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Thoughts on Crowley’s secret door or possible secret kiblah. I’m not sure if this has been discussed elsewhere but I thought I’d put here for discussion anyway.

We are reminded of this in:

“The light is mine; its rays consume
Me: I have made a secret door
Into the House of Ra and Tum,
Of Khephra and of Ahathoor.
I am thy Theban, O Mentu,
The prophet Ankh-af-na-khonsu!

By Bes-na-Maut my breast I beat;
By wise Ta-Nech I weave my spell.
Show thy star-splendour, O Nuit!
Bid me within thine House to dwell,
O winged snake of light, Hadit!
Abide with me, Ra-Hoor-Khuit!"

Crowley‘s ideas of secret doors and invisibility can be seen in rituals such as Liber Resh at midnight towards the invisible midnight sun or the black sun (Sol Niger), and in the averse Rite of Selene to the Moon when it appears as “O! let us strictly meditate on the adorable light of that divine Savitri (the interior Sun, etc.). May she enlighten our minds!” (Book Four, Part One, Chapter II), and during the Rite the Aspirant is instructed to ‘Silence’. The Rite of Selene may be considered a balancing of Liber Resh, or an aid in the reduction to non-duality when both are combined. Also the invisible Hierophant, Thoth/Mercury, in Liber 671 / Pyramidos absent from the throne in the East drawing upon his experience of vacant or invisible thrones in Golden Dawn rituals.

In Liber XV, The Gnostic Mass, we see in the first line, ‘in the East, that is the direction of Boleskine …’

‘In the East, that is’, - What does this “East” signify? Is it not actually “East” but “Magical East”?

‘in the direction of Boleskine’, What does Boleskine signify, being below and to the south of the relatively nearby and visible, at night, Pole Star, the Silver Star, which Crowley talks about? Is the Invisible House and Secret Door the Pole Star, hidden during the day as the Sun is at night, or the South Celestial Pole which is actually invisible?

With the Heh/Tzaddi switch the Star, now Path 15, is now linked to Tiphareth The Sun (visible) from Chokmah, the Ruach ha Qadosh (Shekinah). It is now a Path from the Sun to the Star wherein lies the Ruach ha Qadosh, the original feminine principle of the now falsely male and Christian Holy Spirit.

 In Liber 333 Chapter 28 we see reference to the Pole Star. Crowley’s ‘One Star in Sight?’ In the Commentary it states; ‘It is called the Pole-Star, because Laylah is the one object of devotion to which the author ever turns. As noted above, the Star, then path 28, is now Path 15 on the Tree. The Pole Star could be said to now represent the Star Path linked to Tiphareth, the visible Sun from Chokmah, the Ruach ha Qadosh (Shekinah). ‘From the Silence to the Speech, and from the Speech again unto the Silence.’ 

And just as there is the hidden Sun at night, the Secret Door, in Liber Resh, it could be said that there is also a hidden Star in Liber 333 as a counter to the Pole Star, the One Star in Sight. The Star theme is continued in Chapter 29, called the Southern Cross. Path 29 is also the Path of the Moon and the back of the head and all that implies with the averse. Of note however, is that in the Southern Hemisphere there is no actual Pole Star. The Southern Cross and its twin Pointers may be used to find the South Celestial Pole though. By extending a line from the bottom of the long axis of the Cross intersecting with a line perpendicular to the axis of the Pointers they will intersect at the South Celestial Pole. There is no actual Star there and it could therefore be said to be magically hidden and invisible even though it does not actually exist. Leila Waddell was probably well aware of this method of finding True South from the Southern Cross and its Pointers, as it is common knowledge in Australia and more so in her time, and may well have discussed this with Crowley. I’d be surprised if she didn’t given the mention of the Southern Cross in Liber 333.  

You could take the Pole Star in Chapter 28 as literally representing his physical Scarlet Woman and the Southern Cross in Chapter 29 as the literal constellation, or you could take a more nuanced understanding which would be in line with Crowley’s subtle implications and unexplained hints elsewhere in his work. I’ll take the latter.  

