December 18, 1909. 9.20 - 10.5 a.m.
December 18, 1909. 10.15 - 11.52 a.m.
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December 18, 1909. 3.10 - 4.25 p.m.
Mu pa telai,
Tu wa melai
Ā, ā, ā
Tu fu tulu!
Tu fu tulu
Pa, Sa, Ga.
O chi balae
Wa pa malae: —
Ut! Ut! Ut!
Ge; fu latrai,
Le fu malai
Kut! — Hut! — Nut.
Qwi Mu telai
Ya Pa melai;
ū, ū, ū.
'Se gu melai;
Pe fu telai,
Fu tu lu.
Ti — Ti — Ti!
Wa la pelai
Tu fu latai
Wi, Ni, Bi.
Translation of Song.
Silence! the moon ceaseth (her motion),
That also was sweet
In the air, in the air, in the air!
Who Will shall attain!
Who Will shall attain
By the Moon, and by Myself, and by the Angel of the Lord!
Now Silence ceaseth
And the moon waxeth sweet;
(It is the hour of) Initiation, Initiation, Initiation.
The kiss of Isis is honeyed;
My own Will is ended,
For Will hath attained.
Behold the lion-child swimmeth (in the heaven)
And the moon reeleth: —
(It is) Thou! (It is) Thou! (It is) Thou!
Triumph; the Will stealeth away (like a thief),
The Strong Will that staggered
Before Ra Hoor Khuit! — Hadit! — Nuit!
To the God OAI
In the end and the beginning!
And may none fall
Who Will attain
The Sword, the Balances, the Crown!
Ōmări tēssălă mărāx, tēssălă dōdĭ phōrněpāx. āmrĭ rādără pōlĭāx ármănă pīliŭ. āmrĭ rādără pīliŭ sōn'; mārĭ nāryă bārbĭtōn mādără ānăphăx sārpědōn āndălă hriliu.
I am the harlot that shaketh Death. This shaking giveth the Peace of Satiate Lust. Immortality jetteth from my skull, And music from my vulva. Immortality jetteth from my vulva also, For my Whoredom is a sweet scent like a seven-stringed instrument, Played unto God the Invisible, the all-ruler, That goeth along giving the shrill scream of orgasm.
December 20, 1909. 8.45 - 9.15 p.m.
 ARN = Taurus, Pisces, Scorpio. See the allusions to Bull, Fish and Serpent in the first paragraph. But Nako (נקו) = 156 = Babalon, also here mentioned; and the whole Aethyr is devoted to her.
 This is the third eye, the "Eye of Shiva", the Pineal Gland, supposed by some anatomists to be a rudimentary eye.
 The "Bloody Sacrifice" is commonly regarded as "black magic". But this depends upon the formula used by the magician. All taking of life could be reprehensible even though necessary were it not for the formula of evolution. One should assume into one's own being, ceremonially, the whole karma of the creature slain; thus building it up into a higher organic structure, and thus helping it to fulfill its true will of aspiration to a higher form of life. This is, of course, a gross and material method of working, but it is the only method available in such cases. The animal is in any case doomed to death, and the most fortunate, the most directly profitable to it, is this immediate translation of its Prana (in an actual ceremony) or the basis of its Prana (in simple consumption at the table) into a living organism of superior type. It is important not to allow this Prana to escape.
 There is another, even more important, attribution of this card. The Bowman is the father (י of יהוה) and the Man, the Son (ו). The Women are Isis and Nephthys (ה and ה final); and the whole symbolizes a formula of the highest magick, too obscure and too elaborate to treat in this elementary document.
 This child is really Seth, Set, Sol, Hadit. Abel's blood was the seed of this Seth. Remember that Abel = Baal.
 "Miracles" of this order constantly occur in the course of operations of magick. They are by-products.
 There is no question in my mind that this explanation is correct from the viewpoint of profane scholarship. Angels who offer absurd theories about material affairs are false elementals who amuse themselves at the expense of the naiveté of the would-be magician.
 In any case forecasts of the future cannot be made from Qabalistic data, which have nothing to do with terrestrial measures of time; e.g. to say that King Brahmadatta reigned 120,000 years in Benares, only means that he reigned in a manner congruous with the ideas symbolized by 120 and, on a very grand scale, as indicated by the multiplication by 1000.
 The allusion may be to one of those who occupied for a time the post of "Scarlet Woman". See Book 4, part 4, for a list of these women. (Note. - A.C. pencilled in the margin of his Eqx. here "Myriam Deroxe?" Opposite the next paragraph re. the white Rose he annotated "Leila Waddell?")
