Thursday, July 12, 2018

Sneak Peek-- Nu Gnosis Vol 3 No.2: An Exegesis of Adam Kadmon

Hello again everyone.  First I must thank everyone again for all the support they have given continued support to Nu Gnosis magazine and this blog.  It's been a while since I have checked in, mainly because by day I'm a school teacher and I've been fried from over work.  (I know! Lots of fun-- but I'm sure most can relate)  Anyways, it's been a blast to be exposed to such creative and original work from our contributors over the past three years.  In Vol 3 No. 1 we had a sneak peak at revelations in relation to Thelema with special attention given to Babalon and the Beast. 

 In No 3, there Paul Rovelli did a wonderful a follow up article on Genesis where we look at creation in terms of a holographic projection.  And once again he really dives deep into this and makes Genesis truly a fascinating qabalistic narrative connecting it with the holy books of Thelema and the alchemical tradition.  In another sense the Thelemic canon is a not yet corrupted third testament of the western mystery traditions. 

So you can read this short teaser here and if you have the heart and mind for it you can read the rest in  Vol 3 No. 2 which you can purchase here:  The rest of it of course is available through our latest issue which you can purchase here:  Nu Gnosis V3 N2  

An Exegesis of the Adam-Kadmon:
The Gnostic Syzygy

The qabalistic Adam-Kadmon is paralleled in the concept of the Gnostic Syzygy; a dual-gendered hologram from which the human race is generated.  It also provides for us the concept of the biune god; celebrated in the Gnostic Church of L.V.X.  The Divine or that which is called God is ITself, ineffable and cannot be described or comprehended in any way by the human mind. 

Yet in qabalistic teaching, this God reflects ITself into the aethyric substance of light (L.V.X.) that forms the material Universe; Herself.  Hence, the Goddess, also celebrated in our church is the material body of the God that is ineffable spirit.  Thus, we have the archetype of the biune God that then finds substantiation in the Earth and Her men and women that are generated by Her.  And not from one initial pair of human beings; the Adam and Eve of Genesis, but of all human births.

The mystery of creation is hidden in the opening verses of the Book of Genesis from which the Qabalah itself is derived.  And of interesting note, chapter one of this book contains thirty-one verses; thirty-one being the key to Liber AL vel Legis.  As these verses unfold, we can find in them the mystery of creation that on an exoteric level has but a weak parallel and is relatively incomprehensible from any denotative point of view; being the reason why theologians have basically refrained from any analysis of the document.  Verses seem to repeat themselves, but in a slightly different manner; providing a rationale for this difficulty.  But also, to the exoteric mind, the overt explanation seems straightforward, as if the esoteric mystery is hidden in plain sight.  So, let us proceed to take a look at these verses:

Genesis 1

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

When the upper world was created; the Ain Soph was filled and became pregnant by the Ain and brought forth two children; being Heaven and Earth.  The upper world was symbolized by the first two letters of the name of God (Tetragrammaton); Yod and Heh, so that the lower world; the children were then symbolized by the last two letters; Vau and Heh-final. Tetragrammaton of course, gives us the transliterated name of God in English—Jehovah.

The male and female symbolism is here reinterpreted, as parent and child to demonstrate the involution of spirit (the Divine) into manifestation.  We find this well capitulated in the Court Cards of the Holy Tarot; the Knight mating with the Queen to generate the Prince and Princess, who then mate that the Princess is set on the throne of the Queen to awaken the eld of the King.  For more on this, see Crowley’s Book of Thoth.

From this it is said that the Earth is fed from the waters of Heaven, which in the ancient world were called Gaia and Uranus; respectively.  And from the view of the Ruach, the Heaven or upper most point is Da’ath, which is why in the Thelemic Qabalah, Uranus is attributed to Da’ath and not Saturn.  But what we are addressing here is the height of the spiritual realm, where the ineffable; the Ain is said to be casting a reflection of ITself, or pouring  ITself into the Ain Soph, which would ultimately produce the Magickal Childe or the Aur (L.V.X.) that we call Kether—the crown and known exoterically, as God the father.  The Ain is then essentially male in relation to the Ain Soph; that is female in this relation; producing the trinity of spirit that is the Ain Soph Aur.

