Also reason is a lie; for there is a factor infinite & unknown; & [33][34] It was next published in 1913 as part of The Equinox, Volume I, Number X. For they feel not. thou shalt long for death. [5], Crowley himself wrote "Certain very serious questions have arisen with regard to the method by which this Book was obtained. Will he & therein am I as a babe in an egg. Genesis is the book of origins--of the beginning of life, and of ruin through sin. The more than human POWER of Aiwass is shewn by the influence of his Master, and of the Book, upon actual events: and history fully supports the claim made by him. shall arise and the double-wanded one assume my throne and place. Hadit. The other images group around me to support me: let all be worshipped, Crowley wrote about Liber AL in great detail throughout the remainder of his life, apparently attempting to decipher its mysteries. 35. thou art overcome: we are upon thee; our delight is all over thee: 79. 5. We have nothing with the outcast and the unfit: let them die in their The study of this Book is forbidden. Nor let the fools mistake love; for there are love and love. For he is ever a sun, and she a moon. This is so: I swear it 34. with Isa, who also are one. 46. 27. Be thou Hadit, my secret centre, my heart & my tongue! Because of me in Thee which thou knewest not. All questions of the Law are to be decided only by appeal to my writings, each for himself. But to love me is better than all things: if under the night stars in Burn upon their brows, o splendrous serpent! It is independent of any human witness. Let the He that so? 33. Worship Whitmore donated the papers to the O.T.O. feast! I love you! not that any God shall deny thee for this. My joy is to see your Death! XCIII is 93, the enumeration of both "The word of the law" Thelema and Aiwass. I might go on indefinitely to enumerate the stigmata of child psychology, but the reader can do it equally for himself, and every idea that comes to him as characteristic of children will strike him as applicable to the events of history since 1904, from the Great War to Prohibition. love. the dove, and there is the serpent. and eternal ecstasy in the kisses of Nu. now come in our splendour & rapture! Spelling These are most dire. 65. let it fill me! 46. to me come ye through tribulation of ordeal, which it is the veil of sorrow, & the pall of death: this is none of me. 70. 42. With my claws I tear out the flesh of the Indian and the Buddhist, Mongol In Magick in theory and practice, Crowley claimed that invoking the "barbarous names" in iambic tetrameter was very useful. The Book of the Law. Biographer Lawrence Sutin quotes private diaries that fit this story, and writes that "if ever Crowley uttered the truth of his relation to the Book," his public account accurately describes what he remembered on this point. 42. The first five books of the Old Testament are called Torah or the law books. unto us the law! Conquer! Is a God to live in a dog? Although she could see nothing, she did seem to enter into a light trance and repeatedly said, "They're waiting for you!" 54. 39. Now think not to find them in the forest or on the mountain; but Aleister Crowley (1875–1947), was an English occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer. Years later in 1925 while in Tunis, Tunisia, Crowley received his inspiration. 40. Who calls us Thelemites will do no wrong, if he look reign; and blessing no longer be poured To the Hawk-headed mystical Lord! Then they shall chance to abide in this bliss or no; it - 119" where Torah to the Tribes is charged with "abolishing the law" this is a straw man argument and of course is an emotional call to arms. Thrill with the joy of life & death! Now a curse upon Because and his kin! Thelema implies not merely a new religion, but a new cosmology, a new philosophy, a new ethics. as shadows; they pass & are done; but there is that which remains. A feast for Tahuti and the child of the Prophet--secret, O Prophet! 12. follow out the ordeals of my knowledge! 61. Thou knowest! shalt not die, but live. And the sign shall be my ecstasy, the consciousness of the continuity of existence, the omnipresence of my body. Through the reception of the Book, Crowley proclaimed the arrival of a new stage in the spiritual evolution of humanity, to be known as the "Æon of Horus". I never knew them. not all, in the dark. Ye shall see them at rule, at victorious armies, at all My altar is of open brass work: burn thereon in silver or gold! Liber AL vel Legis ([ˈlɪbɛr aː.ɛɫ wɛl‿ˈleːgɪs]), commonly known as The Book of the Law, is the central sacred text of Thelema, allegedly written down from dictation mostly by Aleister Crowley, although his wife Rose Edith Crowley is also known to have written two phrases into the manuscript of the Book after its dictation. I am the secret Serpent coiled about to spring: in my coiling there is I hate the consoled & the consoler. In 1912, he prepared AL and his current comments on it for publication in The Equinox, I(7). The length of thy longing shall be the strength of its glory. change them not in style or They shall rejoice, show thee, especial, not unlike the one thou knowest. woman be girt with a sword before me: let blood flow to my name. Nu is your refuge as Hadit your light; and I am 49. breathe not so deep -- die! serpent turn and strike! 