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Liber AL vel Legis sub figura CCXX as delivered by XCIII = 418 to DCLXVI
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o splendrous serpent! 19. These are fools that men adore. my heart & my tongue! 7. 4. Are mine. there is no difference. 16. Every number is infinite. Behold! it is revealed by Aiwass the minister of Hoor-paar-kraat. O azure-lidded woman. The winged globe. 14. Above. 2.Chapter I 1. 12. I am above you and in you. not the Khu in the Khabs. 17. 18. O Ankh-af-na-khonsu! 15. The unveiling of the company of heaven. the starry blue. . 9. my secret centre. Burn upon their brows. o children. Worship then the Khabs. & take your fill of love! 13. Now ye shall know that the chosen priest & apostle of infinite space is the prince-priest the Beast. For he is ever a sun. 8. 11. Every man and every woman is a star. Help me. The key of the rituals is in the secret word which I have given unto him. both their Gods & their men are fools. and behold my light shed over you! 10. She bends in ecstasy to kiss The secret ardours of Hadit. bend upon them! 20. But ye are not so chosen. and in his woman called the Scarlet Woman is all power given. in my unveiling before the Children of men! 6. under the stars. Had! The manifestation of Nuit. the gemmed azure is The naked splendour of Nuit. My ecstasy is in yours. 5. and to her the stooping starlight. 3. and she a moon. o warrior lord of Thebes. Be thou Hadit. Come forth. Let my servants be few & secret: they shall rule the many & the known. The Khabs is in the Khu. But to him is the winged secret flame. They shall gather my children into their fold: they shall bring the glory of the stars into the hearts of men. My joy is to see your joy.
Since I am Infinite Space. but lest there be folly. But whoso availeth in this. This that thou writest is the threefold book of Law. With the God & the Adorer I am nothing: they do not see me. This is so: I swear it by the vault of my body. They are as upon the earth. write unto us the rituals. add. and my lord Hadit. I am known to ye by my name Nuit. he shall comment thereupon by the wisdom of Ra-Hoor-Khuit. None. and the joy of dissolution all. 26. 29. let it be ever thus. her lovely hands upon the black earth. I am Nuit. and to him by a secret name which I will give him when at last he knoweth me. by all I desire of ye all. by my sacred heart and tongue. that the pain of division is as nothing. . the obeah and the wanga. of the stars. since thou art continuous! 28. and two. and there is no other God than me. do ye also thus. all penetrant. and the dew of her light bathing his whole body in a sweet-smelling perfume of sweat: O Nuit. and understand. Now. Obey my prophet! follow out the ordeals of my knowledge! seek me only! Then the joys of my love will redeem ye from all pain. multiply. 30. 27. the consciousness of the continuity of existence. This is the creation of the world. Then the priest answered & said unto the Queen of Space. 33. all-touching. My scribe Ankh-af-na-khonsu. 31. faint & faery. kissing her lovely brows. Write unto us the ordeals. breathed the light. Also the mantras and spells. let him be the chief of all! 24. the work of the wand and the work of the sword. 37. write unto us the law! 34. a lambent flame of blue. Divide. 36. what is. and my word is six and fifty. that men speak not of Thee as One but as None. But she said: the ordeals I write not: the rituals shall be half known and half concealed: the Law is for all. but ye are my chosen ones. 22. & her lithe body arched for love. is balanced by weak joys. 32. therefore. Bind nothing! Let there be no difference made among you between any one thing & any other thing. 23. the omnipresence of my body. for the chance of union. I am Heaven. For I am divided for love's sake.21. Then saith the prophet and slave of the beauteous one: Who am I. and the Infinite Stars thereof. by all I can give. & said unto the Queen of Heaven. for thereby there cometh hurt. bendingdown. 25. For these fools of men and their woes care not thou at all! They feel little. continuous one of Heaven. and let them speak not of thee at all. these he shall learn and teach. shall not in one letter change this book. 35. and what shall be the sign? So she answered him. and her soft feet not hurting the little flowers: Thou knowest! And the sign shall be my ecstasy. Then the priest fell into a deep trance or swoon. the priest of the princes.
