I was honored to be a guest on Praxis behind the Obscure with Ryan. We had an in-depth discussion about angelic magic, specifically on getting started with Enochian, working with the Holy Guardian Angel, and crossing the Abyss. I hope you can check it out. Enjoy!
It’s hard to describe in fullness “Enochian theology,” but a cursory look at both the language of Enochian as well as my experience of scrying the Aethyrs has had me pondering this matter in the back of my mind for some time. What I’ve come to realize, after a good dose of listening to the Secret History of Western Esotericism Podcast, is that the Enochian magico-mystical system seems to continue the deep initiation into John Dee’s mind. Dee, a highly educated man, was familiar with Greek, fluent in Latin, and nothing if not well-read. His religious education needed to take the vows for a Catholic priest (while under arrest in would’ve also taken him into reading much of what was Catholic orthodoxy and–important for Dee if he wished to save his skin–what were the no-no’s of heterodoxy, heresy, apostacy. In other words, Dee probably came to know as much, if not more, about the Classics as any other man in England.
SHWEP has provided for me some obsessively interesting listening material. Earl Fontainelle’s laser focus on esotericism, combined with his profound background in the classics as well as his varied interest in the history of Western philosophy, has really opened up a world of understanding of the development of religious doctrine. Support the podcast, won’t you? Among the episodes I dove into was episode 79, Numenius’ Metaphysics, which laid out a concept of highest god, Nous; a son (emanation?) of that god, the Demiurge; and a grandson (second emanation?) of Nous, the Noetic Creator of our world. Note that these concepts roughly match the Kabbalistic Tree of Life model: an The Nous roughly corresponds to Ain/Ain Soph/Ain Soph Aur, the Demiurge roughly corresponds to the world of Atziluth, and the Noetic Creator roughly corresponds to the world of Briah. The idea of a demiurge is roughly linked to Gnosticism (in addition to previous philosophies), which, as SHWEP points out in an earlier episode with Michael Williams, is a somewhat problematic term in itself.
Numenius of Apamea parallels earlier philosophers like Eudorus of Alexandria, but what does this have to do with Enochian? One Enochian word that came to mind when considering this philosophy is “JAIDA” (which can also be transliterated to “IAIDA”; n.b. the letters “I” & “J” are collapsed in the Enochian alphabet), meaning “highest God” or, perhaps from its structure (“IA of IAD” or “IAD of IAD”): “God of Gods.” This is a bit strange from a monotheist point of view, and suggests that we should instead consider the Enochian system to be a monolatrous one, which is to say that the God of Enochian is the highest God, or the God worthy of worship, but that other gods may exist. This is surely one way to interpret other godlike beings who appear, such as Babalon or Kaos (the latter of whom I appear to not have encountered, but other Enochian practitioners have).
The other footing this puts Enochian on is the idea of a one-world religion, or rather a religion designed to be compatible with other religions. Jason Louv suggests in John Dee and the Empire of Angels that a one-world religion is indeed what the angels themselves were pushing. I have to admit, I have found that my exploration of Enochian hasn’t really pushed me away from any religion, but rather I’ve taken an approach which allows for the congruence of multiple religions at once. One difficulty with Enochian is the colonialist view of the world that Dee took, such that it’s tempting to view Enochian as a superstructure or superimposition upon other religions–perhaps as yet another imposition of religion, similar to the forced conversions to Christianity.
Looking into the structure of Enochian and its somewhat heretical views, it seems instead that it’s a system allowing for religious tolerance and pluralism, which is something we could use a little more of nowadays. During these holidays, I hope I have made a case to dig a little deeper and unfold what lies beneath the first impressions of this world, and bear witness to and become partakers in its wonders.
So I don’t have much to add at this point, other than a LOT. However, I’ve been posting most of that lot on the Twitter, so I thought I’d share some of the threads here:
Liber Loagaeth (ongoing thread).
The Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, with predictions by rising sign (literally something for everyone!).
Rick and Morty (hopes for future seasons).
I’ll get back to regular posts when I start the gebofal ritual. Meantime, enjoy the holidays!
Update: Just in time for the new year, here’s my thread on the HGA; I have also updated my original post. Stay well in 2021!
I’ve given several parts to the exploration of this mystical book, but I thought it would be best to try to show how some parts of this might look. For this, I’m using the scan from Phergoph’s blog for Leaf 9a, “Pagesgem.”
Row 1 shows a typical row, minus seven digits at the beginning and seven at the end (not shown):
Were I to venture a guess, I would parse this as: SED NACH AN ZACLAN ZAB ULACH OD AN GAH ZUCHA.
