Download Sepher HaShorasheem - Tree of Life School

Survey
yes no Was this document useful for you?
   Thank you for your participation!

* Your assessment is very important for improving the work of artificial intelligence, which forms the content of this project

Document related concepts
no text concepts found
Transcript
Sepher HaShorasheem
The Book of Gates:
484 roots from the Sepher Yetzirah
Keys to Kabbalistic Meditation
Joseph-Mark Cohen
Copyright 2004: all rights reserved
JMC Tree-of-Life Publishing
No part of this book may be reproduced
or utilized by any means, electronic or mechanical,
without the prior written consent of the author/publisher,
except in the case of reprints, in the context of reviews.
Contact joseph-mark@treeoflifeschool.com
to order The Book of Gates on cdr
from the Kabbalah Workbook Series:
Codes of the Kabbalah
Preface
Introduction to The Gate-Book 1: a - Aleph
The Gate-Book was first developed in a study group where many of the members of
the group were learning Hebrew for the first time (in this lifetime). The author was the
scribe for the group and two or three years later became aware of Fabre D’Olivet’s Hebrew
Tongue Restored. I have included some of his roots and etymological interpretations in this
Book-of-Gates even though I feel that he leaned too heavily on Arabic roots when no
Hebrew root could be found. In our kabbalah group, when we could not find a viable
Hebrew root in the lexicon, we resorted to meditating on the letters themselves. Sometimes
we were able to find our two letter gate by sourcing the initial letters of a Hebrew phrase of
two words. For example, the tree-of-life, (\yyj {u) aytz hayim, is stored by the Hebrew two
letter root (ju) ayin hhet. This whole process of searching for and meditating with two
letter Hebrew gates is suggested in the Sepher Yetzirah (Chapter 2, Mishnah 4) in an
enigmatic, poetical way: “22 letters are the foundation: He set them in a cycle, like a kind
of wall, with 231 gates, and the cycle rotates forward and backward.” What this means is
that there are 231 gates moving from Aleph to Tav, 231 gates moving from Tav to Aleph
and 22 gates that are the letters doubled (Aleph Aleph, aa, Bayt Bayt, bb, etc.). There are
484 gates in total (22 squared) and it is these 484 gates, with an emphasis on their idiomatic
meanings that form the substance of this gatebook.
It should be noted that most Hebrew scholars will swear that Hebrew roots are
triliteral, that is, that the Hebrew language is based on three letter roots. The Sepher
Yetzirah along with many most kabbalists will choose to differ. Developing the x-ray vision
required to discern which Hebrew two letter root is at the core of a word does take time.
However, with a gradual understanding of the roots contained in this gatebook (we
occasionally referred to it as the root cellar!) it would be possible for you to decode the
kabbalistic meaning of any Hebrew word or phrase. There are many ways to meditate with
these gates, and I will suggest a few, letter by letter, and chapter by chapter as is
2
appropriate. You can surf the Gate-Book as you would the internet, and in time you will
see that the whole universe is enclosed within it. For the letter Aleph, remember that all the
idioms and metaphors you are about to read are but mere step-down vibrations and
possible incarnations of the One that first appears in words like: Ehiyeh (hyha), Ayn Soph
([ws }ya), Elohim (\yhla), Ahavah (hyha), Avraham (\hrba) and Ehhad (dja).
**Add Illustration: The Wall from the Sepher Yetzirah
3
The Letter Code 1: a - Aleph
In order to better understand the multi-level meanings of the letter Aleph, let us
look through the kabbalistic lens at a few of the more significant words from Genesis
(B’raysheet) in which the Aleph first makes its appearance known to us. This is, in fact, an
ancient kabbalistic meditiation method which a Moroccan kabbalist shared with me in
Rosh Pinah a number of years ago. The idea is that each of the letters carry a potential
meaning and possibility in the higher realms, and the first 10 or 32 incarnations of the
letters in the words of the text of Genesis will give us a glimpse of the 22 letters in their fire
letter or shamayim form. Once one has a deep grasp of the letters, each translation will be,
as the Zohar puts it, ancient and new at the same time. What follows is meerly a sketch of a
few of Aleph’s primary incarnations, plus the Sepher Yetzirah illuminations, along with my
own initial translations:
The Aleph: ([la)(aleph lamed phay) First letter of the Hebrew alphabet, a kabbalistic
notation for the One, All-That-Is, the One Being, balance, integrity, the capacity to invite
the timeless to dwell in time, the creative aspect of will.
B’ray Sheet Bara Elohim:
(myhla arb tycarb)(bayt raysh aleph sheen yod tav
bayt raysh aleph
aleph lamed hay
yod mem) Carve out a space for the foundation, for the six dimensions; carve out a space
for the elohim, the powers of creation. Create an empty space for the fire of the 10 spheres
and 22 letters. Create the elohim.
Light: (rwa)(aleph vav raysh) A manifestation of the One, a wave form vibration moving
through the six dimensions of space, creating new seeds of creation, holograms of the
Source vibration.
4
The Autiot: (twytwa)(aleph vav tav yod vav tav) The letters, signs, markings, constellations,
vessels that invite the Infinite into manifestation.
The Finger of God: (myhla ubxa)(etzba elohim) I will dip into, impress, be a scribe for
hidden creative impulses.
The World of Emanation: (twlyxa)(aleph tzaddi yod lamed vav tav) The place of precreative energies, the world of intention, the space from which Aleph puts forth deep roots,
the space where the shadow of Aleph is mirrored in matter, the world of unity implanting
itself through the tree of life and playing with zodiacal evolution.
Ehiyeh: Pure Being: (hyha)(aleph hay yod hay) I am, I am becoming, I will be; the breath
of Aleph and the breath of Yod, the pulse between being and becoming, the One Being that
speaks to Moses from the burning bush:
“I will be who I will be”; presently being
translated by the new age as the “I Am Presence”.
Mother of all Life: (yj lk ma)(eem kol hhai) The source of all life, the womb for all life; the
8 ancestors/seed-cells of the tree of life.
Ayn Soph: The Infinite: ([ws }ya)(aleph yod nun
samech vav phay) The Infinite One
beyond dimension or spherot, literally means without threshold, kabbalistic contraction is
nayss - meaning a miracle or wonder, the gematria is 207 - the same gematria as the word
for light - Aur.
The Aleph: “He caused the Aleph to reign over Air, and He tied a crown to it, and He
combined them with one another, and He formed through them: Air in the universe, and
in the temperate-state of the year, and the Geviyah (abdomen) in the body of male and
female.” Sepher Yetzirah, Chapter 3, Mishnah 7.
5
The Letter of Our Father Abraham: “By means of 32 wonderful paths of wisdom, Yah,
YHVH of the Constellations, Elohim of Israel, Living Elohim, and Eternal King, El
Shaddai, Merciful and Gracious, High and Uplifted, Who Inhabits Eternity, Exalted and
Holy is His Name, engraved.” “When Abrahan Our Father, may he rest in peace, came: he
looked, and saw, and understood, and explored, and engraved, and hewed out, and
succeeded. The Lord of All was revealed to him, and He set him in His Busom, and He
kissed him on his head, and he called him ‘Abraham, my beloved’ and He cut a covenant
with him and his seed forever.” “He Tied the 22 letters of the Torah in his tongue, and he
revealed to him a secret: He drew them through Water, He burned them in Fire, He shook
them through Air, He kindled them in the Seven, He let them through the twelve
Constellations.” - From the Sepher Yetzirah, Chapter 1, Mishna 1, Chapter 6, Mishna 7.
(**Add Hebrew text from Sepher Yetzirah plus black on white graphic of one large Aleph.)
6
The Gate-Book 1: a - Aleph
I am who I will be, the will to create
the finger of God
the mantle of Elijah
devouring fire
the extended face (see Zohar)
ehiyeh ehiyeh
etzba elohim
adaret eliyahu
aysh ohhelet
arehh apayim
hyha/hyha aa
\yhla ubxa
whyla trda
tlka ca
\ypa ]yra
Creator, Father, Author, First Ancestor, Master
the Aleph-Bayt, the alphabet
to germinate, to fructify, to shoot forth
to long for, to breathe after, to desire, to love
the original light; the light of creation (q)
light of the covenant
av
aleph bayt
aviv
ahava
or b’raysheet
or b’reet
ba ba
ba
bba
hbha
tycrab rwa
tyrb rwa
to gather, scrape together, bind in a knot
to flow together; a cauldron, a resevoir
the great light (see Genesis 1/16)
photon light
agad
agal
or hagadol
or ganooz
primal vapor, atmosphere, exhalation
to surround, strengthen, aid, turn about, to gird
Adam, humanity; aleph in the blood stream (q)
for signs and for seasons (Genesis 1/14)
ade
adar
adam
l’autot ul’moadim
to desire, to long after, to love
to be, to exist, to happen, to come to pass
ahava
ehiyah
7
dga ga
lga
ldgh rwa
zwng rwa
da da
rda
\da
\yduwmlw ttal
hbha ha
hyha
hwat wa
hwa
wa
to designate, to mark, to will, to lodge
Inclination, choice, desire, lust
the light emanating in 6 dimensions (q)
t’ayva
ava
time, at/from that time, past time, future time
to listen, weigh, balance; an ear
to spin, gird, balance, repolarize; axial rotation
az
ozen
azar
to unify, unite, join together, adhere; one
brother, ally, kinsman
to come before, delay, substitute
light/darkness
ehhad
ahh
ahher
or hhoshehh
dja ja
ja
rja
]cj rwa
to enclose, seal up, bind together
slowly, gently, at leasure; a whisper
the light that is good
atam
ayt
ha’or key tov
\fa fa
fa
bwf-yk rwah
where?
an emptiness, vacuity; projection, pre-eminence
an island, a continent, the sea shore
keter/malhhut, crown/kingdom, vision/manifest
ay
ay
ee
ahh
surely, certainly, only, scarcely, just now
ahh
a limiting condition, an exception
to bend, to impel, to urge to work; burden, ahhaf
weight, pressure, compression, a pack-saddle
8
za za
nza
rza
ya ya
ya
ya
]a ka
]a
[ka
strength, might, power, a mighty one, a hero
to proceed, to roll, to be round, or turn towards
a wild ram, stag, mountain goat
an oak tree, a terebinth, an oath
divine power found in nature, zodiacal light
el
el
ayeel
alon
(Aur elyon) (q)
mother, matrix, source, foundation, beginning
handmaid, forearm, cubit; a metropolis, nation
and Elohim spoke, (light mirrored on water) (q)
aym
aymah
vayomer elohim
to be present, approach, cause to meet
strength, virile power, sexual intercourse;
Helioipolis, city of the sun
a fig tree; an uncanny event
a ship, a vessel, the I of the self
nothing, emptiness, premanifest, the cosmic nun
hidden light
anah
ohn
to turn aside, keep apart, arrest a movement
to heap up, collect, gather together, store-house
a physician; a prison; to be harmed/to be healed
the Infinite, without threshold, without end
asah
asaph
asah
ain soph
the light of the firmament
from emanation to manifestation
the 70 faces/witnesses/manifestations of the One
ark of the testimony
aur rakiah
atzilut/assiah
aleph ayin
aron ha’aydat
9
ta’eynah
ani
ayeen
aur nistar
la la
la
lya
}wla
}wyla rwa
ma ma
hma
\yhla rmayw
hna na
}a
hnat
yna
}ya
rtsn rwa
hsa sa
[sa
hsa
[ws }ya
uyqr rwa ua
hycu/twlxa
ua
tduh }wra
pa pa
hpa
}pa
\ynp rwa
the nose, face, countenance; a breathing place
to bake, to be cooked; to be complete
to surround, revolve, rotate; a wheel, a year
the inner light, light of the Countenance
af
afah
ofen
aur panim
to put forth deep roots, to place by the side
to connect together, join firmly;
to be sprung from ancient stock, a noble
to urge, hasten, press on, push toward an end
atzeel
atzal
lxa xa
lxa
utz
xwa
Primordial Zodiacal Man
to groan, cry out, empty; a roebuck, a wild goat
Adam Kadman
na’ak
a light, a river, a revelation
to stream; a river, a channel
to kindle, inflame, intertwine,
to become light, to give light, to shine
aur
ya aur
ara
fire, spirit, essence
man
woman
create the essence of 10 spheres & 22 fire letters
aysh
eesh
eesha
b’raysheet
the totality, archetype, the thing in itself
a sign, a letter, a portant of things to come
you, (another yourself, your partner in creation)
from beginning to end, first to last letter
et
aut
atah
aleph/tav
10
}mdq mda qa
qan
rwa ra
ray
hra
ca ca
cya
hca
tycarb
ta ta
twa
hta
ta
The Letter Code 2:
b - Bayt
The second letter of the Hebrew alphabet is Bayt, b, spelled (tyb) (bayt yod tav). The
literal meaning of this letter is a dwelling place, a house, a home. The implicit meaning is a
container, a vessel, a space where energy can be stored until that energy is ready to be
transformed and utilized in an act of creation. The Zohar teaches us that the bayt is in the
image of the female principle. When the b appears as a prefix, its meaning is: in, by, with,
by means of, among or through. When one makes the sound of the b in one’s mouth, there
is a build-up of energy behind the lips which eventually bursts forth in creative expression.
Implicit in the b are two worlds: the internal and the external, the mystery and the
revealed, the potential and the kinetic. The b makes reference to our capacity in the world
of polarity to make a home for the aleph (a), to experience the blessing of the world of
unity. The following words and phrases are primary to the meaning of the letter b.
Bara (arb)(bayt raysh aleph) Create: to be housed in light, to hollow out an empty
space for the aleph, in the first light.
B’raysheet (tycarb)(bayt raysh aleph sheen yod tav) In the beginning: Create six
(tyc arb), in the house of the original (car tyb), covenant of fire (ca tyrb).
B’rahha (hkrb)(bayt raysh caf hay) A blessing: A vessel which can hold energy on
all levels; see gematria 222, chapter 1, merkavah journey. (hkrb) A spring, an
underground stream.
`
B’riah (hayrb) (bayt raysh yod aleph hay) Creation, the second of four worlds: That
part of the creative process where one’s intention and connection to source carves out an
emptiness, a space, a blessing, a template, in order to give space for one’s creation to arise.
11
Vohu (whb) (bayt hay vav) Empty, void, preformative: The void of vohu is more like
an empty womb containing the b’riah template of the middle two letters of the four letter
divine name. Within the bayt (soft pronunciation vayt) is a hidden hhuu, the presence of the
divine breath preparing to hover on the face of the waters.
Tov (bwf) (tayt vav bayt) Good, fertile: The bayt of tov is a vessel for that which is
capable of being fruitful and multiplying.
Vayavdale (ldbyw)(vav yod bayt dallet lammed) Divided: The dividing of the first
yavdale in Genesis is between light and darkness. The word implies a process of cell
division (or multiplication) that goes 2:4 (db). In pure physics this is the process called
fission.
Bayn (}yb)(bayt yod nun) Between: The process of building and creating forms while
maintaining the capacity to distinguish between them.
Binah (hnyb)(bayt yod nun hay) Understanding: Discernment. The third sphere of the
Tree-of-Life, also referred to as the “mother of seven”, ie: the seven spheres that follow
her. Binah is the cosmic mother that holds in her womb the memory of all that is.
B’tohh (]wtb)(bayt tav vav caf) In the midst of: Nested.
12
Introduction to The Gate-Book 2: b - Bayt
One of the primary methods of meditation with the Gate-Book involves
contemplation of each of the 231 double gates that are mentioned in the Sepher Yetzirah,
one pair at a time. This can be most easily understood as a meditiation on polarities that
manifest two faces of a hidden unity. Consider that there are two flow patterns within the
flow of gates. One flow pattern is a movement from aleph to tav, from the one to the many,
or from the light to the vessel that holds the light. From a certain vantage point, this looks
like the movement from spirit to matter, or a process of materialization or manifestation.
The other flow pattern is the return journey from tav to aleph, from the many to the one,
from the light nested in the vessel as it is reabsorbed by the source light. The first example
of a double gate is ab-ba, aleph-bayt/bayt-aleph. Metaphorically, one could say this gate
represents the process of the one becoming two and the two returning to the one. Take a
moment and look at the idiomatic meanings that illustrate this process in the Gate-Book.
This process is one that you can do in the realm of pure physics, as well as within the realm
of the idiomatic Hebrew roots. You will find that some double gates are complimentary,
some clearly indicate a polarity, and that some show two psychological responses to a
hidden action. After you have examined the 22 gates for bayt, take the time to find the
evolutionary gates that are partners with them. You will notice that the process of
returning to a bayt is quite different than the process of creation from within the bayt. That
rumour that you heard about kabbalists reading things backwards and becoming
ambidextrous (if not dyslexic) is 100% accurate. (Good luck!)
13
u - ub
bf - fb
bb - bb
bp - pb
by - yb
bg - gb
bx - xb
bk - kb
bd - db
bq - qb
bl - lb
bh - hb
br - rb
bm - mb
bw - wb
bc - cb
bn - nb
bz - zb
bt - tb
bs - sb
bj - jb
14
The Gate-Book 2: b - Bayt
to enter into, to bring in, to come in
to bring away, to acquire, to bring a present
create the co-creators
the house of Aleph
bo
bo
bara elohim
bayt aleph
ab ab
awb
\yhla arb
ab
to hollow out, to empty out, to encompass
a gate, the pupil of the eye, the inner eye
a cavity, an entrance, an aperture
the bayt of b’raysheet
navav
bavah
bavah
bayt b’raysheet
bbn bb
hbb
hbb
tycarb b
food
a garment, a covering, a cloth
to cover, to clothe, to hide one’s self
bahg
beged
bagad
gb gb
dgb
dgb
to divide, to separate, to be solitary
to form, to fashion, to produce something new
a thread, a part, something separated, a fiction
2/4, to double, fission, (q)
badad
badah
bahd
bayt dalet
ddb db
adb
db
db
void, empty, pure, the energy before form
to break into, to burst forth, to be stirred up
bohu
bahah
whb hb
hhb
to penetrate, to enter into, to bring about
to enter into (one’s body, a house, a woman)
to have intercourse (to insert / be inserted)
bo
awb wb
15
zzb zb
qzb
hzb
zub
to snatch away, to pull in pieces, to seize
to scatter, to disperse, to divide
prey, spoil
to be nimble, fleet; a pillar of Solomon’s temple
bazaz
bazak
bezah
boaz
to prove, to examine, to select; to be chosen
to love, to desire, to delight in
that which is distinguised, chosen, elect
binah / hohhmah, discernment / wisdom (q)
bahhr
vahar
bahhir
binah/hohhmah
to confide in, marvel over, follow with one’s eyes
the womb, the belly, the innermost part
to be empty, vacant, hollow, free
trust, security, confidence, hope
heybeet
beten
batal
betahh
fbyh fb
}fb
lfb
jfb
to separate, perceive, distinguish between
prayer, a request; an interval, the space between
understanding, insight, discernment, intelligence
bayn
be
binah
}yb yb
yb
hnyb
to break forth, to distill, to shed tears, to weep
first born, first fruits, offspring, birth-right
in our image, after our likeness (q)
bahah
bahhor
b’tzalmaynu
kadmutaynu
16
rjb jb
rjb
ryjb
hmkj/hnyb
hkb kb
rwkb
wmnlxb
wntwmdk
lb lb
hlb
lbh
lub
lb
la-tyb
to care for; an aggitated mind
to fall away, be worn out with use or age
an exhalation, a mist, a deluge; to disappear
master
the first and last letters of Torah (q)
the house of the Elohim (q)
bahl
bahlah
havel
ba’al
bayt lamed
bayt el
to elevate, raise up, raise up seed
a height, a high place, mountain sanctuary
in the image of Elohim (q)
yavam
bimah
b’tzelem elohim
to erect, build, produce a form, obtain a child
an interval, the space between; to understand
a son, the child of (a particular person or time)
understanding, intelligence, discernment
banah
bayn
bayn
binah
hnb nb
}yb
}b
hnyb
to tread, to stamp in, to establish firmly
a basin, a threshing floor, an ancient name of
Jerusalem
with spices, incense, fragrance
buse
yebuse
swb sb
syby
b’sameem
\ymsb
to swell up, to absorb, to seeth, to boil
to seek, to ask; prayer, petition
to possess, to own; lord, master
to dip into to immerse, to dye a garment
ancient covenant
ba’ah
b’ee
ba’al
tz’vah
b’reet olam
hub ub
yub
lub
ubx
\lwu tyrb
17
mby mb
hmb
\yhla \lxb
to split apart, tear in pieces, make a fissure
an egg; to make white
Ffne white cotton, the clothing of kings & priests
in the image of
batzah
beytzah
butz
b’tzelem
to cleave, to open anything shut, to be hatched
to inspect, consider, contemplate, search out
to empty, pour out, to be poured out,
the stream/river that Ya’akov crosses
in an east wind, in an original breath (Ex 14/21)
baka
bakar
yabok
to carve out, to create, to form, to fashion
to beget, to feed, to give to eat, to fatten
beloved, chosed, clear, pure, empty; a son
a pit, cistern, sepulchre; to search out, explore
bara
bara
bar
bore
to make dry, to put to shame; to dry up
dry ground, habitable earth
to be confused, astonished, ashamed, silenced
yavash
yabashah
boosh
a young woman, the daughter of, the house of
a house, tent, palace, temple
the inner part, descendants, offspring
the letter bayt; what is within
baat
bayeet
bayeet
bayt
18
b’ruahh kadim
uxb xb
hxyb
{wb
\lxb
uqb qb
rqb
qby
\ydq jwrb
arb rb
arb
rb
rwb
cby cb
hcby
cwb
tb tb
tyb
tyb
tyb
The Letter Code 3:
g - Gimel
The Hebrew letter gimel (g), the third in the alphabet, is a letter of mediation betwen
polarities and has the capacity to neutralize or harmonize two contrasting forces. The root,
gamal, has a panoply of meanings: to ripen, to nourish until completely ripe, to do good, to
reward, to repay, to reimburse, to remunerate, to recompense, to be weaned. As a noun,
this root means: a camel, or a camel driver. As a metaphor, this has a double implication.
The first is a slow motion wavelike movement, the image of a camel in caravan making its
way across the desert. In fact, the Hebrew root gal (lg) means a wave. The second is the
capacity for storing water for a long journey. The gimel is the principle of nourishment on
the metabolic level, generosity and gratitude on the psychological level as well as a form of
wisdom or spiritual nourishment. The gematria of gimel is 73, the same gematria as
hohhmah. In its full spelling (dml \m lmg), the total gematria is 227, the same as the words
for blessing (brahhah) and to remember or to be mindful (zahhar). The first gimel to
appear in Genesis appears in the word hageedoleem (\yldgh). In reference to the two great
lights, the sun and the moon, created on the fourth day of Genesis to rule over the day and
the night. Gimel refers to that which is large or great as well as a source of nourishment
and light. The following are a few of the key incarnations of the letter gimel.
The Gimel:
(lmg) (gimel mem lamed) In terms of the pure letter code; a form of
nourishment (g) for the womb, biosphere or consciousness state (m) that encourages
evolution(l). Includes the verbs: to absorb, to drink up, to swallow, to wean, to ripen, to
cherish, to repay, to benefit. A bridge between two separate spaces or two different times.
Gadol: (ldg) (gimel dallet lamed) To grow or become great, to twist threads together, to tell
a story of the lamed (the elohim, the evolution), to value highly.That which is magnificent
or majestic. The gematria of gadol is 37, which is the one in the center of the circle of 36.
There are 37 spheres when 4 Trees-of-Life are connected one to the other.
19
Gan: (}g)(gimel nun) Gan eden, the Garden of Eden, with four rivers flowing from it. This
garden is a garden of spiritual and sensual delight, the innocense of childhood when the
doors of perception are open before the consciousness falls into limiting belief systems and
conceptual nets. (See William Blake). The process of gimel is in its ultimate state of balance
and completion (}) either before or after cycles of evolution.
Gal: (lg)(gimel lamed) A wave. Associated idioms: a well, a fountain, a spring, a bowl, a
heap of stones; to go in a circle, to leap for joy. The slow motion movement of the gimel is
quickened into a spiraling occillation whereby the energy changes direction with the lamed.
A cycle is established with its peaks and troughs and symmetry patterns. The gematria is
33, which implies mastery of the 32 (the heart, the 10 spheres and 22 paths of the Tree-ofLife).
Gilgal:
(lglg)(gimel lamed gimel lamed)
A circle, a wheel, a double wave, the two
hemispheres of the brain or skull (gilgolet). Two different kinds of wave forms are implied
here. The gimel is a line moving on a pathway from oasis to oasis (an up and down wave).
The lamed is a spiral vibration that spins 360 degrees clockwise, stops for a moment, and
spins 360 degrees counter clockwise.
Gilgul: (lwglg) (gimel lamed gimel vav lamed) The wheel of reincarnation. The root galgal is
a chariot wheel or a whirlwind with a central vortex. Gilgul is a cosmic cycle. The gift of
spiritual nourishment (g) and an evolutionary response to that nourishment. Gilgul has a
gematria of 72, the same as hhesed, compassion.
Gevul: (lwbg) (gimel bayt vav lamed) A boundary, border, margin, limit of a field, a chain
of mountains. The root verb means to twist together like a rope, a rope used to measure the
boundary. There is both an expansion (g) and contraction (b) process here whereby the self
finds balance at the boundaries in its evolutionary process.
20
Gever, Gibor: (rbg) (gimel bayt raysh) A hero, a soldier, the strength of a man; to be strong,
to bind, to strengthen, to prevail. This is the root for the word gevurah, the sphere of
strength, power, will and self mastery on the Tree-of-Life. There is an inner process
implied here of expansion (g), contraction (b), connection to spirit (r) and capacity to set
boundaries for the self and for the nation.
Gad:
(dg) (gimel dalet) Idiomatically: fortune, prosperity, corriander seed, the planet
Jupiter. The root geed means to bind, to couple, to tell a story. The movement from 3 to 4,
from gimel to dalet, is a movement from nourishment to manifestation, from the world of
yetzirah to the word of assiah.
Gavriel: (larbg) (gimel bayt raysh aleph lamed) The Archangel Gabriel, the Power of God.
Gabriel is imaged as the angel of Aquarius by Ezekiel. He appears at moments of truth to
test the truth of humans.
Gesher: (rcg) (gimel sheen raysh) A bridge: the movement back and forth between
organic nurture (g) and spiritual quickening (c). A bridge between any two land masses or
any two states of consciousness.
21
The Wheel of Genesis: tycarb lglg: Gilgal B’raysheet
rb
insert in wheel form:
ca
qg
xd
ph
uw
sc
nj
mf
ly
tk
*Note that this letter wheel is generated by a pattern that we find in the first four letters of
the word B’raysheet (ca rb). This sequence generates letter pairs that total 22 in the
sequence value of the letters. The last letter pair totals 33 and is the root for the word
Keter, the crown, the first sphere of the tree-of-life.
22
Introduction to The Gate-Book 3: g - Gimel
“Three stones build six houses” (from the Sepher Yetzirah, Chapter 4, Mishna 10).
The stones referred to here are the Hebrew letters. Whereas the two letter gates give us the
foundation stones (the 484 roots) upon which the language is built, three letter gates are
commonly considered to be the radicals of Hebrew. From our kabbalistic standpoint, one
could say that a single letter is in the world of atzilut. A double gate is in the world of briah,
where the template is carved out. A three letter gate is in the world of yetzirah, where the
variety of forms and colours and textures of the archetypes are brought into being. There is
an interesting meditation that one can do with the three stones that build six houses. It
involves making a star-of-david and looking at the meanings of the six possible
combinations of three letters. Of course, one can look at each of the three letter
combinations as a result of a combination of 2 two letter gates. Let us take, for example, the
three Hebrew letters hhet (j), lamed (l), and mem (m). Individually, these letters signify the
processes of an electromagnetic force field (j), an evolutionary spiral that is connected to
the zodiacal energies of the elohim (l), and a biosphere or consciousness space (m). Aside
from the doubling of the individual letters (jj,ll,mm), there are six combinations of these
three letters: 1) lj
2) jl
3) mj
4) jm
5) ml
6) lm. You can look these gates up
further on in the Gate-Book as three pairs of polarities: vitality & lack of vitality, heat &
living water (or essence), the spiraling of the lamed proper and a process that leads to
fullness. Ultimately, what we are looking at here are the six phases of an alchemical
process. In fact, the word alchemy likely evolves from the Hebrew el hhemi, meaning the
power or god of the sun, heat, Egypt. The 6 three letter words that we can build here are:
1) (mlj) hhalom A dream, to cause to recover, that which is fat or robust
2) (lmj) hhamal To be gentle, mild, long suffering, to have compassion
3) (mjl) lehhem Bread, food; to eat, wage war; that which is heated up
4) (jml) l’moahh To take out the marrow, extract the essence
23
5) (jlm) melahh
Salt, the sea, to preserve; to be slippery, smooth, soft, to vanish
6) (ljm) mahhol
To go in a circle, to dance
**Insert graphic of Star-of-David with 3 letter gates.
24
The Gate-Book 3: g - Gimel
to elevate, magnify, lift one’s self up, be exalted
to be proud, arrogant; to be ornamented
to redeem, buy back; defile, pollute, be impure
gai’ah
gai’ah
ga’al
hag ag
hag
lag
anything curved or vaulted; rim, circumference
a well, pit, cistern, a reservoir for water; a den
to gather together; to be curved, hollow
a boundary, border, margin, limit, edge
strong, mighty, impetuous, powerful; a hero
gav
gev
gavav
gevul
geebor
bg bg
bg
bbg
lwbg
rwbg
the plain surface of anything, the roof of a house
to spread out, to flatten; the surface of an altar
gog, from the steppes of Asia (see Ezekiel 38)
gahg
gahg
gog
good fortune, the planet Jupiter
corriander seed
magesty, magnitude, greatness
the front part, a nerve, tendon; a riverbank
gad
gad
gidulah
gadah
to withdraw; to heal, to remove a bandage
pathway on the Tree between gevurah & hod (q)
gaihah
gevurah/hod
25
gg gg
gg
gwg
dg dg
dg
hlwdg
hdg
hhg hg
hg
to flow together, rise up, bring camels to water
belly, middle, interior; a valley gathering water
a people, nation, confluence of men
belly, body, corpse
gavah
gav
goy
gaviah
hwg wg
wg
ywg
hywg
fleece, shorn wool, a mown meadow
to prune, sheer, cut, pay back
to strip off, pluck away, cut off
gaze
gazah
gazal
zg zg
hzg
lzg
to stir up, to burst forth, to break out
to burst forth (from the womb, a hiding place)
a river bursting forth from Gan Eden, the Nile
to light a fire, a live coal (gahhelet)
a serpent’s belly (Genesis 3/4)
contraction/expansion, bounded/boundless (q)
giyahh
go’ahh
gihon
gahhal
gahon
gevurah/hhesed
great/small, macrocosmos/microcosmos (q)
a legal document, a bill of divorcement
gadol/katan
get
a valley, a depth, a low lying region
to flow together, a confluence
spacial dimension (q)
gayah
gah
gimel yod
ayg yg
ayg
yg
to receive a gift, (jupiter/sun conjunction) (q)
to come to a turning point (q)
gimel kaf
gimel kaf
kg kg
kg
26
jyg jg
jwg
}wjyg
ljg
}wjg
dsj/hrwbg
}fq/ldg fg
fg
to leap for joy, to go in a circle
to uncover, make naked, reveal
a bowl, reservoir, fountain
to roll, roll off, roll away; a heap of stones
a wheel, circle, a cycle (wheel of reincarnation-q)
diaspora, exile
geel
galah
gulah
galal
gilgal
galut
lyg lg
hlg
hlg
llg
lglg
twlg
To drink up, to absorb, to swallow
to do good, ripen, repay,wean an infant, a camel
to add, accumulate; abundance, retribution
gama
gamal
gum
amg mg
lmg
mg
a garden planted with trees; an enclosed garden
to cover over, to enclose, to protect, to hide
to take aside, deceive, steal; a thief
gan
gannan
ganav
}g }g
}ng
bng
to become intimate, bold, familiar, inflated
the action of feeling, groping, sounding (HTR)
gus
gimel samehh
to light upon, to interceed, to shake up
to stretch out, to labour, to be fatigued
to touch, to reach into, to violate, to injure; pain
the Garden of Eden (hidden pleasure)
ga’ah
yagah
nagah
Gan Eden
the body, the back, a wing
to turn to the side, withdraw; embody, preserve
to bow down; a twig, a wild vine, vineyard
hollow, hidden away; cavity, belly, body, corpse
gaf
gaf
gefen
goof
27
sg sg
sg
hug ug
ugy
hug
}du-}g
[g [g
[g
}pg
pwg
xg xg
to shine, to glaze, to give off sparks; joy
gaytz
great/small; expand/contract; magnify/minimize
camel/eye of the needle;to slow down & speed up
awkward, untenable, paradoxical (q), 3/100=33.3
the rainbow bridge (q)
gadol/katan
gimal/kof
gimal/kof
gesher/keshet
a stranger, sojourner, guest, nomad, alien
to turn aside, to tarry, to fear, to assemble
a grain, a bean, a coin; something that rolls
the throat; roughness, grating sound
a pebble used in casting lots, lottery, inheritance
ger
gur
garah
garon
goral
rg rg
rwg
hrg
}wrg
lrwg
to approach, draw near, press upon, compel
to harass, demand a debt, offer a present
to cause to rain; a heavy shower
to explore, grope, seek by feeling
to be daring, to construct a bridge
an act of acceleration or quickening (q)
yegash
nagash
geshem
geshash
gasher
gimel sheen
cgy cg
cgn
\cg
ccg
rcg
cg
to squeeze, apply pressure; a trough, wine press
a musical instrument used by wine-pressers
gat
geetee
28
}fq/ldg qg
qg
qg
tcq/rcg
tg tg
ytg
The Letter Code 4: d - Dalet
The fourth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is d dalet, (tld). This letter is a reference
to physicality, the four elements of our physical world ( fire, air, water, earth) and the four
basic chemical elements of life (carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen). The dalet carries
metaphorical meanings connected to the Hebrew word delet, meaning door, gate, entrance
or portal. In the Phoenician letters that some feel antidates the King David Hebrew letters,
the dalet is in the shape of a triangle. This triangle, on a flat surface, is the image of a delta
at the mouth of a river. It is the place of fertility and abundance. In Genesis, the dalet
represents the physical abundance of the garden of Eden and the four rivers that emerge
from Gan Eden. The biblical palindrome for dalet is taylad, meaning shall bear or shall give
birth to a child. The letter dalet refers to the whole process of giving birth to physical form,
the process in Genesis, which is called dor vador, generation after generation. When we
look at the dalet from the standpoint of sacred geometry, what we see is a tetrahedron. We
can then perceive how the One radiates or projects along three vector axis to create an
equalateral triangle. From this standpoint, a dalet can be used to create a complete spacetime continuum. In fact, the Star of David or Magen David, is imaged in the first verse of
Genesis when one reads the Hebrew sheet (tyc) as a triangle, the spade of heaven and the
spade of earth, which balance one another. The following biblical words will give us an
enhanced understanding of tne Hebrew letter dalet.
