LIPS AND MOUTH OF MICROPROSOPUS.
678. THOSE hairs cover not the lips, and the
entire lips are red and rosy. As it is written, Cant. v. 13: "His lips as
roses." (In the ordinary version ShVShNIM, Shushanim, is translated
"lilies," not "roses.")
679. His lips murmur Geburah, Severity, but
they also murmur Chokmah, Wisdom.
680. From those lips alike depend good and
evil, life and death.
681. From these lips depend the Lords of
Vigilance. For when those lips murmur, they all are excited to bring forth
secret things, as well as the Lords of judgment in all the tribunals wherein
they have their abiding-place.
682. And therefore are these called the
Watchers; as it is written, Dan. iv, 17: "This matter is by the decree of the
Watchers, and the demand by the word of the Holy Ones."
683. What is a Watcher? In the book of the
dissertation that is explained from this passage, 1 Sam. xxviii. 16: "And is
become thine enemy."
684. Seeing that judgments are stirred up
against those who obtain not mercy from the Supernals.
685. Hence are those stirred up who are the
lords of the enmity of all things.
696. And, nevertheless, in each case is there
mercy and judgment. And therefore is it said, Dan. iv. 13: "A watcher and a
holy one;" judgment and mercy.
687. And between those lips when they are
opened is the mouth disclosed.
688. By that RVCh, Ruach, breath, which
goeth forth from His mouth, many thousands and myriads are enshrouded; and
when it is extended by the same are the
true prophets enfolded, and all are called the
mouth of Tetragrammaton.
689. When forth from His mouth the words
proceed through His lips, the same are muttered through the whole circuit of
eighteen thousand worlds, 1
until they are all bound together at once in the twelve paths and the known
ways. And one thing ever expecteth another.
690. By the tongue is the vocal expression of
the sublime spoken, in the middle nexus of the utterance.
691. And therefore is it written, Cant.
v. 16: "His mouth is most sweet." And this same palate of His conveyeth a
sweet taste; wherefore He smileth when He tasteth food (which is pleasant). 2
692. "And He is altogether the desirablenesses
(or delights)" (of the powers of) fire and (the powers of)
water, because the fire and water are counterchanged with each other mutually
(otherwise, are conformed together), and are beautiful in his conformation. 3
693. For the colours are mutually associated
694. In His palate are the (guttural)
letters (of the Hebrew Alphabet--namely, A, H, Ch, O) formed and
constructed; in the circuit of His (mouth) are they condensed (into
the palatals G, I, X Q). 1
695. The letter A, Aleph, which cast
forth the kings and constituted the kings 2 (i.e.,
that guttural letter which is referred to the First Sephira, Kether, the
Crown, becometh the palatal letter G, Ghimel).
696. The letter Ch, Cheth, which goeth
forth and descendeth and ascendeth, and is crowned in the head (referring
to the Second Sephira, Chokmah, Wisdom), and is fire condensed in ether (i.e.,
developeth in the palatal letter I, Yod).
697. The letter H, He, the golden-yellow
colour (otherwise, germinating power) of the Mother, Aima, having been
connected with the Female Power, is extended in the Greater Female Potency
into the desire of the Holy City, which two (otherwise, for these places) are
mutually bound together the one unto the other (these
two are Aima, the
supernal H of IHVH, and the Holy City, the Bride, as She is called in the
Apocalypse, the final H of IHVH). (And the guttural letter H, He,
formeth the palatal letter K, Kaph, which is referred unto the Queen.) As
it is written, Cant. iv. 6: "Unto the mountain of myrrh, unto the hill of
698. The letter O, Ayin (which denoteth the
seven Inferiors which were destroyed) is the medium or splendour of
mediation (i.e., the internal Light of the broken vessels), hath been
formed forth in His lips by revolution therein (and it hath been condensed
in Q, Qoph, which goeth forth from the middle of the palate unto the lips).
For the branches (of the Tree of Life, namely) are connected in Him (Microprosopus)
in the spirits (such as they were in the prior world) formed forth (such
as they are in the restored world).
699. For in the mysteries of the letters of
Solomon the King, those four letters, A, H, Ch, O, are surrounded by GIKQ.
