The Capricorn Solstice is depicted here by our Egyptian Tarot of Thelema image of the god Set. The traditional title of the card is ‘The Devil XV’. The Esoteric Tarot of Thelema depicts Set not as a ‘devil’ but as the Lord of Initiation.
This card is a prototype and will be redrawn before it is finalised for publication. Set is here depicted as God of the South, wielding the was sceptre of priestly authority in his left hand and the Ankh of Life in his right hand.
The esoteric title of the Tarot key 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. 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.
Capricorn, Saturn and Set
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.
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’.
The 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. 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.
1. According to the wisdom of Aiwass, the (Egyptian) Book of the Law, I: 8, “The Khabs is in the Khu, not the Khu in the Khabs”.
2. This paragraph is fully explained in the book, Babalon Unveiled! Thelemic Monographs.
3. The section on ABRQRBA is also explained more fully in Babalon Unveiled [ibid].
4. 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].
© Oliver St. John 2018, 2019