Explaining The Mystic Signiture
By James Donahue
When Aaron C. Donahue
writes on his blog page, or signs off on personal letters to people he knows are on the right spiritual path, he often attaches
the letters L.V.X. at the bottom of his manuscript.
Aleister Crowley did
this, as do many other members of various secret societies like the Typhonian Ordo
Templi Orientis (OTO) and Golden Dawn.
As in all of the secrets from the world of the mystics, the meaning of the letters, or symbols, is deeply rooted in
I ran into a complete walk-through this maze that leads to an answer. Understanding the meaning of each step, however,
would take a few years of intense study on the part of an initiate, so we will not attempt to offer the volumes of paperwork
that would be required to draft a full written solution.
Thus the L.V.X. explanation, by an unknown author, is reproduced here:
Step One: Lux = Light
Remember that a Latin
"U" is written as a "V", so the word becomes "Lux", which means "Light". Light is the first object created ("Fiat Lux", the
first words spoken by the Lord = "let there be light"); yet paradoxically it does not behave like a physical object, and this
points toward the non-"objectiveness" of all other "objects". Light is also the fastest-moving thing, therefore it defines
both the original essence and the ultimate limitations of this universe.
Step Two: The Negative
The nature of God according
to the Qabalah is described in a trinary structure called "The Negative Existence," comprised of:
Ain Soph, and
Ain Soph Aur.
Ain = "Light" or "Nothing"
Ain Soph = "Limitless
Light" or "No Nothing" (i.e., not even the knowledge of "nothing"), and
Ain Soph Aur = "Limitless
Light in Extension" or "No Nothing Ever/Always"
Therefore the formula
of God is threefold, consisting of varying degrees of pure light. The second degree is in essence a denial of the first,
and the third denies that, by extending through time. The ancient Qabalists were forced to define divinity this way
due to the paradoxes which inevitably arise in human minds when confronted with 4th and higher dimensional thinking -- this
is what the Sepher Yetzirah (the seminal Qabalistic text) is all about.
Step Three: The Death-Rebirth
These three letters also
are Qabalistically and visually/formally linked to the principle dynamic structure of all Western Mysticism, that of the Death-Rebirth
Cycle. According to The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn:
L == Isis Mourning (Osiris
slain by Set)
V == Apophis Triumphant
(the Rule of Death)
X == Osiris Risen (dead-yet-alive,
to rule in the new order)
Many mystics go so far
as to say that this cycle is the only dynamic evident in nature, as the direct interactions of all forces are governed by
it. Here we see two mutually-opposed forces which interact to create a new, "elevated" state or force. This directly
echoes Hegel's "Thesis-Antithesis-Synthesis" model, as well as Gurdjieff's "Law of Threes" and Buckminster Fuller's "60-degree
zero-vector matrix," and similar structures literally permeate Western consciousness, lending further credence to the primacy
of this dynamic. Obviously, we are not talking about literal death here, but rather as a metaphor for all sorts of dynamic
and transformative processes.
Using all of this we
come to a conclusion that the meaning of L.V.X. is a “wish” or “spell” by the writer that means: “May
you die and be reborn in the limitless extending Light of Godhead.”
And there is a methaphorical
meaning for non-members: “May you change and keep changing unto perfection.”
When you think about
it, this is what the Luciferian Order is all about.