Enochian Magick: Who Watches the Watchtowers?

What I have to say might sound so shocking that sheer cognitive dissonance will cause many readers to react by crying aloud and saying “No! It can’t be so!” Or: “Surely Alex you must be mistaken?” It is a small detail from Enochian Magick, but important enough to derail one’s entire appreciation of the system if one were to overlook it. It is this:

Everyone who has being doing Enochian Magick relying solely on Aleister Crowley’s texts has been doing it wrong.

Why? Because there is a fundamental mistake in published versions of Liber Chanokh.

The attribution of the Elements to the individual squares of each of the lesser angles has great importance in determining the astrological, tarot, geomantic and qabalistic attributions thereof, as well as each ruling godform. Ultimately, it will affect the vision that one will have if one were to attempt to scry into each square.

The Golden Dawn’s rationale for assigning the elements was stated by Israel Regardie thus:

“Referring to the other squares of the lesser angles, in the Kerubic Rank the outside square is always attributed to the letter corresponding to Element of the Lesser Angle. In the Tablets of Air and Water, the Name read right to left in the upper two quarters; in the two lower quarters it reads from left to right. In the Tablets of Earth and Fire, left to right in the upper, but in the two lower quarters right to left.

Regardie, The Golden Dawn (Emphasis added)

To summarise, the directions would look like this:

Whilst the Elements of the columns would be arranged thus:

However: what appears to have happened is that in published copies of Liber Chanokh, and in versions of the Tablets derived therefrom, the elements appear to have been arranged thus:

The order of the elements in each lesser angle, according to Liber Chanokh.

Spot the difference? This makes it clearer – note the third row, which corresponds to the upper portions (Air and Water lesser Angles) of the Earth and Fire Tablets.

(left) Golden Dawn; (right) Liber Chanokh. Note the third row down.

What appears to have happened is that Crowley (or his illustrator) appears to have interpreted the directions like this:

(left) Golden Dawn; (right) Liber Chanokh. Again, note the third row down.

What is Crowley’s explanation for him ordering the elements in this way? Whilst Regardie set out his rationale in the quote I reproduced above, Crowley however says:

“3. Kerubic Squares.

The upper sides pertain to the element of the Tablet, the lower sides to the subelement. Right- and left-hand sides in this case correspond, according to a somewhat complex rule which it is unnecessary to give here. …

4. Lesser Squares.

The upper side of each pyramid is governed by the Kerub standing on the file above it. The lower side is governed by the Kerub also, but in order descending as the are from right to left above.”

Crowley, Liber Chanokh

“Unnecessary to give here” ! If only it had been given, Crowley’s readers would have found the discrepancy without assistance! If one refuses to believe that Crowley could possibly have made a mistake – perhaps because the aforesaid cognitive dissonance is too much to bear – then the only other conclusion one can draw is that Thelema uses a different version of the Enochian Watchtowers to the Golden Dawn. It is certainly a mistake to think that one can use both the Golden Dawn and Thelemic versions interchangeably.

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The Southern (Fire) Watchtower

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QOTD: On Geomancy, by Alex Sumner

Geomancy

“Understanding divination is literally nothing. Notwithstanding the intelligence people undoubtedly need, skill sabotages a diviner’s natural predictiveness.”

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Abramelin ’22

Easter Monday (yesterday) is the traditional start date for the Abramelin operation, so I would just like to wish the best of luck to everyone in the Class of 2022.

My own book on the subject, Conjuring Demons for Pleasure and Profit: an Abramelin memoir, is currently with the publishers, and I am hoping that it will be out later this year.

Meanwhile, I have also been working on a number of writing projects, including a contribution to volume 4 of The Light Extended (again, due out later this year), as well as some personal magical projects as well.

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Alex Sumner on the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn

In which I give an interview for Magic Tool Box UK on their YouTube channel on the Golden Dawn.

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What the Stars Have in Store for… the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

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Putin vs Zelenskiy – there’s only one way to settle this. FIIIGHT!

MI6 – CIA – stand aside! Read the only military Intel you will ever need right here, provided by your humble blogmaster. Today, I turn my astrological eye on the activities happening in the Ukraine, by analysing a chart drawn up for the moment Russian troops crossed the border into Ukrainian territory earlier this week.

Chart drawn up for Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, 21st February 2022 at 0500 (local time) – when Putin announced Russian incursion.

We can use the position of Luna to analyse how this situation arose in the first place. Luna is exactly 150º past Caput Draconis, in a Cardinal sign and succedent house. Hence, the root-reason for this invasion is an event which took place 150 weeks ago, i.e., in April 2019. This is the exact time that the current Ukrainian President, Volodomyr Zelenskiy, was elected. In fact it is 150 weeks to the day (21st April 2019).

