Mishkan ha-Echad

Monday, 4 August 2008

LRP Breastplate & The Twelve Tribes Of Israel

In the second part of my LRP analysis I posted an image at the end of what I termed the "Breastplate of the LRP". It combines the four Divine Names into a small 4X4 Table, and, according to my meditations, relates to God as the Tetragrammaton (YHVH) ruling over the Twelve Tribes of Israel (the twelve remaining squares).

At the time of sharing this image I had not yet figured out which Tribe would be assigned to which letter, but on a casual glance at the Tribes of Israel & the Zodiac Signs lecture given by Mathers for the Philosophus grade (later employed in Zelator in the Stella Matutina) I came to an interesting conclusion.

This lecture gives a table of the 12 zodiac signs, the Twelve Tribes, 12 relevant angels, and the 12 permutations of YHVH. What I'm interested in here is the permutations, as they offer the key to assigning the Tribes to the Tablet given above.

The astute reader may immediately notice something about the above table (barring the fact that I've changed the Virgo and Pisces permutations in accordance with the Ciceros and Agrippa). There are three permutations beginning with Y, three with H, three with V, and three with the final H. There are also three boxes beneath the Y, H, V, and H final of the Breastplate diagram given above. Thus the assignment of the Tribes to the 4X4 table would follow the structure of the permutations of the Tetragrammaton, with Aries, Taurus, and Gemini (all of which have a permutation beginning with Yod) going under the Y, taking all three initial letters (in this case, all As) of the three Divine Names for South, West, and North (ADNI, AHYH, and AGLA respectively). Likewise, Cancer, Leo, and Virgo, having permutations beginning with Heh, go under the Heh of the Tetragrammaton on the Tablet. And so forth for the rest.

The only real problem is figuring out which of the three squares per column of the Tetragrammaton we assign each sign (and, thereby, each tribe), but I have opted for simplicity and taken the order of the zodiac as outlined in the table provided by Mathers, as this straightforward format seems to apply to the Tetragrammaton itself. The above image gives the signs as I've assigned them (noting that this remains a preliminary assignment until I meditate more deeply on it and its ramifications, including the patterns of the triplicities and quadruplicities, etc.), and thus can be cross-referenced in the table given by Mathers to find the appropriate tribe. For example, the Manasseh tribe relates to Gemini and thus the first A of AGLA. The Dan tribe relates to Scorpio, and thus the Y of AHYH. And so forth.

I must stress that this is a work in progress, and I do not fully understand where it may lead, if anywhere. It just goes to show, however, that the LRP has more hidden gems to mine.

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