Change not as much as the style of a letter. Isa the sufferer. if the ritual be not ever unto me: then expect the direful judgments of Ra Hoor Khuit! 53. but he may make severe the ordeals. eighty. Accursed! Accursed be it to the aeons! Hell. Thus ye have star & star. and the lofty chosen ones in the highest. jasmine & rose. Be goodly therefore: dress ye all in fine apparel. my heart & my tongue. if thou wilt. 41. nay. Let it be that state of manyhood bound and loathing. if thy servant sink? But there are means and means. Ho! warrior. o scribe and prophet. Nothing is a secret key of this law. if ye confound the space-marks. So with thy all. thou hast no right but to do thy will. They are many. Also. the little world my sister. let not one know well the other! 51. it shall not assuage thee nor absolve thee. 52. But ecstasy be thine and joy of earth: ever To me! To me! 54. and no other shall say nay. and let Asar be with Isa. when. 48. the Hermit. system & system. 43. though thou be of the princes. 40. 42. the floor of that palace is of silver and gold. and the emblems of death. eat rich foods and drink sweet wines and wines that foam! Also. He must teach. Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Let Asar be the adorant. There are four gates to one palace. My prophet is a fool with his one. Abrogate are all rituals. unassuaged of purpose. one. For there are therein Three Grades. four hundred & eighteen. and the Lover.38. and all rare scents. Let him enter in turn or at once the four gates. and the man of Earth. Behold! there are three ordeals in one. 45. There is a word to say about the Hierophantic task. let him stand on the floor of the palace. all words and signs. The gross must pass through fire. unto whom I send this kiss. and it may be given in three ways. shalt not behold all these mysteries hidden therein. Sixty-one the Jews call it. The word of Sin is Restriction. O man! refuse not thy wife. let the fine be tried in intellect. But they have the half: unite by thine art so that all disappear. Hoor in his secret name and splendour is the Lord initiating. or saying. But they are not of me. saying: They are one. depart! There is no bond that can unite the divided but love: all else is a curse. . are none! 46. I call it eight. for behold! thou. if he look but close into the word. Ra-Hoor-Khuit hath taken his seat in the East at the Equinox of the Gods. delivered from the lust of result. and none by the Book? 49. This shall regenerate the world. 39. The word of the Law is THELEMA. if she will! O lover. where and with whom ye will! But always unto me. The Perfect and the Perfect are one Perfect and not two. 47. If this be not aright. For pure will. all ordeals. who also are one. one. lapis lazuli & jasper are there. Will he not sink? Amn. 44. is every way perfect. Do that. Who calls us Thelemites will do no wrong. are not they the Ox. take your fill and will of love as ye will. 50. o prophet.
and the great mystery of the House of God. thou shalt come a little to lie in my bosom. and so shall ye come to my joy. ye shall wear rich jewels. veiled or voluptuous. I am the blue-lidded daughter of Sunset. ye shall exceed the nations of the earth in spendour & pride. Invoke me under my stars! Love is the law. The Manifestation of Nuit is at an end. For one kiss wilt thou then be willing to give all. There is the dove. upon death. he shall behold them. peace unutterable. 57. I charge you earnestly to come before me in a single robe. knowing the law of the fortress. and drunkenness of the innermost sense. solve the first half of the equation. my prophet. as all their numbers who are of us. but [Tzaddi] is not the Star. Aum! All words are sacred and all prophets true. But thou hast all in the clear light. I am the naked brilliance of the voluptuous night-sky. Sing the rapturous love-song unto me! Burn to me perfumes! Wear to me jewels! Drink to me. with a Circle in the Middle. Expect him not from the East.To me! To me! calling forth the flame of the hearts of all in her love-chant. 63. while in life. All these old letters of my Book are aright. This also is secret: my prophet shall reveal it to the wise. and there is no blood therein: because of my hair the trees of Eternity. love under will. The child of thy bowels. Nor let the fools mistake love. and the Serpent flame therein. At all my meetings with you shall the priestess say -. in the dark. hath chosen. I who am all pleasure and purple. nor from the West. 60. desire you. 56. nor do I demand aught in sacrifice. and arouse the coiled splendour within you: come unto me! 62. To me! To me! 66. rest. ecstasy. & the circle is Red. but whoso gives one particle of dust shall lose all in that hour. 61. invoking me with a pure heart. but the blue & gold are seen of the seeing. My incense is of resinous woods & gums. and some. 59. not faith. Choose ye well! He. But to love me is better than all things: if under the night stars in the desert thou presently burnest mine incense before me. My colour is black to the blind. 65. The Five Pointed Star. Also I have asecret glory for them that love me. 58. leave the second unattacked. for there are love and love. and covered with a rich headdress. save only that they understand a little. I give unimaginable joys on earth: certainty. I love you! I yearn to you! Pale or purple. Put on the wings.and her eyes shall burn with desire as she stands bare and rejoicing in my secret temple -. Ye shall gather goods and store of women and spices. for from no expected house cometh that child. for I love you! I love you! 64. though not all. and there is the serpent. My number is 11. .55. but always in the love of me.
