PREFACE TO LIBER
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the
I sat within my Circle of Art and looked
out upon a gloriously sunny day. My time had become mine again, the
bonds of economical slavery loosed from me while I was deprived of all
the little luxuries which people have come to believe to be necessities.
Out of the quiet there came an idea and that idea blossomed as a beautiful
flower. There was no choir of angels nor blare of trumpets, just
the quiet idea.
No excuse will I make for my plagiarism,
if plagiarism it may be called, nor will I seek to excuse what some may
call blasphemy and sacrilege. The reason for this little book is
given in the book itself.
My intention was to write a poem, but apparently
my Angel had something else in mind. I bow to the Brilliant Wisdom
and Understanding of my Holy Guardian Angel and give to you this little
Liber 1776 sub
figura 677: H Alethes Apocalypsis.
Love is the law, love under will.
H Alethes Apocalypsis
1. Behold, he cometh with clouds;
and every eye shall see him.
2. "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning
and the end, for I am without beginning and end, Akephalon," saith the
Lord, mine own Holy Guardian Angel.
3. I was taken by my Lord into the
Spirit on the day of our Prophet's birth.
4. "What thou seest write thou in
a book," mine Angel, my Lord commanded, "and as a sweet kiss of Love and
of Hope give it unto the Children of the Prophet, the willful ones of
5. Amongst seven generations of humanity
there was One like unto the Son of Man and he was surrounded and crowned
by the Brilliance from Above; about his middle was the golden girdle of
Beauty; his eyes were as flames of fire - fire that burned away falsehood
and lies - fire that consumed and destroyed ignorance.
6. And his feet tread the Path surely,
solidly, without fail or falter; and his voice was as the sound of many
waters, at times calm and soothing, at times deep, booming and
7. And in his right hand seven Silver
Stars, brilliant Gods and Goddesses in their own right; his left was empty
for it had crushed an universe; and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged
sword - it was the Sword of Vengeance, the Sword of Our Lord Horus; and
his countenance was as the sun that shineth in his strength.
8. "Fear not," he said. "I
am the first and the last. I am a man and all of humanity.
I am the Second and the Child of the First."
9. And he said unto me, "Write the
things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which
shall be hereafter."
10. After this I looked, and behold, a
door was opened in heaven; and the voice which I heard was as a trumpet
talking with me and it said, "Come up hither, and I will shew thee things
which were, things which are, and things which must be hereafter."
11. And I was taken in the spirit before
a heavenly throne and One sat on the throne. That One sat straight
and firm, a rainbow round about the throne; and though he lived he seemed
like unto emerald while behind him there was a deep darkness, a black almost
luminous, which arched over all of existence.
12. About this One were four and twenty
seats and upon the seats I saw four and twenty Elders sitting, clothed
in white raiment, and They had on Their heads crowns of gold, and upon
Their foreheads burned brilliant Silver Stars.
13. Before the Elders there were the four
beasts - these were the four races of humankind upon earth.
14. And I saw in the right hand of him
that sat on the throne a book written within and this book was the threefold Book of the Law;
and on the backside this great book was sealed with
15. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming
with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the Book, and to loose the seals
16. And No Man in heaven, of the earth,
was able to open the Book. I wept much because No Man was found worthy
to open and to read the Book. Yet there was another in the semblance
of a lamb who came forward claiming to be the only one worthy to open that
Book and break the seals. No Man stood between him and that holy
book and forbid the sacrilege. Immediately I saw the lamb change
unto the visage of a man, beaten, bloody and dying. With sorrow filled
eyes he claimed that he too was No Man and that only he had the right to
break the seven seals and open that Book. Still he was denied the
Book. Again that visage changed and the look of sorrow left his face
to be replaced with a fierce look of hate, a tyrannical glare that spoke
of restriction, slavery and sacrifice.
17. And No Man said unto this devil, "Thou
art not the Lamb. Thou art but a cruel mimic, a false phantom, for
the Lamb is one of Us and he taught not what you and your kind teach, the
gross perversions of the Lamb's sublime words and parables. Go!
Leave! Touch not the holy Book of the Law! This you shall not
18. And the false lamb left, banished by
No Man, cast away from my sight.
19. And the four beasts said, "Amen."
And the four and twenty Elders came forward and welcomed No Man into Their
20. And I saw when No Man opened one of
the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four
beasts saying, "Come and see."
