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The Hierophant

The Beast Will Rise Among Prophets
"Expect him not from the East, nor from the West; for from no expected house cometh that child. Aum! All words are sacred and all prophets true; save only that they understand a little; solve the first half of the equation, leave the second unattacked. But thou hast all in the clear light, and some, though not all, in the dark." Liber al vel Legis 1:56
The verse reminds us of an Old Testament record of ancient prophecies proclaiming the future arrival of a very important person . . . the Christians believe it was Jesus Christ.
As Nuit speaks to us in this verse, we ask what child is this who comes "from no expected house?" The verse follows verses 54 and 55 in which the scribe, Aleister Crowley was instructed to preserve every dot and tittle within the writings of the Book of the Law for "the child of my bowels" to behold. She continues in Verse 56 to speak of this child, the predicted Beast that will save the Earth from destruction by ruthless corporate rulers and misguided, religion-bound slaves.
Like the legendary Jesus story, the Beast will come into the world from a very unexpected house. He is not to be expected from the East where billions fall in worship under Buddhism and Hinduism. He will not emerge from the Western Religions predominated by Christian and Moslem believers. He will not emerge from wealth. His origins will remain a mystery.
This first sentence is followed by the strange word "Aum!" with an exclamation mark, suggesting an emotional outburst. Since this is a word unknown to the English dictionary, we can only guess at its meaning. Crowley suggested that it was her way of saying the Latin "amen," or "this is true." My own feeling is that it is an expression of laughter, as if the hiding of the Beast is, to her, a joke upon the world. Remember that she used a similar expression, "Amn," followed by "Ho!" in Verse 51, when considering the possibility of the Hierophant, or Beast, sinking into the floor of the palace (or the world) after making his entrance.
Also parallel with the Old Testament Jesus story, Nuit suggests that the arrival of the Beast will be predicted and foretold by many prophets, both of old and from contemporary times: "All words are sacred and all prophets true; save only that they understand a little . . . "
While the psychics (prophets) see him, they don't understand what they are looking at. But she says this is the way it should be. "Solve the first half of the equation, leave the second unattacked."
The word unattacked is important. The first half of the equation, or puzzle, is that the Beast is coming to do his work. Since we are at a critical moment in history when humanity is nearly at a point of destroying the planet and itself as well, it might be suggested that the Beast is already here, and already at work. But if this is true, Nuit makes him invisible even to the prophets. And she warns not to "attack" this subject. He must be protected until the right moment.
"But thou hast all in the clear light, and some, though not all, in the dark," the verse concludes. Even though we see everything in a clear light, some of the truth of what we are looking at remains invisible. We see, but we do not see.
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