The Abuldiz Working
Every version of the Abuldiz Working which I have thus far seen concludes with 19th December. At the end of the record for that day an appointment is made for a further seance the following evening, but I have yet to see the record for that following evening.
A remark by Crowley in his Confessions indicates that there was at least one further session after after 19th December:
So is anybody aware of a record of the Abuldiz Working which goes beyond 19th December?
Sadly, I have no information regarding any further records of the Working BUT i find it interesting that the Egg is under a Palm Tree. The suggestiveness of this could expand into a million humorous words and another million convolutions of symbolism but my immediate impression was the connection between the Palm (desert) and the Ship of the desert: the Camel, which is the Traveler across the Abyss, indicating that the Egg is to be found in Daath.
Sorry I've not got any diaried historicity to add-but now I'm quite intrigued. I tend to think the "aggregate brain" of Lashtal has the capability to dredge up just about anything which is out there regarding Crowley (published or no).
Ham and egg(s) ????
I think you got the veal of my post quite well.
The version of the Abuldiz Working which I have is a copy of the Yorke typescript, which was I believe the basis for the document edited by William Heidrick which is available at various websites. Neither of these go beyond 19th December.
I see that the shade of Bob Hope continues to find fitful expression . . .
Hmmm... egg under palm tree.
Tree is a phallic symbol: Will. Egg is the fruit of the female ovaries: Love.
On one level, it's certainly symbolic of Love under Will.
In the desert... was Abuldiz telling AC that he should return to the desert with his Scarlet Woman to perform heterosexual magick to rend the next veil of the Working? Homosexual sex magick in the desert was certainly fruitful between Crowley and Neuburg in piercing the Aethyrs. I get the impression the Abuldiz workings were mainly involved with the SW scrying under the influence of opium and/or hashish... was Abuldiz saying IX degree in a desert setting was needed? Just a thought.
Thanks for your reply, papanick. There's a lot to be said for your interpretation, but the symbolism also needs to be viewed in its context, which is why I am so curious to see the record of the missing day or days of the Abuldiz record. In the absence of that, it is interesting that Crowley was instructed to go to the desert to search for the egg. The first thought is: which desert is referred to? In the absence of specifics, it is interesting that Crowley regarded the essence of his time in America as being his initiation into the grade of Magus, and that he often figured this as crossing a desert. Consider this extract from his Confessions referring to the period following his return from his magical retirement on Aesopus Island:
The fact was that none of the people appointed by Amalantrah to various tasks were willing to undertake them. It may well be that this was due to a lack of real faith on my part. The communications from the Wizard had become confused and even contradictory. I had failed to understand his plan and to acquiesce unreservedly in it. This weakness of mine naturally reacted on the other people concerned.
Crowley probably did believe that the glyph of the egg under the palm tree foreshadowed the revelation of a secret of sexual magick, but the above extract from the Confessions taken together with a preceding one indicates that he felt he had missed the point of the Amalantrah Working: