As the days are getting longer the reign of the Death and Black Magick slowly fades. We discussed on this site our perceptions and some general notions of black magick and its associations with death. There seems to be a consensus on that Black magic inevitably conjures up images of dark and evil things and could be seen as taboo in Western society.
I decided to explore the different sides to this by looking at attributions and correspondences given in Liber 777 to move on from our general discussion to more detailed one that may also reveal some interesting insights on Kaosphere Magick as a system at least in relation to Quabalah in which it has its roots.
There are different ways of approaching it. The easy one was to find all attributions connected to Black compared in Table I of 777. This proved complex with 4 scales of colour and repetition of attribution of black even within one scale.
In the King Scale (Column XV) black doesn’t appear at all.
In the Empress Scale of colour (Column XVIII) black appears 2 times. Black flecked with yellow attributed to 10 and flecked with yellow or blue to 32.
The Emperor Scale (Column XVII) is also missing pure black but it lists Blue Black under 26 and 32.
In the Queen Scale (Column XVI) Black is attributed to 3, 26 and 32.
32 is the most consistent attribution followed by 26 and to lesser extent 10 and 3.
This numbers come from Key Scale in Column I (p. 3) and serve as a basic navigation across the Columns as well as numerological attribution. The numbers from 0 to 10 refer to sephiroths, whilst the numbers 11-32 to Hebrew alphabet and paths on the Tree of Life. The path 32 has a double meaning. One in its attribution to Saturn and the other to the Earth. (signified by ‘bis’) I treat them as one for convenience because they both correspond to Black.
Column II lists Hebrew Names of Numbers and Letters and the English Names are given in
32- Tau (Cross)
The page 138 contains additional notes. Here we find 3 attributed to Binah and her titles of ‘The dark Sterile mother’, ‘The Bright Pregnant mother’ and the ‘Throne’ , also listed two ‘Divine Names’ in Hebrew (Tickles Mr. Crowley!)
10 corresponds to Malkuth given the title of :
‘The Gate’ of many things: Death, Shaddow of Death, Tears, Justice, Prayer, of Doughter of Mighty Ones and Garden of Eden. As well as ‘The Gate’ it also refers to ‘Inferior Mother’, Daughter, Queen, Bride and Virgin.
It’s called ‘Consciousness of the Adept’ and corresponds all numbers except 1 to the same formation of letters meaning ‘Hua is God; and there is no other god than Hua‘.Commentary on p 139 reads ‘It is to name that which by definition has no name’. Hua compared to Tao and similar concepts.
God names in Assiah.
This requires some explanation.
In Quabalah the sephiroths known as World of Emanations or Atzilutic World (archetypal world) gave birth to 3 other worlds in descending order: The Briatic world (world of creation), reflection of Atziloth, The Jetziratic world (of formation and angles) and finally the Asiatic world (world of action) called world of ‘shells’ (‘evil spirits) which in plain speech is the material world we live in.
3- Jehova Elohim
32- Adonai Ha-Aretz
Column VI Heavens of Assiah and English equivalents are given in
3- Sphere of Saturn
10-Sphere of Elements
Column VIII The Orders of Qliphoth
10-Lilith, the Woman of Night,
The Column IX briefly explain the Sword and Serpent path on the tree. I will skip both of them here.
Column X Mystic numbers of the Sephiroths: 3=6, 10=55, 26=351 and 32=523 can be looked up in the Sepher Sephiroth but I didn’t find it useful here.
Column XI gives the elements:
3- Root of Water
26- Earth, Venus and Moon
32- cold and dry Earth
The Column XII describes the Tree of Life and position each number occupies on the Tree which doesn’t seem to have much value in practice. Same can be said about the following column.
Column XIII The paths of Sepher Yetzirah
3- I. Sanctifying
10- Resplendent I.
26- Renovating I.
32- Administrative I.
Column XIV General Attribution of Tarot
3- the 4 threes and queens
10- the 4 tens, princesses/empresses
26- the Devil
32- the Universe
Columns XV, XVI, XVII & XVIII list the 4 scales of colours we started from.
