REFLECTIONS ON THE ENOCHIAN APOCALYPSE WORKING

REFLECTIONS ON THE ENOCHIAN APOCALYPSE WORKING

 

Modern occult folklore tells of a magickal working of truly titanic proportions. Known as the Enochian Apocalypse Working, it was first suggested by Donald Tyson and is based in the much earlier, channelled works of John Dee and Edward Kelley. Much of Tyson’s claims about the result and true purpose of the working are speculative. However, his core argument is quite correct: In their divinatory communications with the mysterious Enochian angels, the Elizabethan magicians Dee and Kelley were given a means by which to magickally trigger the Apocalypse of Revelation. This magickal ritual centred around the consecutive opening of forty-nines Gates of Heaven. The means to do this was given to Dee and Kelley as a series of invocations known as Calls.

In 2014, I made the ambitious decision to complete this monumental ritual myself. I carried out the Enochian Apocalypse Working from December 16th, 2014 to February 2nd, 2015. My work began only after I had received the final, missing Enochian Call that was required to open the last of the Gates. I am the first magician in history to invoke all forty-nine Calls consecutively. Therefore, I am also the first to have completed the Apocalypse Working proper. This article details my research and practice regarding that ritual.

 

Background and origin of the Apocalypse Working

The existence of the Enochian Apocalypse Working can be pieced together like a puzzle by referring back to the angels’ initial communications with Dee and Kelley. The angels speak several times of the Coming of the End. For the angels, the opening of the 49 Gates was an important prelude to these End Times unfolding.[i]

This great opening of the Gates would be achieved with the aid of a new “Holy Book” – Loagaeth. The Book of Loagaeth (which means ‘speech from God’) was compiled by Dee and Kelley upon the instructions of the angels. It consists of 49 Tables; one corresponding to each Gate. Loagaeth was said to contain every secret of the Universe, including how to open the Gates of Heaven. The Tables consisted of nothing more than a series of random letters in sequence. However, Dee and Kelley extracted these secrets from the Tables with further divination of the Angels. The result was the generation of the Calls from the Tables. These Calls would in turn open the Gates of Heaven. So it was that by the Holy Book of Loagaeth being received, the means for opening the Gates was placed in the midst of humanity.

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Fig 1: The scroll with seven seals as it appears in the alchemical manuscripts of the past.

The angels state that the revealing of the secrets of Loagaeth – that is the opening of the 49 Gates – would be an important herald for the Apocalypse; the angels use the analogy of threshers of wheat in a barn to describe the Last Judgement, with Loagaeth acting as the ‘instrument’ of that threshing.[ii] There have also been convincing suggestions that Loagaeth represents the scroll with seven seals mentioned in Revelation Chapter 5.[iii] As with Loagaeth, the opening of this book’s secrets is a sign of the Apocalypse.

But Loagaeth has another, more essential role; it is a new Holy Book, and once it is put to use it will reveal a new sacred teaching to the magician. This teaching may spiritually restore the world.[iv] Indeed, Aleister Crowley’s opening of 30 of these Gates resulted in the writing of The Vision and the Voice, which is almost considered a Holy Book in its own right by Thelemites. But the reception of the message of Loagaeth would only reach its climax upon the opening of the final Gate, whereby the magician finds themselves “speaking with God, as Moses did”.[v]

Yet in this same sentence is revealed the greatest obstacle to the opening of the 49 Gates; the 49th Gate must itself be opened. No such Call to open the 49th Gate was ever given, however. The implication is that the angels were holding back crucial information on the opening of all 49 Gates until the appointed time. That is, the time of the Apocalypse and the return of the Logos.[vi] Dee and Kelley were refused the secrets of the final Gate.[vii] They were not told there was no such information, implying that there was but it was merely forbidden. One may assume that the methods for uncovering the Call for opening the mysteries of this final Gate are much the same as for the other 48 Gates. And upon receiving that final Call, it becomes possible to open the 49 Gates and complete the Apocalypse Working.

