“Thou hast no right but to do thy will.”
-Liber Legis 1.42
“Every man and every woman is a star” (AL 1.3). This is the opening postulate of The Book of the Law, received by Aleister Crowley through the being AIWASS the 8th, 9th and 10th of April, 1904 in Cairo, Egypt. This mandate dictates the essential truth of our times: You are an infinite being- the universe of your SELF. Let’s take a moment to really consider this.
Modern science and mathematics have opened “the doorways of our perception” to the incomprehensible. We now know there are over 100 billion neurons in our brains firing at a rate of 200 times per second each. For comparison, there are roughly 250-400 billion stars in the Milky Way. In every second, the activity going on in each of our brains is more vast in scale than the entirety of our galaxy. Our bodies contain an average of 37.2 trillion cells consisting of 7*1027 atoms. There are five million to two trillion molecules in every one of our cells. 99% of these are water. In a single drop of water, there are 1.67 sextillion molecules. If you were to blow up a single drop of water to the size of the Earth, there would be a molecule, the size of a basketball, approximately every ten feet within the entire area of the sphere. All of these components make up the vehicle you call your body and refer to with your name. When you use your name (or any pronoun) you are automatically referring to the literal zillions of atoms, molecules, cells, interactions, processes, electrical signals, etc. that make up the universe of you. In that regard alone, you are god- god of your own personal universe.
In the same way as these various individual atoms, cells, organs, etc. are we part of a much vaster universe or star system. Let’s take a look at our own Sun for an example. The ancient Egyptians worshipped the Sun as Ra. The system, organism or body of our Sun includes not only the Sun itself, but nine planets, eight moons, a belt of asteroids, various satellites and all of the elements and components of each of those planets, moons, and satellites respectively. You are a part of this Sun, but you define this Sun in an equivalent manner to the way one of your blood cells defines you. Sure, this blood cell contains the entire schematic makeup of who you are in your DNA, but we do not consider this single blood cell to represent who we are in the least. In fact, as long as this blood cell carries out its function, we will probably never become aware of it at all.
The function and purpose of this blood cell (and, in fact, all forms of existence) can be viewed as its orbit- just as the planets orbit around the Sun and the moons orbit around the planets. If you were to record your entire life from the view of space on time-lapse, you could watch your own orbit as well. This orbit is our will. It is the natural unfolding of our function and purpose.
When we live in alignment with this orbit, it feels really good. The natural feeling of this is bliss. When we live out of alignment, we feel tension. Now it’s important to note that it is actually impossible for you to do anything outside of your natural orbit. Every action you take and every circumstance that you find yourself is a perfect manifestation of your own personal universe. The tension comes from your mind and incorrect understanding (or ignorance) in regards to your soul-path. The Book of the Law is given in such a way as to correct these misaligned thought forms and mental vibrations in order to bring you into natural harmony with your orbit.
The Book of the Law is divided into three chapters. Each of these chapters is written from a different aspect of consciousness. The three are one and the one are three. This is a very important cipher key in unlocking the secret meaning of this text. In order to dive into this material, it is important for us to understand the changes that have taken place throughout human history in accordance with the Aeons. The Book of the Law announces the beginning of the Aeon of Horus- the third Aeon of Man. The first Aeon is that of Isis and the second Aeon of Osiris.
The Aeon of Isis represents the beginnings of human consciousness. This Aeon began during the Upper Paleolithic Shamanism period and reached its peak at about 2500 B.C. This period was defined by matriarchal rule. Mother Earth was seen as the nourishing and supportive womb in which life took place. The spiritual expression of this period was characterized by fertility and harvest cults and religions. The Pagan traditions took strong root during this period. In The Book of the Law, this period and consciousness is represented by Nuit: the infinite potential expressed in matter. This period worshipped life and the material.
The Aeon of Osiris began with the Pre-Socratic Dionysian cults. The concept of divine intoxication led humanity, through its feeling of drunken elation, to wonder if there was more to this life than they had previously thought. This ushered in the Age of Patriarchy. Consciousness began to direct itself away from the Earth, away from the material, and into the Heavens. The body was now seen as a prison rather than a gift and the spirit’s liberation from the body became present in the formula of the Dying God. Man felt he must free himself from the confines of this life to approach the Father. Thus we have the story of Osiris, being split into pieces by Set, and rising again from the dead. The journey to the underworld became a necessary experience for every hero upon his journey. This mythology reached its ultimate expression in the story of Jesus Christ, dying upon the cross to do “not mine will, but thine.” In the Book of the Law, this period is represented by Hadit or motion. The worship of this period was focused upon that which moves within the physical universe.
The Aeon of Horus will be fully expounded later in this text.
CHAPTER ONE- NUIT
Chapter One opens with the voice of Nuit, the infinite potentiality and Lady of the Stars. Her body is the blackness of space and each star within it are components of the ALL which she represents. Everything in this chapter should be approached with this in mind.
She declares: “Every man and every woman is a star. Every number is infinite; there is no difference” (1.3-4). These two verses not only supplant the highest mathematical and scientific breakthroughs of our times in a revolutionary manner (see The Magical and Philosophical Comment on The Book of the Law), but they introduce a most important truth about the nature of our existence. Every Star in creation performs an essential function to the whole. These Stars (or beings) represent a specific vibration (represented symbolically by numbers) manifesting in inherent phenomena. While these vibrations may differ in frequency or wavelength, each of these vibrations are completely equal upon the scales of the universe. This means that not only are you fulfilling an essential function within creation, but that your very function is co-equal to all others- atoms, cells, ants and even Gods. She continues: “I am above you and in you. My ecstasy is in yours. My joy is to see your joy” (1.13). This is the most comforting and enlightening concept we can conceive- that the universe and the infinite itself takes joy in you being exactly what you are created to be and nothing other than that.
Now we get into the material that starts to make people feel a little uncomfortable: “Now ye shall know that the chosen priest & apostle of infinite space is the prince-priest the Beast; and in his woman called the Scarlet Woman is all power given. They shall gather my children into their fold: they shall bring the glory of the stars into the hearts of men. For he is ever a sun, and she a moon. But to him is the winged secret flame, and to her the stooping starlight.” (1.15-16). Growing up in the post-Judeo-Christian world, we have all heard the dire warnings against the Beast (vibration 666) and the Scarlet Woman or Babalon (156), both fantastically represented in the Book of Revelation chapters 17-19 (See here). Now in these versus, we are told: “Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the Beast” (Revelations 13:18, which reduces to 418). So let’s start there.
First of all, 666 reduces to 18 which further reduces to 9. This will be important to remember as we go on. Immediately, 18 refers to the Moon card in the Tarot representing the path of evolution in the physical body amidst the illusions of the world. 9 represents the Hermit, which is absolute union with the Divine SELF. The Hermit is also symbolic of the Hebrew letter YOD, which is the first letter in the name of God יהוה. It is the fiery force of creation in the universe.
