Explaining The Occult Signiture L.V.X.
By James Donahue
When students of Aleister Crowley
pass correspondence to one another, they usually attach the letters L.V.X. at the bottom of the manuscript.
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.
We once ran into a written
walk-through this maze that explained the meaning of the letters. Understanding the reasoning behind 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.
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.
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.
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
V == Apophis Triumphant (the Rule
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
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.”
Indeed, all who follow a spiritual
path are seeking the light of truth that leads to perfection. It is unfortunate that the Christian Church turned into a dark
and misleading web that scooped the masses into its folly and forced the seekers of light into hiding for so long.
This, then, is the reason messages
are so carefully coded and difficult for the layman to understand.