by Mike Culkin
"The future was darkening, we were
nearing the terrible catastrophe which was about to overwhelm
France. The abyss was at our feet; yet averting our eyes, struck
with a fatal blindness, we hurried from f°te to f°te, from
pleasure to pleasure. It was a kind of frenzy which thrust us
gaily on to our own destruction. Alas! how can a storm be
controlled when one sees it not?
"Meanwhile, from time to time, some troubled or observant minds
tried to snatch us from this fatal security. I have already said
that the Comte de St. Germain had tried to unseal the
eyes of their Majesties, by making them perceive the approach of
danger; but M. de Maurepas, not wishing the salvation of
the country to come from anyone but himself, ousted the
thaumaturgist, and he re-appeared no more."
The year in which these events were
taking place was 1788, and these words were later recorded in
the diary of Madame d’Adh³mar, an intimate friend of
Marie-Antoinette. M. de Maurepas was an adviser to the
Queen, and was the one most accused by the Abb³ Barruel of
leading the French Revolution.
The reason I am making this reference to the Count of Saint-Germain
is that I want to place him and Aleister Crowley within the
same class of adepts who by their mere presence energize the
elemental forces of war and chaos. It transpired that Saint-Germain’s
warnings to the French Royal Court were totally vindicated,
but his timing and mysteriousness meant that the whole course of
events could not be averted. It was too late to avert the
inevitable. These adepts have virtually self-realized personalities.
Crowley perceived his role of energizing war when he wrote
that the prophetic events contained in The Book of the Law
could only be put into action by its publication. Thus, a series of
violent and bloody conflicts came into effect after this powerful
grimoire was published. This is the "word-sword" principle:
words spoken or published which give effect to outcomes or
Saint-Germain was a high level adept of the secret societies.
He was believed to have died in 1784, but he faked his death, since
both Masonic and Catholic sources place
him at the Wilhelmsbad conference held on 15 February,
1785. This conference was held in an attempt to bring about a
conciliation between the various sects of the Rosicrucians,
the Necromantists, the Cabalists,
the Illuminati and the
Humanitarians. In attendance were such (il)luminaries as
Cagliostro, St. Martin, Mesmer and
Saint-Germain was a member of the Paris Chapter of the
Knights Templar. He was the Obermohr [supreme magus] of
many mystic brotherhoods, where he was worshipped as a superior
being. His memory was not forgotten, and by the end of the
nineteenth century, hierophants of the secret schools looked upon
Saint-Germain with profound gratitude. His influence had helped
to open the way for humanism and republicanism (which
in this author’s opinion is a respectable name for organized
crime), movements which "flowered" in the twentieth century.
Gnostic forces were progressing in the ascendancy during the
nineteenth century, and into this milieu was Edward Alexander
Crowley born; he later took the name Aleister. He was
born on 12 October, 1875. According to Kenneth Grant, head of
an OTO breakaway sect, the Typhonian Tradition,
Crowley first became aware of the existence of spiritual
powers in 1898 when he read The Cloud upon the Sanctuary by
Karl von Eckartshausen. Crowley was 22 at the time and set
out to contact the hidden Order which the book describes. His
efforts led to his initiation into the Hermetic Order of the
Golden Dawn on 18 November, 1898. He assumed the magical name
Perdurabo (I shall endure).
In August, 1903, Crowley married Rose Kelly, his ’scarlet
woman,’ whom he had met in Paris. They proceeded on an extended
honeymoon, and whilst in Sri Lanka, they went trekking
through the jungle. Whilst standing on the shores of a lake,
Crowley decided to shoot enough furry bats to make himself a
waistcoat. One bat landed on Rose, and Crowley had
some trouble detaching its claws. That night, Crowley was
awakened by the noise of a squealing bat. He then saw Rose,
completely naked, clinging with her arms and legs to the wooden
frame that supported the mosquito net. As he pulled her down, she
bit and spat and squealed, and she had to be shaken into
wakefulness. Crowley noted that it was the finest case of
obsession that he had ever had the "good fortune" to observe.
