Friday, June 15, 2012

The Silent Calling





     The book I was writing about in the previous post - The Book of the Law, or Liber AL vel Legis - is not particularly easy to understand, and it is not meant to be, for it is a fragment of 'Forbidden Wisdom', and there is a warning that all who discuss its contents are to be shunned as 'centres of pestilence'. This is rather peculiar, owing to its supreme importance in the '93 Current' (a term referring to the general teaching of Thelema by Crowley).

     It is important to understand why this book and its message is important since it holds many clues to the various pressing issues facing humanity at this current period in history...mysteries that neither orthodox Science or Religion can adequately respond to alone. That being said, this subject should be looked into by searching online for more info since it is quite difficult to try and condense it all in a summary. If one can hold on long enough s/he can get to some very interesting knowledge which may end up being pertinent to understanding the new existential and eschatological problems we are facing in possessing such powerful technologies as we now do.

     Like I mentioned in the last post, the Book consists of three chapters. Each chapter is being voiced from a different character. Chapter 1 is voiced by the Egyptian sky goddess Nuit who is the goddess of infinite space. Chapter 2 is voiced by Hadit, the masculine counter-part to Nuit, represented by the Point, the sphere, or the Winged Disk which symbolizes the individualized subjective seed-self within the heart of Man. Chapter 3 is voiced by Ra-Hoor-Khuit, which is the name of the active aspect of Horus, who is the offspring of Nuit and Hadit. Ra-Hoor-Khuit has a passive counter-part as well, named Hoor-paar-Kraat, and these dual aspects are likened to the the roles played by Horus as the Sun God, and Set as the God of Sunset/Night. Crowley sums up the speakers of the three chapters;

"We have Nuit - Space, and Hadit, the point of view; 
these experience congress, and so produce Heru-Ra-Ha, 
who combines the ideas of Ra-Hoor-Khuit and Hoor-paar-Kraat." 

      Liber AL vel Legis was originally entitled Liber L vel Legis, and it was an early student of Crowley's Order (The Silver Star) named Frater Achad who discovered particular qabalistic 'keys' encoded in the text that convinced Crowley to change the title on account of multiple prophetic verses having been fulfilled by Achad's discoveries. Just to clarify, the word Frater is Latin for 'brother' and refers to a male member of a monastery or religious organization. The female equivalent is Soror. This is where the words 'fraternity', and 'sorority' come from for college social groups. 'Achad' is an English rendering of the Hebrew אחד, AChD, which means 'one', or 'unity'. It is tradition to take a new name, or 'magical motto' when taking an Oath of a Grade in the Order, but Frater Achad was also his pen name. Frater Achad's real name was Charles Stansfeld Jones, and his role in Crowley's work is very important, as I will show in due course.

     The main thing he discovered was the 'Key' of it all', referred to in verse 47 of Chapter 3 :
     "This book shall be translated into all tongues: but always with the original in the writing of the Beast;  for in the chance shape of the letters and their position to one another: in these are mysteries that no Beast shall divine. Let him not seek to try: but one cometh after him, whence I say not, who shall discover the Key of it all. Then this line drawn is a key: then this circle squared in its failure is a key also. And Abrahadabra. It shall be his child & that strangely. Let him not seek after this; for thereby alone can he fall from it."


     The first 'Key' is that Liber L, according to Achad, should be changed to Liber AL, for by adding the 1st letter A the gematric value of the title 'AL' is then 31, a number that Achad showed to be related to many of the secrets he ended up discovering.

     Remember that אחד (Achad) equals 13, and that 31 is a reversal of 13. Achad ended up also writing a couple important books about the Tree of Life and Qabalah, and in one he ends up reversing the traditional paths of the Tree after finding out that reversing things can yield significant hidden meanings. From that point on, Achad used reversals and inversions quite obsessively.

     Achad pointed out that 31 is one third of 93, clarifying  the connection in verse 39 (13x3) of Chapter 1 where it says:
39. The word of the Law is Θελημα.
     Θελημα, (Thelema) being 93 in Greek gematria, is the reversal of 39. This is clarified to be a true 'qabalah', or 'reception' since 93 + 39 = 132, the number of QBL, the Hebrew spelling of Qabalah, which means 'to receive'.

     AL (אל) is translated as 'God' and is the root of the Arabic Allah. The reverse of AL, LA, (לא) means 'Not', or nothingness. Therefore, AL = God, Being, or Manifestation, and LA = Not, Non-being, Nothing. This was Achad's justification for the adding of the letter A, for it opened up numerous avenues in the book that were unrecognized by Crowley.

[[Achad's works are here linked to for your convenience to purview at a later time.]]
                                                    Q.B.L,
                                               The Anatomy of the Body of God
                                                - various other writings - 

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     Another important verse in the Book, certainly the most obscure, is verse 76 of the second chapter. It starts off with a cryptogram (an encoded sequence of numbers and letters) and mentions that the prophet (Crowley) will never know what it means (at least in his incarnation as Crowley), and that there will be someone else in the future who will demonstrate what the code actually means. The verse is shown below:

     76. 4 6 3 8 A B K 2 4 A L G M O R 3 Y X 24 89 R P S T O V A L. What meaneth this, o prophet? Thou knowest not; nor shalt thou know ever. There cometh one to follow thee: he shall expound it. But remember, o chosen one, to be me; to follow the love of Nu in the star-lit heaven; to look forth upon men, to tell them this glad word.

