Chapter 3

The Constructors are six in number. Each of them has three parts: a beginning, a middle and an end. The three mothers—the will to affirm, the will to deny, the will to unify-fill the parts in different orders. The first constructor’s function is Creation; the unifying mother fills the place of the beginning, the middle is filled by the denying mother, the end by the affirming mother; its mirror is Expansion. The six in their order are Creation, Transformation, Reception, Contraction, Repetition, and Expansion.


Before they set to their labour, the constructors stand in a circle around the Gate of Necessity—the moment, now. On one side of each is a constructor in which the middle is filled by the same mother: these two are mirrors one of the other; on the other side is one in which the final place is filled by the same mother. Each constructor is opposed by a constructor in which the beginning is filled by the same mother. Each constructor has its follower of which it is the leader: a follower is the opposite of the constructor’s mirror. Three followers move in the same direction; three constructors following one another move in the other direction.

Two constructors, mirrors one of another, form both the first world and the first cosmos. Three constructors following one another form both the second world and the second cosmos. Four constructors working together head to tail, tail to head, form both the third world and the third and fourth cosmoses. Six constructors working head to tail, tail to head, form the fourth world and the fifth, sixth and seventh cosmoses.


Seven cosmoses depend from each constructor. The first is formed by the constructor and its mirror. The second by the constructor, its follower and follower’s follower. The third by the constructor, its follower, the follower’s mirror, and the follower of that mirror. The fourth cosmos is begun by the constructor’s leader, then the constructor and its mirror, then the mirror’s follower. The fifth cosmos is formed from the first cosmos of the constructor, followed by the third cosmos depending from the opposite of the constructor. The sixth cosmos is formed by the second cosmos of the constructor, and the second cosmos of the opposite constructor. The seventh cosmos is begun by the third cosmos of the constructor and ended by the first cosmos of the opposite constructor.


The first world’s beings are the substance of that world, the hierarchical world. They come into being out of the six by combination of any two mirrors. Such beings do not yet have perceptible existence. They are the seeds of the multiverse, one turning one way, one the other. From their pairings are formed the bases of growth, compression and change. As yet time and space do not arise; in themselves they contain all the possible creations. It is the world of Gods—Gods in the likeness of fiery serpents or infinite vortices or the Miracle Gods who change the aspect of all received by them. It is a world of mirrors, ‘in our own likeness’.


The second world’s beings are also identical with the substance of their world. It is the substance of time and space, the world of resilience. When time expands, space expands; when time changes, space changes. The smaller the object, the faster its time; the greater the object’s extent, the greater its cycle of time. Wheels creating, adapting and replicating, spinning in all directions, weaving the fabric of space; Orbs expanding, shrinking and mutating, forming the extent and substance of all creations; each is dependent on the other. In this world all the possible universes are laid down in possible extent and possible duration. Here is the world of birth and death, the multiverse.

The denizens of the third world, the world of growth, are of two types, one in which a God conceals a follower’s God, and one in which a God is concealed by a leader’s God. In each the other lies hidden: it is a world of appearances, a world of duality where the serpents of growth are hidden in change or compression, the heralds of change are hidden by compression or growth, the vortices of compression are hidden in growth or change. It is the world of universes dependent on one constructor.


The fourth world, the world of structure, is inhabited by three types of material beings. In one the denying is fixed, in another the affirming has become active, and in the third the unifying has acquired material existence. They correspond to those material beings in whom only what they receive from outside exists, those beings in whom what is outside of themselves has to be related to what is inside them, and those beings who impose on the outside their internal worlds of possibilities. All three possess within them the other three worlds in due proportion, two parts from the first, two from the second and two from the third: in all these living beings the possibility exists to perceive the whole of creation.

The cosmoses are living beings, each attempting to maintain the integrity of its own existence. Each sustains and is sustained by other cosmoses. Each is food for a greater and excretes a lesser. In each food is converted, part to freer, simple energy, part to lesser, more bound energy. World creation arises from the binding of simple energy in more and more complicated forms. The greater cosmos contains the smaller cosmoses. The relationship between worlds is that the greater world is part of the lesser and the lesser is made from the greater. Without the cosmoses the worlds run down and creation ceases; with them the worlds endure.


Each world is fourfold: the thing it seems to be and three other things that form it. Remove one and the world returns to Unity. Our world is sustained by three cosmoses: the physical beings, the interactive beings and the creative beings that continually bring the new into this world. The world we live in is in our universe: it exists within this other world as the tides and waves exist within an ocean, as planets and galaxies exist within space. This universe, any universe, is inhabited by living beings, the dragons and chimeras of constant change. Behind one form another is concealed; within one the other lies in wait. As one dissolves, the other appears. To our world the universe is all, but the universe exists within the multiverse, the world of Wheels and Orbs, and they within the world of Void, Eternity and Change.


Each cosmos contains a lesser. The living creatures in man attempt to maintain their own existence, and by their being a man is sustained. All men attempt to maintain their own integrity of existence and by their being Man is sustained. In all the living worlds of this universe ‘Man’ exists and so do the Gods of this universe.

Each cosmos is fivefold. It is part of a living being and it has its own smallest living being. That which perceives its own existence perceives the greater and lesser of its being. Between the perceiver and the greater cosmos an ideal sense of being emerges. Between the perceiver and the least a sense of real being emerges. These emergent beings isolate and join its greatness and its smallness and by them the perceiver maintains its own integrity. Between the ideal of the greater and the reality of the lesser, man exists.

From the Gate of Necessity consciousness arises. Conscious of eternity, conscious of void, conscious of change all beings arise. Attached to any, consciousness descends, into greater and greater complexity consciousness descends. Afraid of simplicity, consciousness retreats deeper into complexity. As it retreats, one’s world becomes more important and greater and greater its extent, greater and greater its bondage, more and more real the lesser, less and less real the greater.


Seven are the cosmoses, three are the mothers. In each cosmos the mothers work in different ways. Void, change, eternity-each is different in every cosmos, but all are united in the twenty-one governances that maintain the balance of Integrity; twenty-one are the governances that maintain the integrity of the One in perceptible existence. Be conscious of the worlds and the Father; be conscious of the cosmoses and the Mother; be conscious of rest, be conscious of acts—rest in Unity.

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