Thursday, December 30, 2010

THE TAROT & THE HOLY KABBALAH



The Kabbalah teaches that our universe evolved organically and sequentially from the formless void or the Great Unknowable Source into matter. The information contained in the Kabbalah deals with the nature of God; the Sephiroth, or divine emanations deal with angels and man. God is known as Ain Soph and fills the entire universe. As He is infinite, the mind of man cannot conceive Him. Mind cannot perceive something that created it, because mind is only part of it, not the whole.

In a certain sense, God is perceived as being non-existent. To validate His existence, God became active and creative, gathered primal energy around Himself and projected the ten Sephiroth or divine ideas. The numbers one to ten are Kabbalistic cardinal numbers corresponding to the original divine ideas by which the invisible and visible world was created.

THE TREE OF LIFE: This is a simple diagram composed of the ten spheres known as the Sephiroth and 22 connecting lines called Paths. The Sephiroth and the Paths together are commonly called “The thirty two Paths of Wisdom.” At this point, we will only touch briefly on some of this information as it has been given previously. With reference to the Tarot, we will just say that the twenty two major arcana cards relate to the twenty two paths, which are numbered from 11 to 32; the Sephiroth being numbered from 1 to 10.

Kether, Chokmah and Binah are abstract concepts beyond our human comprehension and relate to the Supreme Mysteries of the Spirit or the Archetypal World. Chesed, Geburah and Tiphareth pertain to the Higher Self or the structure of the individuality, and relate to the Greater Mysteries or the Creative World. Netzach, Hod and Yesod pertain to the structure of the personality or the Lesser Mysteries or the Formative World. Malkuth relates to the physical body or the Active World.

From the unmanifest, the Ain Soph, which is symbolized by a closed eye, emerged number one, called KETHER, the Crown, which is symbolized by an open eye. Symbolically, as long as this eye remains open, the universe is preserved, when it shuts, it returns into a state of non-being or pralaya.

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2 comments:

  1. Some Questions:

    1) How does an Infinite Being "gather energy around Himself"? If He's Infinite, He's all over. He surrounds, but is not surrounded.

    2) Why would the Ultimate Existence need to validate His existence ?

    3) How can Kabbalah deal with "the nature of God", when God created "nature" and therefore is presumably beyond "nature"?

    4) How does Ein Sof "fill the universe's" when the universe's came into being sequentially after the "tzimtzum" ?

    Wishing you greater attunmement to the Oneness.
    Thank you.

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  2. Thank you for your comments - please see the new post - The Creation of Planet Earth - it will explain your non-understanding of the creation process for planet Earth.

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