proximity principle: path assignments & positions…

A handy little chart for the Mutational Alchemy Tarot.

Atu 0 – Aleph, 1 – Air – (Fool) – path between sephiroth 1 & 2 – bright pale yellow [FFFF66]
Atu I – Beth, 2 – Mercury – (Magus) – path between sephiroth 1 & 3 – yellow [FFFF00]
Atu II – Gimmel, 3 – Luna – (Priestess) – path between sephiroth 1 & 6 – blue [0000FF]
Atu III – Daleth, 4 – Venus – (Empress) – path between sephiroth 2 & 3 – emerald green [00C957]
Atu IV – Hé, 5 –
Aries [was Aquarius] – (Star) – path between sephiroth 2 & 4 – violet [CB0FFF]
Atu V – Vau, 6 –
Taurus – (Hierophant) – path between sephiroth 2 & 6 – red/orange [FF4000]
Atu VI – Zayn, 7 –
Gemini – (Lovers) – path between sephiroth 3 & 5 – orange [FF8000]
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book review: the brazen serpent by soror n.o.

When I received a request from the author’s husband to review The Brazen Serpent, I thought to myself, “Are they mad? These people must not know me at all…or…they are extremely confident in their work.” I am possibly the most brutal critic of anything remotely Hermetic in the entire occultosphere. The opinions of people never really matter where Abrahadabra – or reality – is concerned. While I didn’t expect to be handed something in the vein of Llewellyn trash, I presumed from the very outset that I would be delicately attempting not to club the book to death…too hard…they seemed like nice people.

After finishing the book, the most pressing arguments I have with the points found within are simply matters of the perspective and degree of the paths taken to those answers – similar in nature to the differences bhakti yoga versus jnana yoga. Given the advanced nature of the material within, this is very impressive. I do believe there is an objectively correct answer to all things that lies at the heart of all existence and beyond illusion, though that answer will shift in appearance from one path to another. So, while it is important that I get all of the final accounting correct right out of the gate, it isn’t so important that I agree with everyone else all of the time, since there is a lot of ground to cover between our current state and Completion itself, which is where we strive to maintain an asana at most of the time.

It is well worth the cost just to read the killer introduction. The book is authentic to its source. It’s written from the point of view of a female philosopher in the A.’.A.’. lineage. Although she already possesses a degree in philosophy, she is currently attending Manly P. Hall’s University of Philosophy in Los Angeles, which was founded in 1934. 

When I received the package from the couple’s L.A. home, I chuckled to myself. The return address had “R.H.K.” as the name. A few weeks earlier, I had a very successful invocation of Ra Hoor Khut, which had become the catalyst for an extensive series of acknowledgements from the god, woven throughout my life so prominently I couldn’t ignore it. It seemed like every other event in my life prior to the arrival of the package was some kind of joke involving Montu making a meme of my life. The initials are the first names and last name of the couple, which I found interesting. The author, Soror N.O. (Helen Kirkby,) is an American author and artist married to Russel Kirkby, another artist who has done a couple of really cool occult short films which m1thr0s and I had already enjoyed together a few years ago. 

The prominence of the couple’s relationship woven throughout their correspondence with me, the dedication and the flavor of the book, piqued my curiosity. While the book is written solely by Soror N.O., the couple seems to share many occult adventures together on their blog. It’s unusual to see couples working in the occult together, professionally, and this is always heartening to see, considering the rarity of our lifestyle. Last year, the month before TAI opened its doors to initiates, Ray Sherwin, the father of Chaos Magick, released Ouroboros: A Grimoire. The cover sports an illustration by his wife practitioner, and throughout the book he goes on to assert the primacy of couples’ work over any kind of coven.

This is not a new idea; the essence of the highest alchemical workings rests in the arms of a heterosexual monogamy, a dyadic monad: “Male, Female, Quintessential One;” as the ancient principle states. This isn’t meant to be a derisive snort at other ternary patterns; sexual pairings – the alchemical axiom merely emphasizes an alchemical law – forces of nature really couldn’t care less about one’s feelings or political sentiments. In other words, Yin and Yang will always be important to one another, in some special kinds of ways, and the variety of biological sex is not insignificant – it certainly can’t be politicized away either. (All of the arrangements of sexuality are merely bigrams and trigrams of various sorts, to the Mutational Alchemist. There is nothing emotional about it – not personally, and not objectively, and I try to keep contemporary politics out of my occultism.)

While the book isn’t written from the perspective of the couple whatsoever, and has a single author, it’s really hard to ignore the influence that a couple’s working brings to the table, as it is apparent in the writing, at least to me, and I’ve read a lot of occult titles. The book does nothing to overtly press this point – it cannot be classified as a true male-female working, although that’s simply an observation, not a judgement. I only mention it here due to the fact that it is unusual and makes the book more interesting to collectors. Both its quality and the fact that the author is a woman in a predominantly male dominated field – unchanged for the past 500 years or more – makes it an extremely attractive title for collectors. 

While not explicitly related to The Brazen Serpent, there are some special features involved in a couple’s working occult relationship. First it’s the Magus-Priestess dynamic, which is all important for major alchemical work. Despite the importance of Yin and Yang, or, perhaps because of their individual potency in the universal hierarchy of the so-called “ten thousand things” it’s unusual to find powerful and overt male-female workings. The history of such dates back to the dawn of Man. Famous examples of this include the legendary P’an Ku and Nu Kua of ancient Chung Kuo, who created mankind and invented marriage among other early stirrings of civilization; Pythagoras and Theano of Ancient Greece; and of course Nicolas and Perenelle Flamel who famously (although perhaps mythologically,) answered a question about his rumored alchemical gold creation by saying that he and his wife knew the secret and created it every night in their bedchambers.

