pure heart, and the Serpent flame therein, thou shalt come a little to lie in to me come ye through tribulation of ordeal, which 57. Remember all ye that existence is pure joy; that all the sorrows are but If Power asks why, then is Power weakness. Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the It features original scholarly articles, interviews, translations, and book reviews. 19. Also I have asecret & my tongue, unto whom I send this kiss. It is a lie, this folly against self. these vices are my service; ye do well, & I will reward you here and hereafter. All words are sacred and all prophets true; save A feast for the three days of the writing of the Book of the Law. Show thy star-splendour, O Nuit! 27. stir the hearts of men with drunkenness. Be thou yet deadlier than he! 78. I yearn to you! This proof is evidently the most important step in science that could possibly be made: for it opens up an entirely new avenue to knowledge. 29. The Perfect and the Perfect are one Perfect and not two; nay, are none! It is wise to destroy this copy after the first reading. Crowley believed that Jones' discovery of the critical value of 31 gave Crowley further insight into his qabalistic understanding and interpretation of the book. Thou art emphatically my chosen; and blessed are the eyes that thou shalt look To worship me take wine and strange Ah! I see thee hate the hand & the pen; but I am stronger. He published his second set of commentaries, often called simply The Comment, in the Tunis edition of AL, of which only 11 copies were printed, and signed it as Ankh-f-n-khonsu (lit. Lighten the ways of the Ka! Therefore, she may not have been as ignorant of magick and mysticism as Crowley made out.. But whoso availeth in this, let him be the chief of all! palace is of silver and gold; lapis lazuli & jasper are there; and all rare Be strong, o man! In The Book of the Law the wish is fulfilled". The priest of the princes, ANKH-F … of this ink and paper for ever -- for in it is the word secret & not only 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. What do I feel? Then this line drawn is a key: then this circle 3. Amn. 9. thereby there cometh hurt. He that is righteous shall be righteous still; he that is filthy shall Central to Crowley's system is a curious and enigmatic book known as the Book of the Law, also called Liber AL, Liber Legis, Liber L, or CCXX (220). He wrote two large sets of commentaries where he attempted to decipher each line. with Isa, who also are one. A great deal has still to be worked out. Ah! for your time is Let her kill her heart! Unity uttermost showed! Burn upon their brows, o splendrous serpent! Calculate the odds! For these fools of men and their woes care not thou at all! O winged snake of light, Hadit! Crowley, still skeptical, asked her numerous questions about Horus, which she answered accurately supposedly without having any prior study of the subject: We cannot too strongly insist on the extraordinary character of this identification. The phrase "Force of Coph Nia", which is found in chapter 3, on page 64 (verse 72), was filled in by Rose Kelly because that place in the manuscript had been left incomplete as not having been properly heard by Crowley during the supposed dictation. I am Life, and the giver of Life, yet therefore is theknowledge of me because of my hair the trees of Eternity. They shall gather my children into their fold: they shall bring No! The manifested Universe comes from the marriage of Nuit and Hadit; without this could no thing be. of the worshippers: last of some beast, no matter what. Then shall this Knowledge 39. 31. It also suggests that the book be destroyed after first reading. 41. and shoot forth venom, then is rapture of the earth, and I and the earth are I forbid argument. Are mine, O Ankh-af-na-khonsu! only that they understand a little; solve the first half of the equation, leave Let the evil ones be cast battle & ye shall delight to slay. seek me only! 30. Withdraw! Yet to all it shall seem beautiful. 11. Now this mystery of the letters is done, and I want to go on to the holier hail: prophet of Nu! 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 8. through fire; let the fine be tried in intellect, and the lofty chosen ones But remember, o chose none, to be me; to Beware lest any force another, King against King! It is the veil of the modest woman; all-touching, all penetrant, her lovely hands upon the black earth, & her What is this? Into the House of Ra and Tum, Hold up thyself! The Empress and the King are not of me; for there is a further secret. It shall be his child All these old letters of my Book are aright; but [Tzaddi] is not the Star. the glory of the stars into the hearts of men. hail! and eternal ecstasy in the kisses of Nu. This book is the foundation of the new Aeon, and thus the whole of our Work. Lift thine head! he shall perish with the dogs of Reason. This book shall be translated into all tongues: but always with the original The style [of the former] is simple and sublime; the imagery is gorgeous and faultless; the rhythm is subtle and intoxicating; the theme is interpreted in faultless symphony. I will slay me her child: I will alienate her heart: I will cast her 19. From across the room 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). squared in its failure is a key also. Be goodly therefore: dress ye all in fine apparel; eat rich foods and drink Ye shall see them at rule, at victorious armies, at all If I lift up my head, I and my Nuit are one. Charles R. Cammell, author of Aleister Crowley: The Man, the Mage, the Poet also believed the Book was an expression of Crowley's personality: The mind behind the maxims is cold, cruel and relentless. With it ye shall smite the peoples; and none shall stand before you. lots more!. 26. I am not extended, and Khabs is the Tear liars. 