Some of this we have translations for; “OD” means “and” (I take my translations from Leitch’s The Angelical Language, Vol. 2) “Gah” means “spirits,” and “An” is one of the angelic Sons of Sons of Light, assigned to Jupiter if the order of activation holds, but potentially to Mercury or Hermes Trismegistus given the green tablet he held: SED NACH the angel An ZACLAN ZAB ULACH and the angel An, spirits ZUCHA. Unfortunately, there isn’t much else to go on. ULACH seems to have the root word UL, which is a noun meaning “end,” so one could speculate that this is a verb form of “to end.” ZACAR is an imperative form of the verb “to move,” so one could speculate ZACLAN is a different conjugation of “to move”; “LANG” means “those [angels] who serve,” whole “LANSH” means “exalted power,” suggesting LAN- means “exalting service,” so “ZACLAN” could mean “moving in service of.” Using these, one could interpolate some meaning: “SED NACH the angel An moves in service ZAB in order to end spirits ZUCHA.” A bit clearer, but still ultimately speculative.
You see the difficulty here. What about applying some of the techniques we’ve seen? Consider row 30 from Leaf 11a, “Ozimba Londorh” (the title itself suggestive of “Londoh,” meaning “kingdoms”):
I could parse this row as follows (I’ve italicized the larger lowercase letters): GE O GRAPH AN ALGED GEMNA VEDRAD OTHAL DAH GE HUD AXLO GEDNOG.
This seems worse, until you begin substituting the actual letter the spelled out letters (for example, in English, the letter B would be spelled out B-E-E, C would be C-E-E, and D would be, heh, spelled D-E-E). Enochian sometimes spells letters contrary to their pronunciation, so while Ged is the English letter G, Graph is the letter E. Here we can obtain:
GE O, E AN ALG GEMNA VEDRAD OTHAL DAH GE HUD AXLO GNOG.
“GE” means “not” and “O” means five. “DAH” may be equivalent to “DA,” which means “there.” So, we can begin a translation with:
“Not five”–possibly referring to the remaining five Sons of Sons of Light–“Not five, the angels E [and] An ALG GEMNA VEDRAD OTHAL there, not HUDAX LO GNOG.” “GNOG” may seem like an unlikely Enochian word, but there are a few which do begin with the letter G (actually Ged) followed by a consonant. Still, not enough to obtain much meaning. Let’s turn back to a third excerpt, this time again from Leaf 9a, but Row 25 (before & after the circle)
ALGED NOPAL GETA–NOCH AN ALDAPH NA.
Substituting: “ALG NOX GETA–NOCH AN ALDAPH NA”; translating to the extent I can and including some speculation (“noco” means “servant” or “minister”): “ALG, [a] ministering angel out of Him–a ministering angel, the angel An, a gathering angel [of] The Lord.” Here we get a repeat of one of the words we’ve already seen: ALG, associating once again with the angel An.
This is merely applying one technique. Supposing that some transposition should be used, then ALG could mean AGL–“no,” “no one,” or “none”: “No [mere] ministering angel out of Him, [but] the ministering and gathering angel, An, of The Lord.” Yet it could instead mean the more straightforward “one within none,” a potential, realized as this angel An. Or “The one [come out] of nothing, a ministering angel out of Him, the ministering angel An, the ministering angel An, the gathering angel of The Lord.” In this interpretation, the transposition is a signature of Loagaeth across different lines of the text. There are hundreds of these seeming transpositions, insertions, and apparent substitutions, none of which seem to render the strings of an individual row completely meaningless, but rather to multiple forms of interpretation–“multiplied and dignified,” one could say. Still, for now, these remain somewhat incomplete (“fallen” from a complete translation) unless a key, or series of keys, is discovered.
I’ve previously alluded to potential paths to such a key, but for now I continue to manually copy Liber Loagaeth. I prefer getting this done to jumping toward a solution. Still, I wish to leave these potential clues for others who may be further ahead in their journey.
So I got to the “Pagesgem” half-leaf (9a) a few days ago. Aside from it being beautiful and the only table to both have numbers and a name, Bornogo, from the Heptarchy (four times in a beautiful cross-and-X pattern), and being the only table to have a large circle of diameter 21 within the grid, I wanted to make some points about the numbers themselves.
