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OF THE KINGDOM AND OF THE BRIDE.
The last chapter may have appeared rather like a digression from our main Treatise, but it may also prove a Door leading us to discover the Closed Palaces of The King and Queen.
I have little more to add to what I have already outlined in the earlier Chapters of this Book, for I feel that I have placed in the hands of true Students that which will enable them to obtain a grasp of the fundamental ideas of the Qabalah, without overloading them with details, which can be taken up later at the pleasure of the enquirer.
The "Path" is a long one, whichever way we travel; some say that it goes on forever so that "Only those are happy who desire the unobtainable." But Yesterday, Today and Forever are all included in the HERE and NOW. At least, even in normal consciousness, the Past is Past and we are the result of it. The Future, being determined by the PRESENT, let us act rightly NOW, and that will take care of itself.
If we would obtain the Fruits of the Tree of Life, we must be prepared to put in a little of this Present Time on the study of First Principles. When we have a grasp of these the rest will come in due course, for, as I explained before, The Hidden Influence FLOWS easily once the channels have been opened up.
Now a few further words in regard to the "Channels of Mezla" or "Paths" of the Tree of Life. I have hinted at another possible arrangement of these "Paths" for it is said "When the Great Serpent raised his Head unto Da'ath (Knowledge, the Child of Chokmah and Binah) his Head was BLASTED, therefore is all knowledge piece-meal". We obtain a hint from the earliest Qabalistic Treatise "The Sepher Yetzirah" or "Book of Formations" for it says "Ten are the numbers of the ineffable Sephiroth, ten and not nine, ten and not eleven. Learn this wisdom and be wise in the understanding of it, investigate these numbers, and draw knowledge from them, FIX THE DESIGN IN ITS PURITY, and pass from it to its creator seated on his throne" again Rittangelius gives "REPLACE THE FORMATIVE POWER UPON HIS THRONE" and Postellus states "RESTORE THE DEVICE OR WORKMANSHIP TO ITS PLACE."
So we see there appears to have been some mystery to be cleared up in order to restore the Temple of the Qabalah to its true Splendour.
Now let me give you a few hints from "Liber Legis. "
Chapter I, Verse 49 reads "Abrogate are all rituals, all ordeals all words and signs. Ra-Hoor Khuit hath taken his seat in the East at the Equinox of the Gods; and let Asar be with Isa, who also are one. But they are not of me. Let Asar be the adorant, Isa, the sufferer; Hoor in his secret name and splendour is the Lord initiating."
50. There is a word to say about the Hierophantic task. Behold! there are three ordeals in one, and it may be given in three ways. The gross must pass through fire; let the fine be tried in intellect, and the lofty chosen ones in the highest; Thus ye have star & star, system & system; let not one know well the other." These are the words of Nuit, Lady of the Starry Heavens. Again She speaks in verse 57: " All these old letters of my book are aright; but 'Tzaddi is not the Star. This also is secret: my prophet shall reveal it to the wise." The "old book," is of course The Book of Hermes or Tarot. The prophet did explain this change in His comment to Liber Legis.
Again Hadit speaks in Chapter II, Verse 2.
"Come! all ye, and learn the secret that hath not yet been revealed. I, Hadit am the complement of Nu, my bride. I am not extended, and Khabs (meaning a Star) is the name of my House.
3. In the sphere I am everywhere the centre, as she, the circumference is nowhere found.
4. Yet she shall be known and I never.
5. Behold! the rituals of old time are black. Let the evil ones be cast away; let the good ones be purged by the prophet! Then shall this Knowledge go aright."
And again Verse 34.
"But ye, o my people, rise up & awake!
35. Let the rituals be rightly performed with joy & beauty!"
All this seems to point to a new order of things that will regenerate this Kingdom so that the Will of the Highest may be done on Earth as it is done in Heaven. But how shall this be brought about. How shall Malkuth the Daughter, be Raised to the Throne of the Mother and at last come to Understand?
It was prophesied through Frater O. M. in the "Vision and the Voice" 8th Aethyr. "UNTO HIM THAT UNDERSTANDETH AT LAST do I deliver the secrets of truth in such wise that the least of the little children of the light may run to the knees of the mother and be brought to understand."
So we need have no fear, the way is to be made plain, for one has understood at last.
Therefore in the Words of Horus the Crowned Child of the Aeon (First Aethyr) will I point out the Way, for it is written:
"Thou shalt laugh at the folly of the fool. Thou shalt learn the wisdom of the wise. And thou shalt be initiate in holy things. And thou shalt be learned in the things of love. And thou shalt be mighty in the things of war. And thou shalt interpret the oracles. And thou shalt drive all these before thee in thy car, and though by none of these canst thou reach up to me, yet by each of these must thou attain to me. And thou must have the strength of the lion, and the secrecy of the hermit. And thou must turn the wheel of life. And thou must hold the balances of Truth. Thou must pass through the great Waters a Redeemer. Thou must have the tail of the Scorpion, and the poisoned arrows of the Archer, and the dreadful horns of the Goat. And so shall thou break down the fortress that guardeth the Palace of the King my son. And thou must work by the light of the Star and of the Moon and of the Sun, and by the dreadful light of judgment that is the birth of the Holy Spirit within thee. When these shall have destroyed the universe, then mayest thou enter the palace of the Queen my daughter".
Thus, gentle readers, are we shown the Way to the Palace of the Bride.
Set ye out upon that "Never-ending journey, each step of which is an unutterable reward" and ye shall have naught to complain of, at THE BRIDE'S RECEPTION.
June 13th, 1922.
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