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Chapter XVIII: The Importance of our Conventional Greetings, etc.

T.S. note about Lunar Salutations:

In addition to the four solar adorations of Resh, Crowley also recommended to aspirants the performance of a lunar salutation. There was no single instruction in the manner of Resh on this point; the following is assembled from Crowley's published works:

… every student should make a point of saluting the Sun (in the manner recommended in Liber Resh) four times daily, and he shall salute the Moon on her appearance with the mantra gayatri. The best way is to say the mantra instantly one sees the Moon, to note whether the attention wavers, and to repeat the mantra until it does not waver at all.
—Eight Lectures on Yoga (Yoga for Yellowbellies I.9)

… in “Greetings” I include “saying Will” before set meals, the four daily adorations of the Sun (Liber CC vel Resh) and the salutation of Our Lady the Moon.
—Magick Without Tears, chapter 18

The Gayatri mantra is given in Book 4 part I as:

Aum! tat sávitúr varényam
Bhárgo dévasyá dhimáhi
Dhiyo yó nah prácodáyat

In a footnote Crowley suggests “Scan this as trochaic tetrameters” and gives the translation:

O! let us strictly meditate on the adorable light of that divine Savitri (the interior Sun, etc.). May she enlighten our minds!

In The Sword of Song appears the following slightly freer verse-rendering:

Aum! let us meditate aright
On that adorable One Light,
Divine Savitri! So may She
Illume our minds! So mote it be!

Frater O.B. informs me that some practitioners prefer to make the salutation at the time of moonrise rather than simply the first time they see the Moon on any evening.