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Night Sky Of Blue And Gold

Surrounded By Nuit The Creator
 
 
 
My incense is of resinous woods & gums; and there is no blood therein: because of my hair the trees of Eternity. My number is 11, as all their numbers who are of us. The Five Pointed Star, with a Circle in the Middle, & the circle is Red. My colour is black to the blind, but the blue & gold are seen of the seeing. Also I have a secret glory for them that love me." Liber al vel Legis 1:59-60
 
The great love poem of the creator, Nuit, continues with these beautiful verses, connecting her to the magnificent natural things surrounding us.
 
Her perfume, or incense, is of the forest . . . the resinous woods and smells of the gums, or natural life flow of the plants and trees as it flows.
 
Anyone who has ever walked into a lumber-yard, or been around a logging operation in the forest, knows that smell. It is an intense and naturally pleasant perfume emitted from fallen trees. (It is with bitter irony, however, that I declare that I find no beauty in the ravaging of a forest.)
 
"And there is no blood therein: because of my hair the trees of Eternity." Nuit is all of nature, but she is not any one part of her creation, thus while she is a conscious, living energy, she is eternal. No blood flows through her veins as it does through humans, the animals and the trees of her creation. 
 
Her hair is "the trees of Eternity." She exists forever.
 
"My number is 11, as all their numbers who are of us." This number, as all of the numbers connected with Nuit, could have a variety of messages.
 
In the Tarot, the number 11 is the Lust card. It represents courage, strength and energy. Also control of the life force and great love. On the card is a picture of a woman riding a satyr. She has given herself to the forces of life. She holds the cup, representing the impregnated womb. The giver of life.
 
The number 11 also represents the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet which is alpha spelled "ox," or 111. Thus we find ourselves following the same circle of numeric understanding explained in our study of Verse 48.
 
The next sentence stands alone. Nuit simply states: "The Five Pointed Star, with a Circle in the Middle, & the circle is Red." It implies that this symbol also represents those "who are of us," but this is not clear.
 
Clearly the five-pointed star and circle is a significant symbol in occult circles. It is alpha, or the letter A linked in five different positions. Thus it is distinctly the symbol of 11, alpha, or air, pointing in all directions and beautifully representative of Nuit. She is all things and she is everywhere. 
 
The Gnostics see the pentagram as a symbol of the micro cosmos. They see the human body constructed on the basis of the five points of the star, with five members, five senses and five figures. For them the pentagram has always been a symbol of magick.
 
The Wicca invert the pentagram, with one point up. They believe the upper point represents the Spirit. The other points represent the elements; Air, Fire, Water and Earth.
 
The Christians, however, call the inverted pentagram a hexagram, and consider it an evil symbol of Satanic power. Of course, Anton LaVey, when he founded his Church of Satan in the 1960s, used the inverted pentagram on a circular field, with a goat's head superimposed over it, as a symbol of his church.
 
All of this is foolish misinterpretation of a sacred symbol. It is just one more misleading obstacle, an angelic way of imprinting false information into the mind and blocking the human spirit from its natural development.
 
Nuit continues: "My colour is black to the blind, but the blue & gold are seen of the seeing." Aleister Crowley said he believes this is a perfect description of the night sky. Those who go through life not appreciative of Nuit's creation, consider the night sky a black pall over their heads. But to those of us who know her, Nuit appears to us as a deep blue protective cover, sprinkled with the golden lights from the billions of stars that comprise all that she is.
 
For those of us who understand this, Nuit promises "a secret glory for them that love me."
 
Copyright - James Donahue
 

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