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.
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):
S EG LOX IBRI NCCLA RZEDDO
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….
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.
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!
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.
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.