The Magical Memory
 There is no moral implication here. But to choose A implies to refuse not-A: at least, that is so, below the Abyss.
 Crowley himself was so devoted; that was why he called himself Saint Aleister Crowley and his autobiography an autohagiography. Put in another way, he — the magician — must be utterly devoted to the Scarlet Woman, taking vows of holy obedience to Her. See The Magical Record of the Beast 666.
 Supposed personal gain. There is really no person to gain; so the whole transaction is a swindle on both sides.
 There are eleven degrees in the O.T.O. In the original O.T.O. which Crowley took over from Reuss, the first six degrees were modelled on Masonic lines. The fifth and sixth in particular were concerned with the symbolism of blood. The seventh degree onwards constituted the Sovereign Sanctuary of the Gnosis. Its teachings are secret.
 Chaos is a general name for the totality of the Unity of Existence; it is thus a name feminine in form. Each unit of Chaos is itself All-Father.
 Crowley believed that Abracadabra was a corruption of Abrahadabra, the Gnostic name of the Secret or Hidden God. In The Book of the Law Abrahadabra is given as the Word of the Aeon in contradistinction to Thelema, the Word of the Law. Both words equate with the two numbers of Aiwass: Abrahadabra, 418; Aiwass, 418; Thelema, 93; Aiwaz, 93. 418 is also the number of the Great Work, 93 the number of the current that informs it.
 Visita Interiora Terrae, Recificando Invenies Occultam Lapidem. Visit the interior parts of the earth; by rectification thou shalt find the hidden stone.
 A name of God.
 The Book of the Law: "But to love me is better than all things. If under the night-stars in the desert thou presently burnest mine incense before me, invoking me with a pure heart and the serpent flame therein, thou shalt come a little to lie in my bosom. For one kiss wilt thou then be willing to give all; but whoso gives one particle of dust shall lose all in that hour. Ye shall gather goods and store of women and spices; ye shall wear rich jewels; ye shall exceed the nations of the earth in splendour & pride; but always in the love of me, and so shall ye come to my joy. I charge you earnestly to come before me in a single robe, and covered with a rich headdress. I love you! I yearn to you! Pale or purple, veiled or voluptuous, I who am all pleasure and purple and drunkenness of the innermost sense, desire you. Put on the wings, and arouse the coiled splendour within you: come unto me!"
 Abraxas, sometimes written Abrasax, is a corruption of Abracadabra. Xnoubis, usually written Chnubis, is a Gnostic deity. Meithras is, of course, Mithras.
 Members of the IV° of the O.T.O. are well aware of a Magick Word whose analysis contains all truth, human and Divine, a word indeed potent for any group which dares to use it.
 The Holy Qabalah (see Liber D in The Equinox I, VIII, Supplement, and Liber 777) affords the means of analysis and application required. See also The Equinox I, V, "The Temple of Solomon The King".
 The five-pointed star (pentagram) is a symbol of man (microcosm); the six-pointed star (hexagram) represents God or the Universal Spirit (macrocosm). Hence 5° = 6□ is the Formula of the Great Work, the uniting of God with man. Compare the eleven-pointed star of the A∴A∴
Every person, whatever his grade in the Order, has also a "natural" grade appropriate to his intrinsic virtue. He may expect to be "cast out" into that grade when he becomes 8° = 3□. Thus one man, throughout his career, may be essentially of the type of Netzach; another, of Hod. In the same way Rembrandt and Raphael retained their respective points of view in all stages of their art. The practical consideration is that some aspirants may find it unusually difficult to attain certain grades; or, worse, allow their inherent predispositions to influence them to neglect antipathetic, and indulge sympathetic, types of work. They may thus become more unbalanced than ever, with disastrous results. Success in one's favourite pursuit is a temptress; whose yields to her wiles limits his own growth. True, every Will is partial; but, even so, it can only fulfill itself by symmetrical expansion. It must be adjusted to the Universe, or fail of perfection.
 The particular work of the Practicus in the A∴A∴ (3° = 8□) was to study the Cabbala.
 The Sun being 6, a square 6x6 contains 36 squares. We arrange the numbers from 1 to 36 in this square, so that each line, file, and diagonal adds to the same number. This number is 111; the total of all is 666.
 Thelemites agree that manifested existence implies Imperfection. But they understand why Perfection devises this disguise. The Theory is developed fully in Liber Aleph, and in Part IV of this Book 4. See also Cap V Paragraph on F final of FΙΑΟF.
 The Vaishnava theory, superficially opposed to this, turns out on analysis to be practically identical.
 Manvantara, the vast cycle of time in which the universe exists in manifestation.
 Pralaya, the vast cycle of time in which the universe remains withdrawn, i.e. in its seed state. Compare dreamless sleep (Pralaya) and dreaming and waking (Manvantara), but this is of course only an approximate analogy.
 Crowley had in mind the "undulatory" or serpentine glyph of Scorpio, . It is the "formula of putrefaction" because Scorpio is emblematic of the disintegrating quality of water; it is a watery sign. It is also connected with the ideas of darkness, corruption and death. The letter N, to which Scorpio is attributed, is the letter of death.
 Master Mason (the 3rd degree O.T.O.).
 A method of exegesis in which 1 = 10 = 100, 2 = 20 = 200, etc.
 102 = 100.
 כף = PK, Phallus, Kteis or the male and female sexual organs. Notariqon is a Cabbalistic method of exegesis, by which the initial letters of a sentence (or the initial letter of a word, as in Phallus or Kteis) yields the key number.
 It has been objected to reincarnation that the population of this planet has been increasing rapidly. Where do the new souls come from? It is not necessary to invent theories about other planets; it is enough to say that the earth is passing through a period when human units are being built up from the elements with increased frequency. The evidence for this theory springs to the eye: in what other age was there such puerility, such lack of race-experience, such reliance upon incoherent formulas? (Contrast the infantile emotionalism and credulity of the average "well-educated" Anglo-Saxon with the shrewd common sense of the normal illiterate peasant.) A large proportion of mankind today is composed of "souls" who are living the human life for the first time. Note especially the incredible spread of congenital homosexuality and other sexual deficiencies in many forms. These are the people who have not understood, accepted, and used even the Formula of Osiris. Kin to them are the "once-born" of William James, who are incapable of philosophy, magick, or even religion, but seek instinctively a refuge from the horror of contemplating Nature, which they do not comprehend, in soothing-syrup affirmations such as those of Christian Science, Spiritualism, and all the sham 'occult' creeds, as well as the emasculated forms of so-called Christianity.
 Thisarb is the Hebrew Berashith spelled backwards.
 Lévi, on her deliberately abandoning him, withdrew his protection from his wife; she lost her beauty and intelligence, and became the prey of an aged and hideous pithecoid. Aleister Crowley's wife insisted upon doing her own will, as she defined it; this compelled him to stand aside. What happened to Mme. Constant happened to her, although in a more violent and disastrous form.
 Long since writing the above, the publication of the biography of Eliphas Lévi by M. Paul Chacornat has confirmed the hypothesis in innumerable striking ways.
 It is perhaps significant that although the name of the woman has been familiar to him since 1898, he has never been able to commit it to memory.
 The exception is when some whimsical circumstance ties a knot in the corner of one's mnemonic handkerchief.
 What a boon to us is this story of Christ!
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