V’yavdale: (ldbyw) (vav yod bayt dalet lamed) And divided: This is the first dalet to appear in
Genesis. It happens after Elohim has seen that the light is key tov, good, and creates a
separation, distinction, membrane between the light and the darkness. It appears then, that
the dalet of yavdale implies a dimensional membrane that separates the world of the
formless or preformative (darkness) from the world of form and light.
L’havdeel: (lydbhl) (lamed hey bayt dalet yod lamed) To divide: The division here is
between the day and the night. (See Genesis 1/14). The dalet also appears in the word
29
moadeem (\yduwm), meaning seasons. The dalet here makes reference to the four cardinal
directions and the four seasons that are demarcated by the solstices and equinoxes of the
earth’s orbit around the sun.
B’gan Eden: (}du-}gb) (bayt gimel nun / ayin dalet nun) In the Garden of Eden: In Genesis
2/10, one river goes out from Eden to water the garden and is parted and divided into four
river heads, sources or origins (Pishon, Gihon, Hhedekal, and Parat). The word for parting
in Hebrew is yeepared (drpy). This word is the root for the word pardes, or paradise. It
carries the meaning of fruitfulness and abundance.
Da’at: (tudh) (hay dalet ayin tav) The knowing: The Hebrew word da’at first appears in
Genesis 2/9 as the Tree of Knowledge, the fruit of which allows us to discern between good
and evil (biologically, anabolic and catabolic). The knowledge here is of time cycles, cycles
of seed time and harvest. The sphere of da’at in the Tree of Life is a dimensional doorway
that accesses the void, morphogenetic fields or a hologram projection from another
dimension.
Toldot (tdlwt) (tav vav lamed dalet tav) Generations: Cycles of birth and death, beginnings
and completions. This word first appears in Genesis 5/1 before it is stated that humanity is
created male and female in the likeness of Elohim. The Hebrew word for likeness is damoot
(twmd). It has extended meanings of image, similitude, resemblance, appearance, model or
pattern.
Damah (hmd) (dalet mem hey) To imagine, think, meditate, remember, resemble, to liken
in one’s mind, to be silent, to rest. The root for the word Adam (\da), or humanity, refers
to the light of the aleph flowing through the blood stream of our consciousness.
Davar (rbd) (dalet bayt raysh) A thing, a word, an affair, a discourse. That which has
substance, coherance, inter-relatedness. The root davir (rybd) means an inner sanctuary.
30
The word for speech, utterance, saying, talking or discourse is debur. The dalet here gives a
physical manifestation to any act of creation (rb).
Dor vadoor (rdw rd) (dalet raysh / vav dalet raysh) Generation after generation: An age, a
cycle, the period or circuit of the years of life. From one age or epoch to another. The root
dor means to go around in a circle.
Daveed (dwd) (dalet vav dalet) David. One who is loved, the Beloved. The letter dalet means
a doorway, portal, entrance. It is particularly the leaf of a door as it hangs on its hinges. A
magen david literally means from the garden of the Beloved. Or from the garden/shield of a
double entrance.
Daniel (laynd) (dalet nun yod aleph lamed) Daniel. One who has discernment and offers
judgement in alignment with divine will. The root deen, meaning judgement in Hebrew, is
seen kabbalistically as another name for the sphere of gevurah. The prophet Daniel is a
seer who sees through to the “end times”, the time of gevurah at the end of an aeon.
31
Introduction to The Gate-Book 4: d - Dalet
One fascinating way of working with the Gate-Book parallels a method of
meditation that users of the I Ching will be familiar with: the meditation upon the inner
trigrams that nest within the hexagrams. When one looks at a four letter Hebrew word, it
is possible to view the two middle letters within the word as nesting within the two outer
letters of the word. Let us look at a few examples. Take the word aderet (trda). The two
middle letters are dalet - raysh.This nests within aleph - tav. Aleph - tav is a code meaning:
the archetype of, from first to last, from beginning to end, the sign,the whole autiot. Dalet raysh, as a gate, means: to twist, to spin, to go in a circle; a generation, an age, an epoch, a
cycle of time. In this way, one can see extended meanings for a word which is usually
translated as “cloak” (Elijah’s). Let’s look at another four letter word: bareket (tqrb).
Here we have the two letter gate raysh - kof, nesting within bayt - tav. Bayt - tav is a house,
or a cosmic container, in a certain sense, a code for the whole process of b’raysheet. The
raysh - kof is a code for ruahh hakodesh, the sacred breath, the Holy Spirit. The traditional
translation of this word is “emerald”. One can look at any four letter word in this way.
32
The Gate-Book 4: d - Dalet
had ad
had
\ydja \yrbd
to soar, float, swoop down upon
effortless movement, rapid flight, a bird of prey
uniform words, language of unity (Gen.11:1)
da’ah
da’da
d’varim ahhadim
a she-bear (to go slow)
to impel, be willing, give spontaneously
to speak, bring into order; speech, word, oracle
to adhere, be glued, be attached (to anyone)
honey, a beehive (dabeshet)
fusion (q)
dov
nadav
davar
davak
davash
dalet bayt
fish, to be prolific
to cover over; a great multitude
to cover over, to set up banners; a flag
dag
dagah
dagal
gd gd
hgd
lgd
breast
to go slowly, to delay
to love, to agitate
beloved one, a friend, object of love
friend, beloved
double door, double entrance (q)
dahd
dadah
dood
david
yadeed
dalet dalet
dd dd
hdd
dwd
dwd
dydy
dd
to go swiftly, to catch by surprise; be astounded
dahar
rhd hd
33
bd bd
bdn
rbd
qbd
cbd
bd
hwd wd
wd
to menstruate, grieve, to languish
that which is twofold, double, dual (q)
davah
dalet vav
fourfold division, abundance; maya, illusion (q)
dalet zayin
to thrust out, cast away, purge, expel
to overthrow, thrust out, supercede
to be seduced, expelled
to repel, to hasten
to diversify (q)
duahh
dahhah
nadahh
dahhav
8/4
a chamber, cell, compartment, adytum
the knowledge of good, cell proliferation (q)
dalet tet
da’at tov
sufficiency, abundance, a large enough quantity
deserving, worthy; that which suffices
justice, judgement, that which satisfies everyone!
d’ya bird (resembles a small ego)
da
dae
deen
deya
yd yd
yd
}yd
hyd
to crush, be broken, break to pieces/powder
to be aflicted, humbled, purified, broken in spirit
to pound, to beat to powder
crushing (a peculiar mode of castration)
to break the vessel (q)
dahhah
dehh
duhh
dakah
dalet kaf
hkd kd
]d
]wd
hkd
kd
34
zd zd
jwd jd
hjd
jdn
[jd
jd
fd fd
bwf tud
that which extracts, removes; water vessel
to draw water, to dowse; zodiac sign aquarius
to wave, suspend, draw out; a slender thread
to wave to and frow, to swing like a pendulum
a door (which hangs on its hinges)
dal
dalee
dahlah
dahlal
dalet
ld ld
yld
hld
lld
tld
blood
likeness
to meditiate, think, imagine, liken in one’s mind
image, likeness, appearance, vision
dam
dam
damah
damoot
\d \d
\d
hmd
twmd
Dan, son of Jacob
to rule, judge, regulate; justice; dissension
ruler, master, lord; a foundation
dan
deen
adon
}d }d
}yd
}wda
to mark, to differentiate, to make incisions
to spring, to leap, to hasten; myrtle
four orbits, to seal a secret (q)
hadas
hadas
dalet samahh
sdh sd
sdh
sd
knowledge, knowing, opinion
to perceive, inquire, discover, experience, know
intelligence, understanding, knowledge
kabbalistic sphere of existential knowing (q)
knowledge of the four worlds (q)
deyah
ya’dah
da’at
da’at
dalet olamim
ud ud
udy
tud
tud
\ymlwu tld
35
to thrust, push, force, to make to fall
to dispell, drive away, put to flight
to knock at a door, drive a flock, beat a drum
to thrust, repel, expel
four faces (q)
dafah
nadaf
dafak
hadaf
dalet pey
hpd pd
[dn
qpd
[dh
pd
to rejoice, to dance, to skip about
to shake a sieve, be transported with joy
four trees, four quadrants of a circle (q)
dootz
dootz
dalet tzaddi
xwd xd
xwd
xd
to crush, beat into fine dust, examine minutely
that which is thin, fine, scarce, subtle or minute
four orbits, equinox and solstice points (q)
dak
dakak
dalet kof
qd qd
qqd
qd
a large pearl, a spindle, a radiant star
an age, epoch, circle, circuit of years, generation
to walk, tread, trample; a path, a way of life
to twist, spindle, fly in a circle, flow forth
to drop down, fall out, make a vow; nadir
to swell out, be wide; magnificence, a wide cloak
dar
dor
derehh
darar
nadar
adar
rd rd
rwd
]rd
rrd
rdn
rda
to sprout forth, be green; first sprouts
to thresh, trample, tread
to beat, pound; tread the earth with one’s feet
dasha, desheh
adash
doosh
acd cd
cda
cwd
36
dat
a decree, edict, law given by fire
law, statute, mandate; counsel, system of religion dot
da’at
knowlege of the appointed time
37
td td
td
tud
The Letter Code 5:
h - Hay
The letter hay (h) is fifth in the sequence of the Hebrew alphabet, and has an idiomatic
meaning of: here is, or behold. As a prefix it functions as the definite article “the.” In a
certain sense, the letter hay makes reference to the fifth part of anything, or what is called
the “quintessence.” In the body, the hay symbolizes the breathing process. We see it
appearing twice in the four letter Divine Name. We see it appearing twice in the word for
love: ahavah (hbha). We can read this word kabbalistically as the breath of Aleph and the
breath of Bayt. The hay makes reference to the realm of space. It gives life and the power to
be present. When we look at the letter hay as a pictogram, we see a kind of window or
lattice. Metaphorically, this window allows the consciousness to observe and respond to life.
There is a hhessed or compassion quality associated with the letter hay. This comes from
the addition of the letter hay to Avraham’s name. We also find a miniature hay in the word
behibaram (\arbhb) (see Genesis 2/4). The Talmud rearranges these letters to read
b’haybaram, meaning: with the letter hay did God create all that was created. We can
understand this to mean that the hay is the life-breath that is breathed into creation to
animate it and give it life. When we image unity at a 360° circle, and divide that circle by
the hay (or 5), we see a circle divided into five 72° sections (***add illustration in margin).
We will delve deeper into the significance of this number 72 a little further on in this
chapter.
The following ten words will give us an idea of some of the earlier incarnations of
the letter h:
Elohim: (\yhla) (aleph-lamed-hay-yod-mem): Gods, deities, divine powers, and occasionally,
angels. When prefaced by the letter hay in ha’elohim it can mean the true God. The hay in
elohim is the first one to appear in Genesis. The gematria of elohim is 86, the same
gematria as hatayva, the nature (ubfh). This leads some kabbalists to speculate that the
elohim parallel the cosmic powers nested within nature called the neter in Egypt. Another
38
spin on it is el hayam, meaning the god of the sea, the god of the space-time, or the god of
wave forms.
hashamayim: (\ymch) (hay-sheen-mem-yod-mem): the heavens. The second hay in Genesis
appears in the word hashamayim, usually translated as “the heavens.” The hay here gives
definition and particularity to the shamayim which follows it. The hay represents a
breathing out process in the universe, a giving of spacial dimension for all-that-is to exist.
In this way of looking, the first hay in elohim repesents a creative in-breath. Moshe (mch) is
nested here by anagram, as we follow the letters backwards toward the first bayt of
b’raysheet. The elements of air (breath/ h), fire (c) and water (m) formulate this word.
bohu: (whb) (bayt-hay-vav): emptiness, voidness. or a pregnant vacuum. It implies the
creative vessel or container of the first bayt of b’raysheet awaiting the hu or the divine
breath to appear to bring cosmos to the chaos. The gematria of bohu is 13, the same
gematria as ahavah (love), ehhad (unity), and avi (my father). The word is a code that
refers to the bayt of b’raysheet, the hay of elohim, and the vav of va’et, referring to the six
days of the process of creation. In kabbalah, bohu represents the potential for creation, or
the universe awaiting the process of tikkun, or restoration.
yehee: (yhy) (yod-hay-yod): “let there be”, as in “Let there be light.” The hay here falls
between two yods. It is the hay that gives breath or life or creation to what follows it. The
gematria of yehee is 25 or 5 squared. This brings the hay to the next dimension.
v’heenay: (hnhw) (vav-hay-nun-hay): “and, behold”. The first v’heenay in Genesis appears
before the tov m’od (very good) blessing given by elohim on the sixth day of creation. The
two hays of v’heenay indicate that the shehhinah, or Divine Presence, is nearby.
b’hebaram: (\arbhb) (bayt-hay-bayt-raysh-aleph-mem): “When they were created.” This
miniature hay appears in Genesis 2/4 (db, see Gate-Book) before the first mention of God’s
39
name as YHVH ELOHIM. In a certain sense, this hay indicates a process of re-genesis. It
indicates a new cosmic day. One interpretation of this little hay is that everything before it
is in the process of involution; everything after it is in the process of evolution.
Avraham: (\hrba) (aleph-bayt-raysh-hay-mem): Abraham. Abraham was initially called
Avram. After an initiation, an additional hay was added to his name. This happens after
Sari’s yod is divided into two hays. We find Avraham’s name hidden in the phrase “bara
elohim” (\yhla arb) “create the co-creators,” by taking the eli (yla) or “my God” out of the
phrase. This indicates that Avraham has been with us since the first moment of b’raysheet.
ahavah: (hbha) (aleph-hay-bayt-hay): translated as “love.” The kabbalistic spin on ahavah
is that it represents the life-breath (h) of aleph and the life-breath (h) of bayt. In this way,
the letter hay gives breath and life to each of the letters of the autiot. When two hays appear
together in a word, there is a breathing, a balance, and a love making between the male
and the female energies involved.
40
Introduction to The Gate-Book 5: h - Hay
The fifth Hebrew letter, hay - h, carries with it a reference of the breathing process,
the inspiration/expiration, in breath/out breath, that is the signature of all living beings. It
refers to the gates of perception of a human being and the human connection to both the
creative process and the realm of the elohim (the first word in the Genesis text where we
find the letter hay appearing). Kabbalistically the hay refers to the five levels of the soul. In
the fifth chapter of Genesis, we find the story of Enoch/Hhanokh, the initiate who comes
from the starry realms, lives a full circle (365) of years on earth and walks with the Elohim
before returning to the dimensional realm that is his home. It is a useful meditation to
contemplate the fifth chapter of Genesis utilizing the gates as glyphs to illuminate some of
the esoteric dimensions of the text. We must realize that the literal meaning of the gates is
but a hint of the true cosmological significance of the creative power of combining each of
the letters of the autiot with the cosmic breath of the letter hay. The conversion from
chapter/verse number to two letter gates goes as follows:
5:14 - nh
5:13 - mh 5:12 - lh 5:11 - kh 5:10 - yh
5:9 - fh
5:15 - sh
5:8 - jh
5:16 - uh
5:7 - zh
5:17 - ph
5:6 - wh
5:18 - xh
5:5 - hh
5:19 - qh
5:4 - dh
5:20 - rh
5:3 - gh
5:21 - ch
5:2 - bh
5:22 - th
5:1 - ah
41
The Gate-Book 5: h - Hay
a window, a lattice; to behold; the letter hey
the definite article “the”
that which defines, particularizes, articulates
the number five
hey
hey
hey
hey
ah ah
ah
ah
ah
yahav
to give, place, set, deliver
ahavah
to breathe after, to love, desire, delight in
breath, exhalation; transitory, evanescent, vanity hevel
bhy bh
hbha
lbh
to murmur, speak with oneself, meditate
to flee, to take away, be removed
the sound of a harp when struck; meditation
haga
haga
higayon
hgh gh
hgh
}wygh
to resonate, reverberate, echo; to praise
to stretch out the hand, to guide, show the way
Yehudah, one who gives praise
hod
hadah
yehudah
dwh dh
hdh
hdwhy
to be existing, to be conscious of life; was
to be present, that which is; is
to be, that which is to come; will be
inhalation/exhalation; the breathing process (q)
hayah
hoveh
yehiyeh
hey hey
hyh hh
hwh
hyhy
hh
42
to be, the one who is; himself/herself
to breathe, to desire, to love, to will; the breath
emptiness, void; desert, waste; chaos, formless
empty, void, pure; the potential for creation
wave, gulf, abyss
hu
havah
tohu
bohu
tohom
awh wh
hwh
wht
whb
\wht
to move to and fro, to be delirious
that which is subliminal, subconscious; a dream
hazah
hazah
hzh zh
hzh
the life, primal existence; life energy
hahhai
yjh jh
to persevere, to bend, to struggle, to hide
a flame, heat, passion; motivation; secret art
hatah
lahat
hfh fh
fhl
to be, to exist, to come into being
to happen, to become
hayah
hayoh
yehiyeh
elohim
the power to create life in the womb
hyh yh
hyh
hyhy
\yhla
kh
a vigorous action, concentric movement
43
to receed, to remove, to be removed
to elevate, to exalt, give praise
prayer
halah
hallel
tehilah
alh lh
llh
hlht
to put into motion, to disturb, be disturbed
the tumult of ocean waves
to hum; the sound of bees; internal emotion
beast, domestic animal, water-ox, hippopotamus
hoom
tohum
hamah
b’haymah
mwh mh
mwht
hmh
hmhb
behold! to be present, attentive, in the moment
here; that which is immediate before the eyes
to be present and ready
hayn
hinay
hun
}h nh
hnh
}wh
to still, to hush, to make silent
hasah
hsa sh
the source, the fountain, the depth (q)
energy dispersal, a sudden irruption (q)
hey ayin
hey ayin
uh uh
uh
to invert, turn around, transform, convert
the opposite, reverse, contrary; folly
the inner meaning (q)
hafahh
hafahh
hey pay
]ph ph
]ph
ph
44
a branch
to leave, to depart, to branch out
to tread down, trample; a threshing floor
to be strong, fortified; arms, weapons
hootz
hutza
yahatz
hatzan
xwh xh
axwh
xhy
}xh
to set in orbit, circle, bring into close contact
an enclosure, circumference, intimacy, heartbeat
hekafe
hekafe
[qh qh
[qh
to conceive, swell up, become pregnant
a mountain, eminance, conception, thought-form
radiance; to shine, give forth light
to surround; a tower, castle, fortress, jail
to shine, to be pure; splendour
har
har
zohar
sohar
tzohar
rh rh
rh
rhz
rhs
rhx
to neglect, to cause to forget; to lend, bring a gift
to quicken (q)
heeshan
hay sheen
nch ch
ch
the action of plotting, scheming, conspiring
a reflexive action; an act of self-limitation
self-remembering, returning to source (q)
hoot
heet
hay tav
twh th
th
th
45
The Letter Code 6:
w - Vav
The sixth Hebrew letter, vav (ww), has a literal meaning of hook, nail, or pillar. It is the
pillar of connection between heaven and earth. As a prefix, the letter vav can time shift,
changing a verb form from past tense to future, or from future tense to past. The vav then
has the power to connect us to that which is eternally present. It is also the letter that
serves to connect the male and the female of the species. We see this illustrated in the sixth
chapter of Genesis, where Noah is instructed to build an ark and to gather the male and
female of each species into the ark. The vav by gematria refers to the number six, which
Pythagoras considered to be a perfect number, given that its factors add up to six itself. In
the world of sacred geometry the vav refers to a hexogonal matrix, like a honeycomb. It is
the most elegant way to array matter in space. It is even possible that stars and galaxies are
arrayed this way. The sixth sphere of the Tree-of-Life is the sphere of tiferet, or the sphere
of harmony, beauty and balance. It is from this sphere that light radiates along three axes:
above/below, past/future, left/right. The vav serves to balance these six dimensions of space.
The vav ultimately refers to the six cosmic days of creation! The following ten words are
primordial incarnations of the letter vav found in the Genesis text:
Va’et taw (vav-aleph-tav) And connecting the beginning (a) to the end (t).
V’ha’aretz ({rahw) (vav-hay-aleph-dalet-tzadi) And the earth.
Tohu (wht) (tav-hey-vav) Void. Deserted, Empty. Inchoate.
Vavohu (whbw) (vav-bayt-hay-vav) And pregnant.
V’ruahh (jwrw) (vav-raysh-vav-hay) And the wind. And breath.
Aur (rwa) (aleph-vav-raysh) Light.
Vayeekra (arqyw) (vav-yod-kof-raysh-aleph) And called out. And encountered.
Vayihee (yhyw) (vav-yod-hay-yod) And there will be, and there was.
Yom (\wy) (mem-vav-yod) Day, space, time-space continuum.
Makom (\wqm) (mem-kof-vav-mem) Gathering place. State of consciousness.
46
Introduction to The Gate-Book 6: w - Vav
The sixth Hebrew letter, vav, can carry three different vowel sounds, depending
upon its position or context in a word. When it appears at the beginning of a word, as the
copulative or connective vav (meaning “and”), the vav carries the vowel “vah” or “veh.” In
the middle of a word, the vav most often carries the strong “oh” sound, as in the word
Yonah (dove). For our purposes, in discerning the 22 gates that begin with vav, I have most
often chosen words where vav conveys the “uuh” sound, as in the word “who.” These three
vowel sounds represent the three dimensional axes of space. It will be extremely useful, if
you wish to understand the vav gates, for you to contemplate each one of the inverse gates
(aleph-vav for vav-aleph, bayt-vav for vav-bayt, etc.) as a mirror for the vav gates listed here.
Ultimately, when the vav appears before a letter, there is a quality of connection between
the inherent polarities that are nested within the letter that follows the vav. The vav serves
to connect heaven and earth (or the worlds of atzilut/emanation and assiah/manifestation),
male and female, and past and future into the multidimensional present moment.
47
The Gate-Book: w - Vav
taw aw
\yhla rmayw
\yhla aryw
wa
wa
and from aleph to tav (Gen 1/1)
“and God said...” (Gen 1/2)
“and God saw...” (Gen 1/3)
to be open to possibility (q)
to be connected with Source (q)
v’ayt
v’yomer Elohim
v’yira Elohim
vav aleph
vav aleph
to sprout
to turn about
to return
and grasp it by the tail (Ex. 4/4)
to structure matter, unseen cosmic forces (q)
uv
nuv
shuv
v’ehhoz b’zanavo
vav bayt
to curve, bend, draw a circle; a sphere
to depart, draw back, hedge about
to be curved, go in a circle
hhug
soog
oog
to turn around; turning, inflection, circumstance
to lift oneself; majesty, splendour, praise
to praise, resound, give thanks
to witness, to know, to give evidence
od
hod
todah
yodaya
dwa dw
dwh
hdwt
udwy
the breath of living creatures
the worlds of yetzirah/assiah, emotion/action (q)
havah
vav hay
hwh hw
hw
48
bwa bw
bwn
bwc
wbnzb zjaw
bw
gwj gw
gws
gwu
ww ww
\yww
ww
a hook, a pillar; that which connects, copulates
hooks that hang the Holy Tabernacle together
the central pillar of the visible (q)
vav
vaveem
vav vav
to sprinkle, to fill with joy
to reveal, make visible (q)
vaze
vav zayin
to breathe, put a space between; animate
to exhale, to blow upon, to blow through
to rest, to draw breath, to give rest, to set down
to sink down, bow down, subside
ruahh
puahh
nuahh
shuahh
and it was good
to collect, to fill, to nurish
to cover over, to hide, to wrap up; hidden, a veil
to impress, imprint, dig, to dip under water
and behold it is good
vayayteev
toot
loot
oot
vehinay tov
to contract, condense, potentize (q)
vav yod
yw yw
to cover over, to annoint
to move to and fro, to waver, to involve oneself
the interior, midst, middle of a thing
soohh
poohh
toohh
]ws kw
]wp
]wt
49
zyw zw
zw
jwr jw
jwp
jwn
jwc
byfyw fw
fwf
fwl
fwu
bwf hnhw
lwa lw
lwj
lwm
lwa
the belly, body, abdomen, pre-eminence; to roll
a circle, sea-sand; to roll, to dance in a circle
the front part; to oppose, cut off, circumcise
folly; a fool
uull
hhull
mol
aval, aveel
gathering place, station, state of consciousness
to put into motion; to disturb
a spot, a blemish
the sixth day of creation (q)
makom
hoom
moom
vav mem
to sprout, be prolific; a fish, progeny
strength, power, ability, wealth; On/Heliopolis
Jonah, the dove
nun
on
yonah
}wn nw
}wa
hnwy
to leap for joy; a horse
to spare; have compassion
to hasten, flee from, put to flight
soos
hhoos
noos
sws sw
swj
swn
zuah
to vibrate, agitate, tremble, wander
nuah
to vacillate, to swing to and fro, to stagger
to make a loud noise, sound a trumpet, to cry out ruah
50
\wqm mw
\wh
\wm
mw
uwz uw
uwn
uwr
to be hollow, to be hid away; a cavity
to agitate, wave, shake, sprinkle, scatter
to cover with feathers, hover, hang in the air, fly
to lie in wait, to attack; friction
to surround, to circuit, to orbit
goof
nuf
oof
shoof
koof
[wg pw
[wn
[wu
[wc
[wq
to urge oneself, to hasten, to be narrow
to enclose, surround; outside, without, a wall
a going out; that which is expelled, winnowed
to impress, immerse oneself; soft, sandy earth
to cut, to harvest; to be aroused (from sleep)
ootz
hootz
mootz
utz
kutz
xwa xw
xwj
xwm
xwu
xwq
to empty out, to evacuate
to be pressed, straightened
to be narrow, compressed; to pour out
to pour oneself out, to empty a vessel
alchemical purification; returning to essence (q)
book
ook
tzook
rook
vav kof
qwb qw
qwu
qwx
qwr
qw
to shine, radiate, kindle, become light
watering, sprinkling; the early fall rain
an archer, a teacher; one who points the way
instruction, law; that which points the way
aur
yorah
morah
torah
rwa rw
hrwy
hrwm
hrwt
to thresh, trample on, pound or beat
to be swift, make haste; passions of the mind
to knead (with hands, feet or dough)
to assemble selves, gather together, accelerate
duush
hhuush
luush
uush
51
cwd cw
cwj
cwl
cwu
aut
uut
a sign, a token, a portent, a proof
to bend, curve, aid, assist, confirm
52
twa tw
twu
53
The Letter Code 7:
z - Zayin
The seventh letter of the Hebrew alphabet is the zayin- }yz. This letter, which is
shaped like a sword, carries the paradox of the polarity of war and peace, and the polarity
of movement and rest. The movement aspect of zayin is heard in the sound of the letter.
The rest aspect of zayin is implied by its gematria, the number seven, the Shabbat. There is
also a slang meaning to the zayin, which means to lie with a woman, sexual intercourse or to
be a womanizer. This appears in a rather ribald way in the 34th Chapter of Genesis, which
contains the story of Shehem and Dinah. The zayin represents a movement, or flow, that
opens up all possiblity and choice to us. As zerah (urz), the zayin represents the seed energy
unfolding in space/time, which eventually comes to fruition and completion in the world of
assiah. As a sword, the zayin refers to ideas of karmic activity, as well as the balancing of
this activity on the scales of justice. There is also an aspect of abundance or radiance of
reflected light gleaming from the surface of the sword of zayin. We find this in the zayin of
the word zohar. It is as if the zayin is like a prism that refracts the white light of the aleph
into the seven visible colours of the rainbow.
The following ten words will give us an idea of some of the earlier incarnations of
the letter zayin:
Mazreah:
(uyrzm) (mem-zayin-raysh-yod-ayin) Giving forth seed. The letter sequence here
goes as follows: the-biosphere-waters-the-first-seed-allowing-it-to-take-root-in-the-worldof-assiyah. When the letters of this word are rearranged, we find the phrase mi zerah, or
the question: who is the source of this first seed?
Zerah:
(urz) (zayin-raysh-ayin)
Seed. The word for seed involves an unfolding of the
potential carried by the zayin, broadcast or radiated by the raysh (the light, aur, and the
breath, ruahh) until the seed takes root in the earth and in the world of assiyah. The seed
(z), 7, is potentized, multiplied by 10, and actualized as 70 (u).
54
Zahar:
(rkz) (zayin-kaf-raysh)
The male. This root is also the root for the word “to
remember,” zahhor. The root zahar appears in Genesis 1/27, in the phrase zahar unikayva
(hbqnw rkz), “male and female”, where humanity is created in the image of the Elohim. The
zahar radiates outwards, where as the nikayva gathers the zayin within, in a process of
germination.
Zahav:
(bhz) (zayin-hay-bayt)
Gold. Splendour, brilliance, radiance. The gematria of
zahav is 14. The root alludes to the radiance of an inner essence.
Ezer:
(rzu) (ayin-zayin-raysh)
Ally, helper. This root first appears in the phrase ezer
kinegdo. This helper, which stands in juxtaposition, is what is referred to as “the helpmate” in the King James translation of the Bible. The Hebrew phrase wdgnk rzu has a
gematria of 360. The ezer is a permutation of the zerah, whereby the ayin appears at the
beginning of the word. By implication, the ally’s function is to remind Adam of his essential
nature and purpose. The root ezer carries implicit meanings of girding, surrounding and
defending. This root is the root for Abraham’s servant, Eliezar, and later, Lazarus.
Ya’azav:
(bzuy) (yod-ayin-zayin-bayt)
Will leave. This root first appears in Genesis 2/24,
where it is said that a man will leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife. The root
azav means to let go of, to be set free, or to loosen bonds. It can also mean to leave or to
desert. The zayin here is preceeded by an ayin and followed by a bayt. The ayin-bayt as a
root is the number 72, the essence. The seed of zayin is placed wthin it.