“By now it should be clear that everything in magick is sexual. Did Siva fail to teach this to us? Mahakala?” – m1thr0s 729

Crowley himself, one gold standard occultists, produced two prominent male-female workings; Liber al Vel Legis with Rose in the Giza pyramid, and THOTH with Lady Frieda Harris. It’s primordial – Yin and Yang – and it carries with it the authority of those first two prime divisions. Yet this is a book written by a female, classically regarded as the embodiment of Understanding, which is bestowed upon her by the masculine, as she bestows upon him Wisdom. 

Before introducing readers to the book itself, I wanted to write more about Nephilim Press, since so little is known of them, generally speaking. There isn’t much, and they are tight lipped about it – and by tight lipped I mean they refused to provide any information – they told Mr. Kirkby to tell me to look on the web, where, there’s almost nothing. All I could get came from the ICANN info, which is almost always spoofed. They’re based in South Carolina and have asserted themselves as a high quality occult publisher and book store: focusing on quality information over mere vanity items with a limited number of printings. As many occultists have found out, these pricy grimoires can often be very disappointing, but the entirety of Nephilim’s offerings are priced at or below $50, which is incredibly affordable. At the time of this writing they updated their website with something a bit more helpful:

Our selection of occult literature covers topics ranging from Enochian magick, necromancy and black magic to Satanism, left hand path, divination, and so much more. We aim to find the best information, old and new, and make it available to you at competitive prices – Nephilim Press’s website

As one might expect, a title named after the English translation of Nachash will probably deal with matters pertaining to Hermetic Qabbalah, and from a fairly lofty vantage point. While I wasn’t quite sure these expectations would be met when I received The Brazen Serpent, as I didn’t bother reading the ad copy, I was soon happily finding myself shifting into a higher gear in order to apprehend the style of writing. 

For those who have partaken of the sacrament of entheogens alongside their theurgy and alchemy, or, for those who are naturally sensitive, the peculiarity of discussions pertaining to higher states of mind is very clearly delineated from all others. The experienced can discern when someone has been *out there* so to speak, so that all true explorers can recognize each other, even across very different cultural environs.  

While our goals at TAI are far removed from O.T.O. lineaged practitioners to ever find any broad common ground on any particular subject, this is not a judgement against the book. I found myself neither snorting with disgust nor confused about where the ideas in the book were coming from; they were firmly within the lineage the work claimed to be affiliated with; a passing mark in my estimation for any serious piece of occult literature.

Aesthetics

The physical book itself is very beautiful. You’ll never hear me complain about serpents, black and gold, ever. Still, even those occultists who prefer silver and black will find little to complain about here. It is not overdone, as is the case with so many occult grimoires.

Eggshell finish jet black leatherette, with bright gilting of the Nachash, or brazen serpent on the front, and the Sephiroth on the spine is understated and elegant. The end papers are matte black. The book does not fit into my Oberon leather book covers, being slightly too long, for those occultists who like to use them. The plain pages are cut smooth edge and there is no gilt edge. The book is graced with a black satin bookmark. It’s easy to handle and made for reading.

Initially I thought it was a reference book, a bit like a Sephiroth oriented 777. The introduction, as I have previously mentioned, is highly analytical and insightful. I could tell the author was speaking from her highest house. This is a difficult mental asana to achieve. I remarked to one of our members and students, Lugh, after the initial speed reading “It’s dealing with such lofty subjects I kinda have to be in the right frame of mind to read it;” to which he replied, “That’s a compliment if I ever heard one.” He wasn’t wrong, and I will say right now this is a book any serious student of the occult would want to have in their library as a regular touchstone of reference. It’s just one of those books written from such a lofty and cautious scholarly perspective, that reading this is a great way to see what is going on through the filters of another deep thinker. Any occultist uninterested in what is going on in the minds of other consciousness stars is not going to achieve much success.

It is not a book for neophytes, but neither is it inaccessible (at the very least one might want to memorize the Sephiroth before tackling the Brazen Serpent.) I was curious about where the tome actually stood in the classification scheme of occult literature. I read through it again, but not from cover to cover. Instead I thought of a Sephira or path I wanted to read about and flipped to that section. It worked – but it was of a very different flavor than most reference manuals. This is an abstract reference manual for advanced Hermetic Qabbalists coming from the A.’.A.’. lineage and Thelemic current. 

The Bad

I do not agree with all of the assertions made – a few, are outright wrong, but, I recognize that these statements are true to the classical A.’.A.’. and O.T.O. traditions, so this is only to be expected. We are not affiliated with O.T.O. and we are clearly set apart from their traditions in several significant ways.

It should be noted that The Brazen Serpent is not filial to Judaic Kabbalah, despite the fact that the author was influenced by Lurianic Kabbalah. Qlippoth are treated here – as they are treated in the A.’.A.’. tradition – as something which influences us and our world, constantly – clearly a Western Magick stance. By contrast, the Abrahadabra Institute does not recognize the Qlippoth as influencing anyone directly or anything in one’s path working.

