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The Zodiacal Round
The Zodiacal Round
by Benjamin Rowe
Copyright 1990, 1992 by Benjamin Rowe
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The Zodiacal Round
And God said: "The time has come to create again. Let the old
forms be banished. I begin anew."
And God said: "I bind my will in patterns, ordered, cyclic, yet
never the same. My Will evolves in Time."
And God said: "The towers of My Will arise upon the base which I
have set. Level upon level they rise. Well-founded are they in matter,
and shall not fall while My Will continues to its end."
"Fabulous filigrees are wrapped about My towers by the ever-
changing movements that My Will evokes. Filigree upon filigree; filigree
within filigree; always similar, never identical, they blend the large
movements with the small, the small with the infinitesimal, until scale
is lost and none knows where ends and beginnings arise."
"From the blending of the scales does chance arise, the
possibility of change and unexpectedness within the pattern of My Will.
The seeds of new motions spontaneously arise; and none, not even I, know
when and where they will appear."
"Yet My towers are one, balanced in the light and in the darkness;
that which arises shall always act within the bounds set by My Will."
And God looked upon his work and said: "But these are virgin
houses: none as yet have dwelt therein. Let the seeds of life be sown
and let them root and grow within the patterns of My thought."
And God said: "Let the lesser creators dwell within my towers. And
let them work within the patterns of My Will according to their own
creative arts, revealing unseen potential as does a sun entering into a
"Let the living creatures worship the creators as visible gods
within the worlds. And let the lesser builders work their wills as do
My angels when I speak my Word of Power."
And God said: "Let the thoughts of men blend with My thoughts, and
elaborate them in the worlds where I no longer go."
"And let their work build upon My pattern; and let their works
reflect My evolving Will."
"Let men work until matter and My Will are one. Then let them say:
Thy Will is done."
These brief sayings were given to the seer during an exploration
of the Names of God for the Air Tablet. They are intended as meditations
on the significance of the twelve Names of God within a system of
attributes called the "Zodiacal Round". In this arrangement, the Names
from each Tablet are assigned to a quarter of the zodiac centered on the
fixed sign corresponding to the element of the Tablet. This puts the
groups of names in the same relative positions as are their respective
Tablets within the Great Table of the Watchtowers.
The Enochian "angels" have frequently dealt with zodiacal
progressions in our previous contacts, but their earlier statements have
always treated the progression in a more goal-oriented fashion. This is
the first purely cyclic expression they have provided. Like Finnegans
Wake it never actually ends, but curves back to begin again.
This is the second full set of zodiacal attributes the angels have
given me for the Names of God. The first set were provided in connection
with the techniques described in the chapbook Enochian Temples. In that
set, the Three Names for each element were assigned respectively to the
mutable, fixed, and cardinal signs of that element. A quote provides the
angels' perspective on the question of how these two sets of attributes
"Now we would go in the way that you wish, and show the powers of
the individual squares, but you should be aware that the groups of
squares making up one of the Three Names have their attribute (as a
group) to one of the signs, and these are of more power in most
instances than the power of the individual squares.
"The Name ORO has its dual attributes to Pisces in the round of
the zodiac, and to Gemini in the construction of the Temples of God's
Will. The knife or sword of Zayin was shown in yesterday's brief vision
as cutting the cord between the fishes of Pisces. Hence in that vision
we showed how the two sets of attributes relate.
"First one encounters the attribute from the zodiacal round. As
the mind flies higher, then the attribute of the Temple is encountered.
In the course of initiation, the knowledge of the latter grows, is
formed out of, the experience of the former. Much in the way that the
knife of Air in the last vision was formed out of the tin of Jupiter and
the copper of Venus, who are ruler and exalted planet of Pisces."
"In the initiatory progression, one goes from the sign, the most
basic attribute, to the power of the ruling and exalted planets, to the
Temple attribute, to the ruling and exalted planets of the Temple sign.
This may seem complex, but the powers embodied in the Tablets are a
reflection of the powers of the universe, and the universe is a very
complex place on all levels."
This shift of attributes can be viewed in two ways. First, as a
transformation from a condition in which the zodiacal quadruplicities
dominate, to one in which the zodiacal triplicities dominate. Second, as
a ninety-degree shift in the positions of the mutable and cardinal
signs, counterclockwise for mutable, clockwise for cardinal.
The angels state in another place that movement of the powers
through these various attributes produces two circular flows in the
Great Table of the Watchtowers. In both cases, the power represented by
the "Temple" attribute flows into the name whose Zodiacal Round
attribute is the same. For example, the powers of ORO flow in the way
quoted above, then the power flows into the Name MOR in the Earth
Tablet, which has Gemini as its Zodiacal Round attribute. The powers of
the fixed signs flow in both directions, since their attributes in both
sets is the same.
When using these attributes in invocations, the angels specify
that the Zodiacal Round is to be used in invocations of the angels of
the Lesser Angles, and in invocations involving the use of the Second
Call. The "Temple" attributes are to be used in invocations of the Kings
and Seniors, and those involving the use of the First Call.
The powers of the Three Names are concentrated and formed into a
vortex by the King of the Tablet. The King connects with the Names
primarily through the first letter and the last two letters of his name.
These letters all come from the four-letter Name of God, which is
attributed to the element of the Tablet in both arrangements. So no
matter which set is used, the powers of the Three Names are funneled a
sign of the appropriate elemental character when they are used in
invocations of the lower powers of the Tablets.
For those who wish use these sayings for meditation, it should be
emphasized that the symbolism is almost purely astrological, with some
admixture of Tarot. Formulations based on the Tree of Life are not
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