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21/01/2008 7:39 pm  

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law:

What is the "word of the equinox" ??

I have been wondering this as a student of Crowley, his life, and magick. I see them in the weiser catalogue and have been wondering what is the meaning and the importance of them.

Anyone here has bought these from weiser? I saw them and have thought of adding them to my Crowley collection as my first crowley signed item.

I have also thought about buying, with great work because I dont have that money(can raise it in time) the forth beast! at abebooks or crowley's appointment book in weiser, as owning a signed crowley or, even better, something that actually belonged to him, has been a goal of mine.

Anyone here owns a signed crowley or something that he actually owned in his life?

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21/01/2008 11:45 pm  

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The Word of the Equinox, as far as I've been able to fathom, is the result of an operation (possibly including an element of sexual magick), which can be found within a ritual entitled "The Ceremony of the Equinox". Crowley seems to have based this ritual upon a Golden Dawn ritual of the same name. The ritual hasn't been published as far as I'm aware, but the original can be found within Crowley's personal A.'.A.'. notebook, currently held at the Northwestern University, Chicago, containing materials from the 1906-1928 period -- the same notebook from which the "Illuminated Manuscript" of Pyramidos was taken. Interestingly, the title page of the TROA manuscript indicates that it should also contain "a versified Ritual for the Feast of the Equinox," although this seems to be missing from the Syracuse collection. I've been reliably informed that at least one branch of A.'.A.'. still uses the ritual to generate the Word.

Apparently an incomplete transcript of the ritual is on the net, so you may want to do a Google search. 😉

Instead of giving you my own opinions (which aren't the most informed on this site, I'm sure), I'll appeal to authority and quote a couple of letters which may give you a strong hint, or at least some tasty food for thought:

C.S. Jones to Frank Bennett - January 9th, 1919

"You are also entitled to receive every six months the special Word given out by the Masters at the Vernal and Autumnal Equinox, which rules the events of the period."

Leah Hirsig to Frank Bennett - ? ? 1921

"P.S. Attention is called to the regulations of the Order pertinent to the Pass Word. The Pass Word is changed at each Equinox. It indicates the nature of the Magical energy which should predominate in the work of the Order generally and each of its members severally. It serves as a forecast of the quintessence of the event of the following 6 months.

"Neophytes of the Order are entitled to receive the Word from the Chancellor, Praemonstrator or Orator. It is also communicated at his discretion to any person working under his direct supervision by any member of the Third Order. Any one not in possession of the Current Pass Word is not to be recognised as a member of the Order, whatever his previous standing may have been, or whatever claims he may put forward.

"Those in possession of the Pass Word must not omit to join to the date of any letter that they may write to any other member of the Order by adding together the same in Roman numerals (in this case 10 + 4 = 14 = XIV). On receiving a letter thus guaranteed it is to be answered by the square of that number in Roman figures (196 = CXCVI). The receipt of a letter not thus marked is to be taken as conclusive evidence that the writer is not in good standing and his claim to membership of the Order consequently unfounded; and an indication that he should in no wise be trusted.

"Should any person previously known to you as connected with the Order explain his non-possession of the Pass Word by his having voluntarily ceased his connection with the Order, the truth of the statement may be tested; for such are supplied with a substitute Word recognisably related with the Pass Word as a proof of good faith."

Hope this helps. 🙂

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23/01/2008 1:41 am  
"Varzon" wrote:
What is the "word of the equinox" ??

A related question: Has anyone assembled a list of these Words (that are publicly available) from the founding of the A.'.A.'. up to Crowley's death? Might it be in an old Thelema Lodge Calendar or a Bapho.net ASCII file or something?

If there's really nothing out there, I might start assembling one from the various catalogs and scans out there. I'd post my findings, of course. Who knows what interesting patterns and/or insights could be found in such a list?

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24/01/2008 2:19 am  

Using our modern Oracle (google), I could only find eight of them...

autumn 1915: NEBULAE
spring 1916: SOL-OM-ON
spring 1918: AKAMRACH
autumn 1938: OIDV
spring 1944: KUKRI
autumn 1944: BIKELON
autumn 1945: ROTARE (?)
spring 1946: SUHAL

If anyone knows of others, feel free to post them.


