This is Volume One Number 46
June 6, 2004
The text I'm using can be read or downloaded at
We'll be reading Chapter One Section 7
The ten spheres whose beginning and ending are
unknown and unknowable to us are like a "flame
arising from a burning coal." This is very
interesting symbolism. The flame of a burning
coal is born in the blackness of the coal and out
of that black arises the three primary colors.
The flame is blue in the center, yellow at the top
and red at the bottom. They say the blue portion
is the coldest and the red the hottest part of the
flame. Is it any wonder that cold sadness is
attributed to the color blue while hot anger is
attributed to the color red? Is it any wonder
that fear is attributed to the color yellow? A
coward is yellow, a hot-head is red and a sad
person is blue.
This knowledge of the burning coal is very
ancient. Early rabbis attributed the three
primary colors to the three basic emotions. But
it wasn't until the late 20th century that
psychologists and physicians were able to identify
the three basic emotions of all animal life as
anger, fear and sadness originating in the
Amygdala in our reptilian brains. Yep, all
animals have a brain stem and reptilian brain.
Mammals and humans have more brain attached to
this reptilian brain but we all have a reptilian
brain - all animals do. All animals experience
the emotions of sadness, anger and fear as well as
their opposites of happiness, peace and joy.
The flame of a burning coal also alludes to the
four worlds depicted by the Tree of Life. Yellow,
the color of the Element Air is at the top of the
flame as it at the top of the Tree. The First
World of the Tree and the first sphere on the top
of the Tree are assigned to the Element of Air.
Blue, the color of the Element Water, is the
second color in the flame. Water is the Second
World on the Tree. Red, the color of the Element
Fire, is the third color in the flame and it
represents the Third World. Above and surrounding
the flame is a white light which represents the
Element Spirit and the Unmanifest World within
which the Tree is manifested. Below and
supporting the flame is the black coal. Black is
one of the colors of the Element Earth and it is
emblematic of the Fourth World.
We live in that Fourth World, you and I. We're
part of the blackness of the Earth Element and
we're surrounded by the white light of the Divine.
Since ancient times blackness has been associated
with ignorance and whiteness with knowledge. The
Divine is all-knowing and is represented by the
white light. We reside in the World of Ignorance,
the Fourth World of the Qabala.
So much knowledge is concealed in that first
sentence of this seventh section.
The question is asked as to what number you can
place before the number one. Mathematicians will
tell you there are an infinite number of smaller
and smaller fractions and decimals. As these
numbers get smaller and smaller they get closer
and closer to nothing, or zero. No number ever
reaches nothing. Every number is something
greater than nothing and there is no number that
represents nothing. Tarot students will tell you
Zero represents the number that precedes one.
Many students of the occult will tell you the same
But the question is about what number you can
place before One. The answer is none because One
existed before everything and has no beginning or
ending. There is nothing in the Creation that
existed before the One and no part of the Creation
can exist after the One ceases to exist. Most
theologians believe the One has no beginning and
no end. Therefore the Creation did have a
beginning and it may or may not have an ending.
Ponder these things and learn more about yourself
as a part of the Creation. In the meantime, have
a great week.
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