in his "New Aspects of Life." A Phantom veiled with four
breaths. So much for "Father" Macroprosopus-TETRAGRAMMATON.
"Son" or Logos, is the triangle in a square; the seven-fold,
cube; or as Mr. R. Skinner shows it--the six-faced cube unfolded
becomes the seven-partitioned cross, when the androgyne separates
into opposite sexes.5 In the words of a
commentary on the Secret Doctrine--
"The circle emanates a light which becomes to our vision
four-cornered; this unfolds and becomes seven." Here the "circle"
is the first sephira "the kether" or crown, the Risha
Havurah, or "white head," and the "upper
skull." [It is not limitless, but temporary in this phenomenal
world.] It emanates the two lower Sephiroth (Chokhmah and
Binah, which are "Father-Mother")
see Chabad's Chochma Binah Daath of Lucifer's death
and thus form the triangle, the first or upper triad of the
Sephirothal Tree. This is the one or the monad of Pythagoras. But,
it has emanated from the Seven Elohim, male and female, who
are called the "Upper Father-Mother."
their strange gods of Talmudic Judaism, and Now anti-christ
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These are themselves the reflections of the Female
Holy Spirit, of which it is said in Sepher Jezirah "One
is She, the Elohim of life."6
How far yet from AIN-SOPH the ALL,
are these numbers7 of the Jewish
Kabbala, for they are in fact only secret numbers and glyphs. Microprosopus
comes the fourth.
Let any one turn to Plate IV of Kabbalah Denudata (Eng. Trans.) drawn
by Mr. Mathers. Let him throw a glance at the "Symbolical Deific
Forms" placed in their relations to the four Kabbalistic worlds--and he
will soon see that "Tetragrammaton"
or Microprosopus, the "Lesser countenance," comes as the fourth. For
clearer explanation I copy a small portion of the table.
It thus follows that although Macroprosopus--or kether, the crown of
numbers, for it is the white head, or O, the cipher8
is still removed from Ain-Soph, being only its universal reflection or
light--that it is not the tetragram. It is simply SPACE,
the boundless and the inscrutable, the supernal soil in which
are concealed he archetypal ideas or forms of all; from which
grows the ROOT of Kosmos, the universal Tree of Life in
the creative world. The trunk of this "tree" are the
"father, and mother, the 2nd and 3rd Sephiroth, or Chokhmah
and Binah," respectively, Jehovah and Jehovah-Elohim."9
V. "The Father-Mother" belong to the creative world, because
it is they who create; i.e., they are
the bisexual material, the essence out of which the "Son," (the
universe) is formed. This Son is Microprosopus, or TETRAGRAMMATON.
Why is he the four-lettered symbol? Whence the sacredness of this Tetraktis?
Is it the ineffable name, or is it in any way connected with that unpronounceable
name? I do not hesitate to answer in the negative. It is simply a blind, a
symbol to veil the better the septenary constitution of man and his origin,
and the various mysteries connected with it. Its name, the Tetragram, is
composed of four letters, but what is their secret, esoteric meaning? A
Kabbalist will not hesitate to answer: "read it numerically and
compute the figures and numbers, and you will know." .
is Father-Mother and the "Son" in one. It is Jehovah, whose
name is written IHVH, and whose letters read symbolically according to the
method revealed at the FOURTH initiation,10
will read in two ways. It is composed of two masculine letters (IV) and two
feminine characters (two H, he); or the "superior" and
the "inferior" H. The first is the "supernal mother" or
"the female Jehovah, as Binah"; the other is the
inferior H," or the 10th Sephiroth, Malkuth, the
foundation of matter. It is impossible to reveal in print the first
reading, when it is written AHIH, beyond stating that exoterically it is
connected with the "I am that I am" and with Eheieh "Absolute
BENESS or SAT."
It can be read in twelve different ways, each sentence being symbolized in a
sign of the Zodiac. These transpositions are all made to refer to the mystery of
being or existence--as an abstract conception.
