written by: Marty Leeds
Gematria is the art of assigning numbers to letters to reveal deeper meanings and significance to words. The art of gematria has been used since antiquity and was a quintessential science employed in the writing of many ancient holy books. The Greeks, the Kabbalists, the Hindis along with many other cultures all mastered this ancient art. Without intuiting and understanding the symbolism and geometry of the letters within an alphabet, as well as the numbers attached to them, a true discernment of the meanings behind these ancient mystical books could not be grasped. The phrase “read between the lines” is a direct reference to this ancient art. Gematria is a “scientific art” that, when mastered, allowed one a deep look into the mystical and magical construction of our universe and the universe within man himself. By merging mathematics and language, gematria immerses one into the language and thoughts of the universal creator. It allows one a glimpse at the blueprints of the Grand Architect.
The primordial language spoken of in the Holy Bible (before the fall of the Tower of Babel and the infamous “Confusion of Tongues”) is a reference to a language that has been shared by all civilizations, in all epochs of time. It is a language that simultaneously transcends and yet interpenetrates all dialects and all cultural expressions, a language that the universe herself speaks and one that expounds its glory on your two hands. It is the language of mathematics. Without a firm understanding of basic mathematics and geometry, one cannot possibly comprehend the universe as a whole. The banner above the Platonic schools read “Let None Ignorant of Geometry Enter Here.” The root word of ignorant is ignore. The ancient Grecians understood that if one was ignorant of geometry and mathematics, one was essentially ignorant about all things. Pythagoras, one of the most revered mathematicians of all recorded history famously exclaimed “All is number.” Angles, arcs, ratios and geometries are all around us, in every corner of our world - every flower, every tree, every sunrise and sunset, every wave of sound bellowed from our mouths and every tick-tock of the clock works its magic through the laws, principles and essences of number. Toignore the fact that number rules all is to ignore the ingenious construction and glory of the world that we have inherited. There is an intelligent force, a great mystery, a great spirit within nature and that intelligence is speaking to us through the magic of number.
"The universe cannot be read until we have learnt the language and become familiar with the characters in which it is written. It is written in mathematical language, and the letters are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without which means it is humanly impossible to comprehend a single word." - Galileo Galilei
“From the mind of God comes number. From number comes geometry. From geometry comes symbol. From symbol comes the letter and the letter comes from out our mouths. So tell me again, on whose behalf are we speaking?” - Claudia Pavonis
Numerology, the study of the occult significance of numbers, is a science, much like astrology, that is completely dismissed by contemporary, corporeal science. Numerology lies at the heart of gematria and, in the opinion of this author, without understanding numerology one cannot possibly intuit the beauty and utter simplicity of mathematics. Mathematics is not merely quantitative but qualitative as well. Numbers are not cold, dead, dry arbitrary accidents of cosmic chaos but the language and the lifeblood of the creative force behind creation. Numbers, as understood by the Greeks and Egyptians, are cosmological principles whose essences play out and are revealed to us in the material world. Numbers contain within them an inherent message - each number has a story to tell, and each of these stories pertains to the magnificence of the creation of our cosmos. But no matter how many stories are told, no matter how many infinite numbers unfold to weave the manifested matrix of all material creation, all divisions will ultimately lead back to the one philosophy that lies behind every true science and spirituality that has graced this blessed Earth and that is the incontrovertible fact that ALL IS ONE.
The crux of numerology is the idea of breaking down any number to the digits of 1 – 9. This property has a bevy of names: Digital Root, Kabbalistic Reduction, Pythagorean Addition, Theosophical Addition, and Decimal Parity. Example: the number 361 can be reduced down to “One” by simply adding 3 + 6 + 1 = 10 and 1 + 0 = 1. Therefore the quality or essence of the number 361 equals 1. Breaking down any number from 1 – 9, withzero, or the placeholder, gives us a total of ten numbers / digits to work with. 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. No matter how large or complex the number, it can ultimately be reduced down to the numbers 1-9. These 9 numbers were celebrated by the Greeks and Egyptians in the Ennead and recognized in the 9 angels of the Christian Angelic Hierarchy. These 9 gods / angels were archetypal principles that regulated and ruled the cosmos through the laws of number. This methodology has been disregarded by contemporary mathematicians whose collective view has an almost deranged focus on material existence. The modern scientific method invariably sees any ancient practice, albeit numerology, astrology or divination as archaic, speculative and interpretative pseudo-sciences. Deviating from the current understanding of physics and mathematics is often considered blasphemous. Anything that does not follow theoretical physicists’ current story of universal construction is disregarded and often ridiculed - and this is where I believe science and mathematics has lost its way. Numerology shows us that the universe is much simpler, more magical, more crafty and in the firm beliefs of this author, unquestionably intelligent than we currently tend to believe. Numerology points us to the axiological philosophy that the universe is constructed using ten basic principles. Ten has long been considered a number of completion to the ancients. Ten qualities weave their magic into the fabric of space time - ten numbers unfold in numinous ways, complexifying, constructing and destructing, building and dissolving, casting and remolding the eternal presence and present of the immediate experience – the eternal WOW that is happening right NOW. Ten numbers that lead to universal scales so infinitely big and minutely small that to ponder on them boggles the mind. The numbers 1 – 9 and the holiness of the zero lead us to the Tree of Knowledge within the garden of true wisdom. These 10 digits may help us recognize a universal truth within our creation - that no matter how many branches and leaves and roots there are on the tree of life, they all converge at the trunk as ONE to form ONE ecosystem and ONE home for its inhabitants. These ten numbers, expressed on your two hands, come together to form you, ONE human being who is at ONE with all of creation. No matter how manyONES you have, they are always ONE.