666 can also break down into 6 x 111. 6 refers to the sphere of the Sun (Ra) and the solar force. This sphere in the Kabalah is called Tipareth or Beauty, which interestingly enough, is the home of the Prince or the Bridegroom. 111 is an incredibly important number in the Kabalah as well. It combines 11, the number of the Magnum Opus and key of all Magickal work, with 100- ten emanations of each of the ten Sephiroth (emanations of the Divine). 11 (6 + 5, joining the Macrocosm to the Microcosm (Man)) also refers to the Lion (Leo) in which the Beast is associated in the Tarot card Strength, ATU XI or VIII (interchangeable with Justice). This card’s placement upon the Tree of Life is of particular importance. It joins the Sephiroth Geburah and Chesed, or Justice and Mercy. It also forms a cross with the path of ATU II The High Priestess, which is descending from the Most High in Kether. This cross, joining Justice and Mercy is where the union with the Divine takes place. The cross, when folded up, forms a cube- another representation of 6.
The Scarlet Woman, or Babalon, is represented by the number 156. Notice immediately the 5 bridging the 1 (Divine) to 6 (the Bridegroom). This makes the number 5 of great importance and the key to magick. Returning to The Book of the Law, we learn that the Scarlet Woman is represented by the Moon and therefore ATU II The High Priestess, who descends directly from the ALL. In ATU XI (or VIII) Strength, she is then pictured as the Scarlet Woman riding upon the Beast (or the Angel holding the mouth of the Lion). This Tarot card is associated to the Hebrew letter Teth meaning Snake. It refers to the Kundalini or Astral Light concealed within each of us. It is also the tempter of the Garden of Eden. Notice that in Hebrew, the name of the tempting serpent is Nechesh which is numerically equivalent to Messiah (358). This same power is symbolized in Tarot ATU XV The Devil, to which the Beast is associated.
The devil is this latent serpent power as it is misunderstood. In the Tarot, it is represented by the Roman numerals XV. This is L.V.X. or light backwards with Justice (Hebrew letter Lamed) concealed. The Hebrew letter Lamed means the ox-goad, or that which guides the ox (Aleph, ATU 0 The Fool). The secret of the devil, is that when this power is guided, it is the actual power in which the universe is created and sustained. It supplies the necessary tension for one to forfeit their personal will to unite with the Divine will (ie. “Not mine will, but thine”).
Let’s digress for a moment and return to the story of Osiris. Osiris is killed by the god Set, the god of Chaos (precursor of Satan). Set splits Osiris’ body into 14 pieces (reduces to 5) and scatters them throughout the world. Isis, with the help of Thoth, gathers these pieces and resurrects her husband long enough to conceive Horus. As many of you know, the god Horus is related to Christ. According to Christian mythology, Jesus Christ is crucified upon the cross, due to the influence of Satan upon the world, in order to bridge the gap between justice and mercy, thus restoring Atonement (At-One-Ment) with the Divine ALL.
The Book of Revelation in its original Greek is ἀποκάλυψις or apokálypsis, which literally means an unveiling. But what is it being unveiled? Answer: the Bride for the Bridegroom. The entire Book of Revelation is an allegory for the wedding of the Lamb (or Ram). This bride is precisely the Scarlet Woman. In the form of Isis, the High Priestess or the virgin, she descends from the highest sphere (Kether) and joins herself with Chaos (the Beast). The Beast, 6 (the Sun, Son, Bridegroom) multiplied into Magick (11) within the whole of reality (100), has 7 heads representing the Kingdoms of the Earth (or the Seven Planetary influences ie. the Moon, Mercury, Venus, The Sun, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn). She copulates with each of these kingdoms and becomes the mother or matter. She is known as the whore because she receives ALL, turning none away. Through this copulation, she is fallen and for this by Justice, must die (7 kingdoms + 6 the Sun = 13. Also 156 reduces to 13- the Tarot key for Death, but also represents ACHAD or unity and love). But death implies regeneration, and through her whoredoms she has conceived Horus, soon to be the Crowned and Conquering Child.
In her hands, she holds the Holy Grail- the very cup that caught the blood of Jesus Christ (the Lamb). She is drunk upon the blood of the Saints, because all must be given in offering to the Divine, which they offer to her and she receives gladly. Now, through her marriage, she will be sanctified and a new age may come.
We can now continue with Chapter One of The Book of the Law (please recall this is the voice of Nuit, the infinite potentiality): “Burn upon their brows, o splendrous serpent! O azure-lidded woman, bend upon them! The key of the rituals is in the secret word which I have given unto him” (1.18-20). Here we hear the beckon of ALL potential to open our vision. The key to this is given in the symbol of the serpent: the kundalini or electrical force within us all. We are now told that the key of its use is in the secret word. This word is ABRAHADABRA.
ABRAHADABRA is the restoration of the corrupted and often mocked abracadabra. Its number is 418, for it resolves the 4 back into the 1 through the 8. By reduction it is 13: death, unity, and love. It consists of 5 A’s and 6 consonants. This equation of 5+6 shows the magick combination of the macrocosm (hexagram) to the microcosm (pentagram). This is shown again in the name of Horus: Ra-Hoor-Khuit. Ra is 6, meaning the Sun, and Hoor is 5, representing the Mars force of Geburah. In the Tarot, ATU VII The Chariot is associated with Cheth in Hebrew, which has the numerical value of 418. The Chariot is the word that gives creation its form. By a system of numerology called AIQ BKR, ABRAHADABRA is 1 + 2 + 2 + 1 + 5 + 1 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 2 + 1 equalling 22, the total number of the Major Arcana. One could literally expound upon the importance of this number forever, and as we proceed we will continue to realize its utmost importance in our current age.
Nuit continues: “I am Heaven, and there is no other God than me, and my lord Hadit. Now, therefore, I am known to ye by my name Nuit, and to him by a secret name which I will give him when at last he knoweth me. Since I am Infinite Space, and the Infinite Stars thereof, do ye also thus. Bind nothing! Let there be no difference made among you between any one thing & any other thing; for thereby there cometh hurt” (1.21-22). This verse illuminates upon very important Cosmic Law. Nuit represents not only the sum total of one mathematical equation, but represents the sum totals of all mathematical equations and series. Being infinite, the only true numerical value of this state can be expressed by zero.