Zot:
(taz) (zayin-aleph-tav)
Zot appears in Genesis 3/13, in the phrase mah-zot asitah:
“What is this that you have done?” The “this” spoken of here is the eating of the fruit of
the tree by the woman in Gan Eden. This eating, and the offering of the fruit to Adam,
apparently results in a change of vibration for the man and the woman of the garden, and a
sexual rite of passage. The letter flow of this litle word means something like: the seed, or
the cycle, from beginning to end.
55
Zohar:
(rhz) (zayin-hay-raysh)
Zohar means to be bright, to shine, to give forth light, to
take heed, to take warning. The book Zohar is an extraordinary source text of channelings
and midrash, compiled by the Spanish kabbalist Moshe de Leon.
Mazal:
(lzm) (mem-zayin-lamed)
Mazal means a lodging place or a sign of the zodiac.
Poetically, one could break up this word to mean a ray of light that emanates from the
realm of the Elohim. The gematria of mazal is 77. The word has come to mean luck in
contemporary Hebrew, as in the phrase mazal tov.
Zeh:
(hz) (zayin-hay)
The first zeh in Torah appears in Genesis 5/1, in the phrase zeh
sepher: . “This is the book of the generations of Adam.” This little two letter word could be
read to mean the seed or cycles (z) of consciousness (h).
56
Introduction to The Gate-Book 7: z - Zayin
The seventh Hebrew letter zayin contains a paradox. It is the letter of radiatory
movement. It indicates often a new energetic beginning that goes in a new direction. We get
a sense of a beam of light that hits the surface of an object and is refracted in a new
direction. The zayin implies both a new centre of gravity and a new centre of balance.
However, the zayin, as the seventh letter, is connected to the Shabbat and thereby
represents a place of dynamic equalibrium or equipoise that serves to balance the three
polarity axes of our 3D universe. From this vantage point the zayin represents time cycles
that bring a seed (zerah, urz) through its seasons and cycles from potential to maturation.
The Sepher Yetzirah points to a connection between zayin and the zodiacal sign Gemini. The
zayin symbolically “runs and returns” between the male and the female, active and passive,
energy potential and kinetic, movement and rest in the universe. We find the zayin in the
word for scales (ma’znayin), for ears (ozen - the organ of balance) and for the mezuzah that
is placed at the entrance to a house. From this we learn that the zayin teaches us about
perspective, direction, momentum and energy thresholds in any cyclical or karmic activity.
When we begin our meditations on the twenty-two pairs of zayin gates we will take care to
note the difference between gates that begin with zayin and gates that end with zayin. In
most cases, it appears that an opening zayin sets an energy into motion; a closing zayin
tends to balance and equilibrate the energies that it is absorbing. Take the time to meditate
on the sonics of the zayin to better experience how this letter affects the centre of balance
and resonance in your body.
The French painter/kabbalist Carlo Suares noted a unique synchronicity that
connects the seventh Hebrew letter zayin (the ear - ozen) with the sixteenth letter ayin (the
eye). This synchronicity refers to the cycle of seed/manifestation. It is illustrated in the
following chart of the flow of letters from aleph to tav and back to aleph:
57
t
a
c
b
r
g
q
d
x
h
p
w
u
z
s
j
n
f
m
y
l
k
k
l
y
m
f
n
j
s
z
u
w
p
h
x
d
q
g
r
b
c
a
t
58
The Gate-Book 7: z - Zayin
a wolf (with luminous rays flashing from its za’av
eyes)
zayin aleph
an arrow, a flash
zayin aleph
the end / beginning of a cycle; unity ÷ by 7 (q)
zerah ahher
another seed, a new direction
baz az
az
az
rja urz
bwz bz
dbz
bzu
to flow, flow away, become liquid
to endow, bestow a gift, a gallery
to let go, loosen bands, desert
zoov
zavad
azav
the skin of a grape, bark of a tree, shell of an egg
to be clear, pure, transparent
to couple, match, join; an equal, a partner
the seventh cycle or wave (q)
zag
zoog
zavag
zion gimel
gz gz
gwz
gwz
gz
to swell, inflate, boil over; pride, premeditation
that which overflows; pottage, cooked food
to overflow; insolence, evaporation
zayd
zeed
zood
dz dz
dyz
dwz
this specific one, one side, a reflecting surface
to glisten, to shine like gold
to glisten, shine, radiate; radiance, brightness
zeh
zahav
zohar
hz hz
bhz
rhz
59
wz wz
hwz
hywz
tywz
splendour; the month of bright flowers (zeev)
to hide, to conceal, to preserve
a corner (where light refracts)
a prism
zeev
zavah
zeviah
zoot
any moving thing; a full breast, streams of milk
to move oneself about, to spout rays
to strengthen, secure, make strong, be robust
from this side and from that side
a double edged sword; balance; abundance (q)
zeez
zuz
azaz
mezuzah
zayin zayin
zyz zz
zwz
zzu
hzwzm
zz
that which creeps, drags, resists movement
to creep, to crawl, to be afraid
a serpent
zuahh
zahal
zohhelet
jwz jz
ljz
tljz
sediment or deposit
the catch of a fisher’s net
good seed
zoot
zevet
zerah tov
that which is clothed in form, is adorned (HTR)
splendour, brightness, ornament
abundance
zayin yod
zeev
zeez
60
fwz fz
fwz
bwf urz
yz yz
wyz
zyz
pure
to be pure, to cleanse, to purify oneself
to wash, to cleanse, to be purified
to remember, be mindful, contemplate, recollect
zahh
zahhah
zahhahh
zahhar
]z kz
hkz
]kz
rkz
to shake, tremble, pour out, squander
a shoot, twig, sprig (which quivers in the wind)
to take away, put aside, remove
to spin, to roll, to go on a journey
a lodging place, zodiac sign, constellation
seven planets / 12 signs (q)
zalal
zalzal
zul
azal
mazal
zayin lamed
llz lz
lzlz
lwz
lza
lzm
lz
to tie together, make a purpose, appoint a time
to murmur, meditate, plot, have in mind
to hum, buzz, murmur, make a noise
counsel, uncleanness, premeditated, sin
a set or appointed time; to prepare, establish
zamah
zamam
zeemzoom
zeemah
zeman
hmz mz
mmz
mzmz
hmz
}mz
species
a weapon, a sword
to commit fornication, adultery; to imitate
to feed
harlot, prostitute, whore, hostess
the ear; to ponder, weigh
the scales, the balance, zodiac sign libra
zahn
zayin
zanah
zoon
zonah
ozen (azan)
maznayim
61
}z nz
}yz
hnz
}wz
hnwz
}za
\ynzam
rps hz sz
sz
sz
\ds tquz
this is the book (Genesis 5/1)
procreative power: seed / egg, sperm / ovum (q)
movement / rest, diameter / circumference (q)
the outcry against Sodom (Gen.18:20)
zeh sepher
zayin samahh
zayin samahh
zaakat s’dome
to tremble, agitate, shake, trouble, fear
sweat; to be troubled
wrath; to speak angrily, to be enraged
to cry out, to exclaim, to assemble selves
the seven eyes of the Elohim (q)
zuah
zayah
za’am
za’ak
zayin ayin
uwz uz
huz
muz
kuz
uz
to flow, become liquid, melt into drops
to diffuse a sweet smell
to borrow, to flow, to become liquid
pitch
ear / mouth (q)
zafah
zafir
zoof
zefet
zayin pey
hpz pz
rpz
[wz
tpz
pz
seed from the tree (Gen 1/11)
to scatter, branch out, open up possibilities (q)
zerah aytz
zayin tzadi
an arrow, a flame, a meteor, a shooting star
fetters, chains, bonds
an old man, an elder, man of very high eminence
to strengthen, bind, make firm, fasten, retain
to bind, tie, refine, purify; newly pressed wine
to raise up, to hang, to comfort
zayk
zaykeem
zakan
hhazak
zakak
zakaf
62
{u urz xz
xz
qz qz
\yqz
}qz
qzj
qqz
[qz
border, edge, crown, collar; a stranger, enemy
to press, squeeze, to take in hand; to turn aside
to gird, to bind together, to surround
to scatter, disperse, winnow out, sew seed
seed, seedtime; semen, offspring, progeny
to gird, surround, help, aid; an ally
zehr, zar
zoor
azar
zarah
zerah
ezer
a second planting (q)
the seeding on the third day of creation
zayin sheen
zera shleeshi
an olive tree, olive branch, olive oil
this, that, these, those
zayeet
zot
63
rz rz
rwz
rza
hrz
urz
rzu
cz cz
ycylc urz
tyz tz
taz
The Letter Code 8:
j - Hhet
The eighth Hebrew letter is the hhet, spelled tyj. This is the letter of life, hhai - yj. The
root hhayah hyj means an animal or a beast of the field. Perhaps it means any living being
that breathes and has been given the gift of life. The letter hhet itself is usually considered
to be some kind of fence or enclosure used to surround, gird or protect a field. From this
physical field or enclosure we can extrapolate the significance of the hhet to mean an
energy field or an electromagnetic field. When we consider that the hhet also is the number
eight, we can understand how it refers to infinite life energy, or \lwu yj -hhai olam. This
connection with the life force is a connection to the flow of electrical energies in our etheric
energy fields. The root for electricity is hhashmal - lmcj. The hhet also refers to the
powerful desires that pour through the animal body -- that beast of the field is a wild
animal. There is a connection with the preformative morphogenetic fields that we find in
the hhet of the root hhoshekh, or darkness. This darkness is the matrix or container out of
which the light is born. The hhet is a womb for all that will be born or given life. Therefore,
we find the hhet in the roots for the first woman, hhevah - hwj - or Eve, refered to in
Genesis as the Mother-of-all-Life, eem kol hhai - yj lk \a. Each of us is intimately
connected to the letter hhet through our breathing process. The second incarnation of the
letter hhet in the B’raysheet text is in the word ruahh - jwr. This word can mean breath
spirit, wind, or the force that animates us. The following ten words or phrases will help us
meditate a little further into the mystery of the hhet.
Hhoshekh: (]cj) (hhet-sheen-khaf) Darkness. In the Genesis text, the word for darkness
appears before the word for light. This first hhet in b’raysheet refers to a preformative
darkness or inchoate energy field that is in existance before the spirit of the elohim hovers
and breathes life into the first seed souls and before the Light is invoked into being.
64
Ruahh: (jwr) (raysh-vav-hhet)
Spirit, breath, wind, vitality. The first ruahh of b’raysheet
appears in the phrase ruahh elohim, the Divine Breath or Spirit of the Elohim. Kabbalists
have noted that the gematria of the whole phrase is 300, the value of the letter sheen c. A
little later on in the Genesis text, Esha (the woman) explains that the nahash (the serpent)
gave her the sheen to eat (as a gift, along with the fruit of the Tree-of-Life). The ruahh
refers to the breath and the prana we take in through the lungs. It refers to higher aspects
of the emotional body, referred to as hhessed and gevurah in the Tree-of-Life.
Marhhepet: (tpjrm) (mem-raysh-hhet-pay-tav) Hovered or quivered. The true root of this
word is the root rahhaf (pjr), which means to brood over young ones (like an eagle), to
tremble, or to cherish with tender love. The root rahhaf has a gematria of 288. According to
Lurianic kabbalah, this 288 refers to a division of the “Divine Light” igniting 288 “sparks”
at this moment of creation. These sparks are archetypal soul sparks created on higher
planes even before the light begins to find a vessel in the world of atziluth. Note that the
partner of 288 is 72 (to create a full circle, 360).
Ehhad: (dja) (aleph-hhet-dalet) The first ehhad to appear in Genesis appears in the
phrase yom ehhad, translated as day one. The gematria of ehhad is 13, the same gematria as
avi (yba), my father, and ahava (hbha), love. The unity of the One in its full gematria is
hidden and nested by the twelve that surround it. The letters that form ehhad may be a
code that refers to the Light (aur - rwa), the Darkness (hhoshekh: ]cj) and the separation
(yavdeel - ldby) or the garden between them.
Hhayah: (hyj) (hhet-yod-hay) From the phrase nefesh hhayah, which is usually translated
as living creatures. In the kabbalistic notion of the five veilances of the soul, the hhayah is a
level of etheric life force that in this century may equate with what are being called the
“morphogenetic fields.” The nefesh hhayah is the animal vitality of any creature that
breathes in this life force. Hhayah may be seen as a code for all three pillars of the Tree-ofLife.
65
Tahhat: (tjt) (tav-hhet-tav) Appears in Genesis 1/9 in the phrase “from underneath the
heavens.” The hhet refers dimensionally to the hidden depths of anything as opposed to the
pay p, which refers to the surface presence. The hhet is the implicate order, the pay is the
explicate order.
Vayeepahh: (jpyw) (vav-yod-pay-hhet) In Genesis 2/7 it is said that the nishmat hhayeem is
breathed into the nostrils of the Adam. This root for breathing into the nostrils connects
the surface of the breathing process (the pay, the face, the nostrils) with the depth of the
breathing process (the hhet, the belly, the contraction at the source of breath). A later root
for pay/hhet is a sheet of lightning or to bend like a serpent.
Aytz ha’hayeem: (\yyjh {u) (ayin-tzadi
hay-hhet-yod-yod-mem)
The Tree-of-Life. When
one contracts the letter of aytz ha’hayeem one finds the root aytzem, which means bone,
essence, bodily form, greatness and to bind up. The gematria of aytz ha’hayeem is 233, which
Rabbi Abraham Abulafia equated with “the life of above and below” (hfmw hlum hyj). 233
follows 232, the gematria of yehee aur, “let there be light.” Perhaps we could translate this
phrase, aytz ha’hayeem, as the Tree-of-Life-Energies.
Ha’nahhash: (cjnh) (hay-nun-hhet-sheen) The serpent. The root nahash means to whisper,
to hiss, to divine, to augur, to guess, to practice enchantment. It is also the root for to shine,
and brass. When we look at the letter flow, we can see a nefesh hhayah or nishmat (kol)
hhai hiding in the nahash. The sheen of nahash we have already seen as a kind of cosmic
fire connected to the Ruahh Elohim. The root noahh means to draw breath or to take rest.
Nahash may mean to breathe fire.
Hhashmal: (lmcj) (hhet-sheen-mem-lamed)
Electricity. Amber. Polished brass. The root
implies smoothness and brightness. In the Mediteranean world, the electrostatic qualities
of amber may have given us hints at what we now call electricity. Another way of looking
66
at this word is “the silence” (cj) which “speaks or is full” (lm). When one reads this word
backwards, it means to annoint (jcml).
67
Introduction to The Gate-Book 8: j – Hhet
One of the fascinating things about the early chapters of B’raysheet/Genesis is how
the mythological content of each of the chapters parallels and illuminates the symbolic
meaning of the letter it unfolds. The eighth chapter of Genesis begins with Elohim
remembering Noah and all living things that were preserved in the ark. Elohim passes a
wind or spirit over the earth to dry up the flood and restrain the rain that has been falling
from heaven. The letter hhet appears early in this chapter in the words noahh/jm,
h’hhayah/hyjh, ruahh/jwr, vayahhasru/wrsjyw, hhodesh/cdj and hhalon/}wlj. In fact, one
could surf the eighth chaper of Genesis and make a notation of all of the various
incarnations of the letter hhet that appear in this chapter. In the process of cell division, we
find that a cell divides into two, then four, then eight, and then returns to a level of unity
once again. The number eight represents a self enclosed electromagnetic field of energy. It
also refers to the eight primordial or original cells -- the archetypal family out of which the
complete gene pool (8x8=64) generates, the permutations and combinations of which
generate the extended family of any species. The human family is represented on the ark of
Noah by the eight humans aboard the ark: Noah, Shem, Hham, Yafet, and their four
wives/female counter parts which the text leaves mysteriously unnamed, or nested in a
cipher code for those who need to know such things!
One mediation worth exploring
involves converting the chapter/verse numbers of Genesis, Chapter 8 into gates as follows:
8:14 - nj 8:13 - mj 8:12 - lj 8:11 - kj 8:10 - yj
8:09 - fj
8:15 - sj
8:08 - jj
8:16 - uj
8:07 - zj
8:17 - pj
8:06 - wj
8:18 - xj
8:05 - hj
8:19 - qj
8:04 - dj
8:20 - rj
8:03 - gj
8:21 - cj
8:02 - bj
8:22 - tj
8:01 - aj
68
The Gate-Book 8: j - Hhet
aj aj
the unity within the 8 primordial cells (q)
hhet aleph
to hide oneself, to be hidden; to put out a fire
to love, cherish, breathe upon; beloved
the lap, the bosom
to be liable to penalty; a debt
to twist, bind, tighten a cord; to writhe with pain
a rope, measuring line, birth-cord/pains, portion
to join together, adhere; fellowship, brotherhood
the spheres of wisdom and understanding (q)
hhavah
hhavav
hhov
hhoov
hhaval
hhevel
hhavar
hhohhmah binah
abj bj
bbj
bj
bwj
lbj
lbj
rbj
hnyb hmkj
a refuge, a festival, a festival sacrifice; to dance
to describe a circle, to encompass; circle, sphere
to gird, to bind oneself, to surround
the spheres of compassion and power (q)
hhaag
hhoog
hhagar
hhessed gevurah
gj gj
gwj
rgj
hrwbg dsj
one; to unite, join together, collect oneself, unify
to be joined, united together, in union, mutuality
to tie in knots, to propose an enigma or parable
an enigma, parable, oracle, vision
the only one; level of the soul closest to God (q)
ehhad
yahhad
hhud
hhidah
yehidah
69
dja dj
djy
dwj
hwyj
hdyjy
hjn hj
hj
to show forth, to emerge, to lead
the right & left pillars of the Tree-of-Life (q)
nahhah
hhet hay
to breathe, to live; life
the first woman, mother of all life (Eve)
to join together; reeds, bullrushes, a cord
a declaration, brotherhood
hhavah
hhavah
ahhoo
ahhvah
hwj wj
hwj
wja
hwja
to seize, adhere, join, take hold of, possess
to see, envision, contemplate, behold
a seer, prophet, visionary
to tie, to bind, make firm, hold fast; strength
a divine vision, revelation
ahhaz
hhazah
hhozeh
hhazak
hhazon
zja zj
hzj
hzj
qzj
}wzj
a thorn, hook, clasp, nose-ring, fish hook
a thorn, thorn-bush, thicket
the 64 rna/dna codons; gene pool (q)
hhahh
hhoahh
hhet hhet
jj jj
jwj
jj
to sew together; a thread, a line, rope, cord
to miss the mark, wander; misstep, penalty
to hew wood, cut stones, mark with stripes
to explore, dig, engrave, write
wheat
hhoot
hhatah
hhatav
hhatat
hheetah
fwj fj
afj
bfj
ffj
hfj
70
yj yj
hyj
lyj
twyj
fresh, living, alive, prosperous; life
to breathe, live well, be healed; to revive, restore
strength, power, might, valor
the life force
hhai
hhaiyah
hhayeel
hhayoot
the palate, the jaws; the organ of speech
to tie in a knot, bind, weight
to be wise, skillful, intelligent; to teach wisdom
to be dark, obscure, doubtful, confused, drunken
wisdom, dexterity, skill
khay
hhakha
hhahham
hhahhal
hhohhmah
]j
hkj
\kj
lkj
hmkj
kj
to be fat, smooth, lubricated; pericardium; milk
to be polished, rubbed, worn down, sick
that which is common, profane, unholy
a grain of sand; a circle; the phoenix
to remain, to hope, wait, expect, delay
to perforate, pierce, lay open, dissolve
a flute, a pipe
hhelev, hhalav
hhala
hheel
hhool, hhole
yahhal
hhalal
hhaleel
blj
hlj
lj
lwj
ljy
llj
lylj
lj
to join together, grow together, a father-in-law;
heat; Egypt; Hham/the son of Noah
heat, anger; curdled milk
to guard, surround with a wall; the sun, warmth
to be hot, to conceive, have sexual intercourse
to desire, covet, take delight in
that which is leavened, sharp, sour; vinegar
hham
\j
mj
hheyma
hhayma
yahham
hhamad
hhamatz, hhometz
amj
hmj
\jy
dmj
{mj
71
grace, favour, good will
to bow down, bend, incline, encamp; grace
to be favourably inclined, give graciously
Enoch; initiated, initiating; inventor of letters
hidden wisdom, esoteric wisdom
hhayn
hhanah
hhanan
hhanokh
hhohhmah nistar
}j
hnj
}nj
]wnj
rtsn hmkj
nj
to flee, take refuge
love, zeal, kindness, mercy, grace, benevolence
to pity, to spare, to have compassion
hhassah
hhessed
hhus
hsj
dsj
swj
sj
an electromagnetic field (q)
eternal life
hhet ayin
hhai olam
uj
\lwu yj
uj
the sea shore; to wash over
to cover over, to veil, overlay, protect
a wedding canopy, a nuptual bed
to vibrate, to hover
depth and surface (q)
hhof
hhafah
hhoopah
marhhepet
hhet pay
[j
hpj
hpj
tpjrm
pj
pj
an arrow, spear, weapon; a wound
to divide, to halve, to be divided
a half, the middle, a portion
to divide one’s share with another; cut in pieces
to enclose, to surround; without, besides, abroad
hhaytz
hhatzah
hhetzey
hhatzatz
hhootz
xj
hxj
yxj
xxj
xwj
xj
72
that which is established, definite, appointed
statute, law, decree
to surround, enfold; the bosom
to engrave, to carve, paint, draw
to carve out, engrave, delineate; a sceptre
hhokh
hhokh
hhaykh
hhakah
hhakak
qj
qj
qyj
hqj
qqj
qj
noble, free born; a hole
to hollow out, bore a hole or cavern; a bay
to be dried up, laid waste; dry land; a sword
Horeb, a summit of Mt. Sinai
to prohibit/consecrate; a fisher’s net, adytum
another, behind, afterwards; to tarry or delay
to keep silence, to inscribe; a mason, engraver
hhor
hhure
hherev
hhorave
hharam
ahhare
hharash
rj
rwj
brj
brj
mrj
rja
crj
rj
to surround with darkness
to whisper, divine; a serpent, enchantment
to think, meditate, compute, invent, compose
feelings, pleasures, lusts, passions of the mind
to keep silence, to be still
hhosheh
nahhash
hhashav
hhoosh
hhashaw
]cj
cjn
bcj
cwj
hcj
cj
to take hold of, seize; fear, terror
to seal, seal up, set a seal upon, complete
to descend, come down, prostrate oneself
to seize, grasp, mark, take hold of
hhet
hhatam
nahhat
hheetah
tj
\tj
tjn
htj
tj
73
The Letter Code 9:
f - Tet
Tet (f), the ninth Hebrew letter, means something that is rolled up or twisted
together. The root teen (}yf) means potters clay, silt or mud. The letter tet is a code for the
earth mother and for the nature. When we look at the letter as a hieroglyph, we see a
container with an aperture at the top that allows water or light to flow in. The tet is a
principle of inflection, deflection, protection and extension, depending upon context and
circumstance. The tet appears in Genesis as the first letter of the word tov, goodness. The
root, tavah, can also mean to immerse oneself, to dip into, to plunge into or to impress a
seal, or to make an impression. The tet as the number nine carries the implication of the
nine (human) months of pregnancy. Within the root beten, it can mean the belly, the womb,
the innermost part. It is that which is hollow or empty. Within the realm of pure number
symbolism, the number nine deals with the interpenetration and interaction of energies.
The nine is the child of the eight ancestors. Let us now have a look at ten key incarnations
of the letter tet:
Tov: (bwf) (tet-vav-bayt) Good, goodness. The kabbalist, Carlos Suares, equates goodness
with anabolic or form-building processes. The flow of this word in letter code goes 9 - 6 - 2.
The womb of the tet is connected to the cosmic container of the bayt. The gematria of tov is
17.
Heemateer: (ryfmh) (Gen. 2/5) (hay-mem-tet-yod-raysh) To bring rain upon. This raining
upon may have a meaning similar to the English verb materialize. It is a permutation of the
root terem (\rf), translated as wild or undomesticated. The gematria of heemater is 264.
This is the gematria of the word seder, order.
Lahat: (fhl) (Gen. 3/24) (lamed-hay-tet) To kindle, to burn, to flame, to breathe out fire, to
hide, to make esoteric. This word appears in the phrase lahat haherev, usually translated as
flaming sword or revolving sword blade. It could also mean the hidden wilderness or to hide
in the desolate place. This juxtaposes against the fertility and abundance of the Garden of
74
Eden. Kabbalistically, hatal (lfh) refers to the gentle distillation of spiritual energies that
happens when the pineal gland is open to cosmic frequencies. Lahat refers to what is called
the kundalini energies, the serpent fire that is stored at the base of the spine.
Katan: (}fq) (Gen. 1/16) (kof-tet-nun) Small. The first katan in Genesis refers to the moon
as the aur katan, as opposed to the sun, the aur gadol. Here the tet appears as a reflector of
light to the human eye as well as an illusion to lunar and feminine cycles.
Lotaysh:
(cfl) (Gen. 4/22) (lamed-tet-sheen)
To forge. This root could also mean to
escape (fl) the fire (c).
Tal:
(lf) (tet-lamed)
Dew. This root can refer to the “goodness” of the processes of the
Elohim. The tet refers to earth energies. The lamed connects and opens out to the celestial
energies. The tet is involutionary. The lamed is evolutionary.
Tavah:
(ubf) (tet-bayt-ayin)
To dip, to press into, to impress a seal. The root hetayvah
means the nature or the nature principle. One could call this the goodness of the world of
asiyah, where things manifest.
Beten: (}fb) (bayt-tet-nun) The root batan means to be hollow or empty. Beten means the
belly, the womb, the inmost part (occassionally a corpse). It has the same gematria, 61, as
the Hebrew word for nothing (}ya).
Taharah:
(hrhf) (tet-hay-raysh-hay)
Cleansing, purification. The root tahar means to
shine, to be bright, to become pure or to be cleansed. It can also mean to wash oneself in
the water. The root tahar has the same gematria as ruahh, spirit or breath.
Taval:
(lbf) (tet-bayt-lamed)
To dip into, to immerse, to immerse oneself. A ritual
cleansing by water.
75
Natah: (hfn) (nun-tet-hay) To stretch out, to extend, to unfold, to incline, to turn aside, to
deflect, to decline.
76
Introduction to The Gate-Book 9: f - Tet
The ninth chapter of Genesis opens with the blessing of Noah and his family to be fruitful
and to multiply and to replenish the earth. This replenishing, or filling, of the earth refers
to the repopulation of the planet after the flood and the earth changes that capsized
Atlantis. The process of p’ru oorvu is intrinsic to the symbolic meaning of the letter tet
itself which refers to the process of cell division and cell replication. The replenishing of
the earth is a process of goodness, or tov, being impressed or sealed into the earth or clay.
The root for this impression or seal is tava ubf.
When we look at chapter 9:7 the
injunction to be fruitful and multiply is repeated once again. There is no idiomatic Hebrew
root that contains tet and zayin. The early incarnation of these letters appears in the words
for good (tov: bwf) and for seed (zerah: urz). In the ninth verse of the ninth chapter Elohim
establishes a covenant with Noah (the breath of all life forms) and with the seed /
generations that will follow. The root tet:tet, ff , or 9:9 refers to the earth itself as the clay,
or potter’s clay, that is formed or shaped during the whole evolutionary process. In the
twelfth verse of the chapter Elohim refers to the sign or the letter of the covenant that
connects Elohim with nefesh bhayah or all living creatures for perpetual generations. The
gatebook root, or glyph, for 9:12 is the root tal: lf referring to the dew of heaven or
distillation of spiritual energies bestowed upon our planet by the Elohim. In the thirteenth
verse the sign of the covenant, the rainbow, is set in the density of the cloud as aut b’reet,
the sign of the covenant between Elohim and the earth. The root for 9:13 is tet mem mf
which refers to the process of hiding, burying, immersing, tasting, and purifying.
Elementally, this gate refers to the alchemical interaction between earth (f) and water (m).
This gate could also be seen as a code for the whole collective evolutionary process. In the
sixteenth verse the keshet: tcq or rainbow is referred to as an everlasting covenant or a
b’reet olam. The root for tet ayin that seems most applicable here is the root natah,
meaning to set upright, fix, fasten, plant. The metaphor of the rainbow as the sign of the
everlasting covenant is profound. The earth is imaged from space as one drop of water,
illumined by light that spreads out into the full colour spectrum of the rainbow. In the
77
twentieth and twenty-first verse Noah is referred to as ish h’adamah or a man of the Earth
who plants a vineyard, drinks of the wine and becomes drunk. The gate for 9:20 is tur or
natar. This gives us the images of a wall, a fence, a row, or an enclosure in the process of
surrounding, guarding, and keeping watch. The wine that Noah drinks, if the gatebook
hints correctly, is what we call tal hashamayim, the dew of heaven. This is the kabbalistic
root for 9:21. At the conclusion of this chapter we learn that Noah lives to the ripe old age
of 950 years. If we were to convert this into Hebrew letters we find the root tet nun }f .
This root refers to the process of twining, threading, or binding together. It is in fact the
root for the potter’s clay that forms our planet.
78
The Gate-Book 9: f - Tet
awf af
afaf
af
to be miry, to be like clay
to take away clay; to sweep
that which reflects, refracts, bends, rebounds (q)
tuwah
teetay, tatay
tet aleph
to be good, prosperous, fruitful, happy
to sink, plunge, impress a seal
to dip, dip into, immerse
tov
tavah
taval
bwf bf
ubf
lbf
to fry with oil; a frying pan
tigan
}gf gf
to make firm, establish, structure, justify
structural integration, pattern recognition (q)
atad
tet dalet
dfa df
df
to stretch out, extend, deflect, elongate
stretched out, inclined
downward, beneath, below; rod, branch, staff
to purify
natah
yutah
mateh
tahar
hfn hf
hfy
hfm
rht
to twist, to spin, to roll together; hunger pains
tavah
hwf wf
79
zf zf
zf
cell division, generation, collectivization (q)
good seed
tet zayin
tov zerah
to spread out, to stretch out, to cover with
to inlay, place in safety, guarantee
to grind in a hand mill
tuahh
tuahh
tahhan
jwf jf
jwf
}jf
mud, mire, clay, loan
that which gushes forth, splashes
the evolutionary process
teet
teet
tet tet
fyf ff
fyf
ff
to bend, turn, incline, reflect, give way
to open the hand (q)
tet yod
tet yod
yf yf
yf
rampart, earthworks
and planted a vineyard ( Gen. 9:20)
tikas
v’yeeta kerem
dew
to prostrate oneself, send forth, cast down
to be fresh; a young animal of any sort
to moisten gently, to overshadow, take shelter
that which is protected from above (q)
tal
tool
taleh
talal
tet lamed
80
skyf kf
\rk ufyw
lf lf
lwf
hlf
llf
lf
to be impure, unclean, polluted, defiled
taste, flavour, intelligence, reason
to hide, to bury, immerse, hide oneself
tamay
ta’aym
taman
amf mf
\uf
}mf
potter’s clay, earthenware; to form out of clay
to twine, to weave a basket
to bind together; a thread, yarn, string, cord
teen
tanah
aytun
}yf nf
anf
}wfa
glittering, flying; foil
to glisten, to fly swiftly
to cause to fly
sagittarius (see lamed wheel) (q)
tas
toos
haytees
tet sameh
sf sf
swf
syfh
sf
to wander, be lost; to err, deceive, be led astray
to taste, to test, to discern, to examine
to make ready for travelling, to be laden; to sue
to set upright, fix, fasten, plant
tenacity, obstinacy, persistance (HTR)
ta’ah
ta’am
ta’an
natah
tayah
huf uf
\uf
}uf
ufn
uf
little children (a brisk and tripping gate)
to come in close contact, strike hands, stamp feet
to sew together; to frame speach artfully
to be brisk or nimble in walking
to trickle thru, fall in drops, irrigate; prophecy
taf
tafahh
tafal
tafaf
nataf
[f pf
jpf
lpf
[pf
[fn
81
xf xf
archetypal development; womb/limbs; 9/90 (q)
tet tzadi
to fit closely, be densely packed
to draw the bow, prepare for battle
takas
tahhavay keshet
to surround; a wall, fence, row, enclosure
to guard surround, keep watch
to pour down rain, to water
a fresh green leaf; to pluck, tear in pieces
toor
netar
matar
tayrayf
rwf rf
rfn
rfm
[rf
to soften, make viscid, plaster, polish, smear
over
to send away, forsake, desert, let go, loosen
to hide, protect, reserve, be hidden
the dew of heaven (q)
toosh
cwf cf
to turn into, turn away; involution/evolution (q)
rolled up, twisted together; a serpent (q)
82
natash
tashah
tal heshamayim
sqf qf
tcq ywjf
cfn
acf
\ymc lf
tf tf
The Letter Code 10:
y - Yod
The tenth Hebrew letter, Yod, is usually spelled yod, vav, dalet (dwy). The root
without the vav is yad, which means hand, handle, portion, or place. The root yadah (udy)
means to perceive, discerne, know, be aware of, or have sexual intercourse with. The letter
yod is the smallest of all the letters and caligraphically the yod is the seed of all of the other
letters. It is the first swirling or motion to come out of the egg or envelope. As the number
ten, the yod represents the covenant of the hands or the joining together of the two hands of
a human being to form a unified energy field. The ten also represents the ten spheres of
the Tree-of-Life or a complete cycle of manifestation from the sphere of keter to the sphere
of malhhut. The letter yod is the vehicle for translating energy from the realm of atzilut to
the realm of assiah. The yod translates energy from the sphere of being to the sphere of
becoming. It empowers that which is a potential in future time to become actualized in
present time. We feel this in Genesis when we first hear the word yehee (yhy) which is
usually translated as: let there be.
