The Book of the Law & the Gnostic Concept of the Holy Trinity

darksideofthesun1If you’ll recall, about a month ago I read Gary Lachman’s new book about Aleister Crowley (totally worth checking out) and ranted off about how I personally can’t stand the self-proclaimed Great Beast. But I must confess that my motivations for being that snarkingly harsh were quite similar to why I was such a Christianity-hating, angry, metal dude in my late teens and early twenties (it was the 90’s after all). I grew up believing in the church. When I got older, I started contemplating it a bit more and realized that I literally couldn’t go all-in believing in dogmas. I was pissed. This happened to me quite some time ago with Crowley, but dealing with dicks on the internet, the sorry state of the modern Occult, and reading Lachman’s book rekindled the fire.

In the course of all this, something quite interesting did go down, though. While bored at work one day, I pulled up a PDF of The Book of the Law, which I hadn’t read in about 6 years. And, truth be told, I didn’t get anything out of it when I first did. This time was different because of my advanced Occult experience. I did, in fact, catch a few things that stood out to me quite dramatically. Now, of course, this presents yet another problem as my interpretation of this shit is now different than anyone else’s I’ve heard. This is one of the downsides in writing in such an intentionally oblique manner in the first place. But The Book of the Law is a channeled work. It is sort of compelling that while writing through AC’s particular neuro-structure, Aiwass wrote in the same cryptic manner of Crowley. Just the subjective way this shit works, and upon further contemplation, I do in fact think the guy was in contact with some sort of higher dimensional intelligence.

But before I get to all that, there a few concepts popularized by Crowley that I agree with whole heartedly that I’ll briefly discuss. First off, as established, I absolutely think he was onto something by exploring the idea that there are extra-dimensional forms of intelligence and that magick can be used as a means to contact them. Hell, I got into the Occult and now that’s precisely what I do. Not to talk too much shit, but Crowley channeled the entire Book of the Law in 3 days and obsessed about it for the rest of his life. I literally just compiled 2 straight years of non-stop communique with these weirdoes and will continue to (constant updates of Facebook, friend me) until the day I die. So forgive me if I’m not super impressed with this “amazing” magickal feat. Again, he was probably briefly in contact with roughly the same shit I am, I’m just a way better channel. They like to communicate with me by means of telepathically projected metaphor, sequenced synth squeals, and delayed guitar noise rather than bad poetry, but whatever. Oh yeah, I did say I was going to stop talking shit, so I will.

I also absolutely give Crowley credit for the procession of Aeons concept. As a matter of fact, I was told quite specifically that he was onto something with this. It was amazing reviewing my own transmitted material and seeing how often this theme came up. And, let’s face it, the work of say, Graham Hancock, just makes the whole idea seem all the more plausible. First there was a shamanic civilization that ran primarily on divine feminine energy. Then there’s our culture which is powered by a masculine materialist current. These two were meant to combine and create a new breed of shamanic technological super humans. As to when this new Aeon begins or began, I’d say 2012 but who the fuck knows? When we look back, we’ll be doing so with an entirely new concept of how cause and effect are related to time, so it’s tough to say. Of course this is all represented metaphorically in the fact that a man and woman get busy to spit out a child, which is where all of us cum from (sorry) in the first place. Layers within layers.

With all that said, back to The Book of the Law. When I initially read it, it was several years prior to my Daemonic Guardian Entity summoning and so I didn’t catch this at all—but it seems like the precise concept of the Holy Trinity that was communicated to me during this encounter is also reflected in several places amongst Crowley’s channeled text. Most notoriously, right in the midst of its most famous line in passage 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.”

Now if you’ll recall, what I was shown about the Holy Trinity really had to do with the structure of the human soul. There’s the higher bad ass (the father or mother) who exists outside the human time stream. Then there’s you, the person reading this, or me writing it. And finally, the Holy Spirit, or the living sentient energy, that ties our entire plotline together. In this passage it’s sort of said in Father/Mother, Holy Spirit, Son/Daughter terms which is different than how we normally recite it in church per se, but in my mind makes more sense. I think the “man of Earth,” as Aiwass is calling it, is in fact the lowest rung on this particular totem pole as far as I can tell. More to the point, based on this, my interpretation of the classic phrase “do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law” is now that when these 3 forces are working in precise tandem (what’s increasingly become the very essence of my practice), we are limited solely by the confines of our own imaginations. Our will, our internal life force. There are no longer any natural laws we have to abide by. Sky’s the limit. Our sentence down here is up. If you want to hear me tell the story of this Holy Trinity transmission I conveniently do so in this fun video about the Occult and alien contact (and in my book that you can buy super cheap).

While having nothing to do with the Holy Trinity, I do in fact find the passage that follows this declaration quite profound and fitting as well.

“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.”

Of course, I’d entirely forgotten this again, even after I read it the second time. But while I was putting together the next 2 volumes of The Galactic Dialogue last month, I had an experience where it was explained to me that the third edition needed to start with an extended rant about how we’re living in the lower realms, aka hell. I was told quite directly that I was supposed to write about this, and I ran with the idea and ended up calling the whole section Sex Magick in Hell. I intuitively wrote a huge swath in regards to religious sexual repression and how it drives us all nuts. Here Aiwass is saying essentially the same thing, repressing sexuality is what made this masculine Aeon hell on earth. Before you think I’m getting all dark and spooky, I talk extensively about how this isn’t a depressing concept at all, but more of a liberating one. We’re aspiring gods. Nowhere to go but up. Even in the midst of this hell, there’s so much radiant undulating beauty.

