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    Quote Originally Posted by Joshua View Post
    Thanks to Aleilius, as well for the post. I never would have thought of that. Is the name of God different from the word of power?
    I believe they are the same.

    I'm pretty sure it's okay for me to reveal this secret. The Word of God is AL. A (Aleph) is represented by the square (FYI: the capital letter A looks like a square). L (Lamedh) is represented by the square. From this we can understand the phonetic connection with El, Allah, etc.

    Take a moment and intone the Supreme Word: AL. Notice the movements of your mouth, and tongue. Repeat the word, but bring your tongue down from the top of your palate. The result will be "AL-LA." From these we can understand the "battle cry" of a certain religion. I was also able to draw a connection between the slithering tongue of a serpent/snake, and this Word (since a snake's forked tongue travels up & down).

    In the beginning was the Word. Indeed, one intones the Word of God when saying the first letter in almost EVERY alphabet: "Aleph."

    God is ALL things. The word "all" itself hearkens to the Word.

    It's a neat little trick that I realized/flashed upon my mind a few hours before I made this thread. I wanted to share it with all of you, but I suppose nobody really caught on to it. I mentioned it to Seth-Ra in private.
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    Thanks again ALeilius. Did anyone else see the word AUM in the square and compass? I interpreted the compass as the A, the square as the U. V is U in latin script. Together, both form the M.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joshua View Post
    Thanks again ALeilius. Did anyone else see the word AUM in the square and compass? I interpreted the compass as the A, the square as the U. V is U in latin script. Together, both form the M.
    Ah, yeah I see what you're saying about AUM. That's also really cool!

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    Here we see the square shaped a bit more like the letter 'L:'


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    Cool. I just learned that in Sanscrit, OM means simply solar-fire.

    Link - The Lost Word

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    The square and compass is a symbol no different than the star of David. The true mason is balanced with masculine and feminine energies in order to be a master of himself. It is inspired by "as above so below".

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    (I know this is an old thread, but this is something I've discussed frequently)

    It is the geometry of "straight-edge and compass" - the square is just a short cut, as there are SE&C functions to draw a line perpendicular to another line.

    The two "organic" divisions of the circle are the square, and the hexagon - half of which is the equilateral triangle. The angle of square to triangle is 90:60, reducing to 3:2 - the perfect fifth. In number of sides, it's 4:3, the perfect fourth:



    The square and triangle are also the squares and trines of astrology, which also figure heavily in Raymond Lully's "Art".

    In the alchemical diagram posted after, The point below the dragon's belly is 1, the Monad/centrum. The circle is split for 2. the triangle is 3, the square is 4. That is all you need to complete the "decad" (1-4) itself becomes a symbol of the decad (1-10) (references to the tetraktys):


    I first found the following image in Georg Klet's 'Cabala Chymica' (1606), basically a reworking of the image posted above:



    But it was used again in a publication of Johann Grashoff's 'Cabalae Verior Descriptio' (1680), with the following caption on the opposite page (rough translation):


    'This is to observe that everything that Master/Magician [Artifex] learns or wants to start in this high art. Let the Balance, the right-hand line [right angle, the square in his left hand], and the circle [compass in his right hand] be well observed; so there is nothing unequal, nothing crooked, nothing except the cube, that is, everything is to be brought into one, from one.' (the points of the hexagon are the same points used to construct the cube)
    This is something else I found, from a 1496 publication of "Philosophia pauperum" (pseudo-Albertus Magnus):



    There you have the decad (1-10), the tools of geometry. in the middle is the world of the four elements.. the "World" (observible universe).. And 12 hours of day, and 12 hours of night (which happens to be the angles of the hexagon bisected, and those resulting 12 bisected again). (Wisdom 11:20-22 But you have disposed all things by measure and number and weight. For great strength is always present with you; who can resist the might of your arm? Indeed, before you the whole universe is like a grain from a balance,[f] or a drop of morning dew come down upon the earth.)

    These are how the universe are created, ex nihilo. The monad, the decad, the 4 elements, the 7 powers/planets, geometry, sound. Only then does the actual "work" of physical creation begin. It "unfolds" from (or contracts to) a point, one of no dimensions (1 point), then the line, which is one dimension (2 points); then the triangle (shape), two dimensions (3 points); and then the tetrahedron (body), three dimensions (4 points). That's the Greek version anyways. Kabbalah has it point-line-circle-sphere.. And i've seen it point-line-square-cube as well.



    This is something i whipped up quick awhile ago dealing with the same question of the square and compass. The bottom right picture is Abraham von Franckenburg's "Key to the House of David". It illustrates most of the points I made above.



    This is some "basic" geometry and arithmetic (quadvirium) that the authors of these old texts presume their readers are familiar with.
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    Thanks for sharing. It reminds me of something AV or

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    So what WAS the Key of Solomon anyway?
    Join me; on a voyage of stupidity, and self discovery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=vccZSHroTG4

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    Quote Originally Posted by elixirmixer View Post
    So what WAS the Key of Solomon anyway?
    Well there's two main versions of the Key of Solomon, the earlier original, and the later "lesser key". Regardless, they are both medieval grimoires. Spuriously claimed to be a translation of a hebrew manuscript, but probably based on earlier jewish kabbalistic works. The earlier original is pretty much all talismanic magic.

    If you are asking in terms of the "The Key to the House of David" I mentioned, I don't think there's any connection (although Solomon is from the house of david). Franckenberg was a rosicrucian and 'disciple' of Jacob Boehme. He may have been responsible for the geometric frontispieces included in later printings of Boehme's works.

    That being said, Franckenberg is probably best known for his Raphael oder Artzt, which is at least part way to talismanic magic. Lesser known and harder to find is his Saephiriel, which is filled with geometric diagrams and seals. He would have been aware of at least the earlier verison of Clavicula Salomonis.

    Speaking of seals, the 'Seal of Solomon' is definitely related to all this:



    You'll see the 6 division over and over again.. it's based on basic geometry. The internet refers to this as "The Flower of Life" all over the place, although that has no basis in any old tradition (starts in the 90s). It's the function to get the points for the hexagon (not included below), tetrahedron (not included below), cube, star of david (seal of solomon) and the "flower":



    The 'Merkaba mystics' (pre-Kabbalah) were particularly interested in the descriptions included in Ezekiel (4 wings) and Isaiah (6 wings). Gershon Scholem reports "The divine chariot also engrossed the Qumran sect; one fragment speaks of the angels praising 'the pattern of the Throne of the chariot'"



    I'm not saying for sure I know for sure what that is referring to, but some clues may be found in kabbalistic diagrams known as Ilanot. Kabbalah also teaches that there are only two types of motion (any other apparent type only being combinations of these two): straight line (yasher) and circular (igul). (this describes the geometry of straight edge and compass). Early gnostic texts also often featured geometric diagrams.

    And of course, hindu mysticism (and it's precursors) have "yantras", of which the "sri" is only one:



    "It should be known that geometry enlightens the intellect and sets one's mind right. All its proofs are very clear and orderly. It is hardly possible for errors to enter into geometrical reasoning, because it is well arranged and orderly. Thus, the mind that constantly applies itself to geometry is not likely to fall into error. In this convenient way, the person who knows geometry acquires intelligence. It has been assumed that the following statement was written upon Plato's door: 'No one who is not a geometrician may enter our house.'

    Our teachers used to say that one's application to geometry does to the mind what soap does to a garment. It washes off stains and cleanses it of grease and dirt. The reason for this is that geometry is well arranged and orderly, as we have mentioned."
    - 'Muqaddimah', Ibn Khaldun

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