Malkuth-Our Kingdom on Earth


When I teach Qabala I begin with the 10th Sphere of the Tree-Malkuth, rather than beginning at the 1st-Kether. My rationale is that Malkuth is the only sphere that we, as corporeal beings can identify with as being the pure essence of manifestation and holds much of the energy of the planet that we inhabit. So let’s explore our world…

 

Dig your fingers deep into the earth
Granules of life and decay
Tiny bits of energy darting here
And there and the smell
Of emerald green moss embedded
Under freshly painted pink nails.

Life force moves down
Submerged appendage and roots beginning
To weave intricate pathways
Towards the heart of the Mother.

The sphere of Malkuth is both in the place of downpour from the realms of higher and more refined energy as well as the place of beginning towards ascension from the grosser, denser form of matter towards a more refined, evolved state of being. This is the sphere of the Elements (earth, air, fire and water) from which all things are formed and is, quite literally, the place of physical manifestation of the creative life force that has emanated down from the spheres above.

This is the World of Matter, which is our home during this physical incarnation. Because it is familiar, concrete and ever present there is often the tendency towards not fully recognizing and understanding its subtle qualities and energies. It is similar to the comfortable relationship in which you don’t always notice the person in as much detail or with as much appreciation as initially because you now assume you know everything there is to know.

Life force moves in spirals and waves
Translucent body glowing in ocean’s depths
Settling deep into the sand of floor and
Coiling into renewed matter.

Stone and crystal, cavern and dusted white peak
Architecture of the Gods built from the
Feminine body of the sacred Divine.

Tree home and brush of wing in flight
All scanning the maze of earth below
As sun rises and spills over all of
Living breath and silent decay of return.

Malkuth embodies the elements at both their alchemical and scientific levels. Earth-Air-Fire and Water are all components in the pure essence of a sphere whose soul directive is one of receipt of the “stuff” that will ensure manifest form.  

All life held within the planetary energy of Earth and the correspondence of Malkuthian energy is subject to the law of potentiality that guides Malkuth’s purpose. 

This is the Kingdom, but what of its ruler
Who holds the place of sovereignty and has
Command over planet’s fate?

Flesh and bone and beating of heart
Flowing strength of blood’s circuit
Mind of lightning flash and diversity
Embodied in a vessel of form.

We are the Royals of Malkuth. We are the stewards of its planetary energy, Earth, our home and we are its most prized creation of matter and manifest form. 

Malkuth is the experience of being fully present in physical form, of connecting with all that makes us truly human and using that as the foundation upon which we rise on the planes to reach our higher consciousness by coming to “know thyself”; and then transferring that knowing into experiencing everything else that comprises this physical world.

And the Great Mother in her wisdom
Holds the Kingdom close to her breast.

Heart beat to heart beat the exchange is made
Life is given form and the world of the manifest
Holds the key to the Path of Return.

The sphere just above Malkuth, is Yesod. Yesod carries the energy of filter,dreams and the astral.  And,  the Great Mother Moon is its ruler. The Moon shines down and the tides of Earth move in anticipation of her gaze. This movement is not so different from that of labor and the necessary tides of contraction to bring life into the sphere of Malkuth.

Now that you’ve read through this information, go back and reread…

Qabalah Boot Camp: Just the Basics

Malkuth-The Qabalistic Tymes

A newsletter style format I’ll be using from time to time for each of the spheres that will provide snippets of information and reflections regarding the energy that is part of its emanation…

 

The Qabalistic Tymes

You might ask what’s with the name? The herb Thyme is a member of the mint family and as such is a very prolific plant. Additionally, there are hundreds of species of Thyme.  Thyme has been known since ancient times for its magical, culinary, and medicinal virtues. And its shrub like build offers shade and home to a variety of animal life. Tradition held that an infusion of thyme taken as a tea on midsummer’s eve would enable one to see the fairies dancing.

SO….In the spirit of the vast amount of knowledge, enrichment and nuances provided through study of the Qabala, what better spelling for “Thymes”

 

MALKUTHIAN CORRESPONDENCES

These are but a few of the many:

PHYSICAL:
BOTH LEGS, FEET, KNEES, ANKLES AND BASE OF THE SPINE

MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURE:
SPHINX

PLANT:
LILY, IVY

SCENT:
DITTANY OF CRETE

GEMS:
BROWN AGATE
TIGER’S EYE

DEITY:
CELTIC- DANU
HINDU- GANESHA
SANTERIA-ORISHA-OKO
EGYPTIAN- NEPHTHYS

GEOMETRIC SYMBOL:
DECAGRAM

TOOL:
THE MAGICAL CIRCLE
THE TRIANGLE OF ART

ILLUSION:
MATERIALISM AND GREED

What correspondences would you give based on your knowledge of the physical world and the Greater Earth?

Another Leaf on the Vine….

The Sphere of Malkuth and Prosperity

Key concepts are…

Manifestation
Abundance
Receiving
Giving

Food for thought?

