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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.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Flaming Sword Sepher Sephiroth: Treatise on Gematria

The Flaming Sword Sepher Sephiroth is the result of many years of practical work and research. It gives me great pleasure to announce the release of this whole work in two volumes of over 1000 pages.

The Flaming Sword is a comprehensive and unique treatise on Gematria, revealing the pre-religious Gnosis and its relation to Thelema. In addition to the substantial Sepher Sephiroth (“book of numbers”) there is an introductory guide to the use of the book, tables of Hebrew, Greek and Enochian values, prime numbers, and a complete set of Magical Kameas with corrected and redrawn planetary seals and sigils.

The Flaming Sword Sepher Sephiroth Treatise on Gematria

With the kind permission of Starfire Publishing, substantial quotations from Kenneth Grant’s seminal work, The Nightside of Eden, are included. The information on the paths of the sword and serpent of the Hermetic Tree is therefore comprehensive. The book also serves as a veritable grimoire for those engaged with the more specialised work of the Egyptian Book of the Law, Liber AL vel Legis. The Flaming Sword provides multiple solutions to all of the riddles of Liber AL vel Legis, as well as some of the most cryptic passages. By including words and numbers that have special application and meaning to those who work with the Thelemic, Typhonian or ‘93’ magical current, the legacy of our work is powerfully encoded so that future generations of magicians may continue its development.

The word “Qabalah” implies something passed on from mouth to ear—a whisper in the ear, to those prepared to receive it. Gematria is the association of a word or phrase with another word or phrase sharing the same numerical value. The skilful use and understanding of Gematria provides a vessel for the incarnation of spiritual ideas. With persistent practice, a number will instantly convey all of its related meanings to the trained mind; the subtlest nuances will be perceived and refreshed, again and again. An enduring plumbline is forged between the rational mind and the Deep Mind so the consciousness of the magician habitually inhabits and explores spaces that would otherwise remain inaccessible.

Greek words from the New Testament and Hermetica are included, in addition to the usual Hebrew words; the entire Enochian vocabulary of John Dee is included, as well as Latin, Sanskrit, Arabic and ancient Egyptian.

Format: 6×9 high quality paperback, in two volumes
Volume One: 684 pages
Volume Two: 584 pages

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