2  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

The qabalah recapitulates this verse by saying countenance beheld not-countenance.  It is as if the two counter-charged forces met at a point of agitation (the desire of Babalon); like two sticks rubbed together to create a spark of fire; the L.V.X. that is Kether; the center of force that is the product of Ain concentrating ITself, so that it might come to know ITself and emanate into manifestation.  This center is the Yechidah of the human soul, which is why the next verse flows naturally from this verse.

3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

The whole of the Tree-of-Life is contained in this concentrated center that is ITself but a reflection of the Ain and the Ain Soph; the NOT that is without limit, thus ITself being a limitless light (L.V.X., Ain  Soph Aur) that must contain all the subsequent emanations of the Sefirot.  This is the divine fiat generated by that desire (Babalon) to come to know ITself in the formulation of Kether; the head of Macrorosopus.

4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

In thelemic parlance, the Ain and Ain Soph are the N.O.X., as the Ain Soph Aur is the L.V.X.  Thus the NOT becomes the ONE; existence (“the light” or L.V.X.) being separated from non-existence (“the darkness” or N.O.X.).  By separating the Ain SophAur from the Ain Soph, the force that would impel emanation is set in motion; Agape.

To read the full article and access several other wonderful articles in this issue you can get  our magazine Nu Gnosis V3 N2.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Sneak Peek of Nu Gnosis Vol 3 No 1 'An Exegesis of Babalon and The Beast'

Hi everyone, I have two things to mention to all my readers today: First thank you to everyone who has been supporting Nu Gnosis magazine and the Gnostic Church of LVX.  We've managed to put out some exciting issues over the past couple years and we couldn't have done it without your support.

Second thing: I'm reviving this blog by starting a new tradition.  Every equinox/solstice I will give a sneak peek of one of our featured articles in Nu Gnosis.  This issue of Volume 3 Number 1 we have many excellent essays and some magickal records to boot; but to wet your pallet a bit I will share Paul Rovelli's thought provoking article titled: 'An Exegesis of Babalon and The Beast'  in this article he skillfully researchers and analyses references to Babalon and the Beast as they occur in the Old and New Testament, and then compares and contrasts these references with Crowley's Visions in Liber 418.  The research and insight are though provoking and will definitely aid in ones understanding and meditation on these important deities in our magickal system.  

So here is a short teaser of the article if you will.  The rest of it of course is available through our latest issue which you can purchase here:  Nu Gnosis V3 N1  

An Exegesis of Babalon& the Beast

Noting that the Jews have the half and that the Hebrew Qabalah is of integral importance to Thelemic Doctrine, I have often written in my qablistic thoughts, finding equivalence in the number 13, as a ThRShRQ of 31.  And this is certainly valuable in its own rite.  But there seems also a way to show 13 as the Jewish half with 31 (Key to Liber AL), as the Thelemic half.  In the Hebrew qabalistic text, the Book of the Concealed Mystery, the beard of the Macroprosopus is divided into 13 sections.  Kether, as the head of Macroprosopus is given seven conformations from which the beard hangs.  The whiteness of the beard is said to be the radiance of the Divine; reaching into the lower emanations and covering the body of the Ruach: 7+6=13, which by AIQ BKR, reduces to 4 (the Tetragrammaton: IHVH).

We find a source for this in Daniel 7:9 of the Old Testament with his description of the Divine:

"As I looked, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat.  His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool.  His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze."

We also find intimations of this in Crowley’s vision of the 9thAethyr:

“Now then we are passed within the lines of the army, and we are come unto a palace of which every stone is a separate jewel, and is set with millions of moons. And this palace is nothing but the body of a woman, proud and delicate, and beyond imagination fair. She is like a child of twelve years old. She has very deep eye-lids, and long lashes. Her eyes are closed, or nearly closed. It is impossible to say anything about her. She is naked; her whole body is covered with fine gold hairs, that are the electric flames that are the spears of mighty and terrible Angels who breast-plates are the scales of her skin. And the hair of her head, that flows down to her feet, is the very light of God himself.”

