The Shadow of Chesed in Atzilut and B’riah ~ Tarot and the Tree of Life

It’s easy to see the cups being open to what is offered from above. But, how do I bring myself to that pint of readiness to receive what is being offered? Do I simply wait like a monk on a mountain top? More importantly, do I hide behind feelings of unworthiness which prevent me from lifting my cups to that celestial spout? Or, do  I raise my cup to receive that which is offered and drink my fill of it again and again buoyed by the knowledge, the certainty, that there is more than enough for myself and all?

It is also easy to think of the love that flows from Chesed to be passive, but the four gates present in the Four of Rods (Atzilut) must represent all kinds of love. Two by two physical and emotional or agape and eros; giving as well as receiving. That means this Four of Rods is incomplete if it only emanates love in downward rays or spirals. It must also receive it from all four directions. In relation to B’riah, it means that four doorways must also receive the love, the offering, the outreached hungry cup. 

In short, to passively wait for that mercy from Chesed is half the story. We must offer it return and also be aware enough, present enough to participate in it and it drink deeply from it. If we hide from love in all its forms we break the circuit. 

“I am the Magician and the Exorcist. I am the axle of the wheel, and the cube in the circle. “Come unto me” is a foolish word: for it is I that go.” — Alastair Crowley, Liber Al vel Legi

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