AN OPEN EPISTLE
ON THE STAG-BEETLE

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. – AL I:40

The following chapter from The Book of Lies, or Liber 333, was placed at the top of my blog on Sunday May 3rd 2009 and all week long I asked anyone who wished to partake in the discussion to feel free to join in and send me their views, ideas and interpretations. The end result is this Epistle.
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ΚΕΦΑΛΗ  ΙΣ

THE STAG-BEETLE

   Death implies change and individuality if thou be
     THAT which hath no person, which is beyond the
     changing, even beyond changelessness, what hast
     thou to do with death?
   The birth of individuality is ecstasy; so also is its
     death.
   In love the individuality is slain; who loves not love?
   Love death therefore, and long eagerly for it.
   Die Daily.

















INTERPRETATIONS:

Sunday May 3rd 2009 - 7:55am I have posted another chapter from The Book of Lies above that I'd like you all to interpret and discuss for the upcoming week; it is the 16th called The Stag-Beetle. So far these weekly exercises have been very productive. I like it! ... Aleister Crowley's COMMENTARY (ΙΣ) on The Stag-Beetle is as follows - "This seems a comment on the previous chapter; the Stag-Beetle is a reference the Kheph-ra, the Egyptian God of Midnight, who bears the Sun through the Underworld; but it is called the Stag-Beetle to emphasise his horns.  Horns are the universal hieroglyph of energy, particularly of Phallic energy. The 16th key of the Tarot is "The Blasted Tower". In this chapter death is regarded as a form of marriage. Modern Greek peasants, in many cases, cling to Pagan belief, and suppose that in death they are united to the Deity which they have cultivated during life. This is "a consummation devoutly to be wished" (Shakespeare). In the last paragraph the Master urges his pupils to practice Samadhi every day." .... The previous chapter is of course, The Gun-Barrel another of the VIIth Degree Chapters.  ... In Crowley's Commentary he gives many of great hints as to specific things our students should be researching and studying before making any harsh interpretations. Pick just one thing; like the 'The Blasted Tower' and lets start here.

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Tuesday May 5th 2009 – 4:36am And Jay sent me an email re” The Stag Beetle under the subject -“Killed by Death" where he writes – “93 Jerry, Well the Stag-Beetle has made me step back a moment: how does one burn the corpse of desire? Perhaps this is a matter of moving into the higher Ruach as our desires, our individual proclivities, are a matter of the lower ego. Also, I keep thinking of death as Death, the path from Netzach to Tipareth (even though I know this chapter is dealing largely with The Tower). But if Tipareth is the pivot point between the lower and higher Ruach, it seems that the path of Death would be essential in burning the corpse of our desires. It seems this is also what Crowley means by slaying the individuality as individuation takes place in the lower Ruach. This, I suppose, is accomplished by uniting with the macrocosm. This leads me to wonder where the gods reside. I would venture to guess at least in the higher Ruach, though the line "if thou be THAT which is which hath no person, which is beyond the changing, even beyond changelessness" leads me to think that Uncle Al is looking above the Abyss where the self is identified with the non-self. Something like that... Love, Jay 93 93/93.” ............ Reply: Well, this is a start.

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4:45am And Ricky sent in his views regarding the Stag Beetle. He writes - "Jerry 93 At first sight this chapter seems to just put forth specific technical attributes of a species of Samadhi. But, on further examination and from what we had discovered so far there seems to be much more to it than that.
"Death implies change and individuality if thou be
THAT which hath no person, which is beyond
the changing, even beyond changelessness, what
hast thou to do with death?"
Atu XVI is the Blasted Tower to which is assigned the letter Pe, a mouth. Speech, which the idea of a 'mouth' immediately brings to mind, is the manifestation of thought and so it is the death of that thought. This is all in line with 'earthing out' the energies we have been talking about thus far. Also AC states that the Tower Atu refers to the manifestation of cosmic energy in its grossest form. But more so it seems to be telling us to 'realize' as it were, that we are, in our essence- the truest part of ourselves, that Dewdrop spoken of previously.
"The birth of individuality is ecstasy; so also is its death.
In love the individuality is slain; who loves not love?"
These are both Marriages of their own kind. Unions through Love. The birth of the individuality is the manifestation of the spirit into Malkuth and the Death is the Union of microcosm and macro through Samadhi..
"Love death therefore, and long eagerly for it.
Die Daily."
Through this death of individuality is the adept free to Know Himself most.
93 93/93
Ricky." 