Liber 777 lists Invisibility as a Magical Power in column XLV rows 20 and 31 bis with Parthenogenesis and Initiation, and Transformations and Visions of the Genius respectively. In Chapter 23 of Magick Without Tears Crowley says, “Remember that your `East’, your Kiblah, is Boleskine House…”. i.e. a Magical East.  In Liber V vel Reguli, the Magician is directed to “…turn his face towards Boleskine, that is the House of The Beast 666.” Does this imply that the House of the Scarlet Woman is the Pole Star ‘as the one object of devotion to which the author ever turns’, as he would from his Beast House at Boleskine?  And also, “Set up my image in the East; thou shalt buy thee an image which I will show thee, especial, not unlike the one thou knowest.” — Liber AL, III:21 Of the Invisible House we read “But your holy place shall be untouched throughout the centuries: though with fire and sword it be burnt down & shattered, yet an invisible house there standeth, and shall stand until the fall of the Great Equinox; when Hrumachis shall arise and the double-wanded one assume my throne and place.” — Liber AL III:34.

Relating to the concept of invisibility and secret doors is one of the 10 Virtues, namely Silence, attributed to Mercury (Liber 777). Delving into where the concept of Silence leads, in “John St. John” we see Crowley, in his formulating of a self-initiation form of the Neophyte Ritual, provide clues to the nature of Silence, its relationship to Speech, the identities of each, and the result of their interplay. On page 39, "He is installed in the Throne of the Double Kingdom, and he wields the Wand of Double Power by the signs of the Grade." Crowley is referring to Horus, The Enterer, and Hoor-pa-kraat, as these represent Speech and Silence. Leading up to this he states from pages 35 onwards:

“There are two forces; that of Death and that of Natural Life. Death begins the Operation by a knock, to which Life answers. Then Death, banishing all forces external to the operation, declares the Speech in the Silence. Both officers … invoke the Divine Word, and then Death slays with the knife, and embalms with the oil, his sister Life. Life, thus prepared, invokes, at the summons of Death, the forces necessary to the Operation. The Word takes its station in the East and the officers salute it both by speech and silence in their signs; and they pronounce the secret Word of power that riseth from the Silence and returneth thereunto. All this they affirm; and in affirming the triangular base of the Pyramid, find that they have mysteriously affirmed the Apex thereof whose name is Ecstasy.”

Later, in reiterating the interplay between Speech and Silence, he refers to; “… the Word that vibrateth from the Silence to the Speech, and from the Speech again unto the Silence.”

In further analysing the nature of the Twins, their relationship and what lies between them we can look at the following clues: In Liber CCXX:

“34. The half of the word of Heru-ra-ha, called Hoor-pa-kraat and Ra-Hoor-Khut.”

and,

“71. Hail! ye twin warriors about the pillars of the world! for your time is nigh at hand.

  1. I am the Lord of the Double Wand of Power; the wand of the Force of Coph Nia—but my left hand is empty, for I have crushed an Universe; and nought remains.”

We note that the Double Wand is the Caduceus of Hermes (Hierophant/Mercury).

In The Book of the Law, delivered by Aiwaz, the “Minister of Silence”, Silence appears with the Lord of Silence and of Strength”;

“I am the Hawk-Headed Lord of Silence and of Strength; my nemyss shrouds the night-blue sky.”

… and also in Liber LXV;

“Yet all the while Thou wast hidden therein, as the Lord of Silence is hidden in the buds of the lotus.”

In Liber ISRAFEL, in a powerful message, we see the identity of Mercury, Hermes, Thoth, Tahuti brought into dynamic play from the abode of Silence. Who is he?

“4. I invoke Tahuti, the Lord of Wisdom and of Utterance, the God that cometh forth from the Veil.

