Siddhârtha in Hermeneuticon at Hermetic Library

Siddhârtha, Sâkyamuni and Gautama, the Buddha

Listed as a Magister Templi in Liber CCCXXXIII The Book of Lies Falsely So Called, 7 ΚΕΦΑΛΗ Ζ THE DINOSAURS

Listed as a Magi in Liber Aleph, Chapter 70, Βϟ. DE GAUTAMA.. And, his word is given as ANATTA.

“Whom Men call Gotama, or Siddartha, or the Budha, was a Magus of our Holy Order. And His Word was Anatta; for the Root of His whole Doctrine was that there is no Atman, or Soul, as Men ill translate it, meaning a Substance incapable of Change. Thus, He, like Lao-Tze, based all upon a Movement, instead of a fixed Point. And His Way of Truth was Analysis, made possible by great Intention of the Mind toward itself, and that well fortified by certain tempered Rigour of Life. And He most thoroughly explored and Mapped out the Fastnesses of the Mind, and gave the Keys of its Fortresses into the Hand of Man. But of all this the Quintessence is in this one Word Anatta, because this is not only the foundation and the Result of his whole Doctrine, but the Way of its Work.”—Part 2 - The Book of Wisdom or Folly, Liber Aleph vel CXI

Listed as Initiator in The Heart of the Master, the-initiation

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

“A slightly more sophisticated version is shown in the history of Siddhartha, the Buddha. Having gone through the first two stages and become a ruling prince, Siddhartha is suddenly exposed to the suffering that is the burden of the people he rules. He sees that some of their suffering was inadvertently caused by himself, and much more of it can not be alleviated even by his princely powers. This revelation affects him so strongly that he abandons all his possessions and powers and goes into the wastelands, dedicating himself to discovering the solution to suffering. He spends years concentrating on the work to the exclusion of all else. (Suffering, rejection of the past, and intense concentration are all aspects of Scorpio.)

Eventually he succeeds and attains wisdom. He then goes about telling others of the principles and techniques necessary to achieving the freedom that he has attained. (Wisdom = Thoth as god of Chokmah, spreading of the methods = Mercury as god of communication. Note also that Buddha's methods are primarily intellectual, again equating to Mercury.)“—A Modified Hexagram Ritual for Enochian Workings.

“At its most extreme the creation is seen as an evil trick played by a malign demiurge, a sick, empty joke, or a joyless prison with death the only release. The classic vision of sorrow is that of Siddhartha Gautama, but Tolstoy records [5] a terrible and enduring psychic experience which contains most of the elements associated with the worst Binah can offer - it drove him to the very edge of suicide.”—Binah, Chokmah, Kether

“There is no difficulty in our assuming that these men themselves did not understand clearly what happened to them. The only one who explains his system thoroughly is Buddha, and Buddha is the only one that is not dogmatic. We may also suppose that the others thought it inadvisable to explain too clearly to their followers; St. Paul evidently took this line.

“Our best document will therefore be the system of Buddha; but it is so complex that no immediate summary will serve; and in the case of the others, if we have not the accounts of the Masters, we have those of their immediate followers.”—Book 4

Siddhârtha appears in all versions of Liber XV, published during Aleister Crowley's lifetime. Siddhârtha is on the short list, and is one of the names celebrated at all performances.

Gnostic Saint International Equinox Magick in Theory and Practice
Siddhârtha Siddhartha Siddhartha Siddhartha

T Polyphilus lists a date for a Feast of Siddhartha on May 26 on his Liturgical Calendar.

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