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Explaining The Mystic Signiture L.V.X.


By James Donahue

June 2005


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 Qabalistic mysteries.


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 Existence


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.


Loose Translation:


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 Cycle


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.

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