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The HexagramThese short essays were contributed by Rev. Dr. Kheti A. Sahure The Hexagram is a magickal geometric shape (hexagon) made up of a 6-pointed star; it is also known as or called the "Star of David". There are two overlapping (some interlocking) triangles, one up and one down. The upward-pointing triangle represents man and the downward-pointing triangle represents woman, thus representing the spiritual balance between masculine and feminine. The upward triangle corresponds with fire and the downward corresponds with water. A hexagram with a circle around it is known as the "Star of Solomon" or the "Seal of Solomon" (when used in ritual magick).
The hexagram has been used for many spiritual purposes from ancient times to the present very similar to how the pentacle and the pentagram are used in ritual magick for protection, cast as a circle, and to represent the Divine Union between masculine, feminine, earth, air, water, and fire. Some of the hexagram's usages include: Lesser Ritual of the Hexagram, Greater Ritual of the Hexagram, Thelemic/Hermetic, Gematria and other forms of Divination, Invocation, and Banishment. Publisher: InnerLink Metaphysical Journal © July 2006
Gematria, Theomatics & Isopsephy
A Brief Gematria of 616 and 666
Gematria is the study of the numeric equivalents and relationships (Numerology) of the Hebrew language and Hebrew alphabet (and Greek) along with their spiritual associations. There are no numeric characters in Hebrew, just alpha characters; when someone wants to write a number, he or she would use the corresponding Hebrew letter associated with that number.
The Gematria of the number 616 equals (6+1+6 = 13 = 1+3 = 4) 4 and representative of the number and (spiritual) symbolic for Creation. This also relates to the pentagram along with the four quarters/corners/elementals of the Earth being North (earth, autumn), East (air, spring), South (fire, summer), and West (water, winter) and their correspondences. The alpha associations of 4 are the letters D, Delta (Greek, D), and Daleth (Hebrew, D). As for the number 666 = 9 and is the symbolic for Judgment. The alpha associations of 9 are the letters Th and T, Theta (Greek, Th), and Teth (Hebrew, T).
Moreover, there are the biblical associations between the Hebrew and Greek bibles and the many versions of the Old and New Testaments; for example, the “Book of Revelation” (a.k.a. “The Apocalypse of John”) generally considered to have been written by John the Apostle; Christians identify 666 as the mark of the Antichrist or the Beast and refer to the number 616 to be the Ancient Roman Emperor Caligula. From here, one can examine and analyze the information about the recent discovery of the fragment from the "oldest New Testament manuscript" found to allude in Revelation 13:18 that the number of the beast is supposedly 616 instead of 666.
In closing, there are the theomatic and isopsephic approaches that can be examined as well; according to the Wikipedia.com definitions: “Isopsephy (iso meaning ‘equal’ and psephos meaning ‘pebble’) is the Greek word for the practice of adding up the number values of the letters in a word to form a single number. The early Greeks used pebbles arranged in patterns to learn arithmetic and geometry. A Latin word for ‘pebbles’ is ‘calculi’, the origin of the word ‘calculate.’1 Theomatics is a numerological study of the Greek and Hebrew text of the Christian Bible, based upon gematria and isopsephy, that its proponents assert demonstrates the direct intervention of God in the writing of Christian scripture. It was invented by Del Washburn in 1975, who coined the name ‘theomatics’ as a combination of ‘Θεός’ (‘God’) and ‘mathematics’, and wrote several books and web sites espousing the hypothesis.2”
Rev. Dr. K.A. Sahure
1 "Isopsephy." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 21 Mar 2006, 14:50 UTC. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 25 Jun 2006
2 "Theomatics." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 14 Jun 2006, 03:22 UTC. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 25 Jun 2006