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The Key to the

Holy Temple

Sefer Yetzirah Magic

December 7, 2013

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Table of Contents

THE KEY TO THE HOLY TEMPLE ......................................................... 6


Preface ...................................................................................................... 6
Introduction ........................................................................................... 12
Tree of Yetzirah ..................................................................................... 14
Twelve Boundaries ................................................................................ 25
Ten Sefirot .............................................................................................. 28
Seven Doubles ....................................................................................... 34
Three Mothers ........................................................................................ 37
The Holy Temple ................................................................................... 44
Restoring the Holy Temple................................................................... 58
Jacob & Israel ......................................................................................... 61
Sealing the Depths ................................................................................. 64
The Ritual of Sealing the Depths .......................................................... 70
Commentary ...................................................................................... 71
Invoking the Shekinah .......................................................................... 75
The Shekinah Invocation Ritual ........................................................... 79
Commentary ...................................................................................... 80
Air, Water, and Fire ............................................................................... 83
Fixed, Mutable, and Cardinal ........................................................... 89
Earth ....................................................................................................... 97
Fathers & Descendants.......................................................................... 99
A Tzawfone Working .......................................................................... 111
Commentary .................................................................................... 112
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The Holy ShM ...................................................................................... 114


The Alef Principle ................................................................................ 138
The GLGL Wheel ................................................................................. 143
Verses 2:4-6 Decoded ...................................................................... 145
The LB Wheel ................................................................................... 161
The TLY Spiral ................................................................................. 167
The Book of Ezekiel ......................................................................... 170
Some Jacobs Wheel Links .............................................................. 172
The Sefer Yetzirah ............................................................................... 173

Table of Figures
Figure 1 : The Emanation of Daat ............................................................. 9
Figure 2 : Two Versions of the Tree of Life ............................................. 15
Figure 3 : Tree of Yetzirah - Octahedron ................................................. 16
Figure 4 : The Twelve Diagonal Boundaries ........................................... 18
Figure 5 : Twelve Diagonal Boundaries .................................................. 26
Figure 6 : Three Horizontal Pathways ..................................................... 38
Figure 7 : One on three; three on seven; seven on twelve .................. 39
Figure 8 : The Tree of Yetzirah ................................................................. 43
Figure 9 : Three on Seven ...................................................................... 50
Figure 10 : The Double Letters & the Depths .......................................... 54
Figure 11 : Seven on Twelve ................................................................. 56
Figure 12 : The Tree of YHVH.................................................................. 66
Figure 13 : The Holy Temple Octahedron ............................................... 71
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Figure 14 : Sealing the Depths .................................................................. 74


Figure 15 : Yud, Heh, and Vav ................................................................. 84
Figure 16 : The Holy Temple Octahedron ............................................... 91
Figure 17 : Garden, Wall, and Ceiling ..................................................... 93
Figure 18 : Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob/Israel............................................ 101
Figure 19 : Tree of Yetzirah - Six Seals ................................................... 102
Figure 20 : The Six Seals & the Twelve Descendants ........................... 104
Figure 21 : The Octahedron - Descendants ........................................... 108
Figure 22 : Tree of Yetzirah - Descendants ............................................ 109
Figure 23 : Jacob Surrounded by his Twelve Sons ............................... 110
Figure 24 : The Emanation of Shin (and Tav) ....................................... 116
Figure 25 : The Emanation of Maym (and Kaf) .................................... 117
Figure 26 : The Da'at Nexus ................................................................... 119
Figure 27 : The Alef ( )Pathway is Focused in Daat........................... 121
Figure 28 : The Merging of Shin and Maym ......................................... 123
Figure 29 : ShM in the Twelve Pathways .............................................. 132
Figure 30 : ShM & the Sixfold Star ......................................................... 137
Figure 31 : The GLGL Wheel (called Jacobs Wheel) ............................ 144
Figure 32 : The Basic Wheel Design ....................................................... 145
Figure 33 : Ordinal Numbers - Magical Arrangement ......................... 146
Figure 34 : The Hebrew Letter Correspondences ................................. 149
Figure 35 : The Hebrew Letter Correspondences (Eng.) ...................... 150
Figure 36 : The First Wheel - RLA (231) ................................................ 151
Figure 37 : ONG - Hebrew...................................................................... 153
Figure 38 : ONG - English....................................................................... 153
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Figure 39 : The First Wheel Pathway Sequence .................................... 155


Figure 40 : The Second Wheel ................................................................ 157
Figure 41 : "Air that cannot be grasped"................................................ 158
Figure 42 : The Second Wheel Pathway Sequence ............................... 159
Figure 43 : The Key Mandala ................................................................. 161
Figure 44 : The GLGL Wheel - Tav ( )................................................... 162
Figure 45 : The Projection of Alef ........................................................... 163
Figure 46 : The Implanted Alef .............................................................. 163
Figure 47 : Key Wheel - Alef Shin .......................................................... 165

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Sefer Yetzirah Magic


THE KEY TO THE HOLY TEMPLE

Preface

Heres a question for you<


What is the name of the tenth sefirah of the kabbalistic Tree of Life?
If you answered Malkut then youre correct, but only in relation to
the contemporary Tree diagram. The tenth sefirah of the ancient Tree
of Yetzirah1 is called depth of North.
Ten: He sealed north and faced to the left,
and sealed it with Heh, Vav, Yud.
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 1:13]

Is todays Malkut equivalent to the ancient depth of North?


This book will endeavour to help you answer that, and other
perplexing questions concerning the kabbalistic Tree of Life.

The Tree of Yetzirah is my label for the metaphysical structure outlined (and
implied) in the text of the Sefer Yetzirah.
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A significant point of difference between the Tree of Yetzirah and the


modern kabbalistic Tree of Life is that the sefirot and pathways of the
ancient Yetziratic Tree are etymologically (and therefore, archetypally)
interconnected. Thats because, at its heart, the Sefer Yetzirah is a
linguistic text.
Conversely, while its true the sefirot and pathways of the modern
Tree are geometrically (i.e. physically) linked together, they have no
fundamental linguistic (or archetypal) interrelationship. Instead, the
pathways and sefirot are generally viewed as two separate and
essentially dissimilar components that are combined together to form
the Tree of Life diagram.

One thing both Trees have in common is that in both cases their
twenty-two pathways reflect the archetypal essence of the twenty-two
letters of the Hebrew alphabet. And also, the sefirot of both Trees are
numbered one to ten (albeit in differing arrangements). However, a
key distinction between the two versions of the Tree diagram is that
the ten sefirot of the Tree of Yetzirah, like its twenty-two pathways, are
derived from the Hebrew alphabet. This was known by the author of
the Zohar<
He [the Creator] enfolded Himself in a covering of a
supernal radiance of thought and created therefrom a
world. He produced from the light of that supernal
radiance mighty cedars of the upper world, and placed His
chariot on twenty-two graven letters which were carved
into ten utterances [sefirot] and infixed there.
[Soncino Zohar. Vol I, Pg. 111. Bereshith, 29a.]
[Bracketed blue text has been added by me.]
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The sefirot are called utterances because they represent the spoken
word of the Creator, and divine speech requires divine language. 2
For example: The second sefirah of the Tree of Yetzirah is called
Breath from Breath. Its an expression of the Hebrew mother letter
Alef (). Similarly, the third sefirah Water from Breath is an
expression of the Hebrew mother letter Maym (), and the fourth
sefirah Fire from Water is an expression of the Hebrew mother letter
Shin (). And the other sefirot are also expressions of Hebrew letters.
My previous bookFormation of the Tree of Lifepresents a detailed
exploration of the nature and structure of the Tree of Yetzirah. Its main
thesis is that the lower sefirot of the Tree are emanations of pathways
located in the Trees higher branches. And similarly, it explains the
manifestation of the higher sefirot as the projected influence of
pathways in the Tree of the World above Yetzirah.
To summarize: The three supernal sefirotknown as Keter, Hockmah,
and Binahare projections of the three mother letter pathways (Alef,
Maym, and Shin) of the higher Tree of Beriah. 3 The three mother
letter pathways of the Tree of Yetzirah are projections of the three
supernal sefirotKeter, Hockmah, and Binahof the Yetziratic Tree.
The seven lower sefirot are projections of the seven supernal pathways
(i.e. the seven double letter pathways) of the same Tree. The twelve
simple letter pathways of the Tree of Yetzirah, like the path of Shin, are
also emanations of the sefirah Binah.4

Ten utterances is a reference to the ten sayings of the Elohim in Genesis, Chap.I.

Beriah (i.e. the World of Creation) overshadows Yetzirah (i.e. the World of
Formation) from its own existential domain directly above the World of Yetzirah.
3

A vital link exists between Shin and the twelve boundaries of the octahedron. And
similarly, a special esoteric connection exists between Maym and the six vertices.
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A good example of the projection process is the manifestation of the


sphere of Daat (). Daat is an emanation of the pathway (Bayt, )that
extends between Hockmah ( )and Binah ().5 The influence of the Bayt
pathway descends, consolidates, and stabilizes to form the sphere of
Daat (). Thus, the Hockmah-to-Binah pathway and Daat share the
same archetypal essence (i.e. Bayt, )but differ in the form that the
Bayt archetype takesthat is, a pathway versus a sefirah.

Figure 1 : The Emanation of Daat

In most kabbalistic traditions, the sphere of Daat is understood to be the child of


the sefirot Hockmah and Binah.
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The pathways represent passive (or receptive), fluid, open-ended


embodiments of the Hebrew letter archetypes. They are home to the
various hierarchies of angels whose task it is to transmit and give form
to the divine influx. They generate forms from their own substance
that reflect the play of Shin and Maym within their own domains.
The sefirot represent relatively fixed, delimited, stable, but active
expressions of the Hebrew letter archetypes. They anchor the
Consciousness principle within the various planes of the Creation.
They focus the Consciousness principle into the pathways (wherein the
changing physical universe is subjectively experienced).
The golden rule is: Sefirot are emanations of higher pathways;
Pathways are emanations of higher sefirot.
The pathway-sefirah relationship that exists within the Tree of
Yetzirah is unique and adds another level of meaning to the basic
structure of the kabbalistic Tree of Life.

Since the 2007 writing of my book Formation of the Tree of Life a few
of my original thoughts concerning the nature and structure of the
Tree of Yetzirah have changed. The changes in my understanding are
not so fundamental however, as to render obsolete my previous book,
but they are quite significant.
The main gist of my new perception involves the realization that what
we now call the non-sefirah Daat is actually counted as one of the ten
sefirot of the original Tree of Yetzirah. Its given there the name depth
of Above. And I now realize that the extra non-sefirotic component
of the Tree of Yetzirahthe Holy Templeis what is now referred to
as the sefirah Tifaret.
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Even though the Holy Temple is a very important component of the


Tree of Yetzirah, the Sefer Yetzirah does not number it as sefirah. It
excludes it for symbolic reasons and because its concealed within (i.e.
at the centre of) the Octahedron. This is explained below.

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Introduction

Its speculated, though not established for certain, that the Sefer
Yetzirah (Book of Formation) was written sometime around the 2nd
century CEthat is, soon after the razing of the second Temple in
Jerusalem in 70 CE.6 The synchronicity of these two events is
significant because I believe the Sefer Yetzirah was produced partly in
response to a spiritual crisis engendered by the Temples destruction.
Clearly the book was composed by Jewish metaphysicians intent on
transmitting a system of knowledge that would assist with the
spiritual healing of future generations. But the book was written in
coded form and the decryption key was lost.
The Holy Temple in Jerusalem was the venerated symbol of Gods
holy covenant with His people. It was literally perceived as the House
of Godthe sacred place wherein dwelled the divine Presence, the
Shekinah. And from that holy place the Shekinah was able to
spiritually support the Jewish community.
The destruction of the second Temple in 70 CE was therefore perceived
by the people as ostensibly removing the divine Presence from their
midst, and appeared to break an important spiritual link. It effectively
placed the Jewish people in spiritual exile, and psychologically
alienated them from their God.
But the Jewish occultists of the time (the spiritual elders of Judaism)
knew that the Holy Temple in Jerusalem was merely the mundane

Some kabbalists believe the book was written much earlier and claim its author was
the biblical patriarch Abraham.
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physical expression of an even greater metaphysical Temple destined


to be built within human consciousness. So they composed the Sefer
Yetzirah as an instruction manual for building the third Templethe
sacred inner Temple of YHVH.
Up and Down.
East and West.
North and South.
And the Holy Temple precisely in the center
and it supports them all.
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 4:4]

The key to deciphering the Sefer Yetzirahs coded instructions was


lost, and the numerous revisions of the ancient document have led to
the corruption of the original text. But this e-book, Sefer Yetzirah
Magic, aims to re-forge that original key, and its hoped that with it
youll be able to rebuild the Holy Temple within your psyche and
thereby establish a more conscious connection with the Creator of All.

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Tree of Yetzirah

The Sefer Yetzirah details a structure that resembles the Tree of Life
diagram of the modern day Kabbalah. But because the Sefer Yetzirahs
metaphysical system predates all current traditions of Kabbalah by at
least a thousand years, its no surprise that its Tree blueprint is a little
different to the modern kabbalistic Tree of Life.
Its clear that current versions of the Tree diagram represent the
development (over hundreds of years) of original ideas contained in
the Sefer Yetzirah. But its also apparent that most contemporary Tree
designs have strayed considerably from the source in certain important
respects.

If youre familiar with the modern Tree of Life diagram then you may
need to let go of some basic assumptions and expectations regarding
the shape of the original Tree of Yetzirah. But youll definitely notice
the similarities that exist between the ancient Tree and its modern day
counterparts.
Both the modern Tree of Life and the Tree of Yetzirah have ten sefirot,
although their numbering systems differ.7 And both Tree diagrams
incorporate twenty-two pathways between the ten sefirot. Also, they
both include an additional eleventh sphere. But thats where their
structural similarities end.

The Sefer Yetzirah numbers the sefirot as opposing complementary pairs. The
sefirot of the modern Tree are numbered hierarchically from highest to lowest.
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Figure 2 : Two Versions of the Tree of Life

Like the modern Tree of Life, the Tree of Yetzirah can easily be drawn
in two dimensions. But unlike the conventional Tree, the essential form
of the Tree of Yetzirah is three dimensional. This is made abundantly
clear by instructions given in the text of the Sefer Yetzirah.8

See especially: Sefer Yetzirah, 5:2.


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The six lowest sefirot of the Yetziratic Tree are presented as the six
vertices (i.e. corners) of an octahedron. Twelve pathways (called
boundaries) extend between the six sefirot and form the twelve edges
of the octahedron.

Figure 3 : Tree of Yetzirah - Octahedron

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Strangely, many commentators ignore (or are unaware of) the Sefer
Yetzirahs actual design blueprint for the Tree of Life. Instead, they
promote a numerologically based approach to the positioning of the
twenty-two pathways. But one only needs to read the Sefer Yetzirahs
description of the twelve edges (or diagonal boundaries9 as they are
called in the text) to know that the numerological approach is
untenable. Unfortunately, many people automatically assume that the
phrase diagonal boundaries refers to the twelve sloping pathways of
the

modern

Tree

diagram.

But

the

Sefer

Yetzirahs

design

specifications directly contradict that idea.


The twelve sloping pathways of all standard versions of the Tree of
Life diagram are separated and scattered over the entire body of the
Trees structure. However, the Sefer Yetzirah clearly indicates (in verse
5:2) that the twelve boundaries compose the twelve edges of a single
three-dimensional homogenous formnamely, an octahedron. And
the text also suggests (in verse 6:5) that those twelve boundaries are
located within the lower section of the Tree diagram.

In the image below, the twelve simple letter pathways are coloured
red. The Sefer Yetzirah positions them in relation to six directional
depths. The six depths are named: Above, Below, East, West,
North, and South.10

The original Hebrew phrase is , gvulei alakson. This term technically


refers to the side of a triangle. See: An Introduction to the Sefer Yetzirah, by
Christopher P. Benton. Published in: The Maqom Journal for Studies in Rabbinic
Literature, Vol VII, Winter 2004. The twelve diagonal boundaries define the sides of
eight equilateral triangles that together form an octahedron.
9

Note that many ancient and modern commentators assign the depth of East to
Tifaret, and the depth of West to Yesod (as per the Hermetic Tree diagram below).
10

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The twelve sloping pathways of the modern Hermetic Tree of Life


obviously bear no relation to the six spatial directions, and instead are
spread out amongst all the ten sefirot. This is also true of other wellknown versions of the Tree diagram. Therefore, its clear that the
twelve sloping pathways do not conform to the Sefer Yetzirahs design
specifications for the twelve simple letter diagonal boundaries.

Figure 4 : The Twelve Diagonal Boundaries

Verse 6:5 of the Sefer Yetzirah gives us the basic structural elements of
the Tree of Yetzirah.

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Three:
Each one stands alone.
One acts as advocate,
one acts as accuser,
and one decides between them.
Seven:
Three opposite three,
and one is the rule deciding between them.
Twelve stand in war:
Three love,
three hate,
three give life,
and three kill.
Three love: the heart and the ears.
Three hate: the liver, the gall, and the tongue.
Three give life: the two nostrils and the spleen.
Three kill: the two orifices and the mouth.
And God faithful King rules over them all
from His holy habitation
until eternity of eternities.
One on three.
Three on seven.
Seven on twelve.
And all are bound, one to another.
[Sefer Yetzirah, 6:5]

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The Tree has a basic fourfold hierarchical structure. The main body of
the Tree is crowned by a single component thats higher than all the
others. Below it are grouped three components. Clustered below them
is a group of seven components. These seven sit upon a group of
twelve components. As verse 6:5 states<
One on three.
Three on seven.
Seven on twelve.
And all are bound, one to another.

Verse 6:5 is ingenious in the way that it reveals and at the same time
conceals the deepest mysteries of the Sefer Yetzirah. Without the lost
key though its quite difficult to decipher exactly what design elements
this verse is referring to. But with the restored key we can now decode
the information contained in this very cryptic verse.
Three:
Each one stands alone.
One acts as advocate,
one acts as accuser,
and one decides between them.
This extract from verse 6:5 refers to the three Mother letters, and the
three supernal sefirot of the Tree of Yetzirah: Breath from Breath,
Water from Breath, and Fire from Water.11 These three correspond
with the three highest sefirot of the modern Tree of Life: Keter,
Hockmah, and Binah.

The three sefirot are described in verse 1:10-12 of the Sefer Yetzirah. (See the
Appendix.)
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Seven:
Three opposite three,
and one is the rule deciding between them.
The next section refers to the seven double letters and the six
directional depths (i.e. lower sefirot) of the Tree of Yetzirah: Above,
Below, East, West, North, and South. Naturally, Above is
opposite Below, East is opposite West, and North is opposite South. In
other words: three opposite three. These six correspond with the
modern sefirot of the Tree of Life known as: Daat, Yesod, Hesed,
Hod, Netzah, and Geburah.
The mysterious seventh component is described as the rule deciding
between them. It corresponds with the sefirah of the modern Tree of
Life commonly known as Tifaret. But the Sefer Yetzirah does not refer
to the additional sphere as Tifaret, and does not number it as a sefirah.
Instead it refers to Tifaret as the Holy Temple () .12
Seven Doubles: -
Up and Down.
East and West.
North and South.
And the Holy Temple precisely in the center
and it supports them all.
[Sefer Yetzirah, 4:4]

The Sefer Yetzirah refers to Tifaret as the Holy Temple to highlight its
divine function in relation to the six lower sefirot. The six lower sefirot

Aryeh Kaplan translated this phrase as Holy Palace, but the Hebrew word Haykal
(HYKL, palace) more often means temple, and usually refers to the Holy Temple in
Jerusalem. See: Strong: #01965.
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represent pillars that establish the six extremities of the Worldi.e.


the World octahedron. From the centre Tifaret illuminates the
octahedron with the light of consciousness, and gives expression to the
Holy Name (i.e. ShM, ). This will be explained below.

A reading of verse 1:14 makes it clear that the Sefer Yetzirah does not
count the Holy Temple amongst the ten sefirot of the Tree.
These are the ten sefirot beli mah:13
The Breath of the Living God,
Breath from Breath,
Water from Breath,
Fire from Water,
Up, Down, East, West, North, South.
[Sefer Yetzirah, 1:14]

As you can see, the Holy Temple is not included in the above list of ten
sefirot. But even so, its still considered to be an essential and very
important component of the Tree of Yetzirah.

