Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hod: Splendour


Wikipedia: "Hod in the Kabbalah of Judaism is the eigth sephira of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. In the Hebrew language it can mean "majesty" or "splendour" and denoting "praise" as well as "submission."

Hod sits below Gevurah and across from Netzach in the Tree of Life.

All the sephirot are likened to different parts of the body, and Netzach and Hod are likened to the two feet of a person: right foot and left foot. Feet are usually only the means of a person's activity. While the hands are the instruments of action, the feet bring a person to the place where he wishes to execute that action.

In a mystical sense, in which the Tree of Life is supposed to be a roadmap to "consciousness," Hod is where form is given by language in its sidest sense, being the key to the mystery of form. (Perhaps this may be an adopting of the point of view of the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan), our unconscious desires come from Netzach, and are given form in the symbolic realm by Hod, manifesting unconsciously through Yesod to Malkuth."

8 comments:

Michael said...

This series you are doing is great! I wish I had such a hunky teacher of religious precepts in Sunday School, I might have paid better attention! Doug over at Unnatural Devotions is also doing a Tarot card a day thing lately, which is equally cool. Between you two I'm getting plenty of manflesh AND spiritual learnin'!

benjibopper said...

"Hod is where form is given by language"

Maybe I'll name my next kid Hod.

Alex Robinson said...

Gidday Devin
How are you my friend?
Thanks for these bite-sized pieces of understanding - I had come across these names before, but without much comprehension. I looked up Sephira & it says that it is composed of a vessel that holds light called 'Or' - most interesting to me as I've written of that before 'Or' = French for Gold.

I think you had fun coming up with your centrepieces :)

Very, very best wishes to you & all your family xx

X. Dell said...

Right now, I'm just reading. I wouldn't consider myself anything close to an expert on the Kabalah or Talmud, although I have a friend knowledgable about both.

One of the things about Christianity is that the three-part godhead (Father, Son, Holy Ghost) offers a type of balance that seems far more simplistic than the ten sephira. This is a rather complex belief, and I am thus not surprised that it has since transcended Judaism.

foam said...

it's actually cool in that the tree of life has been around as a concept in different religions and cultures for ages. reading about the kabbalah tree of life is interesting.

Devin said...

Michael, benji, Alex, Xdell and foam - thank yo all so very much for your comments!!!!!!!!!!!
and sorry so late getting to them as usual - thursday afternoon (whilst searching for a hot dude image for Netzach- and yes i was having a wonderful time with these til then;-)
i accidentally downloaded a Trojan backdoor -LOL virus -plus a "root-kit" onto my puter - i could access all the infor on my desktop - but could absolutely not get online at all for 4 days- the man who fixed it just left a bit ago - at first it was diagnosed (wrongly) as my modem - well 65 dollars and 4 days later i am back 'up' and now thankful i didnt have to see if i had enough money to get a whole new tower!!!!!!!!
haha - "Cleverbot" on Google Wednesday asked me if i was a "chatbot" '-)
again thanks so much for stopping by - thanks also for the link Michael !!!!!! i had forgotten about that site and need to "refresh" myself with it!!!!!!!!
ps -Michael - i am working on an outline to a fiction story -kind of dystopia/horror with a "Varen" as the main character -i hope it is ok and that this actually goes somewhere in awhile -love the name!!!!! "Cleverbot" also informed me i used excessive punctuation!!!!!!!!! go figure-lol!
love to all of you and i will try to get round to your sites/emails either tonight or tomorrow if you -
I hope i dont sound absolutely "loopy" - insomnia started again a day ago and have been awake about 26 hours now-thanks again all of you for your friendship and stopping by!!
love 'n hugz to all of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Cleverbot - "Kiss my grits":-)

Michael said...

You can use Varen all you want, no problem!!!!!!!!! :-)

Devin said...

Michael - thanks so very much for your "blessing" with Varen!!!!!!!!!
have a short post tonight to do hopefully (hope u like Tiphareth;-)
after that will get round to Gosporn and others -u r first on my list - lol-lucky you{;-)}>
all the best to you!!!!!!!!! and thanks for your extra punctuation!!!!!!!!!