Gnostic Alchemical Church of Typhon—
The Gnostic Alchemical Church of Typhon—Christ is a
thelemic magick group that came into existence in the 1990s
as a result of the publication of the English Qabala. The English
Qabala is a system of numerical correspondences developed
in the 1970s by British thelemite Jim Lees and a small
group of associates with whom he shared his original findings.
The English Qabala begins with the assignment of numerical
values to each letter of the English alphabet as is done in ordinary
numerology. It differs in the method of arriving at the numerical
value assigned.
Lees assigned the letter ‘‘A’’ the value of 1. He then counted
11 letters and arrived at the letter ‘‘L,’’ which was assigned the
numerical value of 2. Eleven letters further brought him to
‘‘W.’’ He continued that process through the alphabet, starting
back at the beginning each time he got to the end. The result
was an alphabet ordered thusly A L W H S D O Z K V G R C
Each letter was assigned a value from 1 (A) to 26 (P). Using
these new values in a manner similar to the way that the values
of the Hebrew alphabet are applied by Kabbalists to the Bible,
thelemites began a new look at The Book of the Law, the holy
book of the movement launched by magician Aleister Crowley
early in the twentieth century and now divided into several
dozen organizations.
In its choice of name, the Gnostic Alchemical Church affirms
its alignment with Gnosticism and the ancient esoteric
tradition that dates to the second century C.E. and has been revived
in modern theosophy and magic. By gnosis, the church
means the direct knowledgeexperience that individuals have
of the divine. It seeks to further gnosis (wisdom) by reference
to the revelations that have come and continue to appear in the
English Qabala and The Book of the Law.
The church differs from many thelemite groups in its offering
members access to rituals (both public and private) designed
to be used at moments of major astrological conjunctions.
In astrological thought, the close proximity of two
planets allows the energies of the two planets to join. For members
of the Gnostic Alchemical Church, rituals are particularly
effective during the conjunctions of the Sun and Venus, the Sun
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and Mercury, and the Sun in Jupiter. These rituals lead the individual
to what is termed ‘‘Ordeal X,’’ a high magical initiation.

The Gnostic Alchemical Church of Typhon-Christ has
branches in France, England, Canada, and the United States.
It supports an Internet site at httpwww.geocities.comArea51
Stargate7770, and it may be contacted through the site.
Gnostic Alchemical Church of Typhon-Christ. http
www.geocities.comArea51Stargate7770. May 20, 2000.

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