What’s in a Number?
- October 2005
Are you afraid of the number
If you were issued an automobile
license plate or a telephone number that included a string of three
sixes would you ask for a different number?
Do you think the number
666 is inherently evil?
Do you believe any number can in and of
itself be evil?
The issue of FATE magazine that you are holding in your hands right
at this moment is issue number 666. The 666th word in
this article is "dead." Does this make you just a little bit
If it does, you are not alone. There is a name for your condition -
"Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia" - the fear of the number 666.
Everyone has at least one or two superstitions that we feel somehow
comfortably obliged to observe. My father was a geologist and a
high-degree Freemason. He was for the most part a very logical and
scientific man. Still, he was oddly superstitious about little
things like spilling salt and walking under ladders.
For a lot of people the number 666 is particularly
terrifying. After all, it’s the devil’s number, isn’t it? For the
better part of 2,000 years many in the Western world have certainly
thought so. What is it about these three digits that makes so many
of us uncomfortable?
of St. John
The dreaded number makes its first and only appearance in the last
book of the New Testament, the Revelation of Saint John the Divine
(often mistakenly called Revelations) - a book that for centuries
has been interpreted by theologians as a document prophesying the
terrible events that will take place at the end of the world.
Early Church fathers decided that John, the author of the
Revelation, was the same John who wrote the Gospel According to John
(the last of the Four Gospels). Modern experts from a wide range of
religious and non-religious persuasions agree this is probably not
the case. The style of the Greek writing and other obvious
differences suggest the two books were penned by different
Currently, many Bible students are reassessing other theories
concerning the Book of the Revelation - exactly when it was written
and what it was originally trying to communicate. There is now a
growing consensus among scholars that what John was actually
describing (in veiled imagery understandable to his contemporary
audience) was not the millennial end of the world, but an expose’ of
the all-too earthly details of the horrendous holocaust at the hands
of the Romans that ended the second Jewish revolt in a.d. 72. This
event destroyed Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple and dispersed the
For our purposes it really doesn’t matter. The fact remains that the
book has become a permanent fixture in the cultural consciousness of
Western civilization. So let’s look for a moment at what tradition
informs us about John, the man Jesus called his "beloved disciple."
After the crucifixion John was arrested and banished to the tiny
isle of Patmos in the Aegean Sea, a place renowned in the ancient
world for two things: its barren isolation and the fact that the
powerful hallucinogenic mushroom Amanita muscaria grew there in
abundance. We will never know for certain whether or not John
(knowingly or unknowingly) was influenced by the magic mushroom. He
does, however, take care to tell the reader that he was "...in the
Spirit on the Lord’s day" when the vision began, and few can deny
his book does indeed read like a classic shamanistic or psychedelic
The vision is peopled with an awesome array of strange and terrible
locusts with tails like scorpions and heads like long-haired
a woman clothed with the sun, with a moon under her feet
Babylon the Great, the mother of harlots and
There are wars and
plagues and what sounds suspiciously like an asteroid collision with
the earth. Lots of people die, and the good dead people are rewarded
while the bad dead people are made to wish they were deader. It’s
written in such a way to make you feel pretty darned worried, even
if you’re confident you’ll be one of the good dead people.
In chapter 13 we meet two beasts, one from out of the sea and the
other from out of the earth. The first beast has seven heads and ten
horns, and looks like a leopard with the feet of a bear and the
mouth of a lion. To this beast is given power and authority from a
great fiery dragon - the serpent called the "Devil and Satan" (a
character who was introduced to us in a preceding chapter). The
second beast comes out of the earth and has two horns like a lamb,
and speaks like a dragon. This beast is identified by a numeric code
in the last verse of chapter 13:
"Here is wisdom. Let
him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for
it is the number of a man: and his number is Six hundred
threescore and six."
This second beast
performs all sorts of miracles that confuse most everyone about just
exactly who are the good guys and who are the bad guys in this whole
messy affair. The book is so cryptic that it is open to almost
infinite interpretations. It is not at all clear whether or not this
Beast 666 is the Antichrist, or the Antichrist’s friend, or exactly
what. It is all very frightening and bewildering, and biblical
scholars and theologians have debated for centuries over just who’s
who and what it all might mean.
