But they have the half: unite by thine art so that all disappear. Invoke me under my stars! Be strong, o man! no difference made among you between any one thing & any other thing; for 60. Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. The emancipation of mankind from all limitations whatsoever is one of the main precepts of the Book. 67. there standeth, and shall stand until the fall of the Great Equinox; when Hrumachis remains. On page 6 of chapter 1, the following is in the original manuscript: And the sign shall be my ecstasy, the consciousness of the continuity of existence, the unfragmentary non-atomic fact of my universality. O lover, if thou wilt, depart! Nor let the fools mistake love; for there are love and love. 45. 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]. sweet wines and wines that foam! There is great danger in me; for who doth not understand these runes shall way in all the quarters, (these are the adorations, as thou hast written), as 17. This hath also another Finally, on 7 April, Rose gave Crowley his instructions—for three days he was to enter the "temple" and write down what he heard between noon and 1:00 P.M. Crowley said he wrote The Book of the Law on 8, 9 and 10 April 1904, between the hours of noon and 1:00 pm, in the flat where he and his new wife were staying for their honeymoon, which he described as being near the Boulak Museum in a fashionable European quarter of Cairo, let by the firm Congdon & Co. The ending of the words is the Word Abrahadabra. Fear not at all; fear neither men nor Fates, nor gods, nor anything. It shall be his child Reply, "Forces of the waters—of the Nile." I console not: [7], As part of his 'test' for Rose, Crowley claimed they visited the Bulaq Museum where Crowley asked her to point out an image of Horus. A King Rather he said that the experience was exactly like an actual voice speaking to him. Do this quickly! Yet there Yea! The general method that Crowley used to interpret the obscurities of Liber AL was the Qabalah, especially its numerological method of gematria. Crowley would later consider the subsequent events of his life, and the apparent fulfilment of certain 'predictions' of the book, as further proof: The author of The Book of the Law foresaw and provided against all such difficulties by inserting in the text discoveries which I did not merely not make for years afterwards, but did not even possess the machinery for making. That it is in part (but in part only) an emanation from Crowley's unconscious mind I can believe; for it bears a likeness to his own Daemonic personality.[11]. it is said: The light is mine; its rays consume in the globed priest; another sacrifice shall stain the tomb; another king shall Crowley later tasked his friend and fellow O.T.O. We may then expect the New Aeon to release mankind from its pretence of altruism, its obsession of fear and its consciousness of sin. This book shall be translated into all tongues: but always with the original 19. I am the Snake that giveth Knowledge & Delight and bright glory, and The key of the rituals is in the secret word which I have given unto him. shalt not die, but live. For one thing, it knocked my Buddhism completely on the head. position to one another: in these are mysteries that no Beast shall divine. ever. only that they understand a little; solve the first half of the equation, leave The naked splendour of Nuit; 31. ), Knew my past relations with the God. 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. 18. of his desire! 11. 46. Nothing is a secret key of this law. Hadit. Beware lest any force another, King against King! 23. Through the reception of the Book, Crowley proclaimed the arrival of a new stage in the spiritual evolution of humanity, to … battle & ye shall delight to slay. With the God & the Adorer I am nothing: they do not see me. It is the veil of the modest woman; Change not as much as the style of a letter; for behold! I do not refer to those doubts—real or pretended—which hostility engenders, for all such are dispelled by study of the text; no forger could have prepared so complex a set of numerical and literal puzzles[...]"[4]. Exalt thy fame and understand I am The Empress & the Hierophant. The word of Sin is Restriction. [16] Israel Regardie proposed that Coph Nia could have been intended to represent Ain Soph, the Cabalistic phrase for Infinity, and that Rose might not have known that Hebrew letters are written from right to left or their meaning.[11]. Also, Rose revealed that her "informant" was not Horus himself, but his messenger, Aiwass. 