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Links to the right of the text are to pages of Liber XXXI (the manuscript of Liber AL). The first complete verse appearing on a manuscript page is associated with each such link.


Chapter I

I:1Had! The manifestation of Nuit.

I:2The unveiling of the company of heaven.

I:3Every man and every woman is a star.

I:4Every number is infinite; there is no difference.

I:5Help me, o warrior lord of Thebes, in my unveiling before the Children of men!

I:6Be thou Hadit, my secret centre, my heart & my tongue!

I:7Behold! it is revealed by Aiwass the minister of Hoor-paar-kraat.

I:8The Khabs is in the Khu, not the Khu in the Khabs.

I:9Worship then the Khabs, and behold my light shed over you!

I:10Let my servants be few & secret: they shall rule the many & the known.

I:11These are fools that men adore; both their Gods & their men are fools.

I:12Come forth, o children, under the stars, & take your fill of love!

I:13I am above you and in you. My ecstasy is in yours. My joy is to see your joy.

I:14

Above, the gemmèd azure is
    The naked splendour of Nuit;
She bends in ecstasy to kiss
    The secret ardours of Hadit.
The wingèd globe,the starry blue,
    Are mine, O Ankh-af-na-khonsu!

I:15Now 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:16For he is ever a sun, and she a moon. But to him is the winged secret flame, and to her the stooping starlight.

I:17But ye are not so chosen.

I:18Burn upon their brows, o splendrous serpent!

I:19O azure-lidded woman, bend upon them!

I:20The key of the rituals is in the secret word which I have given unto him.

I:21With 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 Hadit.

I:22Now, 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:23But whoso availeth in this, let him be the chief of all!

I:24I am Nuit, and my word is six and fifty.

I:25Divide, add, multiply, and understand.

I:26Then 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:27Then 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:28None, breathed the light, faint & faery, of the stars, and two.

I:29For I am divided for love’s sake, for the chance of union.

I:30This is the creation of the world, that the pain of division is as nothing, and the joy of dissolution all.

I:31For 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:32Obey 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:33Then 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 law!

I:34But she said: the ordeals I write not: the rituals shall be half known and half concealed: the Law is for all.

I:35This that thou writest is the threefold book of Law.

I:36My 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:37Also 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:38He must teach; but he may make severe the ordeals.

I:39The word of the Law is Θελημα.

I:40Who 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:41The 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. Accurséd! Accurséd be it to the aeons! Hell.

I:42Let it be that state of manyhood bound and loathing. So with thy all; thou hast no right but to do thy will.

I:43Do that, and no other shall say nay.

I:44For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect.

I:45The Perfect and the Perfect are one Perfect and not two; nay, are none!

I:46Nothing is a secret key of this law. Sixty-one the Jews call it; I call it eight, eighty, four hundred & eighteen.

I:47But they have the half: unite by thine art so that all disappear.

I:48My prophet is a fool with his one, one, one; are not they the Ox, and none by the Book?

I:49Abrogate 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 Lord initiating.

I:50There 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 the other!

I:51There 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 fill and will of love as ye will, when, where and with whom ye will! But always unto me.

I:52If 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:53This 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:54Change not as much as the style of a letter; for behold! thou, o prophet, shalt not behold all these mysteries hidden therein.

I:55The child of thy bowels, he shall behold them.

I:56Expect 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:57Invoke 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 צ is not the Star. This also is secret: my prophet shall reveal it to the wise.

I:58I 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:59My incense is of resinous woods & gums; and there is no blood therein: because of my hair the trees of Eternity.

I:60My 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 blind, but the blue & gold are seen of the seeing. Also I have a secret glory for them that love me.

I:61But 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. I love 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:62At 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:63Sing 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:64I am the blue-lidded daughter of Sunset; I am the naked brilliance of the voluptuous night-sky.

I:65To me! To me!

I:66The Manifestation of Nuit is at an end.


Chapter II

II:1Nu! the hiding of Hadit.

II:2Come! all ye, and learn the secret that hath not yet been revealed. I, Hadit, am the complement of Nu, my bride. I am not extended, and Khabs is the name of my House.

