter”.





Liber OZ:

“the law of
the strong:
this is our law
and the joy
of the world.”
—AL. II. 21“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” —AL. I. 40“thou hast no right but to do thy will. Do that, and no other shall say nay.” —AL. I. 42–3“Every man and every woman is a star.” —AL. I. 3

There is no god but man.

1. Man has the right to live by his own law—

to live in the way that he wills to do:
to work as he will:
to play as he will:
to rest as he will:
to die when and how he will.

2. Man has the right to eat what he will:

to drink what he will:
to dwell where he will:
to move as he will on the face of the earth.

3. Man has the right to think what he will:

to speak what he will:
to write what he will:
to draw, paint, carve, etch, mould, build as he will:
to dress as he will.

4. Man has the right to love as he will:—

“take your fill and will of love as ye will,
when, where, and with whom ye will.” —AL. I. 51

5. Man has the right to kill those who would thwart these rights.

“the slaves shall serve.” —AL. II. 58


Punctually we should be able to interpret Liber Oz as a manifesto to he or she that are already aligned with their true will which has the inertia of the universe in their favour.

The following are the observations that I found in The The Hermetic Library

by Sabazius


“How dreadful!”

– Magick Without Tears, Chapter 72

Aleister Crowley wrote Liber Oz in 1941 for Louis Wilkinson (AKA Louis Marlow), based on a degree lecture he had written around 1916. His original name for it was “The Book of the Goat,” and he considered it as a sort of manifesto for O.T.O. In a letter to G.J. Yorke on Aug. 30, 1941, he described it as the “O.T.O. Plan in words of one syllable,” and in a following letter, dated Sept. 13, 1941, he wrote, “Rights of Man is an historical document. The items don’t go easily on the Tree; but I’ve got them down to five sections: moral, bodily, mental, sexual freedom, and the safeguard tyrannicide .. 160 words in all.”

The Hebrew word OZ conveys a number of meanings. Pronounced owes, it means “strength.” Pronounced ezz, it means “a she-goat.” Pronounced ahs, it means “strong, mighty”; but if held a bit longer, it means “to take refuge.” The letters Ayin Zayin add to 77, which number also includes such words as BOH, “prayed”; and MZL, “The Influence from Kether,” more commonly translated as “luck.”

Those of us who accept this remarkably simple and poetic statement of the natural rights of Humankind should contemplate it deeply and frequently, for it is both our strength and our refuge; and, if our prayers are fervent, and our luck holds out, it might not knock us on our butts. The Four Powers of the Sphinx may aid us in this. The following caveats may also be of use to some.

1. Liber Oz applies to all men and women. When you accept Liber Oz, you lay claim to these rights as your own; but you also acknowledge that they belong to every other man and woman as well, not just you, not just Thelemites. “Every man and every woman is a star.” Thus, in accepting Liber Oz, we agree not to infringe upon the rights of others (although we are not necessarily bound to cooperate with every person’s exercise of these rights). Crowley states in Chapter 49 of Magick Without Tears that “to violate the rights of another is to forfeit one’s own claim to protection in the matter involved.” If you deny the rights of another, you have denied the very existence of those rights; and they are lost to you. You cannot possess a right which you deny to others. Also, while one may possess the right to “to love as he will,” it may not be the will of the object of that love to participate. Liber Oz does not justify rape.

2. Liber Oz makes no guarantees. (A) Liber Oz does not grant us the power or the ability to exercise any of the rights it enumerates. A man may have the right “to draw, paint, carve, etch, mould, build as he will,” but Liber Oz will not buy him the art supplies, or grant him talent if he lacks it. He may, indeed, have the right “to drink what he will,” but Liber Oz does not give him the ability to safely drive a car, operate machinery, or perform ritual while drunk. (B) Liber Oz does not provide shelter from the consequences and repercussions of the exercise of our natural rights. A man’s right to “to rest as he will,” does not safeguard him against losing his livelihood; his right “to eat what he will” does not immunize him against poisoning or obesity; his right to “speak what he will” does not shelter him from criticism, ridicule, lawsuit, or the loss of friendship; his right “to love as he will” does not exempt him from paternity; and his right “to kill those who would thwart these rights” does not protect him from retribution, imprisonment, or execution. (C) Liber Oz provides no assurance that the exercise of any natural right will result in success, happiness, fulfillment, satisfaction, or any other “positive” outcome.

3. Liber Oz does not free us from our obligations. Liber Oz does not justify lying, or failure to live up to our promises, agreements and responsibilities.

With these caveats in mind, enjoy your rights. Exercise them in your quest to discover your True Will and accomplish it. When necessary, fight for your rights, and for the rights of all men and women.

– Sabazius

Without a doubt a very enlightening observation on Liber Oz that allows us to see the profound meaning that contains for our own spiritual development which is the Great Work. It allows us to think with our feet firmly stood on the floor how far can go our liberty that is only that much as the other people can exercise their own, and in that sense is not so different from the social contract in which  everyone is immerse by ways of the democracy.



Crowley himself once stated the following:

“Shameful confession, one of my own Chelas (or so it is rather incredibly reported to me) said recently: “Self-discipline is a form of Restriction.” (That, you remember, is “The word of Sin.”) Of all the utter rubbish! (Anyhow, he was a “centre of pestilence” for discussing the Book at all.) About 90 percent of Thelema, at a guess, is nothing but self-discipline. One is only allowed to do anything and everything so as to have more scope for exercising that virtue.

Concentrate on “Thou hast no right but to do thy will.” The point is that any possible act is to be performed if it is a necessary factor in that Equation of your Will. Any act that is not such a factor, however harmless, noble, virtuous or what not, is at the best a waste of energy. But there are no artificial barriers on any type of act in general. The standard of conduct has one single touchstone. There may be—there will be—every kind of difficulty in determining whether, by this standard, any given act is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’; but there should be no confusion. No act is righteous in itself, but only in reference to the True Will of the person who proposes to perform it. This is the Doctrine of Relativity applied to the moral sphere.” 

― Aleister Crowley, Magick Without Tears


Now I want to explain why I chose the Wizard of Oz film photograph as the featured image for this article… In principle it has no evident relationship the Liber Oz with the fantasy film, and perhaps it seems  that I am being disrespectful with the thelemic scripture, but it is not my intention. In fact the film The Wizard of Oz was released in 1939 based on a book from 1900, and was recognised as a great product of the cinema industry from the beginning. The story of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz is an allegory for our own inner journeys. Those journeys which we are meant to travel to get to know our true will. It is possible as well that in fact the film had some kind of influence to call the book that way, but I am not an authority to state such thing. Anyway, the film is previous to the thelemic book being this last  one from the year 1941. Besides the etymology of the hebrew correspondances according to the pronunciation of the Word Oz and their different meanings exposed in the Sabazius observations it is obvios that the movie and the story book of the Wizard of Oz was not something unknown to Aleister Crowley and in that sense is valid to think that in some way it has some influence for the writing of Liber 77.


Love is the Law, Love under Will.


Bride ov Kaos


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