In working with the tools of the Literal Qabalah some additional information might be warranted. Some English translations of many Hebrew words may not give the correct numerical value we are seeking when we need to transcribe it back into Hebrew. For example: The first sphere on the Tree of Life is named כתר, KETHER. The central character is ת, Tav, or Tau. We must be aware that Tav is one of the ‘double’ letters, that is, it has two distinct pronunciations. It has a soft sound, as with the ‘th’ in this or there, and a hard sound, as with the ‘t’ in take or tare.
So where we see some texts spell the first sphere as KETER in English, because that is the correct pronunciation when speaking the word in certain dialects, it is actually spelled with a Tav in Hebrew. Some mistake this KETER spelling and transcribe it into Hebrew as כטר, with letter ט, Teth, instead of Tav. The mistake is relevant when seeking out the correct number within any word. When spelled correctly in Hebrew KETHER as כתר sums to 620. Whereas the misspelling would sum to 229. This would bring on many erroneous conclusions when we compare the number within the word to other word-numbers of equal value. Literal Qabalists employ these number associations to uncover hidden alliances within and behind the words of sacred literature. This is one chief method whereby we may come into the Hidden Qabalah.
MALKUTH, מלכות, the tenth sphere on the Tree presents the same problem when we frequently see it spelled as MALKUT or MALCHUT in some texts. There are seven ‘double’ letters in the Hebrew alphabet. If we wish to grow proficient with the Literal Qabalah, then we ought to be aware of these seven letters and the little discrepancies that pop up when seeking the correct Hebrew spelling behind such English transliterations.
Accordingly, be aware of Hebrew letters ח, Cheth, and ה, Heh. They almost look the same and have similar pronunciations. The second sphere, חכמה, Chokmah, and the fourth sphere, חסד, Chesed, on the Tree are both spelled correctly with Cheth as the first letter. With literal pronunciations, however, they are transcribed with an ‘H,’ and spelled out in many texts as HOKMAH and HESED. This erroneously changes the gematria of both. Keep a good Hebrew/English – English/Hebrew dictionary close at hand when working. Naturally the same goes for Greek and Latin dictionaries.
Throughout this site careful deliberation has been exercised to display the correct Hebrew word, its correct number with the correct letters, and the correct transliteration of all expressions in Hebrew, Greek or Latin. The word is typed deliberately in its original language so that the reader can look up the exact word for self verification. This is the only way we can really learn Literal Qabalah. Joy of the discoveries is yours.