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The Beast, Robed as a Major Adept, in Baltistan

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

What follows is another installment of the upcoming reformational document of the Holy Thelemic Church. This one deals with the main Thelemic traditions.

For a number of reasons, I won’t be issuing any more PDFs. It is better just to put out the books I intended to issue as serial installments here at the website instead of as any kind of publications. Many more actually read the material by web-read than by download. Anyway, a great many more individuals are reached and influenced in this fashion than by published books or PDFs. Times have changed.

I need to emphasize first that I am neither telling anyone what to do, nor claiming to represent Thelemic practice. No one is infallible, not even the prophets and oracles. All are somehow flawed and/or more or less mistaken. Even if it were not the case, nobody should dictate to others what is right for them.

Some will disagree with some or all of what is written here. What their motives are, I neither know nor care. I have learned by study and experience, but also by intuition. I do not expect any to do entirely as I do, and I do not wish that any think as I do, either. None in the Holy Thelemic Church is exactly like another, and therefore none should be obliged to behave as another.

This is no herd, and I am no shepherd. Each of us is regal; each is his own master. As always, this is purely guidance. My guiding light, however bright, may be of help to you — or not. If you follow it blindly, going about the work as some empty-headed zombie, merely mouthing chants you fail to appreciate yourself, then you make a great miss.

This is all about joy, and passion, and ecstasy: for it is thereby that one achieves true realization of one’s own unique Holy Supernal Will. It is thereby that some even go beyond this great achievement, to genuine Supernal Communion (at Binah, Qabalistically speaking), Supernal Awareness (Chokmah), and Supernal Clarity (Kether).

There are many, in fact, that have attained to all this without having taken a religious approach of any kind, and without ever having read any sort of holy book. Some may get there without any knowledge of a Hidden Order or Secret Chiefs.

The key is to follow no man, unless his only command is to “Do what thou wilt”. Be servile to none; be led by none; be chained to none. You are your own lord: you are your own god. Think as you will; love as you will; do as you will. And as Joseph Campbell, one of the Saints of the Sacrorum of the Holy Thelemic Church, said so eloquently, “Follow your own bliss”.

That said, there may be some advantage to making use of such a system of practice, if one is so inclined. Of course, the symbols and songs — i.e. the imagery and invocations — may be substituted with others, as it suits you. All that is really important is that one understand the underying system, and that one adhere to the main lines of Thelemic Law — for otherwise there is danger of vile restriction and foul enslavement to hurtful archaic ideas.

However one chooses to utilize the system, it certainly is efficacious. This stuff really works. The degree to which it works, or whether it works at all, depends on you. If you misunderstand the underlying system, or the overarching Law, in whole or in part, then you are most likely to experience problems. No matter how you fail, however — to whatever extent, great or small — your failure is never really complete. Even if your failure is extreme, you have the benefit of experience from which you may perhaps learn and improve. Your failure is only complete if you give up for good. To quit is to stagnate.

If you fall, get back up again, dust yourself off, and strive to do better. I myself not only started off as a total moron (in every conceivable way), but I proceeded to leap blindly into every pitfall there was along the path leading up Mount Abiegnus, to the Holy Supernal Will. As if that weren’t enough, I was lazy in every way, long after the realization of superior will. I read certain things and omitted others; I rushed through some practices without taking time to get it right; and at the slightest glimpse of Supernal Epiphany, I was blown back by the shock of it, wrongly assuming that initial experience was Supernal Union. Then — worse — I  got hubris, thinking I was all that and a bag of chips.

The ultimate consequence of such foolishness was that I got some parts right and others wrong. And what this resulted in was a flawed vessel for the Supernal Will, firstly, as well as a great deal of confusion, as time and again my pure will was thwarted by the elements of mundane ill will that I had failed to purge.

These problems persisted as I ascended to greater attainments, so that I only partially benefitted from the same. Instead of being armed with a pristine Will, armored with perfect Communion with my full divine Genius, and growing therefrom into complete Supernal Awareness, my Sword of Holy Will was rusty and dull; my Armor of Understanding was flawed and weak; and I was feeble to wield the Sword or to carry around the Armor.

Yet I never gave up. I eventually threw away my broken Sword, and cast off my heavy Armor, went off into the wilderness, and did the work again. This time I spared no effort to work on what I had neglected before; and only when I was ready did I seek the Holy Supernal Will all over again. When that was accomplished, I sought Communion with my true divinity anew. Like Percival I emerged from the waters, free of myself, and only then was I to drink fully from the Chalice of Babalon, partaking of the Current that had filled the Saints of Supernal Genius. Only then could I attain to cloudless Clarity.