When Rose later discovered she was pregnant, they decided to
return home to England. En-route they went to Cairo, where they took
a flat. (Incidentally, Rose went on to have a daughter who
was named Night my Athatour Hecate Sappho Jesabel Lilith, and
who died in tragic circumstances. Rose died an alcoholic).
In Cairo, Crowley proceeded to dress in Persian garb
pretending to be an oriental prince, Chioi Khan (being Hebrew
for the Beast). Crowley’s mother, a strict Plymouth
Brethren, had believed her son to be the beast (number 666) of
In Cairo, Crowley attempted a series of invocations to summon
up elementals or demons. Rose sank into a curious state of
mind in which she kept repeating: "You have offended Horus."
It was Rose who in fact introduced Crowley to the
elemental, Aiwass. Through Rose, Aiwass
told Crowley that he was to go into his workroom at precisely
midday on 8, 9 and 10 April, 1904 and write down what he heard for
the next hour. The message began: "Had! the manifestation of Nuit."
And thus The Book of the Law came into existence. It is also
known as "Liber AL vel Legis" (meaning ’divinely revealed
Book of the Law’) or Liber AL for short. Whilst
The Book of the Law was
received in 1904, it would not be published until 1913, just nine
months before the ’Balkan War’ (later to be called World
According to Crowley,
" ’The Law of Thelema’ [ie,
Liber AL], revealed in Cairo in 1904, has come to
replace the outworn creeds, the local codes; to help the peoples
of the world march on to a new era of peace and happiness."
Thus Crowley becomes a medium and
’false prophet’ within the context of James 4:5:
"They are from the world; therefore
they speak from the world’s viewpoint; and the world listens to
Crowley preached the New Aeon
of Horus, the "new era of peace and happiness," but the
path to this "new era" would necessarily be bathed in blood. A
moment’s reflection on the course of the twentieth century confirms
that the revolutionary and violent prophecies contained within
The Book of the Law have been fulfilled, and there are other
events yet to occur.
Forerunner to Crowley
Crowley did not just appear out-of-the-blue. The groundwork
had been laid for millennia, for his creed is Gnosticism.
Essentially, a Gnostic is one who seeks illumination, and
sets out to become a divine being; basically, an alchemical
transmutation of evil into good achieved through the exercise of
one’s own will. Christians believe that this transmutation can only
occur through the grace of God as may be extended to an
individual; no amount of self-will can achieve this transmutation of
Gnostic leaders are spiritualist mediums who take counsel and
direction from spirits or "Invisible Masters." The ideals of
Gnostics are utopian, and the ends justify the means. Crowley
was a Gnostic master, as was a forerunner of his, Adam Weishaupt.
Many readers have more than likely ’completed’ Conspiracy
Theory 101, and are familiar with Herr Weishaupt. For
those who may not know of him, some background follows.
Weishaupt was born in Catholic-dominated southern Germany on
6 February, 1748. He was Jesuit-educated and attained a very
influential university position. In accordance with the "needs of
his period" (Kenneth Grant), he reawakened the
Order of the Illuminati. Weishaupt’s
occult activities culminated in the French Revolution,
and this spark ruptured the course of history.
Shortly after the French Revolution, the Marquis de Luchet
"This society [Illuminati]
aims at governing the world. Its object is universal
domination." He called the Illuminati "a
subterranean fire smouldering eternally and breaking forth
periodically in violent and devastating explosions."
Weishaupt wrote the following to
a fellow Illuminatus:
"We must consider how we can begin
to work under another form. If only the aim is achieved, it does
not matter under what cover it takes place, and cover is always
necessary. For in concealment lies a great part of our strength.
