Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Keter: The Crown

Keter is the topmost of the sephirot of the Tree of Life. Keter means "crown." Keter is on the middle axis of the Tree and directly above Daath, Tiphereth, Yesod and Malkuth.

From Inner.org: "The sefira of keter develops into two partzufim (personaes). Its external partzuf referred to as Arich Anpin ("the Elongated Face"), corresponds to the superconscious power of ratzon (will) in the soul. Its inner partzuf, referred to as Atik Yomin ("the Ancient of Days") corresponds to the corresponding power of ta'anug (pleasure) in the soul).

The seven lower sefirot of Atik Yomin are enclothed within the partzuf of Arich Anpin (thus introducing pleasure as a primary motivational force driving the will). The three upper sefirot of Atik Yomin, which are not enclothed within Arich Anpin represent the unadulterated superconsciousness pleasure of emunah (faith)--deriving from one's essential rootedness within Divinity.

The meaning "crown" corresponds, in particular to "the head of nothingness," the source of Divine pleasure in the soul. The "crown" symbolizes the spiritual power to receive and integrated into one's consciousness the pleasure of Divine revelation, as our sages express with regard to the world to come: "the righteous sit with their crowns on their heads and receive pleasure from the radiance of the Divine Prescence" (Tractate Kalah Rabati 2:3)".

Wikipedia: "Keter is so sublime, it is called in the Zohar "the most hidden of all hidden things", and it is completely incomprehensible to man. It is also described as absolute compassion, and Rabbi Moshe Corovero describes it as the source of the 13 Supernal Attributes of Mercy.

Keter, although being the highest Sehphira of its world, receives from the Sephira of Malkuth of the domain above it (see Sephirot). The uppermost Keter sits below no other Sephira, although it is below Or Ein Soph which is the source of all Sephirot.

According to the Bahir:

The first Sephirah is called the Crown, since a crown is worn above the head. The Crown therefore refers to things that are above the mind's abilities of comprehension.

Additionally, all of the other Sephirot are likened to the body which starts with the head and wends its way down into action. But the crown of a king lies above the head and connects the concept of "monarchy", which is abstract and intangible, with the tangible and concrete head of the king.

13 Supernal Attributes of Mercy

Rabbi Moshe Cordovero, in The Palm of Devorah, discusses ethical behaviour that man should follow, related to the qualities of the Sephirot, in order that man might emulate his creator. Through discussion of a line in Micah, 13 attributes are associated with the Sephira Keter:

Whos is God lik you, who pardons iniquity and forgives the transgressions of the remnant of his heritage? He does not maintain His anger forever, for He delights in kindness. He will again show us compassion, He will vanquish our iniquities, and You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Show faithfulness to Ya'akov, kindness to Abraham, which You have sworn to our fathers from days of old. (Micah 7:18-20)

Non-Jewish Practices

In The Mystical Kabbalah, Dion Fortune describes Keter as pure consciousness, beyond all categories, timeless, a point that crystallizes out of the Ein Soph, and commences the process of emanation that ends in Malkuth.

The name of God given to it is Eheieh, the archangel that presides over it is Metatron, the order of angels that reside in it are the Holy Living Creatures (the Chaioth ha Qadesh), and its mundane chakra is said to be the First Swirlings of the cosmos (Primum Mobile, Rashith ha Gilgalin).

As pure formless consciousness, it is often compared with the Sahasrara chakra, in Indian Shakta Tantra.

In Aleister Crowley's Liber 777, Keter is associated with the Four Aces of the Tarot deck, White, Brilliance, Poseidon, Brahma, Wodan, Zeus, The Trinity, Almond in flower, Diamond, Elixir Vitae, Dao, and Death (not a complete list of te 777 associations).

It is said to have a negative aspect, the Qliphoth Thaumiel.

Keter is also indentified with the planet Neptune, the Atma in Theosophy and Raja Yoga, and the Khabs am Pekht in Egyptian mysticism."

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Anadæ Effro said...

Hey little brother across the continent, hey. Word verification? Why, it's adbramen. I do ad a little Brahman to everything that I do. LOL! How'd they Gno, right? I'm such the pious little Hindu-leaning elf, aren't I?

Rhed & I just got back earlier this week from Skalitude …. the WA based retreat just outside Twisp that hosts the annual Fairy & Human Relations Congress. Devs, man, you really have got to attend it one of these years. Michael of Gosporn had said it was a beautiful area & one of his fav'rits in the country when I'd told him I was heading off to the event, but, yo. I had no idea!

My spiritual mentor (well, one of them), RJ Stewart, had actually conferred the Second Sight to me and made me an ambassador. He's a very accessible, humourous guy all around, too. Man. The responsibility of it all. LOL. I dunno, man, so, are ya gonna punctuate the Quabbalah series with doing a rundown on its evil (or at least its inverse) side, the Qliphoth? Jus' wonderin' … As always, devin, it's always an engaging, informative, & edifying read to stop over at your oasis of Gnoledge here in the sprawling desert of the 'net. Namasté ~ (•8-D

Devin said...

Hiya Big Bro!!!!!!!!
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your Gnowledge and linkys!!!!!!!
I hadn't heard from you in awhile and was hoping you are doing great and life is being wonderful to you!!
I have decided to continue this series- and just might do something about the evil negative Qliphothic Tree of Death.
I am sure your links will help me however this series proceeds -and will help other readers too!!!!
all the best in the world to you big bro and thanks again !!!!!!!!!!

Anadæ Effro said...

Devin, here's a treatment by RJ Stewart's on what he refers to as the Miracle Tree. I suddenly get it, conveyed as three overlapping worlds, not as an intersected scaffold to climb. Whoa. Soooo much easier to comprehend. Thanks for this series of blogticles again, Devin!

Devin said...

Hiya Big Bro!!!!!!!!!
thanks so much for your comments and links to this new series- can't tell you how much I appreciate it- originally this series was just to get used to working on something here again- but I actually want to keep on going now- the interpenetrating worlds of Kabbalah are indeed easier to visualise as circles interconnecting to one another as opposed to a series of separate worlds with a "lightning bolt" connecting them - there are many beautiful representations of the "worlds within worlds" on the web. I will check out the link this eve- I am kind of doing this series "bottom-up" instead of "top-down" if that makes any sense- and would have done it the other way if i knew it would be a "long" for me anyway - series
all the best in the world to you Big Bro and thanks so much for stopping by!!!!!!!!!!