Hi Bother BhDa
There seems to be a correlation between Daath and Yesod and I agree with you that there are sexual connotations in both.
I wonder though why Daath is often regarded as an "evil" sephirah and should be left alone, while Yesod is not. Daath is also regarded as the doorway to the qlipothic ("imbalanced," "evil") forces, found at the backside of the Tree of Life. Although the correspondences are open-ended and not rigidly exclusive, I am still quite confused about the two.
Perhaps you have some thoughts on the matter. Thanks.
Thank you for your comments.
I can understand the distinction which you make between the qlipoth and the demons of Jewish or Christian mysticism.
In my understanding, the qlipoth are once structured forces but are now in the process of disintegration, ergo "shells" or "imbalanced" forces like food being digested, a decaying corpse, or a disintegrating leaf. Presumably, they are forces being liberated from the shackles of structure and form and are once again free for re-structuring and re-formation. Daath is allegedly the portal to access these forces, just as the throat is the entrance to access the masticated and deconstructed food material in our stomachs, which are hidden from plain view but are responsible for our outward form, structure and appearance.
Demons, on the other hand, are structured and organized forces designed for specific "evil" functions or activities.
Some "black" magickians claim that working with qlipothic forces is "better" than working with "primary" or "virgin" forces because the qlipothic forces already have "experience" with structure and form whereas the primary have none.
I am particularly intrigued why Daath, which you yourself pointed out is not a product of the parzufim and so strictly speaking is not a sephirah, is considered as one. Further, the physical correspondence of Daath is the throat, whereas the physical correspondence of Yesod is the genitals. So what does "The Word made Flesh" really mean? Which is often descriptive of Christ, Jesus Christ or perhaps a Christ consciousness.
These are of course my rambling thoughts which you may or may not further comment on. But many thanks again for your reply.
It has always been my thought that Da'ath, being knowledge, represents the entrance to the abyss because, and I think I'm agreeing with you here, knowledge without Wisdom (Chochmah) and Understanding (Binah) can and has lead to evil (wrongful thought/action).
To take this a step further, if you go up from Malkuth, and it's my opinion that while we seek 'enlightenment' from Keter down, we have a tendency to live from Malkuth up, then the things we learn and experiences we have in the lower triangles lead us up out of the abyss to Da'at, and if we temper that knowledge with the upper triangles of Keter, Binah and Chochmah, we are closer to the true understanding of ALL.
This is some of my thoughts on it, anyway. =}
Thank you so much for this, Leila. While I work with the Tree of Life almost every day, I've never worked solely with the Middle Pillar...silly me, really, as it makes perfect sense.
This could be the kick in the metaphoric arse I've been needing.
Greetings, this is a great presentation of the Middle Pillar, the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram and how they appear on the Tree of Life. I think too that it is very unique how each Esoteric Order or religious group puts their interpretation on the tree of life.
The correspondences on the Tree of Life are numerous. The correspondences, as far as I can see, in my Order and on my low level, are based on the tetragrammaton. These two rituals are what are supposed to be done before doing a reading of "The book of Tarot".
In Freemasonry, the left and right pillars on the Tree of Life are in reference to the legendary King Solomon's Temple. The subject of all degrees that I am both in and that surpass by knowledge as a member.
In Judaism, the Tree of Life is something that very much is in reference with the Zohar. One of the major texts in the canon of the "literal kabbalah".
I have found that all three groups mentioned have some how used the tetragrammaton in some form or fashion to allude to a teaching presented in a ritual, interpretation of a sacred text, or some other greater teachings. The ultimate belief, I suppose, being to connect back to God--who ever that is understood to be by you yourself.
Note: Leila Raven, if you are still following the post, I hope to receive a response from you. It is very nice to be able to communicate with another initiate. Thanks for the post!