The Alchemical Wedding of Ra-Hoor-Khuit
A Ceremony for the Feast of the Third Day
of the Writing of the Book of the Law
Constructed by Dionysos Thriambos
Performed on the 93rd Anniversary of the Reception of the Law
Performed on the 93rd Anniversary of the Reception of the Law
B A B A L O N
Magician as Logos
Osiris arises from throne to make place for Horus
A double cube altar is in the center, draped with a splendid cloth. The Stele of Revealing is covered in the East.
Old King sits throned before it with crown and orb and sceptre, and his robes are of purple and gold.
Golden Eagle kneels before him to his right, facing West, in white robe and gold mantle, with a lit red taper in an ivory candlestick.
Black Angel kneels before him to his left, facing West, in black robe and hood, carrying a skull.
Aiwass, in leopard skin and nemyss, with the Mark of the Beast upon his brow, hand, and breast, bearing a wand and the Book of the Law, is concealed behind the throne.
Beast, in the robe of a Probationer, carrying a golden clock set for noon, is seated among the people.
The Scarlet Woman, in jewels and rich garments, carrying a red cup filled with a golden liqueur, is seated next to him.
Black Angel rises, makes sign of Apophis:
O ye spears and vials of poison and sharp swords and whirling thunderbolts that are about the corners of the earth, girded with wrath and justice, know ye that His name is Righteousness in Beauty? Burnt out are your eyes, for that ye have seen me in my majesty. And broken are the drum-heads of your ears, because my name is as two mountains of fornication, the breasts of a strange woman; and my Father is not in them.
Lo! the pools of fire and torment mingled with sulphur! Many are their colours, and their colour is as molten gold, when all is said. Is not He one, one and alone, in whom the brightness of your countenance is as 1,728 petals of fire.
Black Angel places skull on altar, makes sign of Osiris risen, and continues, addressing the East:
Is not the son the enemy of his father? And hath not the daughter stolen the warmth of the bed of her mother? therefore is the great curse irrevocable. Therefore there is neither wisdom nor understanding nor knowledge in this house, that hangeth upon the edge of hell. Thou art not 4 but 2, O thou blasphemy spoken against 1.
Therefore whoso worshippeth thee is accursed. He shall be brayed in a mortar and the powder thereof cast to the winds, that the birds of the air may eat thereof and die; and he shall be dissolved in strong acid and the elixir poured into the sea, that the fishes of the sea may breathe thereof and die. And he shall be mingled with dung and spread upon the earth, so that the herbs of the earth may feed thereof and die; and he shall be burnt utterly with fire, and the ashes thereof shall calcine the children of flame, that even in hell may be found an overflowing lamentation.
Golden Eagle rises, makes sign of Osiris slain:
Woe! woe! woe! Yea, woe unto the world! For there is no sin, and there is no salvation. My plumes are like waves of gold upon the sea. My eyes are brighter than the sun. My tongue is swifter than the lightning.
Yet am I hemmed in by the armies of night, singing, singing phrases unto Him that is smitten by the thunderbolt of the abyss. Is not the sky clear behind the sun? These clouds that burn thee up, these rays that scorch the brains of men with blindness; these are heralds before my face of the dissolution and the night.
Ye are all blinded by my glory; and though ye treasure in your heart the sacred word that is the last lever of the key to the little door beyond the abyss, yet ye gloss and comment thereupon; for the light itself is but illusion.
Golden Eagle sets candle on altar and continues:
Truth itself is but illusion. Yea, these be the great illusions beyond life and space and time.
Let thy lips blister with my words! Are they not meteors in thy brain? Back, back from the face of the accursed one, who am I; back into the night of my father, into the silence; for all that ye deem right is left, forward is backward, upward is downward.
I am the great god adored of the holy ones. Yet am I the accursed one, child of the elements and not their father.
O my mother! wilt thou not have pity upon me? Wilt thou not shield me? For I am naked, I am manifest, I am profane. O my father! wilt not thou withdraw me? I am extended, I am double, I am profane.
Woe, woe unto me! These are they that hear not prayer. It is I that have heard all prayer alway, and there is none to answer me. Woe unto me! Woe unto me! Accursed am I unto the aeons!
