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AliceKnewIt wrote:Someone just told me that Rose went into trance and dictated the Book of the Law to Crowley. I was under the impression that she was not in the room at all, that Crowley heard the voice of Aiwass himself.
Now I am confused.
Thus it was, on April 8, 9, and 10, 1904, the three chapters of the Book of the Law were written down by Crowley. The method was as follows: Crowley would enter the temple a minute early, so as to seat himself--with a Swan fountain pen and an ample supply of typewriter paper--so as to be ready precisely at noontime. He was alone; Ouarda no longer served as a mediumistic intermediary. Now it was Crowley who would hear the voice of Aiwass. He described this voice as "a rich tenor or baritone" of "deep timbre, musical and expressive, its tones solemn, voluptuous, tender, fierce, or aught else as suited the moods of the message." Aiwass spoke without accent--it sounded to Crowley like a pure "English-in-itself."
Crowley, seated at a writing table which faced a southern wall, never spoke aloud during the sessions and never actually saw Aiwass. He heard the voice coming from behind him, seeming from a corner of the room. And yet Crowley experienced, during the three days, a vivid "visualization" of Aiwass within his own "imagination." In this visualization, Aiwass possessed "a body of 'fine matter,' or astral matter, transparent as a veil of gauze or a cloud of incense-smoke. He seemed to be a tall, dark man in his thirties, well-knit, active and strong, with the face of a savage king, and eyes veiled lest their gaze should destroy what they saw." The clothing of Aiwass vaguely suggested Assyrian or Persian, as opposed to Arab, dress. In sum, Crowley--at this time--took Aiwass to be an "astral" being or "angel" of an order such as he had encountered before in his magical practice.
AliceKnewIt wrote:Do you think that her later problems with alcohol had to do with not being able to handle her psychic abilities?
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