Albert Pike wrote in "Morals and Dogma", "One is filled with admiration, on penetrating into the Sanctuary of the Kabalah, at seeing a doctrine so logical, so simple, and at the same time so absolute. The necessary union of ideas and signs, the consecration of the most fundamental realities by the primitive characters; the Trinity of Words, Letters, and Numbers; a philosophy simple as the alphabet, profound and infinite as the Word; theorems more complete and luminous than those of Pythagoras; a theology summed up by counting on one's fingers; an Infinite which can be held in the hollow of an infant's hand; ten ciphers and twenty-two letters, a triangle, a square, and a circle,--these are all the elements of the Kabalah. These are the elementary principles of the written Word, reflection of that spoken Word that created the world!"
Now all of this is just fine and dandy, and to those with some inside knowledge, makes clear and perfect sense, even to those whose conclusions are still quite errant. There are issues to be debated over what Pike was advancing, but first let us discuss where we agree.
1) The Construct is indeed simple and absolute, and its logic, albeit "intutitive", once grasped, remains ingenious and exceptional. One may attribute to the Philosophy the term "admirable".
Example: there are two "1's", which we may define as A and I. A is Osiris is Able in that it may stand on its two feet. I is Seth is Cain (cane) in that it stands on 1 foot. The former is as the Compass and the Square, the latter is as the Square only. As each of these are technically "1's", wherein A = 1 = I, this reality brings about confusion. So as the Hanged Man of the Tarot is Odin is "the Letter El" is Osiris, so too is the Letter El referred to as Saturn.
The former brings enlightenment and lifts the spirit, the latter brings about death and despair. Hence, the individual as "the Ka", or letter K, may seek after "the 1", and either be caste further into the morass of matter, or find themselves becoming more enlightened and attuned with the Universe.
Es Ka Later lifts one up = hence an "escalator".
El Evader lifts one up = hence an "elevator".
2) The Philosophy is based on the necessary union of ideas and signs.
This is really not so esoteric once you break it down, hence it could also be inferred to be "rather simple". In order to communicate a sound in written form, it is necessary to codify the sound. In order to communicate the idea in written form, it is necessary to codify the idea. In order to further codify the sounds, as in letters, or ideas, as in numbers, it becomes further necessary to codify each of these disciplines.
"Primitive characters", be they written representations for numbers and letters (to include signs of the ZODIAC signs, and so forth), contain within them, therefore, a fusion or union of ideas to signs. In a modern context, we may say that the written formats of numbers and letters (and other signs) carry with them archetypal coding, very much at the root core of DNA, which the Occultist could describe as "a consecration of the fundamental properties by the "primitive characters".
A subtle key here is that to the Occultist, the "primitive characters", being type coded into DNA, remain wholly outside of DNA, and hence have their own existence.
What this means is that "the primitive characters" have been "discerned" or "discovered" and remain powers and force unto themselves.
3) The Philosophy is as simple as an Alphabet, a fusion of Letters to Numbers to Sounds.
Aleister Crowley wrote in "Magic without Tears",
"No one has ever found out why the order of the letters is what it is. Probably there isn't any answer."
Of course, he could not be further from the truth and more incorrect. In truth, the Philosophy IS the Alphabet, and indeed is a fusion of Letters, Numbers, and Sounds. Where Pike inferred a Trinity of Words, Letters, and Numbers, technically, this is incorrect. The Trinity remains of Letters, Numbers, and Sounds, for the Sounds have to too be set into their proper mathematical matrix before the WORDS can arrive at their intended esoteric constructions.
SUN shows a value of
S = 3
U = 5
N = 5
The U must have a Temurah component, for the Sum of 1:6 is 21 is the U Letter. If U as a sound were not placed at 21, then the sound pattern relative to the esoteric construction of SUN = 3(sum of 1:)65, or SUN = 365, would be destroyed. If L were not set and given a value of 50, then the word SOL as
S = 3
O = 6
L = 50; would too be destroyed. The Construct or Philosophy remains absolute and unerring.
4) The Philosophy is as profound and infinite as the Word; theorems more complete and luminous than those of Pythagoras.
Why Crowley was brooding that "no one has found the reason for the placement of the Alphabet" is rather puzzling for someone who displayed an intuitive and working insight into the larger aspects of the Construct. The Alphabet, being the Philosophy, is too an adumbration, or reflection, of "the Word". What this means is that it must by default represent clearly this "Word" through the very nature and intent of its design.
By taking the Symmetrical and Asymmetrical shapes of the Letters, for instance, we can infer from the pairings of symmetrical and asymmetrical letters that the word as Pi is inferred and designed in. The asymmetrical letters are BCDEFGJKLNPQRSZ. They can then be paired up as follows: (BCDEFG)(JKL)(N)(PQRS)(Z). The pairings show the number of letters per pairing as (6)(3)(1)(4)(1).