The following are ten of the primary incarnations of the letter yod:
B’raysheet (tycarb) (bayt-raysh-alef-sheen-yod-tav) Create the fire of the ten spheres and
the twenty two letters.
Elohim (\yhla) (alef-lamed-hay-yod-mem) Divine powers. These particle-wave phenomena.
Hashamayim (\ymch) (hay-sheen-mem-yod-mem) The heavens.
The oscillation between
electrical (c) and magnetic (m). The oscillation between particle (y) and wave (m).
Hayeeta (htyh) (hay-yod-tav-hay) Was, she was. The root here is yod-tav which
grammatically serves as past tense (feminine) for the root haya which means to be.
Kabbalistically the root yod-tav resonates back to b'raysheet and refers to the ten spheres
and twenty two letters of creation.
83
Pinay (ynp) (pay-nun-yod) Surface.
Hamayim (\ymh)(hay-mem-yod-mem) The waters. The yod here represents a period of
manifestation between two creative cycles or wave forms.
Vayomer (rmayw) (vav-yod-alef-mem-resh) And spoke. Connecting-becoming-to being-to the
first matrix.
Yihee (yhy) (yod-hay-yod) Let there be. Grammatically, the future tense of the root for
being haya.
Invokes that which resides in the being realm to appear in the realm of
manifestation.
Bayn (}yb) (bayt-yod-nun) Between. The yod serves to maintain identity in the world of
polarity.
Yom (\wy) (yod-vav-mem) Day. Space of time.
84
Introduction to The Gate-Book 10: y - Yod
The Hebrew letter Yod represents the first swirling or seed of each of the letters of the
aleph bayt. Kabbalistically, the yod symbolizes the ten spheres of the tree of life. It is the
yod that brings the world of atziluth and the world of the aleph into the world of form. In
the world of number symbolism the yod is the number 10 which divides into two fives, two
breaths (inhallation and exhalation) and the two hands of the human body with five fingers
each. An ancient representation for the yod as the number 10 is a series of dots that
represent the four worlds of the Kabbalah. It looks like this:
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
o
The yod teaches us about the laws of manifestation. The first sphere represents the world
of atziluth / emanation. The second line of two spheres represents the world of B’riah/
creation . The third line composed of three sphere refers to the world of yetzirah/
formation. The last line (four spheres) represents the world of assiah/ manifestation. The
complete triangle of spheres represents the creative process of how an idea moves from the
world of vision to the world of manifestation.
When you begin to meditate with the gates that begin with yod consider that the yod
( on an archetypical level) is empowering or birthing whatever letter follows it. It is useful
to examine the polarities here: yod aleph: aleph yod
yod gimel: gimel yod
ya: ay yod bayt: bayt yod
yb:by
yg:gy You might also want to look at the yod gates in relation to
their harmonic counterparts : yod -aleph in relation to aleph -aleph and kof - aleph.
The tenth chapter of Genesis gives us a list of the various generations and
descendants of the sons of Noah including the descendants of Shem, ancestor of the
Hebrews. Peleg, who lives 484 years, the number of gates in our gate book is mentioned
here.
85
The Gate-Book 10: y - Yod
hay ay
lay
\yhla rmay
ay
suitable, worthy, elegant, becoming
to go before, to endeavor, to will / be willing
God spoke
malhhuth/keter (code for 10th/1st sphere) (q)
ya’ah
ya’al
yomar elohim
yod aleph
to marry the wife of a deceased brother
to rain, flow copiously, to walk, to produce
to exclaim, cry out, sound a trumpet
to be an adversary to anyone; hostile mind
to give, to place, to deliver, to give over
“let there be morning”
yavam
yaval
yavav
ayav
yahav
yihee boker
to be fatigued, exhausted; the fruit of labour
to remove, to grieve, be sad
yaga
yaga
ugy gy
hgy
to throw, extend a hand, give thanks, confess
the hand
to perceive, know, acquire knowledge, discover
awareness, perception, foresight, knowledge
the letter yod, the number ten
yadah
yad
yada
yada
yod
hdy dy
dy
udy
udy
dwy
poetical name for The Creator / Absolute Being
this time-space continuum (q)
Yah
yod hay
86
\by by
lby
bby
bya
bhy
rqb yhy
hy hy
hy
wy wy
wy
wy
the manifested being / potential actualized
the principal of expansion, space/substance
a seed expanding in 6 directions; crystal matrix
yod vav
yod vav
yod vav
to set in motion, assemble, gather selves together
yazah
hzy zy
to be joined, united; union, junction, together
to expect, wait, wait for, hope, delay
to delay, tarry; expectation
yahad
yahal
yahar
djy jy
ljy
rjy
to bow down, to pitch a tent
stretched out, attenuated, inclined, dilated
natah
yetah
hfn fy
hfy
wine
friend, beloved
let there be
the power of manifestation (q)
yeeyeen
yadeed
yehee
yod yod
}yy yy
dydy
yhy
yy
to demonstrate, prove, argue, be clear, manifest
to be able, to be powerful, to overcome
and it was so
yahhahh
yahhol
yihee-cane
87
jky ky
lky
}k-yhy
to yell, wail, howl, lament
to bring forth, to bear, beget, create, be born
yalayl
yelad
lly ly
dly
the sea, the foaming of the sea
the western quarter; heat, warmth
the right side
the day, this day; time, space of time
particle / wave (q)
yam
yam
yameen
yom
yod mem
\y my
\y
}ymy
\wy
\y
to awaken, stir up, oppress
particularity, individuality, existance
a dove; gentleness, amorousness; Jonah
completion of an aeon (q)
yanah
yanah
yonah
yod nun
hny ny
hny
hnwy
}y
to support oneself, sit together in counsel
to found, constitute, establish, deliberate (yesod)
to add, increase, augment
yasad
yasod
yasaf
dsy sy
dwsy
[sy
to snatch away, remove, take away
to rise above, to ascend a mountain
an ostrich; to be greedy
to point out, to find, come together, rendezvous
“let there be evening”
formation / manifestation (q)
ya’ah
ya’al
ya’an
ya’ad
yihee erev
yetzirah/assiah
88
huy uy
luy
}uy
duy
bru yhy
hycu/hryxy
to shine, be bright, be beautiful; beauty
to give light, cause to shine
splendour, beauty, gracefulness
yafah
yafah
yifee
hpy py
upy
ypy
to go forth, lead out, depart, deliver, carry out
to spread out, spread under; a bed, couch, floor
to form, fashion, create, devise
yatzah
yatzah
yatzar
axy xy
uxy
rxy
to hollow out, excavate, bore a hole
to cut off, tear away, dislocate, alienate
precious, dear, rare, magnificent, valuable
yakah
yakah
yakar
hqy qy
uqy
rqy
to shoot arrows; cast lots; sprinkle water
awe, reverence, trembling, fear
“let there be a firmament”
to go down, descend, go to a spring or river
yarah
yaray
yehee rakiya
yarad
being, existance
to stand upright, set upright, to be
to dwell, inhabit, sit down
to set free; deliverance, aid, safety, spaciousness
“the sixth day”
yaysh
yasha
yeshav
yaysha
yom hasheeshee
89
hry ry
ary
uyqr yhy
dry
cy cy
hcy
bcy
ucy
ycch \wy
hayeetah
bayt
yod tav
yod tav
being, existance, quality of being
a house
that which is reflexive, acts upon itself (q)
10 spheres & 22 pathways of the tree (q)
90
htyh ty
tyb
ty
ty
The Letter Code 11:
k - Kaf
The eleventh letter of the Hebrew alphabet is the letter kaf (k). This letter can be
seen visually and experienced in your hand when it hand reaches to grasp something. The
kaf refers to the hollow of the hand, the palm, a hollow vessel. The related verb, kapha,
means to bend, to bow down, to submit oneself; to be curved, arched, hollowed out. A key
derivative root is the word kaphal (lpk), which means to fold together, to double or to divide
equally.
The hieroglyphic image of the kaf gives us a picture of the hand cupped in the action
of grasping, ready to take hold of an object, with thumb and forefinger arched. From
another perspective, we see the palm of the hand curved up in receptivity. Yet another
image gives us a picture of two hand cupped together in the act of making the first hand
made cup to drink water from a stream.
Grammatically, the kaf is used to signify the act of assimilating, moulding and
comparing. Its sound can be either hard or soft, forceful or receptive, masculine or
feminine. You can hear the hard vocalization in the word kaylev (blk), Joshua’s friend,
who is noted for his courage and his strength of heart. The soft vocalization is heard in the
phrase layhh le’hha (]l ]l), which means to go on your way.
Consider the two kafs as the two palms of the hands. From our Tree-of-Life
energetic model of a human being, there is a line of light that enters in at the place of keter
(rtk) (the positive pole of a human being and the receptive centre for light from the upper
realms) and flows to the place of malhhut (twklm)(the negative pole of a human being and
the emanating centre in relationship to earth energies). The keter/malhhut connection
speaks of a vertical alignment in relationship to the Great Light. At the sphere of tiferet, or
the heart, the electrical energy divides into a male and a female current that emanates to
the palm chakras of the right and the left hand. It is through the reconnection of the two
poles of this electromagnetic field, held with a resonance to the unity consciousness and
love vibration, that healing happens. The Sepher Yetzirah considers the kaf to be the
guardian of the pathway between keter and tiferet. When one considers the astrological
connection of the sun with the letter kaf, with the knowledge that the sun is a star, then the
91
Hebrew word for star, kohhav (bkwk), is illuminated. The two kafs that you see in kohhav
parallel the positive and negative poles that you find in any magnetic field. To unify the
polarities of a field, you need only place your palms together!
The kaf has a gematria of twenty. Its position as the eleventh letter in the aleph-bayt
is highly significant. The aleph-bayt symbolically doubles over or bends between the
eleventh and twelfth letters. Therefore, the gate kaf-lamed (lk) means all or the whole, and
the gate lamed-kaf (kl) means to go on one’s way. The number eleven, according to
Pythagorean mathematics, is the one that balances two fives. Eleven is the number of the
Tao according to the Chinese. What is said about the Tao can also be said about the kaf:
“Tao is a hollow vessel, its use is inexhaustible.” (Tao Te Ching)
The following are ten key incarnations of the letter kaf:
Key-tov (bwf yk) (kaf-yod tet-vav-bayt) As it is good.
Betohh (]wtb) (bayt-tav-vav-khaf) In the midst.
Hakohhavim (\ybkwkh) (hay-kaf-vav-kaf-bayt-yod-mem) The stars. The two kafs in kohhavim
represent the positive and negative electrical poles of a complete magnetic field.
Kadmutaynu (wnytwmdk) (kaf-dalet-mem-vav-tav-yod-nun-vav) After our likeness. the root
damut means to resemble.
Zahhar (rkz) (zayin-kaf-raysh) Male of the species. To remember.
Vayahhaloo (wlkyw) (vav-yod-kaf-lamed-vav) And were completed.
Keter (rtk) (kaf-tav-raysh) Crown. That which receives the upper light.
92
Malhhut (twklm) (mem-lamed-kaf-vav-tav) Kingdom. That which receives and integrates all
the signals and messages from the world of intention.
Koahh (jk) (kaf-hhet) Strength. Pathway between keter and hhohhmah.
Kippur (rpk) (kaf-pay-raysh) To cover over, pardon, expiate, forgive.
93
Introduction to The Gate-Book 11: k - Kaf
The letter Kaf is figuratively the palm of the hand that performs the functions of
grasping, holding, assimilating and making something ones’ own. When a Kaf comes before
a letter it means like, as; when a Kaf follows a letter it is possessive, making somethings
own. When we join two Kafs together, we have the image of two palms embracing one
another. This brings together positive and negitaive energy poles or streams into a unified
field. The Hebrew word that contains two Kafs is the word kohhav: a star, a planet, globe,
cave, cavity, embryo. As the Kaf is the 11th letter , the gate kaf:kaf will refer to the 11th
verse of the 11th chapter.
The 11th chapter of Genesis gives us the facinating story of the tower of Bavel. It
begins by telling us the entire earth had one language with uniform words ( divareem
ahhadeem/ \ydja \yrbd) . The second verse takes us to a valley in the land of Shinar or
Sumaria. The gate here 11:2 bk speaks of that which is large, great, abundant, weighty,
magnetic, bound together. In the fourth verse the people of Sumaria intend to make a name
(shem) for themselves, by building a city with a tower that reaches into the sky ( the
Sumarian scholar, Zecharia Sitchin has speculated that this Sumarian ziggurat may have
been some kind of control tower or extra terrestial space port for the Annunakki! ) The
gate for this verse is the gate kaf-dalet which refers to the act of striking fire, or drawing
water from a well. In the sixth verse YHVH notices that “they are a single people, all having
one language.” The Zohar suggests that this passage speaks of the power humans have
when their collective will and language is one, as it once was during the time of Atlantis.
In the seventh verse the unified speech and language of the people of Sumaria is
confounded so that one person will not understand anothers speech.
After this time
humanity is dispersed over all the face of the earth. The gematria for the phrase migdal
bavel ldgm lbb
is 111, the gematria for aleph. It appears in the 11th chapter of Genesis
the unified language and intention of a people (the Sumarians) is confounded due to the
collective hubris or egoic identity of the people. Try reading this 11th chapter with the aid
of the gate book!
94
The Gate-Book 11: k - Kaf
hak ak
akn
bak
to reprove, restrain, rebuke, be rebuked
to be stricken, afflicted
pain of body, sorrow of mind
ka’ah
nihha
ka’ayv
to roll up, cover over, bind together, harden
to be heavy, large, great, abundant, honoured
density, weight, magnetism; the liver, the soul
a star, planet, globe; to roll up in a ball
keter/ binah pathway on the tree of life
kavah
kavod
kavod
kohhav
keter/binah
great strength, stamina, enthusiasm
the high priest
koaahh gadol
kohane gadol
lwdg jk gk
lwdg }hk
draw water from a well; a bucket, water-pitcher
to strike fire; a sparkling gem
a spark, a dart
a ruby
kohhav daveed/ 3D Star- of- David ( q)
kad
kadad
kadar
kodkod
kohhav daveed
dk dk
ddk
rdk
dkdk
dwd bkwk
in this place, in this specific way; coincidence
that which is conformable to a given model
to be feeble, weak, pale, dim
to presage, predict; a priest (of the here & now)
ko
ko
kahah
kohayn
95
hbk bk
dwbk
dwbk
bkwk
hnyb/rtk
hk hk
hk
hhk
}hk
a window, aperture, cavity
to penetrate, excavate, hollow out, pierce
a burning; that which is charred, pierced
kav
kava
kaveeya
to deceive, lie, falsify; a mirage
to shrink, to be shriveled, to be shy
to be bold, daring; to route an enemy
gold cherubim
kazav
kazav
kazar
keruveem zahav
strength, power, might, ability, substance/wealth
to be clear, manifest, in the front; to
demonstrate
to dispute, altercate, judge, decide, correct
to paint the eyes, to blacken; kohl, stibium
keter/hhokhmah (first 2 spheres of the Tree) (q)
koahh
nahhahh
to fill beyond measure (q)
because it is good
distillation from the crown (q)
kaf tet
kee tov
keter tal
ideas of causality, comparison, inter-relatedness
who, although, because, in order that
kee
kee
96
nahhahh
kahhal
keter hhokhmah
wk wk
hwk
hywk
bzk zk
bzk
rzk
bhz \ybrk
jk jk
jkn
jkn
ljk
hmkj rtk
fk fk
bwf yk
lf rtk
yk yk
yk
a star, planet, globe, cave, cavity; an embryo
a circle, globe, round cake, coin, tract of land
two palms joined; sphere with magnetic field (q)
kohhav
kekar
kaf khaf
complete, whole; all, altogether
to be completed, finished, prepared, consumed
a vessel, utensil, implement, tool, weapon
the whole, totality, perfect, complete
to eat, taste, devour, consume; food, provision
sustenance
kol
kalah
kaylee
kalal / kaleeyl
ahhal
kalkol
to pine for with longing; to desire
a heap, cluster, bundle; the Pleiades
constellation
to heap up, make globular; a globe
the crown of the kingdom, first & last spheres (q)
kama
keema
koom
keter malhuth
stability, solidity, consistency, physical reality
yes; upright, erect, honest, just so; a base
to address honourably, call kindly, flatter
to cover, protect, defent
he right hand column of Solomon’s temple
yes, of course, naturally
cane
cane
canah
canahn
yaheen
nahon
97
bkwk kk
rkk
kk
lk lk
hlk
ylk
lylk / llk
lka
lklk
hmk mk
hmyk
\wk
twklm rtk
}k nk
}k
hnk
}nk
}yky
}wkn
to cover, cover over, conceal; a veil
a cup, recepticle, vessel
to shave, to shear the head
a royal throne (covered by a canopy); full moon
silver, money, wealth
to be eclipsed, to put to shame; to long after
kasah
kos
kasas
keesay / keseh
kesef
kesaf
hsk sk
swk
ssk
ask
[sk
[sk
to be displeased, irritated, vexed; to provoke
now
covering of the eyes; gift of appeasement
to cover the eyes (q)
ka’as
k’an
kasot aynayim
kaf ayin
suk uk
}uk
\ynyu twsk
uk
the hollow of the hand, palm, a hollow vessel
to bend, to press, bow down, tame, turn aside
a doubling, folding, two folds; a double portion
to cover over; to pardon, expiate, be forgiven
to be hollow, arched, bent over
kaf
kafa
kafal
kafar
kafaf
that which branches out, offers resistance (q)
kaf tzaddi
kaf tzaddi
xk xk
xk
that which absorbs a shock (q)
kaf kof
kaf kof
qk qk
qk
98
[k pk
hfk
lpk
rpk
[pk
a pasture, a well fed lamb, a meadow
a battering ram, an executioner; to penetrate
to dig, pierce, engrave
to entertain a guest; a feast, banquet
a cherub, minister, one who is near to God
to contemplate, recognize, return to memory
to remember, be mindful, recollect; a male
kar
kar
karah
karah
karuv
heekir
zahhar
an enchanter, witch, magician; Ethiopia
to waver, totter, stumble, enchant
to pray, worship, use enchantments, incantations
the stars of heaven (q)
koosh
kashal
kashaf
kohhav shemayim
to write, inscribe, decree, prescribe; writings
to surround, to put on a crown
to beat, hammer, forge, crush
keter: first sphere of the Tree; to receive light (q)
the crown of the kingdom (q)
katav
keter
katat
keter
keter/ malhhut
99
rk rk
rk
hrk
hrk
bwrk
rykyh
rkz
cwk ck
lck
[ck
\ymc bkwk
btk tk
rtk
ttk
rtk
twklm/rtk
The Lamed Wheel
100
The Letter Code 12: l-Lamed
The Hebrew letter lamed is the one which reaches up towards the heavens with a spiraling
torque, like the arms of a human being in a moment of exultation or initiation. The lamed is
the twelfth letter of the Hebrew alphabet and has a numerical value of thirty. It is the only
letter that gives us a picture of a full 360° circle when we multiply its sequential value (12)
with its numerical value (30). As a prefix, the lamed can mean: to, toward, with, belonging
to, according to, or for. The root lamed (dml) means to teach, to learn, to instruct, or to be
accustomed to anything. It has hidden meanings of to chastise, to discipline, or to train. The
root m’lamed is an ox goad, which is used to instruct an ox to move in a new direction (one
interesting meaning of the first letter eleph - [la is an ox). When we look to find the lamed
in the human body, it appears in the arms from shoulder to fingertips. It is arms that can
channel the energy from the above through to the human heart. It is the spiral motion of
the arms in a vast array of gesticulation that images our capacity to embody every pattern
of light. If we looked at the letter lamed as spiraling either clockwise or counter-clockwise
upon its base, we will see the energy dance of a whirling dervish. Through this we learn
that the lamed is our connection to the elyon, the upper reaches and realms of
consciousness. When we look at the full spelling of the lamed (dml), we find the hidden root
midah, which means to stretch out, to extend, or to measure. This is the root for the word
dimension. In terms of sacred geometry, the lamed is connected to unity (to love, to source,
the number 13) and projects this energy along twelve vectors, meridians, arms of the
universe into twelve dimensions. It is the lamed that connects us to those creative principles
in the universe which we call the elohim. The following are a few of the key incarnations of
the letter lamed.
Lamed: (dml)(lamed mem dalet) As a verb, the letter lamed means to instruct, to train, to
acustom, to teach, to discipline, and to chastise. The meaning of this word in pure physics
involves a spiralling energy that torques along an axis of symmetry. In terms of gematria,
lamed totals 74 (30+40+4). This is the same gematria as the root ayin-dalet (du), which
means “to witness” and the word v’hhaham (mkjw), meaning “and to be wise.”
101
Elohim:
(\yhla)(aleph lamed hay yod mem)
The lamed in elohim serves to connect
heaven and earth. As a flow pattern, this formula allows the source energy of the aleph to
be distributed to the twelve zodiac signs or arms of the universe (l), to be individuated and
given consciousness (h) and to be given Tree-of-Life genetics (y) and a home planet (m). The
gematria of elohim is 86, the same as the Hebrew word hatayvah (ubfh), which means “the
nature.”
Lave: (bl)(lamed bayt) Means the heart, understanding, affections, the middle part, the
life or the soul of something. It is the seat of the will and purpose, and the emotions of the
mind. The gematria of this root is 32 and it refers to the 10 spheres and the 22 pathways of
the Tree-of-Life. The letters are the last and the first letters of the Torah. This flow
instructs us to look towards the beginning of the creative process hidden in Genesis.
Lilah: (hlyl)(lamed yod lamed hay) Meaning night. This root, which means play in Hindu,
has a vibratory quality in Hebrew that appears to allude to the motion of the stars in the
night sky. Thw two lameds in Lilah or Lil give us the image of a spiral staircase or a
passage-way.
Mavdeel: (ldbm)(mem bayt dalet lamed) means to divide or to separate. This is one of the
earlier incarnations of the letter lamed in the Genesis text. The first appearance of this
word is when the elohim divide or make a distinction between the light and the darkness.
Ohel:
(lha)(aleph hay lamed)
means a tent, tabernacle or habitation of any kind. The
gematria is 36, which is a code for a full 360° circle. This ohel, or tent, may be the source
that generates the Elohim. The 36, by gematria, refers to the lamed/vav tzadikeem, who
uphold the universe with their righteousness.
102
Elyon: (}wylu)(ayin lamed yod vav nun) means high, higher or the highest most places or
elevations. In Genesis 14/18, we find the phrase “el elyon” referring to the Supreme or the
Most High God.
Aliyah: (hylu)(ayin lamed yod hay) means to go up or to ascend by steps. It can also mean
a ladder, a loft, or an upper chamber. The ayin is the letter that has the deepest roots going
down into the earth. The lamed is the letter that spirals up towards the heavens. The
gematria of aliyah is 115, the same as the word hinayni (ynnh), meaning “here I am.”
Sulam:
(\ls)(samehh lamed mem)
means ladder in Hebrew. It is the word used in
Genesis 28/12 for Jacob’s ladder, which is set up on the earth with the top of it reaching to
heaven. It is on this ladder that the angels of the elohim go up and come down.
103
Introduction to The Gate-Book 12: l - Lamed
Before we begin to meditate on the twenty-two gates that begin with the letter
lamed, let us pause for a moment and consider some of the implications of the letter wheel
which we are calling the Lamed Wheel. This wheel was first channeled by my friend
Yohannah (in 1974) and we often made reference to this wheel when working with the
Gate-Book. The letter lamed came to mean any pivotal moment or turning point whereby
consciousness comes to still-point, the momentum of a former cycle comes to completion,
and a new energy or spin enters one’s awareness. The lamed opens consciousness to full
360° vision, as it connects us to all twelve zodiacal frequencies and the creative energies of
the elohim. When we come to see the gates bayt-tav / tav-bayt (tb / bt) as archetypal
energies connected to taurus (imaged as house/ark) or dalet-raysh / raysh-dalet (rd / dr) as
archetypal energies connected to cancer (imaged as generation/territorial imperative) some
extraordinary astrological implications surface. In this way of looking, the pair of gates
aleph-lamed / lamed-aleph (la / al) (el & lo in Hebrew) can be seen as involutionary and
evolutionary gates that show up at a border crossing or cusp between aries & pisces or the
first & last energies in a twelvefold process. Perhaps the most fascinating gate, for
meditation purposes, is the lamed-lamed (ll) gate. If one were looking at chapter and verse
numbers in a Torah text, this would come up at every chapter 12, verse 12. The root lamedlamed appears in Hebrew words that speak of wheels, cycles and passage ways. My
favourite root for this gate is b’lulim, which I translate as a winding staircase. This gives us
an image of a spiral or a circle/cycle of energy moving through time. It is what people are
speaking of these days as “the ascension process.” I have had students, on occasion,
meditating at 12:12 (am or pm) with interesting results. If you take a moment out of time
for daily 12:12 meditations, or surf the text of Torah for 12/12 verses, you will be startled
by what you find.
104
The Gate-Book 12: l - Lamed
a warning, prohibition; no, not, not yet
to labour, be weary, be exhausted
Leah; to be weary, short-sighted
lo
la’ah
leyah
al al
hal
hal
the heart, vital centre, middle part
(the seat of the senses, emotion, will, wisdom)
to be white, hollow; to cleanse, purge oneself
Lavan, to build, the moon
The 10 spheres & 22 paths of the Tree-of-Life (q)
lave
lave
lavav
lavan
lamed bayt
bl bl
bl
bbl
}bl
bl
a deep cavity, basin, a measure of liquid space
to be deep, the depth of the sea
to contest, to divide; a legal dispute
a slow motion movement (q)
log
l’gag
peleg
lamed gimel
gl gl
ggl
glp
gl
to bring forth, to bear, beget, give birth
progeny, a lineage, a child
generations
yelad
yeled
toldot
dly dl
dly
twdlwt
to flame. to kindle; to burn with thirst, to hide
the tongue thrust out, intense longing, madness
co-creative powers
lahat
lahah
elohim
fhl hl
hhl
\yhla
105
to cling, cleave to, be closely joined
ideas of cohesion, coherance, liason, mutuality
to curve, bend oneself as a serpent; sea monster
the thirty-six tzadikeem (just souls) (q)
lavah
lavee
leviathan
lamed vav
an almond tree; (which bends, yields, gives way)
luz, later called bayt el
to bend, incline, turn away, depart
luz
luz
luz
to be moist, vital, fresh, smooth
to eat, lick up, devour, wage war, be lustful
jaw bone, cheek
a tablet of stone, the leaf of a door
bread, food; to heat up
the flaming sword (q)
lahh
leahh
l’hhee
luahh
lehhem
lahat hahherev
ladanum (a gum resin); hidden; opium
to cover over, wrap up, hide; hidden, secret
a covering, a veil; Lot (who was in hiding)
to slip away, to escape, be delivered; Malta
to cause to escape, deliver from danger
occult arts; mysteries of heaven l & earth f (q)
lat, lot
lut
lot
malat
palat, palet
lamed tet
the first person possessive; to me, mine
a wreath, a garland; that which is pliant, flexible
lee
loyah
106
hwl wl
ywl
}tywl
wl
zwl zl
zwl
zwl
jl jl
jl
yjl
jwl
\jl
brjh fhl
fl fl
fwl
fwl
flm
flp
fl
yl yl
hyl
hkl kl
]al
]lh
]lm
twklm
to consult, minister, wait upon, send a messenger
servant, minister, messenger
to go, walk, migrate, wander; to go one’s way
counsel, king (one who sends messengers)
the kingdom; sphere of manifestation
lehha
la’ahh
halahh
malahh
malhhut
to wind, to twist, to turn around; winding stairs
time, a circuit, a loop, a passage-way
night
Galilee (place of rolling hills); rolling; a ring
the Most High God; God of the Upper Realms
and Elijah ascended
to climb up to the next elevation or dimension
to spiral, to ascend; a double spin (q)
lul
la’yeel
lilah
galeel
el elyon
vaya’al Eliyahu
vaya’a layhu el
ha’aliyah
lamed lamed
the question why?
to discipline, learn/teach, receive instruction
complete, whole; retribution, reward
lamah
lamed
shelem
hml ml
dml
mlc
to turn in, tarry, seek shelter, pass the night
to murmur, rebel; to be stubborn, obstinate
an oak tree
an inn, a lodging place
lune
yaleen
alon
malon
}wl nl
}yly
}wla
}wlm
to make level; to balance, weigh
balance, equalibrium
pallas
pelles
slp sl
slp
107
lwl ll
lyl
hlyl
lylg
}wylu la
whyla luyw
hyluh la whluy
ll
to swallow/be swallowed up; to speak harshly
the throat, a mocker, a hasty discourse; parasite
to stammer, to speak in a foreign tongue
to devour, to eat greedily
loah
luah
la’ah
la’at
uwl ul
uwl
hul
ful
to accustom oneself, to join together, to be gentle
to alter, exchange, revive; to be changed
to shine, to flame, to light the way; a torch
ideas of refraction and metamorphosis (q)
aleph
hhallef
lapeed
lamed pey
[la pl
[lj
dypl
pl
to stammer, mimic, mock, deride
to translate, interpret; to make a play on words
an interpreter, a trickster, a clown; an enigma
lutz
lutz
mayleetz
{wl xl
{wl
xylm
a doctrine, an academy
that which is seized by tongue or mind (HTR)
the holy language
lahak
lamed kof
leshon kodesh
to light
(Gen 1/7) “and Elohim made the firmament”
to spread out like a hemisphere
l’or
eloheem / harakia
l’rakia
108
qhl ql
ql
cwdq }wcl
rwal rl
uyqrh / \hyla
uyqrl
language; to slander
to soften, to knead, to make ductile
a tongue, a people, a nation
an understanding heart
l’shon
lush
lashon
lave shomeya
a mutual union, a sympathetic bond (HTR)
lamed tav
109
}wcl cl
cwl
}cl
umc bl
tl tl
The Letter Code 13:
m - Mem
The Hebrew letter mem is referred as to as a “mother” letter in the Sepher Yetzirah. The
mem is a code for the element of water, or mayim, in the Hebrew. When one looks at the
letter, one sees a wave form moving on top of it, like waves upon the ocean. One also sees a
container, a form to hold the constantly changing element of water. Carlo Suares suggested
that the mem served as a code for our biosphere, our planet that is seventy-two percent
water. In the early passages of Genesis, the mem appears in the words: elohim (divine
powers, hashamayim (the heaven), tohum (the deep), marhhepet (hovering), hamayim (the
water), vayomer (and it was resonated), yom (a day, a space of time), mavdeel bayn mayim
l’mayim (divided between water and water). The mem also appears in the word rehhem or
womb that is fertilized by the wind or the spirit (ruahh). The womb, or the female matrix,
is called the “mother-of-all-life” in the Hebrew phrase “eem kol hhai” (yj lk \a). This is the
euphamism for the being called Hhevah, or Eve, the first mother. The letter mem has a
gematria of 40. This symbolic number appears many times in the Hebrew scriptures. As 40
is 1/9th of a circle, or one month out of a gestation cycle of a human being. The mem refers
to any “day” or time period that allows for a phase in a cycle of growth or maturation. The
following ten words or phrases are among the earlier incarnations of the mem in Genesis:
Elohim: (\yhla) (aleph lamed hay yod mem) This word can be understood as a plural form
that translates as: these creative powers, these creative principles or cosimic days, or the godof-the-space or god-of-the-waters. The contemporary new-age translation of this word is
the-creator-gods. The gematria of elohim is 86, the same gematria as hateva, the nature.
The kabbalistic letter flow implies a unity principle that is translated into twelve creative
energies bringing consciousness of the Tree-of-Life to this particular biosphere!