II:3In the sphere I am everywhere the centre, as she, the circumference, is nowhere found.

II:4Yet she shall be known & I never.

II:5Behold! the rituals of the old time are black. Let the evil ones be cast away; let the good ones be purged by the prophet! Then shall this Knowledge go aright.

II:6I am the flame that burns in every heart of man, and in the core of every star. I am Life, and the giver of Life, yet therefore is the knowledge of me the knowledge of death.

II:7I am the Magician and the Exorcist. I am the axle of the wheel, and the cube in the circle. "Come unto me" is a foolish word: for it is I that go.

II:8Who worshipped Heru-pa-kraath have worshipped me; ill, for I am the worshipper.

II:9Remember all ye that existence is pure joy; that all the sorrows are but as shadows; they pass & are done; but there is that which remains.

II:10O prophet! thou hast ill will to learn this writing.

II:11I see thee hate the hand & the pen; but I am stronger.

II:12Because of me in Thee which thou knewest not.

II:13for why? Because thou wast the knower, and me.

II:14Now let there be a veiling of this shrine: now let the light devour men and eat them up with blindness!

II:15For I am perfect, being Not; and my number is nine by the fools; but with the just I am eight, and one in eight: Which is vital, for I am none indeed. The Empress and the King are not of me; for there is a further secret.

II:16I am The Empress & the Hierophant. Thus eleven, as my bride is eleven.

II:17

Hear me, ye people of sighing!
    The sorrows of pain and regret
Are left to the dead and the dying,
    The folk that not know me as yet.

II:18These are dead, these fellows; they feel not. We are not for the poor and sad: the lords of the earth are our kinsfolk.

II:19Is a God to live in a dog? No! but the highest are of us. They shall rejoice, our chosen: who sorroweth is not of us.

II:20Beauty and strength, leaping laughter and delicious languor, force and fire, are of us.

II:21We have nothing with the outcast and the unfit: let them die in their misery. For they feel not. Compassion is the vice of kings: stamp down the wretched & the weak: this is the law of the strong: this is our law and the joy of the world. Think not, o king, upon that lie: That Thou Must Die: verily thou shalt not die, but live. Now let it be understood: If the body of the King dissolve, he shall remain in pure ecstasy for ever. Nuit! Hadit! Ra-Hoor-Khuit! The Sun, Strength & Sight, Light; these are for the servants of the Star & the Snake.

II:22I am the Snake that giveth Knowledge & Delight and bright glory, and stir the hearts of men with drunkenness. To worship me take wine and strange drugs whereof I will tell my prophet, & be drunk thereof! They shall not harm ye at all. It is a lie, this folly against self. The exposure of innocence is a lie. Be strong, o man! lust, enjoy all things of sense and rapture: fear not that any God shall deny thee for this.

II:23I am alone: there is no God where I am.

II:24Behold! these be grave mysteries; for there are also of my friends who be hermits. Now think not to find them in the forest or on the mountain; but in beds of purple, caressed by magnificent beasts of women with large limbs, and fire and light in their eyes, and masses of flaming hair about them; there shall ye find them. Ye shall see them at rule, at victorious armies, at all the joy; and there shall be in them a joy a million times greater than this. Beware lest any force another, King against King! Love one another with burning hearts; on the low men trample in the fierce lust of your pride, in the day of your wrath.

II:25Ye are against the people, O my chosen!

II:26I am the secret Serpent coiled about to spring: in my coiling there is joy. If I lift up my head, I and my Nuit are one. If I droop down mine head, and shoot forth venom, then is rapture of the earth, and I and the earth are one.

II:27There is great danger in me; for who doth not understand these runes shall make a great miss. He shall fall down into the pit called Because, and there he shall perish with the dogs of Reason.

II:28Now a curse upon Because and his kin!

II:29May Because be accursèd for ever!

II:30If Will stops and cries Why, invoking Because, then Will stops & does nought.

II:31If Power asks why, then is Power weakness.

II:32Also reason is a lie; for there is a factor infinite & unknown; & all their words are skew-wise.

