The Equinox of the Gods

Liber
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Legis
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Liber 220: THE BOOK OF THE LAW


          1.  Had! The manifestation of Nuit.
          2.  The  unveiling  of  the  company  of  heaven.
          3.  Every  man  and every  woman  is a star.
          4.  Every   number  is  infinite;   there  is  no 
              difference.
          5.  Help   me,   o warrior lord of Thebes,  in my 
              unveiling  before  the  Children  of  men!
          6.  Be   thou   Hadit,   my  secret  centre,   my 
              heart   &   my   tongue!
          7.  Behold!  it  is  revealed  by Aiwass the min-
              ister  of  Hoor-paar-kraat.
          8.  The  Khabs  is  in  the Khu,  not  the Khu in 
              the  Khabs.
          9.  Worship   then  the  Khabs,   and  behold  my 
              light  shed  over  you!
          10. Let  my   servants  be  few  &  secret:  they 
              shall  rule  the  many & the  known.
          11. These   are   fools   that  men  adore;  both
              their  Gods  &  their  men  are  fools.
          12. Come   forth,  o  children,  under the stars, 
              & take  your  fill  of  love!
          13. I  am  above  you  and  in  you.   My ecstasy 
              is  in  yours.   My  joy  is  to  see  your  joy.
          14. Above, the gemmed azure is
              The naked splendour of Nuit;
              She bends in ecstasy to kiss
              The secret ardours of Hadit.
              The winged globe, the starry blue,
              Are mine, O Ankh-af-na-khonsu!
          15. Now  ye  shall know  that the  chosen  priest 
              & apostle  of infinite space  is the  prince-priest 
              the  Beast;   and in his  woman called the  Scarlet 
              Woman  is  all  power  given.   They  shall  gather 
              my  children  into  their  fold:  they  shall bring 
              the glory of the stars into the hearts of men.
          16. For he is ever a sun, and she a moon. 
              But  to him is the  winged secret flame, and to her 
              the  stooping  starlight.
          17. But ye are not so chosen.
          18. Burn   upon   their   brows,  o   splendrous 
              serpent!
          19. O  azure-lidded   woman,    bend  upon  them!
          20. The  key  of  the  rituals is in  the  secret 
              word which I have given unto him.
          21. With   the  God  &  the  Adorer I am nothing: 
              they  do  not  see  me.    They  are  as  upon  the 
              earth;  I am Heaven,   and  there  is no  other God 
              than me, and my lord Hadit.
          22. Now,  therefore,   I   am   known  to  ye  by 
              my  name  Nuit,   and  to  him  by  a  secret  name 
              which  I  will  give  him  when  at last he knoweth 
              me. Since I am Infinite  Space,  and  the  Infinite 
              Stars thereof,  do  ye also  thus.   Bind  nothing! 
              Let  there  be   no  difference   made   among  you 
              between  any  one  thing  &  any other  thing;  for 
              thereby there cometh hurt.
          23. But   whoso   availeth  in  this,  let him be 
              the chief of all!
          24. I  am  Nuit, and  my  word is six  and fifty.
          25. Divide, add, multiply, and understand.
          26. Then   saith  the  prophet  and  slave of the 
              beauteous   one:   Who   am  I,  and   what   shall 
              be  the  sign?   So  she  answered   him,   bending
              down,  a lambent flame of blue,  all-touching,  all 
              penetrant,   her  lovely  hands   upon   the  black 
              earth,  &  her lithe  body arched for love, and her 
              soft feet  not  hurting the  little  flowers:  Thou 
              knowest!   And  the   sign  shall  be  my  ecstasy, 
              the  consciousness  of  the  continuity  of  exist-
              ence, the omnipresence of my body.
          27. Then   the  priest   answered  &  said   unto 
              the  Queen  of  Space, kissing  her  lovely  brows, 
              and  the  dew  of  her  light  bathing   his  whole 
              body  in  a  sweet-smelling  perfume  of  sweat:  O 
              Nuit,  continuous  one of Heaven,  let  it be  ever 
              thus;  that  men  speak  not  of  Thee as  One  but 
              as  None;  and  let  them  speak  not  of  thee  at 
              all, since thou art continuous!
          28. None,   breathed  the  light, faint  & faery, 
              of the stars, and two.
          29. For   I  am divided for love's sake,  for the 
