The Book of the Concourse of the Forces
by S.L. MacGregor Mathers
The Enochian Tablets are four in number, each referred to one of the elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water. In addition to these four there is another smaller Tablet, which is called The Tablet of Union, referred to the element of Ether or Spirit. Its function, as its name implies, is to unite and bind together the four elemental Tablets. For purposes of study the four Elemental Tablets or Watch-Towers are arranged as are the elements in the Pentagram, although the order is rather different:
To each Tablet are referred innumerable attributions, which will be dealt with in the course of this paper, the principal elementary ones being those of colors. Certain squares on each Tablet were painted in the color of the Element, according to the King Scale, whilst others were left wholly or partly white. Thus in each Tablet there are four principal types of square. There are those of:
1. The Great Cross of 36 squares, lettered in black on white, stretching through the entire Tablet.
2. The Sephirotic Calvary Crosses, lettered also in black on white, in the four corners on the Tablets.
3. The Kerubic Squares, which are always in the elemental color of the Tablet, and are the four squares immediately above each Sephirotic Cross.
4. The Servient Squares, always in the color of the Tablet, and consist of the 16 squares of each lesser angle beneath each Sephirotic Cross.
THE FIRST WATCHTOWER
GREAT EASTERN QUADRANGLE OF AIR
THE SECOND WATCHTOWER
GREAT WESTERN QUADRANGLE OF WATER
THE THIRD WATCHTOWER
GREAT NORTHERN QUADRANGLE OF EARTH
THE FOURTH WATCHTOWER
GREAT SOUTHERN QUADRANGLE OF FIRE
The Kerubic and Servient squares on each Tablet are colored in the elemental color, with the letters drawn thereon in the complementary color, thus:
AIR TABLET painted in Yellow. Lettering on Air quarter Mauve.
WATER TABLET painted in Blue. Lettering on Water quarter Orange.
EARTH TABLET painted in Black. Lettering on Earth quarter Green.
FIRE TABLET painted in Red. Lettering on Fire quarter Green.
The lettering on the other three Angles follows the element. Thus, to consider the Fire Tablet as an example, the coloring of each Angle of the Tablet will be:
The TABLET OF UNION, which is attributed to Spirit, the fifth point of the Pentagram, is a small Tablet of twenty squares, five letters wide, four deep. Its letters are painted on a white ground:
EXARP, attributed to Air, is painted in yellow letters. 1st line.
HCOMA, attributed to Water, is painted in blue letters. 2nd line.
NANTA, attributed to Earth, is painted in black letters. 3rd line.
BITOM, attributed to Fire, is painted in red letters. 4th line.
Each of these twenty squares is attributed in part to Spirit, and its letters are used in combination with those on the Elemental Tablets in the formation of certain Names.
The most important item on each Angelic Tablet is the Great Cross whose shaft descends from the top to bottom and whose bar crésses the Tablet in the center. This Cross comprises 36 squares, and has a double vertical line which is called Linea Dei Patris Füiique, the Une of God, the Father and the Son, and Linea Spiritus Sancti, the Une of the Holy Spirit, crossing this horizontally, and containing one rank of letters. The Linea Spiritus Sancti is always the seventh line or rank of letters from the top, while the two vertical columns of the Linea Dei Patris Filiique are always the sixth and seventh columns counting from either right or left.
From this Great Cross, various Angelic and Divine Names are produced, which are of supreme importance. First of all there are the "Three Great Secret Holy Names of God" which are found in the Unea Spiritus Sancti. This line comprises twelve letters, which are divided into names of three, four, and five letters reading from left to right. Thus in the Air Tablet, you will find ORO IBAH AOZPI; in the Water Tablet: MPH ARSL GAIOL; in the Earth Tablet: MOR DIAL HCTGA, and in the Fire Tablet; OIP TEAA PDOCE.
These Three Secret Holy Names of God are the major names of the Tablets. These Names are conceived to be borne as ensigns upon the Banners of the Great King of each quarter. The Name of the Great King is always a name of eight letters and comprises a spiral or whirl in the center of the Great Cross. Thus in the Air Tablet, the Great King is BATAIVAH. It is produced:
And so for the other three Angelic Tablets. The King is a very powerful force, and since it initiates the whirl it is to be invoked with due care.
The next series of important names obtained from the Great Cross are the Six Seniors. Their names begin from the sixth and seventh squares of the Linea Spiritus Sancti, including those squares, and read outwards along the three lines of the Cross to the edge of the Tablet. Each is a name of seven letters. In the case of the Air Tablet, the Six Seniors are:
(Note the overlapping of letters in the central squares). The Eightlettered Name of the King, and the six Names of seven letters each of the Seniors, are invoked by means of the Hexagram. They are attributed to the Sun and Planets, and are on a different and higher plane than are the elemental names. The attribution to the points of the Hexagram is:
The King is attributed to the Sun, and the six Solar Hexagrams invoke him. The Senior formed on the left hand of the Linea Spiritus Sancti is attributed to Mars; that on the right hand to Venus. The Name of the Senior formed by the letters in the upper half of the Linea Dei Patris (which is the left descending column of the Cross, as the right column is the Unea Dei Filique) is attributed to Jupiter, and the lower half to Mercury. The Senior formed by the letters on the upper half of the Linea Dei Filiique is referred to Luna, whilst the Name formed by the letters in the lower half is referred to Saturn.
