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  Interpretation of EHNB
Magick Posted by Xnoubis on June 18, 2000 @ 05:04 PM
from the pyramid-schemes dept.

The Enochian elemental tablets, or Watchtowers, describe a four-fold hierarchical system. At the summit of that hierarchy is the Black Cross, the central cross in the Great Table, which delineates the four quadrants composing the Watchtowers of the four elements.


The Great Table

The letters of the Black Cross are rearranged to form the Spirit Tablet, or Tablet of Union.

The Tablet of Union

In the Golden Dawn recension of Enochian, each of the four horizontal lines of the Spirit Tablet is said to rule one of the Watchtowers. EXARP rules Air, HCOMA rules Water, NANTA rules Earth, and BITOM rules Fire. The initial letters of the four lines, or EHNB, are said to rule the whole of the Spirit Tablet, adding another recursion of four-foldedness to the system. (Similarly, I have always believed that there is an invisible square, the eye at the top of the pyramid, which forms the true apex of the structure.)

One aspect of Enochian that takes some getting used to is the sequence of the elements. Why is Air first, followed by Water, Earth, and finally Fire? For me, this indicates the positioning of the functions of the elements along the human body.

Air corresponds to the function of mind, centered in the head. Water is attributed to emotion, centered in the chest. Earth is the body, and the body's center of gravity, known in the East as the hara, or tan t'ien, is located in the lower belly. And Fire represents the vital energy of sexuality, centered in the genitals. In this sense, we carry the Tablet of Union (indeed, all the tablets) within us.

Another work of John Dee's, not quite as well known to magicians as Enochian, is the Monas Hieroglyphica or Hieroglyphic Monad, a tremendously obscure essay touching upon mysticism, alchemy, geometry, astrology, and no doubt many other things, which Dee published in 1564. It made a great impression at the time, firmly establishing Dee's reputation as the Deepest Cat of His Time. It later played a significant but mysterious role in The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosencruetz.

The Monad itself is a geometric figure which, although relatively simple, is said to contain many marvels. One day, as I was staring at the EHNB column of a Tablet of Union painted in the Enochian alphabet, something clicked for me, and so I'd like to add it to my own list of Monad Marvels.

EHNB becomes the Monad

Starting from the bottom, the Enochian letter B seems to approximate the symbol of Aries, the fiery part of fire, which forms the base of the Monad (on the right in the figure above). The N is a stylized cross, the cross being the sigil of the Elemental King of Earth, and the symbol of Earth in the Sigillum DEI Aemeth. The Enochian H can be seen as a representation of the symbol of the sun, the ruler of Tiphareth, the heart of the Tree of Life.

The final step admittedly requires a stretch, but is hopefully not too far-fetched in light of the above. By rotating the Enochian letter E counter-clockwise 130 degrees, we can see that it is nearly the lunar crescent. This relates to Air in a number of ways. It is a symbol of receptivity, for the moon receives the rays of the sun as the mind receives impressions. The crescent also resembles the drinking cup, or crater, likened to the mind in the Corpus Hermetica. In many traditions, it is common to hear the analogy that when the mind is free of thought, the truth may be seen like the unbroken reflection of the moon on the still surface of the water. And lastly, the moon is attributed to Yesod, whose element is Air.

EHNB, then, can be held as a representation of the Hieroglyphic Monad, and the Monad can also be held as a chart of the elements on the body.

Building the elements from the bottom in this way also brings to mind that BNHE (EHNB backwards) could be considered as a variant on the Sephirah Binah. Recall this passage from the 28th Aethyr of The Vision and the Voice:

Whoso hath power to break open this sapphire stone, shall find therein four elephants having tusks of mother-of-perl, and upon whose backs are castles, those castles which ye call the watch-towers of the Universe.

About which Crowley comments, "The Elements are hidden in Binah." Or, from the 19th Aethyr, "Rosa Mundi est Lilium Coeli," meaning, "The Rose of the World is the Lily of Heaven," and to which the comment is, "Malkuth is Binah."

Small wonder that Crowley used Enochian for his Magister Templi attainment, that work being attributed to Binah.



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    Re: Interpretation of EHNB
    by Fir on Monday June 19, @07:42PM
    Dee's "Monas Hieroglyphica" played a role in "The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosencruetz" ? Please do say more. 93 93/93 Fir

    • Re: Interpretation of EHNB
      by Xnoubis on Wednesday June 21, @09:47AM
      I don't have my copy of the Wedding these days, but this is from The Rosicrucian Enlightenment by Frances Yates (1972, Routledge and Kegan Paul: London and Boston), p. 61:

      When Rosencreutz opened the letter which the vision with the trumpet had given him, he found that it contained verses beginning:
      This day, this day, this, this,
      The Royal Wedding is.
      Art thou thereto by birth inclined,
      And unto joy of God design'd?
      Then mayst thou to the mountain tend
      Whereon three stately Temples stand,
      And there see all from end to end.
      In the margin beside the poem there is a symbol; below it are the words 'Sponsus' and 'Sponsa,' the bridegroom and the bride. The same symbol, reversed, also appears on the title-page of the book.

      This symbol is a roughly drawn version of John Dee's 'monas hieroglyphica' [ . . . ] That the Wedding begins with Dee's sign in the margin is yet another, very strong, indication that the 'more secret philosophy' underlying the Rosicrucian publications was that of John Dee.


    Re: Interpretation of EHNB
    by Raum on Monday June 19, @10:07PM
    It is interesting to see someone else who thinks that there is a letter that is the "eye of the pyramid. I personally think that it is the letter "L". A little research can show how this is a good candidate. However, if anyone else has a good suggestion, please write me personally!

    Ge Rest Yocalm Michaolz Nazarth.
    Ch = 215

    • Re: Interpretation of EHNB
      by Michael Sanborn on Tuesday June 20, @09:31AM
      My own interpretation is that there is no letter at the summit, but an invisible presence, i.e., no room at the top, because that's where I sit!

      256 Lesser Angels surmounted by
      64 Kerubic Angels surmounted by
      (16 Sub-quadrants corresponding to the)
      16 Lesser squares of the Tablet of Union
          surmounted by the
      4 squares of EHNB surmounted by
      ?


      • Re: Interpretation of EHNB
        by Raum on Thursday June 22, @04:06PM
        Actually, I would like to clarify. Being that I work with the top-most square as "L", it is actually more like a mantle of God that I assume when working with the Enochian cosmology from the uppermost square.

        (The Complete Enochian Dictionary, Donald Laycock)
        The word "L" is "one, first; The First (a title of God). To me, this is also an angel associated with Sol, and I see that as the "Flame of the Sun" which is the single robe that the Priest is adorned with in this office. So, I can see why you have it as "an invisible presence," and that works. I just used the idea of their being this "office" with the title "L" that I assume as its rightful holder.

        Also: see Calls 2, 5, 15, and the
        Call of the Aethyrs, in particular.



     
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