The problems I have with O.TO. or various other A.’.A.’. lineages is not insignificant, and I should explain this somewhat…I have never witnessed anyone in my entire life solve very many of the real problems and mysteries facing us in regards to the physics of the Body of Light from the perspective of Hermetic Alchemy with the exception of m1thr0s 729. Knowing what I know today about the O.T.O. and their ilk, I am very suspicious of anything that comes out of their camps. What Viktor Blåsjö wrote on Christiaan Huygens and G.W. Leibniz’ discourse also applies to the Body of Light and its mastery – the only goddamned thing that we are interested in here and the only thing we are ever actually discussing when we talk about any of the subjects here at the Institute; 

“We don’t study nature because we refuse to admit value in abstract mathematics. We study nature because she has repeatedly proven herself to have excellent mathematical taste, which is more than can be said for the run-of-the-mill mathematicians who have to invent technical pseudo-problems because they can’t solve any real ones. “

– Viktor Blåsjö

What applies to math applies to Qabbalah. When anyone brings up some of the more decadent and ornate theories of Western Magick, such as the idea that there “is a tree and abyss in each sephira” or that we can interact with the Qlippoth, and they do not bring a valid argument apart from mere dogma or the guesswork of antiquity, I must politely decline to hop on board ‘Ye Olde Victorian Hoopla and Rumors About the Occult’ bandwagon. So I am cautious – yet the book is not so overloaded with Thelemic dogma that it is oppressive, or sycophantic in any way. That is a welcome reprieve from most modern Thelemic texts; usually only matched in quality by the old devil Crowley himself, who understood, perfectly well, the abomination that is dogma and flattery. I would be remiss, however, not to mention this important distinction between Abrahadabra doctrines and those of the author and her lineage. 

Another influence I noticed as I skimmed through the text is the Christianity, again, typical and to be expected from any O.T.O. or A.’.A.’. text – we’re talking about the same organizations that runs the Ecclesiastica Gnostica Catholica, and not a branch of Satanism. Angels, God, Lucifer and the Christian mythos feature prominently enough to be noticeable, and there is a very slight criticism of the left hand path. These ideas and their sources share very little in common with TAI – they simply don’t enter into our way of life or our value systems in any way, and there is a good reason for why we are are counted separately from the rest of the occult world. Some sinister oriented magicians will find the Christian influences heavy handed, but again, this is a typical example of Thelemic literature, and it never claims to be anything other than this.

Much the same kind of deist rhetoric will be found within Israel Regardie, Dion Fortune and Helen Blavatsky, all of which feature within the extensive bibliography of The Brazen Serpent.  The bibliography is concise and accurately represents the pedigree of the book and its author – it’s also a very useful reading list for occultists looking for their next book. The author and publisher advertise it as a Thelemic text with A.’.A.’. influences speaking on the subject of classic Hermetic Qabbalah in the Western mystery tradition, and this is exactly what it is. 

While the book’s contents are ordered neatly in the correct Sephira and path chronologies, this is where the consistency ends – don’t expect to find correspondences ala 777 or Duquette’s Understanding the Thoth Tarot, in a neat little table at the beginning of each section. When attributions are given they are mentioned in passing randomly, and where they have a semblance of consistency between sections, they are scattered in various places rather than being placed in a summary at the beginning of the section, for example the Gematria attributions and Hebrew letter are given but they are not in the same place each time. This limits the book very slightly as a reference manual, however, most experienced Qabbalists will have cheat sheet charts lying around anyways (and if you’re really nuts like us here at TAI they will be the size of an entire wall.) In the final assessment the book works just fine as a reference manual for advanced Qabbalistic theory in the A.’.A.’. and O.T.O. traditions. 

The Emperor is yet still placed at Teth, although concessions are made to his connection to Tzaddi. I do not agree with the argument here on the face of it, but that is a matter of personal experience and opinions based on that experience, and it is the official doctrine of The Abrahadabra Institute, as established by m1thr0s 729, that the Emperor is positioned at the path of Tzaddi. I personally have no problems with these discrepancies. We have always gone our own way and I expect others to do the same where they see fit. There’s more than one way to Completion, and being unable to recognize this would be incalculably stupid of us to presume.

Despite doctrinal conflicts with The Abrahadabra Institute’s lineage, I can safely assure anyone interested in The Brazen Serpent that they shall be richly rewarded delving into Soror N.O.’s thoughts here, especially if they are attracted to the A.’.A.’. and O.T.O. doctrines and methodology. It’s also a great primer for becoming familiar with the lineage without having to undergo the initiation itself, as it accurately represents A.’.A.’. material without any bold revisions. Anyone considering applying to the A.’.A.’. or O.T.O. would do well to review The Brazen Serpent first.  I for one greatly look forward to more titles from this author and would be happy to add her thoughts to my top shelf materials. 

an overview of the jungian personality theory (mbti) and the mutational alchemy tarot

A few weeks ago one of our members was asking me about how we arrived at the syncretic merging of the 16 Court Cards of the traditional tarot with the Meyers-Briggs 16 personality types. I realized then that nothing has actually been written covering this very important topic. This is a really good excuse to lay out the inner workings of the way we do research and establish doctrine here at The Abrahadabra Institute, which is very different from the way almost everyone else in the occult goes about doing this. We apply to a very rigorous standard of logic. Everything must justify its existence here, and if it’s merely speculation, this must be disclosed honestly, from the very beginning. 

The theory of 16 personality types is credited to Carl Gustav Jung, considered to be a prominent occultist amongst our more sophisticated kindred. The theory is a simple Tetragrammaton base – a tetragram composed of two binary values. The values are not labelled “Yin” and “Yang” but this is exactly what they are, in the eyes of the trained Mutational Alchemist. 