21. And I saw, and behold a white horse;
and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him; and he
went forth conquering, and to conquer.
22. And when he had opened the second seal,
I heard the second beast say, "Come and see."
23. And there went out another horse that
was red; and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from
the earth, and that they should kill one another; and there was given unto
him a great sword.
24. And again I was beckoned, this time
by the third beast, when the third seal was opened. And I beheld
a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his
25. Called to come and see by the fourth
beast I witnessed the fourth seal of the holy Book opened. And I
looked, and behold a pale horse; and his name that sat on him was Death,
and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the
fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with
death, and with the Beasts of the earth.
26. I turned to No Man who Understandeth
these things and asked him to make them clear to my dull mind, and he said
unto me, "There are many answers to that one question and I can but give
you one in this place.
27. "He that is on the white horse travels
the Way of purity. He is one-pointed and determined never to stray
from the Path. He carries in his hand the Bow of Promise and he is
crowned with the Brilliance of his own True Self. He shall conquer
a fourth of the peoples of the earth with his purity, his promise and his
28. "He that rides the red horse and was
given power to take peace from the earth shall go forth as a warrior and
he shall cause strife among the enemies of evolution, the followers of
the false lamb and all those of his kind. With his great sword he
shall strike down the followers of the false lamb as well as those who
pretend to be of the First One which descendeth from the Abyss; and a fourth
of the people will follow him because of his warrior nature.
29. "He that rides the black horse is the
lover of Infinite Space and the Infinite Stars therein. He holds
a pair of balances in his hand for it is his duty to bring equilibrium
unto a fourth of the peoples of the earth, to cure the unbalanced, and
to bring meaning back to the word 'sanity'. It is his part to Adjust
the wrong that has been done by the followers of the false lamb.
30. "And behold him that sitteth upon a
pale horse, whose name is Death, followed by Hell. Unto him is given
the power to kill with the sword and with hunger the fourth part of the
earth, and to kill also with death and with the Beasts of the earth.
This one called Death is not the end of all nor evil in any sane sense.
He is Transformation. He raises humanity from the muck and mire of
ignorance and by taking them on to the Next Step transforms them into something
greater than they are. They die only in the eyes of the false lamb
who no longer has hold over them. Eternally they live and this they
learn from the rider of the pale horse. Hell follows because it is
not evil but rather it is the depths of everyone's soul. It is the
subconscious which is not evil and to be ignored or shun, but rather it
is to be raised to the Next Step, united with consciousness so that the
Great Transformation may take place. With the sword of reason he
destroys the hold the false lamb has over the people. With the satisfaction
of their hunger to know more beyond what the false lamb allows he breaks
the bonds that restrict the people. The people of the earth die in
the eyes of the false lamb so that they may realize their eternal life
and with the assistance of the Beasts of the earth, the children of the
First One that descendeth from the Abyss, they are led on to the Next Step
and the glory which is humankind's future."
31. "Then," I asked of No Man, "there are
four who will come to humankind?"
32. And No Man smiled. "The four
are one and the one is naught."
33. My attention was called to the opening
of the fifth seal and I saw under the altar the souls of them that were
slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.
34. And these cried out for mercy asking
when they would be freed and it was answered unto them that they would
have to wait a little longer for the wrong that imprisoned the world was
not yet wholly corrected.
35. And I beheld when he had opened the
sixth seal, and lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black
as sackcloth, and the moon became as blood; and the stars of heaven fell
unto the earth; and the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together;
and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
36. And the Kings of the Earth, the children
of He Who Descended from the Abyss, as well as many another, sought shelter
from this horror. Then did I see the false lamb and he encouraged
the Kings of the Earth to meet their doom but was angered to see them quit
their shelter and instead repel the destruction that he unleashed upon
all the earth, even upon his own followers as well as the Kings.
37. And there was a voice in the void that
rang out, "The great day of the Lord's wrath is come; and who shall be
able to stand?" And the Kings of the Earth stood firm while the false
lamb began to cower and slink away from the sight of their strength and
38. I beheld the destruction held back
by the four beasts who now stood at the four corners of the earth with
the Kings in their midst, protecting them from harm, ready to defend them
against all danger. A great multitude, which No Man could number,
of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the
throne, and before No Man, clothed with white robes, and they denounced
the heresies of the false lamb.
