Monday, April 9, 2018

Thelema Over Tea :: Jude Interviews Adam K, Part 2

Magick, Occultism
A book and a unicursal hexagram


Adam K Opines on Matters Thelema (continued from Part 1)


This blog post is simply a continuation of Part 1. Part one examines some issues relevant to Thelema novices, such as: some of the faith's core concepts, Qabalah, discovering one's True Will, what an HGA is; it briefly discusses K&C of one's HGA, and also crossing the Abyss. This, Part 2, continues forth from that point, and discusses two sayings associated with Thelema ("Every man and every woman is a star," and "The Khabs is in the Khu, not the Khu in the Khabs"); it also alights upon crossing the Abyss, as well as the dangers of such, compares Thelema to Christianity, and plenty more. Strap on your party hat, spaceboots, and electric belt. And here we go...
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Me: You previously stated that, "Your HGA is more than some metaphysical angelic being from beyond. In my understanding, it is also able to be called your Higher Self, and it is the you that exists beyond the pettiness of your ego and its lesser desires. I would say that if you haven't prepared yourself to be destroyed in the crucible, your Self won't come through the other side." Is it true to say, in your opinion, that there would be Thelemites that dispute this statement? More specifically, I mean the part that one's HGA is also their Higher Self.

A: Oh, certainly. But that's okay. A strong draw for me to Thelema is the very idea that each can believe as they see fit so long as that belief doesn't cause them to interfere with the beliefs of others. However, that is not to say that you should just stand by and allow someone to endanger themselves, if you truly believe that what they are doing will harm or restrict them on some significant level.

Me: Valid points on both counts. Alright.
Me: Is Thelema a religion, or would you call it a faith, or perhaps a philosophy, or what would you call it?

A: Crowley had some... interesting things to say about faith. I wouldn't call Thelema a faith, but that doesn't disqualify it as a religion. Some Thelemites view Thelema as a religion, while others see it as a philosophy and nothing more or less than that. Many back away from the word religion as if it were a pit of alligators, and this is usually due to past experiences with other "faiths." Do I think of it as a religion? For me, yes. But I don't discount others who view it as any other thing. As long as they are following their True Will, and don't interfere with mine, it is none of my business how they see it. And vice versa.

Me: Alright. For the record, I tend to be ultra allergic to the word religion, and call Thelema a branch of philosophy. Just saying--lol.

A: As the saying goes, "to each his own," which is nowhere more true than in Thelema.

Me: We haven't really spoken much on magick yet, and Crowley was the consummate magician's magician! But part of the reason I haven't brought it up is because one can freely read up on Crowley's magick, and it's a deep and wide topic--panoramic even. Thus I fear to get started, as there may be no end in sight. But do you have any basic comments on magick as it pertains to Crowley?
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The Book of Lies, A. Crowley
Magick: Liber ABA, Book 4, by A. Crowley, et al.
Magick in Theory and Practice, by A. Crowley.
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A: Crowley is sort of the Bruce Lee of Magick. Although I suppose since he came before Bruce, it would be more true to say Bruce was the Crowley of Martial Arts. Lol.

An interview on Thelema
Not saying we did, but this is how Jude likes to conduct an interview

A: Basically, Crowley was of the mind that you keep what works from any system, throw out what doesn't, and experiment to find what else works. If it works, it goes in your repertoire. "The method of Science, the aim of Religion." This is true where magick is concerned, as well as where mysticism is concerned. Approach them scientifically, and find which approaches have a repeatability that succeeds each time. Otherwise, your "magick" really is nothing more than random chance.

A: And it is important to note that true magick, like any natural phenomenon, doesn't require your faith in it for it to work.
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Magick Without Tears, A. Crowley
Scientific Approach to Magick, Blazing Star OTO
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Me: Please touch upon how you meant for the phrase, "the aim of religion," to apply... Not sure how that would be.

A: What is the aim of religion? What purpose is it supposed to serve? From our perspective, one not dissimilar in many ways to that of Hindus and Buddhists, it's Union. Union with God, Union with The Universe, Union with the Great Marmalade Sandwich In the Sky, whatever. That's the aim of religion. Where Christianity is concerned, the method of religion is typically Faith. But for Thelemites, we prefer a more pragmatic, realistic, reasonable, and reliable method. And that is the scientific method. Make sense?

Me: It certainly does.
Me: If a beginner Thelemite  wanted to learn, from some really interesting Thelema related videos, which ones are top on your list of recommendations, and keep in mind that the recommendations are for those new to Thelema, if you will.

A: YouTube has lots of LMD's (Mr. Duquette's) videos, for one. Just put his name in the little box, hit enter, keep hands and feet inside the safety zones at all times, and off you go.

Lon Milo Duquette talks Enochian Magick, Hermetics, & Thelema

A: Blazing Star O.T.O. also has some very informative and educational videos on YouTube. They are really good. And of course Jim Wasserman has videos there as well, including some really good ones about the Gnostic Mass. Be prepared for these videos to be quite a bit longer than what you are used to on YouTube though. I've seen videos about the Qabalah that are over six hours long.
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Qabalah for the Rest of Us, L.M. Duquette
Hermetic Qabalah: The Elements, Blazing Star OTO
Psychology of Thelema, Blazing Star OTO: Part 1Part 2.
Gnostic Mass, J. & N. Wasserman/Swirling Star Lodge
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Me: Can you watch a video that's six hours long?

A: Sure, if you watch it in half hour bites. (laughs)

Me: There ya go!
Me: I wonder where you get these sayings--the safety zone thing. (furrows eyebrows, then laughs)
Me: Do we dare compare Thelema, even on a basic level, to Christianity? What do you have to say here, if we can do this and not incite World War 3.

A: Honestly, we never declared war on Christianity, but we knew it was coming. Christianity is a religion from the last Aeon, the Aeon of Osiris. It is a religion of the Dying God, of the Patriarchal God. Thelema is the religion, the philosophy, the method of The Crowned and Conquering Child. It is the religion that marked the beginning of the Aeon of Horus.

A: I cannot say that they have nothing in common. They both have ritual, for example. But Christianity teaches that man is separate from God, that the two are incompatible, that true Union is not possible. Thelema teaches exactly the counter to that. Christianity insists upon proselytizing as a part of its central doctrine. Thelema, though? "Argue not. Convert not." Big differences.

Me: Yes, peace, even if only one way between Thelema & Christianity, is at least peace on some level.
Me: What is that about, argue not. What have I missed, how does that fit in?

A: It's in 3:42. It says "Success is thy proof: argue not; convert not; talk not overmuch! Them that seek to entrap thee, to overthrow thee, them attack without pity or quarter; & destroy them utterly." I believe it basically tells ME, at least, not to start anything with anyone, not to force my opinions or beliefs on anyone. But if they try to force anything on me, make a war the likes of which they have never seen of it

Me: I feel compelled to ask--do you have anything insightful to say about James Wasserman?