With Pi (314) in the center, it is readily apparent that the pairings are encoding Pi, or 3.1416. This is a basic and clear design for which it is puzzling that Crowley feigned ignorance. The Value and Placement of the English Alphabet was and remains very well known, guarded, and protected.
This is no secret, however, within secret societies. Manley P. Hall describes the fusion of this philosophy to an Alphabet as being that of an Acroamatic Cipher.
5) The Construct is a theology summed up by counting on one's fingers; an Infinite which can be held in the hollow of an infant's hand; ten ciphers and twenty-two letters, a triangle, a square, and a circle,--these are all the elements of the Kabalah. These are the elementary principles of the written Word, reflection of that spoken Word that created the world!
You can attempt to "mystify" the above, or you can find a rational explanation for same. The Construct is a THEOLOGY. The root of the word THEOLOGY is the word THE. Rather than assume the definition as offered, it is often best to peer a bit deeper into words in order to gain an insight into their esoteric contruction.
In the case of the word "THE", we have a word that preceded all things (nouns), i.e., "the" birds and "the" bees, or "the fish in the water". THE is rooted too in "monoTHEism", "thespian", "theoretical", among many others. So having a distinct and comprehensive understanding of the word THE from an esoteric construction might prove beneficial.
When we break down the word THE, we note that it is comprised of two distinct sound features, "th" as a compound sound (comprising two letters with their own unique sound set), and the vowel ending of "e". Breaking it down constructively, you need to keep to the compound sounds as a single number unit, forming a word or mathematical formula of (TH)(E). How it is added, multiplied, and so forth, is the intuitive logic of the theology.
In this case, we use the Isisian Codes to reveal that:
T = 4 = 10
H = 8 = 36
E = 5
The formula, therefore, is (T*H)+E = (10*36)+5 = 365 = SUN.
The word THE, as it should be expected, is simply a cipher for "the SUN", having as its core Gematria the value of 365. Note that this "theology", or "belief" as you may have it, does not follow precisely the rules taught in a profane way regarding letters and numbers and values and esoteric constructions.
There is a simple genius to the Construction, a result that provides its own self evident truths. The Philosophy is as simple as "counting on the fingers of one's hands. 1+2+3+4+5+6+7 and so forth, on up to 36. Crowley has taken the summation assumptions to absurd lengths, for instance, but for all practical intents, the system is set against the 6, 66, and the 666.
In the case of the INFANT, we too can reduce this to a series of Letters, Numbers, and Sounds.
The word "IN" is a preposition. Prepositions often say precisely what they mean, meaning that they are "pre-positioned" into the larger Philosophy known as "the Construct". Hence an INTERPRETER could be seen as an INTER PRE T (ER), the root of the word being the Letter T, which would then contain the vast bulk of the esoteric construction to the word.
The Letter F is as its says, the "6", which then becomes the Dreidle or the Cherub or the Hexagon, which is the Cube. Another way to show this aspect of the Philosophy (theology) is in the word "VISITOR". Your time here on Earth is transient, meaning that you come, but you will go. You are a VISITOR.
VI = 6
SITOR = Sitter; or a "6 sitter"
ANT is often a suffix to imply a "person", for reasons which a comprehensive understanding of English Qaballa well expresses.
An IN-F-ANT and a VI-SITOR really are expressing very comparable realities to the design of the Construct as "existence" is often reduced to that of a CUBE within the larger Philosophy.
Where all of these things hold true, what does not hold true is a reliance on the 22 Letters of the Hebrew caste against a 10 set cipher system known as "sepherahs". The 22 Letter Hebrew System is an adjunct to the 26 Letter System of English. Basic research into Continental Masonry would show that they were wholly relying on a 26 digit system (and for clear and obvious reasons to anyone who tries to decipher the meaning of these things). The whole of the system works when the disparate systems are integrated into a larger and composite whole.
You cannot, for instance, make the system work without a comprehensive knowledge of the Roman Numbering System. To assume you can is to assume in error.
The System is based on Pi. The word ILLUMINATUS is comprised of a massive set of Roman Numerals.
I = 1
LL = 50+50 = 100
MI = 1001
1+100+1001 = 11.001001 = Binary Pi
Do you really think this is a coincidence? Do you really think that the U of ILL(U)MINATUS, when removed and divided by itself as ILLMI_NAT(U/U)S to reveal NATAS = SATAN is a coincidence?
Or is it evidence of a higher intelligence working and constructing its Philosophy and Theology into the language, both to conceal and to reveal?
Qaballa, in all its varies spellings, is first and foremost a study of the Letters. The Letters are a manifestation of the "spoken word", the Word being Pi, and the Alphabet is a hyper-dimensional representation of Pi as a representation of "the Word". There is too much to tell in a format as a blog, but to those who read to gain insights and knowledge, I trust this piece will provide a new perspective on this most critical of Occult sciences.