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In the Confessions Crowley describes an incident involving a home made stele that made a profound impression upon him.

In early 1920 Crowley was living in Fontainebleau, France. He felt like he had come to a bit of a dead end and didn't know what to do next. How was he supposed to promote Thelema while being practically penniless and seemingly without prospects? He appealed to the gods: "Observe, I have done my damndest and here I am at a dead centre. I am not going on muddling through: I demand a definite sign from you that I am still your chosen prophet."

On January the 12th he consulted the I Ching and asked whether he should stop all magical work until he received a sign. The sticks indicated hexagram 22 - Pi/Grace. He interpreted this to mean that he should keep going. Invoking Aiwass he asked, "What shall be the Sign?" The answer (via bibliomancy?) was a phrase from The Book of the Law: "The omnipresence of my body." This obviously refered to Nuit/Babalon, but as a sign it could mean any number of things. For the sake of clarity Crowley threw the I Ching again. Hexagram 36 Ming I / Darkening of the Light. Not what he was expecting. Crowley had serious doubts about the accuracy of this hexagram, but closed the record and awaited the sign.

Originally Posted by Aleister Crowley
On Friday, Jan. 30th, I went to Paris to buy pencils, Mandarin, a Palette, Napoleon Brandy, canvases and other appurtenances of the artist's dismal trade. I took occasion to call upon an old mistress of mine, Jane Chéron, concerning whom see The Equinox, vol. I, No. VI, “Three Poems”. She has never had the slightest interest in occult matters and she has never done any work in her life, even of the needlework order. I had seen her once before since my escape from America, and she said she had something to show me, but I took no particular notice and she did not insist. My object in calling on this second occasion was multiple. I wanted to see the man with whom she was living, who had not yet returned from Russia; I wanted to make love to her, and I wanted to smoke a few pipes of opium with her, she being a devotee of that great and terrible god.

Consider now: The Work whereby I am a Magus began in Cairo (1904) with the discovery of the stele of Ankh-f-n-Khonsu, in which the principal object is the body of our Lady Nuith. It is reproduced in colours in The Equinox, Vol I, No. VII. Jane Chéron has a copy of this book. On Friday afternoon, then, I was in her apartment. I had attained none of my objectives in calling on her and was about to depart. She detained me to show me this “something”. She went and took a folded cloth from a drawer. “Shut your eyes,” she said.
When I opened them, they saw a cloth four feet or more in length, on which was a magnificent copy, mostly in applique silk, of the stele. She then told me that in February 1917, she and her young man had gone to the south of France to get cured of the opium habit. In such cases insomnia is frequent. One night, however, he had gone to sleep and on waking in the morning found that she, wakeful, had drawn a copy of the stele on a great sheet of paper.

It is very remarkable that so large a sheet of paper should have been at hand; also that they should have taken that special book on such a journey; but still more that she should have chosen that picture, nay, that she, who had never done anything of the sort before, should have done it at all. More yet, that she should have spent three months in making a permanent thing of it. Most of all, that she should have shown it to me at the very moment when I was awaiting an “unmistakable” sign.

For observe, how closely the words of my entry of January 12th describe the Sign, “… the omnipresence of my body.” And there She was — in the last place in the world where one would have sought Her.
Note too, the accuracy of the Yi King symbol [36 - Ming I, Yoni above Sun] for [the upper trigram] is, of course the symbol of our Lady, and the God below Her in the stele is the [lower trigram] the sun.
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