An Interview With Israel Regardie: His Final Thoughts and by Christopher S. Hyatt

By Christopher S. Hyatt

Israel Regardie (born Francis Israel Regudy on November seventeenth, 1907 in London, England) was once the most influential Adepts of the Golden sunrise. He used to be additionally a committed author, chiropractor and therapist. It was once his major ambition to maintain and perpetuate the lessons and paintings of the Golden sunrise and Aleister Crowley. Israel Regardie met with the Golden sunrise magician Aleister Crowley (October twelfth, 1875 - December 1st, 1947) in Paris in October of 1928 to turn into his own secretary and pupil (he additionally turned Crowley's personal Agent and a IX° Member of Crowley's O.T.O.). On October twenty eighth, 1930, Regardie took the Oath of the Probationer in Crowley's Order of the A.·. A.·., which was once Crowley's reformulated and complicated model of the method of the Golden sunrise (Crowley even maintained the identify of the Golden sunrise for the Outer Order). Then in January of 1933, presently after severing with Crowley, Regardie, like his magical mentor, joined the Golden sunrise (or, extra thoroughly, an offshoot of the Order referred to as the Stella Matutina) at Hermes Temple in Bristol with the Neophyte motto Frater advert Majorem Adonai Gloriam. Regardie states in his booklet, the attention within the Triangle: An Interpretation of Aleister Crowley, that he retained this similar Neophyte Motto for his 5=6 Adept measure, the Adeptus Minor Grade. (Regardie resigned from Hermes Temple of the Stella Matutina on December fifth, 1934.) Regardie used to be an Adept who was once dedicated to the good paintings of maintaining and perpetuating the lessons of either Aleister Crowley and the Golden sunrise approximately which he as soon as said: "They have left indelible marks on my lifestyles, and my profession if i need to take advantage of that time period, yet definitely on my own existence. nevertheless, i will not separate Crowley from The Golden sunrise, simply because Crowley was once The Golden sunrise and The Golden sunrise used to be Crowley." - From An Interview with Israel Regardie: His ultimate concepts and perspectives (Falcon Press, 1985).

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Now this seems to me a most significant h ymn. The choice of words, the majesty of phrase, and the lyrical rhythm are strongly reminiscent of the Hekhaloth hymns I have been describing. Why did R. Isaac Napba put such a hymn into the mouths of the kine? The answer is as clear as it has been overlooked up to date : this is an imitation of the setting in the Hekhaloth hymns. Just as the Holy Living Creatures, bearing the throne, sing hymns to the throne, so do these kine, bearing the Ark, sing hymns to the Ark.

Nor is there any other parallel in literature of the use in the Excerpta of the stream of fire that issues forth from beneath the throne (tJpbvos rov TO'Tr'OV ; corresponding to the Hebrew c,pc 'tv u�o:�) and flows down unto Gehenna, which reads exactly like the corresponding talmudic statement i n Jfagigah 13b ; or for the concept o f the curtain hung before the throne o f God to prevent the pneumatic elements from being annihilated by His sight. This curtain is frequently mentioned and described in some detail in the Hekhaloth literature ;'" but what in the Hekhaloth refers to the highest possible sphere to which the mystic may attain, in the Christian Gnostic text is relegated to a rather lower realm in the hierarchy of supernal beings.

I ' ;J), or m,,,, (in ;JC�III ;'l::l::l,c, fol. 34b; cf. also the writer's ;��:�p;, 11'11111 ,, p. 2 2 1 ) . lH nl�::l';"t, M S Oxford 1 5 3 1 , fol. 43a. , 1. 2. , i . e. 11N-combinations! Cf. also Moses Gaster, "Das Schiur Komah," in his Studies and Texts, II, 133Q-1 353, particularly p. 1344. Gaster, many mistakes notwithstanding, was basically right in his defense of a high age for the ;"�Olp ,,l/111 . 38 GNOSTICISM , MYSTICISM, A N D TALMUDIC TRADITION ing to his own fancy has remained an unsolved riddle.

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