Unicursal Heart Serpent Blood Love Law Hexagram

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“I am the Heart; and the Snake is entwined
About the invisible core of the mind.”—Liber LXV Liber Cordis Cincti Serpente sub figurâ אדני

“Thus does life both rise from the ashes and feed her young.”—On the Bloody Eucharist

“However, there is a mystery concealed in this theory of the bloody sacrifice which is of great importance to the student, and we therefore make no further apology, We should not have made even this apology for an apology, had it not been for the solicitude of a pious young friend of great austerity of character who insisted that the part of this chapter which now follows — the part which was originally written — might cause us to be misunderstood. This must not be. The blood is the life. This simple statement is explained by the Hindus by saying that the blood is the principal vehicle of vital Prana.”—Chapter XII Of the Bloody Sacrifice and Matters Cognate.

“Blood has been used in sacrifices in order to appease the gods, as a sacrament to one's Higher Self, and as ink in talismans, sigils and other ritualistic communicators where one wishes to align one's self to a particular principle by signing a promise or contract with it. In simple terms, the spilling of one's own blood is a gesture of devotion.”——On The Use of Blood in Ritual

“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.”–Liber Al vel Legis sub figurâ CCXX as Delivered By XCIII = 418 to DCLXVI, III:24

Thou drawest me. Thy golden lips are carven Cleopatra-wise
Large, full, and moist, within them lies the silver rampart, whence there slips

That rosy flame of love, the fount of blood at my light bidding spilt;
And my desires, if aught thou wilt, are with thy mind, and thy account

With God shall bear my name the more; give me the knowledge, me the power
For some new sin one little hour, and bankrupt God the creditor:

Steal from his stock of suffering; his tender mercies rob at will;
Destroy his graciousness, until he must avenge the name of king.

The Blood-Lotus

The heraldry of the Empress is two-fold: on the one side, the Pelican of tradition feeding its young from the blood of its own heart; on the other, the White Eagle of the Alchemist.

With regard to the Pelican, its full symbolism is only available to Initiates of the Fifth degree of the O.T.O. In general terms, the meaning may be suggested by identifying the Pelican herself with the Great Mother and her offspring, with the Daughter in the formula of Tetragrammaton. It is because the daughter is the daughter of her mother that she can be raised to her throne. In other language, there is a continuity of life, an inheritance of blood, which binds all forms of Nature together. There is no break between light and darkness. Natura non facit saltum. If these considerations were fully understood, it would become possible to reconcile the Quantum theory with the Electro-magnetic equations.“—iii-the-empress

“That is from the point of view of the magician, the Sun is the center, as it is in the Unicursal hexagram.”—On the Formulae of the Unicursal Hexagram

“The Unicursal Hexagram represents the Great Work and is a common symbol for Thelema.”—Thelema 101

“Behold! in my beauty how joyous Thou art,
O Snake that caresses the crown of mine heart!”——Liber LXV Liber Cordis Cincti Serpente sub figurâ אדני

“The whole history of serpent or ophite symbolism would require a book as large as the present volume to render it fair justice; hence very little space can be given to it here. In Craft Masonry, the symbol of the serpent does not occur, except on the die of the centenary jewel; and in the Templar and Philosophical degrees, the serpent is an emblem of Christ. In ancient Egypt, the god Nehebka, who represented the resurrection of nature, was represented with a serpent's head.”–Mackenzie's Royal Masonic Cyclopaedia

“Replace these, and we get אשימוא, which adds up to 358, the Number alike of נחש, the Serpent of Genesis, and the Messiah.”—Liber LVIII – Qabalah

Thou shouldst come like a Fury crown'd with snakes,
Not like a formal man.

—William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra

With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate
Of life at once untie: poor venomous fool
Be angry, and dispatch. O, couldst thou speak,
That I might hear thee call great Caesar ass

O eastern star!

Peace, peace!
Dost thou not see my baby at my breast,
That sucks the nurse asleep?

—William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra