Solitary Thelema Readme for N00bs

Well, I was asked for a solitary Thelemic study guide and I’ve compiled a bunch of things toward it. It’s for beginners. Enjoy.

Stuff Needed

Rider-Waite, BOTA or Golden Dawn Tarot deck
Card table or small space for working altar
Cup, some salt, water, stick of incense, candle, typical Wiccan working tools such as athame (magical knife) and wand. You don’t need a real athame or real candle if those things are not permitted in your space. You can use an artificial candle and a dull knife, like a letter opener or hat-pin.

Nice Books to Get

Modern Magick by Donald Michael Kraig
The Golden Dawn by Israel Regardie
The Temple of High Witchcraft by Christopher Penczak
Paths of Wisdom by John Michael Greer
The Magick of Aleister Crowley by Lon Milo Duquette
The Chicken Qabalah by Lon Milo Duquette

Solitary Thelema Readme for N00bs – A Year and a Day

Chapter 1
Liber Librae – On the General Guidance and Purification of the Soul
Preliminary Lection of the AA
Religion and the Golden Dawn 
HOGD Neophyte Ritual 
HOGD First Knowledge Lecture
Explore the Tree of Life 
Liber Resh
Daily Tarot Meditation  Look at parts 3 and 4 of this meditation for the DM Kraig material.
LBRP For sign of silence, see below, this one is kind of inaccurate
Sign of the Enterer and Sign of Silence
Doing Will
Keeping a Magical Journal
Pathworking 101
Liber Pyramidos
How to Ground and Center 
Laurie Cabot’s Crystal Countdown into “Alpha” state
Thelemic Holidays and Holy Season 
Prayer of the Gnomes

Chapter 2

HOGD Zelator Ritual and Knowledge Lecture
Middle Pillar
Rose Cross Ritual
Liber Ru Magical Breathing
Casting a Circle of Sacred Space 
Scrying and Inner Planes Technique
Scrying in the Spirit Vision of Tattvas 
How to read Tarot Cards
Candle Magic Spells
Sigil Work (Vulgar, PG-13 article but it gets the point across.) 
Ritual of Passing through the Duant
Prayer of the Sylphs
Adoration to the Source of the Universe
Art of Memory 101 

Chapter 3

HOGD Theoreticus Ritual and Knowledge Lecture
Elemental Pentagram Rituals (vide the “greater pentagram” section)
Hexagram Ritual
Star Ruby
Intro to Astrology
Opening by Watchtower
Concourse of the Forces (Intro to Enochian)
Intro to Alchemy
Elemental Meditations Based on Liber HHH
Lesser Key of Solomon
Prayer of the Undines

Chapter 4

HOGD Practicus Ritual and Knowledge Lecture
Star Sapphire
Bjorge’s Spiritual Exercises of Thelema
Lectio Divina
Liber Reguli
Bornless Ritual for the Invocation of the Higher Genius 
Prayer of the Salamanders

Chapter 5

HOGD Philosophus Ritual and Knowledge Lecture
HOGD Portal Ritual 
HOGD Adeptus Minor Ritual
On Magical Tools 
Flying Rolls  
Liber Arcanorum 

Chapter 6

Equinox Ritual 
Liber LXV
Liber XV The Gnostic Mass
Mass of the Phoenix 
Using Components of Liber XV in Spellcrafting
Liber VII
Liber Trigrammaton
Liber CCXX The Book of the Law
Liber Ararita
Liber Nu and The Charge of the Goddess 
Liber Had
Liber 963 – The Treasure House of Images

Please alert me if you find this list to be incomplete. Thanks.

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Different Perspectives in Thelema

In the world of Thelema, as I mentioned before, we have a lot of room for diverse perspectives. For example, I have a very different point of view from our friends at the Holy Thelemic Church.

Here are some concepts at the Holy Thelemic Church. I see where they’re coming from, however, I’ll offer some of my own interpretations.

> It is Thelemic to charge through the ordeals of life with strength and mastery, not succumbing to petty emotions. In other words, with pure passion, not mere compulsion.

– I don’t really know if I would use the word strength here unless it is your will to lift weights. I think a lot of times, modern society puts a huge emphasis on this idea of “personal strength” and to me it seems really misguided.