But IHVH, the Tetragrammaton
of the formative world, and the spouse of the "Bride," whose
kingdom is Asiah or matter, though easy of explanation, is still
more difficult to reveal in words, not on account of its sacredness, but rather
of its indecency. I refer the reader for the plain symbolism of the four letters
I, H, V, H, to Mr. R. Skinner's "Source of Measures," p. 10, wherein
that symbolism is given. Hindus see it daily in their Linghas and Yonis. It
is Jehovah-Tzabaoth, the Septenary Elohim concealed in the
Holy of Holies, the Argha, or Noah's Ark. Therefore (see Plate in
K. Unv.) he is the seventh Sephiroth among the
"superior" septenary, as Malkuth is the seventh of the
"inferior" Sephiroth. Microprosopus is the third letter V (Vau)
and is called tetragram only, because he is one of the four letters which
embrace the whole nine Sephiroth--but not Sephira. He is the secret septenary,
which has been hitherto occult, and now
is thoroughly unveiled. On the tables which give the relations of the
Sephiroth with the ten divine names, the ten archangels, their ten orders, the
planets, etc., demons and the ten arch devil--Netzach, the 7th
Sephiroth, whose name is exoterically "firmness and victory," and
esoterically something more, is called by its Divine name Jehovah Tzabaoth and
corresponds with Haniel (human physical life) the androgyne
Elohim, with Venus-Lucifer and Baal, and
finally with the letter Vau or Microprosopus, the Logos. All these
belong to the formative world.
They are all septenates, all associated with plastic formation
and MATTER--their "bride." The latter is the
"inferior mother" Aima, "the woman with child"
of the 12th chapter of Revelation, pursued by the great Dragon (of
wisdom). Who is this Dragon? Is he the devil Satan, as we are taught to believe
by the Church? Certainly not. He is the Dragon of Esoteric
Wisdom, who objects to the child born of the "woman" (the
universe), for this child is its mankind, hence ignorance and illusion.
But Mikael and his angels, or Jehovah Tzabaoth (the "Host") who
refused to create as the seven passionless,
mind-born, sons of Brahma did, because they aspire to incarnate as men in
order to become higher than the gods--fight the Dragon, conquer him, and the
child of matter is born. The "Dragon" of esoteric wisdom falls back
into darkness indeed!11
Therefore, though I do not feel the slightest objection to any mystic willing
to unite himself with the Logos called "Tetragrammaton"
or Microprosopus, I personally prefer a union with Macroprosopus, on
general principles; at any rate in this cycle of incarnation. After which, with
the help of the "PERFECT NUMBER,"
I hope to see the supernal light reducing to ashes not only my "seven
inferiors" (the Microprosopus), but even the semblance of the thirteen in
the unity, that "wage war with seven," (Book of Conc. Mys. v. 27)
and along with them the Macroprosopical square. The letter Yod in
the path of the ninth Sephira having a decidedly phallic signification, I
decline union with the lower sevenfold and seven lettered Jehovah, and prefer
pinning my faith to "Ain-Soph"--pure and simple; otherwise, why leave
the bosom of Orthodox church at all? As well join the "Salvation
Army" at once, and sing "Blood, blood," the whole day.
The "Logos" which we recognize is not the Tetragrammaton,
but the CROWN, Kether, which has nought to do with the
material plane nor with Macro, or Microprosopus--but which is connected only
with the pro-archetypal world. As it is said,
"By gematria AHIH equals IHV without the H, the symbol of Malkuth,"
the "Bride," (p. 31). "Closely associated with. . . the
letters of the Tetragrammaton
is that subject of the four Keroubim (cherubs). . . . Therefore the
Keroubim represent the powers of the letters of the Tetragrammaton
on the material plane. . . The Keroubim are the living forms of the
letters symbolized in the Zodiac by Taurus, Leo, Aquarius and Scorpio. . ."
(pp. 32 and 34, Int. to Kab. Den).
What the symbolism of these four animals represents in its turn "on the
material plane" is again known.
