Feast of Osiris, November 13, Isis Grieves the Loss of Osiris in Hermeneuticon at Hermetic Library



“The Ancient Egyptian Redeemer, father of Horus.”—Glossary

“In more remote times, the constituent originating assemblies of the O.T.O. included such men as […] Osiris”—Liber LII Manifesto of the O.T.O.

“After a great space (with few names and those illegible) … OSIRIS. These were sent forth at the same time—and Dionysus under several diverse forms—to enlighten Six Great Civilizations”—The Heart of the Master

“So, when the time was ripe, appeared the Brethren of the Formula of Osiris, whose word is I A O; so that men worshipped Man, thinking him subject to Death, and his victory dependent upon Resurrection. Even so conceived they of the Sun as slain and reborn with every day, and every year.”—The Heart of the Master

“I took upon myself, in my turn, the sin of the whole World, that the Prophecies might be fulfilled, so that Mankind may take the Next Step from the Magical Formula of Osiris to that of Horus.”—TO MAN in The Heart of the Master

“Abrahadabra is the formula of the Aeon, by which man may accomplish the Great Work. This Formula is then the 'reward' given by the God, the largesse granted by Him on His accession to the Lordship of the Aeon, just as the INRI-IAO-LVX formula of attainment by way of Crucifixion was given by Osiris when he came to power in the last Aeon.”—iii1

Osiris appears in all versions of the Saints of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica in Liber XV published during Aleister Crowley's lifetime. Osiris is not on the full list of any version, and is therefore a name celebrated only at performances when the complete Saints Collect is read.

Gnostic Saint International Equinox Magick in Theory and Practice
Osiris Osiris Osiris Osiris
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  • Tau Apiryon and Helena, Red Flame No. 2 – Mystery of Mystery: A Primer of Thelemic Ecclesiastical Gnosticism, Berkeley, CA 1995


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