AL I:24Posted: May 8, 2012
I am Nuit, and my word is six and fifty.
Nuit names herself and gives the value of her word, which is yet unknown. See AL I:1 for the value of the name Nuit.
What is the word of Nuit and why is it hidden? The most obvious explanation is that the word of Nuit is נו. This word used is used in II:1 to indicate the hiding of Hadit, it is also found in II:76 and III:17. Unfortunately we don’t have a word in greek that sums to 56.
The number 56 occurs in the following passage from Plutarch in “Thrice-Greatest Hermes”:
The Pythagorics also seem to consider Typhon a daimonic power; for they say that Typhon was produced on the six-and-fiftieth even measure; and again that the [power 4] of the equilateral triangle is that of Hades and Dionysus and Ares; that of the square is that of Rhea and Aphroditē and Demeter and Hestia (that is, Hera); that of the dodecagon, that of Zeus; and that of the fifty-six angled [regular polygon], that of Typhon (as Eudoxus relates).
What do Nuit and Typhon have in common? The most obvious thing is their gargantous size, Nuit is often pictured with her hands and feet upon the ground and her torso and head in the stars. Typhon was said to be so large that his head was in the stars and his arms reached from east to west. Instead of a human head, he had a hundred dragon heads. In the new comment for this verse, Crowley relates Nuit to the great Dragon of space. See my comment on AL I:15 relating Nuit further to the Dragon.
Another place we can see 56 connected to the idea of Nuit is in the circle from Loagaeth. The first layer of the circle (seen below) contains 56 squares. This layer is the circumference of the circle, which is a concept connected with Nuit. “In the sphere I am everywhere the centre, as she, the circumference, is nowhere found.” (AL II:3). “Glory unto the Rose that is Nuit the circumference of all, and
Glory unto the Cross that is the heart of the Rose!” (LIBER 418, 23rd Aethyr).
The total value of these squares is 273, which is the same as the greek word βορρα which means north. Crowley links the idea of north to the Dragon in his new comment “The Dragon in current symbolism refers to the North or Hollow of Heaven; thus to the Womb of Space, which is the container and breeder of all that exists.”