|From C.F. Russell's ad for the Choronzon Club, circa 1931. See The Unknown God by Martin P. Starr (2003)|
The name Choronzon appears to have began with John Dee in his diaries from the 16th century and revived by Aleister Crowley in his scrying of the Enochian Aethyrs in 1909 (See The Tenth Aethyr called ZAX in Liber 418: The Vision and the Voice.) The essential relation of Choronzon with the Abyss, the Guardian or GATEKEEPER thereof, connects with the Dweller on the Threshold or Dark Unknown within, beyond and between All and Nothing. The Triple-Headed Cerberus, the Hound of Hell in Greek mythology is the guardian of Tartarus (The Underworld) and Hades (Satan), so the relation is obvious, and connects further with the Triple AUM of Creation-Preservation-Destruction/Past-Present-Future and the Kundalini Serpent with Three and One-Half Coils which symbolize the Waking-Dreaming-Deep Sleep and Turiya (Twilight).
The number 3 is itself the symbol of the Coil or Spring, symbolic of the spiral force of potential created as the off-spring of the Universal duality (☉). This is the 'Ever-Coming One' or Crowned & Conquering Child, Heru-Ra-Ha (who is comprised of Active and Passive aspects - Ra-Hoor-Khuit and Hoor-Par-Kraat, respectively; i.e. Horus and Set.) Choronzon could be thought of as the nuclear reaction of hyper-charged positive and negative polarities in their microcosmic and macrocosmic interfacing between perceptual (subjective) and objective reality. The cosmic dualities uniting in the third charge the conarium (Third Eye) engendering Manifestation.
The 'Gates' of Choronzon, symbolized by the number 333 and the Qabalah of Nine Chambers (111-222-333-444-555-666-777-888-999) are the Gates of the Consciousness Continuum itself, the 'Window(s)' of the Soul. The dangers of Choronzon arise when these Seals are tampered with without the proper Wisdom and Understanding obtained only through psycho-physiological strength-training, which should be the root focus in any Occult Work. Again, the Weakness of Will or Akrasia that is typical of this particular task is the supreme business to be attended to otherwise little will be of subsequent value or power and assimilation, absorption or dissolution will be the inevitable result. The Egoic Microcosm can be dissolved in a number of ways that will not harm the physical vessel, but the Auric Body of Light can also be cracked or shattered or in other ways infested with astral and etheric virii. 333 certainly has a serrated nature to it, almost like shark teeth, which reminds of its Saturnian relation to Binah, the 3rd Sephira. Saturn and his Scythe represent the cleaving of the Goddess and the tilling of the Earth, as well as the cutting of the threads of Birth-Life-Death (as in the Death card of the Thoth deck).
The true nature of Understanding is hinted at in the fact that it is above the Abyss, beyond the phenomenal prism generated through Daath (Identification) and Malkuth (Ego) i.e. the Fallen 'Cube' of the Ruach or Psyche/Soul (the Hebdomad or 7 Color-Rays between the Abyss and composing Manifestation). Choronzon is a figurative Guardian of the INNER GATE maintaining a separation of the Higher and Lower Orders of Being, the 'Ring Pass Not' (again, which is Triple according to Dion Fortune in The Cosmic Doctrine.) The Higher Order, which is numinous and pure energetic potential or tendency utilizes the lower orders as vessels for its embodiment and emanation, 'mind over matter', I DREAMING I. (333 = UNLOCK THE SHELL, UNLOCK SPACE, THE NUMBER EGG 0 )
The considerations about The Funnel Effect in Dark Doorway of the Beast are extremely important regarding a practical understanding of 333. The fact that he even says that its results will herald another global transformation is concerning considering that this book has been virtually taken out of circulation and the topics it discusses (as well as the work of Kenneth Grant, who wrote the Foreword to the book) is vehemently feared by the uninitiated if even at all considered. I'll quote:
"Magic [Maya; Manifestation] in its entirety is based upon the operations of the Funnel Effect. Very often it is said that the Astral Light is the main component in the armoury of the Magician. The Magician is purely an individual, who becomes more introspective by virtue of systematic obsessions and controlled derangement than his contemporaries. But it is a knowledge of the dynamics of the Funnel Effect that enables him to operate his system, controlled by the Will. The Astral Light is purely the nuts and bolts of the system. The image/thought is the created masterpiece and the Funnel Effect is the tools of construction. In enhancing an understanding of the tools it is possible to create and design any structures and any forms.
