Chapter 2: Sephirothic Correspondences

By Colin Low | April 14, 2002

The correspondences are a set of symbols, associations and qualities which provide a handle on the elusive something a sephira represents. Some of the correspondences are hundreds of years old, many were concocted this century, and some are my own; some fit very well, and some are obscure – oddly enough it is often the most obscure and ill-fitting correspondence which is most productive; like a Zen riddle it perplexes and annoys the mind until it arrives at the right place more in spite of the correspondence than because of it.

There are few canonical correspondences; some of the sephiroth have alternative names, some of the names have alternative translations, the mapping from Hebrew spellings to the English alphabet varies from one author to the next, and inaccuracies and accretions are handed down like the family silver. I keep my Hebrew dictionary to hand but guarantee none of the English spellings.

The correspondences I have given are as follows:

  1. The Meaning is a translation of the Hebrew name of the sephira.
  2. The Planet in most cases is the planet associated with the sephira. In some cases it is not a planet at all (e.g. the fixed stars). The planets are ordered by decreasing apparent motion – this is one correspondence which appears to pre-date Copernicus!
  3. The Element is the physical element (earth, water, air, fire, aethyr) which has most in common with the nature of the Sephira. The Golden Dawn applied an excess of logic to these attributions and made a mess of them, to the confusion of many. Only the five Lower Face sephiroth have been attributed an element.
  4. Briatic colour. This is the colour of the sephira as seen in the world of Creation, Briah. There are colour scales for the other three worlds but I haven’t found them to be useful in practical work.
  5. Magical Image. Useful in meditations; some are astute.
  6. The Briatic Correspondence is an abstract quality which says something about the essence of the way the sephira expresses itself.
  7. The Illusion characterizes the way in which the energy of the sephira clouds one’s judgement; it is something which is *obviously* true. Most people suffer from one or more of these according to their temperament.
  8. The Obligation is a personal quality which is demanded of an initiate at this level.
  9. The Virtue and Vice are the energy of the sephiroth as it manifests in a positive and negative sense in the personality.
  10. Qlippoth is a word which means “shell”. In medieval Kabbalah each sephira was “seen” to be adding form to the sephira which preceded it in the Lightning Flash (see Chapter 3.). Form was seen to an accretion, a shell around the pure divine energy of the Godhead, and each layer or shell hid the divine radiance a little bit more, until God was buried in form and exiled in matter, the end-point of the process. At the time attitudes to matter were tainted with the Manichean notion that matter was evil, a snare for the spirit, and consequently the Qlippoth or shells were “demonized” and actually turned into demons. The correspondence I have given here restores the original notion of a shell of form *without* the corresponding force to activate it; it is the lifeless, empty husk of a sephira devoid of force, and while it isn’t a literal demon, it is hardly a bundle of laughs when you come across it.
  11. The Command refers to the Four Powers of the Sphinx, with an extra one added for good measure.
  12. The Spiritual Experience is just that.
  13. The Titles are a collection of alternative names for the sephira; most are very old.
  14. The God Name is a key to invoking the power of the sephira in the world of emanation, Atziluth.
  15. The Archangel mediates the energy of the sephira in the world of creation, Briah.
  16. The Angel Order administers the energy of the sephira in the world of formation, Yetzirah.
  17. The Keywords are a collection of phrases which summarise key aspects of the sephira.
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Sephira: Malkuth                   Meaning: Kingdom
-------                            -------
Planet: Cholem Yesodeth            Element: earth
--------(the Breaker of            -------
         the Foundations, sphere of the elements, the Earth)

Briatic Colour: brown              Number: 10
------------- (citrine, russet-red,------
               olive green, black)

Magical Image: a young woman crowned and throned
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Briatic Correspondence: stability
----------------------
Illusion: materialism              Obligation: discipline
--------                           ----------
Virtue: discrimination             Vice: avarice & inertia
------                             ----
Qlippoth: stasis                   Command: keep silent
--------                           -------
Spiritual Experience: Vision of the Holy Guardian Angel
------
Titles:  The Gate; Gate of Death; Gate of Tears; Gate of Justice;
------   The Inferior Mother;  Malkah,  the  Queen;  Kallah,  the
         Bride; the Virgin.
------
God Name: Adonai ha Aretz          Archangel: Sandalphon
--------  Adonai Malekh            ---------
Angel Order: Ishim
-----------
Keywords:the  real world,  physical  matter,  the  Earth,  Mother
         Earth,  the physical elements, the natural world, sticks
         & stones,  possessions,  faeces, practicality, solidity,
         stability, inertia, heaviness, bodily death, incarnation.