One thing seems clear, at least on the surface: the second beast
(Number 666) is somehow in cahoots with the dark forces that work
their mischief to bring about the end-time events. The idea that has
tantalized people for 2,000 years is the thought that this key
player in the end-of-the-world drama is not some invisible angel or
spiritual abstraction but a flesh-and-blood man - a man we might be
able to identify by his number.
How can a number represent a man? The obvious answer is numerology -
but what system of numerology - Hebrew? Greek? Latin? Aramaic?
English? Nobody really knows.
John’s book was written in Greek by a Jew who spoke Aramaic (the
language spoken by Jesus and his disciples), and he lived in a
Roman-occupied world. Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and Aramaic are all
written in alphabets whose letters also represent numbers. It’s
anybody’s guess which - if any - of the languages should be used to
count the number of the beast.
The earliest Christians (who believed the world was going to end
immediately) used Aramaic, Greek, and Hebrew numerology to finger as
666 the wicked Roman emperor Nero (whose monstrous reign parallels
the horrors of John’s vision), and many ancient and modern experts
But, since the apocalypse didn’t happen in the first century (at
least not in the way predicted in the Revelation), people have been
eagerly looking forward to the end of the world, seeking out
individuals they don’t like and trying to make their names add up to
Likely candidates have
Washington (and his alleged Illuminati double, Adam
Juan Carlos of Spain
oh, I almost forgot, all the Popes
Anyone Can Be 666
It takes some doing, but given enough time (and armed with the
numerological tricks of the Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, Latin, and
English alphabets), you can make anyone’s name add up to 666. But
there is one thing that all these accused beasts have in common:
none of them actually came right out and confessed to the world that
they were the "Beast 666."
There was, however, one man in the not-too-distant past who proudly
claimed the title. His name was Aleister Crowley, and during his
lifetime the newspapers called him "the Wickedest Man in the World."
Chances are if you have heard anything about Aleister Crowley it
probably wasn’t very good. During his lifetime and for many years
after his death his reputation has been that of perfectly nasty man
- a black magician. Admittedly, for Victorian England he was a
pretty wild character. If he were alive today, however, I’m afraid
he would not be considered very frightening at all. In fact, in the
last few years several excellent and very well-researched
biographies of Crowley have been published that have dispelled many
untrue rumors and false accusations, including some very compelling
(and remarkably un-evil) reasons why he would claim the title of the
Paradoxes define the life and careers of
Edward Alexander (Aleister) Crowley (1875 - 1947). He
was a very strange man who often behaved like a cad and a scoundrel.
Notorious as he was, however, he was never charged with, arrested
of any crime whatsoever. Apparently his greatest "crime" was that of
poor judgment. He believed that any publicity was good publicity and
he happily cultivated a public reputation for being a black
magician. He thought everyone would get the joke. Unfortunately, few
people during his lifetime got the joke or appreciated his genius.
Be that is it may, he led quite a life. Among other distinctions, he
was a world-class mountaineer, chess master, painter, poet,
sportsman, novelist, literary critic, and theatrical producer. As
ghostwriter for Evangeline Adams, he introduced astrology to the
modern world by writing the two most popular books on the subject
ever penned, Astrology: Your Place in the Sun (1927) and
Astrology: Your Place Among the Stars (1930).
One of the most astonishing roles Crowley played on the stage of
world events was that of secret agent. At a moment in history when
the United States was seriously considering entering World War I on
Germany’s side, Crowley, working undercover for British
Intelligence, secured a job writing for an English-language German
propaganda newspaper in New York. There he wrote a series of
outrageous and insanely inflammatory editorials that hailed Kaiser
Wilhelm as the new Jesus Christ, advocated unrestricted submarine
warfare against all of the world’s civilian shipping, and boasted
that it was God’s will that Germany rule the world.
These wild statements did not reflect Germany’s foreign policy, but
the citizens of the United States did not know that. In short order
Crowley’s editorials were being quoted by U.S. senators and
congressmen who used them as evidence that Germany was a nation gone
mad. The U.S. finally joined the conflict on England’s side largely
due to Crowley’s ingenious disinformation campaign.