Reply: Like Jay's of 4:36am, you both are doing good but always remember that this practice is not just about seeing who is the smartest or who can figure out Crowley's writings as much as it is a practice to train our students to bring out of their mind archetypal imagery from the Ruach into a coherent reality; i.e. sentence. Someday you might have a student of your own and if you have never learned to articulate ‘thought’ you will be at a grave disadvantage. We want people to meditate upon these chapters from The Book of Lies, thinking deeply and then when the brain is ready to explode into a million universes, write and find joy in writing. Never assume a person reading your interpretation is simply on the same page ... explain everything clearly. It is better to write one paragraph about one line that is an epiphany rather than trying to write about the whole chapter in brief snippets. 

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Wednesday May 6th 2009 – 7:00am Well, with Mercury Retrograding it is no wonder that all my students are so quiet when it comes to submitting thoughts on The Stag Beetle. Either they hit a brick wall or they are lost in thoughts. I was at least hoping people would review The Tower card which rules this chapter symbolically.  But noooooooo! 
Anyway, here are some hints. Most books on the Tarot will tell you that the card of The Tower card represents energies connected with spiritual awakening. In a way, they are correct but only if you view the card from its correct angle of Silence. In Masonry the most sacred Word is that of the Third Degree. It must never, never be uttered outside the Temple but rarely is the reason fully explained. Even Crowley never violated this single Law because he knew that if he did such it would imply that he had failed, and I stress failed miserably, at conquering and understanding Death. He would have no right to the Fourth Degree. In other words, anything you utter onto this plane must follow the course of the Sun to be born, live its life and then die, The Minerval Degree in the OTO faces North and encompasses the Qabalistic sphere of Chockmah. The First Degree faces East toward the rising Sun and is rooted in Binah. The Second Degree South toward the height of noon or Life and works out of three Qabalistic spheres; Chesed, Geburah and Tiphereth. And finally Third Degree faces the West toward the setting Sun embracing death in the Qabalistic Sphere of Hod. This is one of the lessons taught from Minerval to Third Degree OTO. The Word must remain within the Temple and the Temple is our body, need I say more? True magicians know that only in Silence, or through the path of The Tower toward the Fourth Degree (Netzach) can Death be truly conquered.
Besides these mysteries and sexual connotations, on the most mundane level the tongue enables us to speak and therefore plays a critical role in understanding the path as well as uttering the ‘Word’. The Tower (of Babel) is normally shown being struck by a lightning bolt hurled by God whose mission it is to utterly destroy the structure. The people who built the Tower are then scattered throughout, or into, the world, each unto themselves forming their own language or speech. In fact, the word ‘babel’ has come to imply any confusion between tongues or people.
And, in fact, the division continues by the misuse of the symbolic path of The Tower which is crucial in uniting Third and Fourth Degree energies as well fulfilling the Formula of of ON; being the male formula of O (Ayin) and the female of N (Nun) uniting, mutating and 'Changing.' In Qabalistic symbolism the sphere of Hod (Third Degree) is often equated with that of a serpent (phallus) while Netzach (Fourth Degree) is that of a dove. Remember, The Book of the Law tells us, “There is the dove, and there is the serpent. Choose ye well.” (I:57). Yes, the dove or Holy Ghost is symbolic of the sphere of Venus and more important, HRILIU, the metaphysical ecstasy. See Liber Aleph - De Hac Formula Considerationes Kabbalisticae.
Enough food for thought? Or have I said too much?

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7:05am Anyone want to submit thoughts on Keph-ra since Crowley equates the stag beetle with this God?

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9:00am Everybody is so quiet; I'm getting absolutely no emails on the stag beetle. How about if we talk about sex, will that get you to submit something? ... Ok, here we go - "The stag beetle slowly made its way across the hot naked sweating flesh of the female's body as she slept in the lounge chair in her garden. With throbbing pinchers snapping in the air, the beetle was happy to have finally reached the forest like pubic area. Then, as if ... " ... OK, now what does the Tower card mean to you?

