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The Three Triangles

In his Critique of Practical Reason, Kant wrote ‘Two things fill the mind with ever increasing wonder and awe, the more often and the more intensely the mind of thought is drawn to them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me”.

This encapsulates the fundamental levels of human existence which any belief system has to wrestle with – the cosmic (‘the starry heavens’, our place in the universe, why are we here? How did we come to be?); the social (Kant’s ‘moral law’, the question of how humans relate to each other) and the individual (‘the mind’, the thinking, feeling subject).

In Kabbalist terms these can be related to the ‘Three Triangles’ of the Tree of Life.  Kether (the Crown), Chockmah (Wisdom) and Binah (Understanding) constitute the Supernal or Archetypal  Triangle – which corresponds to the cosmic.

Geburah (Severity), Chesed (Mercy) and Tiphareth (Beauty) constitute the Ethical or Moral Triangle, which corresponds to the social.

Hod (Glory), Netzach (Victory) and Yesod (Foundation) constitute the Astral or Psychological Triangle, which can be equated to the individual and his/her inner life. In a more psychological  take on Kabbalah, like Ozaniec’s, Hod is associated with reason/rational thought, Netzach with the emotions and Yesod with the unconscious.

Malkuth stands outside the Triangles as the starting point for the journey through the Tree – in this schema the ground of being, the physical fact of existence that is the basis of our individual, social and cosmic life.

In daily life, most of act most of the time as if our selves are the centre, extending our awareness to friends and family, then the wider social world, then sometimes to the cosmic. Undertaken consciously, this is an aspect of the journey up the Tree. But at a deeper level, the cosmic precedes the human, just as society precedes the individual. Or put another way the social is an emanation of the cosmic, just as the individual is a an emanation of the social.

(image sourced from the Servants of the Light site)


The Temple of Malkuth

Malkuth is the Kingdom – the material, sensory world at the base of the Tree of Life. In this sense it is the Sphere of the Elements – earth, air, fire, water.

Ozaniec invites us to ‘Construct the Temple of Malkuth in the creative imagination’. I imagine walking up a shallow slope next to a stream, with trees alongside. There is a green hill, through a hidden entrance in the side I come into the square Temple through two pillars at the Eastern entrance.  Above it there is a blue stained glass window featuring birds of the Air including an owl and a kingfisher. To the left (south) is a large golden bowl suspended from the ceiling with a Fire burning in it. Straight ahead (west) is a sunken pool of Water, on the wall there is Botticelli’s image of Venus emerging from the sea. To the right (north), for the element of Earth, is a natural rock face encrusted with crystals. A black and white checked floor, in the middle a circular altar with a purple cloth, a candle in the middle and four a candles at each of the cardinal points, forming a Celtic cross.


Naomi Ozaniec

Well there’s been quite a gap between starting the blog and now, during which I have wandered down various byways. I’ve decided to try and follow a structured approach to Kabbalah by working my way through a particular approach. I’ve decided to use The Aquarian Qabalah (also published as the Kabbalah Experience) by Naomi Ozaniec, mainly because it offers a clear curriculum.

It is very much a work in the Western Mystery Tradition, building on the Qabalist studies of the likes of Dion Fortune and Gareth Knight. It offers ‘a path of self-realization and self-revelation’ through work with a ‘rich symbolic vocabulary’.

Must admit I think the self is over-rated and incline to the Buddhist take on it – I am always reminded of the line in The Specials song Do Nothing – ‘people say to me just be your self… how can I be anybody else?’.  But arguably the notion of a transcendent identity amounts to something similar in terms of surpassing the ego. We shall see.