For this reason we must cover ourselves with the name of another
society. The lodges that are under Freemasonry are in the
meantime the most suitable cloak for our high purpose, because
the world is already accustomed to expect nothing great from
them which merits attention. As in the spiritual Orders of
the Roman Church, religion was, alas! only a pretence,
so must our Order also in a nobler way try to
conceal itself behind a learned society or something of the
On 26 December, 1993, no less an organ
of the fourth estate, "The Economist" published the following
under the heading, "The Good Network Guide":
"Beyond all these networks lies the
mother of all networks, the Order of the Illuminati,
known to some as the True Rulers of the World. Its
age will remain uncertain until the story of the last days of
Atlantis is better known. Though this secret body has
hovered unseen over all history, its most public flowering was
in the Enlightenment. Adam Weishaupt, a former
Jesuit (who provided
much of the inspiration for Shelley’s Frankenstein)
revealed its purpose and system of mutual surveillance to the
world on May 1st 1776. Since then the order has taken
a keen interest in another newborn of that year. It is
significant that many American presidents have been
Illuminati; and the Illuminati symbol of
the eye in the pyramid still graces the dollar bill.
"The conspiracy is immense and terrifying, stretching from
Hassan-i-Sabbah, 11th century Assassin,
to Ian Fleming (who caricatured the order as "SPECTRE").
It is the network of those who run networks. Given its power,
you should assume that anyone writing about the order
must be either lying or part of a conspiracy to confound you. In
wondering about the Illuminati, merely remember
this. You have never arrived."
(Note the motto of the Assassins:
"Nothing is true. Everything is permitted")
Angelo Roncalli who was to become
Pope John XXIII, and who convened Vatican 2, is
reputed to have been a member of the Illuminati. The
Illuminist eye in the pyramid was used on his papal
cross. He is also reputed to have met with Crowley. It was
Vatican 2 which led to the Catholic church seizing the
world-wide ecumenical agenda and which authorized the idolatrous
elevation of Mary to goddess status.
After the French Revolution, the Order of the
Illuminati disappeared. In 1904, an Austrian Adept named
Karl Kellner repeated Weishaupt’s feat, and
re-established the Illuminati through a sect known as
Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO). Crowley
took over leadership of OTO in 1922. The spirit guides
of the Gnostics had clearly directed that the Illuminati
once again step into the public realm but, in this instance, through
The Book of the Law
Crowley is not an aberration. He is part of an historical
process which has yet to reach its climax. The ruling spirits
of this world relayed the primary plank of their program to
Crowley, and this is contained in The Book of the Law.
For human beings, the real struggle is not against each other, but
against the evil cosmic powers which govern this dark age.
Crowley was their medium, but on several occasions as he
wrote down The Book of the Law, Aiwass chastised
Crowley for being concerned about what he was writing.
As part of my own spiritual journey as a Christian, I
eventually found myself looking into Crowley. It took
sometime before I recognized that The Book of the Law was
such an important work. I am not writing this article to make the
facts fit in with my world-view. What I found is that The Book of
the Law has been fulfilled to a large degree, and that
its contents tie in strongly with the Revelation. Just as
Jesus sent his angel to reveal future events to John, so did
Satan send a spirit being, Aiwass, to Crowley.
Both works are eschatological (the doctrine of last or final
The Book of the Law says that the god of war and
vengeance, Ra-Hoor-Khu-It (Horus), is
now positioned on his seat of power. His human incarnation will
occur, and he will be in the form of a child, the False Prophet
or Antichrist. He is the offspring of the union of Hadit
(Satan) and Nuit (Babylon). This union and its
"fruit" is referred to in Revelation chapter 13. The
Book of the Law tells us that Satan is the coiled
serpent, and he is about to spring. Christians will be put to death.
Through war and chaos, the goddess (Nuit/Babylon) will be
placed in a position to be worshipped, and her offspring, the child,
will be mightier than all the kings of the earth, although one of
these rich "kings" will finance him.
There are three underlying principles in The Book of the Law
for Thelemites (Thelema is Greek for determination
through choice; inclination to desire, pleasure, will) to
1. Do what
thou wilt shall be the whole of the law
2. Love is the law, love under will
3. Every man and every woman is a star
A curious feature of Gnosticism
is that in the early stages of the Gnostic quest, one is driven by
terrible despair, and simultaneously, a powerful upsurge of love. In
the utopian quest for self-perfection, a ’good’ person in the
world’s eyes is one who is seemingly self-realized and self-reliant.
