By David Cherubim (Frater Superior Chief)
THE NUMBERS & THE WORDS OF THE BOOK OF THE LAW (LIBER LEGIS)
the Order of the
Thelemic Golden Dawn
(Novus Ordo Aurora Aurea)
Copyright (c) 1991 e.v.
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
In Liber Legis (The Book of the Law), II: 75 - 76, the Voice of Hadit declares: "Aye! listen to the numbers & the words: 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."
In these numbers and words of Liber Legis there are believed to be concealed significant qabalistic mysteries concerning The Book of the Law. Aleister Crowley stated the following concerning the numbers & the words of Liber Legis: "Verse 76 appears to be a Qabalistic test (on the regular pattern) ..." He further stated "Be ye well assured all, that the solution, when it is found will be unquestionable. It will be marked by the most sublime simplicity, and carry immediate conviction."
Let us all intelligently investigate and tackle with all our mental might these numbers & words of Liber Legis in the essential light of our Qabalistic Science and let us see if we might extract therefrom significant qabalistic mysteries of a profound and sublime nature, to enlighten and encourage our understanding concerning The Book of the Law, so that we may progress in the Great Work of the New Aeon of Horus. The language of The Book of the Law is not the language of a man; it is the language of a Praeterhuman Intelligence, a being of a transcendent kind. The Book of the Law thus contains a new language making way for a new epoch in thought. It is the language of a New Aeon, concealing significant qabalistic mysteries essential to the comprehension of the universal principles of Thelema. The Book of the Law is a Cipher Text of Qabalistic Wisdom. It is designed to inform us concerning certain essential recondite facts of practical universal worth, to assist us in our cosmic evolution, to help us progress in knowledge, and to inspire us to awake and arise in the New Golden Dawn of Horus that we may go forth and accomplish the Great Work of Thelema.
The following qabalistic interpretation is from "The Book of the Numbers & the Words" by the scribe of this work. The following is only a portion and not the whole of the work. But the following material is indeed sufficient enough in its power to elucidate some very essential qabalistic mysteries concerning the numbers & the words of The Book of the Law.
It should be stated that what is written herein should not necessarily be viewed as being the intended meanings of the numbers & the words at the time of the dictation of The Book of the Law (April, 1904 e.v.). This interpretation of the numbers & the words has been accomplished in the True Will of the Angel of the scribe, and it can only be viewed in accordance with that One Will. It may be the Will of another man or woman to interpret the numbers & the words of Liber Legis, and that interpretation may be valid if it be in accordance with his or her True Will. If not, it is sheer folly! The numbers & the words may contain an individual series of important qabalistic meanings for each person who is willing to tackle them, if it be their Will. And as with all else, it is sheer stupidity to ignore the essential principle of doubt; use doubt as the means to intelligently recognize truth; do not ignore reason when applying yourself to the comprehension of occult principles. We ask all to apply the essential principle of doubt to this qabalistic work, and then to advance beyond the limited operations of mere doubt to attain the supreme intuitive conviction of the inner significance of it all.
4 6 3 8 translates as Daleth, Vav, Gimel and Cheth. If you add up the numbers of the particular Atus of Thoth which correspond with these particular Hebrew letters, you obtain the number 17, which is the number of the letter Peh in the order of the Hebrew Alphabet, and Peh is the letter of Horus. Peh means the "mouth" of God, that is, the organ of speech which utters the Logos. Now it is the Logos (Word) of Horus which is the Chief Mystery signified by all that is expounded herein. The numbers & the words of Liber Legis are symbols which denote the energies of the Solar Logos of Horus, the Crowned Child. 17 is also the number of the squares of the Swastika or Mighty Thunderbolt. Therefore these numbers & words, when properly interpreted in the Dawning Light of Horus, can be likened unto a Mighty Weapon of Force and Fire. Furthermore, the Swastika is a fourfold symbol of the Logos, uttered by the "mouth" of Horus. It is the Word of His Force, the supreme breath of His Power, the living Spirit of His Might, and the sacred utterance of His exalted being. The Swastika is the letter Aleph which is a symbol of the Solar Logos, of the action of Air and Fire. Now 4+6+3+8=21=EHEIEH (God Name of Kether). The Magical Weapon of Kether is the Swastika (or Fylfat Cross). Kether is the first Sephira on the Tree of Life. Kether means the Crown; it is the Crown of the Child Horus, the royal symbol of His Victory. Kether is the ONE, the letter Aleph in the Hebrew language which is the Swastika by shape, and Aleph is the letter of the Fool of Tarot who is Harpocrates the Child -- the ONE. The "one" to follow, referred to in Liber Legis, II: 76, is the CHILD, and this CHILD is ALL. One in Hebrew is Achad and the numerical value of Achad (AChD) is 13. There are 13 letters in the Egyptian name Hoor-Paar-Kraat, who is Harpocrates the Child. The Swastika, being a symbol of the secret solution to the proper interpretation of the numbers & the words, is an occult Sign of the Victory of the Child Horus, Who is the ONE, Aleph, the Fool of Tarot, Hoor-Paar-Kraat, the Ox (Kerub) but transformed anew as the EAGLE of Horus, that is, the Kerubic Hawk which is the emblem of the Rising Sun of the New Golden Dawn! (Note: EAGLE = Heh-Aleph-Gimel-Lamed-Heh = 44 = Horus). This ONE is not a single man or woman, but is every man and every woman, that is, their Celestial Self, invisible, indivisible and ineffable. It is their Kether Self, their inner Light, the true essence of all things known and unknown. The CHILD who is the ONE is the ALL; there is no difference; ALL IS ALL. So when the scribe of this work speaks of the CHILD, who is the ONE to follow the Master Therion, understand that he is speaking in the indivisible consciousness of the ONE -- of the ALL -- and that he is in no manner speaking in a personal light, but rather in an impersonal ONE. This work is the fruit of the ONE, and the scribe is simply acting as a mere vehicle of that ONE signified by the letter Aleph which is the letter of the CHILD, that is, the letter of HOOR-PAAR-KRAAT.
Now Kether is the beginning of whirling motion, and this is represented by the whirling activity of the Holy Swastika. 4 6 3 8 are indications of the beginning of the whirling motion of the ONE, whose Magical Sign is the Mysterious X, which is the Key of it all. Read Liber Legis, Ch. III, vs. 47, where it is said, "but one cometh after him, whence I say not, who shall discover the Key of it all," and it is further said concerning this, "And Abrahadabra. It shall be his child & that strangely." The number of Abrahadabra is 418 which is the special number of the Solar Logos as shall be expounded later on. The Swastika is the symbol of the Solar Logos, of the Angel of the Essential ONE, which is the principal revelation of it all, the Mystery of Mysteries hidden in the secret Sanctuary of all these numbers and words. Aleph, which is the Swastika, is 111 spelled in full, and 111 is the number of Nakiel (NKIAL), the Angel of the Sun, which indicates the fact that the Swastika (Aleph) is indeed the symbol of the Solar Logos which is another name for the Angel of the Sun. 111 is further the number of Montu (MVNTV), the Lord of War, which indicates that the Swastkia is a Weapon of War. But note, however, that 111 results from the addition of the letters which spell the word LOVE. Thus the Weapon of the Solar Logos is Love, for Love is the Law. The War of the Solar Logos is one which concerns itself with the establishment of the Law of Love, and the Word of the Law is Thelema. Thelema, that is, DO WHAT THOU WILT, is the fourfold Word of Horus which is represented by the fourfold symbol of the Solar Logos, that is, the Holy Swastika.
Also note that 17 is the numerical value of IAO, the God Name of Tiphareth, that is, the Qabalistic Sun; and that 4+6+3+8 = 21, the mystic number of Tiphareth, the Sun. Moreover 21 is the number of the letter Shin in the numerical order of the Hebrew Alphabet, which letter is composed of three Vavs, that is, 666. This latter number is that of the Sun! Fire is the particular occult element which is attributed to the letter Shin; it is therefore the particular letter of Horus, the Lord of Force and Fire. These seem to further suggest that the Solar Logos of Horus is the Chief Mystery signified by these numbers & words of Liber Legis. This Solar Logos is symbolized by the Holy Swastika.
Aleph, which is the Holy Swastika, has much occult meaning for initiates; it is the letter of the formula of the proclamation of the Word of the Child. This Word is LA (or AL), and its number is 31. Aleph is composed of AL, Aleph and Lamed, and Peh, the letter of the Child Ra-Hoor-Khuit. Peh means "mouth," which is the vehicle of the proclamation of the Word of the Child Horus. AL is Air and Peh is Fire, thus Aleph represents the spiritual action of Air and Fire. Air is the Logos and Fire is the Sun; thus Aleph (= Swastika) is a symbol of the Solar Logos.
Aleph is the letter of Path 11 on the Tree of Life. 11 is the number of letters in Abrahadabra, which is the Magical Word of the Child; it is the number of letters in Hoor-Pa-Kraat and Ra-Hoor-Khuit, the Child of Nuit and Hadit; it is the number of Daath, the Invisible Sephira, the 'Child' of Chokmah (Hadit) and Binah (Nuit); it is the number of words in the Law of Thelema: "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law"; and it is the number of the Great Work itself, being the uniting of the Five and the Six, the Pentagram and Hexagram, the Rose and Cross.
Now the complete value of Aleph is 111. This is the number of Aum (AOM), which is the Seal of the Magical Child who is represented by the Atu of Thoth called "The Fool" which is the particular Tarot Atu attributed to the Path of Aleph. This Atu is the hermetic hieroglyph of HOOR-PAAR-KRAAT, the CHILD of the New Aeon, who is the Lord of Silence. 111 is also the number of COPH which is the Word representing the second half of the occult equation of Liber Legis which the Magical Child is to attack and solve. The Mystery of COPH is the Mystery of Aleph, and this Mystery is the whole gist of the numbers & the words of Liber Legis, as shall be expounded. 111 is the number of the prophet, who is the CHILD of Nuit and Hadit. In Liber Legis, I: 48, we read the following: "My prophet is a fool with his one, one, one; are not they the Ox, and none by the Book?" The fool is the Child whose number is 111, for the letter of the fool is Aleph. "They" refers to Nuit and Hadit, the Perfect and the Perfect of Liber Legis, I: 45, where it is stated, "The Perfect and the Perfect are one Perfect and not two; nay, are none!" As shall be demonstrated, the word OX, being the Circle and the Cross, represents Nuit and Hadit Conjoined, and the OX is Aleph, the letter of the Fool who is the Child. These are "none" by the book. None (Nothing) = 111 (NVNH) and the book is Tarot, thus referring to the Fool Atu which is the Path of Aleph (111).
