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It is very important to use Hebrew for the study of
Hebrew texts, Greek for studying
Greek texts, and English for the study of texts written in English. If you
have a word in Hebrew and upon calculating that word’s value find that you
can’t understand what it means, stick with it: don’t go into another
language to explain it. Stick with the Hebrew, make the effort to understand
it because it is a test of integrity. If you change languages to explain a
word, idea, concept or symbol, it will throw you into a mobius loop of
pointlessness. The guiding principle is not to try and be clever but to
serve the Company of Heaven and Heaven can’t be taken by storm.
I have said that
ARARITA (=813 in Hebrew) has the same value as the sum of the planets in
English to indicate the integrity of Absolutes - but not to give E.Q.
validity. JESUS CHRIST counted well being 813 is good enough for me. Jesus
appears in Liber AL and in no other hieratic text, and to understand His
nature one has only got E.Q. to delineate His nature. There is no JESUS in
Hebrew because there is no J in Hebrew and it’s a fundamental mistake to
call a J a Yod because it isn’t and can’t be. In English Jesus is the King
of Heaven. He could not walk the earth because He is perfect and only the
imperfect can exist in the Universe; the Spirit of Jesus could exist in a
man but the rest of the man would be imperfect and it is often the
imperfection that is emphasised by commentators at the expense of the truth
of His Spirit. Jesus was a Jew and had to adhere to Hebrew tradition. His
message was “love thine enemies” but the Hebrew is “an eye for an eye, a
tooth for a tooth” and that was the fundamental fault of the human entity.
language pertains to a divine text and applies only to that text, giving an
aspect of God that is important to the specific experiences of the people
that the language expresses. English is a conglomeration of most of the
world’s languages and most of the worlds systems can be found in Liber AL.
The English language is a conglomeration of most of the world’s languages, a
synthesis and summation of them all; they
have all made their contributions. English is the flower of all languages
and its Hieratic text is the Book of the Law. I have studied Liber Al since
1976 and have found that it contains the answers to all the Mysteries of all
the world’s religions that I have encountered:
not in English but in the symbols
engendered by that language because it is the symbols that are universal,
not language: well, not at this primitive point in time anyway.
..take, for instance, the Pillars in the Temple, called Jachin and Boaz,
and the five pointed star always to be found somewhere in every Masonic
Lodge. If we apply E.Q. to the names we are using the Key also found in
every Masonic Lodge, the mysterious letter G which in E.Q. has the value 11,
the numerical Key to NAEQ. Using the G=11 Key we get JACHIN=71=VENUS and
BOAZ=36=SUN. The pentagram represents the conjunction of the Sun and Venus
which if traced in the Zodiac makes a perfect pentagram every eight years.
JACHIN+BOAZ=107: words in Liber Al of this value are BEAUTY’S, BEFORE,
CONQUER, LAMBENT, MAGICIAN, MATTER, SILENCE, TROUBLE. Explanation of the
107’s would be inappropriate because they infringe the secrets of the
O.’.A.’.A.’.. A further elementary elucidation of 107 is given elsewhere on
this site, in the New Equinox/British Journal of Magick article entitled
"The Great Secret Revealed - and Concealed".
The future interprets the past, not the past interprets the future.
Oh, by the way, SOLOMON=63=VIRGO, so there you have it, JACHIN(71)VENUS,
BOAZ(36)SUN, SOLOMON(63)VIRGO, the pentagram represents their
conjunction...oh, well, those who know, know, and those who don’t can carry
on with their Hebrew tiddlywinks and attempting to apply the Tel Aviv
telephone directory to the streets of London. It ain't gonna happen, bubbah,
it ain't gonna happen...
...the development of language through history flowered into the English
language which pops another mystery, the mystery of Time, the answer to
which is poetic because it occurred before science became a gleam in the
motherly eye of Nature, and before she farted and blew out the flame of
Newtonian physics and belched up Quantum mechanics, and the whole procession
went rattling off down the road again like the caravan of players in
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead.
Oh my! Oh my! Oh my!
27/03/2013 Sun conjunct Venus
By James Lees. Edited by Cath Gould. Inspired by our recent visit to the
Highly Esteemed Victorious City Lodge O.'.A.'.A.'.
site appears nowhere on the web search engine results, and within an hour of
writing we were everywhere on the search results. That’s 93 for you.