Tohom: (\wht) (tav hay vav mem) The Deep.
110
Hamayim:
(\ymh) (hay mem yod mem) The Waters.
The letter flow speaks of
a
consciousness (h) that alternates between wave-form consciousness (m), particle
consciousness (y), and returns to wave-form consciousness (m).
Mavdeel:
(lydbm) (mem bayt dalet yod lamed) Dividing. This word takes the primordial
unity and divides it into 2 (b), and then 4 (d) and then into the world of manifest forms.
Vayomer:
(rmayw) (vav yod aleph mem raysh) And Spoke. This speaking is a kind of
vibratory emanating of the aleph on the mirror of the water. It is a translating of energy
from the realm that precedes thought to the mirror of the subconscious and inchoate mind.
The resh broadcasts the thought-forms of the aleph throught time and space.
Hashamayim: (\ymch) (hay sheen mem yod mem) The heavens. This word refers to the
vault of the sky as a kind of celestial fire-water. The root shem, meaning name, signature,
The Name, implies that the divine signature is imprinted throughout the heavens.
Makom:
(\wqm) (mem kof vav mem) Space/place.
The makom is the place where the
waters (the two mems) are gathered by the organizing principle of the kav (vwq), the line of
light. The gematria of makom is 186, symbolically the speed of light. Makom can mean a
station or a state of consciousness.
U’l’mikvay:
(hwqmlw) (vav lamed mem kof vav hay) And the gatherings (of water). These
initial gatherings are called yameem, or seas. A mikvah is a bathing pool of living water that
is used for physical and spiritual purification.
Eem-kol-hhai:
(yj lk \a) (aleph mem khaf lamed hhet yod)
mother-of-all-living-beings.
Malahh: (]alm) (mem aleph lamed khaf) An angel. A messenger.
111
The-source-of-all-life; the
Introduction to The Gate-Book 13: m - Mem
The mother letter Mem carries an association with water, wave forms, space, and the
Elohim. When we examine the 22 gates that begin with Mem, we could consider that each
of the letters of the alphabet is being born or birthed out of the matrix or cosmic womb of
the Mem. There are a number of gates here that have taken on deep symbolic meanings in
the world of Kabbalah.The gates ym (mee) hm (maw) refer to complete worlds in Kabbalistic
thought. The world of ym (mee) refers to the Creator or The-One-Who-Created-It-All.
From the stand point of pure physics the ym hints at the wave/particle paradoxical nature of
our existence. The world of hm (maw) refers to the whatness of existence, the phenomenal
world, the world of Yetzirah.
The gate nm (mem-nun) may very well be the most significant gate of all the 484 gates in this
gate book. It refers to the manna, spiritual food, essence, sustenance, and faith that we find
in the phenomenal world that links us to the world of unity and spiritual reality. The Mem
here represents the cosmic womb or envelope giving birth to the individuated
consciousness of the nun. It is an interesting meditation practise to surf through the
chapter 13/ verse 14 parshas of biblical text with this understanding in mind. The gate
which proceeds the mem-nun gate is of course the \m mem-mem gate which is the root for
water proper, but with the yod missing or hidden. The mem-mem gate also serves as a code
for the Hebrew phrase \mytmh hyjm, m’hhiyay hamayteem which means to give life back to
that which is asleep, to resurrect the dead. The mem-mem gate refers to the mother or
source of all life. The km mem-kaf gate makes reference to the zodic sign aquarious on the
lamed wheel. On the tree of life this gate refers to the flow of energy from the sphere of
Malhhut up the central pillar of the tree to the sphere of Keter.
Take the time to familiarize yourself with all twenty two of the mem gates. Then look
up each of the reverse gates where mem is the final letter of a two letter gate. When you
112
feel guided to do so surf through Torah taking note of all the manna stored in chapter
13/verse 14 of a variety of texts including the prophets.
Let us have a look at the 13th chapter of Genesis, verse 14:
After Lot left him, God said to Abram, “raise your eyes, and from the place where you are now
standing, look to the north, to the south, to the east, and to the west. (15) for all the land that
you see I will give to you and your offspring forever.
Abraham (Abram) is being shown here his inheritance in verse 14. The 15th verse is the
inheritance of all the children of Abraham.
Kabblistically the gate sm refers to the
pathway on the tree of life between malhhut and yesod. It may actually refer to The
kingdom of Yesod or the whole realm of genetics that connects children to their ancestors.
When we meditate on the name \rba, Avram as an encoding or spin on the opening
phrases from Genesis \yhla arb, bara elohim --then we can begin to fathom how Abraham
represents our genetic link back to the realm of the Elohim!
113
The Gate-Book 13: m - Mem
ham am
100, the hundreth part
what is developed to the extent of its faculties
to go everywhere, extend everywhere, fill space
one place, one space
water/air; the process of evaporation (q)
may-ah
makom ehhad
mayim/avir
dja \wqm
rywa/mym
an entrance, an expectation
a flood; to inundate
the tower of Bavel (q)
mavo
mabul
migdal bavel
awbm bm
lwbm
lbb ldgm
a mage, a magian priest, chief of the magi
to flow down, melt, dissolve
noble, honourable, precious
to hand over, deliver up, give in to one’s power
a shield, that which protects
a covering, a veil
mogh
moog
meged
magan
magayn
megihna
gm gm
gwm
dgm
}gm
}gm
hngm
to stretch out, measure, extend
to stand firm, be established; length, extension
that which fills its measure; is multidimensional
perpetual, continual, persevering; to stand firm
madah
m’od
tameed
omad
hdm dm
dam
dymt
dmu
what? what exists, the phenomenal world
mobility, fluidity, passivity; water
ma
ma
114
hm hm
hm
water, seed progeny
to flow, melt, dissolve, be disolved
ideas of attenuation, variation, permutation (q)
the forty-six chromosomes / genetic coding (q)
mo
moog
mem vav
mem vav
wm wm
gwm
wm
wm
place which is sown, a fertile field
a doorpost upon which hinges turn
to bind with a girdle, hold, restrain
lodging place, zodiac sign; luck
mizrah
mezuzah
mazahh
mazal
urzm zm
hzwzm
jzm
lzm
the brain, the marrow, the living part
to ravage, efface, blot out, strike upon
the preserving of life; food; a sign
Living Waters (q)
moahh
mahha
mehhiyah
mayim hhayim
to branch out, reach, come upon, fall upon
branch, staff, sceptre; tribe; that which is below
to shake, totter, incline, waver, turn aside
to pour down rain, to keep watch
matah
matah
mot
matar
water, gushing forth; an image of abundance
to melt, to flow, to pour out water
Who? ; the mind looking up with wonder
mai
mai
mee
115
jm jm
hjm
hyjm
\yyj \ym
hfm fm
hfm
fwm
rfm
ym ym
ym
ym
to sell one’s self, give one’s self up, trade, betroth
a place, habitation, foundation, basis
number, price, tribute; a tax-gatherer
vibratory absorption (q)
malhhut/keter pathway on the tree (q)
mahhar
mahhon
mehhes
mem hhaf
malhhut/keter
rkm km
}wkm
skm
km
km
fullness, abundance, plentitude, exuberance
the front part, opposite to, in the presence of
cut off, purge, circumcise/be circumcised
word, speech, discourse, a thing
malay
mol
mol
mala
alm lm
lwm
lwm
hlm
the letter mem; water; that which melts, flows
to bring that which is dead back to life (q)
mayim
m’hhayay hamaytim
appearance, form, species, kind; pretense
manna; a portion, time; to number, appoint
to trust, lean on, confide in, believe; faith
to sustain, support; an artificer; a covenant
to turn to the right; the right side, the right hand
manna, spiritual food, the essence (q)
one thing emanated from another, a part taken out
of the whole; the act of imagining a form (q)
meen
manna
aman
aman
yameen
mem nun
mem nun
tribute, tax, toll; to pine away
to melt, flow down, dissolve; trials, temptations
to dissolve, melt away, reject, despise
to mix, mingle, cast, cover over; spiced wine
malhhut / yesod pathway (q)
maas
massa
ma’as
maasahh
malhhut / yesod
116
\ym mm
\ytmh hyjm
}ym nm
hnm
}ma
}ma
}ymy
}m
}m
sm sm
hsm
sam
]sm
dwsy /tyklm
mayeh
ma’ohn
mayeen
hum um
}wum
}yum
mof
Memphis (necropolis, gate of the blessed)
mapal
what falls off, ruins; a waterfall
a miracle, wonder, portent; sign of a future miflah
event
mapahh
an out-breath, exhalation; the bellows
miftahh
an opening
[m pm
lpm
halpm
the womb, belly, bowels, inner-most part
a cave, dwelling, den, asylum, refuge
a fountain, spring, pool, source of pleasure
to arrive at, obtain, acquire; solve an enigma
to suck out, drink out, press out juice; sweetness
to be alert, firm, strong, nimble, swift-footed
pressure, squeezing; juice
unfermented, unleavened bread
King-of-the-Just, Malkitzedek, (q)
matzah
matzah
amatz
meetz
matzah
Malki-tzedek
a place, station, abode; state-of-consciousness
a calling together, a gathering place
to melt, flow, dissolve, pine away
to deepen; a valley, depth; what is unfathomable
makom
makom
makak
omek
117
jpm
jtpm
axm xm
jxm
xma
{ym
hxm
qdx-yklm
\wqm qm
\wqm
qqm
qmu
rm rm
rm
hrm
rrm
rwm
harm
rma
to distill, flow down; to be bitter, rebellious
myrrh (a bitter gum with a sweet smell)
saddness, grief, bitterness, rebellion
to flow down,weep, pass away; a channel; bile
to change/exchange, to buy/sell; a variation
a form, appearance, look, vision; mirror, image
to say, speak, command, bring to light
mar
more
marah
maror
moor
mara
omer
to draw, to draw out, to save, to preserve
Moses (who is drawn from the water)
to feel, to touch, yield, give way
water/fire (q)
masha
moshe
moosh
mem sheen
hcm cm
hcm
cwm
cm
to stretch out a cord
extention, space of time
to die, to perish, to be destroyed; death (Hades)
firmness, stability, integrity, truth
matah
matai
mot, (mavet)
emet
htm tm
ytm
twm
tma
118
The Letter Code 14:
n - Nun
The fourteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is the letter nun. The nun in Hebrew
means a fish, progeny, or off-spring; to sprout, spread, propogate, generate or blossom. The
nun is a letter of fertility, birth, regeneration. The Egyptians spoke of the nun as a kind of
primordial, cosmic soup out of which creation sprang. For the Egyptians, the nun was a
state that existed before cosmo-genesis. It is likely that the earliest version of the nun in
Hebrew made reference to the nahhash, the snake or the serpent. The Hebrew word for the
largest sea creature, the whale (a serpent, a dragon), is the word taneen (}ynt). The root for
taneen is tanan (}nt), which means to extend, to endure, to be continual. The nun final
carries this meaning of that which endures until the end of time. The nun is the primary
letter of the Hebrew word yonah (hnwy), the dove. The dove is noted for its gentle and
amourous nature, as well as being a symbol of peace. The letter nun represents the
consciousness that is born out of the waters of the mem. This consciousness is a balancing
process within the world of polarities. The nun of the dove (hnwy) represents a primordial
innocence; the nun of the serpent (cjn) represents a primordial wisdom. The nun is also
found in two of the five realms of the soul: the nefesh (cpn) and the neshamah (hmcn). The
nefesh is the animal vitality (the pole of the nahash); the neshamah refers to the unique
spirit/soul signature (the pole of the yonah).
As the fourteenth letter, the nun is a balancing between two sevens. The gematria
value of the letter nun is 50. 50 is the number of the jubilee. The jubilee is like a cosmic
Shabbat that frees us from the cycles of karma. Seven times seven represents seven karmic
cycles or the seven cosmic days of creation. The number 50 represents the completion of
this process, and a return to source. The final nun (}) represents this process whereby
consciousness has migrated through all the evolutionary cycles and processes and has
returned from the world of polarity to a unified and androgynous state of being. In the
world of physics, the nun represents something similar to what has come to be known as
119
Heisenberg’s Principle. It is the understanding that in any experiment, the consciousness
that observes the experiment will inevitably become a determing part of the outcome!
The following ten incarnations of the letter nun appear in the early passages of
Genesis:
Pinay
(ynp) (pay-nun-yod): The surface. The first incarnation of the nun in the Genesis
text occurs in the word pinay, in the phrase al pinay t’hom, “on the surface of the deep.”
The nun here serves as the fulcrum at the interface between two elements: air and water.
Bayn
(}yb) (bayt-yod-nun final): Between. The first final nun to appear in the Genesis text
appears in the word “between”, where the Elohim creates a distinction between the light
and the darkness.
Hhayn (}k) (kaf-nun): It happened. From the phrase “va’yehee hhayn”, “the happening”
involves a setting of things upright or in order. There is a receptivity and agreement in the
world of assiah with that which is spoken in the world of atziluth.
L’meenayhu
(whnyml) (lamed-mem-yod-nun-hay-vav): After their kind. The root here is
meen (nym), which means species, kind or portion. Here the nun is appearing in its root
meaning of offspring, in the act of generation: mazreah zerah, seed generating from seed.
Nefesh (cpn) (nun-fay-sheen): Living creatures. From the phrase “nefesh hhayah” (Gen
2/20). The nefesh refers to the animal vitality level of the soul. It is first found on the fifth
day of creation when speaking of the swarms of living and flying creatures.
Hataneeneem
(\nynth) (hay-tav-nun-yod-nun-mem): The sea creatures. These creatures
have been called the great sea monsters, and also the whales. The root tanan (}ynt) means to
120
extend, to endure, to be continual. The sea creatures have been with us since the fifth day of
creation. The gematria of hataneeneem is 555.
Heenay (hnh) (hay-nun-hay): Behold! Be present! Be aware!
Nehhemad
(dmjn) (nun-hhet-mem-dalet): Pleasant. In the phrase “nehhemad l’mareh”
(Gen 2/9), “pleasant to the sight.” The letter flow nun-hhet-mem-dalet can actually mean
the breath of life extending through all dimensions.
Neshamah (hmcn) (nun-sheen-mem-hay): The soul. The neshamah is the unique vibratory
signature (mc) of that part of the soul which is conscious of its Divine origins. The letter
flow goes: consciousness-fire-water-breath.
Yonah (hnwy) (yod-vav-nun-hay): Dove. Initially, the dove sent forth from the ark by Noah.
The dove is an amorous principle sent forth to bring peace to the earth. The yonah
represents the sphere of hhessed in the Tree-of-Life.
Nahhash
(cjn)
(nun-hhet-sheen):
Serpent, snake, divination. The snake that makes its
appearance in the third chapter of Genesis carries a kind of alchemical wisdom. The word
means to whisper and to divine. Nun-hhet is a code for nefesh hhayah (hyj cpn), the vital
soul or breath of all life. One possible translation of nahhash: is breath-of-fire. Its gematria
is 358, the same gematria as meshiahh, to annoint or the annointed one.
121
Introduction to The Gate-Book 14: n - Nun
The 14th letter of the Hebrew alphabet carries with it a vast array of associated
meanings. It refers to the generative power of the fish along with the androgynous stream
of consciousness that the Egyptians refered to as nun, the cosmic waters. The nun refers to
two distinct soul realms: the realm of nefesh, the kinesthetic or sexual realm; and the
realm of neshamah, the spirit-soul breath of life. The nun also refers to a twin stream of
consciousness that moves between heaven and earth. The nun of yonah alludes to the
descent of spirit; the nun of nahhash alludes to the evolutionary ascent of earth energies
and consciousness. The nun itself speaks of an energy that moves like electricity between
two poles in an magnetic field as it strives to attain balance.
It is interesting to notice the difference between the gates that follow that begin with
the letter nun and their inverse gates whereby the nun is the last letter of the gate serving
to balance that which comes before it. Take the time to meditate on each of the 22 nun
gates. Go to the inverse gates for each one of them to see if you can determine the cosmic
polarity that is at play in the field of gates. Remember that the letter nun has a gematria of
50 referring to the attainment of the 50 gates of understanding in the opening of the sphere
of Binah on the tree-of -life.
When you feel comfortable with your meditations upon the letter nun go to the 14th
chapter of B’raysheet / Genesis. Read the chapter in its entirety before utilizing the gates to
gather an extra dimension of meaning for each of the verses. In the 14th verse you will
notice a veiled reference to Abraham’s servant Eliezar whose name has the gematria of
318. The 18th verse has the gate nun-tzaddi referring to the soul spark or naytz, the sphere
of netzahh and the process the netzar, of watching or guarding over. This is the verse where
we first hear of Malkitzedek, the King of Peace, and messianic precursor. When we look
into the Hebrew text closely we find three nun finals in the phrase v’yayeen v’hoo cohane
l’ayl elyon. Genesis 14/18 (xn) }wylu lal }hk awhw }yyw \jl ayxwh \lc ]lm qdx-yklmw. This
122
phrase serves has a hint to the ultimate meaning of the letter nun final. When you have
completed your meditations on this chapter of Genisis allow yourself to meditate on the
forms and shapes of the 22 letter gates in their pure creative energetic realm that far
transcends the idiomatic meanings you have been playing with. Consider that each of the
following 22 gates speak of the neshamah of each of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
123
The Gate-Book 14: n - Nun
an an
an
an
han
han
that which is new, recently born, graceful
a modest request, a plea
Thebes/Luxor; the portion, measuring line
raw, half-cooked, inexperienced, unsteady
the seat, dwelling; quintessence
nah
nah
no
nahah
nahah
to bubble, to burst forth, to speak, to prophecy
a bubbling spring; to be mad; to sing holy songs
Nebo (the planet mercury)
a prophet/prophetess
to sprout, germinate, rise above
navah
navah
navo
navee/naveeyah
nuv
to illuminate, shine, bring to the light (venus)
to be opposite, in the presence of; to be manifest
to streatch out, reach into, touch, violate
that which is delicate, soft, delightful
nogah
nagad
nagah
oneg
hgn gn
dgn
ugn
gnu
to be agitated, shaken, moved; to wander
a heap, a pile
to impel, urge, incite; to offer oneself freely
a vow, sacrifice, declaration of intention
to remove, to flee, go away; impurity; to exclude
nadir, to fall out, drop down; promise voluntarily
nod
nayd
nadav
nadar
nada/needah
nadir
dwn dn
dn
bdn
ddn
hdn
rdn
124
abn bn
abn
wbn
aybn
bwn
here; to be present, state of being alert
netzahh / hod; balancing thoughts & feelings (q)
heenay
nun hay
hnh hn
hn
to hinder, restrain, deny, decline
to rest, to dwell; pasture, habitation
humility, gentleness, meekness, modesty
the point of equilibrium, peace, calm
noh
navah
anav
nuahh
awn wn
hwn
wnu
jwn
to fill anyone with joy; to leap, to sprinkle
a Nazerite, a prince; an unpruned vine
to flow, to run, to descend; a stream
to string pearls on a thread
nazah
nazeer
nazal
nazam
hzn zn
ryzn
lzn
\zn
Noah; to cause to rest, reside, remain
to draw breath, comfort, to sit oneself down, rest
to possess, distribute, receive an inheritance
breath, soul, life force (q)
living creatures
noahh
nuahh
nahhal
nun hhet
nefesh hhayah
an off-shoot, tendril, branch, sceptre, reed
to stretch out, to extend, incline, unfold, deflect
to move, to shake, an off-shoot
to take up, to lift up, elevate; a weight, burden
to fix, to fasten, pitch a tent; to plant, be planted
nat
natah
noot
natal
natah
125
jwn jn
jwn
ljn
jn
hyj cpn
fn fn
hfn
fwn
lfn
ufn
I
to be indeterminate, to waver, to be undecided
offspring, progeny
ani
nun yod
neen
yna yn
yn
}yn
a blow, shock, strike; the act of rebuking
to strike, to smite, to pierce
to contemplate, know, acknowledge, recognize
a foreigner, alien; a strange lot, fate or fortune
an exclamation of acknowledgement; yes!
nahh
nahhah
nahhar
nahhar
nahhon
kn kn
hkn
rkn
rkn
}wkn
to finish, to make an end, to close
ideas of sequence, abundance, consequence (htr)
to put on sandals
nala
nun lamed
naal
hln ln
ln
lun
to murmur, to mutter, to speak in a low voice
to go to sleep, indolence
to delight in, to be pleasant; beauty
naam
noom
naeem
\an mn
\wn
\un
a fish; to sprout, to blossom, to put forth
offspring, progeny; abundance
to extend, endure, lengthen, be continual
noon
neen
taneen
}wn nn
}yn
}nt
126
somthing lifted up, a flag, a banner
to try, to prove, to put to a test; to smell
to lift up, to pull up, to intertwine
to lift up, to exhalt; to pine away
a drink offering, a libation
to pluck up, to break camp, to migrate
nays
nasah
nasah
nasas
naseehh
nasa
sn sn
hsn
hsn
ssn
]sn
usn
to vibrate, vascillate, oscillate, totter
to move to and fro, to stagger, to wander
to bolt a door; to put on sandals
na
nua
naal
un un
uwn
lun
Memphis (city in Egypt)
to blow, to breath, disperse, to breath out
wave up & down, agitate, sprinkle, shake; sieve
to take breath, to breathe; soul, feeling, purpose
nof
nafahh
noof
nefesh
[n pn
jpn
[wn
cpn
a spark; a flower; a feather; a hawk
to strip off a garment; to make a land empty
to shine, superintend; to lead in music, to excel
to observe, to guard, to watch , to keep
naytz
natzah
netzahh
netzar
{n xn
hxn
jxn
rxn
to be empty, vacant, pure, innocent, absolved
to bore a hole, hollow out, designate, call by name
to mark with points, to select, to distinguish
nakah
nakav
nakad
hqn qn
bqn
dqn
127
to give light; a lamp, a candle
a candelabrum, a candlestick
a channel, aquaduct, pipe, tube
neshamah/ruahh; the light of the soul (q)
nare
menorah
tzinor
neer
rn rn
hrwnm
rwnx
rn
to take up, to lift up (eyes, face, voice, soul)
to be carried, lifted up, exalted; a prince; a nerve
women
to borrow/lend; forget/desert; to neglect; a debt
to bite, vex, oppress; lend on usury
nasah
nasah
nasheem
nashah
nashahh
hcn cn
hcn
\ycn
hcn
]cn
to give, allow, permit, offer, teach; a gift
to cut into pieces, apportion, disect
to tear off, separate out, draw away, pluck up
natan
natahh
natak
128
}tn tn
jtn
qtn
The Letter Code 15:
s - Samehh
The fifteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is the samehh (s). It has a number value of
sixty (the number which was the root of the Babylonian calendar and system of
mathematics). It is the last letter of the 22 to appear in the early passages of Genesis. It
appears in the word hasovev, in Genesis 3/11, with the meaning that which encompasses.
This root can also mean to turn about, go around, encircle, surround, encompass, revolve,
rotate, spin or orbit. A similar verb, seebave, means to cause, to alter, to change. This change
is a response to changing circumstances and the samehh serves here as a structure
supporting a dynamic equalibrium. We can see all of these meanings implicit in the
circular form of the letter as pictogram or hieroglyph. The word samehh itself is a verb
meaning to trust in, support, aid, assist, encourage; to draw near, make close, lay hands upon.
This drawing near, or act of assistance, or laying on of hands, can also be interpreted as the
act of ordaining whereby spiritual blessing is transmitted from one being to another.
The letter samehh appears in the word sepher, which means to narrate, to number, to
count, to recount, to speak, and to inscribe. This root is also the root for the art of writing
and reading and means a book. The biblical sepher is, of course, a torah scroll or
parchment that is stored rolled-up, and unscrolled for public reading. The samehh is the
root for the word sphira, a sphere of energy or spiritual influence, ten of which compose the
Tree-of-Life.
The root b’sameem means incense or spices in Hebrew. The samehh here likely
refers to the way smoke rises in spirals in the air while it is burning. The root sulam is a
ladder. The samehh often refers to any circling or spiralling form, and occasionally to a
vortex or whirlwind (sa’arah, hrus).
The kabbalist, Carlo Suares, liked to refer to the samehh as a code for what he
called “female sexuality.” there is certainly a sensual aspect associated with the sound of
the letter samehh. It appears in the word for secret, mystery or assembly of friends: sod
(dws). In Arabic, the sod refers to the cushion or pillow that supports one. We find the
samehh appearing in only one sphere of the Tree-of-Life: the sphere yesod (dwsy). This
129
sphere is the foundation of the Tree and refers to the foundational realm of sexual and
psychic energy that has its roots in the four rivers that water the garden of Eden.
The following are ten key words that should further help us illuminate the mystery
of the letter samehh:
Sepher (rps) (samehh-pay-raysh) Writing, book, number. To narrate, recount, enumerate.
A scribe, a book, the art of writing. A sphere of the Tree-of-Life.
Savav (bbs) (samehh-bayt-bayt) To turn oneself, to go around, surround, encompass, to be
turned, changed.
Saveev (bybs) (samehh-bayt-yod-bayt) Circuits, circles, orbits.
Samehh (]ms) (samehh-mem-hhaf ) To uphold, rest upon, sustain, support, aide, ordain.
Segula (hlgs) (samehh-gimel-lamed-hay) Property, wealth, treasure.
Sala (uls) (samehh-lamed-ayin) To lift up, elevate, waver. A height, elevation.
Soolam (\ls) (samehh-lamed-mem) A ladder.
Sameem (\yms) (samehh-mem-yod-mem) Spices, incense, fragrance.
Satar (rts) (samehh-tav-raysh) To hide. Something hidden, secret, clandestine, esoteric. A
curtain, a veil.
Ha’sneh (hnsh) (hay-samehh-nun-hay) A thorn bush. A senna bush. A burning bush.
Kabbalistically refers to the esoteric centre of the Sinai peninsula or the wilderness of Sin
where Moshe encounters an aspect of the Ayn Sof, The Infinite.
130
Introduction to The Gate-Book 15: s - Samehh
In the book of Genesis the samehh is the last of the 22 letters to appear in the early
passages of the text. The samehh, as you will notice exploring the gates, is a kabbalistic
reference to the word sepher which means to number, to count, to enumerate, to tell the
story. The sepher is the book or the scroll upon which to story is told. The samehh refers to
a process of orbiting, spiraling, cycling, and connecting the end of something back to the
beginning from which it came.
The samehh refers to the Yesod in the Tree-of-Life the
foundation, secret or source from which anything originates. In terms of pure physics the
samehh alludes to a spiral vortex or an orbital path. We find this meaning nested in the
hebrew word sa’arah hrus.
Take the time to familiarize yourself with each of the twenty-two samehh gates.
Notice the kabbalistic meanings and how they expand dramatically upon the idiomatic
meanings for each of the gates. Take the time to explore the twenty-two inverse gates
where samehh is the final letter of a two letter sequence. See if you can discern the
symbolic difference between a samehh that begins a gate and one that completes it. Take
particular note of the nun-samehh and the samehh-nun pairing (sn-ns). This pair gives us
the root seen which is the root for the Sinai peninsula (the wilderness of Sin), and the s’neh,
senna or burning bush where Moshe hears the Divine Presence speak the “I-am-that--I am” or the ehiyeh-asher-ehiyeh. The inverse gate is the root nays (nun-samehh) which
means miracle or to lift up, elevate, intertwine. From the stand point of pure physics the
nun-sammehh gate refers to the ascension of consciousness where as the samehh-nun gate
refers to the evolution of consciousness.
In the 15th chapter of Genesis we find Avram speaking to YHVH asking if he will
remain childless and inquiring who the heir to his household will be. Avram in 15/5 is
taken outside of his house and hears the Voice say: look at the sky and count the stars see if
you can count them...this is how numerous you descendants will be.
]urz hyhy hk wl rmayw \ta rpsl lkwt-\a \ykkwkh rpsw hmymch an-fbh
131
This counting or numbering of the stars - s’phor hkohhveem - has Avram gazing at
galaxies and genealogies at the same time! The samehh-kaf gate is also the root for the
hebrew holiday of Sukkut, the Feast of Booths, the harvest holiday where one gazes up at
the stars through a lattice of palm branches, inviting ones family tribe and ancestors in for
a ceremonial meal. When we meditate on the inverse gate, kaf-samehh we find the root
kasah: a veil; kos: a cup; & kesay: a throne. Avram is asked to connect the multitude of
stars with the multitude of human souls who will be his descendants. He is looking at both
the Yesod level and the Or Ayn Soph level of the Tree-Of-Life at the same time!
In the 12th verse of the 15th chapter Avram falls into a trance. This trance tardayma - is yet another aspect of the letter samehh. The gate for this verse hints at a kind
of cosmic silence (seleh) and a ladder or sulam that extends from earth to heaven. Avram
is taken into a vision of what will happen further on in the timeline -- he is given a
prophecy of things to come. In the 15th verse (samehh-samehh, yesod of yesod) Avram is
told “you will join your fathers in peace and you will be buried at a good old age”.
Explore this 15th chaper of Genesis and all other chapter 15’s that you find
interesting with the aid of the gate book.
132
The Gate-Book 15: s - Samehh
has as
has
}as
to extend, expand, measure, circuit, emigrate
a sack, a bag; to pack one’s bag
a sandal, a shoe; clay
sa’ah
sa’ah
sa’on
to absorb, drink to excess; wine, a carousel
to turn one’s self, to encompass, surround
to cause/effect; to be transferred, to be changed
an orbit, circuit, circle, neighbourhood
to lift up, carry, bear burdens; to be pregnant
the Book of the Covenant (q)
sava/sova
savav
savav
saveev
saval
Sepher Ha’breet
abs bs
bbs
bbs
bybs
lbs
tyrbh rps
to go away, depart, draw back, set aside, mark
dross, refuse
to acquire property
wealth, luxuriance; a special possession
the Book of Reincarnation (q)
gws gs
gys
lgs
hlgs
\ylwglg rps
great tempest
soog
seeg
sagal
segula
Sepher
Ha’gilguleem
sa’ar gadol
a couch, cushion; assembly, council; a secret
to set, found, establish, appoint, support oneself
a base, a foundation
to coordinate, master, arrange, set in order
the ninth sphere of the Tree-of-Life (q)
The Book of the Generations (q)
sod
yasad
yesod
sader
yesod
Sepher Ha’dorot
dws ds
dsy
dwsy
rds
dwsy
twrwdh rps
133
lwdg-rus
rhs hs
to surround, encircle; a tower, castle, prison
sohar/sahar
a covering, a veil; to protect, attract attention
to hedge about, withdraw; a fence
to turn aside, depart, withdraw, escape
masveh
soog
sur
circumference/diameter; egg/seed (q)
rest/movement, receptive/active (q)
the Book of the Zohar (q)
samehh/zayin
samehh/zayin
Sepher Ha’zohar
zs zs
zs
rhzh rps
to scrape away, dissolve, to be disolved
to swim, wash, be purified in water
to sweep away; a torrential rain
to travel about ; wealth, traffic, profit
the Book of Life (q)
sahha
suhh
sahhaf
sahhal
sepher ha’hhayim
hjs js
jws
[js
ljs
\yyjh rps
an accusation, an illegal action
to turn aside, deviate, wander, go astray
to draw back the bow; to be moved
the Book of Nature (q)
sayt
satah
soot
Sepher Ha’tevah
fs fs
hfs
fws
ubfh rps
that which is equal, regular, natural (HTR)
milk which flows without being drawn (HTR)
the Book of Yesheer
Sepher Yashar
134
hwsm ws
gws
rws
ys ys
ys
rcy rps
]s ks
]ks
hks
twks
\ybkwkh rps
a multitude, crowd, thicket of trees
to weave, interweave, cover, protect
a booth made of interwoven branches
Sukkot, Festival of Tabernacles
the Book of Stars (q) number the stars
sahh
sahhahh
sukahh
Sukkot
sepher h’kohavim
to lift up, elevate, weigh, esteem, balance
to be quiet, silent; silence; a pause in music
to lift up, elevate, cast up, waver
a ladder
a height, elevation; rock; the city Petra
to pardon, forgive / be forgiven
salah
seleh
salal
sulam
sala
salahh
als ls
hls
lls
mls
uls
jls
to place, aide, sustain, uphold, support, rest
spices, incense, fragrance, aroma
to smell, inhale a fragrant smell
to mark off, designate, appoint
samahh
sameem
samam
saman
]ms ms
\yms
mms
}ms
to lift up, elevate; to be sharp
a thorn bush, a senna bush
clay, mud, dross
Sinai Penninsula
the leaf of a palm tree
sanah
sneh
seen
sinai
sensena
hns ns
hns
}ys
ynys
hnsns
135
to heap up, lay up; provision, storehouse
a moth, a larvae
a horse; to be swift, to leap for joy
Sisera ( a horseman)
riding on horseback
yesod of yesod on the Tree-of-Life (q)
asas
sas
sus
sisera
suseeyah
samahh samahh
ssa ss
ss
sws
arsys
aysws
ss
to rush, agitate, move about, migrate
to break camp, depart; pluck up tent cords
to be tossed, scattered, dispersed, shaken
fissure, cleft, branches; a doubter, divided mind
secret of the universe (q)
the Book of the Universe (q)
sa’ah
nasah
sa’ar
sa’af
sod ha’olam
Sepher Ha’olam
hus us
usn
rus
[us
\lwuh dws
\lwuh rps
to spread out; gather up, collect the stragglers
to add, increase, continue, do more
to accumulate; to be taken away
to narrate, recount, number, enumerate
a book, writing; a scribe, numbering
a basin, a bowl, a threshold
an end, a threshold; to be fulfilled
seaweed, rushes; a whirlwind; to snatch away
the path between yesod and tiferet on the Tree (q)
asah
yasaf
safah
safar
safar
saf
sof
suf
samahh fay
to branch out, extend, make a circular orbit (q)
the Book of Formation (q)
samahh tzadi
Sepher Yetzirah
to ascend, take up, lift up, to cause to ascend
to stone / be stoned to death
nasak
sakal
136
[sa ps
[sy
hps
rps
rps
[s
[ws
[ws
ps
xs xs
hryxy rps
qsn qs
lqs
to be rebelous, angry, sullen, audacious
to depart, withdraw, expel; violation, offense
to turn aside, go away; escape calamity
to bind, fasten, be captive; to hold in prison
an overseer, court minister, eunuch
the Book of the Angel Raziel (q)
sar
sarah
sur
asar
sarees
Sepher Raziel
to alter, substitute, supersede, be changed (q)
the whirlwind of heaven (q)
the Book of Gates (q)
samahh sheen
sa’ara shamayeem
sepher h’sha’arim
to pass the winter
to stimulate, instigate, incite, set free; a garment
to stop up, shut up, seal; to hide
to be hidden, hide oneself; secrets, esoterica
the Book of Torah (q)
satah
soot
satam
satar
Sepher Torah
137
rs rs
hrs
rws
rsa
syrs
layzr rps
cs cs
\ymch hrus
\yruch rps
hts ts
tws
mts
rts
hrwt rps
The Letter Code 16:
u - Ayin
The Hebrew letter ayin (u) is the letter which has roots that go deep within the earth.
In the two letter root for the word for tree, aytz (xu), the ayin gives us a picture of the roots
and the tzaddi a picture of the branches. In the Phoenician script, the ayin is imaged as a
circular form. The ayin has a contemporary meaning of an eye or a fountain. The number
value of the letter ayin is seventy. This number appears many times in the torah as a
symbol that means “all possible manifestations.” The ayin is a code for the world of assiyah
(hycu), the fourth world, the element of earth. The letter ayin is pronounced in an aspirate
gutteral way that requires a gentle gutteral breath arising from the source of breath at the
depths of the abdomen. It is bioenergetically the most deeply grounding of all the letters.
One of the early incarnations of the ayin in the Genesis text occurs in the word rakiyah
(uyqr). The function of the ayin here is to anchor the ruahh hakodesh (sacred breath) of the
Tree-of-Life to the vibrations of the earth. As the sixteenth letter of the alphabet, one can
picture the ayin geometrically as a kind of medicine wheel of the four worlds with one
placed in each of the four directions (see diagram). When we square the ayin (so to speak),
16 x 16, the outcome is 256, the gematria of kol devar, all things, the everything. The
following are ten of the primordial incarnations of the letter ayin:
Aal (lu) (ayin-lamed): This two letter root appears in the phrase aal pinay, in Genesis,
when darkness is said to be on the face of the deep. This root conveys the idea of elemental
connection, of energy moving from centre (u) to periphery (l), or from depth (u) to height
(l).
Rakiya
(uyqr)
(raysh-kof-yod-ayin): Firmament. This firmament, or divider between
celestial and terrestial waters can have alternate meanings of first fountain or sacred breath
in the act of manifestation. The complete phrase yehee rakiya has a gematria of 405. It is the
higher harmonic of the words adam and mah. The rakiya may refer to the morphogenetic
fields that mediate manifestation.
138
Aysev
(bcu)
(ayin-seen-bayt): Herbs, grass, greenery, food. This first herbal food has a
gematria of 372, the same gematria as sheva, which means an oath or promise.
Aytz ({u) (ayin-tzaddi): Tree. The ayin gives a picture of the roots of the tree tapping into
the energy of the earth. The tzaddi gives us a picture of the branches of the tree opening up
to the sky.
Oseh
(hcu)
(ayin-seen-hay):
Yielding, making, manifesting. The manifesting here
involves bringing forth the fruit of the tree.
Assiyah
(hycu)
process that goes:
(ayin-seen-yod-hay): Manifestation. The fourth world in a creative
emanation (intention/fire), creation (template/air), formation
(archetype/water), manifestation (the-thing-itself/earth).
Moadim (\yduwm) (mem-vav-ayin-dalet-yod-mem) Seasons. The root of moadim is ayin-dalet
(du) which can mean to progress in space or in time. It is the root for the word for eternity
or to witness. These two letters are enlarged in Torah in words: dja umc. The hint here is
to listen for that which unifies or brings one to a perception of the One.
Erev (bru) (ayin-raysh-bayt) Evening. Twilight. Dusk. To mix, to exchange, to barter, to
mingle darkness with light.
Evree (yrbu) (ayeen-bayt-raysh-yod) Hebrew. A passer-by. One who crosses over a river or a
stream. One who comes from the region beyond, or the opposite side.
Ayden (}du) (yod-dalet-nun) Eden. To live sumptuously, delicately, pleasurably. To be
flexible, delicate, vulnerable, vibrating.
139
Introduction to The Gate-Book 16: u - Ayin
The King David version of the letter Ayin gives us an image of a letter whose roots go
deeply into the earth. The Phoenician image of the letter Ayin is a circular form. We find
this carried through in the idiomatic meanings for the Ayin. We find it when we read the
Ayin as the circular form of the pupil of the eye or the circular form of a fountain or a
spring bringing water to the surface from the depths of the earth. The sound of the Ayin is
a deep guttural sound that arises from the cauldron of the lower abdomen. The Ayin speaks
of the power of manifestation, the capacity to bring the form world out of the primordial
emptiness; To bring yaysh m’ayn, something out of nothing.
The Ayin also speaks of time cycles, and moments of synchronicity, whereby one can
perceive the pattern of time or the resonance of creative and formative worlds nested in
that which is manifest. We find this notion nested in the pair of gates Ayin-sheen and
Sheen-ayin. The Ayin-sheen gate is the root for the word assiah: to work, fabricate, produce,
make, create. The inverse gate, Sheen-ayin has an idiomatic meaning of: to preserve, aid,
liberate, deliver, set free. It can also mean the twinkling of an eye, or spiritual vision.
As a general rule, when the Ayin precedes a letter, it gathers the energy potential of that
letter into a powerful creative reservoir. When the Ayin follows a letter, it allows the
potential of the letter that comes before it to be released into the manifest world.
One of the more fascinating or mystical of our 484 gates is the gate: Ayin-Ayin. We find
the two Ayins together as signature letters in a number of two-letter hebrew phrases like
\wlu dbu eved olam (eternal servant, servant of the universe) and olam assiah (the world of
manifestation). Some kabbalists look to a double gate the way a mathematician looks at the
square of a number. In the case of the Ayin, one would look at its sequential position in the
alphabet as the 16th letter. The square of 16 is 256, the gematria of the hebrew phrase kol
devar (rbd lk), all that is, the everything. Kabbalistically this gate Ayin-Ayin can be
considered the centre of the circle, the idea of eternal recurrence or the assiah of assiah, the
deepest level of manifestation that spirit can penetrate.
140
The sixteenth chapter of the Book of Exodus gives us a unique spin on the meaning of
the letter Ayin. Sepher Yetzirah teaches us that the Ayin is associated with liver in the body
and the psychology of anger. In the sixteenth chapter of Exodus, the Israelite community
begins to complain against Moses and Aaron due to an apparent shortage of food. Moses
and Aaron let the people know that their complaints are not against them but against God.
In the fourteenth verse, after the evaporation of the dew from the earth, what is later called
manna appears.
Exodus 16:16 speaks of the manna, suggesting that each human should take only as much
of it as he/she needs. The verse teaches us how the universe responds in the world of assiah
to the prayer of our collective heart and soul. It may also hint at the universal laws of
perpetuity and how elements are cycled and recycled in the universe. The manna refers to
minute yet concentrated grains of spiritual food that appear on the surface of desert, like
frost crystals.
(rpkk qd spsjm qd) is indeed the microcosmic manna that the gate Ayin-Ayin illuminates.
141
The Gate-Book 16: u - Ayin
[la }yu au
twlyxa hyxu
dja }yu
ykna yrbu
au
energy potential, atomic energy (q)
the manifestation of essence (q)
one eye, that which returns to its source (q)
I am a Hebrew (a passerby)
a movement of energy from yesod to tiferet (q)
ayin aleph
asiyah atziluth
ayin ehhad
eevri anohhi
ayin aleph
to condense, cover with darkness, wrap about
to be thick, dense, compact
to pass over, cross a stream, go beyond
the opposite side, region on the other side
a ferry-boat
av
avah
avar
evayr
avarah
to bend, to curve, go in a circle
a round cake baked on hot cinders
deep breathing, delights, voluptuous love
to roll, revolve; a ring, a chariot
a migratory bird
oog
egah
agav
agal
agur
gwu gu
hgu
bgu
lgu
rwgu
to return, repeat, invoke, testify, bear witness
to repeat, return; to witness, give testimony
to pass over, to pass by; to remove, abrogate
an assembly, appointed meeting, congregation
pleasure, delight, flexibility, vibration
to point out, to find, appoint, meet with
a fixed point in time or space; periodic return (q)
listen! understand the oneness!
ahd
ood
ahdah
aydah
ayden
ya’ad
ayd
shema ehhad
du du
dwu
hdu
hdu
}du
duy
du
142
bu bu
hbu
rbu
rbu
hrbu
dja umc
the world of manifestation; sentient reality
window into eternity, perception of periodicity (q)
asiyah
ayin hay
hycu hu
hu
to bend, curve, twist, distort, subvert
guilt, crime, perversity, calamity, penalty
to turn away; curvature, inversion, declanation
to be bent, inflected, crooked
to be blind, blinded; to be awake, alert, watchful
ava
avon
aval
avat
evayr; ur
hwu wu
}wu
lwu
twu
rwu
strong, fortified, harsh, might; a she-goat
strength, might, power, firmness
to flee for refuge; to set one’s things in safety
to loosen bands, let go, desert, set a servant free
to strengthen, become strong, make secure
to gird, surround, defend, aid; helper, ally
eye/ear, a karmic cycle (q)
az; ayz
oz
uz
azav
azaz
azar
ayin zayin
zu zu
zu
zwu
bzu
zzu
rzu
zu
intense bonding; syntropic energy (q)
the Tree-of-Life (q)
the source of electricity; electromagnetic field (q)
ayin hhet
aytz hhayim
ayn hashmal
a stylus, chisel, incision, notch, cut
to impress, immerse, engrave, inscribe
to cover over, wrap up, roll up, clothe oneself
to press upon, to be indignant; anger, rage
to surround with a crown; diadem
ayt
oot
atah
ayeet
atar
143
ju ju
\yyj {u
lmcj }yu
fu fu
fwu
hfu
fyu
rfu
the place where a valley opens; a heap of ruins
to flow out (as water, tears)
an eye, a look; a fountain, a source
aye
een
ayeen
ahhav
to be agile, swift; an agile weaver, a spider
ahhar
to disturb, trouble, stir up; troubled water
the helper who stands opposite one (soul-mate) (q) ezer k'inegdo
yu yu
}yu
}yu
bku ku
rku
wdgnk rzu
lu lu
(h)lu
hlu
hylu
}wylu
lu
high, above, over, upon, near, beyond
a yoke, servitude; pretext; burnt offering
to go up, lead up, take up; to be elevated
a loft, upper chamber, ladder, steps, ascension
highest places; Supreme; Most High
material extent, elemental energy, earth/heaven(q)
ahl
ohl/alah
alah
aliyah
elyon
ayin lamed
a people, nation, race, family, common people
together, with, at, by, near, in proximity to
to stand, to stand firm, endure, remain, persist
aam
eem
amad/amida
\u mu
\u
dmu
sing, call, read, answer, signify; lift up the voice
to till the ground, cultivate, labour, oppress
modest, humble, afflicted, poor
thick cloud; that which condenses, forms a body
fountain, eye, source, circle, centre, hole, recess
anah
anah
anav
anan
ayeen
hnu nu
hnu
wnu
}nu
}yu
144
ssu su
sysu
to tread down, to trample grapes under foot
a new wine, juice
asass
asees
the centre of the circle, eternal recurrence (q)
eternal servant; servant-of-the-universe (q)
to ascend from the depths to the Most High (q)
ayin ayin
eved olam
aliyah elyon
to cover with feathers, fly; to grow luxuriantly
to fly, hang in the air, hover, cover with
darkness
to be light, swift, agile
to be faint, to languish, fail in strength; darkness
dust, dry earth, powder
eyelids
ayfah
oof
a tree, wood; substance, backbone
to bind fast, be strong; make an impression upon
to consult, council, predict, declare, decree
essence, bone, bond, bodily form
aytz
yaatz
ootz
etzem
{u xu
{uy
{wu
\xu
to be compressed, narrowed, arched
to come from behind, circumvent, defraud; heel
the end, reward, latter part of anything
Jacob; who follows in the footprints, holds a heel
ook
akav
ekev
yaakov
qwu qu
bqu
bqu
bquy
145
auwf
ayafe
afar
afapayim
uu uu
\lwu dbu
}wylu hylu
hpu pu
pwu
pwu
pwu
rpu
\ypupu
a city, town, watch tower; a watcher (angel)
to be naked, alert, ardent, crafty, watchful; skin
a newborn, a young boy, bridegroom
honey freely flowing from the comb; forest
air, atmosphere
eer
oor
naar
yaar
avir
rwu ru
rwu
run
ruy
rwu
Ursa Major, the Great Bear, nightly watcher
to labor, work, fabricate, produce, make, create
to hasten, gather together, assemble, selves
to be happy, to prosper, to enrich
ash
asa
oosh
ashar
cu cu
hcu
cwu
rcu
now, at this time, the present moment
to hasten, assist, aid; be skillful in an art
prompt, ready, prepared, destined; impending
knowledge, intelligence, awareness, knowing
ayt
oot
ateed
daat
tu tu
twu
dtu
tud
146
The Letter Code 17:
p - Pay
The letter pay or fay (p) is the letter that refers to the mouth, speech, saying, an
entrance, an opening, or the surface of anything. It is the letter of beauty and of the
Presence. When it appears in the word po (hp), it means here, in this place, at this moment.
The pay is an invocatory letter that asks us to be physically and spiritually present at a
moment where we are called to pay attention. It can refer to an internal spiritual event
where one is called to be face-to-face (hp-la-hp) with the essence of oneself or Divine
Presence. As a pictogram, the letter pay makes allusion to the sacred spiral, the beauty and
goodness inherent in creation. It is the seventeenth letter, the gematria of tov, goodness.
When we add the sum of the numbers one through seventeen (1+2+3+4...+17), we come up
with the number 153, which is the gematria of the artisan Betzalel (lalxb), who is the
archetype of the divine craftsman who creates with divine light in the shadow of the
Elohim. When we map out the number seventeen as sacred geometry, we see it as the
essence at the centre of the medicine wheels of the four worlds (See diagram).
One of the concealed meanings of the letter pay has to do with deliverance from
slavery and freedom from psychological attachment to the material world. It allows us to
transform, transmute, to blossom, and to fly. The following are ten of the key incarnations
of the letter pay:
Al-p’nay (ynp-lu) (ayeen-lamed-pay-nun-yod) On the surface of. On the face of the waters or
of the waves.
Marhhehhet (tpjrm) (mem-raysh-hhet-pay-tav) Hovering. This hovering is said to be like
the hovering of an eagle over her young. The inner root rahhaf has a gematria of 288.
Habad teaches us that this refers to the 288 root souls that are breathed into incarnation.
They symbolically receive the divine breath of hhesed.
147
P’ree (yrp) (pay-raysh-yod) Fruit.
Nefesh hhaya (hyj cpn) (nun-pay-sheen hhet-yod-hay) Creatures which breath the breath
of life. The nefesh refers to the first level of the soul which carries the animal vitality.
Kanaf ([nk) (kaf-nun-pay) Wing. That which flies with the wind.
Afar (rpu)
(ayeen-pay-raysh) Dust.
The dust of adama which is used in the world of
yetsirah to form Adam is likely more like the physicists living enzyme soup than a dry
pollen! Kabbalistically the word is a contraction of a tree (aytz) that bears fruit (p’ree).
Adam is thereby formed from the Tree-of-Life.
Vayeepahh b’apeev (wypab jpyw) (vav-yod-pay-het bayt-aleph-pay-yod-vav) And breathed into
his nostrils. The first pay is a divine out-breath that inspires Adam. The second pay refers
to nostrils of Adam that receive the divine inspiration.
Yipared (drpy) (yod-pay-raysh-dalet) To spread out. This spreading out comes from one
river which divides into four sources flowing out from the centre of the garden of Eden.
The four rivers coming out of Eden refer to the four worlds of consciousness.
Venifkehhoo (wjqpnw) (vav-nun-pay-kof-het-vav) (And your eyes) shall be opened. This
opening of the eyes or enlightenment was offered to the woman by the nahhash in Genesis
3:5.
Tiferet (trapt) (tav-pay-aleph-raysh-tav) Tiferet. The sixth sphere of the Tree-of-Life.
Refers to the principle of harmony and beauty that radiates from the central sphere of the
Tree. The root also alludes to the sewing together of the different limbs of the Tree into
one garment of light.
148
Introduction to The Gate-Book 17: p - Pay
The 17th letter pay/phay conveys meanings that have to do with breath, proportion,
beauty and spiritual transformation. As the 17th letter it refers to the spirit essence that
spins the ophaneem or the alternating faces of the four worlds of creation. The number 17
choreographs the permutation and combination of elements in the molecular world of the
16. The letter pay/phay is a double letter according to the Sepher Yetzirah. The pay is a
hard sound where the breath pushes from within to without. The phay is a soft sound
whereby the breath escapes the mouth gently through the teeth.
Most words that begin
with the pay begin with the hard sound or a propulsion. Most gates that end with the phay
end with the soft phay that allows air to be released in a gentle way. This may prove to be
useful when you examine the 44 gates that contain pay/phay.
There are a few gates that stand out within the set of 22 that you will be meditating
with here. The root pay-nun ( np ) is a root that teaches us much about the pure meaning
of the letter.
We find this root referring to : The face, presence, surface, countenance,
corner, interior. As a verb it can mean to turn one’s self in any direction, or to alternate. It
is also the root for the word ophaneem, an angelic realm which presents alternating facets
or faces to one’s vision due to their multi-dimensional reality. The inverse gate to pay-nun
is nun-phay ( pn ), root for the word nephesh, to take breath, breathe, soul, feeling, purpose.
The double gate pay/phay has an idiomatic meaning of to glide, fly, waver in the air.
Kabbalistically the two phays or pays represent that which has two wings or can fly. It is a
reference to that which in Torah is called paneem-al-paneem. Presence to presence, face to
face, spiritually present, a moment of intimacy and recognition.
The 17th chapter of Genesis is the one where a covenant is cut between God and
Avram.
In the first verse pay-hey ( hp ) Avram’s name is changed to Abraham by the
addition of the letter hey to his name. This signifies his new destiny as the father of a horde
of nations. In the 11th verse Avraham is instructed about the mark of the covenant and the
149
rite of circumcision. In the 15th verse ( sp ) Sarah’s name Sarai is changed to Sarah so
that she will be blessed and bare a child at the age of 90.
The Kabbalistic teaching
suggests that the Yod from Sarai is being divided into two heys. One is given to Avraham,
one to Sarah. These heys represent the in-breath and the out-breath of the Divine Name.
In the 17th verse of the 17th chapter Avraham falls on his face and begins to laugh. He is
face-to-face, paneem-al-paneem, with a paradox, a divine intervention that makes him a
father at the age of 100 and Sarah a mother at the age of 90. The Kabbalistic teaching
points to the letter tzaddi, ( x ) as the letter representing the archetypal female energy and
the letter kof ( q ) representing the archetypal male energy. These letters reoccur in the
name given to the child of Avraham and Sarah : Yitzhak (qjxy). Yitzhak whose name
means laughter (perhaps he is conceived in Avraham’s mind in the moment before he falls
upon his face and laughs!), embraces the letters for the female x, the male q and life
energy, hhai, yj.
Take the time to meditate on the verses of the 17th chapter of Genesis and any other
chapter 17 in Torah, the writings, and the prophets that you might find fascinating.
150
The Gate-Book 17: p - Pay
to blow, to divide, to scatter, to segment
a corner, portion, region, side, quarter
the face of things
pa’ah
peyah
pay aleph
hap ap
hap
ap
the dawning of a new day; a breakthrough (q)
pay bayt
bp bp
to be cold, frigid, immature, static, undeveloped
to light upon, strike; to strike a covenant
incident, encounter, chance, event
to be weary, exhausted, lazy; carcass
cessation, rest, torpor
pug
puga
puga
pugar
poog
gp gp
ugp
ugp
rgp
gup
to loosen, let go, set free, deliver, redeem, padah
liberate
pedon
liberation, redemption
pedar
to nourish, to fatten
hdp dp
peh
peh
poh
the mouth, opening, portion, edge, border
an orator, spokesman, messenger,
here, in this place
151
}wdp
rdp
hp hp
hp
hp
his voice, his commandment, his word
to breathe, blow, blow through, exhale, disperse
to disperse, overflow, spread out, break in pieces
to move to and frow, bring to an end
po
pooahh
pootz
pook
wp wp
jwp
{wp
qwp
pure, purified, pure gold
to ejaculate
to leap, to bound; to be light, agile
to separate and purify metals from dross
mouth/ear (q)
paz
pooz
pazaz
pazaz
pay zayin
zp zp
zwp
zzp
zzp
zp
to breath out, blow upon, breath into, animate
a net, a snare; lascivious, wantoness
to blow through, exhale; to blow out, to hasten
to cook, to bake, to care for; governor
fear, terror, trembling
pahh
pahh/pahhaz
poahh
pehhah
pahhad
jp jp
(z)jp
hwp
hjp
djp
to break through, split, spread out, burst forth
fissure, first-born, first-fruits
to break, strike with a hammer, flatten
patar
patar
patash
rfp fp
rfp
cfp
the mouth, edge, angle, proportion, message
pi
152
yp yp
flask, bottle, condensation; a lens
to invert, counteract, overturn, be changed
to waver to and fro; seaweed
extending their wings
pahh
hafahh
poohh
parshay kanafeem
to separate, distinguish, weigh out
to let fall, to revolve, to level
mystery, miracle, wonder, marvel, enigma
to cleave, divide; a stream, river, channel
pala
nafal
pele
peleg
to strike with the foot, to keep a beat; one stroke
a bell
to swallow down, understand; a footstep, anvil
the surface of the waters
pa’am
pa’amon
pa’am
p’nay hamayim
a prohibition; removing, taking away, lest
to turn oneself in any direction; a face, corner
surface; external appearance, personal presence
inside, within, inner, interior, inward
face, presence, surface, fore-part, countenance
ophan, a wheel, an alternating face
pen
panah
panah
p’neemah
p’nay
ophan
extremity; a tunic extending to wrist and ankles
diffusion, abundance; a handful
halt, limp, be dislocated; immunity; Passover
a graven image, an idol
to cease, leave off, come to an end; zero, nothing
pas
peesa
pesahh
pesel
pasas/effes
153
]p kp
]ph
]wp
\ypnk ycrp
alp lp
lpn
alp
glp
\up mp
}wmup
\ap
\ymh ynp
}p np
hnp
hnp
hmynp
ynp
}pwa
sp sp
hsp
jsp
lsp
spa/ssp
hup up
\ynyu jqp
to cry out, bellow, shatter, crush, crumble
to open the eyes
pa’a
pakahh aynayim
to fly, glide, waver in the air
two wings or surfaces, double edged (q)
face-to-face, immediacy; spiritual intimacy
affaf
pey pey
panim el panim
the face of the earth
to disperse, scatter, lay bare; a fissure
to break a seal, burst open, shower, inundate
to tear apart, deliver, snatch away, wound
to peel, strip off bark
p’nay ha aretz
nafatz
nefetz
patza
patzal
to vascillate, alternate, move to and fro
to oversee, visit, examine, enumerate; oversight
to open one’s eyes, restore sight; see the unseen
that which opens and shuts, is intermittent (q)
pook
fakad
fakahh
pay kof
qwp qp
dqp
jqp
qp
to run swiftly; a bull, a wild ass
that which is fertile, fruitful, productive; fruit
to separate, expand, disperse
to loosen, to leave off, become unbridled
Pharaoh; leader of an army
Persia; to divide/to be divided
to break down, scatter, spread abroad, rupture
par(ah)
pari
parad
pharoa
paroh
paras
paratz
(a)rp rp
yrp
drp
urp
hurp
srp
xrp
154
[pa pp
pp
\ynp la \ynp
{rah ynp xp
xpn
xpn
hxp
lxp
pride, step
to fall away, break away, defect; rebellion, fault
a horseman leaping proudly and fiercely
to take breath; soul, anima, will, living creature
pash
pesha
poosh
nefesh
cp cp
ucp
cwp
cpn
to open the eyes; to be ingenuos, simple, deluded
simplicity, folly, deceit
to spread out, open, let oneself be persuaded
to open one’s hand/mouth; to open oneself
opening, entrance, door, gate, portal
to interpret a dream
pot
p’ti
patah
patahh
patahh
patar
tp tp
ytp
htp
jtp
jtp
rtp
155
The Letter Code 18:
x - Tzaddi
The 18th letter of the Hebrew alphabet is the letter tzaddi. The letter has a numerical
value of 90. It means the side of, to hunt, or to capture. From a kabbalistic stand point,
tzaddi has to do with symmetry patterns. The root tzadeek carries the meaning of one who
is just, honest, upright, correct, righteous. The word is a contraction of the two letters tzaddi
and kof which represent female and male energy vibrations. The tzadeek is a soul who has
gained mastery and balance of receptive and radiating powers within him/herself and is
willing to serve as a model and a mirror of spiritual mastery. In the Sepher Yetzirah, tzaddi
is the letter associated with the zodiac sign Aquarius. It is the letter connected with the
process of meditation. It is likely that this process was integral to the art of hunting in a
time when the hunter needed to attune his imaginal realm and brain waves to the animal
that was being hunted. Meditation, seen in this light, parallels the art of fishing. Tzaddi is
sometimes seen to be a pictogram for a fish hook!
When we look at the gematria of the letter tzaddi, we find that the number 90 is the
fourth part of a circle. From this primordial circle we can take an image, a tzelem (\lx)
and mirror it both vertically and horizontally to form a complete circle or wholeness. This
holds a kabbalistic teaching whereby humans are created b’tzelem elohim, in the image of
God. Also the divine spark is divided symmetrically into male and female vessels that
mirror one another on the soul level. The tzaddi on a primary level refers us to aytz
hahhayeem, the Tree-of-Life. This may include the whole creative process from the world
of emanation to the world of manifestation along with the symmetrical mirroring of
vibrational energies betweeen worlds or dimensions.
The following are ten of the key incarnations of the letter tzaddi that appear in the
early passages of Genesis:
Ha’aretz ({rah) (hay-aleph-raysh-tzaddi): The earth. The three letters that preceed the
first tzaddi to appear in the Genesis text are found in the words elohim (h) and b’raysheet
(ra). The tzaddi stands in symmetry with the enlarged bayt of b’raysheet. The two together
156
refer to the cosmic egg that is being hatched here. The word ha’aretz holds the light (ar)
created with/by elohim that catalyzes the photosynthesis process on our planet. The final
tzaddi is a code for all of the vessels, branches and symmetry patterns that receive this light.
Vatotzeh (axwtw) (vav-tav-vav-tzaddi-aleph): “and brought forth”, referring to the greenery
and the seed that appear on the earth during the third day of creation. The tzaddi here
implies a kind of unfurling from the world of potential into the world of the manifest.
Aytz ({u) (ayin-tzaddi): Tree. Appearing in the phrase “aytz p’ree” or fruit tree. This two
letter root serves as a pictogram for the process it represents. The ayin gives us a picture of
the roots of a tree tapping into earth energy and underground water. The tzaddi gives us
the image of the branches of the tree unfurling in space.
B’tzelem
(\lxb) (bayt-tzaddi-lamed-mem): “in the image”. The full phrase is b’tzelem
elohim, which means “in the image of Elohim”. Another possible translation here could be
“in the shadow of the Elohim” or “in the shadow of the Light”. Some commentators consider
this phrase to hint at a level of unity that preceeds the journey through sexual duality or
dialectics! The gematria of b’tzelem elohim is 248, the same gematria as Avraham and
rehhem, or the womb of compassion.
Vayeetzar (rxyyw) (raysh-tzaddi-yod-yod-vav): “and formed”. This word appears in Genesis
2/7 where the archetype of Adam is formed from the afar (earth fertility, cosmic soup,
energy sprouts) that come from the Adamah. This root refers to the yetzirah level of
creation where things are given colour, shape, form and the opportunity to permute,
combine and mate with symmetry patterns that match their own.
Aytz ha’hhayeem (\yyjh {u) (ayin-tzaddi hay-hhet-yod-yod-mem): The Tree-of-Life. The
Tree-of-Life energies. This tree, which appears in the middle of the Garden of Eden, has
something to do with the regenerative alchemy of our biological being. The word
ha’hhayeem has the same gematria as the letter gimel and the word hhochmah: 73. The
157
gimel refers to metabolic processes and the capacity to nurture. The Tree-of-Life is also the
Tree-of-Wisdom that teaches us through our intuition about the relationship between
essence and form, light and vessel. The wisdom includes an attunement to cosmic cycles
and synchronicities.
Matza
(axm)
(mem-tzaddi-aleph): To search out, to find. The word appears in Genesis
2/20 where Adam is unable to find his partner/helpmate. The root matza implies a kind of
thirst. It can mean, in the Hebrew idiom, to suck out that which is sweet. The water of the
letter mem is being sucked up by the branches of the tzaddi and converted back to the
world of aleph (light, unity, love).
Hatzayla (ulxh) (hay-tzaddi-lamed-ayin): The rib. This is the famous rib in Genesis 2/22
that is taken from man and used to formulate woman. Let’s consider the root tzayla as a
verb that means to incline to one’s side, or to limp. As a noun, the root means a beam, or side
chamber. The limping implies, from our standpoint, a kind of shamanic wounding of Adam
whereby his innermost essence is hidden from self. The cosmic principle that we are
dealing with here is symmetry. With a little creative magic, a trick of breath and mirrors,
an aspect of the world of form is empowered to restore wholeness and essence to humanity.
The tzayla is a code for a buried aspect of the world of atzilut that we carry unconsciously
within us. Perhaps we should translate hatzayla as: the mirror of relationship!
Etzem (\xu) (ayin-tzaddi-mem): bone, strength, integrity, essence. The essence here refers
to the whole process of the Tree-of-Life being watered from the realm of the elohim. It is
the tree planted within us psychically and genetically that reminds us of our divine
inheritance, b’tzelem elohim.
Atzilut
(twlyxa)
(aleph-tzaddi-yod-lamed-vav-tav): The world of emanation. The world of
nearness. The root atzal or atzeel means to put forth deep roots, to be sprung from an ancient
stock, to connect together. The world of emanation involves a sending forth of light, through
image projection into each of the four worlds of creation until essence is clothed with the
158
world of form. Emanation involves the connecting of these four worlds and the planting of
roots deep into the world of asiyah, or manifestation.
