The Symbolic Dimensions of the Gnostic Mass


The Symbolic and Mythic Dimensions of the Gnostic Mass

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.


Liber XV, most commonly known as the Gnostic Mass, is a rich and multi-layered ritual. The Mass has many dimensions, and the more of these perspectives that one sees, the more one can have a deeper appreciation of the ritual.  Sometimes individuals seem to get stuck in a single dimension and see, for example, only the dimension that the Mass is a ritual enactment of sex magick and a veiled form of the IX° O.T.O. supreme secret. This is certainly one dimension, but to only see one dimension forecloses on the possibility of seeing the many perspectives that will enrich one’s knowledge, experience, and appreciation of the Mass. Therefore, the purpose of this essay is to discuss certain important dimensions of the Gnostic Mass, although it will not (nor can it be) a completely exhaustive list.

For example: From the dimension of the Hermetic…

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Exploring Thelema and Chaos Magick, with Pete and Sef (Part 2)

The Blog of Baphomet

Dear Sef, it’s a pleasure to debate with you. I’m off to Wales for an extended Easter in cyberpurdah, so I’ll reply now rather than later. [This was received before Easter; we waited to publish it in order to allow the first essay in this series to be viewed and considered. NW]

My piece on Augoides arose from a series of experimental belief exercises in my youth when I attempted to reconcile my interpretations of Crowley and Austin Spare. In those days I had become excited by the idea of a singular personal quest. However with the passage of time I concluded that I had adopted the magician identity for its own sake as a sort of underlying theme to all the very many different things I fancied doing in this life. I could see the attraction of the ‘true will’ belief system even though it didn’t seem…

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How to Summon Ye Demon Aleister Crowley to Visible Appearance(Humor)

The Force Holocron

How to Summon Ye Demon Aleister Crowley to Visible Appearance

(A Rite for Father’s Day)

From an ancient Graeco-Eyptian Manuscript in the Egyptian National Museum.

Ye Banishing

Banish by showing a picture of Aleister Crowley to the eight directions, saying “Get Off My Cloud” at each space mark, and each time give the Middle Finger Salute to the direction. Or ye may wear a Crowley Mask during the banishing. This will scare away any non-Thelemic entities and entice Crowley to the Circle.

Ye Place of Working

In the middle of the circle should be a Crucifix, lots of beer (Crowley hated beer), and a copy of an A.E Waite book (Crowley liked Waite about as much as he liked beer). This will keep Crowley from invading the circle in his true form.

Ye Preliminary Insultation

The celebrants sit in the circle and consume beer, marijuana and other intoxicants, all the…

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The Way

consciousness of the continuity of existence

As celebrations for the Three Days of the Writing of the Book of the Law are commemorated, I give thanks to all of my teachers, past, present and future for their radiant light that they have shined upon the Way. The blessings of the guru are without doubt a precious gift, a manifold jewel.

ཧཱུྂ༔ ཨོ་རྒྱན་ཡུལ་གྱི་ནུབ་བྱང་མཚམས༔
hung orgyen yul gyi nubjang tsam
Hūṃ! In the north-west of the land of Oḍḍiyāṇa,

pema gesar dongpo la
In the heart of a lotus flower,

yatsen chok gi ngödrub nyé
Endowed with the most marvellous attainments,

pema jungné shyé su drak
You are renowned as the ‘Lotus Born’,

khor du khandro mangpö kor
Surrounded by many hosts of ḍākinīs.

khyé kyi jesu dak drub kyi
Following in your footsteps,

jingyi lab chir shek su sol
I pray to you: Come, inspire me with your…

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