     No single person has uncovered the meaning of this verse quite like the British writer and occultist Kenneth Grant. Grant was a student of Crowley and has nine main books that give a detailed analysis of everything I have so far attempted to summarize, and more. Much of his work centers around the discoveries made by Achad, which Grant further labored to unveil.

     Kenneth Grant has a few other books, but I will leave those out for now. The 9 that I will be referencing are known as the Typhonian Trilogies. They were written from 1972 to 2002, and since they are hard to obtain few people have actually read them, and even fewer have understood their importance. They were printed in limited numbers so they generally run fairly expensive. I first came across his books when looking for affordable Crowley books on eBay, and I ended up getting Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God (the second installment of the nine) which hardly helped me to understand anything better, instead I just had a few more questions, until I read a few more in the series and started getting familiar with the concepts and terminology.

     I was able to get the rest of them for relatively cheap on eBay in the random order they became available. Even though they are supposed to be read one after another, I read them as I was able to buy them which was sort of difficult for a while until I had them all, though in the meantime I read digital versions and did what I could to try and fill in the gaps when he made references to the books I hadn't yet gotten.


     I was beginning to make certain discoveries of my own when I soon read that he had died from a prolonged sickness on January 15th, 2011. Looking back, I wish I would have read his books a little sooner so I could have met him, but that was apparently not what fate intended.

     After a few months of reading I came to realize that I was destined to read them exactly when I did, since the number of years it had been since certain events he wrote about started to form a pattern, not only in the books, but also within my own life A number of coincidences began surfacing in some subtle and not so subtle ways which I started to document as I progressed in my research.

     The most important occurrence was that I unintentionally acquired an obsidian egg on the very important day which Grant says was a date in which Frater Achad made specific discoveries (on April 2, 1948, his 62nd birthday) [I got mine April 2, 2011] regarding an EGG and its relation to the cryptogram of verse 76 (mentioned above) which ends with the letters OVAL, further denoting the Egg.

     What is most relevant is that I got the egg before reading in Grant's book Cults of the Shadow where he first mentions this particular discovery of Achad's. I ended up getting Outside The Circles Of Time before I was able to get Cults of the Shadow so it was in OTCOT that I found out that April 2, 1948 was the date Frater Achad announced that Crowley's Aeon of Horus was to be succeeded by The Aeon of Maat, bringing about a whole different Aeonic formula. He also claimed that it corresponded with the transition from the Piscean astrological age to the Age of Aquarius, six days later on the 44th year of the Aeon of Horus.

     Many people found this claim to be premature since an Aeon is meant to last around 2000 years. Nevertheless, Grant has worked to show that the qabalistic evidence Achad produced to back up his claim may in fact be valid since they correlate with much of the changes we have seen over the last century.

     Before the present Aeon of Horus, mankind was in a period known as the Aeon of Osiris, where paternalism and male dominance prevailed. For example, the Abrahamic religions - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - are all patriarchal religions asserting God as the 'Father', and emphasizing the masculine component in social hierarchy. Before the Aeon of Osiris was the Aeon of Isis, referring back to when humanity worshiped the 'Mother Earth', 'Mother Nature', and the feminine aspect. The Aeon of Isis was around the time of the Pagan religions and the 'hunter-gather' period of man's development, which ended up being eradicated by the Osirian religions.

     The Aeon of Horus refers to the present age in the sense that as the Son, the emphasis is upon the individual rather than the group as in conventional social schemes of the past. Horus as the Child represents self-empowerment through the personal attainment of the True Will, which can only come by the shedding of out-dated belief systems and dogmas of the Osirian Age and finding your own personal Path.

     The Aeon of Maat is regarded as the Aeon of Truth and Justice, and signifies the time where the soul of man is weighed against Maat's Feather of Truth. This Aeon represents the maturation of the Human Spirit into Balance and Perfection and the attainment of mastery over the lower animal drives, which are now being confronted by man - giving him a chance to either progress towards the Light of Truth, or fall into a Dark Age that will terminate in his (our) own annihilation.

     Many Thelemites disagree that The Aeon of Maat could have begun so early, though Achad specified that his announcement was one part of the Incoming of a Dual Current of Greater and Lesser Cycles, the Greater being The Inauguration of The Aeon of Horus in Cairo by Crowley in 1904 - and the Lesser Cycle concerning what he termed the 'MA-ION' as the 'Daughter' aspect and continuation of Horus which he announced on April 2, 1948 with the reception of the word 'MA-ION'.

     The word 'MA-ION' came as an inspiration to Achad when trying to uncover the 'secret word' mentioned in Chapter 1, verse 20:
20.  
The key of the rituals is in the secret word which I have given unto him.
     Achad came to the conclusion that MA-ION was this secret 'key of the rituals' on the basis that the first and last verses of Chapter 1 contain the 13 letter word 'MANIFESTATION' in a rather unusual way:
1.  
Had! The manifestation of Nuit.                                                
&
66.  
The Manifestation of Nuit is at an end.
     Achad took the last verse literally and considered the ends of MANIFESTATION to be the secret word of Nuit, and the true name of the Aeon of Ma, or Maat as the secretion, or secret ion of Nuit.

     There is so much more beyond what I have tried to convey, and if you haven't done any research into the various things I've mentioned so far than it is unlikely you will be able to see the importance of what I am saying. The subject I am here describing is one of the more elusive areas of Grant and Crowley's work, but it is the core of what I am trying to demonstrate. If you have not yet availed yourself to any of the material I have presented, you might want to so you can more accurately comprehend what I am talking about.

