Aleister Crowley - The Paris Working vol 1

Aleister Crowley - The Paris Working vol 1

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 This series of workings is homosexual in nature, that is, the "sacrifice" involves a sexual act between two members of the same sex.  Some notes toward generalization of the method to include heterosexual acts are included.  In reading the following, two cautions are advised.  (1) Some of the material received regarding practices was obviously false or ancient and improper in the present time, as noted in the text.  (2) Some of the material received appears to have been inadequately tested, and may represent an interference in the working brought about by coquettery between lovers.  This latter point may account for Crowley's coldness toward his lovers in various writings, a method of separation from such distortions.  It is worth noting that some Tantric practices in India have always mandated that the sexual partners have nothing to do with each other outside carefully prescribed ceremonies.  The best example of the problem here is the first story in the Esoteric Record for the thirteenth working.
                        --- WEH
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The Paris Working     by Crowley
            THE BOOK OF THE HIGH MAGICK ART
      that was worked by Frater O.S.V. 6degree = 5square
                           &
             Frater L.T. 2degree = 9square.
(Jan-Feb 1914 E.V.)
This is Document C in the account of the progress of NEMO to TO META THERION.
This is the preliminary account of this Operation of Magick Art.
SOL IN LIBRA, An. IX <<1913>> Fra. O.S.V. <<{Anon. NOTE:} Ol Sonuf Vaoresagi = "I reign over ye" in Enochian, Crowley's motto as 5=6>> accomplished the task laid upon him by the Great White Brotherhood by issuing No. X of Vol. I of The Equinox.  Thereby he being brought to the end of his resources, he bethought himself to pray unto the Great Gods of Heaven that they would bestow favour upon him -- for, even as did Job, he cursed not God at all -- that he might make a new sacrifice unto the Magnum Opus.
Now there appeared Fra. Lampada Tradam<<Victor Neuburg>>, having passed through the Ordeal of a Neophyte, to undertake the task of a Zelator, as by his Oath bound.  Also for months 18 had Fra. O.S.V. been initiated by Fra. M.<<Theodore Reuss>> into the Greater Mysteries, and been by him induced into the Throne of the Order of the Temple.
Moreover, it is fitting to reconstitute this Order<<O.T.O.>> in its splendour, for at the entry of Sol into Aries, An X is the 600th anniversary of the Martyrdom of J.B.M.<<Jacobus Burgundius Molensis>>  Also, a casual invocation of Pan by these Brethren had produced a great marvel.
All these things therefore tending thereto, let us take up the Work with piety and zeal, and in holy charity and great chastity of body and soul. Amen.
Thus therefore to the Glory of the Ineffable One of the Dove and of the Serpent, did these two Brethren begin their Working -- First. From 4:55 to 5:35 did I confess myself, even I, Frater O.S.V. 6degree = 5square      receiving the Sacrament from a certain priest A.B.<<Art-Bachelor Walter Duranty>> and being thereby much comforted did I set myself to the painting of the prime pantacle of this book.
Therein busied, came inspiration unto me from the Most High, and this is the consideration: that though Pan be the Master of this Work, yet is the Work naught without Wisdom divine, and that Hermes is rightly the god of this particular Operation of Magick Art.  Therefore, say I, let Hermes first be invoked, and that by the Rite, and by this incantation which I made with my friend the Art-Bachelor W.D.
Jungitur en vati vates; rex inclyte rabdon Hermes tu venias, verba nefanda ferens. <<Aprox: Jointly, the bard in the bard, O famous king of the wand, Hermes, mayest thou come bearing unspeakable words>>.