In short, it’s perfectly fine to make mistakes, as long as one learns from them and improves. Every child, after all, makes mistakes.

There are numerous Thelemic traditions adhered to by some hardcore Thelemites, certainly those priests and priestesses of the Sacrorum of the Holy Thelemic Church. Take them or leave them as you will. Many originate with the Thelemic Prophet, the Prince-Priest, and his Oracles, the Scarlet Women, from whom all subtle power of inspiration derived.

 

0. The Prohibition against interpreting the Law.

Some hold to the view that to interpret Thelemic Law, whether directly or indirectly, is unlawful. This view began with the Prophet, whose wish it was that the Law not be perverted. I respect those that hold this view. But I see it as a test of courage; and I boldly do my will as I see fit. “The word of Sin is Restriction”. (L I:41) Each must choose for himself/herself.

1. Adoption of Thelemic Names.

The central idea of the entire system of practice delineated in Liber L vel Legis, the Book of the Law, is to assist the practitioner to transcend and to transform the mundane mind, making it the perfect vessel of one’s own pure will. The mundane vessel of consciousness is cleansed of its impurities, purged of its petty problems, and ultimately filled with the perfect will. This being a gradual process, one might take one name to signify one’s aspiration early on, then other names to signify significant attainments later. The first Thelemic name taken by the Prophet, Perdurabo, is Latin, having the meaning, “I shall endure to the end”. He took others along the way, with the last being at the penultimate attainment, that of divine Wisdom and Awareness, at Chokmah: it was in Greek, To Mega Therion, which translates as “The Great Beast”. It simply means “The Divine in the Beast that is Man”.

2. Thelemic Protocol.

Thelemites tend to adhere to certain habits. When writing to one another, they are likely to begin their discussion or message with “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” (L I:40) The central part of this line being “wilt” or will, this line is often simply summarized with the number 93, the number of Thelema (the Greek word for “Will”). In closing a written message, or in response to the verbal salutation given above, one offers the line, “Love is the law, love under will”. (L I:57) The main parts in this line being “Love”, “love”, and “will”, this may be given as 93 93/93: the Greek word for Love, i.e. Agape, being the same Gematric value as the word for Will, 93.

Example: one Thelemite meets another and says, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” The other salutes him or her with the declaration, “Love is the law, love under will”.

One may choose to do this or not. It is a tradition. When chatting back and forth, or when texting, or when emailing back and forth, it may be done at the beginning and end of the discussion, or simply omitted altogether.

Remember that the Law is for man, not man for the Law. What this practice does is to serve as a reminder that the true will is all-important, and that the foundation of true will is love.

3. Respect for the Holy Law.

One should always make an effort to quote correctly from the Book of the Law, so as not to distort the meaning. In writing, try to get it right. Spell the words as they are written, even capitalizing properly. It is the respectful thing to do.

4. Dedicating oneself completely.

You need not do this if you don’t want to do so, but the Prophet made a habit — as some of us do as well — of devoting every action, however mundane, to the Great Work of the Holy Will. Before doing chores, he would say an affirmation, e.g. “I do this so that it may assist me in my will”. Before eating, another affirmation of will, e.g. “I eat and drink that I may be strengthened thereby, to the accomplishment of my will”. And so on.

5. Daily and nightly observances.

Thelemic practice has its observances, similar to the salats of Islam. One may observe these as one will. Basically, they involve facing the sun (or moon, at night, as one can), and uttering a short prayer of invocation. The Prophet developed his own way of doing this; you may choose to follow suit as you wish, or make your own prayers. It is important to understand what he was doing, however.

The observances he performed were at morning (sunrise), noon, and evening (sunset). I choose to perform another observance at night, usually around midnight or sometime before. It is not the mere sun or moon that is celebrated here. Rather, it is the subtle Current or Force of that which they symbolize that is invoked. For the sun is simply symbolic of the Genius of Man (i.e. the Beast), and the moon is symbolic of the Genius of Woman (i.e. the Scarlet Woman). So by invoking the Current of the Divine in Man, via its symbol, the sun, one is tapping the subtle Force of Holy Will. And by invoking the subtle Energy of the Scarlet Woman, via Her symbol, the moon, one is drawing down the Power of Pure Love.

These days I usually just keep the prayer simple. For example, at dawn I say, “I invoke thee, 93, through the sign of the rising sun: the sign is my ecstasy. Aumgn! let it fill me.” At night I say, “I invoke thee, 93, through the sign of the [new/waxing/full/waning] moon: the sign is my ecstasy. Aumgn! let it fill me.” 93 works both ways, because it is both will as well as love. Many prefer to do it as the Prophet did it, and that is fine too.

