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Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

My will is to write an article on knightly virtue and chastity. From the very beginning I want to refer to the etymological root of the English words virtue and chastity. According to Crowley, the word virtue derives from the Latin virtus, quality of masculinity. Peter Paul Rubens’ painting of Mars being crowned by Nike (victory) depicts him as a champion of virtue. Interestingly enough for us in Macedonia, the Sanskrit word for virtue is Sila, which is Macedonian for force. The word chastity, on the other hand, derives from castrum, meaning a fortified camp or even a castle. Unfortunately, the true meaning of these words in modern language is deformed by the Black School, so the word virtue nowadays implies negation of all qualities of manhood and chastity simply means purity or passive virginity in the most miserable sense.

The Champion of Virtue (Mars), Crowned by the Goddess of Victory by Peter Paul Rubens

When it comes to virtue, we briefly recall the myth of Amfortas from Parsifal, incurably wounded by his own lance. Jung initially associated him with the archetype of the wounded healer and as a typical representative of the Old Aeon, goes back to the primary (French) myth of the fisherman King, who also had an incurable wound. In later works, however, Jung amends himself and redefines Amfortas as an archetype of rigidity and prejudice, emphasizing that he does not literally refer to a wound that causes sexual impotence but rather slavery to habit. It is good to realize that it is Parsifal, a pure fool, the one who will save and redeem Amfortas. Liber XV: “I am a man among men. How should I be worthy to administer the virtues to the Brethren?”

Crowley in turn connects him with the wounded lion, a maimed beast that no longer embodies the vital, creative and manly force. To him Amfortas is just another symbol of the Dying God and marks the removal of virtue or quality of masculinity from the physical temple. To save and redeem himself and to overcome death, Amfortas needs only to dip his lance in the Holy Grail, which alludes to the Supreme Secret of the Sovereign Sanctuary of the Gnosis, or Ninth Degree of the O.T.O.. Wagner concludes his Parsifal with the words "Höchsten Heiles Wunder! Erlösung dem Erlöser!" ("The ultimate miracle of salvation. Redemption for the Redeemer").

Chastity in turn represents that quality of spiritual energy which is completely opposite from the profane and vulgar ideas of purity and virginity that originate from hypocritical and petty bourgeois morality. It is absurd to talk about the innocence of an Adept, because it is not enough to avoid impure thoughts and their results, as do the monks from the Black School, but on the contrary, true manhood is the one that is able to save and redeemed the whole world. Liber LXV, I:45- 46 - "Go thou unto the outermost places and subdue all things. Subdue thy fear and thy disgust." The pure Fool is innocent only in terms of a child’s curiosity in pursuit of the realization of all possibilities, under the sign of Harpocrates.

Parsifal is not a real knight as long as he passively runs away from Kundry, wandering the world for years, but he becomes a knight only when he saves and redeems even her, joining the lance and the cup. This in itself is incompatible with the moralizing fearful attitude of emasculation of the soul and abstinence from action. Liber AL, I: 41 - "The word of Sin is Restriction." Liber I,14: "Let Him beware of abstinence from action." Hence Crowley redefines chastity as strict adherence to magical oaths, and in light of Thelema, absolute and perfect devotion to the Holy Guardian Angel, or discovery and manifestation of the True Will. At the same time, a true and faithful knight never refuses a noble quest away from his castle. The knight - monks of Thelema passionately embrace each new adventure in the name of Our Lady Babalon, but always bearing in mind their oaths and the Great Work.

Love is the law, love under will.

Frater SiLVeSTeR

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