A: James is just a really nice guy who catches a lot of flack from today's Thelemites for being something of a conservative politically. As I'm sure you have noticed, a vast majority of Pagans, Heathens, and other non-Abrahamic religious types are left wing liberals almost by default because hardcore Christians occupy the right wing. That tends to put Jim on the outs with a lot of them. But he reaches his conclusions rationally, and without arguing like a lunatic against the other side of the political fence.

A: And the problem is that a great many Thelemites nowadays are falling into the left wing camp for those same reasons. I truly think many of them are claiming Thelema simply because it isn't Christianity, and because Thelemites have historically pissed Christians off! Lol

Me: You mean, primarily for the one reason alone, as it appears.
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Aleister Crowley And the Practice of the Magical Diary (J. Wasserman)
The Weiser Concise Guide to Aleister Crowley (J. Wasserman)
777 and Other Qabalistic Writings, A. Crowley
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A: I don't really care where you fall politically, as long as you don't try to force your views on me. If you discuss reasonably, so will I. If you behave like a child who isn't getting his way, well, see 3:42.
A: And I mean people in general, not you specifically.

Me: We cross posted again.

A: Mm.

Me: What does it mean that Crowley says "Every man and every woman is a star"? Does this tie in conceptually and directly, with "The Khabs is in the Khu, not the Khu in the Khabs"?

A: They are related, yes.

Me: Would you care to elaborate?

Me: Let me begin, if I may...
I take the Khabs in the Khu concept to mean that the truest of what we are resides in the soul, not in a meatsuit, and we are in that sense as like stars in the sky.

A: Well, in psychological terms, the khu is sort of your ego self, while the khabs is the real you. Khabs is true nature, khu is demeanor as shown to the world. Khabs actually means star. The khu is the mask we wear over our true face, the khabs. This concept basically comes down to the notion that God is is not outside of us, but is inside us, each of us individually.

A: Once again I feel like I'm leaving stuff out. Like the fact that the vast nothingness of space is Nuit and the stars within are Hadit. Microcosmically, every man and every woman are thus Hadit. [See sidenote a few rows down, to understand what the Union of Nuit and Hadit represents.]

Me: And yet somehow I get that we are both right... agree?

A: We are basically saying the same thing. "Every man and every woman is a star" sort of means that, though we all originate from the same finite point of a beginning, we are individual in our experiences and perceptions. When we ultimately achieve Union again, those experiences and perceptions are part of that great unity.
A: 1:29 says "For I am divided for love's sake, for the chance of union." This too is part of what we are talking about.

Me: "Divided for love's sake, for the chance of union"--all of us to one day become part of the great nothingness? It all comes down to that?

A: While I don't really want to tell people what Liber AL is saying (it's another "to each his own," sort of thing) I believe that, yes, it all comes down to that.

Me: Thank you.
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Sidenote: I wish to add in here, that the Union spoken of is that between Nuit and Hadit. Nuit representing nothingness and potentiality, Hadit representing concepts relative to Yetzirah... initial steps towards converting nothingness to something. Their union obviously is a creative one, and moving up the tree it reverses, and thus converts material world concepts back to no-thing.
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A: But also, we are divided so that each of us will have individual love experiences necessary to learn completely different life lessons from one another. When we are all One again, all of that accumulated experience will be in one place, and ultimately will teach the lesson that none of us could ever know individually.

Me: Even when you've been exposed to it before, it's a mind blowing concept really. Especially so when realizing that we even transcend Oneness to become of absolutely nothing... you know...? It raises so many questions--one being, "Why?"

A: It is. It is literally too much for any individual to deal with! Lol

Me: By the way--what caused you to become interested in Thelema?

A: My dad started teaching me about it when I was very young, after my mother died.

Me: So your father was a Thelemite then? A dabbler, or more committed to the path?

A: He was quite committed to it before I was born, but less active after my mother died. Being a single dad in the 1970s was rough.

Me: I suppose single parenting is difficult in most any times, sadly enough. And as much as I hate to say it, we are fresh out of time, so that's a wrap. Your insight has been pleasurable and you've responded to some points that are sure to resonate strongly with Thelemite novices. Thanks so much for visiting, and please come back again soon. 93s to you, Adam.

A: 93s right back at you. Thanks for having me.

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In future there are bound to be more articles on Thelema, with initial ones being more aimed towards beginners; so feel free to check back from time to time.

~Jude

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Related Reading
Crowley, the Legend and the Lies :: Myths Exposed
On Crowley and the Writing of Liber Al vel Legis
Aleister Crowley, Things you May Want to Know
To Mega Therion
The Virgin & the Whore
The Serpent Gate: To Meta Ohpion (a tarot resource)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Thelema Over Tea; Jude & Adam K, Chewing the Fat

Chatting
Thelema spoken over tea and crumpets

Questions to a Thelemite Friend :: An Interview with Adam K


This piece was written primarily to provide a basic amount of information to those considering Thelema as a path, and to those new to it. The intent is to provide a kinda sorta outline of matters Thelema, but even as much, to provide a highly respectable compendium of reference material, a laugh, and some insight from a couple of Thelemites verbally larking around. One of the two, Adam K, is quite knowledgeable on the presented topic, as he's been immersed in its philosophies for some time--well since he escaped that Turkish Prison, but that's another story entirely. The interview was purposely conducted in a very lighthearted way. The interviewer, though not made clear throughout the interview, was Jude (Metaphysicality Inc blog's administrator)--which contextually adds to the humor.

It should be stated up front, that if you want in depth information specific to the meat and potatoes of Thelema, watch out for future articles. This piece offers a fair bit of information, but came to pass as the result of two friends having a casual and non specific discussion. As well it should be said, that Qabalah, which is much of what this post refers to, is an issue central to Thelema; this as not only is it the crux to all that is, but as well it directly ties in with True Will, as you will soon discover.


The Interview


Hey there, Adam K, how are you? So, to familiarize readers with who you are, you're a friend of Jude Chi, right? From Facebook, if I understand correctly. I heard that you and her met when she began developing an interest in Thelema, and that you helped her find relevant resources, and pointed out concepts and ideas that she may have otherwise missed. And no doubt you've shared some interesting Thelema-relevant posts and videos on FB back and forth, given that you share a commonality. Is this an accurate synopsis? If not, please clarify.

A: Yup, that pretty much sums it up. Kinda bonded over debates about Duquette! (smiles)

Me: I see; do you mind elaborating? What was the crux of the debate?

A: Ah. It wasn't so much a debate, really. Even the most clear explanations of the Qabalah can be as clear as mud sometimes, and we were discussing the Chicken Qabalah, the clearest of mud puddles! (laughs)

Me: That thing about mud puddles--seems like it may be a Duquette quote (grins). Qabalah itself is a muddy topic, never mind books based upon it. What kind of a job would you say that LMD does, in his particular approach to the subject?

A: Well, if you are like me and really wish there was a series of books on the Qabalah, Thelema, and Magick for Dummies (trademark lol), he is the person who should be writing. The books he HAS written on the subjects, as well as the numerous YouTube videos he has appeared in, serve quite well to make very complex subject matter, far simpler to absorb.