At the request of his friend, naval intelligence officer Ian Fleming
(creator of James Bond 007), Crowley provided Winston Churchill with
valuable insights into the superstitious mindset of the leaders of
Hitler’s Third Reich during the Second World War. He suggested that
Churchill exploit the Nazis’ magical paranoia by being photographed
as much as possible giving the two-fingered "V for Victory" gesture
- a powerful symbol of destruction and annihilation that, according
to magical tradition, is capable of defeating the perverted solar
energies represented by the Nazi swastika.
Crowley’s adventures and achievements, more than any dozen men of
ambition and genius could hope to garner in a lifetime, are dwarfed
by his monumental exploits of spiritual self-discovery. His
visionary and mystical writings and his efforts to bring together
the spiritual systems of East and West make him one of the most
fascinating cultural and religious figures of the 20th
Crowley’s reputation did not die with him in 1947. His mystique
continues to such a degree that today he is the favorite past life
of many individuals who are, shall we say, unbalanced. Over the
years I’ve met quite a few individuals who have claimed with
grim-faced conviction to be Aleister Crowley reborn. By the late
1970s I had logged so many encounters with "Aleister Crowley #2s"
that I was contacted by famed occultist Israel Regardie (one-time
secretary to Crowley) who suggested he and I pool our letters and
anecdotes and publish them in a book titled Liber Nutz.
My favorite case was a gentleman in Southern California who
self-published a spiral-bound book supporting his claims. Regardie
forwarded me his information and suggested I go to the
book-launching party at the man’s home to investigate. I thought it
might be fun, so I went.
This incarnation was a pleasant enough fellow in his mid-20s with a
thick, dark beard that nearly obscured his entire face. His book
displayed his own photograph alongside one taken of Crowley in his
late 20s. Crowley’s photo, however, had been altered by the addition
of a thick black beard, drawn in crayon, which obscured his face so
much that the images of the two men did indeed look very much alike.
I resisted the temptation to comment that both pictures also looked
very much like Che Guevara.
When I revealed that I was somewhat knowledgeable about the life of
Aleister Crowley, the dear man became very excited. With poignant
sincerity he confessed,
"I don’t really have any memories of my life
as Aleister Crowley, but if you would be kind enough to tell me
things about his life, I’m sure I’ll be happy to remember."
Let’s return to Crowley himself and try to see why he identified so
passionately with the Beast 666.
Crowley’s father was a lay preacher of the Plymouth Brethren, a
fundamentalist Protestant sect. His mother was also a devout
(Crowley says "fanatical") member of the church. Together they did
their best to raise their son within the strict tenets of the faith.
However, young Crowley was a mischievous and headstrong lad, and his
mother equated his behavior to the rebelliousness of the devil
himself. In moments of aggravation she called him the "Beast 666."
He loved the idea. As he grew up he delighted in identifying with
the name and number as representative of all things joyously opposed
to the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and sexual restrictions
that he believed enslaved the human soul.
As a young man, just beginning his study of Hebrew and Christian
mysticism, Crowley discovered that the number 666, rather than being
a number associated with evil, was especially sacred to the
life-giving powers of Sun. It was also identified with the heart
chakra (or psychic center) in the human body - also called in other
traditions the Christ center.
To understand why 666 is a magick number of the Sun, we must turn to
the sacred teachings of the Hebrew Kabbalah where it is taught that
the sphere of the Sun is the sixth emanation from the pure essence
of God. To express this concept mathematically (something Kabbalists
love to do) a square is composed of 36 squares (6 x 6). The numbers
1 to 36 are then arranged in a balanced way so that every row and
every column add to the same number. That number is 111, and the sum
of all the squares is 666.
Crowley tried to explain this in court when he testified in a 1934
lawsuit. He was asked,
take to yourself the designation of ’the Beast 666’?"
"Do you call
yourself the ’Master Therion’?"
titles convey a fair impression of your practice and
outlook on life?"
on what they mean."
Wild Beast and the Beast 666 are out of the Apocalypse?"
means sunlight; 666 is the number of the sun. You can
call me ’Little Sunshine.’"
