Lord visible and sensible of whom this earth is but a frozen spark turning about thee with annual and diurnal motion, source of light, source of life, let thy perpetual radiance hearten us to continual labour and enjoyment; so that as we are constant partakers of thy bounty we may in our particular orbit give out light and life, sustenance and joy to them that revolve about us without diminution of substance or effulgence for ever.
So mote it be.
Lord secret and most holy, source of light, source of life, source of love, source of liberty, be thou ever constant and mighty within us, force of energy, fire of motion; with diligence let us ever labour with thee, that we may remain in thine abundant joy.
So mote it be.
Lady of night, that turning ever about us art now visible and now invisible in thy season, be thou favourable to hunters, and lovers, and to all men that toil upon the earth, and to all mariners upon the sea.
So mote it be.
Giver and receiver of joy, gate of life and love, be thou ever ready, thou and thine handmaiden, in thine office of gladness.
So mote it be.
Lord of Life and Joy, that art the might of man, that art the essence of every true god that is upon the surface of the Earth, continuing knowledge from generation unto generation, thou adored of us upon heaths and in woods, on mountains and in caves, openly in the marketplaces and secretly in the chambers of our houses, in temples of gold and ivory and marble as in these other temples of our bodies, we worthily commemorate them worthy that did of old adore thee and manifest thy glory unto men, Lao-tzu and Siddhartha and Krishna and Tahuti, Mosheh, Dionysus, Mohammed and To Mega Therion, with these also, Hermes, Pan, Priapus, Osiris and Melchizedek, Khem and Amoun and Mentu, Heracles, Orpheus and Odysseus; with Vergilius, Catullus, Martialis, Rabelais, Swinburne, and many an holy bard; Apollonius Tyanaeus, Simon Magus, Manes, Pythagoras, Basilides, Valentinus, Bardesanes and Hippolytus, that transmitted the Light of the Gnosis to us their successors and their heirs; with Merlin, Arthur, Kamuret, Parzival, and many another, prophet, priest and king, that bore the Lance and Cup, the Sword and Disk, against the Heathen; and these also, Carolus Magnus and his paladins, with William of Schyren, Frederick of Hohenstaufen, Roger Bacon, Jacobus Burgundus Molensis the Martyr, Christian Rosencreutz, Ulrich von Hutten, Paracelsus, Michael Maier, Roderic Borgia Pope Alexander the Sixth, Jacob Boehme, Francis Bacon Lord Verulam, Andrea, Robertus de Fluctibus, Johannes Dee, Sir Edward Kelly, Thomas Vaughan, Elias Ashmole, Molinos, Adam Weishaupt, Wolfgang von Goethe, Ludovicus Rex Bavariae, Richard Wagner, Alphonse Louis Constant, Friedrich Nietzsche, Hargrave Jennings, Carl Kellner, Forlong dux dux, Sir Richard Payne Knight, Sir Richard Burton, Paul Gauguin, Docteur Gérard Encausse, Doctor Theodor Reuss, and Sir Aleister Crowley.
Oh Sons of the Lion and the Snake! With all thy saints we worthily commemorate them worthy that were and are and are to come.
May their Essence be here present, potent, puissant and paternal to perfect this feast!
(At each name the deacon signs + with thumb between index and medius. At ordinary mass it is only necessary to commemorate those whose names are italicized, with wording as is shown.)
So mote it be.
Mother of fertility on whose breast lieth water, whose cheek is caressed by air, and in whose heart is the sun's fire, womb of all life, recurring grace of seasons, answer favourably the prayer of labour, and to pastors and husbandmen be thou propitious.
So mote it be.
Mysterious energy triform, mysterious Matter, in fourfold and sevenfold division; the interplay of which things weaves the dance of the Veil of Life upon the Face of the Spirit, let there be harmony and beauty in your mystic loves, that in us may be health and wealth and strength and divine pleasure according to the Law of Liberty; let each pursue his Will as a strong man that rejoiceth in his way, as the course of a Star that blazeth for ever among the joyous company of Heaven.
So mote it be.
Be the hour auspicious, and the gate of life open in peace and in well-being, so that she that beareth children may rejoice, and the babe catch life with both hands.
So mote it be.
Upon all that this day unite with love under will let fall success; may strength and skill unite to bring forth ecstasy, and beauty answer beauty.
So mote it be.
(All stand, Head erect, Eyes open.)
Term of all that liveth, whose name is inscrutable, be favourable unto us in thine hour.
So mote it be.
Unto them from whose eyes the veil of life hath fallen may there be granted the accomplishment of their true Wills; whether they will absorption in the Infinite, or to be united with their chosen and preferred, or to be in contemplation, or to be at peace, or to achieve the labour and heroism of incarnation on this planet or another, or in any Star, or aught else, unto them may there be granted the accomplishment of their wills; yea, the accomplishment of their wills.
ΑΥΜΙ'Ν, ΑΥΜΙ'Ν, ΑΥΜΙ'Ν.
So mote it be.
(The deacon and the children attend the priest and priestess, ready to hold any appropriate weapon as may be necessary.)