  1. … Thou who wieldest the Wand of Double Power!
  2. … I am the Charioteer of the East, Lord of the Past and of the Future. I see by mine own inward light: Lord of Resurrection; Who cometh forth from the Dusk, and my birth is from the House of Death.
  3. O ye two Divine Hawks upon your Pinnacles! …
  4. Therefore do Thou come forth unto me from Thine abode in the Silence: Unutterable Wisdom! All-Light! All-Power! Thoth! Hermes! Mercury! Odin! ....
  5. I invoke the priestess of the Silver Star, Asi the Curved One, by the ritual of Silence.
  6. The Speech in the Silence. The Words against the Son of Night. The Voice of Tahuti in the Universe in the Presence of the Eternal.
  7. There is an end of the speech; let the Silence of darkness be broken; let it return into the silence of light.”

This is again reinforced in dramatic theatre in the Rite of Mercury from The Rites of Eleusis, where “Mercury is throned between the Twins” of Speech and Silence and Mercury says;

“MERCURY: The Speech in the Silence. … Majesty of the Godhead, Wisdom-crowned Thoth, Lord of the Gates of the Universe: Thee, Thee we invoke! O Thou of the Ibis head: Thee, Thee we invoke! Thou who wieldest the Wand of Double Power: Thee, Thee we invoke! … Therefore I say unto Thee: come forth unto me from thine abode in the Silence, unutterable Wisdom, All-light, All-power! Thoth, Hermes, Mercury, Odin, by whatever name I call Thee, Thou art still un-named and nameless to Eternity! Come thou forth, I say, and aid and guard me in this Work of Art.

Who is this Mercury coming forth from the abode of Silence? Is it Mercury or someone else or becoming someone else? Here he is likened to the Black Sun of the night, Sol Niger, or maybe the Son behind the Sun or maybe the Dark Angel, the Secret Self, or all of these all leading to non-duality and realisation.

Then Virgo later says;

“VIRGO: Is not Mercury the Sun-God, when hidden during the Night, among the souls of the dead? Hail unto Thee, Trismegistus, Hail unto thee! … Hail unto Mercury.

Virgo continues with this beautiful image of Mercury’s actions;

He killeth Sol at the close of every Twilight, and hangeth up the sky of Night on the Tree of Heaven, fastened up with the Star-headed nails.” 

So Mercury kills Sol and comes forth, and he raises the night up to heaven and keeps it there by the Stars (suns - vau) pinned with the aid of the nails of the Hierophant (vau again).

Who are the Stars? We know each of us is a star; “Every Man and Every Woman is a Star.”

In the Book of Lies, LIBER CCCXXXIII cap.2, “The Cry of the Hawk” we see that;

“Hoor hath a secret fourfold name: it is Do What Thou Wilt.

Four Words: Naught—One—Many—All. …

That Mine as Thine be the Crown of the Kingdom, even now.

ABRAHADABRA.

These ten words are four, the Name of the One.”

In the Commentary we read;

“The ‘Hawk’ referred to is Horus. …

“Those four words, Do What Thou Wilt, are also identified with the four possible modes of conceiving the universe; Horus unites these. …

“It is now seen that this Hawk is not Solar, but Mercurial; hence the words, the Cry of the Hawk, the essential part of Mercury being his Voice; ….

The essential weapon of Mercury is the Caduceus.”

Mercury or Tahuti is the Double-Wanded One. However, there is a further mystery. We have seen earlier how “He is installed in the Throne of the Double Kingdom, and he wields the Wand of Double Power.” The Double being composed of Speech and Silence, The Enterer and Hoor-pa-kraat. We also know that the word ABRAHADABRA is given as the “Word of Double Power.” The Doubles in the word, ABRA and ABRA, being The Enterer and Hoor-pa-kraat. In the middle we have the destroying and uniting principle, HAD. We know that the destroying and uniting principle is about destruction and nullification of duality, spoken above as Mercury, and that this destruction is accomplished through the Destroyer, who is Apophis/Typhon.

