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The Secret of Aiwass

The Unicursal Hexagram of Thelema

The Unicursal Hexagram of Thelema (click link to read about Thelema at Wikipedia)

Many of the internal training exercises in the Cabal Fang martial arts program are modified versions of the now classic Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn rituals which contain lots of Hebrew words and phrases.  So that ours will have more universal appeal, I’ve been experimenting with substituting Proto-Indo European (PIE) for the Hebrew.

One of the PIE words that came up in my research is aiwesi which means “always” or “forever.”  It occurs to me that this is very close to the name Aiwass, the mythical being Aleister Crowley claims dictated the Book of the Law.   Is it possible, I wonder, that this isn’t a coincidence?

Could Crowley have consciously, subconsciously or instinctively chosen the name Aiwass because of its proximity to aiwesi, the root word for always?   Is there an expert out there who can tell us the state of PIE-related linguistic research circa 1900 so we can determine if Crowley could have known this?   And lastly, can we consider the possibility — assuming that Aiwass is a real being independent of Crowley as devout Thelemites believe —  that this mysterious entity chose its name based on its proximity to a universal word associated with things eternal

Fascinating, isn’t it?

Do Not Seek Outside Yourself

Swiping my way through my Twitter feed the other day I saw this:

Flashing back to my college years, I remembered being forced to read something by Emerson and having to write a paper.  I didn’t remember anything at all about what I read or wrote — other than the fact that I found Emerson to be a total snooze, and that the professor seemed to find it incredible that I wasn’t inspired.

But I did click the link and, to my shock and embarrassment, I realized that “Self-Reliance” was the piece by Emerson that had bored me in college.  Daniel’s article made it seem fascinating, so I found Emerson’s original online.  It opens with this:

“Ne te quaesiveris extra.”¹

“Man is his own star; and the soul that can
Render an honest and a perfect man,
Commands all light, all influence, all fate;
Nothing to him falls early or too late.
Our acts our angels are, or good or ill,
Our fatal shadows that walk by us still.”

~Epilogue to Beaumont and Fletcher’s Honest Man’s Fortune

Cast the bantling² on the rocks,
Suckle him with the she-wolf’s teat;
Wintered with the hawk and fox,
Power and speed be hands and feet.

Inspired, moved, I was sucked in.  How could I have been bored by this in college?  I can only say that I wasn’t mature enough to appreciate it back then.  Thirty-odd years of living, growing, and maturing have made “Self-Reliance” into a great essay.  I now wholeheartedly recommend that you read it in its entirety.

Note: The Beaumont and Fletcher quote from “Self-Reliance” echoes the opening lines of Crowley’s “Book of the Law.”  Here’s an idea for an article, blog post, or term paper: examine “Self-Reliance” through the lens of Thelema.  Emerson came along fifty years before Crowley…

1: “Do not seek outside yourself”

2: A bantling is a young child.  Probably has same root as bantam, meaning small.


Drink Deep The Wine of Grapes

imageI got a bottle of this wine yesterday, purely because of the name on the bottle.  The winery took its name from the works of Rabelais, as Crowley did.

I hesitate to pull the cork and sip the wine.

Why?  Is this hesitation symbolic, or is merely because I do not want to see this potential poured out, this packet of delight transformed into an empty bottle?  Is there a ritual waiting to be formulated, a sacrament waiting to be performed with with this wine?

Wine is as sacred as one makes it.  I put it up for later.  There will be a time and a place for this cork to be pulled. Perhaps I’ll be invited to a meeting of the Hellfire Club and I’ll need a bottle for a toast, or perhaps some other rite is coming in due time.