The seven conformations from which the beard of Macroprosopus hangs are:
1st Conformation: The head is prepared in the likeness of a cranium.
2nd Conformation: The cranium is filled with a crystalline dew.
                This is the radiant L.V.X. that we call RHK.
3rd Conformation: The aethyr is formed--skin, clear and congealed.
4th Conformation: The hair (covers the ears; that aren't mentioned in the text).
5th Conformation: The forehead.
6th Conformation: The eye (one non-closing eye; akin to the eye atop the pyramid).
7th Conformation: The nostrils--that breath the breath of the Divine into Malkuth;
                giving life/consciousness to matter.

The Microprosopus comprises the Sefirot of the Ruach that represent the body of the Macroprosopus; Geburah is the left arm, Chesed is the right arm, Tiphareth is the body or torso, Netzach is the right leg, Hod is the left leg and Yesod is the genitals.  But in terms of the Macroprosopus, these Sefirot are but a reflection in the Ruach (part of the Microprosopus) and in the supernal world are pure Sefirot; all being contained therein.

If we take these six Sefirot and their reflection, as twelve[1] and add Kether, then we get 13.  And in like fashion, if we work with the Microprosopus and take these six, as twelve and add Malkuth, we also get 13.  So that this number has a recursive quality of which its secret nature can be said to be the 4 of the Tetragrammaton.  This is important in that though the Jews apparently attribute the Divine to the male gender, in actuality, IT is a biune god.  As well, the 13th word in Genesis is HMIM; “of the waters,” which suggests the attribution of 13 to the Daughter.

The first two letters, IH (Yod, Heh) are the male and female; Father and Mother.  If we add their values, 10+5, we get 15, which reduces to 6; V (Vau) the Son (Tiphareth at the center of the Ruach and the body of the biune God) and third letter of the Tetragrammaton.  The supernal Vau is said to be Da'ath (Knowledge) and the inferior Vau is said to be the Heh-final of Tetragrammaton; the Bride. So that even the Son is said to have this dual or biune nature; Vau illuminating the Daughter (Bride), as Yod illuminates the Mother.  And the Vau, as Da'ath shows us why it is from Tiphareth, we proceed to the Abyss; demonstrated by the bow (the Veil of Qesheth) & arrow (Sagittarius, as the path that leads to Tiphareth and has Tiphareth as its point) on the Tree-of-Life.

Yod illuminating the Mother in the Tetragrammaton explains the covenant with the Daughter or Bride of Microprosopus (Malkuth, the Kingdom).  This illuminates her, as it passes into the woman (her womb) and she becomes hidden; the Tetragrammaton now being expressed as IHVI and the I-final no longer then, signifies the Bride, as IT ascends to the Supernals, which we can then surmise creates the need for the descent of the Shekinah or Holy Spirit.  This leaves us with IHV, as we discussed, above.  And put on a square, this Tetragrammaton becomes expressed as: IHVI, IHV, IH & I.
Crowley gives a vision of this in the 9th Aethyr:

The Seer is lost in wonder, which is peace. And the ring of the horizon above her is a company of glorious Archangels with joined hands, that stand and sing: This is the daughter of BABALON the Beautiful, that she hath borne unto the Father of All. And unto all hath she borne her. This is the Daughter of the King. This is the Virgin of Eternity. This is she that the Holy One hath wrested from the Giant Time, and the prize of them that have overcome Space. This is she that is set upon the Throne of Understanding [Binah]. Holy, Holy, Holy is her name, not to be spoken among men. For Kor they have called her, and Malkuth, and Betulah, and Persephone. And the poets have feigned songs about her, and the prophets have spoken vain things, and the young men have dreamed vain dreams; but this is she, that immaculate, the name of whose name may not be spoken. Thought cannot pierce the glory that defendeth her, for thought is smitten dead before her presence. Memory is blank, and in the most ancient books of Magick are neither words to conjure her, nor adorations to praise her. Will bends like a reed in the temptests that sweep the borders of her kingdom, and imagination cannot figure so much as one petal of the lilies whereon she standeth in the lake of crystal, in the sea of glass. This is she that hath bedecked her hair with seven stars, the seven breaths of God that move and thrill its excellence. And she hath tired her hair with seven combs, whereupon are written the seven secret names of God that are not known even of the Angels, or of the Archangels, or of the Leader of the armies of the Lord.

