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Yael R. DragwylaFirst North American rightsEmail: Polaris93@aol.com 6,500 wordshttp://polaris93.livejournal.com/
Volume III: Beyond Ritual -- Historical, Philosophical,and Scientific Considerations
Book IX: O Thelema!
Part 2:
 Liber Al vel Legis
and the Ransom of Red Chief -- The NativeAmerica-Sized Hole in Aleister Crowley’s Map of the World
Preface by the Editor of 
This editorial is reproduced from The BVI-Pacifica Journal Vol. I, No. 4 (Leo/Summer 1988), inwhich the article that follows it originally appeared, under the by-line of “Ipsissima Aldebaran, 10º = 1#.Except for slight editorial corrections of grammar, etc., it is unchanged from the original version:
 Aleister Crowley’s The Book of the Law -- Liber Al vel Legis, or “Liber AL,” AKA Liber CCXX and  Liber XXXI -- which was written in Spring of 1904 c.e., has since then been interpreted and reinterpreted by everyone who has encountered it, from Crowley himself on. All of these have concentrated upon exege- sis of the text of the work from the viewpoint of European occultism, philosophy, and theosophy. None of them seem to have taken into account either theory or data from other fields, especially such fields asanthropology, linguistics, or the other sociobiological sciences. And while many numerological analyseshave been made of its text, no serious such analysis also taking the cybernetic sciences into account seemsever to have been done.The following is something new in this area. It looks at Crowley’s Little Red Book* from a verydifferent vantage-point: that of mundane history from 1942 c.e. onward to the present, and the impacwhich the discovery of the Americas and its native peoples had upon Europe and the rest of the world inevery area of life, from psychology, pedagogy, philosophy, and anthropology, to applied economics, political upheaval and revolution, and technological evolution.*Over the sins committed in the name of which Chairman Al is almost certainly spinning fast enough in hisunquiet grave to generate enough electricity to power New York City!
The apparent thrust of the book is that of prophecy, occult science, and theosophy. The following article makes the argument that this may have been a red herring, as it were, at least an accidental distraction, the book actually having its true origins in a culture nothing like Europe’s, one whichinfluenced all of Europe, Crowley included, in ways which, even now, are at best only very littleunderstood.Occultists may see red when they read this. If so, it is a tragedy. For if there is anything to thearguments and speculation set forth in the following article, both European-based occult traditions and  American nativist religion and practical Hermeticism can gain enormously from each other if they useCrowley’s book as a sort of rainbow bridge to understanding between them. In that case, it would be avery great loss if European occultists, out of the psychospiritual myopia of parochialism and dogmatism,cut off their data-access to spite their histories, as it were, rejecting the incalculable Magickal,theosophical, philosophical, and Hermetechnological treasures to which Crowley’s book could be the key.We hope those of you who are students of the true Hermetic Arts and Sciences will read the following article with an open mind, and judge its conclusions on the basis of all currently available data related toit, rather than out of admirable but misplaced loyalty to a fixed set of ideas about esoteric reality. On the physical plane, since about 1870 we have seen the universe expand from a cluster of Stars with our Solar System close to its center to a multiverse containing numerous -- possibly an infinite number of --“parallel” or alternate universes, some of them, like our own, giga- or even lightyears across; and in theother, partition itself into increasingly smaller and smaller particles, some of them “hardly less than no-thing at all!” We should be able to accept as well the idea that the esoteric universe likewise may have toexpand into the unguessably large and complex, and partition into the inconceivably small: “-- as Below, so Above!” If nothing else, if you violently disagree --please send us a nice, long letter about it! ... Or better yet,write an article in rebuttal. As the bookie said, disagreements are what make things interesting (not tomention the fortunes of racing professionals). Whatever the ultimate truth turns out to be, the morearguments and discussion over it, the more the chaff will get sorted out and the treasure stand out for what it is. And now, hoping you enjoy it as much as we do, we give you
The Native-America-Sized Hole in Aleister Crowley’s Map of theWorld:
 Liber Al vel Legis
and the Ransom of Red Chief 
by Ipsissima Aldebaran, 1º = 10
(Yael R. Dragwyla)
I’ve been fascinated by Aleister Crowley’s The Book of the Law ever since I first saw it in the early1970s. Why, I’m not sure. Maybe it’s because I’ve always wanted to know what it all means, with respectto today’s knowledge of physics, anthropology, ethnology, psychology, nutrition, history, and other fieldsthat was not known in Crowley’s day. As a student and practitioner of Magick, from working experience Ican testify that Liber Al vel Legis is an extremely powerful Yetziratic Magickal tool; contrary to thedisgusted or appalled assertions of Crowley’s detractors, this book isn’t just the ravings of a poetic maniac, by any means.It is only recently that I’ve been able to develop a hypothesis about this book which could be submittedto any sort of objective testing. This was after I’d embarked on research about Native America, for reasonswhich, at the time, had nothing in particular with the occult or Crowley.At one point during this research, I discovered that one of the original Native American words for thehorse, first introduced onto this continent for the first time since the late Miocene in the early 16th centuryc.e., was one that meant “God-dog.” This was because up until then, the only non-human beast of burdenwhich natives of North America had to compare the horse to was the dog, that all-purpose living, sentient,domesticated tool/weapon/food-source of so many peoples the world over. This immediately drew myattention. In Chapter 2 of The Book of the Law, it says (Verse 19): “Is God to live in a dog? No! ... Now, the English words “no” and “nay” are identical in meaning, while the two English words “neigh” and
“nay” are homophones. Many writers, such as Carol Jung and Sigmund Freud, have pointed out that theway in which the mind words unconsciously, in dreams or illness, has a great deal in common with theworkaday modes of conscious thought used by Magickians and other Hermeticists. Puns, homophones,rhymes, and similar examples of “right-brain” thinking, most clearly apparent among children, occultists,and dreamers of all ages, including poets and writers, are to Hermetic thought and work what wires are toelectricians, or printed circuits to electrical engineers and electronic techs: the connections by which theenergy the Operator works with can be brought to where it is most needed, and there put to work in waysthe Operator desires. Of course, Aleister Crowley was a world-class Magickian. So such a curious lin-guistic resonance as this between his work and Native America were bound to grab my attention at once.Of course, as an isolated case, this one item could have been nothing more than simple coincidence. Likeany other occultist who has somehow avoided or survived my professions occupations hazards, especially paranoid schizophrenia, among its foremost pitfalls, I had long ago learned the dangers of taking a datumfor a statistic and then building beautiful airy castles on nice piles of empirical sand. But I did find it veryintriguing.Later, toward the end of 1987 c.e., during the course of my research, I first learned about the inventionof the first alphabet -- actually, a syllabary, in which each character stands for an entire syllabic unit, rather than a single sound, the way alphabet characters do -- for a Native American language. This was theCherokee syllabary, supposedly invented by George Guess, better known to the world by his Cherokeename, Sequoiah.
Later, while I was looking at a photocopy reproduction of The Book of the Law, inCrowley’s original handwriting (available with all copies of The Book of the Law now in print, usuallyimmediately following the typeset manuscript of Liber AL), it struck me how very like some of thecharacters in the Cherokee syllabary were the string of characters comprising Verse 76 of Chapter 2 of Liber AL:

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