II:33Enough of Because! Be he damned for a dog!

II:34But ye, o my people, rise up & awake!

II:35Let the rituals be rightly performed with joy & beauty!

II:36There are rituals of the elements and feasts of the times.

II:37A feast for the first night of the Prophet and his Bride!

II:38A feast for the three days of the writing of the Book of the Law.

II:39A feast for Tahuti and the child of the Prophet—secret, O Prophet!

II:40A feast for the Supreme Ritual, and a feast for the Equinox of the Gods.

II:41A feast for fire and a feast for water; a feast for life and a greater feast for death!

II:42A feast every day in your hearts in the joy of my rapture!

II:43A feast every night unto Nu, and the pleasure of uttermost delight!

II:44Aye! feast! rejoice! there is no dread hereafter. There is the dissolution, and eternal ecstasy in the kisses of Nu.

II:45There is death for the dogs.

II:46Dost thou fail? Art thou sorry? Is fear in thine heart?

II:47Where I am these are not.

II:48Pity not the fallen! I never knew them. I am not for them. I console not: I hate the consoled & the consoler.

II:49I am unique & conqueror. I am not of the slaves that perish. Be they damned & dead! Amen. (This is of the 4: there is a fifth who is invisible, & therein am I as a babe in an egg.)

II:50Blue am I and gold in the light of my bride: but the red gleam is in my eyes; & my spangles are purple & green.

II:51Purple beyond purple: it is the light higher than eyesight.

II:52There is a veil: that veil is black. It is the veil of the modest woman; it is the veil of sorrow, & the pall of death: this is none of me. Tear down that lying spectre of the centuries: veil not your vices in virtuous words: these vices are my service; ye do well, & I will reward you here and hereafter.

II:53Fear not, o prophet, when these words are said, thou shalt not be sorry. Thou art emphatically my chosen; and blessed are the eyes that thou shalt look upon with gladness. But I will hide thee in a mask of sorrow: they that see thee shall fear thou art fallen: but I lift thee up.

II:54Nor shall they who cry aloud their folly that thou meanest nought avail; thou shall reveal it: thou availest: they are the slaves of because: They are not of me. The stops as thou wilt; the letters? change them not in style or value!

II:55Thou shalt obtain the order & value of the English Alphabet; thou shalt find new symbols to attribute them unto.

II:56Begone! ye mockers; even though ye laugh in my honour ye shall laugh not long: then when ye are sad know that I have forsaken you.

II:57He that is righteous shall be righteous still; he that is filthy shall be filthy still.

II:58Yea! deem not of change: ye shall be as ye are, & not other. Therefore the kings of the earth shall be Kings for ever: the slaves shall serve. There is none that shall be cast down or lifted up: all is ever as it was. Yet there are masked ones my servants: it may be that yonder beggar is a King. A King may choose his garment as he will: there is no certain test: but a beggar cannot hide his poverty.

II:59Beware therefore! Love all, lest perchance is a King concealed! Say you so? Fool! If he be a King, thou canst not hurt him.

II:60Therefore strike hard & low, and to hell with them, master!

II:61There is a light before thine eyes, o prophet, a light undesired, most desirable.

II:62I am uplifted in thine heart; and the kisses of the stars rain hard upon thy body.

II:63Thou art exhaust in the voluptuous fullness of the inspiration; the expiration is sweeter than death, more rapid and laughterful than a caress of Hell's own worm.

II:64Oh! thou art overcome: we are upon thee; our delight is all over thee: hail! hail: prophet of Nu! prophet of Had! prophet of Ra-Hoor-Khu! Now rejoice! now come in our splendour & rapture! Come in our passionate peace, & write sweet words for the Kings!

II:65I am the Master: thou art the Holy Chosen One.

II:66Write, & find ecstasy in writing! Work, & be our bed in working! Thrill with the joy of life & death! Ah! thy death shall be lovely: whoso seeth it shall be glad. Thy death shall be the seal of the promise of our agelong love. Come! lift up thine heart & rejoice! We are one; we are none.

II:67Hold! Hold! Bear up in thy rapture; fall not in swoon of the excellent kisses!

