linda falorio, 1978, 1996, 1998
Exegesis of LIBER AL
(Note: Qabalistic Numerations are denoted by words
& phrases printed in all UPPER CASE.)
Using the given values for the letters of the English
alphabet, and applying the rules of Qabalah where the values of the letters comprising
words and phrases are added to derive their Numerations, we find some interesting results.
The number 23 is a glyph of life, and of the Great Work. Listed
for 23 in our Book of Numbers we find the word ABIDE, one meaning of which is "to
live". We also find ANKH, the Egyptian hieroglyph that represents the "sandal
strap" which is symbolic of the "power of going" of the gods. The ANKH,
symbol of life, is also the "Crux Ansata", another symbol of the Great Work.
The permutations of 23 are interesting:
23 x 2 = 46, which is the number of MU, the cry of the
Vulture of Maat, by English Qabalah (E.Q.).
The following words also add to 46:
IPSOS, an important mantram of
Maatian Magick described by Nema
AL ShDI ~ "The Lord Initiating"
23 x 3 = 69, where we find listed 23rd PATH, which is the Path of Ipsos:
BY THE SAME MOUTH
23 x 4 = 92, the number of MANIFESTATION by E.Q.
THE EATER OF FILTH
THE BRIDE OF CHAOS
THE BACK OF THE TREE
THE MASKS OF MAAT
THE ELEVEN TOWERS
THE COLD WASTE
THE VEIL OF THE VOID
THE BACKWARD WAY
THE WAY OF THE SHAMAN
23 x 5 = 115 ~ Here the active feminine energy of 5 is
multiplied by 23, number of the Great Work. Within the number 115 we find the means,
energy, and activity by which we may acquire the "power of going" reserved for
those who would be gods. This completes the cycle of fives:
THE KEY OF THE RITUALS
THE BOOK OF THE SPIDER
THE MANIFESTED WORD
THE COVENANT OF SET
THE CIRCLES OF TIME
THE SOUL OF NU-ISIS
GREAT MAGICK POWER
THE DOUBLE CURRENT
THE PLACE OF PLEASURE
THE SCARLET WOMAN
THE TEMPLE OF THE BEAST
THE PLACE OF THE CROSS
THE PLACE OF THE ABYSS
GATE FOR THE AEON OF MAAT
DOOR TO THE UNKNOWN
Applying E.Q. values to the text of Liber AL
I.24: "I am Nuit, and my word is six and
NUIT adds to 27 as does HADIT, her reflection/ complement. I
AM NUIT totals 37, the number of manifestation of the magical
current of Set-Shaitan. 37 is 111 divided by 3, signifying that Nuit is one aspect of the
three-fold manifestation of the highest principle of the soul ~ 111 ~ symbolized by the
"thousand petalled lotus", Kether, the first Sephira of the Tree of
I AM A GOD, DARK, DOUBLE, BRIDE, NAKED, NIGHT,
SEVEKH, AMRITA, THE GATE all add to 37, suggesting that the Dark
Twin of the Sun belongs to the realm of the Feminine. 37 also IS A
MY WORD IS SIX AND FIFTY adds
to 148 ~ 37 x 4 ~ Nuit in manifestation. Here we find listed BABALON THE GATE OF THE GOD ON, THE EVOLVING COSMIC NET, THE FORMULA OF THE
LEAPERS, THE GATEWAY AT THE BACK OF THE TREE. One of its
permutations, 418, lists ABRAHADABRA, THE ORACLE THAT ISSUES FROM
SPACE BY THE GATEWAY AT THE BACK OF THE TREE.
SIX AND FIFTY adds to 92, where we
find CONTINUOUS ONE, IN MY NAME HIDDEN, IS A SECRET KEY, A FEAST FOR
TAHUTI, FORCE AND FIRE, THE WORK OF THE WAND, PURE WHITENESS, GLITTERING GOLD, KISSES OF
NU, and others, suggesting that in this expansion of 23 into the
four elements lies clues to the rituals which will open consciousness to Universe B.