When you meet me, you’ll meet someone who isn’t very strong or strong-willed at all. I just try to be nice. To me, Thelema is about finding a roadmap for your life. Moreover, I feel that a lot of the problems in today’s society are about people being too strong and having too much of a strong will, because it prevents them from seeing the other side of your situation.

> Weakness of will is a kind of illness. It is best to be strong-willed whenever things go wrong, rather than allowing difficulties to bother your equilibrium. Getting overwhelmed with the madness of sorrow is not just a waste of time and energy

I think the OP is conflating separate things here. Moreover, what I wrote about strength in the preceding paragraph applies here. I’m a pretty weak-willed person and consider strength to be … not really the best quality especially when you are a magician.

>Why allow yourself to get down? If others would bully you, it is best to laugh at them and fight them if needed. If others would shun you, you’re better without them. Best to be oneself, unique and self-loved, than to appease fools. Herd-folk may hate you for it, but so what? You don’t need them.

I think this is a really foolhardy attitude because no man is an island. We live around other people and who you know is sometimes more important than what you know. Again I feel that this attitude is something we have too much of in society.

I’m not talking about expressing yourself through creativity, but that the politics of protest has become the mainstream of politics, and that violence is constantly exposed through the media.

> It is weak to try to be something you’re not. Be yourself. Find your talents and skills, hone them well, and make creative use of them. Aspire to your own Genius.

Sure it’s a good idea to find what you’re best at, but a lot of times, looking at what has been successful in the past is a good idea. For example, if you’re a young person looking for a career, I would suggest looking at what kinds of jobs are popular and available in your area, and then, only after that, looking to see where your skillset can fit in.

If you don’t have the correct skillset that’s something you can work on.

I feel that a lot of attitudes espoused by some folks in the Thelemic community are very different from my own. But it could be my own will that skews my perspective in this way. I do not think strength of will or feistiness is the best thing, especially when you’re a magician or white witch.

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Thelema: It Might Not Be What You Think It is – Part 2

What Thelema Probably Isn’t (Cont’d) 

In the previous part of this article, I stated that Thelema was a heir of Freemasonry, and that in the Masonic tradition, it is taboo to talk about religion and politics in the lodge. Moreover, I stated my opinion that Thelemic adeptship isn’t the same as religious enlightenment or salvation.

My Statement on Thelema and Religion

Many of the responses I got when I posted agreed with me that politics shouldn’t be discussed when it comes to Thelema. But my personal opinion goes further. I do not think it’s wrong for people to consider Thelema a religion, but I have some personal reasons not to consider it a religion or a substitute for religion, and a lot of it comes from Thelema’s lineage from Freemasonry.

In fact I’m going to quote from some Masonic statements directly. Thelema does not require a belief in god or a supreme being, and advocates no sectarian faith or sectarian practice. Thelema is open to people of any faith or none, but it is recommended not to discuss religion at meetings.

Thelema primarily uses generic titles, taken from ancient Egyptian symbolism, for archetypal figures such as Nuit, Hadit, and Ra Hoor Khuit, Mother of Fertility, and Serpent and the Lion, to address concepts that may or may not be interpreted as divine. In this way, persons of different faiths may join together, concentrating on their common humanity, rather than differences among themselves.

Thelema believes in religious freedom and that the relationship between the individual and God, if one believes in any god, is personal, private, and sacred. The Book of the Law and the Holy Books, or Classics of Thelema are the foundational texts of Thelemic thought. However, religions also have their own Volumes of Sacred Lore. We do not seek to supercede one’s preferred Volume of Sacred Lore, only to use the Thelemic texts to enhance one’s understanding of the Thelemic path.

The statement that “There is no god but Man” is found in Liber Oz, which is not a Class A document (Thelemic teaching). It’s accompanied in that text by a number of other shocking statements like “Man has the right to kill those who would thwart these rights”. Shock sells, just like sex sells in journalism and advertising. Many blurbs were put out to advertise Thelemic thought.

If it your will to practice a religion, practice a religion. If it is not your will to practice a religion, then don’t. But imo, it is best to keep Thelema out of it, and keep it out of Thelema.

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Thelema: It Might Not Be What You Think It is

A guide for newbies.

What Thelema Probably Isn’t (Or Isn’t Really The Best At Being, though you might like it to be so)

A way to break out of the religion you were raised in.

