A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
One error, repeated often enough, can reproduce exponentially like bacilli. So if you ever hear of something becoming part of the “culture,” you should immediately question what culture that actually means. Anywho, the central thesis for today’s blog post which I want to present to your notice is this: people who have been using “New Avatar Power” magic – and magic derived or inspired therefrom – have been using Enochian magic all this time without realising it.
The Miracle of New Avatar Power by Geoff Gray-Cobb (1974) was in many ways typical of the output of Parker Publishing in the 1970s – i.e. America’s answer to Finbarr Books – however, once one strips out the egregious self-promotion, one realises that it does have a sort of workable, “Hermetic-Lite” magic. At its core is a method of entering into a magical state of consciousness (the “New Avatar Power Ritual”) which contains the following invocation:
“I call on thee, Mighty Arzel, who stands in the East, to assist me in this and all my ventures. I now know that the New Avatar Power is flooding to the surface. I now close my eyes gently.” (emphasis added).
Who is this “Arzel” character? I have seen various theories, but what I did notice was that just about every spirit or being which Gray-Cobb included in his book seems to derive from Gustav Davidson’s classic 1967 work, A Dictionary of Angels, including the fallen angels. I say this because Gray-Cobb refers to spirits mentioned seemingly nowhere else, except in Davidson’s book.
Davidson says (p55):
Arzal (Arzel) – one of the 4 angels of the east who are “glorious and benevolent angels” invoked when the the invocant wishes to partake of the secret wisdom of the Creator. See Clavicula Salomonis.
Davidson further doubles-down on this assertion by printing, in the Appendix (p357) the following:
CONJURATION OF THE GOOD SPIRITS
O you glorious and benevolent angels, Urzla, Zlar, Larzod, Arzal, who are the four angels of the East, I invocate you, adjure and call you forth to visible apparition in and through the great prevalent and divine name of the Most Holy God, Erzla, …
[approximately twenty lines of text omitted]
[Rf. Gollancz, Clavicula Salomonis]
Unfortunately, I found no such reference when reading Herman Gollancz’ version of the Key of Solomon. However, I did spot straightaway that RZLA, ZLAR, LARZ and ARZL derive from the Airy Lesser Angle of the Air (Eastern) Enochian Watchtower (from the Kerubic Squares thereof): whilst “ERZLA” is the name derived from adding the “E” of “EXARP” in the Tablet of Union, to “RZLA.”
This I submit is where the mistake, which I mentioned at the top of this article, has crept in. Davidson took an Enochian conjuration and wrongly attributed it to the Key of Solomon! Subsequently, Gray-Cobb incorporated “Arzel” into “New Avatar Power” without realising it was an Enochian being: whilst many others have also taken Davidson’s claim at face value without questioning it.
This does not necessarily invalidate “New Avatar Power,” as – after all – many people have claimed to have some success with it. Perhaps they have discovered an attribution of the Air Lesser Angle of the Air Table albeit unwittingly!