AL I:23

But whoso availeth in this, let him be the chief of all!

LIBER VIARVM VIÆ gives the task of the path of Tzaddi as “The Adoration under the Starry Heaven”. This task is detailed in LIBER NV which as its core is the task given in the previous verse. The tarot trump associated with this path is “The Emperor”, the chief of all who knows the secret name of Nuit.

Crowley’s New Comment is very excellent:

This chief is of course no more or less than others. The limitations of our dualistic language obscure the meaning of these loftier Words. Chieftainship is to be understood as one of the illusions; but, in respect of that plane, a fact. The facts of Nature are perfectly true in so far as their mutual relation is concerned; their invalidity refers only to their total relation with the philosophical canon of Truth.

The word “all” is not to be taken as elliptical for “all men”; it means that such an one is completely master of his universe. For when one has become indifferent to phenomena, and accepts any one of them as necessary, indeed as an essential part of the whole, he has made himself Lord of the Whole as such.


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