Greetings to All,
I'd like to clarify what I meant in my original post. The quote from Liber AL is not what "I have never been able to find anything regarding", nor do I discredit Frater Achad as being the "one" who discovered the key of 31. What I have NOT been able to find anything about is the sigil for the spirit of the sun drawn on the grid page of the original manuscript. Please see for yourself! Under images, look up 'sun sigil' or 'sigil for sorath', etc. in any search engine, or in any book that you have that contains the magic squares (kameas) of the planets and compare it with the circle and line drawn on the grid page of Liber XXXI. It seems strange that Crowley did not ever notice it, or at least did not comment on it.
The word SORATH (SVRT) is the fourfold secret name of Horus. He is the Spirit of the Sun or the Invisible Sun or the Black Sun or The Solar Eclipse (Sun/Father + Moon/Mother = The Black Sun/Child). In other words, Sorath is Baphomet, the magical child. This secret name is "the blasphemy against all gods of men" as it destroys them all, for the Black Sun (Hidden God, Invisible or Secret Eye) is the Third Eye or Pineal Gland...which I will explain more later.
I understand the risk of being shunned as a centre of pestilence by writing this, yet I wonder how the awaited child could ever present anything regarding the mysteries of the book without sharing his perspective of its contents. How many of you destroyed your copy of the book after the first reading?? As I said before, I write this with Wisdom or Folly.
I became interested in Crowley's work when I was 20 years old, (presently I am 31). Obviously for one thing, we had the same last name. But that was merely the beginning of the ties between Aleister Crowley, his work, and myself. I leave it up to you as to whether these 'ties' are coincidence or not. I cannot prove to you the "coincidences" that led me to these things, but I couldn't make this up if I tried....
My name is Derek John Crowley. I was born July 29th 1980. In the Western Variation of Numerology for the English Alphabet known as the Pythagorean method, the letters are substituted for numbers in the following manner:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R K=11
S T U V W X Y Z V=22
Three numbers are obtained. One for the subject's Alias or First Name. One for the Name at Birth. And One for the Date of Birth.
The numbers for each are reduced to a primary number between 1-9 by adding the sums of each digit.
My three numbers are:
D E R E K
4+5+9+5+11 =34 (3+4) =7
D E R E K J O H N C R O W L E Y
4+5+ 9 +5+11+1+6 +8 +5 + 3+9+ 6+ 5 +3+5 +7 =92 (9+2)=11 (1+1) =2
JULY 29 1980
7+2+9+1+9+8+0=36 (3+6) =9
Therefore, my numbers are 7, 2 & 9. The numbers of my birthdate. If that wasn't strange enough, I discovered that there are only 729 possible combinations of these 3 numbers between 1-9. So I started searching for things relating to the number 729. One of them was something called the Kamea (Hebrew for magic square) of Baphomet. It involves two of Crowley's works. The first is Liber DCCXXIX, The Amalantrah working. Crowley asks the Wizard 'Amalantrah' how to spell his chosen name in the O.T.O. "Baphomet" as a test question to prove the Wizard's claims of superior knowledge. (See Confessions, ch. 85) The Wizard's spelling was equal to 729. The second is Liber Trigrammaton vel XVII. This book expands the Trigrams of the I Ching to include the Tao, represented by a dot. It adds 19 new Trigrams to the existing 8 to total 27. These Trigrams are coupled with one another as in the I Ching to form 729 Hexagrams, (instead of only 64). This 27x27 table is known as the Kamea of Baphomet. Along with the first chapter of Liber XXXI, Liber Trigrammaton is the only other Holy Book of Thelema to not have numbered passages. Together, the 66 from Liber XXXI and the 27 from Liber XVII =93.
I struggled for years to come up with a way to flawlessly apply the 729 numerology combinations to the Kamea and finally did so by simplifying them to the first digit of each combination. I recognized this pattern of numbers as the Kamea of Saturn. I also found that this is the magic square that the I Ching's Trigrams originate from. It is called the "Lo Shu" pattern. I later realized that I could apply this pattern to every digit in the Pythagorean combinations, thus completing what years before I simply thought might be possible.
