English Qabbala

The utter howling chaos that has been qabbalization of the English language is truly a thing of wonder. It’s not as if sound foundations are especially difficult to establish. The entire phenomenon demands to be considered as a kind of comically lurid camouflage.

Trawling the Net, it’s peculiarly hard to find anything acute on the subject of John Nash’s ‘numerology’ — which was at least as firmly grounded as anything in the hermetic traditions (though still lost). I’ve abandoned the search for anything worth linking, in disgust.

In fact, Nash’s system, which treated words as modulus-26 numbers, and those of the hermeticists (which either slavishly model English Qabbala on Greek and Hebrew alphabetic numerals, or construct highly arbitrary numerizations through incontinently elaborate methods) involve complementary errors. Nash assumes a level of notational efficiency that is appropriate for arithmetical, but not qabbalistic functions, while the hermetics assume a level of esoteric obscurity that is beyond all historical precedent — derived from a profound abuse of tradition. Qabbalistic method is simple, mechanical, and intuitively plausible, however improbable — or even ‘schizophrenic’ — its epistemological object.

English Qabbala is Alphanomics. The rest is ruined Babel-towers of lunacy.

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