Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
The Feast of Cattle, where Osiris is the pertinent godform, has been celebrated. It is the month of Beltane fires and the festival of Floralia. The Hierophant is the card referred to Taurus in the Thoth Tarot. Before the figure of the Hierophant is a woman girt with a sword, representing the Scarlet Woman.
May 23rd is the anniversary of the Apparition of the Daughter of Fortitude, Edward Kelly’s vision pertaining to Our Lady Babalon, recevied whilst scrying in the seventh Aethyr of DEO on that day, 413 years ago in 1587 e.v.
Dee’s journal for Saturday, May 23, 1587 e.v. records:
“Here cometh another woman: All her attire is like beaten gold; she hath on her forehead a Cross chrystal, her neck and breast are bare unto under her dugs: She hath a girdle of beaten gold slackly buckled unto her with a pendant of gold down to the ground.”
“I am the daughter of Fortitude, and ravished every hour, from my youth. For behold, I am Understanding, and Science dwelleth in me; and the heavens oppress me. They covet and desire me with infinite appetite; few or none that are earthly have embraced me, for I am shadowed with the Circle of the Stone, and covered with the morning Clouds. My feet are swifter than the winds, and my hands are sweeter than the morning dew. My garments are from the beginning, and my dwelling place is in my self. The Lion knoweth not where I walk, neither do the beasts of the field understand me. I am deflowered, and yet a virgin; I sanctify, and am not sanctified. Happy is he that embraceth me: for in the night season I am sweet, and in the day full of pleasure. My company is a harmony of many Cymbals, and my lips sweeter than health itself. I am a harlot for such as ravish me, and a virgin with such as know me not: For Lo, I am loved of many, and I am a lover to many; and as many as come unto me as they should do, have entertainment. Purge your streets, O ye sons of men, and wash your houses clean; make yourselves holy, and put on righteousness. Cast out your old strumpets, and burn their clothes; abstain from the company of other women that are defiled, that are sluttish, and not so handsome and beautiful as I, and then will I come and dwell amongst you: and behold, I will bring forth children unto you, and they shall be the sons of Comfort. I will open my garments, and stand naked before you, that your love may be more enflamed toward me. As yet, I walk in the clouds; as yet, I am carried with the winds, and cannot descend unto you for the multitude of your abominations, and the filthy loathsomeness of your dwelling places.”
Crowley considered Kelly to be one of his previous incarnations: see Chapters 73 and 187 of Liber Aleph and Part III of The Heart of the Master.
The Vision and the Voice, Liber 418 is a record of Crowley’s use of the Thirty Aethyrs of the Enochian system of magic, channelled through Dee and Kelley, to explore some of the most subtle planes of magickal and mystical experience. The Vision and the Voice is the source of some of the central spiritual doctrines of Thelema as revealed in the visions of Babalon. The sublime visions that resulted were the culmination of Crowley’s initiation into the grade of Magister Templi. These visions also contain the seeds of the Atu of the Book of Thoth.
The enigmatic Gnostic text Thunder Perfect Mind has strong resonances with the voices of Madimi and Babalon that appeared to Dee and Kelly. Thunder Perfect Mind is an exhortatory poem, written well before 350 e.v., but not discovered among the Gnostic manuscripts at Nag Hammadi until 1945 e.v. It also resonates strongly with the voice of Nuit in Chapter One of Liber AL vel Legis.
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This month we have the following events coming up at the Lodge. All dates in this bulletin are e.v. throughout:
Saturday 5th: Thelemic Geomancy Workshop
Saturday 12th: Musings, Magick & Mysticism: A Day of Lectures
Sunday 13th: Celebration of the Gnostic Mass
Friday 18th: Thelemic Workings
Saturday 19th: Mystic & Philosophical Underpinning of Thelema
Saturday 26th: The Twelvefold Way : Wine Tasting Soiree