AN OPEN EPISTLE
ON STEEPED HORSEHAIR

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 10th 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  H

STEEPED HORSEHAIR

Mind is a disease of semen.
All that a man is or may be is hidden therein.
Bodily functions are parts of the machine; silent,
unless in dis-ease.
But mind, never at ease, creaketh "I".
This I persisteth not, posteth not through generations,
changeth momently, finally is dead.
Therefore is man only himself when lost to himself
in The Charioting.





INTERPRETATIONS:

Sunday May 10th 2009 - 6:00am I have posted another chapter from The Book of Lies above that I'd like us all to discuss for the upcoming week; it is the 8th which is titled - Steeped Horsehair.
Aleister Crowley's COMMENTARY on this new chapter is as follows - "Cheth is the Chariot in the Tarot. The Charioteer is the bearer of the Holy Grail. All this should be studied in Liber 418, the 12th Aethyr. The chapter is called "Steeped Horsehair" because of the mediaeval tradition that by steeping horsehair a snake is produced, and the snake is the hieroplyphic representation of semen, particularly in Gnostic and Egyptian emblems. The meaning of the chapter is quite clear; the whole race-consciousness, that which is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, is hidden therein. Therefore, except in the case of an Adept, man only rises to a glimmer of the universal consciousness, while, in the orgasm, the mind is blotted out."
My comments: The 'mediaeval tradition' to which Crowley refers is when horses were the main form of transport. It was quite normal in those times to find horse hair floating in the water and occasionally a long worm would appear in the same water that looked very much like the hair from a horse's mane or tail, so it was assumed that one of the horsehairs had somehow ‘come alive’ and with a little imagination these ‘Horsehair Worms’ became known in Medieval times as ‘Horsehair Snakes’. You can google search and find more out about these worms if you'd like; they are amusing little critters ... Anyway, I hope that we have more comments about this chapter than the last ... being that I'm a Cancer, born in July, this chapter has personal meaning to me since Cancer rules The Chariot card. But don't let that kind of pressure bother you during this horrible time of Mercury Retrograde into worrying that if you submit something really stupid about me, I mean, The Chariot, that I'll take it personal! ... But don't fret too much, just have Faith ... hey, isn't that the name of a Chapter from Magick Without Tears?  [wink wink]
And from my own research; consider this:

"More than enough by Guido's family
For non-production of the promised fruit
Of marriage? What if Nature, I demand,
Touched to the quick by taunts upon her sloth,
Had roused herself, put forth recondite power,
Bestowed this birth to vindicate her sway?
Like to the favour, Maro memorized,
Was granted Aristaeus when his hive
Lay empty of the swarm, not one more bee-
Not one more babe to Franceschini's house-
And lo, a new birth filled the air with joy,
Sprung from the bowels of the generous steed!
Just so a son and heir rejoiced the Count!
Spontaneous generation, need I prove
Were facile feat to Nature at a pinch?
Let whoso doubts, steep horsehair certain weeks,
In water, there will be produced a snake;
Spontaneous product of the horse."
Robert Browning (1812-1889)
    'The Ring and the Book'

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Monday May 11th 2009 – 1:15pm Jay sent an email about Steeped Horeshair under the subject title - "Steeped in Babalonian Whore's Hair" .... "93 Jerry, This chapter is a rather brilliant analogy, comparing consciousness, the awareness of self, to the awareness of the body when it's diseased or somehow injured. The alleviation from this unease is in samadhi with Nuit, when one is lost in The Charioting, the path connecting Geburah to Binah, where the self is identified with the non-self. The obscure reference to a snake in the title is probably due to the kundalini risen to the sahasrara chakra. Crowley's seeming insistence that the self is properly the non-self reminds me of Wittgenstein's claim that there is no "I"; that is, "I" can only be defined in gramatical terms as the speaker, but is impossible to pin-down in empirical terms. Love, Jay 93 93/93 ." .........  Reply: It must be the Mercury Retrograde.