II:68Harder! Hold up thyself! Lift thine head! breathe not so deep—die!

II:69Ah! Ah! What do I feel? Is the word exhausted?

II:70There is help & hope in other spells. Wisdom says: be strong! Then canst thou bear more joy. Be not animal; refine thy rapture! If thou drink, drink by the eight and ninety rules of art: if thou love, exceed by delicacy; and if thou do aught joyous, let there be subtlety therein!

II:71But exceed! exceed!

II:72Strive ever to more! and if thou art truly mine—and doubt it not, an if thou art ever joyous!—death is the crown of all.

II:73Ah! Ah! Death! Death! thou shalt long for death. Death is forbidden, o man, unto thee.

II:74The length of thy longing shall be the strength of its glory. He that lives long & desires death much is ever the King among the Kings.

II:75Aye! listen to the numbers & the words:

II:764 6 3 8 A B K 2 4 A L G M O R 3 Y X 24 89 R P S T O V A L. What meaneth this, o prophet? Thou knowest not; nor shalt thou know ever. There cometh one to follow thee: he shall expound it. But remember, o chosen one, to be me; to follow the love of Nu in the star-lit heaven; to look forth upon men, to tell them this glad word.

II:77O be thou proud and mighty among men!

II:78Lift up thyself! for there is none like unto thee among men or among Gods! Lift up thyself, o my prophet, thy stature shall surpass the stars. They shall worship thy name, foursquare, mystic, wonderful, the number of the man; and the name of thy house 418.

II:79The end of the hiding of Hadit; and blessing & worship to the prophet of the lovely Star!


Chapter III

III:1Abrahadabra; the reward of Ra Hoor Khut.

III:2There is division hither homeward; there is a word not known. Spelling is defunct; all is not aught. Beware! Hold! Raise the spell of Ra-Hoor-Khuit!

III:3Now let it be first understood that I am a god of War and of Vengeance. I shall deal hardly with them.

III:4Choose ye an island!

III:5Fortify it!

III:6Dung it about with enginery of war!

III:7I will give you a war-engine.

III:8With it ye shall smite the peoples; and none shall stand before you.

III:9Lurk! Withdraw! Upon them! this is the Law of the Battle of Conquest: thus shall my worship be about my secret house.

III:10Get the stélé of revealing itself; set it in thy secret temple—and that temple is already aright disposed—& it shall be your Kiblah for ever. It shall not fade, but miraculous colour shall come back to it day after day. Close it in locked glass for a proof to the world.

III:11This shall be your only proof. I forbid argument. Conquer! That is enough. I will make easy to you the abstruction from the ill-ordered house in the Victorious City. Thou shalt thyself convey it with worship, o prophet, though thou likest it not. Thou shalt have danger & trouble. Ra-Hoor-Khu is with thee. Worship me with fire & blood; worship me with swords & with spears. Let the woman be girt with a sword before me: let blood flow to my name. Trample down the Heathen; be upon them, o warrior, I will give you of their flesh to eat!

III:12Sacrifice cattle, little and big: after a child.

III:13But not now.

III:14Ye shall see that hour, o blessèd Beast, and thou the Scarlet Concubine of his desire!

III:15Ye shall be sad thereof.

III:16Deem not too eagerly to catch the promises; fear not to undergo the curses. Ye, even ye, know not this meaning all.

III:17Fear not at all; fear neither men nor Fates, nor gods, nor anything. Money fear not, nor laughter of the folk folly, nor any other power in heaven or upon the earth or under the earth. Nu is your refuge as Hadit your light; and I am the strength, force, vigour, of your arms.

III:18Mercy let be off: damn them who pity! Kill and torture; spare not; be upon them!

III:19That stélé they shall call the Abomination of Desolation; count well its name, & it shall be to you as 718.

III:20Why? Because of the fall of Because, that he is not there again.

III:21Set up my image in the East: thou shalt buy thee an image which I will show thee, especial, not unlike the one thou knowest. And it shall be suddenly easy for thee to do this.

