Liber Pan

gilbert-garcin-surrealism-in-black-and-white-8Liber VII: Prologue of the Unborn
From Holy Books of Thelema

1.Into my loneliness [1] comes –
2.The sound of a flute [2] in dim groves that haunt the uttermost hills.
3.Even from the brave river[3] they reach to the edge of the wilderness[4].
4.And I behold Pan[5].
5.The snows [6] are eternal above, above –
6.And their perfume smokes upward into the nostrils of the stars [7] .
7.But what have I to do with these?
8.To me only the distant flute, the abiding vision of Pan.
9.On all sides Pan to the eye, to the ear;
10.The perfume of Pan pervading, the taste of him utterly filling my mouth, so that the tongue breaks forth into a weird and monstrous speech.
11.The embrace of him intense on every centre [8] of pain and pleasure.
12.The sixth interior sense [9] aflame with the inmost self of Him,
13.Myself flung down the precipice of being [10]
14.Even to the abyss, annihilation [11].
15.An end to loneliness, as to all [12] .
16.Pan! Pan! Io Pan! Io Pan!


1. Babe of the Abyss (AC)
2. The Flute of Pan (AC)
3. Phrath. [One of the four rivers of Eden in Genesis.] (AC)
4. The Abyss where is Choronzon. (AC)
5. Sire of Nemo (AC)
6. The Three Supernals (AC)
7. Nuit (AC)
8. Chakras (SV)
9. Ajna chakra (SV)
10. From Chesod to Binah (AC)
11. Annihilation is required in Crossing the Abyss (SV)
12. For there are other Masters in the City of the Pyramids (AC)


Prologue: The chapter 0 of this book is dedicated as the Prologue of the Unborn. What this signifies is Crowley’s journey across the Abyss, the very act that made him Magister Templi in on October 30th 1907. After the crossing he penned this Liber and followed it with Liber 65. It has no planetary attribute other than the concept of Pan and the Night of Pan.

The Fool: 0, Aleph, OX (phallic). Mother letter, Aleph Mem Shin (sulfur salt and mercury/ father mother son) Air as a vacuum – vision of the universe; Green Man, Spring, Bacchus, Pan
Babe of the Abyss: Is the aspirant among the City of the Pyramids abandoned by his Holy Guardian Angel
Flute of Pan: Dionysus lives in the reeds of the flute, the flutes are from a nymph that turned into them as Pan touched her – Pan playing the flutes is symbolic of the Sacred Marriage.
Phrath: River in Eden. This is a possible allusion that crossing the Abyss has a relation to the concept of the Garden of Eden. If this is so Eve would be the aspirant and Choronzon would be the serpent.
Choronzon: The demon aspect that we meet as we cross the abyss – who tries to divert us from crossing
Nuit: Nuit in Chockmah before Binah – connection to Pan
Ajna Chakra: Third eye that sees the future
City of Pyramids: below the Night of Pan in Da’ath as one crosses the Abyss

This doesn’t even skim the surface but it’s a start. There is far too many layers to put all together at once, it would be hundreds of pages. This doesn’t even cover the psychological layer that is occurring.
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Prologue: This “Unborn” is the “Babe of the Abyss” elsewhere mentioned and it is really in a state of being RE-born. It is in that limbo state between having died to one’s ‘normal’ self and yet to be reborn into “the City of the Pyramids.” This is associated with the “Night of Pan” and what can allow the influx of “Pan,” i.e. the All. (IAO131)

2. The flute of Pan is the inherent “allure” or attraction of the Supernal Triangle for the Babe of the Abyss. The “uttermost hills” being an expression of the omnipresence of this flute’s sound. (IAO131)