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9:45pm And jay writes re: the Stag Beetle  - "93 Jerry, Boy, really takes awhile to get this crowd moving...  I'm thinking about Mars and its rulership over the path of the Tower; in the Book of Thoth Uncle Al says that this is The Eye of Horus that destroys the Universe (Scorpio, Apophis, Destroyer). I get the impression that this is where the ego is destroyed, the devotee destroyed by Shiva (-Uncle Al). I find it difficult here to distinguish from Death though (ruled by Scorpio) as they seem implicit in each other; thus "in love the individuality is slain" and what is being united in Love is the micro and macrocosm. The whole process is fueld by the Dewdrops coming down through Tipareth, into the lower Ruach or ego ("the birth of individuality") so that the individuality may be slain when it unites with the macrocosm back in Tipareth. It also seems worth noting that the pillars of Mercy and Severity are being united...  Love, Jay 93 93/93."

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Thursday May 7th 2009 – 9:15am Ed Wormuth writes this gem about yesterday's Stag-Beetle postings: – “93 Jerry, This brings a whole new light to "Stag" movies. usually part of 'men only" pre-nuptial celebration or should I say "Ritual where the enticements of the coupling soon to come are made explicit." Participants are likely to cajole the perspective bride-groom, telling them that it's "all over" for them now. And, in fact, the wondrous Stag Beetle whose desire has crystalized into "horns' does not survive long after mating. That's my 2 cents of musing. 93 93/93, Ed.” ............ Reply: I've been married twice, I understand  :)-

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9:40am Of note: the stag beetle's mating season begins toward the end of May and goes until the beginning of August.

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Friday May 8th 2009 – 7:10am Mick writes - "Jerry 93, Thanks for doing this 333 project. It's affecting. I've found myself turning more inward lately, so all the more, the images are suggestive, as Crowely meant them to be. In that sense maybe the entries in the Book of Lies could be thought of as the Thelemic equivalent to Zen Koans - maybe. Both are meant to produce an experience. The Koan produces a pause in the machinery of awareness. Book 333 constructs a strange weaving of archetypal currents in one's awareness by which, eventually, all threads are connected and a magician knows what the interior path is. It may appear simple because it's composed of everything he's taken in all along anyway - which is maybe the point. I don't know. We'll see. ... Along with the keys in the Book of Lies I've been reflecting a lot on my life. It seems right to interiorize this particular set of lies because attributing meaning is my task - if I'm up to it. I've been lining the images up: Dewdrops and the Moon; gun barrels and stag beetles and that Darn Blasted Tower (the subject of this email) - lining them up with related experiences from my own life from sex to the numinous. That's really the only way I know to draw understanding out of something. Anyway, all this by way of saying I'm writing something in my journal about the images in the Book of Lies. It's an essay of reflections - for whatever that's worth. I'll send it along when I finish it this weekend. Mick 93 93/93." ............ Reply: This is one of the first truly magickal emails that I've received since we started this project. Too often individuals write their 'interpretations' which, although they may be rooted from within and are vastly important, often has one forgetting that these particular chapters from The Book of Lies deal with Seventh Degree OTO magick. On that note, few students are asking how and why Crowley picked these, of all the chapters, to study. Ah, yes, the first great Law - KNOW THYSELF. Very good.

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7:20am I have asked Frater Orpheus to hold off toward the beginning of each week and always write a summation toward the end on the chapter from The Book of Lies that we are discussing. His gems always seem to nail it and rather than having it spelled out for everyone on Monday, I'd like to give people a chance to think and submit their own ideas. However, this Mercury retrograde has everyone scared and being very quiet. But it's good to see Fra O is not one of the slaves who serve the forces but is one who uses them properly. Too many people tend to think that a planet’s energies are always directed toward outward expression in our lives but magicians must remember that a retrograde is a valuable tool for us, when the planet is retrograde it means that part of the energy is now directed inward, away from the world. Such qualities often give us a deeper sensitivity in regards to the planet and the house in which it falls. Mercury is retrograding in Gemini right now ... use it! ... Anyway, regarding the Stag-Beetle he writes:

Jerry,
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law
The Stag-Beetle is attributed to the 16 key of the Tarot, “The Blasted Tower” which is also called “The House of God”.  In a nut shell this path is all about That transition of Life or Light into Death or Silence.  That place where the Solar phallic energy transitions from Svadisthana into Manipura. 
The goal is to move the Mercurial Word into Venus via the path of Peh and hence conquer Death. (III-IV° OTO)  As Crowley says, if you are “ THAT which hath no person… what hast thou to do with Death?”
The Stag-Beetle itself being that Kephera like beetle we saw at the bottom of the Moon card which bears in her mouth the Sun. “It is this Beetle that bears the Sun in his Silence through the darkness of Night and the bitterness of Winter.”…  She is also water and midnight.  In Egypt she was The great God of Creation and Resurrection as she laid her eggs in a ball of dung which will eventually hatch, nurtured from the warmth of the sun.
This path of Peh is the lowest horizontal path on the Tree and along with Ayin and Nun (70-80-50 =200) are a reflection of the Light from your Microcosmic star.  That is your own personal Tiphereth located in your heart center.  This is ‘true’ in both sexes as we are each the center of our own universes and have within us a complete Tree.  It is therefore vital that both sexes make this internal connection to their Star; if either fails to make this “Solar” connection then they will not be able to direct the Kundalini forces.
On the Microcosmic Tree your word emanates from your Star or the Anahata Chakra.  “Every man and every woman is a star.”  This “Sun” casts its light upon everything in your universe.  In other words on the Microcosmic Tree you are the Sun.  Hence the importance placed upon the formula of ON and the need for that “Solar connection“ as you are dealing with currents inside of your psychic body.  However, as above so below; and if true then it can be said that the SUN on both the Macro and Microcosmic Trees are interdependent upon each other and a good reason why we would do Resh.
The myth of the Tower card has its roots in that of the Tower of Babel.
The story is essentially this…After the Flood the world was repopulated by the descendants of one family, Noah’s.  Obviously they spoke but one language. After ‘wandering’ they came to settle and build a city with a Tower; as a monument to preserve their fame and was to reach to the ‘heavens’; quite literally a “Gateway“ between Man and the Gods.  Well YHWH didn’t like this so he decided to make it that everyone spoke different languages and they were unable to work together (hence the term Babel).  In Genesis 11 we are informed that the confounded builders were compelled to disperse over the face of the Earth…sounds like the original Word was lost and dispersed on Malkuth.
Note that the traditional Tower card depicts the towers destruction by lightning and Fire with Yods(seeds) and people falling from the Tower; so the word is lost.  But this is an Old Aeonic concept and clearly what we want is to preserve or “recover the Word” in Netzach.
Our path of Peh then is a transitional phase between Life and Death.  Peh literally means Tongue and is therefore the organ directly related to speech and here the Word Passes into Death or Venus which is “nourished” by the Sun through the formula of Babalon which ends in Nun or Death. 
Simply said the Kundalini moves from Svadisthana (III°) into Manipura (IV°) where it will be Annihilated (P.I.) and re-absorbed back into their own Star in Anahata (V°).  By now it should be clear that this path of Peh indeed plays a vital role in the formula of ON.  In 777 Crowley directly attributes this path of Peh with this most sacred of magical formulas. (ON)
Lets look again at this Mercurial word that Survives Death and whose formula is Abra-had-Abra.  As previously mentioned the Word is four-fold in nature and recall that in Liber Legis Ra Hoor Kuit says, “I am in a secret fourfold word, the blasphemy against all gods of men.” and also that HE is “the Hawk-Headed Lord of Silence” and therefore both Horus and Harpocrates (as the Sign of the Enterer is always followed by the sign of Silence).  Crowley wrote that “Hoor hath a secret fourfold name: it is Do What Thou Wilt.” this he describes as the ’Cry of the Hawk”.  I see this as that aspect of the solar phallic word which is manufactured in my Star and manifested into Mercury through the formula of Abra-Had-Abra and survives Death.
This Pillar of Abrahadabra may be seen then as the Fire of your internal Star at work; Note that the Paths on this entire Pillar are free from the rule of any planet within the Ruach…it is purely elemental (water-water-fire).  These paths are influenced only by Saturn which is the only planet outside our Ruach and therefore serves as a bridge.  When directed correctly Abra-Had-Abra becomes a Pillar of fire to chase away the shadows of the Earth.
In Peh this Mercurial word transitions into Death via BABALON… as all power comes through the Whore of Babalon whose root is the word Babilim, a pre-Semitic name meaning “Gate of God” and according to Hebrew tradition it is also the “Grove of Life”.  So Babalon is quite literally the “Gate of ON”.
So again we are left with the question, how does this word escape Death???
A secret to understanding how this transition works is to understand that what you have is a male formula moving inside of female formula???  Simple enough to achieve on Malkuth but in the Ruach this means that the Kundalini forces are moving from an “active/male” polarity to a “passive/female” polarity: And are not the currents of Ida and Pingala thought to intertwine the chakras as they rise?  So how does the male assumes his opposite formula?  Maybe the answer lies in understanding “Peaches”, or that ability to accept all impressions which “fructify you“ (via those Dew Drops).  Or simply put the answer as to how we to stop the Word from earthing out, in both sexes, is to be found in the new Aeonic principles of the “Daughter”.
Yet remember that the formula for either a man or a woman is Hadit on this plane.  Consider this if Hadit is the Kundalini snake and also the four fold Prana, then our goal is to raise the “Square” to Kether…from 1=10 to 10=1 it’s a continuous cycle and the tables flip once you get to Anahata so you really must have your Ruach balanced because now, in order for the Serpent to rise, everything is placed back into your Star and that which you’ve created below… but with Right Thinking, balanced Ego, and Economy of application or simply CHASTITY the Snake may continue to rise.
Also consider the Myth of Jesus; is he not the Word made flesh which died and likened to the Moon was reborn in three days?  Jesus is a direct descendent of Zerubabbel which translates as “The shoot of Babalon“ (LK 3:27).  His fate is unknown but in the Royal Arch system he is identified as SOLOMON.
We who are in our bodies and can not escape manifestation or we would not be. Yet our goal is to unite with the Divine while still in our bodies.  But the Macrocosmic has always been connected to “You”…it is you that must raise yourself to it!  You climb the Tree just as the Serpent does and you both descend in that mystical moment of Samadhi.  It’s a continuous cycle… DIE daily!
Hopefully I given you some food for thought…
Love is the law, love under will
              Frater Orpheus