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8:00pm Ricky sent in a very good interpretation of Steeped Horsehair; he writes- "Jerry 93, This chapter is so completely sublime in its symplicity and depth that I am having a hard time choosing where to start. I guess the beginning would be good. This is the 8th chapter of the Book of Lies attributed to the letter Cheth and the Chariot Atu. The path of Cheth, as has already been pointed out connects Binah to Geburah and is the "influence of the Supernals descending through the Veil of Water upon the energy of man, and so inspires it" (Book of THOTH pg.85) This Water is identified with Blood, and Blood in this sense I think is synonymous with semen. So it is through the semen that the influence of the Supernals descends in this path. The reference to a snake in the title is Key here. In certain symbol sets a snake or Serpent swims in the 'Blood' of a Lion and is the animating force behind it. Cheth is the first path of the Formula of ON and the Charioteer of the 12th Aether declares that "there is no power that may endure, save only the power that descendeth in this my chariot from Babylon, the city of Fifty Gates, the Gate of the God On" (Liber 418 pg.152)
Also Cancer is the house of the Moon and for this reason AC states certain analogies are appropriate between this card and that of the High Priestess. This I see as primarily the Supernal influence descending through the Abyss. I think it is worthy to note that 8 is also Mercury or the Phallus the 'Chariot' of the Semen as it were.
We see  in the first line that 'Mind' is a disease of this descending force and it 'creaketh I'. This 'I' can be identified as the Lower Ego because it does not persist, it changes frequently and then dies. However this Semen which has given birth to this disease contains All. Maybe best described by what Jung called the 'Collective Unconscious.'
It seems helpful to consider this chapter with that of chapter 32 'The Mountaineer' where we find 'symptoms' of the disease...
The last paragraph shows us a for the first time a method to achieve, even if it is only a 'Glimmer' of our True Selves. The key to which is the blotting out of the disease of mind.
93 93/93 Ricky

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Tuesday May 12th 2009 – 8:10am Ed Wormuth sent this gem re: Steeped Horsehair - "93 Jerry, This is a wonderful exercise you have initiated and I much enjoy the analysis and comments of your "circle". Pondering over this Rune, "The Steeped Horsehair" brought back a memory of a conversation between Grady and a group of us from the Ra Hoor Khuit Lodge many years ago. The gist of that conversation was, that the mind was a subordinate function to the regenerative organs. That the prime function of the species was replication, much like a virus, and that that  was the prime motivator or "raison d'etre'. [It gave me pause to consider a more lofty regard for the much denigrated term "thinking with one's cock". Just as this poem has given me insight for the term "Charioting". 93 93/93, Ed ... P.S. My warped brain envisions the William Bourrough's episode of "STAR WARS- The Porcine Rebellion" as Obe Wan [aka the old boar] admonishes his piggy charge "Be the Flu, Luke, Be the Flu!"

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8:20am Here is a good clue re: Steeped Horsehair; have you all read the Chapter LXVII on 'Faith' from Magick Without Tears? Crowley writes "There are two kinds; and they are almost exact opposites." Adding, "Faith in its Meaning Number One was perfectly well defined by the schoolboy: "the faculty of believing that which we know to be untrue." It is at least the acceptance of any statement as true without criticism, examination, verification, or any other method of test. Faith of this sort is evidently the main symptom of the moron, the half-wit, the village idiot. It is this kind of faith upon the possession and exercise of which religious persons always insist as the first condition of salvation. Here is my own lamentable foresight on the subject!" and then he uses an example from The Winged Beetle titled The Convert. ... and later he adds - "What is the other kind of faith? Like its hostile twin, it must have no truck with reason, at least no conscious truck, or it ceases to possess a moral meaning. It is that confidence in oneself which assures one that the long shot at the tiger will fly true to the mark, that the tricky putt will go down, that the man one never beat before will go down this time; also its horrid contrary, the moral certainty that something will go wrong, even with the easiest problems, with one hundred to one in one's favour. I think the official answer is that one's certainty is in reality based upon subconscious calculation, so that faith has nothing whatever to do with it.  If there is any answer to this, I don't know it. After all, that is neither here nor there; there is but one material issue: how to acquire that kind of faith. Suppose we hunt it up in that precious Book of Lies!  Any luck?  Sure, kiddums, here we are!" ... He then adds two chapters from The Book of Lies starting with Steeped Horsehair, followed by The Mountaineer which will be our next chapter that we'll be reviewing. ..... Ah, Crowley is brilliant -"The Method of Science, The Aim of Religion."

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9:30am Here is an after thought: Paul Foster Case’s teachings holds quite a few keys in understanding Steeped Horsehair. He informs us that The Chariot is our human body and the Charioteer is our higher Ruach. The reins which our Inner Self uses that are attached to the Chariot is our Mind. He further writes – “Advancement in occult work depends upon the realization of the facts portrayed in this Key, for it is only when we understand these facts that we allow the real Self to guide our personalities.”  Crowley agrees; he tells us in The Book of Lies that the Great Work is tied to Cancer-Cheth the ruler of The Chariot: see Chapter 69. Case also informs us that this path’s “Key represents the Conquest of Illusions.” ... Remember, the Lord of Illusion is The Devil card ruled by Capricorn and the very opposite sign in the Zodiac Wheel is that of Cancer; both paths lie within the Formula of ON. They are both on the Left Hand Pillar of 418 which encompasses two other paths or that of ‘Fire’ (Shin) and ‘Water’ (Mem) paths; how Alchemical.
Another clue can be seen astrologically: the Solstices and Equinoxes are seen as ‘positive (day) and negative’ (night) forces; bathed in duality. Here is how they break down:

Spring Equinox – Equal in Power   (Aries)
Summer Solstice – Day Force is the strongest, the Night the weakest. (Cancer)
Autimn Equinox – Equal again. (Libra)
Winter Solstice – Night Force is the strongest, the Day the weakest (Capricorn)

Note: Cancer and Capricorn; think about it ... yes, there are two kinds of Faith; does not Crowley tell us that?  Again, think about it.