Me: Agreed; he is a great educator and a marvelous role model for Thelemites. I have read the Chicken Qabalah, by the way (upon your insistence that I do so), and do recommend it to any Qabalah initiate. Of course that it's written from the perspective of a Thelemite is of utmost importance, as this is precisely the type of material a Thelema novice needs, rather than to be wandering without direction trying to figure it all out.
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The Chicken Qabalah, L.M. Duquette
Son of Chicken Qabalah, L.M. Duquette
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Me: I know you would be one to say that you are not an expert on Thelema, as you've said it before. However, it's clear to see you are knowledgeable on the topic, and thus I will put this out there. Am I right?

A: You are correct. I'm far from any kind of expert on the subject.

Me: Arguing with you would suggest otherwise. Ahem. Anyhow--now with those new to Thelema in mind, what would you say in response to someone asking "what do you find to be Thelema's drawing card?" I mean, what are the core elements of it that appeal to you above all else?

A: The thing that appeals to me is also the thing that makes it such a pain sometimes! (laughs). I guess it would be that--you really can do whatever you want, as long as you are aware that every action, "positive" or "negative," has its consequences. But even larger than that... is the notion that we all have a purpose, our True Will, that we are here to accomplish. No matter how useless, how pointless, how unnecessary you feel, you do have a reason for being. You also have the responsibility to discover, for yourself, what that purpose is.

Me: Ah yes I get the picture--a Thelemite has a big undertaking, and if they are not ready to live up to that monumental task--to seek the finding of their True Will, they aren't going to get too far with Thelema it appears. And I see that in what you have presented, we begin to examine existentialism as well.

A: Oh, and magick is awesome too! (smirks)

Me: We kinda cross posted there, lol.

A: Yes, and exactly.

Me: Yes, and hopefully we have time to touch upon magick, further in.
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Living Thelema: A Practical Guide to Attainment in A. Crowley's System of Magick, D. Shoemaker
The Magick of Aleister Crowley, L.M. Duquette
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Me: Do you have any tips on how to find one's True Will? I am new to Thelema, and my own impression, but as a novice, is lol, to journey through Thelema (doh)... maybe that you are far further into your journey than I am, would lead you to offer different and more precise insight... what would you say to someone who wanted to find their True Will, in the way that people want everything nowadays--as fast as they can get it? Millenials, you know. (rolls eyeballs jokingly)

A: Well, the answer to that is likely to bring yet more questions, and those will likely be more difficult to answer clearly than this one. But, basically...

Me: Do your best, that's good enough.

A: ... every Thelemite's goal is to have knowledge and conversation with their Holy Guardian Angel, or their HGA.

A: By having that K&C of their HGA, they are then able to get the answer to the question, "why am I here?"

Me: Very clear and concise. I love that answer, thank you. And yes, though it could lead to more questions, we best keep this interview basic... or we literally could write a novel from it.

Me: Aleister Crowley, the father of Thelema, Frater Perdurabo, the Great Beast 666, Uncle Al, and so on and so forth... loved by many, and reviled by many as well. I know that he has served as an inspiration to you in ways. What would you like to be quoted on, what would you like to tell not only those new to Thelema, but the world in general, about this man?

A: Well, all you fear is true, and all you've been told is a lie, or something like that. Also--if a twenty nine year old Crowley were alive and walking the earth today, he would seem fairly normal if a bit stuffy by today's moral standard. He would still be a genius--and a bit of an arrogant ass--but that describes many of our most respected and admired thinkers today. So, I guess, people should know that each of them would have been just as vilified as he was if they were in his day, but they wouldn't as a matter of course have the advantage of his genius.

A: That's a bit much for a quote. (laughs)

Me: Windy? You think so? (laughs sarcastically)

A: I'm reflecting Arthur Edward Waite! Somebody stop me! (laughs heartily)

Me: Omg, too funny...the sheer torture of it all. (winks)

Me: If a person wanted to learn the basics of Thelema, beyond Liber AL vel Legis, also known as The Book of the Law, what other book or books, would you recommend for an entry level Thelemite to begin studying? And, which book or reference material would you recommend, to help them figure out the meaning of information presented in the Liber AL?

A: Liber AL. Not for the faint of heart. Crowley wrote a Comment, or a commentary if you will, for Liber AL called "The Law is for All." Whether we are supposed to be giving our interpretations of what we think Liber AL says or not is debatable, but it was perfectly clear that Uncle C WAS supposed to offer a commentary on it, a sort of guidebook to help us understand a very weighty book. And weighty it is, despite how very small it is.
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The Book of the Law, A. Crowley
The Law is for All: The Authorized Popular Commentary to the Book of the Law, Crowley/Regardie
Abrahadabra, Rodney Orpheus
The Holy Books of Thelema, A. Crowley
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A: I also recommend absolutely everything written by Lon Milo Duquette, as well as any books written by James Wasserman. Both of these people have written quite extensively on the subjects of Thelema, Magick, and the Qabalah.

A: There are of course many other authors I could recommend as well, but we would be here for three more interviews if I kept going.  lol.

Me: Thanks for the insight. By the way, do you think the average person would "get" the contents of Liber AL, or do you think that people should prepare by also acquiring a copy of The Law is for All?

Unicursal Hexagram
Unicursal hexagram

A: People will be quite confused by Liber AL if they don't have reference material to go with it. But if they can read it once (it isn't a long read) without reference material and they don't run away screaming and tearing out their own hair, if they still have a deep abiding curiosity about what the words mean, well then... These are the people I like.

Me: Alright...
Me: In which way is the Qabalah relevant to Thelema? Is it of great importance, or not?

A: It's a bit like having a card catalog in your head that's all out of whack, and the Qabalah is sort of your Dewey Decimal System for organizing it all. It can also sort of be thought of as your brain's Operating System, its OS. As far as Thelema is concerned, it is the most frequently used, and most reliable system we have, for drawing correspondences between absolutely everything to absolutely everything until we ultimately conclude, quite simply, that All is for Naught, as it were; since nothing, No Thing, exists. It's all illusion.

Me: Oh, you mean as in Mr. Duquettes "Ten CommandRants"?

A: But it helps with simpler things too, like setting up any spell work or magical workings by understanding which things symbolically correspond to the goal of your work.

Me: Oops, we cross posted again. My bad.

A: Yes, CommandRants. The first being "all is one," and the second informing us that the first is a lie, all is nothing. And of course there are eight more.

Me: You don't happen to have them memorized, do you? (laughs)

A: I wish, but no. Lol.
But the basic idea of them is up there bouncing around in my noggin.

Me: I was going to ask you what the simplest way for a Thelema novice to get their feet wet in Qabalism is. But given what you've already said, I would assume you'd say The Chicken Qabalah, by Lon Milo Duquette.

A: I recommend people find what works best for them. Not everyone can appreciate Duquette's simple, good hearted grandfatherly wit. Some people need a boot camp style, super structured approach. Others need to play it fast and loose. But The Chicken Qabalah certainly worked to help me stop bashing my head against the concrete trying to figure that damned tree out.

Me: Gotcha, and it makes good sense.