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9:45am am Ok folks; or all those who are participating in The Book of Lies discussion; you might enjoy Chapter 26 from Magick Without Tears which is titled Mental Processes, Two Only are Possible.

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10:10am Benjamin Hance writes this rather brilliant little addition to Frater Orpheus posting on the Stag Beetle.

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
    Loved the posting this morning.  My hat is off to you.  Here is what I had for you.
The Stag-Beetle
“Invoke me under my stars!  Love is the law, love under will.  Nor let the fools mistake love; for there are love and love.  There is the dove, and there is the serpent.  Choose ye well!  He, my prophet, hath chosen, knowing the law of the fortress, and the great mystery of the House of God.”  (AL I.xlvii).
Here, in this quote from Liber AL (I,lvii), from The Book of Thoth, p. 108, we begin to see the manifestation of that which was contained within our original discussions of chastity, or the House (Beth) of God (Mercury=messenger/logos).  Or, maybe more accurately, the movement of that energy towards said manifestation. 
The path of Peh is the first horizontal path one encounters on their path from Malkuth through the Qabalistic Tree of Life.  Peh, or the Tower, represents the movement between the pillars, specifically, the spheres of Hod to Netzach, via the Martian path that “…seems to indicate the quintessential quality of the Lord of the Aeon.” (The Book of Thoth, p. 107).  He we again see the Eye of Horus, rooted in Hod, from our “Gun Barrel” discussions.  As we move into Netzach we begin to see our “…reward of Ra Hoor Khut.” (AL III,i), which Crowley’s commentary states is the Formula of ABRAHADABRA.  This formula provides one with the ability to perform the Great Work (c.f. The Law is For All, pp. 265-6).
“The Stag-Beetle” seems to concentrate on love and death, which we could say is a more blatant expression of the two forms of desire, or Will to Live and Will to Die (The Book of Thoth, pp. 108-9) hinted at by the dove and serpent.  The phallus (Magician) dies in the womb (Chalice of Nuit), but its seed (Logos), and itself again, are born therefrom. This concept of death necessarily brings us to the Nun in the Formula of ON. The symbolism of III degree O.T.O. (Hod) is death.  This may be seen as the slaying of the individual, by love, that allows us to progress into the IV degree O.T.O. (Netzach). Death also implies Silence, the fourth power of the sphinx, and Kephra by his carrying the Sun through the Underworld.  This idea of Death has a messianic overtone (Nun), but, “…if thou be THAT…what hast thou to do with death?”  We see the Phallic energy purified by Will (or the Magickal Oath= Logos= seed). Crowley says “Purity means singleness.  God is one.  The wand is not a wand if it has something sticking to it which is not an essential part of itself.” (Magick in Theory and Practice, p. 101). 
Love is the law, love under will.
Ben

