by AREXZ 1496
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
The Freedom of the Fool has ever been the Goal of the Magus. This Freedom can and should include freedom from harassment and persecution. Indeed, it must, as the Fool represents the non-dual condition of the Self in union (at-one-ment) with the World.
Yet the rite of passage from original Fool to practicing Magician is the performance of the Ritual of Banishing, establishing the Duality of within and without the Circle. Despite the introduction of duality, the creation of the circle is a necessary step for the practitioner of the Magickal Path. This is an apparently valid application of the Formula of IAO, a deliberate divergence from the original pristine condition, through a state of division, to a fuller Understanding of the Mysteries.
Now, let us examine the process of transmission of magickal practice as a process of linkage between Past, Present, and Future. At some past time, a ritual, say the LBR (Lesser Banishing Ritual), is developed by a particular magician within a particular political climate. These particulars are reflected in the content of the ritual, even though its Form may be Universal. Then, at a time we shall arbitrarily call the present, the ritual is adopted by a modern-day magician. But with what Result?
There will be little argument that with sufficient practice, the modern-day magician acquires a deepening understanding of the Knowledge of the originating magician, perhaps even the combined knowledge of all past and present practitioners of the particular rite. But what of the other side of the coin, the Magician’s Environment? It is my contention that the continued intensive use of a rite re-creates and/or reinforces the political climate prevailing at the time of the original creation of the rite.
Let’s put it another way: Is it really any surprise that the Fool, having surrounded himself with the Judeo-Christian symbols or “Names of God” in the Microcosm of the Circle, then finds himself in a Judeo-Christian culture in the Macrocosm of the World? That having placed his Faith in the Authority of the Emperor rather than the Inspiration of the Star, and having built an House of God based on His Plan, the Fool then finds the Tower shaking beneath his feet? As it is written, “…the Eighties cower before me, & are abased…” (AL.III.46).
So much for blind repetition and fear of change! Having recognized the Nature of this Devilish situation (IAO), we are then in a position to allow the Teacher to reveal the Virtue of the Star (IAF), and complete the transition from the Eighties to the Nineties. (Careful analysis of these symbols and formulae and their interrelation is suggested).
The problem having been defined, let us turn to the Book of the Law (Liber AL) for suggestions as to a solution. “Behold! the rituals of the old time are black. Let the evil ones be cast away…” (AL.II.5), and “There is a veil: that veil is black…Tear down that lying spectre of the centuries: veil not your vices is virtuous words…” (AL.II.52), and “There is help & hope in other spells…” (AL.II.70).
The message is clear. While the Hebrew Qabalah and the Hebraic “Names of God” may (or may not) be a necessary theoretical foundation for the magickal path, they are not suitable for practical use in Thelemic Magick. We must cast away the rituals of the old (Judeo-Christian) time, and fix our attention on, and our aims most firmly in, the Thelemic Future.
We must create and use our own Thelemic Formulae, be they Greek, Anglo-Saxon, or Modern English ones. For it is a simple fact that the Future does not yet exist! Oh, we may adopt Gnostic Formulae such as IAF and ABRAHADABRA. We may attribute them to the Tree of Life and use them in our rituals. But we will not find our Future in and existing grimoire or system. True Magick is an evolving and experimental Science.
In order to carry on the Work of Teaching, the creation of new systems of Thelemic Magick must become a priority for all Magickal Orders. Perhaps another prophet shall arise and hand it to us on a silver platter, but I doubt it. Rather we will all be contributing, and some, I don’t know who, will have to coordinate the mess. There will be disagreement and there will be compromise, but hopefully in the end we will have a simple system of Thelemic Magick based on the Tree of Life, Graeco-Gnostic, and perhaps even English Formulae.
Perhaps Crowley provided the Star Ruby (and other Thelemic Rituals) for use in this period of transition. It not only provides a Symbol on which to concentrate our Collective Mind, thereby aiding agreement, it is also suggestive of the Basic Nature of Thelemic Magick.
For example, the Ruby is clearly grounded in Yesod, rather than Malkuth. Combining this with the Idea of the Emptiness of Phenomena in the Buddhist Tradition and the findings of Quantum Physics suggest a “Tree” with an observer-created Universe at Da’ath and no Malkuth. The Tree then takes the Form of the Perfect Double Cube and/or Two Interpenetrating Hexagrams. Furthermore, the Polarities of the Star Ruby are identical to those in the Tibetan Tantras. Further research into these matters is left to the reader.
No matter how profound these insights may be, it is important to remember that the Star Ruby, like any ritual, is merely a Bridge. While it may help us across the abyss we are currently faced with, it will not take use across the next. The next step will require us to use our Insight, Intuition, and Imagination to project our own Future for the benefit of humankind.
Love is the law, love under will.