50040505 vii One Year Before the Pentadate!!
+1 = an astounding Erisian Holy Day!
# ...I'm as skeptical as the next doubter about
# the origins and significance of the Book of the Law....
that the issue comes up at all is significant.
# ...the text stands on the merits of its content,
# regardless of whether it was dictated by Aiwass or fabricated
# like any ordinary book of philosophy.
so you like it.
# What I've read of Blavatsky's works haven't impressed me much,
# not because they are obvious fabrications (Hoot Koomi indeed!),
K.H., one of the Secret Chiefs of the German Tibetans.
# but because of their content. My point is that if you think
# Blavatsky's works are worthless, you should say so, say why,
# and get on with your life....
that was precisely what had happened. your complaints are in the
wake of someone asking about the differences between Thelema and
Theosophy. an opinion was voiced. do you disagree with it in any
degree? was HPB dim? what was her dimmest aspect?
# ...The religious zeal one saw in
# folks like James Randi and Martin Gardner was no less
# disquieting simply because it was cloaked in reductionism.
it isn't cloaked in anything except the exposure of fraudulence.
you may call it 'religious zeal' if you like, but this is very
badly misplaced, given that their contentions are based on
empiricism and an ability to direct attention (prestidigitation).
# ...I have almost always found [the ideas 333 advances]
# worthy of consideration and derived some enrichment thereby,
# as no doubt others have. Yet your posts far more often
# concern your distaste for Crowley and his works and admirers
# than they do your own original thinking, and we are both
# impoverished thereby.
in the Land of Impoverishment, the notorious glean attention.
unworthy of more than a modicum, their weaknesses are valuably
pointed out for the instruction of the feeble-minded. beacons
are sometimes imperative in worlds where vessels piloted
by inexpert captains venture into savage coastlands.
# I can't remember the last time you offered up a *new*
# complaint about Crowley. On the other hand, your dismissal
# a couple of years ago of solar phallicism as the basis of
# the magician's role in the world.... ...was useful;
# rehashing [my] static opinions on the personality of
# Crowley is not. It might be useful to collate the
# varying positions and stick them into a FAQ or a web page.
the paucity of insight necessary to conclude in the negative
as to the value of the Beast's secrets is inestimable. well-
placed deconstructions are far-better inserted into the train
of thought unsupported by more than dogma than deposited in
reservoirs for dipping. those FAQs I have written are much
more informative and deal with the subject matter in a more
convincing way than most of Crowley's pseudo-mysticism.*
#> a lack of scrutinizing, critical reflection leading to
#> glorification of a religious leader whose spiritual
#> progress was stultified is a weakness. it is also
#> tenable that religion is contrary to the Thelemic
#> Current and the edifices remaining behind the Beastly
#> Prophet are examples of What Is Not In The Least
#> Thelemic Supporting Thelemic Ideals by Inverse
# It may also be that just as reason is subordinated to will,
# not replaced by it,
the two may work in concert, or may be directed by a third.
# that religion is similarly subordinated.
thus 'The aim of religion, the method of science.'
without a peer, the review can become internal chorus.
# Before the Aeon of Horus, humans made religions and
# played some role in the creation of the entities
# we call gods, and then bowed down before them
pedestrian dismissal of the main from the Old Aeon.
the idolatry of it all. I have a theory Nihilaters
condemn 'idolatry', and their use of this term is
intended to promulgate either worship of nothing
or an absence of true reverence. I'd compare the
criticism of 'superstition' (uncritical religio-
magical practice) with the 'noble savage' fallacy.
# Perhaps it is time to dispense with religion,
# but before doing so, it may be useful to determine
# what the gods actually are,
determined. psychosocial entities whose consciousness
appears to overlap with that of humans in at least the
region of the intellect, yet whose extreme aggrandizement
we are foolish to presume, and have little evidence even
to support an advance ('Creators', superbeings, etc.).
humans have uttered far more profound and interesting
things than most gods. proximity to a god and its
worship will predispose the reader to variation in
experience in appreciation of the expression, but
that is an isolated and unreliable contention,
even as the religions seep to Herd status.
# how much of them is the product of collective human
inasmuch as religion requires multiple worshippers, gods
are always mediated by numerous intercessors, and their
expression is typically restricted to that produced by
humans, however much arise the contentions for grander
having authored text purporting to be the utterance
of gods, spirits, and the like**, I can attest that the
work of issuing it and promoting it has been my own
-- the latter only where ostentatiously a response to
those attempting to pass off their Books for the Only
Real McCoy, or those proclaiming an absolute secrecy,
or the heresy of such a publication being online.
very sincere religious have at times followed suit.
# and how much represents archetypal reality,
no different from the collective human energy above.
# and to determine whether this is something we can
# put to use in the clear light of full consciousness.
toward what end? some religious aim?
why would you wish to employ the method of religion?
is it something that you consider reliable? to what end?