These rules apply to each of the Four Tablets and are constant and invariable throughout. These three sets of names: the Holy Names of God, the Name of the King, and the Names of the Six Seniors, are all taken from the Great Central Cross. Their Names are always painted in black letters on a white ground.
We must now refer to the lesser Angles of each Tablet. The order given to the arrangement of the Four Tablets also applies to the structure of each individual Tablet, for each is shown together with its appropriate sub- elements. The Great Cross is the mechanism which divides the Tablet and separates (and binds together) the four sub-elements or Lesser Angles, as they are called, from the other.
In the center of each Lesser Angle will be seen a Cross of Ten squares. This is called the Sephirotic Calvary Cross. From the letters arranged on this Cross are taken two divine names which call forth and control the angels and spirits of the Lesser Angle, and their names are used in a preliminary invocation when working magically with a square of a lesser angle. From the vertical line of the Sephirotic Cross, reading from above downwards, comes a Deity Name of six letters. Thus, in the Air Lesser
Angle of the Air Tablet, we find, in the white descending line of the Cross, the name IDOIGO. It is with this name that the Angels and Spirits of the Lesser Angle are to be called. From the cross-bar, reading from left to right, comes the deity name of five letters, ARDZA, which is used to command those Angels called by the first name. Thus in every Sephirotic Cross in every Lesser Angle, we obtain two divine names. One on the descending shaft, always of six letters, and one on the cross-bar, reading from left to right, of five letters. These names must be read in these prescribed directions, for if they are reversed, they call forth evil forces. Like the Names from the Great Cross, these Names on the Sephirotic Cross are painted in black letters on white. But unlike the former, these latter are employed with the Pentagram.
We now come to the colored squares grouped above and below the
Sephirotic Cross in each of the Lesser Angles. The most important of these
are the four above the cross-bar of the Sephirotic Cross, called the Kerubic
Squares. From these four squares are derived four names of four letters each.
Thus, for the top rank of the Airy Angle of the Air Tablet, we have:
R Z (I) L A
Note that the white square in the center, belongs to the Sephirotic Cross and is not included in the names derived from the Kerubic Squares. From these four letters we obtain four names, thus: RZLA. ZLAR LARZ. ARZL
These Four Names, the Names of the Four Kerubic Angels of the Lesser Angle, rule the servient squares below the Sephirotic Cross, and of the four, the first is the most powerful as the others are derived there from. By prefixing to these four names a letter from the appropriate line of the Tablet of
Union, we obtain even more powerful names, archangelic in character. Thus for the Kerubic Rank of the Air Lesser Angle of the Air Tablet, which we are using as our example, the letter "E" of the word
"EXARP" on the Tablet of Union is prefixed. This produces ERZLA. EZLAR. ELARZ. EARZL
The rule is that the first letter of the appropriate line of the Tablet of Union is prefixed only to the Names formed from the Kerubic Squares. In the Airy Angle of the Water Tablet, the principle Kerubic Name is TAAD. The name formed by the addition of the appropriate letter from the Tablet of Union is HTAAD: and so on. As an example of this method applied to the remaining servient squares of the Air Angle of the Air Tablet, we find:
X is added to the 16 servient squares of the angle of AIR.
A is added to the 16 servient squares of the angle of WATER.
R is added to the 16 servient squares of the angle of EARTH.
P is added to the 16 servient squares of the angle of FIRE.
Hence EXARP will be used entirely on the Air Tablet, and is never used on the other three Tablets. The First letter applies to the Kerubic Squares of each of the four Lesser Angles, whilst the remaining four letters apply to the sixteen servient squares of those Angles as shown above. The other names of the Tablet of Union are attributed similarly to Water, Earth, and Fire. As an example, I give below Names formed from the Lesser Angle of Fire in the Water Tablet:
The ritual for the consecration of the Four Elemental Weapons gives excellent examples of the spirit or archangelic names formed from the Kerubic Squares by the addition of letters from the Tablet of Union.
The attribution of the Name Yod He Vau He.
This Name is the key to the whole of the Enochian attributions of the squares to the Elements: The letters are thus referred:
The letters of the great name attributed to the Four Tablets in order together:
Not only are the Letters of Tetragrammaton attributed to the Tablets themselves, and to the Lesser Angles of the Tablets, but they are so arranged that even the Squares of the Tablets come under the jurisdiction and governance of the letters. So far as concerns the Great Cross, the method for attributing to it the letters of the Name is to divide each vertical and horizontal line into groups of three adjoining squares. Against the top left hand corner of the Great Cross, and on the left of its horizontal shaft, put the letter of the name for the Element of the Tablet, thus VAU for the Air Tablet, Yod for the Fire Tablet, etc.
The letters of the great name attributed to each corner of the separate Tablets:
Each square of the above diagram represents three squares on the Tablets. This attribution is perfectly simple if it be remembered that the letter consonant to the Tablet always comes to the top and left.
The arrows show the direction in which the Name is to be read.
