The Mystery of Aiwass
"Be thou Hadit, my secret center, my heart & my tongue!
Behold! It is revealed
by Aiwass the minister of Hoor-paar-Kraat." Liber al vel Legis 1:5
There were mysterious workings afoot the day in 1904 when Aleister Crowley received the words to
the Book of the Law in that private room in Cairo, Egypt.
In the fifth line, the narrator that identifies herself as Nuit, the female half of universal intelligence,
asks Crowley to identify with Hadit, her male counterpart, so that he might understand the thoughts of her heart and
deliver them in her own tongue.
This implies that Crowley was asked at this point to submit his will to that of a visiting entity,
that the spirit, or power around him might virtually take over Crowley's mind and body, making his hand form the words that
became the scribbled text of the Book of the Law.
This entity is identified in the next verse as Aiwass, the minister of Hoor-paar-Kraat.
Thus we have a strange union among three distinct personalities; Nuit, who uses the first chapter
to identify herself and make a statement; Hadit, the male energy forming the heart and center of Nuit and thus is capable
of transferring Nuit's message; and the mystery messenger Aiwass who makes direct contact with Crowley. Aiwass may
have been allowed to "possess" Crowley for purposes of producing the book in its perfect form.
This amazing event went on for three consecutive days, April 8 through 10. Crowley was summoned
to a place where it was said he found a stele, or ancient ritual written in early Egyptian script. Crowley translated the
writing, performed the ritual, and raised Aiwass. Aiwass then dictated the book.
The text, which adepts believe inaugurated a new Aeon of Horus, was delivered to Crowley in three
one-hour meetings that occurred between noon and one-oclock.
It appears that Aiwass never left Crowley after this. The magician spent the rest of his life studying,
interpreting and teaching the principles prescribed by Aiwass and generating secret followers in preparation for the opening
of the new aeon.
But just who and what is Aiwass?
Nuit gives us a hint in verses 36 through 38: "My scribe Ankh-af-na-khonsu,
the priest of the princes, shall not in one letter change this book; but lest there be folly, he shall comment there upon
by the wisdom of Ra-Hoor-Khu-it. Also the mantras and spells; the obeah and the wanga; the work of the wand and the work of
the sword; these he shall learn and teach. He must teach; but he may make severe the ordeals."
The scribe, Aiwass, seems to have a second Egyptian name of Ankh-af-na-khonsu. We will be learning
more about this amazing person later on.
It is only through Crowley that we learn just about all we know about Aiwass. He indicates in his
book, The Equinox of the Gods, that he saw a physical form of Aiwass while receiving the words for The Book of the Law.
Crowley wrote: "The voice of Aiwass came apparently from over my left shoulder, from the furthest
corner of the roomthe voice was passionately poured, as if Aiwass were alert upon the time-limit. I had a strong impression
that the speaker was actually in the corner where he seemed to be, in a body transparent as a veil of gauze, or a cloud of
"He seemed to be a tall, dark man in his thirties, well-knit, active and strong, with the face of
a savage king, and eyes veiled lest their gaze should destroy what they saw. The dress was not Arab; it suggested Assyria
or Persia, but very vaguely. I took little note of it, for to me at that time Aiwass was an (angel) such as I had often seen
in visions, a being purely astral."
Aiwass identifies himself as the minister of Hoor-paar-Kraat, which Crowley identifies as the God
of Silence, Harpocrates, and the Babe in the Egg of Blue.
Aiwass to Crowley was many things, including his own Holy Guardian Angel. The Babe in the Egg of
Blue is identified as the concealed child Horus who will, in the end, rise and become the Crowned and Conquering Child before
beginning his two thousand year reign. This great world-changing event began in 1904 and was expected to be completed sometime
on or about the year 2000.
There is an interesting word play in the name Aiwass. As noted in an earlier account, the names
Nuit and Hadit are pronounced "knew it" and "had it" and Aiwass sounds like "I was." These are all suggestive of past glories
lost by the human race. Or possibly past identities.
The question then, is the Book of the Law a message for the Indigo Children, the "children of men?"
Copyright - James Donahue