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.