Mark Reinheimer — Aleph Bet
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An Angelic Alphabet

The Hebrew ‘aleph-beit’ is a ‘cognitive entheogen’, and is divine in nature. It accurately represents ways of knowing which conserve their not-entirely-human origins, and is a living artifact from a vast Epic of adventures with celestial presence on Earth. If we look at this from the perspective of spirituality, this language is a gift to the people of Earth from our spiritual progenitors. It is also a lot like a science-fiction toy from the future — it has trans-temporal connectivities and thus comprises something of a ‘prophecy device’. Hebrew is a living doorway to the ‘outside’ of what we understand as Time. I state this not as theory or philosophy but as easily demonstrated fact.

Theopoetic in function and purpose, the whole of creation is experienced by initiates as encoded in a magical way in the archetypal identities, shapes, histories, and relations of the letters. These relations are commonly non-linear, and so potentially diverse as to defy any single system of exploration. Each entity in a letter, word or phrase is reflectively redefined by systems of context, position and a magically-founded numerism which is most likely the source of modern ‘numerology’.

The 613 thousand letters of the Torah are said to comprise a single name of God, and a remembrance of the number of the souls who departed Egypt during Exodus. But hidden within the relational symmetries of the letters are profound doorways to ecstatic communion with their source. For thousands of years the ‘hidden’ aspects of Hebrew have escaped secular understanding almost entirely — a common goal of any sacred tongue. Yet these matters and ways are not meant to remain forever hidden, and in truth we live in a new Aeon where what was long hidden is now to be revealed and magnified in our lives and experience — not merely in books.

Whether or not Hebrew is ‘the chosen language’ is a question for those children who prefer division to unity, so too are questions relating to authorization to know, use or learn it. Hebrew is an amazing archeocognitive enlightenment-game. It is meant to be ‘played’ by children, not experts — and its purpose is liberation, not admonition and wrathful judgment as we are too often convinced by those who know too little of these matters to have any reasonable credentials for ‘teaching us’ of them.


The Numbers in the Letters in the Names...

In ancient cultures numeric entities were ‘something else’ before they were abstract. To know the ‘number 1’ was akin to having a special teaching angel for a best friend — it was a relationship with a being, not a token. Each of the cardinals (first 9 or ten numbers) was contemplated in similar fashion. In our time we are taught to denigrate such knowledge as spurious or superstition. The bald fact of reality is that in comparison it is our stance which is absurd, not theirs. The whole domain of mathematics and all of the sciences have their source in the precursors of the religions and informal metaphysics they labor so feverishly to denigrate, vilify or deny.

Back around the time of Pythagoras, and probably for a long long time before him, the fundamental numeric entities were experientially known to be living transports to impossible understanding. Their use in counting as abstract ‘values’ was seen as a denigrated and pragmatic reduction of their real natures and functions — akin to making idols to represent gods. Each of the first nine (ten to initiates) numbers is of peculiar and of profound formative significance, and each uniquely reflects the other members of the primordial set. These entities are not quantities, but are akin to transports in the body of the unityBeing — ‘angels’ (or angles) who exist as accessible teachers and ‘measurers’. To activate this transport, one cultivates a playfully non-human model of numerism in general, not entirely unalike with something we might expect from ‘an insane person’ in modern times.

‘Counting’ and ‘math’ are merely falsified pragmatic reductions of this ancient understanding, useful only for matters of enumerating and ‘building things’. These ‘abstract’ faces of numeric entities are terrifying in their ability to rob us of unity and comprehension, for they ‘shave away’ all that is true and real in preference to ‘images of empty structure’. As a denigrated toy, these forms of knowing are useful, but if we credential them as gods the result is a direct and crippling attack upon our anciently conserved organismal and human intelligence. When this attack ceases, our intelligence naturally expands to inhabit the re - membered spaciousness of the universe itself, and many universes beyond those we’ve named.

The hebrew arts of sacred writing comprise the elements of a formative hyperlanguage, extremely different from our own, and the letters of their aleph-beit share these qualities — existing as ‘many dimensional’ spiritual archetypes arranged in scalarly self-referential lexicon. Hebrew is a living doorway which conserves these relations, and it offers us precious access into not only what is possible, but the opportunities which lie far beyond what was accomplished thousands of years ago. It is an inexhaustible vehicle of literal enlightenment, not merely the language of a given people on Earth.

It is our birthright to have access to learning-modes and knowledge far in excess of the sum of what human science and religion can offer. We will never claim this right in isolation, for it is in every case the sacred fruit of human unity in mutual uplift, rescue, learning and celebration.


