I,1: Had! The manifestation of Nuit.
I,2: The un-veiling of The Company Of Heaven.
I,3: Every Man and every wo’Man IS a Star.
I,4: Every number IS infinite; there IS no difference.
I,5: Help Me, o Warrior Lord of Thebes, in My un-veiling before The Children of Men!
I,6: Be thou Hadit, My Secret Centre, My Heart and My Tongue!
I,7: Behold! It IS re’vealed by Aiwass – The Minister of Hoor-Paar-Kraat.
I,8: The Khabs IS in The Khu – not The Khu in The Khabs.
I,9: Worship – then – The Khabs, and be’hold My Light – shed over You!
I,10: Let My servants be Few & Secret: They Shall rule The Many & The Known.
I,11: These are fools that Men adore; both Their Gods and Their Men are fools.
I,12: Come-forth, o’ Children, under The Stars – and take Your fill of Love!
I,13: I AM above You and In You. My Ecstasy IS in Yours. My Joy IS to see Your Joy.
“Above, The Gemméd Azure IS
The Naked Splendour of Nuit;
She Bends in Ecstasy to Kiss
The Secret Ardours of Hadit.
The Winged Globe, The Starry Blue,
Are Mine, O Ankh-Af-Na-Khonsu!”
I,15: Now – Ye Shall know – that The Chosen Priest and Apostle of Infinite Space IS The Prince-Priest – The Beast; and in His wo’Man – called, “The Scarlet wo’Man” 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.
I,16: For He IS ever a Sun – and She, a Moon. But to Him, IS The Winged Secret Flame, and to Her, the Stooping Starlight.
I,17: But, Ye are NOT so chosen.
I,18: Burn upon their brows, o’ Splendrous Serpent!
I,19: O’ Azure-Lidded wo’Man… Bend Upon Them!
I,20: The Key of The Rituals IS in The Secret wORd which I have given unto Him.
I,21: With The God & The Adorer, I AM Nothing: They do not see Me. They are as upon The Earth; I AM Heaven, and there IS no other God than Me, and My Lord Hadit.
I,22: Now, therefore – I AM Known to Ye by My Name, “Nuit”. And, to Him, by a Secret Name, which I WILL give Him when, at-last, He knoweth Me. Since I AM Infinite Space, and the Infinite Stars there-of, do Ye also thus. Bind Nothing! Let there BE no difference made among You, between any One “thing” & any Other “thing”; for there-by, there cometh Hurt.
I,23: But who-so availeth in this, let Him BE The Chief Of ALL!
I,24: I AM Nuit, and My wORd IS, “Six and Fifty”.
I,25: Divide, Add, Multiply, and comprehend.
I,26: Then, saith The Prophet and Slave of The Beauteous One: Who Am I, and what Shall BE The Sign? So She answered Him – bending down – a Lambent Flame of Blue, All-Touching, All-Penetrant, Her lovely hands upon The Black Earth, & Her Lithe Body arched for Love, and Her soft feet, not hurting the little flowers: Thou knowest! And The Sign Shall BE My Ecstasy, The Consciousness of The Continuity of Existence, The Omni-Presence of My Body.
I,27: Then, The Priest answered, and said unto The Queen of Space – kissing Her lovely brows, and The Dew of Her Light, bathing His Whole Body in a sweet-smelling perfume of sweat: O’ Nuit, Continuous One Of Heaven, let it BE ever Thus; that Men speak not of Thee as One but as None; and let Them speak not of Thee at-All, since Thou art Continuous!
I,28: None, breathed The Light, faint & faery, of The Stars, and Two.
I,29: For I AM divided for Love’s sake – for the chance of Union.
I,30: This IS The Creation of The wORld – that The Pain of Division IS as Nothing, and The Joy of Dissolution, ALL.
I,31: For these fools of Men and Their Woes care-not Thou at-All! They feel little; what IS, IS balanced by weak Joys; but Ye are My Chosen Ones.