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12:35pm And never discount the fact that another student won't come forward and offer still more priceless gems on the Stag Beetle. Jerri sent us this email; she writes:

93 Jerry,
To add a few brief thoughts here...first, I wanted to discuss the quality of Silence. I am fascinated by the sublime choice of words here. Silence is described from the perspective of the Malkuthian plane. If the Word is the active force, Silence must be it's passive. Due to it's nature, the Word must die here, upon the moment of speech (the Word must take on the characteristics of Life--Death is always within, and eternal). This is true of the phallus upon ejaculation, and true of our thoughts, as the moment they are perceived, we are past the point of their experience. So, where and how do the two meet (Force and Form, Masculine and Feminine)?
Silence, is the quality of stillness. Of allness. Of nothingness. Silence is limitless possibility. It is eternity, which is why Silence could also be described as a quality of Death, or Nun. Pranayama and Mantra Yoga seek to silence our thoughts and emotions. During the performance of the Maha Bandha, we complete the circuit in our subtle bodies (through the Path of Pe), and when performed correctly, Silence is perceived (we travel through the path of Nun) and Samadhi is attained (we reach the Sun).
This circuit must be first controlled in the Mulhadara chakra (through the path of the Devil). Ben touched upon this during our discussion of the Gun Barrel. It is Mudra involving the pressing of the anus with the left heel and placing the right foot upon the left thigh. You then contract the anus and muscles of the perineum. After this is mastered, one performs the Jalandhara Bandha. One contracts the throat, pressing the chin firmly against the chest. The Ida and Pingala unite and the Kundalini serpent become straight. This combined energy rushes through the center channel, or Sushumna, and we experience Samhadi. This marriage, achieved in Pe, consumes the nectar which exudes out of the Sahasrara Chakra through the hole in the palate.
If the Daemon is equivalent to Kundalini energy, it would then make sense to translate the practices of Kundalini yoga into our daily lives as one method to reach the Sun, or to accomplish the Great Work. Die Daily!! This process has been well described through the initiatory system of the OTO. We could also translate these concepts into pranayama as personal and practical, applicable methods to reach the same end.
93 93/93
Jerri

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1:50pm Miguel Walters writes regarding the Stag-Beetle :

