Some letters resemble each other if you turn them back to front or upside down, extend them or cross them out: for example, b-d are like each other back to front, m-w and n-u are like each other upside down, c-e, h-n, i-l, n-r and v-y are all a continuation of each other, and l-t is one crossed out. To see the similarity in the pair f-t, we have to turn f upside down, then turn it around and, if we like writing under the line, extend it, so this pair combines three ways of connecting letters according to their appearance.
We have already seen the example of the seeming opposites north and south connected by the alphabetical pair r-s and by the pair n-u. It is often necessary to combine different ways of pairing letters together (according to phonetics, the alphabet and their appearance) in order to make word connections.
If we take the pair b-d, we see that birth produces third, which indeed it does, and child can be directly connected to birth by the phonetic pairs d-t, l-r, and the alphabetical pair b-c. Through the pair h-n (and the same two phonetic pairs d-t and l-r), birth can be connected with blind: we are blind at birth and need someone to open our eyes (see the story of the man born blind in the Gospel of John, chapter 9, a story that refers to each one of us).
Moving on to c-e, we see a close connection between cross and eros. Christ’s act on the Cross was an act of love, of surrender. The pair f-t gives us I am free and eternal, which is precisely why Christ gave himself up on the Cross, so that we might die to the world (sin and time, clearly connected) and live to him.
The pair h-n gives happy and pain (y corresponds to i, but pain can be turned to pray, n-r), heart and yearn (t-v in the alphabet, v-y in appearance) and hide and find (e-f in the alphabet). Things wither in winter. Another pair of opposites that may not be so far apart: right and wrong are connected by the pair of vowels i-o, the alphabetical pair t-w and h-n.
If we move on to i-l, we see a connection between I’m sane and mental (s-t in the alphabet) or I owe and love (v-w in the alphabet). Again, Christ on the Cross: our personal debt (closely connected to death) is paid for by his act of love. In the Old Testament, we are saved by the law, hence the name God gives of himself – I am – and law are connected (i-l, m-w), but in the New Testament we are saved by faith in Christ, the archetypal translator who came down to earth in human form in order that we might make the return journey, in order to show us the way. I am no longer gives law, but way, and this is why Christ says to Thomas in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”
Finally, the pair v-y. There are many temptations along the way, tempt is to test our faith (m-p-s in the alphabet, two steps at a time), to make us more humble, but the devil would have us yield. Stay gives yeast with the addition of the letter e, but the devil would have us stray instead (addition of r). Instead of expressing our concern for others, we put a price on things (a constant temptation for human beings). We must be careful, we all need to live, but money, if turned around, gives venom.
Can you make any connections with the following words by using some of the above pairs that are similar in appearance?