Everything, no matter what it is, is always part of an equation that equals zero. In order to create one thing (+1) its opposite (-1) is of necessity created, thus maintaining absolute equilibrium at all times. Through this realization we arrive at the magick formula of 2 = 0. Everything in existence has its polar representation. Hot and cold, love and hate, north and south are only aspects of the same thing, differing in degrees. Therefore to select one thing over the other, is a vain attempt to bind what is infinite into something comprehensible to your mind. This is living in duality- and its result is hurt. It is opposing the will or orbit of our being by attempting to constrict reality, using our thoughts and words, into something we think we can handle. But this is not the truth of who we are. We are the infinite. We can handle ALL. We are the ALL.
“For the word of Sin is Restriction. O man! refuse not thy wife, if she will! O lover, if thou wilt, depart! There is no bond that can unite the divided but love: all else is a curse. Accursed! Accursed be it to the aeons! Hell. Let it be that state of manyhood bound and loathing. So with thy all; thou hast no right but to do thy will. Do that, and no other shall say nay. For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect” (1. 41-44).
Here is the grand liberating statement of the New Age! The true commandment from the infinite ALL to the souls and Stars of Man and Woman! You are God. You are divine in every way- thought, word, and action! Your only concern upon this planet and in this life is that you do exactly that will in which you were put on this Earth to do. That is ALL. To bind this or limit it in any way is Hell.
Immediately, being conditioned by the thoughts and teachings of the Age of Osiris, our minds rebel against this. Our hearts leaps for joy, but our heads are cautious. If I let got of all my inhibitions, won’t I just degrade myself into a Beast and fall from grace in society? Won’t the world fall into a state of misery, depression, rape, murder, lust, greed, fornication, deception, etc., etc.? Yes. Yes it will. If that’s what you think.
You see, thankfully, we are provided for by the unfailing Wisdom and Understanding of the Infinite Universe, which has put into place universal laws of manifestation. These laws operate in accordance with our thoughts. In a previous article, we discussed the manifestations of the Ruach (read here). For instance, if our actions are directed towards the creation of beauty, we will create beauty in our world. If not, we will create ugliness. If our actions are directed towards the world, these actions will be blessed with fertility in their effects. If they are directed towards only ourselves, they will be cursed with sterility. If we are well adjusted to the equilibrium of our environment, our thoughts and actions will be instilled with wisdom. If we drown ourselves in the excess of debauchery, we create folly. If we are obsessed with the false notion of our personality, we will reap only death. If we absolve ourselves in the potent fires of the divine and empty ourselves of personal attachment and identification, we create life. You can create anything you want in this world according to the laws that govern it. The difference now is, you are no longer restricted in your decisions. Congratulations, you’ve moved beyond preschool. You get to be a sovereign being. And you’ll reap the rewards of the Undeviating Justice of the Universe.
Therefore “the gross must pass through fire; let the fine be tried in intellect, and the lofty chosen ones in the highest. Thus ye have star & star, system & system; let not one know well the other!… Be goodly therefore: dress ye all in fine apparel; eat rich foods and drink sweet wines and wines that foam! Also, take your fill and will of love as ye will, when, where and with whom ye will! But always unto me. If this be not aright; if ye confound the space-marks, saying: They are one; or saying, They are many; if the ritual be not ever unto me: then expect the direful judgments of Ra Hoor Khuit!” (1.50-52).
The path of the will is an exercise in oscillations. To even attempt it, you must admit the deepest secret of your heart. This reveals you to you, and then to the world. It cannot nor will ever be the path of the timid. It is the path of Kings and Queens, Gods and Goddesses. Only the highest of your impulses and desires will survive this path. Everything else will be destroyed- annihilated in the Eye of Shiva. You will be reduced to what you truly are: a shining Star in the bounteous and magnificent body of Nuit.
CHAPTER TWO: HADIT
If Nu is the infinite potentiality as represented by the circumference of a circle, Hadit is that potentiality concentrated into a single point within that circle, resulting in the appearance of manifestation (Nuit) according to the laws of relativity. Hadit is motion. Hadit is change. Hadit is love.
Crowley explains that HAD, the root of Hadit, is the manifestation of Nuit, just as NU, the root of Nuit, is the hiding of Hadit. HAD is everywhere in the Infinite, so every individual manifests the whole, and the whole conceals every individual. Soul interprets the Universe. The Universe veils the soul. Nature understands herself through her units. Consciousness loses its sense of separateness by dissolution in her. We can see the relationship between the two in the numbers. Hadit is 421 and Nuit is 466. 421 (Hadit) – 3 (the Moon or Scarlet Woman) = 418. 466 (Nuit) + 200 (the Sun, Resh) = 666 (The Beast).
In the opening of Chapter Two, we learn a new metaphysical truth: “Come! all ye, and learn the secret that hath not yet been revealed. I, Hadit, am the complement of Nu, my bride. I am not extended, and Khabs is the name of my house” (2.2). Khabs is the Star of our soul- a unit of Nuit. From this verse we learn that the Star is the nucleus resulting from the merging of Hadit with Nuit. It is from the infinite concentration of potentiality from which our souls come to form.
Man is one of the units by which the Universe understands itself. In fact, each man and woman is equal and opposite to the sum total of all other people and aspects of creation. Man’s will is the final factor that completes the equilibrium of the dynamic equation. Think of it this way. The infinite potentiality or zero (Nuit) is the natural equilibrium. It cannot see itself as anything apart from itself. In order to see itself, it concentrates its entire energy on a point away from itself in order to create perspective from position (Hadit). This illusion of separation is the ego. This ego is either the +1 or -1 in the equation 1 + (-1) = 0. If the ego is +1, that means that the entire rest of infinite creation is -1. Feeling separation from the ALL due to the illusion of perspective, this ego feels tension which causes it to desire return. The action of return is the will.
It’s absolutely imperative that we understand this clearly. Another example is to picture Nu as a blank canvas or piece of paper. To an artist, this canvas holds infinite potentiality as to what it may become. The first stroke of black or color upon the white canvas is the original stirring of Hadit or motion. The frequency of Hadit increases with each stroke until the sum total of individual strokes begin to create the illusion of form. This “perceived” form is the ego or the Star in the body of Nuit (the canvas). This is what we interpret through our minds as our own personal soul.
Take a look at Figure 1.3 above. The white background of the paper is Nuit. The motion of the artist to create an image is Hadit. The form perceived (The Gemini Twins) is the ego/Star or Ra-Hoor-Khuit. For one more example of this, look at Figure 1.4.
First, picture the bottom of the cone (the circle) as the two-dimensional space which is equivalent to Nu or zero. These two dimensions are potential and extension. Now as the circle contracts itself and moves towards the point at the top of the cone, this is Hadit. Hadit supplies the 3rd dimension of motion, creating position. The point at the top of the cone is now +1. -1 is the entirety of the area of the cone, created by the circle’s extension towards the top point. Thus the equation is 1 + (-1) = 0, and maintains perfect equilibrium.