In LIBER CCXX cap. II v.15-16 we read more on a duality uniting principle which is not the normally expected Empress and Emperor, but the Empress and the Hierophant, related to perfection and nothing;

“15. For I am perfect, being Not; and my number is nine by the fools; but with the just I am eight, and one in eight: Which is vital, for I am none indeed. The Empress and the King are not of me; for there is a further secret.

  1. I am The Empress and the Hierophant. Thus eleven, as my bride is eleven.”

Who is the Hierophant and what does he represent? A Hierophant is a teacher and an Initiator, one who brings to light. How does this fit into our search?

Under the “General Characters of the Trumps as They Appear in Use” in “The Book of Thoth” we read for V, The Hierophant;

“Offer thyself Virgin to the Knowledge and Conversation of Thine Holy Guardian Angel”

Who is the Virgin here? Who is the Bride offering themselves to the Bridegroom?

Returning to John St. John and the commentary of the self-initiation version of the Neophyte Ritual, Crowley says of himself, what must he do to be saved and he provides the following answer?

“The Question then arises: What shall I do to be saved? The only answer … is that a Ritual … should display the Birth of Horus and Slaying of Typhon. Here again Horus and Harpocrates … the twins of the twin signs … are the slayers of Typhon. … The Initiator must kill him, Osiris; he must rise again as Horus and kill the Initiator, taking his place in the ceremony thence to the end.”

Again from Liber Pyramidos/671 we see that the Hierophant is on the Throne in the East representing Silence, but the throne is unoccupied, demonstrating Invisibility. ‘the Hegemon that chants a solemn hymn of praise to that glory which is at the Apex, and who invisibly rules and governs the whole Pyramid’.

Again in John St. John, we read on Liber 671;

‘Now then he makes a journey in his new house, and perceives at stated times, each time preceded by a new ordeal and equilibration, the forces that surround him. Death he sees, and the Life of Nature whose name is Sorrow, and the Word that quickeneth these, and his own self --- and when he hath recognised these four in their true nature he passes to the altar once more and as the apex of a descending triangle is admitted to the lordship of the Double Kingdom. Thus is he a member of the visible triad that is crossed with the invisible --- behold the hexagram of Solomon the King!’

So the Speech and the Silence have acted and the Initiator as Tahuti, the Hierophant, has come forth from the Silence and has slain Osiris, representative of the swathed and mummified dead man, Asar un Nekros, the Aspirant, Crowley himself. The dead man, Osiris, has then risen as Horus and has slain the Initiator, the Hierophant, Tahuti, Mercury, the Son behind the Sun. Remembering that this is a self-initiation, we see that Crowley has slain himself and has taken the place of the Initiator and has brought forth his own light from behind the Sun.

From Liber Pyramidos, having achieved this,

“Life takes Fire from death, and runs whirling amid the Suns.”

To this then we can now answer the questions;

Who art thou? Whence comest thou? Whither goest thou?

The use of the Pole Star as a Secret Kiblah along with the Kiblah of the Beast would form a double wand between the two as spoken of above and all that involves and results in, ‘From the Silence to the Speech and from the Speech again unto the Silence’.

From One Star in Sight;

‘From the Abyss comes No Man forth, but a Star startles the Earth, and our Order rejoices above that Abyss that the Beast hath begotten one more Babe in the Womb of Our Lady, His concubine, the Scarlet Woman, BABALON.’

But further from One Star in Sight;

To man I come, the number of
  A man my number, Lion of Light;
I am The Beast whose Law is Love.
  Love under will, his royal right—
Behold within, and not above,
  One star in sight!

So the Star that ‘startles the Earth’ is equilibrated as the Babe ‘within and not above.’

The Pole Star has acted as the Hierophant’s Throne from which the Aspirant has taken the Word and absorbed it within as the newly realised being.