Admittedly I was raised secular and don’t know much about this but if you want to spice up your life with something totally opposite from mainstream religion, one good option may be the New Atheist movement as espoused by authors such as Richard Dawkins, as well as the Church of Satan, or going to a concert featuring shock rock music such as grindcore, goregrind, hardcore punk, extreme black metal, etc.

A Western or modern alternative to belief systems such as: Hinduism, Buddhism, Kabbalah, Native American spirituality, Shinto, Asatru, Santeria, even Christianity etc.

You can be any religion and be a Thelemite, Thelema does not require that you break the rules of your faith, for example if you do not consume alcohol, you can have juice or water at a Thelemic mass. Although Thelema may have some of the trappings of religion such as a Thelemic mass, rituals, calling to the four directions, and even the use of terms like Yahweh and the Tree of Life – although some Thelemites are starting to move away from these things – a lot of ritualistic behavior is part of human society in general.

There are many secular rituals. American schoolchildren are familiar with the Pledge of Allegiance. Getting a driver’s license is a rite of passage. Getting your diploma, getting a 401K / RRSP, stuff like that are all secular rituals. Going to the movies.

I grew up in the metal music scene like a lot of other Thelemites, and everything from attending concerts, to wearing band shirts, to the “list” ritual – meeting another metal fan and naming band after band until you agree on a list – is highly ritualistic.

( Interestingly, when you actually got down to playing music, a lot of the fandom debates tended to disappear. I find that it tends to be the same in magic. )

An overarching life-philosophy for how Things Should Be. 

This can apply to many things outside Thelema, and is outlined in books like “The True Believer” by Eric Hoffer and “The Righteous Mind” by Jonathan Haidt. A lot of times you’ll see a report of animal rights activists busting mink (a close relative of the weasel) out of a fur farm only for the minks to run amok and eat farmers’ chickens. The’s also the Westboro Baptist Church, who are known for their extreme beliefs against gay rights.

Let me give you some less extreme examples. From the end of World War 2 to very recently, many people in the US and the UK had a very negative opinion of the socialist systems in countries such as Russia and Cuba. This was exacerbated by public figures such as Marco Rubio and Amy Tan, who had no to actual life in Communist countries and who repeated, verbatim, negative opinions that their parents had about Communist countries.

It would make sense that people who choose to leave Communist countries tend to be a self-selected group. One could interview many US or UK expats living abroad and get a similar impression about the US or UK. Talking to people who have immigrated from, for example Tibet, to the US might give the impression that life there is not so rich, however, many people who live there live well like people anywhere else.

Actually, the US has made many reforms that followed in the footsteps of the USSR – like universal healthcare, affirmative action, and Roe V Wade, which had been approved in Communist countries many decades before they were approved in the capitalist world. Who is to say that communism, then, is necessarily inferior to capitalism in every situation?

As an American I am personally biased in favor of capitalism. But the official dogma, found in neo-conservative books like The End of History by Francis Fukuyama, was the democratic capitalism was necessarily the best form of human organization – for every country no matter where it is.

Some people make the mistake of replacing the neo-con’s idea of democratic capitalism with their interpretation of Thelema as a political philosophy or something of the sort and they would bash a politician or public figure as being “old aeon”. I don’t know if anyone can really make that judgment call as an absolute. Many people dislike conservative religious preachers, but many people do find comfort in the teachings of religion and politics that may seem regressive.

Traditionally, Masons are not supposed to discuss religion or politics in the lodge. As Thelema historically evolved from the Masonic traditions, I support this policy wholeheartedly. In my group, Thelema for the Solitary Practitioner, I personally teach that the new aeon that matters is the one in your heart and mind. Which brings us to…

What Thelema Is Probably Better At Doing

Helping you reach your life goals.

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law. We are familiar with the law of Thelema. But, some people interpret it as doing what you want, being totally free to swear, to rebel and stuff like that. If that floats your boat that’s fine but another way to look at the ‘true will’ is reaching your life goals.

The term ‘ipsissimus’ in the A:. A:. Thelemic order means ‘the one who is truly himself’. It’s about being the best you can be, like the Army is reputed to do. And this doesn’t require anything supernatural, any belief, any change in your religion because if you are in a religion isn’t that part of your will? It’s about being driven to do better, and to know when to stop, and to know when to go.

