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The Hermit With Dogs

No Gods In Dogs
 
 
"Is a God to live in a dog? No! but the highest are of us. They shall rejoice, our chosen: who sorroweth is not of us. Beauty and strength, leaping laughter and delicious languor, force and fire, are of us. We have nothing with the outcast and the unfit: let them die in their misery. For they feel not. Compassion is the vice of kings: stamp down the wretched & the weak: this is the law of the strong: this is our law and the joy of the world. Think not, o king, upon that lie: That Thou Must Die: verily thou shalt not die, but live. Now let it be understood: If the body of the King dissolve, he shall remain in pure ecstasy for ever. Nuit! Hadit! Ra-Hoor-Khuit! The Sun, Strength & Sight, Light; these are for the servants of the Star & the Snake." Liber al vel Legis 2:19-21
 
During my examination of these verses, I sensed there might be a secret hidden in the reference to a God living in a dog. Throughout the occult circles, the dog, or the canine wolf seems to be linked only to misfortune and trouble. The symbol on Crowley's Tarot deck usually always refers to the influence of forces from below.
 
I understand the first sentence in Verse 19, then at face value. Hadit, like all (most) of humanity, looks upon the canine as a lowly animal that cannot rise to the status of godliness with his human master. Yet because it is a living creature, the canine is part of Nuit's universe, and Hadit, indeed, is the energy that makes it move.
 
Even though Hadit then exists within the dog, His question: "Is a God to live in a dog?" and followed by a sharp "No!" is to be considered an absurdity. It is an example of the differences between the stars, or humans that acknowledge Hadit's existence within them, and the humans who submit to enslavement and worship of false divinities.
 
This thought is reinforced by the following: "the highest are of us. They shall rejoice, our chosen: who sorroweth is not of us." When we recognize our own divinity, we know that we are truly stars. It is a life-changing understanding. Our role is one of rejoicing because Hadit refers to us as "our chosen."  Does this mean it was pre-determined that we would be what we are? Those who spend their lives steeped in sorrow, living under the umbrella of constant fear of sin, judgment, death and eternal damnation, are not stars. They have chosen to live among the dogs.
 
The joy of existence is acknowledged by the stars. "Beauty and strength, leaping laughter and delicious languor, force and fire, are of us."
 
As he did in Verse 18, Hadit calls for a separation by the stars from the rest of the world. He proclaims: "We have nothing with the outcast and the unfit: let them die in their misery. For they feel not."
 
More than this, the followers of Thelema are expected to be harsh about this separation. There is a spiritual war raging around us and we are expected to show no quarter. We have no pity for the cowering dog at our feet. "Compassion is the vice of kings: stamp down the wretched & the weak: this is the law of the strong: this is our law and the joy of the world."
 
More than kings on this planet, we are gods. The energy and light of Hadit burns in our hearts. Once we understand this, our concept of life is changed forever. Even if we are forced to live in human induced poverty, we are gods. That cannot be stolen.
 
Even death for us is of no concern: "Think not, o king, upon that lie: That Thou Must Die: verily thou shalt not die, but live." While we exist in this third dimensional world, we are expected to experience the joy of life and have the freedom to pursue our will. Our joy is expressed in fulfilling our assigned task, which is our will.
 
But what about physical death? Hadit promises that the religious generated fear is the biggest lie of them all. "If the body of the King dissolve, he shall remain in pure ecstasy for ever." Humans who have died on the operating table and then been brought back will tell you that the experience of being dead was very pleasant. A relative and good friend once told about drowning and then being resuscitated. He said he was experiencing so much joy in death, he resented being pulled back into his body.
 
The verse concludes: "The Sun, Strength & Sight, Light; these are for the servants of the Star & the Snake." The Sun, like the Earth, is a living force. It gives us heat and light and makes our planet habitable. The other gifts, strength, sight and light, enhance our existence both on physical and spiritual levels. The strength of Hadit, the sight, or understanding of knowing Hadit, and the knowledge of His light in us, are tools, or "servants" of not only the Star but the Snake.
 
What is the Snake? We shall examine this image in the next verse.
 
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