Liber DCLXXI vel Pyramidos


The Building of the Pyramid

The Magus at altar with Wand. On the Altar are Incense, Fire, Bread, Wine, the Chain, the Scourge, the Dagger, and the Oil. In his left hand he taketh the Bell.

Two strokes on the bell. Face SW for Asi and NW for Hoor-Apep, ringing the bell once after each name. Begin the Banishing Spiral Dance (to the right) at the word "Let".

Hail, Asi! Hail, Hoor-Apep! Let
The Silence Speech beget!
The Words against the Son of Night
Tahuti speaketh in the Light.
Knowledge and Power, twin warriors, shake
The Invisible; they roll asunder
The darkness; matter shines; a snake.
Sebek is smitten by the thunder —
The Light breaks forth from under!

He goes to the West, in the centre of the base of the triangle of Thoth (aleph), Asi (mem) and Hoor (shin).

O Thou, the Apex of the Plane
With Ibis head and Phoenix Wand
And Wings of Night! Whose serpents strain
Their bodies, bounding the beyond.
Thou in the Light and in the Night
Art one, above their moving might!

He lays the Wand upon the Altar. He scourges the buttocks, cuts cross on the heart[1] and binds chain round forehead, saying:

The Lustral Water! Smite thy flood
Through me — lymph, marrow, and blood!
The Scourge, the Dagger, and the Chain
Cleanse body, breast and brain!

He oils the three centres, saying:

The Fire informing! Let the oil
Balance, assain, assoil.

Invoking spiral dance (to the left).

So Life from Death takes fire, and runs
Whirling amid the Suns!
Hail, Asi! Pace the Path, bind on
The girdle of the Starry One!

Stops in W, facing E. Makes sign of Enterer while saying:

Homage to Thee, Lord of the Word!

Lord of the Silence, sink the Sword
And Wand, that through all heaven be heard
That "We adore the Lord"

Makes sign of Silence after saying:

Lord of the Silence, Homage to Thee!

Repeat both signs at the appropriate word

Lord, we adore Thee, still and stirred
Beyond Infinity.

Vibrate the Secret Word M....M (            ).[2]

For from the Silence of the Wand
Unto the speaking of the Sword
And back again to the Beyond,
This is the toil and the reward,
This is the Path of HVA; — Ho!
This is the Path of ΙΑΩ.

Bell, addressing SW

Hail, Asi! Hail, thou wanded Wheel!
Alpha and Delta kissed and came
For Five that feed the Flame.

Bell, addressing NW

Hail, Hoor-Apep! thou Sword of Steel!
Alpha & Delta & Epsilon
Met in the shadow of the Pylon
And in Iota did proclaim
That tenfold core & crown of Flame.
Hail Hoor-Apep! unspoken Name!

(Thus is the Great Pyramid duly builded.)


[1] A rough scratch that leaves the sign + upon the breast; the intersection of the cross is pierced with the tip of the Dagger producing a drop of blood.

[2] This is a blind. "Yellow-Green" should not be there.

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