Aries Equinox: Egyptian Tarot of Thelema Hrumachis IV

The Egyptian Tarot of Thelema trump for the 28th path of Aries is Hrumachis IV. Hrumachis, the Egyptian Sphinx, has various names, including Hormaku, Horakhty and Ra Hoor Khuit. The esoteric title of the Tarot trump, traditionally called ‘The Emperor’, is Sun of the Morning: Chief among the Mighty.

Egyptian Tarot of Thelema Tarot Atu Hrumachis IVThe Egyptian hieroglyphic name of Hor-em-akhet, from which the Greek form Hrumachis is derived, is at the top of the Tarot picture. In the centre is Ra-Mentu or Ra Hoor Khuit, based on the Stele of Revealing. As Hrumachis, Horus is fully raised to the sky or heaven. The Sun and Serpent crown affirm his identity with both Ra and Typhon-Apophis. He wears the leopard spots, emblematic of the ‘space-marks’ or stars, and the gift of divine prophecy.[1] His nemmys is night-blue, the colour of the body of Nuit, which encompasses the whole horizon.

The 10 stars on the platform of the throne are the sephiroth in Malkuth of Assiah. The 22 stars grouped around the rectangular symbol of the Golden Mean (phi ratio) on the throne, the Foundation of the Universe, are the 22 scales of the Serpent of Wisdom. The God bears the Set-headed was sceptre of priestly will, ordinance or authority in his left hand, while with his right hand he sends forth spiritual power, which is as joy to the blesséd and woe to the Evil Ones.

In the lower section of the Tarot picture, beneath the throne of Hrumachis, is the hieroglyphic name of the Sphinx who gazes eternally at the equinoctial point on the horizon, depicted here by the akhet or ‘sun in the horizon’.

The astroglyphs for Aries and the Sun are shown on the border at the top of the card, for the Sun achieves his exaltation in Aries at the vernal equinox. On the lower edge of the card is the astroglyph for Mars, the ruling planet. Next to that is the symbol of alchemical Sulphur—for this is one of three Tarot trumps corresponding to the principles of Salt, Sulphur and Mercury. Tzaddi, the letter of the 28th path of Aries, is to the right of the title.

In the (Egyptian) Book of the Law, Liber AL, III: 34, Hrumachis is the name of Horus as risen Khu, or Sphinx.

But your holy place shall be untouched throughout the centuries: though with fire and sword it be burnt down and shattered, yet an invisible house there standeth, and shall stand until the fall of the Great Equinox; when Hrumachis shall arise and the double-wanded one assume my throne and place.

Hrumachis is the ‘Lord of the Double Wand of Power’ of Liber AL, III: 72.

I am the Lord of the Double Wand of Power; the wand of the Force of Coph Nia—but my left hand is empty, for I have crushed an Universe; and nought remains.

The word is uttered at Thebes (Waset), the ‘Place of Ordinance’ in the South. The sonic vibration or 93 Current is sent forth upon the light-flowing stream of the Nile, until it is received by the priests of Heliopolis (Aunnu) in the North. There, in the holy city dedicated to the mysteries of the Phoenix, Hathoor gives birth to Horus by divine parthenogenesis (i.e., without the intervention of a father). Likewise, Nuit gives birth to Set, her star of manifestation—As above, so below. Horus ascends to the sky or heaven as an immortal Khu. And likewise, by the magick power of utterance, the soul achieves resurrection.[2]

The mysteries of Hrumachis, the enigmatic Sphinx, are further revealed in the ancient Egyptian form of the name: Hor-em-akhet, ‘Horus in the horizon’. The variant form, Horakhty, is literally, ‘Ra who is Horus of the two Horizons’. The akhet, or aker, is a gateway or door. The double lion-gate of the sun’s ingress and egress to and from the underworld (spring and autumn equinoxes) refers to Horus as the abstract principle of the horizon itself. It is a particular part of the sky—for example, where the sun rises at the equinox—and an equivalent portion of the Egyptian underworld. The name of Horus as ‘horizon’, or ‘dweller in the horizon’, relates to the circle, as does his eye. The horizon symbolises the primordial boundary or limit, the first division or utterance of Logos, by which the universe is defined as having shape and meaning. The horizon also designates the boundary or crossing, and the way of passing beyond all boundaries.

Hrumachis was often depicted as a lion with the head of a woman, as with the Sphinx of the Giza plateau. At other times, the neter took the form of a hawk or ram—especially when linked to the god Khephra, the rising or emerging sun at dawn.

