Before we begin, I would like to thank everybody for taking the time to read our previous article entitled, It’s Official: Lovecraft Used The Term “Cthulhu” As A Code Word For Thelema. Under this topic, we discussed how it was unlikely a coincidence that H. P. Lovecraft’s “Cthulhu,” which equals 93 in Simple Gematria, is definitely a reference to the Cult of Thelema. I would suggest that you read this article before entering our present discussion. But that’s it, right? I mean if we were to find another unusual coincidence in comparing Lovecraft’s fiction with the gnosis of Aleister Crowley, then we can be certain that H. P. Lovecraft’s greatest mystery was his connection to Crowley, and Crowley’s “laughing at you” was a bigger joke that magicians and sci-fi fans would spend lifetimes trying to figure out.
Many scholars have nullified the Sonia Greene rumors. Sonia Greene was the wife of H. P. Lovecraft and rumor had it that she met Aleister Crowley. It was supposedly through such a meeting that Sonia Greene was able to communicate ideas concerning a “Necronomicon” from Crowley to Lovecraft. But what if the reverse were true. Perhaps the rumors about Sonia Greene were a distraction to prevent everyone from connecting Crowley’s wife, Rose Kelly, to Lovecraft.
Fact #1: Rose Kelly and Keziah Mason Both Had A Connection To Egypt
Rose Kelly married Aleister Crowley on August 12th 1903. The marriage was the result of the couple eloping a day before. In an online article, under the topic, Aleister Crowley, Thelema 101, provides the following details about what occurred after the couple’s honeymoon:
“In 1903, Crowley married Rose Kelly, and they went to Egypt on their honeymoon. After returning to Cairo in early 1904, Rose (who until this point had shown no interest or familiarity with the occult) began entering trance states and insisting to her husband that the god Horus was trying to contact him. As a test, Crowley took Rose to the Boulak Museum and asked her to point out Horus to him. She passed several well-known images of the god and led Aleister straight to a painted wooden funerary stele from the 26th dynasty, depicting Horus receiving a sacrifice from the deceased, a priest named Ankh-f-n-khonsu. Crowley was especially impressed by the fact that this piece was numbered 666 by the museum, a number with which he had identified since childhood.
The upshot was that he began to listen to Rose, and at her direction, on three successive days beginning April 8, 1904, he entered his chamber at noon and wrote down what he heard dictated from a shadowy presence behind him. The result was the three chapters of verse known as Liber AL vel Legis, or The Book of the Law. This book heralded the dawning of the new aeon of Horus, which would be governed by the Law of Thelema. “Thelema” is a Greek word meaning “will”, and the Law of Thelema is often stated as: “Do what thou wilt”. As the prophet of this new aeon, Crowley spent the rest of his life working to develop and establish Thelemic philosophy.”
Basically, we can safely gather that Crowley’s wife, Rose Kelly, had channeled some supernatural ancient Egyptian (Kemetian) intelligences that were trying to reach the magician with a message. It was this experience that eventually led to Crowley receiving the Book of the Law. Thus, we can say that Rose Kelly played an important role in the progression of Thelema.
What is interesting about all of this is that Rose Kelly’s occult experience with Crowley in Egypt, greatly resembles Lovecraft’s fictional character Keziah Mason. Like Rose Kelly, Keziah Mason was under the influence of an Egyptian intelligence known as Nyarlathotep. Lovecraft described Nyarlathotep in the following words:
“And it was then that Nyarlathotep came out of Egypt. Who he was, none could tell, but he was of the old native blood and looked like a Pharaoh. The fellahin knelt when they saw him, yet could not say why. He said he had risen up out of the blackness of twenty-seven centuries, and that he had heard messages from places not on this planet. Into the lands of civilisation came Nyarlathotep, swarthy, slender, and sinister, always buying strange instruments of glass and metal and combining them into instruments yet stranger. He spoke much of the sciences—of electricity and psychology—and gave exhibitions of power which sent his spectators away speechless, yet which swelled his fame to exceeding magnitude.”
This description of Nyarlathotep sounds very similar to what Crowley wrote in regards to his experience with Aiwass, as mentioned in The Equinox of the Gods:
“The voice was passionately poured, as if Aiwass were alert about the time-limit … The voice was of deep timbre, musical and expressive, its tones solemn, voluptuous, tender, fierce or aught else as suited the moods of the message. Not bass – perhaps a rich tenor or baritone. The English was free of either native or foreign accent, perfectly pure of local or caste mannerisms, thus startling and even uncanny at first hearing. I had a strong impression that the speaker was actually in the corner where he seemed to be, in a body of “fine matter,” transparent as a veil of gauze, or a cloud of incense-smoke. He seemed to be a tall, dark man in his thirties, well-knit, active and strong, with the face of a savage king, and eyes veiled lest their gaze should destroy what they saw. The dress was not Arab; it suggested Assyria or Persia, but very vaguely. I took little note of it, for to me at that time Aiwass was an “angel” such as I had often seen in visions, a being purely astral.”