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Sephira: Yesod                     Meaning: Foundation
-------                            -------
Planet: Levanah (the Moon)         Element: Aethyr
--------------                     -------
Briatic Colour: purple             Number: 9
-------------                      ------ 

Magical Image: a beautiful man, very strong (e.g. Atlas)
-------------
Briatic Correspondence: receptivity, perception
----------------------
Illusion: security                 Obligation: trust
--------                           ----------
Virtue: independence               Vice: idleness
------                             ----
Qlippoth: zombieism, robotism      Command: go!
--------                           -------
Spiritual Experience: Vision of the Machinery of the Universe
--------------------
Titles: The Treasure House of Images
------
God Name: Shaddai el Chai          Archangel: Gabriel
--------                           ---------
Angel Order: Cherubim
----------
Keywords: perception, interface, imagination, image, appearance,
          glamour, the Moon, the unconscious, instinct, tides,
          illusion, hidden infrastructure, dreams, divination,
          anything as it seems to be and not as it is, mirrors
          and crystals, the "Astral Plane", Aethyr, glue,
          tunnels, sex & reproduction, the genitals, cosmetics,
          instinctive magic (psychism), secret doors, shamanic
          tunnel.

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Sephira: Hod                       Meaning: Glory, Splendour
-------                            -------
Planet: Kokab (Mercury)            Element: air
------                             -------
Briatic Colour: orange             Number: 8
-------------                      ------
Magical Image: an hermaphrodite
-------------
Briatic Correspondence: abstraction
----------------------
Illusion: order                    Obligation: learn
--------                           ----------
Virtue: honesty, truthfulness      Vice: dishonesty
------                             ----
Qlippoth: rigidity                 Command: will
--------
Spiritual Experience: Vision of Splendour
------
Titles: -
------
God Name: Elohim Tzabaoth          Archangel: Raphael
--------                           ---------
Angel Order: Beni Elohim

Keywords: reason, abstraction, communication, conceptualisation,
          logic, the sciences, language, speech, money (as a
          concept), mathematics, medicine & healing, trickery,
          writing, media (as communication), pedantry,
          philosophy, Kabbalah (as an abstract system), protocol,
          the Law, ownership, territory, theft, "Rights", ritual
          magic.

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Sephira: Netzach                   Meaning: Victory, Firmness
-------                            -------
Planet: Nogah (Venus)              Element: water
--------------                     -------
Briatic Colour: green              Number: 7
-------------                      ------
Magical Image: a beautiful naked woman
-------------
Briatic Correspondence: nurture
----------------------
Illusion: projection               Obligation: responsibility
--------                           ----------
Virtue: unselfishness              Vice: selfishness
------                             ----
Qlippoth: habit, routine           Command: know
--------
Spiritual Experience: Vision of Beauty Triumphant
------
Titles: -
------
God Name: Jehovah Tzabaoth         Archangel: Haniel
--------                           ---------
Angel Order: Elohim
----------
Keywords: passion, pleasure, luxury, sensual beauty, feelings,
          drives, emotions - love, hate, anger, joy, depression,
          misery, excitement, desire, lust; nurture, libido,
          empathy, sympathy, ecstatic magic.

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Sephira: Tipheret                  Meaning: Beauty
-------                            -------
Planet: Shemesh (the Sun)          Element: fire
--------------                     -------
Briatic Colour: yellow             Number: 6
-------------                      ------
Magical Image: a king, a child, a sacrificed god
-------------
Briatic Correspondence: centrality, wholeness
----------------------
Illusion: identification           Obligation: integrity
--------                           ----------
Virtue: devotion to the Great Work Vice: pride, self-importance
------                             ----
Qlippoth: hollowness               Command: dare
--------
Spiritual Experience: Vision of Harmony
--------------------  

Titles: Melekh, the King; Zoar Anpin, the lesser countenance, the
------  Microprosopus; the Son; Rachamin, charity.

God Name: Aloah va Daath           Archangel: Michael
--------                           ---------
Angel Order: Malachim
-----------
Keywords: harmony, integrity, balance, wholeness, the Self, self-
          importance, self-sacrifice, the Son of God, centrality,
          the Philospher's Stone, identity, the solar plexus,
          a King, the Great Work.

