By Kenneth Grant
This heritage of 20th-century magic provides an in depth research of a pre-Christian occult culture which survived persecution and reappeared in recent years.
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The biune glyph, or two in one, of alternating and opposite forces gave rise to the image of the Androgyne long before the drama of Jesus and Satan contending on the Mount. † In the Cult of Thelema, Therion (Beast 666) and Baphomet are two types of the "Devil", or image of the Double Power. The Double-Wanded One combines the solar and hermetic5 functions of Therion and Baphomet, and both these functions involve the formula of the Beast and the Woman conjoined. †The Devil is the Dual One (ii or eleven), the Double-Wanded One, having the attributes of male and female potencies accord ing to the solar or hermetic nature of the rite.
In ancient India, Dakshinamurti, which means the Southward - Facing One, was equated with the spiritual north pole, and therefore traditionally faces southward. (See Arthur Osborne, Collected Works of Ramana Maharshi, p. ) Dakshinamurti is the Supreme Teacher who initiates by means of Silence; his devotees faced north when venerating him, their backs to the south. Aiwaz, being the minister of Harpocrates (the Lord of [Page 57] Silence) is therefore also a form of Dakshinamurti, the God of the North.
In Egyptian, the name Besz actually means to transform. Thus The Beast is the type of Magick or Change. †The formula of the Beast is also the formula of Set. In The Book of the Spirit of the Goat, Crowley writes: "For two things are done and a third thing is begun. Isis and Osiris are given over to incest and adultery. Horus leaps up thrice armed from the womb of his mother. Harpocrates his twin is hidden within him. '. whose name is Truth. , which involves the identification of Spirit and Flesh, Shin and Teth; SET is the result of this process.
The Magical Revival by Kenneth Grant