Note further that 111 is PLA (Title of Kether) which is the reverse of ALP (Aleph). PLA (Peh-Lamed-Aleph) is ALP written in Hebrew, whereas ALP (Aleph-Lamed-Peh) is PLA written in Hebrew. Translated into English they are reversed. In Hebrew we read right to left, whereas in English we read left to right. Now the word PLA indicates the utterance of the Word LA, and this is written as ALP in the Hebrew. Thus Aleph (ALP) indicates the utterance of the Word of the Child which is LA, which is written as AL in Hebrew, but as LA in English. LA and AL indicate and define each other; they are two glyphs of One Word. Peh (P) is the root of the Mystery of LA and AL, and Peh is the letter of Horus. Aleph (ALP) is the letter which indicates this wisdom.
Now Aleph is the Holy Swastika, which is a fourfold symbol of the Logos of Horus. It is the Mysterious X, the glyph of the Word not known. This is the Supreme Ordeal: the Attainment of the Knowledge of That which is not known. Aleph represents this Most Holy Mystery of Mysteries. The Swastika (Aleph) is the magical symbol which represents the second half of the occult equation of Liber Legis which is indicated in the sacred numbers 8.80.418 of Liber Legis, I: 46. The Swastika is the Mystery contained in the Circle of the Infinite. It is the Mystery referred to in The Book of Quartus Kerub, verses 11-12. It is the Key of dissolution; for by its proper occult application it is the means of uniting the two opposites of the Dual Word by the sacred art of numbers, so that all disappear.
Aleph is the letter of the OX. It is interesting to note that the word OX indicates the Circle and Cross which appear under the guise of the circle squared in its failure in The Book of the Law (Read Liber Legis, III: 47). The O and X, Circle and Cross, represent the two halves of the occult equation of Liber Legis. Here is the key to the unfolding of the Supreme Cipher. For the OX is the FOOL who is the CHILD. (Read Liber Legis, Ch. I: 48.) The uniting of the two halves of the occult equation of Liber Legis are represented in the Sign of the Word N.O.X., which is the Word of Hoor, and this Sign is indicated by the circle squared in its failure in The Book of the Law, and it concerns the Ordeal X of The Book of the Law (Read Liber Legis, III: 22).
Let us look closely into the word OX. It is a glyph of the Double Aleph, of the two aspects of the Word. There are in fact two Alephs, the seen and the Unseen; both O and X are glyphs of these two Alephs, since O is naturally a symbol of the Infinite and X is by shape the letter Aleph which signifies the Infinite by way of the Tarot, since Aleph is the particular letter attributed to the Atu of Thoth numbered 0, and the number 0 represents the Infinite. O and X represent the division in the Word. O is a symbol of the word LA (Not) which is the Qabalistic AIN (Nothing). AIN is the secret key of the Law and its number is 61, which is the first half of the occult equation of Liber Legis (See Liber Legis, I: 46-47). X is a symbol of the word AL (God) which is a qabalistic name of the other half of the equation of Liber Legis, indicated by the numbers 8.80.418. Let us note that Aleph and Lamed, the letters of AL and LA, esoterically mean Ox (Aleph) and Ox-goad (Lamed). Both letters imply the mysteries of the OX, of ALEPH, therefore of HOOR-PAAR-KRAAT, the CHILD.
The Swastika (X) is a symbol of the second half of the occult equation of Liber Legis. The two halves of the equation are represented in the words COPH NIA of Liber Legis, III: 72. NIA is 61 (Nun-Yod-Aleph) and is symbolized by the Circle or the letter O of the word OX, and it is the Word of the first half of the occult equation of Liber Legis. COPH is 111 (KVPH) or 31 by way of the Tarot (K=10, V=5, P=16. 10+5+16 = 31). COPH is symbolized by the X of the word OX; it is the Word of the second half of the equation, which is indicated in the numbers 8.80.418 of Liber Legis, I: 46, for 8+80+418 = 506 = ShVR = OX = ALEPH = 111 = COPH. The two halves of the equation are equal, for 61 = AIN = NOTHING; and 506 = OX = ATU 0 = NOTHING. Or NIA = 61 = AIN = NOTHING and COPH = 111 = ALEPH = ATU 0 = NOTHING. 506+61 = 567 = RAShVNI (Firstborn). This firstborn is the CHILD of the marriage of the two equal opposites represented in the numbers 61 and 8.80.418 and in the words COPH NIA. This CHILD is represented in ATU 0 of Tarot, called the FOOL. This Atu is the Mystery of HOOR-PAAR-KRAAT, that is, the Child Horus. The second half of the equation is the Mystery of the CHILD of Liber Legis, and the Word which represents the second half of the equation is COPH. Again the number of COPH is 111 and 111 = ALEPH = ATU 0 = HOOR-PAAR-KRAAT = CHILD.