In Egyptian hieroglyphic texts, Hrumachis is sometimes called HU, ‘authority’, and therefore Will. In some passages of The Book of Coming Forth into Light, Ra is said to divide himself into two parts, HU, Will, and SIA, Mind (Greek Nous).[3] These are Chokmah and Binah of the Qabalah. Kings of Egypt were ‘Sons of Ra’ (Horus) from at least the 2nd Dynasty onwards.

Hrumachis, Lord of the Equinox

The Sun’s entry into Aries signifies springtime in the northern hemisphere. The full Moon after the equinox is in Libra, marking the first of the two balances of the year. The equinoxes are the aker gateways of the year leading into and out of manifestation. The head of the Sphinx of Egypt points towards the vernal equinox on the horizon; her tail marks the ‘fall’ or autumnal equinox. Thus, Hrumachis is Lord of all Aeons in time and space, and that which is beyond.

Sphinx of Nature

The (Thelemic) key-scale Qabalistic correspondences for Hrumachis are of Tzaddi, the 28th path of the Tree of Life. The path extends upwards from Yesod (Moon) to Netzach (Venus).[4] The title of the 28th path is the Natural Intelligence, for it is the perfection of the nature of all things under the orb of the Sun. The desire of Venus reflected into the mirror of the Moon makes impressions upon the Astral Light. Much of the work of occultism is to create new forms, as suitable vehicles for the incarnation of the mystic will to transcendence, of ‘passing beyond’. The magical arts require that key symbols are held and fixed by concentration of will. On the other side of the coin, forms are created to ensnare and enslave the soul, as revealed by the ‘fishhook’ of the letter tzaddi. As such, Hrumachis is the magical power itself, and indeed there is a close identification between Hrumachis and Khephra when all images are combined into the one image called Sekher Neter, the ‘Neter of Neters’.

The magical power of the 28th path is the Power of Consecrating Things. To consecrate a thing is to reserve it for a special purpose; it is to make a thing sacred. Nothing is made sacred, however, that was not already sacred from the beginning. The mystic path thus involves travelling backwards, following the symbol back to its source with all other symbols in the infinite.

The Aries Equinox and 28th path embody the principle of Governance. Horus is the pharaoh or king, in his life on earth. As Hrumachis, or Hormaku, he is all-transcendent. The governance of the life of earth is translated to that of world-systems. As Hrumachis, the Initiate has passed utterly beyond.

Qabalah of Hrumachis

The name ‘Hrumachis’ is given in the Book of the Law, III: 34. By Greek values, Hrumachis (Ερυμαχις) is equal to 1,356. The number 1,356 is symbolically the ‘love of Nu’, as ‘love’ or ‘union’ (13) and ‘Nu’ (56). As declared in Liber AL, II: 77,

But remember, o chosen one, to be me; to follow the love of Nu in the star-lit heaven; to look forth upon men, to tell them this glad word.

When 1,356 is divided by its factor of 2, Hrumachis is equal to 678, ATh H-KRBIM (Eth ha-Kerubim). The Kerubim guard the Garden of Eden, as recounted in the book of Genesis, 3: 24.

So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

The Kerubim are likened to the Sphinx, having four ‘faces’ or cardinal quarters and zodiacal types, which are the Lion, Eagle, Angel and Bull. The number 678 is also that of ORBVTh (Araboth), the 7th Heaven, which is the mystic pyramid of the three supernal sephiroth beyond the Abyss.

When 1,356 is triangulated, Hrumachis is equal to 452, ThBN, the ‘Head of the Dragon’. Thuban is the true pole star, the perfect alignment of heaven and earth.

When 1,356 is divided by 6, Hrumachis is equal to 226, the number of ChQH ChQH, ‘Likewise the same’. ChQH is associated with the Khu as immortal body and risen soul. The transformation of the Khu involves the magick of becoming ‘alike unto the God’. DBRK (davrek), also 226, is ‘Thy word’, from the book of Psalms, 119: 105,

The word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

The word DBRK may also be construed as ‘Door of Avrek’, that is, the Gate of Sirius, the Star of Egypt and manifestation of Nuit. TzPVN, 226, is identical in sound and meaning to Typhon, the Greek name of Set or Apophis. The meanings of the word include, ‘profound; hidden’ and ‘North’, for the North is the place of Set-Typhon and therefore the arising of power in the magick circle between the two pillars. The number 226 is also equal to the Enochian URAN, the ‘Ancient Ones’, who preceded the race of men.

