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The phallus most often refers to the physical male gentalia, although in some cases it can refer to the clitoris, labia majora and labia minora of a female during fetal development, or the term may refer to the organ before sexual differentiation is evident. In its symbolic sense, it is an expression of the active generative power which is inherent in both men and women. It is often represented as an erect penis, although other possible symbols are the cross, the winged globe, the Sun, and the wand.

Arguably, the most basic Thelemic attribution of the phallus is Will. Aleister Crowley stated it most clearly in "The Gun-Barrel" in The Book of Lies:

Mighty and erect is this Will of mine, this Pyramid

of fire whose summit is lost in Heaven. Upon it

have I burned the corpse of my desires.

Mighty and erect is this Phallus of my Will. The

seed thereof is That which I have borne within me

from Eternity; and it is lost within the Body of

Our Lady of the Stars.

I am not I; I am but an hollow tube to bring down

Fire from Heaven.

Mighty and marvellous is this Weakness, this

Heaven which draweth me into Her Womb, this

Dome which hideth, which absorbeth, Me.

This is The Night wherein I am lost, the Love

through which I am no longer I.

Crowley also identified the phallus with the dying god, such as Osiris, Dionysus, or Jesus. This is based on the nature of the physical male penis, which becomes flacid (or "dies") after it has reached ejaculation. On the symbolic level, this can be interpreted as a god giving life followed by his own death. As Crowley wrote in The Vision and the Voice, "[The Pyramid] is also the phallus, which dies itself to communicate life to others."

He states this poetically in "The Sabbath of the Goat," the first chapter from The Book of Lies:

O! the heart of N.O.X. the Night of Pan.

PAN: Duality: Energy: Death.

Death: Begetting: the supporters of O!

To beget is to die; to die is to beget.

Cast the Seed into the Field of Night.

Life and Death are two names of A.

Kill thyself.

Neither of these alone is enough.

And Crowley explains:

The shape of the figure I suggests the Phallus; this chapter is therefore called the Sabbath of the Goat, the Witches' Sabbath, in which the Phallus is adored.

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