Br. Cornelius, 93,
In Magick chapter XVI, also refered to Atu XVI, the Tower, is divided into two parts. The first part precedes chapter XV refered to Atu XV, The Devil and the 2nd part follows this chapter.  The first part of chapter XVI is called “Of the Oath” and speaks of the purposes of taking the oath as an expression of the Will. The oath serves the purpose of setting limits upon the wants of the lower Ruach and transforming them into the potentials of the higher. In this regard the oath is part of the discipline required of the initiate of the mysteries. Liber Aleph chapter Aκ speak s “On Cultivating Strength Through Discipline” and relays a paradox of philosophy in which freedom is only to be understood within the limits which define it. This first part of chapter Xvi in Magick also references Magick , part II, chapter V, which is on The Wand, the weapon of the Will. Of particular interest to me at this time is the quote which reads:
“The best vow, and that of most universal application, is the vow of Holy Obedience; for not only does it lead to perfect freedom, but it is a training in that surrender which is the last task.”
This “last task” implies the Oath of the Abyss which is the second and last task of theaspirant to the A.’.A.’.; the first being to obtain the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel. The text follow this quote describes in further detail the conflict between the aspirants “wants” and “Will” which should be resolved by his or her proper understanding of the oath which she or he has taken. Crowley also reminds us that it is occasionally necessary for the Teacher to sometimes “gently and firmly” remind the pupil of this oath. The above course of reading is in my opinion invaluable to all pupils and aspirants to the A.’.A.’..
     The 2nd part of chapter XVI (following that on invocations) has V parts and is called “Of the Charge to the Spirit, with some Account of the Constraints and Curses Occasionally Necessary.” These five parts reflects the five elements that define the matter upon which the Magical Will works. In both parts of chapter XVI the implication seems to be of a binding that also leads to a particular release of energy.
In connection with this the commentary to chapter 16 of the Book of lies relays that Keph-ra the Egyptian God of Midnight bears the Sun through the underworld.” Keph-ra in the practice of Resh referred to as part of the disciplinary practice imparted in chapter  16 of Liber Aleph is associated with the direction of North. Br. Cornelius relates this direction to the O.T.O. I˚ and the Qabalistic Sephira Chockmah where “Tetragrammaton hath His Root” Liber Aleph Ch ΔΥ  This refers to Yod whose root is THAT refered to in the STAG-BEETLE; reference should be made to chapters, 9, 10, and 11 in the Book of Lies to elucidate this fact; THAT both precedes and is embodied in the logos. As is stated in Liber XV “Thou art that and That am I.”
Night in the Gun-Barrel as in “This is the Night wherein I am Lost, the love through which I am no longer I,” is associated with Samadhi which has  already been determined as a particular release of energy through discussion of the Gun-Barrel. The underworld is often associated with the Abyss of which a lesser veil known as Paroketh , The viel of the holy, exist  in reflection in Atu XVI also known as the “exciting Intelligence in the Sepher Yetzirah, which states “it is so called because through it every existent being receives its spirit and motion.” 
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Reply: This is far better than your last attempt. You are articulate and offer thought provoking statements rather than snippets which require far too much interpretation. Very good. I like to see this.

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4:50pm Under the subject "Stag! You're it!" one of our students writes - "93 Jerry, I just wanted to try to touch on, or rather elaborate on, a couple of things that haven't really come up. First-- back to Mars-- why is this the ruler of the Tower? I find it interesting because I have often thought of Mars as basically being the fiery energy that moves things on this plane. Obviously in working the path of the Tower we're trying to avoid energy coming out on this plane. Here I think that Mars is representing energy in its grossest form. Its tendency it so earth out, but what happens when it doesn't...? The Kundalini rises and "I and my Nuit are one" (II:26). It's interesting here to consider the placement of Mars in Geburah placed below Binah or Babalon. Also, Fr. Orpheus touched on the symbolism of the Stag-Beetle, but how does it relate more directly to this chapter? If Kephra is the Beetle that carries the sun through the death of night so it may be reborn in the morning, it seems to make a great metaphor for carrying energy across the path of the Tower to die along the path of Death and be reborn in the sun in Tipareth. Love, Frater Volo Aquila 93 93/93." ......... Reply: Very good. All four adorations of Liber RESH vel Helios refer to the Sun through its cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth. The midnight Sun of Khephra (rebirth) teaches us how to take the 'seed' out of the the night's womb through an understanding of The Devil card; which channels the first ABRA (Sun) on the left side of the Tree [The Formula of O-Male-418] via the path of The Tower into the right side of the Tree [The Formule of N-Female-156] in order to continue the Solar cycle by bringing the energy back up into Tiphereth (Sun -second ABRA) via an understand of the Death card. However, without an understanding of Phe the first ABRA dies and its energy descends the left-hand pillar into Malkuth or Earth. ... see Liber Aleph, Qabalistic Considerations on the Formula, pg. 87; also note pg.173 On The Keys of Death and The Devil. ... Although we will not be studying it in these discussions; now that you've have an understanding of a few critical chapters under your belt; read No.65 Sic Transeat from The Book of Lies. Read the Commentary. Better yet, note Aleister Crowley's Crowley on Christ (C. W. Daniel Company, Ltd. London: 1974  pg.64) where he writes - "There is no reason at all why a man should not describe his own death and burial, as luck would have it, I did it myself some years ago in my Book of Lies, chapter 65."

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