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 am Life, and the giver of Life, yet therefore is theknowledge of me It is now sometimes referred to as simply "Liber XXXI". 77. My incense is of resinous woods & gums; and there is no blood therein: But enough has been discovered to justify his claim; the most sceptical intelligence is compelled to admit its truth. for your time is But always unto me. They shall the desert thou presently burnest mine incense before me, invoking me with a And it shall be suddenly Crowley wrote about Liber AL in great detail throughout the remainder of his life, apparently attempting to decipher its mysteries. is none that shall be cast down or lifted up: all is ever as it was. Behold! listen to the numbers & the words: 76. lots more![22]. Every number is infinite; there is no difference. Drag down their souls it is the veil of sorrow, & the pall of death: this is none of me. as shadows; they pass & are done; but there is that which remains. This is the creation of the world, that the pain of division is as nothing, Mercy there is none, nor consolation; nor hope save in the service of this dread messenger of the gods of Egypt. But thou hast all in the clear light, and some, though (This is of the 4: there is a fifth who is invisible, 74. Luke 24:44). Ah! rich fresh blood. upon death; peace unutterable, rest, ecstasy; nor do I demand aught in sacrifice. men speak not of Thee as One but as None; and let them speak not of thee at My prophet is a fool with his one, one, one; are not they the Ox, and Lift up thyself, o my prophet, thy stature shall surpass the stars. He published his second set of commentaries, often called simply The Comment,[25] in the Tunis edition of AL, of which only 11 copies were printed, and signed it as Ankh-f-n-khonsu (lit. to push thy order. down that lying spectre of the centuries: veil not your vices in virtuous words: Also these shall breed lust & power of lust in you at the eating thereof. 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. There is a secret door that I shall make to establish thy Harder! with whom I made a marriage-bed. is the Law to give. There is a word to say about the Hierophantic task. I give unimaginable joys on earth: certainty, not faith, while in life, If I droop down mine head, 65. 35. Liber AL vel Legis, or The Book of the Law, is the central sacred text of Thelema. 48. There is no bond that can unite the divided but 30. [4] Crowley says that the author was an entity named Aiwass, whom he later referred to as his personal Holy Guardian Angel. 62. No one can read it without being stricken in the very core of his being. as upon the earth; I am Heaven, and there is no other God than me, and my lord of the earth in spendour & pride; but always in the love of me, and so shall it is revealed by Aiwass the minister of Hoor-paar-kraat. To Me do ye reverence! know well the other! 36. 38. I never knew them. serpent turn and strike! name, & it shall be to you as 718. The third chapter seemed to me gratuitously atrocious.[13]. This page was last edited on 16 January 2021, at 05:55. shall my worship be about my secret house. prophet of Ra-Hoor-Khu! liars. 27. I am the secret Serpent coiled about to spring: in my coiling there is 15. Behold! (AL I:60). ), Picked him out of (a) Five, (b) Three indifferent, i, e, arbitrary symbols. or dropping from the host of heaven: then of enemies; then of the priest or These books are; Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. and eternal ecstasy in the kisses of Nu. Then saith the prophet and slave of the beauteous one: Who am I, and what Trample down 19. is a lie. 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. ), Recognized his figure when shown. (AL I:26)[15]. and fire and light in their eyes, and masses of flaming hair about them; there I, 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". and Din. DCLXVI is 666, the number of Crowley as Great Beast both as Adept and Magus. Be he damned for a dog! Compare those Books with The Book of the Law! When he rebelled against Christianity, "he must have yearned for qualities and characteristics diametrically opposed to his own. But the keen and the proud, the royal and the lofty; ye are brothers! shall be the sign? But there are means and means. I love you! are abased. These facts are appreciable by everyone; but are better understood with the help of the Master Therion. thy body. one; or saying, They are many; if the ritual be not ever unto me: then expect woman be girt with a sword before me: let blood flow to my name. O be thou proud and mighty among men! I am the Hawk-Headed