To confirm this, Crowley took her to the Bulaq Museum which was nearby their honeymoon suite, where he asked her to point out Hours to him. After passing by many depictions of the Egyptian god, Rose pointed to the depiction of Horus on the stele of Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu, also known as the Stele of Revealing. If the dating is correct , the photo was taken one year after the divorce At the time, the stele was numbered , the number of the Beast, which was of significance to Crowley since his childhood. On the 8th, 9th, and 10th of April , in the heat and mystical fire of Egypt, in Cairo, Aleister Crowley wrote the book which ushered in the new Aeon of Horus and which would become the central scripture of a new religious movement known as Thelema.
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The manifestation of Nuit. The unveiling of the company of heaven. Every man and every woman is a star. Every number is infinite; there is no difference. Help me, o warrior lord of Thebes, in my unveiling before the Children of men! The Khabs is in the Khu, not the Khu in the Khabs. Worship then the Khabs, and behold my light shed over you! I am above you and in you.
My ecstasy is in yours. My joy is to see your joy. Above, the gemmed azure is The naked splendour of Nuit; She bends in ecstasy to kiss The secret ardours of Hadit. The winged globe, the starry blue, Are mine, O Ankh-af-na-khonsu! They shall gather my children into their fold: they shall bring the glory of the stars into the hearts of men. For he is ever a sun, and she a moon. But to him is the winged secret flame, and to her the stooping starlight. But ye are not so chosen.
Burn upon their brows, o splendrous serpent! O azure-lidded woman, bend upon them! The key of the rituals is in the secret word which I have given unto him. They are as upon the earth; I am Heaven, and there is no other God than me, and my lord Hadit. Now, therefore, I am known to ye by my name Nuit, and to him by a secret name which I will give him when at last he knoweth me. Bind nothing! But whoso availeth in this, let him be the chief of all! I am Nuit, and my word is six and fifty.
Divide, add, multiply, and understand. Then saith the prophet and slave of the beauteous one: Who am I, and what shall be the sign? And the sign shall be my ecstasy, the consciousness of the continuity of existence, the omnipresence of my body. This is the creation of the world, that the pain of division is as nothing, and the joy of dissolution all.
For these fools of men and their woes care not thou at all! They feel little; what is, is balanced by weak joys; but ye are my chosen ones. Obey my prophet! Then the joys of my love will redeem ye from all pain. This is so: I swear it by the vault of my body; by my sacred heart and tongue; by all I can give, by all I desire of ye all. But she said: the ordeals I write not: the rituals shall be half known and half concealed: the Law is for all.
This that thou writest is the threefold book of Law. My scribe Ankh-af-na-khonsu, the priest of the princes, shall not in one letter change this book; but lest there be folly, he shall comment thereupon by the wisdom of Ra-Hoor-Khuit. Also the mantras and spells; the obeah and the wanga; the work of the wand and the work of the sword; these he shall learn and teach. He must teach; but he may make severe the ordeals. Who calls us Thelemites will do no wrong, if he look but close into the word.
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. The word of Sin is Restriction. O man! O lover, if thou wilt, depart! There is no bond that can unite the divided but love: all else is a curse. Accursed be it to the aeons! Let it be that state of manyhood bound and loathing.
So with thy all; thou hast no right but to do thy will. Do that, and no other shall say nay. For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect. The Perfect and the Perfect are one Perfect and not two; nay, are none! Nothing is a secret key of this law. But they have the half: unite by thine art so that all disappear. My prophet is a fool with his one, one, one; are not they the Ox, and none by the Book?
Abrogate are all rituals, all ordeals, all words and signs. But they are not of me. Let Asar be the adorant, Isa the sufferer; Hoor in his secret name and splendour is the Lord initiating. There is a word to say about the Hierophantic task. The gross must pass through fire; let the fine be tried in intellect, and the lofty chosen ones in the highest. Let him enter in turn or at once the four gates; let him stand on the floor of the palace.
Will he not sink? But there are means and means. Be goodly therefore: dress ye all in fine apparel; eat rich foods and drink sweet wines and wines that foam! Also, take your fill and will of love as ye will, when, where and with whom ye will! But always unto me.
If this be not aright; if ye confound the space-marks, saying: They are one; or saying, They are many; if the ritual be not ever unto me: then expect the direful judgments of Ra Hoor Khuit! Also, o scribe and prophet, though thou be of the princes, it shall not assuage thee nor absolve thee. But ecstasy be thine and joy of earth: ever To me! To me! Change not as much as the style of a letter; for behold! The child of thy bowels, he shall behold them.
Expect him not from the East, nor from the West; for from no expected house cometh that child. All words are sacred and all prophets true; save only that they understand a little; solve the first half of the equation, leave the second unattacked. But thou hast all in the clear light, and some, though not all, in the dark. Invoke me under my stars!
Love is the law, love under will. Nor let the fools mistake love; for there are love and love. There is the dove, and there is the serpent. Choose ye well! He, my prophet, hath chosen, knowing the law of the fortress, and the great mystery of the House of God. All these old letters of my Book are aright; but [Tzaddi] is not the Star. This also is secret: my prophet shall reveal it to the wise. I give unimaginable joys on earth: certainty, not faith, while in life, upon death; peace unutterable, rest, ecstasy; nor do I demand aught in sacrifice.
My number is 11, as all their numbers who are of us. Also I have asecret glory for them that love me. But to love me is better than all things: if under the night stars in the desert thou presently burnest mine incense before me, invoking me with a pure heart, and the Serpent flame therein, thou shalt come a little to lie in my bosom. For one kiss wilt thou then be willing to give all; but whoso gives one particle of dust shall lose all in that hour.
I charge you earnestly to come before me in a single robe, and covered with a rich headdress. I love you! I yearn to you! Pale or purple, veiled or voluptuous, I who am all pleasure and purple, and drunkenness of the innermost sense, desire you.
Put on the wings, and arouse the coiled splendour within you: come unto me! 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!
Sing the rapturous love-song unto me! Burn to me perfumes! Wear to me jewels! Drink to me, for I love you!
I am the blue-lidded daughter of Sunset; I am the naked brilliance of the voluptuous night-sky. The Manifestation of Nuit is at an end.
Chapter II 1.
The Book of the Law
The manifestation of Nuit. The unveiling of the company of heaven. Every man and every woman is a star. Every number is infinite; there is no difference.
Liber AL vel Legis
This book was dictated in Cairo between noon and 1 p. How could he prove that he was in fact a being of a kind superior to any of the human race, and so entitled to speak with authority? He showed his KNOWLEDGE chiefly by the use of cipher or cryptogram in certain passages to set forth recondite facts, including some events which had yet to take place, such that no human being could possibly be aware of them; thus, the proof of his claim exists in the manuscript itself. It is independent of any human witness.