A Solution to Liber Loagaeth: Part 2

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:

  1. One half-leaf, which actually is 49 long lines of text;
  2. One half-leaf which is a hybrid of 40 lines of text with a 9×49 table at the end to complete it;
  3. 54 straight-up 49×49 tables of letters (and with one exception, numbers), each of them uniquely titled;
  4. 40 titled tables of 49×49 with every other letter missing (i.e., tables to be completed/solved).
  5. 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….

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!

How I make my planetary talismans

A talisman, strictly speaking, a visual seal (sigil) of magical intent that is energetically charged to bring wanted things toward you; it has typically been contrasted with amulets which repel unwanted things. In Western traditions nowadays, this line is a little blurry, so this post refers to both, but only those related to astrological talismans. Any time is possible to do magick. Elemental magick is always available, no matter the circumstances. Astrological magick is also always available, and can be tweaked via planetary banishing and invoking, but it’s a bit more like playing a game of cards, in which you can discard some cards and draw others.

I start my planetary talisman process based on the desired astrological energy. To do this, you need to have familiarity with basic astrology and what makes a planet’s energy strong as well as harmonious with other planets. Once the dominant planetary energy is selected, I pick the time and the base metal. Paper is fine but not as durable energywise as metal. Classically each astrological planet has its own metal; of the seven planets, only four have metals that are realistic to use nowadays: Saturn’s and Mercury’s metals (lead & mercury, respectively) are toxic, and the sun’s metal, gold, is toxic to your bank account! I substitute silver, the moon’s metal, for these three planets, because the moon is “closest” to the earth in the medieval tradition.

Once I have the metal picked, I begin the design; there’s not much imagination on my part in designing talismans. If a planetary talisman, I begin by looking up the magic square for that planet. This will be the center of the overall design, and also tells me the number of elements to incorporate into the talisman, including the numbers of the square itself (but not the grid). I usually go with the sum of a given row or column.

Once I have the number of elements, I incorporate the names of the selected deities and/or archangels associated with the planet & its sephira. In the Hermetic tradition, these can be found by looking them up ina correspondence resource such as 777, 776_1/2, or Thelemapedia (in the case of a Mars talisman, for example, I use row 27, and perhaps also row 5 for the sephira it rules, Geburah); these are all based on the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (which itself is largely based on Agrippa: see below); I have yet to explore other similar orders’ materials such as Aurum Solis but this is forthcoming, I’m sure. I then start counting the letters in the deity names and try to use some combination of them that adds up the the planetary square total (in the case of the Mars talisman, 65). Also, I do one final check for the planetary seal from Agrippa’s Three Books of Occult Philosophy, Book 1, Chapter 33. My standard approach is to have the names parallel to each of the four sides of the square (placed according to the Four Worlds associations in the Kabbalah and/or stacked as necessary according to the hierarchy in which they fit; the planetary seal I break into four parts which go at the corners, in a rounded formation of long enough).

Once the design is complete, it comes to a method of charging the talisman. Here you’re asking the deity or angel to do you a solid and please charge your talisman. Angels work in the capacity of their deity, so appeal to that connection, and deities like it when you approach via the things they are connected to (such as the incenses or plants in a correspondence book like 777–the more the better, but there is diminishing returns, so don’t dip into your savings! If money is an issue, cultivate sincerity and it will make up for it). Use a picture of the appropriate animal, a small clipping of the appropriate plant, light the appropriate incense, etc. Next, perform the planetary invoking ritual (I use the Greater Invoking Ritual of the Hexagram) to call forth the energy associated with your astrological election. Then I usually will either do an invocation for the deity to temporarily inhabit my body (choose your deity wisely!) and provide a charge to the object, or a call to the angel by appealing to its deity. I will usually modify Liber Israfel for the former; for the latter, it depends on the system. Enochian has specific methods to call upon its angels; similarly, the Shem-Hamphorasch has its own 72 angels and various authors have books on contacting them. Once those methods are done you make your request to the angel(s) that you have called to charge the talisman for you.

One alternative to the entity method is energy work, such as Chi or Reiki (though the latter still accesses divine entities). Reiki is probably better since it explicitly calls on the energy of the heavens (which, you know, where the stars and planets are), but Chi could probably also be used, if you set a strong intention to only use the more terrestrial energy that fully reflects the celestial.

Here we come to a point not to be overlooked: timing is essential. Unlike other astrologers, my view of an event is to look at the definitive “birthing” portion. Just as astrologers typically use a birth time and not a conception time, events or even ideas have to be birthed and not just stirred or conceived. A seed doesn’t count as a new plant just because it’s been planted, or watered, or the like. The seed emerge from its shell and touch the air and light as well as put down its first root. I dwell on this point because, well, you have to time your actions to culminate as closely to the time you’ve elected.

That’s it: you now have a charged talisman!