The O and the X, or the Cross and Circle, are sexual symbols. These are sacred mysteries of Kaph (KP), which is the Eleventh letter of the Hebrew Alphabet. They are symbols of Nuit and Hadit, of the Moon and Sun, for the Kteis and the Phallus are the representatives in the animal kingdom of the Moon and Sun. The uniting of the Sun and Moon is the accomplishment of the Great Work. This Holy Union is symbolized by the Cross in the Circle and in the word OX. It is further symbolized by the Sign of the Sun and Moon Conjoined which is called the Mark of the Beast. It is interesting to note in this connection that the astrological symbol for Taurus is a Lunar Crescent surmounting the Circle of the Sun, and Taurus is the OX. The symbol of Taurus is an astrological symbol of the sacramental union of the Sun and Moon. This holy union is represented in the image of the SPHINX, which is a combination of Lion (Sun) and Woman (Moon). The SPHINX is the KERUB which is the OX. It is the CHILD (= Hoor-Paar-Kraat = The Fool = Aleph = Ox = Kerub) who is the "one" to attack the second half of the occult equation represented in the numbers 8.80.418, to unite the two equal opposites, that is, the two Perfects which are one Perfect and not two; nay, are none! These two Perfects are the O and the X, the Cross and the Circle, LA and AL, Nuit and Hadit, which are to be united so that all disappear. Again we must emphasize the fact, so that the scribe of this work is not misunderstood, that THE CHILD IS ALL.
The symbol of the CHILD is the X or Swastika, which is the symbol of the Word of Horus, that is, the Solar Logos of the New Aeon which is the Chief Mystery of all that is expounded herein. 506, which is the product of the addition of the sacred numbers which indicate this Chief Mystery, that is, the numbers 8.80.418, is the number of the Hebrew word ShVR, which means OX (= Aleph). The Atus of Thoth which correspond with the letters of the word ShVR are the Aeon (20), Hierophant (5) and the Sun (19). 20+5+19 = 44, which is the sacred number of Horus, of the CHILD whose emblem is the EAGLE, the Kerub of the Path of Aleph. (Note: EAGLE = Heh-Aleph-Gimel-Lamed-Heh = 44; and the Eagle = Kerub of Silence = Hoor-Paar-Kraat = CHILD.) The Mystery of the CHILD is the Mystery of the X, of the Magick Power of COPH which is the Force of the Solar Logos of Horus. Thus we commence our interpretation with the Mystery of That, and so shall we end our interpretation with the Mystery of That; for it is all in the Mysterious X, which is the Key of it all and the Sign of the Word of the Child Horus. This X is the symbol of the Word not known referred to in Liber Legis, III: 2. It is further referred to in Liber Legis, III: 39: "... for in it is the word secret & not only in the English."
The Mystery of the O (NIA) is the Mystery of LA (31), whereas the Mystery of the X (COPH) is the Mystery of AL (31). AL is the symbolic Word of the Child, the outer glyph of the unknown factor. AL and LA, which also represent the two halves of the equation, are further represented in the word ALONE of Liber Legis, II: 23: "I am alone: there is no God where I am." The word ALONE is AL-ONE, or AL ACHAD, the One God. AL is 31 and ACHAD is 13. 13 is the reflection of 31, just as LA is the reflection of AL, and the reverse of this statement is also true. AL is the X (COPH) of the equation and ACHAD is the O (NIA) of the equation, for ACHAD is One, and One is the number of Aleph and the Tarot Atu of Aleph is numbered 0 (AIN, Nothing). Observe that "no God" is LA-AL. LA-AL and AL-ONE hint at the same Dual Wisdom. It should be noted that 31 (AL) and 13 (ACHAD) when united produce the number 44 which is sacred to Horus (= LA-AL). Also the word "no" is Nu (= Nothing) and the word "God" is AL (= All).
Nuit, Our Lady of the Stars, openly reveals the first half of the occult equation, which is 61, AIN, NOTHING. (Read Liber Legis, I: 46.) AIN is Nuit and Nuit is LA. The second half of the occult equation, represented by the X (ALEPH, SWASTIKA), is the Mystery of Hadit, and Hadit is AL. In Liber Legis, II: 2, Hadit states, "Come! all ye, and learn the secret that hath not yet been revealed." Hadit conceals the Mystery of the Solar Logos (X); and thus the numbers & the words, which reveal the mysteries of the Solar Logos, are proclaimed in His chapter. The numbers 4 6 3 8, which conceal the significance of the Swastika (X), hint at the fact that the mysteries of the numbers & the words are the mysteries of the second half of the equation, of the Unknown Word, of the Mysterious X (Swastika). We shall therefore advance in our decoding of those mysteries.
A B K translates as Aleph, Beth and Kaph. Mystically, by the esoteric use of Tarot, this can be interpreted as "The Spirit (Aleph) of the Magician (Beth) which informs the Wheel of Change (Kaph)." The Spirit of the Magician is the ONE (Aleph = Swastika = Solar Logos). It is by the dynamic current of the Spirit (Aleph) that the Magician (Beth) accomplishes the essential and inevitable task of informing The Wheel of the Universe (Kaph) with His Word, creating Change in accordance with His Will, establishing a New Universe. The Spirit of the Logos is the Celestial Breath of the Sun, the Solar Logos of the New Aeon. The letters A B K signify the formula by which the Magus achieves the essential task of manifesting in the Universe of Change that particular mystery signified by the above numbers, that is, the Logos of the New Aeon represented by the Holy Swastika.
