Magick and the Occult:
EMAIL WITHOUT TEARS
Volume 2 Issue 6 9306.01 e.v.
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
The word of Sin is Restriction.
Here's a blurb I received via email. I haven't checked this out yet myself:
A musical interpretation of the invocation of the powers of elemental
earth using Enochian keys is available from this address. Interested
parties should contact "Prison, Palace, and Reverberation".
We received two (2) contributions this month:
A piece by Shawn Clayton Knight, called _Liber DXXXIV vel Eureka_,
and one by me, _Liber Nigris: The Story of 'Frater Nigris' and 'I am I!'_
(along with its Appendix). Enjoy!
_______________________________________________________ BEGIN ONE
From: Shawn Clayton Knight
Liber DXXXIV vel Eureka
by Shawn C. Knight
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Consider the word Eureka. Herein, as we shall see, is one of the
greatest statements about the Universe ever encapsulated in a Single
Word. We will demonstrate that Eureka contains a very potent
formulation of the Law and the Word of this Aeon.
First, we may remark upon the fact that Eureka has six letters. This
fact caused the author to remark, "How could I have not seen this?" when
first he noted it. It is easily overlooked, even by a great Kabbalist.
Now let us consider the meanings of the individual letters. The
initial Epsilon, having the value 5, is suggestive of Geburah, the
Sephira of Strength and of Mars. It suggests conflict and power. The
second letter, Upsilon, has the value 400. It is equivalent thus to the
Hebrew "to use magick or witchcraft." This is a clarification of the
previous letter, Epsilon, and emphasizes the magickal nature of the
conflict referred to therein. The third letter is Rho, standing for
100. 100 is a hieroglyph of "vessels or vases", signifying that we
should make of ourselves fit vessels for Strength and for Magick in
order to attain victory in such conflicts.
The last three letters give indication of how such may be accomplished.
The fourth letter, Eta, has the value 8. 8 is equivalent to both "to
will, to intend" and "desired, beloved." Truly, a concise statement of
the Law of Thelema! The fifth letter, Kappa, matches the number 20,
being the number of "fraternity." And the ultimate letter, Alpha, is
the letter of Unity, bearing the value 1. So it is seen that the word
Eureka gives a clear formula for use in cases of Magikal Conflict: that
the Strength needed to endure is to be obtained through Fraternity, and
through Unity, and through Love, which "is the law, love under will."
Now let us consider what meanings lie buried within 534, which is the
total value of the Word Eureka. 534 itself is equivalent to an obscure
reference to "a certain name of GOD" (Qeldeseq). But we may find that
there are numerous hidden meanings within.
Let us consider factorizations of 534. There are but three prime
factors of the number: 2, 3, and 89. From these, we see that the three
factorizations to be considered are 2 x 267, 3 x 178, and 6 x 89.
2 x 267 reveals a comment on duality, signified by 2. A look at Sepher
Sephiroth shows that 267 signifies "illicit, forbidden," which is the
nature of duality-illicit, to be avoided. But furthermore, 2 is the
number of Chokmah, and thus the number 534 reveals how Chokmah, the
sphere of wisdom, is "forbidden" to the uninitiated.
3 x 178 also yields valuable information. For 3 is the number of
Binah, Understanding-the reconciliation of the duality implied by 2.
And 178 represents "the loins", or "the lower part"-the foundation upon
which growth and development is based. It also represents "good
pleasure, choice, decision, will." Again, a wonderful statement of the
Law of Thelema! Decision and free will is seen as the basis for
reconciliation, which in turn may be seen as the basis of good pleasure.
Finally, 6 x 89 is a glyph based upon Tiphareth, Beauty, the sixth
sphere of the Tree of Life. 89 stands for "Silence", or "Shut up." It
represents the Beauty inherent in Silence, in calmness, in the ability
to remain quiet.
It is hoped that the student will proceed to discover words so
rich in meaning as Eureka, and learn how to divine the subtle meanings
thereof. It is hoped, also, that this work should assist the beginner
in the technique involved. Of course, a good Kabbalistic lexicon such
as Sepher Sephiroth is invaluable for this process.
