December 17, 1909. 9.30 - 11:30 a.m.
 The last three Aethyrs are so tremendously sublime that comment is only too likely to mar the effect upon the reader. They must be read as masterpieces of Art, and their full magical import apprehended as such. This remark, indeed applies to the whole series, though not so formidably. The proper way is first to study the book in detail, so as to assimilate perfectly its intellectual content, and then to read it (so to say) ceremonially.
 ZON. Leo, Libra, Scorpio — The Sun, the Balance, and the Snake. See text of Aethyr.
 The letters of Judgment, those that have a final form, כ מ נ פ צ, all add to 280.
 ר, ל and נ (Sol, Libra and Scorpio) = the Sun, the Balance or plumes of Maat, and the Snake. Added they make 280.
 Note this. If the Seer had seen this vision truly, he should have become a Magus right then. The vision following was really a Guard to the Aethyr.
 ב, an house.
 The letter א.
 The path of Mercury (ב) which joins and separates Kether and Binah.
 See the Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage.
 666's later annotation to this: "My own silly note."
 She seeks to resist Change, which is Life, she refuses the Formula, "love under will." Yet ΜΑΡΙΕ (Greek) = 156.
 She is Binah, ruled by the path of ב.
 Meaning, to construct a true Tree, of which Daath should be the summit. This is in fact the great error of the rationalists — both in science, like Büchner, and in religion, like Buddha. Knowledge is not, and cannot be, the crown of Consciousness, if only because the logic beyond the Abyss convicts it of essential self contradiction. Daath, as seen by the Magister Templi, is so far from being the opposite of ignorance that it is actually a demonstration that the Intellect is incapable of truth.
 The evil and averse counterparts of the three highest faculties of the soul are: א, incapacity to apprehend — the absence of any steady truth. (א = Air, the volatile); ב, the assertion of false relations, even in the illusion of the dyad. (ב = Mercury); ג, the clouding of aspiration by the marsh miasma of desire (ג = Luna). The three highest faculties of the Soul are: א, the inspiration of the soul in ecstasy; ב, the virtue of Truthfulness without care of other issues; and ג, the direct link of the human with the divine Consciousness.
 The Seer was being warned all the time that he was seeing only a Guard.
 Atu I — the Magus. This is Mayan, the great magician, he who has created the dyad (ב = 2) and thus made possible the conception of opposition, and hence of evil. He is to be distinguished from Chokma, the creative Mercury who transmits the essence of Kether as a logos, that Kether may become intelligible to Himself through Binah. This lower Mercury asserts the dyad as reality, and denies alike Kether and the Ain. Hence its issue is in materialism.
 That is, that the circle should be profaned. The evil circle is of three concentric rings. The circle demands the square or cross to fulfill it.
 Curiously, for his retirement in New Hampshire (An XII) the Seer bought an axe, knife, and a saw for his magical weapons. He had completely forgotten this passage.
P.S. (Sun in Leo, Moon in Cancer, An XII) I have just realized (after some days woodcarving) that the use of a knife is just to fashion shapeless things into beauty. This is then the task of a Magus which, in my then Grade, I could not see. Now, O Lord, let me behold the true vision of the Magus as he is.
 42 = 2 x 21. 21 = אהיה, God-name of Kether; thus 42 asserts the Dyad as against the Monad, and denies Love. 42 = אמא, the mother unfertilized (as opposed to Aimah, אימה, the fertilized mother), the virgin-on-principle — the feminine equivalent of the Black Brothers.
 Lilith (לילית) = 480. 480 also equals עית = Malkuth, of the 42-fold name in Yetzirah. Also it is Daath (דעות) in the Plural. Lilith is etymologically "the woman of night"; but is diversely described by different authorities. To one she is, "from the head to the navel, a woman — from the navel to the feet of her, a man". To another, "lovely shape that concealeth a black monkey, even as a figure that draweth with her hands small images of men down into hell" (Liber Ararita II, 10). She is also the "first wife of Adam" i.e. the succubus who visits in their sleep those boys and men who have not previously purified themselves by right coitus. The whole world of demons was in fact created (according to Rabbinical tradition) by the nocturnal pollutions of Adam. This is a true parable. For every sexual act produces its natural effect on all planes. All forms of spiritual experience may be obtained in this manner, according to the magical knowledge and skill of the operator. And there is always a child begotten on some plane or other, as the conditions of the experiment decide. (Note. — A.C. added the following here in his copy of Eqx. I, No. 5. "Doris Gomez who came just before Jeanne Foster. It's a perfect description of her normal nature. Add Laura Brown for the sake of completeness. What about Alostrael?")
 The Seer was physically overwhelmed by the horror of this experience. It may seem surprising that such phenomena should occur above the Abyss. But this Lilith is a positive form created by the Magus; whereas, Choronzon is the breaking up of all coherence. Here also is a mystery of mysteries. Lilith is truly Babalon, as imagined by this energy of Mayan.
 For the Christian, obsessed by Mayan, sees Love in this obscene form. It is all a matter of the point-of-view.
 This is the Sigil of Binah in one of Her forms. It instantly destroys the illusion of Lilith, who now appears in her true shape as an avatar; a corporeal imagine of Babalon, recalling the maiden of the 9th Aethyr. (Note. — in A.C.'s Eqx. here to the para. beginning "I have seen some picture" he notes in the margin "Hilarion, Jeanne Robert Foster". — To the para. beginning "then the disk of the sun", he notes "Alice Ethel Coomaraswamy. She has Libra rising and Sol in Scorpio and she is mad about green." — To the para. beginning "There is another girl", he notes "Helen Westley? — or Myriam Deroxe.")
 It would be improper in this place to comment upon these prophecies. The student may seek enlightenment in "The Urn", a diary of the late American period (now unfortunately lost, or so I have learned. I.R.).
 All this passage is typical of the supernal Logic.
 The path of ב.
 The mystery of Chaos is beyond the comprehension of any but Masters of the Temple. One can only hint that this is at once the Formula of the feminine Trinity and of the all-Father.
 The student is advised to study these matters in the original documents.
 Chaos = כעוס = 156.
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