Notarikon,Temura and Gematria:

To understand a single letter, is to become ‘more alike with’ all that it relates to and is reflected with(in). Each is a living koan, a riddle-friend with whom one will always live and travel. Each letter also has a variety of numeric associates, which are ‘computed’ according to the rules of a variety of formal and informal systems. Each letter has at least 4 ‘intrinsic values’ in Gematria. Rather than being merely numbers, these values correspond to poetic and spiritual archetypes which represent primordial principles in multiple dimensions of metafication. Hebrew words have this same quality, which is a ‘sum’ of these angelic-lingual ‘archetypes’.. Each word may be numerically indexed to other term-archetypes in its ‘intimate family’ via a discipline known as gematria. These ‘games’ form a whole other dimension of semantic literacy, and provide a mode of recombinantly active metaphoric connectivity unknown in English.

Two words with the same gematric indices are clearly and usually poetically related. The potentials for relational gematria are probably infinite, but a few standard forms of the discipline have come down to us from their sources in history. One must suspect that the most profoundly adept incarnations of these games remain largely the guarded secret of the highest initiates, and may well be impossible to transmit in ‘system’ being founded instead in achieving and sustaining direct contact with God as co-interpreter

In gematria, each letter has various values, but one of these, the spelling value, is of particular import. Each letter in Hebrew is also a ‘word’ and thus has ‘a spelling’, usually comprised of 2 or 3 letters, beginning with the letter being spelled. Other values have to do with an arithmetic matrix and positional denominations [see 'aleph']. Thus a letter’s constituents can be ‘summed’ to produce an expansion of its elemental nature.

These values correlate with mystical and poetic principles related to the precedence-ladder of powers and events traversed in Creation, and particularly in Genesis. Essentially this is a door to an ever-more profound relationship with the sources of the Hebrew language, which turns out in every case to lead directly to contact with the living source of language itself.


Notarikon is the ‘noticing’ of the compressed terms which emerge when one takes the first letter each word in a specific block of text in order, discarding the rest. Many modes exist, such as last letter of a given statement, etc. Acrostics are a form of Notarikon, where the first letter of each line is taken, and these are added together to produce an encoded phrase. Notarikons can be gematrially correlated, and Temura may be applied as well, leading to further gematria.

Temura is a substitution-game, and the temura of a word can be gematrially reduced and thus correlated with indexes in memory or tome. The common forms of temura are listed below:

Note: Read English Left to Right : Read Hebrew Right to Left

Atbash: First letter is traded for the last, 2nd for 2nd to last, &c.

i.e: YHVH (or YHWH) = MTzPTz

Albam: Add 11 letter positions to the letter in question.
A = L [1 (the letter)+11 = 12]

i.e: YHVH = ShAiPAi

Avgad: Add 1 letter-position. A = B



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In early Hebrew, some letters were understood to act as guides or ‘matris lecionis’ (mothers of reading) because these letters held sway over the meaning-shape and sound-shape of the word. These protovowels formed the decoding premise of nearly every ‘word-form’ and thus acted as lexical ‘keys’ to the language itself. Aleph, Hey and Yud and Vahv most commonly used in this way.

Hebrew is suspected by most scholars to be a Canaanite dialect which began to establish itself as distinct sometime around 1000 B. C. E. The most likely symbolic sources are Phoenician— Proto-Hebraic is functionally indistinguishable from this lineage-precursor.

The square lettering form in modern use is thought to have arisen after the jewish captivity in Babylon. In Greek, the weakened guttural sounds of specific Phoenician letters, (nearly identical to old hebrew) were translated into the primordial vowels as follows:

Aleph - Alpha

Hey - Epsilon

Chait - Eta

Yod - Iota

Aiyin - Omicron

Vahv - Upsilon

In order to preserve traditional pronunciation Masoretic (a term possibly equivalent to ‘traditionalist’) scribes established and perfected a system which was distinct from the texts but could be overlaid upon them without changing the original document’s symbolic identity. Thus a modern ‘marked’ text should in theory be identical to an unmarked precursor, and markings may be systematically applied to any unmarked text without disturbing the symmetries and symbols of the text itself. The simple-seeming question: why have a complex system of markings when you can just put vowel-characters in is defeated by the timeline: these languages are from the genesis-period of vowels, and the Greeks gave and integrated the answer we ourselves still employ. The other night whilst viewing russian text in a film I recognized that their I character corresponds to our O...


Introducing Biblical Hebrew, Allen P. Ross, pp. 15 - 21.

Errors in transcription may exist, and are my own.