We live in a very big universe. Too big to comprehend. And, as ‘God’ is generally taken to denote a being within whom the entire universe is contained, it stands to reason that such a being is beyond our comprehension.
What if we could break the constituent elements of ‘God’ down, though, into conceptually manageable pieces? What would these be? And how could we connect with them?
The origins of religion are in the stars. The first gods were understood to be, literally, the planets that wandered back and forth against the night sky, including the sun and the moon. The fixed background of stars were imagined into constellations, carrying archetypes, and thus, the concept of ‘God’ was born. Since the advent of monotheism, all these astral elements have been more or less meshed together into a single deity, a being who is greater than the sum of its parts. A being far too grand for our limited human minds to contain.
The deconstruction of God into manageable elements, then, takes us back into the realms of astral worship. The only difference is that now, we have the tools we need to create a fully rounded ‘table of elements’ detailing the ‘chemical components’ of God. By combining these elements, we can come to know the ‘real’ nature of God far more precisely. We can name ‘his’ constituent parts, identify the way they relate to ourselves, and in so doing, move closer to divinity.
When Alestair Crowley finally finished his initiation into the mysteries, eager to learn the ‘great secret,’ the ‘hidden key’ to unlocking the mystery of all creation, he was somewhat deflated to learn that it was the Hebrew alphabet, which is available to everyone, without the need to go through strange and bizarre cult initiation rituals.
The twenty-two letters of this alphabet correspond to the ten planets and twelve zodiac constellations known to western astrology. In fact, according to legend, these letters were the sounds God used to vocalize the universe into existence in the first place. When we say the word “Resh,” then, which is the letter corresponding to the English ‘R’ and which denotes the Sun, the sound we make is not an arbtrary signal. It’s also necessarily an act of worship.
A neat way of using these twenty-two letters to create God-names for worship is to think of the names of the ten planets as ‘First names,” and the names of the twelve zodiac as ‘surnames.’ This way, we can connect these ‘elements’ in the chemistry of God in different ways and combinations, forming compounds and molecules. Upon these foundation Godnames, all the associations we have at our disposal, including astrology, tarot, the Greek and Roman pantheons, can be placed, giving us greater clarity than ever before into the true nature of God.
So, for instance, when the sun enters Cancer in a few days, the ‘element’ of the Sun will combine with the ‘element’ of Cancer, and “RESH-CHET” will be an active compound in the body of God for the following month. At any one time, there are ten active Godnames–one for each planet–fit for astral worship.
When we use this formula to analyse the names of deities already familiar to us, the results re-enforce the validity of the method. Take “THOR,’ for example:
T = Leo
H = Aries
R = Sun
The ‘O,’ like all the vowels, can bluntly substituted for ‘Aleph:’ “Uranus,” which is also the element of ‘Air.’ And so we now have a workable formula which we might call the ‘chemical composition,’ or the ‘DNA,’ of THOR: Leo, Aries, Air, and Sun.
Or how about the ‘King of the Gods,’ “ZEUS”?
Z = Gemini, known to tarot as “The Lovers.”
EU = “Aleph” again, which is Uranus / Air (this letter also has the meaning, fittingly, of “The Man Who Worships the Sky” in the original tongue)
S = Sagittarius, the ‘Archer.’
Once again, these astrological elements fit the myth quite nicely. Using the above, we can break the all-too-inconceivably large God of monotheism down into strands of mythological DNA, making the connections between the various gods and the way they relate to the whole more readily apparent.