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Term: geburah


Geburah: The fifth Sephirah of the cabalistic Tree of Life, the middle Sephirah on the Pillar of Severity. The term is a Hebrew word meaning "Severity." It represents the archetype of the number 5, the just aspect of the Godhead. It corresponds to the divine name Elohim Gibor, the archangel Kamael, the angelic choir called Seraphim, and Madim, or heavenly Sphere of Mars.
source: Godwin's Cabalistic Encyclopedia, by David Godwin

Geburah: In Binah is the Radix of Red, and therein is a red colour, pure and scintillating and flashing with flame which is reflected unto Geburah. The Sphere of its Operation is called Madim or violent rushing Force and it bringeth fortitude, and war and strength and slaughter, as it were, the flaming Sword of an avenging God. And it ruleth the Sphere of Action of the Planet Mars. And Elohim Gibor is the Elohim, Mighty and Terrible, judging and avenging evil, ruling in wrath and terror and storm, and at whose steps are lightning and flame. And its Archangel is Kamael the Prince of Strength and Courage, and the Name of the Order of Angels is Seraphim the Flaming Ones who are also called the Order of Powers. The Sephira Chesed is also called Gedulah or Magnificense and Glory, and the Sephira Geburah is also called Pachad Terror and Fear.
source: The Golden Dawn, by Israel Regardie


The fifth Sephirah on the Tree of Life at the center of the Pillar of Severity. In Assiah—the world of expression. It breaks up accumulated mass to release suppressed energy. It has the potential for evil, but is not itself malific or evil, rather, it is the necessary corrector of unbalance by drastic means through discipline or destruction. In the body, it purges old material for better health. As harsh judgment, it is the negative aspect of the feminine principle.

Name of God: Elohim Gibor

Archangel: Kamael

Angelic Host: Seraphim

Astrological Correspondence: Mars

Body: left shoulder

Colors: in Atziluth: orange, in Briah: red, in Yetzirah: bight scarlet, in Assiah: red flecked with black

Consciousness: the Will as part of Ruach, (the Conscious Self)

Element: Fire

Magical Image: a warrior king (or queen), fully armored, standing in a chariot

Symbol: the pentagram

Tarot: The four Fives

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As pictured on the Tree of Life, these levels are: Neschmah, which is itself divided into three parts Yechidah (the superego), centered in Kether, is our Divine Self Chia, centered in Chokmah, is our True Will Neschamah, centered in Binah, is ...
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The Qabalistic Cross and Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram
Take a steel dagger in the right hand. Face East. Touch thy forehead and say ATEH (thou art) Touch thy breast and say MALKUTH (the Kingdom) Touch thy right shoulder and say VE-GEBURAH (and the Power) Touch thy left shoulder and say VE-GEDULAH (and ...
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