Saturday, May 31, 2008

Aleister Crowley - Emblems And Mode Of Use

Aleister Crowley - Emblems And Mode Of Use

About Aleister Crowley;
Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) created a tradition known as Thelema, which is a spiritual or religious system centered around ideas of freedom and personal growth.

Introduction to Crowley (in Five Voices)by Tim Maroney

Baphomet XIx
Emblems and Mode of Use

Magick Cap. XII. The "initiated interpretation" in footnote 4
on that page is nonsense - dust in the
eyes of the profane. See
also Liber Astarte (CLXXV) pp. 390 - 404
for hints as to how to
acquire the mental state necessary to prepare for the work.
for the same reason, Liber Capricorni
Pneumatici (A'Ash CCCLXX)

pp. 432 - 434 and Liber Cheth velVallum Abiegni
(CLVI) pp. 430 -

431. But it all adds up to "inflame thyself in praying".

Emblem I: The Egg

This is said to be laid by the White
Eagle, whose number is (in this case I suppose) 156. Its vehicle
or menstruum is what the Alchemists call the Gluten. It may be
fertilized by any kind of "Serpent". The hatching and subsequent career will
depend on the original energy, the right ordering of the surrounding
circumstances, and so on. But you get nothing at all, or something
you don't want at all (because the Egg, ill cared for, can collect
a poisonous "Serpent" from hostile and malignant elements)
unless you are extremely careful to get the "Magickal Link" properly
formed and guarded.
See Magick Cap. XIV pp 106 - 122.

Emblem II:
The Serpent

This is the principle of immortality, the
self renewal through
incarnation, of persistant will, inherent
in the "Red Lion" who
is, of course, the operator. It is said to swim in
the "Blood of
the Red Lion". The lion must determine
what kind of serpent he
needs as a vehicle of the particular Will demanded by the proposed
operation. It must, of course, be a necessary element of his total
"True Will"; and otherwise, there would
be an eternal conflict
between the part and the whole; the operation would
be a failure
or worse {e.g. if you did an operation to harm Smith, it would
fail and reflect on yourself; because deeper than any personal
antagonism, you are sworn brothers in the O.T.O.} The properly
trained and vitalized
serpent is found
in the acts of

Concentration upon the
Object of Operation
preliminary to starting: that is, to impose the image
of your particular Will
upon the actually existing physical serpents which you possess,
eager to reproduce and manifest the image of your Will {Their
"natural" Will is of course, to continue their "lion" through the
"floods", [i.e. the fertilization of a suitable "egg" will
appear as the original Lion modified by that particular
Eagle, or as an Eagle similarly contituted.] But the
technique of the Operation prevents (or should prevent) this issue;
so, as the Will to Create
and Transmit cannot be baulked - Law of the Conservation of Energy
- the material bases of the Operation are prepared to produce
the Image of the Will impressed upon them by the
preliminary studies and practices by bringing to pass the Object of the
Conditions of the Operation

Both Lion and Eagle must be robust, in good health (as a rule; but

a sick Lion can often heal
himself) overflowing with energy,

magnetically attracted to
one another,
and in absolute

understanding harmony about the object of the operation. {Note: It

is possible, and unfortunately often necessary, to employ an Eagle

altogether ignorant of the theory, or even what is
being done. I

have found this works perfectly; indeed, when the Eagle is

a thousand difficulties crop up. It is horrifyingly
rare to find

an Eagle genuinely capable of initiated cooperation. the late

told me he had found perfection twice in his whole life! Even

the result was bad, causing violent reaction of antipathy! I

been more fortunate.} There should be no worries of

the current of thought should flow freely
and forcibly towards

attainment of the object. And then "Inflame thyself in praying".

The Operation Proper

As the actual work proceeds, the mind-will must be
directed more

and more intensly towards the object of
the operation. Physical

phenomena, obviously with constantly increasing
insistance, will

do their utmost to
attract the attention of
the operators

themselves. It is of absolute necessity
for the success of the

work that at the last moment - which may be
prolonged to several

minutes ! - when the intensity of the
conflict between physical

stress produces (as it should,
of course, when there
is no

question of conscious achievement) a complete "Black-Out".

When the Ego-consciousness itself is
abolished, the Will should

still continue to create, stopping only when "The blood of the Red

Lion is one with the Gluten of the White Eagle"; and the "Serpent"

and the "Egg"
have fused completely. The result of this
fusion is

called the Elixir - and numerous other
names, e.g. the Stone

the Philosophers,
the Medicine of Metals,
etc., especially the


Perfect simultaneity between the Lion
and the Eagle is

To assist this very difficult work the
use of a mantra, either

universal (like A Ka Dua - or Aum Mane Padme Hum) or suited to the

objects of the working, is often
valuable. e.g. in the Paris

Working, the verses
were composed specifically in

"Jungiter in vati vates: rex
inclyte hermes to venius,

verba nefanda ferens" In English: "Behold! the Priest is joined to

the Priest: illustrious king of the Staff (Wand, Caduceus)

thou come, Hermes,
bearing unutterable words!" (*perhaps forbidden

is a better translation.)

There is one further point. The Lion must be enraged before he can

cope with the Eagle,
and during this process
it is quite

impossible to think of the ceremony. To do so would stop the whole

process, whose beginning may be announced by the prayer " Accendat

in nobis, Dominus ignem sui amoris et flamman aeternae caritatis".

In English: "May the lord kindle in us
the Fire of his Love and

the flame of eternal charity!" (This last word here has a
special technical meaning). See Magickpp 325 -326. this sentence is the signal to forget altogether the purpose of the whole operation.
But immediately that all things are ready, the apparatus in the proper position, the Mantra
and the contest between the Creative Will and the physical phenomena should begin. Success depends largely on the smartness and completeness of this control.

The Elixir

This being thus duly prepared, it must be administered as follows:
The Lion must collect it - the best method is by suction, so as to
avoid waste, and share it with the Eagle. It should be absorbed by
the mucous membrane. A portion is reserved and placed in physical
contact with the magickal link, or with a talisman specially
prepared for the Operation, & consecrated accordingly. At the
very least, some suitable symbol. e.g. of you
are making an opus for $$, smear the Elixir on a gold coin, or ring;
if for health, touch the bare earth, or the patient with it. In any case, be careful to consume it by absorbtion; for it restores with interest any virtue that may have been expended in the work itself. The effect of any opus aught to be refreshing; if not, error somewhere.

Read Judges, Sampson's riddle: "What is
sweeter than honey, and

stronger than a Lion?" Here bees - identical symbolically with the

Eagle swarm in the carcass of the Lion slain by Sampson. But

Lion is
our "Serpent"
and Sampson our
"Red Lion". A strange and

potent sweetness characterizes the Elixir when properly

See also Liber 333 Cap. 36; Magick
p. 328; St. John's Gospel,

Chap. 4:13 - 16, 31 - 32; Chap. 6:27 and 48-58; First

10:1- 4, 16 - 17, 11:23 - 30. Also Little essays towards truth pp.

70 - 74. This last is important - this mode of work must
never be

used except as a sacrament; if you do, all kinds of horrid

can get hold of you through the
undetermined, unuarded, wasted


You must
prepare the Quintessence
on every occasion.

This is the freat danger; hence the
universal insistance of all

magi upon the Virtue which gives its title to this "Little

above mentioned.

That should be enough: some of it
sounds hard, but work on it

constantly, and there is no limit to your possible success.

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