 In fact, the Seer was the prey of an intolerable uneasiness akin to fear. He was intuitively aware of the terrific nature of the Aethyr, and felt oppressed by the responsibility of seeing and hearing accurately in a matter of such dread importance. He felt even before penetrating the Aethyr, that he was already near the limit of his powers.
 It was not that the Call of the Aethyr had been ill performed, or that its virtue and efficacy were impaired. It was that the Seer being attached to his human instrument, that instrument automatically strove with all its might to escape the impact of so tremendous and so dire an energy which would infallibly be transmitted (to a certain small extent) through the Seer to it. In the same way, in a much lesser manner, there is a limit to the degree of pain a man can inflict on himself, as experiments with the Boulometer (the instrument invented by the Seer to measure this virtue) have shewn. (Note — it was a self-adjustable thumb screw. [Note by Yorke])
 This means more than the obvious. "The colours of the spectrum compose pure White Light." The Seer could see these colours directly, at the same time as the White. Another case of hypperabyssic logic.
 This doctrine is most profound and important. It throws light upon the mystery of evil, and upon the nature of Maya in general.
 Chaos is here the Yod of Tetragrammaton, his daughter the final Heh. This passage is to be studied closely in connection with the previous passages and notes with regard to the formula of יהוה; indeed one should perform samyama upon this whole matter.
 Note well this thesis. Anything which is not pure nothing is ipso facto unbalanced, and therefore imperfect — indeed illusory.
 The path of ב. Contrast this way of illusion forcibly with the obsession of Microprosopus by Daath. (There are also the difficulties of the Son with the glamour of the path of ג and of the Father with the path of א. See 3rd Aethyr concerning the Three Ways of Delusion that guard the Crown.)
 52 = אימא, the fertile mother = 3 = Binah. 26 equals יהוה; also Kabad (כבד), the husband of the impure Lilith. 1 + 6 + 9 + 10, the Sephiroth of the Middle Pillar, the Phallus. 6 = 1 + 2 + 3, the Mystic number of Binah; also the Sun who shines on all alike. 6 also = Gaba (גבא) meaning to collect; also Dab (דב), a bear (Venus in Furs), and Ha (הא), a window, the illicit way of ingress into a house. 12 = הוא, the title of Kether, the Unity; 13 = Achad (אחד), Unity.
 39 = YHVH Achad (יהוה אחד), meaning "Tetragrammaton is One", although He is composed of 4 letters, hence the triumph over the power of 4, limitation. But this explanation is not as clear, satisfactory and convincing with that singular feeling of ecstatic illumination which one rightly demands of the Qabalistic demonstration. There should be some further gematria of 39 not yet discovered. 2 = ב, Atu I — the Magus, Mayan the Great Scorceror. 78 = Mezla (מזלא), the Influence from Kether, and the number of the Tarot Cards; i.e., she destroys him by his own energies.
 Because she includes her daughter (10) in her own formula, she can use the daughter for Her own purposes.
 This reversal of the evident exoteric meaning of the Call is stupendous. This book, 418, is full of similar interpretations "by the rule of contraries". But this rule must be applied with skill and discretion, if error is to be avoided. It is a lamentable fact that a worthy Zelator of A∴A∴, one Frater Achad, having been taught (patiently enough) by the Seer to use this formula, was lured by his vanity to suppose that he had discovered it himself, and proceeded to apply it indiscriminately. He tried to stand the Serpent of Wisdom on its head, and argued that as he was a 1° = 10□ of the Order, he must equally be a 10° = 1□. As The Book of Lies says, "I wrenched DOG backwards to find God; now God barks!" He would have been better advised to reverse his adored ONE and taken a dose of Eno (Eno's Fruit Salts, an English purgative). (This is a reference to Crowley's unfortunate squabble with Frater Achad, Charles Stanfield Jones. The true causes of this disagreement have only been hinted at, but in reality to this day they are unknown. I.R..)
 The infinity of Nuit.
 The infinity of Hadit.
 An event, the fundamental unit of manifested existence.
 In Kelly's original: "It repenteth Me that I have made Man." Kelly was in constant trouble with his education as an orthodox Christian; also Dee forced him to reject the True Messengers, whose discourse implied antinomian Pantheism.
 One general application of the Law of Thelema. It is a stupid error to try to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear; it hurts both parties to the transaction. The basic blunder is to set up an arbitrary ideal standard of "what ought to be". The "evil beginnings" on all planes have a proper and a useful function. A strong healthy man cannot be made by putting him in irons and protecting him artificially from all the "dangers of life."
