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The Thelemic Canon|
By Soror S.E.S.
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Chanting is a meditation on sound. It frees the mind in a way that some find provides a superior pathway to the inner self. Counting beads are provided to further displace the intellect and allow the fingers to keep track of the progress. The repetitive nature of the words adds to the enraptured state of the aspirant as the chant develops. The chant often takes on a life of its own with changes in speed, pitch, and volume. These changes should be allowed with no effort to control them. Body motions also occur spontaneously. Chanting in a group builds a stronger cone of power for most people than the practice done individually.
Our tradition has not fully explored this meditative medium. The Book of the Law offers myriad ideas for turning a phrase into a chant. Simple tunes can be utilized, or the leader can make up a monotonous melody, line at a time, with the group following. Thelemic creativity abounds. Perhaps some participants will be inspired to turn their imaginations toward building a body of original chant material, a single example being the chant below. This chant, the Thelemic Canon, is first explained as a solitary activity, then instructions are given for a group experience.
THE THELEMIC CANON is a chant, utilizing 120 counting beads. Canon (Kaph, Nun, Nun) enumerates to 120, symbolizing the aspiration unto Tiphareth, and encodes all pathways thereunto.
The beads are of 3 sizes: one very large bead, 9 medium size and 110 smallish beads. When choosing beads, remember that 120 beads of any appreciable size/weight are heavy. Your author learned the hard way that cubical crystal beads are a very weighty subject!
The beads are strung with the largest bead first followed by 11 small beads. *One medium size bead, 11 small ones*. Repeat from * to * until the beads are strung.
Sit in your most comfortable meditation posture. Establish inner quiet in your own way. Visualize yourself standing in a desert setting in ancient Egypt. Across from you see a humanoid figure with a hawk head seated on a cubicle throne. Between you see a lotus stand. Above the lotus stand place a globe, and see wings protrude from the globe and extend to points over the heads of the seated figure and you. See Nuit stand behind the throne, bend her lovely body over the winged globe and place her hands on the ground just behind where you are standing.
Walk up to the lotus stand and remove the jewel from within. Notice its lustrous, soft glow. Place the jewel in your heart center.
Picture the entire scene bathed in brilliant white light. Turn your appreciation toward the Architect of the Universe, the single, generative force (Kether).
Start with a small bead on one side of the largest bead. For each small bead chant, "Love is the law, love under will." Put the emphasis on the word "will." At each medium size bead, chant, "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." At the end of the entire "round," when you encounter the largest bead, chant, "There is no law beyond do what thou wilt." Allow the chant on the small beads to evolve into a drone with essentially no space between one "Love is the law..." and the next. All the visualizations are given aloud by the leader. All join on the sets of 11 "Love is the law, love under will" recitations. The leader alone intones, "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law," and, "There is no law beyond do what thou wilt." The drone becomes more effective with combined voices.
Take your jewel out and notice how much brighter it shines. Put it back in your heart center.
Picture the scene now in golden light (Tiphareth). Turn your appreciation to the love your own Holy Guardian Angel feels for you. Allow that love to permeate your whole being.
Repeat the chant, changing only the emphasis to the second word "love."
Again take out your jewel. It has taken on a brilliance it did not have before. Put it back in your heart center.
Picture now the scene bathed in violet light (Yesod). Turn your appreciation to the solid foundation provided all Thelemites by Liber AL vel Legis.
Repeat the chant, changing only the emphasis to the word "law."
Again take out your jewel. It has taken on an even greater glory than it had before. Put it back in your heart center.
Turn your appreciation now to all of manifestation (Malkuth). Take the charge you have built in yourself by taking from the previous three 'rounds' and send it out to any part, or all, of the manifest Universe. This is an excellent opportunity to do healing.
Repeat the chant, changing only the emphasis to the first word "love."
Once again take out your jewel. Notice that it has lost none of its luster from the last round. In fact, it shines forth with greater splendor than it did before. Put it back in your heart center.
Finally, visualize Nuit returning her star-studded body to the night sky, leaving a Radiance of Love in her wake. Then see the wings of Hadit retract into the globe. As he hurls himself into infinite Space, sense the Infusion of Wisdom he has left as a gift. Then watch as Ra-Hoor-Khuit stands, turns his head so that one eye stares directly at you and empowers you with new Strength and Resolve. Watch him stride off toward the horizon.
Put your attention now on your own body. Remember that it is made up of very fast moving molecules. In your mind's eye, see the spaces between the molecules. Imagine a gentle breeze blowing between the spaces. Concentrate more on the spaces until it seems perfectly natural that the breeze would blow away the remaining bits of manifest matter. Allow your body to completely dissolve into space.
There is now nothing left but the shining jewel. Appreciate its dazzling beauty. Very slowly allow it to fold in upon itself. See the light becoming dimmer as one by one its facets are turned inward. Continue until the light is extinguished and only a dot remains. Let the dot disappear. Remain in the Silence.
NOTE: When done in a group all the visualizations are given aloud by the leader. All join on the sets of 11 "Love is the law, love under will" recitations. The leader alone intones, "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law," and, "There is no law beyond do what thou wilt." The drone becomes more effective with combined voices.
Love is the law, love under will.
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