Old King rises from throne, casts down the sceptre to the earth, and teras off his crown, and throws it on the ground, and tramples it. And he tears his hair, and plucks at his beard, and cries:
Woe unto me that am cast down from my place by the might of the new Aeon. For the ten palaces are broken, and the ten kings are carried away into bondage, and they are set to fight as the gladiators in the circus of him that hath laid his hand upon eleven. For the ancient tower is shattered by the Lord of the Flame and the Lightning. And they that walk upon their hands shall build the holy place. Blessed are they who have turned the Eye of Hoor unto the zenith, for they shall be filled with the vigour of the goat.
All that was ordered and stable is shaken. The Aeon of Wonders is come. Like locusts shall they gather themselves together, the servants of the Star and of the Snake, and they shall eat up everything that is upon the earth. For why? Because the Lord of Righteousness delighteth in them.
The prophets shall prophesy monstrous things, and the wizards shall perform monstrous things. The sorceress shall be desired of all men, and the enchanter shall rule the earth.
Blessing unto the name of the Beast, for he hath let loose a mighty flood of fire from his manhood, and from his womanhood hath he let loose a mighty flood of water. Every thought of his mind is as a tempest that uprooteth the great trees of the earth, and shaketh the mountains thereof. And the throne of his spirit is a mighty throne of madness and desolation, so that they that look upon it shall cry: Behold the abomination!
Of a single ruby shall that throne be built, and it shall be set upon a high mountain, and men shall see it afar off. Then will I gather together my chariots and my horsemen and my ships of war. By sea and land shall my armies and my navies encompass it, and I will encamp round about it, and besiege it, and by the flame thereof shall I be utterly devoured. Many lying spirits have I sent into the world that my Aeon might be established, and they shall be all overthrown.
Great is the Beast that cometh forth like a lion, the servant of the Star and of the Snake. He is the Eternal one; He is the Almighty one. Blessed are they upon whom he shall look with favour, for nothing shall stand before his face. Accursed are they upon whom he shall look with derision, for nothing shall stand before his face.
And every mystery that hath not been revealed from the foundation of the world he shall reveal unto his chosen. And they shall have power over every spirit of the Ether; and of the earth and under the earth; on dry land and in the water; of whirling air and of rushing fire. And they shall have power over all the inhabitants of the earth, and every scourge of God shall be subdued beneath their feet. The angels shall come unto them and walk with them, and the great gods of heaven shall be their guests.
Old King sets orb on the altar and continues:
But I must sit apart, with dust upon my head, discrowned and desolate. I must lurk in forbidden corners of the earth. I must plot secretly in the by-ways of great cities, in the fog, and in marshes of the rivers of pestilence. And all my cunning shall not serve me. And all my undertakings shall be brought to naught. And all the ministers of the Beast shall catch me and tear out my tongue with pincers of red-hot iron, and they shall brand my forehead with the word of derision, and they shall shave my head, and pluck out my beard, and make a show of me.
And the spirit of prophecy shall come upon me despite me ever and anon, as even now upon my heart and upon my throat; and upon my tongue seared with strong acid are the words: Vim patior. For so must I give glory to him that hath supplanted me, that hath cast me down into the dust. I have hated him, and with hate my bones are rotten. I would have spat upon him, and my spittle hath befouled my beard. I have taken up the sword against him, and I am fallen upon it, and mine entrails are about my feet.
Who shall strive with his might? Hath he not the sword and the spear of the Warrior Lord of the Sun? Who shall contend with him? Who shall lift himself up against him? For the latchet of his sandal is more than the helmet of the Most High. Who shall reach up to him in supplication, save those that he shall set upon his shoulders? Would God that my tongue were torn out by the roots, and my throat cut across, and my heart torn out and given to the vultures, before I say this that I must say: Blessing and Worship to the Prophet of the Lovely Star!
Fool (c.f. AL I:48)
The Beast arises and brings fresh fever
Music. Aiwass rises from behind the throne, walks to the altar and places book upon it. Aiwass then makes the Mark on all present, beginning with the Old King, Golden Eagle, and Black Angel, proceeding to the people, and concluding with the Scarlet Woman and the Beast.
