Starting a solution to the empty Loagaeth cells

One of the things that became clear to me as I studied this book is that those tables that were unfinished–in which every other letter was missing–should have a solution that is apparent. Having gotten deeper into the process of copying it and, of course, worrying as to whether I’m getting it right, I noticed that there was a note above Leaf 43a and posted as such on Scott Stenwick’s blog, Augoeides. The note essentially said, “This table should be filled out and the first line is given to you.” This seems to indicate a solution similar to that given to The Book of Soyga, discovered by Jim Reeds in 2006.

It looks as though the table should be a combination of re-ordered and substituted: the first capital letters given in the first row match the last letters of the preceding row (“The last shall be first”) and then seem to back up 14 places (2*7, with 7 being an important number to this system, and of course, the places of the four capital letters are separated two at a time, 1-3-5-7). The lowercase letters are also of interest and may be either a reordering (matching places 2-4 & 7 in the preceding row) or a substitution (the former is tempting without diving deeper into it, but more likely the latter, since not all letters in a given row match those in the preceding row).

I’ll try to see if a generalized solution is revealed, and will keep you posted.

Starting Gebofal: copying Liber Loagaeth

So I haven’t been posting as much of late because I decided to take the plunge and start copying Liber Loagaeth, the holy book of God’s speech (“Loagaeth” being the Enochian word for God’s speech). This is intricate and deliberate work, in which the supplicant/aspirant slowly copies tables of letters to paper. Moreover, the letters must be transliterated from English to Enochian, and furthermore must be reversed from left-to-right to right-to-left (Enochian being the mythical forerunner to Hebrew).

This is a very time-consuming task, for the tables are 49×49, meaning each side of the page has 2,401 letters. Poor John Dee & Edward Kelley were to get the whole thing done in a few months, and they missed their deadline. I started August 11th (but began studying this in early July, when Mars had barely been in my ninth house) and have only completed two of the 49 “leaves” (front and back) of the book.

This was the third of the major components of the Enochian system (the other two being the heptarchical & watchtower/elemental systems), and “the measure” of the other two (i.e., the other two were not as vast). The task of gebofal (or at least of copying Liber Loagaeth) preceded the revelation of the Enochian calls, and for that reason I have decided to take it on. I suspect, though I cannot yet prove, that this part of the system opens one up to revelations like the calls, and moreover that this revelation is unique to each individual. I haven’t quizzed another who has done this task, so if it’s something you’ve already done, let me know. Regardless, it would be of interest to have multiple means of contacting the divine, so that if the Aethyrs or the calls do not resonate, another means can become available. Perhaps I’m too naive on the subject to say for sure.

A couple of further notes. This task is reminiscent of the paradigm of medieval scholars, who took the view that the ancient knowledge has become corrupted and that we humans must try to recover it as best we can. Surely this is the case when I am working off of old copies of difficult-to-read scans! I have found three and am trying to reconcile them. Two come from Ceremonial Magick Musings: Dee’s original (Sloane MS 3188–though Ashmole’s copy, Sloane 3189, is also there), a third copy (Sloane 2599). The fourth is a PDF version from AOM. The full tables are easier to read in 2599, but there are still smudges in there (though not as bad as the frequent fading in the Dee/Kelley copy). Having started, I keep on finding errors, including the handwritten first leaf taken down by Dee not quite matching the individual letters he’s previously recorded (Dee himself notes this and I literally only had to read the previous page and take down the letters individually pronounced by the angel—oops!). Even my copy will have mistakes, I’m sure. So, I decided to use white-out along the way because, hey, I’m human, and this will be a human product, even if originating from the divine.

Another thing I’ve noticed is that I’m having internal subtle body unlockings; the energy flows more freely and blissfully: a divine feeling indeed. This task reminds me of The Magicians; SPOILER:

Penny loses his hands and is given a new pair, but can’t cast with them, so he turns to a professor, who agrees to fix them in exchange for Penny doing manual tasks, including untying a massive knot of ropes the go to the ceiling, and turning a huge table into sawdust using only a simple file. On the show, the goal was to unlock magic stored within those objects; in this case, I believe there is subtle energy unlocked by A) humbling oneself to do what seems to be a tedious task, and B) there is magick in the words that make up Loagaeth itself. To that end, I try to pronounce the words mentally as I go, and when I come to the 49-day task, I intend to recite/vibrate the text book aloud. Leitch has instructions on his website, which I’m not linking to because I suspect it’s going into a second edition of his Enochian Grimoire.

