Thelema Lodge Calendar for December 1986 e.v.

Thelema Lodge Calendar

for December 1986 e.v.

The viewpoints and opinions expressed herein are the responsibility of the contributing authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of OTO or its officers.

Copyright © O.T.O. and the Individual Authors, 1986 e.v.

Thelema Lodge
Ordo Templi Orientis
P.O.Box 2303
Berkeley, CA 94702 USA

December 1986 e.v. at Thelema Lodge

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Announcements from
Lodge Members and Officers

This Month at Thelema Lodge

Gnostic Masses at Thelema Lodge are held every Sunday this month, at 6 PM.
Visit Thelema Lodge in December to enjoy a variety of classes and events.
The Magick in Theory and Practice series will conclude this month, with a second look at Chapters XV through XVII and the balance of the Theory Chapters will be presented in a special focus. Dec. 10th and 17th.
Enochiana with Dave on the 16th. This time the Aethers used by Crowley in his own Magical attainment will be presented
Brother Jim, Lodge Master, continues his presentation on Ceremonial Magick on the 18th.
Ebony brings the mysteries of Ancient Egypt into focus on the 24th --- that date rings a bell somewhere, but I can't place it exactly.
Brother Dave has something decidedly obscure to do with a Ouija board around the 13th, but you better double check on that date. He also has a Chess event set for the 26th, and Chess was beloved by both Grady and Crowley.
Initiations in Minerval and several higher Degrees are noted on the Calendar, and need to be reserved in advance.
Ist and IInd Degrees please note that there is an early class on the 3rd for your curriculum and initiation prep. This will be offered in future months, so if the Calendar arrives too late for you in December, please call Lola at the ... number anyway.
Thelema Lodge meeting on the 12th; please attend to support the Lodge and help us plan for the new mundane year.

The next few pages are a solstice bonus for all you folks who have been trying to work out Gematria on non-Hebrew.

English to Hebrew Transliteration Key

Copyright © 1986 by Bill Heidrick

Nearest Hebrew
Hebrew Shape
Sound and
Rare Cognates:
A -/+Aleph (Aleph), Ayin (Ayin)Tzaddi (Tzaddi)Hay (Hay), Chet (Chet)
BBet (Bet)  
C -Chet (Chet), Koph (Kaf)Hay (Hay), Peh (Peh)Gimel (Gimel), Aleph (Aleph)
DDalet (Dalet)Resh (Resh) 
E -/+Hay (Hay), Aleph (Aleph)Chet (Chet)Yod (Yod)
FVau (Vau), Peh (Peh),
Qof (Qof)
Yod (Yod), Koph(Kaf 
GGimel (Gimel)Nun (Nun) 
H -/+Hay (Hay), Chet (Chet)Taw (Taw), Dalet (Dalet)Aleph (Aleph)
I -/+Yod (Yod)Vau (Vau) 
J -/+Yod (Yod)Vau (Vau) 
KKoph (Kaf), Chet (Chet)Hay (Hay), Peh (Peh) 
LLamed (Lamed) Resh (Resh)
MMem (Mem)  
NNun (Nun)Gimel (Gimel) 
O -/+Vau (Vau), Ayin (Ayin)Yod (Yod), Tzaddi (Tzaddi) 
PPeh (Peh)Koph (Kaf) 
QQof (Qof)  
RResh (Resh)Dalet (Dalet) 
SSamekh (Samekh), Shin (Shin)
Tzaddi (Tzaddi), Taw (Taw)
Mem (Mem), Ayin (AyinZain (Zain)
TTet (Tet), Taw (Taw)Mem (Mem)Hay (Hay), Chet (Chet)
U -/+Vau (Vau), Ayin (Ayin)Yod (Yod), Tzaddi (Tzaddi) 
V -Vau (Vau), Ayin (Ayin)
Bet (Bet)
Yod (Yod), Tzaddi (Tzaddi)
Zain (Zain)
WSame as the letter "U"  
XIf it has a "ch" sound --- like "C"
If it has a "z" sound ---- like "Z"
YSame as "I"  
ZZain (Zain), Tzaddi (Tzaddi)Vau (Vau), Ayin (Ayin) 

