I did mention that I wanted to try and add a few more visual elements to these discussions, right? I wanted to try and sketch out the way emanation could be modeled using the SY’s description of the sefirot as a starting point.
Caveat: You know how people will talk down a piece of modern art with some jibe about how their kid could do it? Well, my skills with this are just about what a kid can do and modern art it ain’t. This won’t be pretty, but I hope it will be helpful. This is honest to goodness crayons and a sharpie. It’s an experiment!
The key things I was hoping to represent are
- the existential equality of Malkuth, Binah, and Chokmah
- the dependence of Chesed, Gevurah, Tifaret, Yesod, Hod, and Netzach upon Malkuth
- Chokmah and Binah embracing Malkuth
- the differentiation of Binah from within Chokmah
- the way in which the directional sefirot fall into pairs (Tifaret-Yesod, Netzach-Hod, Chesed-Gevurah)
- the way in which each of those pairs form a triplicity which in turn gives them an especial affinity for Chokmah or Binah (Binah’s trio: Hod, Yesod, Gevurah; Chokmah’s trio: Netzach, Tifaret, Chesed); I suspect you can read other triplicities within it productively.
- gesture toward the role Binah seems to play in some other accounts, namely suggesting the sepal of a rose with the flames
Okay, here they are and you can judge for yourself. First the whole diagram, then a close-up of Malkuth.
Don’t put too much weight on those colors. I chose them because they felt right and contrasted reasonably well from each other, not for any deep symbolic ties to the SY material.