Ch I, 6 in Liber AL vel Legis, The Book of the Law by Aleister Crowley
See also the Old and New Comment by Aleister Crowley, here quoted:
See also the Djeridensis Comment, here quoted:
See also the New and Old Comment on I:8 by Aleister Crowley, here in part:
“Khabs is the secret Light or L.V.X.; the Khu is the magical entity of a man.”
“We are not to regard ourselves as base beings, without whose sphere is Light or ‘God’. Our minds and bodies are veils of the Light within. The uninitiate is a ‘Dark Star’, and the Great Work for him is to make his veils transparent by ‘purifying’ them. This ‘purification’ is really ‘simplification’; it is not that the veil is dirty, but that the complexity of its folds makes it opaque.”
“This ‘star’ or ‘Inmost Light’ is the original, individual, eternal essence. The Khu is the magical garment which it weaves for itself, a ‘form’ for its Being Beyond Form, by use of which it can gain experience through self-consciousness…”
“The idea of incarnations ‘perfecting’ a thing originally perfect by definition is imbecile. The only sane solution is as given previously, to suppose that the Perfect enjoys experience of (apparent) Imperfection. (There are deeper resolutions of this problem appropriate to the highest grades of initiation; but the above should suffice the average intelligence.)”
From the sum of existence, the body of Nu,
Comes the seat of Wisdom, the mystical two.
The yod is the seed of divine redemption!
I raise up the cup and adore Babalon!
— In Nomine Babalon: 156 Adorations to the Scarlet Goddess
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"So also death is but through accident; thou hast hidden thyself in the shadow of thy gross body, and, taking it for reality, thou hast trembled." [via]
"Is not the ecstasy of Nuit the consciousness of the continuity of existence, the omnipresence of her body? All that hath hurt thee was that thou knewest it not, and as that fadeth from thee thou shalt know as never yet how all is one." [via]
"Multiplex est Deus noster (Our God is Manifold).
Mark this Mystery
Seven Comprehenedth the Secrets
of Heaven and earth:
Seven knitteth mans soul and body
(3, in soul, and 4 in body)” [via]
"Asana destroys the static body (Nama).
Pranayama destroys the dynamic body (Rupa).” [via]
"When this takes place, and the body, sealed by destiny, is made subject, by initiation, to the Divine Powers, it may well be symbolised by the KA supporting the BAIE on the portal of initiation. The Lower Self being sacrificed to the Higher Self." [via]
"This glittering being established in the midst of the SAHU (Elemental Body) then by its radiation can awake corresponding potencies in nature. For this purpose the KHAIBT was used as a link between the Ego and the non-Ego, and the spiritual body or ZET was established." [via]
"The Mason who knows his science knows that the death of the body is only a natural transition of which he need have no dread whatever; he knows also that when the due time for it arrives, that transition will be a welcome respite from the bondage of this world, from his prison-like husk of mortality, and from the daily burdens incident to existence in this lower plane of life." [via]
"All that has happened in the third degree is that he has symbolically passed through a great and striking change: a rebirth, or regeneration of his whole nature. He has been ‘sown a corruptible body’; and in virtue of the self-discipline and self-development he has undergone, there has been raised in him ‘an incorruptible body,’ and death has been swallowed up in the victory he has attained over himself." [via]
"For it is impossible to-day, as it was impossible in ancient times, for a man to reach the heights of moral perfection and spiritual consciousness which were then, and are now, the goal and aim of all the schools of the Mysteries and all the secret orders, without purification and trial. Complete stainlessness of body, utter purity of mind, are absolute essentials to the attainment of things of great and final moment." [via]
Merkaba - Sacred Geometry - acrylic on canvas.
Merkaba, also spelled Merkabah, is the divine light vehicle allegedly used by ascended masters to connect with and reach those in tune with the higher realms. “Mer” means Light. “Ka” means Spirit. “Ba” means Body. Mer-Ka-Ba means the spirit/body surrounded by counter-rotating fields of light, (wheels within wheels), spirals of energy as in DNA, which transports spirit/body from one dimension to another.”
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Images of your ritual or ritual space, images of sigils or tools, showing off your own library or special volume from the restricted stacks, sacred spaces and places, esoteric artefacts and installations, inspired paintings and people — these and much more are part of the culture and practice of magick.
"Remember that you first wore it with the flap raised, it being thus a five-cornered badge, indicating the five senses, by means of which we enter into relations with the material world around us (our ‘five points of fellowship’ with the material world), but indicating also by the triangular portion above, in conjunction with the quadrangular portion below, that man’s nature is a combination of soul and body" [via]
"and though it be but a body of humiliation compared with that body of incorruption which is the promised inheritance of him who endures to the end, let us never forget that if we never do anything to disgrace the badge of flesh with which God has endowed each of us, that badge will never disgrace us." [via]