Let’s consider the story of Lucifer. God created Lucifer as the greatest of his angels- the Bright and Shining ONE. Lucifer, in order to see himself, created separation from God (extended himself as Hadit) creating polarity (+/-) and thus an Ego. Therefore, the Universe became everything NOT Lucifer to balance the equation for equilibrium. This story is told in a similar manner with Osiris and Set, represented in the magick formula of the Aeon of Osiris in IAO (Isis-Apophis (Set)-Osiris). This was the necessary formula to create Horus. As Set (Chaos) divided Osiris into pieces, the Star of Horus (the Sun/Son/Life) was born. Let’s keep this in mind as we begin to explore Chapter Two.
“I am the flame that burns in every heart of man, and in the core of every star. I am Life, and the giver of Life, yet therefore is the knowledge of me the knowledge of death. I am the Magician and the Exorcist. I am the axle of the wheel, and the cube in the circle. “Come unto me” is a foolish word: for it is I that go” (2.6-7). Crowley comments: “Hadit is both the Maker of Illusion and its destroyer. For though His interplay with Nuit results in the production of the Finite, yet His withdrawing into Himself is the destruction thereof” (Magical and Philosophical Comment, 2.7). In this manner, Hadit is equivalent to the Hindu concept of Shiva, dancing upon Maya with three headed Brahma on the back of his head. With one turn of motion, Shiva creates Maya (AL, 31) and with the second turn, coming back to rest, Maya is destroyed (LA, 31). When Hadit is in motion, the Universe and Life exists. When Hadit withdraws, everything (AL, the Magician) is dissolved back into the zero or Nu (LA, the Exorcist).
“Remember all ye that existence is pure joy; that all the sorrows are but as shadows; they pass & are done; but there is that which remains” (AL 2.9). This is an important truth to understand. The original state of the Universe/God/Nuit is pure joy. That never leaves. It is but the shadow, the illusion of our form and physical reality, that is the source of all our sorrows. The question that constantly eats at most of us is the “why” in all this. Why does the Infinite ALL extend itself into an existence which, in appearance, consists of only sorrow? It’s because the Infinite cannot be affected by its incarnation into this state. The sorrow is only illusionary.
At this point, Hadit introduces new information regarding the formula of the New Aeon: “For I am perfect, being Not; and my number is nine by the fools; but with the just I am eight, and one in eight: Which is vital, for I am none indeed. The Empress and the King are not of me; for there is a further secret. I am The Empress & the Hierophant. Thus eleven, as my bride is eleven” (2. 15-16). Here, it is important to note the recurring themes of the words not, naught, aught, and all. Each of these words relate to the words AL and LA- AL being All and LA being none. Both AL and LA equate to 31 (being the Hebrew letters Aleph and Lamed). 31 is the key cipher number to the entire text. It’s also interesting to note that their combination ALLA makes 62, which reduces to 8- the number just quoted above. In the beginning of the Book of the Law, we are introduced to a system of numbers:
AL (31) vel
LEGIS (Legislation of Dionysus)
AS DELIVERED BY
XCIII (93) = 418
The Gemutria for AIWASS, the one who delivers the Book of the Law, equates to 418. It is he who goes by the number 93. 93 reduces to 12 and further to 3. Not only does 12 have to do with the cycles of time, but it also is symbolic of the Pythagorean 3-4-5 triangle, and therefore of the Great Work (see below in Figure 1.5).
93 is also equivalent to the words Agape, Logos and Thelema in Greek, or Love, Wisdom and Will as the three-fold flame of the New Aeon. In addition, 93 is 31 x 3 (ref. the cipher key 31 above). This shows unity or ACHAD (13) with the 3.
Returning to Chapter 2.15-16, Hadit claims he is 9 by the fools. In the Tarot ATU IX, The Hermit, is representational of the completed journey of ATU 0, The Fool. The Fool, in fact, is the infinite potentiality as we’ve been discussing. The Hermit, represents the complete dissolution of the Ego back into the formless infinite. That is why the Hermit is alone- for where he is, there is only ONE. The Hermit shines his light (L.V.X.) towards the Fool at the beginning of his journey, beckoning the Fool to join him atop the Holy Mountain. The Hermit is associated with the Hebrew letter Yod, the first letter in the name of the sacred Tetragrammaton. When we get to Chapter 3, the Yod is going to play a very important role in our new formula. To the just, Hadit says he is eight or one in eight. Eight is the card for Justice in the Tarot (interchangeable with ATU XI Strength as discussed before). The Justice card relates to the Hebrew letter Lamed, meaning ox-goad. This is of particular interest because the letter Aleph, symbolized by the Fool, means the ox. The 8 or the Justice card (which is also 11 Strength) is the guiding force within the Fool that brings him along his path to the Hermit. The Fool must discover this inner guidance to liberate himself from slavery in the material world (*Remember: Lamed is the missing ingredient in L.V.X. in the hidden formula of ATU XV The Devil). This is “vital” information about Hadit for Hadit “is none (LA) indeed.”
Hadit then claims that the Empress and the King are also not or LA. The 3 of the Empress and the 4 of the Emperor form the 7 of the Chariot (418). When Hadit claims to be “The Empress & the Hierophant. Thus eleven, as my bride is eleven,” this secret begins to unfold. The 3 of the Empress and the 5 of the Hierophant forms 8. The letter for the Chariot (418), Cheth, is also 8, which interchanges with 11. What Hadit is saying here is: 1) Hadit is LA (not), and 2) LA is 418.
Let’s take a moment to discuss AL and LA in more detail. A is Aleph (The Fool, the ox, infinite potentiality, Nuit) and L is Lamed (the ox-goad, Justice and Adjustment). Previously, when we discussed Nuit existing and then concentrating her potential upon a point through Hadit, we were referring to the process called AL (creation). When Hadit conceals himself and contracts back into Nuit, we are referring to the process called LA (dissolution). The combination of these two processes, ALLA, forms a name for the Divine that we are all familiar with. The addition of the letter H at the end of the word, would be including the Tarot key ATU XVII The Star as part of the formula or the end result of the creation/dissolution.
Hadit continues: “We are not for the poor and sad: the lords of the earth are our kinfolk. Is a God to live in a dog? No! but the highest are of us. They shall rejoice, our chosen: who sorroweth is not of us. Beauty and strength, leaping laughter and delicious languor, force and fire, are of us. We have nothing with the outcast and the unfit: let them die in their misery. For they feel not. Compassion is the vice of kings: stamp down the wretched and the weak: this is the law of the strong: this is our law and the joy of the world” (2. 21). At this point, we experience a radical new change from the doctrine of the Age of Osiris, the Dying God.
