God is tricky. I mean, it’s a tricky word. Tends to get conflated with the Hebrew deity, and as I’ve suggested elsewhere, we are in a position to attempt a new and hopefully more entertaining definition…
…even though trying to define God these days is a bit like trying to define the “Spirit of Cricket”. We’ve all got an idea of what we mean, and we broadly agree in the most general terms, but precise definitions are somewhat elusive at best, and we come closest when describing what it isn’t. Atheists have a pretty clear notion of what it is that they don’t believe in; and the willow-and-leather brigade know very well when something “isn’t cricket.”
And nobody enquires too closely into matters of Creation, which is supposedly God’s area of expertise.
Which is odd, since Magick is all about creation, and Creation is all about magick.
But I digress.
The word GOD has the value 24 in E.Q. which is the value of the letter T. This immediately brings up an association with the 32nd Path, and all the symbolism that pertains thereunto. 24 is the number ascribed by AL II:76 to the Manifest Kether on the Complete Tree, and T is the letter given to Tiphareth.
OK so far? – not a bad fit with the old Judeo-Christian correspondences, I suggest…
Right. (Well, we had to start somewhere).
GOD can be written as GO D. As Crowley said, one’s function is to GO; and D=6=LAW.
The word then becomes a glyph of the Law of GO-ing.
G=11 and O=7, so in numbers these two letters read 11, 7 or 117. This is the value of Kether manifest in the Domain of Time. It is the value of GEMINI and THE LIGHT. It’s worth noting that this doesn’t violate any traditional ideas, it simply puts them together differently…
GOD=24=NOW. And that’s how come God is everywhere, all the time.
An easy E. Qaballistic definition of GOD comes out as “the irresistible impulse to motion, for the transmutation of which a sacrifice is necessary, that is continuously happening everywhere.” We might add something about the apparent dualities, but that’s a different story…
So, is it just a single omnipresent deity with all the authority, power of life’n’death, judge, jury, benefactor and executioner, all rolled into one? – or is it a crowd of gods and other beings in various states of deshabille all rompin’ about from Olympus to Valhalla, proddin’ the mortals and having a jolly fine time? – and are they (or is it) above us, or below?
We can do better than this binary black or white bickering and Right but Repulsive/Wrong but Romantic reasoning. We have three more planets functioning in our philosophy than the neo-platonists could have dreamed of, not to mention several new gods who are not affiliated to the planets. We are living in a time when we can think of our planet hanging in space, with no particular up or down and only a few miles of terrestrial substance between us and eternity. We are living in a time when we can think of a cat shut up in a box with a decaying radioactive isotope, and comprehend the notion that the cat is both alive and dead.
Schrodinger, who came up with that idea, also said “The number of minds in the Universe is One.”
So we should be able to cope with ONE=46, MANY=51=ONES.