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4. chesed

(mercy)

The fourth stage, Chesed, marks the beginning of a new sequence, Microprosopos. It is the first Sephirah of the Ethical Triangle.

Chesed formulates and builds the archetypical ideas which are the basis of our manifested universe. Chesed represents a stage of lawgiving which is the foundation of peace, order and fairness in the world.

Chesed is the highest regions of the Soul and the level of the disincarnate Masters who have been disciplined by form but who are now formless.

In our individual lives, Chesed represent leadership qualities, thinking ahead, guiding others with love, taking responsibility for anything that happens in our world.

Title(s) Chesed, Mercy (Cheth, Samech, Daleth), Gedulah. Love. Majesty. The Builder.The Loving Father who is King. The Kindly Shepherd. The Framework (beginning of manifestation).
Place In the centre of the Pillar of Mercy. Gives rise to its opposite, Geburah through the path of Teth.
"32 Paths of Wisdom" "The Fourth Path is named Measuring, Cohesive or Receptacular; and so because it contains all the holy powers, and from it emanate all the spiritual virtues with the most exalted essences: they emanate one from the other by the power of the primordial emanation."
The four worlds Atziluth Briah Yetzirah Assiah
Divine names Godname:El ("God - The Mighty One" ). Archangel: Tzadkiel Angel choir: Chasmalim ("Brilliant Ones") aka Dominions or dominations. Mundane chakra: Tzadekh ("Righteousness"), Jupiter.
Colours Deep violet Blue Deep purple Deep azure, flecked yellow
Tarot suits 4 of Wands (Completion): Chesed in Atziluth/ spirit. The pure four in the world of yod-fire. A perfection or completion of the process initiated by the supernals. Conclusions, settlement and rest after labor. The achievement of the King in peace-time in his well-governed kingdom. Complete and move forward. 4 of Cups (Luxury): Chesed in consciousness /soul realm. Pleasure with reservations or coming to an end. When it contains all what is there to passion. 4 of Swords (Truce): Chesed in the asral world /Yetzirah. Recovery, rest from trouble or strife. Negotiation. 4 of Disks (Power): Chesed in Assiah/ material plane. Law and order. Eartly power completed, but nothing beyond. Gain of money and influence. At present, careful and orderly but discontented, little originality.
10 Commandments "Honour thy father and thy mother" (virtue is obedience).
Crowley's "10 Secret Joys of The Master" "The Necessity of the Universe is a Measure of the Righteousness."
Paul Case's "Pattern on the Threstleboard" "From the exhaustless riches of its Limitless Substance, I draw all things needful, both spiritual and material"
Virtue / Vice Obidience, alignment / bigotry, pride, hypocrisy, gluttony, tyranny
Spiritual Experience Vision of Love. The 2nd ray of spiritual realisation: Love/Wisdom.
Magical Image A mighty crowned and throned king.
Magical symbols The solid figure. Tetrahedron. Pyramid (grounded triangle ­ renewed manifestation of 4 elements). Equal-armed Cross (4 elements in equilibrium and synthesized). Wand. Sceptre. Crook (of shepherd or bishop). Square. Orb. Sceptre.
Body Left arm. Left shoulder. Left adrenal. Adrenalin-flee (stress, muscular waste). Visuddhi (throat) chakra (together with Geburah on the path of Teth).
Mythology Ruling gods of the thunderbolt, thunder gods. Zeus. Jupiter. Thor.
Other symbols Cedarwood. Borage. Tulip. Birch. Dolphin. Sphinx. Thursday.

 

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