Strictly speaking, our Atheology is not atheism, as it is not the denial of divine intelligence but is, rather, the Gnosis of the Genius of impersonal divinity. Atheology postulates the existence of an infinite consciousness, existing across all time yet embedded in all sentient beings, incarnate in the flesh or in some other medium yet at once transcending their limitation; and we refer to this empyreal consciousness as No God, as it is the impersonal secret self of all — and is limited, therefore, to none.
Atheology does not reject the existence of praeterhuman Intelligence, it just rejects the notions that (a) this Intelligence is ultimately separate from that of humanity, and that (b) this Intelligence is personal, and concerned with the mundane interests of mankind.
First, it is to be understood that, initially, nobody is fully cognizant of his connection to the Current of divine Genius: it must be achieved, only after the higher will is realized (at Tiphareth) and the ego is perfected (at Binah); for ours is a Gnostic religion. That is the reason we stress that humanity is ultimately one with its impersonal divinity, because it must be attained in order to be realized. The lens, as it were, must be adjusted, for otherwise the image obtained therefrom will be blurry and useless.
Second, it is foolish to conclude that Supernal Intelligence, in all its myriad forms on so many levels or dimensions of existence, would be personally obsessed with the mundane interests of humanity, being as it is transcendent, comprehending all points of existence ad infinitum, and therefore wholly disinterested in particulars.
Its agenda is Ineffable and Aeonic; its mindset is pure passion without emotional compulsion; its morals are inhuman, for its understanding is unlimited and it envisages the Greater Necessity beyond the limited perception of any given moment in time; and its will is perfect, being tempered by Eternity and redeemed from the bondage of emotion.
Aleister Crowley wrote: “In this book it is spoken of the Sephiroth and the Paths; of Spirits and Conjurations; of Gods, Spheres, Planes, and many other things which may or may not exist. It is immaterial whether these exist or not. By doing certain things certain results will follow; students are most earnestly warned against attributing objective reality or philosophic validity to any of them.” (Liber O vel Manus et Sagittae) [Highlight in bold is mine.-777] They are, all these Intelligences, ultimately just aspects of the unlimited sovereign Will, as are we ourselves, split up into many for the chance of love.
This is not to deny that these vastly superior Intelligences are genuinely there: they are, as are we; it is simply to say that our own inherent Genius is far more than we imagine possible. But to attribute mundane personal interest to the ultimate Mind is to underestimate the great extent of Its Intelligence and Its Being.
Of course there is such a thing as the Augoeides, that is, the Self-Shining Being of divine realization, known in simpler words as the “Holy Guardian Angel”, through which the Gnosis and Communion of the Current of the holy Will of divine Genius is achieved, and by which one is ultimately led beyond the Abyss of Ego unto the Superior Sight. The Voice of Liber Legius, The Book of the Master Will, expounds on this rather subtly in v.7 of ch.1:
“This is the gospel of Man, not of any angel or jinn: there is no god but genius; and there is no guardian angel to spare thee: there is only the master will. This is the gnosis of the Masterful Mind, self-shining & sublime: here is the glad word of the greatness of Man.”
This clearly denies that gods are personally real, i.e. limited to a form and bound thereto, and thus subject to the effects of space and time. They are, as aforesaid, ultimately aspects of an universal consciousness that is infinite and therefore impersonal, yet at once in a passionate embrace with all points of awareness, for ever. Impersonal divinity is at the root of all inspiration of genius, all passion, all joy, and all love. In short, ours is the divinity not of some patriarch upon some heavenly throne but of our own eternal Genius, both within and without what we know to be ourselves.
(The statement, “there is no guardian angel to spare thee”, refers to the fact that, once one crosses the Abyss of mundane mind, the Augoeides or holy Will forsakes one, only to have it reappear in the Epiphany of the Beast in Babalon beyond the Abyss, in the Victorious City of Attainment, wherein one grows as a divine babe into none other than the Supreme God of All and None. This is the formula of the New Age of God in Man: for in the previous Age the Hierophantic symbols were of death and resurrection in an immaterial form, but now we must adjust, for we know that we attain not to an immaterial reward but to Supernal Sovereignty in the flesh; and so the new symbols are of love and of birth.)
The final step, the ultimate Attainment, is the Clarity of the impersonal Mind. It is, this Mind of all minds whether incarnate or incorporeal, No God — for it is not a being to be worshipped and served but the Spirit of our own Masterful Achievement of Godhead. It is the Serpent of Wisdom that bade us to be as gods, and to make our own heaven, and to serve no tyrant whether in heaven or on the earth, but to rise up unto glory on the wings of our divinity, in the Gnosis of carnal joy.
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