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    BRAShITh

    One could write a book about the mysteries behind and within this word.
    I will only mention a couple here.
    If you are familiar with the work of Carlo Suares, you find a very interesting translation
    of the autiots (letter-numbers) which pertain to manifesting the Spiritus Mundi in an empty vessel.

    First, for those unfamiliar with this word, it may be transliterated Berashith. It is the first word
    in the Bible and is commonly translated as "In the beginning". It is also the first word of the Gospel of
    St. John which reads, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
    But a kabbalist might read these words as "BRAShITh was the Word, and BRAShITh was with God, and
    BRAShITh was God." And the same with Genesis: "BRAShITh ALHIM (Elohim) created the heaven
    and the earth."

    One thing to be noticed is that BRAShITh is a RASh (the autiot 'R') within a BITh (the autiot 'B').
    The hieroglyph for 'B' means "house, dwelling", and the hieroglyph for 'R' means "the head", but more
    significantly for us, we will interpret 'R' as the solar glyph as one can see by its Tarot association and its use
    in languages (Ra, Re). So we see this as the solar force captured within a dwelling/vessel.


    Let's look at the application according to Suares' translation of the autiots.

    B - the archetype of all dwellings, containers, vessels
    R - the cosmic container of all existence
    A - the unthinkable abstract principle of intermittent, pulsating life-death,life-death...
    Sh - cosmic movement, the "breath of God"
    I - the temporal manifest existence; the partner and antagonist of timeless unmanifest Aleph
    Th - the cosmic resistance to the life-breath that animates it. without this resistance life could not come into existence.

    We see interesting correspondences when we substitute their planetary, zodiac and elemental glyphs:
    B - mercury
    R - sun
    A - air
    Sh - fire
    I - virgo
    Th - saturn/earth


    Another significant item is noticed upon further study of the autiot 'B'.


    For kabbalists, the side which has the opening of the "vessel" faces north.


    I realise that this post may not seem significant to some, but it is not meant to be simply
    read and understood/grasped, but meditated upon.

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    Another way to divide and interpret this word is BRA ShITh: "The 6 created".
    I like that with all the cubic stone implications and the 6th sephira.

    Here's another great quote from Carlo Suares:
    "It is the purpose of all ciphers to invest a few signs with much meaning. A peculiarity of the Book
    of Genesis is that it begins with a very strict and close code and gradually develops and unfolds its
    fifty chapters through symbols and allegories and finally through semi-historical tales.
    In the severity of its beginning, in its first chapter, in its first verse, in its first sequence of letter-numbers,
    is the seed, and in the seed is the whole. This whole can be (and is expected to be) grasped in the
    Bayt-Raysh-Aleph-Sheen-Yod-Tav of Bereshyt. This sequence is in the Revelation and is the
    Revelation, and those who grasp it are in the Revelation and are, in action the Revelation itself.

    It is in effect a formula, or rather a fundamental equation of the interplay between Aleph and Yod.
    Aleph, timeless pulsation life-death-life-death, is shown in the first three graphs BaytRaysh-Aleph in
    its surging motion of creative energy, and Yod, the evolutionary process of existence is held, so to
    speak, between the hammer of cosmic metabolism, Sheen, and the anvil of its resistant container, Tav.
    The complete schema goes beyond a mere formula affirming the equivalence of those two terms; its
    sweeps beyond every duality by amalgamating Aleph and Yod and making them one. The very
    formulation of that equation is therefore its solution. In spite of being introduced by means of an
    intellectual approach it can project in us the essential game of life and existence if we will allow it to
    break up our every-day linear way of thinking.
    "
    - Carlo Suares, The Cypher of Genesis
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    "To conjure is nothing else than to observe anything rightly, to know and understand what it is." - Paracelsus

    "Why, then, don't you act when you see the danger of your conditioning? The answer is you don't see... seeing is acting." J. Krishnamurti

