And Other Qabalistic Writings of Aleister Crowley: Including Gematria This edition includes Liber , Gematria (from Equinox Volume 1, Number 5), and. It was published privately by Aleister Crowley in , has long been out of print and is T T ft* a q LIBER VEL Prolegomena Symbolica ad systemam. use of which was central to the mystical teachings of Aleister Crowley. were gathered together in Crowley’s book Liber , which is used.

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Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. Reprinted with much additional matter, London: Last revised and corrected A Complete Dictionary of the Correspondences of all Magical Elements, re- printed with extensive additions, making it the only standard comprehensive book of reference ever published. It is to the language of Occultism what Webster or Murray is to the English language.

The whole scale 2 Table II: The Planets 20 Table IV: The Sephiroth 21 Table V: The Zodiac 26 Table VI: It is also a handbook for ceremonial invocation and for checking the validity of dreams and visions. It is indispendisble to those who wish to correlate these apparently diverse studies. It was published privately by Aleister Crowley inhas long been out of print and is now practically unprocurable.

The Qabalah Of Aleister Crowley (Including Gematria, Liber 777, Sepher Sephiroth)

Crowley, who had a phenomenal memory, wrote it at Bournemouth in a week without reference books — or so he claimed in an unpublished section of his “Confessions.

It is not, however, entirely original. Ninety per cent of the Hebrew, the four colour scales, and the order and attribution of the Tarot trumps are as taught in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn with its inner circle of the Rose of Ruby and the Cross of Gold R.

This Order is still in existence, though it has changed its name and is dormant, for it no longer accepts probationers. The passage in question appears at the end of chapter 59 of this edition p.

It went into dormancy after the GD. Aleisterr, an expelled former member of the Stella Matutina the other main ljber to emerge from the split. At the time of writing a number of groups claiming to be or claiming derivation from the Golden Dawn are in existence, some recruiting more or less openly one has Editorial Preface vii fountain head from which Crowley and W. Yeats drank in their twenties.

In this school they learned the traditional Western symbolism which coloured so much of their poetry and their thought. In it they were taught ceremonial magic, how to skry, and the technique for exploring the subtler realms of the mind on the so-called “astral plane. He travelled eastwards, becoming a fair Arabic scholar and studying the Mahommedan secret tradition under a aleixter teacher in Cairo.

Although he walked eastwards into China he never found a qualified teacher of Taoism or the Yi King. His attributions of the trigrams to the Tree of Life and his explanation of the hexagrams in Appendix I to were based on Legge’s translation. Crowley was 32 when he wrote Later as his knowledge and experience widened he became increasingly dissatisfied with it. He planned an enlarged edition which would correct a few errors, incorporate much new material, and bring the whole into line with The Book of the Law.

He worked on this in the nineteen even gone to the lengths of trademarking the name and emblems of the order. I will not here comment on such claims.

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Hinayana “lesser path” is an abusive epiphet used by followers of the “Mahayana” school for those who do not accept their elaborations and admixtures. What he did finish is published alesiter — most of it for the first time. The task of editing has been restricted for the most part to the omission of incomplete notes. The new material, which is marked with an asterisk in the Table of Contents, consists of an essay on the magical alphabet, a short note on Qabalah and a new theory on number.

Then the more important columns in Table I are explained. These explanations include a few corrections and a number of important additions to the original Table. Those who wish to work with these Tables should extract the additions from the text, and add them to the appropriate lines of the column concerned.


The editor has assumed that Crowley intended to incorporate these in the new edition. For the few interested in Gematria the numerical values of the Greek and Arabic alphabets have been added, f Crowley never completed Revised, but he left enough material to justify its posthumous publication.

These additions are distinguished by being in double square brackets [[like this]]. Further, the additional columns from Revised have been integrated into the main table.

See my notes at the end for a more detailed discussion of this treatment. The sceptic will applaud our labours, for that the very catholicity of the symbols denies them any objective validity, since, in so many contradictions, something must be false; while the mystic will rejoice equally that the self-same catholicity all- embracing proves that very validity, since after all something must be true.

Fortunately we have learnt to combine these ideas, not in the mutual toleration of sub-contraries, but in crowldy affirmation of contraries, that transcending of the laws of intellect which is oiber in the ordinary man, genius in the Alester who hath arrived to strike off more fetters from our understanding.

The savage who cannot conceive of the number six, the orthodox mathematician who cannot conceive of the fourth dimension, the philosopher who cannot conceive of the Absolute — all these are one; all must be impregnated with the Divine Essence of the Phallic Yod of Macroprosopus, and give birth to their idea.

True we may agree with Balzacthe Absolute recedes; we never grasp it; but in the travelling there is joy. Am I no better than a staphylococcus because my ideas still crowd in chains? The last attempts to tabulate knowledge are the Kabbala Denudata of Knorr von Rosenroth a work incomplete and, in some of its parts, prostituted to the service of dogmatic inter- pretationthe aleisfer symbolism of the Vault in which Christian xii Revised Rosenkreutz is said to have been buried, some of the work of Dr.