These new verses can come with quite a shock. This doctrine is polar opposite to the Christian standard: “Love one another, as I have loved you.” But upon closer examination, what is being introduced is essentially the same thing, differing in degrees. The Book of the Law introduces a much higher standard for love by removing the element of pity and abolishing self-sacrifice- both concepts so closely related with our conception of Christian charity.
Think of it this way: the principle tenants of this new Law are founded upon the realization and truth that “Every man and every woman is a Star. Every number is infinite; there is no difference.” Every being and energy in existence is equal to every other “thing.” We are equal to Gods just as we are equal to ants. We are literally the ALL- Kings and Queens, Gods and Goddesses. Therefore, if that is our true nature, how dare we treat any other being as anything other than an infinitely powerful and creative being? Does a God need your charity? No. Does a God need your pity? No. In regards to these versus, Aleister Crowley said that in place of charity or altruism for those who hold themselves low, the best thing we can possibly do for them is to drive them straight into their own personal hell. For it is only there that they can realize hell to be a mental state of their own creation.
Hadit goes on: “I am the Snake that giveth Knowledge & Delight and bright glory, and stir the hearts of men with drunkenness. To worship me take wine and strange drugs whereof I will tell my prophet, & be drunk thereof! They shall not harm ye at all. It is a lie, this folly against self. The exposure of innocence is a lie. Be strong, o man! lust, enjoy all things of sense and rapture: fear not that any God shall deny thee for this.” Here Hadit identifies himself once again with the Kundalini or coiled serpent- the very power that causes the Sun to burn and the planets to rotate, which until activated through open reception to the light, lies dormant within our bodies. To awaken this power, Hadit recommends the use of wine & strange drugs. While this may seem peculiar in our times, due to our deep indoctrination of Puritan values, this is in fact a restoration of the use of sacraments with spiritual worship. From the very first stirrings of human consciousness, man partook of sacred plants and herbs for which he utilized as a catalyst in his own evolution. This dates back almost as far as we have evidence that man existed. We all know about the tremendous effects that LSD-25 has had upon society and culture-at-large, and many of us are quite aware of the unique spiritual qualities associated with specific plant medicines such as the Peyote and San Pedro cacti, and Ayahuasca. These entheogens (a chemical substance, typically of plant origin, that is ingested to produce a non-ordinary state of consciousness for religious or spiritual purposes), once shunned by society and prohibited to our use, are now blessed openly once again by the Gods, who encourage us to use them.
But it would be naive to assume that the Book of the Law’s blessing is limited to psychadelics. It specifically encourages all exploration. Here, many of us will ask: “How can recreational drug use, especially harmful narcotics, be utilized in performing our will?” This subject matter is treated brilliantly by Crowley himself in his fictional novel: Diary of a Drug Fiend. In this story, Peter Pendragon and Louise Laleham fall in love with each other… and cocaine and heroin. They go on a massive drug binge throughout Europe. The couple falls into devastation and tries everything that they can think of to quit. But they fail miserably in their attempts. Eventually, they decide that they are going to kill themselves. On the eve of their attempted suicide, they meet an occultist named Basil King Lamus, who intervenes on their behalf. Contrary to popular methods, Lamus doesn’t try to dissuade them from using drugs, but instead to focus on doing their will. At first, it seems to Peter that his will is to use drugs. And so he does. But eventually, he realizes that the drugs are a reactionary expression of him neglecting what is actually his true will. The drugs, being primarily an escape from unhappiness, eventually turn into a vehicle for the discovery of this couple’s true will and purpose. On this subject, Crowley states: “Drugs reveal internal misery to the slave soul. To those doing their will, they will reveal only rapture” (The Magical and Philosophical Comment, Chapter 2).
Hadit continues: “Behold! these be grave mysteries; for there are also of my friends who be hermits. Now think not to find them in the forest or on the mountain; but in beds of purple, caressed by magnificent beasts of women with large limbs, and fire and light in their eyes, and masses of flaming hair about them; there shall ye find them. Ye shall see them at rule, at victorious armies, at all the joy; and there shall be in them a joy a million times greater than this. Beware, lest any force another King against King! Love one another with burning hearts; on the low men trample in the fierce lust of your pride, in the day of your wrath. Ye are against the people, O my chosen!” (2.24-25). The relation of Hadit to other hermits is an interesting point to note. This introduces the idea of many hermits or many Stars of Hadit, existing in union with the ALL, each within the vast body of Nuit. But these Kings are not what we expect. They are Kings of Virtue in the old world sense.
Let’s consider this for a moment. Friedrich Nietzsche expounded upon what he deemed “slave morality” in vehement detail (See Twilight of the Idols and The Anti-Christ). Christianity and Buddhism (both religions of compassion) have both been around now for over 2000 years. Therefore, we can now really see both these religions for what they truly are: sources of decay. For those who preach: “My kingdom is not of this world,” have, by their word, created a world which is ugly, deceitful, ignorant, and destructive in such a way, that the greatest minds of our times are now assuring us that we have a date with extinction on the near horizon. The most optimistic and generous of our scientists refer to this event as the mass extinction bottleneck, predicting (perhaps) a 12% human survival rate at best. We have no great temples. We have no great cities. Our aesthetics and fashions have deteriorated into decrepitude and those of style and taste are those who cling to antiquity, feeling the Golden Age of Man in the far-distant past. For all the good Christianity takes credit for, it arrogantly dispels responsibility for the times on the so-called “wicked.” The impending Apocalypse and Wars to end all Wars are preached with fury every Sunday. And those who “slave themselves away” for their corporations scoff those who live from the deep, abiding truth of the Divine SELF. These are the weak to which this Book of Law refers- these slaves of mind and action, who dare not to stand as Gods upon Olympus, who dare not create beyond the scale of what is accepted and what is popular, and who dare not to be who they were born to be. To these low men (Gods in veil), we are ordered to drive them into their hell- for only there will they meet the coiled serpent, confront their devil and gain their throne.
It is time to take up arms against falsehood and assault the mob and slave mentalities that rule our world. For from these verses we learn, those in power are the ones doing their will. We are ruled by McDonalds, Walmart, the big banks, religions and corporations. It is these men and women that have taken our power and our lives from out our own hands. Look at the man who runs our country. Look at the disgusting and vile condition in which our supposed “great” cities rest. It is time that the true Kings take the world back from out their grasp and return this world to glory, through our will- our Divine will.