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    While I certainly respect and practice this sort of bibliomancy and the genuine insights that can arise from it, I feel obliged to raise a word of caution here. What Suares is doing here, what he states as his thesis, is digging into the sandbox of Qabballistic symbols that he can't place in context and using them more or less as fridge magnet poetry to express his own gnosis. There's nothing wrong with that. Nor is there anything wrong with the other, related activity he describes: digging through a font of unfamiliar wisdom for the sparks of your own that light to fill the gap between them. This is fundamentally bibliomancy, but as much as some authors deride "psychism" and "petty mediumship" it is precisely the unfamiliarity of the text that leaves these great big gaps for your undigested gnosis to fill. A great example is that Resh - Re - Ra - Sol thing you quoted, which gives him a nice place to start working alchemy into all of that. There no word for sun that I know of that even contains the letter resh in any language that I know that used the phonecian alphabet. Re means sun in ancient Egyptian, but that doesn't really have anything to do with Qabballah. Re is a word in Hebrew, but it means bad or evil, and that doesn't really fit in quite so well.

    So let me say unequivocally that this is a valid pursuit of wisdom, that this is wholly and fully valid gnosis. Let me also say that this is not Qabballah. Let me give voice to my inner troll and say that your Qabballah is weak. Let me follow that up by saying we can fix that pretty easily.

    First get your hands on Aryeh Kaplan's Meditation and Qabballah. It's a handy overview of the different streams within Qabballah over the two millenia regarding which it's meaningful to speak of it: there are several, and some of them are at odds and mutually unintelligible. Some are extinct in any proper sense, their texts and practices dispersed to the others. Qabballists by and large are even more tight-fisted with their secrets than alchemists are; most of them belong to extremely insular orthodox communities, and of those most are Chasidim, which is to say they belong to the youngest and most popularized stream of Qabballah. Many of the oldest and most venerated texts exist only in manuscript; it's not that they're rare, it's that the owners won't allow them to be copied for publication. Kaplan is one of the few authors who speak about these things openly in context; he gets away with it by being cryptic in his translations/commentaries and open only on topics where he doesn't directly reveal any of the mysteries. Thus Meditation and Qabballah: it provides the context for his otherwise impenetrable text commentaries.

    I'll give you a bit of a spoiler, though: The first stream of Qabballah he describes is a form of astral magic practiced while the temple still stood. It required the ashes of a particular temple sacrifice as part of it's ritual preparation, and so within a couple centuries of the destruction of the temple they ran out and the tradition more or less died completely. The texts survived, and remained widely read, so elements were progressively borrowed over the generations, but on the whole at that time it appears to have been replaced by the tradition represented by the Sefer Yetsirah, a third or fourth century text (though the earliest surviving manuscripts are from the tenth century) which appears to be compiled from three separate books. Kaplan says in his introduction to it that the first two appear from their wording to be manuals for meditation, while the third appears not to be so. The first gives an esoteric account of the ten digits, each emerging from the previous, placing them as the instruments of God's creation without reference to the letters. The second is something of an esoteric phonology manual, giving an account of their numerical emergence from a single principle and placing them as the instruments of God's creation, without mention of the sefirot or reference to the ten digits. The third is a practical manual of Hellenic Astrology, quite familiar to modern students, with both the previous systems worked into its native numerology. I don't think I have to dwell excessively on the significance of Alexandria, or the fact that until the medieval period it had one of the largest Jewish populations of any city in the world, largely assimilated to the local culture in terms of their habits, thoughts, nearly everything except their manner of worship. Suffice it to say that in my limited opinion a modern student of Alchemy, provided they've studied a bit of the language, has as much reason to think they might find this book accessible as a modern student of Qabballah; if the Qabballist has been instructed in a dogmatic reading layered with the baggage of later traditions, then the Alchemist may be at an advantage.

