The Cabala, an ancient tradition of Jewish mysticism, is a vital source of occult information for many mystics and magicians. Gematria, a complex form of numerology, is an important facet of the Cabala. Gematria is based on a simple premise: each Hebrew letter also represents a number. Cabalists assert that words with equal or related numerical values have a special type of relationship. The study of these relationships is the basis of Gematria.
You could go through the laborious process of figuring out the numerical values of various words, or you can simply read Godwin's Cabalistic Encyclopedia by David Godwin. Now in its third expanded and revised edition, this extensive collection includes the Gematria for the many names of God, angels, the Spirits of the Goetia, the sinister tunnels of Set, and many more. Hundreds of new entries and illustrations include terms of Freemasonry, Aurum Solis spellings, meditations on God names, and intelligences of the "thirty-two paths of wisdom." The encyclopedia has also been reorganized and has replaced awkward English alphabet representations with actual Hebrew characters and a guide to their English pronunciation, making this the most accessible version of this book ever!
Godwin's Cabalistic Encyclopedia is now over 650 informative pages in length. Before this book was available, the most important work of this type was Aleister Crowley's Sepher Sephiroth. As a bonus, Crowley's entire text is included as an appendix, making Godwin's Cabalistic Encyclopedia the most complete Cabalistic work available.
If this book merely listed the numerical values of many different words, it would be invaluable. But it does much more. Most words are explained in detail. Thus, you learn that Thantifaxath is the guardian of the thirty-second Tunnel of Set, is associated with the key of B-sharp, the colors black and blue, and arteriosclerosis. You will also learn that Anevel is the angel of the third quinance of Gemini, and angel by day of the Tarot's Nine of Swords. This angel is associated with Psalms, chapter 100, verse two, and three alternate spellings are included. The book also reveals that Zachariah has two different Hebrew spellings, and may equal 242 or 248. Zachariah was the fifteenth King of Israel. He began to rule in the thirty-eighth year of King Azariah of Judah, but reigned only six months. He was killed by his successor, Shallum.
If you are involved in the study or practical application of the Cabala, this book is essential. As you investigate the mysteries of Gematria, this book will save you hours of time and prevent any accidental mistakes. Let Godwin's Cabalistic Encyclopedia be your guide as you traverse the paths of the Tree of Life.
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