Taurus--whether called Siva's Bull, the Egyptian Bull Apis, the Zoroastrian
"Bull" killed by Ahriman,--is ever a symbol of the seed of
life, of generative as well as of the destructive force, while Scorpio is the
symbol of sin (in the sexual sense) of evil and spiritual death, and Scorpio is
the fourth number of Tetragrammaton--or
"The mystery of the earthly and mortal man is after the mystery of the
supernal and immortal one . . ." In the form of the body is the Tetragrammaton
found. "The head is (the letter Yod), the arms and shoulders are like
(supernal) H, the body is V, and the legs are represented by the H (he)
final." (Kal. Unv. p. 34.)
In the "Scale of the number Seven," the name of God is represented
with seven letters. The scale is septenary; whatever way one looks
from the first original or archetypal down to the seventh or temporal world.
The "Tree of Life" has seven branches and seven fruits on it. In
the "Book of Concealed Mystery," BRASHITH, the
initial word in Genesis, reads Bera sheth, "He created the
six." Upon these depend all things which are below (v. 16), all things
being synthesized by Malkuth--the Seventh--Microprosopus.
"Microprosopus is formed of the six Sephiroth, three male and three
female" (v. 67). The limbs of the Tetragrammaton
are called the six members of Microprosopus, and 6 is the numerical value of V (Vau)
his letter. When they (the limbs) touch the earth, they become seven (p. 32, Kab.
Unv., and verse 9 of Comm. xxii. in Book of Numbers).
The whole "Book of Concealed Mystery" is full of such sentences.
"The Microprosopus is six-fold. . . ." As he is formed
of six Sephiroth which are called with Malkuth the inferior seven. These members
are emanated from the first six (creative) words pronounced. "His seventh
principle is represented by the tenth Sephiroth . . . who is Eve in the exoteric
system, or the inferior mother. . . .'' Hence the seventh week is called
the Millennium, the Sabbath, and also the seventh kingdom." (Book of Conc.
Myst. v. 22.)
The Kabbalists have always made a difference not only between AIN-SOPH,
the numberless and the Inconceivable, but even between Microprosopus and the
lower Tetragrammaton, the
"Son," thence, the Logos. For, it is written in the "Greater Holy
"(83.) And concerning this the children of Israel wished to know in
their minds, like as it is written" (Exodus xvii. 7), 'Is the Tetragrammaton
in the midst of us, or the negatively existent one?" Where they
distinguished between Microprosopus who is called Tetragrammaton,
and between Macroprosopus, who is called "AIN, the negative existence"
(p. 21). But--the "Yod of the ancient one is hidden and
concealed." (73. Int.)
(v. 1152.) We have learned that there were ten (companions, the
Sephiroth) who entered into the SOD (mysteries of creation) and that seven
only came forth.
(v. 1158.) And when Rabbi Shimeon revealed the Arcana, there were found none
present there save those (companions).
(v. 1159.) And Rabbi Shimeon called them the seven eyes of Tetragrammaton,
like as it is written, Zach. iii. 9, "These are the seven eyes of Tetragrammaton."
In the Bible the latter word is translated "The Lord," which shows
plainly that the Christians have accepted for their "Lord God" a fourth
Sephirothal emanation and the male letter "Vau."
Is this the "Logos" every initiate has to seek union with,
as "the ultimate result of his labours"? Then, he may as well remain
in his septenary mortal body as long as he can.
With respect to the other "obstacles," they are as incorrectly
stated. The "Figure of the man on the Throne" in Ezekiel answers in
esotericism to the archetypal plane, the world of Atziloth, not to the Schekinah
in Malkuth and Asiah, on the material plane; as will become evident to any one
who analyzes the vision kabbalistically. For, firstly, there are four
clear divisions of the symbolism of the vision; namely, the form of the man, the
throne on which he is seated, the firmament above the heads of the living
creatures, and the "living creatures" themselves with their ophanim or
wheels. These again clearly answer to the £our Kabbalistical worlds or planes
themselves, i.e., Atziloth, the Archetypal--the shadowy
figure of the man; Briah, the Creative,--the throne; Jetzirah,
the Formative, the firmament; Asiah, the Material, the living
creature These answer again to the four letters of the tetragram: thus, the
uppermost point of Yod in IHVH to the "figure of the
man," the H (He) to the throne, the V (Vau) to the
firmament, and the final to the creatures. (See Plate IX of the Kabbalah
The "figure of the man" is not "the male form of Shekinah.''