We are with Isaac on the seashore looking in wonder at
the pebbles, howling with laughter like the Fool that we are at the humour
of it all – which is pretty much all the O.’.A.’.A.’. is doing at the
moment, but then w e would say that, wouldn’t we...
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"The Book of
the Law is the Book of the Law, which means The Law that was, is, and
always will be, the omniscient Law of Everything. Therefore it must delineate
the forces that created the Universe and all that exists within and beyond it.
Now, entities such as Nuit, Hadit and Ra Hoor Khuit feature prominently in the
text but the numbers don't add up to anything that could create a butterfly; so
you have to look a bit deeper. It's revealed and concealed in the Book.
fundamental point of Liber AL is being missed. It is a Holy
Book. Therefore it must delineate the meaning of life as it is experienced, and
explain it, through its own Qaballa. It must give enlightenment and initiation. It
must answer the fundamental questions What are we here for, where are we going,
and who the hell is in charge - and what do we do to get the medals?
"AND IT DOES.
"If it doesn't then you're working outside the Powers that drive the Book, and
greater one’s magical ability the less one is likely to use it. When you’ve
been through the ordeals there’s not much that’s left for the world to hit
you with, so you’ve had the lot. When you’ve gone through all that you
become a bit serene about everything. One exists between Heaven and Earth,
one can literally see the light of Heaven all the time, what do you need
occult ability for? What do you want to change in conformity with your will
- nothing much and what you do need is provided by the Gods, and if you’re
being screwed you know it is the divine will that it should be so. You get
pretty complacent about things.
"This may look like an ego trip but I haven’t got an
ego left to trip, I am just what I am on the day, whatever the light brings.
It’s easier than having an ego, such cumbersome appurtenances to drag
around, protectin’ an’ comfortin’ the bloody things…enlightenment’s OK, but
you can go too far with that, too, and things generally just get a bit
tacky, and you start taking yourself seriously. And that leads to all kinds
of bad news, like cockeyed spells and invocations, and the loss of your
enlightenment-hood, boo-boop-a-doo; (don’t calculate that!) and off you
go again, having to clean yourself out to become a vessel for the light to
indwell. This isn’t altogether bad because it allows you to go on binges of
unhinged materialism when you feel like slumming it a bit, and go on the
purification routine when you want to turn the lights back on again. The
Gods are ever tolerant towards the Children of Thelema. I think the best way
is to have a hyper-enlightened take on things, using a bit of magic here and
there, and whackin’ out the occasional curse when you feel a bit nasty, but
with the certain knowledge that you’re gonna have to pay for it, that Karma
has noticed. But sometimes it’s just worth it anyway. Magickal battles are
great fun, but they seem to have gone out of style, judging by the O.T.O.’s
stuff of late. Have they really totally lost their sense of humour?
Oh well, it’s just an old man grumbling…. "
"We have nothing to gain by writing this stuff, we’re not trying to push a
book and we don’t want you as a member of our organisation because we demand
honour loyalty and discrimination, virtues that are lacking in Thelemic
organisations that are brim full of old ideas that didn’t work for Crowley
and they won’t work for you. Uncle Al went through about £5 million at
today’s values, and ended up with asthma, perplexedly skint. If you want
that, good luck. I’ve been an occultist for around 50 years and have found
that E.Q. works, but don’t believe me, try it for yourself. If it doesn’t
float your boat OK what the hell do I care. What I know
made Pluto blush - - - - - "
From the privately circulated papers "Conversations with
Brother Leo" by Catherine Gould
on this site...
STELLAR MAGICK E.Q. METHODS
The History of the English Qaballa
The English Qaballa was discovered by an English occultist
named James Lees in 1976. In the text of the Book of the Law itself there is
the prediction "Thou shalt obtain the order & value of the English
Alphabet; thou shalt find new symbols to attribute them unto."(AL II:55)
The idea of Gematria applied to the English language was not new, but
nobody had managed to delineate a coherent system of practical value. The
possibility of a new set of correspondences based on the English language
was of revolutionary significance. The matter of a Qaballa in English
moreover presented several questions, not least of which concerned its
source, for if indeed the Book had a Key which could produce a consistent
system of correspondences from words and phrases in English, it would mean
that the Book of the Law was not composed by any human intelligence. It
would also mean that the progress of the English language from its earliest
beginnings was no random affair, but rather that the curious spellings,
linguistic derivations, and rules of grammar that pertained in 1904, came
about by design rather than by chance.
