THE MASS OF THE PHOENIX
The Magician, his breast bare, stands before an altar on which are his Burin, Bell, Thurible, and two of the Cakes of Light. In the Sign of the Enterer he reaches West across the Altar, and cries:
Hail Ra, that goest in Thy bark
He gives the sign of Silence, and takes the Bell, and Fire, in his hands.
East of the Altar see me stand
He strikes Eleven times upon the bell 3 3 3 -- 5 5 5 5 5 -- 3 3 3 and places the Fire in the Thurible.
I strike the Bell: I light the flame:
He strikes Eleven times upon the bell.
Now I begin to pray: Thou Child,
He puts the first Cake on the Fire of the Thurible.
I burn the Incense-cake, proclaim
He makes them as in Liber Legis, and strikes again Eleven times upon the Bell. With the Burin he then makes upon his breast the proper sign.
Behold this bleeding breast of mine
He puts the second Cake to the wound.
I stanch the blood; the wafer soaks
He eats the second Cake.
This Bread I eat. This Oath I swear
He strikes Eleven times upon the Bell, and cries
He goeth forth.
This is the special number of Horus; it is the Hebrew blood, and the multiplication of the 4 by the 11, the number of Magick, explains 4 in its finest sense. But see in particular the accounts in Equinox I, vii, of the circumstances of the Equinox of the Gods
The word "Phoenix" may be taken as including the idea of "Pelican", the bird which is fabled to feed its young from the blood of its own breast. Yet the two ideas, though cognate, are not identical, and "Phoenix" is the more accurate symbol.
This chapter is explained in Chapter 62.
It would be improper to comment further upon a ritual which has been accepted as official by the A⁂A⁂
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