A note on Liber OZ from Book 4

by Hymenæus Beta


“This brief paper, first published in 1941, first appears in typescript in an intermediate form of an O.T.O. degree ritual worked in Australia believed to date from c. 1916 and revised in 1919.  In his correspondence with G.J. Yorke, Crowley describes it as the “O.T.O. plan in words of one syllable” (A.C. to Yorke, Aug. 30, 1941), and on Sept. 13 he added: “Rights of Man is an historical document.  The items don’t go easily on the Tree [of Life]; but I’ve got them down to five sections: moral, bodily, mental, sexual freedom, and the safeguard tyrannicide … 160 words in all.”  Although Crowley never termed it a commentary to Liber Legis, its summary of Thelemic human rights warrants its inclusion.”*

*Magick, Liber ABA – Book 4 – Parts I-IV: Weiser, 1994