The Book of Lies, Chapter 69
It’s all in the egg.
Thou art to go this way.
The Way to Succeed—And the Way to Suck Eggs!
This is the Holy Hexagram.
Plunge from the height, O God, and interlock with
Plunge from the height, O Man, and interlock with
The Red Triangle is the descending tongue of grace;
the Blue Triangle is the ascending tongue of
This Interchange, the Double Gift of Tongues, the
Word of Double Power—ABRAHADABRA!—is
the sign of the GREAT WORK, for the GREAT
WORK is accomplished in Silence. And behold is
not that Word equal to Cheth, that is Cancer.
whose Sigil is ♋?
This Work also eats up itself, accomplishes its own
end, nourishes the worker, leaves no seed, is per-
fect in itself.
Little children, love one another!
The key to the understanding of this chapter is given
in the number and the title, the former being intelligible
to all nations who employ Arabic figures, the latter
only to experts in deciphering English puns.
The chapter alludes to Levi’s drawing of the Hexa-
gram, and is a criticism of, or improvement upon, it.
In the ordinary Hexagram, the Hexagram of nature,
the red triangle is upwards, like fire, and the blue
triangle downwards, like water. In the magical hexa-
gram this is revered; the descending red triangle is
that of Horus, a sign specially revealed by him per-
sonally, at the Equinox of the Gods. (It is the flame
desending upon the altar, and licking up the burnt
offering.) The blue triangle represents the aspiration,
since blue is the colour of devotion, and the triangle,
kinetically considered, is the symbol of directed force.
In the first three paragraphs this formation of the
hexagram is explained; it is a symbol of the mutual
separation of the Holy Guardian Angel and his client.
In the interlocking is indicated the completion of the
Paragraph 4 explains in slightly different language
what we have said above, and the scriptural image of
tongues is introduced.
In paragraph 5 the symbolism of tongues is further
developed. Abrahadabra is our primal example of an
interlocked word. We assume that the reader has
thoroughly studied that word in Liber D., etc. The
sigil of Cancer links up this symbolism with the number
of the chapter.
The remaining paragraphs continue the Gallic
The Book of Lies can be viewed here in its entirety.
According to Thelemapedia, the ritual of the Star Sapphire appears for the first time in chapter 36 of The Book of Lies. The rite is a Thelemic adaptation of the Golden Dawn’s Ritual of the Hexagram. Chapter 69 is a further commentary on Crowley’s interpretation of the Hexagram, and indicates that the rite is to center around mutual oral sex, 69, which resembles the sign of Cancer. Note the synchronistic implications for the current trials of the present author. The pun in the chapter title includes a reference to eggs, which have appeared again and again of late, and my increasing interest in the Rite of the Submerged Egg. Now, Crowley explains above that the symbol of the Hexagram, and therefore of the rite, is to facilitate contact between the Human and the Angel. This is also the purpose of the works being done by the present author. Note also the name of the rite, the Star Sapphire. Now, it was years ago that my Holy Guardian Angel made contact with me in the form of the dream character, who called “herself” Joan Blue (which I shall describe later). Blue is the color of the sapphire and, according to Crowley in this text, of devotion. But the reference becomes even more specific. I recently did a Yahoo search for the words “Joan Blue,” and found this tidbit.
[Joan Crawford] loved sapphires so much the press called them ‘Joan Blue.’ One of her favorite pieces was a bracelet set with three star sapphires of 73.15 carats, 63.61 carats, and 57.65 carats. She also received a 70-carat star sapphire engagement ring from her second husband. She also owned a 72-carat emerald cut sapphire which she often wore on the same finger! In the forties, Crawford added a 75-carat amethyst ring and a huge 100-carat citrine ring, both emerald-cut with a simple mounting.
So, because of Joan Crawford’s taste in jewelry, the press referred to sapphires as Joan Blue. Coincidence? I think not. The symbolism becomes even more profound when I recall one of my all-time favorite films, beloved since childhood: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford! The rabbit hole goes deep indeed, and goes all the way to Wonderland.
The formula of 69 also recalls the ouroboros, the serpent swallowing its own tail, a symbol of infinity and of return (the licking tongues of this sex act also suggest the snake). The snake has featured prominently in the current cosmic giggle. The snake comes from an egg. The snake casts off its own skin, thus we have a type of renewal and of the Qliphoth. The snake denotes the Kundalini, coiled at the base of the spine (also known as the fire snake), and the rising of which brings illumination and liberation. The snake is also a totem of the forces of chaos which existed before the beginning of the created universe, and which continue to underlie manifestation. The snake is a giver of knowledge (e.g. Lucifer/Lilith in the Garden of Eden), and is a term used by the Kabalist Nathan of Gaza to describe the “thoughtless lights” which opposed creation, and thus birthed the anti-worlds of the Qliphoth (he even used the phrase “faith of the serpents” in reference to this complex of ideas).
Also from Thelemapedia:
Harpocrates: The Egyptian God of Silence. Harpocrates is Greek for the Egyptian Hoor (or Heru) -paar (or par/pa) -kraat (or kraath) and means “Horus the Child.”
Hoor-paar-kraat is the silent god whose minister, Aiwass, communicated The Book of the Law to the Prophet Ankh-af-na-khonsu. In the New Comment, Harpocrates, the “Babe in the Egg of Blue“, is described as not only the God of Silence, but as the Higher Self, the Holy Guardian Angel. “The connexion is with the symbolism of the Dwarf in Mythology” (see Besz) and “the Serpent with the Lion’s Head.” “He contains everything in Himself, but is unmanifested.” In Columns XIX (‘Selection of Egyptian Gods’) and XX (‘Complete Practical Attribution of Egyptian Gods’), Harpocrates/ Heru-pa-Kraath are attributed to 0 or the “unmanifest”.
Madness is the outer veil of the Soul as it comes closer and closer in view of conscious awareness.