Qabalah 101 - Part 18
This is Volume One Number 56
October 3, 2004
Thank you to those of you who wrote about the 231
Gates of the Kaballah. Your questions and
comments are invaluable to me in writing this
newsletter. Here's my group answer to all of you.
The Two Hundred Thirty One Gates are unique to the
Hebrew Language as far as I know. The Jews look
upon their language as the Holy Language of the
Divine and the Sepher Yetzirah is a compilation of
how that language was used to create everything
The Greeks, Romans and the Sanscrit-speaking
peoples all view their unique language as being
the Holy Language of the Divine but none of them
codified the creation like the Jews did. Indeed,
they could have done so and so can you. Take the
alphabet of your choice, calculate all of the
possible two letter combinations of the letters in
this alphabet. The number of permutations for a
twenty-two letter alphabet is twenty-two factorial
(22!). For a twenty-six letter alphabet the
number of permutations would be twenty-six
factorial (26!). It's always the factorial
computation of the number of letters in the
Having creating these two-letter pairs, assign a
pair of opposite concepts to each letter pair.
For example, you could use any of the following
concept pairs for any of the number pairs:
love-hate, free-bondage, anger-peace, fear-joy,
charity-greed, etc. When you're done, you'll have
a set of gates similar to the set created by the
Jewish rabbis who wrote the Jewish Kaballah.
The next step is to meditate on these concepts
until you understand how each causes the other to
exist and how to unite them into one neutral
force. Then become that neutral force. This is
the system for meditating on the Two Hundred
Thirty One Gates of the Kaballah.
For my text I'm using the translation of the
Sepher Yetzirah Chapter Three available at
and quote it as follows:
Section 1. The Foundation of all the other sounds
and letters is provided by the Three Mothers, Aleph,
Mem and Shin; they resemble a Balance, on the one
hand the guilty, on the other hand the purified, and
Aleph the Air is like the Tongue of a Balance standing
The sound of Aleph is the voiceless sound of air
moving through the throat, mouth and lips. This
sound, both voiced and unvoiced, is the basis for
all of the vowel sounds in the Hebrew and most
modern languages. This is one type of sound,
those made by the throat and the mouth.
The sound of Mem is made with the lips closed.
Many of the consonants in Hebrew and other
languages are made with the lips. This is the
second type of sound, those sounds made by the
The sound of Shin is made with the teeth and the
tongue. The rest of the consonants in Hebrew and
most other languages are made with the tongue and
teeth. This is the third type of sound, those
sounds made by the teeth and tongue.
The second part of this section alludes to the
Three Pillars of the Tree of Life. One pillar is
black and black is the color of guilt. One pillar
is white and white is the color of purity. The
Middle Pillar is the Pillar of Air and it
balances both the black and white pillars.
Likewise, the sound of Aleph balances all sounds
made by the tongue and teeth with all the sounds
made by the lips. This is so because the sound of
Aleph is hidden in each and every one of the other
sounds. The sounds made by the lips are the black
or guilty sounds whereas those made by the tongue
and teeth are the white or purified sounds. The
vowel sounds made by the mouth and throat balance
all these other sounds.
There's a great esoteric lesson hidden here and
we'll discuss that over the next few newsletters.
In the meantime, have a great week.
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