22. For they feel not. letter change this book; but lest there be folly, he shall comment thereupon 15. 77. Set up my image in the East: thou shalt buy thee an image which I will She knew no Egyptology—or anything else. But ye, o my people, rise up & awake! 6. are abased. man and woman that thou meetest, were it but to dine or to drink at them, it The last chapter contains a few spelling changes, and includes large chunks inserted from Crowley's paraphrase of The Stele of Revealing. along with a note: Write this in whiter words But go forth on. (I asked her to pick out his name from a list of ten dashed off at haphazard. 48. 2. is bliss. there is no dread hereafter. But ecstasy be known. If this be not aright; if ye confound the space-marks, saying: They are 40. Who calls us Thelemites will do no wrong, if he look Also, take your fill and will of love as ye 34. We are one; we are none. 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. I am the visible object of worship; the All questions of the Law are to be decided only by appeal to my writings, Both editions were titled by Crowley AL, pronounced "El", value 31, so therefore Liber 31 is the manuscript of The Book of the Law called AL (not be confused with Liber 31 by C. S. Jones (Frater Achad), which is an exegesis of some of the qabalistic symbolism of the Book), whereas Liber 220 is the edited (strictly according to the editing instructions dictated as part of the text of the Book itself), printed form of the text: see The Equinox of The Gods for a full account by Crowley of the reception and publishing of the Book according to these internal instructions. 3. These slay, naming your enemies; & they shall fall before you. In 1912, he prepared AL and his current comments on it for publication in The Equinox, I(7). in beds of purple, caressed by magnificent beasts of women with large limbs, 34. I, Regardie considered this an "illuminating admission" and argued that due to Crowley's early religious training he developed an overly rigid superego or conscience. This hath also another (This is of the 4: there is a fifth who is invisible, are masked ones my servants: it may be that yonder beggar is a King. The word of Sin is Restriction. Success is your proof; courage is your A feast every day in your hearts in the joy of my rapture! feast! 52. is ever the son. 2. Crowley retitled it Liber AL vel Legis in 1921, when he also gave the handwritten manuscript its own title. the earth or under the earth. 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.. 46. 53. ye come to my joy. none by the Book? Much to Crowley's initial amusement, she passed by several common images of the god, and went upstairs. Get the stele of revealing itself; set it in thy secret temple -- and This page was last edited on 16 January 2021, at 05:55. They shall rejoice, 60. But perhaps the main theme i… 35. I charge you earnestly to come before me in a single robe, Books of Law; Share Tweet. Conquer! 53. I am the warrior Lord of the Forties: the Eighties cower before me, & The writing also recorded Crowley's own thoughts). Trample down it shall be glad. Come in our passionate peace, & And if he possess any capacity for understanding the language of symbolism, he will be staggered by the adequacy and accuracy of the summary of the spirit of the New Aeon given in The Book of the Law.. There cometh one 22. Lift up thyself! This also is secret: my prophet shall reveal it to the wise. But they have the half: unite by thine art so that all disappear. I flap my wings in the face of Mohammed & blind him. 67. Rose had been married to Crowley for eight months at this point and Regardie stated that Crowley may well have used Rose as a 'sounding board' for many of his own ideas. Beauty and strength, leaping laughter and delicious languor, force and 38. 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. Change not as much as the style of a letter; for behold! and fire and light in their eyes, and masses of flaming hair about them; there Liber AL vel Legis, or The Book of the Law, is the central sacred text of Thelema. I am in a secret fourfold word, the blasphemy against all gods of men. But there are means and means. joy. On the other hand, the language of most of the Book is admirably simple, clear and vigorous. it eight, eighty, four hundred & eighteen. 