From the Caliph
by Frater Hymenaeus Alpha 777 (Grady Louis McMurtry)

The following article appeared in
The Magickal Link, Vol. 1I, No.10 October 1982e.v.

Traditionally we have accepted 6 of Aleister Crowley’s works as THE HOLY BOOKS.  They are Liber AL, Liber Cordis Cincti Serpente (Liber LXV), Liber Liberi vel Lapidis Lazuli (Liber VII), Liber DCCCVIII vel Ararita, History Lection (Liber LXI) & Liber Trigrammation.  I verified this with Germer 20 years ago when some doubt arose.  They were originally published by Crowley in a small three volume set very expensively in white leather with gold stamping and were entitled THELEMA in Greek.  Of these we will consider Liber VII, Liber LXV & Liber DCCCXIII.  These poems, hymns in praise of his H.G.A., are a record of the highest spiritual attainment: the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel, the Crossing of the Abyss, VIII°, Magister Templi.  And they follow a curious pattern.
In the first, Liber Liberi vel Lapidis Lazuli VII, we have the ecstatic breakthrough into communication with that Unknown where the poet knows union with the geyser of the unconscious.  II:11, “Thou art like a beautiful Nubian slave leaning her naked purple against the green pillars of marble that are above the bath.”  the poetry speaks for itself, but the pattern is curious.  If we take the formula IAO beginning with the PROLOGUE OF THE UNBORN as an added chapter, the pattern goes IAO, IAO, IAO, IA, IA, IA, IA, IAO.  One can presume that the failure to reach that last ecstatic O in the in-between chapters were beautiful experiences that were not completed.

Liber Cordis Cincti Serpente vel LXV (The Heart Girt With The Serpent) is the record of a more mature experience of the same kind, and is loaded with reverse sexuality.  As Crowley goes through the various levels of experiencing this phenomenon he slips in & out of sex roles easily as could be expected at this height of tantric androgyny.  II:54, “Crush out the blood of me, as a grape upon the tongue of a white Doric girl that languishes with her lover in the moonlight.”  III:40, “I am become like a luscious devil of Italy; a fair strong woman with worn cheeks, eaten out with hunger for kisses.”  And, III:5, “That which went in as a brave boy of beautiful limbs cometh forth as a maiden. As a little child for perfection.”  Just about as alchemical as you can get.  All of this is summed up in the last verse: “So also is the end of the book, and the Lord Adonai is about it on all sides like a Thunderbolt, and a Pylon, and a Snake, and a Phallus, and in the midst thereof He is like a Woman that jetteth out the milk of the stars from her paps; yea, the milk of the stars from her paps.”

With DCCCXIII vel Ararita we have the culmination of this experience recounted in a relaxed, almost familiar style.  For a taste of the poetry we can try VII 7, “At the touch of the Fire Qadosh the Brilliance of our Lord was absorbed in  th Naught of our Lady of the Body of the Milk of the Stars.”  for the pattern we notice the chapter heads.  Seen across the board they run as follows:

             I         II  III  IV       V      V     VII
Aleph - Resh - Aleph - Resh - Yod - Tau - Aleph

Obviously the formula of Ararita:

                                   A R A R I Th A

It’s literal meaning and noteriqon.  This is the seven-fold name used to command the 7 ancient planets in Renaissance Ceremonial Magick.  Agrippa, in his OCCULT PHILOSOPHY, gives the Noteriqon thusly:


The meaning of this is roughly: “His principle is one, his beginning is one and his permutations are one.”  The Gematria can be numbered out in the usual way.  It is not often that a master of the Art can make his intentions so plain.

Of the other three HOLY BOOKS, Liber AL vel Legis and Liber Trigrammaton can be ordered from the O.T.O., and Liber LXI vel Causae can be found in any copy of THE BLUE EQUINOX.

These THREE HOLY BOOKS should prove invaluable to the true seeker of Initiation.  May they guide you in that quest.


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To be continued… [Click HERE]

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