I’ll keep you posted; in the meantime, here are the half-leaves I’ve finished (1A still needs correction). Note that 1A and most of 1B are actually several pages of just handwritten text (not actually a table), so they don’t conform to the single-page format.












More on Enochian astrological order

So I’ve been thinking a little more about the Enochian astrological order (both the Enochian heptarchical order as well as the order of ensigns of creation), and it occurred to me to think of Saturn as being the “standout” of the planets (Saturn ruling the Kabbalistic sphere of Binah, or Understanding, into which the system of Aethyrs slowly initiates the magician). Working from the Holy Table of Practice, one is closest to the ensign of Saturn facing south (and closest to the Sun when facing north); this mirrors the astrological rulership of Saturn ruling Aquarius, a sign opposing Leo, which the Sun rules. So I have given some thought to Saturn being at its most powerful compared to the other planets (in order to bring Binah to its peak strength), and have come up with another plausible rationale to the Enochian order of the planets (Venus, Moon, Saturn, Mercury, Jupiter, Mars, Sun):

Venus (detriment) –> Scorpio
Moon (detriment) –> Capricorn
Saturn (domicile) –> Aquarius
Mercury (detriment & fall) –>Pisces
Jupiter (detriment) –> Gemini
Mars (fall) –> Cancer
Sun (fall/domicile)–> Libra/Leo

I wasn’t sure the strength to put the Sun in this configuration. Should it be at peak strength, wherein the individual comes to know the true core of what they are, and oppose Saturn, also at peak strength, drawing distinctions between who/what one thinks one is and who/what one actually is? Or should the Sun be at a lower power, willing to come into agreement with the discipline of Saturn?

In some ways, I think both views are correct and are supported by the Kabbalistic implications. If the former view is correct, then it’s emphasizing the link from a balanced personality, which we saw in my first exploration of the rationale for the planetary order (in which case it is a sephirothic order, not planetary per se). In this rationale, a symbolic Leonine Sun’s strength is stripped away of ego, and brings Tiphareth into enough fullness to be able to face the cosmic feminine of Binah.

If the latter view is correct, and the Sun is suggestive of Libra in its fall in this schema, then it joins Mars and Mercury as being in this condition. Both Mars & the Sun rule sephiroth–Geburah & Tiphareth–which have direct paths to Binah on the Tree of Life (heh & za(y)in, respectively). Saturn in its domicile strengthens Binah, the sephiroth nearest Binah are in their fall but not completely weakened, whereas the sephiroth farthest away on the Tree of Life from Binah are at their weakest (in detriment). The third planet to be in fall, Mercury, rules Hod, which is at least on the same pillar as Binah & Geburah, though it lacks a direct path (which is interesting, because it’s also in detriment). This configuration also emphasizes water, air, and earth placements–perhaps to allow the initiate up into the supernal, least dense sephiroth of Atziluth (often associated with fire compared to the lower three worlds of Briah, Yetzirah, & Assiah).

Let me know what you think in the comments!

Prayer to Enter Pure Land: Enochian-language prayer for Buddhist results

Yes, I am tiptoeing my Enochian magickal practice into Buddhism again. This time, after a hypnagogic state in which I saw something like unto the Pure Land. Pure Land Buddhism is built around the Buddhist cosmology, and so it may not completely workI’m not an expert in such things, but this inspired me to compose an Enochian-language prayer to enter the pure land. Again, we’re in the realm of “hacking,” or, more politely, “crossover” territory.

A caution upfront: this has yet to be pressure-tested. I’ll come back and update this post with my results.

Another note: this is the first time that I’ve added my translation of “please” to a prayer in a post. Its literal translation is “Let there be to Thee Divine Joy” (note that it would behoove the supplicant to append this shorthand for “please” to my prior posted prayers). The prayer reads:

IEH IAD, CHRISTEOS K’ILSI MOZOD, YOLCI OL A CASASAM MAD PIBLIAR. (“Merciful God, let there be to Thee Divine Joy, to bring me forth in the abiding pure place of comfort.”)