The Sephirotic Crosses in the Lesser Angles have as the student will already have noted, ten Squares, each of which is referred to one of the Sephiroth of the Tree of Ufe. The Sephirotic Cross therefore represents the Sephiroth modified by the letter of the lesser angle. Thus Kether in the Airy Lesser Angle is the Ket her of Vau. In the Watery Lesser Angle, it is the Kether of Heh, and so on. The letters, in this case, as elsewhere explained, refer to the four Worlds.
Referring to the other squares of the lesser angles, in the Kerubic Rank the outside square is always attributed to the letter corresponding to the Element of the Lesser Angle. In the Tablets of Air and Water, the Name reads right to left in the two upper quarters; in the two lower quarters it reads from
left to right. In the Tablets of Earth and Fire, left to right in the upper, but in the two lower quarters form right to left. Thus in the Four Tablets, the Name reads:
Though the last two groups of the name are the same, this does not indicate that the squares are identical. Their elemental composition differs enormously in each lesser angle, as a little later will be seen.
The Servient Squares beneath the Calvary Cross may be considered as of four vertical columns of four squares each, or, looking at it from a different angle, of four horizontal ranks also of four squares each. In attributing the letters of Tetragrammaton to these Servient Squares, the rule is that they follow the attributions of the Kerubic Squares. The columns (that is reading from above downwards) follow the order of the Kerubic Squares above, and this order is invariably followed downwards for the ranks, reading from right to left. Thus in the Air Lesser Angle of the Air Tablet, the Kerubic Rank has attribution to the Name:
VAU HEH YOD HEH (Final)
Therefore applying the above rule, the Servient squares beneath the Sephirotic Cross follow:
From this example, it will be clearly indicated that each square has a double attribution to the letters of Tetragrammaton, none being the same since a
column and a rank differ. Thus, Column VAU rank YOD does not
coincide in nature with Column YOD rank VAU.
We must now approach the reason for this complex series of references of the letters of the Tetragrammaton to the squares. According to these attributions, so are certain Astrological, Tarot, Geomantic and Hebrew symbols referred to the Squares.
It will be remembered that in attributing the letters of the Name to the Great Cross, we subdivided the latter into groups or blocks of three squares each. Every block was attributed to some one letter of Tetragrammaton. Now the Signs of the Zodiac are to be attributed to the Great Cross, and each of those twelve Signs is to be referred to three squares constituting one group or block. The order of their attribution is governed by the letters of the Great Name already referred to the arms of the Great Cross. For instance, Fiery Signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) are attributed to YOD. Watery Signs (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces) are attributed to HEH. Airy Signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) are attributed to VAU. Earthy Signs (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn) are attributed to HEH final.
Thus each group of three squares, constituting a single unit, is attributed to one sign of the Zodiac, depending upon the letter of the Name referred to that group. Each Zodiacal Sign, being divisible into three Decanates, or divisions of ten degrees, it follows that each of three Decanates of the Sign may be referred to one of the squares in any group of three squares. The Sign refers to the group, the Decan refers to one square of that group.
The rule governing the attributions of the Twelve Signs to the Great Cross is: the Four Kerubic or Fixed Signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius) are referred to the squares of the Linea Spiritus Sancti. The Four Cardinal Signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) are referred to the left side of the Linea Dei Patris Filiique, and the Four Mutable Signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) to the right side of the Linea Dei Patris Fihique.
The decanate system as employed by the Order will be found in the part of this book dealing with the significance of the Tarot Cards. They begin with the attribution of the first decanate of Aries to the planet Mars, and ending with the last decanate of Pisces also ruled by Mars. The order of planets for the decanates follows the order of Sephiroth on the Tree of Life: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sol, Venus, Mercury, and Luna.
There are 36 small cards of the Tarot, as explained in the appropriate documents, attributed to the decanates of the Twelve Signs. Therefore to each of the decanate squares on the Great Cross will be attributed one of the small cards of the Tarot. 2, 3, and 4, of each of the four Suits of Tarot are referred to Cardinal Signs. 5,6,7 to the Kerubic or Fixed Signs; and 8 9 and 10 to the Mutable Signs. Thus in the Air Tablet, the Great Cross shows the Tarot and decanate attributions as shown.
THE GREAT CROSS OF THE AIR TABLET
SHOWING TAROT AND DECANATE ATTRIBUTIONS
The attribution of the Sephirothto the ten squares of the Sephirotic Cross is shown on the Admission Badge to the 27th Path of Peh, and reproduced in one of the Knowledge Lectures. The planetary attributions to the Sephirotic Cross as used in the Enochian system are rather different from those used on the Tree of Life. But the system that is here employed is constant, and applies to each of the sixteen Sephirotic Crosses on the four Tablets.
In this mode of attributing the planets to the Sephiroth on the Calvary Cross of the Lesser Angles, Saturn is excluded, and Jupiter and the Tarot Trump, the Wheel of Fortune is attributed to Kether. The title of this card is "The Lord of the Forces of Life," and Kether is the origin and source of Life.
To Chokmah is attributed Mercury, the Tarot Key, The Magician, "The Magus of Power" seeing that Chokmah is the distributor of the power from Kether, even as Mercury is the messenger of Jupiter of classical mythology.