# Whether it can still be called religion when the
# relationship between man and [insert discarnate
# entity here] is closer to peerage than worship
# is a matter I will leave to lexicographers.
cultists in the wake of the Bestowed can estimate.
# My point was that Mussolini led his entire country into utter
# ruin. Crowley merely destroyed his own family....
agreed. a difference of order of magnitude.
# ...it ought to be possible to appreciate the principles of
# the Declaration of Independence or admire _Guernica_ without
# being distracted by the fact that the author of the former
# was a flaming hypocrite and the painter of the latter was an
# abusive womanizer.
did either convince their cultists that they were chosen by
gods to created what they made, were part of some grand aeonic
predestination of will (LOL), were twisting the Religions of the
Book into a Gordian Knot comparable to that we may suppose were
by Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad, for competitive conversion?
#># ...focus on a much more obvious source such as Nietzsche's
#># _Also Sprach Zarathustra_, which in places covers the same
#># topics in the same order as Liber AL and reaches most of
#># the same conclusions?
# I will endeavor to put together a concordance over the next
# week or so.
that is very kind of you. thanks.
# Separating it from Nazism should be simple enough --
# Nietzsche's philosophy of the overman is the very
# antithesis of Nazi Volk-worship. Nazism did little
# more with Nietzsche than borrow some of his
# terminology and use it out of context.
I gather his sister had a hand in it in his weakness.
a travesty to the (Thelemic?) poet.
# ...there is a popular assumption that "will" in Liber AL refers
# to "volition". However, this assumption plainly contradicts the
# Qabalistic philosophy underlying AL and Crowley's other writings.
# Volition is closely related to emotion, the Nephesh and lower
# Ruach, and the limbic system, which Crowley argues must be
# subordinate to the rational mind, i.e. the higher Ruach.
# Will is closely tied in Crowley's theories to the Sun,
and that of many others. even the Plebeian Tree bears this out.***
by Grace or Works, usually.
# and Tiphareth, which latter is distinguished by being
# the only Sephirah with a direct path to Kether....
dispensing with outmoded trees, the path to which you
refer here is merely imagined, a kind of mirage, which
leaves off to a knowable, approachable aim (2), and is
typically symbolized by the Hierophant (as in the Thoth
and others). the bit about the Witch ("High Priestess")
leading to the Supreme is a comparable fabrication which
requires the attainment of a position most will never
achieve (Magister Templi) and so attracts by egotism.
# From this, it follows that Will is strongly associated
# with a bridge between the Supernals and the lower Sephiroth;
# will might even *be* that bridge.
what you say here roughly correlates with the Plebeian Tree
(inasmuch as WILL connects 3 with 6 and constitutes the
approach to the position or office mentioned above).
# Agape seems to be downplayed simply because the Osirian
# religions placed such an overemphasis upon it....
perhaps with good reason. note that Agape (LOVE) arrives
in the same location within that Tree (4->G->3) as WILL.
# Agape is the means through which Thelema acts;
and vice versa no doubt.
# techniques of Agape are as old or older than the written word and
# required no further comment from Aiwass beyond the brief mention in AL
# that some but not all of the old methods were obsolete....
# social Darwinism is intellectually bankrupt....
# ...I can't hear anyone else over the din from the kennels.
oh *that*. try a mail-filter. every time you say the word 'I'
add the name of one of the dogs to the filter until they are
all silent. then restrict your participation, forum by forum,
until you have this one left. at that point the exercise is
completed, and I suppose it might be time to break out razors.
nagasiva's alt.magick FAQ
in which Crowley is barely mentioned except as a footnote to
the change of spelling of the term 'magick' for his purposes.
note the absence of reliance upon any one paradigm for
the definitions involved and that clear sociopolitical
machinations are clearly identified for the wary.
Book of Shadows
Book of Blood
The Mercurial Branch of the Plebeian Sefirotic Tree
\ 1 / B MAGE -- MERCURY \ 3 / I WILL -- LEO \ 6 / W SUN -- FIRE \ 10 /
1 3 6 10
B I W
MAGE WILL SUN
MERCURY LEO FIRE
1-3-6-10 are all Triangular Numbers
B -- the ultimate indicator of compassion
I -- the ultimate indicator of volition
W -- the ultimate indicator of transmutation
MAGE-WILL-SUN (trad. 'Magician-Strength-Sun')
the progressive expansion of the Cosmic Ego
this appears to be the most direct route to either
'end' of the Tree. its primarily WILL-based
trajectory makes it intentional and uncommon,
beginning in a devotional character and ending
in alchemical combustion. the Route of Purging
Fire ties the Lesser Adept with the Temple Master.
see Tarosymbolismatrix Tetraktypiscesefiroticus
maybe this is more of the original thought you had in mind. 333