by Caliph Hymenaeus Alpha X°
The moment of ultimate self-embarrassment is when you die. That is when you wake up. And realize that everything in that universe is upside down and backwards (see Atu XII, Thoth Deck). That everything is on record and you are completely exposed. Your star-spark (soul) has returned to that Great Star that hangs over the City of the Pyramids in the form of a wafer / chip / snow-flake, and is decoded by Big Molly the Shredder. Your Program (immediate past life) is compared with your Pre-Program (Will, Fate, karma, the life you were supposed to have lived) and you are Judged (“Weighing the Feather” scene in the text of Ani). Your energy will then be Re-Programmed or used for other purposes.Some of you will recall my color slide lecture comparing Enochian angels to computer circuits and tanma(n)tras. Tanma(n)tras? The force that maintains each item in this universe (see Mookerjee-Khanna, The Tantric Way, pp. 98-9) — you could think of it as a universe of electrical particles held in the “main-frame” of a computer. It also explains why in Kirilian photography the image of an amputated limb is still visible. So far as the Maintainer is concerned, the pattern is still there.As to how many “Stars” there are in Heaven? Revelation 7:4 and 14:1 say 144,000. Some religions take this seriously. Thelemites do not. Any Yogin knows that 144,000 divided by 2 equals the 72,000 cranial nerves in your body, recording in your eyes (irisology) and ear lobes, and exiting energy through finger tips and feet — especially the toes (which is why your Yoga instructor tells you to take your socks off, and not to wear pantyhose to class). All that is telling you is that you must connect those 72,000 nerves with the 72,000 psychic channels your Angel is holding down to you. Check your Kabbalah Denudata re. that marvelous oily beard of Macroprosopus. Or, as Aleister Crowley parodies it (paraphrased from memory):
Macroprosopus has a great beard
O, with what a marvelous oil it is smeared.
Macroprosopus has nothing on me
I’ve got a beard just as greasy as He!
Being dead is a bummer because, although you may know everything and see everything, living in Eternity as you do, there is nothing you can do about it because you can’t move. You are dead. (Which is one reason I did an LBR for Karl Germer when we got to his house at West Point.) This is the world of Change. Where the Past can be rewritten (changing Reality). Or as Omar wrote:
Would but some wingéd Angel ere too late
Arrest the yet unfolded Roll of Fate,
And make the stern Recorder otherwise
Enregister, or quite obliterate!
This is why the Initiate path is so important. It gives you a chance to compare your Program with your Pre- Program. That way you can Reprogram yourself ahead of time. Which is why the Tibetans work through their Bardos, the Egyptians rehearsed the Halls of the Dead, and we have Forty-Two Assessors of the Dead (Liber D). One way of remembering this is to repeat the mantrum: PROGRAM, PRE-PROGRAM, REPROGRAM as you compare your current Life with what you are supposed to be doing and adjust as necessary. This is known as “finding your true Will.”Next: more technical equations.
Curiously enough, I have been importuned any number of times to discourage — even forbid — the study of GOLDEN DAWN and other “non- Thelemic” material because of AL II:5, “Behold! the rituals of the old time are black.” As if Crowley had not been blasted backwards when he realized that Osiris was a black god! (Nineteenth Aethyr, XXX AERUM). For why? Because, according to them, anything written before 1904 E.V. is “black” and therefore evil. Probably more damage has been done to the study and practice of Thelema by that particular jive than any other idiocy I can think of just off hand. Crowley studied everything he could get his hands on. I spent forty days in a Sikh ashram, qualifying to be a Yoga instructor. Do what thou wilt. But don’t be fooled by superficial relations between the planes. Every dimension has its own spectra. Or, as Crowley explains in the Cry of the Second Aethyr, “Therefore, as the pure light is colourless, so is the pure soul black.” In line with the ancient doctrine that equates the unenlightened soul to a black female slave, awaiting the touch of her Angel.An equal misunderstanding exists over the phrase, AL II:58, “the slaves shall serve.” Of course they shall serve. After all they are elementals (Dion Fortune), demons, angels, “forces” (Don Juan), printed circuits or psychic channels in other worlds or dimensions. Slave circuits. Useful in the realm of dramatic ritual and thaumaturgy. Nothing says these “slaves” have to be human. That is a holdover from previous incarnations.All of this PROGRAM, PRE-PROGRAM, REPROGRAM is grounded in the “Four Worlds” doctrine. For Crowley we turn to 777, Col. LXIII. For Kabbalah we go to Kabbalah Denudata, plate IV, facing page 30, where we find the four worlds diagrammed from top to bottom as:
Atziloth ( = 537) Archetypal
Briah ( = 218) Creative
Yetzirah ( = 305) Formative
Asia ( = 315) Material
Which brings us to how Magick works. Crowley tells us in Magick in Theory and Practice, “Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.” But how do we cause change to occur? Crowley gives us a number of dramatic rituals, and plenty of good advice, but from a technical point of view think of those four worlds as a four storied universe with decayed energy exiting from the bottom and fresh or “new” energy coming in at the top. You could think of Atziloth as a sort of psychic “black hole.” Then follows a “trickle down” effect from the Archetypal ideas of Atziloth to the Creative fantasies of Briah (the uncreate) to the world of Formation, where things start to shape up, and are then precipitated (some have seen them as “crystals” coming in through a “hole” in the sky) into this world as what we call “reality”. The work of the Magician is to imprint what s/he Wills, using the tools and trade of dramatic ritual and thaumaturgy, on the infinitely malleable Formative, Creative, or Atziloth worlds, depending on time requirements. Crowley was working in centuries. I have been working in decades. You will be working in years or less. Time is speeding up. It’s like our karmic vibrations were being compressed.
777, column LXIII
So remember: to shape the flow PROGRAM, PRE-PROGRAM, REPROGRAM as you migrate to higher vibrations.
Note: Originally published in The Magical Link, II:2 (February 1982, e.v.) and II:3 (March 1982, e.v.), and Thelema Lodge Calendar, December 2001.