[Hermes] Hermes is the Greek god of (among other things) liars and thieves. He is conflated with Thoth, the Egyptian god of wisdom, to become Hermes Trismegistus. This and the next ten names are the list of gods and mythic figures. Why is he important?
[Melchizedek] Melchizedek — literally, "My king is righteous"; said by the Zohar to be "the King Who rules with complete sovereignty". The Rabbis say he instructed Abraham in the Torah. Why is he important?
[Amoun] Amoun, "The hidden one", is the Egyptian god of air (and the breath of life, which creates the Ba). He later also became a fertility god. Historically, eventually he becomes an aspect of Horus. Why is he important?
[Heracles] Heracles is a demigod, son of Zeus and Alcmene, arguably the greatest of the mythical Greek heroes. He is also identified with the Egyptian god Heryshaf ("Hershaphes" in Greek), who is identified with Osiris. Why is he important?
[Apollonius Tyanaeus] Apollonius Tyanaeus is Apollonius of Tyana, teacher and miracle worker of the first century CE, frequently compared to Jesus of Nazareth. This name is the first of eight ancient Gnostics. Why is he important?
[Pythagoras] Pythagoras was a Greek mathematician and philosopher, founder of the Pythagorean school of natural philosophy, which professed transmigration of the soul (reincarnation). Why is he important?
[Valentinus] Valentinus, also called Valentinius, was a Christian Gnostic theologian who attempted to align Christianity with neo-Platonism. His was probably the most widespread of all the forms of Gnosticism. Why is he important?
[Hippolytus] Hippolytus Why is he important? was the first elected Antipope. He is the author of commentaries on Biblical texts and of polemical works against Jews, pagans and heretics, the best known of which is his Refutatio Omnium Haeresium (Refutation of All Heresies). Curiously, he was anti-Gnostic; but his Refutatio contains a lot of direct quotes from the gnostic systems it refutes. Without it, we would know almost nothing of those systems. Why is he important?
[Kamuret] Kamuret, also "Gahmuret" or "Gamuret", is the father of Parzival in Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival (cir. 1210), adapted by Wagner for his operas. Wolfram's story was itself likely adapted from Chrétien de Troye's Perceval, le Conte du Graal. We don't have a good online reference for this. The link we provided is to Amazon, where you can buy a copy of Wolfram's Parzival, which chronicles Gamuret's adventures. Why is he important?
[Carolus Magnus] Carolus Magnus, "Charlemagne", Charles the Great, is considered to be the founder of the Holy Roman Empire. His
paladins come from romances that tell of his court. Why is he important?
[Frederick of Hohenstaufen] Frederick of Hohenstaufen: this saint is unclear, but likely the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II (1194-1250); excommunicated twice, and called the Anti-Christ by Pope Gregory IX. Why is he important?
[Jacobus Burgundus Molensis the Martyr] Jacobus Burgundus Molensis was Jacques de Molay, last Grand Master of the Knights Templar. Burned at the stake in 1314 on charges of heresy, he is rumored to have told Philip IV of France and Pope Clement V that they would meet him before God's throne within the year. (Both died later that year.) Why is he important?
[Christian Rosencreutz] Christian Rosencreutz was the (possibly legendary) founder of the Rosicrucian Order. If real, he is very conveniently named: Rosencreuz means "Rose Cross", symbols of the female and male principles (and of their genitalia). Why is he important?
[Ulrich von Hutten] Ulrich von Hutten was a Christian reformer and critic of the Roman Catholic Church, a contemporary of Martin Luther, who sought to enforce reformation by political and military means. (There's rather more information in the German language article at de.wikipedia.org — just replace "en." with "de." in the link URL.) Why is he important?
[Roderic Borgia Pope Alexander the Sixth] Roderic Borgia was an extremely controversial Renaissance Pope, (in)famous for his lax morals and expensive habits, father of ten children including Lucrezia and Cesare (yes, those Borgias). Why is he important?
[Jacob Boehme] Jacob Boehme was a German Christian mystic who wrote primarily on the nature of sin and redemption. He held that free will was the most important gift God gave mankind. Why is he important?
[Francis Bacon Lord Verulam] Francis Bacon was a Sixteenth/Seventeenth century (1561-1626) English philosopher and Freemason, a strong proponent of empiricism and of inductive reasoning. Why is he important?
[Andrea] Andrea, or Johann Valentin Andreae, was a Seventeenth Century German theologian and author. He wrote The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz, one of the seminal Rosicrucian works. Why is he important?
[Sir Edward Kelly] Edward Kelly was a Sixteenth Century English spirit medium, John Dee's scryer and assistant. Together, they received a collection of magickal communications from
Angels. Modern opinions differ as to whether Kelley was a cynic, a charlatan, or delusional, but he greatly impressed Dr Dee. Why is he important?
[Thomas Vaughan] Thomas Vaughan Why is he important? was a Seventeenth Century Welsh alchemist, mystic, and poet; the twin brother of poet Henry Vaughan, he wrote several alchemical treatises. Why is he important?