When 1,356 is divided by its factor of 113, Hrumachis is equal to 12, the number of the Zodiac. The number 12 is also the mystic number of Kether, as HVA. The name HVA is etymologically related to HU, ‘Will’, an Egyptian name of the Sphinx. HU also happens to be a Druidic name of the Sun, and the name of a Babylonian sky god.

Finally, 1,356 concentrates to 15, which is the Grand Number of the Pentagram and a number of Set-Typhon. In the rituals of the pentagram, the four ‘faces’ of the Sphinx of Nature are made manifest about the magick circle of the place. The will of the magician, Hadit in the midst, is the mysterious or esoteric ‘cause’ of the apparition. The 15th day is that of the full Moon, when Horus is fully revealed as Khonsu, the Sky-Traveller. The first full Moon after the spring equinox is the ‘real’ or natural Easter, the Eostre, and ancient festival of flowers, kalas or ‘moments in time’. It is by ‘seizing the moment’, the correct divining of the space-marks in time, that Horus is transformed into a Khu and the soul achieves her resurrection as an immortal star in the company of heaven.


1. The akha hieroglyph of the Sun on the horizon, shown it the lower section of the picture with the akhet lion or Sphinx, has various meanings, including a ‘moment in time’, ‘appearance’ or ‘ordination’. In Liber AL, I: 52, Nuit conveys a warning concerning the divination of ‘space-marks’:

If this be not aright; if ye confound the space-marks, saying: They are one; or saying, They are many; if the ritual be not ever unto me: then expect the direful judgments of Ra Hoor Khuit!

Space-marks have cosmic and earthly import; in the body of the Shakti or Scarlet Woman such ‘moments’ may equally be termed as ‘colours’, ‘kalas’, ‘shades’ or ‘emanations’.

2. The transformation of the soul into a living Khu, the mysterious assumption of Horus the divine hawk, and his relation with the Sphinx, is revealed in our translation of Egyptian papyrus Spell 78. The translation and commentary is given in, ‘Liber 364 vel Lux Occulta’, Babalon Unveiled! Thelemic Monographs.

3. The Book of Coming forth into Light is the more accurate name of the book that was falsely named by tomb robbers and Egyptologists, ‘The Egyptian Book of the Dead’.

4. Crowley did not revise the tables in Liber 777 to accord with the (Egyptian) Book of the Law, I: 57: “All these old letters of my Book are aright; but Tzaddi is not the Star.” Therefore in 777, the magical powers, weapons, gemstones and other correspondences of Aries are with the 15th path and not the 28th. The 15th path is properly that of the Tarot Star XVII and sign of Aquarius.

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Pisces: Egyptian Tarot of Thelema Khonsu XVIII

The Egyptian Tarot of Thelema trump for the 29th path of Pisces is Khonsu XVIII. Khonsu is the ancient Egyptian god of the Moon, the ‘Sky Traveller’. The Moon is the traditional name of the 18th Tarot trump. The esoteric title of the trump is Ruler of Flux and Reflux: Child of the Sons of the Mighty.

Magick of Pisces: Egyptian Tarot of Thelema Khonsu XVIIIThe key-scale correspondences for Khonsu XVIII are of the 29th path of the Tree of Life, extending upwards from Malkuth (the Kingdom) to Netzach (Venus). Khonsu’s Egyptian hieroglyphic name is at the top of the picture. The hawk-headed god of the Moon is at the centre, going forth between two pillars. He bears the priestly was sceptre in his right hand and the Ankh of Life in his left. Khonsu was regarded as the son of Mut and  Amoun, and was closely identified with both Tahuti and Horus at Thebes (Egyptian Waset).

The three ‘faces’ of the Moon are white (or silver), black and red, for she is white at the full, invisible at the dark and scarlet at the eclipse. The globed capitals of the pillars and lunar crown of Khonsu are also suggestive of the supernal triad of the Tree of Life, where Kether is the ‘higher moon’.

The figures are skryed through the domed hieroglyphic Gate of the Moon. This is a stylised version of the Egyptian determinative for ‘foundation’. In the lower section is the telesmatic name of Shad Barshama’ath Shartathan, the Spirit of the Spirits of the Moon, as drawn on the Kamea of the Moon. The name adds to 3,321, the sum total of all the squares on the Kamea and can be translated, ‘Elemental Child born from the Oracle of Joy’.[1]

If the name is looked at Qabalistically, it yields some fascinating nuances. Shad Barshama’ath can be construed as ‘Spirit of clear-seeing’, viz., clairvoyance.[2] Shartathan denotes ‘Thoth, Chief of Scribes’. Thoth or Tahuti, as known to the Egyptians, was originally a god of the Moon, like Khonsu. The Moon is typically associated with magical mirrors, skrying and clairvoyance. The magick ‘writing’ of Tahuti is that which appears in the clear mirror of perception. Barshama’ath also has the meaning ‘pure name’, and Ma’at is the name of the Lion of Truth.[3] The title of Yesod, sphere of the Moon, is the Pure Intelligence.

