Here are notes I took while reading through chapter 1.
v. 1: "The manifestation of Nuit."
Nuit is manifested, whereas Hadit is never known.(see chapter 2 v. 4: "Yet she shall be known and I never.")
v. 3: "Every man and every woman is a star."
Every individual is a central point, creating a system based on it, with that being its common element. As the Sun defines the solar system, objects
rotating around it, it is the same within the center of your consciousness. Just as the Universe consists of endless stars, all able to have their own
system without interfering with one another, so it is with us when we are aligned with our true Will. Every indidivual has their own unique and
natural path, defined by their Will, and thes pathways are by their nature harmonious with one another.
v. 4: "Every number is infinite; there is no difference."
Everything is a manifestation of the infinite, and in a sense is that infinte, and in that sense there is no difference.
v. 6: "Be thou Hadit, my secret center, my heart and my tongue!"
Hadit is the secret, unknowable center. He is always the center. He is the heart and tongue of nuit, which I think can be interpreted to mean Nuit
experiences herself and expresses herself through Hadit.
v. 12-13: "Come forth, o children, under the stars, and take your fill of love!
I am above you and in you. My ecstasy is in yours. My joy is to see your joy."
The infinite experiences itself through centers, or Nuit experiences herself through Hadit. The true individual is the center of conscoiusness, and
thus the infinite experiences ecstasy and joy when we do. This is also the nature of love, because our joy and the joy of All are united. And it is
for this reason that every man and woman is a star, whose orbits of Will are in natural harmony.
v. 22: "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 and any other thing; for thereby cometh hurt."
v. 26: "And the sign shall be my ecstasy, the consciousness of the continuity of existence, the omnipresence of my body."
v. 27: "O Nuit, continuous one in 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!"
v. 29-30: For I am divided for love's sake, for the chance of union.
This is the creation of the world, that the pain of division is as nothing, and the joy of dissolution all."
v. 32: "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."
v. 41: "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 all the aeons! Hell."
v. 42-44: "...thou hast no right but to do thy will.
Do that, and no other shall say nay.
For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect."
Again referring to the concept that every individual is a star, and when the individual is aligned with his true Will he is naturally in harmony with
All. In fact, you have no right to do anything other than your true will. In other words, everything you do that is not your true will throws you out
of alignment with your natural path, and in this way all disharmony is created.
It also refers again to this idea of absolute exertion and wholeness in action, without seeking some particular result, or having some particular
reason for doing it. We must align with our true will, and act in this way.
v. 46: "Nothing is a secret key of this law. Sixty-one the Jews call it; I call it eight, eighty, four hundred and eighteen."
The Jews call it sixty-one because the Hebrew word for nothing is ayin, aleph-yud-nun, 1-10-50, 61. I for the time do not know the meaning of the rest
of the numbers.
v. 48: "My prophet is a fool with his one, one, one; are not they the Ox, and none by the Book?"
Clearly an allusion to the Tarot card fool. The hebrew letter corresponding to this card is aleph, which has a value of one. Also, the letter aleph as
a word signifies an ox. 'the Book' is a reference to the Tarot as the Book of Thoth, the Fool card having a value of 0. This verse could perhaps be
shedding some light on the apparent incongruity created with the hebrew letters being laid over the tarot cards, because aleph is 1, yet is the fool,
who has a value of 0. Thus the next letter, having a value of 2, is assigned to the tarot card 1, etc. It may shed some light on that, and also relate
it to other things in the Book of the Law, but I can't interpret it right now.
v. 51-53: "Also, take your fill and will of love as ye will, when, where and with whome ye will! But always unto me.
...if the ritual be not ever unto me: then expect the direful judgments of Ra Hoor Khuit!
But ecstasy be thine and joy of earth: ever To me! To me!"
Emphasizing that in order to have the bliss of the Infinite, everything we do must be dedicated to the Infinite. Also, Ra Hoor Khuit is one aspect of
the Son, speaker of chapter 3.
v. 60: "My number is 11," as discussed in the notes on chapter 2. I realized another meaning could be the pentagram and the hexagram, representative
of the microcosm and the macrocosm, man and the divine. This is 5 and 6, which is 11.
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