Associated with each Sephirah of the Tree of Life is:
1. a Godname, which functions in Atziluth, the Archetypal World, and embodies the
abstract essence of that Sephirah;
2. an Archangel, which functions in Beriah, the World of Creation;
3. an Order of Angels, which functions in Yetzirah, the Formative World, and
4. a Mundane Chakra, which exists in Assiyah, the World of Action. In an
astrological context, it is the astronomical body that has been traditionally thought to manifest
the quality of a given Sephirah.
The Hebrew name of a Sephirah manifesting in each of the four Kabbalistic Worlds is equivalent to a
number that is the sum of the number values of its letters. In one or two cases where the
number is a multiple of 10, the values have to be further contracted to these multiples. For
example, the final mem in the Godname Elohim is usually counted by Kabbalists as 40 (the number of
mem) instead of 600, so that its gematria value is 86, not 646. However, the true number
of Elohim is 50, not 86, because the number 40 should be further contracted to 4: 4 + 0 = 4.
This is a fact unrecognized by most Kabbalists because they have no independent way of confirming
whether the traditional gematria number values of Godnames, etc are actually correctly
calculated by simply adding their letter values! Sacred geometry — the domain of the
Divine Names par excellence — provides such a check. Hence, in the one or
two cases where the number listed in this table is not that given in reference works on Kabbalistic
gematria, e.g., Godwin's Cabalistic Encyclopedia, it means not that the
author has made an error of adding but that, prompted by sacred geometrical considerations, he
has taken into account the necessity of contraction, so that the true gematria number
value of a few Godnames is not merely the sum of their letter values, as these works assume. Such
considerations are not ad hoc but motivated by the fact that Godname numbers
have a simple, geometrical basis, as illustrated on pages 2534, so that consistency with this
necessitates the contraction of the value 40 of the final mem in Elohim to 4. A few
other differences in the table arise because the author follows traditional, Jewish Kabbalah,
not Hermetic societies of the West, such as the Order of the Golden Dawn, which inspired
sourcebooks like Godwin's Cabalistic Encyclopedia.
Whenever the number values of the 10 Sephiroth in the four Worlds appear in
the discussion of sacred geometries, they will be written in bold.
