In the following, no deliberate attempt has yet been made to include
entries from the Bennett-Crowley Sepher Sephiroth. Crowley's selection should
be preserved without alteration as an insight into his thought. This work is
intended to supplement Crowley's Gematria, rather than replace it. In the
final version, additional notes on Qabalistic significance, special Qabalistic
spellings and mystical terms will be added. These entries have been obtained
from a 19th century Hebrew Lexicon (Davies' Student's-Hebrew Lexicon) devoted
to study of the Torah and the balance of the Old Testament. When complete, the Gematria
dictionary will contain many significant words and names from the Torah,
variant spellings and important conjugations and declensions. Mythology and
notes on points of Qabalistic tradition will be greatly augmented. In the
final form, it will be possible for a person with knowledge of
Hebrew grammar to use this source to roughly translate the Torah, to access an
exhaustive glossary of Qabalistic terms, and to find brief discussions of the
differences between Crowley's usage and the usage found in the several schools
of Jewish or traditional Qabalah. The work is 80% complete at this time in
regard to the Torah and barely started with regard to Qabalistic terms.
Some explanation of conventions may be helpful. Spelling "interchanges"
refer to letters which sometimes replace the entry letter in common words.
Thus, some words have the same meaning and only differ in spelling by one
having an Aleph and the other a Tet. Such spelling interchanges are not rules
for substituting one letter for another but clues to use in finding secondary
correspondences to a particular entry under a particular number. In many
instances, the same spelling has different pronunciations, usually carried by
vowel points. Such variant pronunciations are either set off by use of "---"
below the primary entry or by use of ";". The triple dash and the semicolon
are also used to indicate a shift of thought in instances where variant
pronunciation is not the issue. Most notes are enclosed within parentheses.
There will be controversy over the numbering of the primes. In Crowley's
day, it was common among non mathematicians to consider the number ONE as the first prime; and he followed that practice in Sepher Sephiroth. ONE is not
considered a prime number in mathematics, since it does not allow unique prime
factoring of other numbers. TWO is considered the first prime number in
modern mathematics and in this work.
Some individual words appear to have self-contradictory definitions; e.g.
can mean "to be gracious" AND "to insult". This often results over time
from use of the word in irony. "O'h, you pulled my beard to show respect? how
gracious () of you!". Alternatively, such dual meanings can derive from
improper social usage; e.g. in the case of this word to imply insulting
Certain words have a number of different spellings not accounted for by
conjugation or declension. This is partly natural to dialectical Hebrew and
partly the result of "Qabalistic" spellings which have been introduced over
the centuries. Where a mystical or artificial spelling has been used, the
reason is identified and the tradition described, if known to the author.
Where the spelling is an obviously defective construction by improper
transliteration, the word will either be omitted or the source described.
Most of the latter are outright errors involving one-for-one substitution of
Hebrew for English. In proper Hebrew spelling, vowels are often omitted and
carried by vowel points. Crowley's usage of Ayin for "O" and Heh for "E" is
an example of unorthodox practice. Double letters in English may often be
rendered as single letters in Hebrew: e.g. "BB" > "". In particular, the
letter "A" tends to be too often replaced by an Aleph, "AI" by "" instead of
"" alone; and the spelling of the Goetic names by Dr. Rudd is generally in
gross error. This tendency of defective spelling is greatest in the names of
Note that many common nouns become the names of spirits on addition of ,
, and to the end of the noun. The choice of ending may be dictated by
gender and spelling, with slightly predominating for femine nouns; but two
different deities are meant by this selection in older words and sources.
Exegetical scholarship sometimes addresses this as Yahwistic verses Elohistic
usage. There is reason to suspect that the former represents a tendency
toward monotheism or henotheism and the latter a tendency to retain a
An unusually large proportion of the shorter Hebrew words are
representations of natural sounds linked with the meaning. Most of these are
associated with exclamations of pain, surprise or contentment and with the
cries of animals. E.g. "moo", the sound of lowing cattle, is , which
sounds a lot more like certain lowing of cattle than "moo". N.B. "moo"
(properly a sound like "hmugh") probably derives from a more placid bovine
sound than -- I suppose it depends on how recently the cow was milked.
All weights and measures are equated to British; e.g. gallon = imperial
In calculating gematria, it is traditional to ignore finals in the first
attempt. To avoid duplication, words and phrases having final letters are
defined under their non-final letter totals. Cross-referencess are included
under the numbers to which such words correspond when final letter values are
In reckoning the correspondences of a word, it is traditional in gematria
to consider also words having a total one less and one more than that of the
number in question. This practice is stated as: "it is permissible to add or
subtract an Aleph". An examination of the entries for consecutive numbers in
this dictionary will show that some words duplicate within short ranges, owing
to changes of gender, case, common speech variations, conjugation or
declension. The practice of subtracting one stems mainly from the fact that
any word with an Aleph after the first letter can have that Aleph replaced by
a suitable vowel point. Addition of an Aleph to a word does not effect the
pronunciation at all, unless a vowel point is assigned to the Aleph --- even
then, such a vowel point can usually be borrowed from a consonant. This
property of Aleph is also found to a lesser extent for Yod, Vau and Heh.
Some multiple variants differ only in gender or case of possession.
The following Gematria entries have mainly been extracted and collated from:
Student's Hebrew Lexicon, a Compendious and Complete Hebrew and Chaldee
Lexicon to The Old Testament ... by Benjamin Davies, 1960 reprint of the 1880 revised edition. Work in progress has reached . Entries for numbers greater than eighty will substantially increase after this point. The entries under the number 210 will give a better idea of the size of the finished work.
Mystical terms are minimal at present, but are being added from: The Kabbalah: Its Doctrines, Development and Literature by Christian D.
Ginsburg, 1863 --- this is the source from which Mathers plagiarized the
introduction to Kabbalah Unveiled. Ginsburg's Kabbalah is noted as "G-K" where warranted in the notes.
For serious use, rather than casual examination, check each entry against a
Hebrew dictionary or lexicon (latter preferred). If the word can be found in
such, there may be additional meanings or a correction to a typo. Serious
students of Qabalah should make every effort to acquire at least a good
lexicon and preferably several. Pronunciation requires a rudimentary
knowledge of vowel points (only listed in such references) and accents (often
on the second syllable, but there are many exceptions). Please inform the
author of any typographical errors, but be aware that no one dictionary can
provide references to all these entries.