A: It does indeed.

Knowledge
Wisdom & Knowledge

Me: It took me a while to figure out how that works, but for those who've never touched upon Qabalah, a grossly simple reduction would be (not just concerning magick, but the big picture too), that signs from within your life, such as colors, numbers, signs you keep seeing, could tell you where you place on the tree at any given phase, as could any certain archangel, deity, or daemon, appearing to you. And when you need a symbol to enhance a specific type of magick, you look to the things attributed to the appropriate sephirah or path of the Qabalah, to help bump up the energy of your workings. Of course this is elaborating on what you already touched upon.

A: Yes, use the tree to find which symbols and objects and so forth correspond to your goals magically, especially in spell work. The attributes of each sephirah and path can also tell you where you are on your spiritual journey.

Me: Thanks for confirming and expounding, as I am still very new to Qabalah.
Me: There comes a time when  a Thelemite will be prepared to cross the Abyss. Is it true that one cannot cross without their HGA?

A: Honestly, I can't fairly answer that as easily as I would like. Once you have begun the journey up the Paths, you can take The Oath of The Abyss at any time, thus claiming the title of Babe of The Abyss as rightfully yours. But if you aren't actually prepared for the crossing of that Abyss (a thing many people won't understand without a knowledge of the Qabalah) you will be driven mad, incapable of dealing with "real life" in any reasonable fashion. Do you need your HGA? I would say most definitely. Your HGA is more than some metaphysical angelic being from beyond. In my understanding, it is also able to be called your Higher Self, and it is the you that exists beyond the pettiness of your ego and its lesser desires. I would say that if you haven't prepared yourself to be destroyed in the crucible, your Self won't come through the other side.

Me: Old whatziz name's gonna eat me up. What's his name again? Sounds like Corazon.

A: Lol. It's Choronzon. The embodiment of confusion and mental static, as it were.

Me: Well I knew it wasn't Corazon, as that means heart... lol. If a demon is going to eat me and spit me out sans ego, I don't think his name will be based upon the word heart.

A: So essentially, if you don't know your True Will, your wanton desires will drive you nuts.

A: Nope. Not the heart indeed. He has more to do with unbridled Knowledge, logic, and so on. Knowledge is useless without Understanding.

Me: Hmm, a heck of a hard thing to conceptualize, but somehow I get it--what you said about wanton desires driving one nuts.

A: I can sum up the difference of the desire known as will from other desire in a sort of analogy, if you want.

Me: Yes, please do.

A: Alright. Say you have a goal which states you wish to gain 30 pounds of muscle and lose fifteen pounds of body fat in six months. You lay out a workout regimen, you establish a nutritional plan, and you get the proper gear to move you down this road to a better you, as you see it. Following this plan and sticking with it is following your will. But then, you also have a strong desire to scarf down ho hos and ding dongs. If you follow through on that desire, then your desires are in effect defeating your will.

A: This isn't to say your will and desires are always in conflict. But if they are, you must decide which will take priority. For a Thelemite, that should always be your Will.
A: That brings me to what Thelema means--it is Greek for Will.

Me: Okay yes, but what I am missing now, is how this sits in light of the previous question, how would eating ding dongs in wild abandon drive one mad? Lol... sorry, but it needed to be asked.

A: If your goal is Union with the Oneness, and ultimately the Nothing, not letting go of your desires is indicative of not releasing your Ego, the mask you wear for the world. That part of your illusion is not You, and is ultimately not real and not "God". It will pull you down into the madness of the Abyss. Does that make sense? Probably not. Logic and rational thought are useful tools, but are sometimes a crutch and even a wall between a person and true Understanding.

Me: Okay, thanks. It has surpassed my level of comprehension of matters Qabalah, but still, I do get it on a basic level.

A: Mind you, this is all off the top of my head so I can't say its all completely sensible or accurate on all points at all times...

Me: It's your opinion, and in that sense it's fine.

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It seems quite peculiar to pause this interview here, but there was no ideal place, so this is it for now.

~ Jude


That concludes Part One of our interview, and Part Two will be served up within the next few days. There is so much more coming, so be sure to check back.

Truth--Just Another Word; or, How to Manifest, by Jude Chi

Magickal sigil
A magickal sigil


A Mini Blog, for Your Consideration


Well they (The Secret et al) had it partially right; when working our thoughts to manifest, we do need to look at what we want as being already materialized. But why it doesn't work for everyone or mostly everyone, is because they don't get why they should do it, so don't invest their thought energy into doing it right...

The reason why we need to see our manifestations realized in a past tense even though they have not yet come to be, is not to simply support them to happen sooner than later, but to overlay the shitty memories of the past that keep us repressed in the now. Yes, bad memories are what prevent us from manifesting our desires, by lowering our vibrational frequency.

How to dissociate from a shitty past that a person unintentionally created, is for them to replace the old memories with beautiful new ones (one could be--I manifested a million bucks in my past, for example). To some, to do so--to create new memories not in line with how they remember events, would seem like lying to the self. To them I say this--redefine your idea of what lies are. When this whole universe is nothing but pure nothingness, and from it we manage to manifest a pile of crap, it's time to recenter to a new truth of what we can create. In that setting, "truth" is just a word--literally just another word, as is the word "lie."

~ Jude Chi


Based upon an original post by me on my Facebook page, first published on the morning of March 4th, 2018.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

What Genuine Dragons Blood Resins, Oils, and Powders are and are Not

Pterocarpus indica
Pterocarpus Indica (Wikipedia Commons; CC by 3.0); Forest & Kim Starr


Genuine Dragons Blood, Fake Dragons Blood, what's the Difference?


Or--The Truth about Dragons blood, that your Mother was Afraid to tell You

For those that really care--which is indubitably the magick practitioners amongst us--dragons blood is not one particular substance, thus its fragrance is bound to vary dependent upon where it's bought. As a matter of fact, a resin can be derived from specific genera of any one of the following plant types, and be called dragons blood: Croton, Dracaena, Calamus rotang (rattan palm), Pterocarpus, and Daemonorops.

Resin incense selection, on Amazon
Resin incense selection, on Amazon

Dragons blood resin is supposed to be red, but may not naturally be; a product derived from it may be color enhanced, but as well could be reddish brown. When powdered, it is often extended with similarly fragranced powders. Beyond the aforementioned, there are some, well you could call them counterfeit versions--where an item is sold as dragons blood but is actually entirely red sandalwood mixed with frankincense (typically this would describe powders, but a resin-like product could be manufactured in this way). Though it technically seems counterfeit, such a blend literally has all the properties of a true resin, and is commonly used as a substitute. To clarify--in theory, for DB products to be genuine, any sandalwood added would be in resin form, not powdered wood or bark form as such. Keep on reading to see how sandalwood fits in at all, in the production of dragons blood products.

As a matter of fact, red sandalwood is a genus of Pterocarpus (Pterocarpus santalinus); this means that dragons blood resins sourced from it are genuine; and powders are at least to some degree genuine, when produced in the aforementioned way (they embody the right energies, at least).

