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And the kings of ancient time were dead, and their crowns were found no more; and the earth was desolate. This and the immediately following sections are supposed to trace the gradual development of the Deity from negative into positive existence; the text is here describing the time when the Deity was just commencing His manifestation from His primal negative form. Therefore, according p. Until that head which is incomprehensible desired by all desires proceeding from AIN SVP, Ain Soph, the infinite and limitless one , appeared and communicated the vestments of honour.

From this first Sephira the other nine emanations are produced. This equilibrium hangeth in that region which is negatively existent in the Ancient One. From this Sephira, as I have before remarked.

Thus were those powers equiponderated which were not yet in perceptible existence. The next two sections explain the manner of their equilibration while yet negative entities, or rather ideas ] 7.

In His form in the form of the Ancient One existeth the equilibrium: it is incomprehensible, it is unseen. That is, the central point of Kether is the equilibrium, because the balance p. We must not confuse these two terms, equilibrium and balance.

The balance consists of two scales opposing forces , the equilibrium is the central point of the beam. Therein have they ascended, and therein do they ascend--they who are not, who are, and who shall be. This triple expression "are not, are, and shall be. The head which is incomprehensible is secret in secret. It is were, for therein axe hidden the other potentialities.

But it hath been formed and prepared in the likeness of a cranium, and is filled with the crystalline dew. The Mantuan Codex calls the skull or cranium the first, and the crystalline dew the second conformation of Macroprosopus.

His skin is of other, clear and congealed. His hair is as most fine wool, floating through the balanced equilibrium. The hair is white--i. The Mantuan Codex calls the ether the third conformation, and the hair the fourth, which latter it refers to the Sephira Netzach, victory. His forehead is the benevolence of those benevolences which are manifested through the prayers of the inferior powers.

It must be remembered that each Sephira receives from that which immediately precedes it, and transmits to that which next follows it. Thus, each Sephira is said to be feminine or passive as regards its predecessor, and masculine or active in respect to its successor. The Mantuan Codex calls this the fifth conformation, and refers it to the idea of the ninth Sephira, Yesod, foundation.

His eye is ever open and sleepeth not, for it continually keepeth watch. And the appearance of the lower is according to the aspect of the higher light. Were the eye to close the directing thought Divine to be abstracted from the Sephiroth , the whole universe would give way, for its mainspring would be withdrawn. Because the appearance development of the lower nine Sephiroth is according to dependent on the aspect ruling thought of the higher light Kether, the first Sephira. The Mantuan Codex terms this the sixth conformation of Macroprosopus, and refers it, as in the case of the fourth conformation, to the primal idea of the Sephira Netzach, victory.

Therein are His two nostrils like mighty galleries, whence His spirit rushes forth over all. The view which the Siphra Dtzenioutha here follows out is that the beginning of Genesis describes not only the creation of the world, but the development of God, for it considers the universe as the outward and material expression of the power of the thought Divine.

Microprosopus is as it were the reflection of Macroprosopus, for as Macroprosopus has six principal titles. The queen is Malkuth, the tenth Sephira. The three inferior worlds are Briah, Yetzirah, and Asiah. And the dignity of dignity hangeth from the seven conformations of the cranium.

This is the beard of the venerable and Ancient One, which is divided into thirteen portions. The Ancient One is the first Sephira, Macroprosopus. The beard, in continuation of the symbolic representation of the head. For AChD, Achad, unity, yields the number 13 by numerical value. And the second earth came not into the computation.

That is, the kingdom of the restored world, which elsewhere is called the Bride of Microprosopus, came not into the computation when the six members were said to be created. Or otherwise, when in Genesis iv. This refers to a period prior to the development of the Sephiroth. And it hath proceeded out of that which hath undergone the curse, as it is written in Genesis v. Or, the explanation of the world, of which mention is made elsewhere, proceedeth from the kingdom of the destroyed world.

It was formless and void, and darkness upon the face of the deep, and the Spirit of the Elohim vibrating upon the face of the waters. Thirteen these words, from "it was formless" down to "of the waters," are thirteen in the Hebrew text of Genesis depend from the thirteen forms of the dignity of dignity that is, the beard of the Macroprosopus, or first formed head. The author of "The Book of Concealed Mystery" here argues that the very number and order of the words in the Hebrew text refer to certain forms of the Deity.

The terms "face of the deep" and "face of the waters" bear a striking analogy to Macroprosopus and Microprosopus, the Vast and the Lesser Countenances. In this sense the "face of from the deep abyss " is the countenance formed from Ain Soph, the Limitless One; namely. Six thousand years depend from the six first. This is what the wise have said, that the world shall last six thousand years, and it is understood from the six numbers of Microprosopus. Hence are the "six thousand years" deduced from the six first words, which also are said to refer to the six Sephiroth of whom Microprosopus is formed; the idea of six being extended into as many thousands, to symbolise that number on the plane of a future age.

The seventh the millennium, and the seventh space. And the whole is desolate that is, the Kingdom, MLKVTh, Malkuth, in the higher powers, is the antitype of the sanctuary, and like as this is destroyed, so also the Schechinah, or Kingdom, is itself exiled for twelve hours for the Hebrews include all this time of their exile in the space of one day.

The seventh space here means Malkuth, the kingdom, or the queen, which together with the six of Microprosopus, makes up the seven lower Sephiroth. The thirteenth that is, "of the waters," HMIM, Hamim, which is the thirteenth word raiseth up these that is, as well the sanctuary which is above as that which is below through mercy since the water symbolizeth that measure of mercy through which judgment and punishments are mitigated , and they are renewed as before for the six words follow afresh, as in the beginning the six members are enumerated.