To Binah is referred the Moon, and the Tarot Key, "The Priestess of the Silver Star," even as Binah is the completer of the Triad of the Supemals, and as it were High Priestess to the Inferior Sephiroth. (Compare also, says S.R.M.D., the position of the Path of Gimel in the Tree of Life.) To Chesed, Venus, and the Key of The Empress, "The Daughter of the Mighty Ones." Chesed is, as it were, the first of the Inferiors below Binah, and the Path of Venus is thus reciprocal between Chokmah and Binah, forming, as it were, the base of the Triangle of the Supernals.
To Geburah, Mars, and the Tarot Key, The Blasted Tower, "The Lord of the Hosts of the Mighty," even as Geburah represents strength and fiery power.
To Tiphareth is the Sun, "The Lord of the Fire of the World," even as Tiphareth is, as it were the heart and center of the Sun of Life.
The remaining four squares of the Sephirotic Cross have no planetary or astrological attributions. The ten squares of the Sephirotic Cross also stand for the Ace and small cards of the Suit represented by the Element of the Lesser Angle. Thus Wands are attributed to the Fire Angle, Pentacles to the Earth Angle, etc.
The Kerubic Squares are allotted, as their name implies, to the four Kerubim whose emblems follow the order of the letters of Tetragrammaton:
|Lion - Leo
||Eagle - Scorpio
|Man - Aquarius
||Bull - Taurus
These last are of the suit corresponding to the Element of the Lesser
Angle as explained above, viz: Wands to Fire and Yod; Cups to
Water and Heh; Swords to Air and Vau; Pentacles to Earth and Heh final.
It was previously shown how the squares of the Servient part of each lesser angle were given a double attribution to the letters of the Name. They were seen to be ruled by a letter governing the rank, and also by a letter governing the column. In order to work out the astrological attributions of this allocation, note that the columns go by the triplicity of the Kerubic Square at the top, the ranks by quality. By this method there results a highly intricate and ingenious subdivision of elements in the sub-elements of the Lesser Angles.
YOD and Fire are referred to the Cardinal Signs,
HEH and Water are referred to the Kerubic or Fixed Signs,
VAU and Air are referred to the Mutable Signs,
HEH final and Earth are referred to the Elements,
As to the reasons of this latter attribution, S.R.M.D. says that the Four Cardinal Signs are called the most fiery because most solar in nature. That is, the Equinoxes and Solstices occur when the Sun is in these signs. The Kerubic or Fixed Signs are considered watery because they are the most shining and glittering in nature. The remaining four Mutable signs are called the most Airy because they are the most subtle in nature. While the four elements are the most Earthy because their operation is mainly terrestrial. Incidentally, instead of the usual Earth symbol, the planet Saturn is used in the Enochian system, because, to quote S.R.M.D. "though one of the seven
Lords who wander (planets), Saturn is yet here classed with those who abide because he is the heaviest of the seven and thus formeth a link between the Wanderers and Abiders."
The following diagram shows how any Lesser Angle may be worked out using the above rules:
EARTH ANGLE OF WATER TABLET
One final set of attributions concerns the Tablet of Union, which is referred to Spirit. It is employed, as before shown, in binding together the Tablets, and in building up Angelic Names. Its attributions are to the Four Aces of the Elements and to the Court Cards. The Aces represent the root force, and the essential spiritual noumenon of the element. The Court Cards are the vice-gerents of the root force in the element.
The foregoing methods of attributing the Enochian squares should be completely grasped before proceeding further. It is imperative to understand thoroughly the basic principles of attributions before beginning the analysis of the Pyramids based on each square. What follows will have little meaning if the reader has not worked out these references and attributions for himself.
The following diagram shows the Letters of Tetragrammaton attributed to the Four Enochian Tablets in detail. The figures refer to the order of reading the Hebrew letters, but must under no circumstances be confused with the order of the Angelic names on the Tablets, which always read from left to right.
In the 47 Grade the admission badge for the 28th Path was a Pyramid. It was described as having a square base, and four sides composed of equilateral triangles cut off so as to leave a flat top. These four sides were attributed to the four Elements, and the flat top was conceived to be the throne of Eth, the Spirit. Hitherto, the Squares of the Enochian Tablets have been treated as a single whole, and as being flat. In reality, however, they are represented as being pyramids like that described above. The practical magical significance of this will be shown hereafter, but for the moment we must consider the method of producing the sides of these Pyramids, and their attributions. With the exception of the Tetragrammaton letter, upon which everything else depends, all the other attributions appear and are included in the definition of the nature of the Pyramid. Each side of the Pyramid is colored according to its own appropriate element, or left white for Spirit. It by no means follows for example that a square from the Airy Angle of Air will build up a completely yellow pyramid. But every square of the Air Tablet, in every angle, has at least one Airy yellow side to its pyramid. Every square of the Airy Angle of all four Tablets has at least one Airy side.
On a flat surface, the Pyramid is represented by dividing the Square into four triangles, leaving a small square in the center to mark the flat top. On this, if desired, the appropriate Enochian letter may be placed. The following will be the standard of reference, so that later should mention be made of Triangle No. 2, the following diagram will show its position.
