Aleister Crowley, born on October 12th 1875, was many things, but is commonly remembered for his involvement in the occult, and for the inception of the religion and philosophy of Thelema, that proclaimed himself as the prophet to lead humanity into the Aeon of Horus.
Anton Szandor Lavey, born on April 11th 1930 and author of the book The Satanic Bible, has had his fair share of mentions in the Zodiac sphere, having established the Church of Satan at 6114 California Street in San Francisco, situated only a five minute drive from the final confirmed murder of the Zodiac Killer, that of Paul Stine at the corner of Washington and Cherry Street on October 11th 1969. However, did either occultists have any influence on the Zodiac Killer, that sparked his apparent venture into the dark world of religion and astrology, becoming his inspiration for a campaign of terror that held the citizens of Northern California to ransom for at least five years.
The Zodiac Killer mailed the SLA Letter to the San Francisco Chronicle on February 14th 1974. stating SLA was an Old Norse word for kill. However he may have been playing games, as the Old Norse word for kill is VAL and these three letters were underlined in the name PAUL AVERLY on the Halloween Card envelope, albeit reversed. The date of the SLA letter also appeared to be relevant in that it was mailed on VALENTINES DAY and the 14th or number 14, was particularly significant within the Halloween Card.
The Shemhamphorasch is the referred to as the 'Explicit Name of God', derived from Exodus 14;19;21 and used in early tannaitic times in the land of Israel. The 216 letter name for God in Jewish Kabbalah comprises of 72 groups of three letters and it is these groupings that we will be focusing on here.
Exodus 14;19;21 contains three verses, that written in boustrophedon form, (ie: every other line is flipped or reversed, as opposed to modern English text reading from left to right), reveals the names of 72 angels or names of God. These 72 names are sometimes divided into four groups of eighteen, each group relating to one of the letters of the Tetragrammaton. They may also be combined to form the 216-letter name of God. Taken from Wikipedia,
The Hebraic gematric value of these letters total 72, when displayed within the tetractys, shown here on the left. The tetragrammaton is also pivotal in tarot card reading, as a form of divination. SEE THE DEATH WHEEL article.
The occult angle linking the shemhamforasch and tarot was taken up by Aleister Crowley when he published Liber 78 for his periodical 'The Equinox'. The 72 angels were paired into 36 and allocated a 10 degree segment of the Zodiac, thereby completing the Zodiac circle of 360 degrees.
The members of Anton Szandor Lavey's Church of Satan, sign letters with the word Shemhamforash, however they have an entirely different version, replacing the 72 angels with 72 demons. For the list on Wikipedia click here.
The 72 quinaries of the Zodiac (72 angels) or 5 degree segments are sounded every year, as part of the 360 day Geomantic calendar. This begins on December 26th until all 72 names had completed the cycle (72 x 5 = 360).
The eleventh position is particularly relevant, as it is represented by the three letters LAV, exalted by the angel Lav/Lauiah and by the demon Gusion, the 'Great Duke of Hell', often depicted as a baboon.
This angel is 11th in the order of sounding, and falls on the date of
This form of text was not new to the Zodiac Killer, having employed it in his 13 Hole Postcard, as shown in the article 'The Name on the 13 Hole Postcard' and again in the Pines Card with 'The Hidden Message in the Pines'.
The diagram on the right shows the first 12 angels of the 72. The eleventh being LAV.
This could possibly tie the Zodiac Killer into the religious and occult angle once more, although this idea may be way off the mark. However this appears as far as it goes for now, unless the significance of this date, February 14th is somehow personal to him or Paul Avery. Or is the 11th quinary (of 5 degree segments) relevant, as we hit the 55 degrees of the 360 degree circle.
In a recent article, 'Mt Diablo:The Devil is in the Detail', the importance of the number 6 was key to its construction, as well as to the Zodiac Killer's use of FK I'm Crackproof, the design of the 13 Symbol Cipher and the decoding of the three unsolved ciphers in the article 'The Three Unsolved Ciphers Linked'.
In English gematria each letter is attributed a value ie: A=1, B=2, C=3, D=4 etc, but when the key or factor of 6 is applied this becomes A=6, B=12, C=18, D=24 etc. If we again use this, as we did in the 'Mt Diablo:The Devil is in the Detail' article some curious results occur based on the concept of our 72 angels.
HALLOWEEN CARD = 48+6+72+72+90+138+30+30+84+18+6+108+24 = 726
VALENTINES = 132+6+72+30+84+120+54+84+30+114 = 726 (VALENTINES DAY = 906, JESUS CHRIST = 906). Jesus Christ minus the mark of the beast 6+6+6 =18, results in 906-18 = 888, the Hebraic gematric total for Jesus. VIEW.
PAUL AVERY = 96+6+126+72+6+132+30+108+150 = 726
PAUL AVERLY = 96+6+126+72+6+132+30+108+72+150 = 798
The difference between the spelling of Paul Averly to Paul Avery is 72 or the 72 angels of the Shemhamforash.
Enter these into the ENGLISH GEMATRIA CALCULATOR here to check.
The two spellings of his name was also pivotal in the article 'The Death Wheel', that explored in depth the possible meaning of the Halloween Card itself. This concept being further extended in the 'Halloween Card Tetractys'.
Of course, if the Zodiac Killer had no religious agenda, then you can forget the last five minutes of your life.
SEE ALSO THESE TOPICS BASED ON ENGLISH GEMATRIA