[Molinos] Molinos was Miguel de Molinos, a Seventeenth Century Spanish priest later denounced as a heretic. He propounded
Quietism, a doctrine that specified intellectual stillness and interior passivity as the path to perfection. Why is he important?
[Adam Weishaupt] Adam Weishaupt was a Eighteenth Century German professor and freethinker who founded (some say, refounded) the Order of Illuminati, devoted to the abolition of monarchical governments and religions. Why is he important?
[Wolfgang von Goethe] Wolfgang von Goethe was an Eighteenth Century German poet, philosopher, and painter; the author of Faust; and one of the major voices in the development of Eighteenth Century philosophy Why is he important?
[Alphonse Louis Constant] Alphonse Louis Constant was a Nineteenth Century French author and magician, better known as
Eliphas Lévi, his attempt to translate his name into Hebrew. Why is he important?
[Hargrave Jennings] Hargrave Jennings was a Nineteenth Century English author on occultism and esotericism. He developed a theory he called
phallism, the idea that the origin of religion is in the phallic worship of fire and the sun. Why is he important?
[Forlong dux] Forlong was Nineteenth century General (dux — Latin, leader — was a title Crowley bestowed on him) James George Roche Forlong, author of Faiths of Man: A Cyclopædia of Religions, a (perhaps the first) scholarly treatise on comparative religions. Why is he important?
[Sir Richard Payne Knight] Richard Payne Knight was an early 19th Centur author, whose most notorious book was The Worship of Priapus. Richard Payne Knight was never knighted. "Sir" Knight appears to be an old, stale joke of Crowley's, carried on long after it stopped being funny. Why is he important?
[Sir Richard Burton] Richard Burton was a Nineteenth Century British explorer, soldier, writer, ethnologist, and general Man of Many Talents, Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton was, among his many accomplishments, the translator of The Arabian Nights and the Kama Sutra. He was also the only Saint whom Crowley styled
Sir actually to have been knighted by the British Crown. Why is he important?
[Docteur Gérard Encausse] Gerard Encausse was a late Nineteenth Century French physician, hypnotist, and occultist who called himself Papus (
physician). Dr Encausse was also a member of the Golden Dawn and the Hermetic Brotherhood of Light. Why is he important?
[Doctor Theodor Reuss] Theodor Reuss was an early Twentieth Century Anglo-German occultist and utopian socialist, who succeeded Carl Kellner as head of the OTO, and who in 1910 conferred on Crowley the VII° of OTO. Why is he important?
[Sir Aleister Crowley] Aleister Crowley makes a second appearance on the list. Earlier, as To Mega Therion, he was the last of the great prophets. Here he is among the modern Gnostics. Why is he important?
 Note 1, p. 430:
This list, slightly extended, was first published in The Equinox, volume III, number I. It contains the names of the 'saints' and Chiefs of the Great White Brotherhood, not all of whom, like Krishna, Tahuti, Pan, were incarnated. From a mundane point of view the list reveals Crowley's wide reading. The names in italics: those are (1) Crowley's previous incarnations, (2) historical or mythical characters with whom he had a magical affinity. He thought highly of Swinburne, whom he could have met, and felt that they were one in spirit. He should, perhaps, have italicized the name of Gauguin.
[italicized] The italicized "short list" of 22 saints reads:
Lao-tzu and Siddhartha and Tahuti, Dionysus, Mohammed and To Mega Therion, with these also, Pan and Mentu, Heracles, Catullus, Rabelais, Swinburne, and many an holy bard; Apollonius Tyanaeus, Pythagoras, Bardesanes and Hippolytus, that transmitted the Light of the Gnosis to us their successors and their heirs; and these also, Jacobus Burgundus Molensis the Martyr, Christian Rosencreutz, Roderic Borgia Pope Alexander the Sixth, Sir Edward Kelly, Alphonse Louis Constant, and Sir Aleister Crowley.
[triform] The three Supernals, the Sephiroth above the Abyss. These correspond to the three Hebrew "mother" letters and three Hebrew elements: Alef=Kether, air; Shin=Chokmah, fire; Mem=Binah, water. These are the spheres of inspiration in the Air triad. There are any number of other threes — the alchemical principles, for example — but we hold that the Supernals best express "energy".
[fourfold] The four Qabalistic "worlds": Atziluth, Briah, Yetzirah, Assiah. If you like, for an expression of "matter" you can also think of these as the four elements you're used to.
[sevenfold] The seven Sephiroth below the Abyss. These include the Fire (Chesed, Geburah, Tiphareth) and Water (Netzach, Hod, Yesod) triads, both in Yetzirah, and Malkuth (the created universe, us) in Assiah. There are other sevens, of course: the seven planets, for example, for which there is justification in chapter VI of Sepher Yetzirah: "He has distributed them among the seven stars" — i.e. the "wandering stars", the planets. However, we suggest that the Sephiroth below the Abyss best express "matter".
[All stand] The people are already standing, having stood up at the beginning of the Collects. At this instruction, they stand to attention: arms at the sides, hands loosely cupped, heels together with the feet at a 45-degree angle to each other. Standing thus with eyes open shows that we will face death squarely, unafraid.
At the end of this Collect, they resume the Dieu Garde.
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