Ra-Hoor-Khut – Ra-Hoor-Khu
Ra-Hoor-Khu-It – Ra-Har-Khuti – Ra-Har-Akht
Ra-Herakhty – Re-Horakhty
“Ra-Hoor-Khuit hath taken his seat in the East at the Equinox of the Gods!” I cannot think of a more fitting phrase to introduce the Lord of the present Æon. Reading The Book one gets the impression that Nuit is in charge of everything — I certainly believe so — but this period in the spiritual evolution of the Human Race is the Æon of Horus. It began on March 20, 1904 and will last approximately 2400 years. The main command of this Æon seems to be that everyone is to find their True Wills and to do them, but there is more to knowing about RHK<1> as the active agent of this Æon than just that.
He introduces himself forcefully<2> at the beginning of Chapter Three thusly: “There is division hither homeward (the Unity unaccomplised) ; there is a word not known (Abrahadabra) . Spelling is defunct (it’s not abracadabra) all is not aught (the old traditions are no longer comprehensive) Beware! Hold! Raise the spell of Ra-Hoor-Khuit. Now let it be first understood that I am a god of War and of Vengeance. I shall deal hardly with them.” This is quite literal. RHK is a war god, and he behaves like a war god.
“I am the Lord of the Double Wand of Power the wand of the Force of Coph Nia — but my left hand is empty, for I have crushed an Universe & nought remains.” The universe RHK destroys – this action sets all the stars free. Crowley’s analogy of each star in its particular orbit is a lie. By crushing a universe RHK has freed all stars from exactly this consideration; there is no “particular orbit” – there is only a grand and glorious chaotic state, and this is how things should be.
“I am the warrior Lord of the Forties : the Eighties cower before me, & are abased” The Forties: RHK is claiming/prophesizing that the existence of WW2 can be laid to his interference as a war god. The Eighties: this whole backlash against freedom that can be tied to the refusal of some to accept The Book can be symbolized by the Reagan era. But the Eighties cower before him and are abased: they are only a step backwards on the road to freedom and have no lasting import. This is a passage where The Book really did prophecy things to come!
“Nuit Hadit Ra-Hoor-Khuit. The Sun, Strength & Sight, Light — these are for the servants of the Star & the Snake” — As we progress with our examination of The Book, we come to this excerpt, that seems to be a delineation of Ra Hoor Khuit’s name, but before we proceed to that analysis, let us look at the rest of the excerpt:
There is not much trouble equating Nuit to “the Star.” Plenty of instances can be found in The Book and the comments referring to her as the Universe full of stars (as Nut she is goddess of the nighttime sky), plus she is called a star in places.
Likewise with Hadit as “the Snake,” as is fairly obvious from the second chapter of The Book that he equates to the Kundalini Serpent of Tantric Yoga.
Now what seems left in this excerpt in the delineation of RHK’s name itself; if so, it goes thusly:
Ra = the Sun
Hoor = Strength & Sight
Khuit = Light
The use of commas in this phrase (see above) seems to justify this division.
But now we are confronted with trying to justify this conclusion. We are faced with the question: “Does it work?”
Ra as the Sun god of old Egypt is an obvious connection here, and seems to fit quite easily.
Hoor as strength does not give us much problem either. Hoor/Horus as the hawk is a strong and powerful bird of prey. In fact, Ra-Hoor-Khuit twice refers to Strength as one of his chief attributes: “I am the strength, force, vigour of your arms.” and “I am the Hawk-Headed Lord of Silence & of Strength…”. So far so good.
Hoor as Sight is also no problem. Sharp-sighted birds of prey such as the hawk can spot their quarry from a phenomenal distance. (In fact, I’ve heard that hawks can spot their prey by body-heat with a sort of Infra-Red vision!)
Khuit as Light is a bit more difficult. Khu is part of the Egyptian soul. Crowley wrote in his comment that “…the Khu is the magical entity of man,” and the Schuelers maintain that the Khu relates to the Spiritual Body. It is going to take someone more familiar than the present author with Egyptian thought and religion to decide if this correspondence works.
So if we accept this as true, what does it say? Have we found something? or are we just being cute? If we substitute the real names for the above mentioned attributes we get: Ra Hoor Khuit is for the servants of Nuit and Hadit. It does not say he is the servant of Nuit and Hadit (though in a way he is), it says he is for the servants of Nuit and Hadit. We know he is the active force in the establishing of the New Æon, and his own chapter is full of promises and rewards for those that aid the Æon. Very well then; it does seem to work.
What follows next is the true acid test. Does this conclusion agree with, or compliment, Crowley’s own commentaries. It is here we have a big problem! In both “The New Comment” and “Comment D” Crowley maintains that Hadit is calling himself the Star. Yet if we look at the commentaries as a whole, assigning this one attribution to Hadit doesn’t seem to fit. No one wants to disagree with his own prophet; and so the best we can do here is blush profusely and go on. Also, this difference doesn’t really impinge on the point we’re trying to make.
Of all the comments, the only one that treats this excerpt much at all is in “Comment D” where we read:
He … exclaimed that the sun, source of all light and life on earth, strength to do and sight to perceive, as also light, the simplest form of play between twin forces, are the guerdon of those who know themselves as they are.
While phrased differently these two interpretations are not mutually self-exclusive. They both maintain that the Sun, Strength and Sight, and Light are types of rewards which may be attained.
“There is an end of the word of the God enthroned in Ra’s seat, lightening the girders of the soul.” Here RHK is speaking as though he anticipates the end of this Æon, as though he looks forward to it being over.
[The true lord of the next Æon is Thmaist (Justice) or Themis.] “Thmaist, whose Æon will succeed that of Horus. she is Atu 8, referring to Libra, the House of Venus. In her also, then, is Babalon the Ageless Virgin-Harlot, our Mother as our Concubine.”
“There is a splendour in my name hidden and glorious, as the sun of midnight is ever the son.”
RHK is a viceroy of a unknown king – The Vision and the Voice, p 182
<1> When speaking in public with outsiders around we can always refer to RHK as Robert Howard Kenndy. Who would be the wiser?
<2> Would he do it any other way.
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