Crowley believed that
spiritual ages on earth are determined by humanity’s evolving level
of consciousness, and that around the turn of the 20th century we
did indeed enter a new age. A new age naturally means the "end of
the world" of the previous age. In Crowley’s dramatic and colorful
mind, the Book of the Revelation of Saint John the Divine provided
the perfect narrative of this cosmic event.
For Crowley, the Whore of Babylon, the great Dragon, and the
666 now represent perfectly wholesome spiritual characters who are
instrumental in bringing about the birth of a new and eventually
Of course, not everyone will appreciate Crowley’s point of view or
his admiration of the number 666. But the 21st century is a kinder,
gentler place for the memory of the wickedest man in the world. Even
his native England, whose opinion of him in life was so terribly
misguided, has now awakened to the fact that the man who called
himself the Beast 666 was a national treasure. In 2002, the
conducted of poll of 30,000 Britons, asking them to vote for the
person who was in their opinion the "Greatest Briton of All Time."
Named number 73 in the top 100 (sandwiched between King Henry V and
Robert Bruce) stands the "famous poet, author and philosopher,
The number 666 is strange and wonderful. But what would happen if we
were to discover that there had been some kind of mistake and that
666 was not the number Saint John referred to in the 17th verse of
the 13th chapter of his book? Would the nature of evil change? Would
satanic rock bands have to change their tattoos?
Maybe they’ll have to. Recently a 1,500-year-old papyrus manuscript
was examined, using new technologies to "read" the heretofore
illegible script. The document is written in Greek and is the oldest
known version of the Book of the Revelation. The tiny fragment
confirms what many scholars and churchmen have long suspected. The
text actually reads:
"Here is wisdom. Let
him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for
it is the number of a man: and his number is 616."
Lon Milo DuQuette is an
internationally recognized occult studies expert. He is author of
numerous books, including The Magick of Aleister Crowley.
The Number of the Beast
- October 2005
As Lon DuQuette says in his article, there have been countless
attempts since the first century a.d. to get this name or that to
add up to 666, thereby proving the subject of the inquiry to be none
other than the Beast of Revelation.
If you can’t do it by numerology, maybe you can do it by counting.
For example, George Walker Bush Jr consists of three names, each of
six letters: six-six-six. If "Bush Jr" seems awkward, use the German
spelling of the last name: Busche.
Most efforts to "beast" somebody involve stretches like this.
In the novel War and
Peace, the hero Pierre Bezuhov decides that Napoleon must be the
Beast. He numbers the French alphabet 1 through 9, 10 through
90, and - instead of 100 through 900 as is done with the Greek,
Hebrew, and Arabic alphabets - 110 through 160. By this method,
he gets l’empereur Napoleon to come out to 666.
Aleister Crowley may
be the only prominent individual to make a concerted effort to
get his own name to enumerate to 666. He did it in a fairly
straightforward manner, using Hebrew letters and numerology (gematria)
and using the Hebrew heh (H) for the letter E in established
cabalistic convention: A L H Y S (samekh) T (teth) H R H K R O (ayin)
V L H Y. Of course he had to add a middle initial E (for Edward,
his birth name), which he never did otherwise.
You can get "Bill
Gates III" to be 666 by adding up the ASCII equivalents of the
letters - except that III is 3.
If you number the
English alphabet A = 100, B = 101, C = 102, and so on, then
Hitler = 666.
Another method is to
number the alphabet by multiples of six: 6, 12, 18, 24, and so
on. Then you can pick up Kissinger, Rockefeller,
New York, and
But there’s not only
names. The dedicated fanatic can see 666 anywhere. The old
Procter & Gamble logo for example.
See the 666 in the
beard? In the stars? Neither do I, but then I don’t have the
peculiar mentality required to see it.
During the last
presidential campaign, when six days remained before election
day, John Kerry’s supporters carried thousands of placards with
"6" on them. Any three of them together made 666, and Kerry was
The number 666
really is everywhere. In Hebrew, the letter waw (or vav) carries
the sound of w. It also represents the number six.
Internet address that we use every day carries the initials of
the World Wide Web: WWW ... 666. Now there’s the Beast!
