reply to post by gps777
gps777, both of the quotes given by you were taken out of context. In as such the meaning of the information presented is skewed. Giving partial
information to support your bias is one of the lowest forms of intellectual dishonesty and laziness.
Now, allow me to further clarify the meaning behind the quotes given.
Firstly, you haphazardly gave a quote from the Book of the Law, Liber AL vel Legis CCXX, (and from chapter III no less!) without signifying the fact
that the verses come from a Holy text and are highly symbolic, rather than mere literalism.
... 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! - AL; III:11
Sacrifice cattle, little and big: after a child. - AL; III:12
IMO, these verses are better read in conjunction with:
The fool readeth this Book of the Law, and its comment; & he understandeth it not. - AL; III:63
Yet to all it shall seem beautiful. Its enemies who say not so, are mere liars - AL; III:68
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,
Secondly, juxtapositioning the previous quote to an unrelated segment of a chapter of Magick in Theory and Practice only muddles things further. Did
you purposely leave out the statements which follow? Indeed, such and act would aid in furthering your mad agenda!
Allow me to draw out the whole (or at least more of the) picture.
For the highest spiritual working one must accordingly choose that victim which contains the greatest and purest force. A male child of perfect
innocence and high intelligence is the most satisfactory and suitable victim.
It appears from the Magical Records of Frater Perdurabo that He made this particular sacrifice on an average about 150 times every year between
1912 e.v. and 1928 e.v. Contrast J.K.Huyman's "La-Bas", where a perverted form of Magic of an analogous order is described.
But it seems that at least 93% of the population are morons and, considering such a high percentage, it is more than likely that several people
within that percentage may in fact READ it. This idea has been proven correct! Thus it was added:
"It is the sacrifice of oneself spiritually. And the intelligence and innocence of that male child are the perfect understanding of the Magician,
his one aim, without lust of result. And male he must be, because what he sacrifices is not the material blood, but his creative power." This
initiated interpretation of the texts was sent spontaneously by Soror I.W.E., for the sake of the younger Brethren.
WEH ADDENDA: When Crowley speaks of sacrificing a male child, his diaries and other writings indicate that he thereby obfuscates the actual practice.
Crowley did this by diversion of the act of sexual intercourse and other sexual actions. He considered contraception as human sacrifice. There is no
indication in any of his writings that he ever performed infanticide. In fact, Crowley was even against abortion.
Let's not forget:
You are also likely to get into trouble over this chapter unless you truly comprehend its meaning.