Math and Philosophy in Antiquity- Higher Number Squares

Math and Philosophy in Antiquity- Higher Number Squares.  (Before beginning I should mention to please check out the wonderful products on They cover poetry, piano solos, musical theater, concert band, chamber music, and musical therapy. Over the months, these products are going to multiply!). Now,there were 7 number squares and 7 planets. One for each. Saturn is 3 x 3. Jupiter is 4 x 4. Mars is 5 x 5. The Sun is 6 x 6. Venus is 7 x 7. Mercury is 8 x 8. Finally the Moon is 9 x 9. Associations are what things have in common. That is the crux of ancient philosophy. Now for the big surprise!

Solar System, Planets, Space, Mercury, Venus, Earth
Our planets of the solar system set side by side. Each one had its own number square. These mathematical squares called on ancient associations of its particular planet.

In the Garden of Eden we have a Tree of Life. It also uses math. Number squares in antiquity do not stop at 9 x 9. The Tree of Life uses the next 10. Let’s look at the next ten number squares: 10 x 10 to 20 x 20

The tree of life uses a higher musical octave of number squares. Keter is 10 x 10. Chokhmah is 11 x 11. Binah is 12 x 12. Chesed is 13 x 13. Gevurah is 14 x 14.  15 x 15 is not used.  Fifteen is the characteristic number of the most basic 3 x 3 number square. It is the center or the source. It also hides several hidden number codes. These hidden codes on the 3 x 3 square were revealed to me by the Oquaga Spirit (see poetry book on DSOworks,com). Continuing, Tifereth is 16 x 16. Netzach is 17 x 17. Hod is 18 x 18. Yesod is 19 x 19. Malkhut is 20 x 20. My source for the higher octave is Aryeh Kaplan in Meditation and the Kabbalah.

As the basic seven squares called the basic 7 planets; qualities on the Tree of Life could be called upon by the next octave. Judaism confirms and affirms love, compassion and kindness by calling on the pillar of mercy to the right. That is, emanations 2,4 and 7. Calling on power, discrimination and self-glorification on the left leads to trouble. The world was destroyed once before because of this. Nothing gave, so everything shattered.

How Does Judaism, Through Math, Call on Love. Compassion and Kindness?

Judaism calls on these qualites through the first 12 Hebrew words of the most sacred and key prayer: The Shema Yisroel.

שְׁמַע | יִשְׂרָאֵל, יְיָ | אֱלֹהֵינוּ, יְיָ | אֶחָֽד:

Shema Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Echad.

Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One. Blessed be his glorious kingdom forever and forever.

בָּרוּךְ שֵׁם כְּבוֹד מַלְכוּתוֹ לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד.

Here is the connection through math. Those who have been reading the blogs on already know how ancients had the same symbol for both  numbers and words. The formula for figuring out the sum any row of numbers on a number square (Aryeh Kaplan) is  the sum of the numbers in any row, cubed + plus the total number of numbers in that row, then divided by two.

  • Thus, the characteristic number  of Chesed-Love is 13 x 13 x 13+ 13/ 2 = 1105. The first 6 words of the Shema total 1106, as spelled above. One was allowed for the presence of the Blessed Name.
  • The characteristic number of Netzach-Victory is 2465.  As 17 x 17 x 17 + 17/ 2 = is 2465.The total of the above opening 12 key words of the Shema is 2464. Again one is allowed, by tradition of colel,  for the presence of the Blessed Name.

Conclusion: By calling on the positive and wonderful qualities of the right pillar of the Tree (love compassion and kindness) we have a formula for survival.  We must not once again “shatter the vessels” on the Tree of Life.



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