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the creative process of four elements

the yhvh

The four elements of the Qabalah are not merely dimensions of a static condition. They are, like the ten Sephiroth, stages in a continuous process of creation. The ultimate illustration of this process is IHVH, the inexpressable name of God, the Tetragrammaton. Each letter of the Tetragrammation represents an element which is a stage in the creation of the world. By expressing the inexpressable name of God, IHVH, you will stop the evolution of the universe. Try it: Yod-Heh-Vau-Heh.*

Yod - Fire is a symbol of forces that set the creative proces into motion, the alchemical principle of the male or the father, his will, ideas and creative attention. With the project pushing spirit of the choleric temperament he is motivated by challenge and resistance. Fire is represented in tarot by the fiery suit of wands and the kings or knights. In the angelic world, fire is represented by the salamanders and salamandrines. In alchemy, fire refers to the initial process of calcination. In the Bible, the four elements are represented as the four kerubim of Ezekiel's vision, symbolizing the four evangelists: The Lion, Leo, and the gospel of St. Mark correspond with the Fire element.*

The fiery spark is adopted by Heh, alchemical Water, the female, receptive principle of the mother, her nurturing love, imagination and knowledge that develop the impulse of the father. The watery stage of creation has the qualities of the phlegmatic temperament with its quiet flow and resting inner happiness. The suit of cups and the queens of the tarot pack play exactly this role of carrying forth and developing the creative energy. Alchemy has as its second stage the watery process of dissolution. Nymphs and undines are the devas of the water element. The Eagle, Scorpio is the kerubim of Water, symbolizing the gospel of St. John.*

As in the triangles of the Tree, the marriage between Fire and Water is fruitful and Water gives birth to Vau, alchemical Air, the formative principle of intellect, their son. He has the easily distracted enthusiasm of the sanguine temperament. Like our intellect, he has no moving power of his own. He's formative action only results from the dynamics of their relationship, and their love is can only be manifested through him. Air is symbolized by the rushing princes and the dispersing suit of swords in tarot. In the alchemical process, air is represented as the third stage of seperation. The airy angels of nature are the sylphs and sylphides. The kerubim of Air is Man, Aquarius, a symbol of St. Matthew's gospel.*

The airy impulse of the prince cannot find any rest until it is employed through the final Heh, alchemical Earth, the manifesting, material principle of the daughter, the final, combined product, result or value of the whole creative process. Being a true melancholic, she is focused on what there is, the actual or the past, even in details, accepting and therefore maintaining a binding relationship with her environment. Similarly, alchemy has as its fourth phase the process of conjunction. Earth is represented in tarot though the princesses and the suit of disks, money, the physical trial of the metaphysics. It's a basic rule of magic that unless the magician somehow manifests the result physically, the value of his efforts is doubtful at most. In nature, the gnomes are the devas of the earth element. The Ox, Taurus is of course the kerubim of Earth, symbolizing the gospel according to St. Luke.*


the four worlds of the qabalists

These four elements representing a fourfold creative process can be applied with the Tree in a number of ways. The application of the court cards: Fire (Kings) to Chokmah, Water (Queens) to Binah, Air (Princes) to Tiphareth and Microprosopos and Earth (Princesses) to Malkuth is called the specific elements. It symbolizes the process of creating the main parts of any Tree of Life. In any Tree can also be found the astral elements: fiery Netzach, watery Hod, airy Yesod and earthy Malkuth. And within Malkuth appear the so called base elements, the elements as they are normally experienced in our sensory world. The concept of the transitional elements relates to the creative process mentioned in Sepher Yetzirah, structured primarily around the maternal letters Aleph (Air), Mem (Water) and Shin (Fire).*

The most important application is the socalled primal elements, where the whole process of creation from spirit through matter is described in four stages, each corresponding with one of the elements. This interpretation is also called the four worlds of the qabalists. These four worlds of emanation are named Atziluth, the archetypical world (Fire), Briah, the creative world (Water), Yetzirah, the formative world (Air) and Assiah, the material world (Earth). In a normal Tree of Life, Atziluth would be covered by Kether and Chokmah, Briah by Binah, Yetzirah by all of Microprosopos, and Assiah by Malkuth.*