Script About 666
666 is not demonic except in the lower racial mind where
humans have made it so through a gross misinterpretation of a Hebrew
letter combination. Christian priests, apparently knowing
nothing of the Temple “mysteries” or Temple use of the
language saw the characters as Arabic numbers. Bummer! Now all the
Baptists, Catholics: ALL the intensely emotional, not very well
informed, not to say bigoted Christians are pleasing the
Antichrist by enthusiastically profaning a highly spiritual
Christic dynamic. Strong words I know and not fair to the many
enlightened clergy and mystics who have had no call to investigate
that path (note comment below) but it is a critical problem and I
tend to pound the table when I speak of it. Perhaps my reaction
might be because I was one of the priests who messed up(?). Quien
sabe? ...can’t throw stones in this outfit.
I learned years ago that the 666 in Revelation as
it is presently interpreted is an anomaly. It is obviously a
master number of 6. With “6”, letter Vau (originally drawn as
a sphere with a line from it: the Grail with its attached layooesh
Pillar, a connective) we find the “Pillar in the Temple of God”
(Rev 3:7-13) when we track vau as the “Key of David”
(seen as the Magen/shield of David 6-point star schematic). “David”
means: Love, cauldron, ie the Grail. The Key of
David, two equilateral triangles, is an 8-point dual or “star”
tetrahedron. Drunvalo correctly sees this as a pillar
generating format ...except that it is only the first of three other
formats in a progression intended to enhance the transition of souls
into Metatronic/Christic levels or “Heaven” if you will. They
create a CW and CCW spinning combination and are part
of the split sphere archetypal or pure-symbol you are working with.
The next letter “up” is sammek, #60, drawn as a vertical line
with three horizontal crosses: in effect three of your split
The three horizontals
represent the three time continua that we have been constantly
working with in all religions/spiritual systems. (Ie the
original Ranna time wave, our presently “Fallen”
continuum, and the next one that we are creating in company with
ourselves in the 1st one ...now after eons we are
generating and transitioning into the 3rd IF enough
humans can shift into the Metatronic frequencies. Presently only
20% can do it, not enough to support a continuum, so the
target figure is 40% by 2015 CE. Whether we make it is iffy and
the Kumir (Greys) and other fallen agencies (Luciferic)
are desperately trying to block the effort. This is all relevant to
the 666 situation.
Since I had been working with 666 dynamics throughout
scripture I finally took the anomaly to our best channel to see what
it was about. We keyed into a really high order via a gigantic
Lion (lions are archetypes of guardians of sealed wisdom, also
Solar Lords and Solarians ...refer mysteries of the most holy star
MAZURIEL in the area of Denebola in Leo, existing in
the other two continua, not this fallen one). The word finally came
filtering back in a big voice to the effect that the original symbol
was of three open spirals that only appeared to be Arabic sixes but
were actually to be considered as 9’s that were written upside down
to indicate a distorted ennead or Christic vibration. They are NOT
to be considered sixes!! I then found out that the spirals being
described are letters lammed, #30, which was a golden spiral,
tail pointed down as with a 9. The golden spiral creates the life
supporting mechanisms and most importantly the pillar function. For
us it is the Reshel core.
has become the head (resh) of the corner.”
The Reshel contains a
complex time gate system (should know this when reading the
Revelation sequence 3:7-13). Time gates are quite important in
working with the three continua with efficient systems.
In effect, the Antichrist has worked through the ignorance of
the priests to block the access of higher wisdom leading to the use
of the Gates by creating the huge emotional fiction of the 666
being demonic. This is also a life support vehicle ...Life
can only come from Divine Source and it takes very clear and holy
mechanisms to process it. By using the split sphere you are
triggering the system. The THREE sixes and lammeds
also create three Grail/layooesh pillars cross connecting the three
continua. Vincent Bridges and his crew once installed a
brilliant zodiacal, Grail temple by using three “Stem and
Blossom” formats, essentially the Hebrew letter combination
tsadey overlighted by teyth, another story. Their use of
these letters in the ennead series (9 and 90) created a core system
synthesizing the whole Hebrew alphabet dynamic in which the 666
higher function was part. He would not necessarily use these same
terms to describe the Work but that is the way I see it. Their Work
is an example of a 3-continua Metatronic temple or “Templa
Mar” where they transcended the distorted 666 racial mind
We might say that the Antichrist has done humanity a favor by
filtering out the lower level of the Church from the use
of the higher functions. I do not agree; those souls are old and
know better, could well make great leaps forward if not arrested by
these kinds of blockages. We deserve every break we can get. Grace
is full and free and as it happens most potently works via the
666 Grail mechanisms. You could say, “Well, WE made it by the
block, why shouldn’t they when they have the eyes to see?”