I have a feeling that a lot of Thelemic exercises that we practice are geared toward having this goal in mind. Whether it’s pathworking, whether it’s the pentagram rituals, it’s about learning how to cultivate the mind and heart to be a citizen, to be a brother or sister. We are born human, but we are not born as fully formed citizens.

We have to grow to learn to realize our full humanity and to be good participants, good citizens, to each other. The Masons describe this as being a rough ashlar, which is a stone that is mined from the earth, and then becoming polished to become the perfect ashlar (a stone that is formed into a brick to be used in buildings).

To me, this is about not ‘enlightenment’ in an eastern religion sense, or becoming ‘saved’ in a western religion sense, although if you believe in religion then these are good goals to have. It has nothing to do with God, transcendence or becoming a saint or superman. It’s not about perfection. It has very much to do with becoming an everyman and in the world – not above the world.

This is something different, which is why I emphasize Thelema’s secularity. It is for every being. To my personal interpretation, the term ‘adept’ does not refer to a superman connected to God. To my personal interpretation, adeptship is most importantly citizenship.

Helping you to become a better magician, if you are a magician. 

If you work with the concept of magic, or follow a system such as Wicca that practices witchcraft and the like, Thelema will help you to become a better and more focused magician. This goes in line with the previous question.

I do not purport to know whether or not the spirit world, or the esoteric world exists as an objective fact, but if you work with this concept, then Thelema falls right in line with your work. You can use an appropriate pentagram or hexagram ritual before and after casting a spell. You can use the system found in Thelema in spell craft. You can look for portents during path working.

Thelema also has its own magical system, based on alchemy and kabbalah, the roots of modern science, that you can work with to create spells, evocation, and invocation if you should choose to do so.

Challenging your personal worldview and meeting friends. 

There are many Thelemites in the world with various points of view and you can go to various online and offline groups to chat, to work the system, and to challenge your own mindset through debate. “As brothers fight ye!”

Thelemic thought is all about welcoming debate, though my personal viewpoint is that it should not be too below-the-belt (hence the politics and religion staying out of the lodge thing, for me).

To be continued.

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Solitary Thelema Magazine

Solitary Thelema Magazine, the official newsletter of Thelema for the Solitary Practitioner, is now available in PDF format. It contains articles, poems, art and other creative work by our members. Check it out today.

In other news, I am taking a break from this blog for a while. Please hang out in the FB group if you want more information or read the archives. Have a blessed Beltane.

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Reflections on the Rose Cross Ritual

(Warning: This is just personal opinion.)

A few months ago I had written an intro to the Rose Cross ritual. Not having done it regularly in the past, I wrote that most of the stuff I knew about it was speculative. Regardie’s Golden Dawn book doesn’t have a lot about it, except that it’s a positive ritual, it’s healing, and stuff like that. So what I’m about to write is basically my Enochianized, Thelema-informed UPG (Unverified Personal Gnosis) about it. I would like to open this up for discussion because it’s really something I can’t find much information about as a solitary.

I walked through the RCR a few times (after LBRP of course) so that I could get it down pat and memorized and then realized, after a few weeks of living with it and doing it from memory, that it felt very familiar. It did not feel like I had done an LBRP or hexagram ritual. I felt as though I was sealed, empowered, grounded and centered in a not really elemental sense – but a general sense.

As if I had cast a circle in a Wiccan type ceremony, called the quarters, and grounded and centered myself. In Wiccan groups I learned that the circle was actually a sphere. I think that’s what really got me. I felt as if I were sealed in a bubble by the crosses that are above and below me. Conversely I don’t usually feel as if I’m sealed in a bubble or protective circle when I do the LBRP – more like that I’m in an open space, because according to the Concourse of the Forces, the elemental watchtowers are all the way at the edges of the universe.

“In these vast spaces at the ends of the Universe are these Tablets placed as Watch-Towers, and therein is their dominion limited on either side by the Sephirotic Pillars, and having the great central cross of each Tablet coinciding with one of the 4 Tiphareth points in the Celestial Heavens.”

Many of us view the Wiccan circle casting and calling the quarters as having a lot of similarities to Opening by Watchtower. It was probably heavily influenced by that ritual and serves many of the same purposes. Just like OBW, the Wiccan circle requires decasting. But the Rose Cross does not. At the end of the ritual, when you do your analysis of the keyword and invoke the ‘divine light’, that’s basically the decasting. I guess.

