Cube of Space

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In the study of the Qabalah there is no more important glyph than the Cube of Space, with perhaps the exception of the Tree of Life. -- Dr. Paul Foster Case

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[edit] Structure of the Cube

[edit] 3 Dimensions

Correspond to the mother letters of Hebrew, the three primary elements, the three primary colours, and the three new planets (Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto).

On the Cube, these are paths between the opposite faces of the cube. They each cross the Centre of the cube when going from one face to its opposite.

The following table shows various correspondences and attributions with respect to the three dimensions.

Dimension Tarot Key Hebrew Letter Planet Element Colour Metal
Above-Below 0 - The Fool א Aleph Uranus Air     Yellow Uranium
East-West 12 - The Hanged Man מ Mem Neptune Water     Blue Neptunium
North-South 20 - Judgement ש Shin Pluto Fire     Red Plutonium
These are the ten emanations of number. One is the Spirit of the Living God, blessed and more than blessed be the name of the Living God of Ages. The Holy Spirit is his Voice, his Spirit, and his Word. Sepher Yetzirah 1:9


[edit] Above-Below

Second, from the Spirit he made Air and formed for speech twenty-two letters, three of which are mothers, A, M, SH, seven are double, B, G, D, K, P, R, T, and twelve are single, E, V, Z, CH, H, I, L, N, S, O, Tz, Q, but the spirit is first among these. Sepher Yetzirah 1:10

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Third, Primitive Water. He also formed and designed from his Spirit, and from the void and formless made earth, even as a rampart, or standing wall, and varied its surface even as the crossing of beams. Sepher Yetzirah 1:10

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Fourth, from the Water, He designed Fire, and from it formed for himself a throne of honor, with Auphanim, Seraphim, Holy Animals, and ministering Angels, and with these he formed his dwelling, as is written in the text "Who maketh his angels spirits and his ministers a flaming fire." (Psalm civ. 4.) Sepher Yetzirah 1:10

[edit] Faces and the Centre

Correspond to the double letters of Hebrew, the heavenly bodies (planets) known to the ancients, and the seven colours of the rainbow. Alchemically, they relate to metals.

Face Tarot Key Hebrew Letter Planet Colour Metal Seal
Above 1 - The Magician ב Beth Mercury     Yellow Mercury יהו
Below 2 - The High Priestess ג Gimel Moon     Blue Silver יוה
East 3 - The Empress ד Daleth Venus     Green Copper היו
West 10 - The Wheel of Fortune כ Kaph Jupiter     Violet Tin והי
North 16 - The Tower פ Peh Mars     Red Iron הוי
South 19 - The Sun ר Resh Sun     Orange Gold ויה
Centre 21 - The World ת Tav Saturn     Blue-Violet Led
He selected three letters from the simple ones, and sealed them as forming his great Name, I H V and he sealed the universe in six directions. Sepher Yetzirah 1:11

[edit] Above

Five.- He looked above, and sealed the height, with I H V. Sepher Yetzirah 1:11

[edit] Below

Six.- He looked below, and sealed the deep, with I V H. Sepher Yetzirah 1:11

[edit] East

Seven.- He looked forward, and sealed the East, with H I V. Sepher Yetzirah 1:11

[edit] West

Eight.-He looked backward, and sealed the West, with V H I. Sepher Yetzirah 1:11

[edit] South

Nine.- He looked to the right, and sealed the South, with V I H. Sepher Yetzirah 1:11

[edit] North

Ten.-He looked to the left, and sealed the North, with H V I. Sepher Yetzirah 1:11

[edit] Centre

These are the ten ineffable existences, the spirit of the living God, Air, Water, Fire, Height and Depth, East and West, North and South. Sepher Yetzirah 1:12

The creation of the Cube is described from the perspective of its centre. It is therefore reasonable to identify the Centre with the "spirit of the living God".

Element 
(Earth)

[edit] Edges

Correspond to the simple letters of Hebrew, the 12 signs of the Zodiac.

Edge Tarot Key Hebrew Letter Zodiac Element Colour Alchemical Process
North-East 4 - The Emperor ה Heh Aries Fire     Red Calcination
South-East 5 - The Hierophant ו Vav Taurus Earth     Red-Orange Congelation
East-Above 6 - The Lovers ז Zain Gemini Air     Orange Fixation
East-Below 7 - The Chariot ח Cheth Cancer Water     Yellow-Orange Separation
North-Above 8 - Strength ט Teth Leo Fire     Yellow Digestion
North-Below 9 - The Hermit י Yod Virgo Earth     Yellow-Green Distillation
North-West 11 - Justice ל Lamed Libra Air     Green Sublimation
South-West 13 - Death נ Nun Scorpio Water     Blue-Green Putrefication
West-Above 14 - Temperance ס Samekh Sagittarius Fire     Blue Incineration
West-Below 15 - The Devil ע Ayin Capricorn Earth     Blue-Violet Fermentation
South-Above 17 - The Star צ Tzaddi Aquarius Air     Violet Dissolution
South-Below 18 - The Moon ק Qoph Pisces Water     Red-Violet Multiplication

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[edit] Relationship to other areas

[edit] Tree of Life

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[edit] Temple of Solomon

Centre is the Holy of Holies.

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