Mythic Origins The Letters Liber AL Kamea Aiwass Book of Numbers

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linda falorio, 1978, 1996, 1998


R = 15

The thirteenth month, last in our lunar calendar, was anciently assigned the letter R and the number 15. It is the time of year when the powers of darkness are concentrated and intense, culminating at Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, which precedes the northward turning of the Sun. At this time of year the Sun, signified by the Hebrew letter Resh, is held within the womb of Night to be birthed once more into the sign of Capricorn at Winter Solstice to begin the New Year.

Atu XV of the Tarot, The Devil, is Capricorn The Goat, and it is said that at the Medieval "Witches' Sabbath", the Devil was worshipped in the form of a goat. The "devil-worshipping" Yezidi equated their peacock deity with the Sun in the South, and faced North to worship, much as the Winter Sun turns northward from the south at Winter Solstice.

The fifteenth day has long been equated with the Devil, and the color red, yet the number 15 is sacred to Atu XVII, The Star who treads the fifteenth path of the Tree of Life. In lunar magick, it is the Full Moon, the Red Moon which falls on the fifteenth day of the month, and it is this most potent Magick of the fifteenth day which has long been shrouded in tabu and mystery, and so dreaded by the uninitiate.

Note: Witches call upon the Goddess, not the Devil. As Robert Graves reminds us: "Conquering gods their titles take from those they seek to captive make" ~ the gods of conquered religions become the "devils" of the new.


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