Understanding the figures
The Tablet of Fate is a 30 step progression of 4 sets of binary numbers in the following four sequences
0, 1, 2, 3
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
It will be seen that there are two numbers in the first set, four numbers in the second set, eight numbers in the third set, and sixteen numbers in the fourth set (2 + 4 + 8 + 16 = 30 binary numbers). Each set of numbers is double the size of the previous set (2, 4, 8, and 16)
A binary number uses only the digits one and zero to represent a number, for example: 010 = 2 or 1100 = 12. It is easiest to understand how a binary number works if we think of the ones (1) as switches that are on, and the zeros (0) as switches that are off, for example 010 is off, on, off, and 1100 would be thus: on on off off.
The ones and zeros in a binary number have a preset value, according to their position in the binary number. The right most position has the value of 1 (one), the position second from the right has the value of 2 (two), the third position has a value of 4 (four). And if we continue this progression, we will find that each position is double the value of the preceding position to the right. So in our example number we have four places from right to left, each with a value that is on or off:
Value for each position--------8--4--2--1
(Example number)---------------1 1 0 0
On / off -------------------- on -on -off-off
To get the value of our number, all we need to do is add up the values that are on. (8 + 4 + 0 + 0 = 12)
In the example number (1100) the right most digit is a zero, thus the value of the position (1) is turned off and so it has the value of zero. The second digit from the right is also turned off and has the value of Zero. The third digit from the right is a one (1) thus that value (4) is turned on and is added to the total, and the fourth and left most number is also a one (on) and so it's value (8) is on and added to the full total.
It should be noted that the doubling sequences of the positional values in a binary number are identical to the doubling sequence of the sets of numbers on the Tablet of Fate. Following this pattern each of the sets of figures have a numerical progression.
0,1 for the Twin Polarities. (In binary 0, 1) light and dark.
0,1,2,3 for the Four Currents. (In binary 00, 01, 10, 11) earth, water fire wind
0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7 for the Eight Rays (in binary 000, 001, 010, 011, 100, 101, 110, 111). Saturn, Jupiter, mars, etc.
0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15 for the elemental counter changes. (In binary 0000, 0001, 0010 etc....) zodiac and elemental rulers.
The figures on the Tablet of Fate are constructed as follows: Each figure is composed of a combination of double dots - (zero or off) and single dots + (one or on). The figures are constructed in a bottom to top manner: rather than in a sideways manner.
.o o is zero on top of zero, and
. o is zero on top of one, if we turn the figures on their left side we have the binary numbers; 00 and 01.
Each zero - (called katu) means the number that is in that position is absent (off), each one + (called tebu) means that value is present (on), so our examples above are:
.o o = zero o o = zero
.o o = zero, (turned on its left)= (0+0) =0 o = one (turned on it's left) = (0+1) = 1
In addition to the binary numbers, each of the figures is composed of a 'root' combined with a polarity:
.o o= (zero) negative is the root (negative is also a polarity)
This is the figure called Katu (that which falls)
.o o= negative is the root
. o = positive is the polarity
This is the sign for water, it is seen as positive under negative, and the binary number 01 (0+1)=1
. o = water is the root
. o = positive is the polarity
thus; positive water, this is the sign for the planet earth (the god Ea), and the binary number 011 (0+2+1)=3.
. o = Ea is the root
. o = Positive is the polarity
thus; positive Ea, this is the binary number 0111 (0+4+2+1)=7
The figure above is also seen as a combination of the figure of air under the figure of water, or 'air of water' (binary 11 under binary 01). it is also the bianary number 0111 (7) in the fourth set of figures on the tablet.