     Though nothing appeared to validate Achad's claims that the Aeon of Truth and Justice had initiated, the year before his announcement was very important in that the planet dramatically changed with the advent of a number of significant occurrences.

     1947 was the year Aleister Crowley died, and it was also the beginning of what's been termed the 'UFO Age' starting with the alleged crash of an alien spacecraft in Roswell, New Mexico and the reports of 'flying saucers' by Kenneth Arnold, along with an influx other reports about unidentified flying objects and extraterrestrial entities. Incidentally, 1947 was the year the United States Central Intelligence Agency was created. Also, a number of ancient biblical texts were found in the Middle East which indicated the presence of extraterrestrial beings in the past around the time of the formation of modern civilization. These texts were hidden by early religious heretics when they faced execution by the early Christians, and are known as the Nag Hammadi Library, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. These too I will elaborate on at a later time.

     Since '47, the subject of UFOlogy has reached incredible proportions. There is more than enough evidence to show without a doubt that something beyond our present comprehension has been increasingly affecting our existence since these events took place. It is almost as if we are making our way toward a definitive contact with another species or race of intelligent creatures, and it is all in the context of the Aeons of Horus and Maat that such a situation can be explained as veritable manifestations of what Achad was hinting at in his revelations in 1948. Kenneth Grant explains a lot of this in his books and there are many articles available on the internet that discuss the various connections surrounding the occult activities of Crowley and his fellow disciples.

     Crowley, Achad, and Grant are the primary characters whose work I will be discussing, so familiarization with each of their roles is necessary to understand my own original insights, which  I will soon divulge.

     The nature of this subject matter is very specialized and esoteric. Only someone well-versed in Qabalistic correspondences and the prominent spiritual teachings of old can work their way through the web without getting tied up or turned away.

     I came to realize that my own reading and induction into Grant's writings was the commencement of my own private Initiation into the Magical Tradition that Crowley effectually revived. The connections I found between my own name and birth date and certain components of Grant's discourses slowly but undeniably crept through to my awareness as I progressed. Soon, events started occurring that I came to realize as magical manifestations of mystical inceptions, all of which particularly centered around the obsidian egg I got prior to reading about Crowley/Achad's EGG.

     Since there are so many inter-connected aspects of this puzzle it is difficult to begin giving an account of the Egg and the large picture surrounding it. I suppose I might as well begin with the general numerical affirmations that first started becoming clear to me.

     The book I was reading when most of this became clear to me was Grant's 5th instalment of the Trilogies, Outside the Circles of Time (1980). This book deals with the Aeon of Maat as expressed by Achad in particular, as well as how another writer named Nema Andahadna (who was unaware of Achad's work) published her own work that tapped into the same stream of knowledge about the Egyptian goddess Maat. Grant discusses the connections between the two independent systems, and how they come to form a relationship that would forever change the future of Thelema.

     There is a particular 'Circle of Time' that Grant refers to in Chapter 8 regarding the cyclical reappearance of an 'Egg' once every seven years from when it was first mentioned in AL.I.49 to 1946 when Grant was initiated into the Mysteries himself as Frater Aossic :
49.  
I am unique & conqueror. I am not of the slaves that perish. Be they damned & dead! Amen. (This is of the 4: there is a fifth who is invisible, & therein am I as a babe in an egg.)

     The transcripts of Achad's writings on The Aeon of Maat/MA-ION have still been unpublished 32 years since they were first mentioned in OTCOT, though Starfire Publishing is supposed to release them later this year.

     The Egg I got in the midst of these revelations symbolizes my acquiring of the 93/696 Current as prophesized by Liber AL. This is clarified by the fact that the word MA-ION equals 107, which is the number of years between 1904 and 2011, when I obtained AN OBSIDIAN EGG (=107).
107 is also, as Achad notes, the number of OVAL (the symbol of the 5th element - Akasha/Spirit), as well as ULLAM, the Sanskrit word for 'consciousness', which the Fifth Element symbolizes.

     Furthermore, 107 is 5 more than 102, the number of my name in Simple Gematria, as well as MAAT(=51) + TAAM (=51), signifying the dual current of Maat. (MAAT (51) has a coounter-part, similar to Horus & Set, named MAUT. MAAT + MAUT (56) = 107.)
5 is also connected to me in being the number of my Life Path, which is obtained by adding up the numbers in my birth date and them reducing them by addition to a single number.

     Therefore, I (as 102) obtained the Egg (5) and found my True Will (Life Path) to be that of the 'double-wanded one' referred to in AL.III.34:

34. But your holy place shall be untouched throughout the centuries: though with fire and sword it be burnt down & shattered, yet an invisible house there standeth, and shall stand until the fall of the Great Equinox; when Hrumachis shall arise and the double-wanded one assume my throne and place. Another prophet shall arise, and bring fresh fever from the skies; another woman shall awake the lust & worship of the Snake; another soul of God and beast shall mingle in the globèd priest; another sacrifice shall stain the tomb; another king shall reign; and blessing no longer be poured To the Hawk-headed mystical Lord!

     First and foremost the verse (34) times the Chapter number (3) = 102.
     102 is the gematric value of the 13 letters in my name and the zero in 102 can be thought of as a hidden reference to the number 13, similar to the 12 zodiacal signs around the Sun.
This shows the relation between 13 (the number of letters in my name and the word MANIFESTATION) and 102.

     MA-ION as 107 refers to the secretion, or secret ion of Nuit - the Goddess of Space - in the form of an egg. MA-ION can also be rendered as 171, which is the sum of the numbers 1 through 18. (I was 18 when I received the Egg, though I was in my 19th year of life. 19 = EGG [5+7+7])

     And to further the already ambiguous connections, MA-ION can be enumerated as 821 when N is given it's final value of 700. 821 is a number connected to me in that I was born on August (8), 21st of 1992.