Sometimes when I have a lot on my mind, or a lot on my plate I do the RCR and it calms me down psychologically – but that says little about what its actual effect is. It’s interesting that rather than using the directional quarters, the RCR has you drawing the crosses in the cross-quarters instead – with the only major cardinal directions being up and down.

As mentioned previously, the directions of up and down are also mentioned in Sefer Yetzirah, which is probably where Mathers got it. Modern rituals that also use these directions are Crowley’s Liber Reguli and the modern Norse Hammer Rite. But they don’t give me the same encapsulated feeling as this one when I do them.

In Enochian thought, the north pole of the universe is ruled by the Tablet of Union. The Enochian universe is geocentric, so the north pole consists of constellations like the Bear and the Dragon (Draco) Going back to the Enochian universe, the Watchtowers are in the four cardinal directions and what is in the cross quarters are the doubled pillars of the giant, universe-size Tree of Life.

Each of the Tiphereth points of this big Tree of Life are at the centers of the watchtowers, so when you’re drawing the crosses, you’re drawing them between Hod and Geburah in the path of the Hanged Man (Lamed), and between Chesed and Netzach in the path of the Wheel of Fortune (Kaph). I’m not sure about the details – like I’m not sure which cross takes care of which path.

But when you think about it, you’re drawing the healing symbol of the Rose Cross on two very difficult situations. One, Wheel of Fortune which represents random chance, and the other, The Hanged Man, which is about very harsh personal change, pain and transformation. I feel that a huge part of the RCR’s effect has to do with invoking these symbols of the Tablet of Union – whose names are said at the end of the ritual, and drawn down into the space – into these very challenging sectors of your life.

The cards surrounding Tiphereth, which are also illuminated by the light of the Tablet’s elemental names, are known to be difficult. I mean, even the names of them – Death, the Devil, Justice and the Hermit – these are challenging concepts. So any light that comes from the North, from Thuban and Polaris, this sort of ‘Mezla’ or influence from this universal Kether, is good for healing these aspects of your life or at least illuminating their dark and puzzling corners.

And the idea of Tiphereth being a main theme in the RCR, think about how many people say Malkuth during their LBRP while touching their heart area, or Tiphereth center. This shows that the concept of Tiphereth is about unifying the upper and the lower.

At least, this is really just my UPG and personal opinion. Please use this as an open forum for discussion.

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Concourse of the Forces Part 4

Enochian or Rosicrucian Chess

First part on

Second part begins:



The correct application of the action of the moveable images (representing the motion of The Ruling Angels over the Servient Squares) is called The Playe or Raying of the Chequers of the Tablets.


Of the Chess King and the Tarot Ace. The move of this piece is one square every way, and answereth to the action of the Spirit. Wherever it goeth, it commenceth and initiateth a fresh current, whence it is represented by the motion of only one square in any direction and there staying for this purpose before moving onward. So that his action is not hurried, but represents a balanced movement. Yet in his beginning of action is he at first a mute force, as though throned upon the water; as in the end of his action he is a life manifested and throned upon the earth.

And herein is a mystery of the Lord Aeshoori (Osiris) when enthroned between Isis and Nephthys, thus rep resenting the beginning and end of the action of Him in whom end and beginning are not, but rather concealment and then manifestation. Herein is a great mystery of life, for His Thrones are not in the two active elements, seeing that these latter are his horse and chariot of transition in the passage from concealment into manifestation. This piece, then, is the symboliser of the action of the potencies of the crosses on the Servient Squares.

Of the Chess Knight, the Tarot King. The move of this piece is three squares cornerwise every way (as in ordinary chess) and representeth the leaping action of the flickering flame. Wherefore also is he not stopped in his course by a piece or an intervening square, even as Fire seizing on a matter speedily rendereth it transparent. This piece representeth the action of Fire as the Revealer of the Strength of the Spirit, even as Hoor is the avenger of Aeshoori. It is a force potent and terrible, the King in the elemental operations.

Thus it openeth the locked doors of matter and sheweth forth the treasure hidden therein. Therefore hath all life its beginnings in a Fire Celestial. And the number of squares covered by the move of the Knight in the midst of the Board (reckoning from the Square on which he standeth, but not including it) is 16 squares, of which 8 are checked, and 8 are passed over.