The Pyramid is supposed to be in position on the Tablet, so that Triangle No.2 points to the top of the Tablet. To work out the pyramid of any square completely, it is necessary to know the attributions of the Four Triangles and the element of each. Since every Tablet comprises four distinct divisions, each of these must be considered separately as each produces a different type of pyramid. The rules for analyzing the pyramid based on the squares will be concisely put thus:
Triangle No. 1. Sign of Zodiac, small card of Tarot.
Triangle No.2. Spirit.
Triangle No. 3. Planet of Decan.
Triangle No.4. Elemental Symbol of the Tablet.
Note that Triangle No.2 on the squares of the Great Cross is always Spirit, as indicating the operation of the Spirit in the primary Element, and is shown
white. Triangle No. 4 is colored according to the element of the Tablet; thus Red for Fire Tablet, Blue for Water, Black for Earth, Yellow for Air. Triangle No. 1 is to be colored according to the
triplicity of the Sign attributed to it, that is as to whether it is of an Earthy, Fiery, Watery, or Airy nature. Triangle No.3 is to be colored in that of the Element ruled by the Planet attributed to it. The rule governing the latter is:
Sun and Jupiter rule the element of Fire.
Saturn and Mercury rule the element of Air.
Venus and Moon rule the element of Earth.
Mars rules the element of Water.
On the other hand there are alternative methods, the use of which calls into operation other forces than elementaL Thus the color of No.1 may be in the color of the Sign itself, as Red for Aries, and Blue for Sagittarius, etc. Triangle No.3 may also be colored in the color of the Planet itself, Orange for the Sun, Green for Venus, etc. If these latter are used, planetary and zodiacal forces would be inferred in lieu of purely elemental ones. The former, however, may be found to be the most practicable for most circumstances.
The method of applying these rules to the Great Cross may be seen in the following, consisting of the three left hand squares of the Linea Spiritus Sancti of the Air Tablet, showing the pyramids formed from the squares of the letters ORO:
Triangle No. 1. Elemental Emblem of Tablet.
Triangle No.2. Emblem of Spirit.
Triangle No. 3. Elemental Emblem of Lesser Angle.
Triangle No. 4. Sephirah. Letter of Tetragrammaton. Tarot Card.
Coloring: No. 1, Color of the Element of Tablet. 2, Always white. 3, Elemental color of Lesser Angle. 4, Either white for Spirit, or in color of Sephirah.
Kerubic Squares of the Lesser Angles.
Triangle No. 1. Tarot Card of Lesser Angle.
Triangle No. 2. Elemental Emblem of Tablet.
Triangle No. 3. Kerubic symbol answering to letter of Name.
Triangle No. 4. Elemental Emblem of Lesser Angle.
No.1 will agree with the coloring of No.3 always. That is, the color will be that of the element of the Court card corresponding to the Kerub. No. 2 shows the elemental color of Tablet. No. 4, elemental color of the Lesser Angle.
Triangle No.1. Element of Great Tablet with astrological attribution.
Triangle No. 2. Elemental Emblem of letter ruling the Column with Tarot Trump.
Triangle No.3. Elemental Emblem of Lesser Angle with Geomantic figure.
Triangle No.4. Elemental Emblem of Letter ruling Rank with Hebrew of Letter corresponding to Tarot Trump in Triangle No. 2.
The coloring of these triangles is the simplest because it follows its elemental emblem. It has not been mentioned before, but it is the rule, when drawing or painting these pyramids and triangles, to paint the symbols on the appropriate sides in complementary colors. Thus, to take Triangle No.1 of a serwent square in the Water Angle of Water, the color will be Blue to refer to the element of the Tablet as a whole, while the appropriate astrological attribution will be painted on it in Orange. This rule applies to all the squares.
The method sounds highly complex, but in practice it is much easier than it sounds. In fact, it takes far less time to work out a square than to describe the method.
Tablet of Union.
Triangle No. 1. Element of Column. (Spirit in first column).
Triangles No.2 and No.4. Always Spirit.
Triangle No. 3. Element of rank.
The colors of each of the Triangles are clearly indicated.
I append below examples of the above, so that there may be no difficulty
at all in understanding how this procedure obtains. Consider the Earth Lesser Angle of the Earth Tablet; the servient square in Rank VAU and Column VAU. The column is ruled by Vau, attributed to Air, therefore the Astrological symbol will be an Airy Sign. The Rank is ruled by VAU therefore the symbol will be Mutable Air, Gemini.
The Tarot Key for Gemini is The Lovers. The Hebrew Letter attributed to it is Zayin. The Geomantic attribution is Albus.
Take the Water Tablet, Air Angle, Column Heh, Rank Yod. The Column is ruled by Heh which is attributed to Water. Therefore the astrological symbol will be a watery Sign.
The Rank is ruled by Yod, therefore the symbol will be Cardinal or Fiery Water, Cancer.
The Tarot Key for Cancer is The Chariot.
The Hebrew Letter for Cancer is Cheth.
The Geomantic attribution is Populus.
