During the afternoon of April 17th, after obtaining a glimpse of the foregoing possibilities while discussing the details of this Plan, a still wider conception dawned upon me.
Since the Center of Malkuth has become the Point from which All proceeds, why should the Tree grow only in one Direction?
What we have been calling the “lower” part of the Tree is in the form of an Equilateral Triangle, and the Progression of the Trees only increases the size of this indefinitely. Surely there must be Six such Trees, forming a Star, and so filling every direction of two-dimensional space.
This seemed to throw light on some little understood passages of the “Sepher Yetzirah,” which I shall now further quote. It will be remembered that the last words we studied in that connection were: “These Ten Numbers, beyond the universal One, have the boundless realms, boundless origin and end,” but the verse goes on: “an abyss of good and one of evil, boundless height and depth, East and West, North and South, and the one only God and King, faithful for ever seated on his throne, shall rule over all, for ever and ever.”
This is striking evidence that our Plan is that which was intended to be conveyed by the Author of this mysterious treatise. I may now quote the remaining verses in the First Chapter, since these make the matter still clearer.
“These ten Sephiroth which are ineffable, whose appearance is like scintillating flames, have no end, but are infinite. The word of God is in them as they burst forth, and as the return; they obey the divine command, rushing along as a whirlwind, and returning to prostrate themselves at his throne.”
This seems fairly understandable in the Light of the Two Infinites with the manifested Universe, Ever-becoming, between Them.
“These ten Sephiroth which are, moreover, ineffable, have their end even as their beginning, conjoined, even as is a flame to a burning coal: for our God is superlative in his unity, and does not permit any second one. And who canst thou place before the only one?”
In other words, Nuit, Hadit, Ra-Hoor-Khuit, are a Perfect Three in One.
“And as to this Decad of the Sephiroth, restrain thy lips from comment, and thy mind from thought of them, and if thy heart fail thee, return to thy place; therefore is it written ‘The living creatures ran and returned,’ and on this wise was the covenant made with us.”
This means that since the “Tree” is everywhere the same in every part of space, once its general attributions are fixed in the mind, it is not well to confuse ourselves by too much attempt at progressed expansion of the idea. Rather we should return and contemplate the Center from which All proceeds, thus obtaining the Pure Essence Here and Now.
“These are the ten emanations of number. One is the Spirit of the Living God, blessed and more than blessed be the name of the Living God of the Ages. The Holy Spirit is his Voice, his Spirit, and his Word.”
This is very similar to the instruction in Liber Legis: “Be thou Hadit my secret center, my heart and my tongue,” but CCXX is a new Covenant, and goes much further than the old one recorded in the Sepher Yetzirah.
“Second, from the Spirit be made Air and formed for speech, twenty-two letters, three of which are mothers, A, M, Sh; seven are double, B, G, D, K, P, R, Th; and twelve are single, E, V, Z, Ch, T, I, L, N, S, O, Tz, Q; but the spirit is first among these. Third, PRIMITIVE WATER HE ALSO FORMED AND DESIGNED FROM HIS SPIRIT, and from the void and formless made earth even as a rampart, or the standing wall, and VARIED ITS SURFACE AS THE CROSSING OF BEAMS. Fourth, from the Water, He designed Fire, and from it formed to himself a throne of honor, with the Auphanim, Seraphim, Holy Animals, and ministering Angels, and with these he formed his dwelling, as it is written in the text ‘Who makest his angels spirits and his ministers a flaming fire.’ (Psalm 104, v. 4)”
Note the reference to the design made from Primitive Water by the Spirit, and also about the “crossed beams” or Paths of the Tree. His thrones of Honor, are the Manifested Kethers. Holy animals refer to the Zodiac, etc.
“He selected three letters from the simple ones, and sealed them as forming his great Name IHV and he sealed the universe in SIX DIRECTIONS.
“Five. He looked above, and sealed the height, with IHV.
“Six. He looked below and sealed the deep with IVH.
“Seven. He looked forward, and sealed the East, with HIV.