The Funnel Effect of course, happens each time any creature 'thinks'. It accesses its group subconsciousness and its personal conscious. Only sustained and intense saturated introspection allows Man to be fully aware of what is happening in mind. It was this sustained concentration that enhanced the operation of the Funnel Effect and the singularly most important factor that caused the initial development of Palaeolithic Man. A thorough working knowledge of the system of operation of the Funnel Effect and its results, will allow Man to truly understand his mental machinery. This will herald another global transformation, instantaneous and similarly proportional to the advance given to Palaeolithic Man, who played with both mind and image in the recesses of darkness."
333 is the FUNNEL EFFECT FUNNEL itself as it acts as a prime point of interface between the 'map'/'model' and the Inner/Underlying Reality beneath and behind the web of the astral thread. Again, each of the Qabalah of Nine Chambers shows the Literal Qabalah being emanated in both number and language, in such an exquisite way as to act as a mechanism for not only unveiling the natural and unnatural codes of the Matrix, but also explaining and giving directions for its application. 0 is the Egg of the Eye, the container of vision, the shell of the soul, and thus the inner FLAME = 82 = UFO. (82 is the number of MAGICK, and 333-82 = 251, the number of VRIHL, and the K'RLA cell (i.e. the Astral Body, see Beyond the Mauve Zone, and Break the Cycle.), both of which indicate the plasmic energy. This relates to the HIGGS BOSON (333), which is the quantum excitation of the GALACTIC ENERGY Higgs field said to exist throughout manifestation. 111 is THE WHILE LIGHT of the Light-Lattice of the FABRIC (=222) of the 3-DIMENSIONAL (=333) 'OUTER SPACE' (=444=) of FOURTH DENSITY. The FRACTALS (555) and the SYNCHRONICITIES (555) align in the QUANTUM PARTICLE (555) of A QUANTUM UNIVERSE (555 = HAD in Full, [HE=10 + ALPh=111 + DLTh=434]).
666 is the Key to the Abyss and the Number of THE EVOLUTION from Beast to Man to Superman. God is not to be evolved into, as God is the Goer, the Going force already at once attained, omnipresent and onmiform. 666 is the ELECTRIC Solar Power of Παραδισος, Paradise or Heaven - the Fire from Heaven brought down for the witness of Man. THE REVEALED word of the PERFECT CREATION of THE WHOLE QABALAH, and particularly this primary Key to THE CHAMBER, THE FULLEST CHAMBER of THE QABALAH OF NINE CHAMBERS - THE FREEMASONRY of the GEOMETRIC FORM within and without THE FRACTAL OF MANIFESTATION. 666 represents the WISSENSCHAFT, a word whose meaning incorporates science, learning, knowledge, scholarship, and implies that knowledge is a dynamic process discoverable for oneself, rather than something that is merely handed down, much-less 'bought'. 666 literally represents the occult as it is the formula of 'NOT KNOW', but it is also that of NOTHING HIDDEN. The Masonic Secret is that the True Word and Science of God (Μαθησις Θεολογια, Mathesis Theologia) is written in everything - within and about us all, in every way - forever and all ways.
It gets repetitive, but this is the nature of the Lightning Flash of 777, (I.e. counting the values of the Paths of the Flaming Sword of the Tree of Life = 777). 777 is THE DARK DOORWAY OF THE BEAST itself, the Vortex of Daath into the World of BROKEN SHELLS, or Qliphoth (OVLM H'QLIPhVTh) . Dark Doorway of the Beast talks about the importance of the Lightning-flash of Astral Light synonymous with Consciousness and Kundalini at the base of the spine in the Muladhara chakra/Malkuth whose symbol is the Mark of the Beast or Swastika ⊗. Asside from baseless digressions of the inversion of this symbol by the NAZI SCHUTTSTAFFEL (=666=) THE SWASTIKA = 666, which being the Solar-Gateway of Spirit in Matter is mathematically related to THE FUNNEL EFFECT & 'O'. 666 is THE CIRCLE, 777 being 111 more is KEY OF THE CIRCLE, i.e. the Key that unlocks the Egg, which is relevant considering 777 was the formula both of THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GEMATRIA CODES began by Crowley in Liber 777, but also UNUS IN OMNIBUS OMNIA IN UNO, ("One in All, All in One"), the magical motto of Frater Achad as Probationer - the One ('AChD', Unity) who unlocked the Key to Liber AL vel Legis and uncovered the mystery of MA-ION=107=BITzH, 'Egg', = OVAL, the Egg-Key of Manifestation.
