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Saturday, 20 August 2016

Thelemic Feast for the First Night

We celebrate the “first night of the Prophet and his Bride” every 22nd August, or when the Sun enters the zodiacal sign of Virgo.
There are rituals of the elements and feasts of the times.
A feast for the first night of the Prophet and his Bride!

Feast for the First Night: Ishtar, Queen of Heaven, Hell and the Underworld
The Prophet and Bride mentioned in Liber AL, II: 36–37 does not refer to any human personages. The wedding of the Sun and Moon or alchemical wedding is descriptive of the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel, the first truly mystic experience in the life of the magician.

Kenneth Grant had a firm conviction that the winter solstice of December 2012 would be deeply significant to the Thelemic initiate. There are eternal Aeons that are outside of time and therefore unaffected by temporal conditions. The (Egyptian) Book of the Law nonetheless indicates that the ‘times’ are vital to the magician and mystic.

The feminine-lunar mysteries of periodicity have their cosmic and earthly aspect. As declared in Liber AL, I: 53,
If this be not aright; if ye confound the space-marks, saying: They are one; or saying, They are many; if the ritual be not ever unto me: then expect the direful judgments of Ra Hoor Khuit!
By the winter solstice of December 2012, Regulus, principal star in the constellation of Leo, crossed the threshold of the zodiacal sign of Virgo. Precisely three years later an event took place on the shores of Loch Ness, Scotland, that ‘fixed’ this aeonic transition. The destruction by fire of Boleskine House was prophesied in Liber AL, III: 34. Regulus is one of the four ancient ‘Watchers’ of the heavens, marking the cardinal points of the visible universe. The principal stars in the traditional fixed or Kerubic signs of the Zodiac—the Lion, Eagle, Bull and Woman—now form a great cross in mutable signs.

The position of Regulus coincided with the summer solstice point more than 4000 years ago. Due to astronomical precession, the Sun now forms his annual conjunction with Regulus around the 22nd August, at the entry into Virgo. This formulates the image of the Woman and Beast or Babalon, as typified by ancient Sumerian representations of Ishtar as world axis (see illustration above). Ishtar embodies the astrological signs Leo, Virgo and Libra—ancient depictions vary, but typically her chariot is pulled by lions, she holds a mirror to behold her own perfection and she wields the scales and balance.

The constellations that the signs are named after overlap in the heavens; as the three signs are one each of fixed, mutable and cardinal types they can be taken as representative of the whole Zodiac, the circle of space. The fixed, mutable and cardinal signs form three crosses on the great wheel of time.[1] The mutable cross of Hormaku is glyphed by Virgo, Pisces, Gemini and Sagittarius. The Tarot trumps the Hermit, the Moon, the Lovers and the Angel are the magical image for these signs. Thus, the spiritual journey for the Thelemic initiate involves recognition that the Moon of Da’ath reflects the void of Ain Soph Aur to form the triangular base of the Tree of Life. The Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel may then continue beyond Tiphereth until final dissolution and the crossing of the ring-pass-not of human reason. As it is put in Liber AL, I: 30 and II: 44,
This is the creation of the world, that the pain of division is as nothing, and the joy of dissolution all.
Aye! feast! rejoice! there is no dread hereafter. There is the dissolution, and eternal ecstasy in the kisses of Nu.
The Aeonic Cross of Hormaku is comparable to the Kalachakra or ‘wheel of time’ Tantra, found in Tibetan Buddhism and Hinduism. Kalachakra and Kalachakri is a pair of deities comparable to Nuit and Hadit; they look both inside and outside of time. Kalachakra yoga or Yidam is the Tibetan way of uniting the self with deity to obtain Pure Mind. Ishtadevata is one of the principle deities for this purpose. She is associated with the Kalachakra, whose name means, ‘desired’ or ‘adored’ (ishta) and ‘divine soul’ (devata).

Thelemic Feast for the First Night: Ishtar or Ea Runic Symbol
Ishtar, placed in Aquarius in the North on our Kalachakra wheel, has the same root name, Ishta. The Ishtar hieroglyph signifies precisely the crossing of the Axis of the Universe with the Celestial Horizon. In this context, the mudra of Ishtar symbolises the Aquarian Aeonic Cross.[2] As according to ancient tradition, the magical temple must be realigned in accordance with the times, how things look from earth now. This is a vital factor; it makes all the difference between effective magick and magick that does not work because it is misaligned from the terrestrial plane.


Notes

1. See ‘Starlight Reification’, The Law of Thelema—Quantum Yoga.
2. The Ishtar mudra corresponds to the magical grade of Air, Zelator 2=9. The hieroglyph is the runic Ea. Compare with the illustration of Ishtar commanding the three worlds and bearing the Egyptian shen ring at the top of this article.

This essay forms part of the collection, Babalon Unveiled! Thelemic Monographs.
© Oliver St. John 2016, 2019

Related articles:
Welcome to the Aeon of Hormaku, 2012
Prophecy of Liber AL Fulfilled

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