Genesis 1:1

A codice of 1, 7, 10, 21... read top to bottom, R to L

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7 ‘ions of quest’

How • Who • What • Where • Which • Why • When

What was the first question and who asked it? Where did this happen? Was anyone else around? Was it ‘what is all of this’? Who made all of these? Did we emerge from our animalian experience of cognition with the answers intact, and lose them as we proceeded forth from unity into the dangerous terrains of distinguishing, naming, and comparing?

These terms comprise a foundational list of the primal English questioning-terms, which I’ve arranged in no particular order other than choosing to put ‘how’ first. It seems pretty obvious that something suspicious is afoot, since all but one begin with wh — a ‘doubled-you’ or ‘reflective other’ coupled with the ‘heh’ of the outward breath-gesture — a magically connective action which joins the invisible and the visible.

This is no accidental set of symmetries — each of these terms refers directly to the unityBeing, by way of being spelled in memory of the holy name, and the exceptionally holy letters ‘W’ or V, H and Y. Moreover, they remember to our very tongues the sounds associated with the god of our fathers, such that to speak them is to sing, in part, the name of the unityBeing.

In Hebrew, W and V are both represented with Vahv character. If we playfully translate this we see that Wh and Vh (as in Y H V H) begins each word with the exception of ‘how’ — which begins instead with the single-letter-name of the unityBeing. This V/W equivalence is remembered in some Germanic accents, where we might hear a native speaker of this language (or perhaps a Bavarian) say “Vhere ah(r) vee goin(k)?” in English. All of this is merely interesting, until we notice that ‘All of the ions of quest begin with the ‘end-half’ of the tetragrammaton. VH. So it could be said then that all questions begin with ‘the end of god’ — meaning at once that only one who has abandoned direct understanding will form such toys seriously, and also that the latter half of the Holy Name must perforce be invoked before any matter of questioning may be attended. The singular exception is startling: How. Not only does it begin with the unisigil of the Name, but it is also as if the two central elements of the tetragrammaton have been separated out, and joined by the letter O. This recalls the breath of the unityBeing across and into the living waters in Genesis which is the first act of distinguishing ever comitted in our universe of time and story and space. The result is the same V — which begins any other term of quest.

This is not yet even the beginning of these mysteries however, which possess such depth and complexity as to deny us access to their treasures in simple text. Still, we may notice that only a single vowel is missing: the U which I say represents the one asking or the one to whom a question is directed. Simultaneously, this U stands for universe, for no one shall ask alone, but that all ask at once. If we remove ‘which’ from the list, seeing as it might be construed as a subset of ‘what’ and thus redundant, we see that I and U are both missing. In this case, I stands at once for whichever side of the question is uninhabited by U, but also it stands for ‘those who saw, see and shall yet see’ — eyes.

Some interesting toys of subtraction related to the question-words.

Remove the first letters:

ow • ho • hat • here • hich • hy • hen

Now let’s take out the w and h characters altogether:

o • o • at • ere • ic • y • en

remove the vowels...

t • r • c • n


Roots of Reference:

How • Way

Who • Agent

What • Schema

Where • Spatial Location

When • Temporal Location

Why • Cause

Which • Instance


Opposition games:

How • Cannot

Who • No-one (none is short for this)

What • Nothing

Where • Nowhere

When • Never

Why • Unknown

Which • Neither


Common Answers:

How • Thus

Who • Thou • They • He • She • Me • Us (it)

What • That • This • Those • It

Where • There • Here

When • Then • Now

Why • Because

Which • This • Those • That • These



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All quotes from scripture are from the Soncino Pentateuch, 2nd Edition.
Errors in transcription may exist, and are my own.