The four corners have simple 7×7 tables within them with either the numbers 1-7 or 2-8 in rows; two of each appear in opposing corners. Thus the sum of each row is either 28 or 35, meaning that two sum to 196 and two sum to 245; each pair sums to 441 (21^2), a number I’ve dealt with at length before. The digits begin in ascending order and from there shift over one spot, meaning that the number 1 for the 1-7 table and the number 2 for the 2-8 table is in a diagonal. The one exception is the lower-right corner which has the top of the table with the numbers 1-7 in reverse order at the top. Interestingly, if one chose to view the reversal as a reason to subtract that table from its lower-left counterpart, one would naturally get a difference of 49.
The lower-right corner is another clue, namely the general area that also number 49: column 32 of the grid within the circle (not including the ring of numbers itself–which sums to 272 (16*17–not part of a Pythagorean triple, sadly!). The circle itself, I should note, has exactly 111 letters within it, 111 being the number of God and the Gematria value of the Hebrew letter Aleph when spelled out (the Aleph as a letter alone is worth 1), and the ring is composed of 56 (7*8) numbers.
Interestingly, columns 30-32 break the inner pattern of the circle in many ways. Columns 18-20 (rows 18-20 & 30-32) have two length-3 sides adjoined by 90 degrees with a repeating number: the number 6 in the upper-left and the number 2 in the lower-left. For the counterpart in the upper right, a 4-4-4 column meets a 3-3-3 row due to a break in the normal pattern. The lower-right is even “curiouser”: the numbers make a 5-5-5 column, the topmost 5 of which begins a 5-6-5 row. Intrigued, I decided to sum these numbers by column and by row, and the number 6 produced a column sum (excluding the ring of the circle) of 50, while its neighbor which (which ends the row) yielded a column sum of 49. See the screenshot:
Fifty is a Kabbalistically significant number (associated with Binah and the letter Nun, among other things), and 49, of course, relates once more to both the Heptarchy and the dimensionality of Loagaeth. Of interest to me is that is these positions, columns 31 & 32, refer via addition to 63, or 7*9; multiplying by 7 (the basis of much of Enochian) yields 441 once again. the number of the row is 30, referring to the number of Aethyrs.
So, having seen this pattern here, another possible means to solve Loagaeth is to look to Columns 32 (the 6th & 7th from the middle row) and possibly also Row 30; or just cells R30C31 and R30C32 (to use MS Excel notation), across the tables. It’s possible a pattern (such as an Enochian phrase providing another clue) can arise in this manner. I haven’t yet explored it, but I will!
Note: see update at bottom.
So one other thing that has previously been observed about Loagaeth is the interspersing of the full Enochian letters throughout the text. For example, the Enochian letter equivalent to the English letter E is Graph, the equivalent to Z is Ceph, etc. The letters of Loagaeth were transmitted one by one, yet the letters themselves sometimes spell out a letter, equivalent to receiving J-A-Y in order to just make the letter J, C-E-E to receive the letter C, and so on. So the simplest of substitutions is to experiment with replacing these spelled-out letters with a single letter, and then using what remains to create a word, the equivalent of turning J-A-Y-O-B into J-O-B by substitution to have the word “job.” I suspect that much more of the Loagaeth text will be readable by just making this change.
You can see a couple of advantages of this sort of veiling of the knowledge for those receiving initiation into these mysteries (or in our case, piercing the veil, since we don’t have Dee or other direct lineage from which to receive initiation!). The main one is that, as Cody P. has mentioned to me, the psychological effect of gestalt and also deeper awareness of our symbols, and connection to how we form them when we pronounce them. Interestingly, the names of the Enochian letters don’t include the sounds they represent. Other than Ged for the equivalent of G and Van for V, no other letters include the sound of the letter within the full names of the Enochian letters: English A is Un in Enochian, B is Pa, C and K are Veh, D is Gal, and so on. It’s almost as if Enochian is trying to lift us up from identification of the letters from their mere “pronunciation” and instead create letters which are separate from their pronunciation, words that are closer to their root meaning, and verbs with so many irregular varieties and varied spellings that the mind has to take each instance of speech as a unique moment of communication.
Yet this speech also is part of a narrative (unveiling of knowledge, the fall of humanity–and implicitly, the hope of evolution from a merely human state for those who are lifted up by Divine grace through these mysteries), a mathematical structure, a Divine force to uplift our minds, a geometric structure in which we think, and the like. The foundation, of course, is humility (deep openness to knowledge the supplicant lacks) and a sufficient understanding. The angels then provide a language that separates the understanding of the letter as separate from (or more accurately, not parallel with) the production of speech–in neurological terms a language that separates Wernicke’s area from Broca’s area. This allows a new way to think about thinking, a new way to use language and reading in understanding.
