Happy 112th Feast of the First Night of the Prophet and his Bride!
“Rose [Edith Kelly] and Aleister Crowley eloped on August 11 and married on August 12 1903, in order to save her from an arranged marriage. Their relationship, however, went beyond a marriage of convenience. The two went on an extended honeymoon that brought them to Cairo, Egypt in early 1904.
“On 16 March 1904, ‘in an avowedly frivolous attempt to impress his wife’, Crowley tried to “shew the Sylphs” to her using the Bornless Ritual. Although she could see nothing, she did seem to enter into a light trance and repeatedly said, ‘They’re waiting for you’ After asking the god Thoth to clarify the matter and getting Rose to identify the source of the message as Horus, Crowley took Rose to the Boulaq Museum and asked her to point out Horus to him. She passed several common images of the god and led Aleister straight to a painted wooden funerary stele, the Stele of Revealing, from the Twenty-sixth dynasty of Egypt, depicting Horus receiving a sacrifice from the deceased, a priest named Ankh-af-na-khonsu. Crowley was impressed by the fact that the museum had numbered this piece 666, the number that he had identified with since childhood.
“This synchronicity and others caused him to pay closer attention to what Rose told him. At her direction, on three successive days beginning 8 April 1904, he entered his room and starting at noon, and for exactly one hour, wrote down what he claimed he heard dictated from a shadowy presence behind him who identified himself as Aiwass. The results over the three days were the three chapters of verse known as The Book of the Law. At one point Crowley failed to hear a sentence, which Rose later amended to page 19 of the original manuscript ‘The Five Pointed Star, with a Circle in the Middle, & the circle is Red .’
“In 1911 Crowley had her committed to an asylum for alcohol dementia. Kelly died in 1932.”