Belial 15: The Principle of Vibration

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Numerology is the occult study of numbers and its premise is that numbers represent nine different vibrational frequencies, and that all things can be described through numeric reduction. In numerology, the letters of the alphabet have been arbitrarily assigned to the numbers one through nine, and through the translation of letters into numbers, the allegedly true but hidden properties of a thing may be known. Western numerology, also called Pythagorean numerology, uses the following correspondences:

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Just for fun, let’s do an exercise with the word “Satan,” which is numerically represented as 11215. By a process of "numeric reduction" (which is actually addition) the individual numbers 11215 are "reduced” by being added together over and over until a single number between 1 and 9 is returned. In this case, adding all the individual numbers of 11215 “reduces” to 10, which itself is reduced to 1. Once the appropriate calculations have been made, numerologists will give statements about a thing based on the meaning of the number. 

As it happens, we need not consult their numerological dictionaries because we can use our own: the Nine Satanic Statements. Thus, Satan reduces to 1, and corresponds to the first Satanic statement: "Satan represents indulgence instead of abstinence!" Is it a meaningful coincidence? Or is this just another chicken-or-the-egg riddle with no meaningful answer?

For those who wish to join me in my labyrinthine fantasies, we can adopt the Nine Satanic Statements of the Satanic Bible as our numerological basis for the interpretation of the pip cards. If you have no concern for maze running and prefer to work your lesser magic in fortune-telling only to separate gullible sitters from their money, then you needn't complicate affairs: just follow Anton LaVey's advice in The Satanic Witch and you'll be on your way faster than you can say "Sylvia Browne." But if like me you enjoy getting lost in labyrinths of your own construction, then I invite you to take advantage of the following numerology. 

1) Satan represents indulgence instead of abstinence!

The primacy of 1 cannot be denied and it teaches deliberate choice, pleasure in the moment, presence of mind, consumption, and saying "yes" to that which relieves suffering. 1 lacks preparation and concern for the future, so it must be tempered with the influence of 9 to avoid falling into short-term traps. All the same, there is great power in the deliberate selection and indulgence of that which pleases you. Additionally, 1 teaches freedom from addiction and represents the healthiness of a life unsullied by hedonistic decay. For the purposes of this book, 1 is a fixed number.

2) Satan represents vital existence instead of spiritual pipe dreams!

After the singular purpose and awareness of 1, we meet 2 who teaches the importance of participating in meaningful activities and making consequential choices. If you can't answer the question, "What's in it for me?," then chances are excellent that you're not involved in anything important. 2 frequently indicates plurality and group dynamics, and consequently also discusses compromise. As Anton LaVey remarked on occasion, "A half loaf can be better than none!" What compromises are you willing to accept for the sake of achieving a vital, worthy, and meaningful goal? For the purposes of this book, 2 is a cardinal number.

3) Satan represents undefiled wisdom instead of hypocritical self-deceit!

Thus far, what both 1 and 2 have lacked is perspective and the proven knowledge gained from lived experiences. In the number 3 we achieve wisdom as a result of the combination of deliberate choice (1) and worthwhile investment (2). 3 brings wisdom and perspective, but also maturity and caution. To the young, all challenges are fast and simple, but to the aged, there is a third side to every issue that must be factored into the final equation. What at first appears simple will always hide beneath its surface the tangled tentacles of chthonic nuance. I could say that this is a matter of, "live and learn," but the truth is that not everybody lives, and of those who do, not everybody learns. Wisdom, knowledge, and experience are rare things indeed, and all three are present in the number 3. For the purposes of this book, 3 is a mutable number.

4) Satan represents kindness to those who deserve it instead of love wasted on ingrates!

As the maturation of the numbers progresses, we meet the number 4 who tempers and strengthens our judgement because it insists that careful consideration be applied to all affairs. Weigh, measure, investigate, and scrutinize! Take nothing at face value, and remember that the wisdom of 3 did not develop without the discrimination and discernment of 4. Believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see! Demand evidence and justification! Where none is provided, dig deeper until you hit bedrock and there you'll find truth. Through this process of discovery you'll learn to see the most valuable properties of that which captures your attention. For the purposes of this book, 4 is a mutable number.

5) Satan represents vengeance instead of turning the other cheek!

At the pivot point of Satanic numerology we encounter 5 who teaches an elementary lesson: cause and effect. If you're so inclined, you can interpret 5 as a call for punishment of the guilty, but to my understanding the number 5 isn’t exclusively representative of justice or vengeance, but of choice and consequence, equilibrium, momentum, and for lack of a better description is what happens when you throw rocks at a hornets' nest. Much like the triad of the High Priest, Inequality, and the Moon, the number 5 is complicated and requires consideration of broader circumstances to see its full meaning. Suffice it to say, 5 goes beyond the boundaries of "good" and "evil" and is better viewed through an objective lens. For the purposes of this book, 5 is a fixed number.

