Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Greetings on the First day of May! This is traditionally a day of joyous, often masked, phallic and firery festivities heralding the coming Summer in the northern hemisphere throughout the centuries – enjoy! The Sun is in Taurus until entering into Gemini on the 21st of the month. The Heirophant is the Thoth Tarot card referred to Taurus, associated with the Element of Earth in its strongest and most balanced form, ruled by Venus. In this image, the Hierophant is actually seated upon a bull.
In the Thelemic wheel of the year, it is the time of the cross-quarter Feast of Cattle, recently celebrated at AMeTh Lodge. Crowley noted that there is a “distinctively sadistic” aspect to the Heirophant card that derives from the Minoan and Greek legends of Pasiphae, the “prototype of all the legends of the Bull-gods”. In the original Minoan myth, the likely Solar Goddess Pasiphae unites with the Lunar Bull, symbolic of the mystical marriage, union with the Divine. Shiva and Shakti as One.
A very literalistic understanding of a Minoan myth, based upon Greek accounts of how, in order to actually copulate with the bull, Pasiphae had the Athenian artificer Daedalus construct a portable wooden cow with a cowhide covering, within which she was able to satisfy her strong desire. Crudely literalistic interpretations of the myth reduce a female deity, a daughter of the Sun, to a highly questionable “stereotyped emblem of grotesque bestiality and the shocking excesses of female sensuality and deceit.”
Far from crude literalism, the central symbolism of this particular mystery embedded in the image of the Heirophant is alluded to in The Book of Thoth:
“But the main reference is to the particular arcanum which is the principal business, the essential, of all magical work; the uniting of the microcosm with the macrocosm. Accordingly, the oriel is diaphanous; before the Manifestor of the Mystery is a hexagram representing the macrocosm. In its centre is a pentagram, representing a dancing male child. This symbolises the law of the new Aeon of the Child Horns, which has supplanted that Aeon of the “Dying God” which governed the world for two thousand years. Before him is the woman girt with a sword; she represents the Scarlet Woman in the hierarchy of the new Aeon. This symbolism is further carried out in the oriel where, behind the phallic headdress, the rose of five petals is in blossom.”
This month we have the following events coming up at the Lodge. All dates in this bulletin are e.v. throughout:
- Saturday 6th: Minerval Initiations
- Monday 8h: Thelemic Reading & Lucid Dreaming Groups
- Friday 12th: AMeTh Initiations & Mass (AIM) Class
- Saturday 13th: Wine Tasting Soirée