Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law
“The serpent is sacred, Lord of Life and Death, and its method of progression suggests the rhythmical undulation of those twin phases of life which we Call respectively life and death.
”With the sweep of his scythe he creates bubbles in which are beginning to take shape the new forms which he creates in his dance; and these forms dance also.’’
Death XIII The Book of Thoth
The Sun is in Scorpio and remains there until the 21st of the month before passing into Sagittarius on 22nd. The Atu that refers to Scorpio is Atu XIII, Death. The principal planetary attributions of the card are Saturn and Mercury. The legs of Osiris in Atu XIII convey the glyph of Saturn and the fish connects with the function of Mercury as the psychpomp, the guide of the dead, and “as the continuing elastic element in nature.”
Come, for the dusk is our own; let us fare forth together,
With a quiet delight in our hearts for the ripe, still, autumn weather,
Through the rustling valley and wood and over the crisping meadow,
Under a high-sprung sky, winnowed of mist and shadow.
Sharp is the frosty air, and through the far hill-gaps showing
Lucent sunset lakes of crocus and green are glowing;
‘Tis the hour to walk at will in a wayward, unfettered roaming,
Caring for naught save the charm, elusive and swift, of the gloaming.
Watchful and stirless the fields as if not unkindly holding
Harvested joys in their clasp, and to their broad bosoms folding
Baby hopes of a Spring, trusted to motherly keeping,
Thus to be cherished and happed through the long months of their sleeping.
Silent the woods are and gray; but the firs than ever are greener,
Nipped by the frost till the tang of their loosened balsam is keener;
And one little wind in their boughs, eerily swaying and swinging,
Very soft and low, like a wandering minstrel is singing.
Beautiful is the year, but not as the springlike maiden
Garlanded with her hopesrather the woman laden
With wealth of joy and grief, worthily won through living,
Wearing her sorrow now like a garment of praise and thanksgiving.
Gently the dark comes down over the wild, fair places,
The whispering glens in the hills, the open, starry spaces;
Rich with the gifts of the night, sated with questing and dreaming,
We turn to the dearest of paths where the star of the homelight is gleaming.
Lucy Maud Montgomery – November Evening
The Master Therion divides the interpretation of this Atu in to three parts represented by the Scorpion, the Serpent and the Eagle. He explains and expounds on this symbolism in Chapter 157 of Liber Aleph:
“Threefold is the Nature of Love: Eagle, Serpent, and Scorpion. And of these the Scorpion is he that, having no Lion of Light and Courage within him, seemeth to himself encircled by Fire, and, driving his Sting into himself, he dieth. Such are the Black Brothers, that cry: I am I; they that deny Love, restricting it to their own Nature. But the Serpent is the Secret Nature of Man, that is Life and Death, and maketh his Way through the Generations in Silence. And the Eagle is that Might of Love which is the Key of Magick, uplifting the Body and its Appurtenance unto High Ecstasy upon his Wings. It is by Virtue thereof that the Sphinx beholdeth the Sun unwinking, and confronteth the Pyramid without Shame.”
These words are uttered by the Magister Templi as he emerges from the Tomb in the seasonal Thelemic Cross Quarter ritual known as the Feast of the Dragon. These three forms of Scorpio can be seen as representing three expressions of Love: Love unexpressed, Love’s physical expression and the etheric, energetic expression of Love. Also In Liber Aleph, a fourth form of Scorpio is revealed, the Dragon, which replaces the Eagle:
“Our Dragon, therefore, combining the Natures of the Eagle and the Serpent, is our Love, the Organon of our Will, by whose Virtue we perform the Work and Miracle of the One Substance, as saith thine Ancestor Hermes Trismegistus, in his Tablet of Smaragda. And this Dragon is called thy Silence, because in the Hour of his Operation that within thee which saith ‘I’ is abolished in Conjunction with the Beloved.”
In his essay Scorpio and the Love Dragon, Michael Osiris Snuffin comments:
“The Dragon is a winged serpent, a composite symbol of the physical and etheric expressions of Love. The precedent for this synthesis of the physical and spiritual is given in the first verse of Emerald Tablet of Hermes Tristmegistus:
“It is true and no lie, certain, and to be depended upon, that the superior agrees with the inferior, and the inferior with the superior, to effect that one truly wonderful work.”
“By changing the kerubic symbol, Crowley has changed the principal expression of Love from a spiritual bias to a synthesis and balance of its spiritual and physical expressions. Like the Son of the Tetragrammaton, the Dragon is the product and the union of the natures of both its parents, the feminine Eagle and the masculine Serpent. Thus is the Dragon the new and complete symbol of Kerubic Scorpio in the Aeon of Horus.”
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Monday 15 Reading and Lucid Dreaming Group Meetings
Saturday 10 Wine Tasting
Saturday 17 Initiator Training
Sunday 18 Initiator Training
Friday 23 Thelemic Workings
Saturday 24 Man of Earth Initiations Meeting
Sunday 25 Celebration of the Gnostic Mass
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Love is the law, love under will