Calamus gibbsianus
Calamus gibbsianus; By Eric in SF - Own work, GFDL

It is commonly held that the most valued of all dragons blood resins, is that of the Dracaena draco tree; however, a far more abundant source, is that of the Daemonorops draco. So while the first is the ideal, the second is commonly seen as "genuine," this based upon the rarity of the first kind, as well as upon the need to define one type as being genuine. As for oils, it's hard to know what you are getting for sure, because dragons blood technically defined, is a resin; period.

If you are buying oil, make sure it's labeled which of these plants it is derived from, or it literally could be anything. Even if it is sourced from one of these plants, it is not necessarily bonafide dragons blood oil, as it may not embody the energies of red--which is important--as if you are using it to make, let's say cone incense, then for it to be genuine you will also need to add some red sandalwood, to have it present the correct energies. And when it comes to the powders, in a lot of cases you are getting frank and sandalwood. Furthermore--and it goes without saying really, when buying dragons blood in any form, pay attention to what you are buying--as in which type of resin or oil it was derived from, and also to which kind you prefer. This will help you shop more efficiently in the future.

Which leaves me to ask--will the real dragons blood please stand up?

Right now I have some Daemonorops draco resin burning, and it is a joy to watch; as it burns the chunk melts down to a cyclamen colored blood-like liquid. And the smell, is simply exquisite.

Now you know why it is that there's no singular "true" dragons blood--and how even the "counterfeits" need to at least embody the cluster of energies that dragons blood resin should rightly possess. Said energies include: resonance of the color red, of one of these trees or plants (which provides a connection to raw, dragon energy), and that of pure magick.

With this all said, now we are each suitably armed with knowledge, which will allow us to buy the real McCoy--to the best of what's available to us in our respective locale at least.

Dragons blood resin, on Amazon
Dragons blood resin, on Amazon

Friday, March 16, 2018

Crowley, the Legend and the Lies :: Crowley Myths Exposed

Aleister Crowley--the Great Beast 666
Aleister Crowley


Introduction


Aleister Crowley--controversial, a prolific writer, a true free spirit that lived wild and free, and a top notch magick practitioner with keen intellect, is what he was. He lived his life the way he wanted to, and let nothing hold him back. He could be described as a hedonist, but was not without discipline--with what he achieved in his lifetime in volume of writing alone, with him few others could compare. And what he achieved in magickal pursuits, few others could compare. 

There is no doubt that he was loved by many and also reviled by many; ergo much has been said of him and much of it's foundless. Those that thought lowly of him told lies and exaggerated dilute partial truths, while those that thought highly of him at times made claims that were groundless, to appear as being closer to him than was factual. Furthermore, what was said long ago about this legendary magician, still carries on today. That's why we are going to sift through a few common myths--to see what brought them on, and see what the truth inside them looks like.


Myth Number 1: Crowley sacrificed humans in his magickal rites


Magickal ritual
Analysis: ❌ This is false.

The Truth:
In one of his works, "On the Bloody Sacrifice: And Matters Cognate," Crowley referred to masturbation, in his personal brand of veiled humor, as child sacrifice. For those who did not understand or that wanted to see the worst in him at a quick glance upon his work, the worst is what they found and remembered, thus the myth lives on. Crowley was serving up vital information in his own unique way, and apparently did not care if he'd be misconstrued--and he probably hoped to be misconstrued. So it's a definite no on the human sacrifice; however, there may have been a frog crucifixion. Allow me to explain why I say maybe...

But first, one could ask, why would Crowley sacrifice a frog anyway? Well, it is commonly held that it was done in order for Crowley to officially achieve the grade of Magus. And reading around it seems that everyone and his dog believes that a frog was killed, but that doesn't make it so. In the book "The Magick of Aleister Crowley: A Handbook of the Rituals of Thelema," Lon Milo Duquette states that Crowley did not engage in animal sacrifice in matters magickal and spiritual. I tried to contact him to gain clarity, but failed. However, I consulted another long time OTO insider; I did not ask permission to disclose his name, but he's a veritable icon within Thelema. He told me that in Crowley's time and in an area he spent time in--New Orleans--there was a frog crucifixion ritual that had been traditionally performed, and that no one raised an eyebrow at that sort of thing back then. It appears that Crowley was influenced by that. And thus his ritual potentially (and likely) took place.

Crucified frog sculpture at Penn State Abington
Crucified frog sculpture; Image linked to source.

Reading the outline of the frog crucifixion ritual, it's clear that it's all about symbolically disengaging from the old Aeon, and clearing the way for new and better. It was not a game he played, it was not for fun, and it was not evil. To provide a clearer perspective of how far less than evil it was, quoting the same unnamed individual "People were rather cavalier in those days, regarding the suffering of animals. As late as the 1960s it was common practice in high school biology lab to kill one and cut it open while the heart was still beating. That's been replaced by less gruesome acts than vivisection in modern high school, for the most part. In Crowley's time, people would not have thought much about it at all. Not nice, of course. Less nasty than Spanish-style bull fighting, but that's still done."

Abramelin the Mage, on Amazon
Abramelin the Mage, on Amazon

I conclude this section here by quoting three people. My friend Adam K, who said "remember, people still believe that Crowley sacrificed children, because they don't understand the metaphor." And Lon Milo Duqette, who in the book referred to above said, "even though there are what appear to be references to the practice in some of the Holy Books of Thelema, animal sacrifice plays no part whatsoever in the magick of Aleister Crowley." And last but not least, quoting Crowley himself--his entire ritual as a matter of fact. Rather than actually quote from it I urge you to read it, as it's clear that said ritual was an important symbolic and magickal expression of justice--the justice of course being the obliteration of the old aeon, in order to enter the new--an aeon of truth and liberty. Thus in its way the ritual effectively summarized Crowley's greatest life work--Thelema.

Sure there will still be those who believe that Crowley killing the frog, if it even happened, was wrong, and perhaps evil. To them I say, consider this for a moment: this is how pigs, goats, sheep, cows and calves are killed for our consumption--an electrical current is zapped across their heart or brain (it may seem humane, but would you like it done to you? I didn't think so), and the animal is made unconscious before being killed. And in industrialized slaughterhouses, chickens are shackled and dragged through an electrified water bath; and humans collectively allow this. Anyways, I digress...

For the record, I the author, could not harm or kill an animal if my life depended on it. But, returning to the point and to conclude this section, the bottom line is that Crowley did not engage in human sacrifice.



Illustrated Goetia by Crowley; on Amazon
Illustrated Goetia by Crowley; on Amazon

Crowley Myth Number 2 :: That he was a Pedophile

Bleak staircase


Analysis: ❌ This is false.

The Truth:
Crowley was not a pedophile, and the very essence of Thelema, is that we are each free to act in free will--all of us. Thus encroaching upon the free will of another was not a part of Crowley's philosophy, concerning both adults and children. However, there were things he said and things that happened that could easily be taken out of context; here is one of them:

In Crowley's book "The World Tragedy," he said, “Let me seduce the boys of England. Then these boys, becoming men, may bring about the new Heaven and the new Earth…for the transvaluation of all values must yet again take place…but without an army I am useless. Give me an army, young men; and we will sweep those dogs into the sea.” 

