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tern evoked and elaborated by him whose pen scores these lines, it
was the custom for him to address them in these following words,
or their equivalents : First, the mystery of Life, and Power, Seership,
— in its loftier, not merely its lesser meanings, — forecast, endurance,
insight, far-sight, longevity, silent energy, mental force, magnetic
presence, and impressive capacity, lie in, flow out of, pertain to, and
accord with, the she or mother-side of Deity, the love-principle of
human-kind, and the sexive natures of the complicate homos. Out¬
side of its sphere of operations all is cold and deathful; within its
mystic and magic circle dwells all there is of fire, latent and active,
actual and metaphysical; all there is of energy, procreant power,
physical, mental, spiritual, and all other; and it — Love — is the
master-key unlocking every barred door in the realms that are.
Remember, O Neophyte (and reader of this book), that I am not
dealing in mere philosophical formula., " recipes," or trashy " direc¬
tions," but in, and with fundamental principles, underlying all being.
Fix this first principle firmly in your memory, and roll it under the
tongue of your clearest understanding; take it in the stomach of
your spirit; digest it well, and assimilate its quintessence to, and
with, your own soul. That principle is formulated thus: Love
Lieth at the Foundation (of all that is) ; and Love is con-
vertibly passion ; enthusiasm ; affection ; heat; fire ; soul ; God.
Master that. Second, the nuptive moment, the instant wherein the
germs of a possible new being are lodged, or a portion of man's
essential self is planted within the matrix, is the most solemn,
serious, powerful, and energetic moment he can ever know on
earth ; and only to be excelled by correspondent instants after he
shall have ascended to realms beyond the stariy spaces.
LIX. If a man actualizes that moment while under the dominion
of animal instinct, or human lust alone, then the effect is losing,
unmanning, degrading, to both himself and her; murderous toward
the recipient, and suicidal to himself. It means hatred, disease, and
magnetic ruin to both ; its influence for evil spreads over a wide
area on earth ; feeds and sustains barbarism; nourishes the mon¬
strous Larva, of the middle kingdoms of the aired habitats of dis¬
embodied beings, even when no progeny results. But if there