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24/01/2008 8:09 am  

Thanks for that intriguing piece of online research.

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24/01/2008 10:32 am  

spring 1922: HERU-RA-HA
spring 1923: CAMA-APPA-OPI
autumn 1923: AVD YHY (in Hebrew ALEPH-VAV-DALETH YOD-HEH-YOD)
autumn 1924: YMHN
spring 1925: illegible, pronounce: "Oh! Yes!"
spring 1926: ZERO
spring 1927: FU
autumn 1927: HEH-YOD-DALETH SHIN-RESH (illegible to me)
spring 1928: MAN
spring 1942: KUSIS


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24/01/2008 3:35 pm  

The list as I have it... so far:

1915: Spring - DUPLEX
1915: Autumn - Nebulae
1916: Spring - Sol-Om-On
1916: Autumn - Saggitae
1917: Spring - ADNI
1917: Autumn - Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law
1918: Spring - Akamrach
1918: Autumn - Teh & Alko
1919: Spring - OCELLI
1919: Autumn - Oh, so much!
1920: Spring - OCELLI [? A letter from Achad to Bennett, perhaps misdated]
1922: Spring - HERU-RA-HA
1923: Spring - GAMA-APPA-OPI
1923: Autumn - IHI AVD
1924: Spring - NOVEM
1924: Autumn - OM
1925: Spring - oh! Yes!
1925: Autumn - IMHN
1926: Spring - Zero
1926: Autumn - ISh HIR
1927: Spring - FU
1928: Spring - MAN
1931: Spring - BRAShITh
1931: Autumn - TATARA or TATMA [Some diary confusion]
1932: Spring - PHILUSTRICESS
1932: Autumn - AIND VACIMA
1933: Spring - (Silence, breaking into soft music or laughter)
1933: Autumn - KAANI
1934: Spring - KRMVTh
1934: Autumn - QUAMAH QABLAS [Crowley note: H or B?]
1936: Spring - BEAST
1936: Autumn - BAB
1937: Spring - ADIL
1937: Autumn - OLVK
1938: Spring - OIDV
1938: Autumn - RASh ChL or SAShK AL [Crowley preferred the latter spelling]
1939: Spring - LBA LI
1939: Autumn - WARM
1940: Spring - AH
1940: Autumn - ROTA
1941: Spring - PNChAL
1941: Autumn - Koleso
1942: Spring - KUSIS
1942: Autumn - Thido
1943: Spring - FORAFAKOL
1943: Autumn - KILIK
1944: Spring - KUKRI
1944: Autumn - BIKELON
1945: Spring - Astarte
1945: Autumn - ROTARA
1946: Spring - SUHAL
1946: Autumn - ODAK
1947: Spring - LIFT
1947: Autumn - BRILLIANCE


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25/01/2008 1:53 am  

Most impressive! Thanks so much for making this information public, Nehushtan and the_real_simon_iff!

I assume that most of these come from private collections. (There's no "green with envy" emoticon...) If not, though, I'd be curious if/where/when these may have been published before.

I also find it interesting that, in many cases, the Word may have been the same as the "Oracle" (from Liber AL). That seems to be the case for the spring 1947 (final?) Word, where the Weiser Antiquarian listing seems to indicate "Lift" as the Oracle from AL III:45.

Thanks again,

Steve

PS: I think I've found my new favorite curse word: see spring 1943... 🙂


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25/01/2008 2:54 am  

What a great thread! Keep 'em coming...

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25/01/2008 9:40 am  

I've found most of mine in the Frank Bennett letters that were once available here...

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25/01/2008 3:23 pm  

93

The sources I've used have all been published proper or pirate published, and have been on the net at one point or another (for the most part). They are as follows: Letters of Frank Bennett; The Urn; Rex de Arte Regia, The Magical Record of the Beast 666; Crowley's "Royal Court" diaries; Leah Hirsig's diaries; Weiser Antiquarian's book catalogs; The Unknown God: W.T. Smith and the Thelemites. One or two of the words may have possibly come from other sources too -- misc. letters scattered amongst my collection.

I'll continue with the list as I come across more of the words (I found another one today for Autumn 1942, which I've added :D), and more edits may be made to the current list if new information surfaces. Watch this space.