"There is only ONE lesson ONE can learn about the alchemical transmutation of turning ONE's lead into ONE's gold, and it is this... " – Claudia Pavonis
Nature is economical. Nature invariably is going to find the easiest, most frugal way to do something. Economy is nature's calling card and shows how truly intelligent she is. If nature can get by with using one thing to do many things, you can bet she will. Let’s take for example the human mouth. We use it speak, to sing, to breathe to kiss and to eat. Imagine having an orifice for each of these activities? When creating you, nature was intelligent enough to know that all it needed to do was create one mouth to perform a host of different activities. We can view numbers in much the same way and this is where numerology comes in handy. Numerology applies the classic K.I.S.S. formula, Keep It Simple Stupid. Finding the simplest answer to a problem is often the most elegant way to solve a problem - termed the Principle of Parsimony or Occam's Razor in scientific mechanics. This simplicity is expressed beautifully by the internet. The internet is a perfect analogy for the natural order - all the complexities of the internet - blogs, vlogs, images, bit torrent, algorithms, etc. are brought to us by two numbers, 0 and 1. The internet is infinitely complex and yet, at its heart, uses a binary system to create that complexity. From an outside perspective, it would seem impossible to understand the internet but deep within its script, its underlying matrix is profoundly simple. We need to intuit this fundamental philosophy to comprehend the immensity of our cosmos. Simplifying things allows us to get to the heart of the matter. And this philosophy as we will see can be used on the English Alphabet as well.
Understanding what language is, how it works, how it is structured and how it came to be widely used across the known world has been an enormous question mark? The spoken word is something we use every single day and yet we hardly ever stop to consider how it works. Thoughts are coordinated internally and then emitted through vibrations of sound via one's mouth that equate to geometric formations of lines and arcs that when combined convey meaning to another human being - who in turn takes in this information and correlates it to his or hers internal dictionary – and all of this happens almost instantaneously. What magic! How is this even possible?
Can we equate the birth of language to years of evolutionary natural selection and the need to communicate to our fellow monkey-man such things as where the herd has migrated or where a source of water is? Did language originate by the simple need to survive or is there possibly an underlying order, something much more fantastic, mystical, and magical going on with our speech? Where language originated and how it evolved are questions we may never answer. We know that the English alphabet was constructed or evolved from the Latin alphabet and that in turn evolved or morphed from the Hebrew Aleph Beth and/or as well from the Greek Alpha Beta. In Arabic we find the Alif Ba, in the Syriac Alaf Beth and the Coptic Alpha Bida. We can easily surmise that there has been a definite transformation or evolution of language that has left us, somehow and in some way, with the 26 letters of our current English Alphabet. Our modern English Alphabet is often dated from the Great Vowel Shift, a major change in the pronunciation of the English language that took place in England between 1350 and 1700. This period saw the rise of the William Shakespeare, the establishment of Freemasonry, the first printing of the English Dictionary, as well as the translation of the Holy Bible from the original Greek by King James. Since we may not travel back in time and see, first hand, how our language originated or how it was constructed, maybe we can come to understand it with the universal, primordial language of nature and God –mathematics. And maybe to understand it fully, we need to make things as simple as possible.
“If I say to you,
‘Three equals one!’
And you say to me that I am wrong.
