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August 10, 2010

 


5.  Hadit within Nuit:

Every Man and Every Woman is a Star

“Each man’s ‘child’–consciousness is a star
in the cosmos of the sun, as the sun is a star in the cosmos of Nuit.” 

“Religious ecstasy is necessary to man’s soul.”

"I lost consciousness of everything but a universal space in which were innumerable bright points,
 and I realized this as a physical representation of the universe, in what I may call its essential structure. 
I exclaimed: “Nothingness, with twinkles!” ... “But what Twinkles!”  (Crowley, 1993, p.144) 

     Aleister Crowley is another major figure in modern western occultism.  Crowley was infamous for his life style and his views on such controversial subjects as sexuality, drugs and religion.  He called his system of ideas and practices magick to differentiate it from other traditions of western magic and occultism. 

    The most basic of Crowley’s writings is The Book of the Law (1993)–a short, poetic and symbolic manuscript which Crowley maintains was dictated to him during a period of enlightenment and revelation.  Initially, Crowley claimed that the author of the work was a “discarnate intelligence” named Aiwass; although he later maintained that Aiwass was his own Holy Guardian Angel or Higher Self.   In 1920, Crowley wrote The Law is for All (1993), an extended commentary on The Book of the Law, which analyzed and interpreted its poetic verses. 

     The Book of the Law elaborates upon the mysteries of Hadit and Nuit.  Hadit is an infinitely small and atomic point, which is omnipresent; while Nuit is infinite space, the root principle of creation which allows for the manifestation of Hadit.  The conjunction of Hadit and Nuit produces the tri-unity of Ra-Hoor-Khuit, itself a Unity, which is the foundation for all things.  The conjunction of Hadit within Nuit, the supernal point within cosmic space is the root for all manifestation.  As Crowley explains:  “It is cosmographically, the conception of the two ultimate ideas:  space and that which occupies space.”  (1993, p. 72)

  
Hadit and Nuit are identified with various dualities; the masculine and feminine principles, yang and yin, motion and matter, the star or point of light within the darkness and emptiness of space.  The term Nuit is French for night and suggests the darkness of a night sky, populated by stars, all manifestations of Hadit.

      “Every man and every woman is a star.”  (1990, p. xiv) The third stanza of the Book of the Law suggests that each individual is so comprised, in their magical nature, as a point of divine light–a star within cosmic space.  Hadit is the “nucleolus of any star-organism.”  (p.221)  Hadit, the star, exists within the infinite space of Nuit.  As in Blavatsky’s archaic teachings, the basic concepts are of an infinitesimal zero point source of light arising within a an Eternal Parent Space–that is, some form of infinite space or hyperspace.  In magick, the mystical conjunction of Hadit within Nuit is the basis for all conscious experience and universal manifestation.

   Crowley describes Nuit:  It is “that from which we have come, that to which we must return.” (p. 122)  It is the “hollow space” and “the Queen of Space.”  Nuit declares herself– “I am Infinite Space.”  (p. 46)  The Body of Nuit is that of the macrocosm and is symbolized by 0, zero.  Nuit is the “Great Mother” and “the Queen of the Stars.”  Crowley refers to the “womb of Nuit” and the “Scarlet Woman.” Nuit is  continuous and has infinite extension or depth, and possesses the power of being known. 

      In contrast, Hadit is: “the sun, one point concentrating space;”  the “infinite Stars;”  the “winged secret flame.”  Hadit is the central atom,  the “core of every star,” and “the unit of the macrocosm.”  Whereas Nuit is continuous and possesses infinite extension, Hadit is “infinite contraction” and “not extended.”  Hadit is an infinitely small zero point source, the core nucleus of a star or human being.  Hadit is represented by the number 1 and stands for the individual conscious nature.  Hadit has the power to know in contrast to the power of being known, possessed by Nuit. 
 
 



  A human being’s magickal nature involves the conjunction of Hadit within Nuit:

...  in the Temple called Man is the God, his Soul, or Star, individual and eternal ... inherent in the Body of Our Lady Nuit.  I am the flame that burns in very heart of man, and in the core of every star.  (p. 162)
Every man, woman and child is thus a Star: the point-interval Star is the inner most light, the original emanation of the eternal divine essence.
    The Star has a magical garment of subtle bodies, the Khabs  and Khu, and it takes on a mind and body complex within the material world.  In this way, the Perfect comes to experience apparent imperfection, embodied within the elements of nature.  Crowley elaborates upon the levels of human existence:
Each of us is Hadit, the core of our Khabs, our star, one of the company of heaven; but this Khabs needs a Khu or magical image, in order to play its part in the great drama.  This Khu, again, needs the proper costume, a suitable “body of flesh” ... . (1993, p. 245.)
 Crowley describes various veils which obstruct the relationship between Hadit and Nuit, and obscure the “secret light” within self.  The secret light of Hadit is identified with consciousness.  Crowley comments: “our light is the inmost point of illuminated consciousness.”  (p. 273)  Just as the sun illuminates the outer cosmos, so Hadit is an innermost point of consciousness illuminating the experiences and dimensions of the inner cosmos. Crowley notes: “Each man’s ‘child’–consciousness is a star in the cosmos of the sun, as the sun is a star in the cosmos of Nuit.”  (1993, pp. 300-1) 

      Hadit is worshiped in the center, yet its light fills the sphere to the circumference, so that all is light. (p. 83)  There can be “no regular temples” of Nuit or of Hadit, as these are incommensurable and absolutes.  Crowley describes the religion of the era as the “cult of the Sun”–as this is our particular star in the outer world, our local home and point of origin within the Body of Nuit. 

