svb figvra CLXXXVI
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole
of the Law.
0. In the Beginning there was Naught. Words
cannot define Our Lady of the Stars for She Is Not. Even "darkness" and
"silence" are inadequate terms. So let us not attempt to define Her. Let
us but love Her with burning hearts and aspire unto Her and play our parts
as it is Willed.
1. At the Very Centre of this Circumference
of Naught is Our Lord, that mysterious Point which Is. He too is beyond
crude definition. Let us then concern ourselves only with reaching unto
that Very Centre of All and Naught which is our Self. Let us Become that
Point of concentration until we expand and Become Naught.
2. "For I am divided for love's sake, for
the chance of union." (AL I.29) On this Plane of Consciousness there appear
to be two beings, alike, but dissimilar. The one is Positive in nature
and classed as Yang by the ancient Orientals; he is usually called "Man".
The other is Negative in nature, classed as Yin by those Wise Ones of the
East, and is usually called "Woman". Yet be not deceived by outer appearances.
Form is but an Illusion and appearances can be deceiving. The true nature
of sex is not determined by what appears to be, but rather is it determined
by more subtle things.
3. The Act of Creation may be achieved
by one of three methods. These methods have been expressed, by that Holy
Order called the O.T.O., as the VIII° (autosexual), IX° (heterosexual),
and XI° (homosexual). But again, blessed aspirant, I caution you to remember
what has before this been written concerning the nature of sex.
Though there be three methods there is
but one Way.
If the opus be of the VIII°, the
Magician, of whichever sex, unites with a pure idea having no physical
vehicle. This may have the advantage of making concentration upon the Magical
Child, that is, the purpose for the Working, easier, but it also has the
disadvantage of being less powerful (generally speaking) than the other
What follows is written in terms of the
IX° and XI°, but is perfectly applicable to the VIII°. The
aspirant, through the right ingenium, should be capable of the proper application
of the following.
4. In the Temple, the Place of Working,
there is no-thing but the Beast (Priest) and the Scarlet Woman (Priestess).
That is, though the Temple may be fitted in various ways, the attitude
of the Magicians should be that the Universe is empty save for themselves,
who are the embodiment of "love under will". He is Hadit and she is Nuit.
Their masks are left behind them, on the Lower Planes, along with their
other garments of dense matter.
5. To accomplish this task of negation
most effectively, all that does not pertain directly to the Work at hand
must be banished. All that is alien to the Opus must be driven away and
kept without the Sphere of Working, the Circle of Art, the Temple. This
includes all that is in the exterior world, perceivable by the five mundane
senses, as well as that which is within the interior world, that is, any
thoughts and ideas in the mind that may be incompatible with the Opus.
The Ritual of the Star Ruby is but one
of those given by the A.·.A.·. which may be used effectively.
The Magick Circle, the Sphere of Working,
is like unto a mighty fortress. There must be no breach in the defenses.
All unsavoury and contaminating forces must be kept without or the Work
will be damaged, the Child may be destroyed or deformed, and the Magicians
themselves may be subjected to various disorders and diseases.
More than this, the Circle of Art, or Sphere
of Working, is like unto a great vessel which must be hermetically sealed
until it is time that the seal be broken. Within this vessel are thy Forces
accumulated and transformed. If there is a crack in this vessel much Force
can be lost and that lost Force may be scattered and the unsavoury forces
without may feed upon it, become stronger, and gain a certain amount of
influence and control over the Magicians--for this Force is of the Magicians
and can serve as a Magical Link.
Thus you see, blessed aspirant, the importance
of thy Circle cannot be overstressed. Caution is the Watchword. Efficiency
6. After the Temple has been cleansed of
all "impure" forces, the next step is the consecration of the Magicians
and their Temple, or Place of Working. All must be properly dedicated to
the Work at hand. The proper words and signs are left to the ingenium of
the Magicians, but it is suggested that LIBER 777 and SEPHER SEPHIROTH
svb figvra D be used as guides in any Magical Operation.
7. The Opus itself should be one long building
of intense and powerful Force. The Magicians should be emotionally and
physically excited to the utmost degree while the climax of the Working
is stalled until the very last possible moment.
"Hold! Hold! Bear up in thy rapture; fall
not in swoon of the excellent kisses!
"Harder! Hold up thyself! Lift thine head!
breathe not so deep--die!
"Ah! Ah! What do I feel? Is the word exhausted?"
8. Full attention and concentration must
be given, during the whole of the Working, to both the Magical Child, which
is the intention of the Opus, and to the sensations that are generated.
For the Child is the Form and the sensations are the Force. Force without
Form accomplisheth nothing on the Lower Planes, and Form without Force
is a dead thing.
This is not an operation of Divided Concentration.
Neither is it, strictly speaking, an operation of Dual Concentration, for
the word "Dual" implies two things.