So again, I must conclude that AC had, in fact, made contact with whatever the fuck it is I’ve been talking to. The similarities in message continue with passage 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 the other!”

Sort of exactly what I was just getting at. Three separate dimensional plotlines working in tandem. I find the end phrase “let not one know well the other” particularly compelling as, again, it seems in tune with what I’ve been shown. I don’t think those immersed in 3rd, 4th, or 5th dimensional states of consciousness truly have the capacity to understand the others entirely. And yet they must work together on a near unconscious level to ascend heavenward and become a singular godhead. Intriguing to say the least. Then there’s passage 49 in Chapter II:

“I 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.)”

Okay, so even I think I’m reaching more than a bit with this as it would indicate that Aiwass was speaking in terms of my 3rd, 4th, and 5th dimensional model of the Holy Trinity. But when viewed in the context of that model, it does in fact also resonate with the things that I’ve recently encountered. How do I explain this rather dark concept best? Well, I’ve essentially been shown that there are daemonic presences feeding on humans and controlling them through things like narcotic and alcohol addictions (the exact current that ensnared Crowley if you’ll recall) to name but a few crippling vices prevalent in our culture. When these forces realized that what they were showing me creeped me the fuck out, I was then reassured by them basically telling me, “look, people die, they go back to the source. It’s not as big a deal as it would look from your perspective.” So in that vein, this passage would be telling us that this is the sort of seemingly dark shit 4th dimensional freaks get involved with. It then further explains that this is happening to develop the 5th dimensional side of one’s self, which is “as a babe in an egg.” If you watched the sermon up there, I mention that when I was shown the entire plotline of the human time stream, it did sort of look like a developing egg. I always say star, but at one point I was shown alien presences sort of incubating and harvesting these stars so again, “egg” is not a bad metaphor.

Now, I just gave Crowley far more credit than I usually would but this is his channeled masterwork after all, and again, I’m inclined to think it actually was channeled. There’s really no question that he thought it was. As a matter of fact, there’s at least one more aspect of it that I find just as fascinating, and that’s the level of precognition. Again, as you’ll come to see when my purely channeled book drops this summer, I was quite demonstrably picking up on things that weren’t actually going to happen in my life for months and even years later. With digital technology, this stuff is time stamped and confirmable. It’s sort of impossible to deny that I was picking up on these things. So when Crowley writes this in passage 43 of Chapter II, it seems like you’re running into the same sort of phenomenon.

“Let 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.”

This is also why I ultimately loathe Crowley and increasingly fail to understand how people like Timothy Leary admired him so. Really sort of embarrassing, but again, not dissimilar to being duped by the mythology of organized religion and failing to see the reality of how many times the Bible has been translated. What Aiwass is telling Crowley here is that he’s a total dick and if his women don’t fall in line with his whole “I’m going to be a total asshole for no good reason” persona things are not going to end well for them. It’s confusing as to what sort of woman he thought would be cool with this schtick, but maybe there was someone he met that he failed to pursue properly or what have you. The passage does end up being future predictive though because, well, Crowley did beat the shit out of his scarlet women, even psychologically torturing them quite extensively. A few did in fact end up homeless, drug-addicted prostitutes. Several of his kids died. It’s particularly depressing because in the next few passages Aiwass talks about how he wants his women to be evil horrible people and if they are he’ll have a magickal child who’ll conquer the universe or some shit. Having a magickal child was an achievement Crowley was obsessed with. However, much like replicating the work of Abramelin the Mage, yet another endeavor that failed miserably, Crowley evolved into an unbalanced drug-addicted, borderline sociopath. I’d say his guardian entities were probably doing the guy and his scarlet women a favor by taking his kids, which is precisely what they said they’d do. And no, I don’t think Crowley wanted or even conceptualized how bad all this shit would end up going at the point in his life when he channeled this message. So again, it is in fact compelling on a pre-cog level.

And there you have it. My take on Crowley’s The Book of the Law as filtered through my own experiences channeling discarnate neuro-chemically induced entities. These experiences make what Crowley downloaded during this 3 day span in 1904 seem like an average afternoon in my world.

Now, if you’ll recall, another part of what I don’t particularly like about Crowley’s writing has to do with how it can be interpreted a million different ways. Thus, my version of what some of these passages mean differs greatly from the vast majority of Crowley obsessed devotees and scholars, not to mention Crowley himself. I’d never personally heard any of it explained this way before, which is why I tossed this shit up in the first place. I can do the same sort of thing with the Bible, believe me. It all comes from the same source.

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Totally worth checking out. Like Lachman’s book it shatters the hippied out mythology that currently surrounds the dude, which is something that absolutely needs to happen for the Occult sciences to advance. Until next time tripsters.

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Thad McKraken is a psychedelic writer, musician, visual artist, filmmaker, Occultist, and pug enthusiast based out of Seattle. He is the author of the books The Galactic Dialogue: Occult Initiations and Transmissions From Outside of Time, both of which can be picked up on Amazon super cheap.
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