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Hebrew Language and Alphabet

This article was written by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke on February 02, 2011
posted under Hebrew

Hebrew is sometimes referred to as the "sacred" language of the West and compared with Sanskrit for the East. There are no vowels per se in Hebrew, only diacritical marks over the consonants performing that function. In addition, there are no numbers in Hebrew, but letters alone and in combination perform that function. The number basis provides a system in which words of comparable value have related meanings. It also provides the magical meanings of Hebrew names.

TABLE OF HEBREW LETTERS AND NUMBERS, TAROT CORRESPONDENCES

Hebrew Letter          English Letter          Numerical Value          Tarot Card Number

Aleph

A

1

   0    Fool

Beth

B

2

   1    Magician

Gimel

G

3

   2    High Priestess

Daleth

D

4

   3    Empress

Heh

H and E

5

   4     Emperor

Vau

V, U  and W

   F (o)

6

   5    Hierophant

Zain

Z

7

   6    Lovers

Cheth

Ch

8

   7    Chariot

Teth

T

9

   8    Strength

Yod

I and Y

10

   9    Hermit

Kaph

K

20

   10  Wheel of Fortune

Lamed

L

30

   11  Justice

Mem

M

40

   12  Hanged Man

Nun

N

50

   13  Death

Samekh

S

60

   14  Temperance

Ayin

0

70

   15  Devil

Peh

P

80

   16  Tower

Tzaddi

Tz or X

90

   17  Star

Qoph

K soft, Q

100

   18  Moon

Resh

R

200

   19  Sun

Shin

Sh

300

   20  Judgment

Tau

T soft, Th

400

   21  Universe


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