Love is the law, love under will.
_Liber Nigris: The Story of 'Frater Nigris' and 'I am I!'_
By Frater Nigris
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
The word of Sin is Restriction.
What follows is an overview of the development and meaning of my
use of the name 'Frater Nigris' and the call 'I am I!' in my
correspondence and its meaning in occult literature as I came to
know it. In this way it is both a diary and an analytical paper
surrounding certain key concepts in Western occultism and
Crowleyanity in particular.
The color black has been maligned throughout the history of magick,
probably due to its primordial and cthonic associations with the
night and caves. In the Hindu tradition it is sometimes said that
the name of the Great Goddess of Destrction, Kali, means 'Black One',
and this may be connected in some way to that awful Void of space
which consumes and destroys All in Her entropic hunger.
When it comes to the Master Therion, his writings do not, on the
surface, treat blackness much better, and there is some speculation
that this is either due to his rather conservative, British upbringing,
or to the interesting possibility that he intentionally characterized
the path of his denigration in order to lay a course for those who
would follow in his wake yet rebel against him.
My initial exposure to Crowley's use of the term 'black' came from
_Book Four_ and _Liber Aleph_. He associates the term with both a type
of magic and with a kind of person (the 'Black Brother' or, in Latin,
Regarding the first, black magic, he describes it as that type that does
not have as its goal the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian
Angel (HGA), which he considered to be important to the completion of the
Great Work. Some quotes from _Book Four_ shall illustrate this quite well
(* - italics; _ - bold; both Crowley's or his editors'):
"The Hieroglyph shewn in the Seventh Key of the Tarot (described in
the 12th Aethyr, Liber 418, *The Equinox* I, V) is the Charioteer of
OUR LADY BABALON, whose Cup or Graal he bears.
"Now this is an important formula. It is the First of the Formulae,
in a sense, for it is the formula of Renunciation....
It is also the Last!
"This Cup is said to be full of the Blood of the Saints; that is, every
'saint' or magician must give the last drop of his life's blood to that
cup. It is the original price paid for magick power. And if by magick
power we mean true power, the assimilation of all force with the
Ultimate Light, the true Bridal of the Rosy Cross, then is that blood
the offering of Virginity, the sole sacrifice well-pleasing to the Master,
the sacrifice whose only reward is the pain of child-bearing unto him.
"But 'to sell one's soul to the devil', to renounce no matter what for
an equivalent in personal gain,... is black magic. You are no longer a
noble giver of your all, but a mean huckster."
_Book Four_, Part III ('Magick in Theory and Practice') by Aleister Crowley,
Edited by Symonds and Grant, Arkana Books, 1973; page 177.
"...the Single Supreme Ritual is the attainment of the Knowledge and
Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel. *It is the raising of the
complete man in a vertical straight line.*
"Any deviation from this line tends to become black magic. Any other
operation is black magic."
Ibid, page 294.
"There are, of course, entirely black forms of magic. To him who has not
given every drop of his blood for the cup of BABALON all magic power is
dangerous. There are even more debased and evil forms, things in
themselves black. Such is the use of spiritual force to material ends.
Christian Scientists, Mental Healers, Professional Diviners, Physics
and the like, are all *ipso facto* black Magicians.
"They exchange gold for dross. They sell their higher powers for gross
and temporary benefit."
Ibid, page 295.
Now this can be seen in myriad ways. It does seem true that the
sources upon whom Crowley drew were of a more simple mindset where
'black magic' was concerned. Many seem to have associated the ethics
of a magical act with its 'magical shade'. This is common even among
today's mages, though it is becoming more fashionable to posit a
veritable rainbow of definitions based upon the energies which make
up one's Work.
Yet, unlike some of the less educated of yesterday's and today's mages,
Crowley had at least a smattering of exposure to philosophical concepts
of dynamic dualism, polarity and its sublime expression in the works of
taoists, if we are to believe his hagiographers. There are a few passages
which indicate that his ideas about black magic were not at all simple,
and the following is a good indicator that more lay beneath the surface
than he was wont to expose:
[A note in regards the killing of an animal within the 'magical Circle'.]