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10:05am Frank asks, "I have heard of Paul Foster Case before but I have never read any of his works. Any suggestons?" ..... Reply: He wrote a few great books like The True and Invisible Rosicrucian Order and The Book of Tokens but I'd recommend a book titled The Tarot, A Key to the Wisdom of the Ages, which all serious students should keep near their desks for quick reference on Tarot symbology and whenever we discuss a Tarot card this should be one of your first reads. In many ways, he's far clearer than Aleister Crowley. Be that as it may, if you become a member of Case's group, as I was for years and years in the seventies, one of the first things they send you a small 4 1/2" x 6" yellow covered pamphlet titled Highlights of Tarot; and still, after all these years, this sits just to left of my computer monitor in my mandatory reference books. It is like a handy little abridged version of The Tarot.

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11:20am Ricky writes -"Jerry 93, Further considerations on this chapter and what is really being conveyed lead me to consider from whence the Charioteer is issuing in clearer language.  Binah can be considered as intuition and Geburah is energy in action. 'Mind' gets in the way of the subconscious if it is not fully under control and thus is a disease of spirit. For spirit communicates to our consciousness through the inspiration of intuition. This is the Faith AC speaks about "based upon subconscious calculation". It is blotting out the Ruach so that our Nephesh can become a perfect mirror of Neshamah enabling the free flow of 'intuition'. Just a thought. 93 93/93 Ricky ." .......... Reply: And its a good thought. You know Ricky, there is no real right or wrong below the Abyss; hence the lesson that I hope you and others are all learning. What you wrote yesterday is simply the Truth as you saw it from the peak whence you climbed; now you are climbing further ... were you wrong yesterday? No. A magician knows that what is real today will be illusions tomorrow on a faded landscape ... and armed with this deep philosophical logic you must inevitably understand that there is not one single thing on this plane that has any divine Truth in it. It’s all bathed in Lies! Anything that has ever been written can be hotly debated as being totally wrong depending upon someone else’s point of view from the peak where they stand. It’s like trying to get twelve people to walk down a street at the same time and then ask them what they saw. No two people will describe the exact same thing. It’s impossible. ... Sadly, people who are afraid of metaphorical Death keep things to themselves, most are 'terrified' about jumping into this little exercise regarding The Book of Lies because they don't want to be seen as being 'wrong' ... Ah, ego screams and they stopped climbing the mountain. ... a magician, however, knows that he or she must go within and climb deeper into our minds. Here we find the Truth in Silence while knowing that we MUST inevitably bring our thoughts out into the Light of Day. Only then can something follow the course of the Sun and die; being reborn into something greater. The seeds of thought that you are planting today by meditating on The Book of Lies will hopefully inspire deeper insights tomorrow. ... Don't stop climbing and don't ever let your ego get in the way to tell you that you've found Truth.

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5:30pm Jay sends an email subject "Cherry It" where he writes more on Steeped Horsehair - "93 Jerry, So if the Chariot is the Conquest of Illusions, what are the illusions we are conquering? "But mind, never at ease, creaketh 'I'". The ego, being in the lower Ruach, is one of the illusions we need to conquer; only then can we distinguish Gnosis from personal psycho-babble (to use a favorite Jerryism). Otherwise the shadow of the ego blots out the light of gnosis. I think that what Crowley is getting at is that the True Will is what descends from above the Abyss, thus "man is only himself when lost to himself in the Charioting." Everything else is the wants and illusions of the lower Ruach. One you control (the ego), the other controls you (the True Will). I think this is where the matter of faith comes in: allowing the gnosis we receive from those dewdrops above the Abyss to guide us. ... Where the dewdrops are concerned, I find it interesting that there is a distinct lunar influence along all of the paths of the three pillars that connect that which is above the Abyss to that which is below. The Chariot is ruled by Cancer which itself is ruled by the Moon, the path of Gimel is ruled by the Moon and the path of the Heirophant is ruled by Taurus which is exalted in the Moon. I was asking myself what the difference is between the path of Gimel and the path of Cheth. I'm not entirely sure I have an answer, but it seems that the details are negligible as the process is the same and the influence is ultimately the same... (and I shall conclude as all good philosophers should ) maybe... Love, Jay 93 93/93  ........... Reply: I'd like to quote Cicero (106 BC-43 BC) from his On Friendship about how we often "... put the cart before the horse" which has come to imply that we should always begin at the proper place and do things in their proper order. In other words; too often the individual lets their body and reality (i.e. Illusions) dictate their incarnation without realizing that the reigns are really being pulled by a Higher Source (the Charioteer) whom we must inevitably relinquish our control. I like it when you mention the Law of "One you control, while the other controls you" but consider how children today scream that they're 'Thelemites' without a clue that acting with unrestrained measure on Malkuth to "Do what you want' automatically implies that they've restricted the Charioteer's ability to move the Chariot accordingly in order to fulfill one's incarnation (i.e. their True Will) ... Don't put the cart before the horse, control your reality FIRST, conquer Illusions. ... and remember; the first lesson taught to every Minerval Initiate of the Ordo Templi Orientis is structure in order to fulfill their role as a Soldier of Freedom.  ... as for the rest of your comments, very good. Keep thinking.