The ramifications of his discovery were clear to Lees and
he spent four years subjecting the fledgling Qaballa to rigorous testing,
using only the words which appeared in Liber Al to see if the
correspondences matched with other symbol systems to begin with, and later
including the names of the planets and signs of the Zodiac. It soon became
undeniable that the Book held concealed within its text unsurpassable
initiatory formulae, the first of which was concerned with the initial
reaction of the reader, for the English Qaballa revealed layers of meaning
hidden in sentences which appeared abhorrent to the undiscriminating mind
and thereby led to rejection by the Book of the unworthy individual.
Credentials of James Lees to do the Work
James Lees was born in Bolton, Lancashire, on August 22,
1939, and unlike the vast majority of people born in the West, he retained
the memory of being born, and where he was beforehand. Chemistry was a
childhood passion, and Lees became an analytical chemist in one of the
foremost metallurgical laboratories of the day. He studied psychology and
became preoccupied with the question of what would happen to him after his
death, his unusual memories and a terrifying awareness of his own mortality
presenting him with a terrible conflict, for human existence seemed
catastrophic if there was only one life to live but quite a different
proposition if reincarnation were involved. He realised that science offered
no real answers, as every rule has its anomalies and exceptions. He studied
Astrology and for a time made a living practising Horary Astrology, and
became convinced that belief in the concept of a God who created the
universe and populated it with inferior beings to watch them live and die
and suffer for all eternity was quite untenable, a ludicrous state of
affairs, with a miserably sadistic deity. Lees found the mental and
emotional torment of these questions intolerable and he resolved to discover
the answers for himself. He conducted an intensive examination of the
world’s major religions and their mystical disciplines, looking for a system
of meditation that would lead him to the Absolute Truth that he sought.
After much deliberation James Lees decided to use the
Hebrew Kabbalah and the Tree of Life, in combination with the Yogic
disciplines of Pranayama and Hatha Yoga. He was already familiar with the
Hebraic magical tradition, his Astrological studies having led him to the
invocation of planetary spirits using the Key of Solomon. Proving to his
satisfaction that it worked, Lees went on to successfully complete the
operation of Abramelin system. His work with the Hebrew Tree of Life
continued for fifteen years, during which time he experienced all of the
visions associated with the spheres on the Tree as his consciousness
ascended the Middle Pillar, culminating in the Crossing of the Abyss and a
final vision of Divine Truth, a spiritual attainment quite rare in the
annals of mysticism.
Following this ultimate visionary experience, Lees wanted
to find out if it was possible to help others on the same Quest for
enlightenment. He wanted to know whether it was in fact possible to initiate
any candidate into the Mysteries, as suggested in the teachings of the
Golden Dawn. The group that he formed in 1974 with a few friends was
informal, meeting often to discuss Hebrew Kabbalah, Astrology, and to
perform traditional occult rituals such as those delineated by the Golden
James Lees began a nine month Magickal retirement in
February 1976 but was unable to find a suitable challenge. Every time he
thought of a Magickal exercise, a ritual divination, or whatever, it all
seemed like playing with child toys. Each time he applied to his H.G.A. he
was simply told to remain silent. "A bit dull, when I wanted to do something
spectacular, but every time I prevailed upon my H.G.A. I just got 'Remain
Silent', or 'Silence'. During this time there was all the usual rubbish with
lights going on and off, people going nuts, UFOs wandering around the place,
blah, blah, etc. You get the picture."
This state of affairs remained until the
designated period was drawing near the end when, out of frustration, he began to investigate the
English language as applied to Liber Al Vel Legis, the Book of the Law, a
text received by Aleister Crowley in 1904 under mysterious circumstances,
and one of the enduring puzzles of the occult fraternity. In
the evening of
November 26th 1976 James Lees was at home with Brother Thoth,
Sister Scorpio and Sister Thelema, (we have not been given permission to
give their Earth names), and the subject under discussion was the sequence
of letters and numbers in verse 76 of the second chapter of the Book of the
Law. With calculators, pens, and paper, they each added up the values of the
characters, giving numerical values to the letters of the English Alphabet
as A=1, B=2, C=3, and so on. Independently they all got the same result,
286. James Lees saw that this number was the sum of 22x13 and 26x11, and
also that 22 and 26 respectively were the number of characters in the Hebrew
and English Alphabets. His Hebrew Kabbalistic training suggested that if 13
was an important number in the Hebrew system then 11 might be the Key to the
English, a possibility put forward in the Book of the Law itself. Lees
accordingly altered the order of the letters by 11 and got the sequence A=1,
L=2, W=3, H=4, S=5, D=6, O=7, Z=8, K=9, V=10, G=11, R=12, C=13, N=14, Y=15,
J=16, U=17, F=18, Q=19, B=20, M=21, X=22, I=23, T=24, E=25, P=26. This
occurred at 9:12 pm GMT. Lees and
Brother Thoth checked these values with some of the significant names in the
text and saw that the correspondences paralleled traditional occult ideas.
