Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Founded in service to the A.·.A.·. in the early 1970's CE by Soror Meral, the College of Thelema seeks to guide the student to an understanding of the Law of Thelema. Most especially, this means a deeper understanding of oneself and of one's True Will — “Every man and every woman is a star” Liber Legis, I:3.
For over twenty years, the College of Thelema has continued to grow and expand, while ever maintaining its high standards of excellence and quality in Thelemic education. Originally composed of one individual campus headed by Soror Meral, the College of Thelema now has several locations throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, with a faculty of experienced and dedicated individuals.
During the years 1976 through 1996, Soror Meral continually published the bi-annual journal In the Continuum, which features important (and rare) writings by Aleister Crowley, as well as original research and other material. All issues are still in print and available. Beginning in March of 1997, the College of Thelema will begin publication of its new journal, Black Pearl.
A personal teacher is assigned to each student. Successful completion of Course I is one way to fulfill the A.·.A.·. Student requirement. A combination of instruction techniques is employed, including seminars and classes, written texts, and individual work. The organization of the College is designed with the individual student in mind. Once enrolled, the student works at her own pace, within a two-year time period. The student is expected to determine how much personal instruction she requires, and take the initiative to seek out that instruction by maintaining contact with her teacher and attending classes and seminars.
The College of Thelema is suitable for serious students who wish to study Thelema and apply themselves actively to the Great Work, while working at their own pace and providing their own level of structure and schedule.
Experience has shown that teaching done in a classroom or on an individualized, one-on-one basis is much more effective than any correspondence course can possibly be. Hence, the College requires in-person contact with students. A minimum amount of 60 class hours must be accumulated in order to complete each Course, and these hours may be acquired through attendance at classes, seminars, and personal instruction.
Should the student prove competent, and should she desire it, she may request admission into A.·.A.·. after successful completion of Course I. If accepted, she may affiliate through that Initiate in her vicinity, or with the teacher who appeals to her the most.
The College of Thelema holds high standards of excellency in both its teachers and students. All teachers of the College are Initiates of A.·.A.·., and are bound to the Order and to Its precepts and philosophy as revealed in Liber AL vel Legis, and through the work of TO MEGA THERION, the Prophet of the Aeon of Horus. The College is autonomous, and is not affiliated with any other organization other than A.·.A.·.. The faculty of the College serve without personal pay in the great tradition of A.·.A.·.; any fees requested scarcely cover the cost of materials and operation. The College reserves the right to expel from its faculty and otherwise discipline any teacher who fails to live up to the Policies of the College as stated, and to the great principles of A.·.A.·..
Following is an outline of the minimum requirements which must be met by the student applying for admission into enrollment in the College of Thelema:
1. Acceptance of Liber AL vel Legis, with no desire to make changes therein.
2. Two years of previous college work, preferably with attention to psychology, philosophy, science, mathematics, English and humanities. Please be prepared to submit a transcript of this work. Exceptions to this requirement may be waived due to equivalent experience if deemed appropriate.
3. Desire to explore, understand and know, in all of its detail, and with integrity, honesty and love of Truth, the nature and powers of one's own Being — to Know Thyself.
The curriculum of the College of Thelema is broken into four consecutive Courses, which deal progressively with the practical application of psychology, Thelemic philosophy, qabalah, astrology, and magick.
Once enrolled, the Student has two years to complete the Course. If, at the end of this period, the Student has not completed the course work but would like to remain enrolled, extensions can be granted for an additional fee. Other than the two year time frame, there are no other time restrictions on the Student. You are free to work at your own pace, and accumulate a minimum of 60 class hours at your convenience. As an enrolled Student, the resources of the College will be made available to you. You will be assigned a personal teacher, with whom you will be responsible for keeping in contact, for arranging individual sessions and for coordinating examinations and assignments. Additionally, you will be informed of classes, seminars, and other events which you may choose to attend. The amount of your participation is left entirely up to you.
Write a detailed letter to the College of Thelema, introducing yourself, explaining all aspects of your background you feel to be relevant, and describing your reasons for seeking admission. The mailing addresses of several of the College's campuses are below. With the letter, be sure to include any transcripts of previous college work. If you do not have two years of college experience, then please explain what experience or background you have that may be equivalent. Please be as objective and candid as possible in your self-assessment.
In writing your letter, please include the following information:
1. Your full legal name and sex.
2. Your complete mailing address.
3. Daytime and evening telephone numbers.
4. Date, time, and place of birth.
If necessary, you may be requested to provide further information. If appropriate, you will be contacted for arranging a personal interview with a member of the faculty.
General questions on the College of Thelema may be sent via e-mail to Admissions@thelema.org.
Love is the law, love under will.