Lao Tze

Feast of Lao Tzu, March 5, in Hermeneuticon at Hemetic Library

Laozi, Lao-Tzu, Lao-Tze; honorific name for the purported author of Tao Te Ching.

“Great Chinese teacher, founder of Taoists. See Tao Teh King.”—Book 4, Part II

Listed as a Magister Templi in Liber CCCXXXIII The Book of Lies Falsely So Called, 7 ΚΕΦΑΛΗ Ζ THE DINOSAURS

Listed as a Magi in Liber Aleph, Chapter 69, Βπ. DE MAGIS TEMPORI ANTIQUI: IMPRIMIS, DE LAO-TZE. And, his word is given as Tao.

“First then I speak of Lao-Tze, whose word was the Tao. Hereof have I already written much unto thee, because His Doctrine has been lost or misinterpreted, and it is most needful to restore it. For this Tao is the true Nature of Things, being itself a Way or Going, that is, a kinetic and not a static Conception. Also He taught this Way of Harmony in Will, which I myself have thought to show thee in this little book. So then this Tao is Truth, and the Way of Truth, and therefore was He Logos of His Aeon, and His true Name or Word was Tao.”—Part 2 - The Book of Wisdom or Folly, Liber Aleph vel CXI

Listed as Initiator in The Heart of the Master, the-initiation

“In more remote times, the constituent originating assemblies of the O.T.O. included such men as: […] Laotze”—Liber LII Manifesto of the O.T.O.

“And on the unfurled portion of the chart I read the names of certain of these Brethren […] LAO-TZE […] These were sent forth at the same time—and Dionysus under several diverse forms—to enlighten Six Great Civilizations, about to be drawn together by the opening up of communications over the planet by the expansion of the Roman Power.”—The Heart of the Master, iii-the-temple-of-truth, the-initiation

“The Tao Teh King revealed its simplicity and sublimity to my soul, little by little, as the conditions of my physical, no less than of my spiritual life, penetrated the sanctuaries of my spirit. The philosophy of Lao Tze communicated itself to me, in despite of the persistent efforts of my mind to compel it to conform with my preconceived notions of what the text must mean.”—Chapter XXXV: The Tao (2)

“It has been my continual study since 1898, and I have found it of infinite value in the study of the “Tao Teh King.” By its aid I was able to attribute the ideas of Lao Tze to an order with which I was exceedingly familiar, and whose practical worth I had repeatedly proved by using it as the basis of the analysis and classification of all Aryan and Semitic religions and philosophies. Despite the essential difficulty of correlating the ideas of Lao Tze with any others, the persistent application of the Qabalistic keys eventually unlocked his treasure-house.”-Chapter XXXV: The Tao (2)

“I note that Laotze makes no attempt to announce a Tao which is truly free from Teh. Teh is the necessary quality of Tao, even though Tao, withdrawing Teh into itself, seems to ignore the fact. The only pause I make is this, that mine own Holy Guardian Angel, Aiwaz, whose crown is Thelema, whose robe Agape, whose body the Lost Word that He declared to me, spake in Book Seven and Twenty, saying: “Here is Nothing under its three forms.” Can there then be not only Nothing Manifested, Teh or Two, a Nothing Unmanifested, Tao or Naught, but also a Nothing Absolute?”—The Second Chapter

“Was not Lao-Tze thrust forth from his city? Did not Buddha go begging in rags? Did not Mohammed flee for his life into exile? Was not Bacchus the scandal and the scorn of men? Than Joseph Smith Had any man less learning? Yet each of these attained to do his Will; each cried his Word, that all the Earth yet echoes it! And each was able to accomplish this by virtue of that very circumstance which seems so cruel. Shall I, who am armed with all their weapons at once, complain that I must go into the fight unfurnished?”—The Second Chapter

Lao-Tze appears in all versions of Liber XV, published during Aleister Crowley's lifetime, with various spellings. Lao-Tze is on the short list, and is one of the names celebrated at all performances.

Gnostic Saint International Equinox Magick in Theory and Practice
Lao Tze Laotz Laotze Lao-Tze
  • Born 6th or 4th century BCE
  • Died 6th or 4th century BCE

T Polyphilus lists a date for Lao Tze's Lesser Feast as March 5 on his Liturgical Calendar.


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