93, 93/93
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16/02/2008 9:30 pm  

Fall 1947: brilliance

(according to Augustus John, quoting a letter from Crowley in Chiaroscuro, Jonathan Cape, 1952, p. 82):

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27 September, 1947...

The greetings of the Equinox of Autumn!

The Word of the Equinox is brilliance. [with "iance" in italics]. (Ring settled on the last five letters.) AL. 1 64.


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17/02/2008 1:10 am  

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Is there an explanation of the concept? And as to how the words are/were meaningful to us?
Prior to this thread I was unaware of the subject.
Thank you! Very interested in this.

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17/02/2008 7:26 am  

The word of the equinox is generally derived from a Ritual for the Equinox, usually at the culmination or height of the ritual a finger/or ring etc is made to fall upon a word on a random page of a book (often Liber Legis) and thus that word would becoe the new word for the equinox, and sometimes also serve as a new password.


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17/02/2008 5:15 pm  
"yesferatu" wrote:
And as to how the words are/were meaningful to us?

Still an open question, I think. I don't know of any prior time that these words have been assembled into a list like this. If anything, it's an extended (thirty-year-long) commentary on Liber Legis I:49...? 😀

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18/02/2008 12:25 am  

Thanks for the answers!


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18/02/2008 3:24 am  

<<III

There are many other sacred words which enshrine formulae of great efficacity in particular operations. For example, V.I.T.R.I.O.L. gives a certain Regimen of the Planets useful in Alchemical work. Ararita is a formula of the macrocosm potent in certain very lofty Operations of the Magick of the Inmost Light. (See Liber 813.) The formula of Thelema may be summarized thus: Theta "Babalon and the Beast conjoined" --- epsilon unto Nuith (CCXX, I, 51) --- lambda The Work accomplished in Justice - -- eta The Holy Graal --- mu The Water therein --- alpha The Babe in the Egg (Harpocrates on the Lotus.) That of "Agape" is as follows: Dionysus (Capital Alpha) --- The Virgin Earth gamma --- The Babe in the Egg (small alpha --- the image of the Father) --- The Massacre of the Innocents, pi (winepress) - -- The Draught of Ecstasy, eta. The student will find it well worth his while to seek out these ideas in detail, and develop the technique of their application. There is also the Gnostic Name of the Seven Vowels, which gives a musical formula most puissant in evocations of the Soul of Nature. There is moreover ABRAXAS; there is XNOUBIS; there is MEITHRAS; and indeed it may briefly be stated that every true name of God gives the formula of the invocation of that God. It would therefore be impossible, even were it desirable, to analyse all such names. The general method of doing so has been {43} given, and the magician must himself work out his own formula for particular cases.

IV

It should also be remarked that every grade has its peculiar magical formula. Thus, the formula of Abrahadabra concerns us, as men, principally because each of us represents the pentagram or microcosm; and our equilibration must therefore be with the hexagram or macrocosm. In other words, 5 Degree = 6Square is the formula of the Solar operation; but then 6 Degree = 5Square is the formula of the Martial operation, and this reversal of the figures implies a very different Work. In the former instance the problem was to dissolve the microcosm in the macrocosm; but this other problem is to separate a particular force from the macrocosm, just as a savage might hew out a flint axe from the deposits in a chalk cliff. Similarly, an operation of Jupiter will be of the nature of the equilibration of him with Venus. Its graphic formula will be 7 Degree = 4Square, and there will be a word in which the character of this operation is described, just as Abrahadabra describes the Operation of the Great Work. It may be stated without unfairness, as a rough general principle, that the farther from original equality are the two sides of the equation, the more difficult is the operation to perform.>>

Hopefully, this is relevant to the discussion.


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18/02/2008 10:59 am  

Yesferatu, read my above post (3 or so above) it may give you some clarity as to what `the word of equinox` was/is.


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18/02/2008 1:59 pm  

93

From something a soror told me in the early 1980s I gather that one or more people in the Thelemic world still issue "words of the equinox". Without breaking any oaths, can anyone tell me if this is still true?

