Can't tell from your description, way too much information—which is bizarre since we rarely get enough info— but it seems all you need is a motion path. You will adjust the path your letter travels by grabbing the Beziers. Adjusting the spin is simply a funciton of setting keyframes for rotation.
Patience, maybe someone else will be able to imagine what you've described.
i got it. i didnt realize if you added a key frame at begining, a key frame at end, that it would interpret the difference per frame between. and then i arced the motion path so it would keep the spiral design of teh rest of my clip. looks cheezy, but thats what i was going for :P thanks. (i mainly work with premiere, but i'm getting more and more used to using AE. it only took a couple hours to mock this whole thing up :))
As someone new to AE, I would highly recommend you go here: http://blogs.adobe.com/toddkopriva/2010/01/getting-started-with-after-eff.html
The links there will provide you with a good foundation in the basics which will help a lot.