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A Ritual of Self Initiation based upon the Formula of the Neophyte. By Aleister Crowley

Index

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  * [[lib671.html#1|**000. The Building of the Pyramid.**]]
  * [[lib671.html#2|**1. Initiation.**]] 
  * [[lib671.html#3|**2. The Sealing of the Pyramid.**]]
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000. The Building of the Pyramid.

Top The Magus with Wand. On the Altar are incense, Fire, Bread, Wine, the Chain, the Scourge, the Dagger & the Oil. In his left hand the Bell he taketh.

Hail! Asi! hail, Hoor-Apep! Let

The Silence speech beget! Two strokes on Bell.

Banishing Spiral Dance.

The Words against the Sons of Night

Tahuti speaketh in the Light.

Knowledge & Power, twin warriors, shake

The Invisible; they roll asunder

The Darkness; matter shines, a snake.

Sebek is smitten by the thunder–

The Light breaks forth from Under.

He goes to the West, in the centre of the base of the Triangle of THOTH (Maim), ASI (Aleph), & HOOR (Shin).

O Thou, the Apex of the Plane,

With Ibis head & Phoenix Wand

And Wings of Night! Whose serpents strain

Thou in the Light & in the Night!

He lays the Wand, etc., on the Altar, uses the Scourge on his buttocks, cuts a cross with the Daggar upon his breast & tightens the Chain of the Bell about his forehead, saying:

The Lustral Water! Smite thy flood

Through me–Lymph, marrow & blood! Annointing the Wounds, say

The Fire Informing! Let the Oil

Balance, assain, assoil! The Invoking Spiral Dance.

So Life takes Fire from Death, & runs

Whirling amid the Suns.

Hail, Asi! Pace the Path, bind on

The girdle of the Starry One!

Sign of the Enterer: Homage to Thee, Lord of the Word! Sign of Silence: Lord of Silence, Homage to Thee! Repeat both Signs: Lord we adore Thee, still & stirred Beyond Infinity. The Secret Word: MTzThBTzM–271 (Blue, Orange, Yellow-Green, Yellow, Orange, Blue)

For from the Silence of the Wand

Unto the Speaking of the Sword,

And back again to the Beyond,

This is the toil & the Reward.

This is the Path of HVA–Ho!

This is the Path of IAO. Bell.

Hail Asi! Hail, thou Wanded Wheel!

Alpha & Delta kissed & came

For five that feed the Flame. Bell.

Hail, Hoor-Apep! thou Sword of Steel!

Alpha & Delta & Epsilon

Met in the Shadow of the Pylon

And in Iota did proclaim

That tenfold core & crown of flame.

Hail, Hoor-Apep! Unspoken Name!

Thus is the Great Pyramid duly builded.

1.Initiation.

Top The Candidate still bound and hoodwinked. The First Pylon.

I know not who I am; I know not whence I came;

I know not whither I go; I seek–but What I do

not know!

I am blind & bound; but I have heard one cry

Ring through Eternity; Arise & follow me!
Asar Un-nefer! I invoke

The four-fold Horror of the Smoke.

Unloose the Pit! by the dread Word

Of Power–that Set-Typhon hath heard– SAZAZSAZAZADANATASANSAZAZ

(Pronounce this backwards. But it is very dangerous. It opens up the Gates of Hell.)

The Fear of Darkness & of Death

The Fear of Water & of Fire

The Fear of the Chasm & the Chain

The Fear of Hell & the dead Breath.

The Fear of Him, the Demon dire

That on the Threshold of the Inane

Stands with his Dragon Fear to slay

The Pilgrim of the Way.

Thus I pass by with Force & Care,

Advance with Fortitude & Wit,

In the straight Path, or else Their Snare

Were surely Infinite. The Passing of the Second Pylon.

(Suit action to words.)

Asar! who clutches at my throat?

Who pins me down? Who stabs my heart?

I am unfit to pass within this Pylon of the Hall of Maat.

Rubric as above. (The Fear….surely Infinite.)

The Lustral Water! Let thy flood

Cleanse me–lymph, marrow, & blood!

The Scourge, the Dagger & the Chain

Purge body, breast & brain!

The Fire Informing! Let the Oil

Balance, assain, assoil! Still in corpse–position.

For I am come with all this pain,

To ask admission to the Shrine.

I do not know why–I ask in vain–

Unless it be that I am Thine.

I am Mentu his truth-telling brother,

Who was Master of Thebes from my birth:–

O heart of me! heart of my mother!

O heart that I had upon the earth!

Stand not thou up against me as a witness!

Oppose me not, judge, in my quest!

Accuse me not now of unfitness

Before the great God, the dread Lord of the West!

(Change this part to your own motto.

Work the scansion correctly.)

Speak fair words for OU MH. May he flourish

In the place of the weighing of hearts

By the marsh of the dead, where the crocodiles nourish

Their lives on the lost, where the Serpent upstarts.

–For though I be joined to the Earth,

In the Innermost Shrine of Heaven am I.

I was Master of Thebes from my birth;

Shall I die like a dog? Thou shalt not let me die,

But my Khu that the teeth of the crocodiles sever

Shall be mighty in heaven for ever & ever!

Yea! but I am a fool, a flutterer!

I am under the Shadow of the Wings!
Refrain “I am under,” etc., after each accusation.
I am a liar & a sorcerer

I am so fickle that I scorn the bridle.

