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Friday, 22 January 2016

Prophecy of Liber AL Fulfilled

On the night of the solstice, 22nd December 2015, Boleskine House, Aleister Crowley’s ‘holy place’ burnt to the ground. The prophecy encrypted in Liber AL vel Legis, III: 34 was thus fulfilled.

Prophecy of Liber AL: Thoth Tarot Atu The Aeon XX
But your holy place shall be untouched throughout the centuries: though with fire and sword it be burnt down and shattered, yet an invisible house there standeth, and shall stand until the fall of the Great Equinox; when Hrumachis shall arise and the double-wanded one assume my throne and place.

We now know that the Ankh-af-na-khonsu priest of the Stele of Revealing was an initiate of a cult of Theban scribes that had existed for centuries at least before the 26th Dynasty. The nature of prophecy is such that a true oracle can never be understood completely until it comes to pass.

It is the same with divination. Prophecy and divination are commonly confused with mere prediction. A weather forecast is a prediction, based on knowledge, facts, guesswork and perhaps a little intuition. Prophecy, as with divination, is ‘divine utterance’. If it concerns future events at all then it will not be understood fully until after the event. Now that the prophecy contained in the third chapter of the Book of the Law has come to pass exactly as written in the book, we can construe the meaning. In Liber AL, I: 2, Nuit declares,
The unveiling of the company of heaven.
The Initiate of Thelema must be Ankh-af-na-khonsu or Horus made Ma’at. Such an Initiate is a true-speaker, a master of prophetic utterance—in life and upon death. As Horus manifests on the throne of Ra, his light consumes the prophet.
The light is mine, its rays consume me, for I have a made a secret door into the house of Ra, Tum, Khephra and Ahathoor. I am thy Theban, o Mentu, the prophet Ankh f-n-khonsu.[1]
The ‘secret door’ is a fourfold mystery of the chakras outside the body. These power zones open the way to achieve Hadit and know the joys of Nuit.[2] The Door of Daleth, figured by the Egyptian Tau (‘Way’) or Ankh, is the epitomy of the sevenfold spell of Thelema: Love is the law, love under will. The Stele of Revealing and its song indicate the door leading to the eternal life of Nuit, her ‘company of heaven’. According to the prophecy of the third chapter of Liber AL, the burning down of Boleskine, the ‘holy place’ revered by the scribe Crowley, signifies the arising of the star called Hrumachis or Hormaku. This marks the splitting apart of the shell or shadow-self called Khaibet by the ancient Egyptians. This is an initiatory test or ordeal for every magician, since the dual principles, Set and Horus, are released. On release, they seek to arise in the column as described in Liber AL, III: 2.
There is division hither homeward; there is a word not known. Spelling is defunct; all is not aught. Beware! Hold! Raise the spell of Ra-Hoor-Khuit!
A report in Science magazine on the 8th January 2016 declared that the earth has entered a new era—termed in an earlier study as the Anthropocene—which is the most significant global event since the ice age. Our current era began, as according to the ancient Egyptians, around 12,000 years ago, when the ice began to recede and new life forms emerged. The beginning of our era corresponds to the astrological Age of Leo. We are now on the Descendant or ‘fall’ of that clock of the Great Aeon. The prophecy of the Book of the Law and the scientific study are in exact agreement.

Since two centuries ago man found ways to vastly accelerate travel, industry, commerce and warfare. He achieved this by plundering the earth for carbon resources, especially in the form of oil—the blood of ancient rain forests that nourishes our body the earth. The acceleration has been marked by catastrophic warfare and industrial pollution. Man has therefore lived on borrowed time. Through inexorable climate change and modifications to the geosphere, Nature is busily recovering that which has been stolen from her. Such modifications may, or may not, be inclusive of man.

On earth, in human life, the first manifestation of a new star rising is polarisation and conflict. The world has existed in a state of unceasing war since the splitting of the atom. This war takes place on every front, in terms of military invasion or so-called ‘defence strategies’, and in terms of the propaganda war of lies and misinformation spooned out to the masses through multiple media platforms. Contrary as to how it appears in the media and as according to government agencies, we in the Western world are not at war with terrorists or terrorism. Mankind is at war with itself.

There is a certain line of thought that has existed within mainstream Thelema, inspired by some of Crowley’s more excitable remarks. Such remarks were written when he was a young man, fuelled by the same energy of conquest that drove the 19th century industrial expansion through to the twentieth century and beyond. Crowley adopted a wiser, less bombastic tone towards the end of his life, after living in London through the bombing of the blitz. In the early days, he saw Thelema as a new type of consciousness that would, with the help of a few skilled occultists, eventually become the ‘norm’ for the whole human race. Such evolutionist theories, inspired by Darwin, were very common among occultist of the time. The Law of Thelema would become the dominant mode of consciousness in what Crowley called the ‘Aeon of Horus’.