 The passage is criticism of an obscure doctrine of the Qabalah. There is however a real mystery behind the rhetoric. (Note: The doctrine in Qabalah is that the Aleph remained in the mouth of the Creator, and Beth was the first letter to manifest. This comes partly from Aleph being the first letter and partly from Aleph being unpronouncable without another letter. Aleph is a pure aspirant. Beth in Hebrew signifies "in" as in "in the beginning". What does all this bear on Crowley's use of "Hadit" from the Stele, in place of the more common "BaHadit", Egyptian for entrance into the Winged Disk of the Sun? WEH)
 All these passages in brackets are the currente lingua explanations of the Seer (to himself) as each new phrase of the text was delivered by the Angel. To understand how startling it all was to him, one must remember that he had been using this Call, in its own obvious sense, for many weeks, and always with the utmost force and solemnity. His only warning had been the intuitive feeling that the Call was really a rejoicing at the opening of the 9th Aethyr. And he had thought this merely subjective, due to the relief of having passed through the Abyss.
 This was certainly due to no ordinary cause. The Seer was lying on the roof of the Hotel Royal at Biskra in the shade of the minaret. It was a cool bright morning.
 Prometheus stole the fire of Jupiter. Ixion attempted the virtue of Juno. The Seer, in trying to penetrate this most holy Aethyr, was similarly presumptious.
 This refers to the Magister Templi. See 6th Aethyr et al, supra. Only a Magus can truly pierce the veil of Babalon. It is written (of Isis), "No man (i.e., Nemo, the Magister Templi) hath lifted my veil." But to lift it and look upon her is one thing; to possess her another!
 The physical exhaustion of the Seer was complete. He realized that further effort was impossible; and — more also! — that had he suddenly succeeded, while in this state, the fury of the impact of the energy of the Aethyr would have been instantly destructive of his physical form.
 Hammam Salahin: Sulphurous waters, admirably apt to the idea of Babalon, whom the Seer intuitively understood to be the Soul of this Second Aethyr.
 The most perfect and mysterious of the symbols of the Feminine Principle. Its mathematical correspondences are of the greatest importance. See The Canon and several other treatises on Qabalistic geometry.
 This is the last desperate attempt of the Ruach of the Seer to escape the terror of the presence of Babalon.
 The Magister Templi.
 This apparently simple phrase conceals an allusion of the most sublime and terrific import. See Liber AL vel Legis Cap. I, vv. 14, 16, 19. Also The Book of Lies, Caps. 4 and 15. Mohammed said, "Cursed be he that maketh himself earth, and woman heaven!" For he understood this formula as of enormous magical power and wished to keep it from the profane, who might abuse it, or injure themselves by ignorant of imprudent application.
 This seems to refer to Thmaist, whose Aeon will succeed that of Horus. She is Atu VIII — Adjustment; — referring to Libra, the House of Venus. In her also, then, is Babalon the ageless virgin-harlot, our mother as our concubine.
 The path of ד, Daleth. Babalon is thus shewn as more than merely Binah.
 Tiphareth is below her.
 Daath, the outcast into the Abyss, beneath her.
 Chokmah, the Highest Wisdom.
 As shewn in the previous note, the Magister Templi, though he can lift her veil and behold her with understanding, is unable to meet her as an equal and possess her.
 This sword has its hilt in Kether and its point in Malkuth. the Seer uses the entire Hierarchy of Existence against the destroyer of Osiris.
 His energy is transmuted into the primeval manifestation of the Divine Will.
 She is wholly set upon Kether. Only when her lover is wholly in his loftiest selfhood can he possess her.
 The Serpent of Wisdom, the 22 Paths which join the 10 Sephiroth. It is thus the complement of the Flaming Sword. The legend of Heva and Nachash is drawn from the mystical doctrine here in question. This Serpent is the totality of magical manifestation, the beauty of the 22 Palaces (Atu) of Wisdom. She is at once the mother and the sister of her adulterous Lord, Mayan, the Logos who created the universe of illusion.
 Generally speaking, the monsters which inhabit water symbolize evil — in all senses, from the grossest to the most exalted. They represent the falling into passivity; whereras the activity of energy is the idea of joy.
 This Black Rose is then the veil of Babalon Herself. It is the repulsiveness which is one half of fascination.
 Thus suddenly Babalon breaks through to her lover.
 This is meant in its normal physical sense. The Seer supposed at the time that he had actually lost his sight.
 Against the appalling conviction that he had been stricken blind for his presumption in daring to aspire to Babalon in so intimate a sense he gathered himself together in a furious assault upon her.