III:22The other images group around me to support me: let all be worshipped, for they shall cluster to exalt me. I am the visible object of worship; the others are secret; for the Beast & his Bride are they: and for the winners of the Ordeal x. What is this? Thou shalt know.

III:23For perfume mix meal & honey & thick leavings of red wine: then oil of Abramelin and olive oil, and afterward soften & smooth down with rich fresh blood.

III:24The best blood is of the moon, monthly: then the fresh blood of a child, or dropping from the host of heaven: then of enemies; then of the priest or of the worshippers: last of some beast, no matter what.

III:25This burn: of this make cakes & eat unto me. This hath also another use; let it be laid before me, and kept thick with perfumes of your orison: it shall become full of beetles as it were and creeping things sacred unto me.

III:26These slay, naming your enemies; & they shall fall before you.

III:27Also these shall breed lust & power of lust in you at the eating thereof.

III:28Also ye shall be strong in war.

III:29Moreover, be they long kept, it is better; for they swell with my force. All before me.

III:30My altar is of open brass work: burn thereon in silver or gold!

III:31There cometh a rich man from the West who shall pour his gold upon thee.

III:32From gold forge steel!

III:33Be ready to fly or to smite!

III:34But your holy place shall be untouched throughout the centuries: though with fire and sword it be burnt down & shattered, yet an invisible house there standeth, and shall stand until the fall of the Great Equinox; when Hrumachis shall arise and the double-wanded one assume my throne and place. Another prophet shall arise, and bring fresh fever from the skies; another woman shall awake the lust & worship of the Snake; another soul of God and beast shall mingle in the globèd priest; another sacrifice shall stain the tomb; another king shall reign; and blessing no longer be poured To the Hawk-headed mystical Lord!

III:35The half of the word of Heru-ra-ha, called Hoor-pa-kraat and Ra-Hoor-Khut.

III:36Then said the prophet unto the God:

III:37I adore thee in the song:—

I am the Lord of Thebes, and I
    The inspired forth-speaker of Mentu;
For me unveils the veilèd sky,
    The self-slain Ankh-af-na-khonsu
Whose words are truth. I invoke, I greet
    Thy presence, O Ra-Hoor-Khuit!

Unity uttermost showed!
    I adore the might of Thy breath,
Supreme and terrible God,
    Who makest the gods and death
To tremble before Thee—
    I, I adore thee!

Appear on the throne of Ra!
Open the ways of the Khu!
Lighten the ways of the Ka!
    The ways of the Khabs run through
To stir me or still me!
    Aum! let it fill me!

III:38So that thy light is in me; & its red flame is as a sword in my hand to push thy order. There is a secret door that I shall make to establish thy way in all the quarters, (these are the adorations, as thou hast written), as it is said:

The light is mine; its rays consume
    Me: I have made a secret door
Into the House of Ra and Tum,
    Of Khephra and of Ahathoor.
I am thy Theban, O Mentu,
    The prophet Ankh-af-na-khonsu!

By Bes-na-Maut my breast I beat;
    By wise Ta-Nech I weave my spell.
Show thy star-splendour, O Nuit!
    Bid me within thine House to dwell,
O wingèd snake of light, Hadit!
    Abide with me, Ra-Hoor-Khuit!

III:39All this and a book to say how thou didst come hither and a reproduction of this ink and paper for ever — for in it is the word secret & not only in the English — and thy comment upon this the Book of the Law shall be printed beautifully in red ink and black upon beautiful paper made by hand; and to each man and woman that thou meetest, were it but to dine or to drink at them, it is the Law to give. Then they shall chance to abide in this bliss or no; it is no odds. Do this quickly!

III:40But the work of the comment? That is easy; and Hadit burning in thy heart shall make swift and secure thy pen.

III:41Establish at thy Kaaba a clerk-house: all must be done well and with business way.

III:42The ordeals thou shalt oversee thyself, save only the blind ones. Refuse none, but thou shalt know & destroy the traitors. I am Ra-Hoor-Khuit; and I am powerful to protect my servant. Success is thy proof: argue not; convert not; talk not overmuch! Them that seek to entrap thee, to overthrow thee, them attack without pity or quarter; & destroy them utterly. Swift as a trodden serpent turn and strike! Be thou yet deadlier than he! Drag down their souls to awful torment: laugh at their fear: spit upon them!