Of the Chess Queen, The Tarot Queen. The move of this piece is unto every third square from her (reckoning the square whereon she standeth as the first) as well cornerwise, as well perpendicular, as horizontal. Thus again covering 16 squares out of a square of 25 squares, of which 8 are threatened, and 8 are passed over. But she threateneth not a piece upon the intervening square of her move. And her movement is as that of the waves of the sea, and (like the Knight) she is not hindered in her motion by a piece on an intervening square. This piece representeth the undulating action of water and of the sea, and she is ascribed unto the Great Goddess Isis, who is the Cherisher of Life.

The Chess Bishop or Fool, the Tarot Prince. The move of this piece is any number of squares cornerwise (that is only on the diagonal) in any direction even unto the limits of the Tablet. He representeth the keen and swift wind, and he is ascribed unto the God Aroueris (Horus the Elder). He is stopped by any piece in his way, even as the wind is stopped by a material barrier. He representeth the swift vehicle of the Spirit.

The Chess Castle or Rook, the Tarot Princess or Knave. The move of this piece representeth the ponderous and formidable force of earth and its motion is any number of squares in a square direction, perpendicular or horizontal (but not cornerwise) even unto the limits of the board. It is ascribed unto Nephthys the Goddess. It representeth the
completed action of the Spirit in matter. Therefore is its movement square, and also stopped by intervening pieces, yet powerful from the length and breadth of its range.

The Pawns. The four pawns represent certain forces formed by the con junction of the Spirit with each of the four elements severally, and they are severally ascribed unto Ameshet, Ahephi, Tmoumathph, and Kabexnuv, who stand before the face of Aeshoori. And their movement is but one square forward, perpendicular, and they threaten one square forward diagonal on each side, thus formulating the symbol of the Triangle, for they each represent a mixture of three elements under the presidency of the

Therefore, each is, as it were the servant of the God or Goddess, before whom he standeth. Yet, they be all, in a manner, alike in their action, although their Lords be different. Each is the servant of the God or Goddess whose element is expressed in his symbol, without its contrary.

In each set of three elements, taken together, two must be contrary. Wherefore, for example, Ameshet, who represents Water, Fire, and Earth, is the servant of Nephthys, whose element Earth is expressed in this attribution without the contrary of Air. Ahephi, who represents Air, Fire, and Water, is the servant of Aroueris, whose attribution is Air. Tmournathph, who represents Water, Air, and Earth, is the Servant of Isis, whose attribution is Water. Kabexnuv, who represents Fire, Air, and Earth, is the servant of Horus, whose attribution is Fire.

One of the rules concerning the Pawns in actual play is that should one reach the 8th square of its column, it may be exchanged for the piece of which it is vice-gerent. That is, as in ordinary chess, a pawn which reaches the eighth square may be exchanged for any piece the player desires – but in Enochian chess the exchange is limited by the elemental attributions of the pieces. So that were an Ahephi pawn the servant of Aroueris, to survive the battle of the entire game and win through to the top of the board, it could be exchanged for a Bishop, even though the Bishop were untaken and still on the board. And so with the others.

The opening of chess play is known under the technical title of “Awakening the Abodes.” As already stated the game is set for four players, each of whom works the pieces at each of the four angles, playing in rotation. Should the game be used for the purposes of divination, the first player would be the querent, the one asking the question, or the person representing the matter about which information is required. This first player chooses which angle of the board he will play from, bearing in mind the divinatory qualities of the elements as set forth in the documents on Geomancy and Tarot.

The major difference between Enochian chess and the modern game is that in the former, when using it for divinatory purposes, the moves are decided by the throwing of a dice. Depending upon the number disclosed by the dice, so must a certain piece be moved, for the numbers are attributed to pieces. The actual details of the move – that is whether to right or left, backward or forward, to take an opponent or to press forward – are quite
obviously left to the personal ingenium and divining mind of the player. The dice only determines specifically that such and such a piece shall be played.

The Prime Mover, or the owner of the Ptah piece, plays first, and his first
move is to be decided by the throw of the dice to indicate which piece or Enochian Chess
pawn he must first play. Each player follows in rotation, deosil, that is round the board with the sun from the prime player. First the prime player moves, and if his setting is Air, then follow the Water pieces, the Fire pieces, the Earth pieces, and then back again to the Air who is the prime mover.