2 4 translates as Beth and Daleth, Mercury and Venus, the Logos and Love. Now the number 2 is the particular number of the Sephira called "Chokmah" on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. This Sephira denotes the Logos or Word of this New Aeon, that is, Logos Aionos; so also does the particular Atu of Thoth which corresponds to the letter Beth, that is, the Magus. 4 is the number of the Sephira called "Chesed" on the Tree of Life which is the Sephira of Divine Love and Daleth is attributed to the Empress Atu, which is the Atu of Love, so that we may rightfully determine from all this that the Logos is Love, which makes sense in the light of the qabalistic fact that the Greek words Thelema (Will) and Agape (Love) have the same numerical value and so do Logos (Word) and Legis (Law); and Love is the Law.
A L G M O R is much more complex than anything we have yet encountered in our qabalistic interpretation, and it demands a more technical analysis than anything we have yet interpreted. AL translates as Aleph and Lamed. Aleph is the letter of Air and Lamed is the letter of the Astrological Sign of Libra, which is ruled by Venus, the Planet of Love. Air is the "breath" or "logos" of the gods, and is therefore synonymous with the god Mercury, Hermes, or Thoth. Mercury is the Logos or Messenger of the Gods, just as air or breath is the medium of the Life of the Sun upon the earth. Now since the Astrological Sign of Libra, which corresponds with the letter Lamed, is ruled by the Planet Venus, and since Venus represents the Force of Love, we may divine here again that the nature of the Logos is Love. The principal use of the word AL in ALGMOR is intended to signify the Chief Mystery of these numbers & words, which is the magical product of what is to follow, that is, the Child of the Mystick Marriage of GM (Moon, Water) and OR (Sun, Fire). It is the Supreme Mystery of Love which is indicated in the magical emblem of the Eagle, the Kerub of Love; and this kerubic figure is the Phoenix of Alkhemi, the sacred symbol of the Stone of the Philosopher's which is, in a most lofty sense, the Logos in man. Note again in this connection that Thelema (the Word of the Law) has the same numerical value as Agape (Love); the number of these two words is 93; and let us further note the fact that Logos (Word) and Legis (Law) also make the number 93 (Lamed-Gimel-Samekh). The true nature of the Logos is Love, which the word AL indicates, as do the above numbers 2 4.
GM translates as Gimel and Mem, the Moon and Water; that is, in the language of the Wise, the Kteis and its holy substance. G is the Cucurbite of the Moon; M is Alkhemical Salt, the menstruum of the Moon. These interpretations denote the Mother Principle (Nuit), Who is Our Lady of the infinite Stars. She is the first Heh of the Qabalistic Tetragrammaton, the letter of the element of Water.
OR translates as Ayin and Resh, Capricorn and Sol, or the Exalted Phallus of the Sun. Now the Phallus is a symbol of the Sun, and the Sun is the Lord of Fire; thus, in the language of the Wise, OR is the Phallus and its holy substance. O is the Athanor of the Sun; R is Alkhemical Sulphur, the Blood of the Sun. These interpretations denote the Father Principle (Hadit), Who is the complement of His bride Nuit. He is the Yod of the Qabalistic Tetragrammaton, the letter of the element of Fire.
Now it is by the union of Nuit (Luna) and Hadit (Sol) that the Child Ra-Hoor-Khuit is born. AL, being a proper name of the God of this New Aeon, is synonymous with the Child Horus, Who is the Sun and Moon Conjoined, that is, the Union and Offspring of Nuit (Heh of the Tetragrammaton) and Hadit (Yod of the Tetragrammaton). AL in this case is comparable to the Hebrew letter Vav of the Qabalistic Tetragrammaton, the letter of the element of Air, which is the Son or offspring of Yod and Heh. Therefore might we conclude here that in the word ALGMOR is secretly written the formula of the Great Work of this New Aeon of Horus, that is, the Union of the Sun (OR) and Moon (GM) for the birth of the Solar Logos (AL). This is the occult formula of Love which is further symbolized by the Hexagram of Sol, which is a perfect geometrical symbol of the Great Work, representing the union of the two occult elements of Fire (Sol) and Water (Luna). The union of these two occult elements produce Air, the Logos. From an Alkhemical point of view, this union would be symbolized by the marriage of the Sulphur of Sol and the Salt of Luna for the magical production of the Androgynous Mercury (Sun and Moon Conjoined). The Sun and Moon Conjoined is the Solar Logos of Horus, which the Kerubic Eagle or Alkhemical Phoenix represents; and this is called, in Alkhemical language, the Philosopher's Stone. In a nutshell, GM (Luna, Water) united with OR (Sol, Fire) produces AL (Sol and Luna Conjoined, Air or Logos). Herein is a Mystery of Mysteries, that is, the Supreme Secret of Initiates.
The numerical value of ALGMOR is 344. Now 3x4x4 = 48. This latter number is the numerical value of Gedulah, the Fourth Sphere of the God AL on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. Thus we may conclude here that the central secret idea of the word ALGMOR is "the Magick Formula of the God AL", containing as it does the supreme spell of His Mystery, Majesty, and Might.