SIX + FIFTY = 66 ~
the sum of the numbers 1 through 11, which is the mystic number of the Great
Work. Sixty-six also equals eleven multiplied by the solar six of Tiphareth, the sphere of
the formula of the Rose Cross, a glyph of the Great Work. Here also is KNOWLEDGE, MAGICK POWER, ANTI-LIGHT, SACRIFICE, SERPENT, YOG-SOTHOTH.
56 = 7 x 8: mind and emotion, the masculine and feminine
in explosive union. Listed here is THE KEY OF IT, A SECRET, OF THE
KHABS, THE STAR, NU-ISIS, THE SHADOW, REVEAL IT, RISE UP & AWAKE.
The total Numeration of the verse I
AM NUIT AND MY WORD IS SIX AND FIFTY is 217, where we find listed: THE SCARLET WOMAN IS ALL POWER GIVEN, THE HEAVENS REFLECTED INTO THE HELLS ~ referring to a type of New Aeon tantra.
I.25: "Divide, add, multiply, and understand."
This sentence may apply to the qabalistic process itself: first
"divide" each word into its component letters, then "add" the values
of the letters to derive the numerations of the words, "multiply" these words
into phrases and sentences, and finally come to "understand".
The Numeration of this sentence is 247, where we find listed:
OBTAIN THE ORDER & VALUE OF THE ENGLISH ALPHABET, THAT TEMPLE IS ALREADY
I.45: "The perfect and the perfect are one perfect and not two;
nay, are none!"
PERFECT equals 54, which is
also NOTHING. So, by the Doctrine of
Sympathies, NOTHING is PERFECT.
NUIT + HADIT also adds to 54, where we find BLISS,
OF THE EARTH. THE PERfECT adds to 67 ~ a prime, or
"perfect" number which is indivisible by any integer other than 1.
Here we find that THE PERFECT are: BLESSED, INVISIBLE, MIGHTIER, NOT KNOWN, OF HER LIGHT, THELEMITES.
ARE ONE equals 37 ~ another prime,
the number of the full manifestation of the magickal current of Set, which also lists: TRUTH, DOUBLE, THE GATE, AMRITA. 73, the qabalistic
reversal of 37, and a number of Chokmah, lists: ONE PERFECT, A
SECRET KEY, IS THE CROWN, MY ECSTASY, NONE...AND TWO. ARE ONE PERFECT equals 91, another "perfect" (prime) number, where we find listed: WE ARE ONE: WE ARE NONE, THE ONE IS KETHER, THE SUPREME KALA, THE WATER OF LIFE.
THE PERFECT AND THE PERFECT
add to 160, which is also the number of ARE ONE PERFECT AND NOT TWO. The total numeration of these two half-phrases is 320, which is the number of
the following sentence: SELF-GENERATIVE AND COMPLETE AS ARE THE
HIGHEST GODS, TRANSCENDING THE DUAL POLARITIES OF EXISTENCE, THE MANIFESTATION OF
NON-MANIFESTATION OF UNIVERSE B.
I.46: "Nothing is a secret key of this law.
Sixty-One the Jews call it. I call it eight, eighty, four-hundred & eighteen. But they
have the half. Unite by thine art so that all disappear."
NOTHING IS, and A SECRET KEY each add to 73, the number of Chokmah, and of THE HOUSE OF GOD, THE RITUALS, THE VULTURE.
"Sixty-One the Jews call it....But they have the
half". Sixty-one is the number of Ain in Hebrew Qabalah ~ nothing.
If "they have the half" then perhaps we have the other half. Adding the
numeration of "nothing", Ain, to that of NOTHING by E.Q. we have: 61 + 54 = 115.
A SECRET KEY OF THIS adds
to 115, which is also the number of: THERE ARE FOUR GATES, IN THE
SECRET WORD, FORBIDDEN WISDOM, WORSHIP THEN THE KHABS, ALWAYS IN THE LOVE OF ME, SHALL YE
COME TO MY JOY.