     The aim within magick is for the individual to “consummate the marriage of Nuit and Hadit in themselves.”  (p. 84)  All of life, especially love and love making, should be devoted to Nuit and her infinite possibilities for being known.  Hadit knows Nuit most deeply through love.  The individual is to be Hadit and to worship Her, and “offer ourselves unto Nuit, pilgrims to all her temples.” (p. 166)  The key to the worship of Nuit is: “The uniting of consciousness with infinite space by the exercise of love ... Let love be “under” or “unto” the Body of Nuit.”  (pp. 84-5)  These concepts depict the mystical dimensions of love and the deepest origins of Self, the point interval Star within. 

      Part one (of three) in The Book of the Law is spoken by Nuit.  The Divine Goddess states:
I am above you and in you. My ecstasy is in yours. My joy is to see your joy.
... ye shall know that the chosen priest & apostle of infinite space is the prince-priest, the Beast;  and in his woman called the Scarlet Woman is all power given.  ... they shall bring the glory of the stars into the hearts of men. 
And the sign shall be my ecstasy, the consciousness of the continuity of existence, the omnipresence of my body. 
Then the priest answered & said unto the Queen of Space ... O Nuit, continuous one of Heaven, let it be ever thus: that men speak not of Thee as One but as None; and let them speak not of thee at all, since thou are continuous! ... 
For I am divided for love’s sake, for the chance of union. This is the creation of the world, that the pain of division is as nothing, and the joy of dissolution all. (1993, pp. 45-7)
The uniting of Hadit and Nuit shall “bring the glory of the stars into the hearts of men.”  The aim of magick is to consummate this mystical marriage.   The Book of the Law depicts ecstasy as a key to reality: “Religious ecstasy is necessary to man’s soul.”  (p. 151) Thus, all acts should be devoted unto Nuit, the Goddess of Infinite Space, the source of all possibilities for cosmic manifestation.

