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    Post, Article, Information 10 Sephiroth of the Tree of Life


    Here is the basics on the Sephiroth:


    The 10 Sephiroth of Kabbalah (Qabalah) are the symbolic map of the manifestation and consciousness of the universe and humanity. The 10 Sephiroth are connected by 22 paths.

    The Sephiroth associations top to bottom on the Tree of Life:


    1. Kether - the Crown
    2. Chochmah - Wisdom
    3. Binah - Understanding
    4. Chese - Mercy
    5. Geburah - Severity
    6. Tiphereth - Beauty
    7. Netsah - Victory
    8. Hod - Glory
    9. Jesod - The Foundation
    10. Malchuth (Shekhinah)- The Kingdom

    Da'at (Daath)sometime referred to as the 11th Sephiroth, is the hidden, and is the unification of the 10 Sephiroth.

    The symbolism of the Tree of Life presents a map of union between the divine and the manifested world.
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    Endlessly fascinating, thanks for the post. I'm currently reading The Qabalistic Tarot by Robert Wang. As strong as the pull of this information is, I've been taking it in small doses so as to avoid being overwhelmed by it. I also recently got the Book of Thoth by Crowley and have, again, had to limit my reading sessions in the interest of optimal retention.
    I'm an artist, and find myself undeniably mesmerized by symbolism... particularly spiritual/religious imagery such as yantras and mandalas, sacred geometry, etcetera - qabalistic symbolism is extensive and intricate. I'm eager to gain deeper comprehension.
    Quoting Dr. Wang:
    "A symbol is of value in that it suggests something which cannot be adequately expressed in language (although language itself is a form of symbolism.) More important, however, is that while on our planes of existence symbols are abstractions, they are realities on other planes. In the astral realms a symbol can be a powerful device for attracting or repelling spiritual entities. It can be a call or a protection, in that it affirms the power of a deity governing a particular form and level of energy. When used in this way, a symbol could be defined in the same terms as a talisman on our own plane: it is essentially 'charged wth the force which it is intended to represent.'
    "There is a vast complex of symbols attached to the Sephiroth and Paths. For example, Kether may be described mathematically as The Point, in that it is the first emanation. As Chokmah emerges from Kether a Line is formed, and with the development of Binah there is a Triangle. And so, one may progress down the tree applying geometric figures according to the number of the Sephiroth. Chesed is a Square, Geburah a Pentagram, Tiphareth a Hexagram, etc. These are the most basic and in some respects the most profound of the symbols attached to the Tree. The most complicated symbols are the Hebrew letters and the Divine Names written in those letters.
    "Some may have an intuitive grasp of the extent to which the Hebrew alphabet is more than just letters. Many years ago the artist Ben Shahn published a book called Love and Joy About Letters, in which he described his own feeling toward tht alphabet as a child: 'I loved to draw and contemplate the big flowing letters; I was most at home with them and could make them long before I could do anything else with my hands. It was such a pleasure to copy them from the prayer-book because in each letter there was some subtle part of the others, and as one learned to make the new ones he discovered those familiar parts that he already knew.'
    "A Hebrew letter, taken by itself, or in conjunction with others as it forms a God Name, is as much a symbol as a geometric figure (letters and words are often visualized in practical work.) To each Hebrew letter is assigned a number, and words have special meaning according to numbers derived by what is known as Qabalistic Addition (to be discussed later). Suffice it to say here that insofar as Hebrew letters are assigned to each of the Trump Cards, those cards may even be used to pictorially spell Divine Names, and give insight into the nature of the deity. This exercise serves to demonstrate the extent to which the Qabalistic system is composed of precisely interrelated parts.
    "One important point which must be made has to do with the constant use of color in the Hermetic Qabalah. Most people consider color symbolic, but it is not. Colors are the actual forces, not merely symbols of those forces. The same may be said for pure tone."

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    Meditation, Holistic, Spiritual, Awareness, Healing Sepiroth


    I was wondering how Crowley used the Sepiroth in his own studies of magic.
    From my limited readings of his life and work, it would seem on the surface,
    that he used the Sephira in a different way than the traditional Kabbalists did.
    Any feedback on this? The reason I ask is I'm developing my own formulas and practices...Thank you.

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    Default Sephiroth Correspondences.


    I did a little digging and found that Each emination (sephiroth) and path are assigned astrological planets, elements, and tarot cards.

    The book 777 by Crowley has listing correspondences.

    View it here.
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    Thanks for the info Celtaur...I plan to look into those connections...I just realized that I bought my roomate 777 about a year ago, so that should help!

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    i think Dante's Divine Comedy was written with this shema. Im not sure but i think so.

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    I thought it might be useful to post a very brief overview of the Sephiroth. Don’t take this as by any means complete or definitive! It is just a condensed look at my own understanding based on my own work with the Tree.

    The differences in usage between the traditional Jewish system of the Otz Chiim and their adaptation for use in the Mysteries has been discussed elsewhere, so I won’t touch on that. Crowley’s 777 is a useful reference, but is not definitive, as the Tree, in the Mysteries, represents a unique road map to understanding and can be used to place all manner of correspondences to help learn their inner meanings, their relationships, and their place in the universal design.