That person develops the will to be the master of his/her world,
even though many other persons may lose in the process. To become a
selfish ’superman’ is the Gnostic goal, and those who are not so
capable or who do not share this ideal are meant only to serve and
be used. Sin is no longer a restriction on one’s will to fulfill the
most powerful desires. Nietzsche longed for ’the fair
beast’ (die blonde Bestie) the strong, beautiful beast
which shall rule the world, and act in all things according to its
W.B. Yeats, the Irish poet and contemporary of Crowley
in the Order of the Golden Dawn, wrote about the Gnostic
"...an aristocratic civilization in
its most completed form, every detail of life hierarchical,
every great man’s door crowded at dawn by petitioners, great
wealth everywhere in few men’s hands, all dependent on a few, up
to the Emperor himself, who is a God dependent on a greater God
and everywhere, in Court, in the family, an inequality made
The Book of the Law in the Context of the 20th
Satan through Aiwass declares that Christianity is
dead, and that Crowley is to be the prophet of the
neo-pagan system which would emerge. Moral values and compassion as
exercised would be relative to the exigencies of the times. The
neo-pagan emergence would birth on an altar of moral enfeeblement
and blood sacrifice. The strong of will would take control of the
The most dramatic instance of human sacrifice occurred under the
Nazis in World War II. The German lyric poet and essayist,
Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) prophetically wrote of a time when
Germany would go berserk:
"Some day there will awake that
fighting folly found among the ancient Germans, the folly that
fights neither to kill nor to conquer, but simply to fight.
Christianity has ( and that is its fairest merit)
somewhat mitigated that brutal German lust for battle. But it
could not destroy it: and once the taming talisman, the Cross,
is broken, the savagery of the old battlers will flare up again,
the insane Berserk rage of which Nordic bards have so much to
say and sing. The talisman is brittle. The day will come when it
will pitiably collapse. Then the old stone gods will rise from
forgotten rubble and rub the dust of a thousand years from their
eyes; and Thor will leap up and with his giant
hammer start smashing Gothic cathedrals..."
The gods did indeed awaken.
According to Trevor Ravenscroft in "The Spear of Destiny,"
every year from 1926 to 1942, the Germans sent out parties which
contacted Tibetan initiates, the intention being to gain their
psychic help and deep alliance with the devilish forces which rule
this world. A Tibetan colony was established in Germany in 1929,
and the monks were known in Germany as "The Society of Green
Men," because of their links with the Green Dragon
Society of Japan.
In Berlin, Hitler met regularly with the leader of the
Tibetan community who was a very gifted and accurate clairvoyant.
Himmler shared Hitler’s interest in the occult, and set
up the Nazi Occult Bureau. This incorporated into one
organization the Thule group, the Vril Society
and the German branch of OTO (Crowley’s magical
Between 1936 and 1939, Crowley paid a number of visits to
Germany. It is known that a woman called Martha Kunzel
repeatedly urged on Hitler the wisdom of adopting The Book
of the Law as his guide. Hitler rejected this, as he
wanted Mein Kampf to be the holy book of Germany. By the time
the war had broken out, Crowley had become strongly
anti-Hitler, and said that "Britain would knock Hitler
for six" (an analogy from cricket: the worst thing a batsman can do
to a bowler is hit the ball clear out of the field, and thus score
six runs). The German branch of OTO had by the time of
the war been banned and most of its members were in concentration
Hermann Rauschning, governor of Danzig, had been very
close to Hitler, and recorded many of their conversations
which were published in a book called Hitler Speaks.
Rauschning openly acknowledged Hitler’s obsession with
the occult, and found that very often Hitler was paraphrasing
or expressing an idea from The Book of the Law (often word
"I will tell you a secret,"
Hitler told Rauschning, "I am founding an order. It
is from there that the second stage will emerge the stage of the
Man-God, when Man will be the measure and centre of the world.
The Man-God, that splendid being, will be an object of worship.
But there are other stages about which I am not permitted to
"Hail! ye twin warriors about the pillars of the world! for your
time is nigh at hand"
(The Book of the Law 3:71)
The "pillars of the world" are
the powerful and greedy emotions of people, and the twin warriors
are the spirits that would cause the two world wars energized by the
compliance and sinfulness of the "pillars of the world."