Rather short: and it could be shorter! Yet it this is simple enough to get the point across.

Good luck!

Four things to Do in Spirituality

1. Learn to discern the value of what you learn. You may see grand things, you may see small things. Both are important. They do not you better or worse than anyone else. They just mean that you have learned something that is right for you.

2. Learn to recognize how quickly or slowly you can integrate what you’ve learned. If, from a newfound perspective, you recognize that you are part of a vast consciousness, and that all is one, then what, pray tell, has this to do with changing your job, or staying with your spouse? It may bring you great comfort, it may not, but it may have very little indeed to do with the nuts-and-bolts of your everyday life. First, see how your insight affects how you relate to other people, and whether those changes are appropriate. Then weigh in your heart whether it’s deep enough to change your whole life over.

3. Remember to work with your body and senses as much as you can; this obviously depends on your ability status, but worlds of insight can be gained from your reaction to your sense input from a single nerve. Pay attention to which parts of your body are tense. Breathwork into tense muscle areas can be especially helpful.

4. Simultaneous to working with your body and sense, work with your own narratives, especially those that are close to your emotions. Question them, pay attention to how they drive your actions, see how coherent they are. If something doesn’t make sense, why is that? If your body tenses as a result of a threat to your narrative, then breathe into that area.

My Rainbow Body Process, Part 2: Hod initiation

In my last update, I mentioned that I was going to upgrade my Hod initiation. I essentially went with Scott Stenwick’s method; hilariously, I had some trouble with the sephirothic invocation, which is very unlike me. Slippery Mercury & Hod!

After settling in, I went through the process of the vision. Archangel Michael took me through the portal and the nature of the vision was straightforward: orange colors along with a blue belt. I saw my natal Aries Mercury in the form of rams, headbutted along by Mars and Venus, which conjoin it natally. This was shown to me differently in the form of a thermometer (representing heat; my chart is very fire heavy lol), with the mercury inside being alternately bifurcated by Mars but rejoined by Venus (this is these planets’ respective natures). This is a sort of special vibration, but Mars tends to predominate. Interestingly, I had forgotten that these two planets, the nocturnal malefic and benefic, were united by the locked-in Mercury. “Locked in” isn’t the best position for Mercury, unable to express itself as it normally does, with freedom and agility. No wonder this seemed to be an issue to be resolved!

Hod, splendor, is brilliance and majesty–and has been described by Clark as form of rational intellect. Yet we all have different perspectives of this rationality, and this can be seen as the thoughts (Mercury) flowing through the rational structure of the intellect. Key to me in my vision was the necessity of having a flexibility of belief structure (a recommendation by Robert Anton Wilson in Prometheus Rising). Within a rigid belief system, thoughts can only go in so many directions, so many speeds, or so many times, without things getting bored and stilted. With a flexible belief system, however, thoughts have more places to go, and more of the splendor can be born witness to and integrated into the self. Kind of sounds important if a variety of aspects need to be added?

What is the prognosis? The I Ching noted a short-term prognosis of “Inner Truth” and a longer-term prognosis of “The Family.” So, receptivity to truth as it is, and then functioning according to truth in all its variety. “Variety”: that word, in Enochian (DAMPLOZ) shows up in the rainbow body call! Broadening truth and living it: sounds like a plan!

My Rainbow Body Process, Part 1

So this is all kind of new to me, but I have just had a strong intuitive sense that working on the rainbow body is the next step in my journey. There really aren’t as many rules along a spiritual journey here as you might think, so cultivating discernment and presence of mind are key.

I have generally been trying to take an integrative approach to this process, and I have dialed back my brute-force meditation in order to focus on parts of myself that have been neglected. Still, along the way I’ve been focusing on a daily prayer. I also have been charging sigils to create, perfect, and inhabit the rainbow body as I go along.

