I have been under the weather so as an interlude before continuing our discussion about the Watchtowers I would like to introduce one of the a priori constructs. The Round Table of Nalvage. This is a revision of an early piece so some of the material may be familiar.
“All things are in order. Thus saith the Messenger of him which is the God of Wisdom. Is your worthiness such, as you can merit so great a mercy? Or are your vessels cleansed, and made apt to receive and hold the sweet liquor, pure understanding itself?”
from the Spirit Action of Tuesday April 10, 15841
Figure 1. The Round Table of Nalvage
The correction of the table from the Cotton Appendix was first brought to my attention by my G.H. frater N.G.
“He standeth upon his round table of Crystal, or rather of Mother of Pearl: There appear an infinite number of letters on the same, as thick as one can stand by one another. The table is somewhat inclined on one side:”2
From this Table Nalvage4 ‘counteth and confereth places and letters together’ to form the actual form of the Table delivered to Dee and Kelly, and shown above:
Delivered to Dee and Kelly in Cracow Poland during the Spirit Action of Tuesday April 10, 1584, this Table precedes, almost directly, the beginning of the reception of the Calls5 and may be identified with the Key or Calling ‘not to be opened,’ as it completes the necessary sum of 49 mentioned with the introduction to the Calls in the next Spirit Action:
“I am therefore to instruct and inform you, according to your Doctrine delivered, which is contained in 49 Tables. In 49v oices, or callings: Which are the Natural Keys, to open those, not 49. but 48. (for One is not to be opened) Gates of Understanding, whereby you shall have knowledge to move every Gate, and to call out as many as you please, or shall be thought necessary, which can very well, righteously, and wisely, open unto you the secrets of their Cities, & make you understand perfectly the6 contained in the Tables. Through which knowledge you shall easily be able to judge, not as the world doth, but perfectly of the world, and of all things contained within the compass of Nature, and of all things which are subject to an end.”7
from the Spirit Action of Thursday April 12, 15848
The Table itself consists of 4: 3 X 3 tablets named Continents.
The Continents are ordered from the upper left to the lower left to the upper right and ending with the lower right. So that the concourse of the forces through the inner square of the Table progresses in a path that would form an inverted capital letter ‘N.’
The 1st and 2nd Continents are said to be dignified. The 3rd not yet dignified, but to be dignified. And the 4th is described as being without glory or dignification. The Latin appellations assigned to each repeat and emphasize the same sentiments. The upper left quadrant is called the “Vita Suprema,” ‘ the highest life.’ The lower left is simply “Vita,” ‘the life.’ The upper right is described as “Vita non dignificata, sed dignificanda,” that is ‘the life not dignified, but which shall be dignified.’ And of the lower right it is said, “Vita est etiam haec, sed quae peperit mors” meaning ‘Even this is life, but life which will be payed with death.’9
When combined the 4 Continents form an inner tablet of 36 squares.10
Attached to the sides of this inner tablet are 4 linear segments of 4 squares each, centered on the 4 sides of the inner tablet.
Making the total number of squares in the Table 52.11