Hitler knew exactly what he was about, and fulfilled his
pre-destined role. The cornerstone of Novus Ordo Seclorum was
Jack Parsons and the Babalon Working
By the time World War II came to an atomic end in 1945, the earth
had been literally soaked in blood. The warrior god, Horus,
had erupted, and the world convulsed in a continuous fit of war and
genocide. Verse 3:46 of The Book of the Law had come to pass:
"I am the warrior Lord of the
Forties: the Eighties cower before me, & are abased. I will
bring you victory & joy; I will be at your arms in battle & ye
shall delight to slay. Success is your proof; courage is your
armour; go on, go on, in my strength; & ye shall turn not back
Crowley’s time on earth came to
an end on the evening of 1 December, 1947 when he succumbed
to myocardial degeneration and chronic bronchitis. The prankster was
dead, long live the prankster!
Crowley had come from an English world which was traditional
and very conservative. Throughout his life, he loved to play the
prankster. On one such occasion, he walked into a lift and urinated
in the corner, and then declared that the lift had become a sacred
place. But at heart, he does seem to be very English. The new wave
Americans, the bohemian Jack Parsons and the brash L. Ron
Hubbard, were not bound by English strictures; they were very
much action men.
When Parsons and Hubbard performed
Working in January, 1946, Crowley was resentful and
branded them "louts," even though he had developed the
Working and mentored Parsons (in correspondence to
Crowley, Parsons used the salutation, "Most Beloved
Father"). Crowley was so incensed at the Working
being performed that he cabled his US office on 22 May: "Suspect
Ron playing confidence trick (Jack Parsons weak fool)
obvious victim prowling swindlers."
Jack Parsons was a very gifted scientist and chemist, and
founded a company which was to become Jet Propulsion
Laboratories (JPL), which in its modern day
guise has merged with NASA (JPL.NASA). To this
day, people at NASA are reputed to refer to JPL
as Jack Parsons’ Laboratory. He was also an Illuminatus
and had deep occult interests, and is reputed to have been a
descendent of a Hell-Fire Club founder. When he first
encountered Crowley’s writings he intuitively understood
Thelema. He joined the Los Angeles OTO Lodge in
1939, and rapidly rose to prominence.
In April, 1945, Parsons was introduced to L. Ron Hubbard.
Enter the prankster! Crowley biographer Kenneth Grant
refers to Crowley as "a confidence trickster who had wormed
his way into the OTO on the pretence of being
interested in Magick." Despite the resentment shown to
Hubbard by OTO leaders (including Crowley), L.
Ron was able to call Crowley "my very good friend" in a
1952 speech. Perhaps this was the prankster talking.
Hubbard’s relationship to Parsons is basically similar
to Edward Kelley’s relationship to Dr. John Dee, the
English alchemist and Elizabethan court astrologer. Kelley
was also a prankster and scryer (gazer into crystal balls),
and Dee fell completely under his spell. Dee wanted to
access the crystal ball, but was not gifted in this regard.
Kelley became Dee’s scryer.
Parsons was also an alchemist, but needed a "magical
partner," and Hubbard became that partner. Parsons had
written to Crowley:
"Although he [Hubbard] has no
formal training in Magick, he has an extraordinary amount
of experience and understanding in the field. From some of his
experiences I deduced that he was in direct touch with some
higher intelligence, possibly his Guardian Angel. He
describes his Angel as a beautiful winged woman with red
hair whom he calls the Empress and who has guided him
through his life, and saved him many times..."
The Babalon Working is an
invocation ritual developed in conjunction with Crowley.
A series of rituals and invocations were undertaken by Parsons
commencing on 4 January, 1946. A short time after the process began,
Parsons and Hubbard went out into the Mojave Desert
for four days. The Babalon Working ritual is outlined
in Parsons’ book Freedom is a Two-Edged Sword. By 18
January, Parsons announced to Hubbard, "It is done."
Parsons had successfully opened an inter-dimensional
doorway. He invoked the goddess and paved the way for the
present-day passion for drugs, UFOs and divination.
