The Origin of the Order & Value of the English Alphabet

Since obtaining the Knowledge and Conversation of my Holy Guardian Angel, I have killed Him many times: each time regaining the K and C with a new name and understanding of His nature.

The third and last time I re-established the link with my angel, I received a vision of his name. My angel must have shown me the spelling of his name for a reason: and the only reason that springs to mind is Qabalistic.

I discovered upon entering my angel's name in the gematria databases (found in the links section) that my angel's name equals 110 in both the Hebrew and Greek Qabalah. Although no other words were found with the same value, I found the equivalence of value in both systems intriguing.

Two weeks ago and three months later (I suppose it wasn't that intriguing), I decided to explore the number 110. Imagine my surprise to discover that 110 is sphenic, pronic, a harshad number and a self number. Golly.

Messing around with the number, I discovered that the sequence of products of 110 (i.e. the results of multiplying 110 by various numbers), when reduced by the simple addition of digits (i.e. 81 = 8 + 1 = 9), results in the following repeating 6 figure pattern, inherent in all product sequences of 110:

2,4,8,7,5,1

Adding these together, we get the number 27. Of course, 2 + 7 = 9.

So I have the magic numbers 110, 27 and 9. And I suppose 3 as well (3 x 3 is 9 and 3x 9 = 27).

Still no wiser concerning the reason for the vision of my angel's name, I decided to have a go at obtaining 'the Order & Value of the English Alphabet', as instructed by Hadit in Chapter 2 of The Book of the Law.

Rubbish

There are numerous English Qabalahs, most of them rubbish. I see no reason to believe that there isn't a simple mathematical relationship between the letters and words of the English language, just as there is for Hebrew and Greek; however, I do not ascribe to the popular pluralistic Thelemic opinion that there is a unique English Qabalah for each individual. It is patently absurd to attribute any kind of philosophical, political or ethical attitude to the mathematical structure of a language.

Every attempt I have seen at the English Qabalah has been based on a process of trial and error or spurious problem solving of the puzzles found in The Book of the Law, usually resulting in an overly complex and clumsy set of values.

Although an English Qabalah should certainly elucidate many of the concepts of The Book of the Law, adding to our understanding of the text, the English Qabalah should throw light on the relationship between concepts of the English language full stop. As well as demonstrating an initiated perspective on the relationship between concepts previously considered unrelated, words with an obvious relationship should share the same value (such as Fire and Light).

With this in mind, I decided to look for a mathematical relationship between the letters of the English Alphabet. It didn’t take long to find one.

If we assign each letter of the alphabet the value of its sequential order i.e. A = 1, B = 2, C = 3, etc., then divide the alphabet into two columns of 13, folded at M and N, we get this:

A = 1 Z = 26
B = 2 Y = 25
C = 3 X = 24
D = 4 W = 23
E = 5 V = 22
F = 6 U = 21
G = 7 T = 20
H = 8 S = 19
I = 9 R = 18
J = 10 Q = 17
K = 11 P = 16
L = 12 O = 15
M = 13 N = 14

If we add the value of A to the value of Z, we get 27. Ooh, a magic number. If we add the remaining rows together, we discover that each row equals 27 (B = 2 + Y = 25 = 27, C = 3 + X = 24 = 27, etc).

Of course, 2 + 7 = 9.

I took the fact I had come across the very number implicit in the Qabalistic analysis of my angel's name as an indication that I should explore further.

The Value of the English Alphabet 

So I tried the first thing that came to mind:

A = 1 
B = 2 
C = 3 
D = 4 
E = 5 
F = 6 
G = 7 
H = 8 
I = 9 
J = 1 
K = 2 
L = 3 
M = 4 
N = 5 
O = 6 
P = 7 
Q = 8 
R = 9 
S = 1 
T = 2 
U = 3 
V = 4 
W = 5 
X = 6 
Y = 7 
Z = 8 

Adding up the value of my angel's name using this system, I discovered it equalled 27.

A couple of days of furious addition later and I had some interesting results. These can be viewed here as a simple list, and at some point in the future I hope to integrate the list with the calculator in the side navigation. Many of the equivalences speak for themselves (thank god!), and I’ve included commentary and quotation where I feel the results of the system elucidate key Thelemic concepts.

The Order of the English Alphabet

The values assigned give us two lists from 1 to 9 and one list from 1 to 8.

If we group the letters of the alphabet together by value, we get the following order:

AJS  = 1
BKT  = 2 
CLU  = 3 
DMV  = 4 
ENW  = 5 
FOX  = 6 
GPY  = 7 
HQZ  = 8 
IR  = 9 

There are 8 sets of three letters, and one of two. This might seem a little inconsistent, until we consider the values obtained by adding the individual values of the letters together:

Letter Group Shared Value  Values added 

Reduction (e.g. 12 = 1 + 2 = 3) 

AJS  1  3 x 1 = 3  3
BKT   3 x 2 = 6  6
CLU   3 x 3 = 9  9
DMV   3 x 4 = 12  1 + 2 = 3
ENW   3 x 5 = 15  1 + 5 = 6
FOX   3 x 6 = 18  1 + 8 = 9
GPY   3 x 7 = 21  2 + 1 = 3
HQZ   3 x 8 = 24  2 + 4 = 6
IR   2 x 9 = 18  1 + 8 = 9

This gives us the repeating sequence: 3, 6, 9.

If we compare the letter groups by their reduced value, we get a table of nine squares:

3
AJS  BKT  CLU 
DMV  ENW  FOX 
GPY  HQZ  IR 

If we add the rows and columns together using the added values of each letter group (e.g. AJS = 3 x 1 = 3), and reduce the results by simple addition, we get this:

  Total  Reduction 
  AJS  BKT  CLU  18 
  DMV  ENW  FOX  45 
  GPY  HQZ  IR  63 
Total  36  45  36     
Reduction     

If we add up the values of the Total column, we get 126, which also equals 9 by simple reduction (1 + 2 + 6 = 9). The same is true if we add the values of the Total row: 117 = 1 + 1 + 7 = 9.

Rather interestingly, 9 + 9 + 9 = 27! And of course, 2 + 7 = 9.

This English Qabalah demonstrates an inherent, mathematical consistency of the most simple and elegant kind; the fact that these values (27 and 9) also happen to represent the most significant key concepts of Thelema only adds to the possibility that this is indeed the genuine English Qabalah.

It is worth noting that the Hebrew Qabalah was supposedly taught to man by angels: is it possible that this is true of the English Qabalah too?

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