              chance of union.
          30. This  is  the  creation  of  the  world, that 
              the  pain of  division  is as nothing,  and the joy 
              of dissolution all.
          31. For   these  fools  of  men  and  their  woes 
              care not  thou  at  all!  They  feel  little;  what 
              is,  is  balanced by  weak  joys;  but  ye  are  my 
              chosen ones.
          32. Obey  my   prophet!  follow  out  the ordeals 
              of  my   knowledge!    seek  me  only!    Then  the 
              joys of my love will redeem ye from all pain. 
              This  is  so:  I swear  it by the vault of my body; 
              by  my  sacred  heart  and  tongue;  by  all  I can 
              give, by all I desire of ye all.
          33. Then  the  priest  fell  into  a  deep trance 
              or  swoon,   &  said  unto  the  Queen  of  Heaven; 
              Write  unto  us  the ordeals;  write  unto  us  the 
              rituals;  write unto us the law!
          34. But   she  said:  the  ordeals  I  write not: 
              the rituals shall  be  half  known  and  half  con-
              cealed: the Law is for all.
          35. This  that  thou  writest  is  the  threefold 
              book of Law.
          36. My   scribe    Ankh-af-na-khonsu,  the priest 
              of  the  princes,  shall  not  in one letter change 
              this  book;  but lest there be folly, he shall com-
              ment   thereupon   by   the   wisdom  of   Ra-Hoor-
              Khu-it.
          37. Also    the  mantras   and spells;  the obeah 
              and  the  wanga;   the  work of  the wand  and  the 
              work  of  the  sword;  these  he  shall  learn  and 
              teach.
          38. He   must  teach;  but  he  may  make  severe 
              the ordeals.
          39. The word of the Law is ΘΕΛΗΜΑ.
          40. Who    calls   us   Thelemites   will  do  no 
              wrong,  if  he  look but  close into the word.  For 
              there  are  therein   Three   Grades,   the Hermit, 
              and   the  Lover,   and  the   man  of  Earth.   Do 
              what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
          41. The   word of  Sin  is  Restriction.  O  man! 
              refuse  not  thy wife,  if she will!   O lover,  if 
              thou  wilt,  depart!    There  is no bond  that can 
              unite the divided but love:  all  else is a  curse. 
              Accursed!   Accursed be  it to  the  aeons!   Hell.
          42. Let   it  be  that  state  of manyhood  bound 
              and  loathing.  So  with  thy  all;  thou  hast  no 
              right but to do thy will.
          43. Do that, and no other shall say nay.
          44. For   pure   will,  unassuaged  of  purpose, 
              delivered  from  the lust of result,   is every way 
              perfect.
          45. The    Perfect  and the Perfect are  one Per-
              fect and not two; nay, are none!
          46. Nothing  is a secret key of this law.  Sixty-
              one the Jews call it; I call it eight, eighty, four 
              hundred & eighteen.
          47. But   they  have  the  half:  unite  by thine 
              art so that all disappear.
          48. My   prophet  is a  fool  with  his one, one, 
              one;  are  not  they  the  Ox,   and  none  by  the 
              Book?
          49. 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  Hiero-
              phantic  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,  sys-
              tem  &  system;  let  not  one know well the other!
          51. There   are  four  gates  to  one palace; the 
              floor of that palace is of  silver and  gold; lapis 
              lazuli  &  jasper  are  there; and all rare scents; 
              jasmine   &   rose,   and  the  emblems  of  death. 
              Let  him  enter  in turn or at once the four gates; 
              let him stand on the  floor  of  the  palace.  Will 
              he  not  sink?   Amn.  Ho!  warrior,  if  thy  ser-
              vant  sink?   But   there  are  means  and   means. 
              Be  goodly  therefore:  dress  ye  all  in fine ap-
              parel;   eat  rich  foods  and  drink  sweet  wines 
              and  wines  that  foam!   Also,  take your fill and 
              will of love as  ye  will,  when,  where  and  with 
              whom ye will! But always unto me.
          52. If  this   be  not aright; if ye confound the 
              space-marks,  saying:  They  are  one;  or  saying, 
              They are many; if  the  ritual  be  not  ever  unto 