888 is Ιησους, the Illuminated Messiah (Messiah in Full = 888, [MIM=90+ShIN=360+IVD=20+ChITh=418]), who spoke many parables of wisdom for those who can be like serpents but harmless as doves who had an ear to hear and an eye to see the Way Out (ULTIMATE LIBERATION) of THE GNOSTIC DEMIURGE known simply as MANIFESTATION by not overly identifying with it, but seeing the SUPERNATURAL Light Within one-self, the only necessary quality needed for entry into the GREAT WHITE BROTHERHOOD. The Christ-Light of 888, or THE AZOTh or Astral Light is the Stellar Light of the Soul itself - something which cannot be determined or denied for anyone but itself, as it speaks for itself. The Soul should rather be considered not so much as something given or taken, but something built and strengthened or dulled and weakened. The fluid nature of 888 is reminiscent of the Aquarian Water-Bearer, and it is also the formula of the spell "I WILL BRING DOWN THE FIRE OF THE HEAVEN", i.e I will manifest the Light. 999 is THE SUPREME KNOWLEDGE of this Light, and the Key to its full Understanding.
999 is the Curse of Choronzon, while 0 (Silence) is the Cure. 333 x 3 or Choronzon Manifest in 3-Dimensionality invokes the Qliphothic Vibrations/Fragmentations from Beyond the Hyper-Sphere/Toroid of the Consciousness Continuum, which can alter the entire perceptual 3 dimensional space-time continuum itself altogether. 999 being the Key in Full (MIM=90+PE=85+ThV=406+ChITh=418) unlocks the O of Nuit-Hadit-Ra-Hoor-Khuit, being also the Key of the Aeon of Maat, THE AEON OF TRUTH AND JUSTICE, and as I have duly noted previously - THE INCOMING OF THE AEON OF MAAT, i.e. Frater Achad's first intimations circa 1948. 999 is Ο Απορρητος, O Aporretos - The Secret that remains Το Αρρητον, The Unspeakable. The Κοσμικος Σοπηια, or Cosmic Wisdom that achieves status in the Highest Chamber with THE HIGHER POWER. This is matched by THERION (Nun final), The Beast 666 who said I WILL MAKE MYSELF LIKE THE MOST HIGH GOD (Isaiah 14:14). O is Ayin, the Key-Hole and the Key of the Eye, THE WINDOW OF THE SOUL (666). It is also the Περιαγω (999), or Perfection, 'Circle', as well as בראשית אלהימ, Berasht Alhim (Elohim) - With Beginningness Creation!
,פיתגורש Pythagoras - the father of Mathematics and Numerology equals 999, but this has been veiled by the usage of Samekh - and it is significant considering 999 is Θεος NSThRH, Theos Nestorah or 'God's Secret' - THE AGELESS WISDOM OF THE QABALAH.
Just as Crowley made an alignment in order to bring in the Stellar Gnosis to Man more fully in 1904 and onward, I realize I could never meet his level of subject coverage and output nor all the other wonderful things he is known to have achieved, mountaneering all he could... I do however feel like my Ma-Ion egg experience is similar in reckoning, perhaps deeper than that even - a continuation. Frater Achad and Kenneth Grant both saw something particularly powerful about certain things in Crowley's work that they failed to fully expand upon, being short of time, perspective, technology, and foresight. Using the pieces of the puzzle they have left I have pieced together, at all odds and against much dissuasion - a clearer portrait of the Eternal Book of Nature, embedded in the morpho-genetic fabric of space-time/spirit matter, 'The Books of the Stars' (See Liber OKBISh) (or what some term 'MEST', Matter-Energy-Space-Time - which I say, why not STEM?, Space-Time-Energy-Matter as it would be a repair and adjustment of the fallen 4 elemental phases of Manifestation: Air-Water-Fire-Earth.)
The irony behind all this, is no matter how close one gets to the center of the DOT (=474, Daath, Knowledge+) CHORONZON (= 999) always breaks up the Unity into utter dispersion. This is the nature of Daath, as the 11th Zone, 11 being the mirror reflection, shadow/shell or simulation/duplicate. But the mistake is throwing the Baby out with the Bathwater (or the Egg out with the Shell, or vice versa) without realizing the whole Knowledge factor being, as we all know, the Key to Power. Knowledge itself is highly related to Maat the measurer and balancer in a number of ways, as in effect Knowledge is always Truth in and of itself in a number of particular ways, historically, as literature, even archaeologically - and ultimately (micro¯o-) Cosmically. Knowledge, or Information can also be false, however, and various pieces of 'information', and media can contain both true and false statements in them. The truest theories have always been able to be tested and proven by others, and the Beauty of Maat - is the Soul which is weighed against Truth, is in all Truth weighing Itself against Itself. All Truth and its shadow is contained in the Akashic Egg of Maat, the balanced truth and justice of the still waters of unbroken tranquility in the midst of It All.