The following is by S.R.M.D. "Briefly, regarding the pronunciation of the Angelical Language, thou shalt pronounce the consonants with the vowel following in the nomenclature of the same letter in the Hebrew Alphabet. For example, in Beth, the vowel following "B" is "e" pronounced AY. Therefore, if "B" in an Angelic Name precede another as in "Sobha," thou mayest pronounce it "Sobeh-hah." "G" may be either Gimel or Jimel (as the Arabs do call it) following whether it be hard or soft. This is the ancient Egyptian use, whereof the Hebrew is but a copy, and that many times a faulty copy, save in the Divine and Mystical Names, and some other things.
"Also "Y" and "I" are similar, also "V" and "U," depending whether the use intended be vowel or consonant. "X" is the ancient Egyptian power of Samekh; but there be some ordinary Hebrew Names wherein "X" is made Tzaddi."
From one ritual written by S.A., we find the following given as to the pronunciation of Names.
"In pronouncing the Names, take each letter separately. M is pronounced Em; N is pronounced En (also Nu, since in Hebrew the vowel following the equivalent letter Nun is "u"); A is Ah; P is Peh; S is Ess; D is Deh.
"NRFM is pronounced En-Ra-Ef-Em or En-Ar-Ef-Em. ZIZA is pronounced Zod-ee-zod-ah. ADRE is Ah-deh-reh or Ah-deh-er-reh. TAASD is Teh-ah-ah-ess-deh. AIAOAI is Ah-ee-ah-oh-ah-ee. BDOPA is Beh-dehoh-peh-ah. BANAA is Beh-ah-en-ah-ah. BITOM is Beh-ee-to-em or Beh-ee-teh-oo-em. NANTA is En-ah-en-tah. HCOMA is Heh-coem-ak EXARP is Eh-ex-ar-peh."
S.R.M.D. calls attention, in the document "S," to some rather interesting, that is to say, suggestive, correspondences. It is to be noted that the number of squares in the vertical line of the Great Cross, that is in the Linea Dei Patris Fiuque, will be 26, which answers to the Gematria or number of YHVH. Also the number of points in the Geomantic symbols referred to the Kerubim, Fortuna Major to Leo, Rubeus to Scorpio, Tristitia to Aquarius, and Ainissio to Taurus, are also 26 in number. The Ten squares remaining on the horizontal bar of the Great Cross, that is five on each side of the descending column and not considering the two squares on the center where the shafts cross, will refer to the Ten Sephiroth. And the first three letters of those squares will symbolize the triad of the Supernal's operating through the Quadrangle.
Looking at the horizontal line again, and considering its full quota of twelve squares, instead of as ten as before, then since they are divided into a 3, a 4, and a 5,(as in OIP TEAA PDOCE) they may be said to symbolize the Triad of the Supernal's, the Tetrad of the Elements, and the Pentagram. Again, in the commencing Triad of the Linea Spiritus Sancti of each Tablet, it may be said that:
ORO will be symbolical of the Voice of the Man Kerub. MPH will be symbolical of the Cry of the Eagle Kerub. MOR will be symbolical of the Low of the Bull Kerub. OIP will be symbolical of the Roar of the Lion Kerub.
There are various ways of looking at the Pyramids prior to undertaking the practical work of using them as the symbol for skrying in the spirit-vision. S.R.M.D. suggests a useful mode of meditation which elaborates in a most illuminating way the ordinary attributions. He says: "Thou mayest regard
the upper triangle (No.2) as representing a Force acting downwards. <301> The lower triangle (No.4) as a force striving upwards. The left hand
Triangle (No. 1) as acting horizontally from left to right, and the right hand Triangle (No.3) as a force acting from right to left. While the center will be the common force. Thus:
"Spirit is strong in any position. Remember that Fire acteth most strongly upwards, Air downwards, Water from right to left horizontally, and Earth from left to right. And in those Tablet Squares according to their positions in the Great Tablet. And thus canst thou apply thy reason unto the elucidation of the effect of the four forces thus rushing together."
Though this may sound wholly incomprehensible at first, a little reflection on the nature of the movement of these forces yields a wealth of idea. S.R.M.D. provides a few examples at hazard of this analysis, and I quote them as follows:
"The Square of "A" of Exarp in the Tablet of Union.
Triangle No. 2. Queen of Swords.
Triangle No.2. Spirit.
Triangle No.3. Air.
Triangle No.4. Spirit.
"Nearly all the squares of this Tablet represent some combined effect of Light and Life. Here Spirit acts both downwards and upwards. Air is not very strong in action when it is here placed; and the Queen of Swords represents the moist force of Air, Heh of Vau. Therefore, if one could attribute a direct material action unto the Squares of the Tablet of Union, the terrestrial effect would be that of a moist and gentle, scarcely moving, breeze; with a soft vibrating Light playing through it, like the most gentle sheet-lightning in summer."
It will aid the reader considerably if, when meditating upon these examples, he draws the Pyramid with the triangles so that he can refer to it at a moment"s notice.
"The Square "H" of "MPH" in the Great Cross of the Water Tablet.
Triangle No. 1. Seven of Cups. Scorpio
Triangle No.2. Spirit.
Triangle No. 3. Venus.
Triangle No. 4. Water.