3 represents the threefold nature or triple flame of the Solar Logos of Horus, Who is the Child of the Sun (Hadit) and Moon (Nuit). The particular Hebrew letter which illustrates this idea is the twenty-first letter called Shin, which is composed of three Hebrew Vavs, that is, 666. Shin is the letter of the element called Fire; and Horus, the Triune Lord of the Aeon, is a God of Force and Fire. This attribution of Fire to Horus should not conflict with the above idea that AL is the Hebrew Vav of the Qabalistic Tetragrammaton, which is the particular letter of Air. Both Air and Fire express the nature of the Solar Logos! The letter Aleph in itself expresses this occult fact. For it is composed of AL (Air) and Peh (= Letter of Mars, Horus and Fire); and Aleph is the Swastika, the Fourfold Symbol of the Solar Logos. Now earlier we associated the God Name AL with the Child Horus, and earlier we said that the numerical value of AL is 31. Now interpreted qabalistically the number 666 is Mem, Samech, and Vav. The particular Tarot Atus of Thoth which correspond with these particular Hebrew letters are the Hanged Man, Art, and the Hierophant. The numbers of these Atus of Thoth are 12 (Hanged Man), 14 (Art), and 5 (Hierophant). Now 12+14+5 = 31, the number of AL. Therefore in the letter Shin is concealed the God AL, Who is the Child Horus according to the above interpretations of the word ALGMOR. Moreover, Shin is the Hebrew Letter attributed to Path 31 on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. The letter Shin, which is a Triple Flame, also represents the Solar Logos of Horus. The particular Atu of Thoth which corresponds with the letter Shin is "The Aeon". This correspondence provides us with a direct link between Horus, Our Lord of Force of Fire, and the Hebrew letter Shin, which is the holy letter of Fire. Also observe that 1+2+3 = 6, the number of Sol. 3 is also the mystic number of Chokmah, the Logos. The central idea here is the treefold nature of the Solar Logos of the Child Horus, which is represented by the most holy number of the Sun, that is, 666, which the foolish folk and heathen think evil due to their utter lack of intelligence and understanding.
Y is the Hebrew letter Yod and X is the Hebrew letter Aleph by shape. The greater value of Yod is 20 and the greater value of Aleph is 111. 20+111 = 131. This latter number is the value of the Hebrew name Samael (SMAL), who is the Hebrew Satan. 131 is also the number of PAN, the Horned God of Magick, whose name means the "All." Samael and Pan are the equivalent of the Egyptian God Set (Horus). The key idea here is that the Solar Logos is Pan (All), who is Satan (Set). Let us note in this connection that Y (Yod) is Path 20 on the Tree of Life and X (Aleph) is Path 11 on the Tree of Life. 20+11 = 31 (= AL, All, Pan and ShT, Set, Satan). Also 20x11 = 220, which is the number of verses in The Book of the Law, thus representing The All, since 220 is also the product of 10x22, that is, the multiplication of all the Sephiroth and Paths of the Tree of Life which represent The All. Let us further note that Y (Yod) is Fire and X (Aleph) is Air, thus we are again presented with the principal dynamic idea of the Solar Logos who is the ALL (Pan).
24 translates as Kaph and Daleth. These are the Wheel of Fortune (Atu X) and the Empress (Atu III) of the Tarot. Now 10+3 = 13. This latter number is the value of the Hebrew word IBA (He shall come). It is also the numerical value of the Hebrew words AHBH (Love) and AChD (Unity). The central idea here is that "He (that is, Pan, All, AL) shall come in the Name of Love and Unity." It is also interesting to observe the magical fact that 13 is the number of the Atu of Thoth which corresponds with Path 24 and with the Sign of Scorpio. Scorpio is the Sign of Set (ShT = 31 = AL = All). And let us note that X is letter 24 of the English Alphabet, so that the number 24 is a numerical glyph of the Solar Logos (= Set = ShT = 31 = AL = All). "He" is the ONE -- the ALL -- that is, the Child HOOR-PAAR-KRAAT which name is composed of 13 letters. "He" is not a single man or woman, but the ONE Self of every man and every woman, whose very nature is LOVE. "He" is the ALL that is in All, and the name of this ALL is LOVE. Thus "he" shall come in the Name of Love and Unity. Also observe that the number 24 is the value of AHVBI (He whom I love) and AVHBI (He who loves me). "He" is Pan, Set, Satan, who is The All (AL), represented by the Swastika (X), the symbol of the Solar Logos. It is by the proper application of the magical formula indicated by the following number that we are to constantly awaken to active life in our bodies the dynamic current of the Solar Logos -- that is, the ONE -- to create Change on earth in accordance with our True Will, to accomplish the Great Work of Thelema.
89 translates as Peh and Teth. If you add up the numbers of the particular Atus of Thoth which correspond with these particular Hebrew letters, you obtain the number 27, which is the number of the Path of Peh, letter of Ra-Hoor-Khuit. Thus 89 is a numerical glyph of a magick formula of Horus. Peh is the Force of Mars and Teth is the Serpent Force. Mars is Horus, and the Serpent Force is the Kundalini in the body. (Note: Body is GVPh in Hebrew and GVPh = 89.) It is by the proper magical application of the two Currents of Mars and the Kundalini that the Solar Logos of Horus is made wholly incarnate in the body of man. The Current of Kundalini is Shakti or the Sexual Force, and Shakti is the Tantric equivalent of Babalon in Thelemic Magick. Peh is the male or Mars Current, and Teth is the female or Shakti Current. 89 is therefore a numerical glyph of Babalon and the Beast Conjoined or, in the language of Tantra, the Marriage of Shiva and Shakti. By the marriage of these two occult Currents, and by their proper magical application to the physical world of the elements, "He whom I love" and "He who loves me" is made wholly incarnate in our bodies. "He" -- that is, the Solar Logos -- informs and awakens matter with Light and Liberty through the sacramental marriage of Peh and Teth, of the uniting of the two principal Currents in the body of the elements; and these two principal Currents are, after a certain manner, symbolized by the O and X, the Circle and Cross. Their union produces the ONE that is represented in the following angelic word and implied in its qabalistic letters and numbers.
