Aquarius: Egyptian Tarot of Thelema Nuit XVII

The Egyptian Tarot of Thelema trump for the 15th path of Aquarius is Nuit XVII. The esoteric title is Daughter of the Firmament: Dweller between the Waters.

Aquarius: Egyptian Tarot of Thelema Nuit XVIIWe here present the new Egyptian Tarot of Thelema image of Aquarius, Nuit XVII. The key-scale colour and other correspondences are of the 15th path (or 28th path in Crowley’s tables, which were not corrected).

The hieroglyphs of Nuit’s name are shown at the top of the card. At the centre is Nuit with the Star Pentactys.[1] In the lower section of the image is the astrological glyph for Aquarius, Saturn and the name and letter of the 15th path, , ‘a window’. The shape of the letter is that of a nomad’s tent (as with beth). The tent is shown from the side, with the aperture drawn open at the top for viewing.

Aquarius Invocation of the 15th Path

Thou art the Daughter of the Firmament, the Dweller between the Waters. Thou art the goddess of Infinite Space, and Babalon thy daughter. Thou art eternity. Thou art the Star of Nuit. Thou art love, and the seven lamps of Venus! Thou art the window of heaven and about thee is the glittering girdle of the stars. Thou art the Holy Graal itself, and the amrita with which it is filled; thy gift is the ambrosia of the Gods. Thou art the Waters of Space and thy cup is Binah on the Tree of Life. Thou art the essence of creative force that arises in pure darkness. Thy veil is the firmament of heaven. Thine are the Marks of Space, and thine art is Occult. In the Abyss, the clouds are broken up and drop down dew. Therefore thy magical weapons are the Censer for the perfumes, as clouds carry the distillation of the water of earth, and the Aspergillum for the sprinkling of the lustral water. For this is alike unto the shedding of rain from the clouds. We invoke thee, whose number is eleven! O thou curved one, continuous circle of Heaven![2]

Pleiades constellation NASA ESAThe ‘seven lamps of Venus’ is the cluster of stars called Pleiades in the constellation of Taurus, ‘seven sisters’ or ‘doves’. The first printed Tarot deck, the Marseille, depicted Nuit as Venus in the constellation of Taurus, with the seven stars surrounding a larger one.

Aquarius, the Waters of Space, is a fixed air sign ruled by Saturn, the principle of limitation and form. The letter hé of the 15th path of Aquarius on the Tree of Life means ‘a window’, and has the value of 5. The window of ‘five’ is the image of the starry goddess Nuit, through which the seer perceives the primordial wisdom. The 15th path begins in Chokmah, associated with the ajna chakra, and terminates in Tiphereth, the radiant beauty of all the sephiroth. The path corresponds to Aquarius according to the correction given in the (Egyptian) Book of the Law, Liber AL, I: 57,

All these old letters of my Book are aright; but Tzaddi is not the Star.

The material manifestation or mundane chakra of Chokmah is the Zodiac. Tiphereth appears in visible nature as the Sun, the life-giving spirit animating the zodiacal signs through the course of the year. The key to the Zodiac is the Sun acting through Spirit in governance of the Four Elements.

The Zodiac is called ‘Mazloth’ (MZLVTh) in the Qabalah. The word provides a key to understanding the transmission of consciousness veiled by the symbolism of the 15th path. The starry wisdom is the primordial gnosis, the secret kept by the priesthood of Set, builders of the oldest pyramids. The root of the word Mazloth is mezla, a type of influx or influence from Kether or the North Pole of the universe. Mezla has the meaning of ‘flowing, to flow down in drops’. It signifies a whirling, spiralic or radiant force. As Mazloth is the name of the Zodiac, mezla refers to the stars of Draco and Thuban at the North Pole. The Dragon constellation is thus named because at one time it coincided with the Nodes of the Moon, the Dragon’s Head and Dragon’s Tail. The Dragon is a cosmic symbol of the Occult Force or Serpent Power embodying the polar electro-magnetic force of the universe.[3]

