I discover today that Do What Thou Wilt originated not with Aleister Crowley, but with the French mystic poet philosopher Rabelais, he of the famous lines from The Music Man's PickaLittle song:
- Grace, honour, praise, delight,
- Here sojourn day and night.
- Sound bodies lined
- With a good mind,
- Do here pursue with might
- Grace, honour, praise, delight.
Writes Rabelais concerning the Abbey at Theleme, built by the Giant Gargantua:
All their life was spent not in laws, statutes, or rules, but according to their own free will and pleasure. They rose out of their beds when they thought good; they did eat, drink, labour, sleep, when they had a mind to it and were disposed for it. None did awake them, none did offer to constrain them to eat, drink, nor to do any other thing; for so had Gargantua established it. In all their rule and strictest tie of their order there was but this one clause to be observed,
Sir Francis Dashwood of the infamous Hellfire Club adopted the central law of Do What Thou Wilt and it became synonymous with licentiousness and immorality. Crowley has tried to rehabilitate the notion.
- Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law"
- "Love is the law, love under will"
- "There is no Law beyond Do what thou wilt"
Furthermore, He taught that the True Will of each individual was identified with the Holy Guardian Angel, a daimon unique to each individual
Those who have seen or read The Golden Compass, what think you of that?