It was at this time that the fledgling Ordo Argentum Astrum
came into being.
The group swore the Oaths of the A.’.A.’., and began to investigate the new
Qaballa. There are a number of different English spellings of the Hebrew
word Kabbalah because there are no hard and fast rules governing the
translation from Semitic languages into English; in 1976 this particular
spelling of the word ‘qaballa’ was not in general use, which was one of the
reasons why Lees adopted it. Lees and Brother Thoth calculated the values of
all the words in Liber AL and photocopies of the enumerated text were
prepared with assistance from Sister Scorpio and Sister Thelema. Lees found
that the traditional methods of Gematria worked with the English Qaballa,
and other methods were derived from the text. Brother Thoth, a very
accomplished Anglo-Polish Magickian, discovered the
method called ‘counting well’. The next four years were taken up with the
thorough testing of the new system, and at the same time the group
membership expanded, the core ritual group consisting of eleven members. The primary work of the O.’.A.’.A.’.
at this time was the testing of
initiatory theory in accordance with Lees' researches into the English
In 1980 Kaaba Publications was established to make
available to the public the essential details of the new Thelemic system.
Between 1980 and 1982 Lees and Sister Thelema edited and published five
issues of the magazine "The New Equinox - The British Journal of Magick," a
title taken over from Ray Sherwin who, in his final edition of the magazine,
published the first article about English Qaballa and an article about the
Celestial Pentagram made by the Sun and Venus, worked up from notes
given to him by Lees. Lees wrote a number of articles for TNE/BJM detailing
the early work with the English Qaballa, including an introduction to the
Double Tree of Life, the solution to the odd string of letters and numbers
in AL II:76, and one account of his Middle Pillar meditation. He paid
tribute to appropriate members of the group by publishing his writings under
Lees later wrote that "...from no
expected House...” (AL I:56) means a House in the Zodiac, and the House of
the Child in the Zodiac is Leo; so the child is a Leo. This is followed by
“Aum” AUM=39. The most obvious solution is a child who will be a Leo born in
1939. "It says again in AL
II:76 “there cometh one to follow thee.” THEE=78=CANCER; the Sign that
follows Cancer is Leo, and a Leo has expounded the meaning of II:76.
Incidentally, II:76 can be 11/76 i.e. November ’76, the date when E.Q. was
discovered. Also, II = 2 = TWO = 34 = LEO again. 76 = TAURUS=PLUTO. The Sign
Taurus and the planet Pluto have the same number and the same nature – look
them up in ‘The Combination of Stellar Influences’ by Reinhold Ebertin.
"This doesn’t mean
that the individual who discovers it will have any more significance than
that he doesn’t claim anything, he just happened to be around in Heaven when
they handed out the job. I said “why me,” because I was and still am a
nobody. It should have been given to a charismatic Philosopher or at least
someone significant, but not me; but I got the job just the same and there
it is. Since then I’ve been impelled to write things and do things whether I
like it or not by the lads upstairs.
From the privately
published book "All This and a Book" by Catherine Gould
on this site...
STELLAR MAGICK E.Q. METHODS
The O.'.A.'.A.'. does not seek new members and only accepts individuals who are
sent to the Order and who are beyond the Neophyte Grade, being of an inter-incarnatory
delineation and bearing the Mark. The O.'.A.'.A.'. does not demand that the
candidate alters his religion, rather the Neophyte Grade is conducted in the
religion into which the candidate was born in a similar way to the Abramelin
system, thus abrogating conflict between what was, what is, and what is to
come. This is the Man of Earth Grade. The Lover Grade takes on the mantle of
Thelemic Astrological Magick proper, using AL II:76 as the matrix for
communication and cooperation with the extra-terrestrial Heavens beyond 93,
and relying upon the initiatory nature of the astrological timing to carry
the Qaballistic Initiation.
The Initiation into the Hermit Grade is not spoken of, as its rituals cross
the 93 matrix of MOR and would destroy the uninitiated mind.
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