    That all being said there's much esoteric fun to be had with the first chapters of genesis, and particularly with the sentences that detail the state of being prior to the creation. It's full of lovely tricks of vocabulary and phrasing that lend a lot of depth to it, and since it details the evolution of a cosmology that's as much microcosmic as macrocosmic it's not ungermane to our art.

    I wanted all of this to be a preface to a bit about what I love about the breshith chapter - and there's a lot - but I find I've run out of steam. I particularly recommend looking in to the term th'hom used to describe the state prior to creation, which appears to be etymologically a masculine version of the word Tiamat. Bara is also a special verb of creation that is only used when God creates something out of nothing, and in certain Qabballistic contexts. So yeah neat stuff. Maybe this post ought to go in another thread; if someone has suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

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    It is probably unrelated but interestingly, there is a word 'řeš' with carons over the 'r' and 's', pronounced 'resh' with a special trill of the tongue on the 'r' which is a word in a western Slavic language. Not a noun for 'sun' but it comes from a verb which expresses activity (movement). In this case 'řeš (to)' means 'do something (about it)' or 'address (it) / deal with (it)'.
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    The student should not begin the preparation of this great and inscrutable arcanum before he knows well the spirit that lurks in it according to its essential qualities and properties. "With this spirit," says a certain philosopher, "you should not meddle until you first have a full and exact knowledge of it."

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    Hi Bel Matina

    "A great example is that Resh - Re - Ra - Sol thing you quoted, which gives him a nice place to start working alchemy into all of that. There no word for sun that I know of that even contains the letter resh in any language that I know that used the phonecian alphabet. Re means sun in ancient Egyptian, but that doesn't really have anything to do with Qabballah. Re is a word in Hebrew, but it means bad or evil, and that doesn't really fit in quite so well."

    That's not a quote. That's me. I worked it into alchemy. All of that is me and my kabbalistic studies
    and personal contemplations except the letter/autiot attributes in the first group which are Suares.
    The second group are tarot according to Golden Dawn.

    You are correct. It is weak kabbalah to mix those two. And I have more to learn.
    Before I had finished the first paragraph of your post, I was searching online for astrological
    attributes to the tarot, and the first link I clicked on actually took me to a site which reconstructed
    the kabbalah/tree of life and tarot according to the sepher yetsirah, as Suares intended - I didn't
    even know this was a site based on Suares. So nice for me - still have the google fairy watching
    over me. (just a joke sort of - my own intuition).
    So I'm studying now, revising and updating, and will include your recommendation.
    Thank you very much!
    Please don't dismiss Suares on my account. He is truly genius. If you haven't read him, you may find
    you like him even more than Kaplan. He was fully aware of the astrology of the Sefer Yetsirah.
    When I read him, I see directly that he is a seer, seeing presently, if that makes any sense to you.

    So I have lots to do! Would love to talk and hear more anytime.
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    "To conjure is nothing else than to observe anything rightly, to know and understand what it is." - Paracelsus

    "Why, then, don't you act when you see the danger of your conditioning? The answer is you don't see... seeing is acting." J. Krishnamurti

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    There are ways to associate the sun with Resh - head - aries = sun exalted.
    Also head = chief - the chief "planet" in our solar system = sun...
    I could find others because I'm creative, but Bel Matina is right (for me).

    BTW, the new correspondences, if interested, would be:

    B - saturn
    R - mercury
    A - air
    Sh - fire
    I - virgo
    Th - moon

    The sun is represented by Kaf, not Resh; 20, not 200.

    BTW #2, Ra means bad or evil. The solar number is 666.
    But Ra doesn't mean evil energetically, according to the autiot (Suares).
    Resh Ayin = cosmic container moving into undetermined potential.
    This is "bad" for people in/identified with bodies.
    Conversely, Tov (Good), Tav Vau Bith = cosmic resistance impregnates the archetypal container.