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6:40pm Here is more rambling food for thought: the Muladhara Chakra is identified as the 9th Qabalistic sphere known as Yesod (Foundation) or the Dark Mother, the Moon on the Tree of Life and although the Sun’s significance with our Spirit is well known; the Moon’s importance with our Soul is rarely understood. The Moon represents the nine months of gestation that it takes a child to form within its mother’s womb.
I am not violating any copyright Laws or secrets since the info that I'm about to explain appears in The Secret Rituals of the O.T.O, Edited and Introduced by Francis King that was published way back in 1973. Anyway, within the First Degree initiation rites a candidate is taken around a Sacred Well in what is called the ‘travels of the Moon.’ These are three stages, each is symbolic of one of the three coils of the serpent Kundalini. Initially, the candidate stands before the initiator who sits in the East and is told “This is the pathway to the Knowledge of Thyself. Be true toward thyself.” and then they are taken three times around the Well through the stages of birth, life and death. After completion the initiator informs the candidate that the next travels are called “the Pathway to the Perfection of Thyself. Conquer thyself.” The candidate is then taken three more times around the Sacred Well. After the completion of these travels the candidate is brought before the initiator who informs them that the final three circles are “the Pathway to the Truth. Seek Beauty. In Beauty is eternal Truth revealed.” He then sends the candidate on their final three travels around the Sacred Well. Upon completion of the nine moon, or months of gestation, the candidate is then placed within the Sacred Well with a noose around their neck, symbolic of the umbilical cord, in preparation for birth.
But most candidates symbolically drink too heartily from the sacred waters of forgetfulness (Lethe) within the Sacred Well and few if any, know how to look for Aletheia, or Truth and because of such, once they are born, they simply become Thelomites or seekers of mundane wants. (Note: the difference between being the Greek words Thelema and Theloma is that the later simply replaces the 'E' for an 'O' .... O = Ayin, the Devil, Lord of Illusions)
One is also reminded of the primeval Goddess Ananke; who is said to be serpentine, twisting her snake-like body around the whole of creation as her three daughters or Fates; Lachesis, Klotho and Atropos sit upon Thrones (coils). These Fates oversee each 'Travel' around the Sacred Well which the Greeks called the ‘Thread of Life’ which their mother, the Goddess Necessity, spins for our Soul’s incarnation.
Lachesis rules our Sun Sign. In Qabalah the Sun is ruled by the sphere known as Tiphereth which means Beauty and here we must learn to seek the Laws of our Star for in Beauty is eternal Truth reveals.
Klotho rules our Moon sign, Qalalistically ruled by the sphere known as Yesod. Klotho rules the pathway of Perfection where we must learn to conquer or put under control our outer personality and Self in order to fulfill our desired experience.
The third fate Atropos rules the Rising Sign or birth onto Malkuth (Earth) and she brings us Knowledge if only we have ears to listen in order to ‘be true to ourselves’ as to why we are incarnating.

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Wednesday May 13th 2009 – 7:40am Fr. VIA-151, one of Luis Alvarado's A.'.A.'. students, writes - "I’ve been following your blog for awhile now. I've really enjoyed the idea of a ‘group work’ of study and have been trying to keep up with these chapters of 'The Book of Lies'. The last few entries on your blog have moved me to finally start getting things out of my head and universe and throw it out there for others. It seems to be a theme and need for me, especially quite recently. The interplay between these chapters is so close, I have never noticed before how much so and I feel that I want to keep waiting to ‘get it’ before I send out anything, but I think that its more important to get it out there first.
   Here goes;
   Bindu is the semial  Seed-Point that allows manifestation, Kether, can be transformed into the Ojas of divine consciousness. The Semen becomes the Sacred. This I feel to be the theme running through these chapters so far.
   A friend once told me that true love was the instant spark that we feel in meeting that certain person (or thing, idea etc). This is the Charioting, when we lose that sense of self, of ‘I’ and allow this flash of intuition to pull us onward. The collective consciousness that contains all of where we have been and thus what we are. The ‘I’ is the vehicle, even as the Gun-Barrel that channels that energy, but we must not think that this ‘I’ is us, as our Mind would have it. But to allow that Dewdrop to flow through and lose that false sense in the moment. To be the hollow, the O of the rOd, for though it appears as an ‘I’, it is the empty vehicle.
   The influence of the Moon is seen as the Path of XVIII, where the Dewdrop manifests in Malkuth as the seminal seed. The Moon is in Yesod as the bridge and link to Tiphareth, the sphere of the HGA and the Great Work. And linking to this is the Moon as The Priestesss, who is as the Ojas of spiritual consciousness descending. The Gate of the God On. Thus the two triangles of the Holy Hexagram.
   Hope it makes sense. Thanks for the time and instigating this study!
Fr. VIA-151.