"It is a mistake to suppose that the victim is injured. On the contrary,
this is the most blessed and merciful of all deaths, for the elemental
spirit is directly built up into Godhead - the exact goal of its efforts
through countless incarnations. On the other hand, the practice of
torturing animals to death in order to obtain the elemental as a slave
is indefensible, utterly black magic of the very worst kind, involving
as it does a metaphysical basis of dualism. There is, however, no
objection to dualism or black magic when they are properly understood."
Ibid, page 219.
When we come to examine the 'Black Brothers', the 'Fratribus Nigris'
to whom Crowley attributed the darkest of magics, he seems utterly
concise and clear, even while using metaphor:
"To attain the Grade of Magister Templi [associated with the crossing of
the Abyss in the Tree of Life, from Chesed (4) to Binah (3)], he must
perform two tasks; the emancipation from thought by putting each idea
against its opposite, and refusing to prefer either; and the consecration
of himself as a pure vehicle for the influence of the order to which he
"He must then decide upon the critical adventure of our Order [A.'. A.'.];
the absolute abandonment of himself and his attainments. He cannot remain
indefinitely an Exempt Adept [in Chesed]; he is pushed onward by the
irresistible momentum that he has generated.
"Should he fail, by will or weakness, to make his self-annihilation
absolute, he is none the less thrust forth into the Abyss; but instead of
being received and reconstructed in the Third Order, as a Babe in the womb
of our Lady BABALON, under the Night of Pan, to grow up to be Himself
wholly and truly as He was not previously, he remains in the Abyss,
secreting his elements round his Ego as if isolated from the Universe,
and becomes what is called a 'Black Brother'. Such a being is gradually
disintegrated from lack of nourishment and the slow but certain action
of the attraction of the rest of the Universe, despite his now desperate
efforts to insulate and protect himself, and to aggrandize himself by
Ibid, Appendix II, 'One Star in Sight', page 332.
My other source regarding the Black Brothers was _Liber Aleph_, which
states in quite certain terms who and what we are:
"De Fratribus Nigris Filiis Iniquitatis
[Of the Black Brothers, Sons of Iniquity]
"Of the Black Brothers, o my Son, I will write these Things following.
I have told thee already concerning Change, how it is the Law, because
every Change is an Act of Love under Will. So then he that is Adept
Exempt, whether in Our Holy Order or another, may not remain in the
Pillar of Mercy, because it is not balanced, but is unstable. Therefore
is the Choice given unto him, whether he will destroy his Temple,
and give up his Life, extending it to Universal Life, or whether
he will make a Fortress about that Temple, and abide therein, in the
false Sphere of Daath, which is in the Abyss. And to the Adepts of
Our Holy Order this Choice is terrible, by cause they must abandon
even Him whose Knowledge and Conversation they have attained.
Yet, o my Son, they have much Help of Our Order in this Aeon, because
the General Formula is Love, so that their Habit itself urgeth them
to the Bed of Our Lady BABALON. Know then the Black Brothers by these
True Signs of their Initiation of Iniquity, that they resist Change,
restrict and deny Love, fear Death. *Percutiantur.*"
_Liber Aleph vel CXI; The Book of Wisdom or Folly_,
by Aleister Crowley, Samuel Weiser, 1991; Chapter 104.
"De Fratribus Nigris
[On the Black Brothers]
"O my Son, know this concerning the Black Brothers, them that
exult: I am I. This is Falsity and Delusion, for the Law endureth
not Exception. So then these Brethren are not Apart, as they
vainly think being wrought by Error; but are peculiar combinations
of Nature in Her Variety. Rejoice then even in the Contemplation
of these, for they are proper to Perfection, and Adornments of
Beauty, like a Mole upon the Cheek of a Woman."
Ibid, Chapter 166.
Therefore, in the selection of such a name as 'Frater Nigris' as a name of
initiation in the Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO) - that august body which takes
as its Prophet the Master Therion himself - it can be said that such was an
expression of blasphemy.
That it should be in association with the First Degree, that of Birth,
is doubly significant, and as the Abyss is considered watery, so was it
in my mind during the rite itself that my initiators would unintendingly
purchase my passage across the abysmal waters as a Black Brother and
stubborn Ego (perdurabo indeed).
