Jim Eshelman wrote:(v. 186) 41. Establish at thy Kaaba a clerk-house: all must be done well and with business way.
(v. 187) 42. The ordeals thou shalt oversee thyself, save only the blind ones. Refuse none, but thou shalt know & destroy the traitors. I am Ra-Hoor-Khuit; and I am powerful to protect my servant. Success is thy proof: argue not; convert not; talk not overmuch! Them that seek to entrap thee, to overthrow thee, them attack without pity or quarter; & destroy them utterly. Swift as a trodden serpent turn and strike! Be thou yet deadlier than he! Drag down their souls to awful torment: laugh at their fear: spit upon them!
"The ordeals thou shalt oversee thyself, save only the blind ones."
I always read this as if Crowley were still alive. He's dead now! So what's up with that? Who oversees the ordeals now? Is this possibly a reference to the office of the Beast and not Crowley himself?
"Them that seek to entrap thee, to overthrow thee, them attack without pity or quarter, & destroy them utterly."
On the one hand, I think of the path of Tau, the significance of the "traitor," such as in Crowley's Eulecian (sp) mysteries, that endures a death. On the other hand, I wonder whether this refers to any other actions, such as severe discipline for supposed traitors (Motta style).
"Swift as a trodden serpent turn and strike!"
There's the "Don't tread on me" flag. But it seems that, esoterically, the possibility of violence is left open with this verse. Whether this refers to people under Crowley's wing in the literal sense, or complexes in the magical psychology, is another question. It chillingly seems to be in the context of instructions for running a magical order! Hopefully this means some esoteric restriction of the candidate and not the entire candidate himself!