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Term: yesod


Yesod: The ninth Sephirah of the cabalistic Tree of Life, the third Sephirah on the Middle Pillar. The term is a Hebrew word meaning "Foundation." It represents the archetype of the number 9, the manifesting aspect of the Godhead. It corresponds to the divine name Shaddai El Chai, the archangel Gabriel, the angelic choir called Kerubim, and Lebanah, or heavenly Sphere of the Moon.
source: Godwin's Cabalistic Encyclopedia, by David Godwin

Yesod: The beams of Chesed and Geburah meet in Yesod and thence ariseth in Yesod a brilliant deep violet-purple or puce, and thus is the third Triad completed. And the sphere of its operation is that of Levanah, the Lunar beam, bestowing change, increase and decrease upon created things and it ruleth the Sphere of Action of the Moon and the nature of mankind. And Shaddai is a God who sheddeth benefits, Omnipotent and Satisfying, and Al Chai is the God of Life, the Living One. Its Archangel is Gabriel the Prince of Change and Alteration. And the name of the Order of Angels is Kerubim or Kerubic ones who are also called the Order of Angels.
source: The Golden Dawn, by Israel Regardie


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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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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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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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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