Nonetheless, I sort of know when progress is being made and when it isn’t, and right now two weeks is a little too long to get a sense that I’m moving. The usual option for a lack of progress is divination, such as the I Ching, Tarot, or horary astrology. In my case, because it was so personal, I added an energetic self-scan to the I Ching reading; the latter had a short-term “Nourishing/Waiting” hexagram (5), with changing lines to Grace (22). The self-scan indeed revealed a need to upgrade my initiation into the lower sephiroth of Hod, which will happen tomorrow (Mercury rules Hod and so it is ideal on Wednesday) and, given the I Ching‘s reply, should be successful. So I’ll do that tomorrow and will see whether another initiation into a lower sephira is needed.

Why would a lower sephira need further initiatory work? Well, I’m coming to think that the Rainbow Body, which seems to include Ain, Ain Sof, & Ain Sof Aur, needs to include a very well integrated Tree of Life on the part of the practitioner. After all, the sephiroth are the same light in different parts of the spectrum.

Once again, note that I am trying to be flexible, like the Wu Wei, and am willing to add a variety of additive or, ideally, multiplicative approaches to the task at hand. Yet I’m not spreading myself too thin. I have noted before that I have bipolar disorder and so I have worked on managing it of late with extra runs, which delays progress, but that’s what the I Ching noted anyway.

Just today I noticed that my Holy Guardian Angel has been stirred towards unfolding (which it was for the first rainbow body call) and I believe that this is coinciding with the likely results from tomorrow.

I’ll update you as I can.

Another Step of my Enochian Journey: Gebofal

I know, it sounds like another strange Enochian word: gebofal. Sorry. SORRY. (Not sorry.)

Having done Enochian with relative consistency over the last year and a half, I have touched many parts of the system, but I haven’t yet done the 49-day ritual of working with Liber Loagaeth, named gebofal, as a way of attuning myself to that book. I haven’t found a good copy of the book; the best copy of Loagaeth that I can find, from which I have done a tentative translation of part of one leaf that remarkably parallels the Tzimtzum, doesn’t have all of the characters in Enochian, and many parts are corrupted! So begins my hunt for the original scans from Sloane, which unfortunately are no longer available to order online.

What I can gather from Leitch is that there may be a zodiacal-by-elemental force (four elements within each of the twelve signs) associated with doing this. The stepwise moving through the gates of heaven also parallels the counting of the Omer, which is a symbolic contemplation designed to aid the opening of the 50 Gates of Binah. This would seem to parallel the Aethyrs themselves, but I sense there is a larger cosmological work at play, and probably initiation into Chokmah (which is ruled by the entirety of the zodiac) via the original Enochian system (rather than my hack). The combination of zodiacal and elemental efforts–along with the celestial (and by implication, the Aethyrs) imagery–strongly suggests to me a primary scaffold to ascend the three higher worlds. As such, it makes sense that Leitch describes it (based on his review of some others’ experiences) as the primary Enochian initiatory ceremony.

Wish me luck in my search for a good copy of Liber Loagaeth for me to reproduce! Perhaps after completing this ceremony, I will be more capable of translating Loagaeth into English….

Update 1: I think I found a version. It may be too low-quality to be sure but I will do my best with it.

Update 2: The resolution on the image was far too low to work with. Back to the search!

Update 3: Aaron Leitch was kind enough to reply and is working on it. Thanks, Aaron!

On Whether Enochian is a Religion

It’s pretty easy to look at Enochian as a religion, and honestly, I am wondering whether it’s time to call it that. Jason Louv certainly concludes that this was the angels’ goal: a one-world religion. It fuses communicating and working with angels (angels themselves working on behalf of God), magick (an ability to manipulate reality, in this case via Divine power), and devotion to the Divine. Via the Aethyrs, ultimately (i.e., in LIL), these all fuse with union with the Divine, forever changing the consciousness of the practitioner.

It is the latter of these–a procedure that provides union (i.e., yoga) with the Divine (and therefore the universe)–that gives Enochian its power. This power is frightening and heretical to most Western Christian denominations (I cannot speak to Eastern Orthodox Churches). After all, Jesus has made humanity right with God, provided we recognize him as “the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no one comes to the Father except by/through” Him (John 14:6). Note that Jesus uses the present tense–not “no one will ever come to the Father,” but “no one comes to the Father.” Am I stretching too much here, inferring too much about what Jesus says about the relationship with God and when? Read on: interestingly, Jesus goes on to say that He is in the Father and vice versa, that he will provide another advocate (i.e., one like Jesus, whom Jesus calls “the Spirit of Truth,” thought in theological terms by most to mean the Holy Spirit), who will be in the disciples. This suggests, frankly, that the Father continues to be in the disciples, giving them union with God. He then continues to say “I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” An awful lot of sharing of this Divinity, wouldn’t you say? It’s almost as if union with the Divine is the whole point here.

