In symbols, A, from the Greek letter alpha (NE:532), symbol "α", number value "1", isopsephy equivalent to the god Atlas (NE:532), which is the Greek rescript of the Egyptian god Shu, or "air", which is the 1st thing created by the Atum, the original god, accord in the Heliopolis creation myth, just as A is the 1st letter of the Greek alphabet (27-letters).
In 500BC, as found on Greek gems, as shown below (middle), we see the letter A at the back of Harpocrates, aka "Horus the child", or Horus as morning sun or sun god born out of a lotus, that rises out of the Nile River each morning:
At front of Horus the child, or Harpocrates, we see the letter W or the omega symbol.
In 37AD, at Dendera Temple, we the sun, as a bulb of light, either as Horus the child or Ra, depending on translation, born out of a lotus, whose stem dips into the waters of the god Nun or Nile River:
Hence, in short, the letter A, presumably, given the above evidence, has something to do with the sun and creation? If, however, we check modern so-called status quo sources, such as Wikipedia and Britannia, we find reverberate statements to the affect that the letter A derived from the Egyptian symbol of an "ox head"? This is what is classified as "false etymology". Basically, the "ox head" etymology of A is about as stupid as the "snake etymology" of the letter N. Granted, to note, we employ the term stupid, in context, namely in the context of the 1820s decipherment of the Rosetta stone, after which, in the century to follow, we began to see the Egyptian roots to most things.
Cadmus | Origin?
In 435BC, Herodotus, in his Histories, reported that the mythical figure "Cadmus", who Herodotus believed existed in 2,000BC, being characterized as the “king of Thebes”, and father of Semele, and grandfather of Dionysus (prescript: Osiris), his daughter Semele, with the god Zeus (prescript: Atum-Ra), being the parents of Dionysus, was the person behind the invention of the Greek alphabet, which was but a modified Phoenician alphabet:
- “These Phoenicians who came with Cadmus, and from whom the Gephyraeans were, brought to Greece, when they settled in it, various matters of learning and, very notably, the alphabet, which, in my opinion, had not been known to the Greeks before. At first the Phoenicians used the same letters as all the other Phoenicians; but, as time went on, as they changed their language, they also changed the shape of the letters. The Greeks who lived round about the Phoenicians at this time were mostly Ionians. They learned the alphabet from the Phoenicians, and, making a few changes in the form of letters, they used them, they called the letters ‘phoenicians’ [phoinkeia]. This was but just, inasmuch as it was the Phoenicians who had brought the letters to Greece.”
- — Herodotus (435BC), The Histories (§5.58)
In modern terms, words such as "phonetics", the study of the speech sounds, are derived words such as "phone", are said to etymologically derive from the name phoenicians or phoinikeia in Greek, meaning: "phoenician things", a purported early word for "letters" (Grene, 1987). This so-called mythical origin of the alphabet, taken as assumed truth, eventually became regurgitated to the affect that the first two letters of the Greek alphabet, alpha and beta, derive from the Phoenician-Hebrew aleph, meaning "ox", and beth, meaning house; for example:
- “It is asserted that Cadmus introduced the Phoenician characters into Greece. Subsequently, Palamedes arranged the first Greek alphabet having its forms and powers adapted only to that language. The letters which he employed were α, β, γ, δ, ε, ι, χ, λ, μ, ν, ο, π, ρ, σ, τ, υ, being sixteen in number. Cadmus, the Milesian added ς, φ, χ. Simonides, the Chian, next invented, η and ω. Epicharmus, the Syracusian, formed ζ, ξ, Ψ. Alpha, symbol α, the first letter, is sounded like ‘ah’, is a name said to be derived from the Hebrew aleph, meaning ox.”
- — Christophorus Castanis (1851), The Greek Exile (pg. 235)
The correct etymology, is summarized below.
Heliopolis | Origin
In 2500BC, in Heliopolis, Egypt, cosmology was defined, via the Heliopolis creation myth, such that the first god was Atum, being self-engendered, whose first act of creation was to breath out the gods Shu (or air) and Tefnut (or moisture), as pictured adjacent. The gods Shu and Tefnut, in turn, procreated, via divine sexual union, the gods Geb (earth) and Nut (heaven):
Structurally, i.e. in terms of the structure of the cosmos as the Egyptians perceived things, the role or job of "Shu", the first (#1) thing created, in this cosmo-mythological scheme, was to physically separate Geb (earth) from Nut (heaven), Geb and Nut conceptualized as lovers who needed separation; this is illustrated below, where Geb, Shu, and Nut make up the three layers of the universe, i.e. earth, sky, and heaven; also shown is Ra, carrying the sun or sun disc on his head, riding in his solar boat, with Thoth and Maat, over the body of Nut:
In 1000BC, Greeks, e.g. Lycurgus (820BC), Orpheus (700BC), Solon (610BC), Thales (600BC), Pythagoras (550BC), Theodorus of Samos (530BC), Empedocles (470BC), Herodotus (460BC), Plato (400BC), Eudoxus (370BC), and Manetho (280BC), that we know for sure, with their culture newly flourishing, all travelled to Egypt to study their science, cosmology, and religion. From this basis, they developed a modified Greek religio-cosmology, wherein Nut became the Greek goddess Rhea, Shu became the Greek god Atlas, and Geb became the Greek god Kronos. The key point to notice here, is that as Shu was the first (1st) thing created, so too did Atlas (NE:532) become, via isopsephy letter cypher, the first (1st) letter, via the world alpha (NE:532), of the Greek alphabet:
Hence, just as Shu or Atlas (NE:532) was the first thing created, so to did alpha or the letter A become the 1st letter of the Greek alphabet, and hence the modern alphabet. No doubt, the person or persons who invented this numerical, cosmo-theogony based, scheme of letters and words, are unknown, but we can be certain that this scheme was in place in the years 1400 to 1000BC, per reason that Hesiod, in his 750BC Theogony, was readily employing fully-coded words in his cosmology, as a matter of standard cypher fact.
|A 66AE summary of the origin of the letter A by Libb Thims.|
We also note that the "alpha and omega" motif, as popularized in the Bible (NE:318), was associated with the Greek character "Harpocrates" (Harpa-Khruti), aka Horus, the sun god, in the form of the morning sun (see: hour), aka "Horus the Child", in Egyptian prescript. In the Greek scheme, in crude translation, Horus, would have been rendered as the son of Dionysus, and grandson of Cadmus, who Herodotus feigns as the mythical inventor of the Greek alphabet.
In physical chemistry, "A" is the symbol for affinity, chemical affinity, or elective affinity.
Arbeit | Work
In thermodynamics, "A", in some publications, refers to mechanical "work", from the German “Arbeit”, meaning work, and or to Helmholtz free energy, a thermodynamic formulation of affinity.
- Thims, Libb. (2021). Human Chemical Thermodynamics — Chemical Thermodynamics Applied to the Humanities: Meaning, Morality, Purpose; Sociology, Economics, Ecology; History, Philosophy, Government, Anthropology, Politics, Business, Jurisprudence; Religion, Relationships, Warfare, and Love (§2: Alphabet) (pdf). Publisher.
- A – Wikipedia.
- Letter A – Britannica.
- N – Hmolpedia 2020.
- Herodotus. (435BC). The Histories (translator: David Grene) (§5.58, pgs. 379-80; phoinikeia, pg. 379). Chicago, 1987.
- Barry, Kieren. (1999). The Greek Qabalah: Alphabetic Mysticism and Numerology in the Ancient World (pdf) (#532, Atlas and alpha, pg. 238). Publisher.
- A -- Hmolpedia 2020.