I boldly decided that I would uncover this missing Call myself, guided by the ritual used by Dee and Kelley for the reception of the other 48 Calls. The details regarding how I achieved this are outlined in my article, Discovering the Lost Enochian Key. Upon achieving it, I set to work in conducting the whole Apocalypse Working.

 

Carrying out the Apocalypse Working

Its roots in the work of Dee and Kelley

The name which the Enochian angels give to the Apocalypse Working is Gebofal. There is little we can be certain of regarding the actual Gebofal ritual, except that it involves the opening of one Gate per day for forty-nine days,[viii] and that the highest Gate is to be opened last.[ix] The primary source material giving details about exactly how Gebofal is to be performed is unfortunately very scant. Luckily, there is later scholarship and innovation by other researchers and occultists that makes such a construction easier. It is this which guided me as I formulated a means by which the Apocalypse Working may be fulfilled.

The Enochian universe

The forty-nine-level realm of the angels is the magickal environment in which the Enochian system operates. This system originated with Dee and Kelley, with elements of it being expanded later by the Order of the Golden Dawn. Each of the Enochian levels is entered by opening one of the forty-nine Enochian Gates. The lowest eighteen of these are the sixteen Gates of the four elemental Watchtowers, together with two Gates of Spirit. The sixteen elemental Gates are based on the traditional four elements, but each with further elemental subdivisions (fire of earth, fire of water etc). Above this set of eighteen Gates lie the next thirty; those of the Aethyrs. These are Heavenly realms placed one atop the other, in concentric circles moving outward from the earth. Each Aethyr represents different spiritual energies. At the very top of the system there is one more Gate; the mysterious Gate that opens to the very Highest of Heavens. We know very little about it, but we do know that the Enochian angels forbade Dee and Kelley the right to open it. Accordingly, they were never given a Call by which opening it might be achieved. This is the missing Gate of the Enochian system. It is also the final and ultimate Gate.

 

Ritual structure of the Working

I used the same essential Enochian tools I had used during my ritual to receive the forty-ninth call, but there were additional tools needed during the first eighteen days of the Woking, when I was reciting the elemental Calls below the Aethyrs. This will be explained later.

In my ritual, I incorporated aspects of a reconstructed Gebofal as detailed by Aaron Leitch. For the opening of the Thirty Aethyrs, as well as the final Gate above them which is opened by the missing Key, I recited John Dees’ Prayer of Enoch before each invocation. Leitch specifies that this prayer is to be used before reciting the Calls during the forty-nine days of the Gebofal ritual.[x] I did not, however, use this prayer during the first eighteen days, as the technique I was using already included extensive appeals to the Divine before the Calls were to be read. These benedictions incorporated the Golden Dawn system of Enochian magick.

Gebofal also requires the magician undergo nine days of ritual purification through daily prayer before the working itself is begun.[xi] This was how I chose to lead up to the performance of the Enochian Apocalypse Working.

The one aspect of the reconstructed Gebofal I most explicitly did not adopt was the order in which the Calls were to be read. I instead constructed my own logical sequence in which the Gates were to be opened; I opted for the trajectory adopted by Crowley in his very effective working of the Thirty Aethyrs. That is, I started with the very lowest Call in the system and worked my way to the top. It is noteworthy that in the reconstructed Gebofal, the opening of the final Gate is a passive affair; it is not the work of the magicians but, it would appear, the grace of God. But on the 49th day of my working I would be anything but passive, instead reading aloud the missing Call to push open the ultimate Gate.

The first eighteen days were for reciting the lower Calls residing below the Aethyrs: The calls opening the elemental Watchtowers, plus the two calls opening the Table of Union, which is of Spirit. For these days of the ritual, I used the method outlined in Liber LXXXIV vel Chanokh. In addition to the usual Enochian regalia, certain other tools were required depending on the elemental attribution of the particular Watchtower being opened. Each individual Watchtower was itself a permanent feature of the temple during the first eighteen days. The tables of the four Watchtowers were placed at their respective cardinal points. The direction faced on any given day of these Calls would be the same as its Watchtower. The Table of Union was also present at the centre of the room.

