I’ve mentioned Simple English Gematria (S:E:G:) in a few posts before but never really discussed the system in any detail, mostly because the main idea is so simple (hence the name) that the briefest of parenthetical explanations is sufficient. Here’s how it works:
- Let A = 1, B = 2, C = 3, and so on, down to Z = 26.
- Find the value of any word or phrase by adding up all the letters.
- Go to town with the amazing coincidences that emerge.
That’s it. A cursory search of the Web will show you that there are many, many other systems of English gematria out there, but this one has the advantage implied in its name. The more arbitrary the system, the less impressive the results. (If A=100, B=101, etc., then “Hitler” adds up to 666! Yes, but who says A should be 100?) In the absence of any established system analogous to Greek or Hebrew numerals, the least arbitrary option for an English gematria is to number the letters in order.
I didn’t invent S:E:G: — I’m sure countless people have come up with it independently — but I did give it a name, a perfect name, which I hope will become standard. At first I called it English Ordinal Gematria, after the “ordinal gematria” (mispar siduri) tradition in Hebrew, which also numbers the letters in order instead of using their numeral values. But there was something frustratingly not-quite-right about that name. One of the first things the student of S:E:G: will discover is that the words English and gematria have the same value, 74. But the word ordinal? 73! I looked around for another name that would be a perfect match, which I finally found with the help of an article by Bob “Ouzo” Evenson which termed the system “English gematria simplex.” Lose the “x” and — bingo!
- Simple = 74
- English = 74
- Gematria = 74
- Simple English Gematria = 222
Not only does each word have the same value, but the sum is a significant-looking number, obviously of the same family as 666. So it’s settled: Simple English Gematria is the name for this system.
So that’s where the name comes from, but why is it abbreviated S:E:G:, with the colons and everything? Well, when I first got into this stuff I was a little self-conscious about it and felt the need to preempt ridicule by conspicuously poking fun at gematria and the occult in general (and believe me, there is much to poke fun at!). One of these protective jokes was to use the abbreviation E.’.O.’.G.’. (this was back when it was still called “ordinal”) and to refer to the triple dots as “magickal puncktuation” — all intended as a parody of Aleister Crowley. Later, after I’d switched to the name S.’.E.’.G.’., it occurred to me to check the gematria value of the joke phrase, and I was amazed.
- magickal puncktuation = 222
The same value as the name “Simple English Gematria”! So the magickal puncktuation is no longer just a joke; it’s required. I switched from the Crowleyan three-dot puncktuation to the current colon variety because, aside from the fact that it’s more convenient to type, three pairs of dots is yet another reference to the number 222.
The most basic number in S:E:G: is 26. Not only is this the number of letters in the alphabet, but it also happens to be the value in Hebrew gematria of the Tetragrammaton, the four-letter name of God (יהוה, usually rendered Jehovah or Yahweh in English). S:E:G: equates God with the alphabet:
- God = 26
- a-bee-cee = 26
Confirming the connection between the 26-letter alphabet and the four-letter name of God, S:E:G: equates counting to 26 with counting to four:
- i ii iii iv v vi vii viii ix x xi xii xiii xiv xv xvi xvii xviii xix xx xxi xxii xxiii xxiv xxv xxvi = 1234
S:E:G: identifies the number 159 with 26:
- twenty-six = 159
- twice thirteen = 159
This number also encodes the mystery of the Trinity — that “the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God; and yet they are not three Gods, but one God” — or, written as an equation, “God + God + God = God.”
- God = 26
- God + God + God = 78
- twenty-six = seventy-eight = 159
Also adding up to 159 are many other references to God’s name, the alphabet, and the S:E:G: system itself:
- four letters = 159
- atoms of Yahweh = 159
- God’s sublime name = 159
- Jesus H. Christ = 159
- alphabetization = 159
- the Roman alphabet = 159
- holy letters = 159
- inspired alphabet = 159
- the words of God = 159
- language of Adam and Eve = 159
- cryptographic = 159
- A means 1 and Z means 26 = 159
By combining two 159-phrases and adding the word “the,” we can derive another important number: 351.
- twenty-six = 159
- holy letters = 159
- the twenty-six holy letters = 351
The number 351 is the 26th triangular number — that is, the sum of every integer from 1 to 26 — and is therefore the total value of the alphabet.