Reply: It makes sense ... and glad our little discussion group has been inspirational. Jump in any time.

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Friday May 15th 2009 – 8:30am I have received only one email on Steeped Horsehair on Wednesday morning since I posted a couple of my own thoughts on Tuesday morning trying to give insight or direction but no one has really picked the ball up and run with it. Are you all a sleep? I guess this is The chapter which broke the Camel's back and which has everyone climbing back down the mountain mumbling to themselves and kicking small pebbles. ... And just think, the next chapter that we'll be discussing is called The Mountaineer, Steeped Horsehair's compliment ... and on that note, I guess I can expect no mountain climbers next week, just mud wallowers and puddle jumpers.

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11:50am Jay writes - "93 Jerry, Okay okay, don't beat us master! I've been a bit stumped by the first line, "Mind is a disease of semen," but being a Scorpio I was probably just overthinking it. I think what he's getting at is that consciousness is always driven ultimately by the sex drive. On the lowest level, in Malkuth, it manifests literally as sex. As we work up the mountain, the desire to unite changes shape. All things tend to their opposite. So on the highest level the libido desires to unite with the macrocosm. Only then in samadhi with Nuit, when the microcosm and macrocosm unite, are we lost to ourselves. The libido and th chariot are both driving forces, but the Chariot seems to represent the libido in its highest aspiration. The grail depicted in Crowley's Chariot, then, represents the yoni at the back of the head to which the kundalini rises. Something like that. 93 93/93"  ................ Reply: It is good to see at least one of our students is thinking. We'll give you a B+ today but that doesn't negate the need to beat you anyway, after all, you are a Scorpio whose mind is diseased more than any other Zodiac sign, no? Isn't this what astrology teaches us? 

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3:50pm I was beginning to worry that my students were all going to remain quiet on me but little by little they are coming out of the woodwork. And thus, Ben submits his understanding of Steeped Horsehair. It's quite good; offers some interesting points. He writes: "Here’s what I have for you, I’m not thrilled by it, it seems wordy…
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Steeped Horsehair

         I was telling Jerry the other day about my own experiences with horsehair snakes with my grandmother growing up in the South.  The hairs do act like snakes and do seem to be  life-like, or, animated by the water they lie in.  I still look for them in the woods and find the phenomenon intriguing.
“Mind is the disease of semen.” Or, maybe I should say that consciousness/self as manifested in Malkuth is the most base manifestation of the phallic energy/libido as “sex.”  “But mind, never at ease, creaketh ‘I’,” seems to echo what we were saying in regard to the illusory nature of the individual, but now we have moved into the higher Ruach and above the concept of “Death.”  While it seems to be the same old new-age banter there is a subtle difference. 
Here we see the movement of energy from Binah/Babalon=the City of Pyramids, (c.f. “The Gun Barrel” discussions) into Geburah/Horus=Mars.  According to “777” this path of Cheth, or “The Chariot,” is related to “Kephera” (c.f. “The Stag-Beetle”).   It is also the Moon/Cancer (c.f. “Dewdrops”) manifesting the Will below the Abyss.  Crowley, again “777,” describes this as the “Disposing Intelligence.”  My pocket Webster’s defines “dispose” as “…to arrange in a certain order,…control,” again, Chastity.  Case (Tarot Fundamentals) quotes Pythagoras as describing this energy as “…vehiculum, vehicle, of man’s life…THE KATHOPANISHAD says: ‘The Self is the rider drawn in the chariot of the body, guided by the intellect as charioteer, drawn by the senses as powerful horses, controlled by way of the mind serving for the reins.  Thus runs the vehicle over the course of experience...’”  Cheth also translates to “fence, enclosure,” that surrounds a field, a potentiality of both productivity or fallowness.  It might be easier to understand this as the one-pointedness of the Will brings that Supernal Intuition, or formative power (the “Dewdrops” of the lunar fluid), via the subconscious, into a potentially active state (The Chariot) manifested as Horus (the Son).
In the same way that the water (Binah-ocean) animates the lifeless horsehair, the Malkuthian shell of the “individual” is animated by the Lunar fluids descending from the Supernals.
Love is the law, love under will.
Ben

