Liber Resh vel Helios , by Aleister Crowley , comprises four daily adorations to the Sun , to be performed at dawn, noon, sunset, and midnight. The general object is to focus the conscious mind on the center of our solar system. Resh is a Hebrew letter. It equates to the English "R" and translates as "head.
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Crowley said that regular performance of the ritual would make the aspirant identify him- or herself with the Sun rather than the earth, and thus become aware of oneself as an eternal being. The instructions below include a sign that can be made during the length of each salutation, followed by the Sign of Silence. Let him greet the Sun at dawn, facing East, giving the sign of his grade. And let him say in a loud voice:. Tahuti standeth in His splendour at the prow, and Ra-Hoor abideth at the helm.
Hail unto Thee from the Abodes of Night! Also at Noon, let him greet the Sun, facing South, giving the sign of his grade. Hail unto Thee who art Ahathoor in Thy triumphing, even unto Thee who art Ahathoor in Thy beauty, who travellest over the heavens in thy bark at the Mid-course of the Sun. Hail unto Thee from the Abodes of Morning! Also, at Sunset, let him greet the Sun, facing West, giving the sign of his grade.
Hail unto Thee from the Abodes of Day! Lastly, at Midnight, let him greet the Sun, facing North, giving the sign of his grade, and let him say in a loud voice:.
Hail unto thee who art Khephra in Thy hiding, even unto Thee who art Khephra in Thy silence, who travellest over the heavens in Thy bark at the Midnight Hour of the Sun. Hail unto Thee from the Abodes of Evening. And after each of these invocations thou shalt give the sign of silence, and afterward thou shalt perform the adoration that is taught thee by thy Superior. And then do thou compose Thyself to holy meditation. Also it is better if in these adorations thou assume the God-form of Whom thou adorest, as if thou didst unite with Him in the adoration of That which is beyond Him.
Thus shalt thou ever be mindful of the Great Work which thou hast undertaken to perform, and thus shalt thou be strengthened to pursue it unto the attainment of the Stone of the Wise, the Summum Bonum, True Wisdom and Perfect Happiness.
Here are a few additional instructions for giving each of the signs. Raise your hands out to the sides and above your head, with elbows at right angles. Your palms should face upward and out to either side, as if you were supporting a weight above your head. Raise your arms so that your elbows go out to either side, bringing your hands to your chest to form a downward-pointing triangle.
Let your thumbs meet and the tips of your fingertips touch. The triangle should be formed at the level of the heart. Put your arms over your head, with the hands forming an upward-pointing triangle at your forehead.
The base of the triangle should be at your eyebrows. Raise your right arm up, and slightly in front of you, with your palm facing forward. Put your left arm straight back, at about a 30 degree angle, so that both arms form a straight line. Raise your head to look the direction of your raised right hand. Both elbows are kept squared in this sign. Raise the right arm to point upwards, and turn the left arm to point downwards. Some of these signs are similar to signs for same elements in Chi Kung.
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A Pagan Sun Salutation: Liber Resh