Numeric Values of the Ancient Letters:

Aleph = 1Hay = 5Tet =   9Mem = 40Peh = 80Resh = 200
Bet = 2Vau = 6Yod = 10Nun = 50Tzaddi = 90Shin = 300
Gimel = 3Zain = 7Kaf = 20Samekh = 60Qof = 100Taw = 400
Dalet = 4Chet = 8Lamed = 30Ayin = 70
Aleph = 1     but     large Aleph = 1000

Numeric Values of the "Modern" Finals:

Koph final Kaf-final = 500     Mem final Mem-final = 600     Nun final Nun-final = 700
Peh final Peh-final = 800     Tzaddi final Tzaddi-final = 900

Traditional Method for Vowel Points:

Every dot is considered a Yod and given value 10.
Every line is considered a Vau and given value 6.

e.g.        = 30        = 50        = 16        = 6        = 16   and so on

In calculating values for Hebrew words (and English or European Names), there are certain conventions. The values of the letters are added up to give a total:

--- 5 + 6 + 5 + 10 = 26

This total can be reduced: 2 + 6 = 8 to match the number of one of the Sephira on the Tree of Life. The value of 1, taken by such a reduction, signifies Malkuth (10) more commonly than it does Keter (1). In the more widely practiced method of Gematria, the number totals of words, names and verses are not reduced. Each number in the range 1 to 22 is considered to represent either a Sephiroth or a Letter in itself. Single digit totals are considered to represent high abstractions and the Atziloth World. 10-99 represents intellect or the Briah World. 100 - 999 represents Yetzirah. Numbers 1000 or greater represent the material universe, or Asiah World. Numbers like 111, 222, 5555 represent the direct influence of the matching Sephiroth in the World or level corresponding to the number of digits involved. Tipheret in Yetzirah is therefore 666. Magical Names and Mottoes are usually chosen to give totals of exactly three digits. Four digits would be too worldly, but two digits would be too abstract.

An ambiguity arises if the word ends in K, M, N or any other letter which may be made to match one of the 5 "final" letters. When Koph, Mem, Nun, Peh, or Tzaddi is found on the end of a word, a special shape is given to the letter, and a different number value is available. It is traditional in Gematria to ignore these special values and to take the same letter value that would be used in the middle or beginning of a word. When final values are used in Gematria, the resulting total is considered to be a secondary and more material meaning of the total obtained without using a final letter value. These "final" letters derived late, and Gematria was well established before they became available.

Although a rudimentary method of using values for vowel points does exist, as noted on the previous page, it is very rarely used in Qabalah. O.T.O. members in England, or planning a visit there, can find more information on the mystical significance ascribed to Vowel Points in the Bodleian Library at Oxford, Hunt. 41., R. Shem Tob Bar Abraham, 1325 e.v., 86 folio sheets. The catalog of Johanne Uri, done in 1787 e.v., mentions a number of very important early Qabalistic manuscripts at Oxford, but a knowledge of the Hebrew language is necessary to get far with primary material. You can read Johanne Uri's "Bibliothecae Bodleianae Codicum Manuscriptorum Orientalum videlicet Hebraicorum, Chaldaicorum, Syriacorum, Aethiopicorum, Arabicorum, Persicorum, Turcicorum, Coptiorum que ..." (sorry, not enough room for the full title, but you can find it at UC Berkeley as fz106.4 O75O7 v.1 in the library); with just a smattering of Latin.

Back down to Earth. In using the Transliteration Key table provided here, this is the significance of the columns and notes: English letters on the left match the Bold Hebrew letters in the next column more often than not. The Symbols "-/+" indicate where some letters can be occasionally ignored "-" or where Hebrew letters can sometimes be added even where there is no matching English letter. Thus, you can always add or drop an Aleph. You can make almost as free with Hay. You frequently can add a Vau to words as a sort of vowel "wild card". This may seem odd, but it is mostly based on the looseness of "Vowel Letters" in Hebrew spelling. These letters (marked by -/+, remember) and Hay are often used to shift the meanings of roots. This allows you to be a bit more free with them than you would dare with English spelling. You can sometimes take a "K" as "C" in transliteration, but you cannot indiscriminately add a Koph unless there is a "K" already there.

