Numerology

Qabalistic numerology is called Gematria. This involves nothing more than taking the numerical value of each Hebrew letter in a word, and adding those values together. Theoretically, words of the same total value bear some conceptual relationship, although the principle can be taken to absurd extremes. Gematria can be a petty trap.

The interrelationship of numbers and letters often, however, points to some profound ideas. For example, we have considered the reinteraction of Chokmah and Binah, whose union gives rise to Tiphareth: the Yod and Heh produce the Vau. As a number, Yod is 10 and Heh is 5. Added together they are 15, which reduces to 6, the numerical value of Vau. Even the most sceptical may agree that for the relationship of the numerical values to be precisely that relationship assigned to the letters as philosophical values is interesting. These patterns occur with such frequency and consistency that they seem clearly intended to teach.

Westcott's fine explanation of Gematria is reprinted by Aleister Crowley in his Equinox.95 We repeat here one of his examples which uses the God Name tPnil (Ruach Elohim), meaning the Spirit of Elohim. The numer-cial value of this phrase is easily derived, as is shown below. Having found the letters to have a total value of 300, we discover a parallel in that the letter Shin also has a value of 300. Shin is the maternal letter of spiritual Fire.

If the 300 is reduced, it becomes 3, the number of Binah, implying a relationship of both the Ruach Elohim and the potencies symbolized by Shin, to the first formative Sephira.

total 300

LETTER NAME EQUIVALENT VALUE MEANING (Final)

N

ALEPH

A

1

Ox

BETH

B, V

2

House

X

GIMEL

G, Gh

3

Camel

1

DALETH

D, Dh

4

Door

fl

HE

H

5

Window

1

VAU

0, U, V

6

Nail or Hook

T

ZAYIN

Z

7

Sword or Armor

n

HETH

Ch

8

Fence, Enclosure

D

TETH

T

9

Snake

>

YOD

I, Y

10

Hand

CD

KAPH

K, Kh

20,500

Fist

b

LAMED

L

30

Ox Goad

a

(Q)

MEM

M

40,600

Water

a

(1)

NUN

N

50,700

Fish

0

SAMEKH

S

60

Prop

y

AYIN

Aa, Ngh

70

Eye

a

CD

PE

P, Ph

80,800

Mouth

s

(V)

TZADDI

Tz

90,900

Fish hook

P

QOPH

Q

100

Ear, back of head

RESH

R

200

Head

0

SHIN

S, Sh

300

Tooth

Î1

TAU

T, Th

400

Cross

the hebrew alphabet

Through Gematria a "total" energy is considered as the sum of its parts. The same approach can be taken graphically, by using the Tarot to spell God Names. Ruach Elohim, for example, is composed of the energies symbolized by the following:

1 THE SUN 1 THE HIEROPHANT n THE CHARIOT

H THE FOOL b JUSTICE

n THE EMPEROR

> THE HERMIT

d THE HANGED MAN

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