Basic Kabbalah for the Tarot

Essentials

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Kether

Crown

Hochmah

Wisdom

Binah

Understanding

Hesed

Mercy, Greatness

Gevurah

Rigour, Might, Judgement

Tifareth

Beauty, Compassion

Netsach

Victory, Endurance

Hod

Splendour, Glory

Yesod

Foundation

Malkuth

Kingdom

 

a – Alef [Hesed/Gevurah] fool  
Consciousness of the Mystery of all Spiritual Activities. It is called this because of the influx that permeates it from the highest blessing and the supreme Glory.
b – Beth [Hokhmah/Hesed] cosmos  
Enduring Consciousness. It is called this because it is the Delight (Eden) of the Glory. As it is, there is no Glory lower than it. It is called the Garden of Eden, which is prepared for the [reward of the] saints.
g – Gimmel [Binah/Gevurah] fortune  
Consciousness of the House of Influx. By probing with it, a secret mystery (raz) and an allusion are transmitted to those who ‘dwell in its shadow’ and bind themselves to probing its substance from the Cause of Causes.
d – Daleth [Kether/Tifareth] tower  
Unity Directing Consciousness. It is called this because it is the essence of the Glory. It represents the completion of the true essence of the unified spiritual beings.
e – Heh [Kether/Hokhmah] emperor  
Glaring Consciousness. It is called this because it is the essence of the Veil which is ordered in the arrangement of the system. It indicates the relationship of the Paths (netivoth) whereby one can stand before the Cause of Causes.
u – Waw [Kether/Binah] hierophant  
Glowing Consciousness. It is called this because it is the essence of the Ofan-Wheel of Greatness. It is called the Visualizer (Ħazħazit), the place which gives rise to the vision that the Seers perceive in an apparition.
z – Zayin [Hokhmah/Gevurah] lovers  
Physical Consciousness. It is called this because it depicts the growth of everything that becomes physical under the system of all the spheres.
h – Heth [Hesed/Tifareth] chariot  
Consciousness of Will. It is called this because it is the structure of all that is formed. Through this state of consciousness one can know the essence of the Original Wisdom.
j – Teth [Ħokhmah/Tifareth] strength  
Stabilizing Consciousness. It is called this because it stabilizes the essence of creation in the ‘Glooms of Purity.’ The masters of theory said that this is the Gloom [at Sinai]. This is the meaning of, ‘Gloom is its cocoon’ (Iyov/Job 35:9).
i – Yodh [Tifareth/Netsaħ] hermit  
Apparitive Consciousness. It is called this because it provides an appearance for all created apparitions, in a form fitting their stature.
k – Kaf [Ħesed/Netsaħ] sun  
Desired and Sought Consciousness. It is called this because it receives the divine Influx so as to bestow its blessing to all things that exist.
l – Lamed [Hod/Yesod] justice  
General Consciousness. It is called this because it is the means through which the ‘generalisers of the heavens’ collect their rules regarding the stars and constellations, forming the theory that comprises their knowledge of the Ofan-wheels of the spheres.
m – Mem [Netsaħ/Hod] pendulant  
Palpable Consciousness. It is called this because the consciousness of all things created under the entire upper sphere, as well as all their sensations, were created through it.
n – Nun [Netsaħ/Yesod] death  
Natural Consciousness. It is called this because the nature of all that exist under the sphere of the sun was completed through it.
x – Samekh [Tifareth/Hod] temperance  
Renewing Consciousness. It is called this because it is the means through which the Bless├Ęd Holy One brings about all new things which are brought into being in His creation.
o – Ayin [Binah/Tifareth] devil  
Consciousness of the Senses. This is prepared for the faithful saints so that they should be able to clothe themselves in the spirit of holiness. In the arrangement of the supernal Entities, it is called the Foundation of Beauty (Yesod HaTifareth).
p – Peh [Gevurah/Hod] empress  
Sustaining Consciousness. It is called this because it is the sustaining power for all the sefiroth.
c – Tsaddi [Gevurah/Tifareth] star  
Faithful Consciousness. It is called this because spiritual powers are increased through it, so that they can be close to all who ‘dwell in their shadow.’
q – Quf [Binah/Ħesed] moon  
Continuous Consciousness. Why is it called this? Because it directs the path of the sun and moon according to their laws of nature, each one in its proper orbit.
r – Resh [Tifareth/Yesod] prophet  
Testing Consciousness. It is called this because it is the original temptation through which God tests all of His saints.
s – Shin [Hokhmah/Binah] angel  
Illuminating Consciousness. It is called this because it is the essence of the Speaking Silence (Hashmal). It gives instruction regarding the mysteries of the Holy Secrets and their structure.
t – Taw [Yesod/Malkuth] torah  
Worshipped Consciousness. It is called this because it is prepared so as to destroy all who engage in the worship of the seven planets.