Yesod, the ninth Sephiroth, is the foundation of cycling forces that are underlying Matter. Known also as Astral Light,it is a plastic like fluid storehouse of images. It's Qabalistic symbols are The Perfume and Sandals
, its planet is the Moon and its color is Violet. In the case of Yesod, Violet is the Force, an not a reflected color.
What we know to be "Magick"[the preferred spelling of Practitioners of the Mysteries--different than stage magic], is a meditative manipulation of the Astral light and/or Akashic Fluid of Yesod. Every culture has a name for this fluid,from Odic Force , Pranic Force, or even Chi, but whatever it is called, it is a Force of energy that everyone can experience within themselves and profoundly develop. Everyone feels this Astral Light that is often dismissed as a generalized neurological stimulation, a tingle, a buzzing pervasive warmth,in the head or overall, sensations which are often attributed to some vague physical cause. More often the astral light is noticeably felt during prayer, meditation and/or sexual stimulation.
There are those of us who know that this fluidic light, can be intensified, and the energy be made to move about the body at will. Opening Chakras, filling up the body with "Life Force", as some call it, either by prayer, particular meditations, as in Yoga or sexual practices, such as Tantra. It is a Sexual Force and it is seen that in Microprosopus (The Microcosm) Yesod covers the generative organs. If you examine the Ten Sephiroth of the Tree of Life, Adam Kadmon ,"The Grand Old Man of the Zohar", is all Ten Sephiroth that is a great organic unity; a spiritual body in which each of us might be considered a single cell carrying all the attributes of the whole....His generative organs are Yesod. The flow of Yesodic Astral Fluid into Malkuth is a ejaculation of "the semen that heals or fructifies.", as bespoke by the Ancient Greeks and Hebrews and named Joshua/ Jesus (from the book: The Encyclopedia of Erotic Wisdom by Rufus C. Camphausen}. For those of body phobias, it is but a Flow of fluid light, that can be stimulated by particular practices, which enhances, heals and expands the body, and Mind.
The records of ecstatic union, such as those of St. Theresa, are highly erotic making the statement that "God is sex" completely understandable.The Qabalistic exercise of the Middle Pillar,consciously directs the sexual force/Astral light of Yesod, and if done properly, can be extremely overwhelming; it is Kundalini (is coiled in the Astral body in Yesod) at full Rush and recovering back to mundane proportions is not possible. That is why you'll have to do research...this is not for everybody, particularly if your "sexuality" belongs to animal genitalia and not the Spirit.
The effect of this "electrical" current, as one "Brings down the Light", is a highly charged, conscious expanding, physiological transformation...a communion of Physical and Astral Forces, that "expands" the abilities to function consciously on both the Material and Astral planes, without a feeling of mental distortion. This energy is a thick fluid(like semen or gluten), is highly plastic, as in, mentally mailable. Not only can it be circulate through the body, it can be projected during certain spiritual operations (Magick) but it is also the raw material from which visual images are built on the Astral Plane.
All of us have an Astral body and/or an Etheric Body formed of Astral Light, that can leave the physical body naturally in sleep (always connected by a "silver cord"of Astral Fluid), or is consciously projected by the Adept/Magi while still being able to realize both planes simultaneously and with out confusion. Thus, Yesod is the Foundation of all the Four Alchemical Elements of Malkuth, repeating a pattern as seen on the entire Tree of Life beginning at Kether: four elements (Fire, Water, Air and Earth) which are rooted in the Fifth---Spirit.
The undulations of Serpent motion, is that of the Astral Fluid/light. Thus, it's often named "the Serpent Force", the Kundalini, the Serpent in the Garden of Eden, or the Serpent of Wisdom that holds its own tail in its mouth. These representations of the Astral Light are seen through out esoteric studies.
The phases of Yesod are as the Moon, light and dark cycles, a continuous motion of change and discharge comparable to being awake or sleeping.. An undulation of consciousness.
Thus the Moon, in its waxing and waning, and its control of the tides, is attributed to Yesod. The Moon can be Bright Diana, or Dark Hecate. The effects of the Full Moon on some is documented and termed "lunacy" or the affected person is called a "Lunatic". However, the Moon is also conceptualized as for Lovers. At one insane, at another Beautiful, Psychologists often find common ground in lunacy and love.
Qabalists, concentrate on the Bright Diana-full moon, for an increase in the moon is an increase in Astral light, underlying our plane of crystalline light, that can be channeled for practical use.
Binah (3rd Sephira) is the Great Sea (Universal Unconscious) and is Isis, from Her flow the Waters of consciousness. Yesod is actual Air, which moves the Waters. Thus, Binah is the Will To Form, and Yesod is the storehouse of formal images directly behind our conscious experiences.
At the lowest part of Yesod, reside the images cast off by humankind,both bright and dark. Yesod contains the Akashic Records that encompass both the history of a race, and that of an individual mental act of a human. Yesod, can be a place of fantastic beauty or terrifying nightmare, forit is shaped of the dreams and fears of humanity. Yet, these Yesodic forms are illusive, not yet made "solid"or real, as the term is applied to Tiphareth (The Christ Light Consciousness) and will transform before strong will.
When traveling Yesod, we must recall that the Moon has no light of its own, it reflects the Solar source, thus Yesod only reflects the Solar Logos, Tiphareth, as must be, since one cannot stare directly at the Sun, but must look into a pool of Water or at the Moon reflected image, to learn about the Solar Force.
The lower Astral is called illusion or Maya (Hindu) and the powers of the Astral plane are pleased to let us amuse ourselves with images of our beliefs. Here, one can be supplied with the most absurd visions of our inane notions, inflating our egos beyond rationality; a very great danger and common result of work at this level. This maze of illusion can only be properly traversed by those whose unfaltering sights are set on Tiphareth-The Christ/Buddha Solar Consciousness and whose fear of the unknown has been erased by known Love. Those whose sight is tightly locked in their man-made personality will find that their view of the "machinery of the Universe", Yesod, will have to be hard won, as fear becomes demons and beasts of a survivalist's nightmare.
It's obvious that by understanding Astral Light,and its use, confirms power(the ability to do work--The Great Work) and some theologies claim that enlightenment (the Ability to Direct Astral Light) comes from moral standards and heavy prayer that will give one such ability. Sorry, Virtue has nothing to do with the ability to manipulate Astral light. only meditative discipline operates this Machinery. There are many charlatans walking this earth who claim they have a real understanding of this Universe: often, very unpleasant people, who make believe that certain foods, or crystals, or unguents will make you able to manipulate Astral Forces or prevent Astral Bugaboos from molesting your astral body. Sorry, this is for those who fear effort, making them suckers to the "easy way"...you know, the one that never really works. Great Mental Discipline is required, if you don't want to experience Lunacy but rather Know the Light of the Christ, i.e. enlightenment, you must practice a meditative discipline, and speak passion well. It's like the Christ was wont to say, "...For what goes into your mouth will not defile you, but that which issues from you mouth- it is that which will defile you." ( Gospel of Thomas-14) Take that to heart and enjoy the great banquet that is Malkuth, by seasoning it With Yesodic Astral abilities, stimulated by passionate mental discipline, which seems to taste like- Love! Next blog, The 4 Nines of Yesod!
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!