Liber AL vel Legis
sub figura CCXX
as delivered by
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AA Publication in Class A.
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I,1: Had! The manifestation of Nuit.
I,2: The unveiling of the company of heaven.
I,3: Every man and every woman is a star.
I,4: Every number is infinite; there is no difference.
I,5: Help me, o warrior lord of Thebes, in my unveiling before
the Children of men!
I,6: Be thou Hadit, my secret centre, my heart & my tongue!
I,7: Behold! it is revealed by Aiwass the minister of Hoor-paar-kraat.
I,8: The Khabs is in the Khu, not the Khu in the Khabs.
I,9: Worship then the Khabs, and behold my light shed over
I,10: Let my servants be few & secret: they shall rule the
many & the known.
I,11: These are fools that men adore; both their Gods &
their men are fools.
I,12: Come forth, o children, under the stars, & take your
fill of love!
I,13: I am above you and in you. My ecstasy is in yours. My
joy is to see your joy.
Above, the gemméd azure is
The naked splendour of Nuit;
She bends in ecstasy to kiss
The secret ardours of Hadit.
The winged globe,the starry blue,
Are mine, O Ankh-af-na-khonsu!
I,15: Now ye shall know that the chosen priest & apostle of
infinite space is the prince-priest the Beast; and in his woman
called the Scarlet Woman is all power
given. They shall gather my children into their fold: they shall
bring the glory of the stars into the hearts of men.
I,16: For he is ever a sun, and she a moon. But to him is
the winged secret flame, and to her the stooping starlight.
I,17: But ye are not so chosen.
I,18: Burn upon their brows, o splendrous serpent!
I,19: O azure-lidded woman, bend upon them!
I,20: The key of the rituals is in the secret word which I
have given unto him.
I,21: With the God & the Adorer I am nothing: they do not
see me. They are as upon the earth; I am Heaven, and there is
no other God than me, and my lord
I,22: Now, therefore, I am known to ye by my name Nuit, and
to him by a secret name which I will give him when at last he
knoweth me. Since I am Infinite
Space, and the Infinite Stars thereof, do ye also thus. Bind
nothing! Let there be no difference made among you between any
one thing & any other thing; for thereby
there cometh hurt.
I,23: But whoso availeth in this, let him be the chief of
I,24: I am Nuit, and my word is six and fifty.
I,25: Divide, add, multiply, and understand.
I,26: Then saith the prophet and slave of the beauteous one:
Who am I, and what shall be the sign? So she answered him, bending
down, a lambent flame of blue,
all-touching, all penetrant, her lovely hands upon the black
earth, & her lithe body arched for love, and her soft feet not
hurting the little flowers: Thou knowest! And
the sign shall be my ecstasy, the consciousness of the continuity
of existence, the omnipresence of my body.
I,27: Then the priest answered & said unto the Queen of Space,
kissing her lovely brows, and the dew of her light bathing his
whole body in a sweet-smelling
perfume of sweat: O Nuit, continuous one of Heaven, let it be
ever thus; that men speak not of Thee as One but as None; and
let them speak not of thee at all, since
thou art continuous!
I,28: None, breathed the light, faint & faery, of the stars,
I,29: For I am divided for love's sake, for the chance of
I,30: This is the creation of the world, that the pain of
division is as nothing, and the joy of dissolution all.
I,31: For these fools of men and their woes care not thou
at all! They feel little; what is, is balanced by weak joys;
but ye are my chosen ones.
I,32: Obey my prophet! follow out the ordeals of my knowledge!
seek me only! Then the joys of my love will redeem ye from all
pain. This is so: I swear it by the
vault of my body; by my sacred heart and tongue; by all I can
give, by all I desire of ye all.
I,33: Then the priest fell into a deep trance or swoon, &
said unto the Queen of Heaven; Write unto us the ordeals; write
unto us the rituals; write unto us the
I,34: But she said: the ordeals I write not: the rituals shall
be half known and half concealed: the Law is for all.
I,35: This that thou writest is the threefold book of Law.
I,36: My scribe Ankh-af-na-khonsu, the priest of the princes,
shall not in one letter change this book; but lest there be folly,
he shall comment thereupon by the
wisdom of Ra-Hoor-Khu-it.
I,37: Also the mantras and spells; the obeah and the wanga;
the work of the wand and the work of the sword; these he shall
learn and teach.
I,38: He must teach; but he may make severe the ordeals.
I,39: The word of the Law is qelhma
I,40: Who calls us Thelemites will do no wrong, if he look
but close into the word. For there are therein Three Grades,
the Hermit, and the Lover, and the man of
Earth. Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
I,41: The word of Sin is Restriction. O man! refuse not thy
wife, if she will! O lover, if thou wilt, depart! There is no
bond that can unite the divided but love: all
else is a curse. Accursed! Accursed be it to the aeons! Hell.
