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Eleven Quotes from Alostrael

  

1.” I am Babalon, The Great Mother, the Mother of the Children of the New Aeon, the Aeon of Horus! I die in giving birth to my children. But I shall live again!”

 

2. “You cannot take the injunctions literally (not yet) and all will come in time.”

 

3. “Also, I object to the term “The Gods” – it should be “Gods” which means Thelemites. We need to break away from all old superstitions, etc. etc., and work in the clear light of Ra-Hoor-Khuit”

 

4. “Unless you break the rules ‘right’ you won’t get anything to happen. Broken rules now mean getting rid of all the old rituals, etc. etc., magical weapons, etc. etc., and complete new system.”

 

5. “There is really only one answer for all the questions. WORK! WORK without lust of result!”

 

6. “I shall develop my own path.”

 

7. “Babalon is risen and the children of the New Aeon live and will thrive!”

 

8. “You will rejoice, God that you are.”

 

9. “Alostrael, Babalon, The Scarlet Woman, lives forever. Leah Hirsig dies but then I never knew her.”

 

10. “I die happy to produce a Magical Son. The Aeon of Horus is established.”

 

11. “Understand that you are not to think that Aleister Crowley deserted me. He did not. He liberated me.”

 

From the diaries of Leah Hirsig

1923-1924

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“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

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SOROR ALOSTRAEL

aka Leah Hirsig

died

FEBRUARY 22, 1975

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

Charles Stansfeld Jones, a.k.a. Frater Achad (among other Thelemic names/Mottoes), was one of the most significant Saints of the Thelemic Age, whose attainment on this date in 1916 era vulgari (“common era”) — that of Magister Templi — led to his realization of AL (Hebrew for “God”) and 31 (the value of AL in Hebrew and Greek) as the Key of the Law of Thelema: i.e., that the Hidden Will of the Supernal Genius of Man, to be attained through much ordeal of hard work and earnest aspiration,  is not less than divine.  He recanted his rash assumption that he had surpassed the Master in Attainment, just as, many years later, he would come to recant his claim that he had ushered in the Aeon of Maat.  The following excerpt from his Liber 31 recounts this significant event:

“When I proclaimed my intention of claiming the Grade of 8=3 or Master of the Temple, on June 21st 1916 in the City of North Vancouver, British Columbia, I did so because I thought that the Master Therion needed NEMO to fill that Office in order that He might fully attain His 9=2.  The details of the Initiation which followed are recorded in another place, but here I would state that, having ‘died’ and, as it were, Reincarnated immediately in the same body, and having given up all, even the Master Therion, I was led of the Spirit during a stay at Grantham’s Landing, so that it appeared to me that on June 22nd 1916 I was NEMO 8=3…”

The attainment took place exactly nine months following a tantric working involving Crowley and the Scarlet Woman, Jeanne Robert Foster, a.k.a. Soror Hilarion, with the objective of producing a child.  Not a physical child, as it eventually turned out, but a sort of mystical one, manifesting an aspect of the Genius of the Aeon in the enlightened will of a Thelemic Apostle.  The disciple had, by subtle means, become the Master of the Temple.  The suggestion that he then fell, through presumption, is ludicrous, for he took back his more exalted claims.  And Crowley’s attack on Jones’ Qabalistic ideas was equally baseless.  The reversal of the Serpent of Wisdom is hardly an original idea, having been utilized long ago; but anyway, this reversal leads to extraordinary insights into the Qabalistic Tree of Life.  The final straw for Crowley, the real reason he separated with Jones once and for all, was owing to lost books that he wrongly assumed Jones had stolen from him: they were found decades later, after both men were dead, in a Detroit warehouse.  Jones had been innocent.  Had Crowley known this, had the books been found much sooner, then his actions may well have been different.

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Jeanne Robert Foster, Soror Hilarion, who went on to become a renowned poet.

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Some of Jones’ ideas, with regard to Liber Legis especially, are of merit, although he did not satisfactorily resolve the problem of L II:75-6.  The work of this important Thelemic Saint, published and unpublished, is well worth looking into.

“Love is the law, love under will.”

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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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Kenneth Grant, Thelemic Saint.

Kenneth Grant, aka Fr.’.Aossic Aiwass 718, the last of the great Thelemic disciples to have known and assisted Aleister Crowley, celebrates his lesser feast today.  To mark the occasion, we present a page dedicated to him by our Grand Minister, Fr.’.121.  Just click on the image above to get to the Kenneth Grant page.

A mass will be performed tonight at the Grand Chapter of the Holy Thelemic Church at 6pm U.S. Eastern Time, and another special service will be observed by the Apostolic Ministry at midnight ET.

Note:  Kenneth Grant celebrated his Greater Feast on January 15th, 2011 E.V.  He will be greatly missed but leaves behind an invaluable body of work to inspire and edify countless future generations.

 

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