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8 August (Fire) Liber LXV, 4:62-63

Postby Jim Eshelman » Mon Aug 08, 2011 4:57 am

62. At thy right hand a great lord and a comely; at thy left hand a woman clad in gossamer and gold and having the stars in her hair. Ye shall journey far into a land of pestilence and evil; ye shall encamp in the river of a foolish city forgotten; there shall ye meet with Me.
63. There will I make Mine habitation; as for bridal will I come bedecked and anointed; there shall the Consummation be accomplished.
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Re: 8 August (Fire) Liber LXV, 4:62-63

Postby RobertAllen » Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:31 am

62. At thy right hand a great lord and a comely; at thy left hand a woman clad in gossamer and gold and having the stars in her hair. Ye shall journey far into a land of pestilence and evil; ye shall encamp in the river of a foolish city forgotten; there shall ye meet with Me.

Part one describes a set of images, polar and complimentary. I can't really tell which binary and mutually dependent set of male/female ideas are being referenced: Babalon and the Beast by virtue of their status and beauty; Hod and Netzach by virtue of their being on the right and left hands; The tarot cards of The Emperor and The Star because of the switch made between them on the Tree of Life, and the imagery in the text; or even Nuit and Hadit, though it is rare to find such concrete images to represent these concepts—lady of the stars and lord would be appropriate terms in a very broad, general sense.

Part two seems to reverse engineer the previous days meditations, at least as I read the progression. I expect the whole second meeting theme is aimed at the place and time described here: far into a land of pestilence and evil...

63. There will I make Mine habitation; as for bridal will I come bedecked and anointed; there shall the Consummation be accomplished.

The best I can do is imagine this second coming as a sort of completion: even in the world of illusion we will find each other and the the truth will not be obscured—not just in the heaven realm of the supernals. This is a kind of Prometheus thought—bringing the fire of heaven down to the earth.

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Re: 8 August (Fire) Liber LXV, 4:62-63

Postby Jim Eshelman » Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:42 am

(I'm taking this morning to post some diary entries from the summer that never made it here.)

Jim Eshelman wrote:62. At thy right hand a great lord and a comely; at thy left hand a woman clad in gossamer and gold and having the stars in her hair.

I hadn't consciously registered until this morning that this image affirms the p.o.v. of the Adept rather than the Angel - Chokmah on one's left and Binah on one's right is the oriention of looking up the Tree, advancing toward the Supernals wherein the Adept is told (in the following sentence) that he will "meet with" the Angel.

Ye shall journey far into a land of pestilence and evil; ye shall encamp in the river of a foolish city forgotten; there shall ye meet with Me.

What marvelous and unusual symbolism for the journey far through Binah and toward Chokmah. (Through Liber LXV, Adonai as Yod is most consistently represented in Chokmah, primarily I think to put Him in polar juxtaposition to Binah.) The "foolish city forgotten," toward which a river leads. Wow.

There is much more in these verses, of course. I guess I had to sleep on the imagery for it to get fully conscious. As usual, for these verses in this particular Bhakti practice, it is the painted visual images that I find especially useful to act as catalyst to the meditation flow.
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