20140401

This is it, which the Angels deny all knowledge of.

The Egyptian God-Forms of the Elemental Tablets.

The actual graphics work on these was done some years ago, but I lost the vector files when my hard drive died. After some searching a couple of days ago I discovered this PDF in the "sent mail" folder of one of my webmail accounts, and since a few people had expressed interest after I'd uploaded some low-rez images to a Facebook page, I've put the whole thing on Scribd.

Part of the elaboration of "Enochian Magic" taught in the Ordo R.R. et A.C. (the inner circle of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn) involved a scheme whereby various Egyptian Gods were assigned to the Servient Squares of the Great Table / Table of the Earth / Table of Watchtowers / Elemental Tablets. This is tabulated and the forms described in one of the papers comprising The Book of the Concourse of the Forces, edited versions of which appear in The Golden Dawn and The Complete Golden Dawn System of Magic, edited by F.I. Regardie (both publications accompanied by some execrably drawn images, in which the throne headdress of Isis got turned into something looking like a piece of plumbing, and both the "basket" of Nephthys' headdress and the cows' horns of Hathor were spuriously rendered as lunar crescents).

The illustrations here were either lifted directly from plates to Gods of the Egyptians by E.A. Wallis Budge or cut and pasted together from figures in the same book, with the exception of the head of Bast which was taken from the Ulthar Cat Sanctuary collection of cat photographs. Colours are according to the G.D. scheme of colours which is largely based on the elemental attributions of these figures, with one exception noted below.

Since the PDF as posted has no text at all (it was prepared for members of a small ad hoc study group in which I was involved, which had access to the relevant books and where any necessary explanation could be supplied verbally), followeth a key to who is who:

First row, left to right -- Gods set over squares with 3 or 4 different elemental influences.
  • The Sons of Horus (Hapy, Imesty, Duamutef, Qebsennuf)
  • Osiris.
Second row, left to right -- Gods set over squares where one element dominates.
  • Horus (the group nicknamed this one "Teenage Horus" as contrasted with the elder and child Horus).
  • Isis.
  • Aroueris (the Elder Horus). This is doubtful. The figure and its colouring are as per the description in the G.D. paper, but in Budge's book the image here used was captioned as being someone else entirely (I forget who now).
  • Nephthys. In the GD scheme her dress is black rather than the dark red shown here, in accordance with the attribution to the element of Earth. It probably should be a dress too; the leggings she's shown wearing here, I suspect to be an invention of Budge's illustrator who was probably getting bored at this point.
Third row, left to right -- Gods set over squares with two equal (more or less) elemental influences.
  • Bast.
  • Sekhmet. I'm not particularly happy with the ears on this one. Or the head generally, actually. The identification of Bast and Sekhmet happens in a syncretic age; originally they were different deities with different cult-centres and different associations. Both are attributed in this scheme to a mixture of Fire and Air.
  • Anubis. I retouched the illustration in Gods of the Egyptians to make him slightly less skinny.  Air / Earth.
  • Hathor. I suspect either the original artist whose rendering of her was used as a basis, or Budge's illustrator, made a mess of her right shoulder and drew the nemyss this way to cover it up.  Earth / Water.
Fourth row, left to right -- more Gods set over squares with two balanced influences.
  • Harpocrates (the child Horus) -- Air / Water.
  • Apis. The figure used here, while matching the description, is more strictly that of Serapis; the Apis bull itself was only rarely depicted as a bull-headed man -- Earth / Fire.
  • Doubtful. The paper on the God-forms attaches this description to the name of "Sothis" (Sopdet), but it lacks her distinctive emblem of the five-pointed star, and only the very earliest depictions made Sothis cow-headed. This particular combination of iconography (cow's head, horns + double plumes + solar disc) turns up on some minor cow-goddess figures who were later assimilated to Hathor.  Fire / Water.

20140305

Further to the last . . .

I'm not promising anything, but I am actually paying attention to this blog and to the email contact given in CP texts again. Future queries should hopefully be answered in less time than it took for me to respond to, or even notice, the last couple.

As for resuming actual publishing activity, that remains to be seen. To be honest, I've lost a lot of interest and enthusiasm for the subject matters that CP has dealt with in the past; additionally, much of the original rationale for the project has been made redundant by the increasing availability and decreased cost of storage space and Internet bandwidth; web-posting and downloading a 20+ megabyte set of page images is a far more reasonable proposition now than it was ten years ago.

I will let the last two entries stand; they were an indication of where I was when I posted them. I will, however, attempt to keep such primarily personal matters out of what updates this blog receives from now.

20101117

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Celephaïs Press is again on hold. I need to put my life back together.

