Facts: Alpha and omega are words of power commonly included in hymns,
prayers, and recitations of ceremonial magic traditions.
The stage magician's dove is a symbol of alpha-omega. In Greek
gematria (the study of letter-number correspondence), "the numerical
equivalent of [Alpha-Omega] is 801, made up of Alpha's 1 and Omega's
800. . . . The dove['s number is also 801]. Thus, through gematria, the dove
symbolizes Alpha and Omega."155
• "Elizabeth cast her mind back to the words with which the Archbishop bespoke
his reverence for the sacred things in heaven and earth. 'Alpha and
Omega . . .'" -- Jane Resh Thomas, The Princess in the Pigpen (1989)
• From Sri Aurobindo, "The Book of Beginnings, Canto IV: The Secret
Knowledge," Savitri, A Legend and a Symbol (1995):
Reconstitute the perfect word, unite
The Alpha and the Omega in one sound;
Then shall the Spirit and Nature be at one.
Alpha Beta Gamma
Origin: Alpha, beta, and gamma are the first three letters of the Greek alpha
Figure 13. The incantation alpha beta gamma is composed of
three Greek letters.
155 Nigel Pennick, Magical Alphabets (1992)