BEARD OF MACROPROSOPUS IN PARTICULAR; AND, IN THE FIRST PLACE, CONCERNING ITS
286. "THE first disposition is that which
commenceth almost at the beginning of the hair.
287. "Also we have learned: No beard (i.e.,
no part of this beard) is found which doth not (virtually) arise from the
brain of the head (or from the heart). 1
288. "But in this (last section) this (first
part of the beard) is not considered as distinct (from the others). For in
this chapter only this first form (or portion of the beard) is to be
considered, which descendeth from the beginning of the hair, and it hath this
peculiarity (namely, that it riseth directly from the brain, which cannot
altogether be said concerning the other parts of the beard).
289. "And this is to be kept perfectly distinct
from this beard--namely, that which exists from the head (formed into), one
thousand worlds, sealed with a most pure seal, with a seal which includeth all
290. "The length of that portion of hair
descending before the ears is not equal to the length (of the beard
itself); neither doth it twine together, nor
hang down far.
291. "But those hairs, when they flow down, are
extended, and depend.
292. "And the beginning of the first
disposition consists of thirty and one equal locks, extended even unto the
beginning of the mouth.
293. "Also three hundred and ninety hairs are
found in each lock.
294. "Those thirty and one equal locks, which
exist in the first disposition (of the beard) are strong, in order that they
may dispose the inferiors according to the number of AL, El. 1
295. "What is this AL, El? Mighty and
296. "And among those single locks are
distributed one and thirty dominating worlds, so that they may be extended 2
(correctly) neither on this side nor on that.
297. "And out of each one of these worlds a
partition is made into a thousand worlds of desires and of great pleasures.
298. "And they are all concealed in the
commencement of the beard, which representeth strength; and they are included
in that (name) AL.
299. "And notwithstanding is AL Himself
disposed towards mercies, because in Him the Ancient of Days is mitigated and
included and extended.
300. "Wherefore even unto the mouth? Because it
is written, Dan. vii. 9: 'The judgment was set, and the books were opened.'
301. "What is this? 'And the judgment was set.'
It was set in that place, so that it might not have dominion.
302. "This is that which is written, Isa. ix.
15: "Wonderful, Counsellor, God the Mighty One.' That is, AL, El, such a one
who also is mighty, but is rendered mild through the holy beard of the Ancient
303. "And an Arcanum is concealed in that place
wherein it is written, Mic. vii. 18: 'What AL, El, like unto Thee?'
Because of the Ancient of Days it is spoken in the form of the configuration
of the holy supernal beard.
304. "The first world, which proceedeth from
the first disposition, hath dominion over, and descendeth and ascendeth in a
thousand times a thousand myriads of myriads of shield-bearers, and by it are
they comprehended under a great seal.
305. "The second world, which proceedeth from
that disposition, hath dominion over and descendeth and ascendeth in
fifty-seven thousand bodyguards, who are the lords of lamentations; and these
are connected with it for the purpose of disposing the neck of the spine. 1
306. "The third world, which goeth forth from
that arrangement, hath dominion over and descendeth and ascendeth in
sixty-nine thousand authors of grief, who are upheld by it, like as metal (is
upheld) by the tongs (of the smith).
307. "And by that conformation all those
are subjected, and mitigated in the bitterness of tears, which become sweet in
the great sea. 2
308. "Who is he who beholdeth this conformation
of the holy beard, excellent and venerable, who is not overcome with shame
309. "Who can comprehend the mystery of those
locks of hair which hang down from Him, the Ancient One?
310. "He is set on the crown of crowns, which
are the crowns of all crowns, and the crowns which are not comprehended in the
other crowns; I say, of those crowns which are not as the other crowns, for
the inferior crowns are comprehended by them. 1
311. "And therefore are those forms (arranged
in) such conformations, whereunto the inferior forms adhere; and they are the
dispositions in which He 2 is disposed Who hath
need that He may be blessed by Him, 3 and Who
312. "For whensoever the dispositions take the
form of these, blessings are found beneath them; and It Is that which It Is. 4
313. "All things are comprehended in those
dispositions; all things raise themselves up in order that they may receive
these dispositions of the Mighty King, of the Ancient One, the most concealed
of all. And all those are mitigated by those ordinations of the King, the
314. "We have learned: Unless the Ancient of
the Ancient Ones, the Holy of the Holy Ones, were disposed in those
conformations, neither the superiors nor the inferiors would be found, and all
things would be as though they existed not.
315. "Also we have learned by tradition: how
far do those conformations of the beard radiate splendour? Even unto the
thirteen inferiors; and whensoever those thirteen are found, those shine. 5
316. "And all of them are found in the number
317. "Therefore is the beard of the King, the
Ancient One, most venerable among all, at once in its entirety concealed, and
V8. "And because it is most excellent before
all things, and concealed, there is no mention made concerning it in any place
in the law, and it is not manifested.
319. "But what beard is manifested? The beard
of the Great High Priest, and from that beard descendeth the influx unto the
inferior beard of the inferior high priest. 1
320. "How is the beard of the high priest
disposed? The beard of the high priest is disposed in eight conformations.
Because also the high priest hath eight vestments, when the ointment
descendeth upon his beard.
321. "This is that which is Written, Ps.
cxxxiii. 2: 'Like the precious oil upon the head descending upon the beard,
the beard of Aaron, which descendeth according to the proportion of his
3231. "And whence is this to us? Because it is
written in the same place: 'Also for brethren to dwell together in equality.'
The word 'also' increaseth the signification of the inferior high priest.
323. "Seeing that in the same way as the
inferior high priest ministereth in the high priesthood, so also, if it be
permitted to say so, doth the High Priest above minister in His high
324. "This is the first ordination of the beard
of the Ancient One, the most concealed of all."
325. Rabbi Schimeon said unto him: "It is
justly thy due, Rabbi Isaac, that thou shouldest be under the ornament of the
conformation of the beard, and that
thou shouldest receive the light of the
countenance of the Ancient of Days, the Ancient of the Ancient Ones. Blessed
is thy portion, and blessed be my lot with thee in the world to come."
heart being considered as the central motor of the body.
El, God, the Mighty One, is equivalent by Gematria to the number 31; for A
+ L = 1+ 30 = 31.
were they extended, the number would be altered, and it would consequently no
longer = AL.
is of course simply pursuing the symbolism involved in the idea of
Macroprosopus, being typified by a vast countenance or head.
144:2 By the
great sea. Binah, the third Sephira, is probably meant. (See the "Book of
Concealed Mystery," ch. i. § 28).
comprehend the real meaning of section 310, the reader should have carefully
studied that part of the introduction which refers to the Sephiroth, which are
symbolised by crowns. In this sense the "crown of crowns" is Kether, the first
Sephira, the Ancient One; the crowns of all crowns will be the first three
Sephiroth; and the inferiors will be the lower Sephiroth, and those other
forms which are dependent on them symbolized by the crowns of the twenty-four
elders in the Apocalypse, which latter is a purely qabalistical work, and is
unintelligible without the qabalistical keys.
Exodus iii. 14.
section refers to the statement that Macroprosopus pours forth His splendour
upon Microprosopus, so that the latter shines by reflected light.
Great High Priest is the son, Microprosopus, symbolized on earth by the High
Priest. Compare what St. Paul says about Christ being our Great High Priest.
Chapter XIII: Concerning the Second Part of the Beard of Macroprosopus