- A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z = 351
- Alphabet has twenty-six letters. = 351
- twenty-six, number of the alphabet = 351
- the terms of Simple English Gematria = 351
- the interpretation of God’s language = 351
Another important number is 74. G=7 and D=4 — so, while 26 is the value of “God,” 74 suggests “G-d,” the respectful spelling used by some Jews. Several God-related words and phrases add up to 74:
- Great I Am = 74
- heavens = 74
- chariot = 74
- clouds = 74
- elevated = 74
- greater = 74
- wiser = 74
- parent = 74
- ruler = 74
- the king = 74
- theism = 74
- It’s God! = 74
Besides being a secondary number of God, 74 is S:E:G:’s number for Jesus. At least four different forms of Jesus’ name add up to 74 in S:E:G:. The Jesus of the New Testament and the Joshua of the Old are actually two versions of the same Hebrew name, which can be written in English as Y’shua. This name is also sometimes written as the Pentagrammaton (יהשוה, the Tetragrammaton plus the letter shin), which can be transliterated as IHShVH (this is the spelling favored by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn). All have the same value in S:E:G:, as does Lord Buckley’s name for Jesus of Nazareth.
- Jesus = 74
- Joshua = 74
- Y’shua = 74
- IHShVH = 74
- The Naz = 74
In Greek gematria, Ίησους = 888, which is a multiple of 74 (74 × 12 = 888).
Many other Jesus-related words and phrases have the same value:
- Jewish = 74
- Messiah = 74
- Son + God = 74
- God and a man = 74
- preacher = 74
- parables = 74
- donkey = burro = 74 (he rode into Jerusalem on one)
- bitter = 74 (the bitter cup)
- obedient = 74
- killing = 74
- cross = 74
- forgave = 74
- finished = 74 (last words)
The story of Jesus is recorded in four books of the Bible, each of which is called “The Gospel according to St.” so-and-so.
- Gospel = 74
- according = 74
- to St. = 74
But Jesus is not the only Bible character whose number is 74. Although 74 × 12 = 888, the number of Jesus in Greek gematria, 74 × 9 = 666, the number of the beast!
- DCLXVI = 74 (666 in Roman numerals)
- Lucifer = 74
- abominable = 74
- accursed = 74
- evil god = 74
- fiendish = 74
- horns = 74
- old goat = 74
- tempt = 74
Because 74 is the number of God and Christ as well as of the devil and the antichrist, there is more than one way to interpret the following equivalences.
- tarot = 74
- occult = 74
- Muhammad = 74
Are tarot cards and other occult traditions good or evil? Was Muhammad a true prophet or a false one? S:E:G: fits with either interpretation.
It’s also worth drawing attention to the fact that “tarot” = “cross” = 74 — a nod to Whitley Strieber’s system of tarot symbolism as detailed in his book The Path. He claims that his system, which involves laying out 26 tarot cards (the 22 trumps, plus the 4 aces to represent the 4 suits) in a cross-shaped pattern, was revealed to him by a mysterious character whom he calls the Master of the Key.
- the key = 74
Even the fact that Strieber uses 26 cards to represent the full 78-card deck is reinforced by S:E:G:, in which, as you will recall, “twenty-six” = “seventy-eight.” Strieber’s putting an entire suit on the same footing as a single trump card is also instructive. If each of the 26 cards in the cross were expanded into a full 14-card suit — creating such cards as the Ace of Chariots, the Seven of Fools, and the Knight of Temperance — there would be 364 cards in all. That’s the 12th tetrahedral number, just as 78 is the 12th triangular.
- the majestic twenty-six-suit deck = 364
- fourteen layers of twenty-six = 364
But getting back to 74, it is, as mentioned above, the value of each of the three words in the name “Simple English Gematria,” the total value being 222.
- Simple English Gematria = 222
- English-based isopsephia = 222 (Greek term for gematria)
- letters as numerals = 222
- to count from A to Z = 222
- alphabetic numerology = 222
- alphanumeric system = 222
- the secret of the alphabet = 222
- It is hidden in the alphabet. = 222
- written patterns = 222
- impossible coincidences = 222
- numerous parallels = 222
- God’s sacred handwriting = 222
- The Word was with God. = 222
- the language of the soul = 222
The number 222 is, visually, a series of three twos.
- It’s two-two-two. = 222
- the great triple-two = 222
- a two twixt twain = 222
- the second figure thrice = 222
- a numeral thrice repeated = 222
Finally, 222 refers back to the divine 26, being the way one writes twenty-six in the trinary (base-three) numeral system — the system which would naturally be favored by a three-person’d God.
- God writ trinarily = 222
I guess this post is about long enough now. I certainly don’t intend to list every significant coincidence I’ve found in S:E:G:, just a few of the most important numbers. I’ll close with one last note, though: Longfellow would have hated S:E:G:, which uses its “mournful numbers” (the mournful number 86, to be precise) to tell him exactly what he didn’t want to hear.
Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!…
Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal…
(Psalm of Life)
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, Harry, but:
- the grave = 86
- life’s goal = 86