Mathematically, "nothing" as it exists in
Universe A is described in this way: (+1) +(-1) = 0. Qabalistically, "nothing"
is described as: L.V.X. (+1) + N.O.X. (-1) = 61 = Ain = nothing = zero. We know that zero
in Universe A can be described mathematically as 0/1; while zero in Universe B is
described as its inverse, the irrational number: 1/0.
"Unite by thine art so that all disappear": 0/1 + 1/0 equals
Infinity ~ nothing ~ resulting from the dynamic union of opposites.
Next, consider the words themselves: EIGHT adds to 26, number of GOD, HEAVEN, DEATH, and NU + HAD.
EIGHTY adds to 32, number of ALIL, Hebrew "nothing". Eighty is the sum of the
Tetragrammaton: NU + HAD + NUIT + HADIT, and
also the Numeration of THE FOUR GATES, and THE GREAT WORK.
FOUR-HUNDRED & EIGHTEEN adds
to 124 ~ 31 + 31 + 31 + 31 ~ the formula of N.O.X. in the regenerative current of the New
Aeon. The light and dark twins, HERU-PA-KRAATH
and RA-HOOR-KHUIT each add to 124, where we
also count THE STAR BROTHERS, THE DOUBLE-WANDED ONE, THE STAR OF
NU-ISIS, JOY OF DISSOLUTION, THE DESOLATE PLACES, THE GATE OF INGRESS, THE NIGHTSIDE OF
26 + 418 = 444, number of TzPRDO, the frog, and of
SUPREME AND TERRIBLE GOD WHO MAKEST THE GODS AND DEATH TO TREMBLE BEFORE THEE!
I.60: "My number is 11, as all their numbers who are of us."
NUMBER and ELEVEN, the number of magick, both add to 41, where we find BEAUTEOUS, JOY & BEAUTY, LUST, SNAKE, YOUR JOY, which call to mind Atu XI ~ Lust, a glyph of Magick; and the words WISDOM, CROWN, DIVINE, KTEIS.
MY NUMBER IS 11 adds to 83, the
number of THE HIDING OF HADIT, THE WORSHIP OF NU, THE NIGHTSIDE, THE
SPACE BETWEEN, THE CITY OF SET, THE NIGHT OF PAN, THE MASS OF MAAT, THE MASK OF DEATH.
MY NUMBER IS 11 AS ALL THEIR NUMBERS equals 217, the number of THE SERVANTS OF THE STAR &
THE SNAKE, THE HEAVENS REFLECTED INTO THE HELLS.
ALL THEIR NUMBERS WHO ARE OF US adds to 167, the number of ELEVEN AS MY BRIDE IS ELEVEN.
AS ALL THEIR NUMBERS WHO ARE OF US
adds to 184 ~ the Dyad multiplied by 92 of MANIFESTATION. By Least Number method, 92 = 9 + 2 = 11, bringing us back to the number 11.
THE DIAMOND STAR-STONE OF MAAT, adds to 184, which is 23 x 8 ~ a glyph of the Great Work multiplied
by Hadit's sacred number.
MY NUMBER IS 11 AS ALL THEIR NUMBERS WHO ARE OF
US adds to 261, a number of Besqul which also find: BUT WITH THE JUST I AM EIGHT AND ONE IN EIGHT: WHICH IS VITAL. Also listed are THE UWWINKING EYE WHICH EMITS INVISIBLE
RAYS, TRANSMITTING INFERNAL INFLUENCES, THUS ARE THE HEAVENS REFLECTED INTO THE HELLS.
II.15: For I am perfect, being not; and my number is 9 by the fools,
but with the just I am eight, and one in eight. Which is vital, for I am none indeed.
AM PERFECT adds to 61, as
does BEING NOT, for perfection lies in the
dissolution perceived as Nothing.ONE IN EIGHT
also equals 61.
MY NUMBER IS 9 equals 81, the
square of 9, where we find THE HIDDEN GOD, A TWO-HEADED GOD, THE
FULL MOON, THE PLACE BELOW, THE LUNAR HONEY, REFLECTION, BEYOND KETHER.
