old days” before IBM went solid state when I became aware that on the wall to my left, the North, I was seeing a great White Star, sort of Chrismasiy (sic), if you know what I mean, & below it was a Great Black City – the City of Dreadful Night=Bina=Pyramids=Saturn etc. It was obviously a vision of the Star card So I turned to my typewriter on the South and wrote The Star of the Magi
Beyond the Fortress of the Night That rules the Gulfs of Avatar My own transfigured soul burn (sic) bight (sic) And glorious: A deathless Star! And this our pledge to keep to those who keep Their vigil on the Dreadful Deep
for 5 verses. Emboldened by this I decided to write one poem for each of the other Major Atu besides Atu XVII & on Crowley’s dictum that the Adept only has 2 real steps to take: (1) to achieve 5=6 which means bringing your Energy up to your Heart Chakra Tiphereth where you meet your HGA & then “under that divine guidance” to (2) “essay” (no guarantees) the “adventure” of “the Abyss,” I named it
A cycle of 22 poems in honor of Our Maid of the Star Drifts Next I wrote Alchemy for the Atu XIV Art Fierce Virgin of the Sacred Source Attracting all the world to Thee We pray the Knowledge of Thy force: Thine aching Negativity! For 4 verses.
and (sic) then, in succession, for Atu VIII Adjustment The Sign of the Sphinx
For I was born in the Sign of the Sphinx
1st line & 1st lines hereafter as follows
Atu XII The Hanged Man The Redeemer That Is In the Waters
O who will go with the mermen bold
Atu XI The Hermit The Magus
King Arthur reitns (sic) in Camelot
Atu XI Lust The Unicorn
I saw the god Harpocrates
Atu XIII Death The Black Osiris
Dread Virgin, Mother, Harlot, Crone
Atu 0 The Fool The Child
Around, around, the circling Hound
Atu XV The Devil The Dweller On The Threshold
The Angel stood on Gilead
Atu II The Hi Priestess The Virgin
The silent god Harpocrates
Atu XVIII The Moon Alien Star
Atu XVI The Tower Remembered Eden
Dark Goddess of the Inward Sky
Atu XX The Aeon The Lamp of the Spirit
Cat Head Goddess, Lion of the Light
Atu X Fortune The Heavens of Urania
Blind Horus on His Falcon Throne
Atu XXI The Universe Noah’s Arc
The demon headed God of Space
Atu VI The Lovers Ezekial’s Bestiary
The Seven Headed Beast has won
Atu XIX The Sun Jericho
Phantom walls and phantom halls
Atu III The Empress October Bridge
Flaming Year Ghost, Ghost of Flame
Atu I The Magus The Abyss
Point-source light of phallic tower
Atu IV The Emporer Archetype
Dead woodlimbs of psychic yearning
Atu V The Hierophant The Dragon’s Head
Pragmatic Earth Sign. Bird of Light
Atu VII The Chariot The Ark of the Convenant
The 1st was written in Mar of 1961ev & the last in Dec. of that year.
It was a fantastic initiatory experience. It began with perfectly ordinary poetry,
In groves at night your Golden Cup By Brother Nemo lifted up Or “To become a Sphinx one must be born a Sphinx The Transformers did not lie. And the pile of dust was burned to ash As the Angel wind passed by A Star was born in the Abys (sic) From the Eye that is not “I”.
And then, sure enough, right there in the middle, was that “break” the Magician is always looking for in any Magical Experiment, that point where you go “from one universe to another,” as the poet says, or where you “take a little leap,” as Einstein put it. You “break the type” (the “Stereotype, i.e. you all) as in all humour or genius & you “leap to Heaven like a grasshopper” (Papyri of Ani) or a zen Haiku. I.e. you get enlightened.
With Alien Star for Atu XVIII The Moon card, we went into a different dimension.
Deeper than the Unknown Night The spaceworm spins it’s (sic) prison bar It’s (sic) casement tower, height on height “Shell by the Abyssal Crustacea” Shine upon our Alien Fright Shine upon our Prison Bar The scaly reptile in the roads Seeks on Her Lunar glories “Shell by the Abyssal Crustacea” Shine upon our Alien Fright Shine upon our Prison Bar (8 21 61ev)
The Vision was of an underwater swimmer in a wet suit at the bottom of the Black Lagoon swimming just above the bottom of a completely lightless pool. After that the poetry became quite chaotic.
Phantom walls and phantom halls A phantom wind eroting (sic)
from Jericho and
Esoteric bridge of longing Numinous, in Her cathedral Cryptic star-track, Angel thronging.
from October Bridge &
Thicketed, the brambled numbers Fiery steel-springs; Gold Ram Dream-sequenced perception slumbers Alien space-beast; abstract am
from The Abyss. In many ways they resemble some of the verses from Synchronicity I on THE POLICE album so big now. Aslo (sic) Every Breath You Take, both by Sting. There is much music of this type coming down today on the rock scene. And in your own private scene, I suggest that you too take on the Tarot, card by card. Crowley tells you in THE BOOK OF THOTH “until each melds into the other.”
To be continued… [Click HERE]
I wish to thank Frater Petros of Leaping Laughter Clerk House
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