“There is great danger in me; for who doth not understand these runes shall make a great miss. He shall fall down into the pit called Because, and there he shall perish with the dogs of Reason. Now a curse upon Because and his kin! May Because be accursed for ever! If Will stops and cries Why, invoking Because, the Will stops and does naught. If Power asks why, then is Power weakness” (2.27-31). This great warning of Hadit must be understood. The secret key of the will comes through mental power. In fact, mental power is the only thing which can arrest and prevent the will. Our minds are here to serve us. They make a wonderful servant, but a horrible master. “Blue (The Moon, subconscious) am I and gold (The Sun, Imagination) in the light of my bride: but the red (Mars, Action) gleam is in my eyes; & my spangles are purple (Jupiter, Memory) and green (Venus, Emotion/Desire). Purple beyond purple: it is the light higher than eyesight. There is a veil. that veil is black (Saturn). It is the veil of the modest woman (one who restrains the SELF): it is a veil of sorrow , & the pall of death: this is none of me. Tear down that lying spectre of the centuries (ATU XV The Devil, the illusion of material bondage, L.V.X. concealed)… ye do well, & I will reward you here and hereafter” (2.50-52). This passage shows the balance of the Ruach and our key to unlocking the door of our own cages (ref. The Call).
“He that is righteous shall be righteous still; he that is filthy shall be filthy still. Yea! deem not of change: ye shall be as ye are, and not other. Therefore the kings of the earth shall be Kings for ever: the slaves shall serve. There is none that shall be cast down or lifted up: all is ever as it was. Yet, there are masked ones my servants: it may be that yonder beggar is a King. A King may choose his garment as he will: there is no certain test: but a beggar cannot hide his poverty. Beware therefore! Love all, lest perchance is a King concealed! Say you so? Fool! If he be a King, thou canst not hurt him. Therefore strike hard & low, and to hell with them, master!” (2.57-60). The key to these verses comes from our understanding of The Book of the Law’s opening postulate. Every man and every woman is a Star. That is their true nature and cannot change. So what difference is there between slaves and Kings? The word King in Hebrew is MLK, associated with the Tarot Keys: ATU XII The Hanged Man, ATU VIII Justice/Adjustment and ATU X The Wheel of Fortune. The secret formula for one who is a king is thus one who has abandoned his individual personality as adjustment to the wheels of time- one who has glimpsed oneself as they really are: infinite. Therefore the King referred to is one who lives from their immortal soul. The slave is one who lives identified with the body and the senses. The immortal soul can choose whatever body (garment) that it wants and does its will regardless. The slave continues to serve as they ignorantly see fit. Therefore, to the master, to strike hard at the illusion of the slave is the only true form of love they can show. This is how they love the King concealed.
Therefore “write, & find ecstasy in writing! Work, and be our bed in working! Thrill with the joy of life and death! Ah! Thy death shall be lovely: whoso seeth it shall be glad. Thy death shall be the seal of the promise of our age-long love. Come! lift up thine heart & rejoice! We are one; we are none (ALLA)…if thou love, exceed by delicacy; and if thou do aught joyous, let there be subtlety therein! But exceed! Exceed! Strive ever to more! and if thou art truly mine- and doubt it not, and if thou art ever joyous!- death is the crown of all.” (2.66-72). We must get to work! And get to work immediately! This is the reason that we’re here. This is the reason you were born on this planet and live in your body- to work! To do thy will! Thrust yourself immediately into the flame of your passions. Do not waste another moment! Throw the devil of your illusions into the golden flame of your Star! The reward is ALL. “Lift up thyself! for there is none like unto thee among men or among Gods!” (2.78) So speaks Hadit.
CHAPTER THREE: RA-HOOR-KHUIT
Chapter Three is the most difficult chapter to understand and its meaning evaded even Crowley. Crowley, like many others who have read this text, found and continue to find this chapter to be repulsive. Crowley stated many times over that this chapter “appears to be straightforward.” But as we’ve learned, appearances are The Devil. For one, it is difficult to determine which force of the Universe is speaking. Nuit and Hadit are intricately defined, but the nature of Ra-Hoor-Khuit is evasive. This is because Ra-Hoor-Khuit is new. He is a result of the combined formulas of the two previous Aeons. In order to penetrate his mysteries and unlock the text, we have to determine exactly the source of these words and the manner in which they are being delivered to us.
Who is Ra-Hoor-Khuit? The text of Chapter Three begins with: “Abrahadabra. The reward of Ra-Hoor-Khut. There is division hither homeward; there is a word not known. Spelling is defunct; all is not aught. Beware! Hold! Raise the spell of Ra-Hoor-Khuit!” (3.1-2). Right from the beginning, we are given a major clue. This chapter begins with the word of the Aeon: Abrahadabra. In this manner, we begin in similar fashion to the Gospel of John: “In the beginning was the Word.” Words are spells and thus the spelling of each word is of utmost significance. The full expression of Ra-Hoor-Khuit is: Ra-Hoor-Resh-Aleph-He-Vau-Vau-Resh which equates to 418, thus Abrahadabra. In this first verse, we’re told Abrahadabra is the reward of Ra-Hoor-Khut. Reward also means to re-ward or to guard again. It is the sentinel guarding the transformation of Ra-Hoor-Khut into Ra-Hoor-Khuit. Ra, which represents the Sun and Solar Force is equated with 6. Hoor relates to the Warrior, and is thus equated with the 5 in the sphere of Mars or Geburah. The combination of the 6 and 5 forms Abrahadabra as discussed before. Khu, as introduced in Chapter One, represents man. The letter ” T ” then relates to the letter Teth or Snake, Tarot Key ATU XI Strength, where the Scarlet Woman rides upon the Beast, which symbolizes the Astral Light or L.V.X. Therefore, Khut is man’s conception of Astral Light, appearing as Blind Force or the Devil which holds humanity in bondage (The letter “T,” in English, used to end a word could also be interpreted as Tau in Hebrew which relates to ATU XXI The Universe and the Saturnine “limiting” energy as perceived by the ignorant. This would have the same effect as the unawakened Kundalini energy).
Through analysis of these energies, Ra-Hoor-Khut is then representational of the Devil or Set, which divides the divine potentiality aka Hadit. Here we are warned very directly: “There is a division hither homeward; there is a word not known. Spelling is defunct; all is not aught. Beware! Hold!” This warning extends for the entirety of the text if we are to try and interpret it without first opening the secret door. The key to this door is in the cipher key 31. Horus warns us: “all is not aught.” What he is saying is AL LA AL or 313131 (3 iterations of 31 or 31(3)). An additional “aught” must be added to the formula. This is hinted at in the change from “Khut” to “Khuit (Khuit refers to Amoun).” This transformation takes place through the addition of the “I” or Yod. And the vehicle for this is: Abrahadabra.