Over 90% of the more than one thousand members we have had registered here at The Abrahadabra Institute are members of the NT group. Response to our request for registration of one’s MBTI on Abrahadabra Forums 1.0 was extremely successful. The results were surprising. Not shocking, but surprising – and a little worrisome. If we were only reaching the rarest of types, representing a little less than a quarter of humanity – what were we doing wrong? [Continue…this article is for members only]

special considerations and protocols on the use and reproduction of the twinstar

The upcoming curriculum announcement due in a few days will have more information on which mirrors are permitted physical presence on a student’s altar, according to grades (currently we only have one accessible grade that applies to the vast majority of our members, so my Magisters can ignore this. 

First, a surprise. The entirety of the Book of Mirrors has been uploaded in its original form and format in order to keep our new students busy, and to address a few deficiencies in our curriculum. Even more exciting news about a huge new data release can be found in the thread. TAI-members only access. 

http://abrahadabra.freeforums.net/thread/427/link-book-mirrors

It has come our my attention that some students might be unclear when and how they might safely use the tools that we have lying around here at TAI. The simple answer I have for you all, is when in doubt, ask – and a few of you who will join us in the future will probably need to doubt a little more  than you already do, if you are to avoid being taken for a fool. The extreme trepidation exhibited by a few of you is often well founded, and it’s one of the reasons why I responded to one member’s concerns by posting my own personal journal detailing the possible extremity of what we refer to as ignition. I am also extremely appreciative whenever someone takes the time to follow proper etiquette and asks me for permission to reproduce one or another mirrors. I am often able to grant these requests and there are very few mirrors we have restrictions on, usually based on the advanced nature of the technology inherent in the image. This post will deal with one of those mirrors that requires special consideration – the TwinStar. The TwinStar comes in several dozen different forms. One of them, a very carefully chosen form, is included in analog print form with the first year curriculum and made available to self guided students who wish to work independently (non-curriculum members). 
      We do not grant permission to any member to use the TwinStar above and beyond the meditations available on the site without prior authorization:  either from Abrahadabra itself or from necessity itself, in eons to come where there is no Abrahadabra Institute, or this order is just a distant memory. This is a more recent decision at TAI based on decades of experience.
       We cannot be held responsible for the fallout for failing to attend to this first mandate concerning the mirrors. We warn people all the time that they are not to be treated frivolously but it has become apparent after much completely unnecessary bloodshed and suffering that we have not enunciated this well enough for it to be taken seriously.
      We do occasionally release TwinStar mirrors, but these are always produced with the highest level of ability and precision, and always on the finest giclee process and paper available. A shortage of available prints does not mean one is justified in creating one for oneself. The last open selection in the catalogue raisonne was in December. Certain mirrors, such as the TwinStar and Four Elemental Worlds, or the TwinTrees, were unavailable, even during this special event, due to their special nature. The Four Elemental Worlds and Koshas TwinStar may only be created at the behest of the TwinStar itself, on rare occasions, and it decides who it goes to. 
       Permission to wear the TwinStar, in bronze or 10K gold is granted immediately following successful completion of TAI’s third year testing. After that point you may purchase them at cost in the desired material, once per year. This was mandated by the Magister Ouroboros 729 himself, before his death. 14K and 24K gold are not permitted as a material as that are too soft and would end up becoming distorted over time, which is unacceptable for such a holy image.
      At the time of your death they may be buried with you or given in your will to another suitable party (anyone past year three testing,) or melted down, or returned to the Abrahadabra Institute where they will be kept, with your name on them, forever.
      Occasional other permissions, for more specialized applications or creation of the TwinStar in other formats, in the past, for those with enough etiquette to ask the creator, has been granted very rarely to a few individuals, in order that they might use the TwinStar for one or another purposes agreed upon between us to be mutually beneficial. Even these individuals were warned that their dharma would be accelerated, and they really needed to think carefully about the decision.
      Even I was not permitted to wear the TwinStar until my fifth year under m1thr0s, as he was worried about several issues I might face without proper preparations. It was only after several scheduled observations between the world during multiple entheogenic sessions in various positions on the Tree of Life that was permitted to wear it. I  was not allowed to access high-res, printable files until my second year when it was made clear that I understood the importance of maintaining the physical perfection of the form. Unsurprisingly we hold students to the same standards.
      This brings us to another point. Creating the TwinStar with anything less than digital tools is not recommended, since it’s very hard to control the physical perfection of the image in traditional mediums. It has been done before of course – there are a number of examples of the TwinStar in our archives on drafting paper using pen and ink that are nearly indistinguishable from the “real” thing, that were created by the Magister Ouroboros 729 before digital drafting tools were made available to the public. Even with digital tools, students are advised to be very careful in reconstructing these mirrors on their own. 
      A 3D file of the image of the TwinStar was created by friend of the Institute after extensive back-and-forth dialogue between m1thr0s and one of the friends of TAI. This is the same file that will be used to create your TwinStar pendant upon graduation of the third year of study. It is pixel-perfect and quite a stunning piece of jewelry. For his merit he was awarded one of two framed kaostar-003.ai prints, the Black Akasha Edition, the only two that exist in the world to this day.