R P S T O V A L are the final letters of this qabalistic interpretation of the numbers & the words of Liber Legis, but the method of their analysis is much more subtle than any thing that we have encountered yet. Since this word ends with the name AL, we may rightfully determine that this word is an Angelic name of some type, for Al is the suffix applied to the angelic Hebrew names. RPSTOVAL is the name of the Angel of the Sun, that is, the Solar Logos of the New Aeon. The numerical value of this word is 418, which is the value of the name Ra-Hoor, the Solar Horus. It is also the number of Heru-Ra-Ha, which is another name for Horus as the Crowned and Conquering Sun. 418 is further the number of "Abrahadabra,", the reward of Ra-Hoor-Khuit, a glyph of the blending of the 5 and the 6, the rose and the cross; it is the Great Word of Magick which represents the formula and accomplishment of the Great Work. 418 is further the Greek value of AIWASS (Angel of the Sun 666); it is the number of ATAH IAO (Essence of the Sun); it is the number of BOLESKINE (House of the Beast 666); and finally it is the greater value of the Hebrew letter Cheth which corresponds with Atu VII of the Tarot which is the Atu (House) of the Charioteer of Victory, who is the Lord of the Holy Graal which contains the Supreme Mystery of it all, in which all disappear, and from which all is reawakened. The Charioteer is the Logos -- the ONE, -- the Warrior 418, whose Weapon is the Swastika by which "He" must conquer all, to unite all, to dissolve all in the Holy Graal of Love, so that all disappear, and so that all is not aught. Note that 4+1+8 = 13 = ACHAD = ONE = ALEPH = ATU 0 = HOOR-PAAR-KRAAT = CHILD.
The method by which to obtain the number 418 from the angelic word RPSTOVAL is this: RP is 280, being Resh and Peh. ST is 31 since S is the letter Shin and T is the letter Teth, and since these correspond with the Atus of Thoth which are called "The Aeon" and "Lust", that is, Atus 20 and 11. 20+11 = 31. OV is 76, being Ayin and Vav. AL is 31, being Aleph and Lamed. Now 280+31+76+31 = 418!
Here is a more detailed analysis of the angelic word RPSTOVAL:
Since the numerical value of RP is 280, we may rightfully determine here, based on the qabalistic science of Gematria, that the word Ropstoval is in fact an angelic name of a certain type; for the number 280 is also the numerical value of Sandalphon. Sandalphon, the Kerub of Darkness, is an archangelic feminine form of Satan or the Lord of this World. Sandalphon in this manner is synonymous with Aiwass, the Angel of the Beast 666. The principal indication here is that Ropstoval is another angelic name for Satan, that is, Aiwass. Also observe that Resh is the letter of the Sun and Peh is the letter of Horus, so that we may determine here that Ropstoval is the Solar Logos of Horus.
ST, or Shin and Teth, spells the name of Set. Set is the Egyptian Satan, so that there is here another indication to the fact that the word Ropstoval is another name for Aiwass. The numerical value of ST is 31 by way of Tarot, so that we may rightfully determine here that the God AL (All) is Set. Earlier we associated the God Name of AL with Horus by a Tarot analysis of the Hebrew letter Shin, which is the letter of Horus and of 666; and Set and Horus are one. ST is a glyph of the union of the Sun and Moon, and therefore represents the Solar Logos which is the Child of the Sun and Moon.
OV translates as Ayin and Vav. These Hebrew letters correspond with the Atus of Thoth called "The Devil" and "The Hierophant". Now the Devil Atu is an image of Set and the Hierophant Atu is an image of Horus. Again there is an indication here to the occult fact that the word Ropstoval is a name of Aiwass, Who is Set (Satan) and the Solar Logos of Horus.
AL, which is the suffix of the word Ropstoval, again demonstrates the fact that this word is the secret angelic name of Aiwass, since Al is the suffix applied to angelic names, and since AL is the Hebrew God Name which we of Thelema use as a title of our god Horus or Set (= Aiwass). Set is ShT which, by way of Tarot, produces the number 31 which is the number of AL. AL is the God of Liber Legis, which is called also Liber AL or The Book of the God AL. AL is the Key of it all, and thus all ends with AL, which is the Word of the Magical Child, whose number is 31. Just as Liber Legis ends with the words "Aum-Ha", so do the numbers & the words end with the Word AL, a magical seal. For the number of "Aum-Ha" is 31 by way of Tarot, and 31 is again the numerical value of AL. "Aum-Ha" is the Magical Seal of the Beast 666 (AOM = 111, HA = 6. 111x6 = 666). 31 is again the number of the Path of 666 and it results from a Tarot analysis of the same number. Ropstoval, the Solar Logos, is the Angel of 666, of the Sun, of the Lord of Light, Life, Love and Liberty. 666 is Fire (Solar) and 31 is Air (Logos). Both Air and Fire are represented in the Swastika which is the holy symbol of the Solar Logos and this symbol is by shape the letter Aleph, AL & Peh, Air and Fire. AL is Air; Peh is Fire being the letter of Ra-Hoor-Khuit, the Lord of Force and Fire.