39. And I said unto him, "Sir, thou knowest."
And he said to me, "These are they which came out of great tribulation,
and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the false
lamb which they slayeth by their rebellion against the slavery of ignorance
which he imposed upon them for many centuries."
40. And when he had opened the seventh
seal there was silence in heaven.
41. After a time there came the star called
Wormwood and the bitterness within those that followed the false lamb destroyed
them unto the last and there was great change, destruction of the perversions
of the false lamb which made way for a great construction, a marvelous
transformation of the earth as well as all thereon, bringing great glory
unto the order of humanity led by the Kings of the Earth who were one with
the Beasts of the earth.
42. And I beheld, and heard an angel flying
through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, "Woe, woe, woe,
to the inhabiters of the earth who followed the twisted teachings of the
false lamb for they have condemned themselves unto death." Yet with
hope the angel also called forth, "Yet death is not the end of all and
even these shall come to the Light when they have finally shaken free from
the fetters of the false lamb."
43. I saw beyond this time many things,
things of terror from beyond. A star descended from heaven and it
unleashed a great hoard of strange creatures that came to enslave humanity.
These were the last and most fearsome adherents of the false lamb and they
brought great destruction to the earth, but of this will I say no more
as too many words would have to be spoken. Yet it should be said
that they could not prevail, although they posed the greatest threat to
the Kings of the Earth and the people that they led.
44. But I must pass on to other things,
whether they be past, present or future I cannot be certain. Perhaps
they are, after all, eternal and beyond the false limits of time.
45. There appeared a great wonder in heaven;
a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her
head a crown of twelve stars.
46. And she being with child cried, travailing
in birth, and pained to be delivered.
47. And there appeared another wonder in
heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns,
and seven crowns upon his heads.
48. And his tail drew the third part of
the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth; and the dragon stood
before the woman which was ready to be delivered for to devour her child
as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was
to rule all nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up unto
God, and to his throne.
49. I heard many things said, one of which
was that this child was he whom we call the false lamb, but this is as
false as that one. I heard that the woman was Isis, her child Horus,
and that the dragon was Set, but even this myth, from which the later myth
was perverted, was but another perversion of the original which goes back
so far that No Man alone can Understand it.
50. The dragon and his angels, it was said,
were cast down to the earth and this was but half a truth. The dragon
was not evil, but he opposed the false lamb and his tyrannical father,
and the dragon descended to the earth with his holy ones to help humanity
come to Understanding and Wisdom.
51. And I stood upon the sand of the Great
Sea, and saw the Beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten
horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name that
the false lamb called blasphemy.
52. And the Beast which I saw was like
unto the solar leopard, and his feet were as the strong feet of a bear
who treads his Path firmly, and his mouth was of the lion of Sol, commanding
and powerful; and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great
53. And I saw one of his heads as it were
wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed for he had survived his
upbringing from the depths of the era of restriction; and all the world
wondered after the Beast.
54. And they worshipped the dragon which
gave power unto the Beast; and they worshipped the Beast, saying, "Who
is like unto the Beast? Who is able to make war with him?"
55. And there was given unto him a mouth
speaking great things and things which the false lamb and his followers
called blasphemy; and power was given unto him to continue for a period
of time that we call an aeon.
56. And he opened his mouth against the
false lamb and his tyrannical father who would forever enslave humankind
if he but had his will.
57. And it was given unto him to make war
with the followers of the false lamb, the slave god, and to overcome them;
and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
58. And all that dwell upon the earth shall
worship him, whose names are not written in the book kept by the false
lamb unto whom they had sold their souls.
59. If anyone have an ear, let him hear.
60. He that leadeth into captivity shall
go into captivity; he that killeth by false reason shall be killed by
61. And I beheld another Beast coming up
out of the earth; and he had two horns like a ram, and he spake as a
62. And he exerciseth all the power of
the first Beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell
therein to worship the first Beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
63. And he doeth great wonders, so that
he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
that is to say that he enflamed the hearts of the people.
64. And he enlightened them that dwell
on the earth by the means of those wonders while the followers of the false
lamb ranted that he deceived; and he said unto them that they should make
an image to the Beast, and in him did they make that image.
65. And he had power to give life unto
the image of the Beast, that the image of the Beast should both speak,
and cause that as many as would not follow or let the Beast and his followers
be should be killed.