Parsons wrote "Liber 49" which he maintained was the
fourth and final chapter of The Book of the Law.
According to the woman who embodied the invoked goddess, Marjorie
Cameron, and who came to Parsons shortly after the
completion of the Babalon Working, Parsons set in
motion the second part of a great force which was divided into
three. Aleister Crowley began the first, and the third would
be the work of the boy child embodiment of Horus, the
False Prophet or Antichrist (Revelation 13:18).
Readers familiar with Revelation may wonder if Crowley’s
Babalon is the same as Babylon of Revelation. The
answer is yes. Babalon is the secret name of
Nuit, the goddess revealed in chapter one of The Book
of the Law. Babylon the goddess is revealed
throughout Revelation as the provider of material wealth. The
Babalon spelling was adopted because of its cabalistic
numerical significance. Kenneth Grant records the attributes
of Babalon as being "death-dealing and vampiric."
Jack Parsons wrote in The Book of Babalon (January 4 -
March, 4, 1946):
I have "been engaged in the study
and practice of Magick for seven years, and in the
supervision and operation of an occult lodge for four years,
having been initiated into the Sanctuary of Gnosis by the
Beast 666, Fra. 132 and Fra. Saturnis. At this time I
decided upon a Magical operation designed to obtain the
assistance of an elemental mate... I decided to use the
obtained [from spirit guides] by Dr. Dee and Edward
Kelley... During the period of January 19 to February 27
 I invoked the Goddess BABALON with the aid of my
magical partner [Hubbard], as was proper to one of my
On March 2, 1946, Hubbard had
channelled the message:
"She [Babalon] is the flame
of life, power of darkness, she destroys with a glance, she may
take thy soul. She feeds upon the death of men... She shall
absorb thee, and thou shalt become a living flame before she
Parsons continued with his
magickal operations for the remainder of the forties, and in
1949 wrote in The Manifesto of the Antichrist:
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole
of the Law. I, BELARION, ANTICHRIST, in the year
1949 of the rule of the Black Brotherhood called
Christianity, do make my Manifesto to all men. And I, THE
ANTICHRIST, come among you, saying: An end to the pretence,
and lying hypocrisy of Christianity. An end to the servile
virtues, and superstitious restrictions. An end to the slave
morality. An end to prudery and shame, to guilt and sin, for
these are of the only evil the sun, that is fear. An end to all
authority that is not based on courage and manhood, to the
authority of lying priests, conniving judges, blackmailing
police, and an end to the servile flattery and cajolery of
mods (sic - would appear to refer to dilettantes), the
coronations of mediocrities, the ascension of dolts. An end to
restriction and inhibition, for I, THE ANTICHRIST, am
come among you preaching the Word of the BEAST 666, which
is, "There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt."
And I, BELARION, ANTICHRIST, do lift up my voice
and prophecy, and I say: I shall bring all men to the law of the
BEAST 666, and in His law I shall conquer the world. And
within seven years of this time, BABALON, THE
SCARLET WOMAN HILARION will manifest among ye, and bring
this my work to its fruition. An end to conscription,
compulsion, regimentation, and the tyranny of false laws. And
within nine years a nation shall accept the Law of the BEAST 666
in my name, and that nation will be the first nation of earth.
And all who accept me the ANTICHRIST and the law of the
BEAST 666, shall be accursed and their joy shall be a
thousandfold greater than the false joys of the false saints.
And in my name BELARION shall they work miracles, and
confound our enemies, and none shall stand before us.
Therefore I, THE ANTICHRIST call upon all the Chosen
and elect and upon all men, come forth now in the name of
Liberty, that we may end forever the tyranny of the Black
Witness my hand and seal on this [...] day of [...] 1949, that
is the year of BABALON 4066.
Love is the law, love under will.
Analysis by a Master of the
Temple of the Critical Nodes in the Experience of his Material
Parsons died on 17 June, 1952 in
a laboratory explosion as a result of dropping a phial of fulminate
of mercury. However, there is suspicion that his death was faked,
for without legal precedent, his next of kin (Marjorie Cameron)
was not consulted in order to identify the body, nor was she allowed
to see him in the ambulance or hospital. Other oddities about his
death have been noted.