Column XIX & XX Egyptian gods
3 Maut, Isis, Nephthys
10 Osiris, Seb, Isis, Nephthys
32 Sebek, Mako, Satem, Ahapshi, Nephthys, Ameshet
Column XXI The Perfected Man (parts of the body)
3- Face & Neck
10- Buttocks and Anus
32- The Right Ear and Bones
Column XXII Hindu Deities
3- Bhavani (all forms of Sakti), Prana (as force),Yoni
10- Lakshimi, (Kundalini)
26- Yoni & Lingam
32- Brahma, Prithivi
Column XXIII Forty Buddhist Meditations
10- Sangha, the Body
26- Putrid corpse
32- Quiescence, Earth
Columns XXIV-XXIII are incomplete.
Column XXXIV Some Greek Gods
3- Cybele, Demeter, Rhea, Here,
10- Zeus, Diana of Ephesus,
26- Pan, Priapus,
32- Athena, Demeter.
Column XXXV Some Roman gods
3- Juno, Cybele, Saturn, Hecate,
26- Pan, Vesta, Bacchus,
Column XXXVI Selection of Christian Gods, Apostoles, Evangelists and Churches of Asia.
3- The Virgin Mary
10-Ecclesia Xsti, The Virgin Mary
32- Ephesus, Luke
Column XXXVII Hindu Legendary Demons -empty.
Column XXXVIII Animals real and imaginary (Agrippa)
26- Goat, Ass
32- Crocodile, Bull
Column XXXIX Plants real and imaginary (Agrippa)
3- cypress, opium poppy
10- Willow, Lilly, Ivy
26- Indian Hemp, Orchis Root, Thistle
32- Ash, Cypress, Hellebore, Yew, Nightshade, Oak, Ivy
Column XL Precious Stones (Agrippa)
3- Star Sapphire, Pearl,
10- Rock Crystal,
26- Black diamond,
32- Onyx, Salt.
XLI Magical Weapons
3- Yoni, The Outer Robe of Concealment
10- The Magical Circle and Triangle
26- The Secret Force, The Lamp
32- A Sickle, A Pentacle, Salt
3- Myrrh, Civet,
10- Dittany of Crete
26- Musk, Civet
32- Assafoetida, Scammony, Indigo, sulphur, storax
XLIII Vegetable Drugs
32- — (I would place Wormwood here)
XLIV Mineral Drugs
10- Mag Sulph (Magnesium Sulphate?)
32- Lead, Bismuth
XLV Magical Powers (Western)
3- The Vision of Sorrow
10- The Vision of Holy Guardian Angel or Adonai
26- The Witches’ Sabbath so called, The Evil Eye,
32- Works of Malediction and Death, Alchemy, Geomancy, Making of Pantacles.
Column XLVI System of Taoism
3- Kwan-se-on, The Yin and Kwan,
32- Khan, Kan
Column XLVII Kings and Princes of Jinn (in Arabic)
Column XLVIII Figures related to Pure Number
3- The Triangle
10- Altar, Double Cube, Calvary Cross
26- Calvary Cross of 10, Solid
Column XLIX Figures of the Planets and Geomancy
3- The Plane, Diamond, Circle, Oval and other Yoni symbols
10- Cauda Draconis and Caput Draconis
Column L Transcendental Morality
32- Envy, Tacere (silence)
Columns LI- LIII list Greek, Coptic and Arabic Alphabets therefore I ignore them here.
Reading through these correspondences I find it intriguing that in so many ways they reflect our perceptions and knowledge of Black Magick yet, there are areas or symbols we haven’t thought of.
Interesting example would be the 26 referring to Set which wasn’t mentioned but as soon as the Devil attribution in Tarot emerged it linked back to our discussion on ‘Satanic’ aspects of Black Magick. I find these correspondences a food for thought, great inspiration from which to form a practice and meditate upon. Each one of them leading to a deeper understanding of that which is Black.