4. "Come unto me" is a foolish word: for it is I that go. Thus eleven. The Empress and the King are not of me. and Khabs is the name of my House. 11. I am not extended. Behold! the rituals of the old time are black. For I am perfect. The folk that not know me as yet. 14. my bride. for why? Because thou wast the knower. as she. and the giver of Life. In the sphere I am everywhere the centre. 19. Yet she shall be known & I never. for I am the worshipper. 13. I am Life. 5. 8. and me. I am the Magician and the Exorcist. is nowhere found. as my bride is eleven. Come! all ye. 18. I see thee hate the hand & the pen. and my number is nine by the fools. 6. our chosen: who sorroweth is not of us. Hadit. They shall rejoice. for I am none indeed. ye people of sighing! The sorrows of pain and regret Are left to the dead and the dying. 17. these fellows. being Not. they pass & are done. but there is that which remains. yet therefore is theknowledge of me the knowledge of death. but I am stronger. 10. 12. We are not for the poor and sad: the lords of the earth are our kinsfolk. Because of me in Thee which thou knewest not. am the complement of Nu. O prophet! thou hast ill will to learn this writing. and in the core of every star. 9. Is a God to live in a dog? No! but the highest are of us. I am the flame that burns in every heart of man. Nu! the hiding of Hadit. 2. I. I am the axle of the wheel.Chapter II 1. ill. let the good ones be purged by the prophet! Then shall this Knowledge go aright. Remember all ye that existence is pure joy. the circumference. and learn the secret that hath not yet been revealed. 7. 3. Let the evil ones be cast away. and one in eight: Which is vital. I am The Empress & the Hierophant. but with the just I am eight. Who worshipped Heru-pa-kraath have worshipped me. for there is a further secret. and the cube in the circle. Now let there be a veiling of this shrine: now let the light devour men and eat them up with blindness! 15. . Hear me. These are dead. 16. they feel not. that all the sorrows are but as shadows.
24. and there he shall perish with the dogs of Reason. and stir the hearts of men with drunkenness. rise up & awake! 35. for there are also of my friends who be hermits. in the day of your wrath. but in beds of purple. Be strong. and I and the earth are one. upon that lie: That Thou Must Die: verily thou shalt not die. leaping laughter and delicious languor. he shall remain in pure ecstasy for ever. these are for the servants of the Star & the Snake. and shoot forth venom. I am alone: there is no God where I am. but live.20. 22. for who doth not understand these runes shall make a great miss. I am the secret Serpent coiled about to spring: in my coiling there is joy. 25. at all the joy. Beware lest any force another. o my people. I am the Snake that giveth Knowledge & Delight and bright glory. There are rituals of the elements and feasts of the times. It is a lie. A feasy for the three days of the writingof the Book of the Law. 37. He shall fall down into the pit called Because. 31. & all their words are skew-wise. enjoy all things of sense and rapture: fear not that any God shall deny thee for this. are of us. . this folly against self. Compassion is the vice of kings: stamp down the wretched & the weak: this is the law of the strong: this is our law and the joy of the world. But ye. Let the rituals be rightly performed with joy & beauty! 36. and fire and light in their eyes. Beauty and strength. Now let it be understood: If the body of the King dissolve. Strength & Sight. & be drunk thereof! They shall not harm ye at all. There is great danger in me. A feast for the first night of the Prophet and his Bride! 38. 21. Also reason is a lie. and masses of flaming hair about them. o king. Think not. O my chosen! 26. 27. Enough of Because! Be he damned for a dog! 34. caressed by magnificent beasts of women with large limbs. Ye shall see them at rule. If I droop down mine head. at victorious armies. then Will stops & does nought. for there is a factor infinite & unknown. To worship me take wine and strange drugs whereof I will tell my prophet. 23. Now a curse upon Because and his kin! 29. then is rapture of the earth. force and fire. then is Power weakness. The exposure of innocence is a lie. Nuit! Hadit! Ra-Hoor-Khuit! The Sun. 32. If Will stops and cries Why. o man! lust. King against King! Love one another with burning hearts. I and my Nuit are one. We have nothing with the outcast and the unfit: let them die in their misery. Behold! these be grave mysteries. there shall ye find them. invoking Because. For they feel not. If Power asks why. May Because be accursed for ever! 30. 33. Light. 28. If I lift up my head. and there shall be in them a joy a million times greater than this. on the low men trample in the fierce lust of your pride. Ye are against the people. Now think not to find them in the forest or on the mountain.
