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Oliver St. John is the author of fifteen books covering Hermetic and Thelemic philosophy, Qabalah, operative magical Theurgy, the Tarot and astrology. He is a founding member of the Thelemic Magical Collegium, Ordo Astri, and has been a member of the Typhonian Order since 2000 e.v.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

The Magick of Aquarius

The Tarot trump for the 15th path of Aquarius is The Star XVII. The esoteric title of the path is The Daughter of the Firmament: the Dweller between the Waters.

The Crowley Thoth Tarot Trump The Star XVII

The Star XVII

The following is from our book, The Flaming Sword Sepher Sephiroth:

In the Sepher Yetzirah the 15th path is called the Constituting Intelligence because it is the essence of creative force that arises in pure darkness. The word used for “essence” is etzem, which has the same root as OTz, “tree”, from whence OTz ChIIM the Tree of Life. The same word etzem can mean “bone”, “body”, “life”, “substance”. The power of manifesting or begetting is the primal power of the Goddess, which is that of division into two; the path therefore corresponds to the Goddess of the stars. As declared by Nuit in the Egyptian Book of the Law, Liber AL vel Legis, I: 59:
My incense is of resinous woods and gums; and there is no blood therein: because of my hair the trees of Eternity.
The 15th path of the letter hé runs from Chokmah to Tiphereth. Chokmah is the chakra of the Zodiac, as separate and distinct from the fixed stars which are the domain of Kether and the North Pole of the universe. The Zodiac is the belt or girdle of Venus, the planetary symbol of Nuit in her manifestation as visible nature. Incense and fragrance are ancient metaphors for pure spirit or essence—that essence of creative force that arises in pure darkness. The darkness itself is a metaphor, since it is more than merely an absence of light; visible light is a veil, an appearance that clothes the nakedness of Nuit, whose essence is the ‘Not’ of space.

There were two trees in the garden of Eden: the Tree of Life or visible light, and the Tree of Knowledge, Night or Nuit—the invisible light of Non-Being. ‘Blood’ is the self-replicating power or energy that moves through all incarnated creatures, yet the oracle of Nuit asserts that her creative essence has “no blood therein”. It is therefore necessary to counterchange the Tarot trumps on the 15th and 28th paths, for Aries, previously assigned to the 15th path, is the sign of the fire of blood, the blood of the Lamb as depicted in Christian mysticism. Aquarius, on the other hand, is the sign of the Waters of Space, typified by the Egyptian hieroglyph of two streams of water or radiation.

The placing of The Star of Nuit-Aquarius on the 15th path is to end the ages old confusion between the blood of material generation and the pure essence that is the substance of spiritual regeneration. Nuit is the Egyptian Goddess particularly concerned with the occult or hidden side of nature, and her mysteries are those of sex and generation—not the generation of physical progeny but the generation of the magical ‘child’ that is the true son or Sun-Star of Nuit. 

The magical power of the 15th path is that of Astrology. The Hermetic starry wisdom of the 15th path should not be confused with popular notions of astrology.

© Oliver St. John 2014, 2017