Kabbalah Concept-Part II-The Sephiroth

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By Deborah Sexton

 

I am presenting the simple concepts so you can understand the secret, and complex ones.

Kabbalah plunges into these secrets and pulls their depths into the open. It provides metaphor, parable, understanding. It shines light and opens our eyes. It inspires and guides us to use this wisdom for healing and growth in everyday life. That is why the experience of learning Kabbalah is one of “Yes! I knew that truth all along! My heart knew, but my mouth was unable to speak it!” The truths of the Kabbalah belong to every sentient being.

Yet, most of all, Kabbalah provides a sense of the beyond; the knowledge of that which cannot be known, the wisdom of mystery, the understanding that we do not understand. Kabbalah is the knowledge of wonder.

The Ten (10) Sephira

Each of the ten spheres has a name that directly identifies the sephira and the idea that this sephira represents. The various names of the sephiroth are derived from Scripture. The first three of the sephiroth are named in Exodus 31:3:

And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in Wisdom, and in Understanding, and in the Knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship.

In the kabbalistic book, Sefer Yetzirah, this is explained as follows: the “spirit of God” refers to Kether, while “Wisdom” and “Understanding” refer to the next two sephiroth, Chokmah and Binah, as well as the hidden sephira Daath that follows these two sephiroth.[5] The next seven sephiroth on the Tree of Life have their names derived from 1

1 Chronicles 29:11:

11 Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.

12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.

13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.

Here all the names of the lower sephiroth are defined. Most of the time the first of the lower sephiroth is called Chesed (meaning Love), rather than Gedulah (meaning Greatness), and the next to the last sephiroth is normally called Yesod (Foundation) rather than Kol (meaning All)

This is how all of the Sephiroth of the Tree of Life are named starting from the top, closest to the Divine, to the bottom, the Physical Manifestation of Divine Will. Kether (Crown) is the topmost sphere, followed by Chokmah (Wisdom), then by Binah (Understanding), Daath (Knowledge), Chesed (Mercy), Geburah (Severity), Tiphareth (Beauty), Netzach (Victory), Hod (Splendor), Yesod (Foundation), and finally at the bottom of the Tree, Malkuth (Kingdom). Each of the sephira is numbered from one to ten, also starting at the top (Kether as one) and ending with ten at the bottom (Malkuth as ten).

The Ten Sefirot
A Kabbalistic concept explaining the multiplicity of God’s manifestations in the world helps us see how God is truly One.The building blocks of Kabbalistic terminology are the Ten Sefirot. These are the ten emanations or “lights” through which God interacts with, and relates to, His world.

When Kabbalah looks at various events that have transpired in the world, or various Divine commandments in the Torah, it classifies and describes them in terms of these various modes of interaction.

The sephiroth represent a Crowned figure whose feet rest on his Kingdom. The first sephira, Kether, is the crown, whereas the tenth, Malkuth, is the Kingdom. The other sephiroth represent both the spiritual qualities, as well as the physical characteristics of the figure.

* NOTE: SOME WHO ARE NOT INITIATES, LIST THE LOCATION OF THE SPHERES OPPOSITE OF WHAT I HAVE. THIS IS BECAUSE THEY ARE LOOKING AT THE TREE OF LIFE. TO GET THE CORRECT POSITION ON THE BODY, YOU HAVE TO BACK INTO THE TREE. IF YOU SEE ANY OTHER POSITION THEN WHAT I HAVE LISTED BELOW, IT’S PROBABLY NOT A GOOD IDEA TO LEARN FROM THAT PERSON/WEBSITE/BOOK. IF THEY ARE WRONG IN THIS SIMPLE RULE, THEY CAN’T POSSIBLY UNDERSTAND THE KABBALAH.
*The sephiroth are listed as follows,

1. Kether=Crown; top of the head
2. Chokmah=Wisdom; left side of the Face.
3. Binah= Understanding; right side of the face.
4. Chesed=Mercy or love; left arm,
5. Geburah= justice or severity; right arm
6. Tiphareth=Beauty; solar plexus.
7. Netzach=Victory; left leg.
8. Hod=Glory; right leg.
9. Yesod= Foundation; organ’s of generation
10. Malkuth=Kingdom; the feet.

