A Comment on Communications
From the Aeon of Maat
published in "Cincinnati Journal of Ceremonial Magick"
Volume I, Number 2, 1977
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This commentary cannot be completely satisfactory to all. A certain
level of background knowledge is assumed; it is inevitable that some
will see a belaboring of the obvious, while others will find a great
deal of it incomprehensible. To the former, I pray patience; to the
latter, I recommend an intensification of study. It will refer to the
text according to concepts, although the main referents are sections
and paragraphs. To begin:
1. "By the same mouth" is the first statement of the formula of the
Word of the Book. The speech and reception of nectar, creation and
destruction, the cycle of Brahma - are conducted by the same mouth.
"Mother of the Sun" - Maat is the Upper Air, wherein rides the Solar
Barge of Ra. "Counterweight of the Heart" - the feather is in one pan,
the heart of the dead is in the other pan of the scales of Anubis,
judge of the dead in the court of Osiris.
2. The "nine gates" are the eyes, ears, nostrils, mouth, anus,
genitals. The senses and organs of eating, elimination, copulation, and
excretion, are one, in that they are the interface between "self" and
3. 2= 0. The Alchemical formula of Heru produces a Superconsciousness,
the Zero. The Black Flame, a contradiction in terms, is the Zen reality
that moves Hadit (the observer-point) from Hod to Da'ath, outside the
Tree. Pra-NU is Prana, Prakriti and Nuit - the Universe expressed as
breath, matter and stars - in short, the Creating Act of Brahma.
Title - "She-That-Moves". Presented as neuter-female motion, Maat's
balance is dynamic, not static. She remains upright because of motion.
4. This refers to the Isis-Osiris-Horus legend. As the Aeons progress,
the Magickian has at his disposal the formulae from previous times in
addition to the working formulae of his own incarnation-period.
5. The "promised land of milk and honey" is the outer reference; in
addition, the Hindu "Ocean of Milk" or primeval matter, is refered
to. The Gynander is the female emphatic of Androgyne. Magickally
speaking, there is no difference.
6. The lord of Parts, Osiris, was installed as King of the Dead by his
son, Horus, who is the Bird (Hawk) referred to herein. The Beast is
Therion, who superseded the Aeon of Osiris with the Aeon of Horus by
the writing of Liber Al.
The Kingdom of the Sun is the territory of the Crowned and Conquering
The Eternal Child is Lao Tzu, and his way is the Tao.
Since an AEon supposedly endures for two thousand years, the Voice
naturally questions the presence of Maat in the AEon of Heru, which is
only seventy years old.
Her reply indicates that there is no hard-and-fast distinction between
these two AEons - that Maat is Heru's vehicle, both as Feather (truth)
and Air (prana/life). The course of the ages is well-established by
The triple Veils of Maat are the forms of lsis, Nuit, and
BABALON - different aspects assumed according to circumstance.
Maat is lady of space and time - Prakriti Herself. None can fix limits
to her manifestation, since She is the totality of manifestation. The
mouth is her instrument - inhalation, exhalation, breath and speech.
THE WORD OF FLIGHT
Gods are not do-ers, but be-ers and go-ers. Balance is maintained by
onward motion, such as the balance of the bicyclist, the airplane or
the gyroscope. Hesitation, cowardice, indolence, distraction, or
diverted direction all lead immediately to the Abyss and a plunge
The brake - the fatal flaw of god-consciousness - is the Egoself. Gods
doubt not their powers, nor pride themselves upon their virtues. When
Ego transforms into pure forward motion, motion without object or
subject, then has the Magickian become a god. When motion is
transcended, the Magickian no longer exists, is nothing.
1&2. The bird-images are according to the Tree of life as follows:
The Swan is Kether, as it is a glyph of Aum. The Heron as Chokmah is
a symbol of ancient and paternal Wisdom. The Owl denotes Binah, being a
bird of night and darkness. Also the connection with Athena is implied,
the stern patroness.
The Raven is the bird of Odin, assisting his rulership in Chesed. The
Cockerel is a symbol of the warlike nature of Ceburah, in terms of
duel-to-the-death cockfights. The Hawk, Heru, is Tifhereth.
The Peacock is Venus' bird, the singular image for Netzach. The
Hummingbird is a type of Mercurial swiftness for Hod. The Loon cries at
dusk, and is a dreamlike, haunting factor of Yesod.
The Eagle represents Malkuth in Alchemical workings. In union with the
Lion, she resolves Malkuth again into Kether. The Ibis of the Abyss is
Thoth, giver of Knowledge to Man, and representing the non-Sephora
3&4. The one who snares is the Ego-self. Whether it be the Ego of
another or the Ego of the self, the leaden results are the same. One
cannot fly as long as one is bound to an identity. The balance of
Anubis determines the purity of the heart-the heart versus the feather
on the scales. Anything weighing more than Maat. Truth itself, cannot
progress nor cross the Abyss.