The angels incorporate parts of an individual’s existing symbolic narratives as well and communicate via both imagery and speech to the supplicant. Along the way they include number sense (the dorsal parietal, frontal, and inferior temporal areas of the brain, apparently), and as the visions in the Enochian Aethyrs themselves become progressively more abstract, they become more geometric in nature, so throw in visual-spatial and geometry skills. Because there’s so much to coordinate, there is quite likely a large working memory component for the supplicant to develop as well.
All in all, this process seems like several subtle reboots to the brain, an upgrade to individual interface packages, followed by a big change to the operating system. The importance of this is that unravelling each part of this is helpful to the supplicant in considering transformation/decryption of the text, as well as interpretations of Loagaeth.
At any rate, I’m not pursuing this solution just yet (I’m trying to onor the ; I just wanted to let some of the considerations that could be applied to a potential solution to Loagaeth.
Update. An interesting of the letter whenever its spelled out name appears in Leaf 49: doncha, ur, chinvane, vors (or uors), adnor. This reduces the words to icha, L, chinve, ufs (more likely than vfs), and adnf (likely pronounced adneff by inference). This also reduces the number of total letters in Leaf 49 from 113 to 106. Repeating this process with our new words, we can further reduce chinve to chinc for 105 letters (as specified by the angel Galvah). The reduction by seven letters and then an eighth also parallels the seven heptarchical kings who are ruled by an eighth. An additional justification of this approach is that it leaves five L’s, paralleling the five tables of 21 letters that Galvah instructed Dee to make out of the words received.
This parallels Leitch’s reduction of the letters in Leaf 49 via the spelled-out letter zed to Z and reducing ch to k via Kelley pronouncing the former digraph as a /k/ sound. This is only somewhat defensible given that the angels spelled out the ch as two letters in Row 1 of Leaf 1A (making a seven-letter word, to Dee’s delight, recognizing the concordance of this with the septenary nature of the Heptarchy), and that other words, such as Moz and Mozod, aren’t equivalent, for the angel Nalvage specifies they have similar but not identical meanings (“joy” and “joy of God”).
Another approach to reducing Leaf 49 from 113 letters to 105 put forward by the AOM is to simply remove the eight-letter word “Loagaeth,” because it had previously been received. This is doubtful, for it was only received moments earlier. Leitch suggests either a miscount by Dee (which he is rightly dubious of, mainly because he could see the words in front of him, to which I would add the five tables that Galvah instructs Dee to arrange the letters into five tables of 21 letters, which parallels the 21 letters of the Enochian alphabet itself), or that two words which appeared separately, adnor and doncha, belong together because Dee may have split the word adnordoncha when a distracting vision of seas appeared before Kelley. This is a good case, as is he unique underlining notation below vors and hirobra being suggestive of concatenation for vorshirobra.
The ultimate test of my approach, though, is whether this reveals a hidden order (of the wisdom/Chokmah variety) from what Galvah calls a “hotchpot without order” (much as Babalon appears more orderly with mental concentration in ZIP), and is consistent with Galvah‘s observations, of “the speech of that disorder or prophe[cy].” Unfortunately because this adds to the number of I‘s (or Gon‘s), this does not create letters that can be removed from the end of the letters in Leaf 1b. Perhaps a transformation of Leaf 49 (such as replacing the letters with those in the reverse place in order) and then subtracting those letters from 1B may work, or that approach may remain a dead end. Regardless, I simply want to transparently show readers my process in thinking about a possible solution to Liber Loagaeth, to share additional interpretations of this material, and to encourage those who may have their own approaches in working with it.
Some divine inspiration struck last night regarding certain numbers and their part in Liber Loagaeth. All of the leaves, save two, are in the 49×49 letter format. The first leaf has the front side (leaf 1a) with 49×49 words (hence why they must be written out over several pages, though the truly hardcore industrial individual may purchase a foldable 24″ square page and try to fit them all in!), and the “back” (leaf 1b) has 40×49 words and then has a 9×49 table of letters, 441 letters in all. The number 441 parallels the SDA as mentioned in prior posts.
