The four Sixes and the Four Princes.
God the Son; The sacrifice Gods; Consciousness of the Higher Self and of the Great Masters; The vision of the Harmony of things; Healing and redemption; The Elemental Kings.[Malachim].
The many symbols for Tiphareth are: The Calvary Cross, the Rose Cross, the Truncated Pyramid, the Cube, Vau.
The Planet of Tiphareth is the Sun, thus the Sephiroth color is Yellow.
The Life of the Soul, depends on the Light of Tiphareth, the same way the Sun provides light and life support for the earth. In Tiphareth resides the first great initiation in to the meaning of Self, as the personality is sacrificed to the Higher Self. What the initiate believes to be oneself, of what one has known to be life, is sacrificed for a greater reality. This is a translation of force from personality to Greater Personality, by a direction of will
The Qabalist understands that God grows and this Universal Energy goes through varying conditions, as we each do in varying stages of evolution; By becoming different gods in evolutionary sacrifice of one principle for another, we human gods evolve greater realities.
Tiphareth is called the Mediating Intelligence, as it is the center of the Tree of Life, collecting within itself all the powers that flow form the other Sephiroth, where they stand balanced and in a state of communion
. Tiphareth is a healing center where all is brought into harmonious inter working. Being the Sun, it is also the center of the Planets, as seen in the illustration of the Hexagram, from the text book, The Qabalistic Tarot, by Robert Wang.
This Light of Tiphareth is not metaphorical, it is descriptive, and the direct experience of this Light is the "Great Work" of the Personality in incarnation. To Bring the As Above, to the Below. Devotion to the Great Work is a virtue assigned to Tiphareth and involves the principle that is known in some social science circles as the "hundredth Monkey" principle. For when the individual, of a group soul, improves themselves in some way, that improvement works towards the benefit of the entire race. The ultimate goal is for the Consciousness to return to the Godhead from which the Universe emanates.
Because we have descended into matter, in order to deal with Tiphareth, one must have begun the climb of initiation of Malkuth-Earth; Yesod-Air; Hod-Water; Netzach-Fire, which is integrating the four Sephiroth, that must be done before the Light of Tiphareth redeems them from the "fall" or descent.
In other terms, we down sized to become most economical in sensual operation, but in so doing, we have "forgotten" our true Self, as too much previous data had to be left behind. Thus, traveling up the Tree of Life, is a journey in Remembering Thyself! As a result of this "turning around" in Tiphareth, it to become as a Divine Child in a new world. So the Child is attributed to Tiphareth, and must grow into adulthood (Greater Self) in order to take Malkuth (Earth and Princesses) as bride. Above, Kether the Eternal Father, willfully produce Chokmah and Binah as Father-Mother God, who meet in equilibrium at the middle pillar of equilibrium, which produces the Child, The Son/Sun that is Tiphareth. Thus, the King and Queen marry, giving birth to a Prince who marries the Princess, which is an anthropomorphic symbolism of the operation of Yod-Heh Vau Heh. Tiphareth is the Vau of this formula.
Yet Tiphareth is also the realm of the dying or sacrificed gods( Christ, Buddha, Osiris, Prometheus, etc.). so Universal cyclic renewal demands that the Prince must die.
Next blog we'll get into the symbols and the first Six, the Six of Wands-Victory.
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