A Depth of Beginning: Notes on Kabbalah by Colin Low

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In order to come close to the abstract sense of what is happening in sexual reproduction it is necessary to take an odd and seemingly irrelevant 37 Notes on Kabbalah language to another. This is the same as a novel, which can be written on paper, or inscribed on sheets of metal, or baked into clay tablets. A novel obviously isn’t tied to any physical representation either. What about the computer a program runs on? but there are lots of different kinds and makes of computer, and they can all run the same program.

The Virtue of Yesod is independence, the ability to make our own foundations, to continually rebuild ourselves, to reject the security of comfortable illusions and confront reality without blinking. The Vice of Yesod is idleness. This can be contrasted with the inertia of Malkhut. A stone is inert because it lacks the capacity to change. People however can change ... and can’t be bothered. At least, not today. Yesod has a dreamy, illusory, comfortable, seductive quality, as in the Isle of the Lotus Eaters - how else could we live as if death and personal annihilation only happened to other people?

If you attempt to work with the elements in Malkhut you are working with the stuff of the physical world. Malkhut is not an inner mystical state - it is Aethyr underpins the elements like a foundation and its attribution to Yesod should be obvious, particularly as it forms the linking role between the ideoplastic world of “the Astral Light” [26] and the material world. Aethyr is thought to come in two flavours - positive Aethyr, which binds, and negative Aethyr, which unbinds. Negative Aethyr is something like the Universal Solvent - it requires some care in its handling!

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