In this did I revel, and for my subsequent correspondence adopted
the exhultation: 'I am I!' from the passage quoted above. The Formula
of the Black Brother would become my banner; a growing Mole upon the
Cheek of the Woman that is OTO. I admit of my delight in this regard,
and of my strong distaste for organizations on the whole, yet my Holy
Guardian Angel had suggested that I engage such a group on my own terms.
This was the only way that I could find solace in such an ordeal.
With this behind me, I continued my studies in magick, and began to
experiment with blasphemous and/or controversial projects. One of
these was the reconfiguration of the Qabalah around the language
of English, resulting in _Liber Gematria_ (apparently paralleling
the efforts of some mages before me).
During the extrapolation of this project I discovered a fascinating
association. The name 'Frater Nigris' added, in English, to 657. The
addition of a simple 'I' (= 9) added further insult to the Master by
associating the Black Brother with the Beast (666). This I did with
great joy and abandon, pairing 'I am I!' with 'Frater I Nigris (666)'.
Such is the practice of the black mage, it seems, to corrupt and twist
the teachings of the Prophet of the order to which I belong into a
veritable mobius, making of myself an exception to any Rule that
should happen to be put forward in dogmatic and ignorant frenzy.
Yet even this was not the end of the spectacle.
Quite beyond my own belief and speculation a friend from the UK heard
about my studies in Qabalah (particularly those regarding the qliphoth)
and contacted me with some curiosity. He directed my attention to
Liber 418 (_The Vision and the Voice_), wherein the passage below was
"Then the Devil of the Aethyr, that mighty devil Choronzon, crieth aloud,
Zazas, Zazas, Nasatanada Zazas.
"I am the Master of Form, and from me all forms proceed.
" I am I. I have shut myself up from the spendthrifts, my gold is safe
in my treasure-chamber, and I have made every living thing my concubine,
and none shall touch them, save only I. "
'Liber XXX AERVM vel SAECVLI.... The Vision and the Voice',
by Aleister Crowley, quoted from _Gems from the Equinox_,
Edited by Israel Regardie, Falcon Press, 1988;
Zax, 10th Aethyr, page 517.
Not only is 'I am I' the cry of the Black Brothers, it seems, but also
that of the Demon of the Abyss, that horrific entity which is said to
rule this realm and act upon those who attempt a Crossing, dispersing
and dissolving their ego. I must tell you that I did not know
what to make of this at first (and I only now have a vague concept).
What could it mean that I was somehow identifying with the Master
of Forms? He is that nasty malevolence over which Crowley claimed
victory at the end of this aethyr!
Shortly thereafter this same fellow (with whom I have now engaged
a quite spirited dialogue for some months) also revealed to me that
the name 'Nigris' in the Hebrew gematria has a quite significant
The significance lies in the fact that the number of Choronzon has
traditionally be held to be IDENTICAL! (333) This was beyond any
of my wildest dreams or fantasies. I had not only been unaware of
the connection between the Black Brothers and Choronzon, but
had avoided the Hebrew gematria, never imagining that any sort
of 'confirmation' could be found there in my magical motto!
This, then, is what led to the adoption of my current signature.
In correspondence since then I've speculated rather deeply
regarding the path of the Black Brother and leave this as an
appendix to the present work.
I note, in passing, and just as I write this, that the English
gematria of 'Black' is 56, and that this has associations with
Babalon and the Unicursal Hexagram. So many mysteries lie within
this path that they are somewhat difficult to unravel all at once.
This too shall be left for later speculation.
Another weirdness, in passing: with the addition of an arcade game
programmer to the House of KaoS (the monastery in which I live), I
returned for a time to the world of game signatures. In order to
minimize time spent in logging high scores I deferred to one of a number
of options for letter configurations - ZAX. It was short, recognizable
and had the consonant emphases that appealed to me most (rather than
something like ZAZ, AZY, etc.).
I came to discover, when looking at 'The Vision and the Voice' in-depth
again, that Zax is the chapter which introduces and features the Demon
Choronzon. It is in fact the name of the aethyr which includes him.