 From the Stele of Revealing.
 The outburst of the orgasm (see 23rd Aethyr, Note 28). It continued unabated throughout the whole of the vision. The Seer was all this time seated in the water of the hot spring, struggling with all the pressure on his body, and roaring aloud in the intensity of his agony or ecstasy. This helped him to endure physically the continuous spasm of joy.
 AHA = אהא = 7. It is therefore a God-name of Netzach, Venus. Interpreted by Yetziratic attribution, it is "The Crossing of our Lady (ה — the Supernal Mother) in the air (א = Air)." It is also the Pentagram between two swastikas. The symbolism of this word, simple as it is, is far too extensive to discuss adequately in a note. It must be studied intimately and at length by the postulant.
 Hadit is a mathematical expression rather than a God. By his form is meant "the winged globe", which is used in the Stele of Revealing to represent him.
 This was in a pool almost inconveniently hot to the normal sense.
 Meaning, the four watchtowers of the universe (Equinox I, VII). For the attributions of the senses to the elements see Liber 777. The growing intelligibility of the words indicates the exhaustion of the rapture of the Seer. The gradual withdrawal of the immanence of Babalon.
 Hitherto, the intellectual content of the Aethyr has been marked by the moral (or rather spiritual) ravishment of the Seer by Babalon.
 At this point the Seer sank back exhausted. The Scribe, fearing that he might be drowned, assisted him to come out of the Pool.
"Now it glides in to the heaven-home, glides. Seducingly the mentrila of the begotten one of the Holy Head (or Skull) takes hold of the soft tissues, subtly plying its shuttle. Light follows the explosion. The soft tissues, cleaving to the shuttle, pump out every drop of water from the well."
 The magical fascination of the whole Aethyr is something quite apart from, and beyond, almost anything else in the experience of the Seer. The effort upon him (31 Equinoxes later) of writing these notes, is quite extraordinary. The memory of it diminishes the value of the rest of his life (with few excepted incidents) almost to nothing.
 The reversal of the formula of IAO (see Magick in Theory and Practice, part 3) implies roughly, the general mystical, as opposed to the general magical, process.
 From this it would appear that Babalon (who is speaking through one of her ministers) is the feminine (or androgyne) equivalent and not merely the complement of Pan. This is shewn in many of her images.
 These visions are semi-distractions, due to the Seer's human weakness, which could not endure the rapture of the voice. "Wisdom says: be strong! Then canst thou bear more joy." Liber AL vel Legis, Cap. II, v. 70. During the great revelation of the Cairo Working, the Seer had been similarly ravished, and fainted under the excess of Enthusiasm.
 Liber AL vel Legis Cap. I, v. 44. "For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect." This doctrine is fundamental to all working soever. Its neglect vitiates (by a paradox curious enough) all fruitfulness in any operation. One may indeed distinguish work worthy of being performed from menial toil (such as that of statesmen, financiers, and sewer rats) by this criterion. (Faith, a practice not to be commended or even defended — it being of the nature of paranomasia — is equivalent to Kosher (כשר), meaning lawful.)
 Babalon, "in whom all power is given," is the Teh, Sakhti, ה. She is seductive and deadly, being the disturber of the total equilibrium of the absolute zero, which considered as a positive idea, is existence in perfect peace, an immutable essence. But He cannot truly exist without Her; and through Her therefore comes change, which is love and death.
 See the 11th Call, which invokes Earth of water, the Princess of the Lotus of the Floods. (The reading is a variant of that given in the official A∴A∴ ritual.) The Eagle is snow-white for Her purity; and he is the White Eagle of the Alchemists.
 See the Keys or Calls, especially the 5th and 6th, where the angels (of the watchtowers) are specifically mentioned.
 That is, since the working of Sir Edward Kelly and Dr. John Dee.
 Shin = 300. Also Shin is Atu XX — the Last Judgment (or Resurrection, as implied in the usual form of the Atu). Shin is Spirit in the regular attribution (the triple tongue of Fire; see the Acts of the Apostles). 300 = Ruach Elohim (רוח אלהים), the spirit of the gods.
 The Seer had absolutely forgotten this prophecy, and was amazed at the final identification of the child in LIL with Hoor.
 This implies that the Voice of the Aethyr ends never! For N is the vibration which continues through the nostrils. See Magick in Theory and Practice, pp. 45-47, on the word AUMGN; whereby the Seer rebuked and perfected the AUM of the Rishis. N Equals Nun, the letter of sexual immortality, the formula of perfection through putrefaction.