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Rosicrucian Landmarks Preserved In Greek Isopsephia (Gematria)

Keywords: Rosicrucian Order , AMORC , Gematria , Isophesphia , Greek , Qabala , numerology

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Because the ancient Greeks used the same characters to write numbers and words, arithmetic pervaded their language in a way that is difficult for us to imagine today. The numerical value derived from the sum of letters concealed a hidden meaning and was believed to indicate a correlation between words and phrases having a common valuation. This tradition, which has been called isopsephia, was used as a sort of esoteric cipher and as a means of preserving wisdom for future generations. An investigation of the terminology used in Rosicrucian doctrine and ritual shows that we have inherited a vocabulary that is rooted in this ancient numerology. In the present paper we give examples of the use of isopsephia in its classical setting and also discuss several instances of its incorporation into Rosicrucian ritual, allegories, and doctrinal formulations.


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