My commentary on the above: Hey, is it just me, or does this clearly say that he wants to begin cultivating an army, and he wants to start by working with England's young men? We don't know for certain how he meant for the word "seduced" to be taken; but common sense dictates that he wanted to change the values of men as they aged towards maturity, and let them become his backers--surely not that he wanted to sexually seduce armies of young men.

Do What Thou Wilt hoodie, on Amazon
Do What Thou Wilt hoodie, on Amazon

Next, we have an example of how Crowley quotes and people falsely claiming a connection to him, have often been taken out of context and misapplied to justify what rapists and pedophiles have done; read here, and the next one I'll explain in advance, as the perpetrator changed his name to replicate Aleister's name at birth (which was Edward Alexander Crowley)--this nincompoop here. Crowley's name does not belong in those publications yet it's there, while he's not here to defend himself. In times of yore, Crowley's times included, the media was left to do much as they pleased and many claims were made; some of those claims apparently took on a life of their own. Crowley was an ideal target due to his notoriety.

And on a similar note, here's an example of the type of rot, that gives the lies of the past, wings still today--Crowley Exposed (from a Christian perspective). They actually say "Aleister Crowley was... a mass child killer." I have no idea how they can say such a thing with a straight face, as there was not a single murder charge laid against him.

Unicursal Hexagram pendant, on Amazon
Unicursal Hexagram pendant, on Amazon

Additionally, there was a man named Mohammed ben Brahim; when Crowley was in Tunisia the two had a thing going. He is commonly referred to as a youth; but I looked it up and it was not like that. As it turns out, Mohammed ben Brahim was born in 1897. Do the math; Crowley went to Tunisia in 1923, so Mohammed was no teenager when residing with Crowley--he was 26. This common misconception probably adds to the confusion. Perhaps there is doubt as to whether the Mohammed ben Brahim referred to on Wikipedia is the same one that was Crowley's lover in the 1920s, but I clarified this with divination to my own satisfaction, and suggest you do the same.


Crowley Myth Number 4 :: That he Died Penniless and Alone

A few coins

Analysis: ❌ This is false.

The Truth:
Crowley was no longer a rich man by the time he went to Netherwood, but he had a place to live and had his needs met. As well, he had between £450 and £500 under his bed in a strongbox. Such an amount of money was a lot then--equivalent to over £18,401.72 today. At some point, Lady Frieda Harris talked him into believing that it was okay to access the money; and surely it was, as it was given to him in donations from OTO members as publishing money for his works, which during his life would not see the light of day. He had some visitors, for sure; as a matter of fact Patricia MacAlpine, who was there at the very end, alluded to this in her works. She stated that he was visited by Aleister Ataturk (Crowley's son by her) and his friends. However, how many visitors he had is unclear, as there isn't a whole lot written on the topic by those present, and some reports conflict.

Netherwood - Last Resort of Aleister Crowley
Netherwood: Last Resort of A.C.

It appears that until Crowley got truly unwell he had a fair shake of visitors. It's common with elderly folks, that after a while their people feel they need more rest, or find regular visits inconvenient to engage in... it may have been the same for Crowley. But he was not entirely alone, and was not underappreciated.

Netherwood has oft been referred to as a boarding house, but the truth is that it was anything but. It was a place where people went in retirement, it was for the refined. To provide a clearer illustration of how nice it was, Kenneth Grant--Crowley's secretary, resided there for a while; he rented a guest abode on its grounds. The term "boarding house" became popular after it was once used in a documentary, "Masters of Darkness," that seemed set on making Crowley look sinister, and in the end, broken down.

I think we can rest assured that there will always be plenty of interest in this great man, who achieved so much... and his song will play on for many decades more--the song of the wondrous Great Beast. 

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Crowley Myth Number 3 :: That he had another son besides Ataturk

Another son?


Analysis: ❌ This is false.

The Truth:
No he did not. As a matter of fact, let's clear up any misconceptions about how many offspring he sired. He had two with Rose Kelly: Nuit Ma Ahathoor Hecate Sappho Jezebel Lilith Crowley, who died at two years of age (1904-1906); and Lola Zaza Crowley, who died in 1990 (1906-1990). Then, by Leah Hirsig, he sired Anne Leah Crowley, who is shown to have died the same year she was born--1920. And by Ninnette Fraux, he sired Astarte Lulu Panthea Crowley, who died in 2005 (1920-2005). And by Patricia Doherty MacAlpine, he sired Charles Edward d'Arquires, aka Aleister Ataturk (1937-2002). Now we move onto discussing why there is so much confusion concerning A.C.'s offspring...

Liber Aleph vel CXI
Liber Aleph vel CXI on Amazon

There was some tendency within the Crowley family to assume names other than their own, and it appears therefore when we encounter their various names, that he had a whole lot of offspring. But there were five in all, and that's it. Apart from his actual family members, there was a man once who changed his name to Edward Crowley (Aleister's birth name), who went on to commit murder. And rumor spread that he was Crowley's son; he's the same man referenced on this page, by the way.

Then there was Amado Crowley, who claimed to be Crowley's son. However, according to those that knew him well, he was a bit of  a yarn spinner, and had a vested interest in making such a claim. His claim is believed to be groundless.

And finally, some may ask--who was MacAleister? Was he Crowley's son? Well it goes like this--most of us familiar with Crowley are fully aware of the infamous Paris working. And a common telling of it has it that Crowley's assistant, MacAleister, was in fact his son, and that MacAleister was found dead at the conclusion of the incident. Although it's a quaint and heart-touching story, it would appear there's no truth to it. Read this interesting article written elsewhere, to get the gist of how it most likely was.


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Jude: On my Store, Spirit Conjures, and Magick



Introduction


Some months ago I made a couple of brief posts in reference to the opening of my shop--Metaphysicality Inc Store. But since then you may have noticed, there's been no further news on it. My bad. I have been so busy promoting it in other ways, that I have been negligent in mentioning it here. So I will take this opportunity to bring you up to speed, not only on my store, but also on how my journey through magick is progressing.

By the way--this is an absolute change of direction for me, as in the past, posts published here were rarely from the personal viewpoint of its respective author.

Jude
(Metaphysicality Inc's Webmaster)

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So, what's going on with my store?...


Let's start at the beginning; you see, when the idea for my store was conceived, it was a place from which to sell metaphysical goods, and also a place to do my tarot readings from. However, since then the focus of my interests has changed immensely, and nowadays the bulk of focus is placed upon the spirit conjures I perform, and also upon the big picture of magick I engage in. I have yet to make my magick listings live--too busy getting all of my conjure listings up for now... all good things in their time, I guess.

The only past posts I've ever made on this blog concerning spirit keeping and spirit conjuring, were published long ago indeed, from a time before I began conjuring entities myself. I entered into magick through my experiences in spirit keeping and through the occult knowledge gained from traversing in that direction, and I kept on going, kept on learning, kept on reading what I could. I do practice what is called black magick, but do resent that the average person uses black magick to describe harmful magick, because it is not necessarily that (although it certainly may be in instances).