I,32: Obey My Prophet! Follow-out The Ordeals of My Knowledge! Seek Me Only! Then The Joys of My Love WILL redeem Ye from All Pain. This IS So: I swear it by The Vault of My Dody; by My Sacred Heart and Tongue; by ALL I can give, by ALL I desire of Ye ALL.
I,33: Then, The Priest fell into a deep trance or swoon – and said unto The Queen Of Heaven, “Write unto Us, The Ordeals – Write unto Us, The Rituals – Write unto Us, The Law!”
I,34: But She said, “The Ordeals, I write not – The Rituals Shall BE half-known & half-concealed – The Law IS for ALL.
I,35: This, that Thou writest, IS The three-fold “Book Of Law”.
I,36: My scribe – Ankh-Af-Na-Khonsu – “The Priest Of The Princes”, Shall-not – in one letter – change this book. But, lest there be folly, He Shall comment there-upon by The Wisdom of Ra-Hoor-Khu-it.
I,37: Also, The Mantras and Spells – The Obeah and The Wanga – The wORk Of The Wand and The wORk Of The SwORd… These, He Shall learn and teach.
I,38: He MUST teach. But, He may make severe, The Ordeals.
I,39: The wORd of the Law IS: “θελημα” – “Thelema” – Theta-Epsilon-Lambda-Eta-Mu-Alpha.
I,40: Who calls Us “Thelemites” WILL do no wrong, if He look, but close, into the wORd. For there are, there-in, Three Grades: “The Hermit”, “The Lover”, “The Man Of Earth”… “Do What Thou Wilt Shall BE The Whole Of The Law”.
I,41: The wORd of Sin IS “Restriction”. O’ Man! Refuse-not Thy Wife, if She WILL! O’ Lover, if Thou Wilt, depart! There IS no bond that can Unite The Divided, but Love: All else IS a curse. Accursed! Accursed Be it to The Aeons! Hell.
I,42: Let it BE that state of Many-hood, bound & loathing. So with Thy ALL; Thou hast no Right, but to “Do Thy WILL”.
I,43: Do that, and no other Shall say “nay”.
I,44: For, Pure WILL, un-assuaged of Purpose – delivered from The Lust of Result – IS every-way Perfect.
I,45: “The Perfect” & “The Perfect”, are “One Perfect”, and not “Two”… Nay! Are “None”!
I,46: “Nothing” IS a Secret Key of this Law. “Sixty-One”, The Jews call it; I call it, “Eight”, “Eighty”, “Four-Hundred” & “Eighteen”.
I,47: But they have The Half: Unite by Thine Art – so that ALL disappear.
I,48: My Prophet IS a Fool, with his “One”, “One”, “One”; are not They, “The Ox”, and “None” by “The Book”?
I,49: Abrogate, are All Rituals – All Ordeals – All wORds & Signs. Ra-Hoor-Khuit hath taken His Seat in The East, at The Equinox Of The Gods. And, let Asar BE with Isa – who also are One. But They are not of Me. Let Asar BE The Adorant – Isa The Sufferer. Hoor, in His Secret Name & Splendour, IS The Lord, Initiating.
I,50: There IS a wORd to say about The Hierophantic task. Behold! There are Three Ordeals in One, and it may Be given in Three Ways. “The Gross” must pass through “Fire”; let “The Fine” Be tried in “Intellect”, and “The Lofty Chosen Ones” in “The Highest”. Thus, Ye have “Star & Star” – “System & System”… Let-not One know-well The Other!
I,51: There are Four Gates to One Palace. The Floor of that Palace IS of Silver & Gold; Lapis Lazuli & Jasper are there. And All rare scents: Jasmine & Rose, and The Emblems of Death. Let Him enter, in-turn or at-once, The Four Gates. Let Him stand on The Floor of The Palace. Will He not-sink? Amn. Ho! Warrior, if Thy Servant sink? But there are Means s & Means. Be Goodly, therefore. Dress Ye All in fine apparel – eat rich foods and drink sweet wines, and wines that foam! Also, take Your WILL and Fill of Love… As Ye WILL… When, Where, and With-Whom Ye WILL! But, always unto Me.
