Good: God’s Word That Describes Creation. Why would our Creator look at the various days of His Creation and call them good? He uses the words: “God saw that it was good.” That describes most of the days of His Creation in Genesis 1:1. If our Creator only ranks his work with this adjective; how can anything that us mortals do rank as “excellent”? The answer calls for a quick lesson in Hebrew.
Letters and numbers shared the same symbol. Therefore, every letter, word, phrase or sentence had a numerical value.
In Genesis most days of Creation are described by our Creator with the word: טוב, “Tov”-good.
Hebrew is read right to left. The 1st letter, “Tes”, is also 9. The second letter “Vav” is 6; the third letter “Veis” is also 2. Thus, 9 + 6 + 2 = 17.
Exploring the Source of Good
So, what’s so special about 17. Why even consider it? It is the characteristic number of the traditional arrangement below of this 4 x 4 number square. Any two opposite numbers on this square total 17. Example 16 + 1 =17. 10 + 7 = 17. 9 + 8 = 17 etc. Number squares played a prominent role in antiquity. The works of John Michell gives one an excellent introduction to many of the ancient uses of number squares. His New View Over Atlantis is one of my favorites.
“But”, you say,”that’s nice. But, it doesn’t explain how our Creator uses this particular number square!” Here’s the answer. Look up the terms phi and Fibonacci series. I also blog about these. Life, and yes, some authors claim that even the stock market, develop by the following series of numbers, The sequence is 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55,89…Each number is the sum of the preceding two. Now take a closer look at the picture of our 4 x 4 number square directly above. 16 + 5 = 21 (Fibonacci), 3 + 10 = 13 (Fibonacci);9 + 4 = 13 (Fibonacci); 6 + 15 = 21 (Fibonacci). With the core or central four numbers; 10 + 11 + 6 + 7 = 34 (Fibonacci).
Why Our Music is Good
Review my blogs. A lot of our music is set up by this 4 x 4 number square, The double phrase has a period of 8 bars of music each. Each phrase is set up by four bars of music. The standard double period, used even in most of our popular music is 16 bars. Thus, 4 x 4 = 16. Thus, Creation and music may both be best described by the featured word- Good.
Secrets of Genesis: Genesis uses the 1st two number squares; being 3 x 3 and 4 x 4. The number squares are pictured below as a point of reference. They have been extensively described by author John Michell whose books have been my constant companions for decades. Whereas our civilization tends to look for differences, older civilizations stressed similarities. In a nutshell, looking only at differences leads to war while looking for similarities leads to peace. These two opposite tendencies label the two pillars on the Hebraic Tree of Life.
In ancient times the 3 x 3 number square was assigned to a planet, Saturn. The square represented limits, boundaries and the law. The 4 x 4 number square was assigned to Jupiter and represented expansion, business growth and success. In my blogs I have already discussed the Greek word, gematria. It is the use of the same symbol to represent both a letter and a number. Letters and numbers in Middle Eastern languages enjoyed a grand unity so that every letter, word or even phrase had an assigned numerical value.
In Genesis, as God created the Earth, the Torah states about His creation, “and God saw that it was good.” “Good” has a Hebraic gematria of 17 (pronounced “Tov”). On the 4 x 4 number square associated with Jupiter and creation and expansion pictured below, any two opposite numbers total 17: as 4 and 13; or 7 and 10; or 8 and 9 etc. When creation was finished God said it was “very good.”. In Hebrew this is pronounced Tov meh-ode. The word Meh-ode ( very) has a gematria of 45, which totals the numbers from 1 to 9 on the 3 x 3 number square of Saturn. To invoke the sum total of the numbers on the smallest number square, of the limiting planet of Saturn, says work is done, enough is enough. It’s time to rest.
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From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository The number square of Jupiter and success in action
Where did the measure of 2.72 foot megalithic yard, re-discovered by Professor Alexander Thom of Oxford University in the 1960’s, really come from? Thousands of years ago, Plato called 272 the number of harmony. John Michell writes about the subject in his City of Revelation. Thom found this unit at at 600 sites located in England, Scotland, Wales and Brittany. In the 1900’s, Jay Hambridge discovered that the megalithic yard was an extension of the Egyptian remen: The 1.2165 foot remen x square root of 5 = 2.72 feet. Hambridge uncovered the source of numerous ancient measurements by multiplying the Egyptian remen by the square roots of 2,3, 4,5 etc.
MUSIC AND MEASURE
I discovered that many older measurements, including those that Hambridge uncovered are found in the 3 X 3 square pictured above. It was the cornerstone of ancient builders. In my blog on Genesis tunes to A-440, I talk about the hidden number codes. Please follow the numbers on the tick-tack-toe board above: By single digits the perimeter totals 40 as: 4 + 9 + 2 +7 + 6+1 + 8+ 3 = 40. But overlapping double digits, the total becomes 440 as: 49 + 92 + 27 + 76 + 61 + 18 + 83 + 34 = 440 (we still tune to A-440). Overlapping the digits, three at the time, corner to corner, we have 2220 as: 492 + 276 + 618 + 834 = 2220. The formula for deriving the megalithic yard from this number square is: P1 (40) + P2(440) + P3 (2220)/(divided by) P3(2220) times the square root of the central number,5.
THE 3 MATHEMATICAL GEMS ARE HERE
The 3 X 3 magic square can have some different number arrangements, as books on number squares illustrate. John Michell, states that the above diagram is the traditional way it is viewed, Now why is the traditional solution important? Because, other key megalithic measures and mathematical amazements are found when looking at the bottom row horizontally: As the numbers across the bottom are 816 or in reverse 618 we find: (1) One megalithic rod = 81.6 inches (2) One megalithic inch = 0.816 inches. When these three figures are reversed as 618, magically, the Golden Section appears. Ancient sites around the globe used the 1 to 1.618 ratio for construction. After they were constructed by the Golden Section, they were measured by megalithic units. This will be the subject of future blogs. Jericho was such a site. .618 is diminutive expression of the Golden section: 1/1.618…= o.618… Finally the megalithic yard as 2.72 references another mathematical gem: the exponential factor of growth: 2.72 is a close approximation that expresses the limits by which systems can grow. I will save the appearance of pi for another blog. Thank you for your patience.