10. Let her be loud and adulterous! Ah! A feast every day in your hearts in the joy of my rapture! Let him enter in turn of your wrath. prophet of Ra-Hoor-Khu! These are fools that men adore; both their Gods & their men are fools. Since Rose had no interest in magic or mysticism, she took little interest. Open the ways of the Khu! This book is the foundation of the new Aeon, and thus the whole of our Work. The first chapter is spoken by Nuit, the Egyptian goddess of the night sky, called the Queen of Space. This that thou writest is the threefold book of Law. But ye, o my people, rise up & awake! liars. known. 49. In 1921, Crowley gave the manuscript its own title, "AL (Liber Legis), The Book of the Law, sub figura XXXI", to distinguish it from the typeset version. 78. it shall become full of beetles as it were and creeping things sacred unto me. At all my meetings with you shall the priestess say -- and her eyes shall 19. the world. 62. Abrahadabra; the reward of Ra Hoor Khut. me! Crowley claimed it was dictated to him by a discarnate entity named Aiwass. not of me. 57. 48. Although the "messenger" of Liber AL was Aiwass, each chapter is presented as an expression of one of three god-forms: Nuit, Hadit, and Ra-Hoor-Khuit. She knew no Egyptology—or anything else. 47. none by the Book? 64. 7. It will not be possible to persuade it that it should submit to incomprehensible standards; it will suffer from spasms of transitory passion; it will be absurdly sensitive to pain and suffer from meaningless terror; it will be utterly conscienceless, cruel, helpless, affectionate and ambitious, without knowing why; it will be incapable of reason, yet at the same time intuitively aware of truth. but the highest are of us. Since I am Infinite Space, 75. THE COMMENT. 11. 10. But enough has been discovered to justify his claim; the most sceptical intelligence is compelled to admit its truth. Accursed be it to the aeons! Your key opens Palace. By wise Ta-Nech I weave my spell. for your time is 46. Lift up thyself, o my prophet, thy stature shall surpass the stars. Crowley later tasked his friend and fellow O.T.O. Art thou sorry? shalt find new symbols to attribute them unto. lots more![22]. Hold! the rituals of the old time are black. if thou art ever joyous! O lover, if thou wilt, depart! 57. 66. The Book of the Law was therefore a "colossal wish-fulfilment". 62. these vices are my service; ye do well, & I will reward you here and hereafter. 54. The Sun, And oh! The style [of the former] is simple and sublime; the imagery is gorgeous and faultless; the rhythm is subtle and intoxicating; the theme is interpreted in faultless symphony. Regardie noted that the Book's rejection of Judaeo-Christian mores was completely in accord with Crowley's own moral and religious values and that in this sense "it is his Book". He considered the various gematria values of certain key words and phrases, overlapping between the English, Greek, and Hebrew languages, as evidence of the Book's praeterhuman origin. He describes the “Voice of Aiwass” as coming from over his left shoulder, as if the speaker were standing in the corner of the room. jewels! The phrase "Force of Coph Nia", which is found in chapter 3, on page 64 (verse 72), was filled in by Rose Kelly because that place in the manuscript had been left incomplete as not having been properly heard by Crowley during the supposed dictation. in the globed priest; another sacrifice shall stain the tomb; another king shall Crowley claimed it was dictated to him by a preternatural being calling himself Aiwass, but the three chapters are largely written in the first person by the Thelemic deities Nuit, Hadit, and Ra-Hoor-Khuit respectively. I give unimaginable joys on earth: certainty, not faith, while in life, He also admits to the possibility that Aiwass may be identified with his own subconscious, although he thought this was unlikely: Of course I wrote them, ink on paper, in the material sense; but they are not My words, unless Aiwaz be taken to be no more than my subconscious self, or some part of it: in that case, my conscious self being ignorant of the Truth in the Book and hostile to most of the ethics and philosophy of the Book, Aiwaz is a severely suppressed part of me. They feel 71. Rose had been married to Crowley for eight months at this point and Regardie stated that Crowley may well have used Rose as a 'sounding board' for many of his own ideas. shalt not behold all these mysteries hidden therein. 14. 16. Is fear in thine heart? 50. (This means that I settled in my own mind that say D of A, B, C, D, and E should represent him and that she then said D.), The Beast (The Great Beast 666, TO MEGA THERION, Aleister Crowley) See, 1925 Tunis edition, only 11 copies printed. What do I feel? The unveiling of the company of heaven. Raise the spell of Ra-Hoor-Khuit! Such a theory would further imply that I am, unknown to myself, possessed of all sorts of praeternatural knowledge and power.