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Saturday May 16th 2009 –  6:20am Miguel sent in a rather good piece well worth reviewing on Steep Horsehair. He writes - "

93, Br. Cornelius,
As the challenge of interpreting these versus of Liber 333 progresses I note the awareness of a reluctance to just go with first impressions (of course you suggested against this already); especially so in this case because it is becoming clearer that what is being used to interpret is in fact the very thing being interpreted. The reluctance also relates to the lessons that have been taught on the way during these discussions, so as the content of these chapters begins to synthesize into something very personal, as eloquently relayed by Mick, Cf. the Blog Friday, may 8th 7:10am., taking time to let the chapter simmer in mind a little might produce a snake of knowledge and delight rather than one that eats the sun whole.
        In that the Chariot is assigned to cancer via the Sepher Yetzirah the image of this creature scurrying across the ocean floor seems just as appropriate a metaphor for that being referred to as the chariot in the Atu. The crab is an armored warrior who fights not only for his mate but also his hiding spot. The fact that this Atu connects Binah to Geburah seems to reflect the ocean imagery(Binah) and the Warrior mythos of the Crab (Geburah). This warrior is prominently displayed as the armored Knight within the chariot. However, neither the armor nor the chariot itself are the truth of the Atu they merely represent the shell within which the truth travels. In this way too the crab also relates to the scarab and or stag beetle in that it carries truth through darkness.  Some older astrological text use this beetle as well as a lobster to characterize Cancer. Older G.’.D.’. inspired Tarot decks often show a lobster in the Atu XVIII The Moon. The tendency to hide, or keep something hidden that is associated with these creatures is symbolically associated with silence. For a truly exceptional explanation of exactly what this silence is see Crowley’s Little Essays Toward Truth. This silence is also that second type of faith to which Crowley seems to refer in MWT Ch 67 and which is referred to as Charioting in this chapter of Liber 333. In connection with all this I recall that verse of Liber AL which states “But she said: the ordeals I write not: the rituals shall be half known and half concealed: the Law is for all. AL:I:34 this verse has been referred to in the Epistle On Changes within Our A.’.A.’. in the section on the grade of the Lover.
It is to also be noted that in the Atu of Toth the princes of the court cards are Charioteers. These are assigned to the sphere of tiphareth suggesting that the Charioteer of Atu VIII is particular reflected in that sephira. As such this charioteer has three specific reins which provide his ability to direct the lower Ruach as depicted in the Atu’s of the Devil, Death, and Art/Temperance. Of these three it is only that of Art which depicts the Angel synthesizing seemingly contrary forces into the elixir of life.
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6:35am Frater Orpheus finally surfaces. People are beginning to look forward to his views on these chapter from The Book of Lies and we were worried that he wouldn't submit anything this time. But the Gods came through. He writes - "93 Jerry... sorry I haven't responded to your last couple of emails but I’ve been off line for about a week now.. but up and running again...I will do my emails tonight. In the mean time here are my thoughts on this chapter and the whole thing can really be cut into two separate pieces...  but I wrote it as one so sent it that way but the first 3 pages or so deal with the chapter specifically and the rest is more of an elaboration which builds upon everything I’ve written so far.  It's on the third page were I shift gears and start going into Abrahadabra and the Ruach etc 93 93/93."