20101112

Hæc bilanx pendet in loco qui non est

Just uploaded a minor improvement of Mathers, Kabbalah Unveiled, mainly fixing an issue with page headers in one section, but making a few other stylistic changes and re-arranging my endnotes slightly.

While I have no intention of ever issuing a re-set (the thing runs to over 2000 pages and the typography is such as is likely to defeat most of the more readily available OCR software), complete page images of Knorr von Rosenroth's Kabbala Denudata, the seventeenth-century compilation of Christian Cabala from which Mathers took the Latin translations of the three minor tracts from the Zohar which form the bulk of Kabbalah Unveiled, are also on Scribd:

It was largely in order to preserve pagination and avoid making an unreadable mess of the whole thing that my many sarcastic notes to Mathers' Introduction were omitted in the CP release. Having had some training in formal logic and philosophy of language, it is difficult to remain calm when I see someone translate "qui non est" with the literally meaningless "is negatively existent" and then sink deeper and deeper into a metaphysical and semantic swamp in the process of explaining, or rather making excuses for not explaining, what he means by "negative existence."

20101110

Divide, add, multiply and extract square roots. There will be a test at the end of the Æon.

Finally got round to giving a once-over to William Stirling's The Canon, for the first time since about 2004 (the copies which other people have put on Scribd appear to be the original 2003 release). Largely limited to correcting some minor typos, re-setting the whole in something that isn't Times New Roman, re-scanning some of the pictures on a slightly less broken scanner and giving it cover and back board designs that doubled the file size (but meh, disk space and bandwidth is cheaper now than it was in 2003, and half-title pages don't make for good thumbnails).

Aleister Crowley in the "Curriculum of A.'.A.'." described this as "the best text-book of Applied Qabalah" (it had previously been favourably reviewed in The Equinox, some years after its original (1897) publication). Possibly this was meant as "the best available example of how you can prove anything with 'Cabala' (Stirling's preferred spelling) if you try hard enough." To obtain equivalences, the author routinely adds or subtracts one from the numerical value of a word or phrase (or alternatively, adds or subtracts one for every word in the phrase), squares or extracts square roots, divides or multiplies by 2, 4, the square root of 2, half the square root of 3, pi, 9.5, &c., &c., &c., rounding up or down depending on what suits his case, arbitrarily includes or omits Greek definite articles, in at least once instances uses the higher value of a Hebrew 'final' on one word in a phrase but not in another, and generally makes Kenneth Grant's use of Gematria look rigorous.

Oddly, the domain aiwaz.net, where I found the illustrated HTMLs of this work on which the CP release was originally based, is still hosting material on sacred-geometry themes, though the copy of The Canon vanished from there years ago.

20101109

Cumulative catalogue of Celephaïs Press titles

Should probably have done this when I started the blog. Meh. The following list includes works issued on both the Celephaïs Press and Unspeakable Press (Leng) imprints; there was originally a distinction of a kind in my mind between the two labels but it has become increasingly blurred since I started using the latter name on works being generally published. Most hotlinks in the entries below are to copies on Scribd. With the exception of Massey's Book of the Beginnings which I intend to ultimately re-set, uploads of page images, either scanned by myself or lifted from elsewhere on the Web, are not included below. Provided I remember, this entry will be updated as new titles are released, hence it is linked in the "permanent (?) links" box of this blog.

Anonymous works
"Nature Worship and Mystical series." Ten volumes (often questionably attributed to Hargrave Jennings), comprising:
-- Phallic Worship: A description of the Mysteries of the Sex Worship of the Ancients, with the History of the Masculine Cross (title on cover simply The Masculine Cross).
-- Secret Symbols of the Rosicrucians (English translation by George Engelke). Withdrawn for copyright reasons. See also Hartmann, Cosmology &c.

Arnold, Edwin: The Song Celestial (Bhagavadgita).

Avalon, Arthur. See under John Woodroffe.

Blavatsky, H. P.: The Voice of the Silence.

Burton, Richard Francis: The Kasidah of Hâjî Abdû el-Yezdî (based on a 1924 illustrated edition).

Campbell, Robert Allen: Phallic Worship: an outline of the worship of the generative organs &c. &c. &c.

Carlile, Richard: Manual of Freemasonry (based on 1845 and later 1-volume edition).

Crowley, Aleister. CP editions of works by this author are not linked here, for reasons which have already been explained, with the exception of:
-- (et al.): The Equinox vol. III no. 1 ("The Blue Equinox.") [In public domain as first published in USA prior to 1923.]

Fabre d'Olivet, Antoine: The Golden Verses of Pythagoras Explained &c. (English trans. by N. L. Redfield).