66. And he causeth all, both small and
great, rich and poor, to receive a mark in their right hand, or on their
foreheads; and that No Man have commerce by virtue of the mark, or the
name of the Beast, or the number of his name.
67. Here is Wisdom. Let him that
hath Understanding count the number of the Beast; for it is the number
of a man; and his number is Six Hundred Threescore and Six. This
number being the Solar Trinity and the number of that Titan who was called
the Father of Mankind.
68. There was great warfare upon the earth,
too much to speak of here, but the battle was fought between the followers
of the false lamb and the Kings of the Earth and they whom the Kings led,
and the Kings of the Earth were in turn led by the second Beast, the image
of the Beast 666, who had come up from the earth, who had come from amongst
69. I was carried away in the spirit into
the wilderness; and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured Beast, full
of names considered by the false lamb to be blasphemy, having seven heads
and ten horns.
70. And the woman was arrayed in purple
and scarlet colour, the colours of passion and royalty, and decked with
gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full
of the blood of the saints, those who had given their all to pass beyond
the great Abyss to become one of the four and twenty Elders.
71. And upon her forehead was a name written,
MYSTERY, BABALON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF TRUTH AND EQUILIBRIUM.
As I read these some evil force began to cloud my mind and cause me to
see other than what was so that 'truth' at first appeared to be 'harlots'
or 'qliphoth', and 'equilibrium' for a moment appeared to be 'abominations
of the earth', which indeed they seemed to be to that force which the false
lamb and his destructive father sent to me.
72. And I saw the Scarlet Woman drunken
with the blood of the saints; and when I saw her I wondered with great
73. As I admired the Scarlet Woman who
was astride the Beast a voice came unto me and babbled all manner of nonsense
to try and destroy my admiration, but I prevailed over the false reason
that tried to kill my spirit for I knew that the woman, the Whore of Babalon,
was the essence of freedom and liberty and that the Beast was the one who
could lead humanity to true life, liberty, love and light.
74. Still the voice, sweet unto sickness,
spoke on with false reason, hoping to prey upon my ignorance that absurdities
might sound rational and sane, until finally I saw heaven opened, and behold
a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and
in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
75. His eyes were as a flame of blue fire,
and on his head were many crowns to show his attainment; and he had a name
written, that No Man knew but Himself.
76. And the armies which were in heaven
followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
77. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp
sword, that with it he should smite the nations; and he shall rule them
with a rod of iron; and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and
wrath of Almighty God.
78. And he hath on his vesture and on his
thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
79. And I saw the Beast, and the Kings
of the Earth, and their hosts, gathered together around him to make war
against the followers of the false lamb whose voice tried to deceive me
as it tries to deceive all of humankind.
80. And the false lamb was taken, and with
him the false prophets that with charlatan's tricks wrought false miracles.
These were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
81. And the remnant were slain with the
sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his
82. And I saw a new heaven and a new earth;
for the false heaven and the false earth held imprisoned were passed away;
and there was no more sorrow.
83. And I, Keallach, witnessed the great
wedding feast of the Bride, who was Babalon, and her Groom, No Man, whom
I now knew to be the same as the four horsemen as well as him who was called
Faithful and True, who is the second Beast come up from the earth, the
Child of Our Father the Beast 666.
84. And No Man said unto me, "Behold the
future of your world!" And the sky did open up and there were before
me more wonders than I could ever hope to put into words. I was amazed
beyond the bounds of human language. Even now I am speechless and
unable to explain all that which I saw. But this I can say, the future
holds bright promise for those who would defeat the false lamb and his
dictatorial father. For those who would see beyond the pettiness
of the little god who would enslave all of us and look beyond to Very God
there is a world so fantastic that mere words cannot describe it.
85. "Yet all this," No Man said, "shall
also pass. After our time there will be another aeon of Truth and
Justice and She Who Holds the Sword and the Balance will rule as does Our
Lord Horus now. This will be the time of earth's greatest glory as
well as earth's eventual descent into the darkness that was before.
Many will pass beyond these realms unto a higher plane, while many others
will fall and degenerate so that savages once again roam the world, starting
the evolutionary process all over again."
