Chapter 3 of The Cipher of Genesis, by Carlo Suares, Weiser, 1970
The present writer, being obliged to use our language in order to make himself understood, cannot offer the reader the
truth of Genesis, but only images of that truth. Our language is of sensous origin. By its use, we can only understand
by means of imagery. Nevertheless we shall do our best not to stray into illusory beliefs and dreams of the supernatural.
Let us now concern ourself with the individual Hebrew letter-numbers according to the code.
The first nine letters are the archetypes of numbers from 1 to 9.
Aleph, no. 1, is the unthinkable life-death, abstract principle of all that is and all that is not.
Bayt (or Vayt), no. 2, is the archetype of all "dwellings", of all containers: the physical support without which nothing is.
Ghimel, no. 3, is the organic movement of every Bayt animated by Aleph.
Dallet, no. 4, is physical existence, as response to life, of all that, in nature, is organically active with Ghimel.
Where the structure is inorganic Dallet is its own resistance to destruction.
Hay, no. 5, is the archetype of iniversal life. When it is conferred upon Dallet, it allows it to play the game of existence,
in partnership with the intermittent life-death process.
Vav (or Waw), no. 6 expresses the fertilizing agent, that which impregnates. It is the direct result of Hay upon Dallet.
Zayn, no. 7, is the achievement of every vital impregnation:
this number opens the field of every possible possbility.
Hayt, no. 8, is the sphere of storage of all undifferentiated energy, or unstructured substance. It expresses the most
un-evolved state of energy, as opposed to its achived freedom in Zayn.
Tayt, no. 9, as archeytpe of the primeval female energy, draws its life from Hayt and builds it gradually into structures.
Such is the fundamental equations set and developed in Genesis.
The following nine letters, from Yod no. 10 to Tsadde no. 90, describe the process of the nine archetypes in their factual,
conditioned existence: their projections in manifestation are always multiples of 10.
The nine multiples of 100 express the exalted archetypes in their cosmic states.
The number 1000, is written with an enlarged Aleph (Aleph, in Hebrew actually means a thousand), but is seldom used.
It expresses a supreme power, a tremendous cosmic energy, all-pervading, timeless, unthinkable.
The study of those multiples by 10 and by 100 is therefore the study of the very archetypes in their various spheres
of emanation. The student will find it useful to examine them, so to say, vertically,: 1.10.100-2.20.200... and so on.
The choice for Kaf (20) for 500, of Mem (40) for 600, and of Noun (50) for 700 in finals of schemata means that
those numbers acquire such cosmic values when they unfold in human beings. Thus: Adam is 1.4.40 when immature and
achieves 1.4.600 when attaining his full maturity.
Here is a brief general view of the relationship between the archetypes and their multiples:
Aleph-Yod-Qof (1.10.100): Whereas Aleph (1) is the beat, or pulsation of life-death-life-death, Yod (10)
is its projection in temporal continuity. So Yod (in Hebrew: the hand), is the opposite of Aleph, its partner
playing against it the game without which nothing would be. The Qof (100) is the most difficult symbol to
understand. It includes Aleph exalted in its principle yet acting through its projection, against itself, and
thereby being cosmically deathless. It is best seen in Qaheen (Cain) that mythical destroyer of illusions.
Bayt-Kaf-Raysh (2.20.200): Whereas Bayt (2), the archetype of all containers, has its roots in the cosmic resistance to life,
Kaf (20) -- in Hebrew, the hollow of the hand -- is ready to receive all that comes and Raysh (200), the cosmic container
of all existence, has its roots in the intense organic movement of the universe.
Ghimel-Lammed-Sheen (3.30.300): these three letter-numbers express a movement in progressive enlargement, from the
uncontrolled functional action of Ghimel (2), through the controlled connecting agent Lammed (30), going as far as
the universal Sheen (300), mythically considered to be the "spirit", of "breath" of God.
Dallet-Mem-Tav (4.40.400): the physical resistance of structures, Dallet (4) finds its purveyor in the maternal waters,
Mem (40), where all life originates. Tav (400) is the exaltation of the entire cosmic existence in its utmost capacity
to resist to life-death. The root Dallet-Mem (Dam) is "blood" in Hebrew and the root Mem-Tav (Met) is "death." Thus
the two together express the complete cycle of existence.
Hay-Noun-Kaf in finals (5.50.500): the universal life, Hay (5) is condensed in individual existences as Noun (50)
and is exalted cosmically as Kaf (500) in terminals.
Waw-Sammekh-Mem in finals (6.60.600): Waw (6) is the male agent of fertility, Sammekh (60) is the female. Mem
when in terminals (600) is the cosmic achievement of fruitfulness both in the intelligent or immaterial part of man and
in the flesh. In Hebrew, Waw maintains its character grammatically as copulative or connecting agent.
Zayn-Ayn-Noun in finals (7.70.700): Zayn (7) as an opening towards all possible possibilities has its source and its
vision in Ayn (70), which is the word for "eye" in Hebrew. Its is exalted in Noun (700): this number expresses the
very principle contended for in the interplay of energies thoughout the universe: the principle of indetermination
in which life itself is at stake. Here we find Cain again.
Hhayt-Pay-Phay in finals (8.80.800): in every sphere of the emanation, from the densest to the most rarefied essence,
these numbers stand for the primordial substance, the unfathomed reserve of undifferentiated, unstructured energy.
Tayt-Tsadde-Tsadde in finals (9.90.900): these ideograms express a progression ascending from the simplest and most
primative cell (or female structural energy) up to the transfigured symbols of womanhood, social and mythical.
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