But even the best of these systems is excessively bulky; modern methods have enabled us to concentrate the substance of twenty thousand pages in two score. The best of the serious attempts to systematise the results of Comparative Religion is that made by Blavatsky. But though she had an immense genius for acquiring facts, she had none whatever for sorting and selecting the essentials. Grant Allen made a very slipshod experiment in this line; so have some of the polemical rationalists; but the only man worthy of our notice is Frazer of the Golden Bough.

Here again, there is no tabulation; 2 for us it is left to sacrifice literary charm, and even some accuracy, in order to bring out the one great point. That when a Japanese thinks of Hachiman, and a Boer of the Lord of Hosts, they are not two thoughts, but one. The cause of human sectarianism is not lack of sympathy in thought, but in speech; and this it is our not unambitious design to remedy. Every new sect aggravates the situation.

The mental prostitute, Mrs. Eddy for examplehaving in- vented the idea which ordinary people call “God,” christened it “Mind,” and then by affirming a set of propositions about “Mind,” which are only true of “God,” set all hysterical, dyspeptic, crazy Amurrka by the ears.

Personally, I don’t object to people dis- cussing the properties aelister four-sided triangles; but I draw the line when they use a well-known piber, such as pig, or mental healer, or dung-heap, to denote the object of their paranoiac fetishism. Even among serious philosophers the confusion is very great. Such terms as God, the Absolute, Spirit, have dozens of connota- tions, according to the time and place of the dispute and the beliefs of the disputants. Time enough that these definitions and their inter-relation should be crystallised, even at the expense of accepted philosophical accuracy.

The principal sources of our tables have been the philosophers and traditional systems referred to above, as also, among many others, Pietri di Abano, 3 Lilly, Eliphaz Levi, Sir R. The Chinese, Hindu, Buddhist, Moslem and Egyptian systems have never before been brought into line with the Qabalah; the Tarot has never been made public. Eliphaz Levi knew the true attributions but was forbidden to use them. An indicible Arcanum is an arcanum that cannot be revealed.


It is simply bad faith to swear a man to the most horrible penalties if he betray. To obtain money on these grounds, as has been done by certain moderns, is clear and, I trust, indictable fraud. The secrets of Adepts crolwey not to be revealed to men. We only wish they were. When a man comes to me and asks for the Truth, I go away and practice teaching the Differential Calculus to a Bushman; and I answer the former only when I have succeeded with the latter.

But to withhold the Alphabet of Mysticism from the learner is the device of a selfish charlatan. That which can be taught shall be taught, and that which cannot be taught may at last be learnt. The question of sacred alphabets has been abandoned as hopeless. As one who should probe the nature of woman, the deeper he goes the rottener it gets; so that at last it is seen that there is no sound bottom. To take one concrete example: Again, we have a clear analogy in shape perhaps a whole series of analogieswhich, on comparing the modern alphabets with primeval examples, breaks up and is indecipherable.

This, too, is the extreme case, since “ma” is the sound naturally just produced by opening the lips and breathing. Hindus would make a great fuss over this true connection; but it is very nearly the only one. All these beautiful schemes break down sooner or later, mostly sooner. Introduction xv The same difficulty in another form permeates the question of gods. Priests, to propitiate their local fetish, would flatter him with the title of creator; philosophers, with a wider outlook, would draw identities between many gods in order to obtain a unity.

Time and the gregarious nature of man have raised gods as ideas grew more universal; sectarianism has drawn false distinctions between identical gods for polemical purposes. Thus, where shall we put Isis, favouring nymph of corn as she was? As the type of motherhood? As the great goddess Earth? As the Cosmic Egg from which all Nature sprang? For as time and place have changed, so she is all of these!

What of Jehovah, that testy senior of Genesis, that lawgiver of Leviticus, that Phallus of the depopulated slaves of the Egyptians, that jealous King-God of the times of the Kings, that more spiritual conception of the Captivity, only invented when all temporal hope was lost, that mediaeval battleground of cross- chopped logic, that Being stripped of all his attributes and assimilated to Parabrahman and the Absolute of the Philosopher?

Satan, again, who in Job is merely Attorney-General and prosecutes for the Crown, acquires in time all the obloquy attaching to that functionary in the eyes of the criminal classes, and becomes a slanderer. Does any one really think that any angel is such a fool as to try to gull the Omniscient God into injustice to his saints? Then, on the other hand, what of Moloch, that form of Jehovah denounced by those who did not draw huge profit from his rites?

What of the savage and morose Jesus of the Evangelicals, cut by their petty malice from the gentle Jesus of the Italian children? How shall we identify the thaumaturgic Chauvinist of Matthew with the metaphysical Logos of John? In short, while the human mind is mobile, so long will the definitions of all our terms vary.

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We may then hope that our critics will aid our acknowledged feebleness; and if it be agreed that much learning hath made us mad, that we may receive humane treatment and a liberal allowance of rubber-cores in our crowlley age. The Tree of Life is the skeleton on which this body of truth is built.

The juxtaposition and proportion of its parts should be fully studied.