Relationship of numbers and letters

“How it was ever supposed that the Hebrew alphabet of twenty-two letters, together with various geometrical symbols might serve to represent the entire moving pattern of the universe is not now easy to understand; but since all ancient philosophy, religion, magic the arts and sciences were based on the concept of a correspondence between numbers and cosmic law, it is impossible to appreciate the history of the past without some actual experience. …

“Plato gives a remarkable account in ‘Cratylos’ of the origin of language and letters. The philosopher is asked whether there is any particular significance in names. … The answer given is that despite appearances the matter is by no means so simple. Words are the tools of expression, and the making of these, as of any other tools, is the task of a skilled craftsman. … Language has grown corrupt over the ages, … but all names were originally formed on certain principles.” ~John Michell

Relationship of Numbers and Letters

While there has been a revival of numerology and gematria to some extent, I think few people understand the relationship of numbers and letters, words, and phrases. Yet in many ancient documents such as the Bible and the Upanishads, the numeric value of a word or phrase was often more significant than the literal meaning of the words. This, unfortunately, is something totally lost in recent translations of the Bible.

The academics doing the translating are experts in the literal meaning of words, but not their numeric value. The resulting translations are therefore seriously flawed. They turn meaningful rules like “Thou shalt not kill,” into “Thou shalt not murder,” because they didn’t understand that the person writing the ancient Greek version was choosing his words based on their numeric value rather than simply on literal meaning.

Pattern of the Universe

Even the flawed material universe still follows Divine Proportion most of the time. The relationship of numbers and letters matters here as elsewhere. If it didn’t it would quickly fall apart. The ancients knew about divine proportion and used it in almost everything. The rules of music, art, architecture, and even the proportions of a vase or jar followed those rules whenever possible. They understood that a harmonious world is a peaceful one. On the other hand, it’s a safe bet that when you find a people who are angry, argumentative, always at war, etc. they do not follow divine proportion and sacred numbers in their arts and sciences.

Words are Tools

Plato said that words are tools. This is certainly true. He also says that like other tools, the making of them should be left to the appropriate craftspeople. This is a rule that is not followed at all today. In fact, it is practically the opposite.

Today, some teenagers start using a nonsense word they made up like a password to an exclusive club. The parents don’t know what they are talking about. That makes the new word cool. Other teens start using it. Before long, some writers are using it. Now it gets added to the dictionary. This is not a theory, it is happening. Words recently added include Tweep, frenemy, Grrrl, Bae and so on. About eighty percent of the new words started out as teen code. Needless to say, these words are not being made by skilled craftsmen and are not following the rules of Gematria, the study of The relationship of numbers and letters.

Words and numbers are the primary way we communicate, at least to the physical brain-mind. Care should be taking to creating and using them properly.

Angel Numbers

In recent years, some groups have taken a simplistic approach to this and declared any digit that is repeated three or more times as mystical and magical. So “333,” “444,” and especially “111” are considered “angel numbers”. I find little evidence in ancient gematria or numerology to back that up. The only exceptions are “666,” and “888,” which do have special meaning, now and in ancient times.


While working on this post, I found an interesting web sit that will show the numeric value of words and names and a list of other words that have the same numeric value. I found that some of the words that have the same number as my first name Harold, are: Angels, Indigo Child, and Flamingo. Try entering your name.


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