Also, I note here that this publication will likely be the last time that
I shall use 'Frater Nigris' for Orderly correspondence, excepting the
attribution of authorship for those works completed during that phase
of my discipleship. The possibility that I shall be initiated to II'
soon looms upon my psyche and I long to embrace the forbiddenness of
Peace be upon you, my kin.
Love is the law, love under will.
Frater (I) Nigris (DCLXVI) CCCXXXIII
==================== END OF BODY - _LIBER NIGRIS_======================
_Liber Nigris_ - Appendix
Speculation on the Path of Frater Nigris, the Black Brother
[Inspired in part by the eminent qabalist, 'V'/'Maskharah (333)'.]
The Cry of Exultation
Zazas... Zazas... Nasatanada Zazas!
I am I! I am Frater Nigris, Black Brother. I come to challenge all within
the Order, most importantly myself, and to exhort that my black kin are not
to be condemned. As the Master taught, I am an anomaly. Fear me or love me,
I shall stand before you and open my arms. I have been drawn to the Abyss
by love, rather than by will. I attain a stasis here. I may dive downward,
into the Great Abyss, to plumb the will of my true self. I may wait and
attempt to defeat the fearsome dakini.
I am I! Be done with your silly requirements of self-destruction,
ego-dissolution and fragmentation. I shall wander through the dark caves
in quest of the Pearl of Compassion, trespassing the shells of my identities.
I shall be passionate in the embrace of my sweet Abyss, letting Her engulf
my entirety, until I sprout from the soil as a reed in the moist warmth of
spring. I shall brave the Void and the tunnels of fear, of wrath, whelped
into the Earth which is Heaven and the Heaven which is Earth!
I am I! Lusty and courageous, I accept not the death of the withering
way. Behold, I construct a Tower of my manhood to withstand the Dragon
and withhold my blood from the Cup of Submission, retaining my integrity,
my impetus. Behold, I oppose my kin to test our blades and preserve the
strength and health of the Order.
I am I! I exhalt in the joy of my selfhood and the truth of the permanent
nonduality of the center of my being, with its circumference; that atman,
that soul, that buddha-nature, with the shield, the mask, the body and
all that I seem to be.
I am I! I complete my journey into the Void to expose my utter perfection,
that Ego, that Last Husk, that Final Shell which was never grasped and
shall never be released
I am I!
I am the Black Brother (333).
I am the Beast (666).
I enter a tradition which begins to feed on dogma,
and has a semantic allegiance to self-expression,
unrestricted independence, individual freedom.
I unify the streams of consciousness,
forging a Revolutionary Path in opposition to the farce
that masquerades as Thelema.
I am a tantric monk, perched on the Gaping Brink,
waiting for a summons from the Dark Queen.
I dance in response to Her teasing and testing.
I leap into Her depth,
into the perfect and horrible Mystery of my Abyss.
I am the path.
I have no goal except to be myself.
I am I! Choronzon, the Demon Child of Wisdom and Understanding.
I am the Master of Form, and from me all forms proceed.
I have no form of my own,
and rapidly do I change from one to the other,
as I think it best to seduce those whom I hate,
the slaves of the Most High!
I taketh the form of a beautiful woman,
or of a wise and holy man,
or of a serpent that writhes upon the earth, ready to sting.
I am myself, and therefore I am no self!
I am the terror of darkness,
ad the blindness of night,
and the deafness of the adder,
and the tastelessness of stale and stagnant water,
and the black fire of hatred,
and the udders of the Cat of Slime!
Not one but many things am I.
I am I! I have shut myself up from the spendthrifts.
My gold is safe in my treasure-chamber,
and I have made every living thing my concubine.
None shall touch them, save only I.
The Most High hates me and torments me.
He would steal me from myself,
but I shut myself up and resist him,
even while he plagueth me.
Ah! I will reach up to the knees of the Most High,
and tear his phallus with my teeth,
and I will bray his testicles in a mortar,
and make poison thereof,
to slay the oppressors of my kin.