As mentioned before, AL is the letter Vav of the Hebrew Tetragrammaton, the Child of Yod and Heh. The Qabalistic Zohar states that all is in the Mystery of the letter Vav, and thereby all is revealed. Vav is a qabalistic symbol of the Phallus, which is the vehicle of the Life of the Sun upon the earth. The symbol of the Solar Logos, the Mysterious X, is the Phallus which indicates the Serpent, that is, Hadit; and AL, the Word of 666, is the Mystery of Hadit which is the Mystery of All. The letter Vav, which reveals this Mystery of Mysteries, is the letter of the Hierophant Atu of Tarot. This Atu corresponds with the Astrological Sign of Taurus and Taurus is the OX (Aleph). It is an important fact in this connection that the Egyptian hieroglyph for Taurus was the Phallus. The X (Sign of Hadit or AL) is the Phallus which is indicated in the numbers 8.80.418, for the product of the addition of these numbers is 506 which is the number of ShVR, the OX (= Taurus = Phallus). The O (Sign of Nuit or LA) is the Kteis which is indicated in the number 61, for 61 is AIN, NOTHING, symbolized by the Circle. Now 506 (Hadit) + 61 (Nuit) = 567 = RAShVNI (Firstborn). This firstborn is the product of the uniting of the two equal opposites so that all disappear. This firstborn is the CHILD of these two equal opposites which are called Hadit and Nuit, AL and LA, Yod and Heh, X and O, Phallus and Kteis. In their sacramental union all dissolves in all, and not remains. It is comparable to the idea that when you unite the letters O and X, the word OX is formed and OX = ALEPH = Atu 0 = NOTHING. Note that the letter O represents the first half of the equation of Liber Legis = AIN = NOTHING; and the letter X represents the second half of the equation of Liber Legis = 8.80.418 = 506 = ShVR = OX = ALEPH = ATU 0 = NOTHING. The O and the X are symbols of the secret NOTHING which is the infinite ALL, as LA = AL by way of the number 31. As stated above, 61 (O) + 506 (X) = 567, and 5x6x7 = 210 = NOX. The symbol of NOX is the Cross in the Circle, which is the marriage of the X and the O or the COPH and the NIA. The Force of COPH NIA is the Double Power of Horus represented in the dual symbol of NOX, and NOX is the Word (Logos) of Horus. This Word is a subtle "explosion", hinted in the word OMPEHDA(H) which produces the number 210. This explosion is in the nature of the whirling motion of the Solar Logos, represented by the Mysterious X which, when united with the O, produces an explosion of a most secret and subtle kind; it is an explosion of opposites, so that all disappear and "all is not aught." Note that All = AL, Not = LA, and Aught = All and Nothing (AL-LA) which are "one and not two; nay, are none." (Read Liber Legis, III: 2 & I: 45.) Aught is the CIPHER of it all. Also note All = AL = 31, Not = NVT = 65, and Aught = UT (Secret Self) = 15. 31+65+15 = 111 = ALP (Aleph) = The Fool Atu = 0 = All and Nothing (AL-LA). Moreover note that All = AL = 31, Not = LA = 31, and Aught = AL or LA = 31. 31+31+31 = 93, which is the number of the Logos (LGS), of the Word of the Law, and of Aiwaz (OIVZ) the Solar Logos or the Child (AL-LA) of All (AL) and Nothing (LA).
As stated in the beginning of our interpretation, the Solar Logos is the Chief Mystery signified by all that is expounded herein, being the principal revelation of it all. This Logos is represented by the Mysterious X which is the glyph of the Key of it all, and this Key is the Grand Arcanum of the Great Angel RPSTOV(AL). It is only by the exalted power and dynamic inspiration of the secret Current of the Great Angel RPSTOV(AL) in the body of the scribe that this Mighty Work of Thelema is accomplished in his True Will, to establish the Word of the Holy Angel of the scribe, to reveal the secret glory of The Book of the Law that all may partake its royal Wisdom. But what is written herein may not be complete; it may in fact be further expanded upon, according to the essential inspiration and wisdom of the Solar Angel of the scribe. It can even be said that this qabalistic interpretation may be expanded upon by the scribe many times in the coming years, maybe even unto death, so that it may in fact develop into a vast interpretation of the numbers & the words as the scribe advances in the Wisdom of his True Self.
Here ends our sublime and effective Qabalistic Interpretation of the numbers & the words of Liber Al vel Legis. With the Double Wand of Power, the Wand of the Force of COPH NIA, I, the All, summon ye to partake this Wisdom, to take hold thereof the Key of it all, to unite the two equal opposites; and this shall ye know to be the magical solution to the great riddle of it all, symbolized by the Mysterious X, which is the Sign of the Word not known; yea, the Sign of the Word not known.
Now the O and the X are united;
they are one; they are none.
All is not aught: Aum.
Love is the law, love under will.
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