Serpent & Dove


AL 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 * is not the Star. This also is secret: my prophet shall reveal it to the wise.”
{*In MS, a mark in this place is commonly read as the Hebrew letter Tzaddi.}

The Old Comment
57. “Invoke me” etc. I take literally. See Liber NV for this ritual.
Love under will — no casual pagan love; not love under fear, as the Christians do. But love magically directed and used as a spiritual formula.

The fools (not here implying {Aleph} fools, for III, 57, says, All fools despise) may mistake.
This love, then, should be the serpent love, the awakening of the Kundalini. The further mystery is of {Pe} and unsuited to the grade in which this comment is written.
The last paragraph confirms the Tarot attributions as given in 777, with one secret exception.

“These represent the two forms of desire; the Will to Live and the Will to Die. They represent the feminine and masculine impulses; the nobility of the latter is possibly based upon recognition of the futility of the former.”

The House of God: The Jews call nothing אין: nothing and נוה: home. Nuit calls nothing eight (Bet = house), eighty (House of God), four hundred & eighteen (House 418, Het), which point to the three traditional orders represented by the three triads of the Tree of Life: the Order of the Silver Star (8-The Magus), the Order of the Golden Dawn (80-The Tower), and the Royal College of the Rosy Cross (418-The Chariot).

All four numbers, 61 • 8 • 80 • 418, are united in their meaning. They all mean ‘house’. They are gate houses to the palace of four gates, given in 220,1:51.

The first three of the four major ordeals open each of the first three gates in turn. (Silver-Yesod, Gold-Tiphareth, Stones of Precious Water-Binah, Sparks of Intimate Fire-Kether). However, the fourth ordeal, the Ordeal A, which is the ordeal of the Ipsissimus, being a summation of the three previous ordeals, opens all four gates at once.

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