              me:   then  expect  the  direful  judgments  of  Ra  
              Hoor Khuit!
          53. This   shall regenerate the world, the little 
              world  my  sister,  my  heart  &  my  tongue,  unto 
              whom  I  send  this  kiss.  Also,   o   scribe  and 
              prophet, though thou be of the  princes,  it  shall 
              not  assuage  thee  nor  absolve  thee. But ecstasy 
              be thine and joy of  earth:  ever  To  me!  To  me!
          54. Change  not   as  much  as  the  style  of  a 
              letter; for behold! thou,  o  prophet,   shalt  not 
              behold  all  these  mysteries  hidden  therein.
          55. The   child  of  thy bowels,  he shall behold 
              them.
          56. Expect   him  not  from  the  East,  nor from 
              the  West;   for  from  no  expected  house  cometh 
              that   child.   Aum!   All  words  are  sacred  and 
              all prophets true;   save  only  that  they  under-
              stand  a  little; solve the first half of the equa-
              tion,  leave  the  second  unattacked.    But  thou 
              hast all in  the  clear  light,  and  some,  though 
              not  all,  in  the  dark.
          57. Invoke  me   under  my  stars!  Love  is  the 
              law, love under will.  Nor let  the  fools  mistake 
              love;  for  there  are  love  and  love.  There  is 
              the dove, and there  is  the  serpent.   Choose  ye 
              well!   He,  my  prophet,   hath  chosen,   knowing 
              the  law  of  the  fortress,  and the great mystery 
              of  the  House  of  God. 
              All  these  old  letters  of  my Book are aright;
              but TS is not the Star.   This also is secret:  my 
              prophet  shall  reveal  it  to  the  wise.
          58. I  give   unimaginable  joys  on  earth: cer-
              tainty, not  faith,  while  in  life,  upon  death; 
              peace  unutterable,  rest,  ecstasy;  nor  do I de-
              mand  aught  in  sacrifice.
          59. My   incense  is  of  resinous woods  & gums; 
              and there  is  no  blood  therein:  because  of  my 
              hair  the  trees  of  Eternity.
          60. My   number  is  11,  as  all  their  numbers 
              who  are  of  us.  The  Five  Pointed  Star, with a 
              Circle  in  the  Middle,  &  the  circle is Red. My 
              colour is  black to  the  blind,  but  the  blue  & 
              gold  are  seen  of  the  seeing.  Also  I  have  a
              secret glory for them that love me.
          61. But   to  love  me is better than all things: 
              if under the night-stars in the desert  thou  pres-
              ently  burnest  mine  incense  before  me, invoking 
              me  with  a  pure  heart,  and  the  Serpent  flame 
              therein, thou shalt come a  little  to  lie  in  my 
              bosom.  For  one  kiss  wilt  thou  then be willing 
              to give all; but whoso gives one particle  of  dust 
              shall lose  all  in  that  hour.  Ye  shall  gather 
              goods  and  store  of  women  and  spices; ye shall 
              wear rich  jewels;  ye  shall  exceed  the  nations 
              of  the  earth  in  spendour  &  pride;  but always 
              in the love of me, and  so  shall  ye  come  to  my 
              joy.  I  charge  you  earnestly   to   come  before 
              me  in  a  single  robe,  and  covered  with a rich 
              headdress.  I  love  you!  I  yearn  to  you!  Pale 
              or purple, veiled  or  voluptuous,  I  who  am  all 
              pleasure  and  purple,  and   drunkenness   of  the 
              innermost  sense,  desire  you.  Put  on the wings, 
              and   arouse   the  coiled  splendour  within  you: 
              come unto me!
          62. At   all   my   meetings   with   you   shall 
              the  priestess  say -- and her eyes shall burn with 
              desire  as  she  stands  bare  and  rejoicing in my 
              secret  temple -- To  me!   To  me!  calling  forth 
              the flame of the hearts of all in  her  love-chant.
          63. Sing   the    rapturous  love-song  unto  me! 
              Burn   to   me   perfumes!   Wear  to   me  jewels! 
              Drink to me, for I love you! I love you!
          64. I  am  the blue-lidded  daughter  of  Sunset; 
              I  am   the  naked  brilliance  of  the  voluptuous  
              night-sky.
          65. To me!  To me!
          66. The Manifestation of Nuit is at an end.
        