Jerry,
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law

We are discussing extremely archetypal concepts even in Cabala land; none the less, hopefully the following lies will provide you some food for thought…On “Steeped Horsehair”.
“Mind is a disease of semen”… that says it all in a nut shell. 
Semen is the seed of the True Spirit in its manifested Malkuthian form.  It is a substance wherein just as Crowley states “All that a man is or may be is hidden therein.”  All seeds are the Charioteer of something greater then itself just as WE are the Charioteer of something greater than “Self”.  If one wishes to unite with that Macrocosmic Self which is greater then “Self“, then he must loose “himself in the Charioting.” This is accomplished within, and thru silence, free from the disease of the mind or that Ego which creaketh “I”.  “Therefore is Man only himself when lost to himself in the Charioting.” (AC B.O.L. chpt. 8)
Mind is the disease of Semen because it is always vomiting from a Malkuthian or an egotistical point of view; it can’t help it, hence the necessity for the complete “blotting out of the mind“.  As Mind is always coming from the point of view of “I” when we are looking for “THAT” which is beyond “I”; THAT which is Omnipotent - Omniscient - Omnipresent.
As already well established this chapter is directly related to Cheth and the path of the Chariot.  This path is the link between the Supernals and that which lies below all the way down into ‘Manifestation‘ via the 418 Pillar of Abra Had Abra. 
Classically referred to as the “House of Influence”, this path is often attributed to a special aspect of consciousness, the personality.   In another sense this path may be seen as the “House” or place where “Images” and the Libido “Influence” the which eventually manifests below.
Crowley writes that this path represents, “The influence of the Supernals descending through the veil of Water upon the energy of man, and so inspires it.”  Case calls this path the “Conquest of Illusion” and as JC already pointed out, that it teaches us how to control those powers manifested thru (O) Ayin, the illusions or Maya of the Devil card.  Note that the Devil card and Chariot card are polar opposites (Cancer/Capricorn) and therefore “balancing” forces.
In another sense this path demands an awareness of the limitations and origins of our manifested personality as well as the “True Self“.  This Personality we call “Self” is that enclosing quality of the “fence” Cheth and this Water path is key in understanding how the Word emerges from the subconscious waters and into actual expression.
The Charioteer is the inner self; the reigns the mind and the Chariot the body. When lost in the Charioteering the “Real Self” is allowed to guide the personality “He is throned in the chariot rather than conducting it, because the whole system of progression is perfectly balanced.  His only function is to bear the Holy Grail.” (A.C. B.O.T.)  This Holy Grail contains the Blood of the Saints and the Seed or Word of Chokmah.  These Seeds move thru Daleth to “impregnate“ Binah where we find ourselves in the womb of our great Mother Nuit extended into Babalon.  Simply put, the pro-creative powers of Chockmah have moved into Saturn and from there will move through the watery path of Cheth and down into Mars.  These two planets then are key to understanding this path.
Let us Consider Saturn which sits atop our Pillar of 418 and is both our Mother and also Senex or Father Time…Hillman wrote that, “The Lead of Saturn is the downward and inward pull of gravity into Subjectivity”.  He is the great teacher of Astrology and also a God of fertility said to have invented agriculture.  When negatively aspected Saturn has a tendency towards materialism rooted in Earth.  These Earthly qualities of Saturn can be understood in relation to the myths of his Daughters.  However for now it is only important to note that Saturn involves himself in the affairs of Earth. 
Recall the Legend of Kronos/Saturn who castrates his father Uranus and then with his left hand flings his testis into the sea.  In other words, the pro-creative powers of Uranus are now in the hands of Saturn.  Myth has it that this single act  generated several off-spring.  From the blood that was spilt upon the Earth a race of giants, the Erinyes and the Nymphs of the Ash Tree were created.  And, in due time the Testis afloat at Sea created a “foam” from which Venus arose.  Yet these “Testis” were not of a Man but of the sky God Uranus and in no way Malkuthian in nature but instead  signify some divine aspect of that “Creative force”.  This may be seen as the unconscious powers latent within the Kundalini forces.  Or in more mythical terms, the Sexual “imagination” which inseminates below the subconscious waves, ‘creating’ even when detached from ‘Self”.
MARS is said to be the planet of Physical energy and War; as well as the “Sexual Energies”.  This “energy” depends exclusively upon the actions of the Magician to be utilized in a constructive manner or not.  Mars is “Manhood” yet recall his weakness is that He falls victim to the charms of Venus.  In regards to this Crowley wrote, “For all men must resist Kundry, or Lilith, or Venus - in whatever form she may appear - in order to attain mastery of life.” (AC Astrology)  This Martial “energy” is powerful and descends from on high via the path of Cheth.  The Magician seeks to control this and must remain diligent in this task.  “Avert your glance for the fraction of a second from the eyes of your antagonist -- whether it be courage or attention that fails, it matters not -- and is rapier slips past your guard.  Let your wrist weaken -- whether from insufficient training or from exhaustion through a breach of Will -- and the glittering point is in your heart”. (AC Astrology) 
This Path of Cheth may then be seen as a transitional phase uniting the “Procreative Powers” latent within Saturn to the “Sexual Energies” latent within Mars.  A true intermediary stage between that which is above to that below. 
Now let us try to Understand this path in relation to the formula of the Aeon, ABRA - HAD - ABRA.   Cheth, which adds to 418 when spelt in full, is also 8. recall that Nuit said “Nothing is a secret key of this law.  Sixty-one the Jews call it; I call it eight, eighty, four hundred & eighteen.“ (Al I:46)  Well 61 = Ain, 8 = Cheth, 80 = Peh and 418 = Abra-Had-Abra;  so you may ask how is Nuit 418?
Consider this… 61 or Ain is Nu in her highest sense, true “Nothingness” yet Nu is the hiding of Hadit.  She extends into the Ain Soph Aur (414) where that first whirling motion becomes Had/Kether.  “Had! The manifestation of Nuit.” (Al I:1).  This point extends in two Mercurial directions; Aleph representing that pure Will unassuaged of purpose that becomes the “Seeds” of Chokmah.  This Seed then moves through Daleth (4), the “Door” and Nuit is extended into Binah our Mother Babalon and the Supernal triad is complete. (418)
It all starts with Nu