So when Crowley was at Boleskine before the Stele (before 1913) it would appear to have been the visible Kiblah of the Beast, but the Kiblah of his Secret Door is the Star of his Scarlet Woman (written about in Liber 333 in 1912/13) ‘the one object of devotion to which the author ever turns’, and in relating to the Invisible it may well have been the invisible silent and secret non-existent South Celestial Pole, the hidden Kiblah of his Scarlet Woman at the time, from where she came from and to which she returned. After she returned to Australia he would have needed to have perhaps turned to the South from Boleskine, or wherever he was at the time, the visible kiblah, to the invisible, secret, silent, Kiblah at the South Celestial Pole found through navigating from the Southern Cross. Of course, the adoption of subsequent Scarlet Women after this time may have found him using a different procedure or he may have just used the Pole Star as his focal point all along, given it is hidden during the day just as the Sun is hidden at night.

In any case I think it is clear that Crowley was referring to his Secret Silent Invisible Door in all of this through which Transformation and access to his Genius or HGA was to be acquired through magical Parthenogenesis through Self-Initiation, and beyond that to non-dual realisation. The Pole Star, the Silver Star, would appear to have been that ‘object of devotion’, his ’One star in sight’, and not simply his physical Scarlet Woman at the time, which he used to bring the ‘Star’ within himself and moved towards non-dual realisation.

We can of course do the same.


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Posted by: @rd7772003

 In Liber 333 Chapter 28 we see reference to the Pole Star. Crowley’s ‘One Star in Sight?’

No. Laylah, as described, was his Pole Star, even though she wasn't Polish.

The One Star in Sight is Sirius. We (at least, I) owe this statement to Kenneth Grant. In the first of the trilogies, or at least the first three (books, not trilogies). I have found it to be correct. Alice Bailey goes on for paragraphs and pages about The Great White Lodge of Sirius, and how it's the upstream of our Planetary Hierarchy (The White Brotherhood), which Crowley called the A.'.A.'..

Anybody can look in the nighttime sky (in the proper season) and spot Sirius on a clear (or semi-clear) night. No better sentinel is visible that stands as an intermediary between us (Terra) and Home (the Galactic Center). This is external.

But we were advised, "Behold within and not above, One Star in Sight." Well, this is a different matter, isn't it?  Yes and No. It depends. But at least we know what the internal intermediary principle looks like. An Angel? I never saw one. But there's something in there that looks like Sirius, mor than any other external object we can name.

... I just went back up the elevator to catch your next line that might warrant a comment ... but I got dizzy with the height (length) and confused by ALL those references and possible meaningful coincidences. Maybe someone else will catch the next line - I have to go do some pranacontrol.

 


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Yeah, nah, I don't think Crowley speaks of Sirius, so that does not appear to be the answer despite what Grant and others might presume. The Son behind the Sun, your secret/true self or angel, is not the Sun behind the Sun. Sirius could be a Sun behind the Sun but Crowley speaks more of the Son behind the Sun and refers to Mercury rather than other objects such as Sirius. In equilibrating the Star it moves from not above to within as part of the process, as I have referred to. The Pole Star would appear to have been be his focus during that particular period, as he clearly says, which may of course have changed later. I think the whole alien thing is just a dualistic misdirection and not to be taken seriously.


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I think there is some Sirius over-thinking going on here as to some of the evidence presented.

The "Pole-Star" chapter of TBOL is so-called because Laylah/Leila gives AC a great big stiff pole of an erection that "Alway Hardeneth" ("little hint is given of anything beyond physical love").

It also, with its very oblique reference to the North Star (since "Pole Star" is a name for the North Star) sets up the poetic conceit of the following chapter, where Laylah is personified as "The Southern Cross", "because, on the physical plane, Laylah is an Australian." The Southern Cross is depicted on the flag of Australia (and Brazil, and New Zealand (and Samoa and Papua New Guinea, though those weren't countries yet in AC's lifetime)).