However, in the most common usage of the four world model, each is subdivided into a full Tree of Life with ten Sephiroth. In this 40-Sephiroth model of the cosmos, the Malkuth of Atziluth gives rise to the Kether of Briah and so on: The divine energy emanates through four Trees of Life, one by one.*

The ten Sephiroth manifest quite differently in each of the four worlds. In Atziluth, God acts directly, and the Sephiroth are represented by ten godnames. The Sephiroth's abstract powers in Atziluth are illustrated by wands in the tarot. In Briah, God acts through His ten archangels, their forces being illustrated as cups of tarot. Yetziratic forces are the choirs or hosts of angels, their energies represented in tarot by the swords. And finally, in Assiah, the material world, God acts through the socalled Ten Mundane Chakras: Kether manifests as the first movements of our physical universe, Chokmah as the Zodiac being manifested, Binah through Yesod as the seven traditional planets, and Malkuth manifests through our four elemental physical planet earth. The names of the Sephiroth's manifestations in the four worlds are the most important tools of qabalistic magic.*

Also the Paths between the Sephiroth, illustrated by the tarot trumps, can be understood as manifesting through each of the four worlds.*


the colours of the four worlds

The names are one way of meeting the Sephiroth in the four worlds, their colours are another. Names are related to Hod and the intellect, while colours are related to Netzach and the arts. Brought together in a ritual they form a powerful constellation. The following are Aleister Crowley's suggested colours for the Sephiroth and the Paths in the four worlds:*

Path in Atziluth in Briah in Yetzirah in Assiah
1st Brilliance White brilliance White brilliance White, flecked gold
2nd Pure soft blue Grey Blue pearl grey, like mother-of-pearl White, flecked red, blue, and yellow
3rd Crimson Black Dark brown Grey, flecked pink
4th Deep violet Blue Deep purple Deep azure, flecked yellow
5th Orange Scarlet red Bright scarlet Red, flecked black
6th Clear pink rose Yellow (gold) Rich salmon Gold amber
7th Amber Emerald Bright yellow green Olive, flecked gold
8th Violet purple Orange Red-russet Yellowish brown, flecked white
9th Indigo Violet Very dark purple Citrine, flecked azure
10th Yellow Citrine, olive, russet and black Citrine, olive, russet and black, all flecked with gold Black, rayed with yellow
11th Bright pale yellow Sky blue Blue emerald green Emerald, flecked gold
12th Yellow Purple Grey Indigo, rayed violet
13th Blue Silver Cold pale blue Silver, rayed sky blue
14th Emerald green Sky blue Early spring green Bright rose or cerise, rayed pale green
15th Scarlet Red Brilliant flame Glowing red
16th Red orange Deep indigo Deep warm olive Rich brown
17th Orange Pale mauve New yellow leather Reddish grey inclined to mauve
18th Amber Maroon Rich bright russet Dark greenish brown
19th Yellow, greenish Deep purple Grey Reddish amber
20th Green, yellowish Slate grey Green grey Plum colour
21st Violet Blue Rich purple Bright blue, rayed yellow
22nd Emerald green Blue Deep blue-green Pale Green
23rd Deep blue Sea green Deep olive-green White, flecked purple, like mother-of-pearl
24th Green blue Dull brown Very dark brown Livid indigo brown (like a black beetle)
25th Blue Yellow Green Dark vivid blue
26th Indigo Black Blue black Cold, dark grey, approaching black
27th Scarlet Red Venetian red Bright red, rayed azure or emerald
28th Violet Sky blue Bluish mauve White, tinged purple
29th Crimson (ultra violet) Buff, flecked silver-white Light translucent pinkish brown Stone colour
30th Orange Gold yellow Rich amber Amber, rayed red
31st Glowing orange scarlet Vermilion Scarlet, flecked gold Vermilion, flecked crimson and emerald
32nd Indigo Black Blue black Black, rayed blue


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