The sunrise in Donetsk on Monday this week was at 0733, whilst the preceding sunset was 1758. Hence, we can calculate that the announcement of Russian troops entering Ukraine territory occurred during the planetary hour of Sol. Coincidentally, the waning moon is trine to Sol. In other words, if I were asked to use my powers of Electional Astrology to pick a time to do a Solar Banishing, I would have picked that very moment. (NB: Putin certainly did not ask me to predict the best time to invade Ukraine, though whether he had his own astrological help is another matter).

Given that in mundane Astrology, Sol represents the Government, combined with the analysis of Luna, I would go so far as to say that Putin’s real objective is to depose the Ukrainian Government – and President Zelenskiy in particular – and install a pro-Putin replacement, effectively making the Ukraine a Russian client-state. We can thus guess exactly how Russia sees its “diplomacy” going (i.e. you get rid of your President, and we’ll withdraw our troops).

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Christa Vee on The Goetia, The Lesser Key of Soloman. OCCULT/MAGICK & Spiritual Development

Sharing this because it features my good friend Christa Vee talking to my other good friend Jackie from the Magic Tool Box on the Goetia.

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The Ukrainian Pentagram Ritual

As relevant today as it was eight years ago when I first posted this…

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Political Map of Ukraine Ukraine

  1. Stand facing east.
  2. Close your eyes, and visualise yourself standing in the middle of the country of Ukraine – somewhere near Cherkasy (see map). Now imagine that your astral form grows to a colossal height – so much so, that you can look round and see all of the territory of Ukraine around you.
  3. Perform the Qabalistic Cross: ATEH MALKUTH VE GEBURAH VE GEDULAH LE-OLAM. AMEN!
  4. Trace a banishing Pentagram to the East, imagining it standing on the Eastern border of the country, with Russia. Vibrate: YOD HEH VAV HEH!

    banishing earth pentagram Banishing pentagram. Start from the lower left point and continue around, finishing where you started.

  5. Turn to the South. Trace another banishing pentagram over the Black Sea. Vibrate: ADONAI!
  6. Turn to the West. Trace another banishing pentagram on the Slovakia / Poland border. Vibrate: EHEIEH!
  7. Turn to the North. Trace a fourth banishing pentagram on the border with Belarus…

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Why do people use the Latin language in occult and in “spells”?

Olim, libri qui magicum contenuit in Latina scriptebantur, illa enim lingua scholasticorum trans Europam erat. Sic, multa ritualia antiqua in Latina ut historicum artificium sunt.

Non omnia carmina in Latina sunt: aliqua, praesertim cabalistica, Hebraeo veniunt; alia vero Enochiano. Est nulla ratio ritualibus magicis novis in Latina scribere: lingua uti potes quod tibi placet.


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Current work: update

During the year 2020, the COVID-19 Pandemic affected people across the world in a number of different ways … I personally chose to use the time to carry out a lengthy Magical Ritual to invoke an Angel and subsequently summon and bind all the Demons of Hell.



The first draft of my next book is now completed. Now comes the inevitable proof-reading, so I expect it to be ready some time in 2022, or when I decide by electional astrology when is the best time to launch it.

I have titled it “Conjuring Demons for Pleasure and Profit: an Abramelin Memoir,” and details my adventures while undertaking the Abramelin Operation in 2020. I kept a diary throughout my operation, and then spent a year afterwards editing and annotating it. The result is by far the longest book I have yet written, 175K words or 561 pages, so it will be one chunky paperback.

It is hence the latest addition to a genre – Abramelin Memoirs – comprising just three other books of which I know: The Sacred Magician by William Bloom, After the Angel by Marcus Katz, and The Abramelin Diaries: The Nice Man Cometh by Ramsey Dukes. I shall post more news as it arises.

Incidentally, literary agents and publishers who fancy taking it on: please message me via the Contact page on this very website: thanks.

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New release: The Magus Trilogy – hardback omnibus edition

Cover of the new hardback omnibus edition of "The Magus Trilogy" by Alex Sumner
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You are now able to get all three of my first three novels, in one hardback omnibus edition: The Magus Trilogy.

Collectively these tell the story of the mysterious Magus who works to solve occult crimes: and of a young homicide detective whose life is changed forever when she enters the shadowy world which he inhabits.

Originally published from 2009 to 2011 in three separate paperback novels (here, here, and here), these are now gathered into one hardback volume – perfect to get as Christmas present for someone you love! For more details, please like this post and subscribe to this blog to remain updated about availability details.

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The Magus Trilogy: Omnibus Edition, by Alex Sumner. ISBN 979-8482911082. Available from Amazon in these countries:

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