Friday, March 30, 2012

10 Malkuth - Kingdom

Material, Sensory Consciousness.
Malkuth: brain consciousness, after any astral projection the ceremonial return is made to malkuth and normal consciousness re-establishes therein.
Muladhara Lotus Chakra
Planet: Earth. Goddesses: Persephone, Demeter, Ceres, Geb, Nephthys, all Earth Gods. 
Colors: Citrine, olive, russet, black. Jewel: Rock Crystal.
Plant: Ivy, willow, lily, all grains. Perfume: Dittany of crete. Animal: Sphinx
TITLE: Malkuth, the Kingdom. (Hebrew spelling: Mem, Lamed, Kaph, Vau, Tau.)
MAGICAL IMAGE: A young woman, crowned and throned.
SITUATION ON THE TREE: At the base of the Pillar of Equilibrium.
YETZIRATIC TEXT: The Tenth Path is called the Resplendent Intelligence because it is exalted above every head and sits upon the Throne of Binah. It illuminates the splendours of all the Lights, and causes an influence to emanate from the Prince of Countenances, the Angel of Kether.
TITLES GIVEN TO MALKUTH: The Gate. The Gate of Death. The Gate of the Shadow of Death. The Gate of Tears.The Gate of Justice. The Gate of Prayer.The Gate of the Daughter of the Mighty Ones. The Gate of the Garden of Eden. The Inferior Mother. Malkuth is Binah upon a lower arc (Mothers). Malkah, the Queen. Kallab, the Bride. The Virgin.
GOD-NAME: Adonai Malekh or Adonai ha Aretz.
ARCHANGEL: Sandalphon.
CHOIR OF ANGELS: Ashim, Souls of Fire.
MUNDANE CHAKRA: Cholem ha Yesodoth, Sphere of the Elements.
SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE: Vision of the Holy Guardian Angel.
VIRTUE: Discrimination.
VICE: Avarice. Inertia.
SYMBOLS: Altar of the double cube. The Equal-armed cross. The magic circle.
The triangle of art.
TAROT CARDS: The four Tens.
TEN OF WANDS: Oppression.
TEN OF CUPS: Perfected Success.
BRIAH: Citrine, olive, russet, and black.
YETZIRAH: Citrine, olive, russet, and black, flecked with gold.
ASSIAH: Black, rayed with yellow.
The four elements correspond to the four temperaments as described by Hippocrates, the four Tarot suits, the twelve signs of the Zodiac, and the seven planets. If the implications of these statements are worked out, it will he seen that herein are contained some very important keys. 
The Element of Earth corresponds to the Phlegmatic Temperament; the suit of Pentacles; the signs of
Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn; and the planets Venus and Luna.
The Element of Water corresponds to the Bilious Temperament; the Suit of Cups; the signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces; and the planet Mars.
The Element of Air corresponds to the Choleric Temperament; the suit of Swords; the signs of Libra, Gemini, and Aquarius; and the planets Saturn and Mercury. 
The Element of Fire corresponds to the Sanguine Temperament; the suit of Wands; the signs of Aries, Sagittarius and Leo; and the planets Sol and Jupiter. 

Not just the terrestrial sphere, also the Earth-soul, that is to say, the subtle, psychic aspect of matter; the underlying noumenon of the physical plane which gives rise to all physical phenomena. Understand the exact nature of the relationship between Yesod and Malkuth must be clearly understood, because it is all-important for practical occult work. Yesod is a form-givin gprinciple, whatever form is built up in its Sphere will be bodied forth in the Sphere of Malkuth unless it contains incompatibles. It is for this reason that the esotericist personifles the subtler forces and calls them Intelligences. He then proceeds to deal with them as if they were intelligent, and he finds that there is a subtle side of his own nature and consciousness which responds to them, and to which, he fondly believes, they respond. Let us now interpret this simile from the point of view of technical occultism.

Every magical operation is designed to bring power down the planes into the reach of the operator, who then applies it to whatever ends he may design. Many operators are content if they can obtain purely subjective results-that is to say, a sense of exaltation; others aim at the production of psychic phenomena. It should be recognised, however, that no operation is completed until the process has been expressed in terms of Malkuth, or, in other words, has issued forth in action on the physical plane. If this is not done, the force that has been generated is not properly " earthed," and it is this loose force left lying around that causes the trouble in magical experiments. It may not cause trouble in a single experiment, as few operators generate enough power to cause anything, let alone trouble; but in a series of experiments the effect may be cumulative, and result in the general Psychic upheaval and run of bad luck and queer happenings so often reported by experimenters. It is these sort of things that give experimental magic a bad name, and lead to its being regarded as dangerous and compared to drug addiction.

...These four elements are said to be the Earth, Air, Fire, and Water of the Wise-that is to say, four types of activity. They are represented in the notation of esoteric science by four different types of triangle. Fire is represented by a triangle point upwards; Air by a similar triangle with a bar across it, thus indicating that Air may be esteemed as akin in nature to Fire, but denser. In fact, we should not go far wrong if we called Air, Negative Fire, or Fire, Positive Air. Water is represented by a triangle point downwards, and Earth by the same triangle with a bar across it; and to these two symbols the same principles apply as to their predecessors.

Supposing, then, we consider the Fire triangle as representing unconditioned force and the Air triangle as representing conditioned force, the Earth triangle as representing totally inert form and the Water triangle as representing an active type of form, we have another mode of classification available. In the most ancient myths, the air, or space-god, is the parent of the sun, celestial fire, and water is the matrix of earth. This comes out clearly on the Central Pillar of the Tree of Life, where
Kether, space, overshadows Tiphareth, the sun-centre, and the watery Yesod, the moon-centre, overshadows the earthy Malkuth.

Path of the Arrow: Way of Initiation 32nd path from Malkuth to Yesod. (The Occultist takes the knowledge of the sidepaths too) The archangel is the great angel Sandalphon, who is sometimes called by Qabalists the Dark Angel; whereas Metatron, the Angel of the Countenance, is the Bright Angel. These two angels are held to stand behind the right and left shoulders of the soul in its hours of crisis. They might be taken to represent good and bad karma. It is in reference to the function of Sandalphon as the Dark Angel presiding over the Karmic Debt that Malkuth is called the Gate of Justice and the Gate of Tears. It has been said by a wit, with more truth than he knew, that this planet was actually some other planet's hell. It is in very fact the sphere in which karma is normally worked out. Where there is sufficient knowledge, however, karma can be worked out deliberately on the subtler planes, and this method is one of the forms of spiritual healing..

The Spiritual Experience of Malkuth is the Vision of the Holy Guardian Angel. Now this angel, which according to the Qabalists is assigned to each soul at birth and companions him till death, when it takes him into its keeping and presents him before the face of God for judgment, is in actuality the Higher Self of each one of us, which builds up around the Divine Spark that is the nucleus of the soul and endures for an evolution, sending down a process into matter at each incarnation to form the basis of the new personality.

When the Higher Self and the Lower Self become united through the complete absorption of the lower by the higher, true adepthood is gained; this is the Great Initiation, the Lesser Divine Union. It is the supreme experience of the incarnate soul, and when this takes place, it is freed from any compulsion to rebirth into the prison-house of flesh. Thenceforth it is free to go on up the planes and enter into its rest, or, if it so elects, to remain within the earth-sphere and function as a Master. This, then, is the spiritual experience which is assigned to Malkuth-the bringing down of the Godhead into manhood, just as the spiritual experience of Tiphareth is the taking up of manhood into the Godhead.

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