The Isometric Sephiroth

The Forgotten Correspondences

Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Hypothesis
  3. Evidence
  4. Argument
  5. Conclusion
  6. Table of Correspondences
  7. Notes

Introduction

Let me state first of all that I am approaching this primarily from a professional interest in the informative and educational use of graphics, visual communication and geometry. I have no particular religion, dogma or belief system to either support or defend.

Hypothesis

Evidence

The Ten Sefirot

Ten Sefirot out of nothing... they are ten extending beyond limit: depth of beginning, depth of end, depth of good, depth of evil, depth above and depth below, depth of east and depth of west, depth of north and depth of south... Sefer Yetzirah, Saadia, 1:2

Argument

Traditional Tree with primary attributes

Isometric Tree with the six directions

Conclusion

Isometric Tree with Sephiroth and pathways

Ten Sefirot out of nothing.

One: Spirit-wind of the Living Elohim...

Two: Spirit from Spirit engraved and hewed: He cut the four dimensions of Heaven: the east, the west, the north and the south, and there is a wind for each direction.

Three: water of spirit...

Four: fire from water...

Five: He sealed the height, turning upwards...

Six: He sealed the depth and He turned below...

Seven: he sealed the east and turned forwards...

Eight: He sealed the west and turned backwards...

Nine: He sealed the south and turned to His right...

Ten: He sealed the north and turned to His left...

These are the ten Sefirot out of nothing, One: Spirit of the Living Elohim; two: wind of the spirit; three: water of the wind; four: fire from the water, height and depth, east and west, north and south.
Sefer Yetzirah, Saadia, Chapter 4

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The Three Mothers

Three mothers: Alef, Mem, Shin: their basis is a scale of innocence and a scale of guilt and a tongue ordained to balance between the two. Sefer Yetzirah, Saadia, 1:3
Three mothers:... a great mystery, concealed, marvelous and magnificent whence emerge fire, wind [air, spirit, breath] and water Sefer Yetzirah, Saadia, 2:2

The Seven Doubles

Seven doubles:... six sides in the six directions, and the Holy Palace ruling in the center Sefer Yetzirah, Saadia, 2:3
Seven Doubles:...Up and Down, East and West, North and South, And the Holy Palace precisely in the center and it supports them all. Sefer Yetzirah, GRA, 2:3

The Twelve Simples

Twelve simples:... the extremity of the northeast, the extremity of the eastern height, the extremity of the eastern depth, the extremity of the northwest, the extremity of the northern height, the extremity of the northern depth, the extremity of the southwest, the extremity of the western height, the extremity of the western depth, the extremity of the southeast, the extremity of the southern height, the extremity of the southern depth. Sefer Yetzirah, Saadia, 2:4

Isometric Tree with all attributes

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Table of Correspondences

# Type Hebrew Character Saadia GRA Westcott #
Attribute Foundation The Universe, The Dragon The Year, The Wheel The Soul, The Heart Attribute Foundation The Universe, The Dragon The Year, The Wheel The Soul, The Heart Attribute
1 Sephiroth 1 Beginning Beginning Beginning 1
2 2 End End End 2
3 3 Good Good Good 3
4 4 Evil Evil Evil 4
5 5 Above Above Above 5
6 6 Below Below Below 6
7 7 East East East 7
8 8 West West West 8
9 9 South South South 9
10 10 North North North 10
11 Three Mothers Alef Air / Balance Air Spring / Autumn Chest Air Air Spring / Autumn Chest Air 11
12 Mem Water / Descend Earth Winter Belly Water Earth Winter Belly Water 12
13 Shin Fire / Ascend Heaven Summer Head Fire Heaven Summer Head Fire 13
14 Seven Doubles Bet / Vayt Above Saturn Saturday Mouth Above Moon Sunday Right eye Above 14
15 Gimel / Ghimel Below Jupiter Sunday Right eye Below Mars Monday Right ear Below 15
16 Dalet / Dhalet East Mars Monday Left eye East Sun Tuesday Right nostril East 16
17 Kaf / Khaf West Sun Tuesday Right nostril West Venus Wednesday Left eye West 17
18 Peh / Feh North Venus Wednesday Left nostril North Mercury Thursday Left ear North 18
19 Resh / Rhesh South Mercury Thursday Right ear South Saturn Friday Left nostril South 19
20 Tav / Thav Middle Moon Friday Left ear Middle Jupiter Saturday Mouth Middle 20
21 Twelve Simples He North East Sight Aries Nissan Liver East Height Speech Aries Nissan Right foot North East 21
22 Vav East Height Hearing Taurus Iyyar Gall-bladder East North Thought Taurus Iyyar Right kidney South East 22
23 Zayin East Depth Smell Gemini Sivan Spleen East Depth Motion Gemini Sivan Left foot East Height 23
24 Het North West Speech Cancer Tammuz Intestine South Height Sight Cancer Tammuz Right hand East Depth 24
25 Tet North Height Eating Leo Ab Right kidney South East Hearing Leo Ab Left kidney North Height 25
26 Yod North Depth Coition Virgo Elul Left kidney South Depth Action Virgo Elul Left hand North Below 26
27 Lamed South West Action Libra Tishri Intestines West Height Coition Libra Tishri Gall bladder South West 27
28 Nun West Height Walking Scorpio Marheshevan Stomach West South Smell Scorpio Marheshevan Intestine North West 28
29 Samech West Depth Anger Sagitarius Kislev Right hand West Depth Sleep Sagitarius Kislev Kivah West Height 29
30 Ayin South East Laughter Capricorn Tevet Left hand North Height Anger Capricorn Tevet Liver West Depth 30
31 Tsadeh South Height Thought Aquarius Shivat Right foot North West Taste Aquarius Shivat Korkeban South Above 31
32 Qof South Depth Sleep Pisces Adar Left foot North Depth Laughter Pisces Adar Spleen South Below 32
# Type Hebrew Character Saadia GRA Westcott #
Attribute Foundation The Universe, The Dragon The Year, The Wheel The Soul, The Heart Attribute Foundation The Universe, The Dragon The Year, The Wheel The Soul, The Heart Attribute

Notes

Key to the pathways

Links

Sepher Yetzirah Saadia version (HTML)

Sepher Yetzirah GRA version (PDF)

Sepher Yetzirah GRA version (HTML)

A short history of the Cabala

Hermetic Kabbalah

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Last updated

1st April 2004

This document is a working draft and is subject to change.