Does it make me a fool
If I say back to you,
‘I know where my heart belongs!’?” – Claudia Pavonis
The concept of three becoming one is a concept that is shared by two very prominent religions, mainly Christianity and Hinduism. In Hinduism the Holy Trinity is known as Shiva, Brahman, and Vishnu and in the Christian canon this is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. How can three things become one? Is this not the definition of paradox? This conundrum can easily be solved with mathematics and geometry. In two-dimensional geometry, one point may be infinitely large and infinitely small, two points creates two points and a line but it is only with three points that we create the first triangle or polygon in creation – three sides coming together to make one geometric shape. The Holy Trinity. The Triangle and / or pyramid is a consistent theme expressed architecturally worldwide. Pyramids decorate the landscapes of Egypt, South America, Meso-America and China. Across the world, the Holy 3 is celebrated. There are 3 stars in the belt of Orion, 3 outs in an inning and time itself is divided into 3 parts: Past, Present and Future. Schoolhouse Rock even told us that “3 is the Magic Number. Oh yes it is!”
The Hindu symbol of AUM, the vibratory essence or sound that created the entire universe, has 3 letters and is symbolized by a 3 with a tail swirling out its back.
One of the most prominent ratios in mathematics is the ratio of Pi, or 3.14... Pi is considered an irrational, infinite and transcendental number which basically means that it is said to have no order and that its decimals unfold infinitely. To date, computers have calculated over 10 trillion digits of Pi and this behemoth just keeps on going. Many cultures throughout time understood the sacred nature of mathematics and geometry and understood that nothing existed without number and geometry as its foundation. From the sacred astronomical mounds of numerous Native American tribes, to the monolithic stones of ancient Avebury, mathematics and geometry rang its bell in the hearts and minds of the ancients. To the mystic, existence was created using the symbolic and cosmological archetypal principles of number. If the trinity of God saying “Let there be light” and the Hindu vibratory threefold essence of AUM is to have a mathematical equivalent – a ratio or number that represents the creation of our entire universe - than our best candidate is assuredly that elusive mathematical beast of 3.141. Pi.
“Mathematics is the language that God wrote the universe in.” - Galileo Galilei
If Pi is indeed a mathematical representation of the creation of our universe then this ratio must be the mathematical basis or structure for many phenomena here on Earth. Since mathematics is the universal language of the creator, we should assume that the very words we speak must be built by the magical principles of mathematics as well. Using all that we have learned so far and utilizing the above rationale, we can logically assume that the construction of our alphabet must, at its heart, be simple, economical and just might possibly have something to do with that all important ratio of Pi.
In the next few pages we will unearth the cipher and decode the structure of the English Alphabet using philosophy, occult methodologies, game pieces, as well as esoteric and religious symbolism. Participate in this deconstruction as you read along. Take out a notebook and compose the cipher yourself. Underline the non-prime numbers and draw the Jewish menorah. Meditate on its symmetry and elegance; concentrate on each stroke of each letter and on each arc and line of each number. Calculate your name and find its sum. Most importantly though, recognize that numerous wise, gnostic, spiritual and loving mystics have done the same before you. Recognize that by reconstructing the structure of the Alphabet you are aligning yourself with all of the prophets, seers and spiritually awakened people of the past - wise individuals who without a shred of doubt knew of the intelligent force that lies behind nature; sages and philosophers of such illumination that they needed no faith to believe in God - for they experienced him directly. Also recognize that there are nefarious and downright evil people in this world who have usurped this information and have done everything in their power to keep such knowledge out of your hands. Knowledge is power and power can be used for good or for evil. Please use this power appropriately. I know, without a wisp of doubt in my mind, that if your study is thorough and your heart is pure, in the end, you will discover that one immutable, universal truth and that is: LOVEconquers all.
“Love is action. All else is reaction.” – Mayan saying
“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” – Oscar Wilde
“Freemasonry is a craft and magick is real.” – Claudia Pavonis
Splitting the 26 letters of the English Alphabet in half, establishing 13 letters per side (A through M for the left side & N through Z for the right side) allows us to form symmetry and balance with our alphabet.
Using the motif of the 7 days of creation in Genesis (the six days of work with God resting on the seventh, or Sabbath - See Genesis 1 - 2:3, Holy Bible - King James Edition) we can assign numbers to the letters of the alphabet (A1, B2, C3, D4, E5, F6, G7) By resting on the G and the 7th letter, we find a direct correlation to the Freemasonic symbol of the compass and square. The importance and meaning of this G within the square and compasses has long evaded scholars and masons. Its meaning becomes clear when we make this G, and its particular position in our alphabet, a central focus.
Walking back down to one from the G7, we can assign numbers to the remaining letters of the left side of our alphabet (H6, I5, J4, K3, L2, M1). To maintain our symmetry, or to create balance within our alphabet, we can apply his entire philosophy to the right side of our alphabet, N - Z.
