extracted from the Vernal Equinox issue of the Coph Nia Wand
In Operibus Sigillo Dei Aemeth
Part II: The Circumference
By David R. Jones
The circumference of the Sigillum is divided into 40 equal segments (of 9° divisions 360/40=9) containing either letters and numbers or letters alone. The letters and numbers are used in a simple algorithm for drawing out divine names from the circumference which will be dealt with in due course. It is presumed that the reader has read through at least Mysteriorum Liber Secundus prior to reading this analysis.
Thrones: From and in the 40 Chambers are three sets of spiritual creatures.
1. 40 angels are individually associated with
the Chambers themselves, their letters and numbers.
2. 7 (plus 2 or 3 hidden) names are drawn by the arithmetical algorithm from the Circumference.
3. The 7 Alphanumeric Seals located within the semicircles that result from the inscription of
the Septagon within the Circumference.
The Alignment of Circumference
to the Celestial Sphere
These divisions can also be seen to mark the divisions of the celestial sphere and to have intrinsic meaning of their own.
The orientation of the Sigillum is upright on the Holy Table facing east. The 4T located in the first division of the Sigillum's Circumference is therefore oriented toward this eastern position.
This 4T is correlated to the T with 4 flames above it that is the seal of the Eastern Watchtower (whose king is Bataiva/Bataivh *1 ) by Dee in his marginalia to the Spirit Actions of 25 June 1584: "Vide 1582. 20 Martii. lib. 2" that is to say "See 1582, 20 March, Liber Secundus." *2 It has been demonstrated elsewhere *3 that the King of the Eastern Watchtower has a dual yet harmonious attribution to Aquarius, embracing both the astronomical aspect related to the fixed and ancient Babylonian Royal Star Fomalhaut *4 and to the midpoint of the zodiacal sign of Aquarius. This midpoint corresponds to the half way position between winter solstice and the vernal equinox, known in the ancient Celtic calendar as Imbolc. (This day also being known as Brigit's Day and Candlemas.) *5 Both correspondences are quite ancient and have been associated with the Cherub Man in Ezekiel and in particular the Apocalypse of St. John. It is notable that, of the four Watchtowers, only the location this table remains unchanged through the various angelic rearrangements of the order and location of the tables. 6*
If this alignment is consistent, then other hypotheses regarding attribution can be drawn and tested against the indications given in the Spirit Actions.
If a Heptagram (that is the basic figure of the Sigillum) is centered on Polaris and a line is drawn from Fomalhaut through it topmost point (here indicated as the beginning of the 4T division) and through Polaris, it will bisect both the angle that joins the base points of the Heptagram and the constellation of Leo. This angle not only fully encloses the constellation of Leo but its extension also encompasses the entire sign of Leo, though the two only correspond in part due the phenomena of precession. *7
This angle in the Sigillum contains the line DEIMO30A from the 4th company of pillars. *8 That the arc of the Circumference in which the angle of DEIMO30A is inscribed corresponds to Leo in both astrological and astronomical definitions is confirmed by the description of that line Vivo in sicut LEO in medio illorum, that is "I live as a Lion in their midst."
This does not in and of itself resolve whether the course of the zodiac proceeds in a clockwise or counter clockwise direction. But the following line, from the 5th company of pillars, I26MEGCBE says: "Serpens sum, et devoraui serpentem," and Michael replies: "Et bonis et malis serpens Domine." That is to say "I am a Serpent and I devoured a serpent," and, "And you are a serpent to good and evil, Lord." Similarly an arc cut into the Celestial Sphere by the angle that encloses this line encompasses both the tail of Hydra, the evil water snake and enemy of Apollo, and the head of Serpens the good healing snake of Asklepios.
This would indicate that the Circumference aligns to the Celestial Sphere in natural order, though the order of the constellations is clockwise around the figure. This is different from what one would read in an astrological chart, but is exactly how the constellations are laid out on an astronomical planisphere and the necessary perspective when viewing the motions of and on the ecliptic from the Northern Hemisphere. *9
This ordering is confirmed again by the next line or the 6th company of pillars ILAOI21 8VN, from which a voice declares, "Ignis sum penetralis," or, "I am a penetrating fire." This would harmonize appropriately with Sagittarius, which is in the arc, both astrologically and with respect to the constellations, described by the extension of the angle which contains this line.
As stated above the 4T indicates a directional alignment to the Eastern or Air Watchtower and its King Bataiva/Bataivh. The first of these names is associated, not with the fixed stars and constellation of Aquarius, but with the corresponding Zodiacal signs, particularly it's midpoint at 15° Aquarius. If this position is adopted as the point marker dividing the 6ù from the 4T at the top of the Sigillum, then the 40 divisions are necessarily attributed as follows:
Continued in the Vernal Equinox issue of the Coph Nia Wand
1. This dual relationship is directly related to the two-fold name of the King and his function as conveyer of Knowledge and Judgement in Human Affairs respectively, the solar or astrological aspect being knowledge and the stellar or astronomical aspect being judgement. The fixed stars and their traditional usage and interpretation are worthy of detailed study. Burnham's Celestial Guide and Gettings' Dictionary of Astrology vide supra and Richard H. Allen. Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning. (New York: Dover, 1963) and Vivian E. Robson. The Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology. (New York: Weiser, 1923).
2. A True & Faithful Relation p. 173
3. The whole of the Enochian system is keyed primarily to the Apocalypse of St. John, the Kings, for instance, are clearly to be identified with the four beasts who sit about the holy throne in Revelation 4 et passim. Each has six wings which multiplied by four are associated with the 24 elders or seniors. This is exactly the arrangement displayed in the Watchtower system and explicated in the Golden Talisman. Cf. http://library.syncleus.com/Enochian/Rituals/HORSEMEN.TXT
for a fuller explanation
4. The so-called "Watchers of the Heavens." p. 273 Fred Gettings. Dictionary of Astrology. (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1985) and Robert Burnham Jr. Burhams's Celestial Guide. (New York: Dover, 1978). pp. 1485-1487.
5. Soror Kaiomenos Logos. "Feasts of the Times." Real Magick: The Occult Library. http://realmagick.com/articles/31/2031.html
6. David R. Jones "On the Correlation of the Enochian Keys to the Watchtowers and the Elements." alt.magick 1 October 2002 e.v. http://groups.google.com/group/alt.magick/msg/b01ce7b1e121392f?hl=en
7. Note there is the problem of precession, which affects all direct astrological to astronomical correlations. If they are kept seperate they present little real problem to the magician, but the serious student is advised to compare values for a 1582 epoch, by taking the difference between it and the present date, dividing the result by 72 and shifting the astrological values that many degrees counter to the annual motion of the Sun.
8. Spirit Action of 20 March 1582, Joseph H. Peterson edt. John Dee's Five Books of Mysteries. Boston MA: Weiser, 2003. pp 130 et passim
9. It seems likely that Dee's Paradoxical Compass was also laid out in this manner.