The ambiguous Hebrew phrase beli mah ( ) literally translates as without


what? and is usually interpreted to mean nothingness. (See below for my
translation of the term.)
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Another significant distinction that exists between the Tree of Yetzirah


and the contemporary Tree of Life involves the sphere of Daat. Daat
is not counted as a sefirah in the modern Tree diagram, but is
numbered as one of the ten sefirot of the ancient Tree of Yetzirah. The
Sefer Yetzirah calls Daat the depth of Above, and also refers to it as a
singular covenant (or covenant of unity).
Ten sefirot beli mah.
In the number of ten fingers.
Five opposite five
with a singular covenant
precisely in the middle.
In the circumcision of the tongue,
and in the circumcision of the member.
[Sefer Yetzirah, 1:3]

The term singular covenant14 ( ) is used to describe Daats


special role as unifier of the ten sefirot (i.e. depths) of the Tree of
Yetzirah. The phrase five opposite five refers to the five pairs of
opposing depths as listed in verse 1:5. (See below.) Daat is positioned
in the midst (i.e. precisely in the middle) of the ten sefirot of the Tree
of Yetzirah. 15
The statement five opposite five with a singular covenant precisely in
the middle suggests a symbolic association between Daat (as the
singular covenant) and Tifaret (as the Holy Temple). Their close
association is implied by the similar statement three opposite three

This is Aryeh Kaplans translation, but other alternatives include covenant of the
Unique One and covenant of unity. See: Sefer Yesira. A. Peter Hayman. Mohr
Siebeck, 2004. Pg. 67.
14

That is, Daat is positioned at the centre of the middle column of the Tree of
Yetzirahhalfway between Ain Sof and Yesod.
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and one is the rule deciding between them16. This phrase refers to the
pivotal function of Tifaret in relation to the six directional sefirot. And
note that its also said of Tifaret: And the Holy Palace precisely in the
center17that is, in the centre of the group of six lower sefirot (three
opposite three).

Daat is identified as a singular covenant after the Holy Temple has


been built.
When Daat becomes established (in human consciousness) as the apex
of the Holy Temple octahedron it forms a link between the six lower
sefirot and the four higher sefirot. Daat as a singular covenant
symbolizes the union of macrocosm and microcosmGod and
Humanity. In other words, Daat facilitates the unification of the ten
sefirot.

The Holy Temple in Jerusalem symbolized a covenant of union


between the Jewish people and the divine Creator, but when it was
physically destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE the covenant was
thought to be broken. So, to mirror that reality, the Sefer Yetzirah
excludes the Holy Temple (i.e. Tifaret) from the ten sefirot of the Tree
of Yetzirah. But importantly, it does include coded instructions on how
to rebuild the Temple, and consequently activate Daat as a covenant
of union between God and Humanity.

16

Sefer Yetzirah, 6:5.

17

Sefer Yetzirah, 4:4.


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Twelve Boundaries

The Sefer Yetzirah describes the twelve boundaries as connecting lines


that extend between the six lower sefirot of the Tree of Yetzirah. This is
clearly stated in verse 5:2.

Twelve Simples:

.
Their foundation is the twelve diagonal boundaries:
The east upper boundary;
The east northern boundary;
The east lower boundary;
The south upper boundary;
The south eastern boundary;
The south lower boundary;
The west upper boundary;
The west southern boundary;
The west lower boundary;
The north upper boundary;
The north western boundary;
The north lower boundary.
They extend continually until eternity of eternities,
And it is they that are the boundaries of the World.
[Sefer Yetzirah, 5:2]

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Because the twelve boundaries extend between the six lower


directional sefirot, they must be located together in the lower part of
the Tree (as previously explained). Its obvious from verse 5:2 that the
twelve diagonal boundaries are not separated and scattered amongst
all the ten sefirot of the Tree diagram. But thats how many students of
the Kabbalah assume they are placed.

Figure 5 : Twelve Diagonal Boundaries

Its geometrically impossible, for example, for the twelve diagonal


pathways of the GRA version of the Tree diagram (above left) to
conform to the boundary placement instructions of verse 5:2.
However, the Tree of Yetzirah (above right) conforms perfectly to the
Sefer Yetzirahs design specifications.
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The three dimensional figure that naturally results from the


instructions of verse 5:2 is an octahedron. Some commentators derive a
cube, but its more logical to associate the six directional sefirot (or
depths) with the six vertices of an octahedron (unless the cube
concept is developed outside the natural structure of the Tree of Life).
If you try to picture the six lower sefirot as the six square sides of a
cube youll find it very difficult. But its easy to see the sefirot as six
vertices with twelve edges extending between them to form an
octahedron.

The octahedron incorporates the entire lower portion of the Tree of


Yetzirah, and provides us with a magical tool we can use to heal the
rift that unfortunately exists within human consciousness. The rift
effectively separates Humanity and the divine Creator. But it only
exists as a hiatus in human awareness.
Human-beings tend to be oblivious of the existence/reality of the
divine Creator. But thankfully the rift doesnt represent the complete
separation of Humanity from the Divine. That would be impossible.

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Ten Sefirot

Seven Doubles: - .
Seven and not six.
Seven and not eight.
Examine with them
and probe with them.
Make [each] thing stand on its essence,
and make the Creator sit on His base.
[Sefer Yetzirah, 4:5]

Six of the seven double letters are associated with the six vertices of the
octahedron. But the Sefer Yetzirah reminds us in verse 4:5 that there
are seven, not six, double letters, so we must associate one of them
with the central point of the octahedron. And it also advises us not to
be tempted to add an eighth double letter, meaning, do not add
another double letter sefirah (i.e. Malkut) to the bottom of the Tree
diagram. It makes a similar statement regarding the ten sefirot in
general.
Ten sefirot beli mah.
Ten and not nine.
Ten and not eleven.
Understand with wisdom;
Be wise with understanding.
Examine with them
and probe from them.

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Make [each] thing stand on its essence,


and make the Creator sit on His base.
[Sefer Yetzirah, 1:4]

The Hebrew word mawkone (, MKVN)18 translated here as base,


is a reference to the sefirah Daat, called depth of Above. Mawkone
means foundation and is often understood in the Hebrew Bible to
refer to the site of Gods temple. And just as the sefirah Yesod (,
YSVD, also meaning foundation) represents the foundation of human
consciousness, Mawkone identifies Daat as the foundation of divine
Consciousness.

Ten and not nine in verse 1:4 refers to the temptation to exclude the
first sefirahAin Sof19, called the Holy Breathfrom the sefirot,
thereby deriving nine sefirot instead of ten. Ten and not eleven
warns against adding Malkut to the bottom of the Tree because that
would make eleven sefirot.

The ten sefirot of the Sefer Yetzirah are also called depths.

18

See verses1:4 and 4:5.

19

Ain Sof ( ) translates literally as no end. It represents the infinite unknown.


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Ten Sefirot beli mah:


Their measure is ten
which have ain sof.20
A depth of Beginning,
A depth of End,
A depth of Good,
A depth of Evil,
A depth of Above,
A depth of Below,
A depth of East,
A depth of West,
A depth of North,
A depth of South.
The singular Master,
God Faithful King,
dominates over them all
from His holy dwelling
until eternity of eternities.
[Sefer Yetzirah, 1:5]

Verse 1:5 lists the ten depths in two groups, and as opposing pairs.
Obviously Malkut is not included, but many people still make the
mistake of adding Malkut as a sefirah. And then they compound the
error by assigning a depth to it (usually depth of End or depth of
Evil). This not only disrupts the original depth hierarchy, but
completely disrupts the Sefer Yetzirahs system of ten sefirot.

20

See the note above.


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The ten sefirot are clearly delineated in the text of the Sefer Yetzirah.
There are four sefirot located at the top of the Tree diagram, and below
them are six directional sefirot that produce the octahedron. There is
also an extra component of the Tree, thats not called a sefirah, but is
referred to as the Holy Temple.

Malkut is not one of the four highest depths, and nor is it one of the six
lower directional depths. Therefore it cannot be the depth of Evil, or
any of the ten depths. The depths, as aforesaid, are presented in two
groupsa higher group of four and a lower group of sixand as a
series of opposing principles.
Ten sefirot beli mah:
Their measure is ten
which have no end.
A depth of Beginning, [Ain Sof Holy Breath]
A depth of End, [Keter Breath from Breath]
A depth of Good, [Hockmah Water from Breath]
A depth of Evil, [Binah Fire from Water]
A depth of Above, [Daat]
A depth of Below, [Yesod]
A depth of East, [Hesed]
A depth of West, [Hod]
A depth of North, [Netzah]
A depth of South. [Geburah]
In fact, the first three lines of this verse cryptically instruct us to
exclude Malkut, and include Ain Sof. Beli mah ( ) translates to
without Mah, where the Hebrew word Mah ( )in ancient
Kabbalistic tradition, is associated with the sefirah Malkut.

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"That extremity of heaven is called Mi, but there is another


lower extremity which is called Mah (What?)... Of a surety
the veiled One, the most high, the sum of all existence will
heal thee and uphold theeMi, the extremity of heaven
above, Mah, as far as the extremity of heaven below. And
this is the inheritance of Jacob, he being the "bolt that passes
from extremity to extremity" (Exod. XXVI, 28), that is, from
the higher, identical with Mi, to the lower, identical with
Mah, as he occupies a position in the middle."
[From: Soncino Zohar, Prologue 1b.]

The Hebrew word 'Mi' ()21 signifies Binah (and the first Heh of
YHVH). 'Mah' ()22 represents Malkut (and the second Heh of YHVH).
'Jacob' (the Vav of YHVH) is the 'bolt'23 that extends between the first
Heh and the second Heh of YHVH.

The third line of Sefer Yetzirah verse 1:5 actually reads which have
Ain Sof, because no end is the English translation of the original
Hebrew Ain Sof () . Therefore, a more appropriate translation of
the first three lines of verse 1:5 is<
Ten sefirot without Mah [Malkut]:
Their measure is ten
which includes Ain Sof.
Ain Sof is called depth of Beginning because it has no end.

21

Meaning: Who?

22

Meaning: What?

23

Note that the Hebrew word Vav ( )means nail (or bolt).
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The Holy Temple is a sacred place that contains, preserves, and reflects
the Light of the Creator. It is there that He has chosen to especially
abideconcealed in the midst of the octahedron, close to His creation,
in His Holy Temple, or Tifaret. But the Holy Temple remains devoid of
the divine Presencethat is, until we build the Holy Temple
octahedron, and activate the singular covenant in Daat. Verse 1:5
continues<
The singular Master,
God Faithful King,
dominates over them all
from His holy dwelling
until eternity of eternities.
The holy dwelling (of verse 1:5) is the Holy Temple octahedron. Its
the place of the singular Master, the singular covenant (of verse 1:3),
and the One ShM (of verses 2:5 and 2:6). The foundation of the Holy
Temple is the sefirah Mawkone (Daat), called depth of Above. Its
associated with the first Hebrew double letter, Bayt (). Bayt means
house, as in the House of God, or Holy Temple.

Another important reason why Malkut is not included as a component


of the Tree of Yetzirah is because it embodies the lowest kabbalistic
world of Assiah (i.e. Making). The Tree of Yetzirah specifically
delineates the world of Yetzirah (i.e. Formation). Thats why the six
seals of Yetzirah only include the first three lettersY, H, Vof the
divine Name YHVH. They necessarily exclude the final Heh because it
represents Assiah and the sefirah Malkut, and therefore doesnt belong
in the world of Yetzirah. The final Heh is only appended to the six
YHV seal formulas when magical forces are required to flow down
from the world of Yetzirah into the world of Assiah.
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Seven Doubles

Theres much speculation among kabbalists as to the Sefer Yetzirahs


original assignment of the seven astrological planets to the seven
Hebrew double letters. The oldest surviving manuscripts of the text
present conflicting data presumably caused by scribal error and/or
deliberate obfuscation.
My own solution to this conundrum is based on the fact that the Sefer
Yetzirah likes to organize its Tree of Life components in alphabetical
order. For example, the Sefer Yetzirah presents the three mother letter
sefirot in their natural alphabetical orderAlef, Maym, Shinand it
associates the twelve zodiacal signs with the twelve simple letters in
their natural alphabetical order. Therefore, its likely that the seven
double letters will be associated with the seven planets in alphabetical
order.
Theres universal agreement in all versions of the Sefer Yetzirah that
the alphabetical order of the twelve simple letters parallels the natural
heavenly order of the twelve zodiacal constellations (as observed by
astrologers for thousands of years). But what is the natural order of
the seven astrological planets?
Its my belief that, in the Sefer Yetzirah, the planets are ordered
according to their cyclical movement as observed by the ancient
astrologers who wrote the original text.
The orbital periods of the planets (as viewed from Earth) are as
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Planet

Period (yrs)

Letter

Saturn

29.46

Bayt ()

Jupiter

11.86

Gimel ()

Mars

1.881

Dalet ()

Sun

Kaf ()

Venus

0.615

Peh ()

Mercury

0.241

Raysh ()

Moon

0.0748

Tav ()

In this scheme, planetary seniority is based on the length of a planets


cycle. So for example, Saturn is viewed as chief among the seven
planets because its orbital period (29.46 years) is the greatest.
Therefore, Saturn is assigned the first Hebrew double letter (i.e. Bayt).
But modern Hermetic kabbalists tend to reject these correspondences,
even though they feature in many versions of the Sefer Yetzirahand
strangely, even though the sefirot of the modern Hermetic Tree of Life
are recognized as following exactly the same orbital sequence of
planets.
3. Binah (Saturn, )
4. Hesed (Jupiter, )
5. Geburah (Mars, )
6. Tifaret (Sun, )
7. Netzah (Venus, )
8. Hod (Mercury, )
9. Yesod (Moon, )

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The seven lowest sefirot of the Tree of Yetzirah also follow this
planetary sequence except that Saturn is assigned to Daat.24
The most widely accepted planetary assignments in modern Hermetic
Kabbalah (or Qabalah) are those that were introduced by the original
Order of the Golden Dawn. Those atypical correspondences may be
appropriate for the Golden Dawn system of magic, but have no
relevance in the original magical system of the Sefer Yetzirah.

In the Tree of Yetzirah, Binah is assigned the third Hebrew mother letter Shin, and
the planet Pluto (or divine Fire).
24

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Three Mothers

Another common misapprehension regarding the design of the Tree of


Yetzirah is the mistaken belief that the three Hebrew mother letters are
associated with the three horizontal pathways of the Tree diagram.
This assumption results from a superficial reading of the Sefer
Yetzirah. Its true that there is a numerical association between the
three groups of Hebrew letters and the three groups of Tree
pathwayshorizontal, vertical, and diagonal. And its very tempting
to associate the two together based purely on that numerological
coincidence. But the text of the Sefer Yetzirah does not support or
describe that arrangement.

As previously mentioned, verse 6:5 of the Sefer Yetzirah defines the


structure of the Tree of Life as a hierarchy of components arranged in
four overlapping groups of 1, 3, 7, and 12.
One on three.
Three on seven.
Seven on twelve.
And all are bound, one to another.
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 6:5]

We know from verse 5:2 that the Sefer Yetzirah organises the lowest
group of twelve simple Hebrew letters as boundaries (or edges)
extending between the six vertices of an octahedron. The edges of the
octahedron include two of the three horizontal pathways of the Tree of
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Life diagram. So based on this observation alone we can deduce that


the three Hebrew mother letters cannot be associated with the three
horizontal pathways. The following diagram illustrates this point.

Figure 6 : Three Horizontal Pathways

The phrase seven on twelve refers to the six vertices that anchor the
twelve edges of the octahedron (plus its centre pointthe Holy
Temple). And the phrase also refers to the seven Hebrew double letter
pathways that are clustered together above the twelve edges of the
octahedron.

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Three on seven refers to the three Hebrew mother letter sefirot that
sit upon the seven double letter pathways at the top of the Tree
diagram.
The phrase one on three refers to the single sefirah called the Holy
Breath (i.e. Ain Sof) that crowns the Tree of Yetzirah. Its nested upon
the three mother letter sefirot.

Figure 7 : One on three; three on seven; seven on twelve

[See below for further explanation of the above diagram.]


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As you continue to study the Sefer Yetzirah youll realize that its
arrangement of sefirot and pathways is based on deep metaphysical
principles, not on a mundane numerological coincidence.

Another common misunderstanding related to the issue of the three


mother letters and the three horizontal pathways derives from the
apparent ambiguity of verse 6:2.

Three Mothers: Alef, Maym, Shin.


Air, water, and fire.
Fire is above, water is below,
and air of Breath is the rule
that decides between them.
And a sign of this thing
is that fire supports water.
Maym hums, Shin hisses,
and Alef is the Breath of air
that decides between them.
[Sefer Yetzirah, 6:2]

The simple solution to this ambiguity is that Alef, Maym, and Shin do
not represent the mundane elements: air, water, and fire. Instead, the
three mothers signify divine Elements (or Principles) that are the
spiritual source of elemental air, water, and fire. The three mothers
produce the mundane elements air, water, and fire when their
influence enters the World ().
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As its written in Sefer Yetzirah 3:4<


Three Mothers: Alef, Maym, Shin.
In the World25 are air, water, fire.
Heaven was created from fire.
Earth was created from water.
And air from Breath decides between them.
[Sefer Yetzirah, 3:4]

And in verse 3:2 it is written...


Three Mothers: Alef, Maym, Shin.
A great, mystical secret
covered and sealed with six rings.
And from them emanated air, water and fire.
And from them are born Fathers,
and from the Fathers, descendants.
[Sefer Yetzirah, 3:2]

And again in verse 6:1<


These are the three Mothers: Alef, Maym, Shin.
And from them emanated three Fathers.
And they are air, water, and fire.
And from the Fathers, descendants.
Three Fathers and their descendants.
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 6:1]

World (, Olahm) is the Sefer Yetzirahs technical name for the octahedron of
the human microcosm. Its the octahedron were primarily studying in this book.
There are two other octahedrons called Year (, Shanah) and Soul (, Nefesh).
25

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The three esoteric mother letter principles are defined and named in
verses 1:10-12. These three verses describe the divine Air element as
Breath from Breath ( ;) the divine Water element as Water
from Breath ( ;) and the divine Fire element as Fire from Water
() . They are technical terms intentionally used to differentiate
Alef, Maym, and Shin from their mundane counterparts: air, water,
and fire.

The three fathers and the three mundane elements air, water, and fire,
are represented by the three Hebrew simple letters: Vav (), Heh (),
and Yud ()not Alef (), Maym (), and Shin ().
The three letters YHV compose the six formulae that seal the six
vertices of the octahedron. In other words, these three Hebrew letters
symbolise elemental forces operating within the lower portion of the
Tree of Yetzirah.
Vav, Heh, and Yud are specifically identified by the Sefer Yetzirah as
being simple Hebrew letters26 in order to draw attention to the fact that
they have an affinity with the twelve simple letter boundaries that are
the edges of the octahedron.
So when the Sefer Yetzirah states in verse 6:2 Fire is above, water is
below, and air of Breath is the rule that decides between them its
describing the three Hebrew simple letters Heh, Yud, and Vav. And
more specifically, its referring to the arrangement of the simple letter
pathways into their three groups: Cardinal (above), Mutable (below),
and Fixed (in between). This will be discussed further, when we
examine the nature of the twelve descendants. (See below.)

26

He chose three letters from among the Simples. See verse 1:13.
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Figure 8 : The Tree of Yetzirah

The Alef, Maym, and Shin sefirot and pathways are arranged
according to the hierarchical order in which they are presented in the
Sefer Yetzirah: Alef first, then Maym, followed by Shin. This is also
their sequence in the natural order of the Hebrew alphabet.

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The Holy Temple

The unconscious state of the sefirah Daat (i.e. the singular covenant)
in the human psyche (i.e. in the octahedron) means that the Holy
Temple (i.e. Tifaret) remains darkened due to the absence of the
divine Light (i.e. the Shekinah) of the Creator. The Sefer Yetzirah
symbolically links this unfortunate condition with the destruction of
the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE.
Daat as the singular covenant (or covenant of unity) represents an
agreement we have with the Creator to assist in the fulfilment of His
divine Plan on Earth. But while the pathway between Tifaret (the
Holy Temple) and Daat (the singular covenant) remains closed to
us we remain unconscious of the role we are destined to play in the
Creation.

For the majority of human-beings the Tifaret-to-Daat pathway (i.e. the


Maym pathway) represents a spiritual hiatus in human consciousness.
Activating Tifarets link with Daat bridges the gap that currently
exists in consciousness between Humanity and the Creator. Without
the covenant of Daat were lost in exile on planet Earth, unaware of
the divine Presence (Shekinah) in our lives.
The Sefer Yetzirah aims to help us fill the spiritual void by providing a
metaphysical blueprint of the Holy Temple octahedron. Its a design
we can use to build an inner sanctum, activate the path of Maym,
access the singular covenant, and draw down the divine Presence
into our conscious awareness.
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The Holy Temple octahedron is a sacred work-space established for


the purpose of reuniting ourselves with the Creator in consciousness,
and for performing kabbalistic magic. The full design of the Temple is
represented by the octahedron that forms the lower portion of the Tree
of Yetzirah. The Creator is symbolized by the sefirot and pathways of
the upper part of the Treethat is, everything above the octahedron.
The divine Presence (i.e. Shekinah) enters into the Holy Temple by
means of the singular covenant of Mawkone (i.e. Daat)the
uppermost vertex of the octahedron.

As previously explained, the basic structure of the Tree of Yetzirah is


summarized in verse 6:5<
One on three.
Three on seven.
Seven on twelve.
And all are bound, one to another.
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 6:5]

The first sefirah is described as Breath of the Living God and the
Holy Breath.27 Its associated with the Hebrew mother letter Alef ()
and represents the original unfathomable Source from which the
Creation springs. The Sefer Yetzirah uses language and symbolism (in
verse 1:9) to differentiate this sefirah from the next group of three. In
other words, the Holy Breath remains symbolically separated from the
Tree in a manner similar to the way that Ain Sof is differentiated from
the three supernal sefirot of the modern day Tree diagram.

27

See verse 1:9.