The idea of ‘flowing’ and ‘drops’ alludes to the fact that the true crown or lotus of Kether is feminine or neutral. The sahasrara chakra of the Tantras is described as a ‘moon’ or ‘moonflower’. It is unique among all other chakras in that its lotus flower is turned downwards, to pour forth the starry dew or nectar. The ‘one’ that is afforded Kether in the scheme of things is not a singular state of affairs but is the principle of union. Aleister Crowley’s isolationist statement in Liber 777, that the number one is “the goal not the means”, and that it is therefore “too simple to serve the purpose of the magician”, is false.[4] The reverse is true in magick and Thelema. The ‘one’ is the means of yoga, as concentration of thought and the uniting principle. It is not an end or goal. There are no goals beyond the Abyss. Thus, Crowley was chastised by Aiwass in Liber AL, I: 48.

My prophet is a fool with his one, one, one; are not they the Ox, and none by the Book?

The number of the verse, 48, is that of Kokab or khu-khabs, the Star of Nuit. Furthermore, the ‘one’ is not an ‘opened out circle’; it is the axis formed when a point is moved within a circle or sphere. It does not exist without the circle of Nuit, or as in any way separate from her circumference. When imaged, Hadit is not depicted as a straight line but as a Serpent, or winged disk going forth. As a figure, the ‘one’ has no meaning without the infinitude of all other possible numbers. As declared in the oracle of Nuit in Liber AL, I: 2,

Every number is infinite, there is no difference.

And of the Star of Nuit, it is said in Liber AL, I: 9,

Worship then the Khabs, and behold my light shed over you!

Nuit is the Star Goddess particularly concerned with the occult or hidden side of nature; her mysteries are those of sex and generation—not the generation of physical progeny but the generation of the magical ‘child’ that is the true ‘son’ or sun-star of Nuit.

The magical weapons are the Aspigillum for the sprinkling of the lustral water, and the Censor for the perfumes. The magical power of the 15th path is that of Astrology; the starry wisdom of the 15th path should not be confused with popular notions of astrology.

The traditional divinatory meaning of Aquarius and the 17th Tarot Atu is “the cosmic; expansion of consciousness; creativity; hopes or ideals; poetry and music—or, illusions; new age spirituality”.[5]

Nuit and Sirius, Star of Aquarius

Nuit is esoterically associated with Sirius or Sothis, her star of manifestation. The Egyptian name for Sirius, Sopdet, is the name of the goddess that gives birth to the star of Venus, and has the literal meaning, ‘triangle’. Sopdet (spdt) is also to 393, Thelema, the word of the Law in transmission and reception.

The heliacal rising of the binary star Sirius is constantly relative to the solar year, thus establishing the strong relation between terrestrial earth and the star sometimes termed as the ‘sun behind the sun’ of our solar system. The rising presently occurs, as measured from Cairo, on the 19th July. In antiquity, the rising took place immediately prior to the summer solstice and heralded the onset of the Nile inundation. As viewed from England at the present time, the conjunction of Sirius with the Sun, and so the occultation of Sirius, is for 70 (a’ain) days from July 3rd to August 11th.

During the time of the occultation of Sirius, Isis hides herself in the swamps of the Delta (‘triangle’) region to give birth to Horus. Originally, Set-Hadit was the only begotten son of Nuit-Sopdet. The conception requires no father, no paternal intervention. Thus, ‘there is no father in heaven’, for the All-father was the invention of patriarchs and eventually, religious monotheists. The pairing of Isis with Osiris was likewise a relatively modern version of the stellar myth that was popular with the Greeks and Romans.

The ancient Greeks named the constellational home of Sirius as ‘Dog’, and Sirius, its brightest star, the ‘Dog Star’. If we take what the epic poets wrote at face value then we may conclude that the Greeks and Romans supposed the occultation of Sirius or ‘dog days’, coinciding with summer heat, to be an ill omen. Curiously, they also thought this caused women to become sexually aroused. We must suppose they also found that disagreeable. By this time, all knowledge of the ‘space marks’, the occult alignments of the stars, was long forgotten or otherwise systematically repressed.

