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Alfa Beta Shel Metatron: The Alphabet of Metatron - the celestial scribe | Gershom Scholem
Gershom Scholem, the late great scholar of Jewish Mysticism, maintained the “Alphabet of Metatron, the celestial scribe,” to be the oldest of these angelic alphabets, which he mentioned “is preserved in many manuscripts and came to the German Hasidim with the Babylonian Merkabah material.” [Scholem, G. & Werblowsky, R.J.Z.: Origins of the Kabbalah, Jewish Publication Society (Princeton University Press), Princeton 1990]
Now, whilst the “Alphabet of Metatron” is perhaps more employed for mystical/contemplative rather than magical/talismanic purposes, I believe a closer investigation of the form of its component glyphs indicates that these magical alphabets are not composed of randomly chosen signs. In fact, judging the detailed analysis of this alphabet in a commentary which Scholem thought might have “derived from the pen of Eleazar of Worms,” it appears that each glyph is loaded with meaning.
Unfortunately detailed delineations of Hebrew based magical alphabets are rare, and since we have really only one such analysis of a magical alphabet, i.e. the “Alphabet of Metatron” [Weinstock, I.: Temirin: Mekorot u-Mech’karim b’Kabbalah v’Chasidut, Mosad ha-Rav Kook, Jerusalem 1972], which was written by an anonymous author some centuries back, we are still in the dark as to the primary reasoning behind the construction of most of these magical alphabets. Notwithstanding this, we can get greater clarity from a closer perusal of the “Alpha Beta shel Metatron,” regarding which we find the following details. The information shared here does not comprise a full translation of the text in question, but merely a description of some of the relevant material:
Yep, I bought this amazing sketch from @dylanhorrocks.
Jack Kirby (Jacob Kurtzberg, USA, 1917-1994)
Comics Will Break Your Heart
Buy this sketch(SOLD)
This sketch tells the story behind the quote that opens Hicksville. It was told to me by James Romberger, an artist and cartoonist whose amazing graphic novelSeven Miles a Second (written by activist and artist David Wojnarowicz) has just been reissued by Fantagraphics.
In the 1980s, Romberger met Kirby at a convention in New York. Kirby kindly looked at Romberger’s work and then gave him a piece of advice: “Kid, you’re one of the best. But put your work in galleries. Don’t do comics. Comics will break your heart.”
Romberger followed Kirby’s advice for years, mostly exhibiting in galleries, while drawing comics for alternative and literary magazines – and occasionally for commercial publishers – on the side. When the first edition of Seven Miles a Secondwas published by Vertigo in 1996, Romberger mentioned in his artist’s bio that he’d once been told by Jack Kirby “comics will break your heart.” As soon as I read that, I knew I would have to use it in Hicksville. I’m grateful to Romberger for later sharing the full story with me and I urge you all to buy his & Wojnarowicz’sextraordinary book.
i have wondered for years the etymology of Kirby’s line here. Nice to finally know.
So Kirby Museum posted the above, and I noticed:
it’s the same desk.
from Kirby’s adaptation of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
we’re blowing up a slice of this and putting it on our dining room wall like a floor to ceiling mural.