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Sephira: Gevurah                   Meaning: Strength
-------                            -------
Planet: Madim (Mars)
--------------
Briatic Colour: red                Number: 5
-------------                      ------
Magical Image: a mighty warrior
-------------
Briatic Correspondence: power
----------------------
Illusion: invincibility            Obligation: courage & loyalty
--------                           ----------
Virtue: courage & energy           Vice: cruelty
------                             ----
Qlippoth: bureaucracy
--------
Spiritual Experience: Vision of Power
--------------------
Titles: Pachad, fear; Din, justice.
------
God Name: Elohim Gevor             Archangel: Kamael
--------                           ---------
Angel Order: Seraphim
-----------
Keywords: power, justice, retribution (eaten cold), the Law (in
          execution), cruelty, oppression, domination & the Power
          Myth, severity, necessary destruction, catabolism,
          martial arts.  

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Sephira: Chesed                    Meaning: Mercy
-------                            -------
Planet: Tzadekh (Jupiter)
--------------
Briatic Colour: blue               Number: 4
-------------                      ------
Magical Image: a mighty king
-------------
Briatic Correspondence: authority
----------------------
Illusion: being right              Obligation: humility
--------  (self-righteousness)     ----------

Virtue: humility & obedience       Vice: tyranny, hypocrisy,
------                             ----  bigotry, gluttony
Qlippoth: ideology
--------
Spiritual Experience: Vision of Love
--------------------
Titles: Gedulah, magnificence, love, majesty
------
God Name: El                       Archangel: Tzadkiel
--------                           ---------
Angel Order: Chasmalim
-----------
Keywords: authority, creativity, inspiration, vision, leadership,
          excess, waste, secular and spiritual power, submission
          and the Annihilation Myth, the atom bomb, obliteration,
          birth, service.

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Non-Sephira: Daath                 Meaning: Knowledge
-----------                        -------
Daath has no manifest qualities and cannot be invoked directly.

Keywords: hole, tunnel, gateway, doorway, black hole, vortex.

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Sephira: Binah                     Meaning: Understanding,
-------                            -------
Planet: Shabbathai (Saturn)
------
Briatic Colour: black              Number: 3
-------------                      ------
Magical Image: an old woman on a throne
-------------
Briatic Correspondence: comprehension
----------------------
Illusion: death
--------
Virtue: silence                    Vice: inertia
------                             ----
Qlippoth: fatalism
--------
Spiritual Experience: Vision of Sorrow
--------------------
Titles:   Aima, the Mother; Ama, the Crone; Marah, the bitter
          sea; Khorsia, the Throne; the Fifty Gates of
          Understanding; Intelligence; the Mother of Form; the
          Superior Mother.

God Name: Elohim                   Archangel: Cassiel
--------                           ---------
Angel Order: Aralim
-----------
Keywords: limitation, form, constraint, heaviness, slowness, old-
          age, infertility, incarnation, karma, fate, time,
          space, natural law, the womb and gestation, darkness,
          boundedness, enclosure, containment, fertility, mother,
          weaving and spinning, death (annihilation).

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Sephira: Chokhmah                  Meaning: Wisdom
-------                            -------
Planet: Mazlot (the Zodiac, the fixed stars)
--------------
Briatic Colour: silver/white       Number: 2
-------------   grey               ------ 

Magical Image: a bearded man
-------------
Briatic Correspondence: revolution
----------------------
Illusion: independence
--------
Virtue: good                       Vice: evil
------                             ----
Qlippoth: arbitrariness
--------
Spiritual Experience: Vision of God face-to-face
------
Titles: Abba, the Father. The Supernal Father.
------
God Name: Jah                      Archangel: Ratziel
--------                           ---------
Angel Order: Auphanim
-----------
Keywords: pure creative energy, lifeforce, the wellspring.

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Sephira: Kether                    Meaning: Crown
-------                            -------
Planet: Rashith ha Gilgalim (first swirlings, the Big Bang)
--------------
Briatic Colour: pure white         Number: 1
-------------                      ------
Magical Image: a bearded man seen in profile
-------------
Briatic Correspondence: unity
----------------------
Illusion: attainment
--------
Virtue: attainment                 Vice: ---
------                             ----
Qlippoth: futility
--------
Spiritual Experience: Union with God
--------------------
Titles:   Ancient of Days, the Greater Countenance
          (Macroprosopus), the White Head, Concealed of the
          Concealed, Existence of Existences, the Smooth Point,
          Rum Maalah, the Highest Point.

God Name: Eheieh                   Archangel: Metatron
--------                           ---------
Angel Order: Chaioth ha Qadesh
-----------
Keywords: unity, union, all, pure consciousness, God, the
          Godhead, manifestation, beginning, source, emanation.

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