The Desert, near Bou Sâada.
November 29, 1909. 1.30 - 2.50 p.m.
 ASP = Taurus, Virgo, Leo. (Here we are again confronted by the obscurities of the attributions of the Enochian language. Ordinarily, S is attributed to Gemini not to Virgo, though both are ruled by Mercury.) These transliterate into Vau, Yod, and Teth = 25 = Jehovid (Yod, Heh, Vau, Daleth) God of Geburah of Briah. This same number also equals that of Chiah (Cheth, Yod, Vau, Aleph) the Beast. The 21st Aethyr shows the supplanting of that by this: Taurus is Osiris, Virgo the Virgin (the lonely one). These are the Dying God symbols which Leo = the Lion, Atu XI — the Beast, replaces.
 This setting symbolizes the way of time in the Temple of Inscrutable Destiny.
 This deity is necessity or fate. This whole Aethyr is of a metaphysic more difficult to understand than any of the earlier. The student must have finally shut out of his mind not only the crude ideas of good and evil, but the most fundamental logical conceptions; such as, that of being obliged to think of a state of mind, or an individual, as being true to itself. This God is at the same time an abomination and a supreme overlord. One may indeed say that the student ought to be in a state not far from samadhi before meditating on the meaning of the Aethyr.
|Salt||Water or Earth, probably||M|
|Honey||Bees: feminine symbol. Binah. Probably (This E is not a real vowel. It enables consonants to join with the minimum of disturbance. This is exactly the role of the feminine passive element.)||E|
|Assafoetida||Saturn — Capricornus = ע|
|Bitumen||Fiery — water = ן||N|
|Garlic||Saturnian element of Venus||L|
|Nux Vomica||Tonic. Geburah.|
|Still more bitter||Mercury||U or V|
|Lemon||Still more bitter|
|Cloves||Venus — earthy. Taurus|
|Rose Leaves||Venus. Mercury||I|
|Phosphorus||Sol. Leo or Geburah||Th|
|Very unpleasant||Insipidness of Mercury||I|
|Coffee||Stimulant — wakeful. Erectile Taurus|
|Sour||End of oxidation = acid = Sagittarius||S|
Translation: "The earth is sick of love, with disease and death is she sick … the natural lust, fierce as it is, is not enough; virgins, boys, women (make man) sick — weak of semen and sick. The earth shall be cured of her sickness by true Art-of-Sun, and thine own pleasures, and thou … shall abolish the world's woe, and bring on the Age of Righteousness."
 Black, white, and pale blue, there is no warmth in destiny. It is intolerable to see the mere mechanism of life.
 Now comes the warm night-blue of Nuit and Ra-Hoor-Khuit. The pillars assume the crimson of Binah, and the throne, the gold of Tiphareth. Thus it is as if Ra-Hoor-Khuit were alive in the midst of the womb of his mother.
 See the account of the beginning of the Upanishads.
 See Eliphaz Levi's drawing of the two countenances.
 The Shivaite dogma. (This is a reference to the philosophical notion that if Shiva opened his eyes, the universe would be destroyed. I.R.)
 See the Kaballah Unveiled by McGregor Mathers. The Most Holy Ancient One has one eye; Microprosopus, two.
 The minor elemental weapon is evidentally useless against fundamental ideas like force and matter, of which it is itself but a trivial complex.
 Binah, Mother of Sorrow — the tears from the Great Sea, her symbol. The first issue of understanding of the trance of sorrow.
 The Bull = Taurus = Vau = V. The motto of the Seer in the grade of Binah, 8° = 3□, is V.V.V.V.V., the five bulls. He had already chosen this motto, though he had refused to accept the grade when offered to him three years before by the chiefs, after the episode of crossing the Abyss during the walk across the lower borders of China. We now approach those Aethyrs in which his full initiation to that grade was accomplished.
 I = Ani (Alep, Nun, Yod) = 61. This is also the number of Not = Ain (Aleph, Yod, Nun). "Know" is a play on No = Lamed, Aleph = 31. Therefore "I know not" may represent "I know that which is not." Such are the roots of the equation of ambiguity often used by higher intelligences (especially in The Book of the Law, which should be consulted) to prove their identity as individuals separate from the Seer, and superior to him.
 This rebukes the Seer for having tried to use the elemental dagger. Perhaps the four sevens in the injunction refer to Netzach (Victory) for Netzach = 7 and 28 is the sum of all numbers from 1-7, as well as 4 x 7. 28 is a 'perfect' number. Its factors add up to itself.
 That is the extreme horror: For change is life, the issue of love.
 Arikh Anpin, The Great Countenance or Macroprosopus (one of the titles of Kether) which beheld not countenances. See McGregor Mathers' Kaballah Unveiled.
 The chapter of the unity of God in Qu'ran.
 This may refer to the formula of The Book of the Law: 0 = 2. (This refers to Crowley's mathematical deduction that, from Nothing (or Nuit) issues duality, which is a symbol of the multiplicity of things. I.R.)
 Kether, of course, does not speak. His nature is made apparent by Thoth, the Logos, the creative word. But this word must evidently be false, since he is silence. Thoth, however, is himself accompanied by the Cynocephalos (the dog-headed ape) who imitates and caricatures all his actions and misinterprets his speech.
 The idea is that truth may be stated by denying a falsehood. This leads us in the quagmires of zigzagginess, the paradox of Epaminondas, et hoc genus omne ["and all of this sort"]. One great point of the initiated doctrine is that the Ruach (the mechanism of thought) is, in its essential nature, self-contradictory. From now on, the Angels of the Aethyrs begin to speak in the language of Neshamah; they used the logic which pertains above the Abyss. The student will, accordingly, find statements which must be reversed and reversed again and again; both are true and false at once; neither is true or false, and so on. [N.b. I think Crowley means "Epimenides", not "Epaminondas".]
 The sign of the grades up to 7° = 4□.
 The sign of 8° = 3□.
 The signs of 9° = 2□ and 10° = 1□; necessary because this vision pertains to Kether.
 See "One Star in Sight," first published in Magick in Theory and Practice, and reprinted in Gems from the Equinox.
 Observe the point-of-view, so totally opposite to any ever previously set forth, about the psychology of Kether.
 In the ontology of the New Aeon, whose prime theorem is 0 = 2, Kether exists only as the child of any marriage of one particular Hadit with one particular aspect of Nuit. There are thus as many Kethers as there are positive possibilities. More, Kether is not in any case a sole unity for each marriage produces a twin, Yod plus Heh equals Vau plus Heh (final). There is a positive third being, a Kether; and there is an ecstasy, or dissolution into nothing, by the same event. One is the magical, the other the mystical result of an act of love under will.
 This night I took the shew-stone to my breast to sleep and immediately a Dhyana arose of the sun, seen more clearly afterwards as the Star. Exceeding was its brilliance.