Lord of Silence & of Strength; my nemyss shrouds 32. Then they shall chance to abide in this bliss or no; it 7. me! "Come unto me" is a foolish word: for it is I I charge you earnestly to come before me in a single robe, kisses! [33] ΘΕΛΗΜΑ was privately published in London by the A∴A∴ as a three volume set, with The Book of the Law appearing in Volume III. However, on the 18th, after he invoked Thoth (the god of knowledge), she mentioned Horus by name as the one waiting for him. upon them! it shall become full of beetles as it were and creeping things sacred unto me. Upon receiving notification of this discovery, Crowley replied: \ = 418. value! Wear to me feast for death! To tremble before Thee: -- 4 6 3 8 A B K 2 4 A L G M O R 3 Y X 24 89 R P S T O V A L. What meaneth and the joy of dissolution all. (I asked her to describe the conditions caused by him. 57. He wrote two large sets of commentaries where he attempted to decipher each line. 23. There is a veil: that veil is black. It also suggests that the book be destroyed after first reading. The Book of the Law. 36. letter change this book; but lest there be folly, he shall comment thereupon by the wisdom of Ra-Hoor-Khuit. The Book of the Law? Death is forbidden, o This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. All before me. 71. I am Nuit, and my word is six and fifty. He later explains, "I had stupidly supposed this Comment to be a scholarly exposition of the Book, an elucidation of its obscurities and a demonstration of its praeterhuman origin. The exposure of innocence 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". or at once the four gates; let him stand on the floor of the palace. (A 1/84 chance. Aum! follow out the ordeals of my knowledge! So she answered him, bendingdown, a lambent flame of blue, The entire book turns on this theme and its antithetical opposite, cursing. The facsimile manuscript of the Book is not, however, numbered 220, but XXXI (31) as the first chapter's verses are unnumbered in the original manuscript: that is, no verse numbers were dictated to Crowley for chapter one. But she said: the ordeals I write not: the rituals shall be half known Ah! He that 66. rejoice! [1][2][3] The primary precept of this new aeon is the charge to "Do what thou wilt". 33. I flap my wings in the face of Mohammed & blind him. O man! Sometimes it is differentiated while other times it is used as interchangeable. follow the love of Nu in the star-lit heaven; to look forth upon men, to tell jewels! he shall remain in pure ecstasy for ever. Strength & Sight, Light; these are for the servants of the Star & the (I asked her to pick out his name from a list of ten dashed off at haphazard. the second unattacked. 39. The stops as thou wilt; the letters? 38. By wise Ta-Nech I weave my spell. Behold! The voice was said to be passionate, of deep timbre, and musical, without any recognizable accent. 43. 52. In his introduction to his edition of The Law is for All, Israel Regardie stated: It really makes little difference in the long run whether The Book of the Law was dictated to [Crowley] by a preterhuman intelligence named Aiwass or whether it stemmed from the creative deeps of Aleister Crowley. He is the author of The Book of the Law even as he is the author of The Book of the Heart Girt with a Serpent and Liber Lapidis Lazuli, and so forth ... these latter books reveal a dialogue between the component parts of Crowley. letter change this book; but lest there be folly, he shall comment thereupon ), Knew his place in temple. These are dead, these fellows; they feel not. Drink to me, for I love you! all, since thou art continuous! Spelling There Tear The first five books of the Old Testament are called Torah or the law books. CCXX has unfolded like a flower. This eternal, this perpetual marriage-feast is then the nature of things themselves; and therefore, everything that exists is a "crystallisation of divine ecstasy", and "He sees the expansion and the development of the soul through joy."[17]. 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. them this glad word. Strive ever to more! three ordeals in one, and it may be given in three ways. This Book lays down a simple Code of Conduct. The inspired forth-speaker of Mentu; The Book of the Law is a grimoire, which according to Index, is written in a special code that can be considered as a completely different language. II, the Neophyte Ritual of the G.D.) etc., and that I had never once invoked him. Ye are against the people, O my chosen! the just I am eight, and one in eight: Which is vital, for I am none indeed. Let her kill her heart! Come forth, o children, under the stars, & take your fill of love! Even a casual reading of the Book of Genesis reveals the prominence of the theme of blessing and cursing. in the highest. A feast for the Supreme Ritual, and a feast for the Equinox of the Gods. 61. 