When adding "man" to the Tree of Life, some confusion has been commented upon because it involves two seemingly separate concepts. The first conception is ADAM KADMON, often called the " Grand Old Man of the Zohar". The anthropomorphizing of all Ten Sephiroth of the Tree of Life, is known as Adam Kadmon and is called "Man" ,as in Human Kind. He is both masculine and feminine since he is both Force and Form. The name Adam Kadmon, is Hebrew and thus each letter has a numeric value, not a sexual one, so Adam Kadmon is androgynous. It is the organic unity of the Supreme Being, a spiritual body in which each of us might be considered a "seed", and as a "seed" we inherit all that was before us . We all have the potential attributes of the whole. The second concept is ARIKH ANPIN and ZAUER ANPIN. If you remember from my past blogs, the upper Triangle of the Tree of Life is called the Supernal Triangle and composed of the Sephiroth 1-Kether, 2-Chokmah, 3- Binah, this combination is anthropomorphized as ARIKH ANPIN, which translates into the Vast Face or Countenance and is also known as the Macroprosopus (Macrocosm). ZAUER ANPIN is composed of the five Sephiroth surrounding Tiphareth, and is known as the Lesser Face or Countenance, or Microprosopus (Microcosm). This means that ADAM KADMON is whole Tree of Life pictured as a Human, and ARIKH ANPIN is the human above while ZAUER ANPIN is the human below. Which anthropomorphizes the axiom of "as above so below".
To the Eastern Yogin, the idea of human body and spirit correlation is not unknown. They know there are certain centers of spiritual activity within the human body which they call Chakras. For example, the Solar Plexus Chakra, is the Sun center of the body which is a link between the physical form and the Sephiroth- Tiphareth, which is a direct link to the Solar powers of the Universe. (We are all, Solar Evolution and Planetary Evolution combined!) And by activating this Chakra through meditations, and pranayamas the individual is brought into direct contact with the pure energy conscious that is Qaballistically called Tiphareth. So All of us are Adam Kadmon, when we are "Holy Spirit",manifesting Kether on Malkuth, but at times we wish to concentrate on OUR SUPERNAL NATURE as ARIKH ANPIN and at other times on our Solar-Planetary nature as ZAUER ANPIN.... this is all done by meditating on the Tarot Cards attributed to those areas of the Tree of Life. All of which is in a past blog. The Tarot is the image-language of Spirit while words are the language of man. The language of spirit has a Vaster Face than that of the Lesser Face of words.
Within the Hermetic Qaballah, a very important part of practical work involves the exercise of the Middle Pillar ( Christ was quoted as saying," I walk the middle path") which involves the subjective experiences of passing from one path to another.....but detailed explanation of the Middle Pillar is for the next blog.
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