Clearing out the Cobwebs: Geomancy and the elemental lines

Thinking in a more apophatic fashion about the kabbalistic material has also encouraged me to look at other places where over-coding associations has obscured more potent and dynamic mysteries. I’ve already talked about pulling geomantic signs away from the associations that they have with planets and zodiac and replacing them with connections to the mysteries of the tree of life, but one of the things that also sits uncomfortably for me there are the elemental associations with the lines of a geomantic sign.

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[NB] Crossroads

Sefirah should really not be conflated with sphere as it resembles more of a point, or vertex where the lines meet, a crossroads if you will.

I’m tickled to see Blogos bringing this up because I just came to this realization as I was starting to explore the diagonals of the tree of life diagram, sketching them out by themselves before reintegrating them into the tree. Drawing the sefirot as spheres serves a useful purpose in emphasizing their importance to the work of consciousness, but it distorts their place in the functioning of creation and requires the diagram to employ some awkward geometry; the tree with spheres is the Mercator projection of tree of life diagrams.

One of the things that I find interesting about the tree with sefirot as points is that it allows us to see the diagonals clearly arranged as three diamonds, setting off a crossing of horizontal and vertical lines. At the highest diamond, I suspect this crossing to be none other than Da’at, which makes the crossing in the lower diamonds to be something similar, an echo of Da’at at each level rather than as an exceptional feature of the highest elements; that has some intriguing implications.

There is also the implied four which manifests at every level except as regards the three mothers. I keep thinking about that because it suggests a way to think through what might be going on with geomancy’s relationship to the tree. If the mothers are what animates the tree, they may do so through an encounter with another structuring four that the tree itself manifests.

The sefirot as points also carries out the sefirot as time consciousness, if we understand consciousness to be a peculiar thing that relates to the underlying intellective structure of creation through an action of praise giving. The points aren’t separate from the channels that compose creation at all, they are just the points where those lines of creation are drawn together in a most dynamic fashion.