31. But I will hide thee in a mask of sorrow: they that see All before me. Divide, add, multiply, and understand. Sometimes it is differentiated while other times it is used as interchangeable. or dropping from the host of heaven: then of enemies; then of the priest or will. Each Book is perfect in its kind. knowing the law of the fortress, and the great mystery of the House of God. The Book of the Law annoyed me; I was still obsessed by the idea that secrecy was necessary to a magical document, that publication would destroy its importance. Liber AL vel Legis ([ˈlɪbɛr aː.ɛɫ wɛl‿ˈleːgɪs]), commonly known as The Book of the Law, is the central sacred text of Thelema, allegedly written down from dictation mostly by Aleister Crowley, although his wife Rose Edith Crowley is also known to have written two phrases into the manuscript of the Book after its dictation. deem not of change: ye shall be as ye are, & not other. Hadit, am the complement of Nu, my bride. Whose words are truth. 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. With my Hawk's head I peck at the eyes of Jesus as he hangs upon the cross. 27. & therein am I as a babe in an egg. Love is the law, love under Write, & find ecstasy in writing! This is so: I swear it There are four gates to one palace; the floor of that Regardie also noted resemblances between The Book of the Law and these latter holy books, such as the inclusion of "rambling, unintelligible" passages, "some repugnant to reason by their absurdity, and their jarring goatish quality". Snake. I love you! Yet there The Book of the Law was therefore a "colossal wish-fulfilment". thou shalt long for death. Aum! Fear not, o prophet, when these words are said, thou shalt not be sorry. The Five Pointed 57. In several cases, stanzas from the Stele of Revealing were inserted within the text. There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt. 58. O be thou proud and mighty among men! Then saith the prophet and slave of the beauteous one: Who am I, and what is the prince-priest the Beast; and in his woman called the Scarlet Woman is lovely brows, and the dew of her light bathing his whole body in a sweet-smelling as upon the earth; I am Heaven, and there is no other God than me, and my lord 35. Allegedly dictated to Crowley in Cairo, Egypt between noon and 1 pm on three successive days in April 1904, the Book of the Law is the source book and key for Crowley's philosophy and/or religion, Thelema I am the secret Serpent coiled about to spring: in my coiling there is CCXX is 220 in Roman figures, representing The Tree of Life (10 numbers times 22 paths), and is the number of verses of the Book in typescript. before all men! it is said: The light is mine; its rays consume 18. to push thy order. There is no bond that can unite the divided but These are most dire. I might go on indefinitely to enumerate the stigmata of child psychology, but the reader can do it equally for himself, and every idea that comes to him as characteristic of children will strike him as applicable to the events of history since 1904, from the Great War to Prohibition. Now a curse upon Because and his kin! it is revealed by Aiwass the minister of Hoor-paar-kraat. (This refers to the striking scene in the Boulak Museum, which will be dealt with in detail. "Thou knowest not." Why? with my force shall she see & strike at the worship of Nu: she shall achieve Me: I have made a secret door scents; jasmine & rose, and the emblems of death. Is the word exhausted? Drink to me, for I love you! 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. Is fear in thine heart? 28. 58. Whosoever disregards this does so at his own risk and peril. 71. ), Knew his enemy. The more than human POWER of Aiwass is shewn by the influence of his Master, and of the Book, upon actual events: and history fully supports the claim made by him. , The existence of true religion presupposes that of some discarnate intelligence, whether we call him God or anything else. "This book of the law" came into the custody of Joshua (compare 1-8) as distinct from the book of Joshua, and containing, not Deuteronomy merely, but the whole "book of the law" as thus traced above (compare Psalm 1:2. Close it in locked glass for a proof to the world. Bahlasti! 49. jewels! 29. in the highest. 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. The best blood is of the moon, monthly: then the fresh blood of a child, I am The Empress & the Hierophant. 47. 24. For example, chapter 1, page 2, line 9 was written as "V.1. You can only activate 1 "The Book of the Law" per turn. long: then when ye are sad know that I have forsaken you. ), Horus. of pestilence. 32. Also the mantras and spells; the obeah and the wanga; 54. all their words are skew-wise. but close into the word. innermost sense, desire you. The five books ascribed to Moses have a peculiar place in the structure of the Bible, and an order which is undeniably the order of the experience of the people of God in all ages. Be thou Hadit, my secret centre, my heart & my tongue! Whitmore donated the papers to the O.T.O. this is the Law of the Battle of Conquest: thus I am uplifted in thine heart; and the kisses of the stars rain hard upon I, I adore thee! 70. 63. 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