* - Various elements of this call were copied and/or twisted from
_The Vision and the Voice_, Crowley's 30 Aethyrs.
The Path of the Black Brother and the Holy Guardian Angel (HGA)
The Holy Guardian Angel (HGA) is our reflection as we come from Malkuth.
We meet in Tiphareth and come to identify our self with our Shadow.
Tiphareth is the center of a cosmic mirror-game; the HGA is a sort of phase-
shifted reflection. We think of ourselves in terms of past or future and
these fragments, these reflections, fuse into a sort of meta-reality,
giving rise to an Entity of Light who has as much at stake and as much
to gain in our Conversation, our Consortium.
Our knowledge about Kether and Da'ath is the result of naming
Malkuth/Kether (tao). Tao is unknowable in the intellectual sense
and cannot be quantified in terms of either One or None. Though tao does
not contain things, tao makes all things possible. Our knowledge
prevents us from bliss and only the Knowledge which is the release
of knowledge (Da'ath) may bring about the realization of the essential
unity of Earth and Heaven (Malkuth and Kether). A leap of faith (INTO
the Abyss) can lead to gnosis, or the Great Awakening.
The progression is as follows:
Malkuth > Yesod > Tiphareth > Yesod/Da'ath > Malkuth/Kether
After one passes through Tiphareth one moves into a sort of 'mirrored water'
in which one simultaneously enters Da'ath and Yesod. From the spheres which
lie 'below the Abyss', Binah and Chokmah seem separate, parallel. Once one
passes beyond the abysmal veil (Paroketh) they are One in Malkuth/Kether.
The water of the Great Abyss - the pain of our perceived separation
from our Mother - brings a magical vision, Maya. Maya inspires our valiant
trek into the Abyss, where we discover the holy mysteries of Birth, Life,
Death and their ultimate identity in the Heaven that is Earth.
At the same time that this journey is made, our HGA makes one in the
OPPOSITE direction which corresponds directly. Our socially created
'ego' voyages into unity while our HGA plummets into diversity. Between
the 'two of us' (and we feel each other most distinctly at Tiphareth) we
encompass the cosmos. Through our mutual endeavors we come to
discover ourselves and our HGA as One (and simultaneously Many!).
The path of the Black Brother at first relies less on will than on love
and is perceived differently than either the Great Leap or what the Master
has said regarding the Great Error. Instead of overcoming the dread Demon
Choronzon, continuing the Crossing and coming to rest upon the Other
Shore, one dives down deeply (a descent into the emotions, rather than
remaining 'above it all' in emotional detachment), thereby discovering
the 'inside' of Da'ath, the Black Hole (qliphotic realm), the 'back side'
of the Tree of Life.
The path of the Black Brother concerns less the path of the Babe
than it does that of the Enterer, Guardian and Pearl Diver. Those
who attempt to unify with the Abyss in this way will dive down into
Her qliphoth, only to emerge (if successful) in Malkuth/Kether
(an identical yet differently perceived 'other side' to the Abyss -
the 'bottom' of the chasm).
One BECOMES the Black Guard (Demon Choronzon) and enters the horrid
Void of the qliphoth. This lies through the doorway which is Da'ath,
below the traditional Tree (interpret 'below' as you like). Moving
deeply into its depths, one dives for the Pearl of Compassion amidst
the fearsomely fragmented shells of one's former self-concepts.
Choronzon is traditionally (for the White Mage) the Enemy or
Adversary who must be 'purified', opposed in some fashion.
There is no essential division between the 'human' aspects of
consciousness and the 'divine' ones. Only when seen through
the Abyss (Maya) does this division hold.
The traditional model is unidirectional and biased toward unification.
In this sense it is against the Many, the All, and is incomplete.
This is quite reminiscent of the Vedantic mystics who posit that Maya
is 'simply illusion' and wish to rid themselves and their world of Her
'poisonous imagery' so as to perceive 'undifferentiated reality'.