6) Satan represents responsibility to the responsible instead of concern for psychic vampires!

Moving beyond the halfway pivot of 5, the last four numbers of our Satanic numerology provide the mirror opposite to the first four numbers. At this point, the responsibility and trustworthiness of 6 defy the skepticism and reluctance of 4. Doubt is certainly necessary for proving value, but it also slows progress. Those people or things who by merit of their past success have proven to be capable and trustworthy need not be vetted every time. The number 6 brings not only trust and proven responsibility, but also speed, consent, partnership, and confidence. For the purposes of this book, 6 is a cardinal number.

7) Satan represents man as just another animal, sometimes better, more often worse than those that walk on all-fours, who, because of his “divine spiritual and intellectual development,” has become the most vicious animal of all!

Opposite 3, the number 7 brings youth, inexperience, ignorance, and violence, but also unsophisticated novelty and innocence. The glaring challenge of 7 is its frequent hypocrisy, but its strength is boldness, audacity, and willingness to do what can't be done (or what others think shouldn’t be done.) 7 is a youth who hasn't yet learned the meaning of the word "impossible." What will emerge from this undeveloped potential? Proper stimulation can produce invigorating originality to counter the stifling, know-it-all attitude of 3. For the purposes of this book, 7 is a cardinal number.

8) Satan represents all of the so-called sins, as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification!

Opposite 2, the number 8 teaches pride, ego, and selfish satisfaction. 8 elevates itself above the group and places individual needs, preferences, and desires over everything else. It matters not if an individual prefers to indulge in his or her own fantasies and imagination—if egotistic rejection of compromise and community lead to physical, mental, and emotional gratification, then according to 8 it's justified. Still, there is much fantasy and illusion present in 8, and while it's the individual's prerogative to reject conformity and social mores, unmoderated expression of 8 distorts accurate perception of reality. For the purposes of this book, 8 is a mutable number.

9) Satan has been the best friend the Church has ever had, as He has kept it in business all these years!

Opposite 1 stands 9 whose vision extends into the distant future and is able to identify reason and purpose. 9 expresses plans, purpose, careful coordination, and anticipation. Of course, none of this long vision for the future can be accomplished without delaying gratification. 9 teaches the rewards that can be earned through patience. Whereas 1 says "yes" to happiness in the present, 9 declines immediate indulgence in favor of the long game. The number 9 recognizes length, breadth, and depth, but also wheels within wheels, and ultimately reveals the plans others would impose upon you (and how to work within them for your own success.) For the purposes of this book, 9 is a fixed number.

10) People often mistake compulsion for indulgence, but there is a world of difference between the two.

The above quote from Dr. LaVey is not on its own one of the nine Satanic statements, but for the purposes of Satanic numerology fits perfectly to describe the number 10 which appears in the Tarot deck. Following the pattern of numeric reduction (10 = 1+0 = 1), 10 is only a permutation of the number 1. I’m not advocating for a tenth Satanic statement, only saying that for a deck of cards to be called Tarot, it must include 40 numbered pips—four of which are 10's—therefore I must give them the Satanic treatment they deserve. 

So say I: unlike the deliberate, willful indulgence and satisfaction of 1, the number 10 is compulsion and addiction, but also pressure, coercion, extortion, and even blackmail. 10 utterly lacks patience, and screams for immediate action. This pressure emphasizes a lack of self-control and the denial of choice. At its best, 10 may communicate extreme excitement and pleasurable agitation, but 10 is frequently an ill omen who should be avoided.

The final piece of advice that I'll include in this chapter is only a repetition of what I've been saying from the start: Every word in this book is subordinate to your desires and may be changed or discarded according to your preferences. If you don't like Dr. LaVey's 9 Satanic Statements, don't use them. Replace them with something else that you think works better, or you can even write your own Satanic statements so that the 40 pips (and consequently the 16 face cards) become personal expressions of your own understanding of Satanic philosophy. 

The same applies to the trumps: if you prefer to follow the fool’s journey as discussed by Carl Gustav Jung, or for your own reasons enjoy the pattern set out by Arthur Edward Waite or Aleister Crowley, then don’t let me stand in your way. Use what works for you if it already exists, and if you haven’t found anything that works for you, then you should apply yourself to the magic of mastery and create it for yourself.

One of the best things you can do as a fortune-teller is to hack your Tarot. If you invest the time and effort to disassemble the Tarot and learn how to put it back together again, you'll learn enough to write your own book.