So that leaves us to discuss IH with their values multiplied; instead of added.  This gives us a value of 50; representing the 50 Gates of Understanding (Binah, the Mother).  But also, 50 is the value of Nun and the Death Atu, of which it is said of the IH in the Book of the Concealed Mystery, "...if closely bound together then out of the dead, the pentad originates."  IHVHI then shows more clearly how the Bride becomes hidden, as the I surrounds the letters.  And it shows how these 50 Gates are of Understanding; the Father (I) combined with the Mother (H) in Binah, and that these two are combined, Understanding becomes imbued with Supernal Wisdom.  But in the Tetragrammaton itself, the Daughter (Heh-final) is left unprotected; not being shut up by any succeeding letter.  In this way, it is said that Wisdom is opened out into her gates, as the Daughter and the Mother are both reflections of each other; both being H.An excerpt from the 27thAethyrehoes this:

And she cries: Lonely am I and cold in the wilderness of the
stars. For I am the queen of all them that dwell in Heaven, and the
queen of all them that are pure upon earth, and the queen of all the
sorcerers of hell.
I am the daughter of Nuit, the lady of the stars. And I am the Bride
of them that are vowed unto loneliness. And I am the mother of the
Dog Cerberus. One person am I, and three gods.
And thou who hast blasphemed me shalt suffer knowing me. For I am cold
as thou art cold, and burn with thy fire. Oh, when shall the war
of the Aires and the elements be accomplished?

Liber AL velLegisalso takes hold of this in these verses: 

AL:I.24 "I am Nuit, and my word is six and fifty."
AL:I.25 "Divide, add, multiply, and understand."

The 6, as we've shown above, is also the Bride (Heh-final) and the 50 is the Mother (Understanding/Binah).  In this, we get a whole new set of mathematics.  Six times fifty gives us 300, the number of Shin and the trinity of spirit; even IHV (the three flames shown on this letter), as shown above.  And six plus fifty gives us NV (Nu, the essence of Nuit or the firmament).  However, the division remains somewhat of a riddle, as we don't end up with a whole number.  0.12 however, can be said to show that from the Ain Soph (0) the L.V.X. or Aur is placed into Kether (1), which then transmits to both (2) of the other Supernals.  And so it is the Hebrew Qabalah that opens up for us, the Thelemic Qabalah.

To read the full article which includes graphics and indepth analysis from the old and new testament access our magazine Nu Gnosis V3 N1.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Big Bang, Qabalah, and Quantum Physics

This is an interesting and insightful video put together by Phil Harris.  It not only gives some basic teachings on the qabalah and physics, but he presents some thought provoking comparisons and provides good food for thought for the modern occultist.

There hasn't been much work done on this topic since the works of Fritjof Capra's work called:        The Tao of Physics, a must read for all advanced and serious occultists.

Since then there has been a more recent book published about the Book of the Law and modern physics and modern science in general.  I bought this book last year and it is quite a gem. It is called Scientific Illuminism.  Its just under 400 pages long and covers about everything in physics and biology relating it to NOX, the Night of Pan, Levi's Aethyr, to the LVX and the magick lamp. This is another must read especially for Thelemites.

Nu Gnosis Magazine V1 N1

Nu Gnosis Magazine Vol 1 No. 1

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This magazine is issued every equinox and this first issue made it's premier on September 20th 2015.  Every issue so far contains a smattering of social criticism, philosophy, reflections on various occult topics from yoga to qabala, and experiments either astral and magickal, or those based on creative work.  

In addtion to this we also throw in some poetry and when possible visual arts.  Its a fun way to keep up with the development of Thelemic thought in the gnostic community and this magazine has been proving to be a fun and interesting way to bring our disparate community closer together.  

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Sneak Peek-- Nu Gnosis Vol 3 No.2: An Exegesis of Adam Kadmon

Hello again everyone.  First I must thank everyone again for all the support they have given continued support to Nu Gnosis magaz...