Beast places clock on altar, and performs the Ritual of the Mark of the Beast (from Liber V). As he approaches the quarters to establish the pentagrams, the Scarlet Woman incants Lamentations from the West:
As the Beast approaches the North (NUIT)
O woe unto me, my God, woe unto me; for all my song is as the dirge of the sea that moans about a corpse, lapping most mournfully against the dead shore in the darkness. Yet in the sob of the wind do I hear Thy name, that quickeneth the cold lips of death to life.
As the Beast approaches the South (HADIT)
O woe unto me, my God, woe unto me; for all the joy of my days lies dishonoured as the spangle-veil'd Virgin of night torn and trampled by the sun-lashed stallions of Dawn. Yet in the frenzy of their couplings do I tremble forth the pearly dew of ecstatic light.
As the Beast approaches the East (THERION)
O woe unto me, my God, woe unto me; for all my labours are as weary oxen laggard and sore stricken with the goad, ploughing black furrows across the white fields of light. Yet in the scrawling trail of their slow toil to I descry the golden harvest of Thine effulgence.
As the Beast approaches the West (BABALON)
O woe unto me, my God, woe unto me; for all the feastings of my flesh have sickened to the wormy hunger of the grave, writhing in the spasms of indolent decay. Yet in the maggots of my corruption do I shadow forth sunlit hosts of crowned eagles.
Magician as Betrothed of Babalon (path to Binah)
The Scarlet Woman awakes lust and worship
Scarlet Woman places cup on altar.
Beast kneels, takes hand of Scarlet Woman, kisses it, and says:
Am I not nearly purged of the iniquity of my forefathers?
She bends down, kisses him on the mouth, and says:
Yet a little, and on thy left arm shalt thou carry a man-child, and give him to drink of the milk of thy breasts. But I go dancing.
Aiwass, Old King, Golden Eagle, and Black Angel sing:
omari tessala maraxScarlet Woman dances around them as they sing, and then leads them from the temple.
tessala dodi phornepax
amri radara poliax
amri radara piliu son
mari narya barbiton
madara anaphax sarpedon
Fool (c.f. AL III:63)
Mingling of the Soul of God and Beast
Aiwass lays hands silently upon the head of Beast (who is still kneeling).
Beast rises, takes the book from the altar, and reads the third chapter from it. All present join in the adorations in vv. 37-38. He replaces the book on the altar when finished.
Justice as symmetry and fulfillment
The new sacrifice stains the tomb
Scarlet Woman returns, still leading the others. She proceeds to center, joining Beast. The other four move to the cross-quarters: Aiwass SE, Old King NE, Golden Eagle SW, and Black Angel NW. All six perform the Star Sapphire (Liber XXXVI) as follows:
Scarlet Woman makes signs of N.O.X. silently.
Scarlet Woman and Beast advance to East, link hands crosswise facing one another
and say PATER ET MATER
Aiwass and Old King (who are in the East), say UNUS DEUS
All chant ARARITA
Scarlet Woman and Beast progress, spinning, deosil to the South.
The two say MATER ET FILIUS
Aiwass and Golden Eagle (who are in the South), say UNUS DEUS
All chant ARARITA
Scarlet Woman and Beast progress, spinning, deosil to the West.
The two say FILIUS ET FILIA
Golden Eagle and Black Angel (who are in the West), say UNUS DEUS
All chant ARARITA
Scarlet Woman and Beast progress, spinning, deosil to the North.
The two say PATER ET MATER
Black Angel and Old King (who are in the North), say UNUS DEUS
All chant ARARITA
Scarlet Woman and Beast return to center, where he takes her hands between his and says ARARITA.
Then she takes his hands between hers and says ARARITA.
Then they place hands palm-to-palm, interlace fingers, and say ARARITA.
Then they release hands, crying HRILIU! and falling to the ground.
Lying on the ground, the two chant:
OMNIA IN DUOS, DUO IN UNUS, UNUM IN NIHIL, HAEC NEC QUATUOR NEC OMNIA NEC DUO NEC UNUM NEC NIHIL SUNT.
The four at the cross-quarters sing:
GLORIA PATRI ET MATRI ET FILIO ET FILIAE ET SPIRITUI SANCTO EXTERNO ET SPIRITUI SANCTO INTERNO, UT ERAT EST ERIT IN SAECULA SAECULORUM, SEX IN UNO PER NOMEN SEPTEM IN UNO. ARARITA.