5. None can restrict the Magickian save himself.
6. The form of the Black Flame, while having overtones of Binah, is the
image of the Ain Soph Auer. Black is not, in this case, the absence of
light, but the cancellation of it. The radiance and absorption is so
finely balanced that the Astral vision percieves black as the color of
the Flame. This is limitless light because its operative ecology
constantly recycles all radiance without energy-loss. Matter/energy
can only be changed, not anihilated.
7. This is the chart of the flow of the ninety-three Current. Maat
here declares Herself to be the Current itself - and so She is, in the
highest form of Prana. The Andromeda Galaxy is the proximate
large-scale focus of the Current: Sirius and So] are the small-scale
foci. The Current's generating origins are not yet stated.
8&9. This is a recapitulation of the godforms of the AEon of Heru.
"Passing beyond" indicates the level of consciousness wherein the
Magickian transcends the practice of Magick. When one ceases to exist,
there is no possibility of "doing" anything. The veil of the
"existence" of the Magickian is but an earthing-vehicle for the
Current. Ritual may still be performed, but there is no-one performing
it; it simply happens.
10-12. Chthonos is matter-energy. Ychronos is time. Together they
constitute the space-time continuum, and are reciprocals. The works of
Albert Einstein are perhaps the best reference to the nature of this
relationship; the Magickian will find himself using these supraelements
before completely comprehending the theories. They are not
necessarily amenable to an intellectual approach.
13.- The remainder of this section is self-explanatory in the light of
current historical trends of sexual equality.
THE SHOWING OF THE IMAGE
The consciousness of the human race is moving toward the state which
will signal the advent of the AEon of Maat. This is a type of
Gestalt-Persona, wherein the individuals will share, in addition to
their unique consciousnesses, a planet-wide awareness and empathy of
being Man. The long-dreamed-of Utopia of the race will manifest soon.
There does already exist small instances of this group-consciousness.
The gestalts are not yet stabilized in the Kingdom as of this writing.
but those working with the Current 93 in proper fashion will have
experienced the Gestalt.
The vulture-image is shown to demonstrate the proportionate nature of
Death in this consciousness. The lovers of Fire are the Parsees,
descendants of the ancient Zoroastrians.
THE GIVING OF THE WORD
1-8. Again, a recapitulation of what exists.
9-10. The reality of the Abyss, the "crossing" of which is a
prerequisite of Maat-consciousness, is more textured than the term
would imply. Only through the persistent exercise of the total
individual Will, can the Abyss be transcended; the illusion of Ego is
constantly being regenerated by the play of Nuit. The initial leap of
accepting one's individual non-existence must be followed by continuous
acts of death; only when the acceptance becomes an habitual mode of
awareness at all times in the waking consciousness can one begin
operating in terms of Maat.
11. In operating from the dynamic equipose of Maat, the Magickian
achieves mastery of the Compieat Transmutation. He wills the generation
of any Ego-mask needed for the Great Work, and employs it with
consummate artistry. Only the purely ego-less may achieve the fullness
of Maat; and only those firmly centered in Maat may use this technique
of Ego-generation safely and successfully.
The ordinary human consciousness needs familiar appearances in another
with which to relate and interact. Therefore, the Magickian becomes the
needed person at the proper place and time for those the Current
directs his way.
The Dance of the Mask begins with the invocation of a suitable godform.
From the godform is taken the essence of the Mask, which is then
methodically brought down the Tree via each Sephora until it is
enriched and balanced with all the subtle nuances of a
"Nature-generated" personality. It is then earthed in the Kingdom
through action, social intercourse, and acceptance by other "Natural"
Herein lies the danger: the play of Nuit (or the veils of Maya) are so
subtle, persuasive and convincing, that a moment's lapse of control
renders the Mask a "reality." Then, the process of Ego-death must begin
again... and with greater difficulty, for a perfectly-constructed
Ego is much stronger and resistant to destruction than a "Natural". The
greater the care and craftsmanship that went into its making, the
stronger is its will-to-live. Also, given the nature of the Race of Man,
the Ego-masks that are most effective in changing the consciousness of
the "Naturals" tend to lie in the extreme ranges of the illusion of
"good" and "evil".
An "evil" Ego-mask is easier to control and recall to non-existence,
generally speaking, for the subconscious pressures of the "Naturals"
acquainted with it tend to push it into oblivion ... except in
cases where the Magickian is working with "Naturals" who are of similar
predisposition. A "good" mask receives the subconscious support of
its Natural fellows, and thereby requires the utmost delicacy and
control on the part of the Magickian. It is advisable not to
undertake the Mask of a saint unless there is physical access to one's
12. A point is made here regarding the Mass of the Holy Ghost, as a
preparation for the further instructions regarding the Mass of Maat.