The actual attributions of the numbers on the dice to the Enochian
chess-pieces are as follows:
If the player throws:
1. He moves a King or any Pawn.
2. He moves a Knight.
3. He moves a Bishop.
4. He moves a Queen.
5. He moves a Castle.
6. He moves a Pawn.

At the first move of the game, if the dice cast throws up 1, it clearly cannot apply to the King, for this piece cannot move at all until the pawns have been cleared before him. In that event, a pawn would require to be moved.

The reason for the attribution of the numbers on the dice above shown to the chess-pieces are fairly simple. The explanation must be sought in the numbers and powers of the squares on the Sephirotic crosses. On the tensquared cross, Kether, the Crown, is the first square, which is a fairly sound attribution to the King, who is Osiris, Spirit – the Number 1. Number 2 on the Cross is Chokmah, the Yod of Tetragrammaton, Abba, and therefore the Knight is appropriate. 3 is Binah, to which is referred in the Enochian attributions, the High Priestess card of the Tarot. The mitre of the High Priestess determines the selection of the Bishop. 4 is Chesed, to which is attributed the Tarot trunp The Empress, who is the chess Queen. and 5 is the Castle, referred to Geburah, and the Tarot card The Tower struck by lightning. The remaining number 6 refers to the movement of any pawn, one square.

It is not always necessary to use four players. Two individuals may play, each operating two lesser angles and two sets of pieces. Fire and Air would be pitted against Water and Earth. If this is done, then the two sets of elemental pieces of any player must be regarded as a single unit in practice. That is to say if the first player whose pieces are the allies of Fire and Air, checks the Earth King, the second player must not continue the movements of the Water pieces, which are his allies, until he has moved the Earth King out of check by any of the usual technical forms of chess.

The reader who understands and appreciates ordinary chess manouevring will appreciate what is expected of him in the course of play. When the so-called “stale-mate” occurs, which is when a player has no piece or pawn that he can move without incumng check, that is the King not being in check but so placed that he could not move without getting in to check, the result is that the player whose King is affected loses his turn until his state of “stale-mate” is removed.

For the purposes of Divination, an additional piece was employed. This was called the Ptah. Any book dealing with the Egyptian God-forms will describe the form in question. A small figure of this should be made, and on the board it will represent the question or matter of divination. The mode of employing it is simple. It has no power at all, and is not actually used in the play. It is only used by the first player to be set on any square in the Lesser Angle from which he begins his play. Any square, that is, except the one on which the King first stands.

The King must reach, in the course of the game, this square on which the Ptah is set and remain there for one round of the game undistrubed – that is without moving therefrom – and unchecked. A knowledge of the nature of the Pyramids with their elemental composition, and some knowledge of the Angelic forces represented by those squares and
Pyramids, will decide the player as to what square shall be selected for the placing of the Ptah.

If the divinatory question concerns the fiery Lesser Angle of the Element of Earth, a question involving Capricornus and the figure Carcer ruled by Zazel, then the Ptah probably should be placed upon a square of the Angle which is of the nature of Cardinal Earth, as representing the Yod type of Earth, or on Elemental Fire, that is the Heh (final) type of Fire. The ingenium of the interested student will guide his judgment herein.


Every Lesser Angle throughout the Tablets has a diagonal line of four squares starting from its prime square; which are allotted respectively to Aries, Gemini, Scorpio and Earth. From these four squares the Bishops can move one square into a square of Libra, Sagittarius, Taurus or Water, these completing the series of squares in that Lesser Angle :n which a Bishop can move. Let us call this the Aries System of diagonal squares. This diagonal is crossed by another which in the Airy and Watery boards is composed of Cancer, Leo, Virgo and Air Squares, having as subsidiaries, squares of Aquarius, Pisces, Capricorn and Fire.

In the Earthy and Fiery board the second series of Four form the diagonal, and the first the subsidiaries. Let us call this the Cancer series. If we now examine the Boards we shall see that the Aries system of any Lesser Angle is joined diagonally to the Aries system of the other three Lesser Angles; and that the Cancer also is similarly joined to every other
Cancer system. So that we have two systems of squares; viz: the Aries and the Cancer; of the whole, each containing four squares allotted to every sign it contains. This resembles the black and white systems of squares of the ordinary board; and it is as if we allotted the White to Aries, and the black to Cancer.