Calls Additional tool/s needed Direction to face
3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th Dagger East
4th, 10th, 11th, 12th Cup West
5th, 13th, 14th, 15th Candle, salt, censer, cup (with water) North
6th, 16th, 17th, 18th Censer South
1st, 2nd N/A East

 

I conducted the opening of the Watchtowers and Table of Union in reverse order. This meant that I started with the Call attributed to the earth subquadrant of fire, working my way through the other subquadrants in order. The four Calls attributed to the pure nature of their element came next, and finally the two Calls of Spirit. For the purposes of the working, I considered the first Call to represent spirit in its passive aspect, while the second Call represented spirit in the active.

Following this sequence of lower Calls was the opening of the Thirty Aethyrs. I did this in an ascending fashion from the lowest Aethyr of TEX up to the very highest Aethyr of LIL. It was after opening LIL, on the last of the 49 days of the Working, that I used the 49th Key to open the final Gate of the Enochian Apocalypse.

 

Calling forth the Enochian spirits

During each day of the Enochian Apocalypse Working, I did not just recite the necessary Call. I also invoked the key Enochian spirits that presided over the particular part of the Enochian universe I was opening. I did this in order for them to aid me in the Working, and to assist in carrying the energies of the Working out into our world. I felt the operation would not be complete without me doing this.

Some of these godnames were already used in Liber Chanokh, the text detailing the Golden Dawn method of invoking the Watchtowers. I included these godnames in my own invocations, but added further relevant holy names attributed to the subquadrants. When I came to the Aethyrs, I not only read the Call to open the Aethyr, but also invoked the name of each Aethyr’s respective governors. I attributed the name PARAOAN to the final Call for reasons that are discussed in detail in another article, Discovering the Lost Enochian Key.

The names read out at each Gate were as follows:

Key Ruling spirits
18th Call OIP, TEAA, PDOCE, EDELPERNA, UOLXDO, SIODA
17th Call OIP, TEAA, PDOCE, EDELPERNA, VADALI, OBAUA
16th Call OIP, TEAA, PDOCE, EDELPERNA, NOALMR, OLOAG
15th Call MOR, DIAL, HCTGA, IKZHIKAL, OPMNIR, ILPIZ
14th Call MOR, DIAL, HCTGA, IKZHIKAL, ANAEEM, SONDN
13th Call MOR, DIAL, HCTGA, IKZHIKAL, ANGPOI, UNNAX
12th Call MPH, ARSL, GAIOL, RAAGIOSEL, IAAASD, ATAPA
11th Call MPH, ARSL, GAIOL, RAAGIOSEL, MALADI, OLAAD
10th Call MPH, ARSL, GAIOL, RAAGIOSEL, OBGOTA, AABCO
9th Call ORO, IBAH, AOZPI, BATAIVAH, AOURRZ, ALOAI
8th Call ORO, IBAH, AOZPI, BATAIVAH, AIAOAI, OIIIT
7th Call ORO, IBAH, AOZPI, BATAIVAH, LLACZA, PALAM
6th Call OIP, TEAA, PDOCE, EDELPERNA
5th Call MOR, DIAL, HCTGA, IKZHIKAL
4th Call MPH, ARSL, GAIOL, RAAGIOSEL
3rd Call ORO, IBAH, AOZPI, BATAIVAH
2nd Call E, H, N, B
1st Call EXARP, HCOMA, NANTA, BITOM
30th Aethyr (TEX) TAONGLA, GEMNIMB, ADVORPT, DOZINAL
29th Aethyr (RII) VASTRIM, ODRAXTI, GOMZIAM
28th Aethyr (BAG) LABNIXP, FOCISNI, OXLOPAR
27th Aethyr (ZAA) SAZIAMI, MATHVLA, ORPAMB
26th Aethyr (DES) POPHAND, NIGRANA, BAZCHIM
25th Aethyr (VTI) MIRZIND, OBUAORS, RANGLAM
24th Aethyr (NIA) ORCAMIR, CHIALPS, SOAGEEL
23rd Aethyr (TOR) RONOAMB, ONIZIMP, ZAXANIN
22nd Aethyr (LIN) OZIDAIA, LAXDIZI, CALZIRG
21st Aethyr (ASP) CHIRSPA, TOANTOM, VIXPALG
20th Aethyr (KHR) ZILDRON, PARZIBA, TOTOCAN
19th Aethyr (POP) TORZOXI, ABAIOND, OMAGRAP
18th Aethyr (ZEN) NABAOMI, ZAFASAI, YALPAMB
17th Aethyr (TAN) SIGMORF, AYDROPT, TOCARZI
16th Aethyr (LEA) COCARPT, LANACON, SOCHIAL
15th Aethyr (OXO) TAHANDO, NOCIABI, TASTOXO
14th Aethyr (VTA) TEDOOND, VIVIPOS, OOANAMB
13th Aethyr (ZIM) GECAOND, LAPARIN, DOCEPAX
12th Aethyr (LOE) TAPAMAL, GEDOONS, AMBRIAL
11th Aethyr (IKH) MOLPAND, VANARDA, PONODOL
10th Aethyr (ZAX) LEXARPH, COMANAN, TABITOM
9th Aethyr (ZIP) ODDIORG, CRALPIR, DOANZIN
8th Aethyr (ZID) AMFRES, TODNAON, PRISTAC
7th Aethyr (DEO) OBMACAS, GENADOL, ASPIAON
6th Aethyr (MAZ) SAXTOMP, VAVAAMP, ZIRZIRD
5th Aethyr (LIT) LAZDIXI, NOCAMAL, TIARPAX
4th Aethyr (PAZ) THOTANF, AXZIARG, POTHNIR
3rd Aethyr (ZOM) SAMAPHA, VIROOLI, ANDISPI
2nd Aethyr (ARN) DOAGNIS, PACASNA, DIALIVA
1st Aethyr (LIL) OCCODON, PASCOMB, VALGARS
The Final Key PARAOAN


 

Scrying the gates

The main objective of the Working, however, was not centred around the spirits invoked from their given gates, but rather on the visions that were received upon entering each gate. This was achieved through scrying.

I used a similar technique to the one Crowley used during his exploration of the thirty Aethyrs, as detailed in The Vision and the Voice. The scrying crystal on the Holy Table served as a conduit to each gate, however it was only remotely involved in the scrying technique itself. Rather, I would use the crystal to establish an initial connection with the level of the Enochian universe being opened, then enter a meditative state. In this way I would be ready to receive the visions.

I conducted scrying sessions not just for the thirty Aethyrs, but also for the lower eighteen Keys and the final, 49th Key. This resulted in the compilation of visions that were painstakingly recorded in a number of journals. I have found these visions to be a profound source of wisdom and inspiration.

  

CONCLUSION: THE RESULT 

Over the course of the 49 days of the Working, potent spiritual forces were most definitely unleashed. At no time was this more pronounced than at the climax of the ritual. For the last day of the Calls, I was in the countryside with one Fr. Aquila and another. Coinciding with the final Call was a wildfire spreading through the nearby bushland, which caused the sky to be clouded by a haze of smoke. At the conclusion of the ritual of the final Gate the sun was setting and as it set, the sun appeared red like the colour of blood. The clouds on the horizon glowed so orange that it appeared as if the sky was on fire. Given the extremely fiery nature of the final Gate, the coincidental prevalence of smoke, fire and flame-orange cloud in the surrounding area was quite uncanny. That night, a thunderstorm tore through the area from out of nowhere. In addition, another whom we knew – and who had no knowledge of the type of ritual that had been undertaken – had a dream about an invading hoard of spirits on the same night as the ritual.