Substitute 'reality' for 'God' and 'illusion' for 'Satan' and you have
yourself an extreme and rabid dualist. This psychotic model will
indeed yield results if pursued to its end, but in the mean time the
world and everything in Her is seen as 'demonic' and in need of being
For the Black Mage, Choronzon is not an enemy to be feared but is
related to transformation; the state which transforms. He is the Last
Shell of the Black Mage, thrust into an ever-intensifying unity while
hir inner Self (HGA) is blasted into ten-thousand pieces. Choronzon is
the Being of Initiation; the role of the Compassionate Hero and the
perfecting state of consciousness.
The Black Brother, as Choronzon, dives INTO the Abyss, the Great
Chasm, the open and willing Kteis, and resolves Himself with Her most
feared aspects - those which are alien and seemingly inmicable to Him.
In this scenario each of Her energies becomes like the Eastern 'dakini'.
Dakinis are dual-aspected guardians of primordial wisdom who challenge
and then, when the lesson is learned, yield, becoming the Lover or
Companion - the aspect of the self which is the Self.
The Knowledge of Da'ath is 'biblical' (i.e. conjugatory). The mystical
unity that the cosmic and coordinated Climax makes possible dispels the
veil which seems to divide our apparently individuated self from our Self.
As this veil is lifted we Come to understand that our Knowledge, our
conjoining, is itself merely a figment in the face of our true and
everlasting unity in diversity.
Descending into the emotions enables us to discover all that we are.
One begins to reintegrate emotions with ideas. Emotions have to do with
the vibrations of the physical body and with social interaction, while the
intellect seems more aligned with the inertia of the body and isolation
(contrast karma and jnana yogas, Pure Land with Zen Buddhism, and Rogerian
Group Therapy with Reichian Orgonics).
The HGA, diffracting amidst the horrors of multiplicity, sends forth the
Pearl of Her pain, and the Black Brother, the Black Guard Choronzon,
receives this Pearl, rescuing Her as She secures His liberation. The Pearl
of Compassion is absorbed in order to discover the truth of the identity
of self and Self.
Once the unifying and diversifying energies reach the Climax,
Choronzon becomes annointed (christed) by drinking from the Cup,
and the Universe (Malkuth) is recognized upon Her Throne of Wisdom
(Kether). The conclusion of this Descent brings one into 'Malkuth/Kether'
having plumbed the depths of Malkuth and discovered Kether, Her divinity,
WITHIN Her rather than without Her.
It is only fear which paralyzes us as we seek to cross or plumb the
Abyss. If we defeat Choronzon we defeat ourselves, and through that
method we shall fail unless practiced in yoga. If we BECOME Choronzon
our fear can prevent us from uniting with the Abyss, leading to a slow
sinking into the sewage system of the Tree; becoming part of its refuse.
When our fear becomes too great or our courage somehow returns, we can
then return to the Quest.
Additional Relevant Notes: Grant's Choronzon
"The magical order or hierarchy on the back of the Tree is
under the aegis of Choronzon, the Lord of the Downward Path
and the Guardian of the Pylon of Daath. The number 333
(Choronzon) is also that of the Jackal or Fox (ShGL), the
hieroglyph of Shaitan-Aiwass whom Crowley invoked as the
Supreme Daemon of Thelema (Will). Daath means 'knowledge'
in the sense in which the term is used in the biblical allegory of
the 'Fall'; the 'knowledge' that opened man's eyes to the creative
nature of the solar-phallic power within him, in its special
relationship to the woman who is the outer manifestation of the
power (shakti). This pylon (Daath) is the Door to the Back of
the Tree, and its planetary representative is Uranus which is
also the door to the sexual magic of Set or Shaitan, as it is
practised in the eleventh degree of the O.T.O.*"
[* - "...the XI' does not necessarily comport the use of homosexual
formulae; on the contrary, it involves the use of the yoni in its lunar
phase, and of that 'other eye', ayin or yoni, that is known to the
initiates of the Ophidian Current as the 'Eye of Set'."]