The final table, 49, is “one” (i.e., the angels did not have Dee & Kelley produce a “back” side), and is to be made into five 3×7 tables, for 105 letters in all. This table is described as “a hotchpot without order, so it signifieth a disorder of the World, and is the speech of the Disorder or Prophe[cy].” By implication, the rest of the book should not be of the same sort of disorder. To understand the order of the rest of the book, then, a user who understands mathematics must subtract the number 105 from the 441 for a total of 336 letters. 336 divided by the number seven (the cornerstone of the Heptarchia and much of the rest of the system!) yields 48–the same number of total leaves of the first 48 leaves of the book.
How might such a solution work? I suspect that each of these 48 “keys” unlocking each table is used twice, once with the word going forwards, and once with it going backwards. We have seen the play on “the first shall be last, and the last shall be first” in my prior post on seeking a solution to Loagaeth. This may yield the Enochian keys / calls themselves. It may even be that each of the keys is to work, not once for each leaf, but rather the first key will unlock Leaves 1a & 48b, the second 1b & 4a, the third 2a & 47b, etc.
Let’s start with seeing if we can obtain a key: here is the key as transcribed from Sloane 3188 (note that for the sake of clarity I haven’t reversed the tables as they would appear in the Enochian script):
Next, I move forward in order across this table and delete each letter from the first table 49 (I’m using the AOM version, without the word “Loagaeth”; doing this with the Leitch version leaves a suspiciously untouched 8th & 9th row from Leaf 1b):
Repeating these steps with the remaining four tables from Leaf 49, one quickly discovers a problem: there are more letter I’s (Enochian: Gon) in that table than in Leaf 1B, regardless of whether the AOM or Leitch version of Leaf 49 is used. Darn! A “hotchpot of disorder” indeed!
My next attempt was to take every seventh letter out of these 441 letters; the first result of this is a 9 row by 7 column (the first 63 letters out of 105), which I show below with the letters of King Carmara (I’ve also bolded an additional letter M for the Marmara version) and Prince Hagonel.
I then continued with the remaining 42 letters out of 105, and noticed that not only were Carmara & Hagonel there, but also, separately, the common letters of Baligon (the Venusian version of King Carmara) and Bagonel (the Venusian version of Prince Hagonel): BAGNLO; with a separate I & E:
Coincidence? Maybe, but the presence of these two kings and princes in particular (leaving only 19 out of the original 42 letters NOT part of a royal angelic name) suggests to me that rather than removing letters from this in a disordered manner (i.e., how they originally showed up), it makes more sense to remove the number of disorder from the original 441 in an orderly manner. Doing so seems to be confirm the method in that the Heptarchia shows up so as to wink at the process.
What remains are the following 48 seven-letter combinations, which may or may not unlock individual tables in Loagaeth:
ADROSAO DFACOEP NALACAH OCDCOEF AMNUALC DURASNA
PHAMPIO NGASEVA XREHMAV ORSFNSA UKDAMIF ANABULX
RSAGHNM VAOCALU SANGLAR PACLUNS EMPHODA NCHOHEM
LOHBLIA NONGASR XULAFOM NAPPANS AELONSG AANGAST
BLNSOAN XVONSTA LTEMHEC HOMCHAD GEOXUST AVANADU
RHONSAZ UCANZAP LIOANOR GHAANAA USLAGRA DNAHNAV
ARSAHVN ROGENAH VALAORZ APCLCAR SEAPORS AQASTAV
GANFUMR ABOMOAH GASTGES ORDLPHN AQSORGE MAHNOXA
I’ll try to test these out later when I get some inkling of how they are to work, but this is the stage that I’m at right now. Clearly, more needs to happen before this is solved. If you like, feel free to work to see if there is an algorithm; just get back to me (there’s an email form somewhere on the site) if you’re successful.
The title of this post comes from the opening lines to activate the PELE ring. It was reviewing Aaron Leitch‘s writings on Liber Loagaeth, wherein he reminds the reader to wear the ring whilst working on copying the book, that it occurred to me to make an effort to wear the ring at all times. I have noticed some effects of doing so (note that I try to activate it using the full line as laid out by Lon Milo Duquette).
First, I’ve noticed a general smoothness in my life. External events don’t seem to touch me as much, although I still go through the typical ups and downs.
Next, I’ve noticed that the ring responds to the “holiness” of what I’m doing. I can feel a certain change in tingle in the area if I’m doing right or veering down a wrong path. Note that this doesn’t really have to do with the strict religious observances, but more a matter of the condition of the heart.
Third, having the ring on also seems to help deepen and “level up” meditation.
Finally, I’ve made fewer mistakes in copying Liber Loagaeth and, of course, have had the inspiration to find several approaches to try to discover a solution to it.
