Throughout the world of mankind, words are symbols for thoughts and numbers are symbols for concepts. Before I go further, it’s interesting to note the ancient Greeks didn’t have a separate number set, instead each letter of their alphabet was a symbol for a corresponding number.
Anyway…there’s a type of numerological study that calculates the numerical equivalence of letters and words (or phrases in a particular texts). This study is called Gematria or reckoning by numbers. Gematria is used to gain insight into interrelating concepts and to understand how those words and concepts correspond to one another.
My first exposure to gematria came in the fourth grade. My teacher, a woman of the Jewish faith, gave each of us a dreidel. The four-sided top has four Hebrew letters with number associations, one on each side. I’ve read the toy comes from the time of Antiochus but several Syrian kings were named Antiochus and a Greek king as well, so I don’t have a clear date to give here. The dreidel is a great example to get the gist of gematria. These four letters not only have number associations they have word associations too. Aside from number points to tally in the game, they stand for the Hebrew phrase Nes Gadol Haya Sham, meaning A great miracle happened there.
The building blocks of all reality
I’ve read that many of the Greek temples such as Apollo’s temple at Didyma and official buildings such as the Parthenon, were constructed with the use of gematria. It’s curious to note how perfect the geometry is in those ancient structures. (The words gematria and geometry share common roots, by the way.) The Ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras (I mentioned him yesterday) believed that numbers were the building blocks of all reality. He concluded that all material objects in the universe resulted from the inherent nature of numbers. I can’t help but wonder about this.
Science says math is the language of the universe. In Pathagoras’ mind, numbers were like the atoms we understand today. They combine to form everything else. To understand this, was to understand the deeper intention of the divine. He wasn’t alone is his thinking. Symbolic numbers were a prominent feature of the Talmudic, Cabalistic, and Midrashic literature of Judaism. Students delved through pages of text looking for the meaning between the lines they were sure they’d find. The idea of mystical numbers also appears in Christian philosophy. One I can think of off the top of my head is the Christian faith’s 666 association for the devil. That also happens to be the number association with the Tree of Life. Hmm…an example of colliding philosophies?
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds.
My personal belief constructs say any path to a higher power is a good one, so I’m not endorsing any one doctrine with this link. This site gives a working example in several historical modes so you can see how gematria comes up with numbers for words. Type in your name and see what you get.
Are you interested in what your numerology numbers are? Maybe you’ll win the $16 lottery too!
To get your birth number, do this:
Write out your full birth date
Add those numbers together
Add those numbers together and do this until you have a single number.
This is the numerological symbol of your birth — your birth number.
Now see what that number means.
I can’t see how they possibly mean anything, but then I admit to having “a frail and feeble mind.” Frail and feeble it may be, but it’s not closed. Perhaps I’ve yet to grasp it. 🙂
Tomorrow ~ moving on…
Here’s one for today:
Amandation (noun 1656-1755)
act of sending away or dismissing
Oh writer’s block, thou art a wretched thing. Where is spring when you need it? A short while ago, I stumbled across a great group of writers on Facebook and they have weekly memes to write for. I like memes and writing *small* is good exercise for me. 🙂
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