     Since Frater Achad announced the Incoming of MA-ION in 1948, 44 years had elapsed since the Inauguration of the Aeon of Horus in 1904. 44 years after 1948 happens to be 1992, when I was born.

     44 is the number of the sum of Achad's key numbers: 13 and 31.

     Another very important key Achad discovered was in the number 418, which was not only the number of the name AIWASS (The transmitter of The Book of the Law), but also the number of the sum of 13 through 31. 418 also came to be the number of Crowley's work The Vision and the Voice, which contains many hints to the Aeonology here being described. [Note: It was 102 years between 2011 (when  I began my initiation) and 1909 (when Liber 418 was written). Also, 102 is the number of 'Tao Te Ching', the book Crowley was working on in 1918 around the time of The Amalantrah Working  and when he drew the Portrait of LAM.]

     13 x 31 is 403, the number of אבן ספיר, the Hebrew word for 'Sapphire Stone'. This is one 'key' to the Greater and Lesser Cycles of MA-ION, which I will go into later.
To stay within the context of my own discoveries I will just note that 13 through 31 (418) + 13 x 31 (403) equal 821 which goes on to show the 'Double Wand of Power' mentioned in AL.III.72. is in fact connected with the The Aeon of Maat/MA-ION.

     The significance of the EGG in connection with the various manifestations of egg shaped craft, and 'oval-headed' entities since the death of Crowley has only become more apparent with the work of Grant and his references to Achad's discoveries. There is a lot of space given in the Trilogies regarding another extraterrestrial intelligence Crowley trafficked with back in 1918 named LAM. The portrait Crowley drew of LAM is up in the top-left corner of this page, and it serves as a link to some sources of information. The portrait first appeared as the frontispiece to Crowley's commentary on Helena Blavatsky's The Voice of the Silence. It was given to Grant as a gift from Crowley in 1945 and it forms an integral part in the Trilogies as being the 'link' between the Aeons of Horus and Maat. It is here relevant considering the fact that it was drawn many decades before the common depiction of 'grey aliens' which began to manifest in 1947, likely as a result of the multiple atomic weapon tests in the area beginning a few years before in 1945.

      

     The 'Dual', or 'Double' Current is the functional interpretation of the relationship between Horus and Maat. Kenneth Grant says that LAM is the link between the two Aeons, and is also distinguished as not so much an individual entity, but a 'Gateway' to trans-aeonic dimensions of consciousness existing outside of circles of time and space. The translation of the word Lam in Tibetan is 'the Way', and a Tibetan teacher is called a Lama, meaning 'he who goeth'. Perhaps there is an underlying implication in that the Gods of Egypt we described as the Treaders of the Path, or those whose function was to go, and that LAM = 26 in Simple gematria could indicate a counterfeit GOD (=26). This perspective should be looked at in consideration of the many historical accounts of deceptive beings that try to appear as something they are not.

     LAM equals 71 in Hebrew gematria, and the number 107 is related by being the reverse of 71 with the inclusion of an egg, or 0. Since aliens are often described as existing beyond our dimensions, and beyond time itself, the Akashic Egg is a valid description for just where these entities may be manifesting from. Reports often describe them as having telepathic abilities, which is why they have no ears, and small mouths. This is the assumption as to why Crowley put it as the frontispiece to Liber 71- The Voice of the Silence. 71 is also the number of ALIL, 'nothing', 'an apparition', signifying beings operating beyond or through the 4 elements.

    The significance of the Egg I received slowly became obvious as I looked into this obscure area of research. I noticed that not only does my name (102) and birthday (821) coincide with the qabalistic mysteries concerning MAAT, but that they is also intricately connected with the mysteries surrounding LAM.

     102 (My name, FINAL H, EGG-MAN, etc.) + 821 (My birthday [Aug. 21], MA-ION) = 923 = 71 (LAM) x 13 (Manifestation, AChD, AHBH (Love), etc.)

     It is then highly significant that my initials are the reverse of LAM - M.A.L., and as if to validate this; Grant notes that the palindrome LAMAL = 102, and that it 'reveals the true nature of the Cult of Lam as the transmitter to AL (Universe 'A') of, or from , LA (Universe 'B') via MA (the Daughter).'
It is in fact from the name of the goddess Maat that the term mathematics is derived since she is the  the measurer of matter. She is also the mother, the matrix, and the mouth that utters the myth. Thus, being the measurer, gematria is a useful tool for the analysis of the 'Incoming' of the Aeon of Maat. I have here some of my own gematria to give evidence of the undeniably consistent symbology the egg came to represent.

     As a child, I was always very terrified by aliens. My Aunt lived in Payson, Arizona and told me stories when I was really young about flying saucers that occasionally flew over her house in the mountains. I saw The X-Files and Fire in the Sky as a kid before bed but I never got nightmares surprisingly.. I noticed that the more I thought about something the less likely it would appear in a dream. I did have one dream though where I woke up without feeling scared or shaken. It was very weird because I was laying on a table looking up at a tall ugly translucent-white skinned alien with a blackish-brown underneath. It was holding a baby in its lengthy hand and two other aliens were on the side of the room. I can't remember what its face exactly looked like, only that its mouth and eyes were too hideous to bear. There was also an old man on another table in the room who appeared to be covered in various sized cuts all over his body. The room had only glowing white walls and seemed pretty small. The tall alien in front of me ended up gently running its long finger flat across the baby's face and a trail of blood followed, as if the alien's finger was sharp like a blade.