So, I do indeed recommend activating and wearing this ring daily, even if there’s no particular magick you intend to perform with it. Having worn it like this, I intend for my first tattoo to be a gold-colored PELE ring on my right index finger whenever I have the extra funds.
Just another note on the general structure of the tables of Liber Loagaeth which are to be completed by the magician; there are 1201 cells visible to the magician on most of the tables to be completed on most of them. It turns out that, like the 113 letters of Table 49, 1201 is a centered-square number. What are the other two integers that (by definition) go with it? 1,200 & 49. Interestingly, 1201 + 1200 = 2401, which is 49^2. “Multiplied and dignified” numbers indeed!
Additionally, 1201 is a “super-prime.” To explain this, consider the first few prime numbers: 2, 3, 5, 7, & 11 would be the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th primes. Of these, 3 (prime number 2, which itself a prime number), 5 (prime number 3, also prime), & 11 (prime number 5, also prime) would be called “super-primes.” Interestingly, 1201 is the 197th prime number, yet while 197 is the 45th prime, 1201 is the 45th super-prime; additional dignity! 1201 is also the 25th (5^2) centered-square number, and the 15th centered decagonal number. 25 +15 = 40, and to make sure we multiply and dignify further, 4 (for squares) times 10 (for decagons) is also 40, and of course 40 is highly significant biblically & in Gematria as the number of water, and is also the number of cells in the ring around the SDA. Water is indeed mentioned by Galvah when asked about the letters of Leaf 49: “Of me they are honoured, but of me, not to be uttered: Neither did I disclose them my self: For, they are the beams of my understanding, and the Fountain from whence I water.”
Now that this seems to be exhausted (but you never know if Terence Tao will happen upon your blog!), let’s look at some of the exceptions to this. Leaf 43a, the first (technically, the first half) of the last 7 leaves of the 49 total (“So the last shall be first, the first last”) shows the a 7×7 square in the upper-left corner (but in Enochian/angelic letters, these would be in the upper-right). It also has the entire first row (rather than missing half its letters). In all, this makes 1246, which is a centered tetradecagonal (4+10=14) number, the 28th (14*2).
441, which is “Truth” in Gematria and additionally the sum (heh) of the outer ring of the SDA (as we saw in the previous post), is also a centered tetradecagonal number, the 17th, and for other reasons 441 is a very cute number: the sum of the first 6 cubes (“the mystery of the divinity” as promised by Galvah). 441=21^2 (21 letters in each of the 5 triangles in Leaf 49), which means there’s a further mystery of the trinity expressed through this leaf.
It’s not exactly clear, but either Dee or the angels or both seem to have also given us help on the other half of this leaf (Leaf 43b) but this time just with the first row, which means we have 1225 letters in all, or 35^2, or 5*5*7*7. We see yet again the expression of threes and fives in addition to the ubiquitous seven.
I noticed something else at Leaves 29a & 29b; Leaf 29 is the first of the fifth seven, and because five is the number of humanity, it makes sense that this is these are the first tables to have missing information (for we begin in a state of ignorance relative to the angels). Unlike the other leaves, which only leave out every other letter, Leaf 29a also has two complete 7×7 squares and two 8×7 rectangles at the left and right & top and bottom, respectively, each with capital letters where there would otherwise be blanks in every other cell. The use of 7 and 8 in this case is suggestive of the 113, or 7*7 + 8*8, letters in leaf 49. There are also four standalone letters at the corners, for a total of 110 (product of the 1st, 3rd, & 5th prime numbers). Altogether there are 1311 letters, which is 3*19*23. Leaf 29b looks nearly identical to 29a, except it has four 7×7 squares for an additional 100 letters and 2 letters in each corner for 108 (2^2*3^3) in all, or 1309 letters. 1309 is 7*11*17, and is the first sphenic number (numbers that are products of three primes) to be followed by two more sphenic primes (1310 and 1311, the latter of which we’ve seen before, which of course is the same first/last reversal we’ve seen repeatedly, since 1309, the earlier of these, comes last, while 1311 came first).
I’ll keep plugging away at this, but I thought I’d share the thoughts as they came to me!
This post follows on to this post, and is edited from a Discord discussion about my thinking about the ring nature of the leaves of Loagaeth. Thanks to Jon Ciel of Uizelian magic and Argus for their feedback and input, some of which I have incorporated.
So here’s the outlines of an approach to unlocking Liber Loagaeth that I’ve been thinking about; the Great Table in Enochian is 25 letters wide by 27 letters high. This is divided into four quadrants, typically thought of as elemental in nature, but also includes the names of all 91 (or 92) governors.
