Sophia's Esoteric Name - The Letter Iota
The Proto-Canaanite letter Yodh (𐤉), which was a pre-cursor to the Greek letter Iota (Ι), in its original iconography was a glyph for a hand. When we look at ancient glyphs/symbols its important to think of its functional aspect, what does that symbol do in reality, and how does it achieve it.
The number 10 was sacred to the Pythagoreans as they related it to their sacred Tetractys. The arrangement depicted in the Tetractys Symbol represents the organization of space, where the first row denotes zero dimension (a point), the second row denotes first dimension (a line joining two points), the third row denotes second dimension (a triangular plane), and the fourth row denotes the third dimension (a tetrahedron).
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = 10
Plato writes about the Tetrahedron in his book "Timaeus", where he states that this polyhedra is equated with the element of fire. This Promethean fire, becomes imprisoned by matter. In Greek mythology, Prometheus steals fire from the gods and brings it back to humanity. Matter, also known as earth is equated with a cube. Plato wrote that the fire element was red and the earth element was indigo. The image above shows the cube (earth) enclosing the tetrahedron (fire).
The FORM of the number 10 is even, yet it is odd. Its physical manifestation is female, as it is 10, but it is odd because it returns back to 1 (Monad). The one was recognized to the Pythagoreans as the Monad.
Plato (500 BC), writes in Cratylus, that the letter Iota is used when trying to express the imitating of all the small things that can most easily penetrate everything. In the Greek Alphabet, Iota has a value of 10.
1 + 0 = 1
As we learn in philosophical mathematics, the number 1 is a male number.
In Hebraic philosophy, Iota, symbolizes creation, to throw, to work, the female creative power. Kabbalists view it as an elemental.