Shekinah is not "an androgyne power."12
Shekinah is sexless or feminine if
anything. It is primordial light emanating from the ever-concealed
Ain-Soph. In the archetypal world it is Sephira, in the material and the formative
it becomes Shekinah, the latent life and
light of this inferior world of matter--the "veil of Ain-Soph and the
"divine presence" on the path of Malkuth from the material to
the higher worlds. She is the Buddhi of the physical body--the soul or
spark burning in the vessel; and after the vessel is broken, merging into
the seventh (according to Theosophical computation) and into the first or Macroprosopus
Kabbalistically, as it is the first ray from the concealed.13
The plan revealed by Malkuth is given in the "Book of Concealed
Mystery," the Sephra Dzenioutha, v. 31, as follows:
"The Tree which is mitigated (that is, the Path of the kingdom or
Shekinah, which is the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, which in itself
existeth from the judgment, but is mitigated by the bridegroom through the
influx of mercies) resideth within the shells; (because the Kingdom hath its
dominion over all things, and its feet descend into death). In its branches (in
the inferior worlds) the birds lodge and build their nests (the souls and the
angels have their place). Beneath it those animals p have power seek the shade
(that is the shells, Klipoth, 'for in it every beast of the forest
doth walk forth.' Ps. civ. 20).
"This is the tree which hath two paths for the same end (namely, good
and evil, because it is the Tree of
the Knowledge of Good and Evil) . And it hath
around it seven columns (that is, the seven palaces), and the four
splendours, (that is, the four animals) whirl around it (in four wheels) on
their four sides (after the four-fold description of the chariot of Yechesgiel
For they eat of this tree given them by the fallen
angels, Genesis 6
This tree has seven branches,14 on
each of which are four leaves and three fruits. Moreover there is an evident
analogy between the above verse in S.D. and Chapter I to IV of Revelation. For
the seven churches "of Asia" are identical with
the "seven palaces" in Asiah, or the material septenary place.
The seven stars which are in the right hand of the "figure" in the 1st
chapter are not these seven churches, but the seven keys to them; and the
two-edged (androgyne) word which proceeds from his mouth is the Yod of IHVH.
This "figure" is the septenary "Tetragrammaton"
the V (Vau).15
But this figure is a different thing altogether to the one which is on the
throne in Ezekiel's vision. For the former (the figure in Chapter I of Revelation)
is on the planes of Jetzirah (the world of formation, the habitat of the angels who
would not create), and the figure of Ezekiel is on the plane of
Atziloth, and is described in the 4th chapter of the Apocalypse as the "one
who sat upon the throne."
In order to be two, to bear the burden of the above statements, I have
applied to Mr. S. L. Macgregor Mathers (than whom there are few more learned
Kabbalists in England, though I do not certainly agree with all his views. But
on this question we are in almost full agreement). Our brother has kindly
consented to give an opinion in writing, and this is how he distributes the SEPHIROTHAL
Here the figure on the throne in Ezekiel's vision refers to Kether; the
throne to Chokhmah and Binah, the world of Briah, whose alternative name is Korsia,--the
throne; the firmament is Microprosopus, who consists of
the six Sephiroth, Chesed, Geburah, Tiphereth, Netzach, Hod and Yesod. Now Yesod
is the path of ingress into Malkuth or the created material world; and the
Shekinah is the Presence in Malkuth, the Queenly Presence; for Shekinah
is feminine, and not androgynous. And the seal
of the Macrocosm the six pointed star,
The Mark of their Beast of Sanhedrin and sorcery and
Blasphemy and Thefts and Murder, Lucifer