In the last two years since I completed the Working, the world has become more turbulent. Such turbulence developed so far that in popular consciousness, the year just passed became associated with the end of the world as we know it. It seems to me that the apocalyptic feeling among people now is a mass-psychological disruption of everyday reality, rather than a sign of any literal ending of the world. In any case, the destruction of the old is ever an opportunity for the creation of the new. 

In completing the Apocalypse Working I have also accomplished its primary goal; the unveiling of the sacred knowledge of Loagaeth that is accessed via the 49 Gates. During the course of the Working, I kept meticulous journals detailing the scrying session for every one of the Gates I entered. These scrying sessions took the form of vision quests that included intermittent speech from the angels of each realm. Crowley’s scryings of the Aethyrs as recorded in The Vision and the Voice unfolded in a very similar fashion.

I have compiled all the messages communicated to me by the angels of each of the 49 Gates. The result is a short book which is essentially a new book of psalms or proverbs. I have found the contents of this book very sublime. Its messages strike sharply and deeply in my soul, with several indications that its words originate from somewhere other than my own Ego. Each message, though short, contains complex and profound symbolism. Much of the symbology has been so cryptic that it has taken me several months to decipher. Yet when I do so I am astonished not only by the consistency of the underlying message, but also by the wisdom that I uncover. None of this could be achieved by a mere fluke. And of the spiritual lessons of the book that I already understand, there are several that I have yet to master; I am either a channel or a hypocrite. I am yet to grasp this new psalter’s full significance overall. If the angels’ messages to Dee and Kelley are anything to go by, it may yet be a tool for the restoration of the spiritual in the world.

  

A sample of writing from the final day 

“The sky has been turned red by the blood of God. The Heavens have been trespassed, and they are set ablaze! The holy inferno shall spread to consume the world in a rain of fire. None shall escape the light thereof.

It is the Apocalypse! What is the meaning of this? All is unveiled. All knowledge that lay hidden is made naked. Who can now resist the unveiling of the Truth? Who can now deny that God dwells on high no more, but lives amongst us?

You shall tremble with the fever of Divine Madness. You shall see all on that day. There is no floating wreckage of the old ways that can resist the pull of the whirlpool of Shiva. Therefore be patient, and remember well that the Word of Power is Perseverance.

Keep firm the new ways that are given, and when the storm has passed that firm Law shall be the only law. At the heart of that Law are the Mysteries. And now, here is a final mystery:

 

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The mind cannot comprehend the Three in One. Fall back! Leave the angels’ sight! Return ye, O Beast of the field, to your groves and open plains. In the Wild Hunt there is your communion.

The Heavens are torn asunder and the thunders of the High Places roar forth. The lightning flashes so bright as to leave nothing unilluminated. Let there be light! Let there be light! The Earth is breached. Never again will it be the same. The Nephilim have returned and stand as giants in the deserted places, working miracles for their disciples.

You have come to dwell amongst us. Now there is no virgin path left. There is not one inch of Heaven that has not been tread. Therefore know that even the Spirit of the Logos may be yours. It may fall upon your brow as the rain. You only need to ask for this, for the mercy of Heaven is Infinite.

Therefore, fulfil your Will only. As a world unto yourself, you have your own orbit, but now that orbit circles a new star. Come back to the Earth now, for it has been renewed. Return to tend your garden, and you shall see that you tend it under a New Light”.

