Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
The Equinox has passed, the Sun is in Aries, spring is here and we are into the beginning of the Thelemic New Year of The Empress, Anno Viii. The Empress is attributed to Daleth, the Hebrew letter that means Door and is ruled by Venus. The Path of Daleth on the Tree of Life unites the Father and Mother, Chokmah and Binah. The alchemical symbol of Venus is the only planetary symbol that comprises all the Sephiroth of the Tree of Life: “Beauty, display thine Empire! Truth above/Thought’s reach: the wholeness of the world is Love.”
April is the month in which we celebrate the Three Days for the Writing of The Book of the Law. Yesterday was the day of The Fool – “This queer stanger? Let us entreat him kindly. It may be that we entertain an angel unawares.”
The “Green Man” of the Spring Festival , the “April Fool.” The Holy Ghost:
“…..The Green Man is a personification of the mysterious influence that produces the phenomena of spring. It is hard to say why it should be so, but it is so: there is a connection with the ideas of irresponsibility, of wantonness, of idealisation, of romance, of starry dreaming.”
The mnemonic for this Atu is: “Truth, laughter, lust: Wine’s Holy Fool! Veil rent, Lewd madness is sublime enlightenment.”
“The Fool stirs within all of us at the return of Spring, and because we are a little bewildered, a little embarrassed, it has been thought a salutary custom to externalise the subconscious impulse by ceremonial means. It was a way of making confession easy. Of all these festivals it may be said that they are representations in the simplest form, without introspection, of a perfectly natural phenomenon. In particular are to be noted the custom of the Easter Egg and the “Poisson d’avril”. (The Saviour Fish is discussed elsewhere in this essay. The precession of the Equinoxes has made Spring begin with the entry of the Sun into Aries the Ram, instead of Pisces the Fishes as was the case in the earliest times recorded.)”
– The Atu: Mnemonics, The Book of Thoth.
This month we have the following events coming up at the Lodge. All dates in this bulletin are e.v. throughout:
- Friday 7th: Thelemic Workings
- Saturday 8th: Three Days for the Writing of The Book of the Law – 1
- Sunday 9th: Three Days for the Writing of The Book of the Law – 2
- Monday 10th: Three Days for the Writing of The Book of the Law – 3
+ Thelemic Reading & Lucid Dreaming Groups
- Saturday 22nd: Initiations Meeting
- Sunday 23rd: Gnostic Mass
The Atlantis Bookshop, 49A Museum St, London WC1A 1LY will as usual be marking the three day Feast for the Writing of the Book of the Law with a public reading and declaration of a Chapter of the Book of the Law on each of the three days, this coming Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 8, 9 & 10 April, starting at 12.00 noon each day.