It is my personal opinion that no black magick should ever be done without due consideration.

Let me veer of on a tangent, to discuss black magick for a moment. The true definition of black magick, is magick that does not serve the magician's will--or should I rather say, their higher will. [By my definition, higher will is that which one by choice engages in, that serves them to grow and evolve in the ways they would like to--but this will is not decided spontaneously; it is a definitive part of an ongoing larger picture--True Will.] A secondary definition of black magick though, is engaging in magick that contravenes the free will of another. This is an interesting point to consider--as my standing in front of where you intend to walk, is me contravening your free will. So at what point does this sort of contravention automatically equate with black magick? True magick has no color, black, white, shades of grey, it's all irrelevant. However, a magician has to be certain of (and steadfast in) their underlying beliefs to ensure that there are no repercussions, to work within the range of magick that is commonly referred to as black.

A screenshot of Metaphysicality Inc Store

Anyway, back to my update. It took me the better part of three years to build my gorgeous store on Shopify.  I made some choices along the way that hindered me, and had to change direction a few times. I had it in mind that I wanted to work with other magicians in my store. But the truth is, if you are working with people online, it is a whole different ballgame than working with them in real life. It's a real tough row to hoe--I don't know how anyone does it. So now I am on my own, and am truly enjoying it... this feels right.

Spirit conjuring is something that lights me up with joy; and I can conjure beings of any sort that are summonable, and that are willing to agree to participate in agreements. I am still working on putting spirit conjure listings up... but even so any spirit or entity type one could conceive of, is available through my store (if you can't find what you're looking for, use the store's contact form, I'll point you in the right direction). I can and will summon and elicit agreements (not pacts, that's a different service) with any beings from White Arts to Black Arts, and also Immortals, including all gods and daemons, Goetics, and servitors. Not all of these service and entity conjures are listed, but all are available from the listings that are now live.

Jude on Facebook

If you are seriously interested in my services and have one or two questions, contact me and I'll respond (use my store's contact page). However, if you have many questions, I'd rather you join me on FB and post your questions there, as then I can respond in a way that others with the same questions, will see the responses provided. Furthermore, if you sign up for my mailing list, you will receive a monthly discount code. Go to my store, and the signup is in the footer at bottom right.

And on a final note... in near future I will be moving on to, well as I said, adding some magick service listings to my store, so keep your eyes open for more news and updates on that. And also, I will be breathing new life into the spirit keeping forum I set up two years ago. As soon as I had it ready to go, the platform it was set up on changed hands, and I had to move it. To move a forum you have to strip it of certain files, which means that it needs to be thoroughly checked over and new files need to be added. It will take time.

The forum will not be entirely about spirit keeping; that will be just one aspect of it. It will cover magick and related topics, spirit keeping, divination, and many other relevant metaphysical topics as well. I look forward to seeing you there as a participant.

Monday, January 8, 2018

On Crowley, and the Writing of Liber AL vel Legis

Aleister Crowley in Freemason garb; 1915
Aleister Crowley in Freemason garb; 1915

Compiled by Jude & Adam K

The great occultist Aleister Crowley (also "Uncle Al," "To Mega Therion," "The Great Beast," and "Frater Perdurabo") passed long ago - December 1st, 1947, to be exact. There's much that can be said about him, and precious little that remains unsaid. The mere mention of Crowley's name has a seriously polarizing effect, in that people love or hate him with virtually no grey area betwixt. There's little doubt amongst those even moderately well read, that during his days amongst the living he thrived upon the degree of notoriety his lifestyle and works induced.

In the earliest days of the 20th century Crowley received by some sort of divine transmission, a text that would go on to provide the foundational material for the branch of philosophy he later founded--Thelema. But who was Aleister Crowley anyway? As a matter of fact, there's a synoptic overview addressing that in a previous article. Today's post illustrates what happened during a time when two newlyweds--Crowley and his wife Rose, were honeymooning in Cairo, Egypt.

Crowley and his family
Crowley, Rose, and their daughter Lola Zaza, 1910


The Great Beast, it was a title that Crowley well enjoyed. "Prince Chioa Khan" was yet another way to say it--this time in Hebrew, and during his time in Egypt it was how he introduced himself. And imagine if you will--he wore garb that was eastern and regal in style, wore bejeweled accessories, and even donned a turban. The couple did touristy newlywed things, including browsing museums and playing golf. Later on into their journey, they retired to their honeymoon apartment suite.

On March 16th, 1904, at the Great Pyramid of Giza, Crowley decided to please Rose by performing a ritual from the Goetia--to "shew the sylphs." And though Rose did not see any sylphs, she slipped into an altered state. It was thereafter she informed A.C. that the god Horus* wished to connect with him, and that "they are waiting for you!". Other things she conveyed were "it's all about the child," and "all  Osiris"; and furthermore, that Crowley had offended Horus (which was later deemed to be due to that he was not initially invoked).

Crowley was resistant to the possibility that Rose's message was authentic, thus he posed her with a set of questions. See here under the heading "Summons." Rose had done no previous studies that would allow her to know or to guess responses to the questions; thus that her responses were all correct is remarkable. And still Crowley was not satisfied. Next Rose was taken to the Bulaq Museum and was asked to point out an illustration of Horus. She did, but in no superficial way... it wasn't one of the most easily recognizable depictions she referred to, but instead was an ancient funerary stele--a 26th dynasty piece (to Thelemites, now referred to as the Stele of Revealing). The stele depicted Horus, but in the form of Ra-Hoor-Khuit, being offered a sacrifice by Ankh-af-na-khonsu. In such a form the god is "Horus of the two horizons." The stele had been inventoried by the museum, with of all numbers, 666; which surely upon discovery had Crowley proudly beaming.

The Stele of Revealing
The Stele of Revealing

As a sidenote, I wish to publish a quote from Wikipedia:
"In Thelema, The Book of the Law (I, 36) says:

'My scribe Ankh-af-na-khonsu, the priest of the princes, shall not in one letter change this book; but lest there be folly, he shall comment thereupon by the wisdom of Ra-Hoor-Khu-it.'

Based on this, Aleister Crowley used the "magical" name "Ankh-f-n-khonsu" (from the "Stele 666" translation prepared in 1904 for Crowley by Egyptologist Émile Brugsch) to sign "The Comment" of The Book of the Law, and also used it sometimes when referring to himself as the prophet of Thelema and the Aeon of Horus. Kenneth Grant wrote that 'Crowley claimed to have been a re-embodiment of the magical current represented by the priesthood to which Ankh-af-na-Khonsu belonged.'"

The point of sharing the above quote, is to demonstrate but one example of how astute and observant Crowley's mind was, and how interconnected, logical and ordered, so many of the concepts presented by Thelema are. I mean, here is the priest from within the Stele of Revealing image, who is furthermore Crowley's scribe and alter ego, and is additionally an energy stream that enabled Crowley to connect with Aiwass, Nuit, Hadit, and Heru-ra-ha, for the purpose of transcribing perhaps the most important document Crowley ever wrote.

