Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Outline of Liber LXI, Liber Vel Causæ

This text is a very general introduction to the A:.A:. and it's methods and purpose. It is divided into two sections the first being the preliminary lection, followed by a history lection covering the rise and fall of the original Golden Dawn and the beginnings of the A:.A:. I will begin in reverse order taking a look at the history lection first. Overall it is a very brief treaty upon what actually happened. Although the narrative is a bit distorted concerning the facts as we know of them today, but generally it is more or less true, to a degree. That being said, there are some interesting learning points made within the story that bear looking at outside the context of the historical summery that we can learn from.

THE HISTORY LECTION

Line 7: A point many of the introductory texts make over and over again. Truth is self evident and the source has no bearing upon it.

Line 9: The absolute rule of the adepts is never to interfere with the judgment of any other person.
"The word of Sin is Restriction." -Liber AL I:41
"Thou has no right but to do thy will. Do that, and no other shall say nay." -Liber AL I:42-43

Line 9 &11: The two absolute priories of any order or society is to form the magical link with the adepts and initiate, without either or both the order does not exist.

Line 21: The temple must be built before the God can indwell it. Equilibrium must be established before all else.

Lines: 22 - 24: Language is limiting. Language systems are loaded symbol patterns, preconditioned thought patterns, and we should never fall into the habit of mistaking the map for the territory.

Line 32: For Perfection abideth not in the Pinnacles, or in the Foundations, but in the ordered Harmony of one with all. A brotherhood in equilibrium.


THE PRELIMINARY LECTION

Line 1: Initiation and equilibrium is and always has been, the key to the mysteries.

Line 2: Only through initiation can you come to learn of the unknown crown.

Line 3 & 4: Advancement in the great work cannot be given or taught, only achieved through the effort of the individual, but guidance of those who have tread the path before can assit in the work.

Line 9 &11, Gives the requirements of the order. Line 4, Gives the mandate of the individual. Overcome your own obstacles and expose your own illusions. Know thyself. Overcome thyself.

Line 6: The call only comes once. Examine yourself and prepare yourself carefully so that you will be ready when the time comes.

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