I console not: I hate the consoled & the consoler. o prophet. The stops as thou wilt. even though ye laugh in my honour ye shall laugh not long: then when ye are sad know that I have forsaken you. Blue am I and gold in the light of my bride: but the red gleam is in my eyes. and eternal ecstasy in the kisses of Nu. 54. & I will reward you here and hereafter. He that is righteous shall be righteous still. 51. & the pall of death: this is none of me. It is the veil of the modest woman. 45. A feast for fire and a feast for water. 52. & my spangles are purple & green. Tear down that lying spectre of the centuries: veil not your vices in virtuous words: these vices are my service. when these words are said. 53. 57. . it is the veil of sorrow. and the pleasure of uttermost delight! 44. There is death for the dogs. 58. 56. the letters? change them not in style or value! 55. thou shalt find new symbols to attribute them unto. But I will hide thee in a mask of sorrow: they that see thee shall fear thou art fallen: but I lift thee up. Be they damned & dead! Amen. I am unique & conqueror. 46. thou shalt not be sorry. There is the dissolution. There is a veil: that veil is black. Purple beyond purple: it is the light higher than eyesight.39. a feast for life and a greater feast for death! 42. & not other. ye do well. thou shall reveal it: thou availest: they are the slaves of because: They are not of me. A feast every night unto Nu. O Prophet! 40. and blessed are the eyes that thou shalt look upon with gladness. and a feast for the Equinox of the Gods. & therein am I as a babe in an egg. Therefore the kings of the earth shall be Kings for ever: the slaves shall serve. Nor shall they who cry aloud their folly that thou meanest nought avail. (This is of the 4: there is a fifth who is invisible. 48. A feast every day in your hearts in the joy of my rapture! 43. I am not for them. Dost thou fail? Art thou sorry? Is fear in thine heart? 47. Aye! feast! rejoice! there is no dread hereafter. 49. Pity not the fallen! I never knew them. A feast for Tahuti and the child of the Prophet--secret. he that is filthy shallbe filthy still. ) 50. 41. Thou art emphatically my chosen. Thou shalt obtain the order & value of the English Alphabet. I am not of the slaves that perish. Where I am these are not. Begone! ye mockers. A feast for the Supreme Ritual. Yea! deem not of change: ye shall be as ye are. Fear not.
and I am powerful to protect my servant. were it but to dine or to drink at them. Ra-Hoor-Khuit! 39. it is no odds. I will slay me her child: I will alienate her heart: I will cast her out from men: as a shrinking and despised harlot . Of Khephra and of Ahathoor. most as it is said: The light is mine. and Hadit burning in thy heart shall make swift and secure thy pen.for in it is the word secret & not only in the English -. I am thy Theban. and to each man and woman that thou meetest. Then they shall chance to abide in this bliss or no. Let the Scarlet Woman beware! If pity and compassion and tenderness visit her heart. Refuse none. 59. Yet there are masked ones my servants: it may be that yonder beggar is a King. Beware therefore! Love all. master! 61. it is the Law to give. 60. talk not over much! Them that seek to entrap thee. o prophet. Therefore strike hard & low. 42. Success is thy proof: argue not. Do this quickly! 40. O winged snake of light.and thy comment upon this the Book of the Law shall be printed beautifully in red ink and black upon beautiful paper made by hand. lest perchance is a King concealed! Say you so? Fool! If he be a King. then shall my vengeance be known. but thou shalt know & destroy the traitors. 41. them attack without pity or quarter. its rays consume Me: I have made a secret door Into the House of Ra and Tum. Establish at thy Kaaba a clerk-house: all must be done well and with business way. A King may choose his garment as he will: there is no certain test: but a beggar cannot hide his poverty. Swift as a trodden serpent turn and strike! Be thou yet deadlier than he! Drag down their souls to awful torment: laugh at their fear: spit upon them! 43. if she leave my work to toy with old sweetnesses. There is a light before thine eyes. All this and a book to say how thou didst come hither and a reproduction of this ink and paper for ever -. & destroy them utterly. save only the blind ones. O Nuit! Bid me within thine House to dwell. I am Ra-Hoor-Khuit. convert not. The ordeals thou shalt oversee thyself. Hadit! Abide with me. O Mentu. By wise Ta-Nech I weave my spell. a light undesired. But the work of the comment? That is easy. The prophet Ankh-af-na-khonsu! By Bes-na-Maut my breast I beat. thou canst not hurt him. and to hell with them. Show thy star-splendour.There is none that shall be cast down or lifted up: all is ever as it was. to overthrow thee.
