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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Marcus View Post
    Heres's an example of one of my attempts (Page 81). On the outside, what translates as "eternity from eternity in all eternal eternity" is the Alpha and Omega, the timeless, changeless Ein Sof, within which the (ongoing) dynamic processes of creation take place. The first action, genesis 1:3, seperating darkness from light, etc.

    Very interesting translation, Greg.

    I imagine you’re also aware of the similarities with this image and one from Sepher Yetzirah?

    Well, maybe not exactly the same, but close enough
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    I've never seen that diagram before but I'm very familiar with the Sefer Yetzirah. The image is based on the first chapter. It predates what we know as "Kabbalah" by at least 500 years. Its part of the jewish mysticism known at that time as Maaseh Bereshit, or The Works of Creation. Sefer Yetsirah is usually translated as The Book of Creation or the Book of Formation.

    We know of the greek ideas of creation because they explicitly wrote them down. The Jews transmitted only ear-to-mouth. The Yetzirah is far from complete, its really just like a list of bullet points each of which is a full conversation in itself. So in many Kabbalah books they'll refer to neo-platonism or neo-pythagoreanism without actually explaining what they mean, even if they know the greek philosphy themselves (which I often doubt they do)

    The Yetsirah mentions the Sefirot, but they aren't explicitly named until the Sefer Bahir, much later, and the names are based on a verse in Chronicles. But in the Yetsirah they are really only the "Decad" of the greeks, 1-10.

    3. The ten sefirot are the basis - like the number of the ten fingers, five opposite five, and the covenant of the Unique One is exactly in the middle in the covenant of the tongue and the circumcision of the flesh.
    I used to think the "unique one" was the Monad, 1, but then I realized it was 5. 1-4 completes the decad, and are the "minors".. 6-9 is just 1-4, with 5 added. The Majors. In the "marriages" 5 is paired with itself for 10 (0).

    4. The ten sefirot are the basis - ten and not nine, ten and not eleven. Understand with wisdom, and be wise with understanding. Test them and investigate them, and get the thing clearly worked out and restore the Creator to his place.

    6. The ten sefirot are the basis. Their end is fixed in their beginning as the flame is bound to the burning coal. For the Lord is unique, and he has none second to him; and before one, what can you count?

    7. The ten sefirot are the basis; their measure is ten for they have no limit: dimension of beginning and dimension of end, dimension of good and dimension of evil, dimension of above and dimension of below, dimension of east and dimension of west, dimension of north and dimension of south. And the unique Lord, a trustworthy divine king, rules over them all from his holy abode for ever and ever.

    8. The ten sefirot are the basis. Their appearance is like the sight of lightning, and their end? - they have no limit. And his word is in them as though running and returning (Ezek.1:14), and they pursue his command like the storm wind, and before his throne they bow down.
    This is largely about about "natural" or "counting" numbers. Egyptian, Hebrew, Greek, Arabic all use Base-10 (but not "decimal notation"). For every 10, you return to "1" (for 1"1", 2"1", etc), as well as every hundred, thousand, etc. And it keeps going forever, but you're always returning to one after every 10.

    11. The ten sefirot are the basis: one - the Spirit of the Living God; two - air from the Holy Spirit; three - water from air; four - fire from water; and above and below, east and west, north and south.
    12. Two - air from Spirit: he carved and hewed in it the twenty-two basic letters - three primary letters, and seven doubles, and twelve simple (letters). And the Spirit is one of them.
    13. Three - water from air: he carved and hewed in it tohu and bohu, mud and mire. He carved them like a sort of garden-bed. He erected them like a sort of wall, and he wove them like a sort of ceiling.
    14. Four - fire from water: he carved them and hewed in it the throne of glory, and the Ofanim and the Serafim, and the holy living creatures, and the ministering angels. And from the three of them he founded his abode, as it is said: he makes his angels winds, his servants a flaming fire.(Ps.l04:4).
    Here are the 4 elements, but the hebrews have it Spirit-Air-Water-Fire. Some versions of the Yetsirah expand verse 13 with talk of dirt and mud, and describes the "Cube", the platonic solid represent Earth (walls, ceiling, floor), but it reads like its been jammed in there to include Earth as one of the elements. I think in this system Earth is too "gross" and "manifested" to be included "up here".

    Before going on to the next part, I have to mention this skips the very first step. It's best as the operator to imagine yourself in "Gods" place, in the middle. The first action in Creation is the Tzim tzum, the contraction to a point (monad, or singularity). They the "kav", the ray of light shines out in "all directions". In 2D, this circumscribes a circle, in 3D a sphere. This "void" thats left, "engraved" or "sealed" by the circumference of the circle, is the place in which this creation takes place (the outside remaining the timeless, changeless Ein Sof).

    So bearing that in mind, next is the creation of space. And the texts agree, 5-10 are all run together in one verse:

    15. Five - he sealed above. He chose three simple letters and fixed them in his great name. And he sealed with them the six edges (of the universe), and he turned upwards and sealed it.
    Six - he sealed below, and he turned downwards and sealed it.
    Seven - he sealed the east, and he turned downwards [rd. in front] and sealed it.
    Eight - he sealed the west, and he turned behind and sealed it.
    Nine - he sealed the south, and he turned to his right and sealed it.
    Ten - he sealed the north, and he turned to his left and sealed it.
    So this is the creation of 3D Euclidean space. We think of 3 axes, x, y, z, but there's 6 directions, x, -x, y, -y, z, -z. Keeping in mind the seal/engraving mentioned above, what is this describing?

    (with the nodes of hexagon, cube, flower, hexagram)

    And then the final verse summarizes the first chapter and contains most of what your diagram shows:

    16. These ten sefirot are the basis: the Spirit of the Living God; and air, water, fire; above, below, east, west, north and south.
    Just to add on to this, later on in Chapter 5, it talks about the 12 divisions of the ecliptic plane:

    Twelve diagonal lines, radiating out to the six faces (of a cube), separating in each direction: - the south-eastern line, the upper eastern line, the lower eastern line, the lower northern line, the north-western line, the upper northern line, the lower western line, the upper western line, the upper western line, the lower western line, the lower southern line, the upper southern line. And they expand continually for ever and ever and they are the arms of the universe (cf. Deul.33:27).
    And that's made by continuing the original geometric structure:

    You could then go on to bisect those angles for 24, the number of hours in the day. And most ancient cultures had priests (or equivilant) that "kept watch" over the "Hours". The Zohar mentions the Keeper of the Watch quite a bit.

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