     I was about 12 when I had this dream, and like I said, it never felt scary. I woke up completely calm and even told my dad who thought it was odd. What made it a little scarier is that when I got older and read about the many abduction reports and how the most common number of aliens encountered in visitations and abductions is 3.

     Basically, I have come to realize that my interest in magic and the occult is written into my personal qabalah, and the things I have discovered need to be revealed for those who are destined to encounter them. Since the information above is rather extensive and dense I will go into all the related areas in time. Whether I succeeded in presenting this data in sufficiently coherent manner depends on the readers level of awareness and familiarity with the material I've touched upon. The links I have provided are very good resources for getting a better idea of things.

     When I get into how this information relates to the various accounts by ancient people of 'angels', 'demons', 'spirits', and 'extraterrestrials', what I have been attempting to cover will begin to take shape and become clearer. The fact that these entities might not all be benevolent is the primary reason for why I want to discuss this. The 'occult' connection is merely one facet of this vast subject, and it is all too often ignored or mis-understood by people focused on a particular area. It is extremely urgent that more people become attuned to certain pieces of information so as to not be caught off guard in case something like alien contact ends up happening, especially in the case of an attack or even attempted infiltration.

     The possibility that an infiltration may have already occurred can be debated, but it is with the context of the information I am presenting that we may be able to re-direct our course towards a brighter future, rather than let it be curbed by predatory beings who are far more advanced than us.
If we can't protect our physical bodies, we can at least work to save the one thing these things are after; our souls.



     For more information about Kenneth Grant, The Aeon of Maat, MA-ION, and LAM. here are a few links



Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Beginnings

     Unless you have read the work of Kenneth Grant much of what I say will seem completely alien. And unless you have read the work of Aleister Crowley, Kenneth Grant's work will seem alien as well. To begin, I will give a brief background of Crowley as best I can, and move on to Grant later.

     When initially researching the notorious character Aleister Crowley, many people are turned away by the sensationalism commonly associated with him. Crowley even stated that he liked putting false rumors about himself so as to turn away would-be readers and researchers, thereby keeping his work truly occult and esoteric. Many people have held Crowley in disdain for some of his ideas and behaviours, and concocted stories abound regarding his various magical experiments and adventures. He is perhaps most notably recognized as the most influential 'Satanist', or 'black' magician, although if one looks into his work it is easy to see that this was not so. In fact, his most commonly used nickname was 'The Great Beast 666'. He earned this title from is own mother for being so rebellious and defiant when he was young. When accused of being a black magician Crowley replied thus:

"I have been accused of being a “black magician.” 
No more foolish statement was ever made about me. 
I despise the thing to such an extent that I can hardly believe 
in the existence of people so debased and idiotic as to practice it."

     It is usually after many years of research into a variety of subjects dealing with philosophy, religion, mythology, etc. that someone encounters Crowley and is able to understand the context of his work. If one can see beyond their apprehensions and misconceptions of the study of magick and mysticism then one of the biggest steps toward attainment will have been taken. 
   
     In my opinion, one of Crowley's greatest achievements lay in the magical order he created with the help of George Cecil Jones in 1907 called the A∴A∴, or Argentium Astrum (Latin)/Άστρον Αργυρόν (Aston Argon, Greek). Argentium Astrum/Astron Argon means 'Silver Star'. It is an initiatory system consisting of eleven grades which correspond to the 10 sephiroth and the Abyss that separates the top 3 sephiroth (called the Supernal Triad) from the other 7. Each grade is intended to bring the initiate to a higher state of Wisdom and Understanding as they accomplish various tasks according to the grade s/he is in.

     The A∴A∴ is loosely based off of the initiatory system of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, though it centralizes around a particular 'Holy' text that Crowley received from a "praeternatural" intelligence which later proved itself to be of cosmic importance. This text is known as the Book of the Law, or technically as  - Liber AL vel Legis, sub figura CCXX as delivered by XCIII (93)=418 to DCLXVI.




     The main tasks the initiate must strive for in order to discover and actively live their True Will is the 'Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel' and the 'Crossing of the Abyss'. I will leave this particular area open for personal study for now and come back to it later.

     The Book of the Law, which Crowley received in Cairo Egypt in April of 1904 over the course of three days - a chapter a day on the 8th, 9th, and 10th - was dictated to him, while he was in the King's Chamber of the Great Pyramid, by a voice who identified itself as 'Aiwass, the minister of Hoor-paar-Kraat'. It was a response to various invocations he performed to impress his then wife Rose Edith Kelly who had little knowledge, let alone belief in the supernatural.

     On March 18th, after invoking the Egyptian messenger god Thoth, Rose mentioned to Crowley that "Horus was waiting for him". Crowley questioned her in regard to her knowledge of Horus and she answered quite accurately for never having studied mythology or Egyptology. Crowley was convinced she was receiving the information as a result of his invocation. As further proof of her identification of Horus, Rose was inspired to find a particular Stele, or stone tablet, which Crowley and her indeed ended up finding in the Bulaq Museum. The inventory number assigned to it happened to be '666', the number Crowley had identified himself with since a child, further clarifying the ordeal. Afterwards, the Stele was realized to give attribute to the 3 central characters of Liber AL, Nuit, Hadit, and Ra-Hoor-Khuit.