"Here the action of Water is extremely passive, Scorpio, representing especially Still Water, and Venus has her quiet action still more intensified. Therefore, were it not for the action of Spirit, the effect would be rather evil than good, representing deception, and well summed up in the 7 of Cups. The Lord of Illusionary Success." But the Action of the Spirit makes it mild and beneficent. A gentle, peaceful, force."
"The Square of "O" of "OMEBB" in the Sephirotic Cross of the Water Lesser Angle of the Water Tablet.
Triangle No. 1. Water.
Triangle No. 2. Spirit.
Triangle No. 3. Water.
TriangleNo. 4. Geburah.
"Here Water is extremely strong, and is stirred to action by the energy of Geburah. Were it not for the Spirit it would be the destroying energy of a flood, but the latter renders its effect more gentle and beneficent, promoting the solution and nourishment of matter."
"The Square of "M" of "AISMT, "a Kerubic Square of the Fiery Lesser Angle of the Earth Tablet.
Triangle No. 1. Queen of Wands.
Triangle No.2. Earth.
Triangle No. 3. Eagle Kerub. Water.
Triangle No. 4. Fire.
"Here Earth acting downwards and Fire upwards, the effect would be volcanic. The water is as strongly placed as the Fire, rendering it explosive, though helping to stifle the Fire by its union with the Earth. The Queen of Wands equals the Water of Fire, Heh of Yod, reconciling these two elements. Therefore the whole effect would be to produce a moist generating heat, like that of a conservatory, or rather of a hot-house. A force intensely excitant and generative and productive. The earth force of the tropics.
"The Servient Square "R" of "BRAP" in the Watery Lesser Angle of the Fire Tablet.
Triangle No. 1. Virgo. Fire.
Triangle No. 2. Earth.
Triangle No. 3. Water. Conjunctio.
Triangle No. 4. Air.
"Here Water is in the strongest place, but otherwise the Force of the Square is somewhat different to the former, from the influence of Air in the lowest triangle. The effect will then be that somewhat of lands, fertile indeed, but ultimating its harvest, and therefore not nearly as excitantly generative as in the former square. And the land of Virgo as usually described will be a very fair representation thereof."
The following statements concerning aspects of the philosophy underlying the Enochian Tablets are also written by C. H. Fratre S.R.M.D. Some of them are very profound and the student will do well if he gives them a good deal of attention, especially in connection with the idea of the projection of the Tree of Life into a solid sphere and forming Five Pillars. This part of the Enochian teaching is taken from a manuscript entitled "X. The Book of the Concourse of the Forces. Binding
together the Powers of the Squares in the Terrestrial Quadrangles of Enoch."
"Each of these Terrestrial Tablets of the Elements is divided into 4 Lesser Angles by the Great Central Cross which cometh forth as from the Gate of the Watch Tower of the Element itself. The Horizontal Line of each of these Three Great Crosses is named "Linea Spiritus Sancti." The Perpendicular is called "Linea Dei," the Line of God the Father and Son, the Patris Filiique," Macroprosopus and Microprosopus combined. For these 4 Vertical lines resemble 4 mighty Pillars each divided into twain by a light line shewing this forth; The Father Himself, in the absence of the line. And in its presence shewing the Son.
"As aforesaid the central points of these 4 Great Crosses do shew in the Celestial Heavens, and do correspond unto the 4 Tiphareth points referred to in the Book of the Astronomic view of the Tarot. Naturally then the Linea Spiritus Sancti coincides with the Zodiacal Belt wherein is the Path of the Sun who is the administrant of The Spirit of Life, and "The Lord of the Fire of the World." The Four Linea S. S. then form the complete circle of the Ecliptic, a circle at the center of the Zodiacal circle.
"It is demonstrated in the Tarot manuscripts that when the 10 Sephiroth in their grouping which is called the Tree of Life are projected in a Sphere (Kether coinciding with the North Pole, Malkuth coinciding with the South Pole, the Pillar of Mildness with the Axis) then the Pillars of Severity and of Mercy are quadrupled, i.e. there are five Pillars instead of three Pillars.
"The same scheme is therefore applicable to the Celestial Heavens, and the mode of the governance of these Tablets in the Heavens is also set forth in
the Tarot manuscripts. But as before and as there is said, the rule of these Four Tablets, Terrestrial as well as in the Heavens, is in the Spaces between the 4 Pillars. That is, between the double Pillars of
Severity and Mercy. In these vast spaces at the ends of the Universe are these Tablets placed as Watch-Towers, and therein is their dominion limited on either side by the Sephirotic Pillars, and having the great central cross of each Tablet coinciding with one of the 4 Tiphareth points in the Celestial Heavens. Therefore even in the small squares into which each Tablet is divided, each represents a vast area of dominion, having the correlation thereof in the Universe, in the Planets, in our Earth, in the Fixed Stars, and even in Man, in animals, vegetables, and minerals.
"Therefore do the 4 Perpendicular or Vertical Lines of the 4 Crosses represent 4 Great Currents of Force passing between North above and South below, intersecting the Tiphareth points and thus affirming the existence of the Hidden Central Pillar of the Tree of Life forming the Axis of the Sphere of the Celestial Heavens.