      Crowley depicts the drama of creation as the unfolding of the union of Hadit with Nuit.  Every man and woman is a star but this truth is forgotten in everyday life.  The individual does not recognize Self during a cycle of incarnation and fails to attain true Will.  As a star, each individual must come to know Divine Will and to manifest Love under Will, in order to re-unite with Nuit.  Hadit is perfect but this perfection is apparently lost during the soul’s incarnation among the elements.  Crowley explains this cosmic epic:
... each “star” is the centre of the universe to itself,  and a “star” simple, original, absolute, can add to its omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence without ceasing to be itself ... its one way to do this is to gain experience, and therefore it enters into combinations in which its true nature is awhile disguised, even from itself. ... This theory is the only one which explains why the Absolute limited itself and why It does not recognize Itself during its cycle of incarnation.  ...  he suffers the lapse of memory of his own reality of perfection which he has during these incarnations, because he knows he will come through unchanged. (1993, pp. 73-4) 
 Crowley depicts each star returning again to its original state after death, and being further involved in cycles of incarnation and reincarnation:
All elements must at one time have been separate–that would be the case with great heat.  Now when atoms get to the sun, we get that immense, extreme heat, and all the elements are themselves again.  Imagine that each atom of each element possesses the memory of all his adventures in combination.  By the way, that atom, fortified with that memory, would not be the same atom; yet it is, because it has gained nothing from anywhere except this memory.   (1993, p. 74)
The passage into the spiritual sun strips the atom of all attachments and identifications with not-I, until one is only that which remains.  The soul passes through various after-life planes, shedding different bodies (the physical, astral and mental), and returning to its original divine state.  As the soul withdraws into the realm of the sun, it is stripped of conditioning, of combinations and attachments, which have bound it to other elements.  The Self is still itself, although it retains memory of all its combinations and experiences.  # 1
      A number of deaths unfold in the subtle dimensions of being and non-being, as  the garments of Hadit are dissolved; including the gross and fine bodies, and the mind.  The soul passes through material and subtle deaths, until all the energies and dynamics of different matters/planes are resolved.   When the dissolution is incomplete, the soul is bound to the corresponding planes. Crowley describes the states of ecstasy following upon a complete death:
When death is complete as it should be, the individual expands and fulfils himself in all directions; it is an omniform Samadhi.  This is of course “eternal ecstasy” ... .  But in the time-world Karma reconcentrates the elements, and a new incarnation occurs. (1993, p. 210)
The wheel of life, death and rebirth continues until the ultimate mystical marriage is completed.  Cycles of incarnation and death follow one another, as the elements are re-concentrated and then dissipated once again.   In the state of samadhi, “the individual expands and fulfils himself in all directions,” in an “eternal ecstacy.” 
   This brings us to Crowley’s most simple magical formula of the Universe:  1 + (-1) = 0.  Crowley notes: “Ultimate Reality is best described by Numbers and their interplay.”  (1991, p. 31)  Crowley's magick formula is a profound illustration of this:
The Chinese ... based their whole philosophy on this primary division of the original Nothing. One must begin with Nothing; otherwise the question would arise, Whence come this postulated Something?  So  they wrote the equation–Zero equals plus one plus minus one  0 = (+1) + (-1).     (1991, p. 29)
Crowley relates the plus one, +1, to the male yang principle; and the minus one, -1, to the female yin principle.  In different contexts, these quantities represent heaven and earth, the sun and moon, or Hadit and Nuit.  When these forces are in perfect balance, the equation is solved, the complex of differentiation resolves back into the primary nothingness.  It all adds up to Zero, O.  # 2
    Crowley writes:
The universe must be expressible either as +/- n, or as zero.  That is, it is either unbalanced or balanced.  ...  zero, when examined, proves to contain the possibility of being expressed as n - n ... .  (1993, p. 195)
One might have any number of positive entities and have these balanced by an equal number of negative entities, such that it all adds up to, or reduces to zero.  Crowley comments on this paradox: “This thesis appears to me a reductio ad absurdum of the very basis of our mathematical thinking.”   (1993, p.95)
    On a psychological and metaphysical level, Crowley relates this magical formula or  equation to the “uniting of consciousness with infinite space by the exercise of love ... .”  (p. 84)
... every star is to come forth from its veils, that it might revel with the whole world of stars. This is again a call to unite, or “love,” thus formulating the equation 1 + (-1) = 0, which is the general magical formula in our cosmos.  (1993, p. 85)
If the opposition of the fundamental dualities is resolved, Hadit unites with Nuit in love and the riddles of the cosmos are revealed within mystical states.  The spiritual atom returns to the sun stripped of binding combinations, and further into the cosmic space of Nuit.  The essence of love and of life is that it must be a sacrament unto Nuit.  This will bring the glory of the stars into the hearts of a human being. 
     Every man and every woman is a star, but amid the dualities, contradictions, opposing forces and energies of life, this supreme consciousness is seemingly lost.  Crowley explains how the “device of duality” allows for the soul to gain appreciation of its own perfection, through experiences of imperfection:
This soul is a particular star, with its own peculiar qualities, of course; but these qualities are all “eternal,” and part of the nature of the soul.  This soul being a monastic consciousness, it is unable to appreciate itself and its qualities ... so it realizes itself by the device of duality, with the limitations of time, space and causality.  (1993, p.178)
 The aim in magick is gaining the conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel, the higher or true Self,  and resolving the magical formula 1 + (-1) = 0.  In this case, consciousness is experienced in its root nature beyond time and space, beyond causality.
O my Son, how wonderful is the Wisdom of this Law of Love!  How vast are the Oceans of uncharted Joy that lie before the Keel of thy Ship!  Yet know this, that every Opposition is in its Nature named Sorrow, and the Joy lieth in the Destruction of the Dyad. ... rest not in the joy of the destruction of every Complex in thy Nature, but press on to that ultimate Marriage with the Universe whose Consummation shall destroy thee utterly, leaving only that Nothingness which was before the beginning.  (1993, pp. 232-3)
Consciousness issues from a point source Hadit, within an infinite parent Space, Nuit.  As consciousness resolves back into its zero point source within infinite space, one merges into the Nothingness, the plenum and the root principles of creation. 

     The binding of consciousness or the divine spark to planes of manifestation is due to broken symmetries existing between poles of existence.  As forces and elements within oneself are resolved and balanced, the soul is freed.  Ultimately, perfect symmetry involves the mystical marriage of Hadit and Nuit, in which only Nothingness remains: +1 + (-1) = 0.  This simple equation expresses the most profound ideas about the inner cosmos of consciousness and the mysteries of Space. 
 Crowley describes his own experiences of enlightenment:
I lost consciousness of everything but a universal space in which were innumerable bright points, and I realized this as a physical representation of the universe, in what I may call its essential structure.  I exclaimed: “Nothingness, with twinkles!” ... “But what Twinkles!”  (1993, p. 144) 

Footnotes:

1.   Similarly, in modern physics, according to quantum theory, any quantum retains a “phase entanglement” or “memory” of its engagement with any other quantum with which it has participated in a singlet state.   Since every quantum ultimately can be traced back to the original singularity of cosmic creation, this suggests that all quanta are ultimately inter-related in higher dimensional phase space.  This is the type of memory Crowley describes as a potential for Hadit.
2.   In physics, the comparable equation would be of the effects of gravity considered as a negative sum representing the material nature of Nuit, or cosmic space; and exactly balancing the positive energies/matters of the universe bound up in individual quanta.  The sum adds up to zero.  Scientific descriptions of vacuum genesis indeed suggest that the Universe adds up to nothing.

you tell me love
tell me where the stars sleep
tell me why your eyes weep
i really want to know
and show me love
take me to the place where
everything would change there
and we'd be free.
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