Nu – Nut – Nought – Naught

“Now therefore I am known to ye<1> by my name Nuit, and to him by a secret name which I will give him when at last he knoweth me. Since I am Infinite Space and the Infinite Stars thereof.” Here Nuit identifies herself and hints at a secret name, but note how the initials of the interior capitalized words in the last sentence spell out Isis.

        “I am Nuit and my word is six and fifty. Divide, add, multiply and understand.” Here Nuit further identifies herself, but this time in Qabalistic terms.

        “With the God & the Adorer I am nothing : they do not see me. They are as upon the earth I am Heaven, and there is no other God than me, and my lord Hadit.” For all intents and purposes we can envision Nuit as the typical monotheistic version of a god that is everywhere and in everything, encompassing all of infinity and all of eternity (and here we have to add Hadit as a side-bar). But Nuit is so far beyond anything humankind ever conceived of as a god that words almost fail to describe her. Thus “With the God & the Adorer I am nothing” means that she is beyond any previous concept of god or goddess, and especially beyond the comprehension of what we might call the average worshipper.

        In her own words she says, “I am above you and in you. My ecstasy is in yours. My joy is to see your joy”. She is pure love. You can explain her nature as simply as you would to a child, and that would tell whoever you are talking to all they would need to know about Nuit: “She loves us and she wants us to be happy.”

        Crowley frequently interacts with the gods during their message: “Then saith the prophet and slave of the beauteous one. Who am I, and what shall be the sign. So she answered him, bending down, a lambent flame of blue, all-touching all penetrant, her lovely hands upon the black earth & her lithe body arched for love and her soft feet not hurting the little flowers Thou knowest! And the sign shall be my ecstasy, the consciousness of the continuity of existence, the omnipresence of my body.” Beyond these poetic turns of phrase we see “her soft feet not hurting the little flowers” which we can take as the ecstasy of Union with Nuit will not dimish the other joys of everyday life. “my ecstasy, the consciousness of the continuity of existence, the omnipresence of my body.” seems to fulfill the idea of Nuit as all of infinity and all of eternity; and that a Union with her is the ecstasy of Union with everything, with the All. Buried in more poetic phrasing we see “Then the priest answered & said unto the Queen of Space, kissing her lovely brows and the dew of her light bathing his whole body in a sweet-smelling perfume of sweat 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 art continuous.” Here we get into semantics of a Qabalistic nature. Nuit is too immense to be measured, thus only words like “none” and “not” can describe her infinite self.

<1> Please keep in mind that “ye” is you plural.

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