In order to fully understand the concept of what the Great Work will
involve. An individual should be well familiar with a basic
understanding of how begin to think like an alchemist.
Jim Morrison of the doors band described this understanding quite
eloquently by correlating alchemy's relation to the cinema in his book
called "The lords and the New Creatures"
The text reads thus:
Notes on vision:
Early filmmakers, who - like the alchemists - delighted in a willful
obscurity about their craft, in order to withhold their skills from
profane onlookers.Separate, purify, reunite. The formula of Ars Magna,
and its heir, the cinema.The camera is androgynous machine, a kind of
In his retort the alchemist repeats the work of nature.
Few would defend a small view of Alchemy as "Mother
of Chemistry," and confuse its true goal with those
external metal arts. Alchemy is an erotic science,
involved in buried aspects of reality, aimed
at purifying and transforming all being and matter.
Not to suggest that material operations are ever
abandoned. The adept holds to both the mystical
and physical work.
The alchemists detect in the sexual activity of
man a correspondence with the world's creation,
with the growth of plants, and with mineral
formations. When they see the union of rain
and earth, they see it in an erotic sense, as
copulation. And this extends to all natural
realms of matter. For they can picture love
affairs of chemicals and stars, a romance of
stones, or the fertility of fire.
Strange, fertile correspondences the alchemists
sensed in unlikely orders of being. Between
men and planets, plants and gestures, words and
weather. These disturbing connections: an
infant's cry and the stroke of silk; the whorl
of an ear and an appearance of dogs in the yard;
a woman's head lowered in sleep and the morning
dance of cannibals; these are conjunctions which
transcend the sterile signal of any "willed"
montage. These juxtapositions of objects, sounds,
actions, colors, weapons, wounds, and odors shine
in an unheard-of way, impossible ways.
Film is nothing when not an illumination of
this chain of being which makes a needle poised
in flesh call up explosions in a foreign capital.
Cinema returns us to anima, religion of matter,
which gives each thing its special divinity and
sees gods in all things and beings
Cinema, heir of alchemy, last of an erotic science.
In order to further the understanding what Crowley is trying to convey
in and what it will take to see the idea of the Great Work to
fruition. We take a few paragraphs of the last two pages of the
I wrote all these theorems in my Magical Record. I was greatly
assisted in all this work by the constant study of the work of
Einstein, Whitehead, Russell, Eddington and Henri Poincar, whom
Sullivan had recommended to me. They seemed to be on the very brink of
discovering those truths which The Book of the Law concealed and
revealed. Their passages directed my attention to The Book of the Law.
Obscure passages in the text became clear when interpreted as solving
the problem of modern higher mathematics.
Thus, apart from the stupendous value of The Book of the Law itself,
it opens up a path of progress to mankind which should eventually
enable the race to strike off the fetters of mortality and transcend
the limitations of its entanglement with earth.
It is important to note that many people myself included who enjoy an
interest in Crowley's writings to obtain knowledge in many areas such
as self-realization, vision, poetry, meditation and philosophy. This
along with quite a few people writing books and obtaining fame while
riding in Crowley's wake. Still others simply market Crowley's
writings solely for profit and have no interest in the message he was
attempting to get across. One topic of Crowley's writings
rarely mentioned deals with world castrophe and war. It is this area
where my focus has generally been. It has also been my ongoing
interest to fully develop
A comprehensive interpretation on what Crowley was attempting to
Love is the Law