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Interpreting words and letters numerically in order to understand their hidden meanings is not a "New Age" or "anti-religious" concept. In fact, it is deeply rooted in the medieval Kabbalistic system of interpreting Hebrew scriptures to discover hidden meanings. It has been used by both Christians and within the occult. (Occult simply means "the hidden side of nature"). This technique of using numeric values for letters is known as Gematria, and is common among ancient Hebrew and Greek letters.
In Greek, Gematria means "geometry".
There are some issues with English language Gematria, however, including the fact that people are purposefully manipulating the number assignments to achieve "certain results" for show or shock factor. For example, assigning 6 to the Letter "A" and then proceeding in increments of 6 through the alphabet...like this: A=6, B=12, C=18 will guarantee the presenter will end up with "666" for certain words and phrases he chooses. Further, anything created in a 3, 6, or 9 pattern is always going to significantly limit the end results, which can easily be deduced from the following video. This is just a basic mathematical concept, like the fact that multiplying nine by any number always produces nine, as seen here: 1,457 x 9 = 13,113 and 1+3+1+1+3 equals 9.
A widely accepted form of English language Gematria used in Numerology, however, was credited to Pythagoras, and remains a favored method.
Excerpt from Numerology: Key to Your Inner Self by Hans Decoz:
"The western form of Numerology, the Pythagorean system, is among the most enduring and popular of all self-help methods ever created. The Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Hebrews, Egyptians, Phoenicians, early Christians, Mayans and Incas all employed number systems to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the universe.
Pythagorean Numerology was organized by Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras, who combined the mathematical disciplines of the Arabic, Druid, Phoenician, Egyptian and Essene sciences. Since then, it has continued to evolve. It formed the spiritual basis for many secret societies, such as the Rosicrusians, Masons, Anthroposophists and others."
"The miracle of the appropriateness of the language of mathematics for the formulation of the laws of physics is a wonderful gift which we neither understand nor deserve." Eugene P. Wigner, Princeton University, The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences
“Science has a lot of questions to which they are searching for answers, while the occult has all the answers and is waiting for the questions. When the day comes that the two meet, there will be greater strides in science than have ever been made before." William Eisen, scientist and author of The English Cabalah
Inspired by her Native American roots and Bradbury lineage, Polly Taskey is a writer and grandmother in the northern USA. She shares her wisdom and pagan interests through Pagan by Design and The Moonlit Grove.