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>probably a reference to it, yes.
an allusion, not a direct reference.
>> No, it's a reference to semen, and the world-ash is the penis.
>somewhat strident, don't you think?
But nonetheless the case. The cultural source of the icons used is
absolutely secondary to their value as exemplars of an alleged Grand
Central Tradition. The Gnostic Mass has about as much to do with Norse
myth as the Third Degree of OTO (or any part of the OTO for that matter)
has to do with Sufism.
>> It makes babies.
>how does it do that? if the sap is from a penis, isn't that
The tradition espoused is that the semen is spirit in a fragile physical
vessel, whereas the Egg is just a lump of convenient matter, a wholly
>some kind of spermognostic cult or something?
Yes, exactly that. I draw your noble attention to the rubric which
states that the Priest is given certain formulae of the Mass at his
_initiation_, whereas the Priestess merely has to be 'virgo intacta' or
'specifically dedicated to the service of the Great Order'. I also refer
you to Liber Agape in which it is stated that the intention of the
Priestess 'cannot replace the essential power of the Priest over that of
which he is but the vehicle and guardian'. Again: 'man is the guardian
of the life of God; woman but a temporary expedient, a shrine indeed for
the God, but not the God'. Again: 'The birth of a girl is a misfortune
everywhere, because the true Going-Principle is the Lion-Serpent, or
Dragon; the Egg is only the Cavern where he takes refuge on occasion'.
>is this the old homunculi in penii formula?
Not quite, but it's remarkably like it.
>> If you're Crowley, it also communicates the sum total of
>> Race-Experience from one generation to the next.
>root-races like Blavatsky?
no, not root-races, The Race. You know, Humanity. As in the collect for
the Saints: 'transmitting knowledge from generation unto generation'.
>one would think that perfecting their light bodies
>or ascending the Rosicrucian Office Ladder would impart a
>deeper insight into the actual workings of the universe.
'actual' workings? This is a matter of faith, not of anything so
testable as human biology. ;)
Give me a woman who's taken her knocks,
Who's tasted both gutter and stars.
Give me a lady with holes in her socks.
Give me a princess with scars.