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          1.  Nu! the hiding of Hadit.
          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  ex-
              tended,  and  Khabs is the name  of my House.
          3.  In  the  sphere  I  am  everywhere  the  cen-
              tre,   as  she,   the  circumference,   is  nowhere 
              found.
          4.  Yet  she  shall  be  known  &  I  never.
          5.  Behold!  the rituals  of  the  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.
          6.  I  am  the  flame  that  burns in every heart 
              of  man,  and  in  the  core of  every star.  I  am 
              Life, and the giver of Life, yet therefore  is  the
              knowledge  of  me  the  knowledge  of  death.
          7.  I  am  the  Magician  and  the   Exorcist.  I 
              am the axle of  the wheel,  and  the  cube  in  the 
              circle.  "Come unto me"  is  a  foolish  word:  for 
              it  is  I  that  go.
          8.  Who    worshipped     Heru-pa-kraath     have 
              worshipped me;  ill,  for  I  am  the  worshipper.
          9.  Remember  all  ye  that  existence   is  pure 
              joy; that all  the  sorrows  are  but  as  shadows; 
              they pass & are  done;  but  there  is  that  which 
              remains.
          10. O   prophet!  thou  hast  ill  will  to learn 
              this   writing.
          11. I   see  thee  hate  the  hand & the pen; but 
              I  am  stronger.
          12. Because  of  me  in  Thee  which  thou  knew-
              est  not.
          13. for  why?    Because  thou  wast  the   know-
              er, and me.
          14. Now   let  there be a veiling of this shrine: 
              now let the  light  devour  men  and  eat  them  up 
              with  blindness!
          15. For   I  am  perfect,   being  Not;   and  my 
              number is nine by the fools;   but  with  the  just 
              I  am  eight,  and  one  in eight:  Which is vital, 
              for  I  am  none   indeed.   The  Empress  and  the 
              King are not of me; for there is a further  secret.
          16. I  am   The  Empress   &   the  Hierophant. 
              Thus eleven,  as my bride  is  eleven.
          17. Hear me, ye people of sighing!
                  The sorrows of pain and regret
                Are left to the dead and the dying,
                  The folk that not know me as yet.
          18. These  are  dead,  these fellows; they feel 
              not. We are not for the poor  and  sad:  the  lords 
              of the earth are our kinsfolk.
          19. Is  a  God  to  live  in a dog? No! but the 
              highest are of us.  They shall rejoice,  our  chos- 
              en: who sorroweth is not of us.
          20. Beauty   and  strength,   leaping   laughter 
              and delicious languor, force and fire, are  of  us.
          21. We   have   nothing  with  the  outcast  and 
              the  unfit:  let  them  die  in  their misery.  For 
              they feel not.  Compassion is the  vice  of  kings: 
              stamp   down   the   wretched  &  the   weak:  this 
              is  the  law  of  the  strong:  this is our law and 
              the  joy  of  the  world.  Think not, o king,  upon 
              that lie:  That Thou Must Die:  verily  thou  shalt 
              not die,  but live.   Now let it be understood:  If 
              the body of the  King  dissolve,  he  shall  remain 
              in  pure   ecstasy  for  ever.   Nuit!  Hadit!  Ra-
              Hoor-Khuit!  The  Sun,  Strength  &  Sight,  Light; 
              these  are  for  the  servants  of  the  Star & the 
              Snake.
          22. I  am  the   Snake   that   giveth   Knowledge 
              & Delight and bright glory,  and  stir  the  hearts 
              of  men  with  drunkenness.   To  worship  me  take 
              wine  and  strange  drugs  whereof  I  will tell my 
              prophet,  &  be  drunk  thereof!   They  shall  not 
              harm  ye  at  all.  It is a lie, this folly against 
              self.  The  exposure  of  innocence  is a  lie.  Be 
              strong, o man! lust,  enjoy  all  things  of  sense 
              and  rapture:  fear  not  that any  God  shall deny 
              thee  for  this.
          23. I  am  alone:  there is no God where  I am.
          24. Behold!   these  be  grave  mysteries;  for 
              there are  also  of  my  friends  who  be  hermits. 
              Now  think  not  to  find  them in the forest or on 
              the  mountain;  but  in  beds  of purple,  caressed 
              by   magnificent   beasts   of   women  with  large 
