Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
The passing of the the Autumn Equinox and First point of Libra brings us to the month of October, the Month of the Dead and the Hallows. The clocks return to GMT here in the UK as the nights lengthen and the days shorten. Although still bright, the rains are returning and the summer heat has given way to cooler temperatures. This month is still largely under the sign of Libra, the sign of balance, ruled by Venus and in which Saturn, representing the element of Time, is exalted.
In the Thoth Tarot deck however, Adjustment, the Atu to which Libra is attributed, the symbolism transcends that of the constellations and planets of astrology:
“In the greatest symbolism of all…the symbolism beyond all planetary and Zodiacal considerations, this card is the feminine complement of the Fool, for the letters Aleph Lamed constitute the secret key of the Book of the Law, and this is the basis of a complete qabalistic system of greater depth and sublimity than any other. The details of this system have not yet been revealed. It has been thought right, nevertheless, to hint at its existence by equating the designs of these two cards. Not only therefore, because Libra is a sign of Venus, but because she is the partner of the Fool, is the Goddess represented as dancing, with the suggestion of Harlequin.”
“This woman-goddess is Harlequin; she is the partner and fulfilment of The Fool. She is the ultimate illusion which is manifestation; she is the dance, many-coloured, many-wiled, of Life itself. Constantly whirling, all possibilities are enjoyed, under the phantom show of Space and Time: all things are real, the soul is the surface, precisely because they are instantly compensated by this Adjustment. All things are harmony and beauty; all things are Truth: because they cancel out.
She is the goddess Maat; she bears upon her nemyss the ostrich feathers of the Twofold Truth.”
“More than this, she is the complete formula of the Dyad; the word AL is the title of the Book of the Law, whose number is 31, the most secret of the numerical keys of that Book. She represents Manifestation, which may always be cancelled out by equilibration of opposites.
“The Woman Satisfied. From the cloak of the vivid wantonness of her dancing wings issue her hands; they hold the hilt of the Phallic sword of the magician. She holds the blade between her thighs.
This is again a hieroglyph of Love is the law, love under will. Every form of energy must be directed, must be applied with integrity, to the full satisfaction of its destiny.”
– The Book of Thoth: A Short Essay on the Tarot of the Egyptians Being The Equinox Volume III No. V. Selected from Pages 86 to 88.
All dates in this bulletin are e.v. throughout.
This month we have the following events coming up at the Lodge:
- Friday, 7th: Working Your Degree – 0º Minerval
- Sunday, 9th: Celebration of the Gnostic Mass
- Monday, 10th: Thelemic Reading & Lucid Dreaming Groups
- Friday, 21st: Thelemic Workings
- Sunday, 29th: Magic in Practice & Thelemic Cross Quarter Ritual
- Sunday 29th: Feast of the Dragon