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Basics

What is Gematria?

A way to experience the deeper levels of the Torah is the Jewish traditonal art of Gematria. This way needs a big portion of experience and intuition to be performed. In a moment we will see why.

In Hebrew there are no character signs for numbers. Numbers in Hebrew are represented by the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Each letter has a numeric value assigned to it, e.g. A = 1 (see Heb. Alphabet).

When it comes to the Jewish mystic skill of Gematria, numeric values are derived from words by adding the values of the letters of a word. The resulting numbers are searched for meanings or compared to the values of other words. If the values of two or more words are equal, it is said that these words, or rather their meanings, are related on a hidden level. more

What is the Sephirotic Tree of Life?

Picture: The Tree of Life

The modern Hermetic Kabbalah is built around a center concept. This concept is called the Tree of Life. It is a glyph, or in modern terms a mind-map. It consists of the numbers 1 to 10, that here are the so called Sephirot ספירות‬. They are entities and in the Tree of Life these entities are depicted as circles which are ‫ arranged side by side and one upon the other, forming a tree-like shape. more

What is the Sepher Yetzirah?

“Sepher” in Hebrew means book, and the Sepher Yetzirah is the Book of Formation. It is the oldest available Kabbalistic text and contains a lot of informations about the 32 “Paths of Wisdom”, that are the Hebrew numbers One to Ten and the 22 Hebrew letters Aleph to Tav. Every letter is associated with a lot of ideas and things in man and in the universe. Formation means, that the book “describes” how God formed the world trough the letters and numbers. The Sepher Yetzirah is truly arcane.

While that book is really a good choice to read, there are many different versions out there. You probably will have problems to find one that is correct. Correct means, that the associations between the letters and things are appropriate and in the right order. I have no objections to these:

Techniques

What is the meaning of the dot colors?

In Hebrew there are 22 letters. Five of them look different if they are at the end of a word. They are called end-letters. The Hitomi-picture-code works through adding the numerical values of the letters of a word. This makes a cross-sum. The end-letters optionally have an alternate value (see Heb. Alphabet).

Because of this it can be, that a word can have two possible cross-sums: The dots are red, if the alternate value is used for the end-letter. They are yellow, if the normal value is used. And an orange dot means, that the word has no special end-letter.

What is the meaning of the rings?

The inner three rings, black, result from the Genesis. With them the Hitomi-method is actually complete. The outer rings, green, as you see them in picture 971 for example, result from the following parts of the Torah text, starting with Exodus. I created the Hitomi program the way that one can hunt for pictures beyond the Genesis, even if that Torah text parts are, the 971 picture as an exception, not used by Hitomi as far I know.

The picture 366 does not really go over the bounds of the Genesis, even that it has a green ring. All the contents of that picture are shifted forward by one spoke, so that the point on the last spoke in the third wheel comes onto the first spoke of a fourth wheel. Enter 1 into the field "Shift" in the Hitomi program to achieve this.

What is a Michigan-Claremont Transliteration Scheme?

Simply the expression of Hebrew letters by ASCII characters. Every Hebrew letter is represented by a particular ASCII character. The Hebrew-to-ASCII transliteration scheme, thus the scheme which Hebrew letter is replaced by which ASCII character, is largely standardized but there exist some few slightly different schemes. The scheme I use is provided here by shamash.org. Using ASCII characters is more efficient than Unicode or other represenations of Hebrew letters because ASCII needs less memory and is readable by both a program and by a human even if no Hebrew font or no Unicode is available. My first Hitomi-program was in Amiga BASIC! more

Topics

Hitomi and Emperor Constantine

Bible with three concentric circles on its cover

The cover of the "Einheitsübersetzung" Bible clearly shows a design very similar to the three concentric wheels or circles of the Hitomi-method. Let us explore the origin of this image and gain some intriguing insights how Emperor Constantine coined early Christianity. more