6. Ordeals.

It is Thelemic to charge through the ordeals of life with strength and mastery, not succumbing to petty emotions. In other words, with pure passion, not mere compulsion. One should be free of the bondage of obsession, unbothered by the outcome, no matter how bad, without being lackadaisical. See L I:22, I:32.

7. The Law is for all.

It is Thelemic to strive to bind none against his or her will. It is one’s will if it brings happiness, joy, bliss, not if it brings misery, sadness, or unwanted agony. To restrict is to sin against the Holy Will. Passionate peace is of us, not sorrow, loathing, fear, or the pain of sacrifice. (It is not sacrifice if it is for one’s loved ones, for they are loved as much as oneself.) Jealousy and possession have nothing to do with love: for if one truly loves others, one wants them to be free to experience all the joy and ecstasy they can possibly have.

8. Sacrifice.

Sacrificing one’s value (except to loved ones), or one’s bliss, or one’s happiness, in service to so-called spiritual gods, is an offense against the divinity within. In my view, animals are sacred — is it not the Age of the divine in the beast that is man? I do not presume to govern the actions of others; but sacrifice is propitiation, i.e. appeasement to gain divine favor. As such, it is pathetic. The law of the Old Age was one of death; but the New Law is of the Holy Will of the Divine Self, and its sacrament is love and sex, not death and atonement. See L I:58. [Note that the word appears in L III:12, but there it is highly symbolic, and refers to purging of sacrificial death cults of the Old Age, to bring them in harmony with the Law of Holy Will founded on love. I don’t wish to force this interpretation on anyone, but it is one I firmly believe to be true.]

9. The importance of science.

It is absurd to follow any religious demand of faith in the power of a god over medical science that is proven to work. There is nothing wrong, I suppose, with trying acts of prayer and/or invocation to work in conjunction with medicine, but it is nothing short of murder to resort to faith to the exclusion of valid medical treatments. Belief is powerful, but not that powerful. See L I:58.

10. Strength of will.

Weakness of will is a kind of illness. It is best to be strong-willed whenever things go wrong, rather than allowing difficulties to bother your equilibrium. Getting overwhelmed with the madness of sorrow is not just a waste of time and energy, it can also be dangerous, and detrimental to the Great Work. Better to be strong and move on.

Also, it is weak will that allows misfortune or poverty to make you downtrodden. Strong will makes the most of it.

11. Strong joys.

No matter what happens, it is better to be joyously alive — even in the face of death. Nothing can rule over you unless you allow it to do so.

12. Masterful confidence.

Why allow yourself to get down? If others would bully you, it is best to laugh at them and fight them if needed. If others would shun you, you’re better without them. Best to be oneself, unique and self-loved, than to appease fools. Herd-folk may hate you for it, but so what? You don’t need them.

13. A helping hand, not pity.

It is good to help a fallen comrade upon his feet, but it is an insult to his sovereignty to pity and coddle him.

14. Sacraments.

The things of ecstasy and joy are our sacraments. Hedonism is service to the god within, carnal pleasure its worship.

15. The Stele and the love-song.

In ancient times, many initiates from all over used upright stones — i.e. stelae — at the heart of their temples, as conduits to the subtle forces they invoked. We have our own conduit in the Stele of Revealing, and our own special love-song in the “A ka dua”. But as always, “Do what thou wilt”. Typhonian Thelemites, for instance, have their Yantra in the image of Lam, with an accompanying mantra to match. Muslims have the Black Stone; Christians have the Crucifix; Buddhists have the Buddha; others have their Idols; and so forth. All are sacred: for they arouse in us the hidden power of our secret Genius.

Or you may prefer none of the above! The Law, after all, is for all — not just the religious.

16. Celebrations.

There are rituals of nature, but there are also feasts of commemoration. All these holy days are for nourishing invocation, celebration of events in our lives, and remembering the Avatars (i.e. Saints) before us who manifested the same Current of Genius we embody in our lives today. See L II:35-44.

Of course, you may do as you will. It is the doctrine of the Holy Law that matters most, not its ceremonies and celebration. Delight in whatever you will!

17. We are as we are, and not other.

It is weak to try to be something you’re not. Be yourself. Find your talents and skills, hone them well, and make creative use of them. Aspire to your own Genius.

18. Self-worship.

Satisfaction of desire is worship of the god within, as long as it doesn’t remove others from their own joy. Bliss is best.

