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Term: kether


Kether: The first and topmost of the Sephiroth of the cabalistic Tree of Life. The term is a Hebrew word meaning "Crown." It represents the archetype of the number 1, the undifferentiated Godhead. It corresponds to the divine name Eheieh, the archangel Metatron, the angelic choir called Chayoth ha-Qadesh (Holy Living Creatures) and the Rashith ha-Gilgalim, or Primum Mobile.
source: Godwin's Cabalistic Encyclopedia, by David Godwin

Kether: In Kether is the Divine White Brilliance, the scintillation and corruscation of the Divine Glory—that Light which lighteth the universe—that Light which surpasseth the glory of the Sun and beside which the light of mortals is but darkness, and concerning which it is not fitting that we should speak more fully. And the Sphere of its Operation is called Rashith Ha-Gilgalim--the beginning of whirling (or whirls, or whorls), the Primum Mobile or First Mover, which bestoweth the gift of life in all things and filleth the whole Universe. And Eheieh is the Name of the Divine Essence in Kether; and its Archangel is the Prince of Countenances—Metatron or Metraton, He who bringeth others before the face of God. And the Name of its Order of Angels is called Chaioth ha-Qadesh, the Holy Living Creatures, which are also called the Order of Seraphim.
source: The Golden Dawn, by Israel Regardie


The first sephirah on the Tree of Life, Crown. It is located at the top of the Middle Pillar.

God Name: Eheieh (I AM)

Archangels: Metatron

Angelic Host: Chaioth ha-Qodesh

Astrological Correspondence: Primum Mobile (the turning movement in Space)

Body: above the crown of the head


Consciousness: the Yechidah, Divine Self

Element: Air

Magical Image: a human face looking right

Symbol: the point

Tarot: The four Aces

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The Middle Pillar Exercise
It is best to build up the Middle Pillar first. To do this stand up and raise yourself in imagination to your Kether--a brilliant light above your head. Imagine this light descending to Daath, at the nape of your neck, and thence to Tiphareth in ...
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The Magician of the Tarot
The Magician is the first Major Arcanum Image: a magician standing behind his altar upon which there are various magical tools Hebrew letter: Beth Divinatory meaning: will, intelligence, communication, skill Path on the Tree of Life: the 12th ...
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Four Divisions of the Soul
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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American Middle Pillar & Auric Energizer Technique
Introduction. This is, in some ways, one of the more complex procedures because of the various items listed in the following tables that need to be memorized and visualized before the actual exercise is undertaken. The psychic Centres are truly ...
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Meditation is: An emptying of the mind of all thoughts and "chatter" often by concentration only on the slow inhalation and exhalation of breath and is characterized by slow alpha and theta waves. It induces relaxation and a "clean slate" ...
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The Chakra System
The chakras are psychic  centers located in the aura functioning through the etheric body that exchange particular energies between the physical body and the personality, and the higher sources of energy associated with the planets, the Solar ...
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The Structure of the Golden Dawn
Any discussion of the Golden Dawn tradition must include a description of the various grades or levels of initiation. The Order is entirely based upon a hierarchical system in which certain information and knowledge is retained for students who have ...
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"Qabalah" is a Hebrew word which means "tradition." It is derived from the root word "Qibel," meaning, "to receive." This refers to the ancient custom of handing down the esoteric knowledge by oral transmission. What the word Qabalah encompasses is ...
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