Gematria: Spiritual Rubik’s Cube

I’ve always admired the study of mathematics. It’s something I’ve never been very good at, but I understand the concepts behind it and I can see from experience how someone would be very good at it. Really skilled mathematicians can wield numbers in an almost intuitive fashion — they don’t need to rigorously think out equations and formulas. And as one delves deeper into math, various patterns appear, just as they do when one becomes deeply practiced in any thing.

This is pretty cool, no doubt. Math can be considered the most pure academic form of learning, but also one of the most useless, haha! No, really, I have a couple of friends who are math “experts”; studied the stuff in school. I love when they explain mathematical theory and physics to me, because the concepts alone are really cool to me, even if I can’t practice them myself.

On a related note — Kabbalistic Gematria practice is pretty crazy. Traditional Judaic Kabbalah initiation generally would take place for an individual in their middle ages, after years and years of Talmudic study. In other words, it was like an enlightening awareness to see the connection between the various branches of life experiences on the world tree and how they are interconnected systematically via numerical-alphabetic parallels and alignments.

The modern (magickal) notion that anyone can learn Kabbalah (“Qabbalah”) and gematria just for fun is pretty insane. I mean, sure, by all means people can study gematria if they want. I don’t mean to judge. I’ve looked into it myself. So let me say, man alive! That stuff will make your mind complicated like a rubik’s cube. Everytime I start reading through Crowley’s 777 it just makes me want to wash my hands; gotta wash my hands, wash ’em, wash ’em until they’re clean, wash ’em, wash ’em, gotta wash those hands!!! (it makes me OCD)

Uh, yeah. Though there are some less confusing books on the subject matter. I just don’t like to tackle such huge subjects when I’m already doing other crazy stuff on the side. So I am hesitant to say I will master kabbalic knowledge in this lifetime (oh, what? that doesn’t make ol’ smoke a traditional wizard?? yeah, right, pal!). I am pretty interested though, to see how someone who has deep meditation insights would also see connections in undergoing rigorous mathematical study. Would they be at all similar to the connections understood by adepts at studying the Kabbalah and gematria?

Though not a math genius by any stretch of the imagination, I did have a job in college where I managed books and prices in a book collector’s vast library. In just doing simple jobs like adding up prices and totaling values and appraising stuff, I started to see a bunch of neat patterns in how numbers add up. You know, the typical pseudo-mystical exponentially expanding insights into how everything repeats, “as above, so below” the old hermetic dictum.

I found it pretty cool, but it never made me really pursue any kind of gematria study or anything, even though magick has always been an interest of mine. The truth is, I don’t think I really want to do anything with those patterns. Sure, patterns are nice and make you feel special because you see them. But it doesn’t matter. I’d rather learn to move my energy through swords. Yeah!

Anyhow, no real point here. Numbers have cool patterns like anything else and you can learn to see them but ultimately don’t do anything with them. However, there are people who can. Just pick up some Franz Bardon some time, haha! I’m sure I’ll recant my horribly naive opinion at some point in the not-too-distant future, so watch for that.

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3 Responses to “Gematria: Spiritual Rubik’s Cube”

  1. What’s insane is that some people combine geametria from various languages with almost no knowledge of these languages. Chinese is mostly immune from this because there are over 20,000 characters, but people still see what they want to in it sometimes. I’ve also seen people really get weird about linguistic coincidences. “hey, if you turn a [Sanskrit] ‘om’ on it’s side it looks a lot like an [Arabic] “Allah!” If I re-arrange Spiro Agnew’s name it spells “Grow a penis”, and so what?

    Anyway, good to see you’re still writing. I have a new blog up myself, http://luminousdarkness.wordpress.com.

  2. Hey Dave, good to hear from you.

    Yeah, it seems like some of the same things are often going on with Chinese characters, where people see coincidences or parallels that are not as mysterious or meaningful as they think. Hatsumi’s books have become more and more guilty of this as of late. I actually think Chinese (and perhaps other languages which I have little understanding of) simply maintained visible, tangible connections between words, their branch concepts, and the various expressions of those concepts, even in modern language. Even Germanic languages have some of this going on.

    I’m excited about the new blog. It sounds like you have a variety of experiences and knowledge that are worth reading about which don’t really fit in with the political-polemics of Parallel Sidewalk. Incidentally, how familiar are you with Chinese? Can you speak or write the language? I took a year or so of Chinese back in college, and taught myself some Japanese from books, but I have no remaining familiarity with the stuff. It’s something I hope to get back into pretty soon, considering how often I read Japanese and Chinese works.

  3. Thanks! Yeah, the new blog will (I hope) also get me some interesting traffic and expose me to some new stuff.

    My Chinese is middling, but I’m working on it. I passed the 202 class, highest the local college offers, and haven’t been studying enough since then. Having a Chinese wife helps (she’s next to me speaking Chinese to her sister on the phone right now) but I don’t automatically absorb it. I was hanging out with a Chinese poet/translator the other day and he was explaining that once I mastered reading I could pretty much read stuff from any period since the pictographs haven’t changed THAT much. Nonetheless, I have a modern Chinese version of the Dao De Jing, for example, and it’s relatively easy to get into in a way truly ancient Chinese texts are not. it’ll be a few years before I have any real mastery anyway.

    I think roman alphabet geametria pops up in some system but not sure which.

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