By Kenneth Grant, Steffi Grant
This paintings contains essays on Aleister Crowley, Dion Fortune, Austin Osman Spare, H.P. Lovecraft and the Tantric culture.
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Symbolises nothing more than a butcher's apron"46. In accordance with this the apron was once tied about the waist for the sacrifice of a ram, this being a tithe to renew the seven year reign of the Magister, yet it is still worn by some in sacrificial rites, especially those of self-sacrifice. This is somewhat reminiscent of the Chod Rite, wherein tantric practitioners "dance festooned with bones, wearing a cap and apron tailored from tanned human skin, amidst corpses [within 46. Jones, Evan John.
However, it is also worth taking into account the differences between them, which reveals certain variances between those images depicting the witch god with antlers and those where he appears as a goat or bull headed theriomorph. Whilst horns are permanent, antlers are not; rather they begin growing in spring in preparation for mating and are shed naturally in winter after the mating season, thereby evoking the seasonal round. It is in light of this that stags have come to represent the solar year, as emblemised in the image of the sun shining betwixt his antlers, which in mytho-poetic terms aligns the stag with the sacrificial king as 'roebuck in the thicket'.
Amid the witch cult there exists a technique whereby the sleeping Serpent coiled in the base of the spine is awakened and drawn along the spinal axis until it reaches the summit of the skull, which might be imagined as an osseous Castle at whose centre we find the Graal-Cauldron. Such is to speak of the manner in which the sexual fire is aroused and transmuted into spiritual fire, literally 'setting the head afire'. Besides aiding in the unfoldment of the secret faculties, which have their analogues in the physical senses, such a technique also connects man with god.