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Alef-Beit Quick Reference

From Thelemapedia

Letter
Number
Form
Name (Correspondences)
Heb
Pronounced
Ord
Abs
Final
Red
ATBSh
ATBCh
א
Aleph (Alef)
1
1
1000
1
22
9
 י above and below, separated and united by ו oxen, thousand, teaching, master
ב
Beth (Beit)
2
2
---
2
21
8
three וs connected in a square with an open (left, northern) side house
ג
Gimel
3
3
---
3
20
7
 ו with a י for a 'foot' camel, bridge, weaning, benevolence
ד
Daleth (Dalet)
4
4
---
4
19
6
a right angle, a man bent over, three levels of bitul (nullification of self, being, separateness) door, poor man, lifting up (elevation)
ה
Heh (Hei)
5
5
---
5
18
5
 ד with an unattached "foot" Sefirah: Binah, Malkhut; Worlds: Beriah, Asiyah (to be) broken, to receive (seed), to behold (revelation)
ו
Vau (Vav)
6
6
---
6
17
4
Path: Chesed to Yesod; World: Yetzirah; a pillar, a man standing upright axis of symmetry, a link
ז
Zayin
7
7
---
7
16
3
 ו with a "head in both directions" (crown) scepter, sword, support
ח
Cheth (Chet)
8
8
---
8
15
2
 ו on the left, ז on the right, with a bridge connecting them lifeforce, love, (the act of intentionally going through) a gateway
ט
Teth (Tet)
9
9
---
9
14
1
Sefirot: Yesod; a vessel with an inverted rim instincts, senses, worldy powers, sexuality/procreative powers
י
Yod (Yud)
10
10
---
1
13
90
Sefirot: Chokhmah; World: Atzilut; a formed point (crown) with a pathway (to self-nullification) (the power of) the (thrusting) hand: beginning and ending; unity and separation, run and return; 32 paths to wisdom
ך  כ
Kaph (Kaf)
11
20
500
2
12
80
a crowned king, kneeling or bowing (final) (the power of) the palm, to work, to mould nature, to receive blessings
ל
Lamed
12
30
---
3
11
70
a ו whose head (י) looks downward on a כ a tower soaring on air; to learn/to teach/to create
ם  מ
Mem
13
40
600
4
10
60
a square with a small opening, a complete square (final) the character of water: to flow/be contained, to cling, to enable life (the womb)
ן  נ
Nun
14
50
700
5
9
50
a servant: bent to servitude; with an extended ו, unbound (final) fish, (innate) selflessness, rectification, Moses, Mashiach (messiah)
ס
Samekh (Samech)
15
60
---
6
8
40
a circle, a wedding band all things cyclical, the secret of marriage, the proportion of nullification (1:60)
ע
Ayin
16
70
---
7
7
30
an elongated נ with an enwedged ו or ז; two eyes with optic nerves looking "up" at the samech, and "down" at the pei ability to see and perceive (wisdom), looking both upward (to receive wisdom) and downward (to act upon wisdom received)
ף  פ
Peh (Pei)
17
80
800
8
6
20
a mouth containing a tooth (י); within, a hidden beit the power of speech to create, curse, or bless; 32 teeth (י) = 32 paths to wisdom; immanence, the power to connect with the divine (the kiss)
ץ  צ
Tzaddi (Tzadik)
18
90
900
9
5
10
a י enwedged in the upper right of a נ; the י can face either upwards or downwards a tzadik, the hermit, the lamp; to hunt (for holy sparks lost in chaos) - the 'downwards' tzadik, to draw down Divinity into the world - the 'upwards' tzadik
ק
Qoph (Kuf)
19
100
---
1
4
400
a ר above with a ז descending on the left monkey, vanity, to surround/touch, the eye of the needle, the relationship between arrogance and miracles
ר
Resh (Reish)
20
200
---
2
3
300
the profile of a bowed head a man bent to the conditions of the world, the mind descending to speak, the superconsciousness bowing to communicate with the consciousness, which in turn bows in recognition of the unconscious, poverty and charity
ש
Shin
21
300
3000*
3
2
200
three וs, each topped with a י, arising from a common base; a flame (the ש is said to assume a four-point form in the world to come) a year, fire, entropy/constant change, scarlet, exile, sharpness, the fiery sword of knowledge
ת
Tau Tav)
22
400
2000*
4
1
100
a ד joined with a נ, a stamp or seal imprints on nature (primordial matter, constants), reincarnation (past lives), the sign of Cain, the seal of truth
Heb - Hebrew
Ord - Ordinal value
Abs - Absolute value
Red - Reduced value
ATBSh - Atbash xform
ATBCh - Atbash xform
* in the world to come, the shin and tav assume new final forms, then cycle back to the alef to start the cycle over again.




References

Ginsburgh, Rabbi Yitzchak (1995), The Alef-Beit: Jewish Thought Revealed through the Hebrew Letters, Jason Aronson, ISBN 1-56821-413-8
Scholem, Gershom (1974), Kabbalah, Keter Publishing House/Dorset Press, ISBN 0-88029-205-9

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