     For years Crowley doubted the legitimacy of the text, and failed to understand its message. He struggled with some of the verses and actually found certain bits quite abhorrent. Over the years Crowley realized its importance of the text in relation to the traditions of eld and their direction into the future. To him it signified the inauguration of a new era for humanity, that of the Aeon of Horus the child.

     The philosophical system surrounding Liber AL ended up being called Thelema, which is the Greek word for Will. One of the primary tenets of Thelema is the eleven-fold axiom: "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law". This is commonly misunderstood to mean do whatever you want, but it really means find your True Will and do it, which is often quite contrary to what you want to do. Much study and rigorous work is required if one really wishes to reach enlightenment and it can only come with exercise.
     Another phrase often following the latter is "Love is the Law, Love under Will". This means that Love (Greek: Agape) is the means to the Law's fulfilment. 

     The Book of the Law is intended to be interpreted by each individual in regard to his own Great Work and path to enlightenment. My own initiation has led me to unlock for myself certain pieces of  what was at first an incomprehensible jungle, but only after much work and discipline was I able to better comprehend the concepts and information.

     I learned about Crowley first in various books on the general topic of magic and metaphysics and began studying him as a part of an English class biography assignment in my senior year. I had read a little about him when studying another interesting cultural persona - Marilyn Manson - since I was about 13, though it wasn't until my later high-school years that I was able to see his relevance. I too had a defiant predisposition when I was younger and found much to relate with in both of them. I grew up in a constricting environment in East Texas which I am now thankful for since it prepared me for what I am writing about now.

     Nothing short of monumental, Crowley's work consists of a wide variety texts ranging from bizarre poetry to mystical texts of all sorts. He embodied a specialized form of knowledge which he claimed was a "re-discovery of the Sumerian Tradition", which is to say, he sought to find the roots of magic which span back to the origins of recorded civilization in Ancient Sumeria. It has little to do with the late distortions commonly known as "New-Age", other than the fact that much of that material is based on work we can thank Crowley for.

     Crowley's intention was to fuse the teachings of the Eastern mystics with the Western Mystery Traditions, both of which were lacking what the other had, much like the case between Science and Religion, another set of institutions he sought to integrate for the benefit of the underlying aim of both. He came to term this fusion 'Scientific Illuminism' which, from the uninitiated perspective has been perverted as the 'Unified Religion', or 'New World Religion', supposed to merge all religions under a common brand based on their underlying similarities. Crowley just meant that rather than accepting myths and legends as true, one should work to test their hypothesis and base their beliefs of experience rather than 'faith' based on fear and cultural upbringing. Crowley was so opposed to fascism and authoritarianism it becomes quite a contradiction when people say he was for a 'one world religion' or government.

     Whether Crowley's work can be considered of value is for each person to decide for themselves. One thing is certain, if it wasn't for Crowley life as we know it might be very, very different. The 60's counter-culture movement may have never even come about if Leary and Co. hadn't been inspired by the legacy of his penchant for exotic intoxicants, themselves compelled to experiment with the powerful mind-altering substances like LSD, Psilocybin, Mescaline, DMT, etc. as an entheogenic, or consciousness-expanding tool .

     Much like Crowley, the general counter-culture movement and its figure heads ended up being misunderstood and demonized by those who misperceived their original intention. But because the many people ingesting psychedelics and psychedelic culture at the time were so used to mass-market idealism, and  addicted to capitalistic materialism the operation went sour and left a bad impression. Rather than achieve liberation and peace, I think in the end ego's were just inflated on a whole different level.

     The religious/spiritual/mystical experience is very similar to a psychedelic experience in that the ego is transcended and spirit and matter are shown, often in beautiful visionary displays, to be universally interlocked as different expressions of the same divine source, infinitely greater than the mind can grasp from mundane levels of awareness. The transference of awareness to zones beyond the ego is basically a form of 'crossing the abyss', though it is first necessary to establish balance at the center level - Tiphareth/Anahatta - otherwise there is danger of obsession, imbalance, mania, or even death.

     The situation facing humanity today is our lack of interest in and focus on the spiritual, non-physical world. Materialism has almost completely engrossed modern society and the only thing that may shock it back into awareness might be a dramatic event caused either by weather or an accident on our part. You could say that has actually been happening. Take all the massive animal die-offs, earthquakes, oil spills, nuclear reactor meltdowns, etc., for example. Unfortunately, the shock we are facing may be more than what our incarnate bodies can withstand.

     Whatever the future holds for this planet, one thing is certain: This race that assumes it is dominant must quickly mature and gain a level of competence sufficient enough to deal with the forces of nuclear annihilation it is in possession of or else succumb to the fate of civilizations before ours. The only way we can do this is for as many people to raise their level of wisdom and love for the world by learning to see the spirit within and beyond our material reality.


     The Universe of Man is normally binary. This is to say it is not uni-, or one. The macrocosm seems different, unconnected from the microcosm, until man engages himself in initiation which incrementally dissolves the perceived boundaries between man and his environment, slowly revealing his infinite connection with all being. It is this process that organized religion is failing to impart to its adherents, and science not recognizing as relevant to the equation. Consciousness is really the primary factor in any philosophic or existential inquiry, and until this is realized and sufficiently tended to, all attempts toward improvement will be sterile.

     The world doesn't need a new religion, and it doesn't need any new inventions to survive its imminent apocalypse. It needs to slow down and look back at its long and incredible history so that it doesn't fall into the same holes it has before. No matter what piece of technology we have, if we don't know how to use it or what it is good for, it is useless. When the distance between our technological capacity and our spiritual maturity get far enough apart there may be no turning back. Therefore, knowledge, along with the balance of wisdom and understanding, are the keys to our survival.. or at the very least, a deeper appreciation of this miracle called life.