Sirius Triangulation 'winter heaxagon'

Sirius forms a triangle of stars with Betelgeuse (Alpha Orionis) and Procyon, called the ‘winter triangle’. This embraces much of the constellation of Monoceros, ‘Unicorn’. Four other stars, Pollux, Capella, Aldebaron and Rigel (left foot of Orion) form the ‘winter hexagon’.

This establishes a geometric and mystical relationship between Sirius and Orion, or Sah (‘magical body’). Thus the Nephalim or sons of the Ancient Ones are sometimes called, ‘Children of Orion’.

The geometry of the triangulation of Sirius with the hexagon, or hexagram by extension, automatically declares the Cube of Space, as can be seen by the diagram. The triangle, hexagram and square spell Lux Occulta, ‘Occult Light’ or Aur Muphala, 364, a name of Kether as the ‘moonflower’. The number 364 declares the days in a lunar year, and is a number of Set, the ‘breaker of the circle (of the year)’ and the only begotten son-star of Nuit.

This configuration involves seven stars in all, thus proportionately mirroring the seven bright stars of Ursa Major, the ‘axle of the universe’, rotating while always pointing to the Pole. That is in fact the esoteric meaning of aleph, which corresponds to the 11th path and Tarot trump the Fool 0. Aleph is not, as has long been supposed, the ‘ox that ploughs the field’ but is the ‘ox that turns the wheel or swastika of the stars’. Likewise, lamed is not the ‘scourge that drives the ox’ but is the Egyptian sickle ma’a that clears the way for truth (Maat), which is the Stellar Gnosis.


1. The Aquarius Star Pentactys of 15 that is shown on the Tarot trump Nuit XVII is described in our article on Capricorn and Set XV.
2. Adapted from Ritual Magick—The Rites and Ceremonies of Hermetic Light.
3. See Star and Snake of Egypt for a detailed examination of the cosmic serpent.
4. ‘Gematria’, pp. 43, 777 and other Qabalistic Writings of Aleister Crowley [Samuel Weiser 1973].
5. From Hermetic Astrology, pp. 14, Oliver St. John.

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Babalon Unveiled! Thelemic Monographs

Babalon Unveiled! We are pleased to announce the release of this long-awaited book. Here at last is a Thelema beyond that of Crowley and Grant, a Thelema beyond the ‘dogs of reason’ and their kin. Causal determinism is the basis of Western philosophy, weaving its insidiously isolationist spell through countless variants including esotericism of both Left-hand and Right-hand paths. Crowleyanity, Isolate Intelligence and Self-Love postmodern cults invite us to be consigned along with all we love to the hell of hateful separation. On the contrary, Nuit-Babalon calls us to partake freely of the pure bliss of knowledge and wisdom, so we shall know everlasting joy, life and love.

Babalon Unveiled! Book Cover from Babalon Unveiled! Thelemic MonographsThe monograph format allows a specialised, detailed study of a subject that nonetheless embraces a wide field. This collection of 36 monographs serves as a well-rounded introduction to the Law of Thelema. It is also a luminous esoteric study to widen the horizons of those familiar with the rationalist explanations that have prevailed until now. Needless to say, this book was not written for the “slaves of because” (Liber AL, II: 54).

‘Lapis Philosophorum’ or ‘Lion of Truth’, the leading monograph, breaks new ground in redefining the magical philosophy of Thelema and liberating it from the accretions of the past as well as those of the modern age. Indeed, this may come as a breath of fresh air to those weary of the madhouse ravings and misinformation that surrounds the subject like a forest of tangled, toxic weeds.

Babalon, Lion of Truth

The philosophy of the West can only understand consciousness in terms of a supreme demiurge, pristinely ‘one’ and therefore alone, or as the isolating confinement of the self as its own God in its own reality. Both points of view derive from the rationalist, humanist creed; both posit an atomistic intelligence that cannot be. They excuse the impossibility of the premise by insisting that true reality can never be known. They allure the faithful with promises of a hereafter reward for those obedient to dogma, or otherwise draw the proud ones with the glamour of unlimited power in self-created worlds. Both projections are based on the paranoia of an all-supreme self, indistinguishable from that which Freud termed the ‘infantile ego’. From the introduction to ‘Lapis Philosophorum’:

“While the text of the (Egyptian) Book of the Law transmission carries great value for some, for most it will remain a disturbing enigma. The Law of Thelema will not be grasped by intellect alone, or by merely studying the text of the Cairo transmission, yet the doctrine can be explained in clear and simple terms. For those so prepared, and that are willing to translate thought into action, full activation of the 93 Current is possible. This was expressed in the language of the alchemists as the ‘philosophic stone’. The mode of thought is not the stone itself, for the stone is a symbol. All thought is symbolic. Consciousness is.”