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The modern Tree of Life recognises the existence of Ain Sof, but
doesnt include it in its numbering system28, preferring instead to begin
the counting from Keter. It then adds Malkut as the tenth sefirah in
order to incorporate the kabbalistic world of Assiah.
The Tree of Yetzirah omits the sefirah Malkut from its numeration, but
does include Ain Sof in the counting. This represents a minor
difference in emphasis between the two systems. Both Trees have ten
sefirot, and include the same basic components except that one
numbers Ain Sof at the top of the Tree, and the other numbers Malkut
at the bottom of the Tree.

So at the very top of the Tree of Yetzirah we have<


1. Breath of the Living God (Ain Sof)
The next three sefirot of the Tree of Yetzirah are described in verses
1:10-12.
2. Breath from Breath (Keter)
3. Water from Breath (Hockmah)
4. Fire from Water (Binah)
These three correspond with the modern day sefirot: Keter, Hockmah,
and Binah. Theyre associated with the three Hebrew mother letters:
Alef, Maym, and Shin.
The second sefirah (Breath from Breath) is exhaled from the Holy
Breath of Ain Sof (i.e. the first sefirah). This enables the Breath (as

28

Or labels it zero (0).


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Keter) to emerge into outer manifestationlike a human breath


condensing in a cloud as it meets the frigid air of a winters day.
The two breaths have the same essence (symbolized by Alef, )and are
therefore virtually indistinguishable from each other. As it is written in
verse 1:7<
Ten sefirot beli mah.
Their end is imbedded in their beginning,
and their beginning in their end.
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 1:7]

In other words, depth of End (i.e. Keter) is embedded in depth of


Beginning (i.e. Ain Sof) and vice versa.29

The exhaled Breath contains both divine Water (moisture) and divine
Fire (heat). These two principles differentiate from each other and
form the third and fourth sefirotcalled Hockmah and Binah in the
modern Tree diagram.

So far we have fulfilled the Sefer Yetzirahs requirement of one on


three, but what of three on seven? The next verse lists only six
sefirot. This is a great mystery of the Sefer Yetzirah. There are seven
Hebrew double letters, but only six lower sefirot. The mystery is

Keter symbolizes the end of the divine creative-evolutionary process (i.e. the divine
cycle of exhalation and inhalation). Keter is the final destination of Human
Consciousness as it rises to the top of the Tree of Life (i.e. during the divine
inhalation, prior to the absorption of All into Ain Sof).
29

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solved when one of the seven double letters (Kaf, , the Sun) is
assigned to the Holy Temple. The sefirah Tifaret symbolizes the Holy
Temple, and Mawkone (Daat) is its foundation.

The Sefer Yetzirah reveals Daat (or Mawkone) as the spiritual


foundation of the Holy Temple in verse 1:4.

Ten sefirot beli mah.


Ten and not nine.
Ten and not eleven.
Understand [Binah] with wisdom [Hockmah].
Be wise [Hockmah] with understanding [Binah].
Examine with them
and probe from them.
Make (each) thing stand on its essence
and make the Creator sit on His Mawkone ().
[Sefer Yetzirah, 1:4]

The Hebrew terms Hockmah (Wisdom) and Binah (Understanding)


are code words for the third and fourth sefirot of the Tree of Yetzirah.
In other words, verse 1:4 hints at combining these two sefirot to
produce the Creators Mawkone (Base, Foundation)the sacred
site of the Holy Temple.

Heres a related quote from the Sefer Bahir<


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What is the seventh? It is the heaven called Aravot .And


why is it called heaven (ShMYM)? Because it is round like
a head. We learn that it is in the centre *Daat+, with water
[Hockmah] at its right and fire [Binah] at its left. It
supports water (Sh MYM) from fire and water, and brings
peace between them. Fire comes and finds the attribute of
fire on its side. Water comes and finds the attribute of
water on its side. It is therefore written (Job 25:2), He
makes peace in His high places.
[The Sefer Bahir. v. 153. Trans. Aryeh Kaplan. ]
[Square-bracketed notes are my own.]

Following its description of the fourth sefirahFire from Water (i.e.


Binah)verse 1:12 mentions that the Creators dwelling is founded
from the three sefirot above Daat. It states: From these three He
founded His dwelling. This means: From these three sefirotBreath
from Breath (Alef/Keter), Water from Breath (Maym/Hockmah), and
Fire from Water (Shin/Binah)He created the Holy Temple
octahedron. In other words, using Alef, Maym, and Shin He formed
the octahedron as per the very next verse (i.e. verse 1:13)<
He chose three letters from among the Elementals
[in the mystery of the three Mothers: Alef, Maym, Shin].
And He set them in His great ShM ('name')
and with them, He sealed six extremities.
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 1:13]

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The six extremities are the six vertices of the Holy Temple
octahedron. This topic is expanded below.
Heres how the three on seven requirement of verse 6:5 is fulfilled.

Figure 9 : Three on Seven

The three sefirotKeter (), Hockmah (), and Binah ()rest upon
seven double letter pathways (coloured blue). The six lower sefirot and
Tifaret (the Holy Temple) are emanations of the seven double letter
pathways, projected down into the lower part of the Tree. There they
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become anchored as the extremities of the Worldi.e. the six spatial


directions (plus the centre-point of consciousness). In other words, the
seven supernal pathway emanations establish the seven dimensions of
the microcosmic universe.

Thus, the three mother letter sefirot not only rest upon the seven
double letter pathways, but they also hover over the seven emanations
of those pathwaysi.e. the seven double letter sefirot.
The seven double letter pathways symbolize the seven archangels who
surround and support the Throne of the Creator. They are the supreme
angels whose intelligences guide the seven astrological planets (i.e.
the seven lower sefirot). This is another way of understanding the
intimate relationship that exists between the seven double letter
pathways (archangels) and their emanationsthe seven lower sefirot
(planets).

Weve determined that the lower portion of the Tree of Yetzirah


consists of the Holy Temple (Tifaret) and the six directional depths
(numbered five to ten)<

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Seven Doubles: - .

-
Up and Down.
East and West.
North and South.30
And the Holy Temple precisely in the center.
And it supports (, NShA)31 them all.
[Sefer Yetzirah, 4:4]
[Blue text has been added by me.]

5. Above (Daat)
6. Below (Yesod)
7. East (Hesed)
8. West (Hod)
9. South (Geburah)
10. North (Netzah)
These six directional depths are grouped together and listed as
opposing pairs because they represent the six opposing vertices of an
octahedron.
This arrangement is referred to in verse 6:5 where its written<

Note that the original numbered order of the six directional depths (i.e. in verse
1:13) has South (#9) listed before North (#10).
30

The Hebrew word NShA means to lift and carry, or raise up. This refers to the
Suns role as bearer and carrier of the orbiting planets.
31

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Seven:
Three opposite three.
And one is the rule deciding between them.
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 6:5]

Tifaret is the rule deciding between them. It embodies the


Consciousness principlethe unique faculty that discriminates
between all the extremities of the World.
The sphere of Mawkone (i.e. Daat) symbolizes the spiritual foundation
of the Holy Temple. It represents a divine covenant established
between God and Humanity.
Mawkone remains far removed from human consciousness until
eventually (i.e. after certain evolutionary requirements are met) it
becomes consciously integrated as the apex of the Holy Temple
octahedron. By that time, the pathway between Tifaret and Mawkone
(i.e. the path of Maym) has opened to consciousness, and Tifaret has
become divinely illumined32.

The allocation of the seven double letters to the six directional depths
(and the Holy Temple) is presented quite clearly in the text.
The depths of Above and Below are represented by the first ( )and
seventh ( )double letters, respectively. The depths of East and West
are represented by the second ( )and sixth ( )double letters. The
depths of South and North are represented by the third ( )and fifth ()
double letters. The Holy Temple is represented by the fourth ( )double

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letter (which is precisely in the center of the group of seven double


letters).

Figure 10 : The Double Letters & the Depths

The letter Kaf ( )represents the Sunthe centre of the microcosmic


solar system.
[Note: In the diagram above the Hebrew letters are written according
to the English left-to-right usage instead of the original Hebrew rightto-left.]

The configuration of the twelve edges of the Holy Temple octahedron


is presented in verse 5:2.
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Twelve Elementals33.


Their foundation is the twelve diagonal boundaries:
The east upper boundary.
The east northern boundary.
The east lower boundary.
The south upper boundary.
The south eastern boundary.
The south lower boundary.
The west upper boundary.
The west southern boundary.
The west lower boundary.
The north upper boundary.
The north western boundary.
The north lower boundary.
They extend continually until eternity of eternities.
And it is they that are the boundaries of the World.
[Sefer Yetzirah, 5:2]

This verse fulfils the final requirement of verse 6:5seven on


twelvebecause the six vertices (plus the center point/vertical axis)
anchor the octahedrons twelve edges within the lower portion of the
Tree.

Aryeh Kaplan translates the Hebrew word PShVT ( )as elemental, but the
usual translation is simple. Interestingly, verse 5:2 arranges the twelve boundaries
of the octahedron according to an element-based fire-air-water (i.e. HVY) pattern.
This is explained below.
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Figure 11 : Seven on Twelve

Seven Doubles: -
Up and Down.
East and West.
North and South.
And the Holy Temple precisely in the center.
And it supports them all.
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Note:

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unifying

principle

of

consciousness

that's

represented by the Holy Temple (i.e. Tifaret) illuminates all the other
six sefirot of the Octahedronthat is, it supports them all (SY, 4:4).
And similarly, as stated elsewhere, the two vertical pathways that
adjoin Tifaret (i.e. the Shin and Maym pathways) infuse with the
magical force of ShM all the twelve pathways that form the twelve
edges of the Octahedron.

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Restoring the Holy Temple

The three mother letter pathways (i.e. the Alef, Maym, and Shin
pathways) compose the central vertical trunk of the Tree of Yetzirah.
They do so in their natural alphabetical order: Alef, Maym, and Shin.
As Ive already explained, its impossible for the three mother letters to
occupy the three horizontal pathways of the Tree diagram. Thats
because two of the horizontal pathways are assigned to two
boundaries (i.e. edges) of the octahedron. Those two pathways are
therefore occupied by two simple letters. There is no escaping the
reality of verse 5:2.
The three mother letters are central to the metaphysics of the Sefer
Yetzirah, and its vitally important to grasp their meaning in relation to
each other and to the books entire metaphysical scheme. And, of
course, this is the most difficult challenge of the Sefer Yetzirah.

In order to fully restore the Holy Temple octahedron, theres an


evolutionary transformation that must occur within its vertical axis.
The transformation involves the merging of the Shin ( )and Maym ()
pathways (and the simultaneous merging of Shin and Maym within
the octahedrons twelve boundaries).
Initially, the octahedron is dominated by the path of Shin (). The Shin
pathway extends between Yesod (i.e. depth of Below) and Tifaret (i.e.
the Holy Temple) and forms the lower half of the octahedrons vertical
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When the path of Shin dominates the octahedron, the human psyche is
ruled by the fires of Judgement of the feminine principle (Binah, ).
But as we evolve in consciousness, the fires of Judgement are
gradually mitigated by the waters of Mercy that flow down from the
path of Maym (). The Maym pathway extends between Tifaret (i.e. the
Holy Temple) and Daat (i.e. the singular covenant). The Maym
pathway is an emanation of the sefirotic Maym of Hockmah.
The Shin and Maym pathways slowly merge together through the
valve of Tifaret34 until a point is reached when the two pathways
become one. Human consciousness then rises to Daat and the
singular covenant (i.e. Daat) is awakened. This process transforms
the unevolved octahedron into the Holy Temple octahedron, and its
vertical axis becomes one single pathway called the Shem (ShM)
pathway, or Shem Pillar.
The Hebrew word ShM ( )means name and generally refers to the
Name of God (i.e. YHVH). But ShM is itself a powerful formula that
essentially defines the creative process (as depicted in the Sefer
Yetzirah). The critical importance of ShM is alluded to in the first verse
of the Sefer Yetzirah where its written<
And He created His World
with three books ().
With text (;)
with number (;)
and with communication ().
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 1:1]

Tifaret represents the Suncalled ShMSh ( )in Hebrew. The ShMSh formula
shows the path of Maym situated between the path of Shin below and the higher
sefirotic Shin of Binah above. The formula gives confirmation that Tifaret (the Holy
Temple) represents the doorway through which the ShM transformation occurs.
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In this verse, the three books of Creation are identified with the
Hebrew letters SPR (), the numerical value of which is 340. This is
also the value of the sacred formula ShM (). So, in other words,
verse 1:1 is telling us that the ShM formula is central to the creation of
the World. And this notion is reiterated in verse 2:5<
It comes out that all that is formed
and all that is spoken
emanates from One ShM.
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 2:5]

And also in verse 2:6<


He foresees, transforms and makes
all that is formed and all that is spoken:
One ShM.
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 2:6]

The phrase One ShM ( ) specifically refers to the single ShM


pathway (or ShM Pillar) that extends between Yesod and Daat in the
restored Holy Temple octahedron. 35

Note also that the phrase One ShM in verses 2:5 and 2:6 also includes a reference
to the mother letter Alefi.e. because Alef = 1 (one). It therefore identifies Alef as an
important influence effecting the ShM equation. Alefs function is explained below.
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Jacob & Israel

The biblical story of Jacob is an allegory of human evolution on our


planet. And his experience at Peniel36 (Face of God) is linked
symbolically with the transformation of the basic octahedron into the
Holy Temple octahedron. All human-beings eventually undergo this
high initiation, called the ShM Initiation (or Name Initiation).37
Jacobs name-change to Israel (, YShRAL) symbolizes the
elevation of human consciousness from the sefirah Tifaret (Jacob) to
the sphere of Daat (Israel). At that time Daat becomes integrated into
human consciousness and the covenant of the Unique One (BRYTh
YChYD, ) is activated.
During the evolution of the octahedron the ShM Pillar becomes
established as its central axis. This occurs as Jacobs guardian angel
(Tifaret, Kaf) releases his hold on the Shin and Maym pathways and
allows them to fully merge together. Jacob as Israel (Daat) then
assumes control of the ShM Pillar. 38
The ShM Pillar empowers Israel to become consciously involved in the
divine Work of Yetzirah (Formation). In other words, after reconciling

36

See: Genesis, Chapter 32.

So called because during this initiation the identity (i.e. the name) of the human
monad (Yechidah) is revealed. This is the true name of the ShM Initiate.
37

Prior to Israel (i.e. a ShM initiate) gaining control of the ShM Pillar, the gradual
merging of the paths of Shin and Maym is supervised by Jacobs (i.e. an average
human-beings) Holy Guardian Angel (or Solar Angel). This is standard procedure
during human evolution in the lead up to the ShM initiation.
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the paths of Shin and Maym within his own microcosmic self, Jacob as
Israel is able to consciously assist the Creator in the macrocosmic
merging of Binah (Shin, divine Fire) with Hockmah (Maym, divine
Water). In doing so, Israel takes his first step on a new path of cosmic
evolution.

Jacobs ShM initiation is described in Genesis, 32:24-32. (See below.)


Notice the frequency of the word ShM in the passage, and the unusual
occurrence of the word Kaf (, KP, cup, or hollow). The entire
episode is highly peculiar, and therefore likely to contain a hidden
esoteric meaning.
The hollow (, Kaf) of Jacobs thigh is Tifaret 39 and the sinew that
shrank symbolizes the decline of Shins dominance leading to the
merging of the Shin and Maym pathways to form the ShM Pillar.
In the end, Jacob calls the place of his ShM initiation Peniel (Face of
God) because hes seen God face to face. This name is appropriate
because the awakening of the sphere of Mawkone (Daat) unites the
face of the microcosm (i.e. the lower sefirot of the Tree of Yetzirah)
with the face of the macrocosm (i.e. the highest sefirot of the Tree).
Its only via the sphere of Daat that were able to behold the face of
God. This is the ultimate purpose of the ShM Initiation.

Kaf ( )is the Hebrew double letter associated with Tifaret and the Sun (,
ShMSh). Its the sacred Cup that holds the divine Water of the path of Maym (). The
Cup itself is made from Fire (, Shin). This is the esoteric reason why the Hebrew
word ShMSh (the Sun) shows Maym (divine Water) in the midst of Shin (divine
Fire). Similarly, the Shin of Binah (divine Fire) is a vessel of Fire that surrounds and
covers the Maym of Hockmah (divine Water).
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And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man [angel]
with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw
that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow
[KP] of his thigh; and the hollow [KP] of Jacob's thigh was
out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me
go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go,
except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy
name [ShM]? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name
[ShM] shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a
prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast
prevailed. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray
thee, thy name [ShM]. And he said, Wherefore is it that
thou dost ask after my name [ShM]? And he blessed him
there. And Jacob called the name [ShM] of the place Peniel:
for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and
he halted upon his thigh. Therefore the children of Israel
eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the
hollow [KP] of the thigh, unto this day: because he
touched the hollow [KP] of Jacob's thigh in the sinew that
shrank.
[Genesis, 32:24-32.]
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Sealing the Depths

He chose three letters from among the Simple letters,


[in the mystery of the three Mothers: Alef, Maym, Shin].
And He set them in His great ShM,
and with them He sealed six extremities.
Five: He sealed above and faced upward,
and sealed it with Yud, Vav, Heh (YVH).
Six: He sealed below and faced downward,
and sealed it with Heh, Vav, Yud (HVY).
Seven: He sealed east and faced straight ahead,
and sealed it with Yud, Heh, Vav (YHV).
Eight: He sealed west and faced backward,
and sealed it with Vav, Heh, Yud (VHY).
Nine: He sealed south and faced to the right,
and sealed it with Heh, Yud, Vav (HYV).
Ten: He sealed north and faced to the left,
and sealed it with Vav, Yud, Heh (VYH).
[Sefer Yetzirah, 1:13]

Verse 1:13 of the Sefer Yetzirah explains how we should commence


building the Holy Temple octahedron. It uses essentially the same
methodology and fulfils the same esoteric function as the well-known
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version of the ritual is exceptional because it fortifies not only the four
compass-point directions, but also the depths of Above and Below.
The Sefer Yetzirah employs six royal seals (or rings, )to
establish and fortify the six directions that uphold and sustain the
World. Each seal formula (see above) is the mirror image of the
formula assigned to the opposite end of its axis. This ensures that the
six formulae conform to the three opposite three requirement of
verse 6:5.

These YHV formulas are based on the natural YHVH structure of the
Tree of Life. (See below.) As far as I know, they do not occur in any
extant version of the Sefer Yetzirah. Unfortunately, the original
arrangement of the YHV formulas is unknown due to deliberate
concealment and/or scribal error. Most importantly however, in
practice, these assignments work very effectively.

There are four levels of the Tree of Life associated with the letters of
the Tetragrammaton (YHVH). The first three levels constitute the Tree
of Yetzirah, while the last level adds the sefirah Malkut (i.e. Assiah).
The highest level of the Tree of Yetzirah is symbolized by Yud (). At
this level there is no Heh or Vav. The letter Yud ( )is assigned singly to
the first two sefirot. The first sefirah is called the Holy Breath and is
associated with Ain Sof. It symbolizes the inhaled breath of the Creator
and contains in latency the ten-fold Tree of Yetzirah. The Yud of the
second sefirah is Breath from Breath. The second Yud represents the
exhaled (i.e. externalized) breath of the Creator. Thus, they are both
expressions of the same archetypethat is, Yud.
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Figure 12 : The Tree of YHVH

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With 32 mystical paths of wisdom (, HKMH)


engraved Yah (, YH).40
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 1:1.]

The second Tetragrammaton level is comprised of the third and fourth


sefirot. At this level the letters Yud and Heh are combined in pairs and
there is no Vav. Hockmah is given YH ( )and Binah is assigned HY
(). These two sefirot represent opposing principles, like centrifugal
and centripetal force, light and darkness, 'Good' and 'Evil', etc.
Hockmah represents the movement of energy from Yud to Heh, or
Male to Female, while Binah signifies the opposite, but complementary
energy flow of Heh to Yud, or Female to Male.
These two fundamental kabbalistic formulasYH and HYare found
in the two supreme Names of God: YHVH (, Yehovah) and
ALHYM (, Elohim). YHVH is commonly associated with
Hockmah and ALHYM with Binah.
The sefirah Binah is considered especially important because the
formula HY ( )parallels the key formula of creation, ShM ('Name',
). Heh ( )is associated with Shin (), and Yud ( )is associated with
Maym (). Generally speaking, the flow of energy from Binah to
Hockmah (via the Bayt, , pathway) represents the evolution of
consciousness (propelled by the fiery pressure of Shin) away from its
dependence on the Form principle (Binah).
The six lower sefirot plus the Holy Temple (i.e. Tifaret) constitute the
third (i.e. YHV) Tetragrammaton level of the Tree of Life. The Hebrew

Appropriately, this is the very first line of the Sefer Yetzirah. Note that the YH
formula is assigned to the sefirah Hockmah (Wisdom), called depth of Good.
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letter Vav ( )appears for the first time at this level and its here that the
letters of the Holy Name are combined in threes.
At this level the letter Vav is added to the Yud and Heh (of the higher
sefirot) thereby producing the six seals of Yetzirah. These six formulae
establish the extremities of our space/time continuum and field of
consciousness. The three lettersYud, Heh, and Vavare called
'fathers' in the Sefer Yetzirah. They symbolize the three Hebrew
Patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The two seals that occupy the middle pillar symbolize the back and
forth energy flow between Father/Hockmah (Y) and Mother/Binah (H).
In these two formulas the letter Vav (V) holds the central position. It
represents the Son principle (or microcosm). So basically, the
Daat/Tifaret formula YVH signifies Father-Son-Mother, and the Yesod
formula HVY represents Mother-Son-Father.
The Yesod (i.e. depth of Below) formula HVY contains the three
letters Heh, Vav, and Yud in their natural order in the Hebrew
alphabetthat is, from Alef to Tav. Therefore, it symbolizes a
movement away from the Source, towards materiality.
Similarly, the Daat/Tifaret (i.e. depth of Above) formula YVH
contains the three letters Yud, Vav, and Heh in their reverse natural
order in the Hebrew alphabetthat is, from Tav to Alef. Therefore, it
symbolizes the returning flow of energy back to the spiritual Source.

