“Is a God to live in a dog?” The word, dog, is used several times throughout The Book; and always the connotation is someone unwilling or unable to find his/her True Will and do it!
“Enough of Because! Be he damned for a dog!” It’s not that the gods hate puppies. The use here is to dismiss plodding questioning of the promptings of one’s Will.
“There is death for the dogs.” There is a possible contradiction here. If the Unity of Nuit is for everyone, then how can there be death for the dogs, for the unbelievers. The answer is that an effort must be made toward the Unity, the individual must be dedicated to a magical life.
“He shall fall down into the pit called Because, and there he shall perish with the dogs of Reason.”
“The thought of the mind born of and nourished by the senses tends to restrict the self, to impose the will of the world upon it, whereas the use of the word is to provide it with objects of love through which it can fulfill itself and know itself. To become passive towards the thoughts and the senses is to accept the fetters of a slave.” ... “a thought that tends to restrict and hamper the Will. The True Will is uncaused, being simply the measure of the motion of the self in respect of any given object. It is an abuse of the term ‘cause’ to apply it to this case.” ... “The nature of the dog is servile; dogs cannot depend on themselves, they never look at the world through their own eyes, they must needs accept some code imposed upon them from above. Further, the Magi of old took the Dog as a symbol of those base desires and fears which hunt and spring upon and pull down the soul of such men as know not how to master them.” ... “They restrict themselves more and more; fears, greeds, falsehoods gather like vultures to feast on their flesh; until at least they find no way to turn which is not barred by one or another of their sins, their self-made bars to free action. They can no longer cause any event beyond the narrow routine into which they have been forced by their failures, to grapple with Nature, to love, to woo, and to master the beauty of Nuit. Little by little the machine fails to carry on.”– “Comment D"
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