The Seal of Gaia Ladrieh
For those who don’t know, ‘The Book of the Law’ (referred to as Liber AL) was received in 1904 by Aleister Crowley in Cairo, Egypt; from what he describes as a praeter-human force/figure called Aiwass. This book establishes what is to be the Law of the New Aeon of Horus, based upon a central tenet: “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” But what is unique about ‘The Book of the Law’ is that it demands that we do not acquiesce to its claims by faith, but by “certainty” alone.
And how does it do this?
By providing “Knowledge and Power such as no man has ever been known to possess” (Introduction to Liber AL). Through extensive proofs of every variety – from revolutionizing mathematics and number theory, introducing scientific facts yet undiscovered, its prediction of historic events, through its perfect transmission of its message in letter, number and cryptogram… and even by the “chance shape and style of the letters” in Aleister Crowley’s handwriting when he transcribed the book, ‘The Book of the Law proves its truths absolutely. Each of these proofs are meticulously established in ‘Excalibur: The Book of the Law: Solved’.
But why is this important for us now? Is it not enough that the ‘Law’ works for those who seek it out, accept it, and follow it by their own terms?
That’s not what ‘The Book of the Law’ says.
In the first chapter, the Goddess NUIT states clearly that: “the Law is for all” and, more importantly, that “this [Law] shall regenerate the world.” And this is where the true value of this sacred book comes in, especially in our times.
It is no secret that we all face dire circumstances and dangers as the conditions of the Earth continue to deteriorate by the day. These conditions are the Magickal manifestations of the Magick Formula of the last Aeon of Osiris – the Formula of SELF-sacrifice. ‘The Book of the Law’ assaults and usurps this Formula mercilessly and without quarter, that through it, each and every “star” may achieve the manifestation of their own unique and True Will – which is our destiny and the very purpose to which we were born!
But in addition to this, ‘The Book of the Law’ also introduces the Formula of the New Aeon – that of direct realization of the SELF as the motion (HADIT) of the Universe, which expresses its infinite potentiality (NU) through its extension (י, Yod, I) into Matter (ת, Tau, T). This makes the entire world of physical phenomena (Maya) truly the expression of our God-SELF as we experience the infinite potential in every way through the EVENTS of our life. Thus every meeting in our physical world is “a dealing of God with our soul.”
This returns the immense value and beauty of our lives back into physical expression. And thus the Earth (Gaia), who is now dying and sick, can be regenerated through our realization of Her as our true and ultimate goddess in Her exalted form Gaia Ladrieh (this is all treated in detail in ‘Excalibur’).
But there’s something not quite right in all this. For all its power, for all its brilliance, and for all its beauty, ‘The Book of the Law’ still falls within the realm of relative obscurity. Nearly 115 years following its transmission, there are only about 30,000 Thelemites worldwide. Now it is proclaimed that “Let my servants be few & secret : they shall rule the many & the known.” But do these “few servants” of NUIT truly rule? The outside reflection of the world-at-large certainly doesn’t signify this or reflect this.
Now granted, even a hundred years into an Aeon, we still find ourselves in its mere infancy. But let’s look at another example of another “Magick formula” which established itself only 74 years before ‘The Book of the Law”: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The “Mormon” religion was started by Joseph Smith, Jr. in 1830 after he “received” ‘The Book of Mormon’ under surprisingly similar conditions to Crowley. Now 183 years later, there are 14.8 million Mormons worldwide, as it is the second-fastest growing religion in the world next to Islam. The Church of Jesus Christ is worth over $40 billion dollars (now more than the Catholic Church) and have built 166 temples (with an additional 37 announced) at an average cost of $42 million dollars each.
Now there are several important factors to consider here: 1) The “Mormon” church caters to those in poverty, as missionaries specifically target the poor and uneducated (they may deny this, but I know this from personal experience). And 2) It maintains the Magick formula of the Dying Gods and self-sacrifice, in which people find “comfort and consolation” in their lowly states, and thus find it appealing.
Now I know the goal of Thelema was never to be a world religion. It’s bigger than that. But my point is this: if the Law of Thelema is for all, if it is the Magick formula of Kings and Queens, Gods and Goddesses, if we are to find Thelema’s Kings “at rule, at victorious armies,” and as the true rulers of the Earth, where is the outward manifestation of this?
There is not a single Thelemic temple in existence. Not at the scale of Egypt, Greece, Rome, Catholicism, or even the “Mormons.” The outward manifestations, to this point, of the Aeon of Horus, looks more like the “shrinking and despised harlot” – not like the Golden Age of the Earth’s regeneration and exaltation. So where is the “Crowned and Conquering Child?”
