The Abyss of Hallucinations has Law and Reason;
but in Truth there is no bond between the Toys of
This Reason and Law is the Bond of the Great Lie.
Truth! Truth! Truth! crieth the Lord of the Abyss
There is no silence in that Abyss: for all that men
call Silence is Its Speech.
This Abyss is also called "Hell", and "The Many".
Its name is "Consciousness", and "The Universe",
But THAT which neither is silent, nor speaks, re-joices therein.
There is no apparent connection between the number
of this chapter and its subject.
It does, however, refer to the key of the Tarot called
The Hermit, which represents him as cloaked.
Jod is the concealed Phallus as opposed to Tau, the
extended Phallus. This chapter should be studied in
the light of what is said in "Aha!" and in the Temple
of Solomon the King about the reason.
The universe is insane, the law of cause and effect
is an illusion, or so it appears in the Abyss, which is
thus identified with consciousness, the many, and both;
but within this is a secret unity which rejoices; this
unit being far beyond any conception.