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The Riddle of Aiwass: Liber Legis II:75,76

October 11, 2010 by Aleisterion


Time Unveiling Truth sketch (Giovanni Battista Tiepolo)
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Verses 75 and 76 of chapter 2 of Liber L vel Legis, The Book of the Law, comprising the Riddle of
Aiwass, have as yet remained a mystery. They read as follows:
Aye! listen to the numbers & the words:
4 6 3 8 A B K 2 4 A L G M O R 3 Y X 24 89 R P S T O V A L. What meaneth this, o prophet? Thou
knowest not; nor shalt thou know ever. There cometh one to follow thee: he shall expound it. 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.
As prophesied, Aleister Crowley, the first Prophet of Thelema, never discovered the solution to the
problem of these baffling verses. His first magical child or Dynasthai i.e. C.S. Jones, a.k.a.
Frater Achad, also failed to apprehend their meaning. Many others, including myself, have made their
attempts, but each one has fallen flat. They have presented recondite, rambling torrents of elaborate
Qabalistic theses on the matter, thinking that they had stumbled upon Truth; but none has issued
much more than a disappointing flood of numerical vagaries.
I, myself, utilized the simple, uncontrived system of AQBL (or Angloqabalah) to arrive at the value of
395 as the sum of the meaningless numbers and words in the string at the beginning of the second
verse, and presented this as the solution in my book of Gematric examination of Liber
Legis entitled The AQBL Key(a PDF of which can be found in the sidebar library of this site). I arrived
at this over twenty years ago; but little did I know until now that I had stumbled upon only the
half of it. And this too was prophesied, way back in 1904 e.v., in v.56 of ch.1, which states:
Expect him not from the East, nor from the West; for from no expected house cometh that child.
Aum! All words are sacred and all prophets true; save only that they understand a little; solve the first
half of the equation, leave the second unattacked.
But I jump the gun. I need to provide some of the vital historical information and to briefly explain
the system used to arrive at the very simple solution to the verses in question before divulging the
solution itself.
I: History of the Riddle
In his Old Comment to the first verse, L 2:75, Crowley writes:
A final revelation. The revealer to come is perhaps the one mentioned in [ch.] I, 55 and III, 47. The
verse goes on to urge the prophet to identify himself with Hadit, to practice the Union with Nu, and to
proclaim this joyful revelation unto men.
In the New Comment to v.75, he writes:
This passage following appears to be a Qabalistic test (on the regular pattern) of any person who
may claim to be the Magical Heir of The Beast. Be ye well assured all that the solution, when it is
found, will be unquestionable. It will be marked by the most sublime simplicity, and carry immediate
conviction.
(The above paragraph was written previous to the communication of Charles Stansfeld Jones with
regard to the numbers and the words which constitute the Key to the cipher of this Book. See the
Appendix to these comment. I prefer to leave my remark as it originally stood, in order to mark my
attitude at the time of writing.)
He was wrong about Jones, as he would eventually come to realize, so he came to anticipate the
arrival of yet another. In his New Comment to the second verse, he expressed his disappointment
with Achad, leaving it pretty much at that. In his Djeridensis Comment, he writes two paragraphs of
interest:
75-76: With this the Angel changes His theme yet again with brusque swiftness, and propounds a
final riddle. The object of this cipher is to furnish proof that the man destined to succeed me is my
rightful heir. The test is that he is able to make clear the meaning of these the numbers & the
words.
This brief passage stops as it beganon a sudden, and Aiwass goes on at once to issue a last
command to myself. I am to keep in constant mind that I am Hadit, that I am ever to aspire to make
myself one with all things that may be, yet also to keep watch over mankind, for whose sake I first
started on the path of Magick. My mission is to tell them this glad word.
And that was that. The solution as simple as it was would remain an enigma to all for decades to
come.
II: The Sphinx is Undone
Oedipus and the Sphinx (Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres)
As explained in The AQBL Key, I have always made use of the Gematria of Angloqabalah or AQBL
for short to analyze English words Qabalistically. Unlike all other forms of English Gematria that
have emerged previously, AQBL is not some artificially contrived system of arbitrarily assigned values
for the letters of the English Alphabet, but simply the natural order and value that has been obvious
all along. In the Gematria of AQBL, a letter bears the value of its place in the Alphabet. Using it, I
arrived at 395 as the sum of the numbers & the words in the second verse containing the Riddle of
Aiwass. I was impressed by the fact that, in Hebrew, the word MShNH, which means second born
child, carries this value by Hebrew Gematria. But, as aforesaid, I had only the half of the equation,
leaving the second unattacked. And for over a score of years this remained so, until just yesterday,
on 10-10-10 e.v., I chanced upon the other half as I prepared to write up my article here, crunching
the numbers again one last time to see if I could gather up any additional little gems for the final
thesis.