A few years ago, I found another magic square!!! A 27x27 magic square of the Sun. (You can search for it this way online). It can be found in W.S. Andrews' 'Magic Squares and Cubes' and also in David Fideler's 'Jesus Christ, Sun of God'. I HIGHLY recommend the latter for those interested. This square is covered in a "checkerboard" of days and nights of a solar year. The numbers 1-729 are arranged in the 'Lo Shu' pattern, which corresponds perfectly with the application of Pythagorean Numerology. (The first number is 1 on this square, mine is 111. The middle is 365, mine is 555. The Last is 729, mine is 999. Here I should point out that it's not a far stretch to see '93' as '9 cubed', or 9x9x9 which equals 729. All of these 27x27 squares mentioned may also be 'cubed'. As Fideler points out, this creates a surface grid of 486 squares or cells. 2/3=.666 or 486/729=666, a perfect fifth, 'Sol' or 'G' in musical harmonics or solmization. This cube I believe is intimately connected with "Metatron's Cube", which is the two dimensional representation of a three dimensional star tetrahedron, the shape of the Merkabah, God's Throne or Chariot whereby we astrally travel. -"Every man and every woman is a star". Metatron's Cube is the figure generated by linking the centres of 13 circles in the form of a Hexagram found on the Flower of Life, where the Tree of Life comes from. Three of the five Platonic solids are shown in the figure, the other two are created by adding a few short lines. The number 729 apparently was important to Pythagoreans, including Plato, who alludes to it in his dialogues, the Republic and Timaeus. 729 is also the name Jesus gave to Peter as the cornerstone of the church, Cephas, which means a rock or stone and in Greek equals 729. -See Ch.85 of Confessions, and David Fideler). I believe this Calendar of days and nights corresponds as well to The Solar, Lunar and Saturnian returns in Western Astrology. And the Numerology letter to number method appears compatible with the Hebrew, Greek and Arabic Alphabets. (-See Henry Cornelius Agrippa's 'Three Books of Occult Philosophy').
This 27x27 magic square is called the Omphalos or Philosopher's Stone and thus symbolizes the centre of the world/universe. As we can only be aware of our own consciousness, the universe tends to be a reality based on our conscious (Solipsism) and subconscious (Lunacy) minds. The doorway between the two is the Third Eye or Pineal Gland, so-called because it resembles a pinecone. This Eye is represented all around the world as a dome or an egg or an obelisk or a pyramid or a mound or a stone or a rock or an omphalos or a pinecone such as within the Vatican courtyard and is often accompanied by snakes and/or birds and covered with a grid or net-like pattern. Like the Sun is the centre of our solar system, the Pineal Gland is located in the centre of our brains and is lined with a retinal structure consisting of rods like our eyes have for peripheral and night vision.
It is the Invisible or Black Sun (Soul/Sol) whereby we create our individual realities. Thus, on a conscious level we are a microcosm of the universe and yet we all connect with the macrocosmic subconscious or collective unity. Since we can produce a 3-digit numerology combination for every one of us, (each differing in characteristics), I believe there are only 729 possible finite configurations (individual conscious perspectives) of the infinite Universe (collective subconscious perspective). For we must limit the infinite to something definite in order to understand it with our rational minds, as in the case of the Flower and Tree of Life; the pattern continues infinitely in every direction but we MUST draw the line somewhere for comprehension. Therefore, each of the 729 cells on this table represents one microcosmic individual conscious perspective or an Eye/I, Hence the entire 27x27 table represents the unified macrocosmic collective perspective or an All-Seeing Eye.
I have decided to call this collaboration B.A.S.E. -Baphomet's All Seeing Eye.
I will stop here. There is an endless depth to all of this. But too much to include here. I've left out a lot but tried to include some of the more significant ideas. I never wanted to present this in this fashion nor in a forum, but so be it. I'm not sure where else to really go with this. I tried once to join the A:.A:. but received no response to my letter from the chancellor. I hope that I have not crossed too many lines or offended anyone for that was not my intentions. I simply wish to share what I've come to learn. I will elaborate on any point if there is any interest.
Some other strange coincidences that I'd noticed: Both my Father and Aleister (my spiritual Father?!) were named Edward Crowley but since their fathers already went by that name they went by their middle names; Aleister's Sun was in Libra, his Moon in Pisces and was a Leo rising while my Sun was in Leo, Moon in Pisces and the first degree of Libra rising; My birthday 7/29 (Baphomet/Child) is the 210th (Chaos/Father) day of the year and is the 156th (Babalon/Mother) day left in the year. The Masculine/Father symbol of the phallus (circle with a dot in the centre) and the Feminine/Mother symbol of the Vulva (Vesica Piscis) when combined form the basic geometrical figure of an Eye/the Child. The interplay of concentric and intersecting circles and thereby also the Vesica Piscis is what makes up the Flower of Life.