159
Introduction to The Gate-Book 18: x - Tzaddi
The hebrew letter tzaddi serves as a pictogram for the branches of the Tree-of -Life
rooted in aretz, the earth. As the gematria 90 the tzaddi gives us the image of one quarter
or fourth of a circle. The circle represents the Garden of Eden; tzaddi represents the four
rivers that emanate from Pardase to water the garden of the 4 worlds of creation. The two
letter gate ayin-tzaddi, aytz, xu images for us the roots of the tree with the ayin, the
branches of the tree with the tzaddi. It is also possible to consider that this gate refers to
olam atzilut or olam yetzirah , the world of emanation or the world of image creation. As
the ayin can alternately represent a circular form, the tzaddi then refers to the four
quarters of topography contained within the circle or sphere. This the tzaddi echoes back to
the phrase we hear early in the creation: b’tzelem elohim. This image from the creative
realm is initially mirrored on the reflective surface of the water via the breath or Spirit.
This mirroring speaks of a geometrical projection of form from above to below or from
right to left. The Zohar alludes to this mirroring process when the letters are seen as faceto face or back-to-back. (heaven-to-earth or
earth-to-heaven). If the circle were to
represent an electro-magnetic field, then the tzaddi would represent the 4 distinct energy
quadrants of the field. The kabbalah would refer to these as the 4 tzittzit of the tallit or
prayer shawl.
With this in mind, we can understand the notion of the tzadeek or upright being who
serves to connect the worlds of heaven & earth, of being & becoming, of what is & what
will be. As we have seen before, the tzaddi has a discernable connection to the maternal &
female function of taking seed into the womb & the evolution of forms within any timespace continuum or cycle of manifestation. It is the letter we associate with the matriarch
Sarah who conceives at the archetypally ripe age of 90! We find this story appearing in the
18th chapter of Genesis in the parsha called VaYera in hebrew. In the fourth verse ( 18:4
dx ) we hear Abraham say to the three stangers/guests/angels : “ let some water be
brought and wash your feet. Rest under the tree.” The tzaddi gate for this verse points
160
towards both a hidden ( tzelem) & a revealed ( dimoot) meaning for what one will find while
resting beneath this tree. In the 9th verse, tzaddi-tet, the guests ask of Abraham: “Where is
your wife Sarah? “Abraham replies: “Here, in the tent.” The gate here, tzaddi-et, refers to
the cosmological principles of evolution & involution. In the 10th verse, one of the
strangers/guests/angels suggests to Abraham that he will return in approximately one year,
at which time Sarah will have given birth to a son. Sarah overhears the words of the
messenger from behind the entrance of the tent and laughs (vateetzhhak, qjxtw). The
laughter that separates/ connects Abraham& Sarah is a matter of perspective & perception
that is truly possible in the realm of assiah. The teaching here is that nothing is impossible
or too difficult for the One Being to accomplish! (ha’yeepalay mayyodhayvavhay : hwhym
alpyh ) The remainder of the chapter involves the dialogue between Abraham & YHVH
regarding the fate of the people of Sodom. Abraham learns that the just or upright souls
that reside in Sodom will not be destroyed along with the evil or wayward ones. The story
speaks of the power of the tzadeekeem, the just ones or the innocent ones, to purify or
transmute the karma of their rasha/ not-so-innocent-or-just neighbours.
Take the time to meditate on the nuances of the 18th chapter of Genesis while
utilizing the hints given by the tzaddi gates that follow. Be aware that the idiomatic
meanings are in the world of assiah. Ask the Gate-keepers themselves to teach you the true
meaning of the gates in the world of Atziluth!
161
The Gate-Book 18: x - Tzaddi
to go forth, bring forth, release, be cast out
to germinate, to expand, spring forth
things which spring up; descendents
outflow, excrement
yatzah
yatzah
t’zayah
t’zayah
t’zeayetzaeem
to go forth as a star, as a soldier to a war
to cause to swell, project, to be prominent
a gazelle; splendour, glory
to be willing, prone, inclined
to pour out, to flow, to go slowly
to dip into, to immerse, dye a garment
to place, take a stand, speak what is true
tzava
tzava
tzevee
tzeva
tzavav
tzava
yatzav
to establish, place, make to stand, leave in place
the great tree
the tree in the garden (q)
yetzag
aytz gadol
aytz hagan
the side, a snare, a secret, a design; an adversary
to fix the eyes on anything, to search for
to lie in wait, to hunt, lay snares, catch birds
a judge, a king, a righteous being; just, upright
pattern/picture : hidden/revealed q
tzayd
tzadah
tzood
tzadeek
tzelem/damot
162
axy ax
axy
hax
hax
\yaxax
hbx bx
hbx
ybx
abx
bbx
ubx
bxy
gxy gx
lwdg xu
}gh xu
dx dx
hdx
dwx
qdx
twmd/mlx
polished, shining, golden
light
to be white, shining, polished, sundried
to be pure, to reveal oneself, to shine
tzahav
tzohar
tzahah
tzahar
bhx hx
rhx
hhx
rhx
an order, comand, precept, direction, verbal will
to appoint, delegate, commission, command
tzav
tzuahh
wx wx
jwx
to chomp the bit; to feel restricted
symmetrical balance (q)
golden channels (Zech 4/12)
tzooz
tzaddi zayin
tzinorot zahav
to be sunny, dry, arid, radiant, glistening
to be exposed to solar rays; to thirst
clarity, sincerity; the forehead; a sonorous voice
tree of life (q)
tzahha
maytzahh
netzahh
aytz hhayim
to extend branches (q)
evolution/involution (q)
aquarius/leo ; meditation/hearing ( SY)
tzaddi tet
tzaddi tet
tzaddi tel
fx fx
fx
fx
a desert, dry region; a ship, nomad
that which is exposed to solar rays
Zion; the south hill where Jerusalem is built
tzee
tzayaah
tzyon
yx yx
hyx
}wyx
163
zx zx
zx
bhz twrwnx
hjx jx
jxm
jxn
\yyj xu
expansion/contraction, friction (q)
netzahh-malhhut pathway on the tree (q)
star constellations (q)
tzaddi kaf
netzahh/malhhut
tzivaot/kokhaveem
to put forth deep roots; connect together; image
to withdraw, disappear; to snatch from danger
a shadow, depth, canopy; prayer
an image, shadow, likeness
rib, side, quarter of the heavens; to limp
ear-tingling sound; cymbals, zills, flapping wings
atzal
atzeel
tzayl
tzelem
tzala
tzalel/tziltzal
to tie up, bind fast, press together
to be thirsty, fast, suffer, contractions
a yoke of oxen; an indisolvable bond
essence, substance; bone, bodily form
contraction
tzoom
tzama
tzemed
etzem
tzimtzum
to withdraw, reserve, restrain, preserve, guard
to be cold, hard, compacted, hidden; a shield
a channel, aquaduct, tube, water course
tzeena
tzanan
tzanar
to search for support; structural foundation (q)
aquarius/ sagittarius : meditation/trance (q)
netzahh-yesod pathway on the tree (q)
tzaddi samehh
tzaddi samehh
netzahh/ yesod
to cleave in two, to divide bread; profit
to incline, spread out, spread beneath, unfurl
to incline, bend back, empty a vessel;
to step up, to mount; to go in slow motion
betzah
yatzah
tza’ah
tza’ad
164
kx kx
twklm/jxn
mybkwk twabx
lxa lx
lyxa
lx
\lx
ulx
lxlx/llx
\wx mx
amx
dmx
\xu
\wxmyx
hnx nx
}nx
rnx
sx sx
sx
sx
uxb ux
uxy
hux
dux
to arrange, select, put at the right place
to look out, review, observe, see visions
to overflow, float; honey dropping from comb
the north; what is secret, destined, yet to come
tzafa
tzafa
tzoof
tzafon
hpx px
hpx
[wx
}wpx
to blossom, flower, flourish, fly
to glitter, emit sparks, glance, make eyes shine
fringed edges, borders, extremities, feathers
natzatz
netzotz
tztzeet
{xn xx
xwxyn
txyx
to be compressed, narrowed, straightened
to pour out, melt ore, cast metal
to tie together, cry out, clap the hands
to make sport, to jest, mock, laugh repeatedly
90/100, female/male, expansion/contraction (q)
tzook
yatzak
tzakal
tzahhak
tzadi kof
qwx qx
qxy
lqx
qjxy
qx
to form, form in the mind, fashion as a potter
bind together, keep watch, preserve from danger
a narrow road, straight; adversary; vertebrae
a stone, pebble, rock, edge, flint knife, cleft
Tyre; to press upon, cut with a knife, besiege
yatzar
yatzar
tzar
tzoor
tzoor
rxy rx
rxy
rx
rwx
rwx
to separate the real from the counterfeit (q)
tzaddi sheen
cx cx
to kindle, set on fire, burn with anger
gematria for 490 (7x70) (q)
yatzat
tzaddi tav
txy tx
tx
165
The Letter Code 19:
q - Kof
The ninteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is the letter kof (q). Its complete spelling
is kof-vav-phay. The numerical value of kof, itself, is 100; when spelled out in full it is 186.
The value 186 is, of course, the value of the speed of light. The kabbalistic notion here is
that the kof travels at the speed of light and brings a kind of cosmic consciousness to any
vessel that becomes aware of the embedded aleph that has been placed, like a divine spark,
within it. The kof brings to self-consciousness or self-awareness the omniscience, the
omnipresence and the indwelling essence of divine unity. Within the dialog of particle and
wave (the yod and mem of elohim) the kof attunes the particle to its harmonic resonance
with the wave.
There are a number of other interesting words with the gematria of 186.
Traditionally, kabbalists have seen this number as the square of the four letter Divine
Name. Thus, the yod-hay-vav-hay, with its 10-5-6-5 gematria, is squared, letter by letter, as
102 52 62 52 (100+25+36+25=186). The first Hebrew word to appear in Genesis with this
gematria is the word makom (\wqm), the place where the waters are gathered. This makom
is referred to esoterically as any state or station of consciousness. The kof appears in the
word rakiyah (uyqr), usually translated as the firmament. This word can also refer to the
sacred breath or ruahh hakodesh (cdwqh jwr) that transports the seeds of the Tree-of-Life
(yod) to the world of manifestation (ayin). Another key word with the gematria 186 is the
word kolaynu (wnlq), meaning our voice. This alludes to a Kabalistic teaching whereby the
creative gift of vocalization and spoken language is a gift given so that we may become
vessels for the “language of light”. Other gematria for 186 include vaneyfen (}fnw) meaning
and we turned; the implication being that we are returning toward Source.
In the Hebrew idiom, the kof can refer to a monkey or an ape. I’m sure that those
who hold to the theory of evolution will enjoy this! The kof can also refer to the eye of a
needle. It is katan (}fq), that which is small, or microcosmic. There is a principal of
contraction towards centre or essence that is carried by the kof. The Hebrew word for a
166
solstice, an equinox, or any still point in an orbit or a magnetic field is called a tikufah
(hpwqt). The simple root here is hakafah, which means ringing, circling, circuit, to encircle
or to surround (hakayf, [qh), and hekayf, meaning periphery, circumference, outline or orbit.
The implication here is that consciousness is perpetually surrounding or orbiting the void,
which is symbolized by the eye-of-the-needle or the hole-in-the-axe-blade, of which the kof
is a pictogram.
The reference here is to the cyclical nature of things and our capacity to enter
ceremony, and attain a still-point at specific portals. This allows our consciousness to travel
faster than the speed of light in order to gain a vision and an embodiment of the unity of
the complete cycle. Tradtionally the solstices and equinoxes have been utilized by
indigenous cultures as ceremonial moments or doorways that stop time and open up
perception to eternal realms.
One of the most important words in Hebrew illuminating the kof is the word
kaddosh (cdq). This word is most often translated as holy, sacred, pure or sanctified. From
a Kabbalistic vantage point it can also mean a singular point (from the word nikud, dwqn,
vowel point) of spirit-flame c. The Sepher Yetzirah teaches us that the kof is associated with
the zodiac sign Pisces and the human capacity for laughter (The kof found in Yitzhak, qjxy).
This laughter is the bridge between personal and transpersonal realities, the awareness of
the paradoxical nature of life and the attunement to a cosmic consciousness.
The following ten words will give us a sense of the earlier incarnations of the letter
kof in the genesis process:
vayeekra (arqyw) (vav-yod-kof-raysh-aleph) and called. The first calling here is a vibration
that goes from the elohim to the Light. It is an act of naming or distinguishing the first
complimentarity to appear in Genesis light/darkenss as day/night. The kof of vayeekra sets
things in orbit.
167
boker (rqb) (bayt-kof-raysh) morning. The dawning of the light. The bayt of boker comes
from the bara of b’raysheet. The kof raysh of boker comes from kara, the calling out or
naming. The primary polarities of implosion/explosion (b) and contraction/expansion (q)
of light (r) are established in the word boker.
rakeeya (uyqr) (raysh-kof-yod-ayin) firmament, canopy. That which is spread out like a
hemisphere above the earth, with a heavenly ocean above it. There are a fascinating
variety of speculations about the exact nature of the firmament. Some theorists consider
the rakeeya to be like a photon belt or an atmospheric energy band between earth and
deep space. The letter flow of the word suggests a ruahh kodesh, sacred atmosphere or
breath that creates a bridge between energy potential (y) and energy manifested and
kinetic (u).
makom (\wqm) (mem-kof-vav-mem) gathering space, state of consciousness. A place, station,
abode, habitation. The kof here collects the two mems from the word mayim. The inner
gate kof-vav refers to the line of light that is spoken of in the Lurianc Kabbalah. The word
makom has a gematria of 186, the same gematria as the letter kof (100-6-80), the speed of
light, the square of the letters of the four letters of the divine name (100-25-36-25).
hakatan (}fqh) (hey-kof-tet-nun) the litle one.
Little, small, younger.
This word first
appears in Genesis making reference to the moon as the lesser light in the sky. The inner
root kof-tet referst to the process of contraction (q) and embryonic process or involution
(f).
nikeva (hbqn) (nun-kof-bayt-hey) a woman, female.
The root nakav means to hollow out,
bore a hole, excavate, create a cavern. It can also mean to separate, distinguish, specify, call
by name.
The root kav (bq) has as its primary meaning the creation of a cavity or
emptiness that allows one to be in a state of receptivity.
168
vayikadesh (cdqyw) (vav-yod-kof-dalet-sheesh) and sanctify. The first time this word appears
in Genesis (Genesis 2:3) it is the seventh day or the shabbat that is being santified or made
holy. The kof-dalet root refers to a point of light that is received at the kod-kod or the
crown of one’s head. The sheen refers to the shehhinah or feminine divine presence that is
perceived by the body as the presence of a subtle enveloping electrical field.
kolaynoo (wnlq) (kof-lamed-nun-vav) our voice. Koyaynoo also has a gematria of 186.
hakafa (hpqh) (hey-kof-pey-hey) means ringing, circling, circuit, orbit, encirclement.
The
root hakayf means circumference, outline, perimiter, periphery, environ. Hakafa can refer to
the orbiting of a planet or the circling of anything about a magnetic centre. One could
visualize an empty magnetic centre or void in the empty space of the letter kof itself.
nikuda (hdwqn) (nun-kof-vav-dalet-hey) a dot, a vowel point.
From the root nakad which
means to mark with points, to select, to separate, to distinguish. Kabbalist cosmology
suggests that everything that exists once emanated from one minute dot or point in space.
Physicists presently refer to something like this as a white hole.
169
Introduction to The Gate-Book 19: q - Kof
The letter Kof offers us a pictogram of the subtle electrical current that travels thru the
spinal column of a human being from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. The
kof teaches us the mystery of cycles & orbits in relationship to the still point & the still
small voice within that attunes to the timeless realm & cosmic consciousness & the
wormhole at the centre of the galaxy!
The Kof speaks of the makom or state of
consciousness that a human being can attain; the Sepher Yetzirah associates it with the
paradoxical awareness that precipitates laughter.
When we examine the 22 kof roots in the Gate-book ( and their 22 inverse or mirror
gates) we enter a
highly coherent
set of
gates that
speak of the acceleration of
consciousness back towards oneness & the awareness of what the Kabbalah calls Adam
Kadmon , the Primordial Human. This Adam Kadmon consciousness is aware of the
interplay & connection between all that exists in the Universe. The particular gate that
appears to be the most cosmic is the kof-kof gate. Etymologically this gate can make
reference to the kodkod at the crown of the head, the kadosh hakadosheem the Holy of
Holies or the most sacred part of the Temple.
It also refers to the mihhokek, the ruler’s
staff. In terms of pure physics the kof-kof gate can serve to symbolize the speed of light
squared or a quantum leap that allows that which is circular &complete-within-itself to
vector & ascend the spiral into the next dimension of consciousness. Keeping this in mind,
it is not by chance that the prophet Isaiah speaks of the Great Pyramid at Giza in Chapter
19/ Verse 19 of his prophecy. ( where the gematria of the verse adds up to the exact height
of the pyramid itself ) In Genesis 19:19 we hear Lot cry out in fear that he will not be
able to make the kof-kof quantum leap required to reach the hills & outrun the evil that he
fears will overtake him. In Exodus 19:19 we find Moshe speaking with Elohim & Elohim
answering Moshe in the Voice ( vakol, lwqb ). In 1 Kings 19:19 we find the prophet Elijah
casting his mantle ( adarto / wtrda ) upon Elisha or making his baraka available to the one
who is destined to be his successor.
170
When you have weighed & examined & contemplated each of the following kof gates,
then begin to study & meditate upon the chapter 19’s in Genesis, Exodus, Kings & Isaiah
allowing the gates & your connection to the inner voice to teach you (through synchronity
& paradox) the mysteries stored in these stories. And never forget that the letter kof
teaches us through the vehicle of light & laughter !
( Insert artists sketch / cartoons here of the 3 stories mentioned in the text. )
171
The Gate-Book 19: q - Kof
to arise, stand up, emit, spew out, vomit
a beam of light
keeya
keren or
a hollow vessel, receptacle
a vault, tent, bedchamber, alcove
to make hollow; winepress, vat; cave in a rock
to come from behind, circumvent, take hold of
the latter part of anything; heel; reward
to excavate, bore a hole, pierce, distinguish
a woman, female; a womb
to receive; to come to meet; receive instruction
kav
kubah
yakav
akav
akav
nakav
nikayvah
keebale
small / large; contraction / expansion
the uttermost border, perimeter, last barrier
katan / gadol
kaytzeh gevulehha
to proceed, go before, meet; the east
beginning, origin, former time, pristine state
pure, clean, sacred, holy
to select, separate, mark with points; vowels
to burn, kindle, set on fire
the top of the head; the crown, coronel
kedem
kadmah
kadosh
nakad
yakad
kodkod
172
ayq aq
rwa }rq
bq bq
hbq
bqy
bqu
bqu
bqn
hbqn
lbq
ldg / }fq gq
]lwbg axq
\dq dq
hmdq
cwdq
dqn
dqy
dqdq
lhq hq
(t)lhq
hq
to congregate, assemble, call together
a public assembly, crowd; an orator
consciousness/breath; Leo/Lamad Wheel; 105 (q)
kahal
kahal/kohelet
kof hay
a rope, measuring cord, a line, a law; harp-string
to twist, bind, tie fast, be strong
to expect, await, be gathered together
hope, desire
gathering place, state of consciousness
kav
kava
keeva
teekva
makom
to divide; settle an account; strike a balance
to puncture; to let blood/to be bled
to compensate, to equalize
nakaz
kazaz
kazaz
to seize, grasp, take hold of
to send after, captivate, take possession
to adhere, stick together, perceive; doctrine, arts
kach
yeekach
lakach
jq jq
jqy
jql
that which is little, small, young
to be cut off, to be ostracized
to burn incense, be fragrant; knots, smoke
to gather; to collect anything lying on the ground
katan
koot
katar
lakat
}fq fq
fwq
rfq
fql
173
wq wq
hwq
hwq
hwqt
\wqm
zqn zq
zzq
zzq
hyq yq
myq
myq
}yq
uyqr
to rise up, vomit up
an uprising, insurrection; adversaries
enduring, sure; a statute, edict
to form, prepare, possess, forge iron; Cain
firmament; that which is layered
kaya
keem
kayam
kayeen
rakeeya
intense compression/interconnectedness (q)
kof kaf
kq kq
to be light, swift, smooth, thin, rarified
sound, voice, speech, rumor; to call out,
proclaim
to make light of, despise; inflammation; shame
to be diminished, cursed, lightly esteemed
kal
kol
lq lq
lwq
kala
kalal
hlq
llq
to gather together, collect; be established, a makom
place
yakoom
what ever lives on the earth; existance; cosmos
the ability of standing and resisting; resurrection tikuma
to acquire, possess, buy, set upright
to forge iron; burn with zeal; to be jealous; spear
a nest, chamber, cell of the ark
to be jealous, envious, angry, zealous
to found, acquire, possess; a cane, balance-beam
a rectification, restoration, rebalancing
174
kayn
kayeen
kayeen
kana
kana
teekoon
\wqm mq
\wqy
hmwqt
}q nq
}yq
}yq
anq
hnq
}wqyt
\sq sq
tsq
ssq
an oracle; divination; a decision made by augury
a vessle, cup, water pot
to divine; to practice divination
kesem
keset
kasas
to be torn off, torn away, dislocated, alienated
to divide in two, cleave open, halve, hatch
firmament; that which is stratified
a long, sharp blast of the shofar
stigma, a mark branded on the skin
yaka
baka
rakeeya
tikeeya
ka’a’ka
uqy uq
uqb
uyqr
huyqt
uquq
to contract, enclose, surround oneself; an ape
eye of a needle; hole of an axe; back of the head
to contract oneself, coagulate, curdle, whorl
draw up the feet; be gathered to one’s ancestors
to fasten, clasp, braid, go in a circle
to circuit, to orbit; solstice, equinox
ringing, circling; orbit, circumference, periphery
kof
kof
kafa
kafa
nakaf
tikoofa
hakafa
[wq pq
[wq
apq
apq
[qn
hpwqt
hpqh
the end, extremity, harvest, finale, completion
to wake up; to be aroused out of sleep
to cut up; to harvest fruits; to pass the summer
harvest of fruits, ripeness, summer
to decide, finish, cut off, cut loose, cut short
form, shape, pattern, measure, rhythm, cadence
kaytz
yakatz
kootz
kayeetz
katza
katzav
{q xq
{qy
{wq
{yq
hxq
bxq
175
qyq qq
}wyqyq
qqjm
qqz
\ycdq cdq
qq
a pelican
a gourd, castor plant; hallucinogen (see Jonah)
the ruler’s staff
arrows, lightning bolts
Holy of Holies, inner most part of the Temple (q)
the speed of light squared; 361(19X19); full circle
keek
kikayon
mihhokek
zakak
kadosh kadoshim
kof kof
to call or cry out, read aloud, designate by name
to draw near, to meet; to evoke, cause to happen
an encounter, a chance event, an accident
to dig a well; to frame, make two beams meet
to dig beneath, to undermine
kara
yikra
karah
koor
kirker
arq rq
arqy
hrq
rwq
rqrq
to be obstinate, stubborn, unbending; perplexed
hard, firm, fast, heavy, difficult; straw
to bind, join together, confederate, conspire
to shoot arrows; an archer(sagittarius); rainbow
kash
kashah
kashar
keshet
cq cq
hcq
rcq
tcq
to serve, submit; to be overpowered, subdued
to receive guidance,direction,light (q)
spiritual transmission
kata
kabbalah torah
176
htq tq
hrwt hlbq
The Letter Code 20:
r - Raysh
The twentieth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is the letter raysh (r). Its full spelling is
raysh-yod-sheen, which can mean the origin, the first, the head or the first ray, as well as
poverty, or a kind of emptiness. Hidden within the raysh is the root yaysh (cy), which means
existance, substance, reality, being or assets. When it is spelled with an aleph rather than a
yod, we have the raysh (car) of b’raysheet, “in the beginning.” This raysh can be a
signature for the ruahh, the spirit/breath/wind of ruahh hakodesh, the holy spirit or sacred
breath. The raysh is a kind of cosmic container that stores and radiates the light and the
wave-forms of Creation.
We can see a progression, throught the lens of gematria, from the letter bayt to the
letter kaf to the letter raysh. The bayt serves as a container or vessel for the light of the
aleph. The kaf is a container that allows for the assimilation of the vibrations of the letter
yod and of the Tree-of-Life. The raysh is a container for the plenum and the void, the
pulsations and the orbitings of the kof, the kof of adam kadmon, the origin of humanity.
These three letters, in a progression that goes bayt-kaf-raysh, rkb, are b’hhor: first fruits.
Returning towards the aleph from the raysh gives us raysh-kaf-bayt, bkr, rahhav, to ride in
a chariot. In one other spin of these three letters we find the word baruhh, ]rb, blessing.
The letter raysh can also be understood as the image of the renewal of things and the
letter of movement. There is a rushing sound that we hear in the sonics of the raysh that
could be equated with the sound of the wind or a wide variety of tonal frequencies. The
raysh has something to do with the process of harmonics, and the stepping down of
vibratory frequencies to the level of vessels and bodies that can be moved and vitalized, and
embody these frequencies.
According to the Sepher Yetzirah, the letter raysh is associated, in our solar system,
with the planet mercury, and the angel Raphael. Mercury is, of course, the first planet out
from the sun and a distributor of solar vitality and pulsations through the planetary
nervous system. One midrash on the word Raphael (lapr) is the first face of the elohim.
177
Raphael is considered to be the angel of healing, particularly the electrical and
electromagnetic healing of frequencies that run through the spinal column and the cerebral
spinal fluid. It seems that Raphael has a particular attunement to the celestial science of
harmonics and the power of breath and of the wind.
The following are ten of the key incarnations of the raysh from the Genesis text:
raysheet (tycar) (raysh-aleph-sheen-yod-tav) the beginning, origin, visible foundation. The
root of raysheet is rosh (raysh-aleph-sheen) which means head. The elements of wind
(ruahh), earth (eretz) and fire (shamayim) are coded by these three letters. One could also
see the three rays of will (ratzon), love (ahava) and intelligence (sheen, ruahh elohim by
gematria) embedded within these three letters.
bara (arb) (bayt-raysh-aleph) create, carve out, fashion, form.
The root bara carries
associations of purity, cleansing, properties and alkalinity. As a verb, bara carries notions
of carving out a space or an emptiness for something to exist in. One could read this to
mean the creation of a cavity, an empty space, even a template of anti-matter!
aretz ({ra) (aleph-raysh-tzadi) earth. This word can be seen to mean the light of the treeof-life (or aytz), or light which produces vegitation, reflection, mirror images. Hidden words
in aretz are light (aleph-raysh) and will (raysh-tzadi-vav-nun).
ruahh (jwr) (raysh-vav-hhet) spirit, breath, wind, vital spirit, animating principle. As ravahh,
it can mean to put a space between.
vayomer (rmayw) (vav-yod-aleph-mem-raysh) and spoke. This kind of speaking appears to be
a kind of vibratory emanation that is mirrored on or reflected by water.
Vayomer can
mean to bring to light, to say to one’s self, to command or to order.
or (rwa) (aleph-yod-raysh) light. The source energy of the aleph infuses six dimensions (w)
and is carried by the ruahh, wind, breath, spirit, to what ever vessel can receive or hold it.
178
vayare (aryw) (vav-yod-raysh-aleph) and saw. This word refers to the seeing of elohim of the
implicit goodness in the light created at the begining of the genesis process.
vyeekra (arqyw) (vav-yod-kof-raysh-aleph)
and called.
The calling here is a kind of
proclamation, crying out, calling out, recitation or naming. The kof contracts and gathers
energy; the raysh expands and broadcasts energy. Kara can also mean to meet, to occur or
to happen.
rakeeya (uyqr) (raysh-kof-you-ayin)
firmament, that which is stratified. The energy fields
and frequency bands which translate the ruahh ha koddesh (sacred breath) through the ten
spheres of the tree-of-life into the world of manifestation.
zera (urz) (zayin-raysh-ayin) seed, herbs, genetic source. That which is sown or scattered.
179
Introduction to The Gate-Book 20: r - Raysh
When we examine the letter Raysh in the gatebook, we will notice that a raysh that opens a
gate speaks of the vibrational origin in the world of light or harmonic frequencies of the
letter that follows it. It is as if we could take a journey through the autiot with the raysh
referring to the first, original, seed or regenerated vibration. The journey would go like
this:
ar the first light, br light of creation, gr first wave-form, dr river of light divided into
four worlds,hr breath igniting the 5 soul realms, wr
the first line of light, zr first & last (
secret of the seven cosmic days of creation, jr original ancestors ( seed of the the cocreators. spirit-breath ) , fr first cell or channel ( wind washing over the earth ), yr original
tree of life , kr first vessel to embody the light ( first star, first planet ), lr breath of the
elohim, mr original ocean of light ( first waves on water ) nr first-serpent-first-dove- firstriver-of-souls, sr first story of our origins ( first scroll, first telling of the tale, first whirlwind,
first swirling galaxy), ur first circle of light in the sky ( RA, raysh-ayin), pr original face, first
impression ( rosh pinah),xr first tree in the garden, wind in the trees, qr first circuit of light
surrounding the void, sacred breath ( ruahh hakodesh), rr breath of light (ruahh aur ),cr
raysh the origin, source of r’fuah shelayma, complete healing,
tr spirit of wholeness,
covenant cut with us since the beginning of time: b’reet b’raysheet ...
Take the time to meditate on the beauty of the sequence of gates that emanate
from the letter raysh. You may find that the gates come alive in fascinating & unexpected
ways when you contemplate the verses of Chapter 20 in Genesis, Exodus & other texts that
call out to you. You may also wish to meditate directly with gates by visualizing them flying
off like sparks from a fire toward the stars. It is also possible to visualize the two letters of
each gate meeting & kissing one another in the space where the wingtips of the keruveem
meet above the Ark of the Covenant. There is a breath meditation that you may wish to
practise that involves a series of 22 breaths where you call out one gate before each breath
180
& feel the vibration of the gates in your body & energy fields. This allows the Gate-keepers
to speak with you directly. It can serve to open your mind to receiving the vibrations of the
Ruahh Ha kodesh.
Insert artists sketch or microcalligraphy of a letter wheel with the 22 raysh gates & their
mirror images.