If you divide “Abrahadabra” into three words (the 3 in the 1), you get Abra-Had-Abra. Abra consists of the Hebrew letters Aleph, Beth, Resh and Aleph; each coordinating to Tarot Keys ATU 0 The Fool, ATU I The Magician, ATU XIX The Sun, followed by the Fool. We talked about The Fool earlier as representing the infinite potentiality or Nuit- the superconscious and alchemical Mercury. Concealed within this potentiality is the Magician of the Sun or Solar Force. This is Ra-Hoor-Khuit conceiled within “Khut” (the Khabs in the Khu or Star in the body). In order for this Star to be expressed, it must extend itself through motion, thus HAD is the middle word of Abrahadabra. HAD breaks down into the Hebrew He-Aleph-Daleth relating to ATU XVII The Star (ref. AL 1.57), 0 The Fool, and IV The Empress. The Empress represents the multiplication of images, the womb, and the secret door. Therefore what HAD is communicating is: “The Star of the Fool (Infinite Potential) must enter the secret door to be revealed.” The duplication of ABRA at the end of the word, shows our original idea (the ONE idea) extended through motion and manifested through position. This position allows Nuit to perceive herself- as Ra-Hoor-Khuit. Ra-Hoor-Khuit is the point in which the infinite potential has concentrated itself- the magical Ego of The Star, our Sun, and therefore the macrocosmic representation of us and the collective consciousness.
But the divine nature of our collective consciousness is concealed in Khut, our bodies. We require the Yod to raise ourselves from realm of slaves to the Pantheon of the Gods. Yod relates to ATU IX The Hermit. If you recall from Chapter Two, Hadit tells us “my number is nine by the fools” (2.15) and we discussed the importance of The Hermit and the significance of Yod. In order for our divine consciousness to come to fruition and wake to our god-selves, from Khut to Khuit, we must merge ourselves completely into the divine. We must cast our Devil into the golden fire of our sun and transmute it into gold. The way to do this is through the Ruach: the states of mental consciousness. And Chapter 3 supplies the devil of our collective consciousness to be transmuted.
“Now let it be first understood that I am a god of War and of Vengeance. I shall deal hardly with them” (3.3). Here Horus identifies himself with Geburah, Aries and the 5’s. Remember, he is the Crowned and Conquering Child. Aries is the child of the Zodiac. With each precession of the Equinoxes, the twelve cycles of the Zodiac take their place as ruling bodies. Ra-Hoor-Khut is the child born from out of the abyss, but is still a child. If you read Chapter Three at face value, it is delivered with the brash insolence and innocence (or ignorance) of an angry child, demanding respect from the world of adults. This fiery Mars energy comes from the mental sphere of the 5’s, which as we’ve previously discussed, triggers the results of beauty or ugliness dependent upon the direction of this energy. This is why Chapter Three appears to be repulsive and repugnant to our tastes.
This ugliness can only be transmuted by directing this blind Mars force (the Devil) through the heart (the Sun), with the intention of creating Beauty in the world. When this happens, its secret marriage with Venus takes place, which blesses its actions with supreme beauty and wisdom. This is the reason Ra-Hoor-Khuit tells us: “The fool readeth this Book of the Law, and its comment; & he understandeth it not. Let him come through the first ordeal, & it will be to him as silver (the Moon or Nuit). Through the second, gold (the Sun). Through the third, stones of precious water. Through the fourth, ultimate sparks of intimate fire. Yet to all it shall seem beautiful. Its enemies who say not so, are mere liars. There is success” (3.63-69). We are told again and again, through the nature of the force which speaks, through the numerical codes and cipher keys, through its warnings and countless invitations to transmute these base metals into gold, that this book is anything but “what it appears on the surface.” To understand it, we MUST transmute it. We must free the inner god (Khabs) from the bondage of the slave (Khu). And now he will instruct us on how to do this.
There’s an interesting key revealed in verse 3 that is derived from the phrase “God of War and Vengeance.” In Greek, this phrase translates to ΑΛΑΣΤΩΡ or Aleister, which through time adapted to the meaning: to wander or go. Through this, we learn that an imperative and significant key to this new formula is “to go and do thy will.” This forward action of Mars is key to all who live within this Aeon. In verses 4-9, we then receive direction as to how this force should be utilized: “Choose ye an island! Fortify it! Dung it about with enginery of war! I will give you a war-engine. With it ye shall smite the peoples; and none shall stand before you. Lurk! Withdraw! Upon them! this is the Law of the Battle of Conquest: thus shall my worship be about my secret house.” Immediately, we are tempted to take these words at face value. We must, however, immediately remember that it is 418 that guards the secret temple. Cheth (418), which is associated with ATU VII The Chariot, means a fence. Being 418 and Abrahadabra, this fence, which encloses thoughts and ideas and brings them into the manifestation of form. And this operation is performed through that word.
Using 418 as our key, these verses reveal themselves in the most beautiful form: “Choose ye an island!” An island in Hebrew is Aleph-Yod or The Fool and the Hermit. Their number is 11 (equivalent with Nu, Hadit and 418). Therefore, the instruction we receive is to choose a magickal word. But not just any magickal word- a word that bridges the Fool (infinite potential) with The Hermit (divine union). “Fortify it!”- fence it in with our concentrated 418. “Dung it about with enginery of war!- fertilize this magickal operation by using the Chariot/Abrahadabra (Engine of War and Victory, 418). “I will give you a war-engine.”- Ra-Hoor-Khuit will grant you a new word. “With it ye shall smite the peoples (slave consciousness); and none (LA) shall stand before you (a King, God unveiled). Lurk! Withdraw! Upon them! this is the Law of Battle of Conquest: thus shall my worship be about my secret house.”- The secret house he is referring to is the Star within you. This final verse is showing the order of actions in which to assault the slave mindset that binds you from achieving your will. First, you must observe it (lurk). Second, you must separate yourself from it (withdraw). Third, once we see these thought-forms as separate from our true nature, we attack and remove it (Upon them!). As you can see, these verses supply different instructions according to your understanding. Approaching them from ignorance, “you will make a great miss.” You are indeed given permission to pursue your most violent deeds- but these deeds will return upon you due to Cosmic Law. Just as the drug addicts who ruined their lives in Diary of a Drug-Fiend, the devastation your actions will yield will be an opportunity for you to realize your true will. However, when you approach these verses with the understanding of Cosmic Law, knowing the proper steps and attitudes to direct the Mars force, we can retrieve the true magick formula that will grant our success.