5. Pan as “Sire of Nemo” is analogous to the Tetragrammaton-system that Crowley espouses in Magick, part II: “In one, the best, system of Magick, the Absolute is called the Crown, God is called the Father [in this case, Pan], the Pure Soul is called the Mother [in this case, the Magister in Binah or “Nemo”], the Holy Guardian Angel is called the Son, and the Natural Soul is called the Daughter. The Son purifies the Daughter by wedding her; she thus becomes the Mother, the uniting of whom with the Father absorbs all into the Crown. See Liber CDXVIII. [i.e. Vision & the Voice]” (IAO131)

8. I see this “center” not as chakras but as the sensory centers which receive stimuli. Each sense is talked about previously as being viewed as some manifestation of Pan (eye, ear, and tongue at least). Further, our senses are the centers of our pleasure and pain, surely. Also, most people can agree that the senses exist whereas most will not agree about chakras (nerve plexuses exist, though!) (IAO131)

9. Now, taking my interpretation as the “center”s previously spoken of as the five senses, this “sixth interior sense” makes a lot of sense (pardon the pun). It is that faculty which remains which all the senses have been transcended (IAO131)

11. Etymologically, “annihilated” means “reduced to nothing.” (IAO131)

12. It is an end to loneliness, because the Abyss is crossed. “All” is destroyed in the sense of one’s self being annihilated, i.e. “reduced to nothing” which is the necessary process of “crossing the Abyss.”

65 & 210, IAO131




1 That is, of Babe of the Abyss. [“Babe of the Abyss” is the name of the Portal Grade to the Third Order of the AA, the unnumbered transition grade between Exempt Adept (7=4) and Master of the Temple (8=3).]

2 The flute of Pan.
3 Phrath. [trp. Hebrew name of Euphrates, of great Qabalistic significance in the Order of the Golden Dawn, wherein Frater O.M. received his initial training.]
4 The abyss where is Choronzon. [Choronon is an arch-devil, first named in the clairvoyant visions of John Dee and Edward Kelley, appearing in The Vision & the Voice especially in association with the ordeal of the Abyss. He is characterized by ideas of dispersion and incontinence, and overcome by concentration and silence.]
5 The sire of Nemo. [“Nemo” is Latin for “no man.” It is a generic name for a Master of the Temple, 8
=3, who has become “no man” by transcending identification with the elements of his or her ego. “Pan” is here used in a double sense, both as a distinctive reference to the Greek woods god, and as the Greek word literally meaning “all.” By “Pan,” therefore, is meant “the All,” the experience of which, ac
cording to Frater O.M.’s comment, is “The sire of Nemo.”]
6 The three Supernals. [The first three sephiroth, or Creative Emanations, on the Tree of Life diagram. Although all ten sephiroth exist at both the most abstract and most material levels of existence, the three Supernals are most often related to super-consciousness, or a purely Divine consciousness.]
7 That is, Nuit. [Nuit is a Thelemic goddess, the primary subject of Chapter 1 of Liber Legis. She resembles the Egyptian Nut. She is maternal, the infinite circumference, all-embracing, all-encompassing, the entire body of the universe (“Infinite Space, and the Infinite Stars thereof”).]
10 That is, from Chesed [the 7=4 Grade] to Binah [the 8=3 Grade].
12 For there are other Masters in the City of the Pyramids. [“City of the Pyramids” is a mystical reference to thesephirah Binah, and the 8=3 Grade of “Master.”]

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4 thoughts on “Liber Pan

  1. atdreamstate November 24, 2014 at 8:32 am Reply

    Still some in your system? Shake shake shake it off.

  2. ~meredith November 24, 2014 at 4:22 pm Reply

    I had to come back and tell you what a great pic you chose for this post. WOW read, this… (thanks)

  3. thesevenminds November 24, 2014 at 9:04 pm Reply

    There is more to Pan than they made us believe, Dream. To be continued…

  4. thesevenminds November 24, 2014 at 9:11 pm Reply

    Thanks, Meredith. The picture was a perfect fit. It came from a shared picture storage, but the code seems to hint that it was downloaded from A Skeptical Designer. Emma must have downloaded it for me. The picture I used at 7M for the Halloween veil seem to come from the same series. I will post the link when I find it.

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