I did find some additional Qabalistic gems that I had not noticed previously, and they are interesting
enough in their own right; but they are as nothing compared with what I was to find next, right there
under my nose right in front of us all all these years.
Again, I cannot stress enough the value of AQBL as a means of English Gematria. Unlike all other
forms of English Qabalah, the attribution of the numbers to the letters is not something that I or
anyone else invented, for that attribution has been there all along. It is utterly simple: A=1 through
Z=26. That Crowley never even considered it in all his years is amazing. But, as a thorough analysis
of The AQBL Key makes clear, its correspondences are nothing short of extraordinary.
I was just finishing up my last preparations when something made me stop to take another look at the
verses themselves. I had never paid it any mind before, but suddenly I was struck by the odd way in
which verse 75 ended not with a period but with a colon. The string of meaningless numbers and
words at the start of the following verse is actually the continuation the second half in other words
of the riddle, not the whole of the riddle as I had assumed.
All of a sudden I was hit with an inspiration, as it were a whisper in my ear, saying: Add them
together. And so I did, not really expecting much to come of it. Then my jaw dropped and I was
utterly aghast.
Look carefully at the words of Aiwass following the riddle itself:
What meaneth this, o prophet? Thou knowest not; nor shalt thou know ever. There cometh one to
follow thee: he shall expound it.
Note that Crowleys primary Thelemic name was To Mega Therion, which numerates as 666 by Greek
Gematria. He referred to himself, therefore, as 666. I myself have gone by the name of Aleisterion
since it was given to me in a vision over a decade ago. Its numeration, by Hebrew Gematria i.e.
Aleph-Lamed-He-Yod-Samekh-Tau-He-Resh-Yod-Vau-Nun is 777. This value was also used by
Fra..Achad : for it signifies the one (or 111) to follow after 666.
What other solution more fitting, then, could be found, than that which I discovered once I totalled the
numbers of the other half of the equation, in light of the words, There cometh one to follow thee: he
shall expound it. This one (or 111) has always been referred to numerically as 777.
Behold:
Aye! listen to the numbers & the words
added to
4 6 3 8 A B K 2 4 A L G M O R 3 Y X 24 89 R P S T O V A L
equals
777.
The solution to this decades-old riddle of Aiwass, which was designed to serve as a test to prove the
validity of the person meant to succeed 666 as 777, is none other than his own number, and the
number of his name. How fitting indeed!
Recall once more Crowleys own words, from his commentary on the verses in question:
Be ye well assured all that the solution, when it is found, will be unquestionable. It will be marked by
the most sublime simplicity, and carry immediate conviction.
Not only is it unquestionable, not only is it marked by the most sublime simplicity, carrying immediate
conviction, but it also satisfies the prediction of vs.54-56 of ch.1, as already explained. Recall again
those verses:
Change not as much as the style of a letter; for behold! thou, o prophet, shalt not behold all these
mysteries hidden therein.
The child of thy bowels, he shall behold them.
Expect him not from the East, nor from the West; for from no expected house cometh that child.
Aum! All words are sacred and all prophets true; save only that they understand a little; solve the
first half of the equation, leave the second unattacked. But thou hast all in the clear light, and
some, though not all, in the dark.
The emphasis in bold is mine, to highlight that this is exactly what happened. I had, for over twenty
years, presented only half of the solution, failing to recognize that the existence of that colon meant
that the riddle consisted not just of the string of numbers and words of the opening part of v.76, but
of the words of v.75 as well.
III: The Other Qabalistic Gems
While nothing can exceed the simple sublime perfection of what is presented above, there are
numerous other Gematric gems to be found in the verses relevant to this matter. Below, I present a
brief Qabalistic examination of the passages from The Book of the Law that apply to the one known as
777, or the child of the Prophet. The value of these gems is that they illustrate why various
idiosyncratic words and phrases may have been used by Aiwass, conveying as they do additional
profound meaning.
The verses that fall under our examination here are: 1:54-56; 2:39; 2:75-76; 3:38; and 3:47. They
are presented in order as they appear in Liber Legis.