It is weakness of will, though, to rush your rapture. Is it not better to take your time, for the maximum enjoyment? Appreciate all that life has to offer.

19. Fearlessness.

Courage is also strength of will. What is there to fear? Even death itself is merely a transition: not an end to joy but merely a new beginning. And if you were to fall, so what? Get back up and have at it again. What is there to lose?

20. Service to the god within.

Pride and self-love honor the divinity within you. You are your own God, Most High, co-equal with that of those whom you love.

21. Promulgation of the Law.

See L III:39. Spread the Law as you will, if only by example — as it suits you, as always. Living the Law is enough, if you will.

22. Begone with the fools who would waste your time.

Those who would argue endlessly, lacking understanding, aren’t worth your time. Seeking to convert them is foolish: if they fail to understand then they aren’t ready. They talk and talk just to hear their own folly.

Begone with them that would bind you: be rid of such as would subjugate. Yield nothing to the nosferatu.

23. The Sanctity of the shameless.

Are not the ways of love, and the iconography thereof, utterly sacred? Should we not rejoice therein, exalting the same? Shame, and the veils of shame, are certainly not of us. If others take offense at this, they take offense at the Most High.

Sex is the Holy Spirit of God, not anything to be reviled: is not God a beast?

Chastity is restriction, and sin.

24. The Law is Liberty.

Freedom is the Law: repression is violation of the Law. Enslavement is unlawful. We fight for liberty and joy and love, for these support the will divine.

25. Hatred toward the ideologies of hate.

Those that hate us might someday love us, but their ideologies are despicable; for they poison minds and would make ugly what is lovely. To hell with their vile creeds of hate.

26. Trust in yourself.

Self-doubt weakens the will, leading you to falter and fail. Doubt is but the servant of fear; but we know that to fail is impossible if we are resolute, and so we fear not.

 

Those, then, are the basic traditions of Thelemic Law as I see them. I don’t claim to speak for all, but I will call it as I see it.

A more comprehensive exegesis is coming, in the forthcoming reformation Covenant. More is to come thereafter, in The Law Unveiled. All will be revealed here eventually. It is not the only way to interpret these matters of Holy Law, and it is not to everyone’s taste. It is one way of looking at it, and I make no apology, as it is forced on no one. This is the Law of Thelema as I see it, and if any disagree then that is just fine by me. The essence of the Law is freedom; and there is no place in its palace for dictators. For every man and every woman is his/her own master, and I would have it no other way.

 

Thanks so much for your time, and may 93 be with ye.

 

“Love is the law, love under will.”

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SOROR ALOSTRAEL

aka Leah Hirsig

died

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6:15 am

“A feast for Tahuti and the child of the Prophet — secret, O Prophet!”

– The Book of the Law, II:39

“Mark the day, for it shall be to thee as a sign.”

– Soror Anadra, February 22, 1992

[The Anadra Working]

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It was forty years ago, approaching the 71st Year of the Thelemic Age — the Year of Thoth (THOTH numbering 71 by serial English) — that Soror Alostrael, the “Ape of Thoth”, underwent the experience of her Greater Feast. Born April 9, 1883, she was nearly 93 years of age when she died in Switzerland, the land of her birth.

Alostrael (“Divine Womb”) met the Thelemic Prophet, To Mega Therion, aka Aleister Crowley, in January of 1919, greeting him with a passionate kiss. A strong, intelligent, sexually liberated woman far ahead of her time, she won him over quickly, taking the Oath of the Scarlet Woman on January 11, 1919 (for which see The King of the Shadow Realm by John Symonds).

It was on Thursday, July 22, 1920 (see King of the Shadow Realm), that the prophet himself, of his own free will, swore a permanent Vow of Holy Obedience to her. A few years later, furious that he had deserted her for good, she tried casting off her role as Scarlet Woman — in vain, however, for she was a Vessel of Our Lady Babalon, and once an Avatar, always an Avatar.

It was in her later diaries — the desertion diaries, as she titled them — that she expressed some of her most profound ideas. It was therein that she admonished the prophet for clinging to Old Age notions of gods. She emphasized that we, the Thelemites, were the gods, and so we should appeal to ourselves. Serving external deities, sacrificing to gods, appeasing divinities without, was in her view nothing but a slap in the face of the multifaceted divinity within.

She had other fantastic ideas, too, such as revising the old system of magick, devising all new symbols to express the New Way. She never did this herself, but her words have inspired us to do this.

A truly brilliant mind, and an extraordinary visionary, we are privileged to serve her great vision. I am proud that I was the first voice to publicly announce the true time and date of her death, back in 2003.