WITH THE JUST I AM EIGHT adds to
96 ~ i.e. 8 multiplied by a zodiacal cycle of 12, for "the just" comprise all 12
astrological types, all classes of humanity. Also listed here are FOURFOLD
WORD, HIS SECRET NAME, THE EATER OF DUNG, THE PLACE OF POWER.
II.15,16: "The Empress and the King are not of me; for there is a
further secret. I am the Empress & the Hierophant. Thus eleven, as my bride is
EMPRESS + KING add to 99,
number of THE KEY OF THE ABYSS, THE CROSSING, THE CYNOCEPHALUS, THE
SON OF TYPHON. By the Least Number method, 99 = 9 + 9 = 18 = 1 + 8 =
THE EMPRESS & THE HIEROPHANT adds to 146, the number of THIS IS THE CITY OF BABALON,
THE PLACE OF THE SECRET-ION, THE ZODIACAL QLIPHOTH.
146 = 1 + 4 + 6 = 11, "Thus eleven, as my bride is eleven."
THUS ELEVEN adds to 38 = 3 + 8 = 11. Listed here we find LIGHT, THE WANGA, MAGICK, POWER, MAGUS, THELEMA ~ all
descriptive of the powers of 11.
EMPRESS + HIEROPHANT equals
120 ~ the sum of the numbers 1 through 15. 120 also equals 1 x 2 x 3 x 4 x 5, which is a
formula of the Rose Cross in the 5o = 6o ritual of the Hermetic
Order of the Golden Dawn. For 120 we find SUPREME DOOR OF DAATH,
POWER-ZONE OF SET, THE GREAT PLACE BELOW, THE NEW MANIFESTATION, THE KEYS OF NEW-AEONIC
OBEAH, THE DARK SCIENCES, 11 GATEWAYS OF THE VOID, THE SECRET HIDDEN EYE, STAR-STONE OF
MAAT, WISH-FULFILLING GEM, OPENER OF THE PORTAL, THE MOUTH OF THE DAUGHTER, THE DAUGHTER
IS THE GATE.
EMPRESS equals 64, which is the
number of UNIVERSE, and of the Aztec avatar of
Tonantzin, the goddess JEWELED ROBE.
HIEROPHANT adds to 56 which is PRECIOUS, OF THE KHABS, THE STAR, RADIANCE, THE CHARIOT, THE AEON OF NU. 56 = 5 + 6 = 11: the magickal formula of the Hierophant.
I AM THE EMPRESS & THE HIEROPHANT adds to 156, the number of Babalon, the Scarlet Woman, and number of the City of
the Pyramids shrouded in the Night of Time; and their respective paths on the Tree of Life
each cross the Abyss to Chokmah. For 156 we find these cognate concepts: THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, THE GATE OF THE EVENING STAR, THE ORIGINAL LIGHT
IN HEAVEN, THE SERPENT-TAILED WOMAN, A SERPENT-HAIRED GORGON, A PRIMORDIAL IMAGE OF
TYPHON, THE CULT OF THE BLACK SNAKE, THE DARK DOCTRINE OF DAATH, SPIRITUAL ANNIHILATION,
THE TRANSFORMING FIRE.
II. 75, 76: "Aye! listen to the numbers & the words: 4 6 3 8
ABK 2 4 ALGMOR 3 YX 24 89 RPSTOVAL."
"The numbers & the words"
4 6 3 B
ABK 2 4 ALGMOR 3 YX 2 4 8 9 RPSTOVAL equals 211, the number of HRU,
Great Angel of the Tarot, Angel of the current Aeon, where we find listed MAKE THE CROSSING INTO NON-BEING; EARTH THE DOUBLE CURRENT Of THE TOWER;
CHORONZON THE BEAST OF THE ABYSS; THE WESTERN LAND OF THE QLIPHOTH; THE BEST BLOOD IS OF
THE MOON, MONTHLY; THE IMAGE OF THE BLACK LUNAR CURRENT; THE STELLAR REPRESENTATIVE; THE
NEURONAUT HIMSELF IS BLASTED; UNITE IN AN EXPLOSION OF ECSTASY.