I can’t agree with this
for the same reason; I know many very holy folks with very good
understanding of many mysteries but their dharmic path has
not put them in the way of gemetria or
sacred geometry. They often preach
the validity of the 666 as the fallen Sign of Man and
since they ostensibly know everything else with accuracy the other
seekers believe them and are thus slowed or stopped in going that
Its a tough situation
now become critical in these latter days.
Another “6” at the Master level is the Transfiguration
scenario ...after 6 days Yeshu went up the hill with his
3 guys Yachannen, Yachob and Simeon (Kafa)
where he met Moshe and Eliyahoo (6 of them now) and
went through the Transfiguration. When you go to the effort
of translating their names and the extra huge chore of figuring out
what each archetype is, then we have the consciousness and energy
definitions for the six poles needed for the layooesh at
least for that specific context. Why bother with all that work?
Can’t we simply come under Grace and get there from here? Certainly,
however we are also working in wider synergic groups of people,
angels, devachan (Ultra-terrestrials are also “people”,
they have souls and identical pathing) and are integrated into the
GAIA/cosmos via systems. A “system” can be notes of music or bands
of light or thought combinations.
When we can unify a
group synergically by using an archetypal system we can enhance the
Divine harmonic to become more accurate and efficient in our work,
much more so than as an individual. The synergic field is called a “merkabah”
or “chariot”; it is a vehicle. The ship is a better
symbol but we have basically a society of landsmen so it is rarely
used ...the “Boat of Ra” is a good merkabah description ...Yeshu
occasionally used a boat, even teleported in one which is an
excellent example. At this time in our evolution we have the
immediate problem of upgrading our understanding AND APPLICATION of
all these systems that are basically Metatronic but have long been
used in this fallen realm. The once valid applications are now
dangerous when not shifted. Continued low level use can block the
whole evolutionary jump for a zillion years and we are facing
re-start at a very low frequency, in effect Hell or near to it.
By building buildings, boosting Light groups by using sacred forms,
and creating earth grids ...all the same game... we are strongly
reinforcing resonance with “The Divine Harmonic of Universal
Accord” in these various realms.
Dan Winter’s work with the golden
ratio has produced the best picture of the Grail that we have
now (that I know of) but there is still work to do there; as the
racial mind expands in the Divine Harmonic there is a synergic
effect throughout that pushes everyone along. A collective nerve
system is enhanced and expanded in the planetary and racial mind
when golden ratio mechanisms are expanded. Thus there is a
progressive unified revelation bridged into all of us concurrently.
Some catch on, some tend to lag. It all evens out in 40,000 years
however it is right now that it is all coming together and its time
to join hands in the common flow. That means that the perverted
666 ash and trash has to be transcended ...too late now to fix
it completely but we can whittle down its immediate adverse effect
by reinforcing right thinking at all levels. We do not necessarily
have to publish the work to get it into the racial mind; just
exercising the problem has its effect.
Bottom line: 6 and its 666 is a powerful number of Grace, the
heart, the Pillar/connectivity, the Temple and Grail which leads to
the safe and effective usage of the Gates. I recommend that you
continue to ignore the “beast” in a 666 context and do
what you are doing in working the REAL 666 as you’ve begun.
If you could work the PHI in combination with PI, maybe
overlap the Hebrew PEH (#80) as discussed in the first memo,
and phase in the golden ratio 1.618+ and (squared) 2/618+,
particularly as a rhombic field, you might find it productive.
Without the knowledge of math and music I am restricted to using
simple symbols, myself. Your special aptitude with esoteric math can
take you farther I think.