AL I:15Posted: May 8, 2012
Now ye shall know that the chosen priest & apostle of infinite space is the prince-priest the Beast; and in his woman called the Scarlet Woman is all power given. They shall gather my children into their fold: they shall bring the glory of the stars into the hearts of men.
We are introduced to two more deities, The Beast and The Scarlet Woman. Use of the definite article indicates that these are titles, rather than names, implying one of two things: 1. their names are secret and not yet revealed; 2. or as Crowley comments, these are offices to be filled by living people who take on the titles and functions of these offices.
Best guesses for the names would be Το Μεγα Θηριον (The Great Beast) and Βαβαλον (Babalon), two names in greek whose values are 666 and 156. Both of these are from The Revelation of St. John.
Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names. And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority. I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast; they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?” There was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies, and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him. And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven.
Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality, and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her immorality.” And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality, and on her forehead a name was written, a mystery, “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. When I saw her, I wondered greatly. And the angel said to me, “Why do you wonder? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.
Who is he chosen by? There are two answers to this depending on the source. In Revelation he is chosen by The Dragon, given power and ruler-ship over the world and utters blasphemies against the God(s). In Liber AL he is chosen by Nuit, given all power and leadership over her servants and leads her children away from the worship of the false gods and to shows them the glory of their own star-selfs.
Are the Dragon and Nuit the same entity? The dragon is first introduced in Revelation 12 “Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems. And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth.” Is this Nuit bringing the glory of the stars to the hearts of men?
We also find this Dragon of Heaven in the Sepher Yetzirah, where we see that the seven heads are the seven planets.
1. There are three Mothers or first elements, א ,מ ,ש, from which emanated three Fathers — spiritual air, water, and fire — from which issued the seven planets, and the twelve oblique points.
2. To prove this there are three faithful witnesses: the universe, the year, and man. There are the twelve, the balance, and the seven. Above is the Dragon, below is the גלגל (Galgal, The wheel, The machinery of the Universe), and lastly the heart of man.
3. The first elements are air, water, and fire; the fire is above, the water is below, and a breath of air establishes balance between them. The token is: the fire carries the water. The letter מ (Mem) is mute; ש (Shin) is hissing like fire; there is א (Aleph) among them, a breath of air which reconciles the two.
4. The Dragon (Tali) is in the universe like a king upon his throne; the גלגל is in the year like a king in his empire; and the heart is in the body of men like a king in warfare.
These three, the Dragon, the Wheel and the Heart could be seen to represent the three chapters and three principal deities of the book of the Law. But the details of that comparison is for another post.
As this verse deals with power and rulership, it is fitting that this is the verse that corresponds to the path of ה, the tarot trump “The Emperor”.