“Eight. He looked backward, and sealed the West, with VHI.
“Nine. He looked to the right, and sealed the South, with VIH.
“Ten. He looked to the left, and sealed the North, with HVI.
“These are the ten ineffable existences, the Spirit of the Living God, Air, Water, Fire, Height and Depth, East and West, North and South.”
So ends the first Chapter of this mysterious treatise, and there is little doubt that our Six-fold Star is the solution of the problem which has puzzled to Qabalists for so many Centuries. With its Center it forms the Heptad.
Let us now examine the Design of this wonderful new Star, as drawn in such minute detail. (See Plate B.)
A glorious vista opens before us—Infinite Space in the Form of a Pure SnowFlake. What could be a better way of “Fixing the Design in its Purity”? What more likely, since all things are said to have proceeded from the Primal Water under the action of Spirit, than that the Substance should Crystallize in exactlythesameway that any drop of water, or any crystal, is found to take form under the direction of the lines of polar force which always form six radiating lines or axes in every rain drop which becomes a snow-flake?
Surely this is a pure enough conception of the beginning of all things and the infinite progression of this manifested universe. Scientifically it can hardly be denied.
Thus the Pure Essence of the Soul of Man may also crystallize and become a Center of the Great Star. This may take place at any point in space and at any moment in time, for the Center of the Infinite is Everywhere and the Circumference Nowhere.
What a vista of Attainment opens up before every human being, for we have been told in Liber Legis:
“Every man and every woman is a star.” Also “Every number is infinite; there is no difference.”
But let us consider a few more details of this Divine Plan. What changes have really occurred owing to our Multiplication of the Stone of the Wise?
Netzach and Hod and the Paths of Venus and Mercury which before were seen to progress directly to infinity—have now becomeforeverunited. There is no difference; Love is ever under Will. Again, these Combined Paths are exactly equal to the Paths of Aleph, Mem, and Shin which formed the equilibrated Middle Pillar, for the Father and Mother together equal the Child. EveryPath radiating from the Center is now Equilibrated or Balanced. The combined Sphere of Netzach-Hod or Venus-Mercury is always to be found exactly between the Spheres of Binah and Chokmah of the Two Trees of the Scale below. Also the combined Paths of Venus-Mercury always lie exactly between the Spheres of Chesed and Geburah, or Mercy and Severity of the “Tree” below, and so on to Infinity.
All else remains the same, but there is no longer any possibility of unbalanced progress.
But we must not forget the instructions in Liber Legis, which is of the utmost importance. “The Khabs is in the Khu, not the Khu in the Khabs. Worship then the Khabs and behold my light shed over you!” We must Worship the Central Point which is concealed in Malkuth and in the Center of our Being; then only will the True Light of Infinity be shed upon us. If we fail in this, seeking in the outer, our minds fall back, failing to grasp that which is beyond our finite vision. “The Living Creatures run and return” and having returned, the Illusions of Space and Time are exchanged for the Everpresent Here and Now. The Introduction to this treatise should now be more clearly understandable to the average reader. We can see how the Light or Fruit of Light, the Six Kethers, are always First in Advance towards the Infinite without. Next follows the progress of the Life or Soul of Nature and of Man, then follows the regular progression of the Sphere of Malkuth in ever-widening Circles as “Matter” eats up “Form” and the “Form” comprehends the Efficient Cause, which is itself the manifestation of the Invisible Final Cause.
But Malkuth is also Nuit, for “Matter” or “Substance” is continuous, so it is equally true to say that she contracts upon Hadit the Invisible Center, or that He Expands towards Her Infinite Girth. Ra-Hoor-Khuit, with His twin Hoor-Pa-Kraat hidden within Him, may be called Heru-Ra-Ha as the Crowned Child, the whole Manifest Universe in Time and Space, which is the Star 418.
This, too, is the Great Hexagram of the Macrocosm, but what of the Pentagram, the Microcosm, MAN?
Another great Mystery lies before us, needing only to be Brought to Light, as will be shown in the next Chapter.