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The Gematria of Kenneth Grant


phluphy_phlu
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Hello, over the course of reading Kenneth Grant's trilogies I have come across multiple cases of gematria that I could not find the formula to.

I know some say it is faulty, but more often than not I found solutions to how he came up with the values- they just tend to be irrelevant or stretched.

Leaving those cases aside, I want to start a thread on Grant's use of gematria in the trilogies. I want to ask others opinions of the meanings and their experience and additions to the knowledge.

To start, I have been re-reading Nightside of Eden and I was wondering how Grant gets the total of the Paths and Sephiroth on the Tree of Life to equal 777. (Pg 27, 10th footnote)

I know that if you add up the number of the paths that make the lightning strike
Aleph-1
Gimel-3
Daleth-4
Teth-9
Lamed-30
Nun-50
Peh-80
Resh-200
Tau-400 Total=777 /or 93 if you count them as Roman numerals.

But how do the paths and sephiroth total to that?

And one more that I am wondering about is how does "Azoth" have to be spelled to equal 401.. (see Amprodia pg. 154)

That is all for now, but I have been wanting to start something like this for a while because I have hundreds more I think THE forum for Kenneth Grant's works could help me figure out... and I think it could help everyone else who is interested in this side of his work.


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 Anonymous
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There are a few mistakes in his Gematria from time to time, apparently he did alot of his writing in a highly inspired state so a few mistakes are understandable. I know how I'am in that state of inspired excitement, its easy to overlook a thing or two.
In the cases where it may seem to irrelevant or stretched as you say, what is doing doing is using Gematria to make connections between ideas and phenomenon that would not be otherwise readily apparent, which is one of the uses of Gematria.
To obtain 777 you total the path of the Lightning Flash or the Sword as it were.
Azoth is obtained by adding Aleph and Tau, being the Alpha and the Omega of the Hebrew Alphabet.


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 Anonymous
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I don't know about mistakes, but as I see it Mr.Grant comes to some conclusions in his theories, gematria e.t.c. based on what seems right and in accordance to his beliefs and point of view.

I would say that it is a "poetical" approach based on the outcomes of his experiencies and theories.

So I would say don't expect everything to be right from an Aristotelian point of view; sometimes it just has to feel right.

A similar approach was often used by Robert Graves, especially in the "White Goddess".
By the way am I the only to think that there are simillarities in the writings of both? The one with a more philological approach and the other with an occult one - the feeling and deeper influence is the same in both cases though, to me at least.


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"AEternitas" wrote:
There are a few mistakes in his Gematria from time to time, apparently he did alot of his writing in a highly inspired state so a few mistakes are understandable. I know how I'am in that state of inspired excitement, its easy to overlook a thing or two.
In the cases where it may seem to irrelevant or stretched as you say, what is doing doing is using Gematria to make connections between ideas and phenomenon that would not be otherwise readily apparent, which is one of the uses of Gematria.
To obtain 777 you total the path of the Lightning Flash or the Sword as it were.
Azoth is obtained by adding Aleph and Tau, being the Alpha and the Omega of the Hebrew Alphabet.

Great reply AEternitas.

phluphy_phlu: I agree with both the previous posters that he uses it as a tool to draw connections and bridge intuitive gaps. For more of a sense of how Grant approaches Gematria in his work read Outer Gateways, Chapter 12.


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