By Aleister Crowley
A dialogue of the basics and necessities of either magick and mysticism. Illustrated. thesaurus.
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Whatever the form chosen, it is the symbol of the Great Work. This place of his working therefore declares the nature and object of the Work. Those persons who have supposed that the use of these symbols implied worship of the generative organs, merely attributed to the sages of every time and country minds of a calibre equal to their own. The Tau is composed of ten squares for the ten Sephiroth. footnote: The Ten Sephiroth are the Ten Units. In one system of classification (see “777”) these are so arranged, and various ideas are so attributed to them, that they have been made to mean anything.
It is now evident why these weapons are grouped around the phial of clear crystal in which is kept the Holy Oil. The Scourge keeps the aspiration keen: the Dagger expresses the determination to sacrifice all; and the Chain restricts any wandering. We may now consider the Holy Oil itself. CHAPTER V THE HOLY OIL THE Holy Oil is the Aspiration of the Magician; it is that which consecrates him to the performance of the Great Work; and such is its efficacy that it also consecrates all the furniture of the Temple and the instruments thereof.
An almost exact analogy is given by the three Gunas of the Hindus; Sattvas, Rajas, and Tamas. Sattvas is Mercury, equable, calm, clear; Rajas is Sulphur, active, excitable, even fierce; Tamas is Salt, thick, sluggish, heavy, dark. footnote: There is a long description of these three Gunas in the Bhagavadgita. But Hindu philosophy is so occupied with the main idea that only the Absolute is worth anything, that it tends to consider these Gunas (even Sattvas) as evil. This is a correct view, but only from above; and we prefer, if we are truly wise, to avoid this everlasting wail which characterizes the thought of the Indian peninsula: “Everything is sorrow,” etc.
Book 4 by Aleister Crowley