The two seals occupying the right-hand pillar (i.e. of Mercy) both
contain the YH sub-formula of Hockmah (Father). Basically, both
formulae reflect (from different angles) the relationship between the
Father (YH) and the Son (V).
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The two seals that occupy the left-hand pillar (i.e. of Judgment) both
contain the HY sub-formula of Binah (Mother). Basically, both
formulae reflect (from different angles) the relationship between the
Mother (HY) and the Son (V).
The final Heh is added to YHVH when the sefirah Malkut
(symbolizing dense physical manifestation) is appended to the Tree of
Life. Malkut occurs at the lowest (i.e. fourth) Tetragrammaton level on
the Tree diagram. This is where the Holy Name is completedi.e.
where it assumes its four-fold (i.e. Tetragrammaton) form.
As long as the sphere of Da'at remains dormant within human
consciousness, the sefirah Malkut (as the final Heh of YHVH) remains
spiritually desolatei.e. devoid of the Divine Presence (or Shekinah).
But when Da'at is awakened in consciousnessthat is, when the Holy
Temple octahedron is established and sanctifiedthen the Heh of
Binah (i.e. the higher Shekinah) is once again able to descend to inhabit
the microcosm, even unto the Heh of Malkut.

There are twelve special forms of the Holy Name YHVH that are called
'descendants' in the Sefer Yetzirah. These twelve formulae combine
together to form the sefirah Malkut. Each of the twelve descendants is
associated with one of the twelve boundaries that form the octahedron.
The twelve descendants symbolize the twelve sons of Jacob, and the
twelve tribes of Israel. (See below for more information.)

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The Ritual of Sealing the Depths

In verse 1:13 the six vertices of the octahedron are called extremities
(, QTz) but in other verses theyre referred to as depths (,
OVMQ). Personally, I prefer to use the English word depth during
my Holy Temple rituals.

ShM, ShM, ShM


I seal the Depth of Room with ( Y, V, H)
I seal the Depth of Takath with ( H, V, Y)
ShM
I seal the Depth of Mizrawk with ( Y, H, V)
ShM
I seal the Depth of Dawrome with ( H, Y, V)
ShM
I seal the Depth of Ma'arab with ( V, H, Y)
ShM
I seal the Depth of Tzawfone with ( V, Y, H)
ShM
I banish the darkness from this place with ( Y, H, V, H)
ShM, ShM, ShM

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Commentary

Stand and face the East. Breathe deeply and rhythmically. Assume a
relaxed state, but keep your mind focused. Use your power of
visualization to see the spheres above and below you, and at the four
compass points.

Figure 13 : The Holy Temple Octahedron

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Visualize the sefirotic spheres in their appropriate sefirotic colours. See


also their associated Hebrew double letters glowing brightly within
them. The four compass point spheres should be positioned in the air
at about waist height.
Repeat each line of the ritual three times in three breaths.
Intone the six seals by pronouncing their Hebrew letters. For example,
pronounce YVH as Yud, Vav, Heh.
After sealing the depth of Room (Above/Daat) and the depth of
Takath (Below/Yesod) intone ShM (Shshshshemmmmmmm). See a
column of purple light extending from the depth of Below (Takath) to
the depth of Above (Room). When it's established, see also the sefirah
Tifaret (coloured gold) in the midst of the ShM Pillar. Visualize the
Hebrew letter Kaf ( )within the sphere of Tifaret.
The ShM Pillar represents the core of your nuclear reactor. Use its
power to seal the depths, and to banish the darkness from your
octahedron.
As you seal each of the four compass point depths, draw with your
finger (or wand) a pentagram of white light superimposed on top of
the associated sefirotic sphere. Breathe out the light of ShM and focus
it through your finger/wand. Also, as you turn to face each new
direction, intone ShM and draw a line of white light that joins together
the previous pentagram with the next pentagram. Complete the circle
by facing again towards the Easti.e. after the last depth (Tzawfone)
has been sealed. Then intone ShM and draw a large circle of light that
begins from Dawrome (South) rises to Room (Above) then descends to
Tzawfone (North) then continues to descend to Takath (Below) and
rises/returns to Dawrome (South) to complete the circle. Then intone
ShM and draw a large circle of light that begins from Mizrawk (East)
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rises to Room (Above) then descends to Maarab (West) then continues


to descend to Takath (Below) and rises/returns to Mizrawk (East) to
complete the circle. End by facing the East.
Each time you turn and face a new direction endeavour to see all the
depths/sefirot arranged in their new relative positions: In front of you
and behind you, to your left and right. See also the depths above and
below you, and your ShM Pillar with Tifaret (i.e. the Holy Temple) in
the midst. With this visualization exercise youre establishing a
foundation for all your magical operations.
Also, when you visualize each depth, and draw its pentagram, imagine
the four boundaries (or edges) that join it to the rest of the octahedron.
The visualisation should be like looking into a corner where four edges
meet.
As you intone the Hebrew letters of each seal briefly visualize them in
white light within their associated pentagrams.
As you seal the first two depths (i.e. Above and Below) turn your gaze
towards them. Use your power of visualization to imagine the
pentagrams upon the sphere above you and the sphere below you. (In
other words, there's no need to draw those two pentagrams with your
wand.) Also, try to visualize the four edges of the octahedron that
connect the depths of Above and Below with the four compass-point
depths.
At the end of the ritual, when you banish the darkness and pronounce
the Name Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh, project with your mind a Yud towards
the depth of Mizrawk (East), a Heh towards the depth of Dawrome
(South), a Vav towards the depth of Maarab (West), and the final Heh
towards the depth of Tzawfone (North). See waves of white light
pulsing from the ShM Pillar and spreading out to fill and purify the
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space within the Holy Temple (octahedron). See also, lines of white
light that represent the twelve edges of the octahedron. Maintain this
visualization for as long as desired.
After two weeks of performing this daily ritual you shouldnt need to
repeat each line of the ritual three times. Your visualizations should be
strong enough so that one pronouncement per depth will suffice.

Figure 14 : Sealing the Depths

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Invoking the Shekinah

With 32 mystical paths of wisdom


engraved Yah.
The Lord of Hosts.
The God of Israel.
The Living God.
King of the World.
Almighty God.
Merciful and Gracious.
High and Exalted.
Dwelling in Eternity.
Whose ShM is Holy.
He is Lofty and Holy.
And He created His World
with three books (SPhRYM).
With text (SPhR).
With number (SPhR).
And with communication (SPhVR).
[Sefer Yetzirah, 1:1]

When youve firmly established the design of the Holy Temple


octahedron within your consciousness, then its time to invite the
Shekinah, the divine Presence, to dwell within it. This is achieved by
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intoning the names of God mentioned in verse 1:1 of the Sefer Yetzirah
(quoted above). The names are presented as opposing pairs that
coincide exactly with the sequence of opposing depths as listed in
verse 1:5.

Ten sefirot belimah:


Their measure is ten
which have no end.
A depth of Beginning,
A depth of End,
A depth of Good,
A depth of Evil,
A depth of Above,
A depth of Below,
A depth of East,
A depth of West,
A depth of North,
A depth of South.
The singular Master,
God Faithful King,
dominates over them all
from His holy dwelling
until eternity of eternities.
[Sefer Yetzirah, 1:5]

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The eleventh divine name Whose ShM is Holy (or The Holy ShM) is
associated with the ShM Pillar. But the given order of all the other
names in verse 1:1 precisely parallels their depth counterparts as
presented in verse 1:5.
Verse 1:1

Verse 1:5

Sphere

Yah

Depth of Beginning

Ain Sof

The Lord of Hosts

Depth of End

Keter

The God of Israel

Depth of Good

Hockmah

The Living God

Depth of Evil

Binah

King of the World

Depth of Above

Daat

Almighty God

Depth of Below

Yesod

Merciful and Gracious

Depth of East

Hesed

High and Exalted

Depth of West

Hod

Dwelling in Eternity

Depth of North

Netzah

Whose ShM is Holy

ShM Pillar

Tifaret

Lofty and Holy

Depth of South

Geburah

The divine name mentioned at the end of verse 1:5God Faithful


Kingis akin to the name King of the World given in verse 1:1.
Both names are associated with depth of Above (i.e. Daat).
The singular Master,
God Faithful King,
dominates over them all
from His holy dwelling
until eternity of eternities.
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 1:5]

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Daat is distinguished from the other components of the Tree of


Yetzirah because its the sacred portal through which the Shekinah
enters into the Holy Temple octahedron. And Daat is also the base (i.e.
Mawkone) upon which the Creator (Who is especially represented by
the highest sefirot) sits.
The Shekinah ritual is simple, but powerful. Its performed every day
for a week. Its always performed immediately after the sealing the
depths ritual. The Shekinah ritual is performed in order to consecrate
the Holy Temple octahedron and to firmly establish it

in

consciousness.
The divine names are intoned within their associated depths in
precisely the same sequence as they are sealed.

Divine Name

Hebrew

Depth

Beginning

The Lord of Hosts


End

The God of Israel
Good

The Living God
Evil

King of the World
Above

Almighty God
Below

Merciful and Gracious
East
High and Exalted
West

Dwelling in Eternity
North

Whose ShM is Holy
ShM Pillar
Lofty and Holy
South

Yah

Hebrew

Sefirah

Ain Sof
Keter
Hockmah
Binah
Daat
Yesod
Hesed
Hod
Netzah
Tifaret
Geburah

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The Shekinah Invocation Ritual

I invite the Divine Presence


to infuse this Holy Temple.
Melek Olahm
El Shad-dah-ee
Qawdoshe Sheem
Rahkoom ve-Khanoon
Mawrome ve-Qawdoshe
Rawm ve-Nawsaw
Shohken Ahd
Eloheem Khaw-yeem
Elohee Yis-raw-ale
Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh Tze-bay-oth
Yud-Heh
I consecrate this Holy Temple
in service to the Divine Creator.

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Commentary

Perform this ritual immediately after Sealing the Depths (every day
for the period of a week).
Begin by facing east.
Raise your arms towards the Heavens as you pronounce I invite the
Divine Presence to infuse this Holy Temple. And raise your arms also
at the end of the ritual when you say I consecrate this Holy Temple in
service to the Divine Creator.
Face towards each depth and intone its divine Name. Project the
Names into their associated spheres. Theres no need to mention the
names of the depths. Simply face in the appropriate direction and
visualize each coloured sphere as you intone its associated divine
Name. Make sure you also visualize the appropriate Hebrew double
letter within each sphere. For example: As you intone Rahkoom veKhanoon visualize the Hebrew letter Gimel ( )within the blue Hesed
depth of Mizrawk/East.
Repeat each divine Name a number of times during a cycle of three
breaths. You can intone some of the divine Names several times in one
breath to good effect. Use your own discretion and let your own
experience be your ultimate guide.
Return to face the East when youre ready to intone the divine names
of the highest depths. There is no need to face towards the four highest
depths.

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Divine Name

Hebrew

Depth

Letter

Melek Olahm

Above

El Shad-dah-ee

Below

Qawdoshe Sheem

ShM Pillar

Rahkoom ve-Khanoon

East

Mawrome ve-Qawdoshe

South

Rawm ve-Nawsaw

West

Shohken Ahd

North

Eloheem Khaw-yeem

Evil

Elohee Yis-raw-ale

Good

Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh Tze-bay-oth

End

Yud-Heh

Beginning

Visualise the depth of Roah (Evil) as a red cloud high above the
octahedron, and behind your left shoulder. See within it the Hebrew
letter Shin, flaming red. See fiery energy rush from it to the depth of
Room (Daat) above you and fill the Holy Temple octahedron.
Visualise the depth of Toob (Good) as a blue cloud high above the
octahedron, and behind your right shoulder. See within it the Hebrew
letter Maym, vibrant blue. See watery ultraviolet energy flow from it to
the depth of Room (Daat) above you and fill the Holy Temple
octahedron.
Visualise the depth of Akh-ar-reeth (End) as a yellow cloud high
above the octahedron and in front of you. See within it the Hebrew
letter Alef, golden yellow. See brilliant golden lightning flash from it to
the depth of Room (Daat) above you and fill the Holy Temple
octahedron.
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Visualise the depth of Ray-sheeth (Beginning) as an invisible cloud


that surrounds the octahedron and expands to infinity. See within it
one thousand Hebrew letter Alefs, iridescent white. See its ethereal
energy encompassing the Holy Temple octahedron.
Perform this ritual every morning for seven days. After that your Holy
Temple will be consecrated.

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Air, Water, and Fire

The mundane elementsair, water, and fireare said to emerge from


the three Hebrew mother letters.
Three Mothers: Alef, Maym, Shin.
A great, mystical secret
covered and sealed with six rings.
And from them emanated air, water, and fire.
And from them are born Fathers.
And from the Fathers, descendants.
[Sefer Yetzirah, 3:2]

The great mystical secret is that the three Hebrew simple letters
Yud, Heh, and Vavare emanations of the three Hebrew mother
letters. And these three simple letters symbolize the three mundane
elements, and the three fathers.
When the Sefer Yetzirah refers to air, water, and fire, its not referring
directly to the three mother letters: Alef, Maym, and Shin. Rather, its
referring to their three elemental emanations (i.e. Vav, Yud, and Heh).
Traditionally, Yud is thought to come from Maym, Heh from Shin, and
Vav from Alef.41 If this is true (which I believe it is) then the Sefer
Yetzirah directly contradicts the modern Hermetic correspondences
that see Yud as fire, and Heh as water. More on this later.

41

See: Sefer Yetzirah, by Aryeh Kaplan. Weiser, 1991. Pg. 140 and 153.
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The three simple elemental letters emanate from the three mothers as
per the following diagram.

Figure 15 : Yud, Heh, and Vav

Yud ( )descends to the sefirah Hesed from Maym (i.e. Hockmah). Heh
( )descends to the sefirah Geburah from Shin (i.e. Binah). Vav ()
descends to the sefirah Daat from Alef (i.e. Keter). The fact that the
sefirah Hesed (i.e. Mercy) is commonly characterized by water, and
Geburah

(i.e.

Strength)

by

fire,

supports

these

elemental

correspondences.

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Notice in verse 3:2 we are told that the three mother letters are
covered and sealed with six rings, and then air, water, and fire are
mentioned.
Three Mothers: Alef, Maym, Shin.
A great, mystical secret.
Covered and sealed with six rings.
And from them emanated air, water and fire.
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 3:2]

The six YHV rings42 (i.e. seals) each contain air (Vav), water (Yud),
and fire (Heh) in different combinations.
He chose three letters [Y, H, V]
from among the Simple letters,
(in the mystery of the three Mothers: Alef, Maym, Shin).
And He set them in His great ShM.
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 1:13]
[Bracketed notes are my own.]

Its therefore important to discard the erroneous idea that the Sefer
Yetzirah is referring directly to Alef, Maym, and Shin when it speaks
of elemental air, water, and fire. And to dispel the associated myth that
the mundane elements are assigned to the Alef, Maym, and Shin
pathways of the Tree of Life.

The Hebrew word is TBOTh (). It refers to the signet ring that a King uses to
seal his official proclamations.
42

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These are the three Mothers: Alef, Maym, Shin.


And from them emanated three Fathers.
And they are air [Vav], water [Yud], and fire [Heh].
And from the Fathers, descendants.
Three Fathers and their descendants.
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 6:1]
[Bracketed notes are my own.]

The Sefer Yetzirah re-emphasizes the important distinction that exists


between the three mundane elements and the three Hebrew mother
letters in verses 3:7-9 where its written: He made the letter Alef king
over Breath43, He made Maym king over water, and He made Shin
king over fire. Thus, rather than being identical to the mundane
elements, the three mother letters are said to rule over them (i.e. from
their sefirotic stations at the top of the Tree of Yetzirah).

This hypothesis is confirmed in verse 6:2 where the technical phrase


air of Breath (or air from Breath) is used to describe the air
element, while Breath of air is used to describe Alef. Note the
distinction.
Three Mothers: A, M, Sh.
Air, water, and fire.
Fire is above, water is below,
and air of Breath is the rule
that decides between them.
And a sign of this thing
is that fire supports water.

43

That is, air of Breath.


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Maym hums, Shin hisses,


and Alef is the Breath of air
that decides between them.
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 6:2.]

And in verse 3:4.


Three Mothers: Alef, Maym, Shin
in the World are air, water, fire.
Heaven was created from fire.
Earth was created from water.
And air from Breath decides between them.
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 3:4.]

The phrase air from Breath does not refer to Alef (). Rather, it
describes the air (Vav, )that emanates from the divine Breath (i.e.
from Alef, ). In other words, air from Breath is code for Vav from
Alef.
As previously mentioned, Air of Breath is counterbalanced by the
technical phrase Breath of air that occurs in verse 2:1 (and in 6:2
quoted above).
Three Mothers: Alef, Maym, Shin.
Maym hums, Shin hisses,
and Alef is the Breath of air
deciding between them.
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 2:1.]

Breath of air emphasizes the idea that Alef is the divine Breath from
which air (Vav) emanates.
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In the macrocosmic world (i.e. at the top of the Tree of Yetzirah) Alef
(Keter) decides between Maym (Hockmah) and Shin (Binah). But in
the microcosmic world of the octahedron (i.e. the lower portion of the
Tree of Yetzirah) elemental air (Vav) decides between water (Yud)
and fire (Heh).

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Fixed, Mutable, and Cardinal

We know that the six YHV seals (or rings) are assigned to the six
sefirot (i.e. depths)that is, to the six vertices of the octahedron. And
we also know that the twelve edges of the octahedron extend from the
six vertices in a symmetrical pattern that follows the order of the
twelve simple Hebrew letters as presented in verse 5:2.
Twelve Elementals:



Their foundation is the twelve diagonal boundaries:
The east upper boundary,
The east northern boundary,
The east lower boundary,
The south upper boundary,
The south eastern boundary,
The south lower boundary,
The west upper boundary,
The west southern boundary,
The west lower boundary,
The north upper boundary,
The north western boundary,
The north lower boundary.
They extend continually until eternity of eternities.
And it is they that are the boundaries of the World.
[Sefer Yetzirah, 5:2]
[Blue text has been added by me.]

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The key to understanding this verse is based on the Sefer Yetzirahs


allocation of the twelve simple letters to the twelve signs of the
zodiac.44
Verse 5:2 presents a geometrical arrangement of the twelve boundaries
thats based on the threefold division of the zodiac into cardinal, fixed,
and mutable signs. Its an arrangement thats patterned on the Hebrew
letter formula HVY, where Heh (fire) signifies a cardinal sign, Vav
(air) indicates a fixed sign, and Yud (water) represents a mutable
sign.45
Fire (Heh) is abovethat is, the four cardinal sign boundaries are
attached to the depth of Above (i.e. Daat). Water (Yud) is below
that is, the four mutable sign boundaries are attached to the depth of
Below (i.e. Yesod).
The statement Air of Breath is the rule that decides between them
refers to the four fixed (Vav) sign boundaries that define the horizontal
perimeter of the octahedron. Theyre positioned precisely between the
cardinal (Heh) boundaries above and the mutable (Yud) boundaries
below.
Cardinal (Above)

44

Fixed (Middle)

Mutable (Below)

Heh (H)

Aries

Vav (V)

Taurus

Zayn

Gemini

Het

Cancer

Tet

Leo

Yud (Y)

Virgo

Lamed

Libra

Nun

Scorpio

Sameck

Sagittarius

Ayin

Capricorn

Tzaddie

Aquarius

Qof

Pisces

See: Sefer Yetzirah, Chap. 5.

Cardinal signs are said to be initiating (like Fire). Fixed signs are said to be
preserving (like Air). Mutable signs are said to be transforming (like Water).
45

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Figure 16 : The Holy Temple Octahedron


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In fact, 12 of the Saadyan Recension46 of the Sefer Yetzirah directly


refers to the mundane air principles close association with the four
compass-point sefirot...
Two Air from Spirit *i.e. Breath from Breath+.
He carved and hewed in it the four winds of heaven
east and west, north and south
And the air [i.e. Vav] is in each one of them.
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 12.]
[Blue text added by me.]

This verse occultly informs us that the four fixed (i.e. Vav/air) simple
letter pathways (i.e. the four winds of heaven) are attached to the
four directional sefirot: Depth of East (i.e. Hesed), Depth of West
(i.e. Hod), Depth of North (i.e. Netzah), and Depth of South (i.e.
Geburah).