It is basic Poetry 101 imagery for erotic hymns to the love a Northern Hemisphere man has for a Southern Hemisphere woman to refer to the fact that the very stars and constellations in their respective night-skies all their lives were different.  When i married my Brazilian wife, i read the Pole-Star chapter in English, and she read the Southern Cross chapter in Portuguese (excellent translation provided by the Brazilian (c)OTO; credit where due).

In a thread with a title mentioning "invisibility", i expected some mention of the famous story of some visiting person at the Cafe Royal being astonished at the sight of a person wearing a crown entering the dining room making extravagant gestures, with his host explaining in a bored tone, "Oh, that's merely Crowley being invisible again."

 


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Yeah, nah, I don't think Crowley speaks of Sirius, so that does not appear to be the answer

The answer to what? That the Pole Star is the One Star in Sight? Or not? I sat, "Not," and it must be observed that Crowley did not write about a lot of things ... that other people did (write).

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your secret/true self or angel

The Angel is an illusion. It is the Messenger sent by the "True Self." In the beginning, they seem to be the same. But after the Angel has done its work, it evaporates. After the "True Self" has been enjoyed, it (too) is seen as illusion.

Oh, poop-stick!  Where does that leave us? With nothing - this is the key to Liber 333, Liber AL, and most of those foreign Oriental systems.

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Sirius over-thinking

What? Sirius thinking is speculation beyond the planetary ring-pass-not (magical circle/sphere), and therefore admissible in court in cases of institutionalization of mad hatters.

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I have overthought the matter , and find that I am confused, sometimes, but I'm still putting my money on the Silver Star.

 

 


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Maybe so, but I see it as one more use by Crowley of visible versus invisible objects, such as the Midnight Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Son behind the Sun, the Hierophant, etc, to assist in attaining a non-dual mental state. They are tools in the mental process and the Pole Star may be as mundane as a physical love metaphor, but he would also have used it mentally I believe. 


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The Angel is an illusion. It is the Messenger sent by the "True Self." In the beginning, they seem to be the same. But after the Angel has done its work, it evaporates. After the "True Self" has been enjoyed, it (too) is seen as illusion.

Totally agree. That is the point. 

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Oh, poop-stick!  Where does that leave us? With nothing - this is the key to Liber 333, Liber AL, and most of those foreign Oriental systems.

Totally agree again. That is the point of his practice with the use of Invisible and celestial tools, etc, to achieve the non-duality of the Ipsissimus.


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Totally agree again.

Oh, good. At least we're on the same (last) page. Working back from there, we find all manner of Polestars, Angels, Neutron Radio Stations, and False Prophets making big profits.

The symbology will vary from author to authress, and hardly anybody sees exactly the same thing as you or I, so we learn to rely on ... what we see and feel in our own visions.

Now the passing running away of Laylah was a real blow to Perdurabo, who wrote in 333 about all the mysteries in a very revealing manner ... but then he tossed all that aside and rolled up his bundle of bliss in his woman ... who went away. Fate was even so cruel as to offer a reunion, but it seems that never took place.

Of course, he seems to get over it in the later chapters, what with Gold Bricks, Scurvy Doctors, and (finally) the Heikel (sic?). Everybody has his or her own self invested in somebody or something - something seemingly wonderful - around which their world revolves. So, yeah, one could play symbol-matching with stars, ladies, and peni.

"Currently, Earth's [northern pole star [is] Polaris (Alpha Ursae Minoris) ..."

This wonderful attachment will (WILL) be taken away by the exotic machinery that preludes the abyss. Not everything is taken ... just the things we rely on.

Anyway, the supernal machinery sent him another girl. Several, in fact.

 


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The Angel is an illusion. It is the Messenger sent by the "True Self." In the beginning, they seem to be the same. But after the Angel has done its work, it evaporates. After the "True Self" has been enjoyed, it (too) is seen as illusion.

The angel is an interface, a window for accessing the "True Self". Behind it all is infinity,which is also nothing, but if it is nothing, it can become anything, so potential is infinite. 

 


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