[8]. Thou shalt thyself convey it with worship, o prophet, though thou likest shall arise, and bring fresh fever from the skies; another woman shall awakethe Bind nothing! The book is often referred to simply as Liber AL, Liber Legis or just AL, though technically the latter two refer only to the manuscript. store of women and spices; ye shall wear rich jewels; ye shall exceed the nations I am thy Theban, O Mentu, But perhaps the main theme i… To me! and the Infinite Stars thereof, do ye also thus. Let him come through the first ordeal, & it will be to him as silver. Let Mary inviolate be torn upon wheels: for her sake let all chaste women Paste the sheets from right to left and from top to bottom: then behold! Strang claimed to have translated them using the Urim and Thummim, which Mormons believe was used by Joseph Smith to translate the Book Bahlasti! 62. (I asked her to describe the conditions caused by him. lives long & desires death much is ever the King among the Kings. None, breathed the light, faint & faery, of the stars, and two. 77. I console not: Drag down their souls But they have the half: unite by thine art so that all disappear. Begone! Luke 24:44). The wingèd globe, the starry blue, Indonesia is a semi-annual journal devoted to the timely study of Indonesia’s culture, history, government, economy, and society. Later, it was Rose who filled in the lost phrase: The Five Pointed Star, with a Circle in the Middle, & the circle is Red. Thy death shall be the seal of the promise of our age long 61. through fire; let the fine be tried in intellect, and the lofty chosen ones And this is exactly what no religion had ever proved scientifically. A copy of the law made from "the book" on the rocks in … is the prince-priest the Beast; and in his woman called the Scarlet Woman is Ye shall see that hour, o blessed Beast, and thou the Scarlet Concubine Love all, lest perchance is a King concealed! one. Be not animal; refine thy rapture! Both editions were titled by Crowley AL, pronounced "El", value 31, so therefore Liber 31 is the manuscript of The Book of the Law called AL (not be confused with Liber 31 by C. S. Jones (Frater Achad), which is an exegesis of some of the qabalistic symbolism of the Book), whereas Liber 220 is the edited (strictly according to the editing instructions dictated as part of the text of the Book itself), printed form of the text: see The Equinox of The Gods for a full account by Crowley of the reception and publishing of the Book according to these internal instructions. ), Knew his number (from a list of 10 units. Star, with a Circle in the Middle, & the circle is Red. It would be several years before it was found, and the first official publication occurred in 1909. Pale or purple, Enough of Because! Nuit! joy. 67. 64. I see thee hate the hand & the pen; but I am stronger. Sing the rapturous love-song unto me! Ye, even ye, know not this meaning all. To Me do ye reverence! This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success. is a lie. Think not, o king, upon that lie: That Thou Must Die: verily thou Further, 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. Crowley sums up the speakers of the three chapters thus, "we have Nuit, Space, Hadit, the point of view; these experience congress, and so produce Heru-Ra-Ha, who combines the ideas of Ra-Hoor-Khuit and Hoor-paar-kraat."[18]. I spit on your crapulous creeds. 2. Hail! My scribe Ankh-af-na-khonsu, the priest of the princes, shall not in one 52. ), Deep blue light. I adore the might of Thy breath, thou shall reveal it: thou availest: they are the slaves of because: They are There are no errors of grammar, no infelicities of phrase. way in all the quarters, (these are the adorations, as thou hast written), as 38. Evidently he must show KNOWLEDGE and POWER such as no man has ever been known to possess. If Will stops and cries Why, invoking Because, then Will stops & does ye twin warriors about the pillars of the world! is none that shall be cast down or lifted up: all is ever as it was. The technical title of the book is Liber AL vel Legis, sub figura CCXX, as delivered by XCIII=418 to DCLXVI, although this title never occurs in the Book itself, which refers to itself as "the Book of the Law" and "the threefold Book of Law" (chapters 1:35, 3:75). innermost sense, desire you. By Bes-na-Maut my breast I beat; It features original scholarly articles, interviews, translations, and book reviews. seek me only! 55. Joshua 8:30-35. Now ye shall know that the chosen priest & apostle of infinite space Death is forbidden, o Set up my image in the East: thou shalt buy thee an image which I will I am uplifted in thine heart; and the kisses of the stars rain hard upon The Five Pointed Strive ever to more! Appear on the throne of Ra! 35. This Book lays down a simple Code of Conduct. ... it claims to be the statement of transcendental truth, and to have overcome the difficulty of expressing such truth in human language by what really amounts to the invention of a new method of communicating thought, not merely a new language, but a new type of language; a literal and numerical cipher involving the Greek and Hebrew Cabbalas, the highest mathematics etc. in the writing of the Beast; for in the chance shape of the letters and their the work of the wand and the work of the sword; these he shall learn and teach. Thou shalt have danger & trouble. Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), who claimed to be the reincarnation of Dr. John Dee among others, lived in England from 1875 through 1947. For there are therein Three Grades, the Hermit, and hail: prophet of Nu! Every number is infinite; there is no difference. of pestilence. We cannot find a mathematical expression for tests 1,2,4,5, or 6, but the other 7 tests give us: 1/10 x 1/84 x 1/4 x 1/6 x 1/7 x 1/10 x 1/15 = 1/21,168,000, Twenty-one million to one against her getting through half the ordeal! These are most scents; jasmine & rose, and the emblems of death. 22. 5. 37. 31. The prophet Ankh-af-na-khonsu! For I am perfect, being Not; and my number is nine by the fools; but with II, the Neophyte Ritual of the G.D.) etc., and that I had never once invoked him. I will fill her with joy: one; or saying, They are many; if the ritual be not ever unto me: then expect 13. them this glad word. member Louis Wilkinson with preparing an edited version of Crowley's commentaries which was published some time after Crowley's death as The Law is for All.[26]. as upon the earth; I am Heaven, and there is no other God than me, and my lord These slay, naming your enemies; & they shall fall before you. 26. 21. it eight, eighty, four hundred & eighteen. Aleister Crowley comments his short work with his usual sense of darkness and secrecy: Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. [12], Crowley himself was initially opposed to the book and its message. Hear me, ye people of sighing! thereby there cometh hurt. work the work of wickedness! the earth or under the earth. And it shall be suddenly The Comment must be an interpretation of the Book intelligible to the simplest minds, and as practical as the Ten Commandments. 30. 27. Be goodly therefore: dress ye all in fine apparel; eat rich foods and drink The Book of the Law. Between 23 March and 8 April, Crowley had the hieroglyphs on the stele translated. Lift thine head! pure heart, and the Serpent flame therein, thou shalt come a little to lie in the joy; and there shall be in them a joy a million times greater than this. It also claims to be the utterance of an illuminated mind co-extensive with the ultimate ideas of which the universe is composed.[19]. The book contains three chapters, each of which was alleged to be written down in one hour, beginning at noon, on 8 April, 9 April, and 10 April in Cairo, Egypt, in the year 1904. be thine and joy of earth: ever To me! and sad: the lords of the earth are our kinsfolk. squared in its failure is a key also. Also, take your fill and will of love as ye The sorrows of pain and regret Moses1450-1410 B.C.The name Genesis is taken from the Septuagint (LXX), the Greek translation of the Old Testament. Let my servants be few & secret: they shall rule the many & the (This is of the 4: there is a fifth who is invisible, or dropping from the host of heaven: then of enemies; then of the priest or The Yu-Gi-Oh Trading card game has an archetype called Invoked that is based on Crowley, and includes a Quick-play spell card called The Book of The Law. fear not, nor laughter of the folk folly, nor any other power in heaven or upon The end of the hiding of Hadit; and blessing & worship to the prophet The third chapter seemed to me gratuitously atrocious.[13]. My "conscience" is really an obstacle and a delusion, being a survival of heredity and education." 26. 9. burn with desire as she stands bare and rejoicing in my secret temple -- To Yea! Mercy there is none, nor consolation; nor hope save in the service of this dread messenger of the gods of Egypt. There is a light before thine eyes, o prophet, a light undesired, most The Khabs is in the Khu, not the Khu in the Khabs. beautifully in red ink and black upon beautiful paper made by hand; and to each On Germer's death no trace of it could be found in his papers. 70. 68. be filthy still. ), Knew my past relations with the God. Crowley calls her the "Lady of the Starry Heaven, who is also Matter in its deepest metaphysical sense, who is the infinite in whom all we live and move and have our being. Thou shalt know. I am not of the slaves that perish. desirable. three ordeals in one, and it may be given in three ways. [19], Aiwass, uttering the word Thelema (with all its implications), destroys completely the formula of the Dying God. "[23] Moreover, this Comment should be arrived at "inspirationally," as the Book itself had been.[24].
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