Of men and mages and mystics|
"Thus ye have star & star, system & system; let not one know well the other!" CCXX, I:50
And why should they really know each other, considering that their goals are so very different? The goal of the adherent is quite clear and relatively specific, to practice and promulgate the Law of Thelema. The goal of the Thelemite magician is more nebulous, the production of a Thelemic culture out of the individual efforts of each, which can in turn influence "extraThelemic" culture as well. Obviously, some magicians will dedicate their powers to adherence and to guiding adherents, and some will not, being more purely engaged in creation of thought/art/science. The goal of the mystic is the same as the goal of the mystic in any tradition, union with the divine. These goals don't have to be in conflict at all, they can "know" each other, but not really "well" because, though they all overlap each other, they each require the most intense concentration on a different target, and one can't aim at all three at the same time. I believe most Thelemites have faced/will face times when they have to decide which goal is the most important to them in the context of their present situation.
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