Indeed-the M.H.G. is most effectively performed by Magickians of equal
ability who share in the Gestalt. The Eagle, having contributed her
share of essence in the making of the Elixir, should participate in the
consuming of it - otherwise a serious energy-imbalance results. For the
Lion to be the only priest in this ritual is nothing more than psychic
13-15. Herein is the procedure of the Mass of Maat given. Begin with
the statement of Thelema. Banish, then meditate, using the Word of this
Book as mantra. This will bring to the conscious minds the reality of
bisexuality, regardless of physical form. The Lion becomes lunar, and
the Eagle is the active, Solar agent for the first part.
Maat is invoked. (551)
The lion (Air) concentrates prana in the two lower chakras as Eagle
(Feather) stimulates his Muladhara centre and receives the first
flowing of the Swadhishatana chakra.
Air rises on the planes. Feather, having received the Nectar, absorbs
it at the Anahata chakra and moves it through the Vishuda, Ajna,
Sahasrara (where it unites with the Current), down to the Bindu and
back through the Anahata. This is repeated, with increasing intensity
until the Prana "fountains up" through the Sahasrara and "rains" down
through the persona, wherein it collects in the inmost of the
triple-chambered-shrine. (The three chambers being vulva, vagina and
This pooled Prana is the combination of the initial Prana of Air and
the essences of the five upper chakras of Feather. Moreover, by the
circular process described above, it is in the utmost distillation, and
is the "gold" referred to in the text.
Feather awakens Air in the subtlest manner possible, again assuming the
active mode of Nu-Kali. Union follows-the outer release being
paralleled by the Pranic union of the Nectar of gold with lion-blood
Following this, Air becomes the Solar agent and Eagle is Lunar. "By
the same mouth" is the Elixir obtained and shared. Some may be left for
the charging of talismans, weapons, etc. The most effective mode is
in the Moon-time, wherein the added vibrations of chthonos-ychronos are
Thelema presently operates 2=0. The Mass of Maat uses this in the form
2+x=2/0 wherein the impossible manifests. It is a unisex working;
role-reversal is carried to the extent of physiological possibility
without resort to artificial implements.
The Elixir is not a simple Alchemical combination, but is a triplicity
(x=Maat) and, by extension, infinite. Dichotomy no longer applies.
Energy is now a vector-function of motion, generated by three
infinity-sources. Maat, priest and priestess are
hermaphrodite-gynanders. By extension and in varied format, the
Maat-working is valid for an individual or a group. The number and type
of physical vehicles makes no difference. The homosexual possibilities
IPSOS = "IPSE" + "OS" = "the same mouth."
Experience in its use has varied from the silent mantra-repetition to
full-voiced vibration of it. It has moved physical objects when used
aloud; in silence, it dissolves the self. It cannot be adequately
discussed, only experienced.
5. Herein is named the source of the magickal Current, first mentioned
as coming through Andromeda. "By the same mouth"...
Man is the source. Our children's children, unknown generations
hence, the true Magi of the AEon of Maat, are sending us the means of
They, masters of the space-time continuum, are aiding us to evolve. We
also are the children of ourselves. Each time we venture past-wards
into the Akasha, our presence effects a consciousness-change in those
we observe, especially ourselves in prior incarnations.
Past, present and future are but reference-points in the organic
development of the Race. Entropy is a constant, physically, and
consciousness-development is its reciprocal.
After we have achieved the race-consciousness, we shall join the
Comity of Stars. This is a marvellous Intelligence that has existed
from the beginning of this cycle, and shall endure to the end. The
youngest members are those planetary races that have achieved global
consciousness. There are those whom we see as stars ... plasma-beings
whose race-consciousness form the galaxies. There are the absorptive
ones whom we percieve as masses of interstellar dust and gas, such as
the Horsehead Nebula. There are those who are willed supernovae,
"quasars" neutron-stars, pulsars and "black holes". The ones who are
composed of contraterrene matter (reversed atomic charges) were the
origins of the concept of the Qlipoth, although their natures are most
These Brethren await our development patiently ... when all sentient
beings have achieved complete awareness, we unite, and transcend the
space/time continuum entirely. This is the essence of the
Boddhisattvic Vow. Those of us who have willed to take the
Vow are committed to the furthering of evolution toward this Unity.
At the Heat-Death of the Universe, Or the Night of Brahma, we will
again form the Ylem and allow creation to occur.
The reason for the Dance is the joy thereof ... that, and no more.
TAT TVAM ASI.
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law; love is the law,
love under will.
By the hand of Nema.