I,52: If this BE not-aright; if Ye con’found The Space-Marks – saying, “They Are One” – or saying, “They Are Many” – if The Ritual BE not-ever unto-Me… Then expect The Direful Judgments of Ra Hoor Khuit!
I,53: This, Shall regenerate The wORld. The Little wORld, My Sister – My Heart & My Tongue – unto Whom I send this kiss. Also, o’ Scribe & Prophet – though Thou BE of The Princes – It Shall not assuage Thee, nor absolve Thee. But Ecstasy BE Thine, and Joy of Earth… Ever To Me! To Me!
I,54: Change-not as much as the style of a letter… For be’hold! Thou, o’ Prophet, Shalt not-behold All these mysteries hidden there-in.
I,55: The Child of Thy Bowels – He Shall be’hold Them.
I,56: Expect Him, not, from The East – nor from The West. For, from No Expected House, Cometh That Child. Aum! ALL wORds are Sacred, and ALL Prophets True… Save only that They Comprehend & Know but a little. Solve the first half of The
Equation – leave The Second un-attacked. But, Thou Hast ALL – in The Clear Light… And some – though not ALL – in The Dark.
I,57: Invoke Me under My Stars! Love IS The Law – Love Under WILL. Nor, let The Fools mis’take Love. For, there are “Love & Love”. There IS The Dove, and there IS The Serpent. Choose Ye Well! He – My Prophet – Hath Chosen… Knowing The Law Of The fORtress, and The Great Mystery of The House Of God. ALL these old letters of My Book are aright – but…
…IS not The Star. This also IS Secret. My Prophet Shall re’veal it to The Wise.
I,58: I give un-imaginable Joys on Earth: Certainty – not Faith – while in Life – upon Death / Peace un-utterable – Rest – Ecstasy / nor do I de’mand Aught in Sacrifice.
I,59: My Incense IS of resinous woods & gums; and there IS no Blood there-in – Be’cause of My Hair, The Trees of Eternity.
I,60: My number IS, “11”, as All their numbers who are of Us. The Five-Pointed Star, with a Circle in The Middle, & The Circle IS Red. My colour IS Black, to The Blind. But The Blue & Gold are seen of The Seeing. Also, I have a Secret Glory for Them That Love Me.
I,61: But, to Love Me IS better than ALL Things. If, under The Night-Stars in The Desert, Thou presently burnest Mine Incense before Me – invoking Me with a Pure Heart, and The Serpent Flame there-in… Thou Shalt Come, a little, to lie in My Bosom. For One Kiss Wilt Thou then Be WILL’ing to give ALL. But, who-so gives One Particle of dust Shall lose ALL in that hour. Ye Shall gather goods and store of wo’Men and Spices – Ye Shall wear rich jewels – Ye Shall exceed The Nations of The Earth, in Splendour & Pride… But, always in The Love of Me… And, So Shall Ye Come To My Joy. I charge You, earnestly, to come before Me in a single robe, and covered with a rich headdress. I Love You! I Yearn to You! Pale OR Purple – Veiled OR Voluptuous… I, Who AM ALL Pleasure & Purple, and drunkenness of the inner-most Sense, Desire You. Put on The Wings, and arouse The Coiled Splendour With-in You… Come Unto Me!
I,62: At ALL My Meetings with You, Shall The Priestess Say – and Her Eyes Shall burn with desire as She stands bare and re’joicing in My Secret Temple… To Me! To Me! Calling-forth The Flame of The Hearts of ALL, in Her Love-Chant.
I,63: Sing The Rapturous Love-Song Unto Me! Burn, To Me, Perfumes! Wear, To Me, Jewels! Drink To Me, For I Love You! I Love You!
I,64: I AM The Blue-Lidded Daughter Of Sunset – I AM The Naked Brilliance Of The Voluptuous Night-Sky.
I,65: To me! To me!
I,66: The Manifestation Of Nuit IS At An End.