In “The Dreams in the Witch House” (1933), Nyarlathotep appears to Walter Gilman and witch Keziah Mason (who has made a pact with the entity) in the form of “the ‘Black Man’ of the witch-cult,” a black-skinned avatar of the Devil described by witch hunters. So like Rose Kelly, Keziah Mason finds herself at the service of an ancient Egyptian force.
Fact #2: The Definition of Keziah Mason’s Magical Name Defines How Aleister Crowley to received The Book of The Law!
The name Keziah is Hebrew in origin and means Cassia; sweet-scented spice. The biblical Job had a daughter named Keziah. But more importantly, it was a very popular named amongst Puritans in the 12th century. I find this interesting as Crowley’s parents were Puritans.
It is without a doubt that Lovecraft’s use of the character named Keziah Mason was a code for Rose Kelly and her experience that led to Crowley receiving the Book of the Law. The first clue is the name Keziah. Popular amongst the Puritan faith, the name Keziah is symbolic of Crowley’s parents as Puritans, meaning a new form of spiritual guidance bestowed upon him by the actions of his wife Rose Kelly. This connection is confirmed by Keziah Mason’s other name, Nahab.
In Lovecraftian fiction, Keziah Mason receives the name Nahab after dedicating herself in service to Nyarlathotep and signing the Black Book of Azathoth. The name Nahab can be found in the Egyptian Book of the Dead, where it is defined as a mystical viper in the first abode of Osiris. If we were to read the passages in the Egyptian Book of the Dead where the name Nahab appears it describes the process of how Aleister Crowley received the Book of the Law:
“The Osiris flies as a hawk and cackles as a goose; he does not perish for an age like Nahab. Let him explain it. It is Anup, it is Horus, it is he who dwells in S’Khem; or, it is Horus of the place of turning back; or, it is the Chiefs stopping the enemies of the Universal Lord there; or, it is the Great Opener of the place of Rejection. They do not exult there. I do not proceed to their braziers. Let him explain it. The images there over their censers are the image of the Sun, and the image of the Eye of Horus.”
“He ties my banes, he disposes my arms. I led Ahi, Lord of the Heart. He collects my bones, he places the crown of Tum. He placed the head of Nahab [a Viper; or on my neck]. The Osiris fills the balance; thou rulest among the Gods. I live justified: or, [Thou rulest] thy altars as the Gods. Khem builds the type of the Osiris and his soul.”
“Hail, the Abode of the Arms, taker of Spirits by stealth, prevailing against the shade, devouring the perfect or the written, roaring at those defiled through the glances of their eyes! Their wretched shades, do not prevail against a tablet of tin (tahen), ay they at that region in their Abodes. Ye should come on your bellies and revel in your filth to let me pass you, who has neither been taken away by my spirit nor overcome by my shade. I am the Hawk, the God of Time. Scent has been supplied, flaming incense has been burnt around me. I have slaughtered the offering. When embalmed on earth, Isis and Nephthys were behind me. Prepare me a road for this snake. I am the Bull [male, husband] of Nubar, [Nahab] the viper. I have come to you, oh Gods. Save me, give me my intelligence for ever.”
Fact #3: Keziah Mason and Rose Kelly Have The Same English and Simple Gematric Values
Finally, we when compare the gematric value of the names Rose Kelly and Keziah Mason it becomes pretty obvious that as a second “coincidence,” Lovecraft and Crowley were surely sending messages to each other:
KEZIAH MASON = 122
K(11) + E(5) Z(26) + I(9) + A(1) + H(8) + M(13) + A(1) + S(19) + O(15) + N(14) = 122
ROSE KELLY = 122
R(18) + O(15) + S(19) + E(5) + K(11) + E(5) + L(12) + L(12) + Y(25) = 122
Rose Kelly and Keziah Mason, not only have the same Simple Gematric value, but English Gematric value as well. English Gematria is based on the Sumerian value system of the numbers 6 and 60.
KEZIAH MASON = 732
K(66) + E(30) + Z(156) + I(54) + A(6) + H(48) + M(78) + A(6) + S(114) + O(90) + N(84) = 732
ROSE KELLY = 732
R(108) + O(90) + S(114) + E(30) + K(66) + E(30) + L(72) + L(72) + Y(150) = 732
The Keziah Mason and Rose Kelly connection is the second “coincidence” that illustrates that a relationship between Lovecraft and Crowley and shows hints of a bigger fiercer secret society.