Alostrael, Matron Saint of the Holy Thelemic Church, we love you deeply, and remain forever devoted to your Great Work and Mission.

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Here is the 2012 Sanctoral Calendar of the Holy Thelemic Church.  It features all of the Scarlet Saints of the Church, as well as the Gnostic Saints celebrated by the prophet, including two new inductees into the Scarlet Sainthood: Marilyn Monroe and Christopher Hitchens, both in the fourth category of Saints, i.e. “The Geniuses, Artists, Mystics and/or Oracles whose contributions to culture and/or science, and manner of living, have significantly advanced the societal establishment of the liberational Law of the New Era of Man”.  Marilyn Monroe, a cultural icon who helped to promote the sexual revolution, certainly qualifies as an avatar of Perfect Femininity whose contribution to culture and manner of living advanced the establishment of our holy liberational Law.  As for Hitchens, there is no disputing his genius, and his diatribe against primitive religion, God Is Not Great, is must reading.  Although our Atheology is not quite atheism – for it holds to the doctrine of an impersonal divinity in man and beast – Hitchens was without a doubt a warrior on our side, whose campaign against the hypocrisy and danger of propitiatory superstition was fought tirelessly and admirably right to the very end.

Download the free Sanctoral Calendar either by clicking the above image or by going to the sidebar library.  Contains partial nudity, do not download unless of adult age.

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Anno IV xix Sol 0° Aries, Luna 17° Libra.

“But ye, o my people, rise up & awake!” – L, 2:34.

“Aye! feast! rejoice! there is no dread hereafter. There is the dissolution, and eternal ecstasy in the kisses of Nu.” – L, 2:44.

It is the Thelemic New Year, Year CVII of the Thelemic Age of Heru-Ra-Ha.  May it be an auspicious one for the Church, for Thelemites and for the whole world.  May the nations continue to “rise up & awake” to the spirit of overarching Thelemic Law, whereby all religions shall in time be liberated of their primitive bondage, so that in centuries to come the cults of propitiatory restriction be relieved of superstitious servitude and ideological hatred.  May all cultures continue to be lifted up through communication of the glad word of “Do what thou wilt”, in which the chosen realize a millionfold joy via the Gnosis & Communion of the Holy Supernal Will.

“We need to break away from all old superstitions… and work in the clear light of Ra-Hoor-Khuit.”  (Leah Hirsig, Scarlet Woman, Oct.26, 1924 E.V.)

Happy New Year!

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Postcard c.1904 E.V.

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Throughout the latter half of March and the early part of April, the Holy Thelemic Church (and many Thelemites) commemorate the remarkable event that unfolded in the lives of Aleister Crowley and Rose Kelly at Cairo, Egypt in 1904 Era Vulgari (Common Era) — a momentous spiritual event that culminated in the Advent of the New Thelemic Age. The Vernal Equinox is, therefore, the time at which Thelemites celebrate the Thelemic New Year.  Through photographs and postcards from the period, we might evoke something of the Spirit of that critical era in human history.  It is a time distant posterity may well view with no small amount of awe and wonderment; for this extraordinary Manifestation of transmundane Genius ultimately produced a literary monument both profound and sublime: Liber L vel Legis, The Book of the Law.

Above: View of Cairo, Egypt, photographed from a balloon at about 500 metres above ground. Left of the Nile are the Botanical Gardens and the race track, right are the British barracks and the Egyptian Museum. July 21, 1904; first published in Spelterini, E.: Über den Wolken/Par dessus les nuages, Brunner & Co, Zürich 1928, p. 81. By Eduard Spelterini, (1852–1931), Swiss pioneer of ballooning and of aerial photography. Below: More views of the enviorns of Cairo captured by the camera of Spelterini.

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Crowley leaves us a fairly decent account of the circumstances in Cairo that led up to the Thelemic Advent, in his book, The Equinox of the Gods.  The young couple headed into Cairo on February 9th, 1904.  He then proceeded to Helwan in the guise of Mid-Eastern nobility on the 19th, with the intent of learning Islam from within as he had done with Hinduism when in India.  He enjoyed a little golf on the 20th.  For fun during the previous year, he had performed the Preliminary Invocation of the Goetia — a majestic spiritual ceremony also known as the Invocation of the Bornless One — to entertain his newlywed bride.  Rose, however, now became oddly inspired, claiming that a superior intelligence wished to communicate with him.  She was having the first Holy Epiphany of the New Thelemic Age.  He was having none of it; he had become disillusioned with serious magical pursuits and was interested in further exploring the esoteric systems of Buddhism, Taoism and Sufism.

