In the name
of the Lord of Initiation, Amen.
I fly and I
alight as an hawk: of mother-of-emerald are my mighty-sweeping
down upon the black earth; and it gladdens into green at my
Earth! rejoice! rejoice exceedingly; for your salvation is at
The end of
sorrow is come; I will ravish you away into mine unutterable joy.
I will kiss
you, and bring you to the bridal: I will spread a feast before you in the house
I am not
come to rebuke you, or to enslave you.
I bid you
not turn from your voluptuous ways, from your idleness, from your
But I bring
you joy to your pleasure, peace to your languor, wisdom to your
All that ye
do is right, if so be that ye enjoy it.
I am come
against sorrow, against weariness, against them that seek to enslave
I pour you
lustral wine, that giveth you delight both at the sunset and the
me, and I will give you all that is desirable upon the earth.
give you that of which Earth and its joys are but as shadows.
away, but my joy abideth even unto the end.
hidden myself beneath a mask: I am a black and terrible God.
courage conquering fear shall ye approach me: ye shall lay down your heads upon
mine altar, expecting the sweep of the sword.
first kiss of love shall be radiant on your lips; and all my darkness and
terror shall turn to light and joy.
who fear shall fail. Those who have bent their backs to the yoke of slavery
until they can no longer stand upright; them will I despise.
who have defied the law; you who have conquered by subtlety or force; you will
I take unto me, even I will take you unto me.
I ask you
to sacrifice nothing at mine altar; I am the God who giveth all.
Life, Love; Force, Fantasy, Fire; these do I bring you: mine hands are full of
joy in the setting-out; there is joy in the journey; there is joy in the
Only if ye
are sorrowful, or weary, or angry, or discomforted; then ye may know that ye
have lost the golden thread, the thread wherewith I guide you to the heart of
the groves of Eleusis.
disciples are proud and beautiful; they are strong and swift; they rule their
way like mighty conquerors.
the timid, the imperfect, the cowardly, the poor, the tearful— these are
mine enemies, and I am come to destroy them.
is compassion: an end to the sickness of earth. A rooting-out of the weeds: a
watering of the flowers.
children, ye are more beautiful than the flowers: ye must not fade in your
you; I would sprinkle you with the divine dew of immortality.
immortality is no vain hope beyond the grave: I offer you the certain
consciousness of bliss.
I offer it
at once, on earth; before an hour hath struck upon the bell, ye shall be with
Me in the Abodes that are beyond Decay.
give you power earthly and joy earthly; wealth, and health, and length of days.
Adoration and love shall cling to your feet, and twine around your
mouths shall drink of a delicious wine— the wine of Iacchus; they shall
reach ever to the heavenly kiss of the Beautiful God.
unto you a great mystery. Ye stand between the abyss of height and the abyss of
awaits you a Companion; and that Companion is Yourself.
have no other Companion.
arisen, being wise. They have said “Seek out the glittering Image in the
place ever golden, and unite yourselves with It.”
arisen, being foolish. They have said, “Stoop down unto the darkly
splendid world, and be wedded to that Blind Creature of the
I who am
beyond Wisdom and Folly, arise and say unto you: achieve both weddings! Unite
yourselves with both!
beware, I say, lest ye seek after the one and lose the other!
stand upright; their head above the heavens, their feet below the
one is naturally attracted to the Angel, another to the Demon, let the first
strengthen the lower link, the last attach more firmly to the
equilibrium become perfect. I will aid my disciples; as fast as they acquire
this balanced power and joy so faster will I push them.
in their turn speak from this Invisible Throne; their words shall illumine the
be masters of majesty and might; they shall be beautiful and joyous; they shall
be clothed with victory and splendour; they shall stand upon the firm
foundation; the kingdom shall be theirs; yea, the kingdom shall be theirs.
In the name of the Lord of Initiation. Amen.