700. But it is written in Job vi. 6: "Can that
which is unsavoury be eaten without salt?" &c.
701. Also it is written, Isa. xxxii. 17: "And
the work of TzDQ, Tzedeq, Righteousness (or Justice), shall be
peace." Also, Ps. xix. 10: "More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than
much fine gold," &c.
702. But King David saith, ibid. 11:
"Also by them is thy servant warned."
703. I affirm concerning myself, that I have
been every day cautious concerning them, so that concerning them I might not
err (i.e., concerning the judgments, Meshephath, referred to in verse
704. Excepting a certain day when I was
binding together the Crowns of the King 1
in the Cave of Maranĉa, I beheld a Splendour of devouring Fire flashing from
wrathful Countenance of Flame, and with terror
I trembled at the sight.
705. From that day forth I ever acted with
caution in my meditations concerning them, neither have I omitted that all the
days of my life.
706. Blessed is his portion who is prudent
regarding Him who is more ancient than (otherwise, concerning the gentleness
of) the King, so that he may taste thereof, as is fitting.
707. Therefore is it written, Ps. xxxiv. 9:
"Taste and see that Tetragrammaton is good," &c.
708. Also it is written, Prov. ix. 5: "Come,
eat of my bread," &c.
is the number eighteen on the plane of Asiah. And 18 is the fourth part of 72.
And 72 is the number of the Schemahamphorasch (see ante), and the
number of the Quinaries or sets of 5 degrees in the 360 degrees of the Zodiac.
And there are 6 such sets in 30 degrees of each sign. And thus we return to
the 12 signs of the Zodiac, and these are operated on from the to Sephiroth
through the "7 paths of the Queen," and these again depend from the first 3
Sephiroth. and these again from Kether, and Kether is Macroprosopus from whom
backwards depend the Negative Existences in their Veils; and Macroprosopus is
called HVA, Hoa, which = 12, and finds its expression in Aima Elohim.
Thus rusheth through the Universe the Flux and Reflux of the Eternal Word.
330:2 I am
doubtful as to whether this is the best translation of the last clause of §
691. Rosenroth has not translated it at all. The Chaldee is MMThQIM VDAI MAI
ChKV KDA VChIK ITOVM LAKVL, Mamthaqim Vadeai Maai Chiko Kedea Vecheik
This whole section requires comment. I must first observe that Knorr de
Rosenroth in his Latin version has supposed that in the word MChMDIM,
Machemadim, fire and water, ASh and MIM, are hidden as in a sort of
anagram. Now while it is true that MIM can be thus extracted, ASh cannot, for
the remaining letters, ChMD will by no exegetical rule I know of form a word
signifying fire. The following I take to be the real meaning of the passage.
Chokmah is the fire. I, and Binah is the water, H,
p. 331 the Father and
Mother who, conjoined, produce the Son. Now the fire is symbolized by a
triangle with the apex uppermost , and water by
, these two together united form
the sign of the Macrocosm, the external symbol of
Vau, V, Microprosopus. And He inherits the double qualities of the Father and
the Mother, shown by the word "delights" ("Machemadim") being written in the
letters of the Hebrew alphabet are usually classed in the following manner:--
Gutturals = A, H, Ch, O (R by some).
Palatals = G, I, K, Q.
Linguals = D, Th, T, L, N.
Dentals = Z, S, Sh, Tz (R by others).
Labials = B, V, M, P.
The "Sepher Yetzirah" further classes them as--
3 Mothers (Primitives) = A, M, Sh.
7 Duplicated = B, G. D, K, P, R, Th.
12 Simples = H, V, Z, Ch, T, I, L, N, S, O.
In the above classification it classes R as a
section and § 698, contain references to the Edomite kings and their symbology--namely,
as denoting the primal worlds which were destroyed (See 'The Book of Concealed
Mystery," ch. i. § 3; "The Greater Holy Assembly," ch. ii. and ch. xxvi.; and
"The Lesser Holy Assembly," ch. x.
I.e., Tracing out the: properties. &c., of the Sephiroth which form the
King. Microprosopus, and, as appears from the latter part of this section,
those only in their aspect of Judgment and Wrath.
Chapter XX: Concerning the Body of Microprosopus