The full HVY arrangement of the twelve simple letter pathways within
the octahedron is alluded to metaphorically in verse 1:11 where it is
stated<
He engraved them like a sort of garden
He carved them like a sort of wall
He covered them like a sort of ceiling
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 1:11.]

And in verse 5:11<

46

Sefer Yesira. A. Peter Hayman. Mohr Siebeck, 2004. Pg. 83.


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He made them like a trough


He arranged them like a wall
He set them up like a battle.
[Sefer Yetzirah, 5:11]

Figure 17 : Garden, Wall, and Ceiling

As you can see, the four fixed pathways (coloured yellow in the
diagram) form a wall around the kabbalist, while the four cardinal
pathways (red) provide an obvious ceiling. The garden and trough
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imagery of the four mutable pathways (blue) suggests something dug


into the ground, which is also symbolically apposite.

The Sefer Yetzirah ultimately confirms the HVY key to its boundary
arrangement by assigning the letter Heh to a cardinal sign (Aries), Vav
to a fixed sign (Taurus), and Yud to a mutable sign (Virgo).
Letter

Sign

Mode

Direction

Element47

Heh

Aries

Cardinal

Above

Fire

Vav

Taurus

Fixed

In Between

Air

Yud

Virgo

Mutable

Below

Water

These correspondences support the tradition that Heh comes from


Shin (and is therefore associated with fire), and Yud comes from
Maym (and so is associated with water).48

These pseudo-elemental correspondences relate to the Sefer Yetzirahs division of


the zodiacal signs into cardinal, fixed, and mutable signs.
47

Im not suggesting, however, that Hermetic kabbalists should change the elemental
attributions of YHVH to Water-Fire-Air-Earth. These attributions are only relevant
within the context of the metaphysical scheme of the Sefer Yetzirah.
48

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And note also that the Saadyan Recension49 of the Sefer Yetzirah
indicates the primacy and importance of the HVY formula in 15<
<He chose three simple
letters and fixed them in his
great name HVY.
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 15]

In other editions of the Sefer Yetzirah the great name is given as YHV,
but I believe the Saadya version has it right. Its a direct reference to
the Cardinal-Fixed-Mutable (H-V-Y) sequence of the twelve simple
Hebrew letters (as presented in verse 5:2).

Thus, the six YHV seals that are attached to the octahedrons six
vertices are occultly associated with the three groups of cardinal (Heh),
mutable (Yud), and fixed (Vav) edges of the octahedron. And its this
special configuration of the twelve edges of the octahedron thats the
basis for the following paragraph of Sefer Yetzirah, verse 6:2.
Three Mothers: Alef, Maym, Shin.
Air [Vav], water [Yud], and fire [Heh].
Fire [Cardinal] is above, water [Mutable] is below,
and air of Breath [Fixed] is the rule
that decides between them.
[Bracketed notes are my own.]

49

Sefer Yesira. A. Peter Hayman. Mohr Siebeck, 2004. Pg. 89.


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The Holy Temple octahedron has the sphere of Daat as its highest
vertex, and incorporates the combined paths of Shin and Maym as its
vertical axis. Notice (in the diagram above) that the path of Shin
(divine Fire) is focused in Yesod and therefore is closely connected to
the four mutable (mundane water) boundaries. And note also that the
path of Maym (divine Water) is directly linked via Daat to the four
cardinal (mundane fire) boundaries.
This tells us that the path of Shin (divine Fire) is naturally disposed
towards blending its energy with the four mutable (water) pathways,
while the path of Maym (divine Water) is especially focused towards
the four cardinal (fire) pathways.
Indeed, the reconciliation and blending of fire and water, and water
and fire, is the major theme of the Sefer Yetzirah. Its achieved through
the merging of Shin (divine Fire) and Maym (divine Water), and in the
blending of Heh (mundane fire) and Yud (mundane water).

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Earth

When the Sefer Yetzirah mentions earth in verse 1:11 its referring to
the octahedrons twelve-fold boundary configuration and to the final
sefirah called Malkut 50.
Three: Water from Breath.
With it He engraved and carved
[22 letters from]
chaos and void; mire and clay.
He engraved them like a sort of garden [mutable paths].
He carved them like a sort of wall [fixed paths].
He covered them like a sort of ceiling [cardinal paths].
[And He poured snow over them,
and it became dust.
As it is written:
For to snow He said, Become earth (Job 37:6).+
[Sefer Yetzirah, 1:11]
[Bracketed blue text added by me.]

The garden, wall, and ceiling symbolism of verse 1:11 refers to the
four mutable (Yud/water), four fixed (Vav/air), and four cardinal
(Heh/fire) boundaries of the octahedron.
When snow (i.e. Maym, divine Water) is poured over them (i.e.
poured over the twelve boundaries) they form earth (i.e. the sefirah
Malkut comes into manifestation).

50

Malkut represents the collective physical manifestation of the twelve boundaries.


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In verse 3:4 the term earth more specifically refers to the four mutable
boundaries of the World octahedron.
Three Mothers: Alef, Maym, Shin,
in the World51 are air, water, fire.
Heaven52 [cardinal pathways] was created from fire [Heh].
Earth [mutable pathways] was created from water [Yud].
And air [middle pathways, Vav] from Breath [Alef]
decides between them.
[Sefer Yetzirah, 3:4.]
[Bracketed notes are my own.]

Earth, in verse 3:4 corresponds with the garden of verse 1:11


(quoted above). Similarly, in verse 3:4, heaven corresponds with the
ceiling of verse 1:11, and air from Breath corresponds with the
wall mentioned in that verse.
Within the context of the octahedron called World 53 the four cardinal
(Heh) pathways are technically referred to as heaven because theyre
attached to the depth of Above (i.e. Daat). Similarly, the four mutable
(Yud) pathways are referred to as earth because theyre anchored
within the depth of Below.

51

That is, the World octahedron.

In the World octahedron fire, water and air form Heaven, Earth, and Air. But in
the Year (i.e. astral) octahedron they form: hot, cold, and temperate. And in the
Soul (i.e. physical) octahedron they form: head, belly, and chest. (See verses 3:4-6.)
52

There are three octahedrons. World (, Olahm) is the Sefer Yetzirahs technical
name for the octahedron of the human microcosm in general. Its the octahedron
were working with in this book. There are two other octahedrons called Year (,
Shanah) and Soul (, Nefesh). These two represent the human astral and physical
bodies, respectively.
53

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Fathers & Descendants

The twelve boundaries (or edges) of the Holy Temple octahedron are
also associated with the twelve sons of Jacob. The sefirah Tifaret, in the
midst of the octahedron, symbolizes Jacob surrounded by his twelve
sons. This symbolism brings to mind the death of Jacob in Genesis 49,
where Jacob on his death-bed, gathers his twelve sons around him.
And Jacob called unto his sons, and said: Gather yourselves
together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the
last days. Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of
Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.
[Genesis 49:1-2.]

The story of Jacobs life especially exemplifies the ShM Initiation. This
advanced initiation involves the death of the human ego-soul
(Tifaret/Jacob) and the development of monadic consciousness
(Daat/Israel). In other words, it involves the death of the Son aspect
and the development of the Father (Israel) aspect of human
consciousness.

The nature and function of the three fathers (and their descendants)
is a great mystery of the Sefer Yetzirah.
The key to the puzzle is in the association of the three fathers with the
three Hebrew simple letters: Yud, Heh, and Vav.

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Three Mothers: Alef, Maym, Shin.


A great, mystical secret
covered and sealed with six rings.
And from them emanated air, water, and fire.
And from them are born Fathers.
And from the Fathers, descendants.
[Sefer Yetzirah, 3:2]

When the Sefer Yetzirah mentions the three fathers its alluding to the
three historical patriarchs of Judaism: Abraham (Yud), Isaac (Heh),
and Jacob (Vav). And similarly, when it speaks of the descendants its
referring to the twelve sons of Jacob, and the twelve tribes of Israel.
These are the three Mothers: Alef, Maym, Shin.
And from them emanated three Fathers.
And they are air, water, and fire.
And from the Fathers, descendants.
Three Fathers, and their descendants.
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 6:1]

The three fathers are especially associated with three sefirot of the Tree
of Yetzirah, namelyHesed, Geburah, and Daat. And also by
extension, with the three pillars of the Holy Temple octahedron.

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Figure 18 : Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob/Israel

And consequently, each father rules over the two YHV seals that
occupy his associated pillar.
The sphere of Tifaret (i.e. Jacob) and the sefirah Daat (i.e. Israel) both
share the same seal formula because they represent the same father
(Vav), but at different levels of consciousness.

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Pillar of
Severity
Isaac

Pillar of
Mildness

Pillar of
Mercy

Jacob/Israel Abraham

(Heh)

(Vav)

(Yud)

South

Above

East

Geburah

Tifaret/Daat

Hesed

HYV

YVH

YHV

West

Below

North

Hod

Yesod

Netzah

VHY

HVY

VYH

Figure 19 : Tree of Yetzirah - Six Seals


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The twelve descendants are derived from the six seal formulas by
adjoining an additional letter Heh ( )to the beginning or the end of
each seal. The added Heh symbolizes the twelve boundaries of the
octahedron and their productthe final sefirah called Malkut.
Each descendant formula represents the movement of the Shekinah
(i.e. ShM) through the pathways and sefirot of the octahedron.
The six formulas with Heh appended as a suffix symbolize the
movement of the creative water of Maym ( )as it flows from the six
sefirot (i.e. vertices) into and through the twelve pathways (i.e. edges)
of the octahedron.
The six formulas with Heh attached as a prefix represent the action of
the purging fire of Shin ( )as it works to clear away debris from
within the twelve boundaries of the octahedron. The movement of
Shin is from the pathways towards the six sefirot/vertices.
There are two descendent formulas associated with each of the six
sefirot/vertices of the octahedron. The sefirot themselves are
represented by the three-letter seals from which the descendants are
constructed. The pathways attached to each sefirah/vertex are
symbolised by the additional letter Heh.
In their totality the twelve pathways represent the etheric matrix that
underlies, supports, and sustains the existence of the final sefirah
Malkut.
So every Maym descendent formula represents the flow of Maym
energy (i.e. divine Water) from a sefirah into a pathway. Conversely,
every Shin descendant formula represents the flow of Shin energy (i.e.
divine Fire) from a pathway towards a sefirah.

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Figure 20 : The Six Seals & the Twelve Descendants

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Because the twelve simple letter boundaries of the octahedron


represent the infrastructure that underpins and sustains the existence
of Malkut (and the world of Assiah) the twelve descendent formulae
also symbolize the movement of energy from the six directional
sefirot/vertices down into Malkut (and vice versa).
The six Maym descendant formulas represent the flow of Maym 54 from
the six sefirot into Malkut. The six Shin descendant formulas represent
the flow of Shin from Malkut towards the six directional sefirot.
For example: The seal for the depth of Mizrawk (i.e. East/Hesed) is
YHV. The associated Maym descendant formula is YHVh ( ). This
formula represents the flow of Maym energy from Hesed (YHV) into
the Daat-to-Hesed pathway (and consequently, also down to the
sefirah Malkut where it evokes a physical manifestation55).
YHV h
Hesed Pathway (& Malkut)
The Shin descendant formula for the depth of Mizrawk (East/Hesed) is
hYHV (). It represents the movement of Shin from the Daat-toHesed pathway (h) to Hesed (YHV).
h YHV
Malkut (Pathway) Hesed
In other words, the six Shin descendants represent the evolutionary
influence of environmental forces (i.e. Malkut and the twelve
pathways) upon the human psyche (i.e. the six sefirot/vertices).

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That is, the snow of verse 1:11.

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For to snow He said, Become earth (Job 37:6). [From: Sefer Yetzirah, 1:11.]
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The six Maym descendants, on the other hand, represent the creative
influence of the human psyche (i.e. the six vertices) upon the
mental/astral/physical environment (i.e. twelve boundaries & Malkut)
in which it is immersed.

The twelve descendant formulas are employed during magical


operations conducted within the Holy Temple octahedron. These
magical workings should only be conducted after the Holy Temple has
been consecrated (i.e. only after youve previously performed the
Shekinah Invocation ritual) 56. The Sealing of the Depths ritual should
always precede any magical operations performed in the Holy Temple.

Fathers

Depths

Seals

Abraham

East
(Hesed)

YHV YHVh

Mercy

North
(Netzah)

VYH VYHh

Isaac

South
(Geburah)

HYV HYVh

Severity

West
(Hod)

VHY VHYh

Jacob/Israel

Above
(Daat)

YVH YVHh

Below
(Yesod)

HVY HVYh

Mildness

Descendents
hYHV
hVYH
hHYV
hVHY
hYVH
hHVY

Zodiac

Simeon

Aries

Zebulon

Gemini

Manasseh

Capricorn

Gad

Pisces

Issachar

Cancer

Naphtali

Virgo

Asher

Libra

Benjamin

Sagittarius

Judah

Leo

Reuben

Taurus

Ephraim

Aquarius

Dan

Scorpio

Note that youre only required to consecrate your Holy Temple oncethat is, every
day for the period of a week.
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During most magical operations the descendant formulae are


employed in pairsa Shin descendant formula combined with its
complementary Maym counterpart. For example: HYVH and HHYV
are used during depth of Dawrome (i.e. South/Geburah) workings. The
depth of Dawrome seal is HYV. The Maym descendant formula for the
depth of Dawrome is HYVH, and its Shin counterpart is HHYV.

In column 4 above, the extra Heh ( )is represented by a lowercase h.


The zodiacal correspondences of columns 7 and 8 follow the HVY
sequence described in verse 5:2, but its not obvious because in the
table the descendant formulas are grouped according to their
association with the three fathers.
Youll notice in column 5 that two of the descendant formulae appear
to be duplicated. This is due to the repetition of the letter Heh. For
example, the Pisces formula (, hVYH) is ostensibly similar to the
Aquarius formula (, HVYh).57 But in truth, these formulas differ
greatly because one letter Heh (H) represents the influence of Binah
and the other Heh (h) symbolizes Malkut.

In the diagram below, the descendants are assigned to the twelve


boundaries of the octahedron according to a special methodology. The
four compass-point (i.e. horizontally aligned) directions have their
Maym descendants (i.e. those with a Heh suffix) assigned to the upper
boundaries, and their Shin descendants (i.e. those with a Heh prefix)
assigned to the lower boundaries. The descendants of the two seals on
the vertical axis are assigned to the four horizontal boundaries. Thus,

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The other duplication occurs in relation to the Cancer and Taurus formulas.
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the descendants of the vertical axis represent the middle principle


(Vav) that decides between the four upper boundaries (Heh) and the
four lower boundaries (Yud).
So, for example, depth of Mizrawk (East/Hesed, YHV, )has its Shin
descendant (hYHV, , Gemini) assigned to the pathway linking it to
the depth of Takath (Below/Yesod), and its Maym descendant (YHVh,

, Aries) assigned to the pathway linking it to the depth of Room


(Above/Daat).

Figure 21 : The Octahedron - Descendants

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Figure 22 : Tree of Yetzirah - Descendants

The diagram above shows the four cardinal boundaries (red) linked to
depth of Above, and the four mutable boundaries (blue) attached to
depth of Below. The four fixed boundaries (yellow) form the square
perimeter of the octahedron.

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The creative energy that flows from the path of Maym ( )works
through the six Maym descendant formulas. Its fitting therefore that
four of themi.e. those that occupy the four cardinal pathwayshave
direct access (via Daat) to the central Maym pathway. Similarly,
because the evolutionary force of the central Shin ( )pathway works
through the six Shin descendant formulas its appropriate that four of
those formulae are assigned to the four pathways (i.e. mutable) that
are directly linked (via Yesod) to the central Shin pathway.

Figure 23 : Jacob Surrounded by his Twelve Sons

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A Tzawfone Working

The following is a simple example of magical working that can be


performed within the Holy Temple octahedron.

Depth

Tzawfone

Sefirah

Netzah

Divine Name Shohken Ahd


Seal

VYH ()

Shin Desc.

hVYH ()

Maym Desc.

VYHh ()

I invoke the Shekinah of Tzawfone.


Shohken Ahd (repeat)
I purge the pathways of Tzawfone with hVYH. (repeat)
I water the garden of Tzawfone with VYHh. (repeat)
Shohken Ahd (repeat)

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Commentary

Perform a Tzawfone working when you wish to attract something into


your life.
After sealing the depths, begin the magical operation by facing
towards the depth of Tzawfone (North).
The most important aspect of all your magical operations is the
focused concentration of your mind (i.e. the visual component) and the
focused intent of your Heart (i.e. the strength of your desire).
Visualize the depth of Tzawfonegreen, with the Hebrew letter Peh
( )shining brightly within it.
See also the four pathways (i.e. edges) that extend from Tzawfone to
Room (Above), Takath (Below), Maarab (West), and Mizrawk (East).
During the operation, visualize the object you are seeking to attract
within the sphere of Tzawfone. More specifically, see yourself within
the sphere as already possessing the object.
As you purge the pathways of Tzawfone with the Shin descendant
formula, see spiritual fire flame along the four pathways that adjoin
the sphere of Tzawfone. See the fire flow towards and into the depth of
Tzawfone. See it burn away any obstructions in the pathways that
might block the free flow of energy through them.
Maintain the visualization for as long as desired.

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As you water the garden of Tzawfone with the Maym descendant


formula, see divine water flow from the depth of Tzawfone into its
four adjoining pathways (and along all the pathways that compose the
octahedron). Visualize the water bringing the desire of your Heart into
manifestation.
Maintain the visualization for as long as desired.
End by intoning the divine Name Shohken Ahd, and know in your
Heart that the result of the operation is in process of being fulfilled.

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The Holy ShM

As you know, my investigation has identified the ShM formula as


fundamental to the veiled metaphysical scheme of the Sefer Yetzirah.
This notion is also supported by numerical58 clues provided in the
books Hebrew titlei.e. SPR YTzYRH, .
The two root words composing the title are SPR (, Book) and YTzR
(, Form).
SPR = 60 + 80 + 200 = 340 = ShM
YTzR = 10 + 90 + 200 = 300 = Sh
SPR YTzR = 340 + 300 = 640 = ShMSh
From the above you can see that the root titleSPR YTzRhas the
same numerical value as ShMSh (, the Sun, the Holy Temple).
The word SPR (Book) is equivalent to ShM (Name). The word YTzR
(Form) is equal in value to the Hebrew letter Shin (, Sh, divine
Fire). The latter is appropriate because the sefirah Binahthe Mother
of Formembodies and expresses the Shin archetype.
The unusual word sefirot (, SPYRVTh) was invented by the
author(s) of the Sefer Yetzirah to describe the ten depths of the Tree
of Life. And its likely the authors chose to create the word because its
rootSPRcryptically links the ten sefirot of the Tree to the ShM
formulai.e. because SPR is numerically equivalent to ShM.

Hebrew occultists throughout the ages have used the numerical values of the
Hebrew letters to hide secret meanings from casual readers. The technique is called
Gematria.
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The ShM Pillar forms the vertical axis of the Holy Temple octahedron.
In other words, it forms the lower microcosmic portion of the Trees
Middle Pillar that extends from Daat through Tifaret to Yesod.
The ShM Pillar is composed of the Shin and Maym pathways. The Shin
pathway rises from Yesod to Tifaret. The Maym pathway descends
from Daat to Tifaret. Fire rises, water falls. This path arrangement is
understood as perfectly natural and appropriate when the mind is free
of the illusion that the three mother letters are associated with the three
horizontal pathways of the Tree of Life.

The microcosmic Shin pathway (Yesod to Tifaret) is an emanation of


the macrocosmic Shin of Binah (divine Fire) into the Holy Temple
octahedron. Similarly, the microcosmic Maym pathway (Daat to
Tifaret) is an emanation of the divine Maym of Hockmah (divine
Water) into the Holy Temple octahedron.
As the Shin (, divine Fire) and Maym (, divine Water) pathways are
blended together within the Holy Temple octahedron they form one
singular pathway that stretches from Daat to Yesod called the ShM
( )Pillar.
In other words, the microcosmic ShM is an emanation and reflection of
the macrocosmic ShM.

