Qabalist cross conundrum
Morning from london.
Comments regarding following requested,
In drawing the qabalist cross why do we touch the right shoulder and say " ve geburah" when the pillar boaz is on the left of us (the north side of the 'temple' ) if facing east?
Because you are the Tree.
In which case, geburah would be upon my left side?
You're not facing east - you are the pillars, and you are facing west (at the beginning of the ritual). Geburah is your right side.
Regards belmurru , I am the tree as Adam Kadmon, thus geburah us my right side, regardless which way I face.
With regards to the temple if I face east it is still my right side even though the temples on the left side.
If I face west I am synchronous with the tree as myself, and the tree as the temple.
If I face east I am, in effect a reflection of it?
Makes sense 🙂
It's always on your right side.
Right - correct and true. Anyone's right shoulder is Geburah (ve-Geburah), and their left shoulder is Chesed (ve-Gedulah), regardless of which direction they are facing.
The outer being like a mirrored reflection of the inner, applies to many different things.
I always wondered - if the left/right brain functions are different for left/right handed people, then would that indicate a switch in the Supernals? Not like it actually matters, or changes anything...
I don't think it really matters in the slightest which side you use or see it on. It is just the dualism of the doctrine of emanations - the middle pillar is not a straight line of clones down, but the result of balanced divisions that combine to form a third, which again divides and recombines (mates, reproduces), etc.
(Da'ath, "Knowledge", represents the fruit of Chokhmah and Binah, the male and female principles, when they "know" each other; in its perfect form, this is the Tree of Knowledge. Hence "taking" that fruit from below became The Fall (the fruit has been taken out of its proper position). Every Sephira in the Middle Pillar now slips down a place, and the result is the Tree of Life. Partaking of the Tree of Life, the Great Work, is symbolically bringing Da'ath back up to its proper place - the child of the of the perfect union of the male and female principles, Chokhmah and Binah; in a perfect union, knowledge is innocence; in an imperfect union, knowledge is a fall into creation (I suppose this is how the Gnostics and Lurianic Kabbalists would see it))
The important thing to remember about the Pillars of "Mercy" and "Severity", is that one does not exist without the other. Balance. No left without right, nor right without left.
Another thing to perhaps remember about Mercy and Severity is that they are motions and not permanently static positions constantly knowing each other and moving through each other, the equilibrium is a dynamic process and not as many illustrations through the media they are present, positions of stasis. Movements, unending Rhythms, sounds being permeated by other sounds.