Rose Edith Kelly & Aleister Crowley.

Crowley (in The Equinox of the Gods) recounts:

“Began INV. (invocation) IAO (Given in Liber Samekh: see Magick.)”

“March 16. Tried to shew the Sylphs to Rose. She was in a dazed state, stupid, possibly drunk; possibly hysterical from pregnancy. She could see nothing, but could hear. She was fiercely excited at the messages, and passionately insistent that I should take them seriously.

“I was annoyed at her irrelevance, and her infliction of nonsense upon me.

“She had never been in any state even remotely resembling this, though I had made the same invocation (in full) in the King’s chamber of the Great Pyramid during the night which we spent there in the previous autumn.

“March 17. More apparently nonsensical messages, this time spontaneous. I invoke Thoth, probably as in Liber LXIV, and presumably to clear up the muddle.

“March 18. Thoth evidently got clear through to her; for she discovers that Horus is addressing me through her, and identifies Him by a method utterly excluding chance or coincidence, and involving knowledge which only I possessed, some of it arbitrary, so that she or her informant must have been able to read my mind as well as if I had spoken it.

“Then she, challenged to point out His image, passed by many such to fix on the one in the Stele.”

The Stele to which he refers is, of course, Cairo Stela A9422 — then exhibited as Stele 666.  The same exhibition card — that must have struck him like lightning to behold — appears below along with a photo of the Stela itself.

The display card for the Stela of Ankhefenkhons I, bearing the infamous “number of a Man”.

The Stele of Revealing.

Crowley was impressed with the appearance of this number.  There is of course no such thing as the Christian devil; but in the Qabalistic system this value signifies the spiritual force of Tiphareth (6) that transmits its Holy Current  — the Supernal Triunity of Wisdom, Understanding and Transcendence-without-Withdrawal (x111=666) — to the Adeptus in the Attainment of the Knowledge & Conversation of the Holy Supernal Will (Thelema) and in the Samadhis beyond that.  The formula of Horus (or Heru-Ra-Ha) is analogous to Tiphareth (Ra-Hoor-Khuit) and Kether (Hoor-pa-kraat); and both are a conjunction of the twofold Consciousness of Matter and Energy, i.e. Nuit and Hadit, the Supernals called Binah and Chokmah in the Qabalistic system — Tiphareth being the outer form (i.e. below the Abyss of Duality and Thought) and Kether being the inner form thereof.

Crowley’s account continues:

“March 20.  Success in my invocation of Horus, by ‘breaking all the rules’ at her command.  This success convinced me magically, and encouraged me to test her… I should certainly have referred to the Stele in my ritual had I seen it before this date.  I should fix Monday, March 21, for the Visit to [the museum].

“Between March 23 and April 8 the Hieroglyphs on the Stele were evidently translated by the assistant-curator at [the museum], into either French or English–I am almost sure it was French–and versified (as now printed) by me.

“Between these dates, too, my wife must have told me that her informant was not Horus, or Ra Hoor Khuit, but a messenger from Him, named Aiwass.

“I thought that she might have faked this name from constantly hearing ‘Aiwa,’ the word for ‘Yes’ in Arabic.  She could not have invented a name of this kind, though; her next best was to find a phrase like ‘balmy puppy’ for a friend, or corrupt a name like Neuberg into an obscene insult.

“The silence of my diaries seems to prove that she gave me nothing more of importance.  I was working out the Magical problem presented to me by the events of March 16-21.  Any questions that I asked her were either unanswered, or answered by a Being whose mind was so different from mine that we failed to converse.  All my wife obtained from Him was to command me to do things magically absurd.  He would not play my game: I must play His.

“April 7.  Not later than this date was I ordered to enter the ‘temple’ exactly at noon on the three days following, and write down what I heard during one hour, nor more nor less.”

The photographs shown below depict the hotel at which they most likely stayed during this event.  It is now known as the Baehler Building and is no longer a hotel, though one can eat at a restaurant on its ground floor there today.

La Bodega, aperitivo and bistro in the former Savoy-Hotel.

[ http://www.labodegaegypt.com/ ]

“The three days [April 8th, 9th and 10th] were precisely similar, save that on the last day I became nervous lest I should fail to hear the Voice of Aiwass. They may then be described together.

“I went into the ‘temple’ a minute early, so as to shut the door and sit down on the stroke of Noon.

“On my table were my pen — a Swan Fountain — and supplies of Quarto typewriting paper, 8″ x 10”.

“I never looked round in the room at any time.

