3419Gematria: Usage, Ideals and History (was Gematria)
- Oct 31, 200250021031 VII Winter's Eve / Halloween / Samhain
Dan Washburn <danw@...>:
>> God-intoxicated priest/shamans who were at the sameany idea of the primary time periods for these?
>> time musicians, mathematicians, architects, and
>> astronomers invented gematria and enshrined in it not
>> only their sacred cosmology but the paths that they
>> had blazed to higher consciousness.
>> In the west this happened in the Assyro-Babylonian,
>> Greek and Jewish cultures. I suspect that it was also
>> present in Megalithic society and ancient Egypt.
>> Gematria exists in early Christianity as a set ofcoded within that letter, in Greek? does the Geometer
>> hidden mysteries; the 'solid food' of advanced
>> teaching that is hinted at in Paul and the letter to
>> the hebrews.
workbook mentioned below describe this?
>> To recover the lost teachings is an historicalcompare the Nag Hammadi materials, and the various
>> adventure, a mathematical puzzle, and a mystical
>> transformation. It is fascinating on all three
Rosicrucian (e.g. Spencer Lewis) "Lost Teachings of
Jesus". one might compare these also with grimoires
like "The 6th and 7th Books of Moses", which are an
appendant to religious scripture for the author's
purposes. I'd be willing to bet that there are many
instructions by Gautama Buddha which appeared after
his parinirvana (e.g. that guarded by the nagas for
Arjuna of the Nagas, one of the founders of the
Great Vehicle Tradition in Buddhism).
>> Most of the gematria in the Crowley venue and in theindeed, most of what I've seen Hermetic magicians using
>> medieval Kabbalah that i have seen seems barren to me,
>> mere games, not a revelation of truth. It is the
>> combination of gematria with sacred geometry and
>> mystical meditation that leads to the inner precincts
>> of the Temple, the sacred cube that is the Holy of
>> Holies, the place where God and Man meet on earth.
>> ...I have in mind a workbook called Jesus the Geometer.
gematria (GD, Crowley, others) for is for some kind of
language by which one might communicate with extra-
physical intelligences. that is, it is not immediately
apparent that the gematria is more than a vehicle for
the exposition of the author's assertions (e.g. Crowley
equated 'Thelema' (in Greek) with 'Agape' (also in Greek)
on account of their respective sums to 93, and this has
become a very important bit of information for his followers
and the construction of mysticism and mysteries thereafter.
mystical meditation is a very important part of Golden
Dawn practices, and those who followed in their wake.
this particularly included the tarot images, and such
practice has been popularized by such authorities as
Paul Foster Case, whose tarot deck, based on the
Smith-Waite art, is used for familiarization with colour
and letter symbolism as well as gematrian results as
one colours the cards and meditates upon their principles.
my own brief investigation into these matters gives me
little beyond a reference to sacred alphabets to connect
this subject to SL issues.
Judson Chambers <nuchamber@...>:
> Hello sacredlandscape forum:hey Judson,
> "Priest/shamans" and independants have found thatcould you name some of the historical priests/shamans
> ratio and ratiocination (without "intoxication") that
> underlies and precedes the phenomena of "number", that
> pervades throughout the elaboration of "number"
> (complicit in gematria and the kabala)....
and independents that you feel most adroitly exemplify
this quality, and explain more about this ratiocination?
> ...pursuing an appreciation of how gematria and kabalaif you can tie it in with our list of topics in the email
> relates to practical or praxeologic issues in our
> everyday lives, where one who has not entertained
> these archetypes and epistemologic realities may
> appreciate their connection to the cycles in which
> even imperical life persists.
list, I'd greatly like to hear more from you on this topic,
as you've described immediately above (I'll append that
list to my email just in case you haven't seen it).
> ...We can bring to surfaced a perfectthe meaning of 'perfect' in this context would become
> understanding of gematria in a context of
> meaningfulness that "Alexandre" and many of us seek.
the most important aspect of your analysis. I like the
idea of comparing and contrasting gematria methods,
languages in which gematria is applied, discussing the
theory about how it might be used, and examining what
historical records (with references) there are that
pertain to its previous usage for Hebrew, Greek and
other languages in which it appeared.
> We can discover the bearing such knowledge of gematriawhere it intersects with our mutual interests as expressed
> and even knowledge of Godhead can bring to everyday
in the SL web-page(s), this would be quite valuable (see
temple and shrine architecture, both ecclesiastic and vernacular;
sundials and astro-calendrical devices;
latent geometrical order in the biological world;
religious and Freemasonic iconography in architecture,
theater, and garden design;
the history and construction of labyrinths;
garden follies, grottoes, and other forms of symbolic
relationships between architecture and music;
geometric principles underlying formal garden design and
geomancy, feng shui, and ley lines;
symbolic and religious considerations in agriculture
(e.g. culture-specific astro-calendrical beliefs
about planting times and harvest festivals);
the history of mathematics, geometry, metrology,
calendar-making, and related sciences;
sacred site tourism;
and contributions to a web-based Sacred Landscape
Bibliography featuring information and commentary on
what others have published on these topics.
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