61AinNothing triple negative 000
353Ain Sophboundless double negative 00
414Ain Soph Aurboundless Light single negative   0
418Ain Soph Aur + 4 Daleth = 418 & Nuit is extended unto Binah

Abra-had-Abra and 418 are generally considered Masculine formulae and on this plane or below the abyss this is true.  But, what of Nuit’s association with this number?  Could there be a time where she is the “active” and Hadit the “passive”?  Is this not the word of the New Aeon?  Maybe just as the poles switch from pillar to pillar as you rise up through the planes, so do the formulas reverse polarities on either side of the Abyss.  In other words on this plane Male is positive and Female negative but in the Supernals Male is negative and Female is positive.  Note that Chockmah and Binah are atop Pillars opposite to what you might at first expect in relation to Mercury and Venus below.
Divine providence of the 418 pillar and our formula of Abra - Had - Abra are reflected in the structure of the Tree itself.  Tradition has it that the 22 Hebrew letters themselves are divine symbols figurative of how everything is created. These are given as three mothers Aleph-Mem-Shin; seven doubles or the 7 planets and 12 singles or the signs of the Zodiac.  How these all work together, as we all know is a complicated thing that may appear as pure madness but the Magician understands the divine providence of these symbols and that they are just that… symbols.  Archetypal representations of the currents within our Psychic bodies. 
At the center of our Universe (Psychic bodies) is our Star/Tiphereth; surrounding it are the planets which compose the Ruach.  The most important reflections of  the Magician are those about self.  When he delves into the nature of his Star.  This “Nature” is a complex interplay we Cabbalist have mapped out on out Tree of life.  This quest for Understanding has led us to Soul and that which we call the Ruach and Psychology simply calls the Self; in either case it is considered dual fold in Nature and labeled the Higher and the Lower Self or Ruach.  Even Animus and Anima are part of this dual fold interplay.  Hillman wrote that, “Each Anima figure projects a sort of Animus figure & vice-versa”. (Anima)
Note the classic struggles between these central planets.  Mars and Mercury are War and Love; Chesed and Hod or Religion and Science; or the seemingly complimentary associations between War and Science and Religion and Love. 
The myths and interactions of these 4 planets and the 8 paths that connect them to your Star, can be understood as the forces constantly at play, pushing and pulling upon “Self”.   In their interplay lies a whole myriad of symbols and myths rich in imagery and are simply your tools to understanding self.  The divine providence of these paths is only understood in their totality as they all form “You” and your universe. 
If you were to take every path attributed to these central planets of the Ruach you will see that they total 666, the number of Man or the Light of your Star projected.  You will notice that none of these planets bare any influence over the paths on the 418 Pillar.  If you took the totality of the influence of all the planets then only three paths remain untouched; the three mother letters or Alchemic principles.  Co-incidence?
So why do I digress to the Ruach…simple its all interconnected.   Upper to Lower Self, Upper Self to the Divine etc.  Or in other words, all of this must be placed in “balance” for that pure descent of Spirit, from Kether all the way down to Malkuth…where just like Us, it may follow the path of the Sun to live, die and be reborn.  This we achieve by the formula of ON which is also Abra-Had-Abra and BABALON.

Love is the law, love under will
     Frater Orpheus

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9:30pm Jerri has not been well this week; been kinda under the weather but still a tropper, she thought about Steeped Horsehair and writes - "93 Jerry, I'm doing ok. Well, really. I've had Malkuthian stuff at the forefront these days ... I am frustrated that I haven't had the mental capacity to think much about Steeped Horsehair...I can't seem to focus much, but hopefully I am starting to snap out of it!!! I think today I am starting to feel more inside myself. As I look back at the past few days, I've been rather outside of my own body....floating almost as in a dream. ... I did read the Magick Without Tears letter regarding our only 2 thoughts processes. Interesting...I interpreted the two thought forms as ascension and dissension. Addition is unifying, thus is an ascending influence. Subtraction on the other hand, is separating...thus energy descends. Simple it would seem, yet...fascinating to me...as one breaks down Malkuthian things on an anatomic level, everything is comprised of the same materials, and they never disappear. They may get smaller and smaller...but...still...they always remain...ever more minute versions of the same materials that they always were. This is another example of infinity... Well, I think today or this evening will be a good time to consider this chapter more in detail, and I will be able to send you something regarding it's import...Love you, 93 93/93 Jerri." ............. Reply: Dont fret too hard; the main thing for you is to take it easy, keep better and we all send you smiles and astral hugs.

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Love is the law, love under will.AL I:57




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