“The Voice of Aiwass came apparently from over my left shoulder, from the furthest corner of the room.  It seemed to echo itself in my physical heart in a very strange manner, hard to describe.  I have noticed a similar phenomenon when I have been waiting for a message fraught with great hope or dread.  The voice was passionately poured, as if Aiwass were alert about the time-limit.  I wrote 65 pages of this present essay (at about my usual rate of composition) in about 10 1/2 hours as against the 3 hours of the 65 pages of the Book of the Law.  I was pushed hard to keep the pace; the MS. shows it clearly enough.

“The voice was of deep timbre, musical and expressive, its tones solemn, voluptuous, tender, fierce or aught else as suited the moods of the message. Not bass –perhaps a rich tenor or baritone.

“The English was free of either native or foreign accent, perfectly pure of local or caste mannerisms, thus startling and even uncanny at first hearing.

“I had a strong impression that the speaker was actually in the corner where he seemed to be, in a body of  ‘fine matter,’ transparent as a veil of gauze, or a cloud of incense-smoke.  He seemed to be a tall, dark man in his thirties, well-knit, active and strong, with the face of a savage king, and eyes veiled lest their gaze should destroy what they saw.  The dress was not Arab; it suggested Assyria or Persia, but very vaguely.  I took little note of it, for to me at that time Aiwass and an  ‘angel’  such as I had often seen in visions, a being purely astral.”

A few paragraphs along in the account, he writes:

“There was…no actual voice audible save that of Aiwaz.  Even my own remarks made silently were incorporated by him audibly, wherever such occur.”

The result was this message — of vastly superior intelligence to that with which we are normally familiar — to all humanity, announcing the transition to a new spiritual formula for an Aeon of Light, Life, Love and Liberty.  This spiritual formula is Gnostic, not propitiatory; i.e., its process involves the realization of the infinite potential of human Genius, in knowledge, talent and ability — as opposed to propitiation, which holds that one has to sacrifice, whether literally or by proxy (e.g. via acts of asceticism — abstinence, fasting, scourging, martyrdom and the rest ad nauseum), to an external god in exchange for grace.  It is ignoble and insults the Divinity inherent in Humanity.  Although our Thelemic doctrine affirms the existence of a superior eternal Mind, it is actually an atheistic one: for this Mind is ultimately that of man himself, on a level of pan-dimensional awareness well beyond ordinary apprehension.  Deus est Homo:  “God is Man”.  It is only temporarily praeterhuman: with the Gnosis of Samadhi the divide is bridged.

The Book of the Law is a work of total Genius, with depths of subtle meaning and hidden wisdom — esoteric and Qabalistic — that can revive and unite the many sects of the various primitive religions currently at one another’s throats in various locales of our troubled world.  For it contains, in its veils of wisdom, the naked beauty of an overarching spiritual Law in harmony with science and healthy for the human condition, being as it is worshipful of the happiness of the natural state and of the Divine Perfection of genuine Talent, not of some unnatural god at odds with scientific fact.

The following images are from postcards that were circulated before, during and after the time of the Advent of the Aeon (March 21st, 1904) and the Epiphany of the Holy Law (April 8th, 9th and 10th, 1904).

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We of the Holy Thelemic Church wish all of our brothers and sisters across the globe a very happy Thelemic New Year.  May your celebrations be bountiful and joyous; may you come to the realization of the Holy Supernal Will and to the accomplishment of the Great Work, Summum Bonum, True Wisdom and Perfect Happiness; may 93 be with ye.

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“Ah! thy death shall be lovely: whoso seeth it shall be glad. Thy death shall be the seal of the promise of our agelong love. Come! lift up thine heart & rejoice! We are one; we are none.”

Liber Legis, 2:66.

Throughout the entire month of December, the Holy Thelemic Church celebrates the greater feast (i.e. death) of the first prophet of the Thelemic Age, Aleister Crowley, a.k.a. To Mega Therion.  Crowley died of heart failure on December 1st, 1947 Era Vulgari, at 11 a.m., at 72 years of age.  His funeral was held on December 5th; and so we find this date to be fitting to commemorate that earlier Thelemic saint, Ankh-af-na-khonsu (Ankhfnkhons I), of whom Crowley claimed to be a reincarnation.

While not all Thelemites hold the lesser and greater feast days of the prophet to be official holy occasions, we find a clear injunction in Liber Legis, 2:41 (“a feast for life and a greater feast for death”), 2:66 (“whoso seeth it shall be glad”), and 2:79 (“blessing & worship to the prophet of the lovely Star”).  Of course, our form of “worship” is not adoration and supplication, but simply a form of ceremonial remembrance, and invocation of that loftier Genius that inspired and guided this remarkable man.

