The Beast

The Beast Image
The Beast, as the embodiment of the Logos (which is Thelema, Will), symbolically and actually incarnates his Word each time a sacramental act of sexual congress occurs; i.e. each time love is made, under will. This is the sacrament which the Christians abhor as the supreme blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, because they cannot admit the operation of the formula of the beast conjoined with the woman as the necessary condinon of the production of divinity!

This formula reaches back into remote antiquity, and, inter preted on its own plane, is a sublime alchemical allegory. The tradition of the tribe of the Terai (vide supra) is paralleled in the legends of Leda and the Swan, Pasiphae and the Bull, Europa and the Speckled Serpent, Mary and the Dove, and numerous cognate legends. In The Paris Working (1914), Crowley declares: - 'This is the great idea of magicians in all times: to obtain a Messiah by some adaptation of the sexual process. In Assyria, they tried incest; also in Egypt, the Egyptians tried brothers and sisters; the Assyrians, mothers and sons. Phoenicians tried fathers and daughters; Greeks and Syrians, mostly bestiality. This idea came from India. The Jews sought to do this by invocation methods, also by paedicatio frminarum. The Mohammedans tried homosexuality; mediaeval philosphers tried to produce homunculi by making chemical experiments with semen. But the root idea is that any form of procreation other than the normal is likely to produce results of a magical character.

Either the father of the child should be a symbol of the sun, or the mother a symbol of the moon.

In the same writing, Crowley mentions the worship of Apis the bull, in a certain labyrinth in Crete. This worship derived from Egypt. The bull was white. At the Feast of the Vernal Equinox twelve virgins were sacrificed to it, twelve being symbolic of the number of houses through which the sun passes during his annual cycle. In each case the bull used the virgins after the manner of the legend of Pasiphae. The ceremony was performed with the intention of obtaining a Minotaur, an incar nation of the sun, a messiah. A variation of this sacrifice involved the immolation of the bull. A virgin was placed in the hot carcase and violated by the High Priest. She finally choked in the bull's blood, during orgasm.

The formula of the Beast conjoined with the Woman relates to the eleventh Key of the Tarot. This Key is entitled Lust; it shows the Scarlet Woman, Babalon, straddling the beast with seven heads, as described in Revelation. The sacred letter Teth, meaning A Serpent, is attributed to this Key; its number is Nine. Lust is especially important in the Cult of Thelema, and it is related to the Twentieth Key, which exhibits the Stele of Revealing. The Stele is a talisman of great power in Crowley's system.It shows the goddess Nuit arched over the solar-phallic Fire of {Sh} (Shin), Spirit, the letter of Abrasax or Abrahadabra, the Word of the Aeon of which Aiwass is the current expression. Shin is also the letter of Shaitan or Set, the Fire of Desire (Hadit) at the Heart of Matter (Nuit). The combination of these two Keys (Twenty and Eleven) therefore unites Shin and Teth. In the Graeco-Coptic qabalah these are fused into one letter which equates with Kether, the First Emanation of the Magick Light.

by Kenneth Grant

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