Forlong, J. R. G.: Faiths of Man: a Cyclopædia of Religions (3 vols.: Vol. 1. / Vol. 2. / Vol. 3.)
-- Rivers of Life, or Sources and Streams of Faiths of Man in all Lands (2 vols. plus chart, maps and tables).
-- Short Studies in the Science of Comparative Religions, embracing all the Religions of Asia.

Fuller, J. F. C.: The Star in the West: a critical essay on the works of Aleister Crowley.

Gardner, Gerald Brosseau et al.: "The public contents of the Book of Shadows."

Hartmann, Franz: (ed. / trans.) Cosmology or Universal Science &c. &c. &c. (Secret Symbols of the Rosicrucians).
-- "The Principles of the Yoga-Philosophy of the Rosicrucians and Alchemists" (extract from In the Pronaos of the Temple of Wisdom).

Higgins, Godfrey: Anacalypsis, or an attempt to draw aside the veil of the Saïtic Isis &c. &c. &c. (front matter and first few chapters of vol. I only)

Hinton, Charles Howard: The Fourth Dimension (includes the pamphlet "A Language of Space")
-- Scientific Romances (first series)
-- Scientific Romances (second series)

How, Jeremiah: "On the Antient and Primitive Rite" (excerpt from the author's The Freemason's Manual).


Huxley, Thomas Henry: Hume, with helps to the study of Berkeley (Collected Essays, vol. 6).

-- Ancient Faiths embodied in Ancient Names (2 vols.: Vol. 1. / Vol. 2.)

Jennings, Hargrave: Illustrations of Phallicism.
-- Phallicism, Celestial and Terrestrial (includes the supplement of illustrations)
-- The Rosicrucians, their Rites and Mysteries (based on fourth edition)

King, C. W.: The Gnostics and their Remains, ancient and mediæval (based on second edition)

Klein, Sydney T.: Science and the Infinite.

Knight, Richard Payne et al.: Two Essays on the Worship of Priapus.

Lovecraft, Howard Phillips: The Call of Cthulhu.

Massey, Gerald: Ancient Egypt, the Light of the World (2 vols.: Vol. 1 / Vol. 2).
-- A Book of the Beginnings (2 vols.: Vol. 1 / Vol. 2). [currently page images only]
-- The Natural Genesis (2 vols.: Vol. 1 / Vol. 2).

Mathers, S. L. "MacGregor" (ed. / trans.): The Kabbalah Unveiled.

Mead, G.R.S.: Chaldæan Oracles (Echoes from the Gnosis, VIII & IX).
-- (ed. / trans.): Hermetica (extracted from his Thrice Greatest Hermes).
-- (ed. / trans.): Pistis Sohpia, a Gnostic Miscellany (based on second edition).

Pike, Albert: Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite (includes the later "Digest-Index")

Rocco, Sha (Abisha S. Hudson): The Masculine Cross and Ancient Sex Worship.

Sellon, Edward: Annotations on the Sacred Writings of the Hindus (also includes his papers "Linga Puja" and "Sakti Puja")

Spencer, Herbert: First Principles (based on sixth edition, the last revised by the author).

Stirling, William: The Canon: an Exposition of the Pagan Mystery perpetuated in the Cabala as the Rule of all the Arts.

T[ripudians] S[tella], Frater (pseudonym of the present writer): "Bibliographia Enochia"
-- "Hinton's Cubes" (instruction in making the things)
-- "Levity's Vestments: a study in creative plagiarism" (a.k.a. "The Sources of the 'Charge of the Goddess'").
-- (ed.) "The Angelicall Alphabet of Dr. Dee" (mostly consists of excerpts from Dee's spirit diaries).


Villars, Abbé N. Montfauçon de: Comte de Gabalis, or Discourses on Secret Sciences (English translation by "The Brothers" but shorn of their waffling and redundant commentary)

Vivekananda, Swami: Bhakti Yoga
-- Raja Yoga (includes a translation with commentary of the Yoga-Aphorisms of Patanjali).

Waite, Arthur Edward: Real History of the Rosicrucians

Ward, J. S. M.: The Craft Degrees Handbooks (originally published in three separate volumes in the "Masonic Handbook Series")

Westcott, W. Wynn (ed. / trans.): Chaldæan Oracles.

Westropp, Hodder M. & Wake, C. S.: Ancient Symbol Worship (a.k.a. Phallism in Ancient Worships).


Yarker, John (ed. / trans.): Lecture of the Antient and Primitive Rite (originally published in two volumes as Masonic Charges and Lectures and Lectures of a Chapter, Senate and Council).