> stumbling block of all Qabalists in attempting to find the 'Key of it
> all' mentioned in CCXX is the insistence the new symbols have meaning
> as measured against existing trends in philosophy or religion.
The raison d'etre of your entire corpus of work just snapped into stunning
clarity when I read the above. Mustn't make too much sense! LOL
> To be of any practical use, magical alphabets should consist of
> more than a gematria system, meaning the letters should be utilized
> in an association with cosmological definitions or other ideological
in the blind
> pursuit of meaning, the proponents of them have lost all sight of the
> need to produce proof that an alphabet is qualified to be considered
> genuinely magical.
What do you feel would constitute this proof of genuine magickality?
Significant results in the "Holy Books?" Effective ritual practice growing
out of the system? The ability to put warts on the asses of your enemies?
> The typical use of gematria as a method of
> generating new meanings and relationships between ideas proves
> nothing, yet is its main application.
Personally, I think it's one of the primary points to doing gematria. One
God ARARITA and all that.
If ancient men could assign numbers to the letters of
> their alphabets and the result be viewed as meaningful in the
> present, why is assigning values to the English letters not
> considered just as significant?
I suspect it's because for the people who developed the gematria of those
languages, the numeration was native. No one then was talking about
*inventing* systems of gematria, the systems just existed to be exploited.
It was a natural thing to do, and any literate person could appreciate the
juxtaposition of number and letter. One could say that attempting to assign
numbers to the English alphabet speaks to a case of culture envy. Actually,
a serial system of numeration was used with the Latin alphabet (Latin
Simplex), so that would make more sense than anything (of course, we
shouldn't make *too* much sense).
What is so special about Hebrew and
> Greek? Why are these two languages considered magical, and not a
> language like Spanish? The reason is evident: Greek and Hebrew are
> the languages the oldest biblical texts are written in.
Although gematria per se was not developed in a Biblical context.
> practice of embracing ancient methods is surely another way of saying
> the prophets have come and gone, the masters were here and left, the
> great magicians lived and died, and now all the rest of us
> can do is live in awe. :-)
Oh, I don't think it's *necessarily* a way of saying that. Discarding
all the ancient methods would be just as stupid as insisting on strict
adherence to them.
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