The Sepher Yetzirah – A Pseudo Linguistic Treatise
The Sepher Yetzirah is a foundation document to the Qaballistic Arts It is also one of the earliest occult documents that specifically references linguistic observations being embedded into esoteric constructions.
The primary proposition of the The Sepher Yetzirah is that language is predicated on 3 ciphers, or sepharim: letter, numbers, and sounds. Writing in the introduction to his work, “The Sepher Yetzirah”, William Wescott shares,
Eliphas Levi, the famous French Occultist, thus wrote of the “Sepher Yetzirah” in his “Hisoire de la Magi, p 54:”The Zohar is a Genesis of the illumination, the Sepher Jezirah is a ladder formed of truths. Therein are explained the thirty-two absolute signs of sounds, numbers and letters: each letter reproduces a number, an idea and a form; so that mathematics are capable of application to ideas and to form not less rigorous than to numbers, by exact proportion and perfect correspondence.
Letters are symbols for sounds, but are fused equally to number, form, archetype. They are two dimensional representations of 3 + dimensional forms which are then combined to form words, and from words, sentences, and from sentences we begin the process of exponential growth in reason and logic capable of creating “reality”. Whether that “reality” is fiction or truth, deception or lies matters little from the foundation of letters as representations of sounds.
Letters are akin to cloak, a robe. In fact, in Plutarch’s On Isis and Osiris, the letters are known as “the robes of Isis”, while the “robe of Osiris is the Alphabet itself. From these instruments, from nothing (a blank piece of paper or silence) comes all things, whether uttered or written.
In order to penetrate this veil, or fusion of letters, numbers, and sounds, it then becomes necessary to understand how “number” is fused to Letters. Further, we should not dismiss this idea of “exact proportion”, of showing specific logic and patterns set into the Alphabet itself.
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