As an example of what we are talking about here though, at the time of its creation, the original file the 3D artist had made and sent to us alongside the request was imprecise, squashed, not at all the beautiful and elegant TwinStar. It was only due to the fact that he wrote us asking for permission to use m1thr0s’ design in a casting that we were able to tell him he was about to create something that wasn’t the TwinStar at all. This would have been a disaster for him if he had not come to us, as a deformed TwinStar is extremely dangerous, and by his own admission he only had a very small amount of money to put towards the fee for the casting. 
       TAI is not an institution  separate from the TwinStar itself, much as the flag of the United States of America is considered inseparable from the nation itself. Most people can’t seem to understand that, but when did the understanding of people ever really matter when it came to the matter and business of universe? All noticeably imperfect TwinStars must be destroyed. Like the flag, any TwinStars that must be destroyed should be burned in a solemn ritual. The same goes for the Hidden Diamond, Abrahadabra Grid, or any other magickal mirror that we have and use around here. 
      Despite the fact that peoples’ lives were being destroyed over their presumptuousness and easy familiarity with the master, the TwinStar, few people made the connection between their foolish (if unintentional) irreverence and easy familiarity with a hyper intelligent class of beings light years ahead of them in evolution. It’s not like I want people to blow themselves up. I’d much rather be left with a friend or someone who was actually useful to the star agenda. Life goes on and so does the train that is this work. I can’t afford to get off of it for any and every passenger that falls off from their own foolishness. 
       And just on a personal note, aside from all of the real consequences – do whatever you wish at TAI – but do not presume that I take kindly to my husband’s work being treated as a hotel buffet that one may do with as you wish. I thought that I had seen the last of it as we wiped the slate clean from the last round of Abrahadabra Forums – where every remarkably profound essay by the master was followed up on with inane “me too!” posts, excitedly squirting out whatever popped into their heads, rock crystals in the shape of the TwinStar, ugly copycat variant colors of special TwinStar editions m1thr0s and I released (of my Solstice gift no less,) or other mildly interesting garbage.
      The rest of us who understood that it wasn’t all about producing a lot of noise amounting to very little were forced to ignore these inanities for the sake of forum harmony, and we focused on the original conversation as best we could until the anvil hit these morons. I don’t give a damned if this offends anyone. What I have found out over the years is if a person acts like low-class trash, they probably are low-class trash everywhere else in the universe.
      You are not in competition with any of the material here, with m1thr0s 729, or me, or anyone else within The Abrahadabra Institute. The only way you could hope to be in competition with me is if you achieved ignition, and then you would see how fucking stupid that idea is.  Your only hope and wish should be to understand what is going on with the Body of Light and its Mastery. Once that happens, all of those idiotic notions of competition will vanish.
      The goal here is to always work in perfect harmony to the ultimate goal: Perfection itself. While there will be disagreements and fighting due to the lofty nature of the work and its importance to Mankind, there will never be any room for competitions of any kind. 
      Being able to wear the TwinStar, to be allowed access to possess forbidden mirrors only granted to those who won their way through the ordeals of our order, and bear the title, Mutational Alchemist, is a very high honor and achievement.
      The TwinStar is not a trinket, a toy or a pretty design. It is an intelligence of the loftiest order, far and above anything anyone on Earth has yet experienced in their everyday, common grimoires, practices and religions. There is nothing stronger, in this world or the next. Treat it with the respect and tribute that it is due and it will lift you up. Mistreat it, fail to make good on your word, and disparage its messengers and allies and you will be in a world of hurt. It does not, as far as I can tell, differentiate between intentional harm and foolish ignorance – much. “All fools despise.” as the book said. Crowley was not aware of it as far as I can tell and this is unsurprising – he didn’t have the clearance to know about it. We do not fetishize Crowley around these parts.
      The TwinStar is also, as I and Magister 729 have discussed countless times before, a weapon of the highest caliber. The only thing stopping the intelligence it represents from vaporizing you and reclaiming its atoms from you is its own intense desire to help you. It doesn’t have a sense of humor about anyone who dares to fuck around with any of its own servants, which makes it just about the best friend a Magus can make in this universe, and as far as I can tell, and the next. 
      So no, you may not wear the TwinStar. You may not make pictures out of it – whether out of rocks, or pixels or plants or crayon. It doesn’t belong to you, for starters, and you have not earned that right. The few TwinStar images we have released were released at the behest of the TwinStar itself, and they find themselves into the hands of the right people. Nobody will be punished for disobeying this mandate. I will not kick you out of TAI, and I will not make a big deal out of it, although you may find me less than pleased. Our mirrors have a way of policing themselves and they are much more efficient and far reaching than I could ever be, so there is no need to belabor the point beyond this guide. 
       Some of our members, I realize, as I have been contacted by them before, may be living such miserable lives that they would give anything to have a superior intelligence rework their life in order that you might attain some semblance of happiness, or maybe they’re on their deathbed and want the assurance of something better (and longer lasting) than Buddy Jebus Heaven, “I Give Up Plox” Nirvana or whatever else people are peddling from the Afterlife foodtruck these days. For these I can only say: Do What You Will. In these cases one should contact me so that I can fast track you into alignment with the TwinStar. There are ways to do this. It isn’t always pretty, and it’s often nerve wracking, but occasionally, it is the only real solution in certain dire situations…       

Izi Ningishzidda

Magister Ouroboros 777

The Abrahadabra Grid, The Hidden Diamond Sutra and the Doctrine of the TwinTrees: Introduction

On Saturday I was handed the answer to a question which has been puzzling me for some time. How many unique triangles, including triangles with triangles within them, are inside the Abrahadabra Grid? I needed some help from math whizzes as I wasn’t about to spend all weekend tracing copies of the Abrahadabra Grid. So I asked a subreddit full of just such math whizzes what the answer was. The formula, for those of you who are into this sort of thing, is below.