This Act of Concentration upon the Form
and the Force which gives it life is an act of supreme concentration and
the crux of the entire Operation. It must be fully Realized, and not merely
Rationalized, that "there is no difference." (AL I.4) Remember the words
of LIBER AL VEL LEGIS: "Let there be no difference made among you between
any one thing & any other thing..." (AL I.22) The Form and the Force,
the Magical Child and the sensations generated, physiological, psychological,
psychical and emotional, must be Realized as One, and in that One must
All Become None. "Be strong, o man! lust, enjoy all things of sense and
rapture: fear not that any God shall deny thee for this." (AL II.22)
Heed not the foolish words of those false
prophets who teach that all sense of joy in sexual love must be abolished
so that Magick can be rightly performed. They are dead things, the lovers
of dead things, and the creators of dead things.
The reasons for performing this Holy Rite
of Magick are infinite and one.
Whatever be the immediate purpose for the
Opus, it should always be for the supreme goal of attaining the Knowledge
and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel, the eventual Union with thy
True Self, and the expression of the True Self, that is, the doing of His
Will, which is thine.
If thy magicks be otherwise directed then
it is the vilest of "Black Magic"--Sorcery.
Remember too that Magick should always
be unto Nuit who is Nought. "I am above you and in you. My ecstasy is in
yours. My joy is to see your joy." (AL I.13) "But ecstasy be thine and
joy of earth: ever To me! To me!" (AL I.53) For you, O Man, are Hadit,
attaining to the Realization of thy Centre to expand outward and Unite
with the Circumference. And you, O Woman, are Nuit, Realizing all that
you are, the Circumference concentrating upon the Centre in Holy Ecstatic
"At all my meetings with you shall the
priestess say--and her eyes shall burn with desire as she stands bare and
rejoicing in my secret temple--To me! To me! calling forth the flame of
the hearts of all in her love-chant." (AL I.62)
Do not forget that "The word of Sin is
Restriction." (AL I.41) All things whatsoever are permissible so long as
it be the will of all participants in thy Work.
As for the machinations of Intellect: these
should be avoided during any Act of Magick. Indulgence in reasoning should
be strictly forbidden during any Magical Act and only permitted when not
actually performing any Rite, be it Sexual or Ceremonial. The time for
deep analysis is before or after thy Work.
"If Will stops and cries Why, invoking
Because, then Will stops & does nought." (AL II.30) The reasoning faculties
of thy mind should be suspended during all Acts of Magick and the participants
should be totally absorbed in their Great Work.
Furthermore, every Act of Magick is best
when Magick is performed for the sake of performing it rather than for
any particular goal. This will be a stumbling block for most aspirants,
and especially if that aspirant tries to reason this out. It is above and
beyond mere reason. Think instead upon this: "For pure will, unassuaged
of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect." (AL
9. It is a common fact, though not necessarily
a hard and fast rule, that Woman is capable of several climaxes during
an Act of Love while Man is capable of only one. Whether this be the case
or not, each orgasm must be greater than the last, and the final one, which
should ideally occur for both Practitioners in unison, should be the greatest.
At this time the full of the accumulated Force is thrust out with explosive
momentum and instills the Magical Child with life. In one mighty gasp this
should be done, concentrting all into the Child. This is the breath of
life that God gave unto the being that he had created of the earth.
Yet remember this: "...fall not in swoon
of the excellent kisses!" Be careful not to give in completely to the sensations
that are being aroused at the expense of the purpose for their arousal.
If thou forgetest the Child for even the briefest of moments, that Child
may very well be drown in the flood of thy senses.
10. Finally, after the Operation has been
completed (and it should be remembered that it may take any number of Operations
to complete the Working), but another banishment should be done, for safety's
This is a time when the Magicians are most
susceptible to attacks, possessions and obsessions from "unclean" and "impure"
forces, for their guard may be down momentarily and the walls of their
Temple may be loosened, perhaps even shattered.
Also, all work done in the Higher, Inner
Planes, must be grounded in the Lower, Outer Planes. The Magicians have
raised themselves to the Higher Planes of Consciousness, but must, by necessity
of the physical laws of nature and their need to relate to their fellow
beings and not be considered "insane", return to the Lower Planes of logic
and reason, that is, until such time as it is proper for them to go on
to Higher Planes and return not to the Lower.
11. ABRAHADABRA. Aumgn.
Love is the law, love under
CONCERNING THE TITLE
REGARDING POINT 8: What has been written
in previous numbers of The Newaeon Newsletter concerning "Dual Concentration"
was not wrong, but possibly misleading. The entire subject is most difficult
to treat simply because it is so simple. Anyway, the crux of Magick is
indeed this Dual Concentration which, if one Realizes that there is no
differrence, is not in the least Dual Concentration but the purest of
One Pointed Concentration.
Qoph, the name of the 19th letter of the
Hebrew alphabet is spelled in Hebrew QVPh (Qoph Vau Pe), numerically: 100
+ 6 + 80 = 186 (CLXXXVI) and 186 = 93 + 93, or Thelema (Greek for "Will")
+ Agape (Love), et cetera. Also, the numerical value of Qoph is 100 and
100 = Kaph, KPh = K(teis) 20 + Ph(allus) = 80, et cetera.
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