Is it a hoax? A sham? A shameful lie?
The truth is “the Advent of the Horus” is not something that has come. It is something that is happening.
And IT is happening Now.
To this point, Thelema has been trapped within the confines of a very subtle yet problematic conception – the conception that Thelema and ‘The Book of the Law’ belong to a single organization: the O.T.O.
But the fact is, Thelema is a Magick Formula, just like the Magick formula of Osiris, and not a system of belief, a religion, nor an organization. The Magick formula of Dying Gods gave birth to Christianity, to Buddhism, to the Cults of Dionysus, Mithras, Attis, Adonis, Osiris, etc. Each of these offshoots then embraced the formula, and then constructed their mysteries, mythologies, religions, and beliefs upon the foundation of that Aeon’s formula. The same is to happen with Thelema.
The O.T.O., which existed before Crowley had anything to do with it, was merely the first organization to accept the Law of Thelema, to construct its rituals, rites, and mysteries according to it, and to create a culture based upon it. But Thelema, the Aeon of Horus, ‘The Book of the Law’, and the Magick Formulas of this Aeon cannot and do not belong to it. In fact, it is of the utmost importance that this Formula is liberated from its grasp. ‘The Book of the Law’ is Holy Writ. And just as the Bible does not belong to Catholics, so ‘The Book of the Law’ can never belong to a single organization. It is a gift to the entire world.
The O.T.O. is and always will be exactly what it is (as expressed in its formula: O.T.O.). But “because” of this, the Law of Aeon is perpetually colored by its reputation, in-fighting, and specific flavor of expression. The fact is, formal initiations and ordeals are not always necessary, as life in the New Aeon brings to pass these initiations and ordeals of necessity and of themselves. And the O.T.O’s claims to orthodoxy by means of its “great secret” will always be held in check by the outward display of this exact formula throughout the symbolic languages of the Kalachakra Tantra, Taoism, Sufism, the Tarot, and the true mysteries of every world religion. Any with “eyes to see” may apprehend this truth with ease.
But the true problem we are experiencing in the establishing of Thelema cannot be solely pinned upon a single organization. It is sourced from the in-fighting, skepticism, lack of intellectual fortitude and courage, and the utilization of the Dying Gods’ plausible deniability in regards to contemporary magicians, thinkers, writers, psychonauts, inventors, and revolutionaries. Do we not realize that these, our peers, are our allies and those we are to align with to bring to pass the Glory of the Earth? Have we forgotten the meaning of Coagula?
Did not Crowley teach: “To all impressions thus. Let them not overcome thee; yet let them breed within thee. The least of the impressions, come to its perfection, is Pan. Receive a thousand lovers; thou shalt bear but One Child” (The Book of Lies)?
I’ve heard it well too many times, in regards to my own work and the work of other contemporary beings utilizing their Divine Right to Genius: “I prefer the “official” or “orthodox” work of the Old Masters,” or: “When someone speaks to you of the Occult, automatically distrust them.” Now I understand the benefits of the line: “As brothers fight ye.” This seems to be the rule of thumb. But the “Love one another with burning hearts” seems, far too often, mere “skimmed over verse.”
It is all too easy to call oneself an occultist within the confines of your own library, armed with quotes from Manley P. Hall and Eliphas Levi. But when thy “wild wisdom [becomes] pregnant on the lonesome mountain” and thy will stirs thee to transmit thy lightning (which is the true test of the Adept), and thus one yearns to write “sweet words for the Kings,” shall we not applaud such feats rather than snarl and howl from our own inner hounds of hallowed insecurity? Is a god to live in a dog?
NO! Then “Upon them!”
Shall we not rise together? Shall not the kings unite and claim this Earth, once and for all – for the Divine and THAT alone? Hast thou grown too wise to wield thy flaming sword for Truth?! Hast thou grown so strong, that thou has ceased to slay those destructive demons of despair, as Sir Knight o’ Arms called forth from Time to establish thy Kingdom of Light, Liberty, and Love?
Oh, my brothers! Beware lest thou withhold a single drop! Beware lest thou hoard a grain of white dust! Beware lest thou perish with thy reason!
Stand now! Stand now to declare thy flame and fury! Stand now to don thy warrior’s cloak and sigil! Claim thy sword! To arms! To arms! THAT as sweetest ecstasy declares, in lithe body and supple voice: “TO ME ! TO ME !”
The Seal of ΠανXnubis Shaialazin