              limbs,  and  fire  and  light  in  their eyes,  and 
              masses of flaming  hair  about  them;  there  shall 
              ye  find  them.  Ye  shall  see  them  at  rule, at 
              victorious armies, at all the joy;  and there shall 
              be in them a  joy  a  million  times  greater  than 
              this.   Beware  lest   any   force   another,  King 
              against   King!   Love  one  another  with  burning 
              hearts; on  the  low  men  trample  in  the  fierce 
              lust  of  your  pride, in the day of your wrath.  
          25. Ye   are  against  the  people, O my chosen!
          26. I  am  the  secret  Serpent coiled about to 
              spring: in my coiling there is joy.  If I  lift  up 
              my head,  I  and  my  Nuit  are  one.  If  I  droop 
              down  mine  head,  and  shoot   forth  venom,  then 
              is  rapture  of  the  earth,  and  I  and the earth 
              are  one.
          27. There  is  great  danger  in  me;  for  who 
              doth  not  understand  these  runes  shall  make  a 
              great  miss.  He  shall  fall  down  into  the  pit 
              called Because, and  there  he  shall  perish  with 
              the  dogs  of  Reason.
          28. Now  a curse  upon  Because  and  his  kin!
          29. May  Because  be  accursed  for  ever!
          30. If  Will  stops  and  cries  Why,  invoking 
              Because,  then  Will  stops  &  does  nought.
          31. If  Power  asks  why,  then  is Power weak-
              ness.
          32. Also reason is a lie; for there is a factor 
              infinite   &   unknown;   &  all  their  words  are  
              skew-wise. 
          33. Enough   of   Because!     Be   he   damned 
              for  a  dog!
          34. But ye,  o my people,  rise  up  &  awake!
          35. Let  the  rituals be rightly performed with 
              joy  &  beauty!
          36. There  are  rituals  of  the  elements  and 
              feasts  of  the  times.
          37. A  feast for the first night of the Prophet 
              and  his  Bride!
          38. A feasy for the three days of the writing
              of the Book of the Law.   
          39. A feast for Tahuti and the child of the 
              Prophet--secret, O Prophet!
          40. A feast for the Supreme Ritual, and a 
              feast for the Equinox of the Gods.
          41. A feast for fire and a feast for water; 
              a feast for life and a greater feast for death!
          42. A feast every day in your hearts in the 
              joy of my rapture!
          43. A feast every night unto Nu, and the 
              pleasure of uttermost delight!
          44. Aye! feast! rejoice! there is no dread 
              hereafter.  There is the dissolution, and eter-
              nal ecstasy in the kisses of Nu.
          45. There is death for the dogs.
          46. Dost thou fail? Art thou sorry? Is fear 
              in thine heart?
          47. Where I am these are not.
          48. Pity not the fallen! I never knew them. 
              I am not for them. I console not: I hate the 
              consoled & the consoler.
          49. I am unique & conqueror. I am not of 
              the slaves that perish.  Be they damned & 
              dead! Amen. (This is of the 4: there is a fifth 
              who is invisible, & therein am I as a babe 
              in an egg.)
          50. Blue am I and gold in the light of my 
              bride: but the red gleam is in my eyes; & my 
              spangles are purple & green.
          51. Purple beyond purple: it is the light 
              higher than eyesight.
          52. There is a veil: that veil is black. It is 
              the veil of the modest woman; it is the veil of 
              sorrow, & the pall of death: this is none of me.
              Tear down that lying spectre of the centuries: 
              veil not your vices in virtuous words: these 
              vices are my service; ye do well, & I will re-
              ward you here and hereafter.
          53. Fear not, o prophet, when these words 
              are said, thou shalt not be sorry. Thou art 
              emphatically my chosen; and blessed are the 
              eyes that thoushalt look upon with gladness. 
              But I will hide thee in a mask of sorrow:  they 
              that see thee shall fear thou art fallen: but I 
              lift thee up.
          54. Nor shall they who cry aloud their folly 
              that thou meanest nought avail; thou shall re-
              veal it: thou availest: they are the slaves of