 

The Threefold Map

In the course of my journey through the 49 Gates of the Heavens in the Enochian system, I received much spiritual knowledge. One remarkable thing that was also imparted to me was a new syncretic map of the forces of the universe. This incorporated three existing systems into one: The first of these is the ten spheres or sephirah of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, plus the 22 paths connecting the sephirah together. The second system is the Tarot, which is further divided into the number cards (Aces to Tens), The Court Cards (Knights or Kings, Queens, Princes or Knights and Princesses or Pages) and the 22 Trumps, called Atus in the Thoth deck. The third system is the Enochian system; the system I was already exploring. In that system there are forty-nine Gates. As I have detailed, these are further divided into the eighteen lower Gates (for the Watchtowers of the four elements, plus Spirit as represented by the Enochian Table of Union), plus the 30 Heavenly Aethyrs above this. Finally, at the apex of the system there is the mysterious ‘missing’ Gate which the Enochian angels said practically nothing about. It represents the highest possible Heaven.

The Tarot and the Kabbalah have already been synthesised; the number cards correspond to the ten sephirah, while the 22 Trumps correspond to the Tree of Life’s 22 paths. The Court Cards are attributed to those sephirah which represent one of four letters in the fourfold name of God – the Tetragrammaton. The correspondence between the Tarot and the Kabbalistic Tree of Life is quite obvious. Drawing such clear correspondences between the Enochian system and either of these other systems – letalone both together –  is a much more complex endeavour. Nevertheless, I feel I have now achieved this. This aforementioned complexity makes my incorporated system – which I call the Threefold Map – quite difficult to explain. The reader must bear with me.

 

The overall nature of the correspondences

The Aethyrs are complex realms with many different energies influencing the emergent experience in each. This Threefold Map is highlighting certain of these qualities. Specifically, each Aethyr has been attributed a letter and trump according to a pathworking system. It incorporates a gradation which moves from the bottom of the Tree of Life to the top (though not always in the specific order of the Kabbalistic system); the sephirah appear in order, and a path related to that sephiroth will always appear directly before or after that sephiroth – or another of its related paths – is entered.

There are undoubtedly some Aethyrs where energies of a particular Atu appear which do not correspond to the Atu actually chosen (For example, the symbol of the Wheel of Fortune appears in KHR, which is instead associated with Art Atu). However, in those situations the symbol is not experienced directly, but merely catalyses the Aethyr to yield the very next initiation the Seer is ready for, and nothing more. In some instances, for example, there is foreshadowing of godforms which the Seer will need to merge with in a later Aethyr. In such instances, the symbolism of the particular Atu may be seen as just one ‘independent’ symbol that supports and officiates the overall initiation of the Seer in that Aethyr. It is the lesson of the initiation that is most important to the Aethyr’s correspondence with the Atus or sephira. Thus is the above system of correspondence based around a central insight rendered by each Aethyr, with each sequence preceding the others in a gradational fashion. Sometimes there is a direct correspondence between the Aethyrs and the Atus or sephirah, whereas other times the Aethyr’s lesson requires intervention from an additional spiritual quality.

 

A summation of the synergy between the three worlds of the Threefold Map

This table of concordances thus unites the three great systems of gradual unveiling of the Divine: The Tarot, the Kabbalah and the Enochian Keys. The ascent through the Enochian universe may now be better understood through the prisms of these other blueprints. There is a definite order in their union: The Gates of the Watchtowers and the Table of Union fit perfectly into Malkuth. The elemental calls of the subquadrants also correspond perfectly to the Court Cards. Meanwhile, the Gates of Spirit below the Aethyrs relate primarily to the Tens. This correspondence places all Court Cards in Malkuth along with the Tens. The placement of the Court Cards in Malkuth is a deviation which will be discussed in greater detail later in this article.

The remaining nine sephirah correspond to the remaining nine sets of number cards. They also relate to an Aethyr with the exception of Kether, which relates primarily to the final, formerly unknown Gate. Having demonstrated the perfect correspondence between Malkuth and the first eighteen Gates of the earth’s Watchtowers below the Aethyrs, the total remaining sephirah and paths number 31. The Thirty Aethyrs with the addition of the missing final Gate, highest in the schema of Heaven, also number 31.