(4n^3 + 10n^2 + 4n – 1 + (-1)^(n)) /16 where n= {1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10}

ANSWER (and detailed commentary)

After I received the answer, I felt pretty great, now I had one more piece of the grand puzzle of Abrahadabra, but also a little lame since I couldn’t figure out the solution myself. (Not likely, since I majored in Art to Advanced Art III throughout highschool and took the bare minimum of Algebra I.) I gave the two key problem solvers Reddit Gold. Throughout my inquiry I was reticent to discuss anything in particular about the vanilla grid I had posted to them, shown below in its full glory. The image I posted to the group only shows the 100 triangles. 

After I gave out the gildings, I received an astonishing and eloquent letter from one of the two recipients of the gilding. (The full correspondence is here, and yes he does have a silver tongue…not very many people outside of TAI can convince me to write an article in response to their query – but I was convinced that this mathematically disposed fellow could easily surpass my understanding in Mutational Alchemy if I could expose him to m1thr0s’ work…)

Izi,

Your generosity is delightful and honestly made my day, many sincere thanks for the gold! I took the opportunity to check out your account, and it looks like you’re interested in more than a few interesting things yourself!

One of your recent comments stood out to me in particular. In a thread on the nature of Daath and the alleged Qliphoth, you note that you see the two trees as one aspect of a single tree.

This is an idea I have been grappling with myself lately, and I wonder if you might share with me another sort of gold and enlighten me as to your understanding of the tree?

Specifically, it seems as though many tarot decks hint at this same fact, that the two trees, knowldege of good and evil along with the tree of life, are two aspects of a single tree. I have been working with a somewhat obscure deck recently, the Sacred Rose Tarot, which seems to be using this mystery as its central theme.

But appealing to more common currents, when I look at the High Priestess of the standard RWS, I see the two pillars, with the Priestess herself as the central column. Yet also behind her visage is the virginal veil bearing yet another image of the tree in the form of palms and pomegranates, with Her lunar crown in the position of Daath. So there is the tree of which she herself is the central pillar and then there is the tree upon the veil.

This theme of the double tree can also be seen across many cards in many decks, but seems most clear in the Tower. The King and Queen flank the central pillar, but then the lightning takes the form of the flaming sword, indicating another tree. This is even more clear in the BOTA version, where the lightning takes again the form of the Flaming Sword, and, obscured by the prana like clouds above the queen, ten yods take the form of the tree of life. This almost implies 3 trees- the tower + king + queen, the lightning, and the yods.

This is even more pronounced in the golden dawn tarots of both Wang-Regardie and the Ciceros. Both of these versions show two trees clearly (one being the qliphoth) and one being the tree of life, with a central tower and a king and queen on the left and right. Cicero’s deck has the symbol of Mars stricking the tower, which makes enough sense, but Regardie keeps to the theme of the flaming sword bringing about the “calamity”. So there is a subtle implication of up to 4 trees in the vision provided by Uncle Al’s old secretary.

As I am sure you have noticed, the lightning itself, and not the tower, takes the most central and conspicuous place in the Crowley-Harris rendition, but here again the towers is also present, again implying at least a duplicity of trees.

I could go on and on, though such is clearly unwarranted. But again, while you asked for my expertise, I humbly ask for your wisdom in kind. Can you help me to understand this concept of the two trees as one, and how this somewhat illusory concept of the qliphot fits in, even though you clearly don’t buy into the concept yourself.

I am immensely grateful for the gilding, and am happy to have helped you! Now I would humbly ask that you bestow upon me a gold greater than that found in all the earth, but wholly accept if, for whatever reason, you cannot.

All the best!

 

9³ Phanes_,

There has been a tremendous amount of research done on this subject here at The Abrahadabra Institute, under the leadership of our founder, Magister Ouroboros 729 as he preferred to be called, or m1thr0s 729. Since you are familiar with Crowley it may be helpful to point out that he was initiated by Grady McMurtry and left the O.T.O. shortly after Hymenaeus Alpha’s death, for reasons I will not go into in great detail here, and I will try to keep this backstory only as long as necessary for you to get a full view of the origins of this work and what we are all about. First a photo of him so we know who we are talking about visually.


He began studying the occult in his early teens, and at the time that I made the decision to join him in his work as his lover and eventual wife, I had known him for 10 years already, and had been studying his work alongside many others at abrahadabra.com for about 10 years with varying degrees of understanding. Although we had merely had a casual flirting relationship before this, after I became completely absorbed and fascinated with his work, we had fallen madly in love due to our shared love of intellectual pursuits, especially Hermeticism and the discipline he had pioneered called Mutational Alchemy – a hybridized branch of Hermetic Alchemy. As it turned out, since I had been born to a witch and sorceress familiar with Crowley and his ilk in her own right, he also viewed me as an asset in his intellectual pursuits. Because he had been studying the occult without halting for over 40 years, you can imagine among other things it was an incalculably interesting and rewarding relationship for me up until his death on December 26th 2016. 
      Now to the lengthy answer to your question. So much of what we do here at TAI is focused on building on the understanding of those who are already here, it seems all of the introductory texts to what makes Abrahadabra.com special get buried under more advanced, or tertiary, essays and videos, that treat offhand subjects of not direct interest to TAI’s core discipline of Mutational Alchemy. For true intellectuals, and lovers of numbers, in the Pythagorean tradition, this is where the real treats are to be found. The proofs I am about to go over with you are utterly astounding and I know you will appreciate them as much as I do and a few rare individuals with just the right mix of knowledge and understanding who come across this stuff, although they are just completely lost on the vast majority of those who come to us for our tarot deck or just for a sense of belonging to an ooey occult organization with a dangerous looking sigil at its helm. 
       The first major observation that m1thr0s 729 made, at some point in the 1970’s, shortly after his departure from the dysfunctional O.T.O., who had no interest in his work anyways, was that the Sephiroth/Tree of Life fits within a talisman of the highest order he created called the Abrahadabra Grid. (Note that in the image below, if you highlight all of the Sephiroth and the Ain Soph Aur Coordinate, it spells ABRAHADABRA!)

