Chesed

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In the Qabalah, Chesed is the fourth of the ten Sephiroth on the "Tree of Life." Its meaning in Hebrew is Mercy. Chesed is also known as Gedulah (Majesty). The other Sephiroth are: Kether, Chokmah, Binah, Geburah, Tiphareth, Netzach, Hod, Yesod, and Malkuth.

Qabalistic Attributions

The following attributions are taken from 777, by Aleister Crowley. The small "#" links will show the full column of that attribution (i.e. all the names, planets, parts of the soul, etc.)

  • Key Scale: 4 (#)
  • Name: Chesed (Mercy) (#)
  • Astrology: Jupiter (#)

Godforms

  • Egyptian (selection): Amoun, Isis [Hathoor] (#)
  • Egyptian (practical): Amoun (#)
  • Hindu: Indra, Brahma (#)
  • Scandinavian: Wotan (#)
  • Greek: Poseidon [Zeus] (#)
  • Roman: Jupiter [Libitina] (#)
  • Christian: God the Rain-maker (vide Prayer-book), God the Farmer’s Friend (#)

Tarot

  • General Attribution: The 4 Fours (#)
  • Titles & Attributions
    • Wands: Completion (Venus in Aries) (#)
    • Cups: Luxury (Luna in Cancer) (#)
    • Swords: Truce (Jupiter in Libra) (#)
    • Discs: Power (Sol in Capricorn) (#)

Colors

  • King Scale: Deep violet (#)
  • Queen Scale: Blue (#)
  • Emperor Scale: Deep purple (#)
  • Empress Scale: Deep azure flecked yellow (#)

Material Correspondences

  • Animals: Unicorn (#)
  • Plants: Olive, Shamrock [Opium Poppy] (#)
  • Precious Stones: Amethyst, Sapphire [Lapis Lazuli] (#)
  • Perfumes: Cedar (#)
  • Vegetable Drugs: Opium (#)
  • Mineral Drug: — (#)
  • Alchemical Metal: Silver (#)

Magick & Mysticism

  • Element: Water (#)
  • Magical Weapons: The Wand, Sceptre, or Crook (#)
  • Magical Formula: IHVH (#)
  • Parts of the Soul: Ruach (The Intellect) (#)
  • Lineal Figures of the Planets, &c., and Geomancy: The Solid Figure (#)
  • Chakra: Anahata (heart) (#)
  • The Soul (Hindu): Lower Manas (#)
  • Quarter: — (#)
  • Order of Qliphoth: Gha’agsheklah (Smiters) (#)
  • Forty Buddhist Meditations: Friendliness (#)
  • Magical Power: The Vision of Love (#)
  • System of Taoism: — (#)
  • Figure related to Pure Number: Tetrahedron or Pyramid, Cross (#)

The Four Worlds

  • Heaven of Assiah: Tzedeq (Sphere of Jupiter) (#)
  • God Name in Assiah: AL (#)
  • Archangel of Assiah: Tzadkiel (Righteousness of God) (#)
  • Angels of Assiah: Chashmalim (Brilliant ones) (#)
  • Divine Name of Briah: ? (Mem Tzaddi Peh Tzaddi?) (#)
  • Angel of Briah: Tzadqiel (#)
  • Choir of Angels in Briah: Shinanim (#)
  • Palace of Briah: Hekel Ahbah (Palace of Love) (#)

Quotes

  • Tzedeq means righteousness; the inexorable law of Jupiter. The connection of this with the number 4 depends on the aspect of 4 as the square of 2, the limitation of the Dyad further fixed by self-multiplication, the introduction of a new dimension. 4 is thus a number of rigidity or materiality. Hence its ideal quality is inexorable righteousness. Yet in connection with this, remember that Chesed means Mercy and 4 is Daleth, the letter of Venus, Love. Consideration of this is very helpful in understanding the way in which a Sephira combines widely diverse ideas. (777)
  • The important characteristic is that Four is "below the Abyss"; therefore, in practice, it means solidification, materialization. Things have become manifest. The essential point is that it expresses the Rule of Law...The manifestation promised by Binah has now taken place. Chesed...is the highest idea which can be understood in an intellectual way. (The Book of Thoth).

References

  • Crowley, Aleister. (1982). 777 and Other Qabalistic Writings. York Beach, Me. : S. Weiser.
  • Crowley, Aleister. (1981). The Book of Thoth. New York, S. Weiser.
Correspondences in the Tree of Life from Liber 777 Tree of Life | 777 Tables | Qabalah

The Sephera: 1 Kether, 2 Chokmah
3 Binah, 4 Chesed, 5 Geburah
6 Tiphareth, 7 Netzach, 8 Hod
9 Yesod, 10 Malkuth

The Key Scale—the numerical organizational tool of the Tree.

Major Correspondences:

Astrology
Decans
Astrological Angels
Godforms
Tarot
Colors
Elements

The Four Worlds

The Four Worlds
Correspondences of Assiah
Correspondences of Yetzirah
Correspondences of Briah

Material Correspondences:

Animals
Plants
Precious Stones
Perfumes
Drugs
The Human Body
Metals

Magick & Mysticism:

Magical Weapons
Magical Formulae
Magical Powers
Parts of the Soul
The Four Quarters
Tetragrammaton

Alphabets
Eastern Mysticism
The Grades of the A.'.A.'.
Alchemy
Pentagram & Hexagram
Judaica
Genii of the Twelve Hours
Geomantic Intelligences
Lineal Figures & Geomancy
Figures related to Pure Number
Qliphoth & Infernals
The Perfected Man
Sepher Yetzirah
Transcendental Morality
Legendary Orders of Being

The Paths:

11 Aleph
12 Beth
13 Gimel
14 Daleth
15
16 Vau
17 Zain
18 Cheth
19 Teth
20 Yod
21 Kaph

22 Lamed
23 Mem
24 Nun
25 Samekh
26 Ayin
27
28 Tzaddi
29 Qoph
30 Resh
31 Shin
32 Tau
32-bis
31-bis

Document Source

  • This page was originally sourced from Thelemapedia. Retrieved May 2009.