The Maternals Air Water Fire

From the Spirit he produced Air, and formed in it twenty-two sounds, the letters. Three are mothers, seven are double, and twelve are simple, but the Spirit is first and above these.92

K THE FOOL is Air. All of the other Tarot cards are implicit in this Transitional Air; they all arise from Air.

Arcana Tree Life
Figure 18. Attribution of the Major Arcana to the Tree of Life

From the Air He formed the Waters and from the formless and void made mire and clay, and designed surfaces upon them, and hewed recesses in them, and formed the strong material foundation.

ยป THE HANGED MAN is Water. It is the basis of matter, and is a part of Microprosopus on the Tree of Life, at the side of the Pillar of Severity. Alchemists call Water the "root of all minerals."

From the Water he formed Fire and made for himself a Throne of Glory with Auphanim, Seraphim and Kerubim, as his ministering angels; and with those three he completed his dwelling. . .

Kerubim Symbols
Figure 19. Attribution of Maternal, Double and Simple Letters to the Tree of life

JUDGMENT is Fire. The final maternal connects Microprosopus with its bride, Malkuth, again on the side of the Pillar of Severity.

As the Path of the Flaming Sword (Figure 20) which is the Path of emanation of the Sephiroth, crosses the Abyss from Binah to Chesed where no Path exists, so there is the possibility of passage across the Abyss from Chokmah to Geburah (although this is not a viable possibility for the developing spirit). Were this done, it would be possible to move up and down the Tree of Life using only three Paths, those of the Maternals. From Kether the Path of THE FOOL leads to Chokmah. From Chokmah it is a leap across the terrible abyss to Geburah. From Geburah is the Path of THE HANGED MAN

The Fool Tarot Card Meaning

into Hod. Finally, the Path of JUDGMENT leads into the material completion of Malkuth.

There is a quality of "mind game" to working with the Sepher Yetzirah in this way, but the method is essential to understanding the ways in which the Tarot embodies high Qabalistic principle.

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