Monday, December 30, 2013
(Kof) represents a tree, and the gematria of this Hebrew letter is one hundred. Regarding the latter we are reminded that Abraham fathered Isaac at the ripe old age of 100, and as far as the “tree” symbol of the magical glyph is concerned, we are informed that this refers to the thicket (tree) in which a ram was caught, and which was substituted as sacrifice in the place of his son. We are also told that the main portion of the magical glyph in question portrays a shofar (ram’s horn), whilst the two side extensions refer to the two days when the shofar is sounded during Rosh Hashanah (New Year), for all to hear its (Kol—“voice”).
(Resh) is said to represent a boat with a mast. In this regard, we encounter the only magical instruction listed in the dissertation on the magical “Alpha Beta shel Metatron.” We are told that in summer Rahav (), who is the angel of the sea, would allow foul smells to surface the waters — methane perhaps! Seeping into boats this would kill all and sundry on them. However, we are instructed that invoking the Divine Name (Adiriron) would forthwith dispel the nasty odour. We are also informed that invocation of this Divine Name calms the violent storms of winter.
Regarding the Divine Name (Adiriron), I noted in "The Book of Sacred Names" that this is an ancient Divine Name the meaning of which is said to be “The Mighty One sings,” and that this Divine Name is called “Name of Joy” or “Name of glad song” (—rinah). Adiriron is associated with the word (adir—“mighty”).
I also noted that the Name “Adiriron is utilised both in Hebrew amulets and magical incantations, and is considered particularly efficacious as a protection against demonic forces.” Hence we are informed that “whosoever builds a new house and yard, lest he come to any bodily harm he must write the great name Adiriron Adiron () on deerskin parchment and place it on the door of each and every room. And it is best to write this on a Sunday, Thursday or a Friday. And he must drill a hole and place the same in the doorway both from above and from the side.”
(Shin) is said to indicate a very deep wellspring gushing forth an abundance of water which spills over its edges. In this regard, there is the saga of King David digging pits on the side of the Holy Altar, and in the process unleashing subterranean waters which were surfacing and which might inundate the world. We are told that the King wrote the Divine name on a shard which he cast into the depths in order to halt the threat and seal the opening of the depths.
Be that as it may, we are told that the letter Shin is the initial of the Divine Name (Shadai), and that the five endings of the magical glyph representing this letter, refer to the five cubicles of the Tefilin (phylacteries). Regarding the latter we are reminded that there are four in the phylactery tied to the forehead, and only one in the phylactery tied to the left forearm.
(Tav) comprises three vertical bars crossing a horizontal line, and there are altogether eight endings in the glyph. In this regard we are informed that the two outer verticle lines represent the two handles of a Torah scroll, and the centre line the reader. At the conclusion of perusing its contents, the scroll is wound and enclosed in a beautiful mantle-cover. The latter is symbolized by the horizontal bar in the current magical glyph.
We are also instructed that the three vertical lines represent the threefold division of the Tanach (Sacred Scriptures): (Torah—Pentateuch), (N’vi’im—Prophets) and (Ketuvim—Writings). The “Prophets” section of the Hebrew Bible comprises eight books, which is said to be symbolized in the eight endings of the magical glyph of the letter Tet. We are informed that the Divine One autographs his name with this Hebrew letter, since it stands for (Emet—“Truth”).
Saturday, December 28, 2013
(Ayin) is said to comprise two parallel horizontal bars. These, we are told, pertains to Moses and Aaron who confronted the Egyptian sorcerers whose magical activities were illusions meant to deceive the eye (—Ayin). In this regard, we are told (Exodus 7:12):
va-yashlichu ish matechu va-yih’yu l’taninim va-yivla mateh Aharon et matotamTranslation:
For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents; but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.We are informed that in the Hebrew alphabet the letter order (Nun), (Samech), (Ayin) reminds us of this miracle (—Nes), by means of which the trickery worked on the eye (—Ayin) is exposed.
(Peh) represents an open bucket, representing something like a divine cornucopia by means of which the Eternal One provides (—Pirnes) an infinite flow of abundance to the whole of manifestation, like the miracle foodstuffs, i.e. the daily manna, quails, and a wellspring afforded to the Israelites during their long sojourn in the desert. In fact, these miraculous substances are said to be represented by the three endings of the magical glyph.
As it is, the word (Peh), the name of the letter in question, means a “mouth,” the organ of eating but also of speaking. Regarding the latter ability, we are informed that a real savant is a wellspring of wisdom, whose Torah elucidations motivate a descent of the Shechinah, i.e. the Divine Presence and “face” of the Almighty to descend on his or her person. This is because a Spirit Messenger (angel) affords the wise one endless insights.