     Fortunately, we aren't left to start in the dirt. Many heroic people like Crowley have come before us and made clear the paths that worked for them. We aren't alone with nothing to hold on to and it is not impossible to change things before it is indeed too late.

     While it is up to everybody to help their fellow man in rising to his or her highest nature, we must teach by example that the only way to achieve such a goal is to keep learning, growing and improving. There can be no giving into dependency or feeding off of others weakness. We need to show the older generation that it is not too late, and the youth that it is not too early to begin looking into the mysteries of life. We need to understand that no one is going to tell us things that might end up empowering us because that will end their dominion over our consensus reality.

     If we can work to empower ourselves with the strength that comes along with the ascendancy over our primal instincts and drives then we could turn what is moving towards a dark age into one of love and light in just a couple generations. The decisions we make now will affect our futures to a great degree, so careful consideration must be taken when planning what we wish to achieve. At the rate we are moving, if we are to survive our space age, it is nearly impossible to say what type of world we will be living in. What is important now are the values and qualities we instill in our children who really are the fruit of the world.

'By their fruits ye shall know them' - Matthew 7:16

     Familiarization with Crowley's work will be assumed of the readers in my later posts, though I will give brief elaborations when needed. I must say that I've had no experience writing until I started this blog so my skills are not the best, and there are going to be some inevitable errors. I will try to fix these in time, so if anyone has any comments or suggestions feel free to leave a comment or send me a message.

-M.A.L.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

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First thing's first...

One of the most important keys to The Universe is Gematria.
Gematria is basically the assigning to Letters a Numerical Value. (Example: A=1, B=2, C=3...Z=26)

Gematria really began with the Hebrew and Greek alphabets. In fact, the Old Testament of the Bible (which is Hebrew), and the New Testament (which is Greek), actually have traces of either intentional, or possibly even unintentional gematric structure secreted within the words and verses.
The Hebrew, Greek, and English gematric formulas vary distinctly from one another, yet each one maintains a syntactical mathematic in its own right. Often times, two formulas can be seen to inter-pinge one another, revealing a hidden connection or insight.

Initially, I was very skeptical that something so simple could actually exist. I've now deciphered enough to know good and well that gematria can be a very powerful tool...
For example;
In the regular English alphabet there are 26 letters:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
The word 'GOD', happens to equal 26. (7+15+4=26)
When you consider that one of the major Hebrew names for God is יהוה
[Yod (10), Heh (5), Vav (6), Heh (5)] and equals 26 also, well that is a gematric connection.

The Hebrew alphabet is incredibly valuable, especially when it comes to gematria.
There are 22 Hebrew letters and each one fits in a particular 'Path' on a symbolic diagram of the Macrocosm (The Universe) and Microcosm (Man) known as the Tree of Life.
The study of this is called Qabalah, or Kabbalah, and Gematria is merely one aspect of this very deep subject.

Rather than to go deeply into the relevance of this system and all of its symbology, I am only going to state that the Tree of Life is one of the many important things I will be referring to later on. Being acquainted with this system will help immensely, not only in understanding my writings, but it can serve as an amazing initiatory system if one really wants to gain its fruit. Much can be found about it online and in books.

Basically, the premise is that all Things are composed of Numbers. Numbers, as we know them, all consist of the 9 fundamental numbers; 1, 2 ,3 ,4 ,5 ,6 ,7 ,8, and 9. 10 simply begins a new cycle and all the previous numbers are recycled. The purpose of the particular structure of the Tree is vague, until you actually begin to work with it and engage in the Practice of Pathwork by ascending the Tree.

Each sphere on the Tree of Life represents a number and is known as a Sephira. Collectively, they are known as the Sephiroth.The Paths that join them symbolize the communion between the Sephira they connect.

According to the general interpretation of various oral myths and religious texts, stories like the biblical Fall of Adam from the Garden of Eden are metaphorical adaptations of the same story the Qabalah tries to teach. An in-depth discussion of this can also be left for another time, but again, why this is relevant is because it all implies that we have fallen away from some sort of Truth or state of being and in order to truly be able to apprehend Reality we must refine our senses, mentalities, and often our over-all health.

This subject is so huge it is easy to digress. I was going to say that 26 is also the number of the Sephiroth of the Middle Pillar of the Tree of Life, but first I had to introduce it in case you are unfamiliar with it.
The Middle Pillar is very important since it is made of some of the more powerful Sephiroth - Kether (1), Tiphareth (6), Yesod (9), and Malkuth (10).

Another gematric connection, perhaps the one that makes the other examples a lot more relevant, is the fact that 26th verse of the first chapter of the first book of the Bible (Genesis) says:
Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:
and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle,
and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Well, when you take the name for God 'יהוה ', and you put it vertically:
י
ה
ו
ה 
Like so.
You get the image of Man. Head, Arms, Torso, and Legs...
Thus, MAN is made in the image of GOD.

Now, I urge anyone who wants to know more about this to first read this chapter from Aleister Crowley's Magick Without Tears. For me, it was one of the best articles on the subject when beginning my research, maybe it will be of benefit for you too.

Before I end this I want to give a little more information on the Hebrew alphabet.
Though there are 22 letters, 5 of those 22 can be given a different symbol and value when they are the last letter of a word. These are known as the 'Final' letters.
For example, the word החשך, (chosek; darkness) ends with one of the letters that has a final value.
The enumeration of the word can either be 5+8+300+20 (333), or 5+8+300+500 (813).