III:43Let the Scarlet Woman beware! If pity and compassion and tenderness visit her heart; if she leave my work to toy with old sweetnesses; then shall my vengeance be known. I will slay me her child: I will alienate her heart: I will cast her out from men: as a shrinking and despised harlot shall she crawl through dusk wet streets, and die cold and an-hungered.

III:44But let her raise herself in pride! Let her follow me in my way! Let her work the work of wickedness! Let her kill her heart! Let her be loud and adulterous! Let her be covered with jewels, and rich garments, and let her be shameless before all men!

III:45Then will I lift her to pinnacles of power: then will I breed from her a child mightier than all the kings of the earth. I will fill her with joy: with my force shall she see & strike at the worship of Nu: she shall achieve Hadit.

III:46I am the warrior Lord of the Forties: the Eighties cower before me, & are abased. I will bring you to victory & joy: I will be at your arms in battle & ye shall delight to slay. Success is your proof; courage is your armour; go on, go on, in my strength; & ye shall turn not back for any!

III:47This book shall be translated into all tongues: but always with the original in the writing of the Beast; for in the chance shape of the letters and their position to one another: in these are mysteries that no Beast shall divine. Let him not seek to try: but one cometh after him, whence I say not, who shall discover the Key of it all. Then this line drawn is a key: then this circle squared in its failure is a key also. And Abrahadabra. It shall be his child & that strangely. Let him not seek after this; for thereby alone can he fall from it.

III:48Now this mystery of the letters is done, and I want to go on to the holier place.

III:49I am in a secret fourfold word, the blasphemy against all gods of men.

III:50Curse them! Curse them! Curse them!

III:51With my Hawk's head I peck at the eyes of Jesus as he hangs upon the cross.

III:52I flap my wings in the face of Mohammed & blind him.

III:53With my claws I tear out the flesh of the Indian and the Buddhist, Mongol and Din.

III:54Bahlasti! Ompehda! I spit on your crapulous creeds.

III:55Let Mary inviolate be torn upon wheels: for her sake let all chaste women be utterly despised among you!

III:56Also for beauty's sake and love's!

III:57Despise also all cowards; professional soldiers who dare not fight, but play; all fools despise!

III:58But the keen and the proud, the royal and the lofty; ye are brothers!

III:59As brothers fight ye!

III:60There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.

III:61There is an end of the word of the God enthroned in Ra's seat, lightening the girders of the soul.

III:62To Me do ye reverence! to me come ye through tribulation of ordeal, which is bliss.

III:63The fool readeth this Book of the Law, and its comment; & he understandeth it not.

III:64Let him come through the first ordeal, & it will be to him as silver.

III:65Through the second, gold.

III:66Through the third, stones of precious water.

III:67Through the fourth, ultimate sparks of the intimate fire.

III:68Yet to all it shall seem beautiful. Its enemies who say not so, are mere liars.

III:69There is success.

III:70I am the Hawk-Headed Lord of Silence & of Strength; my nemyss shrouds the night-blue sky.

III:71Hail! ye twin warriors about the pillars of the world! for your time is nigh at hand.

III:72I am the Lord of the Double Wand of Power; the wand of the Force of Coph Nia—but my left hand is empty, for I have crushed an Universe; & nought remains.

III:73Paste the sheets from right to left and from top to bottom: then behold!

III:74There is a splendour in my name hidden and glorious, as the sun of midnight is ever the son.

III:75The ending of the words is the Word Abrahadabra.

The Book of the Law is Written
and Concealed.
Aum. Ha.


The Comment

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

The study of this Book is forbidden. It is wise to destroy this copy after the first reading.
Whosoever disregards this does so at his own risk and peril. These are most dire.
Those who discuss the contents of this Book are to be shunned by all, as centres of pestilence.
All questions of the Law are to be decided only by appeal to my writings, each for himself.
There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.

Love is the law, love under will.

The priest of the princes,
ANKH-F-N-KHONSU