So, after the talking around potential connections between the doubles and the face, I sat down and started to work through them to feel out the letters. I went straight to the letters, bypassing the planetary correspondences for now (three witnesses, separately He created them).
This was a pretty simple stuff. I sketched the outline of a face using the doubles on a thin piece of paper which I could then hold up to the light, letting my face receive the letters revealed through the page. My projected models weren’t so good. The letters I imagined to belong didn’t really alight upon my face (too clever by half? Perhaps, but too early yet to be sure), so I started from scratch and looked at the seven doubles one by one, to feel where they alighted.
I held onto Bet and the mouth even when it was causing problems completing the work because I really liked it conceptually and visually, but the full face wouldn’t come alive without letting that darling go. So, here is the arrangement that served me:
Gimel in the mouth.
Bet in the right nostril.
Tav in the left nostril.
Dalet in the right eye.
Pe in the left eye.
Kaf in the right ear.
Resh in the left ear.
I obviously can’t say whether this would work as well for someone else as it did for me, or if the variation relates to some contingent factor like temperament or time or place (etc.) of the work, but I would be curious to hear if others have done similar experiments and what their results were.
When I talk about the letter alighting, I mean that it seemed to enliven my sense of that aperture and when every letter alighted, my whole head hummed. Light seemed brighter, the nostrils and sinuses more open, sounds sharper, the air seemed fresher in my mouth and felt more connected to the rest of my body.
There seems to be a good bit of connection between the paired apertures (quelle surprise), such that there seems to be some easy permutations between them (e.g., Kaf to the left ear, Resh to the right ear), but those immediately changed the tone of the alighting, made them weightier and harsher. I find that interesting since that mirros harsh/soft possibilities of the double letters’ pronunciation, albeit in a different register. I’ll be curious to see if anything else shakes out.
This will require a little thinking on my part. figure out if there are similar ways of feeling out the other witnesses as regards the doubles, think a little. A different, more experimental sort of thinking my be required.
I tried Saadia’s arrangement afterward and, interestingly, Bet felt a little more alive in my mouth than it had before, but it still didn’t have the intensity of Gimel.