‘Babalon Unveiled!’ forms the centrepiece of this collection and is one of seven related studies on the mystery of the Scarlet Woman. Each shows an aspect of her oracular voice as it has been heard and recorded down the ages. The use of the word meretrix over time reveals how the oracular word was sold into prostitution when the patriarchal death cults of religion and science superseded the old ways. ‘Angels of Sacred Dance, Love and Whoredom’ examines how the divine feminine of pre-religious antiquity was demonised, resulting in a host of ‘fallen angels’ whose identity is yet preserved, albeit under a heavy veil in traditional Qabalistic texts.

Babalon Unveiled! Rose Edith Kelly, Ouarda the Seer The book is dedicated to the memory of Rose Edith Kelly, otherwise known as Rose Crowley or Ouarda the Seer. It is likely that Rose Kelly had far more to do with the transmission and writing of Liber AL than is evident from the account given by Aleister Crowley. Others have merely repeated his obfuscation of the truth as though it were fact. Rose was the medium and intelligence for the transmission activated through the Stele of Revealing in the Cairo museum in 1904. Crowley needed her help when he wished to change some of the wording after the transmission, even though he later claimed she had not even been present in the room when the book was received.

There is much previously unpublished material, including ‘Liber 364 vel Lux Occulta’. The Great Work of Bika Reed inspired this presentation of new translations and esoteric commentaries on three spells from The Egyptian Book of the Dead, so-called.

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Format: 6 x 9 hardbound dustjacket; blue linen boards; gold foil stamp lettering on spine; black on cream pages, white end-papers. (Link will be placed here on book’s release.)


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Capricorn: Egyptian Tarot of Thelema Set XV

The Capricorn Solstice is depicted here by our Egyptian Tarot of Thelema image of the god Set.[1] The esoteric title of the O∴ A∴ deck for Atu XV is Lord of the Gates of Matter: Child of the Forces of Time. The Thelemic year begins for us, not on the 20th March each year, but on the winter solstice, when the Sun crosses the zero degrees mark of Capricorn.[2]

Egyptian Tarot of Thelema Set XV

The 26th path of Capricorn is the Renewing Intelligence, and the time of year marks the first light of the Khabs in the Khu, sounded in the depth. Cancer and Capricorn mark the height and depth of the Sun. The equinoxes mark the cardinal crossing. The four cross-quarters mark the Kerubic signs, Aquarius, Taurus, Leo and Scorpio.

Commencing from the winter cup of Capricorn and Aquarius, we can follow the course of the Lightning Flash on the Tree of Life through the year. Capricorn and Aquarius, ruled by Saturn, send the current from the supernal Eden to the sphere of Jupiter, ruler of Pisces. The next station is Aries, ruled by Mars, in which is the Sun’s exaltation. Next comes Taurus, ruled by Venus, the lovely star. We then pass across to Mercury, ruler of Gemini. Arriving at the solstice of the summer cup, the Moon and Sun are conjoined and the Holy Hexagram declared, with the Earth as witness. The current then streaks back up the Tree, in reverse order until the Capricorn solstice is again reached.

