“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.”
[Note: The interpretation which follows is my own: none is expected to accept it. While I consider the interpretation to be an inspired one, i.e. of the mind of Aiwass, it is never my wish to force my views on others. One may take it or leave it as one will. “There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.” (L III.60) It is my will to reveal these things, without expectation of result.]
In 1904 a prophecy was written, nestled in the third chapter of Liber L vel Legis, The Book of the Law. This is the prediction in its entirety (v.46 of ch.iii):
“I am the warrior Lord of the Forties: the Eighties cower before me, & are abased. I will bring you to victory & joy: I will be at your arms in battle & ye shall delight to slay. Success is your proof; courage is your armour; go on, go on, in my strength, & ye shall turn not back for any!”
It was on March 12, 1947, that the Truman Doctrine was put forth. This proposal aimed to alter the previous U.S. isolationist policy in favor of one of containment of Soviet Communist expansion. This radical proposal was signed into law on May 22nd, 1947, marking the official start — so I contend — of the Cold War.
Per the Thelemic Calendar, this was Anno Ixxi, or in other words, the final year of Tarotic cycle I. It was the 43rd Year of the Thelemic Age of Man. It was on December 1st of the same year that humanity saw the death of the Thelemic Prophet, To Mega Therion, known among the vulgar as Aleister Crowley.
Forty-four years later, on December 25th, 1991, the world witnessed the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and with it, the end of the Cold War. For the meaning of the number 44, see Aleister Crowley’s commentary to chapter 44 of The Book of Lies:
“This is the special number of Horus; it is the Hebrew blood, and the multiplication of the 4 by the 11, the number of Magick, explains 4 in its finest sense. But see in particular the accounts in Equinox I, vii, of the circumstances of the Equinox of the Gods.”
Per the Thelemic Calendar, 1991 was Anno IIIxxi, or in other words, the final year of the Tarotic cycle III. It was the 87th Year of the Thelemic Age of Man.
It is my contention that, if we are to grasp the meaning of this prophecy, we must look not to the vulgar (i.e. common) year, but to the Thelemic one instead. That is to say, the Cold War, which began in the Thelemic “Forties” and ended in the Thelemic “Eighties”, is what is pointed to in this verse, the expansionist empire having been “abased”.
It is not the end of war, certainly, but it is the end of an era. We are now facing a whole new series of global problems. But Ra-Hoor-Khu — that is, the Genius of Man — is with us, and “There is success.” (L III.69)
“Love is the law, love under will.”
Paidi tou Prophete