In 1972, the Parsons Crater was named on the dark side of
the moon in honour of Parsons (for services to rocketry).
Hubbard went on to become the founder of the Church
(sic) of Scientology, and, in 1972, Kenneth Grant
wrote that he was "still at large, having grown wealthy and famous
by the misuse of the secret knowledge which he had wormed out of
Let’s Get Philosophical for a Moment
At the heart of
The Book of the Law is the instruction: Do
what thou wilt. Under "Law," this is a conscious development of
one’s personal will to power. Nietzsche’s message of the
superman is that, on the will to power theory, values are mutable.
Thus one’s own values prevail, rather than conforming to the values
of the collective which endeavour to pursue peace and harmony. When
the question of basic values is open in society, the essential
victory has been won.
Identifying with the conscious will to power, one wants to set the
terms, insisting on the principle, "I will not serve." Satan
thought much the same thing:
"I will climb to the sky; higher
than the stars of God I will set my throne. I will sit in the
mount of assembly, on the summit of Zaphon [the abode of
the gods]: I will mount the back of a cloud ( I will match the
Satan is the tree of knowledge
of good and evil, and his lie to humans is to "eat" from
him in order to become a divine being. The Book of the Law says that
every man and every woman is a star (1:3). The "sovereign power" of
thought is a real and actual fact: if I "will" to kick up my foot,
so it is done. If I am powerful enough, and I will order the
dropping of an atomic bomb on civilians, so it is done. If
technology is but a tool of people, then surely it is controlled by
Through development of the conscious will, we are in the process of
strengthening the ego. As created human beings, the realm of ego
consciousness and the spiritual and psychic realm are indissolubly
united with the body. As the ego grows stronger, it detaches itself
more and more from the body.
In the individual will to power, one’s ego detaches from the
collective ego. It is a struggle and a creative act. Such an act
brings on a sense of loneliness; it also introduces suffering, toil,
trouble, evil, sickness and death into a person’s life as soon as
this separation is perceived by the ego. When Adam and Eve
made their decision to will to power rather than will to God’s
will, God told Adam:
"Cursed be the ground because of
you; by toil shall you eat of it all the days of your life:
Thorns and thistles shall it sprout for you. But your food shall
be grasses of the field; By the seat of your brow shall you get
bread to eat, until you return to the ground, for from it you
were taken. For dust you are, and to dust you shall return"
To be the outsider or revolutionary is
to be isolated and alone. The individual is pitted against the
world, and becomes part of a higher, different unity. To become a
"star" and will to power is to have knowledge of good and evil and
is accounted sin, and one is expelled from paradise. To
Gnostics, this feeling of privation becomes the driving
force of the world process. The way of salvation lies in heightening
consciousness with the will to become ’Sons of God’. Jesus
Christ says that such transmutation can only occur if a person is
spiritually reborn from above (John 3:3-8) through repentance the
regenerative work of the Holy Spirit.
Where does God fit into all this?
The Crowley/Gnostic self-hood process fits in with the
prophesied progression of the human race. In this Present Age
wherein God’s grace to be spiritually reborn has been extended to
non-Jews, the majority of people will remain cold of heart and will
grow in sin. Paul says people will be self-loving, money-loving,
brutal, hateful of good, plus a number of other unpleasant
attributes (2 Timothy 3:2-5).
The message of The Book of the Law is eschatological.
Revelation is also eschatological. The Present Age
will not last much longer, for the Christian heritage is being
expunged, and the fig tree (Holy Land) has blossomed. Thelemites
believe that this age will be followed by the 2,000 year reign of
Horus. Christians say the Present Age will
be followed by the 1,000 year reign of Jesus Christ on Earth, to be
followed by the last judgment. Thelemites now say "Abrahadabra"
(meaning Father-Satan-Father); Christians say "Amen!
Come Lord Jesus."
Perhaps Thelemites should take heed to the words of
the nineteenth century mage, Eliphas Levi:
"To will evil, is to will death. A
perverse will is a beginning of suicide."
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