    So good = rigid and bad = shattering rigidity
    Without shattering rigidity, we are imprisoned in the known.
    The Bible is full of stories of people who shattered rigidity.
    This is how we evolve.

    Resh Ayin is the root of "beloved" as well as "evil".

    This all may seem circumstantial, but it's how my spirit leads me.
    Resh Ayin = 270 also = KLI MPTz, vessel (smashing) hammer; Ra = vessel/container shattering tool.
    Ra, as mercury/Magician instead of sun/Sun does make more sense.
    Well, it's all interpretation. If we take Luria and the light shattering the vessel...

    This theme is reiterated in the sefer yetsirah:
    "There is nothing in good higher than delight (ONG);
    There is nothing in evil lower than plague (NGO)."
    The root of Oneg means pliable, tender, gentle, comfort...
    The root of Nega means to touch, to strike, to injure...
    I've already introduced Ayin (O) as undetermined potential.
    Nun is individual existence; Gimel is the archetype of organic movement.
    So good/delight = undetermined potential into individual existences in organic movement; undetermined potential moving into matter.
    Evil/plague = individual existences organic movement towards undetermined potential - the other direction.
    Ra shatters Tov; Nega strikes Oneg... the energetic reading of the autiot in the Bible tell a story of evolution by striking against comfort/rigidity/security/the known.


    Another reiteration - Cain killed Abel. Cain is bad, Abel is good and god-pleasing.
    But if god secretly wants us to evolve, to rebel, to disobey, to smash rigidity...
    Without going further into autiot at this point, Cain kills vanity. Abel is translated vanity in Ecclesiastes.

    God hardens (rigidity) Pharoah's heart for Moses. If he wanted Moses to have comfort, wouldn't he have softened it?

    God doesn't take the cup away from Jesus - he sends him to the cross. etc, etc...

    Anyway, check it out for yourselves if you like.

    ps - refrigerator magnets! brilliant!
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    "Why, then, don't you act when you see the danger of your conditioning? The answer is you don't see... seeing is acting." J. Krishnamurti

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    Quote Originally Posted by solomon levi View Post
    Refrigerator Magnets! Brilliant!
    This one receives a high placement in my 'Top 10 Chart' of Philosophical 'Double Meanings'

    Quote Originally Posted by solomon levi View Post
    Resh Ayin is the root of "beloved" as well as "evil".
    Also the root for 'Friend', 'Companion', 'Colleague', etc...

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    Lovely, Solomon, just lovely!

    Here, let me share with you a chapter from the Sefer Yetsirah. I was about to write the whole thing in Hebrew, but then why. Here's my translation, based on Kaplan's:

    Ten counts ex nihilo.
    Ten and not nine.
    Ten and not eleven.
    Understand with wisdom
    And be wise with understanding
    Observe in/with them
    And investigate from them
    Make a thing stand on its creator (bore)
    And make a creator (yotser) sit on his foundation

    Binah means literally separation. The synonymy of separation and understanding occurs in quite a few languages.
    Chokhmah means wisdom in the sense of knowledge or intelligence. The sort of wisdom that comes from experience. In a word: gnosis.

    Briyah creates organically. Etymologically it's related to the idea of "healing" or "succoring"
    Ytsirah creates mechanically. It brings parts that already have an identity together and turns them into something new.

    Enjoy!
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    That's amazing! I'm warping between the two.
    There's a lot of information packed in that little stanza.
    I love it!

    Once, in a dream/vision, I was simultaneously writing and reading in the same book.
    That's what this reminds me of - acting on and acting through these sephira.
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    Here's a nice intro to Suares, if interested:
    http://www.duversity.org/PDF/THE%20C...%20GENESIS.pdf
    http://serpentrioarquila.blogspot.com/

    "To conjure is nothing else than to observe anything rightly, to know and understand what it is." - Paracelsus

    "Why, then, don't you act when you see the danger of your conditioning? The answer is you don't see... seeing is acting." J. Krishnamurti

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