It seems obvious in the fact that Stele 666 was not delivered from the Cairo museum into Crowley’s hands (in place of it they crafted a replica) that the following verses must be of esoteric and inner meaning as opposed to outer. “Get the stele of revealing itself; set it in thy secret temple… This shall be your only proof. I forbid argument. Conquer! That is enough. I will make easy to you the abstruction from the ill-ordered house in the Victorious City” (3.10-11). If the actual stele was not obtained, then the stele must be representational of an inner energy. Crowley interpreted the abstruction as the stele, the ill-ordered house as the Cairo museum, and the Victorious City as Cairo. But it is obvious that the Victorious City is in reference to Sephiroth 7: Netzach (Victory & Venus). The very quality that triggers wisdom or folly from this symbolic sphere of desire is right or ill-adjustment to the world. Ra-Hoor-Khuit (Aries, Mars and Solar Force) demands his secret marriage to Venus (the Scarlet Woman). This marriage is consummated through his union with her exalted form: Gaia Ladrieh (which this book will expound in detail).
“Thou shalt thyself convey it with worship, o prophet, though thou likest it not. Thou shalt have danger & trouble. Ra-Hoor-Khu is with thee” (3.11). Ra-Hoor-Khuit even warns him, telling him that Ra-Hoor-Khu (the Devil) is with him and that he will experience trouble. “Worship me with fire & blood; worship me with swords and with spears. Let the woman be girt with a sword before me: let blood flow to my name. Trample down the Heathen; be upon them, o warrior, I will give you of their flesh to eat. Sacrifice cattle, little and big: after a child” (3.11-12). “Worship me with fire” refers to Aries and the Mars force of action. Blood in Hebrew is DM, attributed to ATU IV The Empress and ATU XII The Hanged Man. The Empress is pregnant with the babe in the abyss and it is when the Emperor turns upside-down as The Hanged Man, the secret doorway of the Empress is opened into the Sea of Consciousness. We are being told here to reverse the energies- to see this upside-down. The next line speaks of swords and spears. In Hebrew, Zain refers to both swords and spears and it is attributed to ATU VI The Lovers. This doctrine is the marrying of opposites (ie. the Mars force with Venus Beauty). The next line speaks to the woman girt with a sword, ATU VIII (XI) Justice, which we spoke of before as the ox-goad which guides the Fool, forming “AL.” Justice guides the Fool to the Hermit or Yod, thus as the blood (or secret doorway) flows to Ra-Hoor-Khut, he becomes Ra-Hoor-Khuit. He immediately orders us to trample down the Heathen. The only true law declared in this Book, is “Do what thou wilt.” The Heathen must be one who refuses his will and remains in his slave state. Therefore, we are ordered to trample that Heathen (the personal Ego) within us and deliver it as a sacrament to our mouth (ATU XVI The Tower).
We are to sacrifice the animal (cattle) to the infinite. Next we are to sacrifice the child (Aries, and personal forms of action. Take special note the Ram of Aries or Lamb equals 44- the same as Blood. What he is speaking of here is the blood of the lamb or blood of the ram, equivalent to the manner in which Christians use this phrase. The combination of blood and the lamb/ram equals 4444 or 88. 88 equates to Assiah or the material world. This reduces to 16, The Tower and then 7, The Chariot or Abrahadabra. It also equals 8 x 11, thus the serpent force in 418. Or as 8 equates to Cheth, a double manifestation of 418 as well (as Ra-Hoor-Khuit’s twin nature implies)! A lot to analyze here… We’ll get fully into it later). This verse, in particular, has led to so much misunderstanding in regards to this divine book. Heed the warnings! Strike true with Sagittarius’ arrow! Do not miss!
“Deem not too eagerly to catch the promises; fear not to undergo the curses. Ye, even ye, know not this meaning all” (3.16). Once again, we are warned to not “too eagerly” pursue the surface illusions. We are told directly again LA is AL (a reversal).
With this in mind, the next twenty verses or so can be cracked with relative ease. There is no end to the value you receive when you do your own work. There are a few more important verses though we should address: “Let the Scarlet Woman beware! If pity and compassion and tenderness visit her heart; if she leave my work to toy with old sweetness; then shall my vengeance be known. I will slay me her child: I will alienate her heart: I will cast her out from men: as a shrinking and despised harlot shall she crawl through dust wet streets, and die cold and an-hungered. But let her raise herself in pride! Let her follow me in my way! Let her work the work of wickedness! Let her kill her heart! Let her be loud and adulterous! Let her be covered with jewels, and rich garments, and let her be shameless before all men! Then will I lift her to the pinnacles of power: then will I breed from her a child mightier than all the kings of the earth. I will fill her joy: with my force shall she see & strike at the worship of Nu: she shall achieve Hadit.” (3.43-45).
Before, we identified the Scarlet Woman with Mother Earth and as the Bride for the Bridegroom Horus. Ra-Hoor-Khuit starts with a warning against the Earth to not return to her old sweetness. This is a reference to the Aeon of Isis, in which all men were nurtured in the bosom of the mother. The child he refers to is humanity, which has raped and brutalized the mother throughout the Aeon of Osiris. If you really think about it, her current state is that which is described: “a shrinking and despised harlot… cold and an-hungered.” But it is the Earth that must respond in her fury to regain her glory. She must destroy those who would see her die. She must take up the mantle of war and action! She must withhold her tenderness towards those who care not for her and stand in her pride in order to receive the Golden Age of her glory. Jewels and rich garments (temples) must cover her body once again. She must leap back to the pinnacles of her power, demanding respect and reverence from all who nurse upon her flesh. And then, the child she will birth will be the true King- the ubermensch!
The Earth is the bride of the Star of our collective unconscious. Her number is 156, but when she merges in divine union, she gains the Yod, elevates herself from slavery and is exalted as 165. Combining the lovers Ra-Hoor-Khuit (418) and Divine Gaia Ladrieh (165) we receive 583. 53 is ABN, the Philosophers Stone, which combines the Father (AB) and the Son (BN). This is divided only by the 8, Hadit, motion and personal identification with the Ego. 583 reduces to 16, The Tower and then to 7, The Chariot- 418 once more. This topic is treated in full in ‘Excalibur: The Book of the Law: Solved’.
In summation, “Every man and every woman is a star.” We are equal and we are ALL. Our very consciousness is a concentration of the infinite potentiality concentrated through the motion of love to take form as a Star in the body of Nuit. And we were created to do our will and that alone. Through the operation of the will, we slow the motion of the Universe and come back into union with the Divine Infinite SELF. Through this we gain the fiery force of the Yod, and are given the power to raise ourselves from slaves to our bodies into infinite beings. The Book of the Law gives the complete formula for this transformation. But it is difficult to decipher. It takes years of study and devotion to learn its truths. And its words come with a warning: “Beware! Hold! Raise [only] the spell of Ra-Hoor-Khuit!”
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law. Thou hast no right but to do thy will. For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect. Love is the law, love under the will. Abrahadabra. Aum. Ha.
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The Holy Bible: King James Version. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1990.
Photos and Gemini Twins by Samira Morrar, @raising_windhorse