    Behind Kether, the three veils of Negative Existence are drawn, which mark the limits of our understanding in this existence. Beyond the Veils, existence is so far removed from what we can begin to know, that, if we can imagine what it might be, we haven’t gone far enough!

    The Tree is seen as a series of emanations, spheres, the Sephiroth. Imagine them, simplistically, as vessels that, once filled, will overflow to form the next. Yet, all the Sephiroth exist in everything, as all the Sephiroth are implicit in Kether.

    Kether is the first, the Crown, the Point within the Circle, the pure, undifferentiated potential of becomingness. It emanates Chokmah, Wisdom, the all Father, the dynamism of purest force. Binah, Understanding, the Great Mother, the ever virgin is the receptive feminine principle that holds the potential of all form.

    Daath, Knowledge, the invisible Sephirah, is of the Tree, but not on it, and equates to the Abyss.

    Chesed, is Mercy, the Great King, the lawgiver. Here the balanced triad of the first three spheres manifest as the organising principles behind manifested life. Geburah, Severity, also know as Pachad, Fear, and Din, Justice, is the cosmic surgeon, that disposes of the effete, cleanses the outmoded and provides the discipline of creation.

    Tiphareth, Beauty, the Christ centre, the Sun, sits at the centre and all the previous emanations pour into it. This is the point of pure balance, the sphere of Love, and the matrix of manifested consciousness.

    Netzach, Victory, is the sphere of the dynamic feminine, the call to life, the sphere of intuition, the creative force in action. Hod, Glory, is the proving ground of form, where the designs for manifested life are organised as prototypes.

    Yesod, the Foundation, equates to the astral, and is where all the inpouring of force and form, all the concepts and organisation, all the balancing of the cosmos, comes to fruition in a single point, filtered by the love and beauty of Tiphareth, to a vast repository of possibilities, each to be treasured as each one has its roots in the Divine.

    Malkuth, the Kingdom, is the sphere of manifestation.

    The emanations begin at Kether and return to Kether, evolution and involution.

    The Mysteries also see the Tree in the Four Worlds. Atziluth is the highest level, the pure expression of godhood in motion. All the Worlds are implicit in each Sephirah, and all the Sephiroth present in each world. There is, in fact, no division between each World or between the spheres, they are all the expressions, or facets, of an ultimate Oneness. This Unity manifests itself through the specialisation of Force associated with each of the Sephiroth. Especially in considering Atziluth, it seems that this Unity shines like a great jewel.

    Briah is the 'Creative' World, equating to the balanced pairing of Chokmah and Binah on the Tree. Father and Mother. Pure Force and Abstract Form. Force that is not contained in Form, unrestricted, undefined and undisciplined, and Form which is still only the idea of Form, the pure mind-stuff of God, as yet unmanifest in matter.

    Yetzirah is called the 'World of Formations', where the Potency of Atziluth, that formulated desire for manifestation in Briah, begins to design the vehicles of manifestation and build the prototypes. This is still one step removed from matter as we know it. It is condensed potential. Again, this is the third level, the third of a trinity. The fourth is the level where these three come together to produce their intended results.

    Assiah is the material World. However, I feel this relates to more than the concrete world in which we live, and includes the subtler world. Looked at from another angle, if Atziluth represents the levels of abstract mind, Briah could be the superconscious mind, Yetzirah the intuitive mind and Assiah the conscious mind. Even concrete consciousness has degrees.

    You can examine the Tree in each of the emanations and in each of the worlds and see the beauty and symmetry of the patterns and balance of life. You can see how the Kether of Assiah becomes the Malkuth of Briah and so on.

    The Sephiroth are connected by a series of Paths, and these, along with the paths of the Sephiroth themselves, can be walked through meditation, ritual, and the simple act of living. So, you can also see why the Tree is a lifetime’s possibility of understanding.
    "Ah, Love, Could thou and I conspire, To grasp this sorry scheme of things entire, Would we not shatter it to bits, And then rebuild it nearer to the hearts desire?"
    Omar Khyyaam of Naishapur

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    Each sphere is a box or repository for a specific flavor of archetypal energies or correspondances/colors, spirits and symbols. i would not use the hebrew godnames, these can be substituted with pagan godnames or planetary vibrations. The sphere is form as the magickal circle contains energies and is female as the lines or paths can be viewed as male or energy that contain both energies of the spheres or waystations bookending a path.

    Pathworking:
    Each sphere contains a temple and city with denizens, by climbing the tree and following the paths these can be entered. The symbols can be used to enter or determine that you are travelling the correct route. My favorite meditations to aid on this is ashcroft nowicki or trobe's books.

    Energy spheres, power:
    contain energy as stated linked to planetary energy bodies within the human psyche and body, and macrocosmic solar system by working with and linking these with the qcross, lbrp, rising on the planes and middle pillar it greatly increases a magicians power.

    Spirits:
    I will reiterate to stay away from hebrew godnames and use instead for example prime creator or great spirit for kether. Each sphere contains different angels or planetary spirits that can be summoned/evoked by using their sigils, and dressing the altar with their spheres correspondances.


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