The Sexual Duality Of The Universe
"Had! The manifestation of Nuit."
In its first sentence, the magickal Book of the Law, or Aleister Crowley's great Liber Al vel Legis,
suggests a sexual duality in the universe. This will be shocking news to the slaves of religious systems that teach male dominance
and project the figure of a single masculine God.
Nuit, the feminine side of the great intelligence we recognize as creation, states in verse 21:
"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."
She goes on to say in Verse 22: "I am Infinite Space, and the Infinite Stars
thereof . . ."
Hadit identifies himself in Chapter 2, Verses 2-4: "I, Hadit, am the complement
of Nu, my bride. I am not extended, and Khabs is the name of my House. In the sphere I am everwhere the centre, as she, the
circumference, is nowhere found. Yet she shall be known & I never."
Crowley, in his comments in The Law Is For All, notes that: "Nuit is matter, Hadit is motion . .
. They are the Tao and Teh of Chinese philosophy. . . Our central truth--beyond other philosophies--is that these two infinities
cannot exist apart."
That life is the result of the union of these two energies is stated in the collection of declarations
by Nuit, all found in the first chapter:
"I am above you and in you. My ecstasy is in yours.
My joy is to see your joy
"They shall gather my children into their fold;
shall bring the glory of the stars into the hearts of men.
"And the sign shall be my ecstasy, the consciousness of the continuity of existence, the omnipresence of my body...
"For I am divided for love's sake, for the chance of union."
Contemporary author Robert Anton Wilson notes in his remarkable work, The Cosmic Trigger, that the
verses seem to support Timothy Leary's theory that higher intelligence is "divided." He wrote that Leary believed this intelligence
sends "DNA seed to fertilize every womb-planet in the galaxy, 'for the sake of union,'" and return of the children after they
have evolved into higher states of consciousness.
The entire sentence, "Had! The manifestation of Nuit," must be studied
along with the opening sentence in Chapter 2, which states: "Nu! The hiding of Hadit."
Thus we have the statement that Hadit is involved in the revealing of Nuit. And that Nuit is linked
to the hiding of Hadit. But what does this mean?
Crowley explains that "Nu conceals Had because He is everywhere in the Infinite, and She manifests
Him for the same reason . . . Every individual manifests the whole; and the whole conceals every individual.
The soul interprets the universe; and the universe veils the soul. Nature understands herself by becoming self-conscious in
her units; and the consciousness loses its sense of separateness by dissolution in Her."
In this statement we have an understanding of the reason for human existence. That we were created
so that our bicameral (two-part) brains could create a collective consciousness, or a warehouse of information assessable
to all living creatures, is a way for nature, or the intelligence that we call God, to be conscious of itself.
That we were created with dual parts; two halves of the brain, two eyes, two ears, two arms, two
legs, should be a constant reminder that the universe looks upon life in a dual way. Why should it be a surprise that the
universe portrays itself as both male and female?
Nearly all of nature shows itself to us in twos. Most animals are either male or female. Like us,
they have two eyes, two ears, two wings, two front and two hind quarters. And like humans, it takes a union of both male and
female to produce offspring.
Nuit identifies herself as the numbers six and fifty. She instructs us in verse 25: "Divide,
add, multiply and understand."
Thus we are presented one of the many mysteries within the Book of the Law. Crowley attempted to
follow these instructions and concluded that his descriptions were not reaching the bottom of this puzzle.
Crowley began by adding the numbers to reach 56. Then he divided 50 by 6 to get 0.12. He concluded
that the "0" represented Nuit, or the circumference of the universe. The period "." was representative of Hadit. The meaning
of the number 12 is more difficult to grasp. Crowley broke the numbers down to "1," saying he thought it represented Unity
proceeding, or Ra-Hoor-Khuit; and "2" appearing as the Coptic H, representing the Arabic figure 2, representing the Breath
of Life and Human Consciousness.
"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!"
If you simply add the numbers 5 and 6 you get 11, a powerful number in occult circles.
In Chapter 2, Hadit explains:
"For I am perfect, being Not; and my number is nine by the fools; but with the
just I am eight, and one in eight: Which is vital, for I am none indeed. The Empress and the King are not of me; for
there is a further secret. I am the Empress & the Hierophant. Thus eleven, as my bride is eleven."
Understanding the full extent of either Nuit or Hadit is like coming to a complete understanding
of God. It may not be possible for mere mortals. Only through turning on both hemispheres of our brains can we hope to get