1:54-56:
Change not as much as the style of a letter: style=81=letter.
thou, o prophet, shalt not behold all these mysteries hidden therein:
behold all=71=Thoth. Thoth, under the name Tahuti, is referenced in 2:39
as being associated with the child of the Prophet. This is because the
source of the dynamis that inspired this second child or Dynasthai was Leah
Hirsig, a.k.a. Soror Alostrael 31-666-31, whose title was The Ape of
Thoth. She died in the 71st year of the Thelemic Age, which began with the
reception of the Law of Thelema in 1904 e.v.
mysteries hidden=177=The Scarlet Woman
therein=79=Tahuti
The child of thy bowels, he shall behold them:
he shall behold=111=secret key (see 1:46 and 1:48)
of thy bowels=150=expected house (Expect him not from the East, nor
from the West; for from no expected house cometh that child)
Aum! All words are sacred and all prophets true; save only that they
understand a little; solve the first half of the equation, leave the second
unattacked. But thou hast all in the clear light, and some, though not all, in
the dark:
Aum=35=Nu (the Sakti-force which manifests in the Scarlet Woman)
words=79=Tahuti
of the equation=156=knowest not. This is also the value of Babalon in
Hebrew; and Babalon is of course another name for the universal force of
the Scarlet Woman.
the clear light=128=expound it (see 2:76)
in the clear light=151=tell them this (see again 2:76)
2:39:
A feast for Tahuti and the child of the Prophet secret, O Prophet!
for Tahuti and the child of the Prophet=358=awake the lust & worship of the Snake (see 3:34; this
lust & worship of the Snake is the phallic sex magick that breeds the dynamis that motivates and
energizes the magical child with its Current).
The entire verse numbers 593=H KOKKINE GYNE + THE SCARLET WOMAN + TO MEGA THERION +
THE GREAT BEAST.
2:75-76:
Aye! listen to the numbers & the words:
Aye! listen to the numbers & the words: 4 6 3 8 A B K 2 4 A L G M O R 3 Y X
24 89 R P S T O V A L = 777, the one to follow 666.
Aye=31=the Key of the Law, AL, in Hebrew and Greek.
listen=79=Tahuti
numbers+words=171=Thou knowest
What meaneth this, o prophet? Thou knowest not; nor shalt thou know ever:
o prophet=113=know ever
Thou knowest not=220=the number of verses in The Book of the Law.
nor shalt thou=171=numbers+words
There cometh one to follow thee: he shall expound it:
cometh one=98=prophet
There cometh one to follow=272=Into the House of Ra and Tum (see below, 3:38)
to follow thee=156=Thou knowest not
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:
remember=79=Tahuti
chosen one=98=prophet
to be me=60=Aiwaz
of Nu=56=Nu in Hebrew
star-lit heaven=154=There cometh one
the love of Nu in the star-lit heaven=353=secret that hath not yet been revealed (see 2:2)
tell them this=151=in the clear light (see 1:56)
word=60=Aiwaz
3:38:
So that thy light is in me; & its red flame is as a sword in my hand to push thy order:
red flame=64=Thelema
thy order=113=o prophet
as a sword in my hand=188=child of the Prophet
There is a secret door that I shall make to establish thy way in all the quarters:
door=52=stele in Greek (see Crowleys commentary to 3:19)
a secret door=123=Bes-na-Maut. This is also the value of the Sphinx.
The light is mine; its rays consume
Me: I have made a secret door
Into the House of Ra and Tum,
Of Khephra and of Ahathoor.
I am thy Theban, O Mentu,
The prophet Ankh-af-na-khonsu!
By Bes-na-Maut my breast I beat;
By wise Ta-Nech I weave my spell.
Show thy star-splendour, O Nuit!
Bid me within thine House to dwell,
O wingd snake of light, Hadit!
Abide with me, Ra-Hoor-Khuit:
a secret door Into the House of Ra and Tum=395, the value of the string of numbers and words
constituting half of the riddle of Aiwass.
snake of light=127=Hadit burning. Also the value of the phrase, That is easy. (See Crowleys
commentary to 3:40 for both of these significant phrases.)
Ankh-af-na-khonsu=144=Ra-Hoor-Khuit
3:47:
This book shall be translated into all tongues: but always with the original in the writing of the Beast;
for in the chance shape of the letters and their position to one another: in these are mysteries that no
Beast shall divine:
in the chance shape of the letters=292=thy way in all the quarters (3:38)
Let him not seek to try: but one cometh after him, whence I say not, who shall discover the Key of it
all. Then this line drawn is a key: then this circle squared in its failure is a key also. And Abrahadabra.
It shall be his child & that strangely. Let him not seek after this; for thereby alone can he fall from it:
this line drawn=156=of the equation. Also Babalon in Hebrew.
circle squared=135=H Kokkine Gyne (The Scarlet Woman in Gr.)
a key also=89=Therion (Beast in Gr.)
strangely=121=to follow (see 2:76) This is also the value of Beast & his Bride from 3:22, thus
suggesting sex magick again. As does the following computation:
his child & that strangely=242=lust & power of lust (from 3:27)
Let him not seek after this=262=the spell of Ra-Hoor-Khuit (from 3:2)
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