              because:  They are not of me. The stops as 
              thou wilt; the letters? change them not in style 
              or value!
          55. Thou shalt obtain the order & value of 
              the English Alphabet; thou shalt find new sym-
              bols to attribute them unto.
          56. Begone! ye mockers; even though ye 
              laugh in my honour ye shall laugh not long: 
              then when ye are sad know that I have for-
              saken you.
          57. He that is righteous shall be righteous 
              still; he that is filthy shall be filthy still.
          58. Yea!   deem not of change: ye shall be as ye  are,  &  not 
              other.  Therefore the kings of the earth shall be Kings for 
              ever:  the slaves shall serve. There is none that shall  be 
              cast  down or lifted up: all is ever as it was.  Yet  there 
              are  masked ones my servants: it may be that yonder  beggar 
              is a King. A King may choose his garment as he will:  there 
              is no certain test: but a beggar cannot hide his poverty.
          59. Beware   therefore!  Love all, lest  perchance  is  a  King 
              concealed!  Say you so? Fool! If he be a King,  thou  canst 
              not hurt him.
          60. Therefore strike hard & low, and to hell with them, master!
          61. There  is  a light before thine eyes, o  prophet,  a  light 
              undesired, most desirable.
          62. I  am uplifted in thine heart; and the kisses of the  stars 
              rain hard upon thy body.
          63. Thou   art  exhaust  in  the  voluptuous  fullness  of  the 
              inspiration;  the  expiration is sweeter than  death,  more 
              rapid and laughterful than a caress of Hell's own worm.
          64. Oh! thou art overcome: we are upon thee; our delight is all 
              over  thee:  hail!  hail: prophet of Nu!  prophet  of  Had! 
              prophet  of  Ra-Hoor-Khu!  Now rejoice!  now  come  in  our 
              splendour & rapture! Come in our passionate peace, &  write 
              sweet words for the Kings.
          65. I am the Master: thou art the Holy Chosen One.
          66. Write,  & find  ecstasy in writing! Work, & be our  bed  in 
              working!   Thrill  with the joy of life &  death!  Ah!  thy 
              death  shall  be lovely: whososeeth it shall be  glad.  Thy 
              death  shall  be the seal of the promise of  our  age  long 
              love. Come! lift up thine heart & rejoice!  We are one;  we 
              are none.
          67. Hold!  Hold! Bear up in thy rapture; fall not in  swoon  of 
              the excellent kisses!
          68. Harder!  Hold up thyself! Lift thine head! breathe  not  so 
              deep-- die!
          69. Ah! Ah! What do I feel? Is the word exhausted?
          70. There  is  help & hope  in other spells.  Wisdom  says:  be 
              strong!   Then  canst thou bear more joy.  Be  not  animal; 
              refine  thy rapture! If thou drink, drink by the eight  and 
              ninety  rules of art: if thou love exceed by delicacy;  and 
              if thou do aught joyous, let there be subtlety therein!
          71. But exceed! exceed!
          72. Strive  ever  to more! and if thou art truly  mine  --  and 
              doubt it not, an if thou art ever joyous!  -- death is  the 
              crown of all.
          73. Ah! Ah! Death! Death! thou shalt long for death. Death  is 
              forbidden, o man, unto thee.
          74. The  length  of thy longing shall be the  strength  of  its 
              glory.  He that lives long & desires death much is ever the  
              King among the Kings.
          75. Aye! listen to the numbers & the words:
          76. 4 6 3 8 A B K 2 4 A L G M O R 3 Y X 24 89 R P S T O V A  L. 
              What  meaneth this, o prophet? Thou knowest not; nor  shalt 
              thou  know ever. There cometh one to follow thee: he  shall 
              expound it. But remember, o chose none, to be me; to follow 
              the  love of Nu in the star-lit heaven; to look forth  upon 
              men, to tell them this glad word.
          77. O be thou proud and mighty among men!
          78. Lift up thyself! for there is none like unto thee among men 
              or  among Gods! Lift up thyself, o my prophet, thy  stature 
              shall  surpass  the  stars. They shall  worship  thy  name, 
              foursquare,  mystic, wonderful, the number of the man;  and 
              the name of thy house 418.
          79. The  end of the hiding of Hadit; and blessing & worship  to 
              the prophet of the lovely Star!

