graycloak mentioned that he was finding The Magician’s Reflection by Bill Whitcomb to be useful, and it occurred to me that one of the exercises in that book is both known to me, and useful to budding magicians. Write out the Pythagorean values of the letters of our alphabet: viz. A, J, S = 1. B, K, T = 2. C, L, U = 3. And so on up to I, R = 9. There’s a little chart in the upper left of the photo, but it may not be readable.
Anyway… Once you have the values of the letters, you can use those values to calculate the values of significant words, as I’ve done here in this example. HAPPY, for example, has a value of 30, which can be “reduced” to 3 (since 3+0= 3), suggesting that happy is a kind of Fire, numerically (since the number of elemental fire is 3). abwatt this blog, has a value of 13, reducing to 4— a number of solidity and order and symmetry and Earth. Graycloak’s blog name reduces from 39 through 12 (the Zodiac) to three (Fire, again). And so on.
Whenever you find words that have the same numerical value as your own name (whichever version of your name you use — and you should find three, at least, each time you do this exercise), write a couple of sentences explaining how that concept relates to you. Or draw a picture. The same goes for other words that you find are joined together numerically.
Is this a ridiculous (value 50, reducing to 5) exercise? Of course it is. English speakers didn’t choose how to spell words based on their arbitrary mathematical value 500 years ago using a Greek number system. It’s totally arbitrary.
But it is a powerful way of drawing connections between completely arbitrary and weird concepts that aren’t necessarily connected. It’s another way of empowering sigils — using number as well as letter to encode them, and likewise energizing them with mathematic precision. And it’s also a technique for bridging mental gaps and re-wiring one’s mental map.
But the reflection process is essential. Don’t neglect the writing or drawing to join certain concepts together with your own name. It’s part of the genius of the exercise that you have to connect yourself to the number theory for it to be a useful technique, I think.