Bethsheba Ashe
Biblical Gematria was a system of formal mathematics.

We need to be smarter, and this is one way…

Welcome to my blog about gematria, the merkabah and the birth of the alephbet.  Today, I’d like to show you a new writing script that I have based on the wheel of the merkabah.  But first, some gematria…

בְּרֵאשִׁ֖ית בָּרָ֣א אֱלֹהִ֑ים אֵ֥ת הַשָּׁמַ֖יִם וְאֵ֥ת הָאָֽרֶץ = 919
“In the beginning created Elohim the Heavens and the Earth” ~ Genesis 1:1
עֶ֤רֶב בֹ֣קֶר צָהֳרַיִם = 919
“Evening, morning, noon”

[Right to Left] Evening, morning, noon : in the Hebrew language with the Galay writing script.

I belong to a select club of peculiar people that take a delight in engineering languages and writing scripts.  The best of our offerings are sometimes utilized by movie and tv producers looking for a new alien language or an alien script, but otherwise our languages and scripts tend to be unused by anyone but our eccentric selves and (if we’re very lucky) by our exceptionally tolerant family and friends.

Naturally, when people can write in the Latin and Hebrew alphabets, they rarely trouble themselves to learn a new writing script known only to a handful of people at best, and our select community is generally understanding about this blatant display of human conformity.  I’m the exception here.  You see, I not only expect people to learn and take up the use of my writing script, I believe it would be good for them too.  I’m not exaggerating when I say it could raise the IQ of their kids and make them better at math.  In peer reviewed studies, the IQ of logograph readers is typically 5 general points higher and 15 points of spatial IQ higher than that of alphabet readers.

(As far as I know) Galay is the first writing script in the world to be both logographic and alphabetic.  I based it entirely on the Seven Palaces, aka the Wheel of the Merkabah.  Its really easy to learn, and anyone who has memorized the letter correspondences of the Tree of Life is halfway there already.

A logographic script like Chinese, usually has several thousand words that need to be memorized before it can be used.  Galay conveys the same advantages that logographic scripts do, such as higher IQ and better graphicacy, but it also has the same advantages that alphabetic scripts do; it doesn’t require rote memorization, and there is no danger of character amnesia.

One of my current projects is building a Galay word processor so people can write and message each other with it.  Its slow going because I’m new to Adobe Flash and I only learned Python and HTML last year to make the site (a biblical gematria calculator).  And after that I face the horrors of learning HTML5… and the thought of that is enough to make me turn to the drink.  Happy Purim by the way!

Aaaaanyways, details about Galay:  letter repetition is indicated by dots or pips and its colour coded for beginners, from Red to Magenta.  The first letter is Red, the second Orange, the third Yellow, the fourth Green, the fifth Cyan, the sixth Ultramarine, the seventh Violet and the eighth Magenta.  The idea is for newbies to read deductively using the colour and alphabetic features, and memorize the words naturally as they read until they reach the point of logographic reading.  I’m deliberately avoiding setting down grammerly conventions with the script as I believe that such conventions would be better emerging from a community of Galay writers rather than be imposed by myself.

“Ground Control to Major Tom”, in English and Galay.

I’ve simply transliterated the Hebrew in order to write words in English (or indeed any language that can be written with the Latin alphabet).  Once a Galay reader has memorized a word they can switch off the colour and read the monotone version that I have dubbed ‘the shadow script‘, because that sounds sexier.

Sometimes I wonder if the inventor of the alephbet (for I favour the idea that it was probably invented by a single hebrew in 1800 bce), was trying to make a better logographic script than cuneiform when he first drew out the Seven Palaces of El/YHVH.  Today it might have been an even more interesting world if he’d never realized that he could write the letters in a line instead.  Who knows where the world would be now if people in the West were generally just a bit smarter?  Sometimes ‘just a bit’ of difference in IQ, can make an awful lot of difference to a person’s life.  And then I look to the future and see that our descendants face horrible challenges like global warming, and I think “we need to teach these kids Galay because they are going to need to be smarter than us.”


Stay tuned for more numerical honey…

About the Author
Bethsheba Ashe is a fifty two year old tea-drinking cryptographer who broke the gematria ciphers to the Bible and the Book of the Law. She is the author of two books on Biblical Hermeneutics; "Behold: The Art and Practice of Gematria" and "Chariot: An Essay on Bereshit and the Merkabah." She is the creator of the popular ‘Shematria’ online calculator, and inventor of the Galay writing script. Currently she lives in Pennsylvania and is creating an open-world VR Island adventure game with her boyfriend, two cats and a cockatoo, but she says she owes all her success to Tetley.
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