(Tzadi) is said to be a kind of walled stronghold which could be accessed via a side entrance (Petach—“opening”). In this regard a Tzadik, i.e. a righteous individual, is said to constantly alternating between two entrances, i.e. the one to the synagogue and the other to the “House of Study.” Considering some of the sentiments I expressed earlier, that “Torah Study” means “living the law of life,” I “naturally” think it quite “unnatural” and even “ungodly” to cut oneself off from the natural world. After all, the very beauty which we see in this world is in fact God, and acknowledging beauty is a most sacred act.
In this regard, we are told that “when you desire to eat or drink, or to fulfill other worldly desires, and you focus your awareness on the love of God, then you elevate that physical desire to spiritual desire. Thereby you draw out the holy spark that dwells within. You bring forth holy sparks from the material world. There is no path greater than this. For wherever you go and whatever you do—even mundane activities—you serve God.” [Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev in Buber, M.: Tales of the Hasidim: The Early Masters, Thames and Hudson, London 1956] We are further reminded to “use the things of the world to recognize No-thing. By this I mean, approach everyday life as an ongoing opportunity for raising the sparks. Take a micro-moment for establishing a meditative attitude, whether that moment be painful or joyous or neutral. Practice hitbodedut (meditation/all-one-ness) everywhere, at all times. When tempted away from righteousness by idleness, anger, or greed, let yourself listen to the sounds of that moment until you are all ear, nothing but listening. Wrap yourself in listening until even the still, small voice of the moment has vanished and there is No-thing there at all.” [Besserman, P.: The Shambhala Guide to Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism, Shambhala, Berkeley, 1997]
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Monday, December 23, 2013
(Lamed) is said to represent the crown of a king. In this regard, we are informed that those who are studying (—Lamed) Torah, and who are controlling their darker passions, so to speak, will be granted an exalted status befitting a king as well as a crown in the world to come, similarly to the biblical Joseph who, by controlling his emotional self, was granted rulership and a crown by the Pharaoh of Egypt.
We are reminded that the letter Lamed is located in the Hebrew alphabet between (Kaf) and (Mem). When read in reverse, the combination spells (Melech—King).
(Mem) represents an empty womb. We are also reminded that the numerical value of this letter is forty since the womb remains empty after conception for around forty days when the foetus starts to take on a definite shape. We are further informed that this magical glyph indicates an empty stomach, referring to Moses having maintained a fast for forty days during the period he remained in the celestial realms during his reception of the Torah.
On the other hand, the meaning of the letter Mem is “water” (—Mayim), and it is said that the current magical glyph symbolizes a pool which requires the exact amount of forty “seahs” (measures) to qualify as a Mikveh (ritual bath).
(Nun) is said to symbolize a shield. In this regard, we are enjoined (yit’halel ha-gibor big’vurato—“Let not the mighty man glory in his might”) (Jeremiah 9:22 ), and that he should rather trust in the One who is Awesome (—Nora), Almighty God.
In the current instance the magical glyph is said to be a “shield” with three endings, i.e. two on top and one below. “shield.” The upper two endings are said to refer respectively to two biblical figures, i.e. the Patriarch Abraham and King David, who were granted Divine protection. In this regard, the Eternal One told our father Abraham (Anochi magen lach—“I am thy shield”) (Genesis 15:1), and King David exclaimed (magini v’keren yish’i—“my shield and my horn of salvation”) (Psalm 18:2 ).
On the other hand, we are informed the three endings of the current magical glyph refer to the first three letters of the Ineffable Name, i.e. (YHV), which were engraved on the impregnable shield of King David conjointly with the opening phrase of Exodus 15:11 reading (Mi chamocha ba’elim YHVH—“Who is like unto Thee YHVH among the mighty?”). The initial letters of the four words comprising this phrase form the acronym (Makabi). In this regard, we are told that the last recipient of King David’s shield was the great Judas Maccabeus (Yehudah ha-Makabi).
(Samech) refers to the concept of sustaining or supporting. This is said to pertain to the statement (Somech YHVH l’chol ha-noflim—“YHVH upholdeth all that fall”) (Psalm 145:14). In this regard, we are told that the magical glyph for the letter Samech represents a tree extending its fresh green leafy branches.
We are also told that whilst the magical symbol for the letter Samech is upright, it appears to be pierced by an arrow. In this regard, we are informed that Pharaoh pursued the Israelites after they departed Egypt, and that he fired arrows at them, but that the latter were swallowed up by the clouds protecting the Israelites all round (—Saviv saviv).
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