The Enochian worlds fit together with the Tarot and Kabbalah quite elegantly in the Threefold Map. For example, the Tenth Aethyr of ZAX is identified as the Abyss. ZAX in fact corresponds with one of the paths stretching above the Abyss; it corresponds with Cheth, which is the first path to cross the Abyss if the Kabbalah’s 32 ‘Paths of Wisdom’ are followed in ascending order. The remaining paths and sephirah sitting (at least partially) above the Abyss number exactly ten; the same number of remaining Aethyrs plus the final Gate. Similarly, the Solar Tipareth and its related paths are moved into at exactly the same point in the Aethyrs where the mysteries of the Sun are unveiled. Many more instances abound where specific symbols are repeated between the Aethyrs, the Tree of Life and the Atus precisely where such a repetition would be expected. For example, the Justice card falls within TAN, the Aethyr of Justice. Similarly ZOM, the Aethyr in which the mysteries of the Magus are revealed, corresponds to the Magus Atu.

While some of the paths evidently fit more comfortably with the Aethyrs than others, there is a definite synergy between the Kabbalah, Tarot and Enochian system. In cases where the correspondence is not as immediately obvious, a meaning which is in harmony with an analogous insight of the Tarot and the Kabbalah is soon gleaned by the careful inner eye. When this process is completed, there is no Key that does not have a card, as well as its own path or sephiroth, and no attribution that would be out of place in the overall synthesised system. Thus are the three worlds consolidated.

 

Additional layers of symbolism for the Watchtower Calls

As has been mentioned, if the Enochian system is matched to the Key Scale of the Tree of Life, then each of the ten sephira has been given an Aethyr along with their corresponding number cards. The two exceptions to this are Kether and Malkuth. In Kether, what would be one of the corresponding Aethyrs is simply substituted with the missing 49th Key. The case of Malkuth is considerably more complex; where most other sephirah would draw correspondence between a set of number cards and a single Aethyr, Malkuth instead has two Keys – Keys 1 and 2 from the Table of Union – as corresponding to its number cards. In addition to this, the Court Cards are all placed in Malkuth and assigned to one of sixteen elemental Gates of the Watchtowers. This is not dissimilar to the way that Kether is home to both the Aces and all Tarot Trumps (which also each have their own path) in the G.D.’s General Attribution of the Tarot.

Now, this placement of all Court Cards in Malkuth is a radical departure from the orthodox view that has the Court Cards across four different sephirah, with the essences of those cards analogous to the more refined energies of the four letters of the Tetragrammaton. In that layout, the Kings/Knights are placed in Chokmah to correspond to fiery yod, the Queens are placed in Binah to symbolise a watery heh, the Knights/Princes are attributed to airy vau in Tipareth, while the Pages/Princesses are attributed to the final, earthy heh in Malkuth.

As I developed the Threefold Map, I was painfully aware of the clash between my placement of all Court Cards in Malkuth on one hand and the traditional array on the other. Yet, I could not do other than leave all the Court Cards in earthy Malkuth; all the Watchtower Calls clearly belonged there, and these Calls in turn obviously corresponded to one Court Card each. I finally resolved this contradiction by coming to the conclusion that both placements were correct. The result is that in the Threefold Map each of the Court Cards and, by extension, the Watchtower Gates, is assigned to not one but two sephirah (with the exception of the Pages/Princesses, which instead appear in Malkuth twice over). In my integrated system, the two Gates of Spirit also have double-attributions, belonging in Kether as well as Malkuth. The reason is that a fifth letter in shin, corresponding to pure Spirit, can be placed in Kether and attributed to the Aces. This is certainly a fitting position for the Gates of Spirit relative to the Gates of the four elements below them, which are now matched to the Tetragrammaton. Also fitting is the fact that Spirit has now become both the ten and the one, beginning and end.

