Originally posted by Violetshy
I've read parts of The Book of the Law, and found it beautifully written.
I think there are better examples of Crowley's beautiful writing than "The Book of the Law" -- and writings better known:
Here’s a better example of Crowley’s poetry:
Hail, Aradia! From the Amalthean Horn
Pour forth thy store of Love; I lowly bend
Before thee, I adore thee to the end,
With loving sacrifice they shrine adorn.
Thy foot is to my lip, my prayer upborne
Upon the rising incense-smoke; then spend
Thine ancient Love, O Mighty One, descend
To aid me, who without thee am forlorn.
Addressed to Tyche, Goddess of Fortune.
From “A Witches Bible Compleat” page 41.
I love “The Charge” – it’s beautiful.
“As Gerald (Gardner) originally had it (The Charge), this was derived partly from Charles Godfrey Leland’s ‘Aradia’ and partly from Aleister
Crowley’s ‘Liber Legis’ (Book of the Law).”
From “The Rebirth of Witchcraft” (1989) by Doreen Valiente, page 57.
The Charge of the Goddess
Listen to the words of the Great Mother, who of old was called Artemis, Astarte, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite, Ceridwen, Diana, Arionrhad, Brigid, and
by many other names:
“Whenever ye have need of any thing, once in the month, and better it be when the moon is full, then shall ye assemble in some secret place and
adore the spirit of Me, who is Queen of all the Wise.
And ye shall be free from slavery; and as a sign that ye be free, ye shall be naked in your rites.
Sing, feast, dance, make music and love, all in My presence.
For Mine is the ecstasy of the spirit, and Mine also is joy on earth; for My law is love unto all beings.
Mine is the secret that opens upon the door of youth, and Mine is the cup of wine of life that is the cauldron of Cerridwen, which is the Holy Grail
I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal and beyond death I give peace and freedom and reunion with those that have gone before.
Nor do I demand aught of sacrifice, for behold, I am the Mother of all living, and My love is poured upon the earth.”
Hear the words of the Star Goddess, the dust of whose feet are the hosts of heaven, whose body encircles the universe:
“I who am the beauty of the green earth, and the white moon among the stars, and the mystery of the waters, I call upon your soul to arise and come
For I am the soul of nature, who gives life to the universe.
From Me all things proceed, and unto Me they must return.
Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold – all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.
Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.
And you who see to know Me, know that your seeking and yearning will avail you not,
Unless you know the Mystery; for if that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without.
For behold, I have been with you from the beginning; and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.”
From “The Spiral Dance” (1979) by Starhawk, page 90 – the original was written by Gerald Gardner and Aleister Crowley, then re-written by Doreen
Valiente in the mid-1950’s.
The first two sentences of “The Charge” are obviously from “Aradia: Gospel of the Witches” (1890) by Charles Leland, page 6.