93 93/93

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"newneubergOuch" wrote:
Yesferatu, read my above post (3 or so above) it may give you some clarity as to what `the word of equinox` was/is.

I am trying to understand the reason for randomness when the definiiton of sacred words are meant to "enshrine formulae of great efficacity in particular operations".

That every letter in a sacred word is part of an intentional formula, such as V.I.T.R.I.O.L. OR I.N.R.I.

So why would the word of the Equinox be random, and non-formulaic?


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19/02/2008 8:22 am  

93
[From something a soror told me in the early 1980s I gather that one or more people in the Thelemic world still issue "words of the equinox". Without breaking any oaths, can anyone tell me if this is still true?

The Adepti of the Coll. Int. continue to issue the Word at every Equinox . 93, 93/93


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"yesferatu" wrote:
"newneubergOuch" wrote:
Yesferatu, read my above post (3 or so above) it may give you some clarity as to what `the word of equinox` was/is.

I am trying to understand the reason for randomness when the definiiton of sacred words are meant to "enshrine formulae of great efficacity in particular operations".

That every letter in a sacred word is part of an intentional formula, such as V.I.T.R.I.O.L. OR I.N.R.I.

So why would the word of the Equinox be random, and non-formulaic?

It depends on ones thinking as to what constitutes random, the choosing of the Word of the equinox was/is seeemingly random yet was/is a stage in a rather long ritual which in the end, negates the word `random` and brings it more into the sphere of an act of will.
Hence the choosing of the word/or the word chooses it self to illuminate the incoming current. The word itself shines a light upon the present and the future work that is to come. it is upon participants and receivers of the word to discover its relevance and formula based upon their skill and knowledge.
It is is easy perhaps to see the divine in the Sistine chapel or an old Temple, yet for one follower of the Buddha, when he held up a simple flower that was enough to illuminate him.


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19/02/2008 12:18 pm  
"teth" wrote:
The Adepti of the Coll. Int. continue to issue the Word at every Equinox . 93, 93/93

Um, who?

Steve W


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19/02/2008 4:37 pm  
"yesferatu" wrote:
"newneubergOuch" wrote:
Yesferatu, read my above post (3 or so above) it may give you some clarity as to what `the word of equinox` was/is.

I am trying to understand the reason for randomness when the definiiton of sacred words are meant to "enshrine formulae of great efficacity in particular operations".

That every letter in a sacred word is part of an intentional formula, such as V.I.T.R.I.O.L. OR I.N.R.I.

So why would the word of the Equinox be random, and non-formulaic?

As I understand it, the apparent randomness of the technique is the way in which the work of the ritual manifests.
The ritual is the way in which the group puts itself in the position to find the correct word through apparently random chance.
The extract from Liber IV which you quoted, yesferatu, indicates how one can extract a magical formula from any word.
The implication is that any word found through magickal means is sacred at least for the time between Equinoxes, and therefore is a formula.

ETA- In other words, what newneubergOuch said. Sorry, long delay between starting to write the post and actually finishing it.


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20/02/2008 1:39 am  

Replies from newneubergOuch, and Cuvalwen... Good stuff! Thanks!


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03/08/2010 4:40 pm  

As I too did not know what an adept of the 'Coll. Int' was, (perhaps inner college, but of which group?), I am glad I found this thread.

I was wondering, with the AA and OTO somewhat gathering popular steam (in my opinion) recently, are either of those organisations still issuing Words of the Equinox(es)? If so, is such a thing for every member or just Inner Order/College?

I think such an interesting tradition should be on-going regardless of AC sloughing off his mortal coils.


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03/08/2010 8:24 pm  

Excellent thread indeed! It would be interesting to look into the meaning and perhaps original source of these words. The last two seem from Liber Al... some of the others might be from Sepher Sephiroth...it would also make an interesting study of each word in relation to what we know of the history of each 6 month period... with a view to any correlation...

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03/08/2010 9:43 pm  

93,

Interesting thread. As I understand it these words, or "passwords" are given to Neophytes and above in the A:.A:. What this means to those who are not a part of the Outer College is unknown to me.

Nice to see such an extensive list though, even for posterity's sake. Thanks to the contributors.

