Friday, March 28, 2008

Readings for March 27th

Reading 1: Liber Ararita (DCCCXIII), Chapter VII, by Saint Aleister Crowley

0. Then in the might of the Lion did I formulate unto myself that holy and formless fire, כדש, which darteth and flasheth through the depths of the Universe.

1. At the touch of the Fire Qadosh the earth melted into a liquor clear as water.
2. At the touch of the Fire Qadosh the water smoked into a lucid air.
3. At the touch of the Fire Qadosh the air ignited, and became Fire.
4. At the touch of the Fire Qadosh, O Lord, the Fire dissipated into Space.
5. At the touch of the Fire Qadosh, O Lord, the Space resolved itself into a Profundity of Mind.
6. At the touch of the Fire Qadosh the Mind of the Father was broken up into the brilliance of our Lord the Sun.
7. At the touch of the Fire Qadosh the Brilliance of our Lord was absorbed in the Naught of our Lady of the Body of the Milk of the Stars.
8. Then only was the Fire Qadosh extinguished, when the Enterer was driven back from the threshold,
9. And the Lord of Silence was established upon the Lotus flower.
10. Then was accomplished all that which was to be accomplished.
11. And All and One and Naught were slain in the slaying of the Warrior 418,
12. In the slaying of the subtlety that expanded all these things into the Twelve Rays of the Crown,
13. That returned unto One, and beyond One, even unto the vision of the Fool in his folly that chanted the word Ararita, and beyond the Word and the Fool; yea, beyond the Word and the Fool.

Reading 2: From G.H. Frater S.R.M.D, The Vision of the Universal Mercury

"We stood upon a dark and rocky cliff that overhung the restless seas. In the Sky above us was a certain glorious sun, encircled by the brilliant rainbow, which they of the Path of the Chameleon know.

"I beheld, until the heavens opened, and a form like unto the Mercury of the Greeks 1 descended, flashing like lightning; and he hovered between the sky and the sea. In his hand was the staff 2 wherewith the eyes of mortals are closed in sleep, and wherewith he also, at will, re-awakeneth the sleeper; and terribly did the globe at its summit dart forth rays. And he bare a scroll whereon was written:

Lumen est in Deo,
Lux in homine factum,
Sive Sol,
Sive Luna
Sive Stelloc errantes,
Omina in Lux,
Lux in Lumine
Lumen in Centrum
Centrum in Circulo
Circulum ex Nihilo,
Quid scis, id eris.
F.I.A.T. - (Flatus. Ignis. Aqua. Terra. - Air. Fire. Water. Earth.)
E.S.T. - (Ether. Sal. Terrae. Ether, the Salt of the Earth.)
E.S.T.O. - (Ether. Subtilis. Totius. Orbis. The subtle Ether of the whole universe.)
E.R.I.T. - (Ether. Ruens. In. Terra. The Ether rushing into the Earth.)
In fidelitate et veritate universas ab aeternitate.(Let it become. It is. Be it so. It shall be..)
Nunc Hora.
Nunc Dies.
Nunc Annus,
Nunc Saeculum,
Omnia sunt Unum,
Et Omnia in Omnibus.
A.E.T.E.R.N.I.T.A.S. - (Ab Kether. Ex Chokmah. Tu Binah. Ex Chesed. Regina Geburah. Nunc Tiphareth. In Netzach. Totius Hod. Ad Yesod. Saeculorum Malkuth. "From the Crown, out of wisdom- Thou, O Understanding art Mercy, Queen of Severity. Now the Perfect Beauty, in the Victory, of all Splendour, for the Foundation of the Ages of the Universe)

Then Hermes cried aloud, and said:

"I am Hermes Mercurius, the Son of God, the messenger uniting Superiors and Inferiors. I exist not without them, and their union is in me. I bathe in the Ocean. I fill the expanse of Air. I penetrate the depths beneath."

And the Frater who was with me, said unto me:

"Thus is the Balance of nature maintained, for this Mercury is the beginning of all movement. This He, this She, this IT, is in all things, but hath wings which thou canst not constrain. For when thou sayest 'He is her' he is not here, for by that time he is already away, for he is Eternal Motion and Vibration."

Nevertheless in Mercury must thou seek all things. Therefore not without reason did our Ancient Fraters say the Great Work was to "Fix the Volatile." There is but one place where he can be fixed, and that is the Center, a center exact. "Centrum intrigono centri."11 The center is the triangle of the Center.

If thine own soul be baseless how wilt thou find a standing point whence to fix the soul of the Universe?

The Christ from the Christ, The Mercury from the Mercury, Through the Path of the Cross, Through the life of the Light, God shall be thy Help.

"Christus de Christi,
Mercury de Mercurio,
Per viam crucis,
Per vitam Lucis
Deus te Adjutabitur"
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