Gematria is an alphanumeric code of assigning a numerical value to a name, word or phrase according to its letters. A single word can yield several values depending on the cipher used. The earliest evidence we have of its use, dates back to the Kabbalah, better known as, Jewish Mysticism.
In Ancient Greece, the practice of Gematria was known as Isophsephy. Many of the Elite of Ancient Greece, researched this knowledge, including the famous mathematician Pythagoras, the leader of The Cult of Pythagoras.
Interestingly enough, Disney actually made a Daffy Duck cartoon, covering the significance of numbers and sacred geometry, and their role in the very fabric of our existence.
Now that your informed on the history of Gematria, lets introduce you to the base ciphers.
The first and simplest cipher is known as English Ordinal or Simple English Gematria and is as follows.
As you see its nothing fancy. This cipher is simply A=1, B=2 and C=3 all the way up to Z=26.
The second cipher is known as Reverse Ordinal or Reverse Simple English, and is exactly what it sounds like.
As you see, it’s the same as the first cipher, but its the alphabetical order in reverse. So instead of A=1, B=2, and C=3 up to Z=26, it’s A=26, B=25 and C=24 all the way up to Z=1.
Now the third cipher is known as Full Reduction or Pythagorean Gematria. This cipher is known as the purest, as Manly P. Hall, a 33rd degree ranking member of The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, wrote about this cipher and the first one we covered, in his 1928 book, The Secret Teachings of All Ages. In this book, Manly informed the reader, that if they applied this numerical code to there lives, they may find some fascinating things, and boy was he ever right!
The cipher is as follows.
As you see, this cipher is the same as Simple English but with the rules of numerology applied. That means, when you get to J the 10th letter, we reduce the number 10 to a single digit. How we do that is simply adding 1+0 which gives us the value of 1. The 11th letter K would then be 1+1=2. That would mean Z, the 26th letter would be 2+6=8, you see?
The fourth and final cipher well cover in this introductory lesson is known as Reverse Full Reduction or Reverse Pythagorean.
Yes, you guessed it, its the exact same as the last cipher we covered, Full Reduction, just the alphabetic order in reverse, with the rules of Numerology applied.
As our knowledge of this ancient language has expanded, we have learned new ciphers which have their own importance, yet they all interrelate with the four base ciphers I have introduced you to today, but that’s a subject for another time.
Here is a link to the online Gematrinator Calculator so that you can begin to decode whatever peaks your interest. Using this calculator, you can also calculate the distance between dates and find the numerology of said dates. Doing this with birthdays, then cross referencing them with the Gematria of name of the people who’s birthday your calculating, tends to bring up the most spectacular of synchronicities which, in my opinion, proves that there is a hidden understanding to our existence, that I plan to uncover with all of you in the coming years.
I hope this presentation has taught you the beautiful simplicity of Gematria and I wish you all, happy decoding.
Much Love, Zack.