"Therefore are these Lines which are vertical called "Linea Dei Patris Filiique," as manifesting that Central Column wherein are Kether and Tiphareth, Macroprosopus and Microprosopus.
"The Calvary Cross of 10 Squares which are in each of the 4 Lesser Angles of each Tablet are attributed unto the action of the Spirit through the 10 Sephiroth herein. This Cross of 10 Squares is the admission badge of the
27th Path leading unto the Grade of Philosophus, the only Grade of the First Order in which all the Tablets are shewn. It represents the Sephiroth in balanced disposition, before which the Formless and Void rollback. It is the form of the opened out double cube and altar of incense. Therefore it is placed to rule each of the Lesser Angles of each Tablet.
"A knowledge of these tablets will then, if complete, afford an understanding of the Laws which govern the whole creation. The dominion of the Tablet of Union is above that of the 4 Terrestrial
Tablets and towards the North of the Universe.
"Of the letters on the Tablets, some be written as capitals. These are the initial letters of certain Angels" names drawn forth by another method, not now explained, and the offices of these do not concern a Z.A.M. Some squares have more than one letter. In these cases, either letter characterizes the Square. The higher one is preferable. The lower is weaker. If two letters are side by side, the presumption is in favor of equality. Where two letters are in one square, the best plan is to employ both. But one alone may be used with effect.
"Of the difference between these Mystical Names of the Angels of the Tablets and the Hebrew Names such as Kerub, Auriel, and Michael, etc. Those Hebrew Angel Names which have been taught unto the First Order are rather general than particular, attending especially to an office or rule whereunto such an Angel is allotted. As it is written: "One Angel does not undertake two messages." For these mighty Angels do rather shew forth their power in the governance of the 4 Great Sephirotic Columns as aforesaid, viz: the double columns of Severity and Mercy when projected in a sphere, and this also is under the Presidency of the Sephiroth. But the Names of the Angels of the Enochian Tablets do rather express particular adaptations of Forces shewing forth all variations and diverse combinations of those which are in the other case manifested in a more general way."
It will be found written in the Clavicula Tabularum Enochi: "Now we are to understand that there are Four Angel-Overseers... Each one of these Angels is a mighty Prince, a Mighty Angel of the Lord and they are of Him. They are
as chief Watchmen and Overseers, set over several and respective <307> parts of the World, viz: East, West, North, South, as under the
Almighty, their Governor, Protector, Defender. And the seals and authority of whom are confirmed in the beginning of the World. To whom belong Four Characters, being tokens of the Son of God, by whom all things are made in the creation, and are the natural marks of his Holiness."
Now thou shalt observe that in the Book of the Concourse of the Forces, a sign is annexed unto each of the Four Tablets of the Elements. That is, unto the Tablet of Air, a symbol of a T having four Yods above it.
THE SIGILS OF THE ANGELIC TABLETS
Unto the Tablet of Water a Cross Potent, having two letters b. b. a figure 4 and a figure 6 in the angles thereof.
Unto the Tablet of Earth, a simple Cross potent without additions.
Unto the Fire Tablet there is a circle having twelve rays. These be the sacred seals or characters alluded to in the preceding quotation. Thou shalt know that these four seals be taken from the Sigillum
Dei AEmeth, after and according unto a certain guidance of letters which is there set forth. This "Liber AEmeth sive Sigillum Dei" that is the Book of Truth, or the Seal of God, entereth not into the knowledge of a Zelator Adep tus Minor.
From these Four Sigils there are Four names drawn forth. From the Tau with Four Yods or Tof the Sigillum Ameth, T and 4 other letters are obtained, counting by the rule of 4 (from the T which is found at the top of the circle of letters and numbers on the Sigillum Dei Ameth), thus:
4. 22. 20. 18. 1.
T . h .a .o 8 Ög.
This yields the name Tahaoelog for the Air Tablet.
(The Fourth square each time from the last will show the letter and figure given. You are not to count, say, 22 or 20 or 18, but 4 only, N.O.M.)
From b.4. 6.b. grouped about a cross, note that T equals t, (the Cross equals th), is obtained: Cross to h, then b.4., then 6.b., and continue 6:
4. 22. b. y. 6. 6. A. t. 14.
Th h 4 14 b A 5 9 n. n.
yielding the name Thahebyobeaatanun for the Water Tablet.
(Four moves from T gives 22.h. b.4. is specially put. y.l4 moves to 22 from t. Then 6.b. is special. From 6.b. it is all plain moving by 6 to right, N.O.M.)
From the plain Cross, which equals Th 4, proceed counting in each case forward as by numbers given:
4. 22. 11. 4 . O. t.
Th h A 5 10 11 h.
yielding the name Thahaaothe for the Earth Tablet.
(Count here not by four or six, but by numbers given. To right if over, to left if under.(S.A.)
From the twelve rayed circle, we begin with the middle circle on the Sigillum, the Greek Omega, the long o, and proceed counting 12 in each case, for the number of rays is 12 around the circle:
6. o. o. 22. H. 6. T.
W h 8. 17. o. 12. A 9. n.
which yields Ohooohaatan for the Fire Tablet.
(Count twelve in every case, neglecting the numbers over or under, always forward. (S.A.)
These Names are not to be lightly pronounced.