For all those six continue and stand fast they are the members of the Microprosopus, and are not as his bride, and from them is the restitution , since it is written BRA, Bera, "created" which hath a sense of permanence , and then it is written HIThH, Hayitha, "it was" which also is a p. And at the end of the Formless and the Void and the Darkness that is, at the end of the exile this saying shall have place: Isa. And the Tetragrammaton alone shall be exalted in that day that is, in the time of Messiah.

But there are excavations of excavations. The excavation is the receptacle, like that which is hollowed out, or carved out, like a cave, or any other receptacle. Therefore all receptacles are inferior with respect to the superiors, among which the "shells" hold the last place, which here are described, which are under the form of a vast serpent extending this way and that.

Concerning this serpent the author of the "Royal Valley" speaks thus in his "Treatise of the Shells. And from the head is formed that great dragon which is in the sea, and is the sea-serpent, which is, however, not so harmful as the earthly one. And this dragon hath been castrated since his crest or membrum genitale , together with his mate, have been repressed, and thence have been formed four hundred desirable worlds.

And this dragon hath in his head a p. And here the idea or universal form of all the shells is understood, which encompasseth the seven inferior emanations of the queen after the manner of a serpent, as well from the right as from the left and from every side. See Table subjoined. The "shells," Qlipoth, are the demons, in whom again is a form of the Sephiroth, distorted and averse. This great dragon which is here described is evidently identical with the leviathan of Job.

He is the executor of judgment, the centripetal force, the old serpent ever seeking to penetrate into Paradise; finally, in a more exoteric sense he is Satan and the devil, the accusing one. Now, by Gematria. The " desirable worlds" are the numerical value of Th, and signify the power of the Tetragrammaton on the material plane See note to section 21, foregoing. There is much alchemical symbolism contained in the "Siphra Dtzenioutha. Yesod, and Malkuth; or Microprosopus and his bride, the king and queen.

Shells," Qliphoth, are the evil spirits. His tail is in his head that is, he holdeth his tail in his mouth, in order that he may form a circle, since he is said to encompass holiness. He transferreth his head to behind the shoulders that is, he raiseth his head at the back of the bride of Microprosopus, where is the place of most severe judgments , and he is despised since in him is the extremity of judgments and severities, whence wrath is the attribute of his forms.

He watcheth that p. And he is concealed as if laying traps; since he insinuateth himself into the inferiors, by whose sins he hath access to the holy grades, where the carrying out of judgments is committed to him.

He is manifested in one of the thousand shorter days. Numbers are called days, and numbers of the inferior world short days; among which tens are attributed to the factive, on account of their decimal numeration; hundreds to the formative, since they are numbers of the light of their author, and draw their existence from the tens; but thousands to the creative, for the same reason. But that dragon hath about this his. The reason that he raiseth his head behind the shoulders of the bride Malkuth is because he is.

For the whole Sephiroth are represented as being the balance of mercy and justice, and the tenth Sephira is especially of the nature of justice, as also is Geburah. He is concealed, because he is not called into action till justice requires him. The term "decimal numeration" of course refers to the ten Sephiroth. The presence of the serpent when revealed, is an accusation, because it shows that the balance is destroyed; just as in a watch, if one of the wheels be injured, irregularity is at once manifested.

Now, life, when it consists of birth into another form, necessarily implies death in the previous form.

The throne of glory is the Briatic world. There are swellings in his scales that is, like as in a crocodile; because great in him is the heaping together of judgments.

His crest keepeth its own place that is, there is in him no further power of hastening to things beyond in the Outer. But his head is broken by the waters of the great sea. The great sea is wisdom, the fountain of mercy and loving-kindness; which, if it sendeth down its influence, judgments are pacified, and the hurtful power of the shells is restricted ; like as it is written, Ps.

But Binah receives the influence of Chokmah.



The first questions which the non-qabalistical reader will probably ask are: What is the Qabalah? Who was its author? What are its sub-divisions? What are its general teachings? And why is a translation of it required at the present time?



Thus it is a fitting representative of the great unchangeable Father of all. L Full Bibliographic Record: But this name VIH is restored if it be written IHV; and thus in that man the supernal, concerning whom it hath been spoken above; and also in those two namely, the father and the mother, also in the androgynous Microprosopus; and also partly in genus seeing that Vau alone symbolizeth both the Microprosopus and his bride and in species seeing that Yod and He are placed separately as father and mother. Then indeed is such a man held to intertwine the connecting links of them all, namely, those connecting links of true and righteous meditation; and all his petitions shall come to pass, whether his petition be made in a place of worship, whether in private denudatq. Catalog Record: Kabbala denudata : the Kabbalah unveiled, Hathi Trust Digital Library The Ginsburg work is particularly helpful to have in hand kabba,a reading this present set of page scans, since Ginsburg provides many of the Greek terms that may be difficult to see on these JPG images. It includes brief essays on terms and ideas, along with observations of gematria and other details. But it hath been formed and prepared in the likeness of a cranium, and is filled with the crystalline dew. Therefore, as the outward form of denudxta corresponds to the Tetragrammaton, so does the animating soul correspond to the ten supernal Sephiroth; and as these find their ultimate expression in the trinity of the crown, the king, and the queen, so is there a principal triple division of the soul.


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