Qabalah 101 - Part 15
This is Volume One Number 53
August 8, 2004
For my text I'm using the translation of the
Sepher Yetzirah available at
and quote it as follows:
3. These twenty-two sounds or letters are formed
by the voice, impressed on the air, and audibly
modified in five places; in the throat, in the
mouth, by the tongue, through the teeth, and by
This section appears to merely list the five ways
consonants and vowels are spoken in the Hebrew
language. The sound of "t" as in "tough" is made
by the tongue, the sound of "th" as in "with" is
made by the teeth, the sound of "p" as in "put" is
made by the lips, and the sound of "m" as in
"mother" is made by the mouth. None of these
sounds is made by the throat. The vowel sounds of
a, e, i , o and u are made by the throat. There
are many more examples of these different sounds.
It seems all very straight forward.
In advanced studies of the Tree of Life one learns
that the five Elements are placed on the Middle
Pillar both above and below. It's an example of
"As Above, so Below." About an arms-length above
our heads is the top of the Esoteric Tree of Life.
At this point a sphere of light not unlike a
chakra appears. The Elemental name of this sphere
is Spirit. Four more spheres are assigned to the
four mundane Elements: the crown to Air, the third
eye to Water, the mouth (Abyss) to Fire and the
throat to Earth.
As we look at the throat, mouth, tongue, teeth and
lips, it's easy to see the throat is below all of
them when we stand. Therefore, it's easy to
assign the throat to Earth. But the other four
parts of the head are all very close together so
it's difficult to tell which is above the other.
But when we lay down, the lips are the highest and
assigned to Spirit, the teeth are next and
assigned to Air, the tongue is next and assigned
to Water, leaving the mouth for Fire. This is all
very interesting because Fire is said to have been
born in the Abyss and the Abyss on the Tree of
Life corresponds to the mouth. It is the
bottomless pit from whence come all sorts of vile
things. Contemplate this in your spare time and
see how you might transmute the Abyss of Hell into
the Well of Heaven in your life.
Water is the Element of the emotions. The tongue
is the root of the emotions for the words issued
by the tongue can bring peace or anger, joy or
fear, sadness or happiness into the heart of
another. Air escapes through the teeth sounding
like Fire (sss) or is held back by the teeth
sounding like Water (nnn). From the Earth come
all sorts of sounds ranging from happiness to
sadness, fearful to joyful, angry to peaceful,
hateful to loving and intimidating to nurturing.
The top half of the Middle Pillar terminates
between the throat and the heart. The bottom half
is a reflection of the top - "As Above, so Below."
Sprit is at the heart, Air at the Solar Plexus,
Water at the Lunar Plexus (Yesod), Fire at the
Devotional Plexus located at the knees and Earth
at the feet.
If we follow the path of the sounds, the lips are
in the heart, the teeth in the solar plexus, the
tongue in the lunar plexus, the mouth at the knees
and the throat at the feet. The connections are
from the feet to the throat, knees to the Abyss,
lunar plexus to the third eye, solar plexus to the
crown and heart to Above. Contemplating these
things is said to yield "fruit most pleasurable."
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