[imgl=red]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/blog_attachment.php?attachmentid=34&d=1268798373[/imgl]22. I am the Snake that giveth Knowledge & Delight and bright glory, and stir the hearts of men with drunkenness. To worship me take wine and strange drugs whereof I will tell my prophet, & be drunk thereof! They shall not harm ye at all. It is a lie, this folly against self. The exposure of innocence is a lie. Be strong, o man! lust, enjoy all things of sense and rapture: fear not that any God shall deny thee for this.
This is Ch. 2, line 22 of the Book of the Law Liber AL vel Legis: sub figura CCXX as delivered by XCIII = 418 to DCLXVI
There have been many interpretations of what is meant by 'wine' and 'strange drugs'. Of course no one really knows as this was a transmission from Aiwass!
Kenneth Grant, self-proclaimed Outer Head of the OTO, claims that this refers to menstrual blood, which is full of hormones, but that may have just been his own personal predilection. Grant complained that, when working as Crowley's assistant, he had to procure drugs for the Beast, so its seems more likely that wine and strange drugs mean what just that-- alcohol and drugs.
Grant, in one of his obscure tomes, opines:
-- Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God
This may make sense to Grant but not to many others!
Crowley's limited range of drugs has been discussed in earlier threads. Doubtless, he would enjoyed RCs and the newer drugs we have today! Certainly RCs get mentioned on "Thelemite" boards sometimes. I'm sure some present day OTO members dutifully "are drunk thereof."
As for "they shall not harm ye at all"-- well, Crowley did die a heroin addict, but never mind.