several years ago, a good friend of mine wanted to borrow some money. immediately agreed (fortunately, i'd get most of it back when i was dead broke). for some reason, when Valerie asked me for money, something seemed to "ping" my subconscious. being a deeply metaphysical-spiritual person (or maybe desperate) she humored me by having an inquiry about numbers. Valerie, i said, people speak in numbers! first met Val when she sent spam mail to advertise her services (excellent, btw). it was dated 11/11/1999. think of five numbers that are important to you. a birthday, your bank balance, your apartment number. some of these numbers have distinct values others can easily comprehend. the personal value of a date, or when you first met the love of your life, is difficult to evaluate if we only go by 01/01/2001. what if i convert Val's number 11/11/1999 to this: $11,111,999? of course, it's not a **real** monetary value.

take 5 people you care about & rate them 1-5 about what you feel when you think of them. then convert their birthdays into dollars & compare. do you see any patterns? does anything stand out? did anything make you go, wow? or, are they just a set of incomprehensible numbers? did you figure out 03 (March) birthdays **always** generate lower monetary values than 12 (December) birthdays, regardless of the year? that instead of using {01,02...12} to represent birth months you can use English values {JANUARY,FEBURARY...DECEMBER} & obtain different results (in AQ, JANUARY=153)? or, did you think of another list you can create based on the list you're looking at to better express your emotions? or that ¢ or £ or ¥ or ƒ or € is a better value expression than $?

Gematria is the objective/subjective study (& contemplation) of Numbers. it's about exploring, meditating & manipulating Number using an Alphabet. it recognizes the resonance & value of the similar & the different. from a spiritual perspective, it's been used to create temples or pyramids corresponding to spiritual ratios (usually π). practical applications, like the Golden Mean, create balance in buildings or tables or express perspective in paintings (see aiwaz.net, especially Shifting Identity & Ideal Eye). is Gematria used in science, mathematics, economics, business & cooking? google :: "alan greenspan" + magic (153,000 links). the study of Gematria is usually a subset of Kabbalah; in Hebrew it's used to uncover hidden meanings in the Torah. don't know if this is a good analogy, Gematria is to Kabbalah what equations (illustrating equivalence; see differential equation) are to mathematics. different Kabbalah forms (eg, Hermeticism) usually spell Kabbalah differently to note the difference between Jewish Kabbalah: Cabala, Qabbala &c.

different Gematria systems can have dynamic or static values. Hebrew Gematria, one of the most widely used gematria systems, uses static values & if these are ordered by columns & rows reveal a 1-9 pattern (four letters have **final values** when they appear at the end of words; these letters appear in the black cells on the table). essentially, once reducing numbers to one digit, ALEPH=YOD=QOPH, since digital reduction reveals they all equal 1. however the numeric values of ALEPH+YOD+QOPH equals 111.

Aleph=1 | Beth=2 | Gimel=3 | Daleth=4 | Heh=5 | Vau=6 | Zain=7 | Cheth=8 | Teth=9 |

Yod=10 | Kaph=20 | Lamed=30 | Mem=40 | Nun=50 | Samekh=60 | Ayin=70 | Peh=80 | Tzaddi=90 |

Qoph=100 | Resh=200 | Shin=300 | Tau=400 | Kaph=500 | Mem=600 | Nun=700 | Peh=800 | Tzaddi=900 |

because there are numerous English Gematria systems (Gematria of Nothing, New Aeon English Qabala &c;), values are dynamic & range from ordinal values (A=1,B=2...Z=26) or values generated by mystical or other means. each gematria system contains an internal structure, pattern or logic. Alphanumeric Qabbala is based on a "decimal-alphabetic system of ordinal-numeric values":

The differences between Abjad-related qabbalistic systems and Anglossic Qabbala (to use Barrow's name) are all freighted with potential consequence. Within the Anglossic system there is no difference between alphanumeric order (0-Z) and gematria value, no overcoding of letters by numerical values (actual letters function as numerals within a modulus-36 number system, folded back into decimal) - the system is (i would argue) properly 'alphanumeric' insofar as the numerals and letters coexist on a single plane (broken only by modulus alteration). I think these differences support a terminological distinction between 'traditional' (Hebrew/Farsi/Arabic mystico-poetic) and 'alphanumeric' (Anglophone-technocommercial) qabbalism. [+]

Alphanumeric Qabbala includes the numbers 0 to 9 plus the letters A to Z (36 numbers & letters) & are assigned ordinal values: 0 to 35 (from 0 to Z).

