A most basic understanding in the teachings of the mekubalim(kabbalists) of old is that the world is manifested from the Hebrew letters. These letters are said to make up NUMBER-time and sequence; SHAPE- matter and space; and STORY- they have soul or being-they speak. This is all spoken of in the opening verses of the Sepher Yetzirah- the primer of these teachings along with the Holy Torah herself. So this is an intrinsic knowledge that being or soul is as primary and original as space and time. Life in physical forms as organisms may seem to have evolved just lately in the cosmogony of the universe. However the source and substance of soul is as original as time and matter. In the last post it was explained how the three circuits (gilgalim) or towers are represented as the top three scutes on the turtle shell which are directly connected to the three ways that the Earth globe turns. These manifest our experience of the world. The wheel of the ten omakim-depths(sephirot) develop out of the three turnings. All of this is also directly connected to the three ‘sepharim”- the three functions of the Hebrew letters as mentioned in the Sepher Yetzirah- time(number)-space(shape) and soul-story.
Since the turtle is a living organism their shells( many turtle species have the same pattern) also express the Fibonacci series and the golden ratio which is only found expressed in living organisms. For those who understand multi-dimensional- 5-D theory you will know that this mathematical ratio, the Golden mean , also called the divine proportion, is the signature so to speak of the divine soul realm(5-D) interfaced with time/space 4-D. This is why the Sepher Yetzirah insists that the omakim/sephirot are “ten and not nine, ten and not eleven”. . :
From Chapter one(verse 3&4) Sepher Yetzirah: "The ineffable Sephiroth are Ten, as are the Numbers; and as there are in man five fingers over against five, so over them is established a covenant of strength, by word of mouth, and by the circumcision of the flesh. 4. Ten is the number of the ineffable Sephiroth, ten and not nine, ten and not eleven. Understand this wisdom, and be wise by the perception. Search out concerning it, restore the Word to its creator, and replace Creator who formed it upon the micono(seat/throne)".
|Wheel of ten-two pentagrams interlaced in living flower expresses Golden ratio|
|Wheel of the ten sephirot whirling out of Source to manifest our world|
|Turtle Carapace expresses Golden ratio|
and pine cone and the human ear.
|Spiral seashell expresses Golden Ratio|
The turtle also explains how we get the sacred Shemamphorash, the seventy-two names from the three verses in the parsha Beshalach in the Torah. The third and bottom wheel of scutes on the turtle shell, the carapace,count twenty-four which when multiplied by the three circuits/gilgulim or top three scutes on the turtle shell we get 3X24=72. We can see from this how the seventy-two names also encode the Golden mean within their number. The image of the decagon (see image below) shows how the 72 degree angles appear which also hints at the seventy-two names connection here. The circle around a pentagram that also expresses the golden mean divides the 360 degrees into five sections of seventy-two degrees each.
|Decagon expresses Golden ration and the "72"|
We do not usually get too into the numbers here on this blog but this is really a quite essential part of the math to master to really understand the depth of these teachings of the mekubalim/kabbalists.
|Pentagram shows the Fibonacci spiral toward center|
|Mayan Cave ceremony|
|Mayan Cave Ceremony|
In the next post we will explain how all this is connected to the holiest of all the ketubim/writings, The Shir HaShirim or Song of Songs: .