The corrosive, nuclear and acidic nature of Choronzon is attributed to its being a mask for the breaking down of the Ego by short-circuiting the reason-faculty and providing means to glimpse the inner workings and outer egg-shells of the mind-body/meaning-limits complex. The human mind can already only perceive fractions, or fragments of 'Reality' at any time, and the focus of Awareness is not only outward through the Eyes and other senses (Malkuth), but also inward, toward an unknown omnipresent inner center (Daath) - their Union being Kether/Samadhi. The considerations of the 'cleaving' of the mind, or Schizophrenia, which parallels many mishaps relevant to the Occult Path and the unique nature of Choronzon has been made in Dark Doorway of the Beast at length and should be considered. The chapter Schizophrenia, Past, Present and Future is quoted at length below:
An excerpt from pages 92-93 of A True & Faithful Relation of What Passed for Many Years Between Dr. John Dee and Some Spirits... by Meric Casaubon (1659) not only mentions Choronzon (in its simplified CORONZON, which using Vav in Hebrew gives its 333 value) but also the application of Number to Letter, why it is important as showing the substance - and that in this mathematical way is truer to the Language of the 'Angles' of God, i.e. the Powers of Manifestation.
E.K. [Edward Kelley] Why joyn you numbers with these letters, and added none with those of the former Table.
Brother, what is the cause that all the World is made by numbers? The Numbers we speak of, are of reason and form, and not of merchants.
I beseech you as concerning the powder whereof he thinketh he hath made due assay of it, as if it should have been the Philosophers Stone, and so affirmed to be, by the minister of this action? I beseech you so to answer, the thing, as his reason may be satisfied.
They gave no answer hereunto, but proceed in the former matter of Numbers.
Gab[riel]. …Every Letter signifieth the member of the substance whereof it speaketh. Every word signifieth quiddity of the substance. The Letters are separated, and in confusion: and therefore, are by numbers gathered together: which also gathered signifie a number: for as every greater containeth his lesser, so are the secret and unknown forms of things knit up in their parents: Where being known in number, they are easily distinguished, so that herein we teach places to be numbered: letters to be elected from the numbered, and proper words from the letters, signifying substantially the thing that is spoken of in the center of his Creator, whereby even as the mind of man moved at an ordered speech, and is easily pervaded in things that are true, so are the creatures of God stirred up in themselves, when they hear the words wherewithal they were nursed and brought forth: For nothing moveth, that is not persuaded: nether can any thing be persuaded that is unknown. The Creatures of God understand you not, you are not of their Cities: you are become enemies, because you are separated from him that Governeth the City by ignorance.
E.K. [Edward Kelley] Whether is this Language known in any part of the World or no? if it be, where and to whom?
Gab[riel] … Man in his Creation, being made an Innocent, was also authorized and made partaker of the Power and Spirit of God: whereby he not onely did know all things under his Creation and spoke of them properly, naming them as they were: but also was partaker of our presence and society, yea a speaker of the mysteries of God; yea, with God himself: so that in innocency the power of his partakers with God, and us his good Angles, was exalted and so became holy in the sight of God until that Coronzon (for so is the true name of that mighty Devil) envying his felicity, and perceiving that the substance of his lesser part was frail and unperfect in respect of his pure Esse, began to assail him, and so prevailed: that offending so became accursed in the sight of God; and so lost the Garden of felicity, the judgement of his understanding: but not utterly the favour of God, and was driven forth (as your Scriptures record) unto the Earth which was covered with brambles: where being as dumb and not able to speak, he began to learn of necessity the Language which though, E.K. callest [1 Hebrew] and yet not that [2 Hebrew] amongst you: in which he uttered and delivered to his posterity, the nearest knowledge he had of God his Creatures: and from his own self divided his Speech into three parts; twelve, three and seven: the number whereof remaineth, but the true forms and pronunciations want; and therefore is not of that force that it was in his own dignity, much lesse to be compared with this that we deliver, which Adam verily spake in innocency, and was never uttered nor disclosed to man since till now, wherein the power of God must work, and wisdom in her true kind be delivered: which are not to be spoken of in any other thing, neither to be a taked of with mans imagination; for as this Work and Gift is of God, which is all power, so doth he open it in a tongue of power, to the intent that the proportions may agree in themselves: for it is written, Wisdom sitteth upon an Hill, and beholdeth the four Winds, and girdeth her self together as the brightnesse of the morning which is visited with a few, and dwelleth alone as though he were a Widow.
Thus you see there, the Necessity of this Tongue: The Excellency of it, And the Cause why it is preferred before that which you call Hebrew: For it is written, Every lesser consenteth to his greater. I trust this is sufficient.
E.K. As concerning the power, What is it?
Gab[riel] … What it is, that it is, for the knowledge of it may lead you to error.
This answer offended greatly E.K. and thereupon he left off, and would receive no more at their hands. God make him patient, and a favourer of this Action as soon as it is needful that he should be.
See alsoDissecting the Body of God which has The Funnel Effect chapter appended.