I’ve heard the phrase “love is the law” thrown around a lot in Witchcraft and Pagan circles. I’ve never really understood why we Witches hold on to this phrase. It doesn’t really feel like it belongs here. For a long time I’ve wondered what if love is not the law? Does that change the practice of Witchcraft?
“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law” and “Love is the Law, love under will” are the original phrases coined in the writings of Aleister Crowley. These concepts don’t originate in Wicca, and really, they don’t originate with Crowley either, but he did bring them to the forefront of esoteric teaching in this writings Liber AL. These concepts are the main beliefs in Thelema. And, perhaps unsurprising, there are years and years of debate on what these ‘rules’ actually mean.