The Column on Shape Cognates is for more advanced work. Several Hebrew letters look very similar to one another. Some of these letters commonly get switched with their look-alikes. Hebrew spelling reflects this, with some words having the same definition as others that differ only by having a Hay where a Taw should be, or a Peh where a Koph is usually found. Bet and Koph rarely switch, because they are both used as particles on the beginning of words. Old misspellings have become proper spellings, and a case can be made for limited use of shape-cognate transliteration from English into Hebrew.

The Sound and Rare Cognates will be more useful, in that these substitutions actually are sometimes the same in sound as the more common choice for the English letter. It is a matter of dialect.

Some quick notes: Never use Vau to begin a word unless you intend the meaning "and". Crowley tended to overlook this. There is no easy way to deal with "E", because there is no simple Hebrew letter to represent it. Hay for "E" is default. It is usually better to just skip an "E". "EL" = Aleph-Lamed. "TH" can be either Tet or Taw, but is never anything with a Hay attached. Again, Crowley wouldn't agree. "TZ" = "TS" = Tzaddi, most of the time. "IEL" can be either Yod-Lamed or Yod-Aleph-Lamed, depending on the letters just preceding. "YAH" is always Yod-Hay. Ayin is not an English sound, but it is in languages having a "glottal stop". The convention that substitutes Ayin for "O" or "A" is not always easy to defend. Aleph really doesn't have the "A" or any other sound of its own, but it can be a helper aspirate with most of the vowels. In other words, you can generally put in an Aleph for or with most vowels. You can drop most vowels on the grounds that Hebrew can use vowel pointing rather than a Letter.

There is no one right transliteration for any English word or name into Hebrew spelling. Tinker until you get one you like. It works the other way too; consider that is variously rendered in English as Cabala, Cabalah, Qabbalah, Kabalah, and many more.
-- Bill Heidrick
Frater , 441
( for Emmet )

Events Calendar for December 1986 e.v.

12/3/86Class for I & II Degree members
8PM with Lola
Thelema Ldg
12/5/86Class on Liber vel Reguli 8PM
at Boulder Creek CA
Selene Camp
12/7/86Gnostic Mass 6PMThelema Ldg.
12/8/86Tentative camp meeting 8PMHypatia Camp
12/10/86Magick in Theory and Practice 8PM
with Bill
Thelema Ldg.
12/12/86Lodge meeting 8PMThelema Ldg.
12/13/86Ouija ClassThelema Ldg.
12/13/86Electoral College meets in southern
Agape Grand Lodge
12/14/86Gnostic Mass 6PMThelema Ldg.
12/16/86Enochiana Class (49 Keys)
with Dave 8PM
Thelema Ldg.
12/17/86Magick in Theory and Practice
8PM with Bill
Thelema Ldg.
12/18/86Class with Jim "Introduction to
Ceremonial Magick" 8PM
Thelema Ldg.
12/19/86Tentative camp meeting 8PMABRAHADABRA Camp
12/19/86Camp meetingSelene Camp
12/20/86Initiations Ist and IIIrd DegreesThelema Ldg.
12/21/86Gnostic Mass & Solstice 6PMThelema Ldg.
12/22/86Tentative camp meetingHypatia Camp
12/24/86Egyptiana Class with Ebony 8PMThelema Ldg.
12/26/86Chess risk tonight "Bored gavel" 8PMThelema Ldg.
12/27/86Minerval initiationsThelema Ldg.
12/27/86O.T.O. Board tentative only
4:18PM at Lola's
O.T.O. Corp. HQ
12/28/86Gnostic Mass 6PMThelema Ldg.
12/29/86Oasis meeting (tentative)Nur alal Uruk Oasis

The viewpoints and opinions expressed herein are the responsibility of the contributing authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of OTO or its officers.

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