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Figure 24 : The Emanation of Shin (and Tav)

The microcosmic Shin ( )pathway is an emanation of the macrocosmic


Shin sefirah (i.e. Binah).
The emanation of Shin (from Binah) descends in conjunction with the
emanation of the Tav ( )pathway. The emanation of the Tav pathway
descends to form the Tav sefirah (i.e. Yesod, depth of Below).
The Shin pathway is embedded in the Tav sefirah, just as kundalini
fire (i.e. the Nachash serpent) is infused in the principle of Form.
Shin is the redeemer of the Form principle.
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Figure 25 : The Emanation of Maym (and Kaf)

The microcosmic Maym ( )pathway is an emanation of the


macrocosmic Maym sefirah (i.e. Hockmah).
The emanation of Maym descends (from Hockmah) in conjunction
with the emanation of the Kaf ( )pathway. The emanation of the Kaf
pathway descends to form the Kaf sphere (i.e. Tifaret, the Holy
Temple).
The Maym pathway is anchored within the Holy Temple revealing
Wisdom to be the fuel that energizes and transforms Consciousness.
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And thou shalt be like a watered garden (Is. LVIII, 11), that is,
like the celestial garden whose supernal waters never fail, but
flow on for ever and ever; and like a spring of water, whose
waters fail not (ibid.), alluding to the river that issues from
Eden and flows on for all eternity.
Observe that the well of living waters is a symbol within a
symbol for guiding faith. There is the well [Hockmah] which is
the very source of the waters, and there is the well [path of
Maym] which is fed by that source of water. There are thus two
grades, which are, however, really one with two aspects, male
and female, in fitting union. The well and the issue of waters are
one, designated by the name of well, it being at once the
supernal never-ceasing fountain and the well that is filled by it.
And whoever gazes at that well gazes at the true object of faith.
This is the symbol which the patriarchs transmitted in digging
the well, in such a way as to indicate that the source and the
well are indissoluble.
AND HE CALLED ITS NAME REHOBOTH (lit. streets, broad
places) [pathways]. By this he intimated that his descendants
would one day tend that well in the fitting manner through the
mystical potency of offerings and burnt-offerings (like Adam,
when God put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and keep
it (Gen. II, 15), to wit, by offerings and burnt-offerings), so that
its springs should flow forth on every side, as Scripture says:
Let thy springs be dispersed abroad, and courses of water in
the streets (rehoboth) [pathways] (Prov. V, 16). Hence here the
name of Rehoboth (streets, broad places).'
[Soncino Zohar, Tol'doth, 141a-141b, v2, pp. 51-52.]
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The above passage (from the Soncino Zohar) alludes to the projection
of Maym into the microcosm from the macrocosmic Maym of
Hockmah.

Figure 26 : The Da'at Nexus

The sefirah Daat (i.e. depth of Above, )is a faculty whereby the
Consciousness principle becomes intelligently aware of the entry of
Shin ( )and Maym ( )into the Holy Temple octahedron.
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The Fire of Shin passes from Binah into the Tav pathway and initially
descends into the octahedron in conjunction with the sphere of Tav
(i.e. Yesod). But the descent of Shin into the octahedron remains
unconscious until the sphere of Daat is contacted. Shin remains
attached to Yesod via the adjacent Shin pathway. From there Shin
energises and purifies Yesod59. It gradually rises up the spine,
eventually moving through the etheric/physical, astral, and mental
bodies (i.e. the vertices of the octahedron).
Shin also corresponds with the fire thats generated within the molten
core of the Earth. It pushes outward from the centre, heating and
energizing the substance of the Earth with its radiation. It radiates
from the centre to the surface of the planet where it stimulates the
growth of biological organismsi.e. physical forms to serve as
vehicles for consciousness.
The Water of Maym flows from Hockmah into the path of Kaf and
initially descends into the octahedron in conjunction with the sphere of
Kaf (i.e. Tifaret60). But the entry of Maym into the octahedron remains
unconscious until the sphere of Daat is contacted. The Maym pathway
is formed adjacent to Tifaret. It represents a reservoir of divine Water
that flows into and through Tifaret during the process of Creation.
Maym also corresponds with a mysterious creative energy that enters
our solar system by passing through the inter-dimensional portal that
is the Sun. The energy of Maym radiates invisibly from the Sun and
stimulates creative change on all the planets in our solar system. The
radiation of Maym is perhaps more strongly felt during the eruption of
solar flares.

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Yesod represents the etheric matrixthe foundation of physical manifestation.

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A ShM Initiate gains access to the Tav and Kaf pathways via Daat. The
Fire of Shin flows from Binah into the Tav pathway and
simultaneously surges from the Shin pathway into the Tav sefirah (i.e.
Yesod, depth of Below). The water of Maym flows from Hockmah
into the Kaf pathway and simultaneously pours from the Maym
pathway into the Kaf sphere (i.e. Tifaret, the Holy Temple).

Figure 27 : The Alef ( )Pathway is Focused in Daat

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When a ShM Initiate becomes focused in Daat s/he also establishes


contact with the Alef ( )pathway. The Alef pathway transmits the
divine purpose/will of the Creator from Keter to Daat. Therefore when
a ShM Initiate is working with the powerful forces of Shin (Binah) and
Maym (Hockmah) s/he is necessarily operating under the guiding
influence of the Will of the Creator.
The pathway-sefirah relationships highlighted in the images above
should be carefully studied because they reveal the central function
and purpose of Alef, Maym, and Shin within the Tree of Yetzirah.

The blending of Shin and Maym is the ultimate goal of human and
cosmic evolution and creation. The goal is achieved microcosmically
(i.e. within human consciousness) during a period of many lifetimes,
as the path of Shin slowly becomes resolved with the path of Maym
(i.e. within the octahedron). After this high goal has been reached a
human-being

becomes

consciously

involved

in

the

greater,

macrocosmic ShM process.


The macrocosmic blending of Shin and Maym (i.e. within the Creators
consciousness) is achieved during a vast period of many aeons, as the
divine Shin of Binah becomes fully resolved with the divine Maym of
Hockmah. This macrocosmic creative-evolutionary process occurs
within the path of Bayt ( )that extends between Hockmah and Binah.
The Bayt pathway embodies the universal macrocosmic creativeevolutionary processthe merging of the sefirotic Shin and Maym
within the divine consciousness of the Creator. The sefirah Daat
represents a limited microcosmic extension (or projection) of the Bayt
pathway.

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Because the Bayt sefirah (i.e. Daat) is an emanation of the Bayt


pathway theres a communication (or resonance) that occurs between
them. In other words, whatever occurs within Daat also feeds back to
the Bayt pathway.
Therefore, as Shin and Maym are blended in the ShM Pillar their
merging is relayed from Daat back to the Bayt pathway where it
contributes in a small way to the blending of the macrocosmic Shin
and Maym.

Figure 28 : The Merging of Shin and Maym

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In other words, Daat supervises the merging of the Shin and Maym
pathways within the context of a larger macrocosmic evolutionary
process thats occurring within the Bayt pathway.

After the ShM initiation, Israel (i.e. a ShM Initiate) operating


consciously from Daat, draws Shin and Maym down from Binah and
Hockmah and merges them in his/her ShM Pillar. In doing so he
continues to contribute to the ongoing cosmic creative-evolutionary
process thats occurring here on Earth (and elsewhere in our multidimensional Universe).
The Sefer Yetzirah refers to a ShM Initiate61 as a singular Master
(Adon Yichid, ) and God faithful King (El Melek Naman,
) . As it is written<
The singular Master,
God faithful King,
dominates over them all
from His holy dwelling
until eternity of eternities.
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 1:5.]

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Another well-known title for a ShM Initiate is Master of the Name.


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And similarly<
And God faithful King
rules over them all
from His holy habitation
until eternity of eternities.
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 6:5.]

The meaning of the Hebrew letter Bayt (i.e. BYTh, )is house. The
phrase His holy habitation refers to the sefirah Daat (Bayt) and the
Holy Temple octahedron (in general).

The name Adon Yichid (singular master) is a title giving


recognition to the fact that a ShM Initiate has contacted his Yechidah
(i.e. Daat, the human monad) in consciousness, and has therefore
become a Master of the Name.
The phrase El Melek Naman means divine, trustworthy king and
expresses the unshakeable faith (or devotion to the Path) that is an
essential attribute of every ShM Initiate.

The sefirah Tifaret (), as the Holy Guardian Angel, is Daats deputy.
Daat coordinates the microcosmic ShM process with the macrocosmic
ShM process (i.e. thats occurring within the path of Bayt). Tifaret, on
the other hand, is responsible for the evolutionary merging of Shin and
Maym within the microcosmic Holy Temple octahedron.

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Tifaret is stationed between the Shin and Maym pathways and acts as
a valve (or gateway) that controls the rate of flow (i.e. the blending) of
Shin and Maym within the microcosm. The angel of Tifaret supervises
the early stages of the microcosmic evolutionary process, and then
Daat (i.e. Israel, the ShM Initiate) assumes control as the Shin and
Maym pathways finally merge together.
For this reason the sefirah Tifaret (i.e. the Holy Guardian Angel) is
associated with the divine Air element. He stands as arbiter between
the divine Fire of the path of Shin and the divine Water of the path of
Maym. The Sefer Yetzirah refers to this angel in verse 1:12<
From these three He founded His dwelling.
As it is written:
"He makes His angels of breaths;
His ministers of flaming fire" (Psalms 104:4).
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 1:12]
The literary intention of verse 1:12 is to describe the nature of the
fourth sefirahFire from Water, the depth of Evil, the sefirah
Binahi.e. the divine principle of Form. The above extract tells us that
the Holy Temple octahedron (i.e. His dwelling) is fundamentally
formed from the substance of angels.
At the centre of the octahedron is the Angel of Breath (i.e. the Holy
Guardian Angel).
Inhabiting (and literally forming) the twelve boundaries of the
octahedron (i.e. the twelve simple letter pathways) are the ministers
of flaming Fire. These latter angels exemplify the Form principle (i.e.
Binah) within the microcosm and give expression to the evolutionary
Fire of Shin.
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The Shin ( )of Binah (depth of Evil) represents the force of cosmic
kundalinithe Nachash serpent. It symbolizes the feminine power in
the Earthi.e. the evolutionary force that infuses the substance of the
universe. The sefirah Binah of the Tree of Yetzirah therefore especially
symbolizes the base chakra of the Creator. 62
The Maym of Hockmah (depth of Good) symbolizes the wisdom, or
creative inspiration thats lights the divine consciousness of the
Creator. The sefirah Hockmah of the Tree of Yetzirah therefore
especially symbolizes the Creators crown chakra.63
The Bayt (i.e. Saturn64) pathway therefore, represents the path of
movement of the cosmic kundalini serpent as it rises along the
Creators metaphorical spinefrom Binah to Hockmah.

The microcosmic path of Shin represents the force of kundalini as it


rises and moves through the various layers of substance that constitute
the physical, emotional, astral, and mental bodies of a human-being
(i.e. as it moves through the octahedron).
The microcosmic path of Maym represents the creative force 65 that
seeks to bring the divine reality of the human monad66 into physical
manifestation.

62

Similarly, the sefirah Malkut is associated with the base chakra of a human-being.

63

Similarly, the sphere of Daat is symbolic of a human-beings crown chakra.

64

In astrological tradition, Saturn is said to rule the spine.

65

Termed Chiah ( )in the Hebrew Kabbalah.

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Called the Yechidah ( )in the kabbalistic tradition.


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Here's how the ancient kabbalistic book the Sefer Bahir describes Shin
(and its relationship with Maym)...

What is the Shin? He said: It is the root of the tree. The


letter Shin is like the root of a tree. What is this tree that
you mentioned? He said: It represents the Powers of the
Blessed Holy One, one above the other. Just like a tree
brings forth fruit through water, so the Blessed Holy One
increases the Powers of the Tree through water [Maym].
What is the water of the Blessed Holy One? It is wisdom
[Hockmah]. It is the souls of the righteous. They fly from
the fountain to the great pipe *Daat+, ascend and attach
themselves to the Tree. Through what do they fly?
Through Israel. When they are good and righteous, the
Divine Presence dwells among them. Their deeds then rest
in the bosom of the Blessed Holy One, and He makes them
fruitful and multiplies them.
[The Sefer Bahir, v. 118-19. Trans. Aryeh Kaplan.]
[Bracketed notes are my own.]

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In the following extract the Zohar describes the divine Water of Maym
as dew of bdellium.

Said R. Judah: Little do men know how God extends His


mercy to them at all times and seasons.
Three times a day a spirit enters the cave of Machpelah
and breathes on the graves of the patriarchs, bringing
them healing and strength.
That spirit distils dew [Heb: TLA, ]67 from on high, from
the head of the King [Hockmah], the place of the supernal
fathers, and when it reaches the lower patriarchs [Hesed,
Geburah, & Tifaret] they awake.
That dew [Maym], as we have learnt, comes down by
degrees till it reaches the lower Garden of Eden [Binah],
and becomes impregnated with its perfumes [Shin].
Then a spirit [Alef] containing two other spirits [Maym &
Shin] arises and traverses the spice-beds [Binah], and
enters the door of the cave *Daat+.
Then the patriarchs [Hesed, Geburah, & Tifaret] awake,
they and their spouses [Netzah, Hod, & Yesod], and
supplicate on behalf of their descendants [the twelve
pathways].

Note that the numerological value of the Chaldean TLA (dew) is 40. This is also
the value of Maym ().
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If the world is in distress on account of its sins, and the


patriarchs sleep, the dew not descending from on high,
then the remedy is to take out the Scroll of the Law. Then
the soul tells the spirit, and the spirit tells the higher soul,
and the higher soul tells God.
God then takes His seat on the throne of mercy, and there
issues from the Ancient Holy One a stream of dew of
bdellium [Heb: BDLCh, ], which flows to the head of
the King, so that the fathers are blessed.
Then the dew flows to those sleepers, and all are blessed
together, and God has mercy on the world.
We have learnt that God does not show mercy to the
world till He has informed the patriarchs, and for their
sakes the world is blessed.
[Soncino Zohar. II. pg. 323. Vayehi, 225b.]68
[Bracketed blue notes are my own.]

As mentioned previously, the sefirah Tifaret symbolizes the Holy


Guardian Angel who oversees the separation of the Shin and Maym
pathways, and whose role it is to supervise the evolutionary process of
their gradual blending and merging. This is the same angel thats
occultly alluded to in Exodus 23:20-24.

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See also: The Zohar. Kabbalah Center Version. Vayechi, 328-331.


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Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the


way, and to bring thee into the place which I have
prepared. Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him
not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my
name [ShM] is in him. But if thou shalt indeed obey his
voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto
thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.
For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto
the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the
Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut
them off. Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve
them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly
overthrow them, and quite break down their images.
[Exodus, 23:20-24.]

The phrase thine adversariesi.e. the Amorites, the Hittites, the


Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusitesis an esoteric
allusion to obstacles in the twelve pathways that block the flow of ShM
between the six depths/sefirot (i.e. the six vertices) of the Holy Temple
octahedron.

The merging of the Shin and Maym pathways within the ShM Pillar is
precisely paralleled by the blending of Shin and Maym within the
twelve simple letter pathways that surround it. In other words, the
condition of the ShM Pillar exemplifies the collective evolutionary
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state (i.e. in terms of the merging of Shin and Maym) of the twelve
simple letter boundaries of the octahedron. This means the ShM Pillar
is a measuring gauge (or barometer) of the general evolutionary
condition of the human microcosm.

Figure 29 : ShM in the Twelve Pathways

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For karmic reasons the twelve pathways are initially resistant to the
influx of Maym. This resistance is overcome through the application of
the evolutionary Fire (i.e. kundalini fire) that emanates from the Shin
pathway. Shin clears the debris thats blocking the flow of Maym
(divine Water) through the substance of the twelve pathways.
The twelve edges of the octahedron symbolize twelve major meridians
(i.e. etheric channels) that carry and transmit the creative force of
human consciousness (as that force circulates between the six depths of
the octahedron).69 The six depths/vertices of the octahedron represent
six major faculties of human consciousness.

The twelve meridians exist in all the various bodies of substance that
compose the human vehicle, and they all contain some obstructions to
the flow of the divine Water of Maym. The evolutionary role of the Fire
of Shin (i.e. kundalini fire) is to burn through any blockages that are
impeding the full expression of the consciousness of the human soul
(Ruach) and monad (Yechidah). We all experience the resumption and
continuation of this evolutionary process as we begin each new
incarnation on Earth.

When the Shin and Maym pathways have become completely merged
together they form the sacred Name ShM (). This has the
grammatical effect of converting Maym ( )into Maym-final ().

The twelve boundaries are emanations of the twelve macrocosmic meridians


(embodied by the sefirah Binah) that circulate the Fire of Shin and the Water of
Maym through the body of the Creator.
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The conversion of Maym to Maym-final indicates that the Maym


pathway has been transcended, and the ShM Initiate has gained
conscious access to the sefirotic Maym of Hockmah (). It means that
s/he is now qualified to participate in the macrocosmic process of
Creation.

Rabbi Rahumai sat and expounded:


What are the twelve tribes of Israel?
But this teaches us that the Blessed Holy One has twelve
rods (on high. The word Shevet is the same for both
tribe and rod.) What are they? What is this like?
A king [Hockmah] had a beautiful fountain [Maym].
All his brothers [seven lower sefirot] had no water [Maym]
other than this fountain, and could not endure thirst. What
did he do? He made twelve pipes 70 [pathways] for the
fountain, and named them afters his brothers children
[descendants]. He then said to them, If the sons are as
good as their fathers, they will be worthy, and I will let
water flow through the pipes. The fathers [lower sefirot]
will then drink all they wish, and so will the sons
[pathways]. But if the sons are not worthy and do not do
what is right in my eyes, then regarding this, these pipes
will stand. I will give them water only on the condition
that they give none to their children, since they do not
obey my will.
[The Sefer Bahir, v. 113. Trans. Aryeh Kaplan.]
[Bracketed notes are my own.]

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Or canals.
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An important preliminary part of our magical operations within the


octahedron is called purging the pathways. This is achieved
symbolically via the application of the fire of Shin (i.e. using the Shin
descendant formulas). The conscious application of Shin assists the
pathways to become more receptive to the creative influence of the
water of Maym. By purging the pathways we open ourselves (and
pledge ourselves) to the personal transformation thats required to
bring the energy of Maym into manifestation in our lives.
Our personal transformation may require the removal of some
blockages within our physical, emotional, and/or mental bodies. So, for
example, we may be required to change the way that we think (in
some respect) or we might be required to let go of an emotional
hindrance, or change our physical patterns of behaviour.
As we overcome these kinds of obstacles, the way is cleared for the
creative water of Maym to flow through the pathways, and thus to
manifest the creative will and desire of our soul/monad.

Verse 6:4 of the Sefer Yetzirah refers to the natural polarization of the
Shin and Maym principles when it speaks of good and evil. These
terms allude to the sefirot Depth of Good (i.e. Hockmah) and Depth
of Evil (i.e. Binah) and are code for the associated principles: Maym
and Shin.
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Also God made one


opposite the other (Eccl. 7:14).
Good [Hockmah] opposite evil [Binah].
Evil [Binah] opposite good [Hockmah].
Good from good.
Evil from evil.
Good defines evil.
And evil defines good.
Good is kept for the good ones.
And evil is kept for the evil ones.
[Sefer Yetzirah. 6:4.]
[Bracketed text added by me.]

The phrase Good from good is a reference to the fact that the Maym
pathway is a microcosmic extension of the sefirah Hockmah (Depth of
Good). Similarly, Evil from evil refers to the pathway of Shinit
being a downward projection into the microcosm of the sefirah Binah
(Depth of Evil).
The final two lines of the verse emphasize the idea that the Shin
principle (i.e. evil) dominates the lives of materialistically minded
human-beings, while the Maym principle (i.e. good) dominates the
lives of spiritually focused human-beings.

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Figure 30 : ShM & the Sixfold Star

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The Alef Principle

The mother letter Alef ( )represents a universal control condition


that is, a fixed criterion established by the Creator and according to
which everything in the Universe is judged, weighed, and measured.
Alef corresponds to the pivot of the scalethe single stable
omnipresent point that calibrates the balance between the unrealized
realm of Ain Sof (i.e. non-existence) and the realized realm of the
manifested Tree of Yetzirah. This is the function of the sefirotic
expression of Alef as represented by the sefirot the Holy Breath (Ain
Sof) and Breath from Breath (Keter). The ten depths of the Tree of
Yetzirah (i.e. the extremities of the Universe) are each anchored to
this All-embracing Alef principle.

Within the Tree of Yetzirah (i.e. within the existential realm) the Alef
principle controls the shifting balance between the manifested
Creation of the Logos (i.e. Fire from Water, Binah) and that which is
still scheduled to manifest to complete the divine Plan (i.e. Water from
Breath, Hockmah). This is the function of the Alef pathway (as distinct
from the sefirotic expression of Alef).
The sefirah Binah (i.e. , Shin)the Mother of Formsymbolizes the
framework (or blueprint) of the divine Plan of the Logos. Binah
incorporates everything that has so far manifested (to consciousness)
in our multidimensional Universe. Its like the outline of a partially
completed jigsaw puzzle, or a wireframe model to which the
manifesting Creation is gradually adhering and accruing.
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The sefirah Hockmah (i.e. , Maym) embodies the divine creative


energy thats queued behind the veil of manifested Reality, and thats
yet to appear in our Universe. Hockmah is like a bag of jigsaw puzzle
pieces that are yet to be positioned in their proper places in the puzzle.
Its synonymous with the phrase World to Come in traditional
kabbalistic literature. Its pure divine potential energy, held back
behind the threshold of consciousnesslike a river held back by a
great dam that controls and limits its flow. Alef is the principle that
governs (and controls) the entry of this divine energy into time and
space (and every other dimension of our Universe).
The Alef principle is necessary because Maym (i.e. the energy of
Creation) can only enter the Universe through the gateway of
Consciousnessspecifically, higher Consciousness.71 And beings of
advanced consciousness must be trained (via the guiding influence of
Alef) to align their personal will with the divine Will of the Logos in
order to become qualified to receive the influx of Maym.
Therefore, Alef represents a divine immutable Law that ultimately
determines (or influences) the experience of Consciousness within the
Universe in every moment of time.
Sefer Yetzirah, verse 3:1 states:
Three Mothers: Alef, Maym, Shin.
Their foundation is:
A pan of merit;
A pan of liability;
And the tongue of decree deciding between them.

