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In fact, entire phrases, sentences, and paragraphs can be translated into numbers. , built the wall of Khorsabad exactly 16,283 cubits long because that was the numerical value of his name. 7 Those who used gematria generally believed that God gave humans the Hebrew and Greek languages with this double use, and then wrote the scriptures in such a way that the number values of words would have meaning in addition to the obvious meaning of the words. Hence, under this belief, God inserted secret meaning into the Bible which can only be discovered through gematria.

One legend says that the first magic square appeared on the back of a tortoise which was discovered by the Chinese Emperor Yu (ca. 6 NUMBERS AND THE OCCULT 43 8 1 6 3 5 7 4 9 2 FIGURE 10. A 3 x 3 magic square. All the rows and columns, as well as the two diagonals, add to the same number, 15. According to Kabbalah teachings, a specific magic square, called a kameas, was associated with each of the following planets: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, and Mercury, in addition to both the sun and the moon.

Lo When knowledge meant power, it had to be jealously guarded. Even today some believe in the ancient Pythagorean notion that numbers control and influence all things. We see this in both numerology, the occult practice of decoding names and birthdays into numbers, and gematria, decoding religious scriptures into numbers. But just what were these discoveries of the Pythagoreans and the other ancient Greeks that led them to the belief in the power of numbers? Civilizations had been using basic arithmetic for centuries before the Greeks, for the Greek merchants possessed a good understanding of the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.