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03/08/2010 10:22 pm  

I've seen this list before in a book-Nehushtan? As I recall Spring or Autumn 1921 was OIVZ...


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04/08/2010 6:47 pm  

93 Aleatoric,

The list in my post above was created through my own researches over two years ago now. Sadly it's incomplete and so far I've not come across any further 'words'. It's a shame, and to remedy this I think it's about time that somebody leaked even more of that tasty unpublished Crowleyana to the public. It's been too long! Hehe. Synchronistically I see that at the same time as this thread's resurrection that the new Weiser Antiquarian list is offering Crowley's last "Word of the Equinox" announcement; an interesting item. As far as I'm aware no such list exists in publication -- I haven't seen one, at least -- although I've stopped hitting Crowley related works as hard recently, and have always neglected biographies, relying on my own research to paint the picture. However, if you can recall which book you spotted the list within I'd happily peruse such pages! Sex magick has always been a fascinating and worthy line of research for me! Oh, so much! oh! Yes! 😉 Concerning my list: the words which have been taken from Crowley's royal court diaries may be inaccurate due to the nature of the pirated transcripts. Just an afterthought.

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04/08/2010 8:03 pm  

My library was all lost in May of 2008 through my own foolishness- I left all of my Crowley,Spare,and Grant behind with many others 'synchronistically'. I had the list partially memorized for a short period of time so I could utilize it by drawing correspondences between the "word" an the publication date of his books,and a few other authors from the time period.


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05/08/2010 8:45 pm  

93

Very intestering thread. Mr. Kenneth Grant touches upon the word, the oracle and the omen of the equinox, in the running commentaries of his book "Remembering Aleister Crowley" (Skoob 1991), pg. 38/39;

{ Letter from AC to KG, Autumn Equinox, 1945}

"De Castro Nemoris Inferioris
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
The Greetings of the Equinox of Autumn!
The Word of the Equinox is ROTARA.
The Oracle of the Equinox is Liber AL.II 22; with emphasis on the word "stir".
The Omen of the Equinox is Fang 55.
Love is the law, love under will.
Your fraternally, Το Μεγα Θηριον 666
9В°=2В° A.'.A.'."

(KG commentaries:)

{On back of letter typed:} The word is taken from the Abramelin square

SEARAH
ELLOPA
ALATOM
ROTARA
APIRAK
HAMAKS

{ A variation of the Square 'for obtaining Books of Magic' printed in the The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage, Watkins, 1900 } Note that, spelt backwards, it is ARATOR, a sower or ploughman.
There is also obvious connexion with ROTA, TARO and cognate ideas. The emphasis is on the first A Venus in Taurus.

"...Crowley was, presumably, preparing his list of A.'.A .'. members to whom he mailed twice a year the Word of the Equinox. On the first days of Spring and Autumn it was Crowley's practice to 'send out' the Word of the Equinox. The Word, which none but a Magus can receive from the Secret Chiefs and transmit to members of the Order, epitomizes the Magical Current of the ensuing six months. In his earlier years, Crowley obtained the Word with the help of sexual magick. How he received it in his last years, I do not know. The Oracle, on the other hand, was obtained by opening at random the Book of the Law, and noting the word, or letters of a word, that came into contact with his seal-ring, the ring engraved with the cartouche of Ankh-af-na-Khonsu, a Theban priest of the XXVIth Dynasty, of whom Crowley claimed to have been a reincarnation. The ring was made for him by Max from Crowley arrived in envelopes bearing the impress of this ring {see illustration}. The Omen was derived from the Chinese Book of Changes {Yi King]. His method was to empty his mind and then to manipulate six flat pieces of tortoise-shell, approximately 1" by 5" in size. As the pieces fell they formed a figure, or hexagram, which Crowley then accepted as the Omen for the coming six months. As his diaries show, they were sometimes remarkably accurate."

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05/08/2010 8:50 pm  

Thank you Grutas,
Yes I read he utilized the I Ching in his later years often,and his Yarrow Sticks were later lost. The usage of the "word" of each equinox has always interested me in my short/long 23 years on the planet.


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05/08/2010 10:37 pm  

93,

"Grutas" wrote:
"The Word, which none but a Magus can receive from the Secret Chiefs and transmit to members of the Order, epitomizes the Magical Current of the ensuing six months.
/Grutas

So no Magus = no Word... so no Word since 1947?