The crown of Khonsu is the full disk and crescent of the Moon; it is not a coincidence that the shape formed from this composite glyph is identical to that of the hieroglyphic Eye of the Moon or Left Eye of Ra. The human psyche is reflective as the shade of the Moon; to see Ra (God) with clear or pure perception is to know God. To know God is to be known by God—thus it is to become God, the Ever-Becoming.

The astroglyphs for Pisces and Jupiter, the ruling planet, are at the lower edge of the card. Qoph, the letter of the path, is to the right. The shape of Qoph emphasises the back of the head where the spinal column joins with the medulla oblongata. It is here that the most ancient memories are stored, including those vital for biological functions. Thus, the 18th Tarot card corresponds to Pisces and the Moon as regulator of organic life.

The Moon of Pisces

The Sun’s entry into Pisces near the end of the cold months is a reminder of the darkest hour before the dawn. The springtime is not far away. In the southern hemisphere it is a reminder that the cooler air of autumn will soon drive out the burning heat of a long summer.

Pisces is traditionally ruled by the planet Jupiter, known to the Greeks as Zeus and to the ancient Egyptians as Amoun (or ‘Amen’). Khonsu, god of the Moon, was thus ordained as the child of Mut and Amoun at Thebes. Jupiter, Zeus and Amoun were originally gods of the mountain, and of the seas and rains that replenish the earth with new life and growth. Amoun is a mysterious god. He is self-created, and his location, unlike the sky-gods Horus, Hathoor and Nuit, is below the horizon. He is ‘The Hidden God’.

The Qabalah throws further light on the associations between Pisces, sign of the Fishes, and the mysteries of the Hidden God. Pisces is the 29th path connecting the material universe (Malkuth) with the animating power of Venus (Netzach), the morning and evening star. The magical power of the path of Pisces is the Twilight of the Place. As the days begin to lengthen in the northern hemisphere, the twilight is very noticeable. This is especially so with the lengthening of shadows near sunset, before Venus, the first and brightest star of the evening sky, appears in the west. The magical twilight is also the special light of a room prepared for ritual. Candles and the smoke of incense provide ideal conditions for the arising of spectral images. The Magical Mirror is the magical weapon of Pisces.

Pisces and The Flaming Sword

The 29th path of Qoph connects Netzach, the sphere of Venus, with Malkuth, the sphere of the visible universe. The title of the 29th path is the Corporeal Intelligence, so-called because it is concerned with the incarnation of all bodies according to the revolution of the Zodiac. The root of the word that is translated ‘Corporeal’ (gosham) implies a violent rainstorm or shower—the ‘shower of the life of earth’ that comes through the seed of the Unborn Spirit or Holy Guardian Angel in the ritual called the ‘Bornless’. The ‘seed’ is alchemical and refers to the fluidic or formless fire from which all forms receive their essence.

The “revolution of the Zodiac” is explained by the operation of Sol and Luna, Spirit working through the Sun upon the four elements of Fire, Air, Water and Earth. All bodies are composed of these elements. Each creature has a unique astrosome, the symbol of which is the natal horoscope, varying according to the time and place of birth. The twelve signs of the Zodiac are cosmic archetypes. Merely knowing the ‘sign’ of birth does not reveal a person’s nature. The sign alone symbolises a type, not an individual.

The descent of this path is the incarnation or embodiment of each creature, while the ascent of it implies knowledge of the Occult Intelligences. The magical powers of the 29th path are of Bewitchments and Casting Illusions. When the light of the Moon is shed upon the earth (as ego), then amidst the magical glamour the mind becomes absorbed in its own reflections, attributing objective reality to that which is no more than fleeting shadows. The shades (spirits, shadows) of the Moon may therefore deceive the foolish, even as they convey the gift of clairvoyance (‘clear sight’) to those who truly desire to seek out the hidden stone of the wise.


1. All Qabalistic references are from The Flaming Sword Sepher Sephiroth.
2. ShThM, 740, means ‘to open the eyes; to see clearly’.
3. BR ShMATh, ‘pure name’, also ‘first created’, i.e., to see the whole world as new or freshly born.
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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 XVIIHere is 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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