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Nuit[pronunciation?] (alternatively Nu, Nut, or Nuith) is a goddess in Thelema, the speaker in the first Chapter of The Book of the Law, the sacred text written or received in 1904 by Aleister Crowley.
Goddess of Thelema
Within this system, she is one-third of the triadic cosmology, along with Hadit (her masculine counterpart), and Ra-Hoor-Khuit, the Crowned and Conquering Child. She has several titles, including the "Queen of Infinite Space", "Our Lady of the Stars", and "Lady of the Starry Heaven". Nuit represents the infinitely-expanded circle whose circumference is unmeasurable and whose center is everywhere (whereas Hadit is the infinitely small point within the core of every single thing). According to Thelemic doctrine, it is the interaction between these two cosmic principles that creates the manifested universe similar to the gnostic syzygy.
Some quotes from the First Chapter of The Book of the Law (Liber AL vel Legis):
- "Every man and every woman is a star." (AL I:3).
- "Come forth, o children, under the stars, & take your fill of love!" (AL I:12).
- "For I am divided for love's sake, for the chance of union." (AL I:29).
- "The word of the Law is Θελημα. Who calls us Thelemites will do no wrong, if he look but close into the word. For there are therein Three Grades, the Hermit, and the Lover, and the man of Earth. Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." (AL I:39-40).
- "For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect." (AL I:44).
- "Invoke me under my stars! Love is the law, love under will. [...]" (AL I:57).
- "I give unimaginable joys on earth: certainty, not faith, while in life, upon death; peace unutterable, rest, ecstasy; nor do I demand aught in sacrifice." (AL I:58).
The following are quotes from Crowley's commentaries to The Book of the Law.
- "Note that Heaven is not a place where Gods Live; Nuit is Heaven, itself."
- "Nuit is All that which exists, and the condition of that existence. Hadit is the Principle which causes modifications in this Being. This explains how one may call Nuit Matter, and Hadit Motion."
- "It should be evident that Nuit obtains the satisfaction of Her Nature when the parts of Her Body fulfill their own Nature. The sacrament of life is not only so from the point of view of the celebrants, but from that of the divinity invoked."
The sun god Ra entered her mouth after the sun set in the evening and was reborn from her vulva the next morning. She also swallowed and rebirthed stars. She was a goddess of death, and her image is on the inside of most sarcophagi. The pharaoh entered her body after death and was later resurrected.
In art, Nut is depicted as a woman wearing no clothes, covered with stars and supported by Shu; opposite her (the sky), is her husband Geb. With Geb, she was the mother of Osiris, Horus, Isis, Set, and Nephthys.
- Crowley (2004).
- Crowley, Aleister. "The Old and New Commentaries to Liber AL by Crowley". Retrieved 16 September 2011.
- Crowley, Aleister. The Old and New Commentaries to Liber AL vel Legis
- Crowley, Aleister (2004). The Book of the Law: Liber Al Vel Legis. Red Wheel Weiser. ISBN 978-1578633081.
- Crowley, Aleister (1974). The Equinox of the Gods. New York, NY : Gordon Press.
- Texts on Wikisource: