The canon of the Holy Books of Thelema provides an entirely new source of Gnosis that more than rivals and contemporizes the ancient Gnostic codices.  In particular, the beauty of verse in Liber VII, also called Liber Liberi vel Lapidus Lazuli even rivals and overcomes the beauty of verse in the Psalms of David.  In this sermon, we provide a brief introduction to this holy book and hope to inspire our congregation to pursue a deeper reading of this marvelously spirited work.

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  1. Sermon Notes
    Liber VII

    Israel Regardie says this is more beautiful than the Psalms of David

    Pan – The All-Father; Guardian of the Abyss
    Pangenetor/Panphage (Choronzon)
    Pan is the one god that won’t go away.

    Cap 1
    With the appetite, the scribe, Beast hunts God through the Universe.
    The scribe is likened to Pan.
    Pan as Goat is the Beast.
    This would become a Satanic symbol; an attempt by Christendom to eliminate Pan.
    The scribe is likened to Pan; the Beast hunting the Divine to become noble or civilized; the aspiration of the scribe.
    God is the lover of the scribe & is symbolized as a nymph w/her white limbs stretched by a spring God is Goddess.
    By the waters of life, the scribe notes She is Pan.
    (Pan is Nuit; a Guardian of the Abyss).
    Later in the chapter, Pan is identified as a pillar of lightening; an archetype of God’s power.
    We are each a Tree-of-Life & a god.
    He is then adored as a satyr god.

    Cap 2
    The scribe compares God to a goat’s horn from Astor; gnarl’d, crooked & “devilish strong.”
    The male god is the Beast.
    Pan is then called “Marble Pan” wose “dark kisses” are said to be “bloody and stinking.”
    The blood (Red/Fire) is said to be like the sunset over the Aegean Sea, as the kisses are said to be liek sunlight on the blue Aegean (Blue/Water).

    Cap 3
    Bacchus stands in the midst of girls like a fawn; suggesting the nymph by the spring in Cap. 1
    A blood red rose appears on a rood of glowing gold; reminiscent of Pan’s kisses (Rose Cross).
    The scribe then, wanders in the “grey land of desolation;” sugesting the Abyss or City of the Pyramids.
    The scribe suggests he was begotten of od upon a marble statue; reminiscent of “marbel pan” in Cap. 2 (spirit infused into matter).

    Cap 4
    The scribe notes that God wounded him w/his spear; suggesting the lightening bolts from Cap. 1 (Putting the Spirit into matter).
    And God set his lips to the wound; suggesting the kisses of Cap. 2, and sucked out a million eggs (self-replicating humans).
    The scribe notes that God has a desolate soul; e.g. Pan in the Abyss.
    Also, God is NOT.

    Cap 5
    The God is said to be “a strangecarlet bird with a bill of gold.” (compare to Cap. 3)
    The Rose Cross is transformed into HORUS.
    The scribe cries out: “O God of mine, Thou art like a little white goat with lightening in his horns!”
    The lightening moves from hor to hooves, yet the horns strike at the world.
    The scribe declares: “First falls the silly world, the world of the old grey land.”
    The world is silly, as the Abyss is not really a world, & the City of the Pyramids is a tomb.
    The Abyss/Da’ath is transgressed & the Ruach is generated.
    A short while later: “There is the Hear of Blood, a pyramid reaching its apex down behond the Wrong of the beginning.” (cf. LXV Cap. 2)

    Cap 6
    The scribe notes that a terrible disease seized the folk of the grey land & shortly later, he proclaims: “In our groves, in our cloistal cells, in our honecomb of happiness, let us drink, let us drink!”
    (cloistel cells: in our souls; City of the Pyrmaids)
    “It is the wine that tinges everyting with the true tincture of infallible gold.”
    (Blood of the Saints; it is the sacrament of living–the Blood is the life.)
    “Wail of ye folk of the grey land, for we have drunk your wine, and left ye the bitter dregs.”
    (The dust that passes throught the Abyss.)

    Cap 7
    “We understand the rapture of that shaken marble, torn by the throes of the crowned child, the golden rod of the golden God.”
    (The marble statue is shaken by the lightening that infuses the marbel w/spirit.)
    Cf. Marble Pan in Cap. 2, and the marble statue of Cap. 3
    “We know why all is hidden in the stone, within the coffin, within the mighty sepulchre…”
    18. “My God, I love Thee, O Thou goat with gilded horns!”
    (The noble Beast in a God.)
    29. “There shall be a sigil as of a vast black brooding ocean of death and the central blaze of darkness, radiating its night upon all.”
    (Sea of Binah)
    42. “In the silence of Things, in the Night of Forces, beyond the accursed domain of the Three, let us enjoy our love.” (To Be)
    (Da’ath, union of Chokmah & Binah.)
    52. “Therefore had I faith unto the end of all, yea, unto the end of all.”
    That faith that carries one over the Abyss.


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