This came about through the dedicated research he was doing into the alchemical formula of Abrahadabra at the time. He observed the importance with which the praeter-human intelligence of Ra Hoor Khut treated it, announcing it in the first line of his chapter, and designating it as a *reward.* This alone was enough to key him into its importance. This is the grid you solved with the formula you gave me.  Here it is, below, in its full glory for you to observe. 


Note that the Tree of Life’s Sephira are affixed upon the intersecting lines of the grid as if it was made for it. According to Crowley, as you might recall, Abrahadabra emerges from the Tree, not the other way around, but this proof clearly demonstrates that he was wrong. The Star gives rise to the Tree, not the other way around! Additionally, the Four Elemental Worlds cascade from apex at Ain Soph Aur itself and fit perfectly within the entirety of Abrahadabra. The dark grey triangles mirror the structure of the Tetractys of the Decad – we refer to these per m1thr0s’ naming conventions as *The Secret Chiefs*. The only *Secret Chief* that touches a Sephira is centered at the groin area of the Adam Kadmon, the shadowy figure in the center of the Abrahadabra Grid, and appears to uphold Tiphareth. There are countless other secrets in this, one of the master formulas of Mutational Alchemy, but this is as far I will go into this particular map for the moment, as I have a lot more to cover.
      You asked about the “two trees” and say you have been wondering about three, or even four trees. Although we have not answered the question of the third or fourth tree with any certainty, I can fill in more than a few huge blanks that you might have been missing.  The first concept I want to introduce you to is one that is newer than the TwinTrees which I will cover below, but it is the logical first step towards understanding that master formula. If one connects all of the Sephiroth via paths that are “not there” we find that the image is rather stunningly beautiful. More than this, there are exactly 16 paths all together, corresponding not only to the 16 Court Cards, but to the 16 Geomantic figures of Medieval Europe and the 16 personality types of C.G. Jung. We discovered this independently during our research on the Mutational Alchemy Tarot, which is why it figures so prominently in that deck, since the way we use sigils and talismans is different from any other meditative discipline on Earth, and we discovered it had some very intriguing properties when used with a methodology we call scryation and the building of Mutational Fields. (Mutationism is the professional term for those who study the science of change within binary or ternary structures, i.e., the I Ching) There’s a whole series of articles and charts pertaining to this structure, and very few people have noticed this structure over the centuries. It was documented only twice in literature that we know of, and never given any proper attention for whatever reason. Those two people who mentioned it are now dead and didn’t name it, so we gave it a name: The Hidden Diamond Sutra, after its presentation as an exotic diamond and its value to us. It is named a Sutra to emphasize to neophytes a different way of thinking about Sutra as merely a doctrine framed within literature.
      The mere fact that we could use it to unify both the Court Cards and the Geomantic Figures along with the Jungian personality types was enough for us to justify utilizing it in the Tarot, but m1thr0s also discovered that it crossed Da’ath, functioning as a precise and powerful weapon with which a Mutational Alchemist can launch an assault on Da’ath from all directions, rather than wading through it from the Abyss, something which has haunted those who work with the Tree of Life for generations. (See the Da’ath Hack article on the forums, under The Book of Mirrors)

 

The last doctrine we will go over is possibly the one that will attend to your questions as far as I can go within this short article, and it constitutes the master formula of Mutational Alchemy itself. This is the doctrine of the Twin Trees, which is an advanced set of Sephiroth paired to the I Ching. There have been at least half a dozen variations of this formula over the years in both single and twin form, (for reference, in order of creation they are called the *P’an Ku or Heaven Descending*, the *Nu Kua or Earth Ascending*, *The Emerald Tablet*,  The TwinTrees Prototype A and Prototype B [obsolete, kept in the archives for historical purposes, these were created in the search for the Temporals or a possible third Tree] and finally the TwinTrees Primordial and TwinTrees Temporals) but the two that concern us the most to this date are the *TwinTrees: Primordial* and the *TwinTrees: Temporal*.  The Mutational Alchemy Tarot itself is built on the framework of the Primordials. As we may remember it was Eliphas Levi who first thought of affixing the Tarot to the Tree of Life. While Aleister Crowley made a haphazard attempt at affixing some of the trigrams to the Tree of Life, he did so in such a sloppy nonsensical half-assed way as to render the attempt almost useless, and it was not ordered with any mathematical precision. He seemed to be oblivious to the nature of binary ordering, even though this knowledge would have been made available to him via the work of the much earlier genius of G.W. Leibniz. 

