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I think it was AT who had suggested I read Theomatics if I were interested in a walk on some truly bizarre material. You can get the book for literally a penny. It has been rejected by both the Christian community and the occult community. The book is still worth a read, if you happen to know anything about kabalah how we do it in the Western Mystery Tradition.

OK so first the absolutely dreadful stuff: The book makes the critical and incorrect leap that just because the Bible has a structure which can be detected by mathematical means, it must be the word of God and true. While I like that idea, it is equally plausible that all of kabalah is simply a method to make sure the transmission of the holy books were not altered – not from God to People, but among the people themselves. This is one of these rubber meets road places in magic. The original work was orally transmitted. Did the scripture come first or did the writing come first? The scripture came first, the writing therefor had to fit it, so to say that the math derived from the written word proves the authenticity of the word is a reach at best, since the written language (and therefor the words) would have changed over time from Adamic, to proto-hebrew, to hebrew, greek, and even english today.

However magic is also an internal process which I discuss a good deal about on the blog. Because we find meaning in a particular number or relationship in a phrase is really what moves our spirit, and so when Crowley is looking at the Gnostic Mass and sees 93 all over, well of course that is significant to him. Similarly when the book makes a connection, it is significant to the author. Where I think the author oversteps the Christian community is he occasionally attempts to rectify the Bible’s translation based on his calculation. The author includes in the intro and outro a caution that the math isn’t important, the meaning is important. True enough.

One of the things conspicuously missing from the book is any sort of giant table of correspondences. That killed me, I would love to have an index by number.

Finally one of the big points missing is that Greek is usually multiplied (not hard and fast by any means) and Hebrew is usually additive. The reason behind this is the Greeks were obsessed with geometry for their occult work and the Hebrews didn’t have Geometry until after the contact with Egypt, but that was after the foundation of the language was put down. Lucas sticks to this convention but doesn’t say why. I suspect that he has had at least some brush with occult literature to get there and that’s why he doesn’t want to make a citation.

Anyway, why read the book? If you’re interested in Revelations (therefor Enochian) magic, it certainly is worth the penny to get a copy just to see what he has to say. The other neat thing is he does cover (but poorly annotates where) he has to make approximations. There is a giant table in the back to show the game he has to play to make the spelling match the content in places but the table is present and he is being thorough. Also nice is the “chapter notes” where he comes up with a theomatic number and relates that to the overall theme of the book of the Bible. No real surprises there for anyone who has read the thing before but it is a good touch.

Is it worth the coin? Sure!

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