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05/08/2010 11:28 pm  
"Azidonis" wrote:
93,
So no Magus = no Word... so no Word since 1947?

93

Havent got the slightest idea really. I was just quoting Mr. Grant.

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06/08/2010 3:56 pm  

Yes the word is still being given every Equinox- The question would be to who? I'm sure there is someone on this forum that knows...


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26/07/2011 8:36 am  

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law

Contributors to this thread previously compiled a list of the ‘Word of the Equinox’ issued by Crowley biannually. I am now appealing for further information from the same sources.

I am currently attempting to correlate as many Yi King (I Ching/Yijing) hexagrams as I can with verses from the Book of the Law. At the spring and autumn equinoxes, Crowley would divine a Yi King hexagram as the ‘Omen’ for the forthcoming six months and ‘randomly’ open Liber AL for verse that would be the ‘Oracle’ for the same period. Particular emphasis would be given to the word upon which his Ankh-af-na-khonsu ring rested. This would then be issued on the ‘Word of the Equinox’ document.

I am going through the usual published sources and the documents held at the Warburg. However, I am asking those of you who hold original documents in private collections for the following details:

Date: e.g. Autumn Equinox 1937

Hexagram: e.g. No.63, Ki Zi

Liber AL: e.g. III:38

Emphasis: e.g. ‘secret’

The information will, at this stage, be used purely for private research, though I hope to put as complete a list as possible on Lashtal in future. Naturally, all sources of the information will be kept private.

You can either post on this thread or send ‘fancourt’ a private message through Lashtal. Alternatively, you can contact me directly at info@themagicalmandarin.com

Thank you

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29/07/2011 6:15 pm  

In response to the query about the Word, according to the old manuscripts I have seen this was issued to A:.A:. and O.T.O. which is interesting.

These days the Word is issued within the A:.A:. to those who are Neophyte and above and it is issued to no one else (at least to my knowledge!).


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30/07/2011 9:29 am  

Just to clarify - it is the historic 'Word of the Equinox' documents issued by Crowley that I am referring to, not contemporary ones. I wouldn't wish to encourage anyone to break their initiatory vows.


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"Azidonis" wrote:
93,

"Grutas" wrote:
"The Word, which none but a Magus can receive from the Secret Chiefs and transmit to members of the Order, epitomizes the Magical Current of the ensuing six months.
/Grutas

So no Magus = no Word... so no Word since 1947?

As Crowley started issuing these words before he attained to the Grade of Magus, this whole theory rests on a flawed premise. In actual fact since the ruling triad of Adepts of the Inner College has no authority unless being in contact with the Secret Chiefs according to Crowley, this is not a real problem at all, provided that one belongs to an Outer College that is governed by people having this authority.


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 Anonymous
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30/07/2011 8:14 pm  

93!

In many symbolic (ie. 1st-3rd degree) Scottish Rite Grand Lodges (the kinds you find in France, Spain, Italy and throughout latinamerica) of Freemasonry, they issue a "word" every equinox, in order to distinguish between members who are active in the lodge and those who have fallen out of active masonry. In the grand lodge where I am, they use said word as a password to open PDF files sent by the Secretary to the members of his lodge.
It has of course, no esoteric significance, though its usually some word of importance to Freemasonry.
I mention this, because I strongly suspect that this is where Crowley originally conceived of the idea of using the "word" in the way he did with the A.'.A.'.; though he grasped the original value that concept had back when it was used by mystery schools which had a more vibrant magical current.

In my own Intensive Mysticism Program (IMP) I issue a word of the equinox to students who are in level 2 and upwards; there the word is not really used as a pass-word but as an esoteric word for contemplation.
Crowley seemed to use it for both purposes.

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Frater_HPK
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30/07/2011 8:43 pm  

Well, in NeB-ER-TChER Temple of Golden Dawn, still in the time this Temple was in Budapest until 1932, word of the Equinox was announced on the banquet for Equinox. Noting mystical in chosing the word, no Magus who should receive this from the Secref Chiefs, just random selection. This how I am informed, but I need to check this.


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