Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Greetings of the first day of the month of the Summer Solstice! The Sun remains in Gemini until the day of the solstice itself on the 21st. Gemini is ruled by Mercury and Atu VI, The Lovers – or: The Brothers – refers to Gemini. In the Book of Thoth, The Master Therion explains the sign of the twins as the story of Cain. Atus VI & XIV, are seen themselves as twins with each of the symbols in itself double and regarded by him as “..the most obscure and difficult of the Atu.” A rewarding subject of meditation and reflection as we emerge from resting in simplicity, listening to the silence.
There is an earlier description of Atu VI “…in its more primitive form…” in Liber 418 The Vision and the Voice, The Cry of the 2nd Aethyr, which is called ARN:
“There is an Assyrian legend of a woman with a fish, and also there is a legend of Eve and the Serpent, for Cain was the child of Eve and the Serpent, and not of Eve and Adam; and therefore when he had slain his brother, who was the first murderer, having sacrificed living things to his demon, had Cain the mark upon his brow, which is the mark of the Beast spoken of in the Apocalypse, and is the sign of Initiation.
“The shedding of blood is necessary, for God did not hear the children of Eve until blood was shed. And that is external religion; but Cain spake not with God, nor had the mark of initiation upon his brow, so that he was shunned of all men, until he had shed blood. And this blood was the blood of his brother. This is a mystery of the sixth key of the Tarot, which ought not to be called The Lovers, but The Brothers.
“In the middle of the card stands Cain; in his right hand is the Hammer of Thor with which he hath slain his brother, and it is all wet with his blood. And his left hand he holdeth open as a sign of innocence. On his right hand is his mother Eve, around whom the serpent is entwined with his hood spread behind her head; and on his left hand is a figure somewhat like the Hindoo Kali, but much more seductive. Yet I know it to be Lilith. And above him is the Great Sigil of the Arrow, downward, but it is struck through the heart of the child. This child also is Abel. And the meaning of this part of the card is obscure, but that is the correct drawing of the Tarot card; and that is the correct magical fable from which the Hebrew scribes, who were not complete Initiates, stole their legend of the Fall and the subsequent events.”
The key of this Atu is seen to be that it represents the Creation of the World. Frater A.I., in his Emblematic Arcana of Babalon sees the House of Babalon established in Binah between the manifest and unmanifest worlds on the Tree of Life. In this dualism, the material world is seen as a reflection and the sign of Gemini as expanding on that dualism. His Lamen of the 17th Path that connects Binah to Tiphareth is seen as the one that contains the mystery of Life, Death and Faithfulness. The slain Abel is represented within the vescica, a symbol of the kteis of the Great Mother, symbolising the “…birthing of the son, Light from Darkness…”
This month we have the following events coming up at the Lodge. All dates in this bulletin are e.v. throughout:
- Monday 5th: Thelemic Reading and Lucid Dreaming Groups
- Friday 9th: Working Your Degree: Minerval
- Friday 16th: Thelemic Workings
- Monday 19th: Minerval Sponsorship Meeting (First Degree and above only)
- Wednesday 21: Feast of the Times:Summer Solstice
- Saturday 24th: Initiations Meeting
- Sunday 25th: Celebration of the Gnostic Mass + Special Guest Lecture: “The Witches’ Ointment: Demonising the Entheogenic Sacred Feminine”.