The general idea in the Book of the Law is that in one shape or another, the Matriarchal and Patriarchal Aeons behind our previous evolutionary periods are now combined or available to us both for wisdom and guidance. In this sense, they have bared a Child. But with that at our disposal, there is responsibility on our shoulders and blood on our hands. We must discard the habitual programming of the outdated Aeons as well.
It’s not hard to see how the pendulum of our spirits totters back and forth from the equalizing spirit of the Feminine to the domineering and fascist mind of the Masculine. The belief is that – once deeming the Spirit outside of humanity in the form of the Goddess, the Patriarchal forces then denied her this right and took it for their own. At first the guidance was necessary – but now has become decadent, the teachings skewed for political ends. Those that are religious – only believe the Spirit is outside of us – accessed through priesthood, dead dogmas and scriptures and misunderstood rituals. Any other idea would have put you in danger of being burned alive, out casted or hung a couple hundred years ago. The concept of “There is no god but man” in the Book of the Law for me, is not atheistic certainty but realization that our existence is interdependent the subjective awareness of the human being and the objective experience of reality.
This ties into the Hermetic law of “As Above, So Below.” You are what you think. What we perceive to be true eventually comes true. What is cast from the imaginary, creative realms of the mind can and will manifest into material reality. This is a secret of Magick and a gift from above to human beings – something that differentiates us from animals.
The mother and father copulate and thus is born the Child. This also is explored in the Book of the Law. The Goddess Nuit, eternal queen of the Night sky – eager and ready to embrace anyone willing to dissolve their single point of awareness into her teeming void. Hadit – that inward focal point of consciousness in the teeming void of the Universe, seeking its own liberation and upward thrust outwards – that serpent of Light and life force. Their Child is the spiritual formula of our Age. The Child is the symbol that God and Goddess is no longer outside of us – that God is no longer accessed through a priest, dead scriptures or dogmas. God is in us, of us, always.
The Child of Innocence and Ignorance
Crowley taught that human kind at this point is childlike. We have “lost the battle” in a lot of ways, ripped from the natural order and sunken into the comfort of materialism and the easy life – led by industrial progress. We no longer believe we can govern ourselves – we rely on the machine-like order of government, police and surveillance to act on our behalf. In reality they do nothing but senselessly lock up individuals, kill them, and take away more of our liberties and censor us – we believe it is for our own good.
Our spirit is child-like in the sense that it is always grasping and needing and wanting. We need distractions and ownership. Materialism and ownership runs rampant. We all have a gaping void inside our hearts from trauma of loss. Because of our inability to access the ancestral spiritual guidance which were available to earlier periods of humanity as well as a rampantly manipulative market which advertises you aren’t complete without its product or its truth – we buy, buy, buy. But this owning of “things” is also reflective in the possessive and love / hate relationships many people experience with significant others, or the puffed up sense of control one gets lost in with the career title or occult knowledge.
This is the Child of Horus – who is symbolized as a young boy with his finger to his mouth. The god of silence.
The void can never be filled. Not with the possession of beliefs, another person or things. But it is only through the void that we can define our purpose in life – that “thing” we set off to accomplish. Our higher goal, our higher selves.
The Spirit of Horus in our Age of darkness is simultaneously child-like in innocence, wrathful in vengeance and war-like in purpose – sending off to die our personal obstacles, weaknesses and distorted beliefs – for the sake of the development of relationship to our True Selves and accomplishment of our purpose in this life.