The Key of it All

Much and often people do speak of the so-called Sacred Languages, Astrology as many see would be one, also the Tarot. Few people have taken the Sacred Languages so literally and have explored and studied them with such meticulousness and patience as the man whose books I would like to talk about here.

David Allen Hulse’s work “The Key of it All”, in three extensive volumes, not only provides an incredibly detailed introduction and presentation of the Sacred Languages, but also brings them in their entirety – and what much could have been overlooked in this Opus Magnum – into a system, a sacred system one could even rightly claim. The author is in no way prejudiced by any popular or superficially important “system”, a particular occult school, or a special esoteric doctrine. This is what makes his large collection of tables so fresh and yes, so little dry. Hulse conjures up correspondences and juggles with sacred signs and letters, literally so many of them that one cannot help but be stunningly amazed. He has by no means avoided personal risks in this self-imposed mammoth task. What he presents in the first two volumes seems to be the rich harvest of years of skirmish and struggle for understanding and knowledge. Others would fill hundreds of books with a fraction of his content, but loquaciousness is not something Hulse is interested in. Thus his books remain an invaluable compendium of magickal knowledge and at the same time this work naturally refuses to succeed in the esoteric marketplace, where all too often empty words are twisted and turned around and texts are reformulated and paraphrased and offered for sale again.

What do volumes one and two contain? “The Eastern Mysteries”, Volume 1 of the trilogy, provides everything you need to know as a magickally operating zelator or even ipsissimus (beginner or perfect master) about the languages Cuneiform, Hebrew, Arabic, Sanskrit, Tibetan and Chinese. “The Western Mysteries”, volume 2 of the trilogy, covers the languages Greek, Coptic, Runes, Latin, Enochian, Tarot and English. Each volume, currently available from Llewellyn Publications, contains approximately 600 pages. It is a concentrate of knowledge, without any superfluous words, concise and presented to the point. The explanatory texts to the hundreds of tables are written fluently and concisely, without vanity or pride in such immense treasures of knowledge. What knowledge? In essence, it is the connection between number and word, the mitochondrion of all true magick. The fact that Hulse focuses on this aspect makes this table almanac so infinitely useful and practical. No theories or mantras are spread out here, here letter is measured with number and number with letter. And everything in the reader calls for the final volume of the trilogy, which has not yet been published. In this third volume, the author does not plan to find and study other sacred languages (of course there are, but the totality of such a task may not be realized in one human life), no, in this third volume his aim is to put number first.

The age-old dream of a magickal Thesaurus, in this upcoming third volume of “The Key of it All” it will come true. The author’s knowledge is enormous and his cardboxes must be countless. Just imagine this for a moment: for each number, say between one and ten thousand, all the words of all these languages are listed that are magickally connected (others use the term Qabalah, Gematria or Isopsephy here) with that number. For what purpose? Because this connection between quantity and content surely is the lost Master Argument of antiquity, nothing more and nothing less. The knowing one will nod, the ignorant will not be touched by it.

I am not different from probably many other of his readers; I can‘t hardly wait for the publication of this third volume of his phenomenal study; science and religion––– this is where they align. Hooray for the author: his Thesaurus will be considered by posterity as a milestone at the turn of the ages.