Translating Geometry to Words and Numbers. My advance scout for a number of my blogs about antiquity has been the Reverend John Michell. I was introduced to his writings in 1970. It was The View Over Atlantis. The key is a subject that few have even heard of: “Gematria.” Hear is Wikipedia’s take on the subject. It offers some background for this blog.
Gematria /ɡəˈmeɪtriə/ (Hebrew: גמטריא גימטריא, plural גמטראות or גמטריאות, gematriot) originated as an Assyro-Babylonian-Greek system of alphanumeric code or cipher. Later adopted into Jewish culture. It assigns numerical value to a word. Names or phrases with identical numerical values bear some relation to the number. This may apply to Nature, a person’s age, or even the calendar year.
An example of Hebrew gematria is the word chai (life). It has two letters. They add up to 18. This has made 18 a “lucky number” among the Jewish people. Gifts of money in multiples of 18 are traditional for this reason.
Translating Geometry of the Dodecahedron
In Hebrew gematria the noun for “Israel” translates to 541. A regular pentagon has 5 vertexes of 108° each vertex. That totals 540°. The additional “1” in Israel (541) יִשְׂרָאֵל represents the the core of Israel- One God. Here is the process:
- Each of the 12 tribes belong to Israel (541).
- They each receive their own pentagon on the dodecahedron. This figure is one of the 5 Platonic solids.
- There are the only 5 possible regular polyhedrons that can be constructed. All corners of these five must be tangent to a sphere’s surface. A sixth cannot be constructed.
Keep in mind: At one time many nations had 12 tribe cultures. Jewish tradition has kept it alive. Again, I refer to the Reverend John Michell. This time the book is the 12 Tribe Nations. Link is below. My contribution is illustrating Israel’s parallel to the dodecahedron. Also, below is my internal link of how our musical system relates to this same dodecahedron.
Twelve–Tribe Nations explores the symbolism and use of the number twelve in organizing ancient societies, connecting this sacred number with the twelve …