I will bring you to victory & joy: I will be at your arms in battle & ye shall delight to slay. But the keen and the proud. And Abrahadabra. I am in a secret fourfold word. But let her raise herself in pride! Let her follow me in my way! Let her work the work of wickedness! Let her kill her heart! Let her be loud and adulterous! Let her be covered with jewels. Curse them! Curse them! Curse them! 51. With my Hawk's head I peck at the eyes of Jesus as he hangs upon the cross. Also for beauty's sake and love's! 57. who shall discover the Key of it all. This book shall be translated into all tongues: but always with the original in the writing of the Beast. 54. and let her be shameless before all men! 45. and rich garments. 52. 55. 49. Mongol and Din. the royal and the lofty. I flap my wings in the face of Mohammed & blind him. and I want to go on to the holier place. whence I say not. & are abased. for in the chance shape of the letters and their position to one another: in these are mysteries that no Beast shall divine. 44. 48. Let him not seek to try: but one cometh after him. 53. Despise also all cowards. Then will I lift her to pinnacles of power: then will I breed from her a child mightier than all the kings of the earth. Now this mystery of the letters is done. Let him not seek after this. I will fill her with joy: with my force shall she see & strike at the worship of Nu: she shall achieve Hadit. Bahlasti! Ompehda! I spit on your crapulous creeds.shall she crawl through dusk wet streets. With my claws I tear out the flesh of the Indian and the Buddhist. Success is your proof. but play. for thereby alone can he fall from it. ye are brothers! . go on. 50. all fools despise! 58. go on. Let Mary inviolate be torn upon wheels: for her sake let all chaste women be utterly despised among you! 56. in my strength. & ye shall turn not back for any! 47. Then this line drawn is a key: then this circle squared in its failure is a key also. I am the warrior Lord of the Forties: the Eighties cower before me. courage is your armour. the blasphemy against all gods of men. and die cold and an-hungered. 46. It shall be his child & that strangely. professional soldiers who dare not fight.
Through the fourth. which is bliss. 64.59. ultimate sparks of the intimate fire. 73. 63. 69. There is a splendour in my name hidden and glorious. . The Book of the Law is Written and Concealed. for I have crushed an Universe. and its comment. Through the third. There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt. as the sun of midnight is ever the son. Through the second. gold. There is an end of the word of the God enthroned in Ra's seat. are mere liars. Paste the sheets from right to left and from top to bottom: then behold! 74. Aum. 70. I am the Hawk-Headed Lord of Silence & of Strength. Its enemies who say not so. 71. 65. As brothers fight ye! 60. Let him come through the first ordeal. 72. 68. stones of precious water. lightening the girders of the soul. The fool readeth this Book of the Law. the wand of the Force of Coph Nia--but my left hand is empty. & he understandeth it not. The ending of the words is the Word Abrahadabra. To Me do ye reverence! to me come ye through tribulation of ordeal. my nemyss shrouds the night-blue sky. 61. & it will be to him as silver. I am the Lord of the Double Wand of Power. & nought remains. 75. 62. Ha. 66. Hail! ye twin warriors about the pillars of the world! for your time is nigh at hand. Yet to all it shall seem beautiful. 67. There is success.
Love is the law.The Comment Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. love under will. All questions of the Law are to be decided only by appeal to my writings. Those who discuss the contents of this Book are to be shunned by all. each for himself. It is wise to destroy this copy after the first reading. The priest of the princes. Whosoever disregards this does so at his own risk and peril. These are most dire. Ankh-f-n-khonsu . There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt. as centres of pestilence. The study of this Book is forbidden.
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