 

Further justification for this

A dual attribution is compatible with the more complex nature of the Court Cards. What’s more, it is certainly not a contradiction that the Watchtower Gates should be placed across the Tree of Life while simultaneously all being collapsed into Malkuth; the Kabbalists established that within the individual sephirah, the pattern of the whole Tree of Life is repeated again. This is especially true of Malkuth, where all of Creation is reflected anew.

It is worth noting that the decision to place the Court Cards all in Malkuth according to their correspondences with the Watchtower Calls might also prove controversial due to the sublimity of the energies of the Tetragrammaton relative to the lower Malkuth. I would answer this by saying that the addition of the Enochian system to both Tarot and the Kabbalah brings its own unique adjustments to the whole, and makes such an attribution entirely necessary. Any given magickal system will have its own correspondences that must be respected to the letter, even when these can sometimes be reflected in a seemingly irregular way when they are placed across two extra systems at once. Take any of the planets as they appear in the Tree of Life and the Tarot together, for example. Venus is situated in the lower sephiroth of Netzach. Yet because of its additional Tarot attribution, it also appears in the much loftier path between the Supernals of Chokmah and Binah. The same might be said of Mars, which as the sphere of Geburah in Kabbalah is placed firmly on the left side of the Tree. Meanwhile, Mars’s Tarot correspondences place it in between the left and right side of the Tree via the path connecting Hod and Netzach. But then we have Jupiter in Chesed, whose connecting path to Netzach is also of Jupiter. Yet despite this apparent discord, all the aforementioned planetary correspondences are the correct ones. This is a very long-winded way of pointing out that as there is method to the seeming madness of the way the planets are laid out across the Tarot and Tree of Life together, so it is with the Enochian elements.

Thus have I explained and justified the Threefold Map which integrates the Kabbalah, the Tarot and the Enochian system. These are all blueprints for Godhead, and like Godhead they are three-in-one. Now, their unity has been revealed.

 

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Fig 2: The Threefold Map. The image of the left depicts all attributions on the Tree of Life. The image of the right shows more detailed attributions of the Court Cards and eighteen lower Keys in Malkuth 

 

 

Endnotes

[i] “THEN COMETH THE ENDE” – John Dee and Edward Kelley, ‘John Dee’s Five Books of Mystery’, Joseph H. Peterson (Ed) (2003), Red Wheel/Weiser, York Beach ME, at p257. Retrieved from http://timysteries.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/John-Dees-Five-Books-of-Myster-Joseph-H.-Peterson.pdf

[ii] Meric Casaubon, ‘A True & Faithful Relation Of What passed for many Yeers Between Dr. John Dee (A Mathematician of Great Fame in Q. Eliz. And King James their Reignes) and Some Spirits’, (1659) London, at p161. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/truefaithfulrela00deej

[iii] Aaron Leitch, ‘The Essential Enochian Grimoire’, 2014, Llewellyn Publications, USA, at pp. 13-14, p. 149.

[iv] ‘John Dee’s Five Books of Mystery’, at p257.

[v] ‘A True and Faithful Relation’, at p.373.

[vi] “It is not to be spoken, but in the time of His own time” – ‘John Dee’s Five Books of Mystery’, at p193.

[vii] ‘A True and Faithful Relation’, at p. 79.

[viii] See p196 of ‘A True and Faithful Relation’ for a comparison between Gebofal and the 50 days of Enoch, which are in turn reminiscent of both the 50 Gates of Understanding in Kabbalah and the 50 days of Passover in Judaism.

[ix] ‘A True and Faithful Relation’, at p373.

[x] ‘The Essential Enochian Grimoire’, at p153.

[xi] ‘John Dee’s Five Books of Mystery’, at p256.

 

Picture reference

 

Fig 1:

This picture is derived from an alchemical manuscript from the Manly Palmer Hall collection. Accessed at the Internet Archive and contributed by the Getty Research Institute. Retrieved from https://archive.org/stream/manlypalmerhabox40hall#page/75/mode/1up

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