                                          ***

          1. Abrahadabra; the reward of Ra Hoor Khut.
          2. There  is  division  hither homeward; there is  a  word  not 
             known.  Spelling is defunct; all is not aught. Beware! Hold! 
             Raise the spell of Ra-Hoor-Khuit!
          3. Now let it be first understood that I am a god of War and  of 
             Vengeance. I shall deal hardly with them.
          4. Choose ye an island!
          5. Fortify it!
          6. Dung it about with enginery of war!
          7. I will give you a war-engine.
          8. With  it  ye shall smite the peoples; and none  shall  stand      
             before you.
          9. Lurk! Withdraw! Upon them! this is the Law of the Battle  of 
             Conquest: thus shall my worship be about my secret house.
         10. Get  the  stele of revealing itself; set it  in  thy  secret 
             temple -- and that temple is already aright disposed -- & it 
             shall  be  your  Kiblah for ever. It  shall  not  fade,  but 
             miraculous colour shall come back to it day after day. Close 
             it in locked glass for a proof to the world.
         11. This  shall be your only proof. I forbid argument.  Conquer! 
             That is enough. I will make easy to you the abstruction from 
             the  ill-ordered  house in the Victorious City.  Thou  shalt 
             thyself  convey  it  with worship, o  prophet,  though  thou 
             likest  it not.  Thou shalt have danger & trouble.  Ra-Hoor-
             Khu  is with thee. Worship me with fire & blood; worship  me 
             with  swords  & with spears. Let the woman be  girt  with  a 
             sword before me: let blood flow to my name. Trample down the 
             Heathen;  be upon them, o warrior, I will give you of  their 
             flesh to eat!
         12. Sacrifice cattle, little and big: after a child.
         13. But not now.
         14. Ye  shall  see that  hour, o blessed  Beast,  and  thou  the 
             Scarlet Concubine of his desire!
         15. Ye shall be sad thereof.
         16. Deem  not  too eagerly to catch the promises;  fear  not  to 
             undergo the curses. Ye, even ye, know not this meaning all.
         17. Fear  not at all; fear neither men nor Fates, nor gods,  nor 
             anything.  Money fear not, nor laughter of the  folk  folly, 
             nor any other power in heaven or upon the earth or under the 
             earth.  Nu is your refuge as Hadit your light; and I am  the 
             strength, force, vigour, of your arms.
         18. Mercy  let be off;  damn them who pity!  Kill  and  torture; 
             spare not; be upon them!
         19. That stele  they shall call the Abomination  of  Desolation; 
             count well its name, & it shall be to you as 718.
         20. Why?  Because of the fall of Because, that he is  not  there 
             again.
         21. Set up my image in the  East: thou shalt buy thee  an  image 
             which  I will show thee, especial, not unlike the  one  thou 
             knowest. And it shall be suddenly easy for thee to do this.
         22. The other images group around me to support me: let  all  be 
             worshipped,  for  they shall cluster to exalt me. I  am  the 
             visible  object of worship; the others are secret;  for  the 
             Beast  &  his  Bride are they: and for the  winners  of  the 
             Ordeal x. What is this? Thou shalt know.
         23. For  perfume mix meal & honey & thick leavings of red  wine: 
             then oil of Abramelin and olive oil, and afterward soften  & 
             smooth down with rich fresh blood.
         24. The best blood is of the moon, monthly: then the fresh blood 
             of  a  child, or dropping from the host of heaven:  then  of 
             enemies;  then of the priest or of the worshippers: last  of 
             some beast, no matter what.
         25. This burn: of this make cakes & eat unto me. This hath  also 
             another  use; let it be laid before me, and kept thick  with 
             perfumes of your orison: it shall become full of beetles  as 
             it were and creeping things sacred unto me.
         26. These slay,  naming your enemies; & they shall  fall  before 
             you.
         27. Also these  shall breed lust & power of lust in you  at  the 
             eating thereof.
         28. Also ye shall be strong in war.
         29. Moreover,  be they long kept, it is better; for  they  swell 
             with my force. All before me.
         30. My altar is of open brass work:  burn thereon in  silver  or 
             gold!
         31. There  cometh a  rich man from the West who shall  pour  his 
             gold upon thee.
         32. From gold forge steel!
         33. Be ready to fly or to smite!
         34. But  your  holy  place shall  be  untouched  throughout  the 
             centuries:  though  with fire and sword it be burnt  down  & 
             shattered, yet an invisible house there standeth, and  shall 
             stand  until the fall of the Great Equinox;  when  Hrumachis 
             shall  arise and the double-wanded one assume my throne  and 
             place.  Another prophet shall arise, and bring  fresh  fever 
             from the skies; another woman shall awakethe lust &  worship 
             of the Snake; another soul of God and beast shall mingle  in 
             the  globed priest; another sacrifice shall stain the  tomb; 
             another  king shall reign; and blessing no longer be  poured 
             To the Hawk-headed mystical Lord!
         35. The half of the word of Heru-ra-ha, called Hoor-pa-kraat and 
             Ra-Hoor-Khut.
         36. Then said the prophet unto the God:
         37. I adore thee in the song --
                    I am the Lord of Thebes, and I
                    The inspired forth-speaker of Mentu;
                    For me unveils the veiled sky,
                    The self-slain Ankh-af-na-khonsu
                    Whose words are truth. I invoke, I greet
                    Thy presence, O Ra-Hoor-Khuit!
                    Unity uttermost showed!
                    I adore the might of Thy breath,
                    Supreme and terrible God,
                    Who makest the gods and death
                    To tremble before Thee: --
                    I, I adore thee!
                    Appear on the throne of Ra!
                    Open the ways of the Khu!
                    Lighten the ways of the Ka!
                    The ways of the Khabs run through
                    To stir me or still me!
                    Aum! let it kill me!
         38. So that thy light is in me; & its red flame is as a sword in 
             my  hand  to push thy order. There is a secret door  that  I 
             shall make to establish thy way in all the quarters,  (these 
             are the adorations, as thou hast written), as it is said:
        