Beast rises and makes signs of L.V.X. silently, then moves to the East.
The Devil as throned power
The new king reigns
Aiwass rights the throne, and Beast sits in it.
Scarlet Woman rises to perform the ritual of the Fourfold Crown, as follows:
Aiwass recites the Ave Babalon:
Hail Babalon, filled with joy!
Ra-hoor-khu is with thee.
Blessed and cursed art thou in thy glory,
And glorious the Beast on whom thou ridest.
Scarlet Woman, Mother of Abominations,
Gather our blood in the golden cup of thy fornication.
AUMGN. AUMGN. AUMGN.
As Scarlet Woman moves to the West, Beast incants:
O Glory be to Thee, O God my God; for I behold Thee in the in the gilded rout of dancing-girls: Thou hast garlanded their naked middles with fragrant flowers, so that they may pace forth the Glory of Thy Name.
Scarlet Woman makes an invoking pentagram of Air, with the name NIKE.
As Scarlet Woman moves deosil to the North, Beast incants:
O Glory be to Thee, O God my God; for I behold Thee in the precious stones of the black earth: Thou has lightened her with a myriad eyes of magic, so that she may wink forth the Glory of Thy Name.
Scarlet Woman makes an invoking pentagram of Earth, with the name PAN.
As Scarlet Woman moves deosil to the East, Beast incants:
O Glory be to Thee, O God my God; for I behold Thee in the smoke-veil'd fire of the mountains: Thou hast inflamed them as lions that scent a fallow deer, so that they may rage forth the Glory of Thy Name.
Scarlet Woman makes an invoking pentagram of Fire, with the name IACCHUS.
As Scarlet Woman moves deosil to the South, Beast incants:
O Glory be to Thee, O God my God; for I behold Thee in the amber combers of the storm: Thou hast laid Thy lash upon the sphinxes of the waters, so that they may boom forth the Glory of Thy Name.
Scarlet Woman makes an invoking pentagram of Water, with the name BABALON.
She returns to center by way of the West, faces West, and makes the invoking heptagram of Our Lady, with the word AGAPE.
She stands in the sign of Osiris slain, and evokes:
Before me the Powers of Death, behind me the Powers of Birth, at my right hand the Powers of the Word, and at my left hand the Powers of Life. For about me shines the seal of the little world, and the great world is above me and in me.
The officers at the cross-quarters join her conclusion:
Now I begin to pray, thou Child!
Holy Thy name and undefiled.
Thy reign is come, Thy will is done.
Here is the bread, here is the blood.
Bring me through midnight to the sun.
Save me from evil and from good,
That Thy one crown of all the Ten
Even now and here be mine, AMEN.
Death as discontinuity and quantum change
Blessing is no longer poured to Osiris
Beast rises, and makes a cross with his right hand in the ficus gesture:
Hear ye, spirits, angels, kerubs, seniors, kings and governors of every angle, tablet, watchtower, and aire. We release you from your attendance on these rites.
Beast makes another cross and continues:
Go and serve in your offices according to the universal will of the Lord of the Aeon.
Beast makes a third and final cross and concludes:
We bid you farewell by the power of the Three Mighty Names of God Almighty coming forth from the Thirty Aethyrs:
Old King: LAZodaPeLaMeDaZodaZODaZodILaZodUOLaTaZodaPeKALaTaNuVaDaZodaBeReTa
Golden Eagle: IROAIAEIIAKOITaXEAEOHeSIOIITEAAIE
Black Angel: LaNuNuZodaTaXodODaPeXaHEMAOANuNuPeRePeNuRAISAGIXa
Scarlet Woman: There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.
The ritual is concluded. The liqueur may be shared by any present. The candle should not be extinguished until after the liqueur has been drunk.
Liber AL vel Legis sub figura CCXX (particularly III:34)
The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rozenkreutz
The Vision and the Voice sub figura CDXVIII (26th and 16th Aethyrs)
Liber Chankokh sub figura LXXXIV
The Treasure-house of Images sub figura CMLXIII
Liber Reguli sub figura V
The Book of Lies sub figura CCCXXXIII
Vigorous Food & Divine Madness