When beginning a game see to which system the Ptah square belongs. Because if it be a square of the Aries system the attack of the opposing Queens is insignificant, while that of the Bishops is strong. In such a case the number of pieces is 6; 2 Bishops, 2 Knights and 2 Rooks. That is, in these matters the Airy attack is strong, and the Watery weak.

If the Ptah be on a square of the Cancer System, one opposing Queen directly attacks this Square, but the Bishops do not. In this case the number of attacking pieces is 5; one Queen, 2 Knights, and 2 Rooks. That is, in these matters the Airy attack is insignificant, while the Watery is strong.

If an opposing Queen can attack the Ptah, the defence should note well which Queen it is and should remember that this fact greatly enhances her power. He should thereupon not hesitate to exchange what might otherwise be considered a more powerful piece for her. She should certainly be exchanged for a Bishop, and probably also for a Knight. The YHVH order of the pieces corresponds with their respective offensive and defensive Powers.

Yod. Knight. The most offensive piece.
Heh. Queen. More offensive than defensive.
Vau. Bishop. More defensive than offensive.
Heh (final) Rook. Most defensive. That is in a general sense.

Because, according to the circumstances of the actual play, every piece is able to assume both roles of attacking or defending. Note that, as in ordinary chess, opposing Kings may not occupy contiguous squares. There must always be one square between them. This,
however, does not apply to the Kings who are allies. That is, if Fire and Air are allies, then the Kings of these elements may approach each other and occupy contiguous squares. Naturally they do not check each other.

When a King has once been moved from the corner square which he occupied with another piece at the beginning of the game neither he nor that piece can be moved back again to that square unless it be vacant. If the Prime Player’s King is checked and he cannot move it, his game is arrested and his pieces cannot move until the pieces of his ally can release his King. That is to say that his pieces remain in situ but having during that time of check no power of action and can neither attack nor threaten; they only block the squares occupied.

If the allied King can be check-mated, his partner continues to play and to seek to release him. When both Kings are checkmated, the game is at an end, and the partners checkmated have lost the game. The game is also lost by the first player, when though neither he or his ally is checkmated, the enemies hold such a position that the Prime Player cannot possibly attain the Ptah square.

The Knights or Fiery forces of the Elements meet and clash violently in all parts, and are strong in attack against every thing and everywhere. Their moves, like Fire, pass unarrested through the other elements in irregular courses like the lambent flame, leaping both diagonally and square-wise at every move. They contain the potential forces of the other pieces. Their force is similar to the Tarot King, and to Chokmah. They are the Abba forces, and with the Queens represent the Briatic forces of the scheme.

The Queens or Watery forces of the Elements never clash with one another, but ever undulate onwards, each in its own course unaffected by opposing or crossing waves. But the Watery forces only move in their respective pre-ordained courses; they cannot leave their limits and enter upon the domain of others. Water, like Fire, is unarrested and undulating, and like Air and Earth it can act diagonally or square-wise, containing the potential force of Air and Earth. They are the Queen of the Tarot, and Binah. They are the
Aimah, and are of Briah.

The Bishops are subtle and sharp, Airy in quality, moving rapidly, but  easily arrested in their course. They clash not with opposing bishops, and the friendly Airs support each other in attack and defence. Where the active Airs whirl the passives cannot come. They are the forces of the Princes, and of Yetzirah, the Son.

The Rooks are the heavy resisting powers of the Princess, the Earth by nature, mighty indeed in action when preceded by the action of the other three. That is, when in any matter the forces of Fire, Water, and Air have been absorbed and equilibriated, i.e. removed from the board, the mighty powers of the castles come into play. But woe to him who too early calls these ponderous forces forth.

The Rook moves through columns as through ranks. She is able, therefore, to reach every square on the board, and is very powerful. But her movement is very ponderous, and it is a piece that is not moved many times in a game unless the forces of the other Elements have been absorbed in its working out. While the Aleph, Mem, and Shin forces are in full operation the Rook is easily attacked and with difficulty defended, unless she remain quiet, and act as a firm basis of support and defence to the side. If she, however, makes the mistake of entering early into action she is nearly sure to fall a prey to the more subtle forces whose proper sphere is attacked.

If the more subtle forces do not bring about a solution of the question, and the matter has to be fought out to the bitter end, that is, if the Yetziratic and Briatic forces are absorbed and balanced in the matter, then do the ponderous forces of Assiah, the Princess, engage in powerful combat.

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