There are 94 Liber Loagaeth half-leaves of 49×49 grids (more on this in a moment). So the idea here is you place a reduced Great Table (24×24) by eliminating the names of God (the 12-letter names, e.g., ORO IBAH AOZPI–they are holy, after all) in the four quadrants corners as well as the entire Black cross. Then, overlay four Great Tables in the onto a 49×49 leaf. This leaves (heh) each 49×49 table with its own central cross, possibly as the key to try to solve it.
Another possibility (let’s call it Approach 2) is removing only two of the rows, leaving a 24×25 and overlaying this version four times (two of them would be rotated 90 degrees). This would leave a single letter in the center as the possible key to solving it.
There are some advantages to each approach. Approach 1 leaves a nice parallel to the Great Table. Furthermore, this Central Cross is more evenly balanced than the Great Table’s Black Cross, and could be folded three dimensionally into two rings, like so:
Which would look similar to this diagram by Johannes Dryander:
Annulorum trium diversi generis
In fact, this suggests that a third ring should be added, such as at the 13th and 37th rows or columns. I would stick with rows, though, because this would continue the parallel to the Great Table. Ultimately there would be 9 letters in all, and this parallels not only the bottom of Leaf 1b (which is a 9×49 table) as well as the sum of the numbers in the SDA (which totals 441: “Truth” in Gematria).
Approach 2 has its own merits. Not only does respect the placements of the central names of God (after all, these are the names on the Tablet of Union!), it leaves each of them four times, not twice (if this sounds tricky, consider we could instead have a 25×24 modified Great Table by leaving the column of the Black Cross as-is and instead deleting its row along with the rows for the four 12-letter names of God. Why would this matter? This means that you get 16 names–a perfect parallel to the Great Table–as well as a Gematrially-sound 1 + 6 = 7, matching the septuple nature underlying the entire system. On a personal note, 16^2 = 256, and I was specifically asked to calculate the ratio of a 5D-volume of a 5-sphere circumscribed about a 5-simplex vs one inscribed…it was 256:1. Took me a while to find the formulae, (thank you Google Books), but I did.
Both approaches include deleting the names of God in the Great Table. Note that this leaves 77 governors, which adds both the septuple nature and also appears in the 2nd Book of Chronicles, the Gospel of Matthew (and, via an alternative interpretation of that passage as 70 times 7, the Book of Daniel.
We’ll come back to another Bible verse in a moment, but here is a sequential summary of what constitutes the leaves of Liber Loagaeth:
- One half-leaf, which actually is 49 long lines of text;
- One half-leaf which is a hybrid of 40 lines of text with a 9×49 table at the end to complete it;
- 54 straight-up 49×49 tables of letters (and with one exception, numbers), each of them uniquely titled;
- 40 titled tables of 49×49 with every other letter missing (i.e., tables to be completed/solved).
- One table of five 21-letter triangles (side length 6).
Another bible passage that is used by the angels in their transmission to Dee & Kelley, and seems very apt, is The Gospel of Luke (here I use the King James Version): “And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.” This suggests that the last table should at least be considered first; I have yet to write it but it can be found at the end of this version attributed to Donald Correll. Perhaps the sequence of all of the chapters of the book is to be reversed.
Some of what I have realized about this last table is that it was originally transmitted via Galvah (whose is described as “the end of wisdom”–suggesting the path of Aleph (or Heh, depending on the source) connecting Chokmah to Kether), and in that transmission, there is an additional word, “LOAGAETH,” which of course itself means “Speech of God.” This leaves 5×21 =105 letters (or 113 letters if we include Loagaeth). This once again leaves two approaches to understanding ways to unlock and use this table.
Both approaches have the five triangles together suggest inner and outer 4-simplexes (AKA a 5-cell), which is a 4-dimensional regular polytope made of tetrahedra (just as the 5-simplex is made of 4-simplexes). Galvah says of this table: “In them is the Divinity of the Trinity. The Mysterie of our Creation. The age of many years. And the conclusion of the World. Of me they are honoured, but of me, not to be uttered: Neither did I disclose them my self: For, they are the beams of my understanding, and the Fountain from whence I water.”