Conversely, the entry of Shin into the Universe is via lower levels of consciousness
(and the subconscious realm). Shin establishes the foundation of the Universe, and
Maym builds the Creation upon and within that foundation.
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The above is Aryeh Kaplans translation of the original Hebrew. His


interpretation portrays the Alef principle as essentially a decisionmaking processi.e. the tongue of decree deciding between them.
Kaplans translation emphasizes the discriminatory faculty of
consciousness, but in truth Alef represents a principle thats much
deeper than the discriminating mind.
Heres an alternative translation of verse 3:1<
Three primary letters: Alef, Maym, Shin.
Their basis is:
The scale of acquittal;
The scale of guilt;
And the language of law
holds the balance between them.72
Haymans translation suggests that the Alef principle is a fixed
immutable Law, and that it functions as a pivot, controlling the
balance of the Universal scale. Therefore, Alef represents the ultimate
determining factor in the Universe. It exists at the threshold between
Consciousness and Unconsciousness, as a motionless and immoveable
expression of divine Will and Purpose. The Law of Alef is Onethat
is, its singular essence is at the root of the conscious being of every one
of us.
Thus, Alef symbolizes the ultimate Law that we all must learn to
adhere to. Every decision (leading to action) that we make in our dayto-day lives is weighed and measured according to whether or not its
in conformity (or harmony) with this singular unifying divine Law.

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Sefer Yesira. A. Peter Hayman. Mohr Siebeck, 2004. Pg. 110.


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When we act in harmony with the sacred Law of Alef we draw down
into manifestation a small portion of divine potential energy (i.e.
Maym) that swells at the back of Consciousness. Its then that the
Gatekeeper (i.e. the Angel of Breath73, or Holy Guardian Angel)
opens the flood-gate and allows a little of the divine Water of Maym
to trickle through Tifaret (the Holy Temple) and enter the twelve
pathways of the octahedron. As the Water of Maym combines with the
Fire of Shin within the twelve pathways (and the ShM Pillar) an aspect
of the divine Creation comes into conscious manifestation. And this is
woven into our collective Reality, and appears within the sefirah
Malkut. In other words, we contribute to the gradual manifestation of
the divine Plan on Earthi.e. the World to Come.
Because the World-to-Come is meant to be (i.e. by divine
ordination), the magical ShM process is sometimes accompanied by a
conscious awareness of synchronicity (or serendipity). We can
therefore determine that the Alef principle is the unseen suprarational
cause of synchronicity, and that synchronicity is a natural side-effect of
the emergence of the divine Presence (i.e. the Shekinah) on Earth.
When we choose to act in non-conformity with the Law of Alef we
trigger a different metaphysical processa process thats dominated
by the divine evolutionary Fire of Shin. In this case the pan of
liability (or scale of guilt) gains the ascendancy and the Law of Alef
(as the pivot of the scales) responds automatically to correct the
imbalance. It does so by manifesting a personal experience (i.e. a series
of events) that will ultimately lead to the evolution of consciousness.
The evolutionary experience is produced within the twelve pathways
of the octahedron by the divinely sanctioned activity of the ministers

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of flaming fire 74 (i.e. the angels who give expression to the divine Fire
of Shin). Its sometimes felt as a painful experience, but ultimately it
leads to positive developments in the future.
The purpose of Alefs evolutionary response is to transform
consciousness so that subsequent decisions and actions will be more
perfectly in harmony with the Law of Alef (and as a consequence, the
divine Plan on Earth will be realized). So mote it be.

74

Ibid.
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The GLGL Wheel

The twenty-two letters are the foundation.


They are fixed on a wheel [GLGL, ]
with 231 [RL"A, ]"Gates.
The wheel rotates back and forth.
A sign for this is:
There is nothing in good

higher than Delight [ONG, ].


There is nothing in evil
lower than Plague [NGO, ].
[Sefer Yetzirah, 2:4.]

Besides describing the original ancient Tree of Life blueprint, the Sefer
Yetzirah also contains cleverly encoded design instructions for an
elaborate mandala that resembles a wheel (GLGL, ).
My research and experimentation (since 2001) has shown that the
wheel mandala is a detailed map of powerful metaphysical energy
currents that permeate and strongly influence our mundane world.

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The wheel mandala has three concentric rims (or rings) and seven
spokes, and upon the spokes are arranged twenty-one smaller wheels
i.e. three wheels per spoke. The smaller wheels also have three rims
and seven spokes and upon their spokes are arranged twenty-one
Hebrew lettersthree per spoke. One Hebrew letter is also positioned
at the centre of each wheel.

Figure 31 : The GLGL Wheel (also called Jacobs Wheel)

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Verses 2:4-6 Decoded

The main design elements of the wheel mandala are contained in verse
2:4 of the Sefer Yetzirah. Its here that were told the twenty-two
Hebrew letters are arranged upon a wheel.
The twenty-two letters are the foundation.
They are fixed on a wheel [GLGL, <]

The unusual wheel design concealed in verse 2:4 was discovered by


accident (in January, 2001) while I was exploring a possible
relationship between the twenty-two Tarot trumps and various magic
square number arrays.

Figure 32 : The Basic Wheel Design

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After arranging the ordinal numbers 75 of the twenty-two Tarot trumps


(i.e. 0 to 21) on the wheel an interesting mathematical association with
the Sefer Yetzirah emerged.

Figure 33 : Ordinal Numbers - Magical Arrangement

I chose the above configuration because it has mathematical properties


that are similar to a magic square.
We can describe the figure above as a magic circle because the three
numbers on each of its seven spokes (or radii) add to the same
numberi.e. thirty-three. Similarly, all the rows of numbers in a magic
square add to the same value.

75

That is, according to the roman numerals printed at the top of each trump card.
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Spoke Numbers Total
1

01+12+20

33

02+13+18

33

03+14+16

33

04+08+21

33

05+09+19

33

06+10+17

33

07+11+15

33

Grand Total

231

The Hebrew language assigns a number to every letter of the alphabet,


and when the Hebrew letter values of the word GLGL (, wheel)
are added together they total 66.
( )

( )

The calculation can be broken down as follows:


(

Note the repetition of the number 33 in GLGL.


Of course, the arrangement of the ordinal values of the twenty-two
Hebrew letters on the wheel mandala also produces spoke values of
33. As you will see below, this is not a coincidence.
The second obvious clue left for us by the author of the Sefer Yetzirah
is his mention of the number 231.
We already know that 231 is the sum of the numbers from one to
twenty-one. (See the table above.) But this number also shows up
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when we apply the letters of the Hebrew alphabet to the wheel


mandala.
The twenty-two letters are the foundation.
They are fixed on a wheel [GLGL, ]
with 231 [RL"A, ]"Gates.
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 2:4.]

The number 231 is mysteriously revealed when we replace the


numbers on the wheel with their Hebrew letter counterpartsi.e. as per
the following table of ordinal values.

Value Hebrew English Value Hebrew English


1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

Ch

19

20

21

22

L
M
N
S
O
P
Tz
Q
R
Sh
Th

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The table above numbers the twenty-two Hebrew letters according to


their natural alphabetical order. 76
Heres how these Hebrew letter/number correspondences translate to
the wheel mandala<

Figure 34 : The Hebrew Letter Correspondences

And here it is transliterated to English<

These are the ordinal values of the Hebrew alphabet. They are not the same as the
values given to the Hebrew letters when theyre used to signify numbers in the
Hebrew language.
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Figure 35 : The Hebrew Letter Correspondences (Eng.)

Incredibly, the number 231 (RLA, )"is written in Hebrew on the


first spoke of this first wheel of the multi-wheel mandala.

In the Hebrew language the letters RLA ( )"represent the number


231. The appearance of this number on the first spoke of the first wheel
is extraordinary. It indicates that the author intentionally included the
number 231 in this key verse to serve as another clue to the secret
design of the GLGL wheel mandala.

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Figure 36 : The First Wheel - RLA (231)

A third clue also confirms the integrity of this wheel design. Its found
in the final part of verse 2:4<
The twenty-two letters are the foundation.
They are fixed on a wheel [GLGL, ]
with 231 [RL"A, ]"Gates.
The wheel rotates back and forth.
A sign for this is:
There is nothing in good
higher than Delight [ONG, ].
There is nothing in evil
lower than Plague [NGO, ].
[Sefer Yetzirah, 2:4.]

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Its generally recognized by Sefer Yetzirah researchers that the Hebrew


words ONG (delight) and NGO (plague) were deliberately included
in verse 2:4 as cryptic clues to aid in revealing the deeper mysteries of
the book.
Many researchers however, assume that ONG and NGO refer to the
Hebrew letter permutations that form the 231 gates.77 But the Sefer
Yetzirah makes it clear (elsewhere in the text) that the gates are
composed of two Hebrew letters, so why did the author choose words
of three letters as his word-keys? And why conceal this information at
all when its stated plainly in the very next verse.
He permuted them, weighed them,
and transformed them,
Alef with them all
and all of them with Alef,
Bet with them all
and all of them with Bet.
They repeat in a cycle
and exist in 231 Gates.
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 2:5.]

It becomes obvious what the author of the Sefer Yetzirah was actually
referring to when we take another look at the Hebrew letters as weve
mathematically arranged them on the first wheel of the GLGL multiwheel mandala.

The 231 Gates are the 231 possible pairings of the twenty-two Hebrew letters
(without duplication).
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Figure 37 : ONG - Hebrew

Figure 38 : ONG - English

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As you can see, the Hebrew word ONG is clearly visible on the third
spoke of the wheel. This is further confirmation that our wheel design
and its Hebrew letter arrangement are correct.
But theres still one more step (or rather a series of steps) to perform in
order to construct the larger, more complex multi-wheel mandala.

The first wheel mandala (pictured above) contains only the first
twenty-one gates, or more correctly, twenty-one pathways. The letter
pairings are termed pathways because although there are 231 gates,
there are a total of 462 pathways 78 of entry through those gates. In
other words, gate A-B can be passed through from the left, in which
case its experienced as the pathway A-B, or it can be passed through
from the right, in which case its experienced as the pathway B-A. This
important detail is what verse 2:5 informs us when it states<
Alef with them all
and all of them with Alef,
Bet with them all
and all of them with Bet.
They repeat in a cycle
and exist in 231 Gates.
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 2:5.]

The Hebrew word netiv (NThYB, , pathway) occurs (in its plural form) in
Sefer Yetzirah 1:1. The numerical value of NThYB is 462. Verse 1:1 contains the
phrase netivot peliot (NThYBVTh PLYAVTh) mystical pathways. This phrase read
in reverse contains ALP BYTh (A-B)the first two Hebrew letters spelled in full. Its a
coded reference to the 231 gates and the 462 pathways.
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Note that according to verse 2:5 the Hebrew letter pairings exist in
231 Gates, but are not the gates themselves.

The first twenty-one pathways are derived from the wheel mandala by
combining the central letter (Tav, )with each of the surrounding
letters starting from the inner rim (or first ring) and the first spoke.
The cycle ends when the seventh spoke on the outer rim (or third
ring) is reached. This sequence traces out a three-arc spiral that winds
around the mandala from the inner ring to the outer ring.

Figure 39 : The First Wheel Pathway Sequence

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The first pathway of the wheel is Th-A (Tav-Alef, -). This pathway
initiates the first arc of the spiral. The second pathway is Th-B (TavBet, - )which is followed by Th-G (Tav-Gimel, -), etc. The seven
spokes are cycled through in their natural order, one to seven (around
the inner rim). The first arc of the spiral ends at the seventh spoke with
the pathway Th-Z (Tav-Zayn, -).
The second arc of the spiral begins on the middle rim and the first
spoke. It commences with the pathway Th-L (Tav-Lamed, -). The arc
follows the natural order of the spokes around the middle rim and
ends with the pathway Th-K (Tav-Kaf, -).
The third arc of the spiral follows the same course, beginning with the
pathway Th-R (Tav-Raysh, - )on the first spoke and outer rim, and
ending with Th-S (Tav-Sameck, - )on the seventh spoke and outer
rim.
This sequence of Hebrew letter pathways may appear strange because
it doesnt follow the normal alphabetical order. However, my own
(and others) experience examining energy cycles produced by this
pathway sequence (since 2002) has shown it to accurately symbolically
resonate with significant events and developments in peoples lives.

In order to determine the next array of twenty-one pathways we must


shift the Hebrew letters one place backwards on the wheel mandala.
This produces a second wheel with a different letter configuration.
The resulting Hebrew letter arrangement is configured according to
the original magic circle template except that the letters have taken
one step back from their original placements. So Alef ( )steps
backwards into the original position of Tav (), and Tav steps back into
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the original position of Shin (), etc. All the rest of the twenty-two
wheel mandalas are constructed using this one step back sequence.

Figure 40 : The Second Wheel

The next verse of the Sefer Yetzirah, verse 2:6, provides us with
another word-key that not only reconfirms our wheel design, but also
verifies our revolving Hebrew letter arrangement. The word-key is
air (AVYR).
He formed substance out of chaos
and made non-existence into existence.
He carved great pillars from air [AVYR, ]
that cannot be grasped.
[From: Sefer Yetzirah, 2:5.]
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Figure 41 : "Air that cannot be grasped"

The Hebrew word AVYR (air, )is plainly visible on the fifth spoke
of the second wheel mandala (pictured above).

The twenty-one pathways of the second wheel unfold according to the


same rim and spoke sequence as the pathways of the first wheel. And
this general rule applies also to the pathways of all the remaining
wheels.

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Figure 42 : The Second Wheel Pathway Sequence

The first pathway of the second wheel is A-B (Alef-Bayt, -)79 and the
final pathway is A-O (Alef-Ayin, -). The pathway spiral always
begins on the inner rim first spoke and always ends on the outer rim
seventh spoke.
The final wheel in the series is the twenty-second wheel. Its twentyone pathways complete the 462 pathways of the full Hebrew letter
cycle of the Sefer Yetzirah.

Note that this letter pairing is the 22nd in the entire unfolding sequence of
pathways. Mysteriously, it appears to allude to the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew
Alef-bet.
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Verse 2:4 mentions the rotation of the GLGL wheel<


The twenty-two letters are the foundation.
They are fixed on a wheel [GLGL, ]
with 231 [RL"A, ]"Gates.
The wheel rotates back and forth<
As demonstrated above, within the GLGL wheel there is a
simultaneous double rotation of the Hebrew letters.
The phrase the wheel rotates back and forth can be understood to
mean that the Hebrew letter pathway spiral rotates forward within
each wheel, while (at the same time) the Hebrew letters rotate
backwards as each wheel is formed within the GLGL multi-wheel
mandala.

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The LB Wheel

The final (i.e. 22nd) wheel plays a special role in the metaphysical
scheme because its placed at the centre of the larger multi-wheel
mandala. This wheel is like a master key because it contains the
design for the layout of all the other wheels within the multi-wheel
configuration. For this reason I call it the key wheel, or key
mandala. 80 Like the nucleus of a cell the key mandala contains the
complete DNA blueprint of the larger Wheel.

Figure 43 : The Key Mandala

80

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The twenty-one Hebrew letters contained within the main body of the
key wheel precisely mirror the central letters of the twenty-one
surrounding wheels. In other words, the key wheel maps out how all
the other wheels are organized within the multi-wheel mandala. It
does so by arranging all the centre letters of the other wheels according
to its own Hebrew letter configuration.

Figure 44 : The GLGL Wheel - Tav ()

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So, for example, the first wheel has Tav ( )as its central glyph. The Tav
wheel is located on the inner rim and first spoke of the larger multiwheel mandalathe same relative position of Tav in the body of the
key wheel. (See the white highlights in the figure above.)

The twenty-one pathways of the key mandala instil their influence


invisibly into the surrounding wheels of the multi-wheel mandala. In
fact, the key mandala controls and governs from its central position the
entire scope of the multi-wheel.

Heres another example: The second wheel of the GLGL multi-wheel


mandala has Alef ( )as its central Hebrew letter. (See below right.)

Figure 46 : The Implanted Alef

Figure 45 : The Projection of Alef

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The seed of Alef is projected from the key wheel (above left) and is
implanted on the inner rim and second spoke of the multi-wheel
mandala. The Hebrew letter spiral then unfolds and forms a wheel
around the Alef seed.
The purpose of the spiral within the second wheel is to nurture the
Alef seed and bring it into manifestation (i.e. from the World of
Yetzirah/Formation into the World of Assiah/Making).
Similarly, the function of the spiral pathway sequences as they occur
within all the lesser wheels of the multi-wheel mandala is to bring
their central Hebrew letter archetypes into physical manifestation.
And consequently, the function of the entire multi-wheel scheme is
ultimately to bring the central Hebrew letter of the central key wheel
into manifestationi.e. the letter Shin ().

Of great significance is the fact that the key wheel (and therefore the
whole multi-wheel complex) has the Hebrew letter Shin ( )at its
centre.
He formed substance from
chaos, and he made it with
fire [ASh, ]and it exists,
and he hewed out great columns
from intangible air<
[From: Sefer Yesira, 20] 81

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The above extract is from A. Peter Haymans translation of 20


(referenced as verse 2:6 in Kaplan) of the Long Recension of the Sefer
Yetzirah. Note that it states: he made it with fire.
In fact, not only does the key wheel mandala have Shin (symbolizing
divine Fire) at its centre, but it also has the two letters that compose
the Hebrew word for fire (i.e. ASh, )spelled out in full on its 2nd
and 7th spokes.

Figure 47 : Key Wheel - Alef Shin

The second spoke spells the word ALPh (, Alef, A, )and the
seventh spoke spells ShYN (, Shin, Sh, ). The seventh spoke
includes Vav ( )on the inner rim, but this can be ignored. These letter
sequences are beyond coincidence (in my opinion).

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Shin represents divine Fire and characterizes the sefirah Binah in the
metaphysical scheme of the Sefer Yetzirah. So the key wheel can be
imagined as being analogous to Binah on the Tree of Life. The seven
spokes of the multi-wheel can then be thought of as the seven
emanations of Binahi.e. symbolizing the seven lower sefirot of the
Tree of Life.

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The TLY Spiral

The meaning of the Hebrew word TLY ( )in the Sefer Yetzirah is
much debated. Some commentators see it as an allusion to the cosmic
coiled serpenti.e. the constellation Draco thats located near the
celestial North Pole. But I believe it represents the coiled spiral-cycle
that winds its way around the multi-wheel mandala and maps the
Hebrew two-letter gates and pathways.
In my experience the TLY spiral can be understood as representing the
path of the serpent within our Earth sphere because it appears to
express the flow of kundalini fire that moves through the life of every
human-beingpromoting the evolution of body, mind, and soul.

The Hebrew word TLY means to hang, or suspend, but it also implies
something thats curved, like a hanging curl of hair (TLTL, ).
And hence its translation as hook in the Sefer Yetzirah.
The twenty-two letters are
their foundation. It is fixed
on the Hook [TLY, ], on a wheel
with two hundred and [thirty]-one gates.
[From: Sefer Yesira, 18.] 82

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My interpretation of the meaning of TLY (hook) in the above extract


is a spiral (which, of course, is naturally curved).
The twenty-two letters are
their foundation. It is fixed
on a spiral [TLY, ]
on a wheel [GLGL, <]

TLY is one of a group of three words that are always mentioned


together in the Sefer YetzirahTLY, GLGL, and LB. These three are
usually translated as hook, wheel, and heart respectively, but I
believe a more meaningful translation is:
TLY ( ): spiral,
GLGL ( ): circle (or wheel),
LB ( ): centre (innermost part).
In other words, theyre all technical terms that refer to components of
the multi-wheel mandala.83 GLGL refers to the wheel itself. TLY refers
to the spiral pathway within the wheel. LB refers to the key wheel at
the centre (or heart) of the multi-wheel mandala.

The Hebrew word LB ( )has the numerical value 32 (i.e. L + B = 30 +


2). The number 32 characterizes the LB wheel (and all the wheels of the
GLGL

mandala)

because

every

component

mandala

has

32

fundamental elements:

Because the Sefer Yetzirah is multi-layered these words also have other meanings
in other contexts within the book.
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3 Rims (Gabot, )
7 Spokes (Yadot, )
22 Hebrew letters (Eyes, Oyinim, )84
Thus, the basic numerological structure of the LB wheel mandala
establishes the 3-7-22 geometric blueprint for the whole GLGL
mandala. And note that its design closely mirrors the numerological
structure of the kabbalistic Tree of Life diagram. 85

The numerical value of TLY is also significant<


()
The TLY spiral-cycle is a sequence of 441 pathways that begins from
the first pathway Th-A (Tav-Alef) of the first wheel and ends at the
21st pathway N-Z (Nun-Zayn) of the 21st wheel. The cycle is then
repeated ad infinitum.
The TLY spiral is composed of only 441 pathways (rather than 462)
because twenty-one (of the 462) pathways are contained within the key
wheel (i.e. LB mandala) at the centre of the multi-wheel complex.
These twenty-one pathways do exist within the TLY spiral, but only in
a state of latent potential at the centre of each of the twenty-one lesser
wheels of the multi-wheel mandala. The 21 concealed pathways
emerge into manifestation as a result of the action of the TLY spiralcycle that winds its way around them.