I am unchaste, voluptuous and idle.

I am a bully & a tyrant crass,

I am as dull & as stubborn as an ass;

I am untrusty, cruel & insane,

I am a fool & frivolous & vain.

I am a weakling & a coward; I cringe,

I am a catamite & cunnilinge.

I am a glutton, a besotted wight;

I am a satyr & a sodomite.

I am as changeful & selfish as the Sea.

I am a thing of vice & vanity.

I am not violent & I vaccilate,

I am a blind man & esmasculate.

I am a raging fire of wrath–no wiser!

I am a blackguard, spendthrift & a miser.

I am obscene & devious & null.

I am ungenerous & base & dull.

I am not marked with the white Flame of Breath.

I am a Traitor!–die the traitor's death!
This last raises Candidate erect.

Invoking Spiral Dance.

Rubric as before.
I am under the Shadow of the Wings.

Now let me pace the Path, bind on

The girdle of the Starry One!

Asar! k.t.l. In Northwest.

Soul–mastering Terror is thy name!

Lord of the Gods! Dread Lord of Hell! See Horus.

I am come. I fear Thee not. Thy flame

Is mine to weave my maiden spell!

I know Thee, & I pass Thee by.

For more that Thou am I!

Asar! k.t.l. (Rubric as usual.) In Southwest. See Isis.

Sorrow that eateth up the soul!

Dam of the Gods! The blue sky's Queen!

This is Thy Name. I come. Control

And Pass! I know Thee, Lady of Teeu!

know Thee & I pass Thee by.

For more than Thou am I!

Asar! k.t.l. (Rubric as usual.) In East. See Thoth. Silence

Asar! k.t.l. (Rubric as usual.) See Nature.

I will not look upon thee more,

For Fatal is Thy Name. Begone!

False Phantom, thou shalt pass before

The frowning forehead of the Sun.

I know Thee; & I pass thee by.

For more that Thou am I. Formulating Hexagram:

Now Witness YE upon the Earth,

Spirit & Water & Red Blood!

Witness Above, bright Babe of Birth,

Spirit, & Father–that are God! As babe in egg, being born.

For Silence duly is begot

And Darkness duly brought to bed;

The Shroud is figured in my Thought,

The Inmost Light is on my head. Unbind.

Attack! I eat up the strong lions. I!
Sign of the Enterer:
Fear is on Seb, on them that

dwell therein,

Behold the radient Vigour of the Lord! Sign of Silence:

Defense! I close the mouth of Sebek, ply

My fear on Nile, Asar that held not in!

Behold my radiant Peace, ye things abhorred

For see! The Gods have loosed mine hands:

Asar unfettered stands.

Hail, Asi, hail! Hoor-Apep cries–

Now I the Son of Man arise

And follow–dead where Asar lies!

Lies down in Sign of Hanged Man.

I gild my left foot with the Light.

I gild my Phallus with the Light.

I gild my right knee with the Light.

I gild my right foot with the Light.

I gild my left knee with the Light.

I gild my Phallus with the Light.

I gild my elbow with the Light.

I gild my navel with the Light.

I gild my heart wedge with the Light.

I gild my black throat with the Light.

I gild my forehead with the Light.

I gild my Phallus with the Light. Rising in Sign Mulier:

Asar Un-nefer! I am Thine,

Waiting Thy Glory in the shrine.

Thy bride, Thy virgin! Ah, my Lord.

Smite through the Spirit with Thy Sword!

Asar Un-nefer! rise in me,

The chosen catamite of Thee!

Come! Ah, come now! I wait, I wait,

Patient–impatient slave of Fate,

Bought by Thy glance–Come now! come now!

Touch & inform this burning brow.

Asar Un-nefer! in the shrine,

Make Thou me wholly Thine! Remove hoodwink.

I am Asar–worthy alone

To sit upon the Double Throne.

Attack is mine & mine defence.

And these are one. Arise, go hence!

For I am Master of my Fate,

Wholly Initiate. The Secret Word.

The Words are spoken duly. The deeds are duly done.

My soul is risen newly to greet the risen Sun.
Bell accordingly.
One! Four! Five! Ten! All Hail!

Hail!

One! Four! Five! Ten! All Hail!
Signs accordingly.
I give the sign that rends the Veil.

The sign that closes up the Veil.

2. The Sealing of the Pyramid.

Top

Proceed as in the Building, unto the the word “Suns.”

The Banishing Spiral Dance.

Now let mine hands unloose the sweet

And shining girdle of Nuit! The Adorations & the Word.
Then at the Altar.
Behold! the Perfect One hath said

Tried & found pure, a golden spoil.

These are my body's elements Act accordingly.

Incense & Wine & Fire & Bread

These I consume, true Sacraments,

For the Perfection of the Oil

For I am clothed about with flesh

And I am the Eternal Spirit.

I am the Lord that riseth fresh

From Death, whose glory I inherit

Since I partake with him. I am

The Manifestor of the Unseen.

Without me all the land of Khem

Is as if it had not been. Proceed as in Building to end.

Hail, Hoor! Hail, Asi! Hail, Tahuti! Hail,

Asar Un-nefer! through the rended Veil.

I am Thyself, with all Thy brilliance decked–

Khabs-Am-Pekht.]

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