Given that the month of December is, in vulgar circles of the society in which we live, a time of popular festivity, culminating in the Winter Solstice near the end of the month, it is an easy matter to engage in such festivities as the vulgar public does.  But while others are celebrating the birth of their “Slain God”, we rejoice in the death of the prince-priest, the Beast 666, who gave us the Holy Law of the New Millennium, which holds that there is no god but man and no law beyond Do what thou wilt.

Death, in the New Aeon of Thelema, is to be extolled not lamented.  The Book of the Law (2:52) states:

“There is a veil: that veil is black. It is the veil of the modest woman; it is the veil of sorrow, & the pall of death: this is none of me. Tear down that lying spectre of the centuries…”

Death is a feast greater than that of birth, not because it is better to die than to live — on the contrary, we love life above all — but to abolish the age-old tendency to regard death as an unfortunate end to material existence.  It is, in fact, merely the end of one of an unending series of incarnations in some or other material form.  Beyond the terrible agony of the process of dying is an experience not to be dreaded.  “Aye! feast! rejoice! there is no dread hereafter. There is the dissolution, and eternal ecstasy in the kisses of Nu.” (L, 2:44.)  Death culminates in a form of Samadhi or “Union”, in which there is only the greatest ecstasy; so it is a lack of understanding which leads us to mourn over it.

There are those who claim that Aleister Crowley failed as the prophet of a new religion, and that all of the problems during the latter portion of his life prove their point.  Having spent a small fortune on publishing books and pursuing his mission to spread the joyous Law of Love under Holy Will, he died nearly penniless and without popular recognition for his abundant wisdom and talent.  But it is short-sightedness that sees his life as a failure.  His body of work is enormous and nothing short of brilliant; and that work will only continue to gain popular appreciation as time goes by.

All of this was foreseen back in 1904 E.V., when the following portent was given (L, 2:53-54):

“Fear not, o prophet, when these words are said, thou shalt not be sorry. Thou art emphatically my chosen; and blessed are the eyes that thou shalt look upon with gladness. But I will hide thee in a mask of sorrow: they that see thee shall fear thou art fallen: but I lift thee up.

“Nor shall they who cry aloud their folly that thou meanest nought avail; thou shall reveal it: thou availest: they are the slaves of because: They are not of me.”

It took a couple of centuries for Christ to be popularized after his death.  It is a lack of vision that estimates Aleister Crowley’s efforts to have been in vain.  Humanity is slow to catch up to its prophets.

We remember our prophet not with sadness but with gladness, knowing that a victorious destiny awaits his work, as prophesied — for the prophecies of The Book of the Law have not failed us yet.  “There is success.”  (L, 3:69.)  Such a praeterhuman mind as is so clearly responsible for the transmission of the extraordinary verses of that little book does not work for failure.

Solstitial greetings and well-wishes to all at this joyous time; and may 93 be with ye.

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Aleister Crowley

Born October 12, 1875 Era Vulgari

I am that I am, the flame
Hidden in the sacred ark.
I am the unspoken name
I the unbegotten spark.

I am He that ever goeth,
Being in myself the Way;
Known, that yet no mortal knoweth,
Shewn, that yet no mortal sheweth,
I, the child of night and day.
I am never-dying youth.
I am Love, and I am Truth.

I am the creating Word,
I the author of the aeon;
None but I have ever heard
Echo in the empyrean
Plectron of the primal paean!
I am the eternal one
Winged and white, the flowering rod,
I the fountain of the sun,
Very God of very God!

I am he that lifteth up
Life, and flingeth it afar;
I have filled the crystal cup;
I have sealed the silver star.
I the wingless God that flieth
Through my firmamental fane,
I am he that daily dieth,
And is daily born again.

In the sea my father lieth,
Wept by waters, lost for ever
Where the waste of woe replieth:
“Naught and nowhere!”  “Naught and never!”
I that serve as once he served,
I that shine as once he shone,
I must swerve as he has swerved,
I must go as he has gone.

He begat me; in my season
I must such a son beget,
Suffer too the triple treason,
Setting as my father set.
These my witnesses and women —
These shall dare the dark again,
Find the sacred ark to swim in
The remorseless realm of rain.

Flowers and fruits I bring to bless you,
Cakes of corn, and wealth of wine;
With my crown will I caress you,
With my music make you mine.
Though I perish, I preserve you;
Through my fall, ye rise above:
Ruling you, your priest, I serve you,
Being life, and being love.

-Aleister Crowley

(Excerpt from “The Ship”, The Equinox, Vol.I, No.10.)

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