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Some difficulties in comprehending the dual nature of Geburah prevent me from grasping it so far. Can you help me to get going with this, please?

Geburah is said to be the Divine Soul or Divine Consciousness – something which in my understanding would be a completely peaceful sphere.
At the same time it is represented by Mars the Warrior.
It is also attributed to Athena the Warrior Goddess while Mars is a male God.

1. How come Geburah a female Sephirah is represented by a male God?

2. How come the Divine Soul or Divine Consciousness (which is pure perception) is associated with war?

Isn’t there some jumble going on?

Daily life shows us that man wages war against man (and often against woman) and destroys life. On the other hand, woman gives life all over the planet with no exception as far as I know.

https://i.guim.co.uk/img/static/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2010/2/15/1266241536719/A-US-soldier-returns-fire-016.jpg?w=1200&q=85&auto=format&sharp=10&s=491c4b281d8e806ef9f0a3ccc517e125

http://previews.123rf.com/images/alenkasm/alenkasm1107/alenkasm110700045/9967117-Mothers-with-children-in-flower-field-Stock-Photo-group.jpg

Now, we have learnt that “as above so below”.

3. If so I do not understand how war, being a male quality, in the Tree of Life is attributed to a female Sephirah. Shouldn’t it rather belong to a male Sephirah?

4. Also I wonder where to put the cruel wars of men in the Tree of Life. By this I mean the externally performed wars. Do they belong elsewhere? As they seem to be an action pretty much contrary to waging war against our own ego. Wars of nations appear to be totally klipothic in my view.

5. Concerning Gedulah: Chesed is said to be Divine Mercy, but it also alludes to the Divine Law. How come? Isn’t the Law in itself merciless?

It is clear that Justice has to be balanced with Mercy, and Mercy with Justice, in order for the outcome to be neither cruel retaliation nor complacency with crime. But aren’t both qualities found on different sides of the Tree of Life, and isn’t the Law much closer to the Warrior than to Mercy? Does the Law perhaps belong to both?

To me, in many, many details it seems like Kabbalists throughout the centuries have distorted the tree and, as just one example, positioned all negatively connoted qualities onto the female column, i.e. death, war, severity, lower emotions, Karma, destruction.

To put it bluntly, this does not chime with life experience down here on Earth’s surface, at least as I do perceive it … maybe does it coincide with yours?

Any clue to a new understanding of this would be very much appreciated.


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6 years ago
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Accepted Answer
1. Every Sephirah has a masculine and feminine aspect. Every Sephirah is masculine in relation to the one below it, since it emanates the other, and feminine towards every Sephirah above it, in order to receive superior forces.

2. Geburah, the Divine Soul, is feminine while associated with spiritual war since consciousness must battle against the ego, just as the Amazons of Virgil's Aeneid and Valkyria of Wagner's operas demonstrate!

3. Again, male and female qualities apply to every Sephirah. It just depends what aspects you wish to study and in relation to what other Sephiroth.

4. The wars of humanity apply to the tree of death, not the tree of life. The inverted sphere of Mars is the realm of Andremaleck, a terrible hasnamuss, within Klipoth!

The positive, Christic influence of Mars is Samael, who helps us to fight against our own psychological degeneration for the benefit of humanity!

5. The law is mercy and justice, since Atman-Buddhi is the Innermost, the Master, in His synthesis.

Kabbalah is the language of the internal worlds. Physical correspondences have little value. Its the spiritual principles manifested in one's consciousness, one's experience, that takes precedence.

For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. -Bayazid al-Bastami

6 years ago
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#11245
Accepted Answer
1. Every Sephirah has a masculine and feminine aspect. Every Sephirah is masculine in relation to the one below it, since it emanates the other, and feminine towards every Sephirah above it, in order to receive superior forces.

2. Geburah, the Divine Soul, is feminine while associated with spiritual war since consciousness must battle against the ego, just as the Amazons of Virgil's Aeneid and Valkyria of Wagner's operas demonstrate!

3. Again, male and female qualities apply to every Sephirah. It just depends what aspects you wish to study and in relation to what other Sephiroth.

4. The wars of humanity apply to the tree of death, not the tree of life. The inverted sphere of Mars is the realm of Andremaleck, a terrible hasnamuss, within Klipoth!

The positive, Christic influence of Mars is Samael, who helps us to fight against our own psychological degeneration for the benefit of humanity!

5. The law is mercy and justice, since Atman-Buddhi is the Innermost, the Master, in His synthesis.

Kabbalah is the language of the internal worlds. Physical correspondences have little value. Its the spiritual principles manifested in one's consciousness, one's experience, that takes precedence.

For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. -Bayazid al-Bastami

6 years ago
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#11367
1. Every Sephirah has a masculine and feminine aspect. Every Sephirah is masculine in relation to the one below it, since it emanates the other, and feminine towards every Sephirah above it, in order to receive superior forces.


In my understanding (see Dion Fortune) every Sephirah is feminine in relation to the one below it, since it emanates the other. The Son as well as the Daughter comes out of the Mother. There is no way for a Father to emanate anything, except through the Mother. He can only inspire.

Kabbalah is the language of the internal worlds. Physical correspondences have little value. Its the spiritual principles manifested in one's consciousness, one's experience, that takes precedence.


Physical correspondences are given to us as an analogy of what is above. The world is a mirror of God. Zeir Anpin equals Arich Anpin, as above so below, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Through experiences in this world we come to know of God as much as He comes to know of Himself through our experience in this world.
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