84

This terminology is derived from Ezekiel I (quoted below).

Because the Tree of Life diagram has three higher sefirot, seven lower sefirot, and
twenty-two pathways.
85

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The Book of Ezekiel

The Sefer Yetzirah contains instructions for building a complex


mandala the appearance of which can be described as wheels within a
wheel, which brings to mind the vision of Ezekiel<
Now as I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel
upon the earth beside the living creatures, one for each of
the four of them.
As for the appearance of the wheels and their construction:
their appearance was like the gleaming of a chrysolite; and
the four had the same likeness, their construction being as
it were a wheel within a wheel.
When they went, they went in any of their four directions
without turning as they went.
The four wheels had rims and they had spokes; and their
rims were full of eyes round about.
And when the living creatures went, the wheels went
beside them; and when the living creatures rose from the
earth, the wheels rose.
Wherever the spirit would go, they went, and the wheels
rose along with them; for the spirit of the living creatures
was in the wheels.
[Ezekiel, 1:15-20. The Revised Standard Version of the Bible.]
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Ezekiels vision is highly suggestive of the Sefer Yetzirahs wheel


design, and it may be that the prophet saw an image reflected from the
same esoteric source that inspired the Sefer Yetzirah.
Ezekiel describes four living creatures accompanied by four wheels.
The four wheels symbolize cycles of energy that flow through the four
kabbalistic WorldsEmanation, Creation, Formation, and Making.
The Sefer Yetzirahs wheel (also called Jacobs Wheel) belongs to the
third kabbalistic worldthe World of Yetzirahthe psycho-spiritual
World of Formation. It maps out a process that involves the
implantation of twenty-one seed-forms from the World of Formation
into the lower physical World of Making (Assiah). And it describes
how, through a complex spiral-cycle, those seed-forms are brought
into manifestation within the World of Assiah.
The four wheels had rims (Gabot, )and they had
spokes (Yadot, ;)and their rims were full of eyes
(Oyinim, )round about.
The eyes (, OYNIM) of Ezekiels wheels are possibly an oblique
reference to the 462 Hebrew letters that are arranged upon the three
rims (or rings) of the GLGL Wheel mandala.
Wherever the spirit would go, they went, and the wheels
rose along with them; for the spirit of the living creatures
was in the wheels.
The spirit of the living creatures possibly refers to the key wheel (or
hub) thats nested at the centre of the GLGL Wheel. It instils its spirit
into the twenty-one surrounding wheels by providing the Hebrew
letters that are fixed at the centre of each wheel.

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Some Jacobs Wheel Links

Main Website
Basic Introduction
Three Master Cycles of Jacobs Wheel
The 462 Gates
Jacobs Wheel Posters & Wall-charts
Jacobs Wheel Cycle Calculator Software

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Appendix One:

The Sefer Yetzirah86

1:1

With 32 mystical paths of wisdom


engraved Yah;
the Lord of Hosts;
the God of Israel;
the Living God;
King of the World;
El Shaddai;
Merciful and Gracious;
High and Exalted;
Dwelling in Eternity;
Whose ShM ['name'] is Holy;
He is Lofty and Holy.
And He created His World
with three books.
With text.
With number.
And with communication.

This is Aryeh Kaplans translation, but with some changes and bracketed notes
added by me. Ill continue to work on modifying it for future editions of this e-Book.
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Ten sefirot beli mah ['without Mah']


And 22 Foundation Letters:
Three Mothers,
Seven Doubles,
And twelve Elementals.

1:3

Ten sefirot without Mah.


In the number of ten fingers.
Five opposite five
with a singular covenant
precisely in the middle.
In the circumcision of the tongue,
and in the circumcision of the member.

1:4

Ten sefirot without Mah.


Ten and not nine.
Ten and not eleven.
Understand with wisdom.
Be wise with understanding.
Examine with them
and probe from them.
Make [each] thing stand on its essence,
And make the Creator sit on His base.

1:5

Ten sefirot without Mah.


Their measure is ten
which have Ain Sof ['no end'].
A depth of Beginning.
A depth of End.
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A depth of Good.
A depth of Evil.
A depth of Above.
A depth of Below.
A depth of East.
A depth of West.
A depth of North.
A depth of South.
The singular Master,
God faithful King,
dominates over them all
from His holy dwelling
until eternity of eternities.

1:6

Ten sefirot without Mah.


Their vision is like the appearance of lightning.
Their limit has no end.
And His word in them is running and returning.
They rush to His saying like a whirlwind.
And before His throne they prostrate themselves.

1:7

Ten sefirot without Mah.


Their end is imbedded in their beginning,
and their beginning in their end,
like a flame in a burning coal.
For the Master is singular.
He has no second.
And before One, what do you count?

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Ten sefirot without Mah.


Bridle your mouth from speaking
and your heart from thinking.
And if your heart runs
return to the place.
It is therefore written,
The Chayot running and returning. (Ezek. 1:24)
Regarding this a covenant was made.

1:9

Ten sefirot without Mah.


One is the Breath of the Living God.
Blessed and benedicted is the ShM
of the Life of Worlds.
Voice and breath and speech.
And this is the Holy Breath.

1:10

Two: Breath from Breath.


With it He engraved and carved
22 Foundation letters.
Three Mothers,
Seven Doubles,
and Twelve Elementals.
And one Breath is from them.

1:11

Three: Water from Breath.


With it He engraved and carved
[22 letters from]
chaos and void,
mire and clay.
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He engraved them like a sort of garden.


He carved them like a sort of wall.
He covered them like a sort of ceiling.
[And He poured snow over them
and it became dust
as it is written:
For to snow He said, 'Become earth (Job 37:6).]

1:12

Four: Fire from Water.


With it He engraved and carved
the Throne of Glory,
Serafim, Ophanim, and holy Chayot,
and Ministering angels.
From these three He founded His dwelling.
As it is written:
He makes His angels of breaths,
His ministers of flaming fire (Psalms 104:4).

1:13

He chose three letters from among the Elementals


[in the mystery of the three Mothers
Alef Maym Shin].
And He set them in His great ShM.
And with them, He sealed six extremities.
Five: He sealed Above and faced upward
and sealed it with Yud Vav Heh.
Six: He sealed Below and faced downward
and sealed it with Heh Vav Yud.
Seven: He sealed East and faced straight ahead
and sealed it with Yud Heh Vav.
Eight: He sealed West and faced backward
and sealed it with Vav Heh Yud.
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Nine: He sealed South and faced to the right


and sealed it with Heh Yud Vav.
Ten: He sealed North and faced to the left
and sealed it with Vav Yud Heh.

1:14

These are the ten sefirot without Mah:


The Breath of the Living God.
Breath from Breath.
Water from Breath.
Fire from Water.
Up, Down, East, West, North, South.

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Chapter 2

2:1

Twenty-two foundation letters:


Three Mothers,
seven Doubles,
and twelve Elementals.
The three Mothers are Alef, Maym, Shin.
Their foundation is:
A pan of merit,
a pan of liability,
and the tongue of decree deciding between them.
[Three Mothers, Alef, Maym, Shin.
Maym hums, Shin hisses,
and Alef is the Breath of air
deciding between them.]

2:2

Twenty-two foundation letters.


He engraved them, He carved them,
He permuted them, He weighed them,
He transformed them,
And with them, He depicted all that was formed
and all that would be formed.

2:3

Twenty-two foundation letters.


He engraved them with voice.
He carved them with breath.
He set them in the mouth
In five places:
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Alef, Het, Heh, Ayin in the throat.


Gimel, Yud, Kaf, Qof in the palate.
Dalet, Tet, Lamed, Nun, Tav in the tongue.
Zayin, Samekh, Shin, Resh, Tzadi in the teeth.
Bayt, Vav, Maym, Peh in the lips.

2:4

Twenty-two foundation letters.


He placed them in a circle
like a wall with 231 gates.
The circle oscillates back and forth.
A sign for this is:
There is nothing in good higher than Delight.
There is nothing in evil lower than Plague.

2:5

How?
He permuted them, weighed them, and
transformed them.
Alef with them all,
and all of them with Alef.
Bayt with them all,
and all of them with Bayt.
They repeat in a cycle,
and exist in 231 gates.
It comes out that all that is formed
and all that is spoken
emanates from one ShM.

2:6

He formed substance out of chaos,


and made nonexistence into existence.
He carved great pillars from air
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that cannot be grasped.


This is a sign:
[Alef with them all, and all of them with Alef.]
He foresees, transforms and makes
all that is formed and all that is spoken
One ShM.
A sign for this thing:
Twenty-two objects in a single body.

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Chapter 3

3:1

Three Mothers: Alef, Maym, Shin.


Their foundation is:
A pan of merit,
a pan of liability,
and the tongue of decree deciding between them.

3:2

Three Mothers: Alef, Maym, Shin.


A great, mystical secret
covered and sealed with six rings.
And from them emanated air, water, and fire.
And from them are born Fathers.
And from the Fathers, descendants.

3:3

Three Mothers: Alef, Maym, Shin.


He engraved them. He carved them.
He permuted them. He weighed them.
And with them He depicted:
Three Mothers A, M, Sh in the World.
Three Mothers A, M, Sh in the Year.
Three Mothers A, M, Sh in the Soul.
Male and female.

3:4

Three Mothers: Alef, Maym, Shin


in the World are air, water, fire.
Heaven was created from fire.
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Earth was created from water.


And air from Breath decides between them.

3:5

Three Mothers: Alef, Maym, Shin


in the Year are:
The hot,
the cold,
and the temperate.
The hot is created from fire.
The cold is created from water.
And the temperate, from Breath,
decides between them.

3:6

Three Mothers: Alef, Maym, Shin


in the Soul, male and female,
are the head, belly, and chest.
The head is created from fire.
The belly is created from water.
And the chest, from breath,
decides between them.

3:7

He made the letter Alef king over Breath.


And He bound a crown to it.
And He combined them one with another.
And with them He formed:
Air in the World,
The temperate in the Year,
And the chest in the Soul.
The male with A, M, Sh.
And the female with A, Sh, M.
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He made Maym king over water.


And He bound a crown to it.
And He combined one with another.
And with them He formed:
Earth in the World,
Cold in the Year,
And the belly in the Soul.
The male with M, A, Sh.
And the female with M, Sh, A.

3:9

He made Shin king over fire.


And He bound a crown to it.
And He combined one with another.
And with them He formed:
Heaven in the World.
Hot in the Year.
And the head in the Soul.
The male with Sh, A, M.
And the female with Sh, M, A.

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Chapter 4

4:1

Seven Doubles:
Bet, Gimel, Dalet,
Kaf, Peh, Raysh, Tav.
They direct themselves with two tongues:
Bet-Bhet, Gimel-Ghimel, Dalet-Dhalet,
Kaf-Khaf, Peh-Pheh, Raysh-Rhaysh, Tav-Thav.
A structure of soft and hard,
strong and weak.

4:2

Seven Doubles: - .
Their foundation is:
Wisdom, Wealth, Seed,
Life, Dominance, Peace, and Grace.

4:3

Seven Doubles: - .
In speech and in transposition.
The transpose of Wisdom is Folly.
The transpose of Wealth is Poverty.
The transpose of Seed is Desolation.
The transpose of Life is Death.
The transpose of Dominance is Subjugation.
The transpose of Peace is War.
The transpose of Grace is Ugliness.

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Seven Doubles: - .
Up and Down.
East and West.
North and South.
And the Holy Temple precisely in the center.
And it supports them all.

4:5

Seven Doubles: - .
Seven and not six.
Seven and not eight.
Examine with them,
And probe with them.
Make [each] thing stand on its essence.
And make the Creator sit on His base.

4:6

Seven Doubles: - of foundation.


He engraved them, He carved them.
He permuted them, He weighed them.
He transformed them.
And with them He formed:
Seven planets in the World.
Seven days in the Year.
Seven gates in the Soul.
Male and female.

4:7

Seven planets in the World:


Saturn, Jupiter, Mars,
Sun, Venus, Mercury, Moon.
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Seven days in the Year:


The seven days of the week.
Seven gates in the Soul, male and female:
Two eyes, two ears, two nostrils,
and the mouth.

4:8

He made the letter Bayt king over Wisdom.


And He bound a crown to it.
And He combined one with another.
And with them He formed:
The Saturn in the World.
The Sabbath in the Year.
The Mouth in the Soul.
Male and female.

4:9

He made the letter Gimel king over Wealth.


And He bound a crown to it.
And He combined one with another.
And with them He formed:
Jupiter in the World.
Thursday in the Year.
The right Eye in the Soul.
Male and female.

4:10

He made the letter Dalet king over Dominance.


And He bound a crown to it.
And He combined one with another.
And with them He formed:
Mars in the World.
Tuesday in the Year.
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The left Eye in the Soul.


Male and female.

4:11

He made the letter Kaf king over Life.


And He bound a crown to it.
And He combined one with another.
And with them He formed:
The Sun in the World.
Sunday in the Year.
The right Nostril in the Soul.
Male and female.

4:12

He made the letter Peh king over Seed.


And He bound a crown to it.
And He combined one with another.
And with them He formed:
Venus in the World.
Friday in the Year.
The right Ear in the Soul.
Male and female.

4:13

He made the letter Raysh king over Peace.


And He bound a crown to it.
And He combined one with another.
And with them He formed:
Mercury in the World.
Wednesday in the Year.
The left Ear in the Soul.
Male and female.
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He made the letter Tav king over Grace.


And He bound a crown to it.
And He combined one with another.
And with them He formed:
The Moon in the World.
Monday in the Year.
The left Nostril in the Soul.
Male and female.

4:15

Seven Doubles: - .
With them were engraved:
Seven Worlds, seven firmaments,
seven lands, seven seas,
seven rivers, seven deserts,
seven days, seven weeks,
seven years, seven sabbaticals,
seven jubilees,
and the Holy Temple.
Therefore, He made sevens beloved
under all the heavens.

4:16

Two stones build 2 houses.


Three stones build 6 houses.
Four stones build 24 houses.
Five stones build 120 houses.
Six stones build 620 houses.
Seven stones build 5040 houses.
From here on go out and calculate

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that which the mouth cannot speak


and the ear cannot hear.

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Chapter 5

5:1

Twelve Elementals:
Heh, Vav, Zayn,
Het, Tet, Yud,
Lamed, Nun, Sameck,
Ayin, Tzaddie, Qof.
Their foundation is:
speech, thought, motion,
sight, hearing, action,
coition, smell, sleep,
anger, taste, laughter.

5:2

Twelve Elementals.

.
Their foundation is the twelve diagonal boundaries:
The east upper boundary.
The east northern boundary.
The east lower boundary.
The south upper boundary.
The south eastern boundary.
The south lower boundary.
The west upper boundary.
The west southern boundary.
The west lower boundary.
The north upper boundary.
The north western boundary.
The north lower boundary.
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They extend continually until eternity of eternities.


And it is they that are the boundaries of the World.

5:3

Twelve Elementals.

.
Their foundation is:
He engraved them, carved them, permuted them,
weighed them, and transformed them.
And with them He formed:
Twelve constellations in the World;
Twelve months in the Year;
And twelve directors in the Soul.
Male and female.

5:4

Twelve constellations in the World:


Aries (T'leh, the Ram);
Taurus (Shor, the Bull);
Gemini (Teumim, the Twins);
Cancer (Sartan, the Crab);
Leo (Ari, the Lion);
Virgo (Betulah, the Virgin);
Libra (Maznayim, the Scales);
Scorpio (Akrav, the Scorpion);
Sagittarius (Keshet, the Archer);
Capricorn (Gedi, the Kid);
Aquarius (Deli, the Water Drawer);
Pisces (Dagin, the Fish).

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Twelve months in the year:


Nissan, Iyar, Sivan,
Tamuz, Av, Elul,
Tishrei, Cheshvan, Kislev,
Tevet, Shevat, Adar.

5:6

Twelve directors in the soul.


Male and female.
The two hands, the two feet,
the two kidneys,
the gall bladder, the intestines,
the liver, the korkeban,
the kivah, the spleen.

5:7

He made the letter Heh king over speech.


And He bound a crown to it.
And He combined one with another.
And with them He formed:
Aries in the World;
Nissan in the Year;
And the right foot in the Soul.
Male and female.
He made the letter Vav king over thought.
And He bound a crown to it.
And He combined one with another.
And with them He formed:
Taurus in the World;
Iyar in the Year;
And the right kidney in the Soul.
Male and female.
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He made the letter Zayn king over motion..


And He bound a crown to it.
And He combined one with another.
And with them He formed:
Gemini in the World;
Sivan in the Year;
And the left foot in the Soul.
Male and female.

5:8

He made the letter Het king over sight.


And He bound a crown to it.
And He combined one with another.
And with them He formed:
Cancer in the World;
Tamuz in the Year;
And the right hand in the Soul.
Male and female.
He made the letter Tet king over hearing.
And He bound a crown to it.
And He combined one with another.
And with them He formed:
Leo in the World;
Av in the Year;
And the left kidney in the Soul.
Male and female.
He made the letter Yud king over action.
And He bound a crown to it.
And He combined one with another.
And with them He formed:
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Virgo in the World;


Elul in the Year;
And the left hand in the Soul.
Male and female.

5:9

He made the letter Lamed king over coition.


And He bound a crown to it.
And He combined one with another.
And with them He formed:
Libra in the World;
Tishrei in the Year;
And the gall bladder in the Soul.
Male and female.
He made the letter Nun king over smell.
And He bound a crown to it.
And He combined one with another.
And with them He formed:
Scorpio in the World;
Cheshvan in the Year;
And the intestine in the Soul.
Male and female.
He made the letter Sameck king over sleep.
And He bound a crown to it.
And He combined one with another.
And with them He formed:
Sagittarius in the World;
Kislev in the Year;
And the Kivah in the Soul.
Male and female.
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He made the letter Ayin king over anger.


And He bound a crown to it.
And He combined one with another.
And with them He formed:
Capricorn in the World;
Tevet in the Year;
And the liver in the Soul.
Male and female.
He made the letter Tzaddie king over taste.
And He bound a crown to it.
And He combined one with another.
And with them He formed:
Aquarius in the World;
Shevat in the Year;
And the Korkeban in the Soul.
Male and female.
He made the letter Qof king over laughter.
And He bound a crown to it.
And He combined one with another.
And with them He formed:
Pisces in the World;
Adar in the Year;
And the spleen in the Soul.
Male and female.

5:11

He made them like a trough.


He arranged them like a wall.
He set them up like a battle.
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Chapter 6

6:1

These are the Three Mothers: Alef, Maym, Shin.


And from them emanated three Fathers.
And they are air, water, and fire.
And from the Fathers, descendants.
Three Fathers and their descendants;
And seven planets and their hosts;
And twelve diagonal boundaries.
A proof of this:
True witnesses in the World, Year, Soul.
And a rule of twelve,
and seven, and three.
He set them in the Teli, the Cycle, and the Heart.

6:2

Three Mothers: Alef, Maym, Shin.


Air, water, and fire.
Fire is above, water is below,
and air of Breath is the rule
that decides between them.
And a sign of this thing
is that fire supports water.
Maym hums, Shin hisses,
and Alef is the breath of air
that decides between them.

6:3

The Teli in the World is like a king on his throne.


The Cycle in the Year is like a king in the province.
The Heart in the Soul is like a king in war.
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Also God made one


opposite the other (Eccl. 7:14).
Good opposite evil.
Evil opposite good.
Good from good.
Evil from evil.
Good defines evil.
And evil defines good.
Good is kept for the good ones.
And evil is kept for the evil ones.

6:5

Three:
Each one stands alone.
One acts as advocate;
one acts as accuser;
and one decides between them.
Seven:
Three opposite three,
and one is the rule deciding between them.
Twelve stand in war:
Three love;
three hate;
three give life;
and three kill.
Three love: the heart and the ears.
Three hate: the liver, the gall, and the tongue.
Three give life: the two nostrils and the spleen.
Three kill: the two orifices and the mouth.
And God faithful King rules over them all
from His holy habitation
until eternity of eternities.
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One on three;
three on seven;
seven on twelve.
And all are bound, one to another.

6:6

These are the twenty-two letters


with which engraved:
Ehyeh, Yah, YHVH Elohim, YHVH,
YHVH Tzavaot, Elohim Tzavaot,
El Shaddai, YHVH Adonoy.
And with them He made three Books.
And with them He created His World.
And He formed with them all that was ever formed,
and all that ever will be formed.

6:7

And when Abraham our father,


may he rest in peace,
looked, saw, understood, probed,
engraved and carved,
He was successful in creation.
As it is written: And the souls that
they made in Haran (Genesis 12:5).
Immediately there was revealed to him
the Master of all, may His ShM be blessed forever.
He placed him in His bosom,
and kissed him on his head,
and He called him,
Abraham my beloved (Isaiah 41:8).
He made a covenant with him,
and with his children after him forever.
As it is written: And he believed in God,
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and He considered it
to him for righteousness (Genesis 15:6).
He made with him a covenant
between the ten fingers of his hands
(this is the covenant of the tongue)
and between the ten toes of his feet
(this is the covenant of circumcision).
And He bound the 22 letters of the
Torah to his tongue.
And He revealed to him His mystery.
He drew them in water;
He flamed them with fire;
He agitated them with Breath;
He burned them with the seven [planets];
He directed them with the twelve constellations.
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