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- Abhorrence; disgust
- A cause of abhorrence or disgust
Use in Thelemic Writings
The Book of the Law (Liber AL vel Legis)
"That stélé they shall call the Abomination of Desolation count well its name & it shall be to you as 718." -- Chapter 3, verse 49, line 5
Compare for yourself! The phrase "Abomination of Desolation" to the name of the priest for whom the Stele of Revealing was created, Ankh-af-na-khonsu:Ankh is both a tool and a symbol meaning "new life."
Khonsu's name comes from a word meaning, "to cross over," "wanderer," or "he who traverses."
"They that drink thereof are smitten of disease; the abomination hath hold upon them, and their torment is like the thick black smoke of the evil abode." -- Chapter 5, line 62
Use in Other Traditions
In the Christian Bible
"In the Bible references to witchcraft are frequent, and the strong condemnations of such practices which we read there do not seem to be based so much upon the supposition of fraud as upon the "abomination" of the magic in itself." -- see Witchcraft
"A strong belief in the superiority of the spiritual realm to the material inspired them to remain abstinent from sex, believing that the trapping of a soul within flesh was an abomination."