Kether is the first manifestation of Cosmic Light. From Kether, downward the light descends to the others spheres in zigzag form, known Kabbalistically as the Lightening Flash,
The light that manifests in Kether proceeds from the primordial point of Light first issued by God when He created the universe.
Beyond Kether. are the three veils of negative existence, Ain, Ain Soph and Ain Soph Aur, representing the Unmanifested, the Unknowable and the Absolute. The Kabbalist wisely refrains from discussing these veils with the uninitiated.
When he decides to work on the Tree for spiritual or material purposes, he draws down the cosmic light through Kether in the form of the Flash of Lightning. He absorbs the light into himself and thus energized, proceeds to carry on his magical work.

The Sphere where all the energy is condensed is Malkuth, the tenth sephira. Malkuth represents the material world and thus the magician himself.
The magician identifies himself with Malkuth and then brings down the power from the other sephiroth and absorbs it within himself through an act of will.

The sephiroth act in pairs, the one on the Right Hand Pillar working with it’s opposite on the left, and then synthesizing their powers through the sephira that stands between them on the Middle Pillar. It is absolutely vital that the Kabbalist keep this in mind when doing practical work on the Tree, for If he should concentrate all the energies he has gathered on only one of the spheres, on either the left or the right hand side of the Tree, he will throw the Tree out of balance and will then experience some physical manifestations of a negative type. .

Kabbalist believe that all illnesses and unhappy experiences are the result of some form of imbalance in one or more of the sephiroth. This also indicates that the elemental forces composing the sphere in question are in disharmony with each other,
The spheres of the tree of life are likewise formed by combinations of the elements. As each sephira is ruled by one of the names of God and is thus a divine aspect, it is easy to see that the sephiroth are representations of the qualities of God, and are thus symbols of the gods of nature.

If we look at a diagram of the elemental forces in relation to the Tree of Life, from the diagram we can tell that the first triad-the first three sephiroth are ruled by the element of air. The second triad is ruled by the element of fire, whereas the third falls under the aegis of water. The last sephira or sphere is alone, since it represents the world of matter, and for that reason, it is ruled by the element earth.
Looking at the top of the diagram we see that each of the three columns forming the Tree of Life is controlled by one of the four elements. Again the lone sphere of Malkuth, sephira number ten is ruled by the element of earth despite the fact that it stands in the Middle Pillar, which is ruled by the element of air. This is because the other spheres are only states of consciousness and are not yet manifested in matter.
Malkuth, the depository of their combined forces, is the one that can transmit these forces to the physical world

This diagram is of great importance to the Kabbalist because it lets him identify at a glance the combination of elements that form each aspect of the Absolute, which is at the same time an individual god of nature. With this knowledge the Kabbalist can then do material work on the spheres of the Tree. We can see, for example, that the first sphere, Kether, is a combination of the element of air within itself, and thus is said to be air of air. The second sphere, Chokmah, is a combination of air and water, and so is known as water of air. The third sphere, Binah, is of the element fire and is thus known as fire of air, and so on.
**LONG HUBS TEND TO LOSE INTEREST, SO I AM KEEPING THESE AS SHORT AS POSSIBLE.

SINCE I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO CREATE TABLES ON THE HUBS, I HAVE PROVIDED A LINK TO MY KABBALAH SITE BELOW FOR THE TABLES OF CORRESPONDENCE.
IF YOU WOULD REALLY LIKE TO LEARN THE KABBALAH, PLEASE TAKE IT IN THE SEQUENCE I WILL BE PROVIDING. TO MISS ONE IDEA CAN CAUSE YOU TO GET LOST. THERE ARE MANY DIFFICULT CONCEPTS IN THE KABBALAH AND ZOHAR. THE ZOHAR IS EXTREMELY COMPLEX. BUT IS NEEDED IN YOUR STUDIES.

*THOUGH IT’S NOT EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO KNOW HOW TO SAY THE NAMES OF THE SEPHIROTH, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO PRONOUNCE THE GOD AND ANGEL NAMES. IF YOUR NAME IS MARY AND SOMEONE CALLS YOU MOREY, WOULD YOU TURN TO SEE WHO WAS CALLING YOU?
Impotant Notice

I just found a Hub which is being viewed many times more than mine. This hub is teaching the positions of the Sephiroth incorrectly. Why is this important? Because if you use that person’s information you will stir up energy you weren’t seeking. This can be very dangerous.

If the energies are used correctly, they can only help you. Used wrongly and it may harm you and others.

The Kabbalah wasn’t kept secret just to hold knowledge no one else had, but to keep people from harming themselves.

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