86. He saw that I had tears in my eyes
at the thought of all this beauty so hard won eventually decayed and passing
into degeneration and death, and he smiled at my sadness. "There
is no sorrow therein. There is only joy. For all things that
have a beginning must grow old and die, yet remember you that death is
only a transformation from one state to another state and that which appears
to die will likewise appear to be reborn so that the whole glorious process
may start again."
87. And my heart was gladdened and made
light; and I attended the wedding of the second Beast and his Bride who
was Babalon after which I found myself again in the body and lying within
my Circle of Art. After the proper rubics I walked to my books and
took one from amongst them. The Holy Bible. I opened it to
glance distastefully at the last book therein and read the perversions
of the truth that had led so many astray, adding to the ranks of the false
lamb who mimicked the initiate who is one of the four and twenty Elders.
88. And I decided not to burn the book
for that was the way of the false lamb's followers, but instead I vowed
to use that book against these twisters of the truth and by their own words
destroy them as well as those of their ranks who pretended to be followers
of the Beast so that they may twist and pervert within the ranks of those
who would follow the True Will of Very God.
89. And my word is my bond.
90. Let them who have ears listen.
To twist the twisted may be an effort to make straight that which was twisted.
To pervert that which was perverted is an effort to make it truer.
To take the wrong and change it is an attempt to make it right again.
91. I give to you this little book in the
name of the Beast, who is, was, and always shall be known to humankind
as Aleister Crowley, and in the number of the Beast which is Six Hundred
Threescore and Six.
92. When the followers of the false lamb,
the slave god, quote their Revelation to dishearten you know that that
which was written by John was perverted by his own inability to see clearly
and accept all truths as well as by those who followed him and wanted that
which gave them their power preserved even at the expense of truth.
When this Revelation is quoted to you, used as a weapon to kill your spirit,
look to this little book of mine and know that there is an alternative
93. And from that truth mould the future
promised herein, for it is the future that will be if Will is discovered
and accomplished; if the Law is remembered:
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the
Love is the law, love under
NOTES REGARDING THE TITLE AND
H Alethes Apocalypsis is Greek for The
True Revelation and its numeration is 1776 (MDCCLXXVI). 1776 is also
the numeration of the following Greek words: epamyntor, a helper,
defender; toy pneymatos, the spirit; metastraphesomai, alter, change, distort;
apoktennyo, kill, put to death; lampseos, brightness, flash, splendour;
as well as having a patriotic significance.
Mentioned in the second verse is the Greek
word akephalon which means 'without beginning', literally 'headless', and
which refers to the Holy Guardian Angel. Its numeration is 677 (DCLXXVII)
which is also the numeration of: ta tekna, children; Ra-Hoor-Khuit
(Digamma for 'U'); Boudas, Buddha; diopetes, fallen from heaven or Zeus;
Zen-Zeus; anathematos, cursed, under the curse of God; aoidothetes, a lyric
poet; kelematos, a magick charm; 677 is also 676 plus One.
Verse 3: "the day of our Prophet's
birth" is, of course, October 12th, Crowleymas, the day upon which Aleister
Crowley was born in 1875 era vulgari.
Verse 41: "Wormwood", in Greek Apsinthos,
as in Re. 8.11, being 1040, or Apsinthon, 890. Also: 1040 =
ananantirreton, undeniable; pantache, everywhere; kyphon, stooping; oyroy,
a watcher, guard; melagchlainos, black-cloaked; Nyktos, Goddess of night
and daughter of Chaos, also night, the night of death, i.e. death itself,
the netherworld; Rimmon, "roarer" or "exalted", Babylonian thunder god
pictured with a trident, called by some the devil's ambassador to Russia.
890 = odegeo, to shew one the way; phronimon, understanding; Odysseia,
the Odyssey; melagchlainon, black-cloaked; drepanon oxy, a sharp sickle
(Re. 14.14, 17); epta ekklesiais, the seven churches (Re. 1.4, 11); Olympos,
Olympus; epado, to use charms or incantations; koo, to mark; bebaioo,
to be true.
Verse 74: "True and Faithful" is
"the Word of God", o Logos toy Theoy (o Logos tou Theou) in the original
manuscripts of Re. 19.13.
[1997 E.V. NOTE: The verses of this book
were originally not numbered and when now numbered, to my surprise, turned
out to be 93! Evidence of Divine Guidance? -ED]
(TNN.V.3.TP-4, 9-11, JULY 1986 E.V.)
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