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Subject: JVBeall: Geometrics and #231
Date: 27 Mar 1999 02:08:40 -0800
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[from sacredlandscape@intuition.org: vincent@dmv.com (J.Vincent Beall)]
Dan Washburn wrote:
> Very neat stuff, Vincent. If I find anything more in the Sepher
> Yetzirah that relates to our geometric modeling I'll let you know.
> Have you come across the number 231 that appears there? Any thoughts?
Well actually I have thought little about it, but I have taken 231 a
little further than Rabbi Kaplan by also considering 231 not only as
the number of interconnections in the diagram (Sefer Yetzirah p. 111)
representing the set of unique letter pairs. You see the 231 value is
also the 21st triangular number, so this means that it is the count of
the pairs of 21 things where any of the elements can be paired with
itself in addition to being paired with the rest of the set. This is
an important bonding through a single count(231) of 22 and 21.
On the same theme as the four worlds, alphabet, and five part soul.
The five polyhedron complexes of the fractal module contain 22
platonic solids representing the whole of the 'tree' and the Hebrew
alphabet as follows:
1 dodecahedron (stellated) KETER sense
5 hexahedrons NETZACH strength
10 tetrahedrons CHOKMAH mind
5 octahedrons CHESED soul
1 icosahedron(stellated) MALKUTH within heart (Tipareth)
The number values and structures are in order as the structures might
be built from icosahedron to dodecahedron or vice versa. Each structure
exists in its own emanated layer concentricly.
We recieve in the order of Kether to Malkuth, however we pray
in the order of Malkuth to Kether.
The number values form a palindrome [1 5 10 5 1] and the first
four or last four are the values of the Hebrew letters AHYH with
consideration given to the aforementioned directions,
ascending/descending.
I have read Kabbalist interpretations of the 4 worlds some isolate
Kether as a separate world and others Malkuth. So here we have
a reasoning for considering the 21 forms apart from the 22, ordered
according to the gematria of AHYH(I will be) [1, 5, 10, 5].
Of course to use this mnemonic one must translate what are
traditionally the 22 channels of the diagram as 22 sets of edges
of platonic solids in the fractal version of the 'tree'. So each
channel becomes a set of edges, being the memory place for a letter.
Well, anyway, this is how I would see 21 and 22 married in the
tree and the two 231 pair relationships would implied by the above....
I really don't practice Kabbalah, but I do contemplate this model,
which might be, horror of horrors a method of intellecting Kabbalah
without succumbing to it, if you know what I mean. :)
I have had great success with a particular meditation, but I am
quite cautious about further exploration. ;)
Vincent
vincent@dmv.com
http://home.dmv.com/~vincent/
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