Thursday, April 8, 2010

Outline of Liber XXX, Liber Libræ

The bulk of this text is taken almost word for word from the speeches within the Golden Dawn initiation rituals. As stated in the opening the focus of this work is equilibrium.

Important Points to Remember:
Equilibrium is the basis of the Work.
The strife of contending forces must be reconciliated.
The path will not be easy, but must be accomplished.
Beware the vice of Tiphareth, false pride, be not vain in your supposed accomplishments, do not condemn others, and do not seek magical powers for their own sake.
We are both physical and spiritual creatures. Do not neglect the physical body nor needlessly worship it, control your passions, your emotions, your reason, and nourish the Higher Aspirations
Act passionately; think rationally; be Thyself.

Number thirteen I find interesting, "True ritual is as much action as word; it is Will." This is a concept not found in the Golden Dawn initiations but speaks directly to Crowley's foundational understanding of magick, that any willed act is a magical act. That will must be paired with action. This also relates to the four powers of the sphinx: To Know, To Will, To Dare and To Keep Silent.

The sin which is unpardonable is knowingly and willfully to reject truth, to fear knowledge lest that knowledge pander not to thy prejudices.
Fixed thought is a means to an end. Learn to focus, meditation is a tool to accomplish this.

Number twenty-one I again find interesting, "In the true religion there is no sect, therefore take heed that thou blaspheme not the name by which another knoweth his God; for if thou do this thing in Jupiter thou wilt blaspheme YHVH and in Osiris YHShVH." This is again from the Golden Dawn, but I find it interesting Crowley would include this considering some of the comments in the third chapter of the Book of the Law. Although I believe it pertains to what is said in the Equinox, "The Method of Science, the Aim of Religion." In short accept truth regardless of its source and do not be hasty to not consider concepts just because it does not readily agree with you.

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