Utilizing the symbol of the seven-branched Jewish Menorah, we can highlight our non-prime numbers (a prime number being a number divisible by 1 and itself) with those non-primes being 1, 4 and 6 and 6, 4, 1, on both sides of our alphabet, with the central pillar resting on our 7 or Sabbath. Adding our nonprimes together, we find the number 22 (1 + 4 + 6 + 6 + 4 + 1 = 22). 22 divided by our central pillar of 7 equals 3.142, a close approximation of pi found using whole numbers.
Combining both sides of our alphabet together, 22 / 7 = Pi and 22 / 7 = Pi, or Pi begotten by 7 and Pi begotten by 7, forms what is known as the Tetragrammaton, or the holy name of God, also known as Yahweh,YHWH, or Jehovah. Tetra means four, recognized in the four characters composing this great name in the Hebrew tongue (He Vov He Yod - shown on the next page), and grammaton is where we derive the English wordgrammar, confirming that this Holy Name of God is something that must be located somewhere within our language, or our grammar. Not coincidentally, in the Hebrew Gematria, the Tetragrammaton summed to 26.
Using our cipher we can find the numerical equivalents for the two names of God found in the Holy Bible, LORD and GOD.
Notice both Lord and God sum to 13 recognized by the 13 letters on each half of our alphabet. Combining the two names into LordGod, we find the number 26, recognized in the Hebraic Tetragrammaton as well as in the number of letters in the English Alphabet.
The English Alphabet was constructed using a septenary, or base-seven, system with seven being of added importance in its construction due to the central pillars of the menorahs resting on the seventh position, or theG and T. Seven has long been a number associated with esoteric, spiritual and mystical concepts. With the seven days of creation, the seven chakras and the seven stars of the Pleiades, the historical and mythological references to this most esteemed number are too numerous to count.
Using the English cipher on the number seven, we find the most astonishing occult gem. Hidden within the number seven, we find yet again, the transcendental ratio of pi. SEVEN sums to 22 and 22 divided by SEVENequals 3.142.
It would seem that the transcendence of this holy ratio of pi has been hiding beneath our language this entire time. And according to the symbolic representation of the Tetragrammaton, the ratio of pi seems to have a direct connection to this Great Mystery many of us simply call, God.
When we split our alphabet in two, we created a duality, or polarity, as well as symmetry with our 26 letters. This duality is found most prominently in the human realm as gender, or male and female. Much like the left and right hemispheres of our brains, we can assign the left side of our alphabet the masculine and the right side of our alphabet the feminine. By equating the halves of our alphabet to the male and female human being allows us to find, encoded within the numbers on each half of our alphabet, a direct relationship to human anatomy. Interestingly enough, we can find this entire phenomenon encoded within one of humankind’s most ancient of games, dice.
Dice have been used since before recorded history with the oldest known dice excavated as part of a 5000-year-old backgammon set at the Burnt City, an archeological site in south eastern Iran. The traditional game of dice consists of two cubes, or hexahedrons (six-sided). The numbers one through six are placed around the cube in such a way that each of its opposites will sum to our holy number seven. The opposite of one is six, the opposite of two is five and the opposite of three is four. Therefore, every time one rolls a dice, no matter what number comes up, its opposite will sum to seven, or, in other words, dice always rest on seven.
This motif of utilizing the numbers one through six and resting on the seventh, is found within the opening pages of Genesis and one that has worked its way into the very construction of our language. Though we may speculate on just who constructed the English alphabet, we must note that it is mathematical elements like these that create the foundation of our language not because they were created by the hand of man, but because they are fundamental concepts, principles and laws inherent within nature herself.
Since we have the numbers one through six twice on each half of our alphabet, this would designate a pair of dice for each side, one for the man and one for the woman.
Using our cipher on the words, ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX, we find the numbers 8, 13, 28, 19, 21 and 14, and when added together, these six numbers sum to 103.
Thus, each dice has an English Gematria equivalent of 103, making the pair of dice total 206. The human being’s skeleton is constructed with 206 bones.
What’s more is that when dice are thrown, this action is often been called “rolling your bones” and, further, many ancient sets of dice were actually crafted out of animal bone, showing the esoteric and deep occult significance of something as common place as dice.
Using dice to find the numerical foundation or cipher for our alphabet unveils to us a profound occulted message within our language. With gender represented by each side of the alphabet, this gives both man and woman two things each: the holy seven, representing the great light of the pi in the sky, as well as the 206 bones of the pair-a-dice of the human temple.
“If you’ve been searching high and low for that great slice of the pie, and your travels have brought you near the brink. Best you not boy, fret nor frown. The paradise lies closer than you think.” – Claudia Pavonis