But back to the story... Rose at some point conveyed that it was an entity named Aiwass that spoke to her. And on April 7th she was given directions on how Crowley was to receive a message. It was to be three days of writing within "the temple," which was in fact a room within their honeymoon abode. A.C. was to note what was heard within a period of one hour, beginning each day at noon. As well there was a specific invocation ritual he was to perform. He was not impressed by the nature of the rite, as it was not in line with what he knew of magick; but even so he followed it precisely.

The invocation ritual that Crowley held so little faith in, failed upon the first attempt, which was in daylight and around noon. A second attempt was made at midnight, and it was successful. Thus a connection was established with Aiwass, whereby Crowley was informed that he was to be the prophet that would bring awareness to man upon entering a new astrological age, which was the Aeon of Horus.

Crowley did not see Aiwass, but he described an impression of a fine and diaphanous being; he was fit and strong, was in his thirties, and had a brutal but kingly face. He had eyes veiled so that their glance did not destroy what they saw. And the voice, that came from behind A.C.'s left  shoulder, was accentless, passionate and deep, hurried yet sincere, and with a voluptuous and musical quality. The entity was dark, and his clothing was suggestive of him being perhaps Persian or Assyrian. Crowley experienced his messenger as an entity, and believed it possible that the being could have been an aspect of his higher self. But he felt that Aiwass would've had to have been a deity as well, given the epic proportions, complexity, and supernatural nature of the message delivered.

And thus the transmission that in time would become "Liber AL vel Legis," or "The Book of the Law," was transcribed from the 8th-10th of April.

In the early days of describing of how Liber AL vel Legis came into being, Crowley is quoted as having said, it is "a highly interesting example of genuine automatic writing." However, thereafter he outrightly denied that the text content was delivered through automatic writing, and disclosed that in fact at times it was required that certain questions be asked, for clarity and understanding. Furthermore, he pointed out that as an entity conveyed the message and that he was not in an altered state of consciousness, it could not have been automatic writing.

Beyond the precise description of how the content was delivered though, anyone reading the resulting book could clearly see that it's far too complex and riddlesome to be a forgery, and that this complex work was written within such a short timeframe. Over time there were various changes made to the text, and some were made long after its transmission. Crowley claimed that the reason for this was that certain changes simply could not be implemented at earlier times, in instances because the necessary technology was not available.

Once the message had been fully transcribed, Crowley did not initially resonate with it. It stood far from cooperating with his Buddhist and Osirian beliefs. Also, he was raised during the Victorian age in England--a setting wherein women were certainly not treated as equals (and that was to change). It's easy to imagine the hard time he had dealing with the gravity of it all. However, within the next years he came to regard the information as the gift to man and the responsibility to himself, that it indeed was.

In 1906 Crowley returned to England, re-met with his friend George Cecil Jones, and due to their combined efforts the A∴A∴ (Astrum Argenteum) was born. It became the foundation to Crowley delivering his spin on magick, as well as his Thelema, to the world. The first publication of The Book of the Law was in 1909. The following year Crowley joined the OTO in Germany, which was a branch of the Freemasons. He in time took over the helm, broke away from Freemasonry, and had them embrace his Thelema. It was not all fun and games; his taking over the reins of the OTO was not supported by all, and it caused a significant rift within the association.

The Book of the Law on Amazon 

Allow me to break away from the story for a moment in order to present this sidenote: Crowley ended up joining the OTO as the result of a freak accident. Theodor Reuss had highly guarded magickal secrets, including sex magick rites, that he allowed only his highest ranking members to access. It had been brought to Reuss's attention that Crowley was using similar magick. And he spoke to Crowley, inquiring about how he learnt it, and who disclosed to him the secrets that he (Reuss) kept so closely guarded within his organization. Crowley told him that he had not been exposed to Reuss's secret magickal rituals, and had in fact discovered the methods and rites he'd been using by his own works. Reuss was highly impressed, and when Crowley joined the OTO as a member, he was immediately jumped up to a higher rank due to this.

By the way, though Aiwass delivered the content of The Book of the Law, the individual chapters are presented from the first person perspective of each within a trinity of Egyptian deities: Nuit, Hadit, and Ra-Hoor-Khuit (in that order). Nuit and Hadit** are complements to each other (another dual aspected being); their offspring is Heru-ra-ha, who is Ra-Hoor-Khuit (Re-Harakhty) and Hoor-paar-kraat (Harpocrates) combined as one. Ra-Hoor-Kuit is his older and warlike aspect, while Hoor-paar-kraat*** is the passive and younger one. Both Ra-Hoor-Khuit and Hoor-paar-kraat are representations of the god Horus. And if that's not enough for you to digest, there's more--the story of why Aiwass was present. He was a minister to Hoor-paar-kraat--a god of silence; and HPK was the one that wanted Crowley to receive the word of Liber AL vel Legis. Thus in that he himself (HPK) could not deliver the message, he sent Aiwass on his behalf.

Nuit/Nut depicted in a sarcophagus
Nuit/Nut depicted in a sarcophagus.
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The child of course represents the content of The Book of the Law... Which brings us back to the statement "it's all about the child." Horus is a child god. Furthermore, a central element of Thelema is the Principle of the Child; which is explained in that the child is the sovereign individual, and the formula is of growth. And speaking of children... this entire topic clearly illustrates this great work, Liber AL vel Legis, as being a magickal offspring to Crowley. As for the other statement--"all Osiris"; he is a patriarchal god, and is also one of fertility and transition. Thus his message is one of coming out of an age of patriarchal domination.

And so concludes the story of how The Book of the Law (and therefore subsequently Thelema) was born. Crowley through his Thelema, did indeed deliver the message of those Egyptian gods; and through him they enlightened Thelemites on the message of the Aeon of Horus--which was that mankind's chosen and predominant faith organizations would no longer be relevant, and that new means of faith would be based upon the liberty for each individual to exercise their true will.

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Footnotes

*Some say that this happened following an invocation of Thoth, the god of knowledge.
**Hadit is not so much a god as he is a concept--a symbolic representation of a divine utterance. The Divine Utterance in this case, is Thelema. In this sense all Thelemites are Hadit, seeking union with Nuit.
***Hoor-paar-kraat is represented in Thelema is an embodiment of the "Child Principle," and of the "Crowned and Conquering Child"--who is the Lord of the Aeon; and these concepts/titles represents all Thelemites. Furthermore, he is an invisible god, ergo he is not illustrated on the Stele 666.

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The References Used for this Compilation

Adam K (for his wisdom, memory for details, and his ability to effectively analyze).
An Open Epistle on The Cover to Liber AL vel Legis, by Frater Achad Osher 583
Thelema 101: Aleister Crowley (1875-1947)
Wikipedia: The Book of the Law

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Other Crowley Reading on our Blog:

Aleister Crowley, Some Things you Might Want to Know
To Mega Therion
The Virgin & the Whore
The Serpent Gate: To Meta Ophion (a tarot resource)

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