On this page I will tell the strange story about how the Temple of Abzu system came to be, how the gematria was found through Magickal Dreaming and how the images of the deck was “transmitted” to me. I have previosly not talked much about this but I think it's now time to reveal everything. I've checked my old notes just to get this as accurate as possible.
But before I do I have to describe one of the ways Esoteric Order of Dagon works with dreams. There is this thing in Buddhism/Bon traditions that is called “terma”. The word terma means treasure and refers to hidden teachings that can come in different forms, and it’s seen as being hidden teachings that through a process of revelation expands the knowledge of their religion. Sometimes this is actually hidden books and scriptures that is found, but they also have found termas in dreams.
This is an area that E.O.D works with too. Through Magickal Dreaming and Serial Dreaming our members sometimes find “dream treasures” and bring the knowledge back from dark astral realms and this way expands our esoteric eldritch lore. “Magickal Dreaming”, or Dreaming in short, is that through a lucid enter the astral world while “Serial Dreaming” is when multiple members of the E.O.D dream about the same thing (for example a book) and then use Magickal Dreaming to retrieve this treasure..it can be knowledge about otherworldly things, strange revelations and sometimes even whole books (like our LIBER 780, never released publicly) to the Order.
Back before the gematria was created we (the E.O.D) had decided to use gematria and go through the writings of Lovecraft to see what we could find. Gematria has been used on some of his writing before, mainly on the names of the main entities/gods, but we wanted to take this to a whole new level. One idea we had was that Lovecraft's kind of strange way of writing existed for a reason. That he subconsciously wrote that way to channel some strange alien message, It was like just beneath the surface of his writing one could almost feel a nightmarish hidden pulse of eldritch energy.
We experimented with traditional system of gematria for a while but none of them seemed to work to our satisfaction so we started thinking about somehow find a way to create a gematria of our own and worked on this for a while without any breakthroughs.
But I had (some time earlier according to my old magickal journal) had an Magickal Dream that enabled me to create an experimental gematira. I’ve previosly only described the dream vaguely as a “dream about spirals and fractals” but here is the real story how it happened. In truth, I encountered “something” that manifested visually within the dream as enormous strange glowing spirals forming in a fractal like pattern in the dark depths of the abyss, almost in utter darkness. During this “meeting” I received a “key” or "knowlegde" on how a gematria could be created based on the spiral form floating before me. Upon awakening I did some reseach found the spirals to be Fibonacci spirals and due to the recieved gnosis I was able to map the English alphabet to a few of the first numbers in the famous numerical Fibonacci sequence. I now took this back to the Order and when we tested it we got interesting results almost immediately. After rigid testing we understood that this was what we had been looking for and we have used it since then. We first called it the all-in-one gematria because of how the Fibonacci sequence seems to appear everywhere in nature and throughout the universe but after the deck was created settled for the name it have now.
The "something" I encountered I have later understood as being, in Lovecraftian Lore, an avatar(or subpart) of Yog-Sothoth. Yog-Sothoth has by other magickians sometimes been said to be connected to Yaldabaoth and even with Choronzon. I'm not really in agreement with this myself, because the "all in one" seems to go beyond this and should instead be seen as sort of somthing closely connected to the "totality of the complexity that arise through chaos". Yaldabaoth do share some aspects with this in his architect/creator role but Yog-Sothoth seems to be somthing that operates on a grander scale and across multiverses and dimensions. Yog-Sothoth is also connected to gates and keys. The "all in one" aspect of Yog-Sothoth definitelly is interesting due to the Fibonacci sequence and how that is connected to chaos theory.
When the gematria had been in use for some time I came up with the idea to create a deck of cards to enable a more intuitive use. The idea was to create images and phrases that somehow would relate to the gematrical value of the cards. But once I started to work on this something strange happened. All of a sudden a stream of images and ideas started to flood my mind and the only way I can describe it was like it was being transmitted to me. This resulted in me working intensely with the deck and the whole deck of 99 cards was actually created in just under two weeks (13 days to be exact). As soon as the last card was done the “transmission” just stopped.
The fact that it took 13 days is interesting in itself since Arcana 13 in the Temple of Abzu deck seems to describe similar transmissions. The phrases on that card are: “COLORS AND SOUNDS FROM SPACE” and “BLACK WELLS OF WISDOM” and one of the words with that value is actually “WISDOM”. Thus, it seems to represent transmissions of wisdom/knowledge from otherworldly eldritch sources.
So what to make of all this? Well workings have showed that the system actually gives concrete results and people who have used the deck have reported many really strange things back to me, not just regarding Lovecraftian magick, no in whatever paradigm they used it in. This a system that connects to “something” and my hope is that this system will be expanded on even further in the future, not just by the E.O.D, but by others that start using it. This is something every practicing occultist can use in their work and that can bring them newfound gnosis from the beyond.
The Temple of Abzu system is probably perfect for people who want to work with various forms of dark magick, chthonic energies, daemonic entities and beings from beyond. The TOA deck also been found to work as astral gateways. Lets see were this system will take us and what strange knowledge we might discover together!