The values of the Hebrew alphabet are shown below:

א - Aleph = 1     י - Yod = 10     ק - Qoph = 100
בBeth = 2     כ - Kaph = 20     ר - Resh = 200
 ג - Gimel = 3     ל - Lamed = 30     ש - Shin = 300
ד - Daleth = 4     מ - Mem = 40     ת - Tau = 400
ה - Heh = 5     נ - Nun = 50     ך - Kaph (final) = 500
ו - Vav = 6     ס - Samekh = 60     ם - Mem (final) = 600
ז - Zayin = 7     ע - Ayin = 70     ן - Nun (final) = 700
ח - Cheth = 8     פ - Peh = 80     ף - Peh (final) = 800
ט - Teth = 9     צ - Tzaddi = 90     ץ - Tzaddi (final) = 900

As you can see, the formula is different than the one I used for the regular English.
In Hebrew gematria the numbers go from 1-9, 10-90, and 100-900, so technically there are 27 letters. 
Greek gematria is similar, though its letters are slightly different.

What I meant earlier by using different formulas for different alphabets is that when you use the Hebrew formula for, say, English words, you can find some pretty startling revelations.
For example:
The word 'REVELATION' can be rendered as 
ר - Resh = 200
ה - Heh = 5
ו - Vav = 6
ה - Heh = 5
ל - Lamed = 30 
א - Aleph = 1
 ת - Tau = 400
י - Yod = 10
ע - Ayin = 70
נ - Nun = 50      +
               777

777 is the number of 
ואתמשל : to represent, liken, be like; to speak in a proverb, use a proverb, speak in parables 
מלבהן: inner man, mind, will, heart, understanding; inner part, knowledge, thinking, reflection
הסבריך: explanation, interpretation, explication, account; excuse
δοκιμαζοντες: prove

This may seem arbitrary, but it serves a a tool for analysing cryptic meanings and discerning concepts by deciphering their mathematical construction.

The best thing you could do is create your own gematric database, either by hand or on a computer.
I have begun one of my own, and I am currently working on it so that maybe one day I can release it to the world as an example of how Reality can be apprehended as a metaphysical web of sorts. 

As Terence McKenna once said:
“The syntactical nature of reality, the real secret of magic, is that the world is made of words. 
And if you know the words that the world is made of, you can make of it whatever you wish.” 

-M.A.L.



Words



I recently decided to make a blog about some things I would like to write about even though what I am looking forward to discussing might be rather ou`tre´, eccentric, far-out, and possibly shocking to some people. I would like to say that this blog is written for those who already know about certain topics, or for specialists who happen to find my work when searching for miscellaneous things I might have written about. This blog is also for people who want to dig deeper into certain aspects of this world of ours, as well as deeper into their own mind, body, and souls.


I hope I can make this clear and concise so as to make it simple enough for someone new to these subjects to understand. Seeing as how most people generally do not read unless they need to, hopefully my words may stir in some people a desire to know more. If I could even get one person to grasp what I'm saying then my job here will be successful. 

Since I will be updating this as I am able to write it there may be various intervals in posts. I am still doing my own research into different areas for myself, but since I have been studying philosophy, metaphysics, mythology, and religion for nearly half of my life I feel like I could and should write about particular subjects and personal experiences. 

It is my opinion that time is of the essence in regard to our acquiring of certain pieces of information and, more importantly, personal truths. For the past few decades life on this planet has been changing remarkably. So much so that it is sometimes difficult for us to remember how things once were. 
Technology is increasingly taking the place of culture as a social structure and organized religious institutions are deteriorating and families are crumbling. 

How did things come to be the way they are? If you haven't asked yourself this by now, you have lots of looking around and thinking to do. Much can be answered of this, though a new way of looking at and thinking of things must be cultivated if one really wishes to pursue that question. The same could be said if you also asked Why.

We need to understand that while we may be human, we are still prey. Predators are among us, and quite likely - above us. Most people get so complacent and relaxed in their lives that they forget there is a constant battle you need to fight so as to not either be utterly consumed, or reach the need to defend oneself with war. The best example I can think of would be the situation right now in the United States. Over time we have gotten so lazy and lackadaisical that most of us have not only become extremely detached from the reality of poverty, death, and real anarchy, but in not taking responsibility as individuals to stay informed and educated about what happens when people amass unequilibrated power (which is exactly what is happening),  the ability for any one person to say or do anything becomes immense, often futile.

I am creating this blog to help people help themselves. Whatever I end up writing about may or may not be agreeable to you. That is fine, as we are all on different paths at different times.
 I would like to end by reminding everyone that here in the United States it is a FREEDOM that we are able to speak, write, and openly express our thoughts and opinions.
Incidentally, certain measures are being taken to take that away, especially by taking down the internet.. THE biggest tool for anyone to educate themselves and communicate. 
The reason this is being attacked is because the very people who benefit from the populace being uninformed and impressionable are losing their authority and ability to cull and control the herd.

And for those new to the idea of global manipulation by small, secretive groups of rich and/or influential individuals then maybe my blog will help you do some homework.


I have learned enough to know for myself how immense and amazing this universe is. I feel like others would benefit if they too could see beyond the programming of television, the conditioning of society, and the blinds keeping them from knowing the Truth. I don't HAVE, the Truth. No one does. The Truth can only be attained toward for it is ever changing and infinitely beyond our comprehension. Only when one can see deeper than the outward appearance of things can we begin to come to know Truth.


May 29, 2018 Update: