Announcing the publication of my latest book

My latest book- A Comment on the Verses of the Book of the Law, has finally been finished and is now available in print from my publishers at Rose Dog Books. . and soon on For an explanation of the key from the book please go to .  I append the introduction to the book as an excerpt here:




My scribe Ankh af na Khonsu the priest of the princes shall not in one letter change this book; but lest there be folly, he shall comment thereupon by the wisdom of Ra Hoor Khuit.”- the Book of the Law, Chapter 1, verse 36


When I first read these words late in 1982 I had no idea that they referred to me at all. My first look at the Book of the Law certainly left some impression on me but I saw nothing special in it, and remarked in my diary that it was a curious book that I would find time to look at more closely- sometime. Even when I found the key and was unraveling all of the secrets concealed in the Book of the Law I didn’t consider a comment on its contents to be something that would fall to me to write. But, as I progressed in my study, I realized that simply because I was the first to possess and to study the secrets of the Book of the Law, that any explanation of my work would amount to this very comment that the prophet of Nu is charged with writing.

I held off on attempting to explain my key until I had fully developed all that it made possible for me to decipher, studying Θελημα and the Book of the Law for 16 years before making my key to the order & Value of the English Alphabet available publicly, although I have been giving the key to my private students for a long while. The interest that my first publication of the key aroused eventually inspired me to begin writing this comment in order to fully explain my work and its practical applications for Thelemites everywhere.


Anyone that claims to have discovered the key to the order & value of the English Alphabet is making a big claim that polarizes Thelemites everywhere, as this person is also claiming to be “the child of the beast” and “the one chosen”. This alone arouses a deal of well deserved suspicion and mistrust in most Thelemites and invokes the most rigorous scrutiny and criticism- and this is as it should be. I have long considered the question of being some sort of heir to Crowley’s aeonic work, to being “the chosen one”. The Book of the Law says that regardless of the privileged position spiritually, that the child is not absolved of material responsibility, nor are the trials and tests of life assuaged for him. The fitness of this prophet of the gods to do their will on earth is proved only by the success of his work. The secrets of the Book of the Law are not given to the child of the beast; he must work for them just as all other students must apply themselves to learn them. This makes my comment on the verses of the Book of the Law the product of a long considered process.

Initially I thought that everyone that read the Book of the Law saw the same solution to the key puzzle that I did, after all, it seemed ridiculously simple in the end. I thought that everyone had the correct order & value of the English Alphabet. A bit of research soon proved that (in 1983) no one had yet discovered the key, and literature on the English Qabalah was non-existent. In the intervening years there have been some attempts to solve this puzzle but none of them can fulfill the conditions laid out in the Book of the Law by Ra Hoor Khuit to mark the true key that gives the correct order & value of the English Alphabet and that allows for the correct interpretation of the cipher formula in the Second Chapter. Right from the beginning, the solution that I found on page 16 of the Third Chapter of the Book of the Law gave me a complete and comprehensive qabalah of Θελημα and a practical method of operation that I could begin using straight away.

Finally I feel that I have developed my understanding of the key, of Θελημα, and of the Book of the Law and its author, to make a significant statement about these holy verses. I hope that the key that I found in the Book of the Law is a useful tool for the other Thelemites who, like myself, are pursuing the path of the wise to their own Summum Bonum.

David G Mattichak jr

Melbourne, Australia

July 2010



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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7 Responses to Announcing the publication of my latest book

  1. Congratulations on your new book. Honestly, I never realised that you’re in this area for such a long time. Be sure I will buy a copy when it hits Amazon.

  2. Nico says:

    Congratulations on the publication of your new book!

    If you’d be interested in a review, I run, an occult resource which has been publishing reviews of esoteric titles since 2004.

    • Thank you for your kind remark. It has been a long road to get this book out so I hope that it is helpful to people interested in Magick and Thelema. Please do review the book and if you need anything like cover pix or an e copy of the book please e-mail me on and I will organize it for you. Your site looks excellent, I didn’t know that it was there but now that I do I will be a regular visitor.

      • Nico says:

        I can’t seem to find a contact for the publisher to request a review copy. Do you know who I would direct media inquiries to?


  3. My contact at Rose Dog Books is Michael Knapp and he can be contacted at . If you have any more problems please e-mail me and I will try to sort them out for you.

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