The Development of a Thelemite School of Ceremonial Magick from the Cipher Key in the Book of the Law

After finding the Key to the Order & Value of the English Alphabet in 1983 I naturally developed the practices that are hidden in the code of the Book of the Law. I examined the Book of the Law thoroughly in order to glean every detail of its teachings that I could apprehend. First I expanded the formula in verse 76 of the Second Chapter and developed the ceremony that it describes, called The Supreme Ritual by the text of the Book of the Law. Over a period of many years I slowly compiled a very full instruction in the Magick of Thelema, as would be expected of the person who first discerns the key to its many mysteries.

In 1996 I completed a series of astral journeys on the twenty-two paths of Sepher Yetzirah which resulted in my taking the Golden Dawn Grade of Exempt Adept, essentially releasing me from my previous oaths of secrecy to that school of occult study. In fact one of the requirements for passing on further and assuming the Grade of Master of the Temple is to make a record of the discipline that has led to such a rare opportunity for initiation and advancement in the Golden Dawn method of attainment. Consequently I compiled a volume entitled “The Hermetica- a manual of self initiation”, as yet unpublished. The Hermetica assembled for the first time all of the Thelemite practices that I had deciphered from the Book of the Law by using the Key that I had found.

At about this same time my communications with other students of Thelemite Magick led me to the conclusion that what was first needed was a book that defined the operational space and tools of the Thelemite Ceremonial Magician. I consequently wrote “The Magick Weapons- a guide to the tools of the Ceremonial Magician” which I began to distribute privately to people who were also studying the occult arts. During this period I also wrote a number of elementary essays on occultism mostly for publication privately and on the internet.

In recent years I have taken on a limited number of students for private tuition in Ceremonial Magick which has necessitated the compilation of a graduated method for learning magick and progressing towards a fuller attainment. To date I have codified all of this graded material for the first four of six grades of instruction fully and I am currently formatting it for submission to my publisher- when the time comes. Finally, I have begun work of a comment on the Book of the Law as the discoverer of the cipher key is instructed to by the Book of the Law itself. Ironically, this is the volume that I feel needs to be published first as it explains most fully how I arrived at my interpretations of the material hidden in the text of the Book of the Law.

In addition the Book of the Law has suggested material for several more volumes of occult instruction covering a number of related topics such as Qabalah, Tarot, Gematria and the Sacred Magick & the Holy Guardian Angel. Given time I will compile these books and the material that I have already written into the first comprehensive instruction in occult studies in a century.

After years of study and of compiling all of the details needed from the text of the Book of the Law to expound upon the Qabalah and the Magick in the text I determined that I would finally write the Comment on the Book of the Law that it was incumbent upon the Child of the Beast to compose in order to fulfill his commitment to Aiwass. Upon reflection I decided that it was this Comment that would explain the complete ramifications of the Key to the Order & Value of the English Alphabet best. It was from this kind of line by line analysis of the Book of the Law that I had been able to decipher most of what I had gleaned from the text. The work taken to compile this comment has lasted for two years, so far, as it is a meticulous process and involves considering each passage of the Book from a number of possible perspectives, subjectively yet dispassionately, to draw out the essential meaning of the verse. That has been my goal. Of course no one person is going to discover all of the secrets hidden in the Book of the Law and so many of my comments will of course be open to challenge, but I feel that this is one purpose of the command in the Book of the Law that the one chosen should write such a book of his own interpretation.


About dgmattichakjr

D G Mattichak jr was born in 1963 in Syracuse New York and immigrated to Melbourne Australia with his family in 1972. He was educated in one of Melbourne’s exclusive private schools before studying art at Preston Technical College. D G Mattichak jr has been a student of the occult arts since the early 1980s and has become well known in Australian magickal circles and, in recent years, around the world due to a string of essays on a variety of occult subjects . He discovered the “key to the order & value of the English alphabet” from Aleister Crowley’s Book of the Law in 1983 and has since used this English Qabalah to unlock the secrets of Thelemite magick. Success in these methods admitted him to the highest levels of attainment in various Hermetic disciplines and until recently he has been passing on his knowledge to private students, many of whom have gone on to become notable occultists in their own right. After almost three decades of study and development D G Mattichak jr has finally been able to distil his knowledge of magick and Thelema into a book- A Comment on the Verses of the Book of the Law, the first in a planned series of books on Hermeticism and Thelemite magick, revealing, for the first time in over a century, the secrets of magick that have been hidden in Crowley’s magnum opus, the Book of the Law. D G Mattichak jr currently lives in Melbourne Australia with his artist wife Michelle and their two cats. He has had a long career as an al a carte chef in Melbourne’s vibrant hospitality scene and now spends his time writing blogs on cooking, writing and, in the guise of Master Ankh af na Khonsu, about magick. He is also one of the founding members of the Mt Franklin Annual Pagan Gathering and regularly contributes to its official website as both an administrator and as an author. D G Mattichak jr’s first book Loot was released in 2009. His books are available through at G Mattichak&x=13&y=20 .
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