        The light is mine; its rays consume
                Me: I have made a secret door
        Into the House of Ra and Tum,
                Of Khephra and of Ahathoor.
        I am thy Theban, O Mentu,
                The prophet Ankh-af-na-khonsu!
        
        By Bes-na-Maut my breast I beat;
                By wise Ta-Nech I weave my spell.
        Show thy star-splendour, O Nuit!
                Bid me within thine House to dwell,
        O winged snake of light, Hadit!
                Abide with me, Ra-Hoor-Khuit!
        
         39. All this and a book to say how thou didst come hither and  a 
             reproduction of this ink and paper for ever -- for in it  is 
             the word secret & not only in the English -- and thy comment 
             upon  this the Book of the Law shall be printed  beautifully 
             in red ink and black upon beautiful paper made by hand;  and 
             to each man and woman that thou meetest, were it but to dine 
             or to drink at them, it is the Law to give. Then they  shall 
             chance to abide in this bliss or no; it is no odds. Do  this 
             quickly!
         40. But the work of the comment? That is easy; and Hadit burning 
             in thy heart shall make swift and secure thy pen.
         41. Establish at thy Kaaba a clerk-house: all must be done  well 
             and with business way.
         42. The ordeals thou shalt oversee thyself, save only the  blind 
             ones.    Refuse  none,  but thou shalt know  &  destroy  the 
             traitors.  I am Ra-Hoor-Khuit; and I am powerful to  protect 
             my  servant. Success is thy proof: argue not;  convert  not; 
             talk  not  over  much! Them that seek  to  entrap  thee,  to 
             overthrow  thee,  them  attack without pity  or  quarter;  & 
             destroy  them utterly. Swift as a trodden serpent  turn  and 
             strike! Be thou yet deadlier than he! Drag down their  souls 
             to awful torment: laugh at their fear: spit upon them!
         43. Let  the  Scarlet Woman beware! If pity and  compassion  and 
             tenderness visit her heart; if she leave my work to toy with 
             old  sweetnesses; then shall my vengeance be known.  I  will 
             slay  me her child: I will alienate her heart: I  will  cast 
             her  out from men: as a shrinking and despised harlot  shall 
             she  crawl  through dusk wet streets, and die cold  and  an-
             hungered.
         44. But let her raise herself in pride! Let her follow me in  my 
             way!  Let her work the work of wickedness! Let her kill  her 
             heart!  Let her be loud and adulterous! Let her  be  covered 
             with  jewels,  and rich garments, and let her  be  shameless 
             before all men!
         45. Then  will I  lift her to pinnacles of power:  then  will  I 
             breed  from her a child mightier than all the kings  of  the 
             earth. I will fill her with joy: with my force shall she see 
             & strike at the worship of Nu: she shall achieve Hadit.
         46. I  am the  warrior Lord of the Forties: the  Eighties  cower 
             before me, & are abased. I will bring you to victory &  joy: 
             I will be at your arms in battle & ye shall delight to slay. 
             Success is your proof; courage is your armour; go on, go on, 
             in my strength; & ye shall turn not back for any!
         47. This book shall be translated into all tongues:  but  always 
             with  the original in the writing of the Beast; for  in  the 
             chance  shape  of  the letters and  their  position  to  one 
             another: in these are mysteries that no Beast shall  divine. 
             Let him not seek to try: but one cometh after him, whence  I 
             say  not,  who shall discover the Key of it all.  Then  this 
             line drawn is a key: then this circle squared in its failure 
             is a key also. And Abrahadabra. It shall be his child & that 
             strangely.  Let him not seek after this; for  thereby  alone 
             can he fall from it.
         48. Now this mystery of the letters is done, and I want to go on 
             to the holier place.
         49. I  am in a secret fourfold word, the blasphemy  against  all 
             gods of men.
         50. Curse them! Curse them! Curse them!
         51. With my Hawk's head I peck at the eyes of Jesus as he  hangs 
             upon the cross.
         52. I flap my wings in the face of Mohammed & blind him.
         53. With  my claws I tear out the flesh of the  Indian  and  the 
             Buddhist, Mongol and Din.
         54. Bahlasti! Ompehda! I spit on your crapulous creeds.
         55. Let Mary inviolate be torn upon wheels: for her sake let all 
             chaste women be utterly despised among you!
         56. Also for beauty's sake and love's!
         57. Despise also all cowards; professional soldiers who dare not 
             fight, but play; all fools despise!
         58. But the keen and the proud, the royal and the lofty; ye  are 
             brothers!
         59. As brothers fight ye!
         60. There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.
         61. There  is an end of the word of the  God enthroned  in  Ra's 
             seat, lightening the girders of the soul.
         62. To Me do ye reverence! to me come ye through tribulation  of 
             ordeal, which is bliss.
         63. The fool readeth this Book of the Law, and its comment; & he 
             understandeth it not.
         64. Let him come  through the first ordeal, & it will be to  him 
             as silver.
         65. Through the second, gold.
         66. Through the third, stones of precious water.
         67. Through the fourth, ultimate sparks of the intimate fire.
         68. Yet to all  it shall seem beautiful. Its enemies who say not      
             so, are mere liars.
         69. There is success.
         70. I  am  the  Hawk-Headed Lord of Silence &  of  Strength;  my 
             nemyss shrouds the night-blue sky.
         71. Hail! ye twin warriors about the pillars of the  world!  for 
             your time is nigh at hand.
         72. I am the Lord of the Double Wand of Power;  the wand of  the 
             Force  of Coph Nia-- but my left hand is empty, for  I  have 
             crushed an Universe; & nought remains.
         73. Paste  the sheets from right to left and from top to bottom: 
             then behold!
         74. There is a splendour in my name hidden and glorious, as  the 
             sun of midnight is ever the son.
         75. The ending of the words is the Word Abrahadabra.
        
                The Book of the Law is Written
        
                and Concealed.
        
                Aum. Ha.
        
                                  THE COMMENT.
        
                Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
        
        The  study of this Book is forbidden. It is wise to destroy  this 
        copy after the first reading.
        
        Whosoever  disregards  this does so at his own  risk  and  peril. 
        These are most dire.
        
        Those who discuss the contents of this Book are to be shunned  by 
        all, as centres of pestilence.
        
        All  questions of the Law are to be decided only by appeal to  my 
        writings, each for himself.
        
        There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.
        
                        Love is the law, love under will.
        
                           The priest of the princes,
        
                                 ANKH-F-N-KHONSU