The number 3 is that of Saturn, ruler of Capricorn, Binah and therefore Set-Typhon. It requires a triangular prism to split white light into seven colours, for only the triangle can reduce a phenomenon to its components. Therefore, the rainbow spectrum is the veil of Set, sevenfold. Seven is the number of Venus, who doubles as both morning and evening star, and Saturn is the ‘power behind Venus’. Set is the most difficult of gods to ‘pin down’; his very nature forbids it. He is on the other side of wherever we happen to be, in terms of consciousness. The function of Set is dual. Firstly, Set veils the invisible in an infinite variety of forms. Secondly, he destroys the illusion of the appearance of things.[3]

Set is identified with Sirius, the star of Egypt, and is the manifestor of the seven stars of Ursa Major. Sirius is the birthplace and home of the gods. It is the star of the ‘one in eight’ as Set-Hadit, manifestor of the seven and revealer of Nuit. Sirius is the ‘sun behind the sun’ of our solar system, the transcendent regulator of all terrestrial aeons.

Both the Egyptian and Greek names for the star, Sopdet and Sothis, are not well disposed for application in ritual sonics. The Aramaic word, Avrek, or Aurek, suits our purpose well. AVRK has the Qabalistic number 227, and means, ‘Sirius’, ‘shining, flowing’. This noun has the same root as the Nile of Egypt, IAVR, 217, ‘river; light, flowing in a stream’. This identifies the word vibration IAO with the outflow from Ain Soph. Thus IAO typifies Da’ath as the portal for sonic utterance from the mouth of Ain (zero, sifre). IAVR is the light-radiation consciousness current itself. The river Nile and Sirius, the star of Isis, are so closely linked as to mean the same thing. If we add the holy ‘IA’ to AShRH, the divine name in Kether of Atziluth, we have IA-AShRH, 517, the light flowing consciousness current of supreme Nuit.

AVRK, 227, is a metathesis of ARVK, 227, ‘lofty’, ‘noble’, ‘tall’ or ‘giant’, the name given in the book of Genesis for the Nephalim or antediluvian elder race that preceded that of humanity. The number 227 is also that of ZKR, given as ‘phallus’ ‘remember’, ‘to be named or mentioned’. The phallus here means ‘image’, or the projection of the light of AUR. The word is identical to the name of the Egyptian hawk-headed Lord of Death and Resurrection, Sokar. At Sokaris, or Saqqara to use its modern name, is a vast Necropolis. The region, west of the modern city of Cairo, holds many secrets. It is here that the labyrinth beneath the so-called Serapeum was constructed aeons ago, and by precise alignments, highly polished vessels made from one piece of solid granite hermetically sealed and placed.

The remembering is the memory of ‘the elders’, ZQNIKM, also equal to 227, as is IAIRI, ‘they shall give light’. AVRK, the star of Egypt, may also be spelled ABRQ, 303. ABRQRBA may therefore be considered as the pure form of the corruption given in the Key of Solomon and other grimoires as ‘Abracadabra’. Aleister Crowley rendered it as the elevenfold ABRAHADABRA, equal to 418. He explained this in monotheist terms, as ‘Father-Sun-Hadit’.

ABRQRBA Star of Egypt SquareThe sevenfold spell of ABRQRBA, on the other hand, is a palindrome equal to 506. The number 506 is a number of Nuit as conveyed by the riddle of Liber AL, I: 46–47, and of Asherah (AShRH), ‘the woman’ and original bearer of the Tree of Eternity or Life. Her sacred grove is the supernal Garden of Eden that is the image of the terrestrial sphere as created in the minds of the elder race.[4] By Greek values, ΑΒΡΧ is equal to 703, the word of a Magus that opens the door of Mystery. The palindrome then equals 806, ‘Divine Sophia (Wisdom)’ and ThVTH or Tahuti, the Lord of Utterance.[5]


1. The drawing of Set is based on that of Jeff Dahl. This is a prototype of the Order deck; the images will be redrawn for the final version.
2. The alignment of the O∴ A∴ with the Typhonian Thelemic dating system commences from the Capricorn Solstice, 2018. The New Year begins here, Anno V–5, year of the Hierophant by ROTA correspondence.
3. This paragraph is fully explained in the book, Babalon Unveiled! Thelemic Monographs.
4. The section on ABRQRBA is also explained more fully in Babalon Unveiled [ibid].
5. A great deal more can be gleaned by studying the values given for the number 703 and 806 in The Flaming Sword Sepher Sephiroth [Ordo Astri].

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