(08/04/1944) Aleister Crowley to Grady McMurtry

From A.Crowley
Bell Inn
Aston Clinton

Aug 4, ’44

Dear Louis,

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Yours of 29 July very welcome.

I hope you have the music by now; in case of loss, I will have another few copies made; this may take 2 or 3 weeks.

Surely I spoke to you of Roy Leffingwell, who manages {?} ranch out Barstow way? But, perhaps not, as you hadn’t met Max.

I agree with your optimistic estimate: “Kukri” suggested short, sharp, & final, of course. But look at the figure for Sun in Libra (I enclose data for London, no time to set up others. But at Berlin Saturn on cusp of M.C. spells crash — crash crash and then some!) My health improves constantly. The Book still sells {Book of Thoth} — I hope your copy has come — & I do 3 or 4 letters a week for “Aleister explains everything” {Magick without Tears}. The word {?} {?} as the Song. {“La Galoise”} I thought it quite a point for Alliance if I got Dely{?} to sing it; French words & singer — British bard — American composer.

No more now; I must take my daily “constitutional” about an hours stroll though lovely woodland. I think of getting a regular pied-a-terre here.

Love is the law, love under will

Yours A.C.

{Note: the follow is on an included scrap of note paper}

Figure for the Heavens for the Autumnal Equinox ’44 e.v. London.

{drawn-in English style chart, data:

House boundries:                                                  Planets:

1. 11Virgo
2.   2Libra Sun   0 0′ 0″ Libra
3.   0Scorpio Neptune   4
4.   5Sagittarius Mars 17
5. 12Capricorn Venus 21
6. 15Aquarius Moon   2 Sagittarius
7. 11Pisces Cauda Draconis 24Capricorn
8.   2Aries 13Gemini
9.   0Taurus Saturn 10Cancer
10.   5Gemini Mercury 12Virgo
11. 12Cancer Jupiter 13Virgo
12. 15Leo }

{Notes in Crowley’s hand — difficult to read some words}

Mercury Lord of Jupiter Quartile  Sextile Saturn Semi-Sextile Mars
Sun Conjunction Neptune Sextile Moon
Venus Solis

AUG 4 ’44

Gemini rules London & the U.S.A.
Virgo    ”    France
Libra    ”    Austria China
Sagittarius     ”    Spain
Cancer    ”    Germany (but Aries rules Prussia
Scorpio    ”    England, squaring it with Aries;

The aspect  Quartile Jupiter is a bit thick Esp as  is in M.C. culminating Jupiter is Asc Conjunction Mercury R.I.{?} for France, but the Quartile of  looks like {?} as to who is to boss her. Saturn also, so high, threatens all sorts of troubles — but complete {?} for the Boche{?}

Note: Originally published in Thelema Lodge Calendar, November 1995

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Note: Thank you to William Heidrick for making these images available.