Horus is in fact the lord of every Aeon, for Horus is the initiator of the soul or ‘Scarlet Woman’, as termed in the Book of the Law. Thelema is the summation of the secret Setian tradition among the ancient Egyptians. Through the breaking open of the seal of the Stele of Revealing in 1904, this knowledge is revealed for those with the strength to overcome the prevailing trend of materialism and become truth-speakers, self-slain and risen masters.

It is no more likely that mankind will collectively adopt the Law of Thelema—which is a spiritual and magical path—than businessmen, bankers and industrialists give up their careers and become farmers in remote places. The missionary interpretation of ‘establishing the Aeon of the Crowned and Conquering Child of the Gods’ easily becomes a snare for the unwary. If we imagine that Thelema is a law of human liberty that will supersede previous models for political and religious control of the masses, then we only succeed in continuing the war as a shadow projection, outside and beyond the self. Power, instead of being given to the Scarlet Woman or soul, bleeds away along with the earth’s resources. Let us examine the relevant verses in the Book of the Law more closely, five of them from the third chapter.
III: 10 Get the stele of revealing itself; set it in thy secret temple—and that temple is already aright disposed—and it shall be your Kiblah for ever. It shall not fade, but miraculous colour shall come back to it day after day. Close it in locked glass for a proof to the world.
III: 11 This shall be your only proof. I forbid argument. Conquer! That is enough. I will make easy to you the abstruction from the ill-ordered house in the Victorious City. Thou shalt thyself convey it with worship, o prophet, though thou likest it not...
III: 19 That stele they shall call the Abomination of Desolation; count well its name, and it shall be to you as 718.
III: 21 Set up my image in the East: thou shalt buy thee an image which I will show thee, especial, not unlike the one thou knowest. And it shall be suddenly easy for thee to do this.
III: 34 But your holy place shall be untouched throughout the centuries: though with fire and sword it be burnt down and shattered, yet an invisible house there standeth, and shall stand until the fall of the Great Equinox; when Hrumachis shall arise and the double-wanded one assume my throne and place. Another prophet shall arise, and bring fresh fever from the skies; another woman shall awake the lust and worship of the Snake; another soul of God and beast shall mingle in the globèd priest; another sacrifice shall stain the tomb; another king shall reign; and blessing no longer be poured To the Hawk-headed mystical Lord!
The word ‘abstruction’ was not liked by Crowley; he very much wanted to change it, and that is why the text of III: 11 reads, “though thou likest it not”. In the holograph manuscript it is clear that either Aleister or Rose Crowley put four short lines under the word, to indicate the query. Eventually, Rose was persuaded by her husband to change ‘unfragmentary’ in the first chapter for the conventional and somewhat dull theological term, ‘omnipresence’.

For some reason the instruction of the book to “change not so much as a letter” was obeyed in the case of III: 2, and ‘abstruction’ was left exactly as it was given, even though the word does not exist in any dictionary. We know from his autobiography that Crowley toyed with the literal interpretation of the verse—that it might mean he should somehow seize the original Stele from the Cairo museum, take it back to England and install it in Boleskine. He never took this beyond conjecture and contented himself with the replica of the Stele he had commissioned during the Cairo working.

The neologistic ‘abstruction’ conveys a good deal. The word literally means, ‘Take out from a building’. The word’s construction is suggestive of taking the idea or essence completely out of its form, then dispensing with the form altogether. Therein is a key to the spiritual meaning of some of the most obscure verses in the Book of the Law. It is an error to think that the alchemical essence or philosophic gold may be produced from the prima materia or base elements of the psyche through psychological ‘process’. The gold is extracted (abstructed) from the base matter, which would otherwise obscure it.

The verses in the third chapter refer to the shrine of the heart, the true inner sanctum and seat of all magick. When the Stele of Revealing is discovered therein, it must be known, remembered, affirmed and reaffirmed, as in the way of Egyptian magick. The “fall of the Great Equinox” is not a future age; it refers to the present time.

We can construe from this that Aiwass wishes us to pay attention to the fact that the fall of the Great Equinox and Aeon of Hrumachis is truly here and now, an actual event in time that coincides with certain inner plane activities that were foreseen aeons ago. Furthermore, that the true image (‘phallus’) of the Stele, which is the repository of the sum total of the knowledge of Thelema, is now released from its confines in matter. It has become available to any Initiate that is able to make genuine contact with the inner planes.


Notes

1. Liber AL, III: 38.
2. See the article, Dual Nature of the Soul.

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