The Gate-Book 20: r - Raysh
181
har ar
har
ary
harm
\yhla jwr
a prophet, a seer, a visionary
a vision, appearance; mirror, looking glass
to fear, tremble, be afraid, reverence
appearance, aspect, form, vision
the breath of God (q)
ro’ah
ra’ee
yareh
marreh
ruahh elohim
to multiply, increase, become great; myriads
a great man, leader, a master; vast, great
to exalt, make great, magnify
to knot, weave, intertwine, lie in wait; network
to lie down, lie with; a 4th part, 4th generation
four, fourfold, to divide into four parts
rav
rav
ravah
arav
rava
arbeh
to gain momentum, roll, run; foot, spy, pace
to contract, be still, tremble, wink; an instant
to weave; a weaver’s shuttle, spider web
regel
rega
arag / ereg
lgr gr
ugr
gra
to follow after, seek, wander
to tread, subdue, rule over, possess
to go to a spring, descend; to fall, bring down
to sleep heavily; a deep trance
the River Jordan
to separate, disperse, expand
rude
radah
yarad
radam
yardan
parad
dwr dr
hdr
dry
\dr
}dry
drp
182
br br
br
hbr
bra
ubr
ubra
to found, lay a foundation
to tremble; to be shot through with arrows
to rage, press upon, urge; to be proud, fierce
yarah
yarah
rahav
hry hr
hry
bhr
to irrigate, water, satiate, be satiated
to be watered, irrigated, drunken
to lift up, to elevate, be exalted
an elevation, breadth, spaciousness
ravah
raveh
ruhm
ravahh
hwr wr
jwr
\wr
jwr
a secret; to conceal a secret
to spread out, make thin
a prince; to be weighty, dignified
cedar wood; the cedar tree; firm, stable
head/tail, first/last, beginning/end (q)
raz
razah
razon
erez
rosh/zanav
wind, breath, spirit, space
scent, odour, fragrance, essence
to appoint a time; an era, an epoch
a traveller, company, caravan; to walk, to travel
the moon, a month; Jericho (city of the moon)
ruahh
rayahh
arahh
arahh
yareyahh
jwr jr
jyr
jra
jra
jry
a channel, conduit, canal
to precipitate, refresh, be wet; to scatter
to chisel, engrave; a stylus, a scribe
ratav
yarat
hharat
bfr fr
fry
frj
183
zr zr
hzr
}wzr
zra
bnz/car
to irrigate, water, permeate
a stream, emanation; an irrigation
the first yod/first manifestation (q)
ree
ree
raysh yod
yr yr
yr
yr
to be tender, soft, delicate, weakened
to ride in a chariot; to ride/be carried
the thigh, loins, buttocks; the inmost recesses
to stretch out, extend, prolong, delay, tarry
first vessel; spaciousness; innermost part (q)
rayhh
rahhav
yarayahh
arahh
kaf raysh
kr kr
bkr
kry
]ra
kr
to tremble, stammer, reel in drunkness
coarse, uncircumcised, impenetrable
a pebble, stone; a lottery, chance divination
code for ruahh elohim, divine breath (q)
ra’al
arayl
gorel
raysh lamed
lwr lr
lru
lrg
lr
to elevate, lift up, exhalt
to lift oneself up, become high, proud, exhaulted
to be heaped up; craftiness, guile, nakedness
the heights, an elevation, ascension; sublimity
ram
room
aram
ramah
mr mr
mwr
mru
hmr
to shout for joy; to vibrate the voice
to conquer, triumph, overcome
to rattle, to shout, to chant
a shout for joy; a mournful cry
oren
rone
ranah
reenah
}ra nr
}r
hnr
hnr
184
to moisten with dew, to sprinkle, to stratify
to crush, atomize; to pull up the roots
to be submissive; a eunuch (a court minister)
departure, violation, offense, cessation
whirlwind, vortex ( q )
rasas
haras
sarees
sarah
ruahh sa’arah
an evil condition, calamity, sadness
a companion, friend, lover, beloved
to pasture, tend, nourish, feed a flock; shepherd
evil
to make a loud noise
catabolic energy (q)
roa
raya
ra’ah
ra’ah
yaroah
raysh ayin
to let down the hand, relax, desist
healing; to comfort, heal, mend a wound
to be ripe, to pluck off fruits
reproach; to be betrothed/abandoned; autumn
Raphael (angel of healing)
the first face, original face (q)
rafa
refuah
teraf
hheraf/hhoref
raphael
rosh pinah
the earth; land, country, earthy part
to race, to hasten to oppress; an alliance
energy; to be strong, forceable, powerful
to be delighted, satisfied, well pleased, appeased
delight, will, pleasure, good will, favour
aretz
rootz
maratz
ratzah
ratzon
185
ssr sr
srh
srys
hrs
hrus jwr
ur ur
ur
hur
hur
ury
ur
apr pr
hawpr
prf
prj
lapr
hnyp car
xra xr
xwr
xrm
hxr
}wxr
the void, emptiness
thin, lean; only, alone
to pour oneself out, to empty out/be emptied
to be green, shoot forth, to come into leaf
firmament; atmosphere; stratified; many layers
sacred breath, divine inspiration (q)
reek
rak
rook
yarak
rakeeya
ruahh hakodesh
to enchant, to curse, to tremble
bitterness, spittle; vexation of spirit
an evil spirit, catabolic energy (q)
aror
maror
ruahh ha-ra
the origin, beginning, summit, head, archetype
letter raysh; poverty; first assets, substance (q)
to be needy, suffer want, feign oneself poor
to take possession of, receive an inheritance
the root, origin, shoot; fundamental
source of abundance
complete healing
rosh
raysh
roosh
yarash
sharash
rosh shefa
r’fuah sh’laymah
covenant
to bind a thread around a finger; juniper tree
to tie, to bind, to sew together
Ruth (beautiful friend)
spirit of wholeness, integrity (q)
b’reet
ratam/rotem
ratak
rut
ruahh tam
186
qyr qr
qr
qwr
qry
uyqr
cwdqh jwr
rra rr
rrm
urh jwr
car cr
cyr
cwr
cry
crc
upc car
hmlc hawpr
tyrb tr
\tr
qtr
twr
\t jwr
187
The Letter Code 21:
c - Sheen
The twenty-first letter of the Hebrew alphabet is the letter sheen (c). When you see
a dot at the top right side of the letter it is pronounced sheen; when you see a dot at the top
left side it is pronounced seen. The primary association of this letter is with fire, aysh, ca.
This fire appears in the first word of Genesis: b’raysheet, tycarb. When one sees b’raysheet
through this window, the phrase b’reet aysh, covenant of fire, appears. This creative fire is
given to both man and woman in Genesis. A man is referred to as eesh, cya; a woman is
called eeshah, hca. Both carry the aleph-sheen or the cosmic fire within; the man carries
an extra yod, the woman carries an extra hay.
The next sheen in the Genesis text is found in the word shemayeem, the heavens. The
gematria of the letter sheen is 300 and kabbalists have noted that this is the gematria of
another phrase found early in Genesis: ruahh elohim. We can translate ruahh elohim as the
Spirit of God, Divine Breath, creative spirit, or perhaps creative spark. The sheen can be seen
as a spark from the cosmic fire that kindles the creative process. We find the sheen as the
first letter of the word shehhinah, which has come to mean the Feminine Divine Presence.
This word first appears in Torah in the word mishkan, }kcm, the Holy Tent or Tabernacle of
the Testamony. The sheen here becomes an electrical energy that oscillates back and forth
between two keruveem, brain hemispheres or poles within a magnetic field. The Sepher
Yetzirah suggests that the sheen serves as guardian of the pathway that connects two of the
upper spheres of the Tree-of-Life: hohhmah and binah.
When we look at the simple etymological roots related to sheen we find the word
shannah, hnc, meaning to do a thing a second time, to repeat, to reiterate, to revise. It can
also mean to change, to be changed, to be different. The root hashenah means the year. From
this we can understand that the sheen has something to do with the repetition of cycles and
the power of transformation. When the sheen represents the totality of an overall process,
it is found in the words shalom (\wlc), peace, and shalaym (\lc), whole, intact, complete,
full and perfect.
188
The following are some of the early incarnations of the letter sheen:
B’raysheet
(tycarb)
(bayt-raysh-aleph-sheen-yod-tav):
In the beginning. Create a
foundation. Carve out the fire of the ten spheres and the twenty-two letters.
Hashamayim
(\ymch)
(hay-sheen-mem-yod-mem):
The heavens. The spiritual and
constantly changing wave forms of creation.
Hoshehh
(]cjlw)
(vav-lamed-hhet-sheen-khaf):
And to the darkness. The sheen here
vibrates like an electrical charge between the letters hhet and final kaf. The hhet refers to
cosmic life energy and the feminine matrix of creation. The final kaf refers to the
planet/star/magnetic field that receives the sheen.
Shaneem (\ync) (sheen-nun-yod-mem): Years. Cycles. The root shaynee appears earlier in
the phrase yom shaynee, second day, day of change.
Memshalet (tlcmm) (mem-mem-sheen-lamed-tav): To rule over. To have dominion over.
This word appears in Genesis 1/16 in reference to the day/night rulerships of sun/moon.
Hasheeshee (ycch) (hay-sheen-sheen-yod): The sixth (day). This phrase (yom) hasheeshee
is chanted every Friday night at the beginning of the kiddush that recollects the first
shabbat of Genesis. The two sheens represent a double portion of spiritual energy gifted
here by the meeting and mating of eesh and eesha (man and woman). The two sheens also
represent the descent of the Shehhinah bringing peace to the house (shabbat shalom).
Vayeeshavat (tbcyw) (vav-yod-sheen-bayt-tav): And (the creative spirit) rested, dwelt. This
root for the Shabbat appears in Genesis 2/2 where Elohim completes the creative process
and dwells/rests on/in day seven. The sheen or cosmic fire of the shehhinah vibration dwells
within the house of all that is created.
Nefesh (cpn) (nun-phay-sheen): Breath. Appears in the phrase nefesh hayyah, hyj cpn,
living creatures or breath of all life. The nefesh refers to the animal vitality. It is the first of
five levels of the soul.
189
Nishamat (tmcn) (nun-sheen-mem-tav): Soul. Appears in the phrase nishamat hayyim,
Genesis 2/7, where it means the breath of life. This breath is blown into the nostrils of the
man by YHVH Elohim. The neshamah refers to the third level of the soul. One could call it
our unique and individualized soul memory.
Ul’shamra (hrmclw) (vav-lamed-sheen-mem-raysh-hay): And to keep it. And to watch over
it. This word appears in Genesis 2/15 where humanity is given the task of guarding and
watching over the Garden of Eden.
Nahash (cjn) (nun-hhet-sheen): Serpent. Divination, Breath-of-Fire. (See Chapter 3 for
more on nahash.)
190
Introduction to The Gate-Book 21: c - Sheen
The letter Sheen, composed of three yod flames connected at their base, is the letter
most often associated with the fire of spiritual transformation.
It is the letter of
evolutionary acceleration, the letter that invites all the little yods, the soul-sparks, back
home to the central fire from where they we birthed in the beginning. It is the sheen that is
gifted to Eesha the woman, in the garden of Eden by the nahhash, the serpent. This
controversial sheen has sparked millenia of discussions over the hot topic of sexuality. It is
the first sheen or cosmic fire that we find in the first word of Genesis : B’raysheet . The
Sepher Yetzirah teaches us that this sheen vibrates & serves as guardian of the pathway
between Hhokhmah & Binah on the tree-of-life. It is the electrical energy that oscillates
back & forth between the hemispheres of the brain along what neuralogists call the corpus
collosum.
Kabbalists see this sheen as the sheen of Shekhinah, the feminine divine
presence. It is the sheen of Shefa, spiritual influx descending from the upper worlds &
dimensions beyond the one that our physical bodies inhabit. And it is the sheen of Shabbat,
and the extra neshamah (spirit-soul) that we receive when our consciousness enters the
attunement to the spirit of the Shabbat that is our inheritance.
Take a day to meditate & contemplate both the etymological meanings & the
spiritual significance of each of the 22 sheen gates along with their inverse or mirror
gates. Travel along the ley lines of the chapter/verse correspondances for each of the gates.
(For example, begin to surf through all the chapter 21/ verse 22 with the various meanings
of the sheen- tav gates in mind) Try out the Abulafia meditation where you simply write out
the two letter roots quickly on a piece of paper or visualize them glowing before you in the
air. Let the Gate-keepers reveal to you directly about the creative power of each letter
combination!
191
The Gate-Book 21: c- Sheen
to lend/borrow, to bring a present, extend credit
to neglect, deceive, seduce, make to forget
to make a noise; to contemplate; tumult, waves
tempest, storm, desolation, ruin, holocaust, void
heeshea
nasa
sha’ah
shoah
aych ac
acn
hac
hawc
to restore, make restitution, return to origin
to dwell, inhabit, be still, cease from activity
seven, seven times; a week, a promise, a oath
to rest, to restore happiness, celebrate the sabath
the Sabaeans (rich in gold, spices & gems)
to take captive; captivity
shoov
yashav
sheva
shabat
shava
shavah
bwc bc
bcy
ubc
tbc
abc
hbc
to lie with a woman, to be lain with/ravished
to be brave, fierce, vigorous, impetuous
a madman, fanatic, overcome with divine fury
to wander, err, trespass, reel, go/lead astray
to magnify, celebrate, praise
oversight, thoughtless act, blind desire, craziness
the gate of reincarnation
shagal
shega
meshooga
shagah
shaga
shageea
sha’ar hagilgulim
breast, tit, nipple, affluence, source of blessing
nature, fortune, providence, force, power,
master
to be strong, powerful, violent; to rule
lady, mistress, wife; a lord, master
Most Powerful; god of nature; Providence
shad/shayd
shayd
192
shood
sheedah
shaday
lgc gc
ugc
ugcm
hgc
agc
haygc
mylglgh ruc
dc dc
dc
dwc
hdc
ydc
seh
hc hc
sheep/goat; one of the flock
to deliberate, tarry, pause, omit, neglect
naseh
hcn
to be even, level, equal, equivalent
ideas of proportion, symmetry, balance, parallel
shavah
shavah
hwc wc
hwc
to set free, to be released/spared
to scorch with the eye, to love passionately
to twist several threads together; stem of a plant
two olive trees (Zech:
)
shazayve
shazaf
shazar
shanayim zayteem
to submit, bow down, prostrate self in homage
to sink down, do homage, humble oneself
to seek, break forth, to become black
darkness; the dawn (just before morning light)
a shrub; conversation, meditation
shoohh
shahhah
shahhar
shehhor
seeyahh
jwc jc
hjc
rjc
rjc
jyc
to run quickly; to lie in wait; an adversary
that which leaves it’s center, oscillates, shuttles
to spread out, expand, overflow, inundate
satan
shoot
shatahh
}fc fc
fwc
jfc
193
bzc zc
[zc
rzc
\ytyz \ync
a gift, a present, an adornment
to forget, neglect, omit, lay aside
to bring, to impel, to give a gift
to give a gift/to be seduced
shee
shayah
shay’a
hasheeya
to incline oneself, to subside, to be appeased
to vex, oppress, bite; to lend on usury
to lie down, to sleep, rest, to lay with
to dwell, abide, inhabit, be familiar with
two cherubim
shahhahh
nashahh
shahhav
shahhan
shinay keruveem
to draw out, stretch out, ask a question; be safe
to be complete, sound, whole, at peace
to rule, have dominion; shield, protection
tranquility, silence; inner peace
three, three times, the third time, a triangle
a necklace, a chain, a lineage, a musical phrase
shel
shalom
shelot
sheli
shelosh
shelshelet
to designate, name, mark with a sign; reputation
to hear, listen, be attentive, call, summon; fame
to watch over, keep, preserve, guard; watchman
the sun; authority, reputation
fatness, oil, ointment; annointing oil
shem
shema/shayma
shamar
shemesh
shemen
194
yc yc
hyc
ayc
aych
]kc kc
]cn
bkc
}kc
\ybrk ync
lc lc
\wlc
flc
ylc
clc
tlclc
mc mc
umc
rmc
cmc
}mc
}c nc
anc
}yc
hnc
hnc
ync
}cy
a tooth, a sharp rock, ivory
to change, transform; to be other, to be changed
to be sharp, pointed, double
a year; to be changed, to do a second time
a circle; a change of state, a transformation
a second time; crimson, deep scarlet
to fall asleep; old, idle; the beginning of sleep
shayn
shana
sheen
shanah
shanah
shenay
yashan
to tear in pieces, cleave in two
to plunder, spoil, upbraid, chide
gatekeeper, guardian, watcher
shasa
shasas
shomray hasapim
to gaze upon, look around; a twinkling of an eye
ample, wealthy, free, noble, liberal; spaciousness
to set free, preserve, aid, liberate; deliverance
spiritual vision (q)
sha’a
shooa
yasha/yesha
sheen ayin
huc uc
uwc
ucy
uc
to scrape off, make bare, purge, file, filter
to lie in wait for, to fall upon, to ambush
do bare the lips, to judge/be judged
the lip, edge, border, tongue, dialect, speech
smoothness, nakedness, baldness; a jasper stone
abundance, overflow, spiritual blessing
shafah
shoof
shafat
safah
yishpha
shefa
hpc pc
[wc
fpc
hpc
hpcy
upc
to innundate, to overflow
the sun of righteousness (Zech:
shatzaf
shemesh tz’daka
)
195
hsc sc
ssc
\ypsh yrmc
[xc xc
hqdx cmc
hqc qc
hqcm
qwc
qcn
qc
to drink, to give to drink, to irrigate
a cup-bearer, butler, (bartender)
a street, a market; overflowing with activity
to arrange, put in order, declare fidelity; to kiss
to kiss, to balance, to be mutually connected (q)
shakah
mashke
shook
nashak
sheen kof
to celebrate, sing; a song, poem, singer, celebrant
an ox, bull, taurus; to look around; to take care
to put in order, to lie in wait; a wall, an acrobat
to be straight, even, level, upright; valour
to twist like a rope; circular turn; the navel cord
a shoot, a root; foundation; roots of a language
that which measures, persists, liberates (q)
sheer
shor
shoor
yashar
sharar
shoresh
sheen raysh
ryc rc
rwc
rwc
rcy
rrc
crc
rc
the number six; a foundation
the sixth part
to be white, hoary; an old man
whiteness; a lily
shabat shalom; double portion of Spirit (q)
shaysh
sheeshee
yashaysh
shoosh
sheen sheen
cc cc
ycc
ccy
cwc
cc
to arrange, set in place, lay a foundation
a drinking, a carousing; to fix the warp of a loom
to drink, to banquet, to feast
momentum/inertia; dynamic equilibrium (q)
sheet
shtee
shatah
sheen tav
tyc tc
ytc
htc
tc
196
The Letter Code 22:
t - Tav
The twenty-second letter of the Hebrew alphabet is the letter tav - t. The root, tavah,
hwt, means to mark, to delineate, to make a sign. The word tav presently, in Hebrew, has the
meaning of mark, line, musical note or feature. The tav refers to the full complement of the
twenty-two letters of the Hebrew Alphabet. It makes reference to what are called the autiot,
twytwa. An aut is a sign, a sign of something future, a portent, the sign of something which
cannot itself be seen, token of the truth of a prophecy, signature. The tav is the seal of
creation. It represents the embodiment of the whole of the creative process. As the number
twenty-two, it represents mastery of the creative process in the world of numerology. The
tav signifies the final phase of any creative process whereby the light and energy of the
aleph becomes fully absorbed, nested and contained within the vessel of matter. The tav is
the tav of Torah (hrwt), the way; the tav of tikkun (}wqt), rectification; the tav of t’shuvah
(hbwct), return. T’shuvah, repentance, is actually a changing of our ways, a turning towards
completion, or a changing of our consciousness or mind-set. The return of t’shuvah speaks
of a psychological process whereby the soul (through ego loss, initiation or illumination)
makes its turn to return back to the Source or the One that gave it being.
The letter tav has a gematria of 400. It refers ot a full complement in each of the
four worlds of creation. It can also refer to a total embodiment of an energy stream or what
has sometimes been called “an unmovable object”! When we find two tavs together we have
the gematria of 222, which refers to the 484 roots or gates of the Hebrew language. We find
two tavs in the word autiot, twytwa, signs, marking, constellations, and in the word tiferet,
trapt, beauty, harmony, radiance.
The following are ten of the earlier incarnations of the letter tav:
B’raysheet (tycarb) (bayt-raysh-aleph-sheen-yod-tav): In the beginning. The first tav in
Genesis, the sixth letter, refers to all twenty-two letters of the autiot.
197
Et (ta) (aleph-tav): From Aleph to tav, from first to last, from beginning to end.
Hayeetah (htyh) (hay-yod-tav-hay): Was established. The gate yod-tav is repeated here
from the last two letters of the word b’raysheet.
Tohu (wht) (tav-hay-vav): Formless. Emptiness. Chaos.
B’tohh (]wtb) (bayt-tav-vav-final kaf): In the midst. Inside.
M’tahhah (tjtm) (mem-tav-hhet-tav): From underneath, from the depths. This word
appears as the waters are being gathered into one place from underneath the heavens. It is
the first time that we find two tavs in the same word (balancing the two mems of shemayim).
L’autot
(ttal)
(lamed-aleph-tav-tav):
For signs. For constellations. The signs or
constellations referred to here may well be a kind of alphabet visible in the night sky.
Vayeetain (}tyw) (vav-yod-tav-nun): And placed. And gifted. Vayeetain is referring to the
two great lights of the sun and the moon which are placed or gifted into the rakiyah, or
fermament.
Hataneeneem (\nynth) (hay-tav-nun-yod-nun-mem): The great sea creatures. The whales.
This word has a gematria of 555. The whales were created on the fifth day of creation.
Hhayat (tyj) (hhet-yod-tav): The living beings. The land animals. The beasts of the earth.
198
Introduction to the Gate-Book 22: t- tav
Consider that the letter tav is the emblem of what we can call reciprocity or rectification.
From a grammatical perspective it is reflexive, indicating an action that returns to the
doer. Kabbalistically the tav refers to the process of T’shuvah or return to the state of
being that connects us in the deepest & most intimate way to the world where we have our
origin.With this in mind let us meditate on the first 18 verses of the 22nd Chapter of
Genesis. This is the torah portion which is read on Rosh HaShanah at the time of the New
Year in the Jewish calendar. It is the time for spiritual return, remembrance of the
covenant, the time of teshuvah.
After these events, God tested Abraham.
And He said to him “Abraham” And he
answered: here I am ( Gen.22:1 at to mark out, delineate, circumscribe; a sign , portent.
token of the truth of a prophecy )
The hebrew root here for “ tested” is nisa - hsn- meaning : to try, to prove, to put to the test.
On other occasions in Torah when an angel asks a human to be present the name is called out
twice. On this occasion, Avraham answers elohim immediately with an Hinaynee- ynnh- . the
two nuns of hiyanee correspond to the nefesh & neshamah soul levels.
“Take your son, the only one you love- Isaac- and go away to the Moriah area. Bring him
as an all burned offering on one of the mountains that I will designate to you.”
( Gen. 22:2 bt
to return, restore, search out ; discernment; a model, an ark. The hebrew
word yehhedehha - ]dyjy - refers to the yehidah soul realm , the soul spark that is connected
always to its Source. The word l’olah - hlul - which Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan has translated as “
an all burned offering” means simply to go up or to ascend.
199
Abraham got early in the morning and saddled his donkey. He took his two men with him,
along with his son Isaac. He cut wood for the offering, and set out, heading for the place that
God had designated.
( Gen. 22:3 gt
sorrow, injustice, the giant sea creatures . The gate here hints at a very
human emotional response to the mythodrama that is not mentioned in the text )
On the third day, Abraham looked up, and saw the place from afar.
( Gen. 22:4 dt to be ready, prepared for that which is pending. The hebrew for “from afar”
is mayrahhok - qjrm - It is useful to meditate on the four gates held within in this word:
qj rm jr & qm . The gematria is 348, the same gematria a mashahh, to annoint.
Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey. The boy & I will go to that place.
We will prostrate ourselves and then return to you.
( Gen. 22: 5 ht to be lost in space, to gaze into the emptiness, approach the void )
Abraham took the offering wood and placed it on the shoulders of his son, Isaac. He himself
took the fire and the knife and the two of them went together.
( Gen. 22 :6 wt to mark out, delineate, set a limit; a sign, symbol, mark. Reb Aryeh Kaplan
suggests that the fire that Abraham takes in his hand is actually a fire-bucket or flint. We see
the double gate yod-sheen, sheen-yod - cy-yc referred to here. The knife is ha’maahhelet
tlkamh . the root for this word is ohhel - food ! The gematria is 496, gematria of the word
malkhut - the 10th sphere of the Tree-of- Life. Avraham carries the Aleph (a) to balamce
hhesed & gevurah ( love & fear), the Sheen (c) to balance hhokhmah & binah ( wisdom &
understanding) , & the malkhut/ kingdom/ food that is to be offered up. The atzay ha’olah
hluh yxu
the tree that ascends ( burnt offering) is placed on Isaac. Look up the ayin-ayin
gate to better understand this phrase.
Isaac spoke to Abraham: “ Father “ “ Here I am, my son” “ Here is the fire and the wood.But
where is the lamb for the offering?
200
( Gen. 22:7 zt to see , to behold what is on the horizon....)
“God will see to a lamb for an offering, my son.” replied Abraham. And the two continued
together.
( Gen. 22:8 jt to veil, cloak, encompass : a surrogate )
When they finally came to the place designated by God, Abraham built the altar there. and
arranged the wood, He then bound his son Isaac. and placed him on the altar on top of the
wood.
( Gen. 22:9 ft to turn inward, to turn aside ) This verse is the tension point of what is called
the akedah of Yitzhak. the root dquy means literally to bind, wrap, tie up with rope; to be
striated. The letters connect the hand ( y) to the eye (u) to the crown of the head ( dq). The gate
speaks of a turning inward for spiritual awareness in a moment of suspence. The worlds of
yetzirah ( emotion) & assiah ( action) are uplifed to the place of sacredness ( kadosh),
Abraham reached out and took the knife to slit his son’s throat.
( Gen. 22:10 yt
to complete a cycle of manifestation ( q ) Avraham takes the knife ( that
cuts food in the world of Malchut / manifestation ) to slaughter/ sacrifice his beloved son (
who was given to him as a gift by God at the age of 100 years ). The root lishhot fjcl
to slay-- has the same gematria ( 347) as the word l’hasheev , to return...
And the angel of YHVH called to him from heaven and said “Abraham,Abraham” and he
said “ Here I am”
(Gen. 22:11 kt to examine, weigh, balance, make even;to refine . Avraham is called to be
present by the Angel of the Divine Presence. A divine intervention unbinds the cord of
connection between the worlds of intention ( Abraham’s obedience to the Voice) &
manifestation ( what is about to happen in the world of Assiah to his beloved son ). The
gematria of the calling out to Abraham, Abraham -mhrba mhrba-- is 496, the same gematria
as the knife ( hama’ahhelet -- tljamh ) & the sphere of Malhhut -- twklm . The
201
teaching here hints that the when we listen deeply enough, we will always hear the voice of the
Angel of the Presence & perceive the possibility of Divine Intervention when the knife is about
to divide life from life in the world of Malhhut. The knife divides ; the Presence unites.
“ Do not harm the boy.Do not do anything to him.For now I know that you fear God.You have
not withheld your only son from Him. “
( Gen. 22: 12 lt
to waver, to vibrate, to hang up, to hold in suspense. Kabbalistically this
gate represents a turning point or a pivotal moment. The pychological truth here is that the act
of surrender & letting go of what ( or whom) one loves allows the space for the return of the
beloved.
Abraham then looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. He went and got the
ram, sacrificing it as an all burned offering in his son’s place.
(Gen. 22: 13 mt
to marvel, to wonder, to make whole, to complete ; wholeness, integrity,
simplicity . We enter the realm of wonderment & myth with this verse. The ram with its
shofar horns caught in a thicket may speak of a sacrifice appropriate for the astrological age
of Aries. The ram is an ayeel - lya - a great ram ( or mountain goat ) with curved and twisted
horns. The root connotes strength, might, a prominence or a projection. It has a harmonic
resonance with the power of the elohim ( the creative energies nested in the nature ).
Anthropologically the mythologem speaks of the ending of the age of sacrifice of the first-born
son to the local god Moloch. And the beginning of symbolic sacrifice of emotions in the form
of animal sacrifices. From a radical perspective, the Elohim arrange to sacrifice one of their
ancient one’s in place of Abraham’s beloved son Isaac. This line of thought is explored by
Julian Jaynes in his The Origen of Consciousness In the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind)
Abraham named the place “The One Who is Present is Seen”. Today it is therefore said “On
the Mountain of God, He will be seen”
( Gen. 22: 14 nt to be constant, firm,stable, perennial; to praise, celebrate. The gematria for
the phrase hary hwhy is 242. It is the same gematria as the word hrykbh
202
meaning the first
born! The word yireh has the gematria of 216, the same as Gevurah. 2160 years is the
measure of one astrological age.
God’s angel called to Abraham from heaven a second time
( Gen. 22:15 st a storehouse, treasury, lineage)
God declares ‘ I have sworn by My own Essence, that because you have performed this act,
and did not hold back your only son,
( Gen. 22: 16 ut tikkun olam : to set the universe aright, healing all illusions.... This gate
hints that Avraham’s alignment with Divine Will makes him an instrument for karmic
rectification.
I will bless you greatly, and increase your offspring like the stars of the sky and the sand on
the seashore. Your offspring will inherit their enemies gate.
( Gen. 22:17 pt to beat a drum, to sew together the spheres of the Tree-of-Life: Tipheret
The blessing Abraham is given comes from the sphere of Tipheret. It is a restoration of cosmic
harmony that happens after he has shown his willingness to listen to the Voice,& step out into
the void without “ attachment” ( ut = Daat ) )
“All the nations of the earth shall be blessed through your descendants--- all because you
obeyed my Voice. ”
( Gen. 22:18 xt the fulfillment of the seed in its full time cycle. Abraham’s blessing extends
to all beings through the blessing of his descendants. This extends into the aykev - bqu the
future world or the world to come because of Abraham’s deep listeneng into the rwsonance of
the Divine Voice. The Hebrew phrase here is : ylqb tumc . Catching the resonance of the
Divine Intention. )
203
The Gate-Book 22: t- Tav
at at
hat
rat
\at
hnat
hwat
a chamber
to mark out, circumscribe, describe a form
to deliniate, describe; a beautiful form
to be twin, double; to bear twins
a fig tree, a mutual desire
desire, longing, lust
ta
ta’ah
ta’ar
ta’am
ta’aynah
tava’ah
a chest, ark, coffer, vessel
the habitable globe; planet earth
intelligence, insight, discernment
structure, model, exemplar, likeness
to return, restore, improve, inquire, search out
tayva
tayvel
t’vuna
tavneet
toov
sorrow, sadness, pain, grief
strife, contention, partiality, injustice
the giant sea creatures, the whales
toogah
tigrah
hataneeneem
hagidoleem
to drive in a nail, fasten a tent peg, fix firmly
ready, prepared, prompt, impending, destined
yatad
atid
dty dt
dytu
to waste, desert, make desolate
to be lost in space, lead astray; emptiness, void
commotion, waves, depths, abyss, oceans
taha
tohoo
tohoom
hht ht
wht
\wht
204
hbt bt
lbt
hnwbt
tynbt
bwt
hgwt gt
hrgt
\yldgh \nynth
wt wt
wt
to deliniate, mark out, set a limit
a sign, symbol, feature, mark, line, musical note
tav
tav
to see, to behold
knocking off, cutting off, decapitating
to cut off, cut away, fly off
an axis, horizon; 22/7 pi (circumference/diameter)
teez
haytaza
tazaz
tav zayin
zyt zt
zth
zzt
zt
the lower part, below, beneath, under; surrogate
to spread out, veil, cloak;
to expand, encompass
tahhat
matahh
latahh
tjt jt
jtm
jtl
to turn towards, turn aside; to rebel/conciliate
that which is extended, bent distorted, deflected
to turn inward, to surrender to what is (q)
tayt
tayt
tav tayt
ft ft
ft
ft
to mark time; complete manifestation; an aeon
tav yod
yt yt
to be fitted, joined; to lean upon
to make even, level; weigh, examine, balance
arrangement, structure, measure, form
the middle of anything, the midst, among
to melt, cast, refine, pour metal
tahhah
tahhan
tihhoonah
tavehh
natahh
205
hkt kt
}kt
hnwkt
]wt
]tn
lt lt
hlt
llt
\yltlt
lt
a hill, a hill of ruins
to hang up, to suspend, to hold in suspense
to heap up, make high, wave, vibrate
palm branches vibrating in the air
a turning point, pivotal moment (q)
tel
talah
talal
taltalim
tal
to make whole, to complete; to be solitary
wholeness, integrity, innocence, simplicity
to marvel, to wonder; astonishment
to be twin, double
tam
tom
tamah
ta’am
\t mt
\t
hmt
\at
praise, tanah
hnt nt
to give presents, distribute gifts;
celebrate
to be constant, firm, stable, perineal
to extend, endure, enlarge, attenuate
a vast fish, a giant whale, sea monster
a jackal
yatan
tanan
taneen
tan
to boil, ferment, bubble, break up the ground
a storehouse, treasury, lineage
tasas
tisbara
to err, wander, go astray, be deceived
to move to and fro; to sport, stammer, imitate
deception, illusion, misperception (q)
setting the universe aright, healing all illusions - q
ta’ah
teetaya
tav ayin
tikkun olam
206
}ty
}nt
}ynt
}t
sst st
arbst
hut ut
utut
ut
\lwu }wqyt
[t pt
[t
lpt
rpt
cpt
to tap a timbrel, beat a drum
the bezel, the hollow where a jem is set
to spit out, stick on; unseasoned, false, foolish
to sew together; (root for tiferet)
to take hold on, handle, enclose, overlay
tof
tof
tafal
tafar
tafash
that which exits; modality
to chip off, to tear down
490 fulfillment of a karmic cycle (q)
totzah
natatz
tav tzaddi
to drive in, straighten; to overpower, unnerve
to sound a trumpet, take heed, cut off abruptly
a offset, ledge, terrace, segment, increment
taka
takaf
atik
uqt qt
]qt
qyta
to spy out, explore; to tremble, overflow; residue
order, row, turn, circle; a string of pearls/beads
instruction, doctrine, law, direction; a way to go
untying, loosening; permission
yatar
tur
torah
hatarah
rty rt
rwt
hrwt
hrth
the number nine; the ninth of a sequence
to pluck up, expel, overthrow
a billy goat
under the sun
taysha
natash
tayeesh
tahhat hashemesh
letters, signs, markings, symbols
to fix firmly, fasten irrevocably
an inner marking, trade mark; 222/484 gates (q)
auteeot
tav tav
tav tav
207
haxwt xt
{tn
xt
uct ct
ctn
cyt
cmch tjt
twytwa tt
tt
tt
Insert graphic of the wall, white on black of the 484 gates.
Insert graphic of the 484 gates as a wheel.
208