0=0 | 1=1 | 2=2 | 3=3 | 4=4 | 5=5 | 6=6 | 7=7 | 8=8 | 9=9 | A=10 | B=11 |

C=12 | D=13 | E=14 | F=15 | G=16 | H=17 | I=18 | J=19 | K=20 | L=21 | M=22 | N=23 |

O=24 | P=25 | Q=26 | R=27 | S=28 | T=29 | U=30 | V=31 | W=32 | X=33 | Y=34 | Z=35 |

compare this with Hexadecimal values (Base 16). first 16 hexadecimal numbers: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, A, B, C, D, E, F. hexadecimal A is equal to decimal 10; hexadecimal F is equal to decimal 15. the next 16 hexadecimal numbers (with decimal equivalents): 10=16, 11=17, 12=18, 13=19, 14=20, 15=21, 16=22, 17=23, 18=24, 19=25, 1A=26, 1B=27, 1C=28, 1D=29, 1E=30, 1F=31. in the AQ system, the letter A is equal to decimal 10, which also corresponds to hexidecimal A. the letter Q is equal to decimal 26 equivalent to hexadecimal 1A. i think that's what **modulus alteration** means above (& where i get a tad bit fuzzy). Alphanumeric isn't Hexadecimal because it's Base-10 decimal. interestingly, the English alphabet has 26 letters & Q has the 2nd lowest letter frequency.

not all gematria systems count numeric values (ie, dates, times or numbers appearing in a text). some systems, like AQ, do. what are the "freighted consequences" of AQ & what is "Anglophone-technocommercial qabbalism"?

#000000 | #111111 | #222222 | #333333 | #444444 | #555555 | #666666 | #777777 | #888888 | #999999 | #AAAAAA | #BBBBBB |

#CCCCCC | #DDDDDD | #EEEEEE | #FFFFFF | #101010 | #111111 | #121212 | #131313 | #141414 | #151515 | #161616 | #171717 |

#181818 | #191919 | #1A1A1A | #1B1B1B | #1C1C1C | #1D1D1D | #1E1E1E | #1F1F1F | #202020 | #212121 | #222222 | #232323 |

while this is a straight-forward application of gematria & Hex triplets, if i translated all the text in this journal entry to color it'd display some type of pattern. that pattern could be chaotic or might create something really weird(ly recognizable). when digital color is used deliberately (similar to Autarkeia Aggregatum), it's similar to how artists used the "golden ratio" during the Renaissance. every gematria system has some type of logic; some type of organizing principle. AQ seems to be pure digital.

what's the difference between numerology & gematria? first, [numeracy + hyperstition] ~ numeracy = "numerical literacy", learning number; different gradations of number: from simple counting to set theory & mathematical formulas. numerology [+], number [*numerus*] + "one who speaks (of a certain topic)" [*-logia*], lucky numbers, evil (odd, feminine) & good (even, male), 0-beginnings to 9-endings, &c; great for astrology to evaluate birthdates & determine lifepaths & such.

i think numeracy & numerology are the foundation of gematria because you have to understand number & the cultural, spiritual significance of each number in order to evaluate results.

*777 And Other Qabalistic Writings of Aleister Crowley* deals with all three: magical numeracy (one of those number gradations), data columns assigned by number (creating a ritual using all items on the same rows) & list of Hebrew words & values. the angelic & goëtia names in *Sepher Sephiroth* also appear in Liber 777.

i was at the numerology stage when i had the number conversation with Val. already figured out when the day-month-year are reduced to one digit it creates a 1-9 pattern. the only time it skips is when the month or year changes. eg, 26-Nov-2006 = 8+2+8=18=9, 27-Nov-2006 = 19=10=1 &c. after talking with Val i opened Excel & setup a day-month-year calendar to list these numbers. comments can be added to individual Excel cells & this became my first digital journal & the first version of the grid (i called it Fibonacci). eventually added solstices, equinoxes & moon phases. day after 9/11 used Fibonacci as a template & added formulas to show current planet positions, added Shem haMephorash & Goëtia using DuQuette's chart [+], which is different from this & that's when i got stuck trying to figure out where everything went. so i dug up my AC book & finally realized it was some sort of magician's operator's manual to the universe. when i finished the spreadsheet i remember looking at it going: *what is it?* & then i realized it has synchronous & asynchronous connections — start anywhere you're connected to the entire universe. but you gotta plug into the meta space first before jacking in.

then i got the pentagram & played around with that for a few years. my practice has three main components, magickal diary, updating the grid (astroschyzy) & gematria. what happened next was hyperstition & AQ ... but that's another post.