Negative Limitless Light

Qabalistic teachers repeatedly stress that the Tree of Life represents our manifest universe. This emphasis is placed to express the idea that behind even the most exalted aspects of our universe lies an Unmanifest, which is the ultimate source of all, and which cannot be known to us. The Unmanifest is symbolized by the words Negative Limitless Light, or in Hebrew Ain Soph Aur. It is shown on the Tree of Life, above Kether, as three curves of radiating light. The outer curve is Ain, the middle Ain Soph, and the innermost Ain Soph Aur. These are understood to be veils separating the outpouring of our universe from That from which it emerged. From behind these veils energy flows constantly down to us through Kether.

While there are points of reference to all aspects of the Tree of Life in the Tarot, no such reference is made to the Ain Soph Aur. The Tarot, whose letters are frequently transposed to form the word Rota, shows the Wheel of the Manifest Universe.

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