The frightening heresy to denominations in these verses is that God is in the heart of a believer, yet we are still human. We should not aspire to be Divine, the thinking goes, but some unclear version of similarity with the Divine. To that I say–that’s not how it works, at least in Enochian. In Enochian, you learn the heavenly and, ultimately, Divine nature we already are, after using each Aethyr to slowly peel back ego-based delusion. It is this delusion of the ego that feeds the dependency upon the hierarchy of authority.

How does Enochian fit into the grand scheme of other religions? It’s a different form of esoteric Christianity from Gnosticism in that there isn’t some grand conspiracy of cosmic beings who are keeping us deluded, but rather, our own thinking and ego- and mind-identification. It certainly has a deity, but this deity is systemic to the universe (as shown through its identification with mathematics; this suggest pantheism or panentheism), and we are a part of the universe. It may be trite to say that everything is divine, but the point of Enochian is to learn exactly what that means. It is a “suchness.” It is Tathata. Understanding (Binah) this means learning to let go of other kinds of thinking and being, and instead become what one truly is: divine, in all the glory of divinity. Enochian cosmology has excellent, but probably not always perfect, complementarity with Buddhism and other Eastern traditions. Regardless, I am of the view that Enochian, and specifically the Enochian language in general prayers and in modifications made to the 19th Enochian Call to the Aethyrs, can be used especially well to produce the esoteric attainments or states of these and likely other religions.

If Enochian is a religion, it’s highly personal. It comes from personal revelation and interaction with the angelic and the Divine. For Westerners especially, it’s about knowing your place in the cosmic order (and probably getting therapy). One becomes better aligned with the world and every realm one interacts with, yet this reflects the changes to perspective and therefore one’s reactions, all due to Divine revelation. In this sense, it’s not dogmatic, but it’s also not a mere spiritual practice. It probably belongs as a course in Universalist religions of all stripes. Obviously, this would mean that it is fundamentally compatible with most other religions.

Let me know your thoughts!

How to Progress through Enochian

Enochian is, to be clear, fairly advanced, but it need not be unapproachable. Even someone just exploring magick can get a benefit from exposure to Enochian (this is why I have taught Enochian classes before at Unlimited Thought, so people of all ability levels can see that Enochian needn’t be held in an arcane tower).

Where to begin? I recommend going to a live or virtual class held by someone who has worked with Enochian before (these are the days of Covid-19, so virtual is preferred). A TEX scrying should probably be on the agenda, because this starts evolving your consciousness to work in the celestial realm. Next, I recommend Lon Milo DuQuette‘s book Enochian Vision Magick. It’s simple, straightforward, and to the point of getting you understanding the systems and starting to work with it. You can begin with printed or hand-made versions of all the materials on paper.

The next steps depend on your preferences, so I’ll list them in no particular order. Jason Louv has the definitive history of the system, and this contextualizes things like its apocalyptic imagery. Scott Stenwick has excellent books on the Heptarchical system as well as the Elemental system; the latter, the book on the watchtowers, informs you how to work the watchtower kinds, seniors, kerubs, and “lesser” angels (only “lesser” by comparison!). Moreover, Aaron Leitch has released a first and second volume on the Enochian language.

Last, I will recommend Aaron Leitch’s Enochian Grimoire for the use of gebofal in magick. The rest of the grimoire is a fine introduction and covers most of the topics above, but I just didn’t use it, so I cannot review the book in its entirety. I would note the strongly Renaissance feel of his treatment of the material (to be expected, given Enochian’s origins), which unfortunately includes the high volume of magickal equipment to be used. Still, gebofal is next on my list of Enochian magick to work through, and I know of no other writer who has offered writing on it, and Leitch’s instructions on it are straightforward.

Enjoy!