I,42: Let it be that state of manyhood bound and loathing.
So with thy all; thou hast no right but to do thy will.
I,43: Do that, and no other shall say nay.
I,44: For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from
the lust of result, is every way perfect.
I,45: The Perfect and the Perfect are one Perfect and not
two; nay, are none!
I,46: Nothing is a secret key of this law. Sixty-one the Jews
call it; I call it eight, eighty, four hundred & eighteen.
I,47: But they have the half: unite by thine art so that all
I,48: My prophet is a fool with his one, one, one; are not
they the Ox, and none by the Book?
I,49: Abrogate are all rituals, all ordeals, all words and
signs. Ra-Hoor-Khuit hath taken his seat in the East at the Equinox
of the Gods; and let Asar be with Isa,
who also are one. But they are not of me. Let Asar be the adorant,
Isa the sufferer; Hoor in his secret name and splendour is the
I,50: There is a word to say about the Hierophantic task.
Behold! there are three ordeals in one, and it may be given in
three ways. The gross must pass through fire; let the fine be
tried in intellect, and the lofty chosen ones in the highest.
Thus ye have star & star, system & system; let not one know well
I,51: There are four gates to one palace; the floor of that
palace is of silver and gold; lapis lazuli & jasper are there;
and all rare scents; jasmine & rose, and the emblems of death.
Let him enter in turn or at once the four gates; let him stand
on the floor of the palace. Will he not sink? Amn. Ho! warrior,
if thy servant sink? But
there are means and means. Be goodly therefore: dress ye all
in fine apparel; eat rich foods and drink sweet wines and wines
that foam! Also, take your will and fill of love as ye will,
when, where, and with whom ye will! But always unto me.
I,52: If this be not aright; if ye confound the space-marks,
saying: They are one; or saying, They are many; if the ritual
be not ever unto me: then expect the direful
judgments of Ra Hoor Khuit!
I,53: This shall regenerate the world, the little world my
sister, my heart & my tongue, unto whom I send this kiss. Also,
o scribe and prophet, though thou be of the princes, it shall
not assuage thee nor absolve thee. But ecstasy be thine and joy
of earth: ever To me! To me!
I,54: Change not as much as the style of a letter; for behold!
thou, o prophet, shalt not behold all these mysteries hidden
I,55: The child of thy bowels, he shall behold them.
I,56: Expect him not from the East, nor from the West; for
from no expected house cometh that child. Aum! All words are
sacred and all prophets true; save only that they understand
a little; solve the first half of the equation, leave the second
unattacked. But thou hast all in the clear light, and some, though
not all, in the dark.
I,57: Invoke me under my stars! Love is the law, love under
will. Nor let the fools mistake love; for there are love and
love. There is the dove, and there is the serpent. Choose ye
well! He, my prophet, hath chosen, knowing the law of the fortress,
and the great mystery of the House of God. All these old letters
of my Book
are aright; but 7 is not
the Star. This also is secret: my prophet shall reveal it to
I,58: I give unimaginable joys on earth: certainty, not faith,
while in life, upon death; peace unutterable, rest, ecstasy;
nor do I demand aught in sacrifice.
I,59: My incense is of resinous
woods & gums; and there is no blood therein: because of my hair
the trees of Eternity.
I,60: My number is 11, as all
their numbers who are of us. The Five Pointed Star, with a Circle
in the Middle, & the circle is Red. My colour is black to the
but the blue & gold are seen of the seeing. Also I have
a secret glory for them that love me.
I,61: But to love me is better than all things: if under the
night-stars in the desert thou presently burnest mine incense
before me, invoking me with a pure heart, and the Serpent flame
therein, thou shalt come a little to lie in my bosom. For one
kiss wilt thou then be willing to give all; but whoso gives one
particle of dust shall
lose all in that hour. Ye shall gather goods and store of women
and spices; ye shall wear rich jewels; ye shall exceed the nations
of the Earth in splendour & pride; but always in the love of
me, and so shall ye come to my joy. I charge you earnestly to
come before me in a single robe, and covered with a rich headdress.
you! I yearn to you! Pale or purple, veiled or voluptuous, I
who am all pleasure and purple, and drunkenness of the innermost
sense, desire you. Put on the wings,
and arouse the coiled splendour within you: come unto me!
I,62: At all my meetings with you shall the priestess say-and
her eyes shall burn with desire as she stands bare and rejoicing
in my secret temple-To me! To me!
calling forth the flame of the hearts of all in her love-chant.
I,63: Sing the rapturous love-song unto me! Burn to me perfumes!
Wear to me jewels! Drink to me, for I love you! I love you!
I,64: I am the blue-lidded daughter of Sunset; I am the naked
brilliance of the voluptuous night-sky.
I,65: To me! To me!
I,66: The Manifestation of Nuit is at an end.
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