A return to mysticism: C and the tetragrammaton

My siblings and I were properly raised to be readers by my father, but I was the most receptive among us. In one of our chats regarding religion, my dad mentioned that the ancient Jews noted of God in the bible as a tetragrammaton. A tetragrammaton is a four-letter word that represents God. To present God’s inscrutability, the tetragrammaton is utterly unreadable and is composed of only consonants. It needed the ‘tongues of wisdom’ for people to pronounce the word, and modern readings of Yahweh are mere approximations of it, but it’s really spelled as YHVH.

In Qabalistic philosophy, the tetragrammaton is just as important as the Tree of Life represented by the ten sephira, as mentioned in this previous post. Undoubtedly, both are important in the understanding of the (Judaic) God and his ways, as I will elaborate later. How is this tied into the symbolism of C?

The Midas Card was introduced to us during the first episode of the series, and its potency knows no boundaries. It could summon assets, sell stock, and generate money with successful deals. It had an iconic symbol at its center (presumed to be from the tarot, as I’ve surmised here), but aside from its devilish number is accompanied by a four-letter ticker symbol at the bottom right side of the card. Look at the posted pictures. Are the ticker symbols readable?

How does one read QFWK?

While this may bear no significance to the progression of the story, I find the consistency of symbolism with regard to the Financial District laudable.

The central symbols in the card represent or reflect a tarot symbol. The tarot, in turn, is connected to the tree of life and the sephira as they serve as the connections among the emanations, as can be seen here. The Qabalah is a way of interpreting a connection between God and His creation, or his universe, and one of its primary illustrations are the Sephira.

The proximity between the tarot symbols and the tetragrammaton-like ticker symbols again seem to be coincidental. However, it has been noted that the tetragrammaton is the other ‘numerical’ illustration of the Qabalah. Just as the Tree of Life is linked by the tarot and branches out into ten emanations, so does the tetragrammaton represent the unrepresentable in four letters. Both are important entities in the qabalah as one relates to the connections between God and his creation, whereas the other presents God in all his inscrutability and complexity.

Masyu, for example, is MSYU. Mashu is just an approximation, as the tetragrammaton is to God: the tarot, the sephira, and the tetragrammaton are all closely connected with life, and I think it’s all but apt because the Midas Cards are the lifeblood of the people in the Financial District. Bankruptcy, after all, is signified by the card’s breakage.

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3 Responses to “A return to mysticism: C and the tetragrammaton”

  1. Angelus Says:

    I don’t think you have it quite right about the tetragrammaton. As I understood it, it has no vowels simply because traditional Hebrew lacks letter forms for vowels – the entire Jewish scripture was written purely in consonants, not just the name of God.

  2. Michael Says:

    Angelus:

    Ugh! You’re probably right. Thanks~!

  3. Akito Says:

    I agree with the idea that the letters at the bottom of the card are the trade symbols of companies being traded at the stock market, like Google (GOOG). It does make sense if you see Deals as the clash of two companies or “assets” fighting to get gain from a certain area of the market. For example, Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple (AAPL) fighting to see who sells more computers. If Microsoft wins by a very large margin, Apple will go bankrupt and the effects on the real world would be terrible (people loosing their jobs, etc…). So to mantain the stability of the economy, they must try to win by a tinier margin.

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