 One unfamiliar with the work of Leibniz or binary ordering in general might ask, how does one affix the Hexagrams in a rational way to the Tree of Life at all? This is a good question and lies in the way we assign numerical value to the binary structures, and to a little rule m1thr0s discovered called The Proximity Principle. Both of these will be covered in great detail in his upcoming book and will be taught in the upcoming March coursework, and a booklet has already been published on this material as well as a discussion available for free within the Mutational Alchemy Tarot Book itself, so it is really a subject for another time, but suffice it to say it allows us to determine in what order we should place the ATU and Hexagrams alike based on their inherent numerical value, and this determines where they are placed on the tree using the Proximity Principle. 
       The prime difference between the Primordials and the Temporals is that in the Primordials, the Hexagrams emerge and are affixed without any acknowledgement to Sephirothic primacy, they ascend on the left side (Earth Ascending) and descend on the right side (Heaven Descending) and this pays homage to both the Chinese observation of the natural tendencies of Heaven and Earth, as well as the placement of male and female elements in the West. (For example the Left Pillar on the Tree of Life is female, the Right is male, the right hand of the body is masculine, the left feminine and so on…) In the Temporals, special attention is paid to the Sephiroth, so that the paired Hexagrams with the nature of being reciprocal inverses (naturally, in the chronologies, this is not artificially arranged) are affixed in a rational ordering to the Sephiroth themselves first, and then the remainder of the Hexagrammal pairs are laid out according to the previously discussed Proximity Principle and binary value. 
      These two great charts are shown below for anyone to see for themselves what an astonishing and marvelous impact these will have on both the I Ching and the world of Hermetic Qabbalah.
      For an even more astonishing expose on just how perfectly these hexagrams are aligned with Western Hermetic Alchemy and Qabbalah, it’s suggested one examine the full range of the Tarot correspondences, both traditional and the new Mutational Alchemy ordering, where the Emperor has been corrected to be placed properly (with his new letter of Tzaddi, connecting him with the Liber Tzaddi transmission) instead of the Star. This was executed according to the Proximity Principle and it’s laws governing the rational ordering of the Hebrew letter system which Crowley failed to attend to, simply because he didn’t have the tools the scholars of antiquity used to formulate the Tarot correspondences that come down to us through the Golden Dawn lineage. (See the section on The Emperor in the MAT book for a detailed explanation. http://abrahadabra.com/mutational-alchemy-tarot-book/atu-xvii-the-emperor/)

The Twin Trees Imperial Edition 2012

 

I hope this little ditty has answered some of the more pressing questions that I hope more than a few of you are having. None of the assertions that we make here are based on guesswork, but on careful scholarly work and much time and effort has been put forth to assist anyone in handling this work for themselves in order that they might experience the amazing effects that m1thr0s 729 encountered decades before and than so many have testified to in working with this strong and powerful monstrosity of a system. It has so many secrets laying beneath its surface that we will certainly not see the end of its mystery in my lifetime, or the next few dozen generations is my guess. There is also a ton of work I have not discussed right here, but this is the core doctrine we adhere to around here that both deviates sharply from most other schools out there, yet is exceedingly attractive to those who are coming from old and stale Western traditions with seemingly no clue in sight as to where to go to next. “It furthers one to have somewhere to go.” the I Ching.
       Those who understand and appreciate this stuff will do so because they have the faculty to understand it at a fundamental and mathematical level and can check all of the godamned proofs for themselves. The detractors will whine on and on about how it “isn’t what Crowley believed” or that it is merely another New Age attempt at degrading their traditions, but those who understand and appreciate progress will see that this sort of work is the breath of fresh air Hermetic Alchemy has needed desperately for over a century now. The problem with tradition and the I Ching is nonexistent since the Chinese government has been actively hostile towards the mere mention of the I Ching for over a hundred years now, so that even my modern friends in China have never even heard of the I Ching and they are mostly forbidden from discussing it in depth, even though we now know that the underlying mathematics forms the backbone of the DNA code itself (See my article under the I Ching section: DNA and the I Ching explained, or Yan’s book DNA and the I Ching) The same goes for detractors on the scientific spectrum. They will all play catch up with this eventually, just as they did in 1952 with the official discovery of the DNA strand by Watson and Crick. 

“Dedicated evolutionists don’t much give a shit about the misconceptions of lesser mortals…they are already engaged in an aggressive dialog with nature itself at the highest levels…and they usually know this.[…] Proponents of modern science are routinely guilty of imagining that it is uniquely qualified to evolve and has therefore earned some special privilege to redefine its own parent disciplines in as pejorative a light as possible, as if the clock had somehow stopped for them. This may impress a few, for a time, but necessity is still the mother of invention. At the end of the day, Metaphysics will perpetually rediscover and redefine itself with or without the approval of modern science as mandated by the needs of real people in real time, attempting to answer the same questions that have been with us from the beginning. “

  • m1thr0s, Magister Ouroboros 729

I’ll leave it here since this article is already getting too long, but rest assured the proverbial rabbit hole does get a whole lot deeper than this for those who are brave enough to go there and who have the patience to continue receiving directives and dialogue from both necessity and Nature himself. We have never made a secret of our source work, but neither have we pretended that this work did not desperately need bright minds working on it and the further secrets that Mystery itself holds in hands, the promise of the future evolutionary dharma of our species and our theoretical starhood, encapsulated in the axiom *Every Man and Every Woman is a Star*.

Izi Ningishzidda, Magister Ouroboros 777