KABBALAH AND SACRED GEOMETRY pt.1/2
Many people know the Tree of Life from Kabbalah, the esoteric tradition of Jewish mysticism. In this context, the Tree of Life takes the form of ten “numerical entities” known as sefirot. Perhaps their specific spatial representation will be familiar to you; According to Huston Smith, writing in #TheEssentialKabbalah,
these numerical entities are “[..Planes of thought] embodying the numbers one through ten, ciphers, metaphysical potencies through which creation unfolds.”
emanate from #EinSof,
which literally translates as “endless,”&implies the infinite, unspeakable Godhead. As a reference point, the word #Brahman
points to a similar “cause of causes” or “source of all that is.” Ein Sof is the One; sefirot are the Many.
According to Smith, “another depiction of the sefirot is that of a cosmic tree growing downward from its roots above… From above to below, the sefirot depict the drama of emanation, the transition from Ein Sof to creation… From below to above, the sefirot constitute a ladder of ascent back to the One…”
This dynamic balance between ascending&descending forces is reminiscent of another famous Judaic shape: the #StarofDavid.
These two interlocking triangles represent perfect harmony between the polarized opposites of #masculineandfeminine, #positiveandnegative, #activeandpassive, #yangandyin.
It is the geometrical expression of the philosophical phrase, “#asabovesobelow.”
Depicted in its three-dimensional state, this shape is known as a #startetrahedron
or #merkabah. #DrunvaloMelchizedek
explains how the word merkabah encodes meaning beyond even this...
“In the Torah, there is reference to the #Merkavah
which has two different meanings: One meaning is ”chariot,” which is a vehicle; the other is the ”Throne of God”…