Any correct understanding of this must include a mystery of the Trinity (i.e., look for triangles of words), the mystery of our Creation, and the conclusion of the world. Since this is coming via Dee, we can expect a mathematical bent to this, but let’s first look at one of the triangles (using English letters; sorry if the formatting comes through weird, essentially it’s an equilateral triangle with side-length six (keep that number in mind) and 21 letters arranged from top to bottom in a 1-2-3-4-5-6 format):
The “middle triangle” of 3 that one could make from this would be OBR (Med-Pa/Peh-Don). Thus the mystery of the trinity would be to create one of each of these creating 5 three-letter words in all. This would match the 15-nature of Saturn and, with 105 letters across these five tables, would also be 15*7. This would be the first approach. Keep, 15, 3 and 5 (the factors of 15) and 7 in mind, they’ll come up again.
Taken as-is, the 105 letters of the final table are divisible by 7, 15, yet we see that 15 is the mystery of the trinity, for it means that humanity) long associated with the number 5) is in production with God and with creation (7 planets suggesting the three Kabbalistic worlds of Formation, Creation, and Emanation). Remember that in mathematics, products are definitionally the result of multiplication. The implications of this are that God’s work on earth is something He produced with/through humanity to bear witness to his Creation (105 in Gematria: “God is Witness”/ALAD; “Yah is omniscient”/YHVYDA). Finally, note that Galvah says it is “the conclusion of the world.” Another word for conclusion is “end” and thus “purpose.” This suggests that the end of wisdom is to understand the purpose of the world, and here we see that this purpose is to understand ourselves to be in constant co-working with the trinity (at Binah/Understanding) and the creation. Regardless, we have a strong case for this approach.
The next approach is to note the glaringly absent word LOAGAETH from these equilateral pyramids. Why would happen if we put this at the bottom? The 8-letters would be imbalanced, but if we omit the name of God eL/L (again, too holy to be included), we get 7 letters, and a 1-2-3 triangle (six letters–I told you this number would come up again!) of OBRCCL, which is of side-length three and also a divisible in number by 3.
Well, I admit I had to put something back in to get this interesting take, but let’s step back a minute and look at 113 (the number of letters if you include LOAGAETH). Turns out, this is an interesting number for various reasons. In Gematria, it suggests gems & glowing. Mathematically, it’s prime, and a centered square number, the sum of 49 & 64 (these numbers have a difference of 15!), and is part of a Pythagorean triple of 15(!), 112, and 113. Speaking of triples, 49 (7^2) + 24^2 (576) = 25^2 (625)–now we have our friendly 24×25 returning.
Sticking with the 15/112/113 triple, let’s look at this kabbalistically: 15 squared, which is 225 (“Worthy gift”), which comes to 9 in Gematria. Thus 15 reconciles Yesod (2+2+5=9) with Binah (15 as the the sum of any row in a Saturn Square–you could also say it is 45 (the sum of the entire Saturn square) as seen through humanity (5). 15 itself relates to Hod, leading us back to the 8 and thus 8^2 +49 = 113. 15 itself comes to 6 in Gematria–suggestive of Tiphareth.
112 is not only the first product of 7 with its first 2-digit Kabbalistic form, 16 (16*7=112), it also expands into 12544, which comes to 16 & then to 7. I see this more as a reconciliation of the 7 planets with the product of quadriplicity, the elements interacting with themselves. Alternatively, Jupiter/Chesed is its own product (4^2) and Mercury/Hod meets itself (8*2)–Mercury being a pretty dualistic planet in its own right). On its own, Gematria for 112 includes “To thrust” which suggests Chokmah (it reduces to 4 which is Chesed again, which links directly with Chokmah on the Pillar of Mildness on the Tree of Life), which has been linked to KAOS/disorder in the Aethyrs, and indeed Galvah says of this table, “[I]t signifieth a disorder of the World, and is the speech of the Disorder or Prophesie.”
113^2 is 12769, which comes to 25 & 7 via gematria. 113 itself reduces to 5, suggesting Geburah. The largest number in this Pythagorean triple expands Creation to a balance between Mars (5^2) & Venus at Tiphareth. Creation is balanced within itself. Note that 15=6, 112=4, and 113=5 suggests the central world of Creation.
So I’ve offered two pairs of approaches to solving it, laying out some ideas of what a solution to Loagaeth may look like. The math here is incredible and I respect Dee’s ability as a mathematician, the words within Loagaeth itself do not seem to be glossolalia, and I look forward to finishing copying the book and seeing whether I can combine these insights with 46a (hey, how many chromosomes do humans usually have again?).
One additional thing I would like to do is see what happens when you draw, from the center of the Holy Table of Practice, lines from the center to each of the 7 ensigns and see which letters on the outer square you pick up….