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    Questions about Magic Squares

    I thought I'd get a better answer in this section.

    I was looking through the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage...and I saw some squares that were missing rows of letters; for those who have used them, did you add the missing letters, or use them as they were? Why are they even missing, for that matter?

    http://hermetic.com/crowley/aa/abramelin3.pdf

    Thanks!

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    Usually I don't bother with them lol, but it says in the book,

    "Those in which part of the Square is left vacant, the Letters being
    arranged in the form of what is called in Geometry, a Gnomon."


    A Gnomon magic square is 3x3 array where the elements in the 2 x 2 corners have the same sum. I think I remember Crowley saying in 777 in regards to the Sepher Sephiroth that a blank "-" indicates a number or letter divisible by 3, if that helps.
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    That's really interesting I'll have to check out that book!
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    It's like a "correspondence Bible." You can mostly get the edited by Israel Regardie edition called 777 And Other Qabalistic Writings Of Aleister Crowley, composed of three texts, Gematria, 777, and Sepher Sephiroth. 93's
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    Mathers was working with poor source materials. I highly recommend getting the translation by Steven Guth as well as Mathers translation. Read the customer comments on Amazon as to why
    Last edited by Proteus; February 24th, 2011 at 08:21 PM.

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    I had heard Mathers made some poor translations as well.

    This is all very interesting. :D
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