The Letter K
THE VIRGIN Value: 30
Of the Three homophones: the K, Q, and the hard C: The K has always been favoured by the Poets. Its very existence is at War with two other letters with which the K must Fight for survival.
In shape, the letter K denotes the Arrow hitting its target. IT is also the Goddess seated on Her Throne (seen from above), her Legs or Arms Open in Love—and so there is Success in the Operation, for in Shape it is also the God without standing with an erect Lingam. Its value is 30, that of the hard C, which is the C materialized (30 = 3 × 10 = C × 10, 10 being Malkuth), that is the Yoni fulfilled. It’s glyph in numeral, again denotes this process: 30 or 3 0 is the C (3) materializing (0 - the Egg of the Universe). Note the progressive materialization of the same Element: from C, to hard C, to K, to Q: the Sky, (the Sea), the Womb, the Yoni, the Lingam, the Spermatazoon.
|The Virgin, The Mother
|The Lamp & Wand, the Bread
|Isis, Heru-pa-Kraath, Ceres, Adonis
K, Q and hard C, are homophones, and are once more male and female perspectives of the One idea which is summarized in 30.
The complexity of C, which is phonetically sometimes a K, sometimes an S, has meant that newly created or adopted words with a hard C sound in the English Language are increasingly spelt with a K as the choice of preference. This is done in order to avoid confusion11 and suggests that the K is Rising and will eventually gain ascendency over the C.
There is some Confusion in the History of this Letter as regards the Mystical Tradition.12 The letter K has traditionally been the glyph for the Hand perhaps indicating onanism and its necessary relation to a virginal status in a sexually mature being. The Hand, a symbol of man’s will and his sovereignty over the Animal, is also the main instrument of auto-eroticism.13
As a rule, this letter is taken to be 30 by the key. This is problematic in certain instances where it is silent as in the words Knowledge and Unknown. We leave this to the discretion of the Qabalist. The Author has preferred to take the following line of reasoning: that if it is present in the word, it is significant and will continue to be so, until that day it disappears.
11 In fact, the Caesars in Rome were not pronounced “the Seezers” but the Keezers. Had the English adopted the K, they would have avoided this error as they did in their equivalent title ‘Kaiser’. We see that the Russian with czar, have got but half way. Note that Kaiser and Czar share the same etymological root to Caesar.
12 History can be of assistance here, for the development of the Alphabets is traceable. Its origins were in Egypt. The Semitics adopted it, and developed upon it. From the Semitics it found its way to the Pheonicians, who gave it to the Greeks and to the Hebrew of the Jews. From the Greek, it found its way eventually to Latin which is the script of the English Language.
13 This may denote humanity’s material emancipation from the sexual drive, for he or she now has an immediate means of satisfying the compulsion without the requirement of a mate and all the social dynamics, preparations and responsibilities such a prospect invokes. We know that the original Egyptian glyph for the Hand stood for the first letter of the Egyptian word for Hand (dirite) which corresponds to the modern letter D, and was identical to it in Sound. However, the Phoenician word for hand began with the voiceless velar plosive, which is the sound of the modern K. When they adopted the hand glyph (in shape it resembled an upright hand) they adjusted their system to compensate. In this way, the Hand glyph became associated with the K. This development was already in place by the time the Hebrews took the Phoenician alphabet to devise their own. When arriving at the 11th position, they adopted kaph, which is the word for the Palm of a hand and begins with a K. This transition from Hand to Palm and finally to Virgin corresponds to revelatory stages of our comprehension of this glyph. A further hint may be taken from the Egyptian papyri, primarily the creation myths: I gathered together my members, and afterwards had union with my hand, and my heart came unto me from out of my hand, and the seed fell into my mouth, and I emitted from myself the gods Shu and Tefnut (The Book of Overthrowing Apep, British Museum).By this act, Kephra creates Shu and Tefnut. Note also that this operation is said to have taken place at Heliopolis, or ON to the Egyptians. (See The Letter N).