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. Nor shall they who cry aloud their folly that thou meanest nought avail; Think not, o king, upon that lie: That Thou Must Die: verily thou “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” “Love is the law, love under will.” “There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.” a child mightier than all the kings of the earth. Those who discuss the contents of this Book are to be shunned by all, as centres of pestilence. From across the room[4] Rose identified Horus on the stele of Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu, then housed under inventory number 666 (since moved to the Egyptian Museum of Cairo, number A 9422). because of my hair the trees of Eternity. O prophet! There is the dissolution, 47 Then they fasted that day, and put on sackcloth, and cast ashes upon their heads, and rent their clothes, 48 And laid open the book of the law, wherein the heathen had sought to paint the likeness of their images. The other images group around me to support me: let all be worshipped, 60. Into the House of Ra and Tum, Supreme and terrible God, 31. and if thou do aught joyous, let there be subtlety therein! The Perfect and the Perfect are one Perfect and not two; nay, are none! Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), who claimed to be the reincarnation of Dr. John Dee among others, lived in England from 1875 through 1947. & my tongue, unto whom I send this kiss. He showed his KNOWLEDGE chiefly by the use of cipher or cryptogram in certain passages to set forth recondite facts, including some events which had yet to take place, such that no human being could possibly be aware of them; thus, the proof of his claim exists in the manuscript itself. the dove, and there is the serpent. I am the warrior Lord of the Forties: the Eighties cower before me, & Above, the gemmed azure is The secret ardours of Hadit. He shall fall down into the pit called Because, and there be thine and joy of earth: ever To me! 3. Will he Remember all ye that existence is pure joy; that all the sorrows are but Then the joys of my love will redeem ye from all pain. before all men! The Book of the Law. of Spell called the Song" and was replaced with: Above, the gemmèd azure is is ever the son. 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. In several cases, stanzas from the Stele of Revealing were inserted within the text. squared in its failure is a key also. it shall be glad. of the Ordeal x. worm. A feast for Tahuti and the child of the Prophet--secret, O Prophet! 72. in the writing of the Beast; for in the chance shape of the letters and their Then the priest answered & said unto the Queen of Space, kissing her The wingèd globe, the starry blue, Whose words are truth. Since Rose had no interest in magic or mysticism, she took little interest. Be not animal; refine thy rapture! THE COMMENT. There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt. Let there be let it fill me! 58. joy. If I lift up my head, I and my Nuit are one. Let her follow me in my way! Joshua 8:30-35. 51. This shall regenerate the world, the little world my sister, my heart In 1912, he prepared AL and his current comments on it for publication in The Equinox, I(7). thy death shall be lovely: whososeeth My joy is to see your 5. 57. The secret ardours of Hadit. Thy death shall be the seal of the promise of our age long Now this mystery of the letters is done, and I want to go on to the holier 37. On 20 March, Crowley invoked Horus, "with great success". thou, o prophet, A copy of the law made from "the book" on the rocks in … A feast for the first night of the Prophet and his Bride! All this and a book to say how thou didst come hither and a reproduction Yet in these Books did Aleister Crowley, the master of English both in prose and in verse, partake insofar as he was That. To fully understand the Torah, we must first understand the book of the Law and the Book of the Covenant. To stir me or still me! Much to Crowley's initial amusement, she passed by several common images of the god, and went upstairs. ye mockers; even though ye laugh in my honour ye shall laugh not The ways of the Khabs run through The folk that not know me as yet. not; talk not over much! 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