Symbology and Names

Written language is a very recent development in the evolution of human consciousness. The earliest forms of written language were pictures directly representing things and events — known as pictographs. In some ways, pictographs are similar to the oriental form of logograms. The distinct disadvantage of these systems is the huge number of symbols which must be memorized in order to become literate. For example, one must master a minimum of 3,000 logograms to be minimally literate, and over 50,000 to be fully literate.

The Sumerians' addition of phonetic elements around 3800 B.C. was a vital and progressive step towards simplifying the complexity of written language. Three thousand years later, the Greeks added vowels to the Sumerians' symbols which gave birth to the alphabet proper. While it was considered to take 20 years to fully master the system of logograms, the addition of the vowels by the Greeks reduced the learning period to 3 years. This remarkable contribution occurred about 800 B.C.

In our familiarity with written language, we forget that each letter of an alphabet was chosen to symbolically represent and communicate a specific conscious intention. We overlook that words are a precise combination of letters each designed to symbolically communicate their own unique meaning, flavour, tone and quality of intelligence.

The fundamental point is that all words, in every language, are symbolic representations of emotions and concepts. Unfortunately, we cease to apply the same recognition to people's names.

One objective of this book is to demonstrate that your name has a symbolic meaning that can be identified by applying numbers to names. Your name embraces specific attitudes, beliefs and feelings which have a dramatic effect on your person-hood, including your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.

This book is not intended to promote that everyone rush out and change their name. Rather, the intention is to point out that each of your names has a direct and specific impact on your character and your life's experience. The topic of changing names is addressed at the end of the book in Chapters 21 & 22 for those interested.