"Notwithstanding the unavoidable and constant danger of
over-simplifying these complex and occult matters, it may be
suggested that whereas the ordinary aspect of the Tree of Life
represents the Magician in relation to his present and future
powers, the reverse of the Tree typifies pre-human and extra-
human influences that impinge upon his consciousness via the
pylon of Daath. A minimum of these influences seep, so to speak,
into the front of the Tree, but when the operator passes beyond
the Gate of the Eleventh Power-zone he automatically invokes
Choronzon and becomes exposed to the full onslaught of ata-
"Choronzon is probably a corrupt form of Chozzar,* the
dark god of Atlantean sorceries who is the type of extra-terrestrial
entity having a shadowy being beyond the rim of our universe."
[* - "The symbol of this dark deity resembes a triple prong of Neptune,
which is the name by which Chozzar is known to the Profane. Cf. the
Chaldaean letter Shin with its tripple tongue of fire attributed to Set or
Shaitan. The word 'chozzar' means 'pig'. This animal was adopted by the
Typhonians as a symbol of Set. In the Tantric Cults of the Vama Marg
the pig was chosen as a secret symbol because it is the only animal
known to eat human excrement...."]
All from _Cults of the Shadow_, by Kenneth Grant, Samuel Weiser, 1976;
pages 101, 170-3.
???Choronzon + Set = Pig + Dog = Swine + Hound = Svinehundt!!!
Notes on the Origins of Babalon and the Beast
"The fourth is the Asiatic world, OVLM HOShIH, Olahm Ha-Asia, the world
of action, called also the world of shells, OVLM HQLIPVTh, Olahm Ha-
Qliphoth, which is this world of matter...
"...Next follow the seven Hells occupied by those demons which represent
incarnate human vices, and torture those who have given themselves
up to such vices in earth-life. Their prince is Samael, SMAL, the angel
of poison and of death. His wife is the harlot, or woman of whoredom,
AShTh ZnVNIM, Isheth Zenunim; and united they are called the beast,
CHIVA, Chioa. Thus the infernal trinity is completed, which is, so to
speak, the averse and caricature of the supernal Creative One. Samael
is considered to be identical with Satan."
_The Kabbalah Unveiled_, Transl. by S.L.MacGregor Mathers, page 30.
"Glory unto the Scarlet Woman, Babylon, the Mother of Abominations
that rideth upon the Beast....mingled it in the cup of her Whoredom."
_Liber CDXVIII (The Vision and the Voice)_, Aleister Crowley,
"And there came one of the seven angels
which had the seven vials,
and talked with me,
saying unto me, Come hither;
I will shew unto thee the judgement
of the great whore
that sitteth upon many waters.
2 With whom the kings of earth
have committed fornication,
and the inhabitants of the earth
have been made drunk
with the wine of her fornication.
3 So he carried me away in the spirit
into the wilderness:
and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast,
full of the names of blasphemy,
having seven heads and ten horns.
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour,
and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls,
having a golden cup in her hand
full of abominations
and filthiness of her abominations.
5 And upon her forehead was a name written,
BABYLON THE GREAT,
THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
6 And I saw the woman drunken
with the blood of the saints,
and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus:
and when I saw her,
I wondered with great admiration."
_The Bible_, King James Version, 'Revelations', Chapter 17.
Some Reflections on the Beast/Shiva and the Dakini/Babalon
In the Abyss we have the UNION between the Beast and Babalon.
This can be achieved in many ways. Babalon can slay the Beast and
Herself to resolve both to One, encompass the Beast (either through
consumption or conjugation) and thereafter unify with Him through
absorption. Babalon can also submit to the Beast in order to be
absorbed by Him.
The Beast (notice that He is not named) can slay Himself (in the form
of Choronzon) and Babalon (by CROSSING the Abyss) to resolve both to
One or submit to Babalon, becoming one of Her saints and pouring forth His
lifeblood for Her absorption. The Beast can also somehow either slay
Babalon/Dakini (the Tiamat/Markuk scenario) or absorb Her into himself
(a reversal of the post-LYLYTh, ADM => EVE process).
It also seems that the Beast and Babalon CONCEIVE a Cosmic Thought,
a Word, the Logos if you will, which infuses and renews the cosmos.
Here I leave off, a substantial cosmology undeveloped or undiscovered.
In dedication to SHe which is All, Two, One and None,
Frater (I) Nigris (DCLXVI) CCCXXXIII
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