“ you will get better prosperity results from eating just one course at a four-star restaurant, than you will by going to a fast-food restaurant a dozen times”

From the Book of QBL
.. we work at this level to awaken greater discrimination within our lives. That is the virtue we uncover for ourselves here- in Malkuth. We learn to discriminate between what is good, what is bad, where to move forward, where not to move, when to work and when to rest. Learning to discriminate and discover what is best for you as an individual. By doing so, we can begin to experience our “higher Selves’- this level of consciousness reveal to us those things hidden within our physical world or Universe. It reveals to us these things which we have trained ourselves to ignore or relegate to fantasy. This is the level wherein we can learn the realities of those we call “ fairy”, “angel”, or “spirit guides”. And acknowledge the reality of the Divine potential within ourselves….. Excerpted from: Qabala Magick by Ted Andrews

In conclusion…

Malkuth is the expression of the Goddess, Gaia-Mother of Earth’s creation and the living body upon which we make our home..

Contemplation of Creation

I sit in the quiet space of my creation
Exhale and inhale of sweet breath and
Manifest being weaving a dance of life.

The singing bowl rings in harmony
With the levels of my being and radiant
Throat gives way to tone of vibration.

The Goddess moves through me as
We sing out the sounds of the
Universe.

I am whole and complete in Her
Light of cosmic reflection.

My practice is that of knowing and
My magick weaves through time
Anchored in the stillness of my
Most loved creation….

…YOU

Art: Geraldine Arata
Excerpt from:
A Year With Gaia-The Eternal Cord
R. Fennelly
First Edition: February 2017

Welcome to Qabalistic Journeys…

Welcome to Qabalistic Journeys! Many years ago I wrote an online course entitled A Year Within the Tree of Life. I revamped my website and that course was archived and  used later a the basis for my books, Poetry of the Spheres and Awakening the Paths.

As a result of the books and extensive teaching that I do about the Hermetic Qabalah, I have received several requests lately for a return of those online studies. So, here we go with a blog dedicated specifically to that!

I’ll be posting every couple of weeks and offering a variety of information that includes theory, practical application, meditations, new ways of working with this multi-faceted discipline and more. This is a journey that will enrich every aspect of your life and the new paths created from those first steps of intention to bring this Tree to life within are those that will take root as you aspire to growing your spiritual practice.

Blessings on this new journey…..

Qabalah Boot Camp: Just the Basics

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In the beginning there was nothingness- the absence of substance and form (Ain) ; and as the nothing became aware of itself it also realized the limitlessness nature (Ain Soph) of its being. This realization expanded and with more awareness came the birthing of limitless light (Ain Soph Aur) . This limitless light felt the urge to create- and from it emanated Divine Intelligence – Kether. All things needing balance- in its wisdom Kether split and from this source of being the remaining 9 spheres became emanations of the varied permutations of light, knowledge, mercy, severity, beauty, love, glory, imagination and finally rest in the Kingdom of Earth- Malkuth.

The subject matter of the Qabalah is one that  many pagans do not easily gravitate towards, either deterred by the sheer mass of its scope or feeling that this particular overlay of system has no  reference to the purely magickal systems.  Although, rooted in the Judaic mystical system the Kabbalah(spelling is Judaic form)/Qabalah (spelling used to distinguish as Western Hermetic overlay) this construct of energy, thought and working is a  suitable companion to any magickal system. The sheer fact that a statement such as that can be made offers testament to the enduring scope and permanence of its application over a broad and diverse spectrum.  Within the Tradition to which I belong, The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, the principles of the Qabalah are strongly and consistently used throughout all of our covens and the enhancement to the magickal workings and rituals is undeniable.

The Qabalistic Tree of Life describes the descent of the divine into the manifest world, and methods by which divine union may be attained in this life. It can be viewed as a map of the human psyche and of the workings of creation, both manifest and un-manifest. Some of its components are:

10 Sephiroth (Spheres) each having their own specific energetic signature and action and having a Hebrew and English name of assignation. (Geburah ‘s name is Might)

22 Paths that connect the spheres and act as the synthesizing conduits of connection

3 Pillars of Application of that energy (Geburah is the middle of three spheres on the Pillar of Severity)

4 Worlds of Action– Each of the spheres exists in each of the four worlds and has a slightly different emphasis of intent depending on which of the worlds is acting upon it.

The Qabalistic story of the creative action of manifestation from the Source of All/Godhead down to the realm of physical and manifest form can be described in this way:

In the beginning there was nothingness- the absence of substance and form (Ain) ; and as the nothing became aware of itself it also realized the limitlessness nature (Ain Soph) of its being. This realization expanded and with more awareness came the birthing of limitless light (Ain Soph Aur) . This limitless light felt the urge to create- and from it emanated Divine Intelligence – Kether. All things needing balance- in its wisdom Kether split and from this source of being the remaining 9 spheres became emanations of the varied permutations of light, knowledge, mercy, severity, beauty, love, glory, imagination and finally rest in the Kingdom of Earth- Malkuth.

10 Sephiroth (spheres) of Emanation

The Sephiroth are States of Being and act as vessels to contain the Divine energy that spills forth from the God-Head or Crown of Kether (being the highest expression of the Divine) down into Malkuth, the densest and manifest physical world of Man. The spheres at the top of the tree are lighter and finer in energy – more transparent and expressive of pure Light. As we descend down the tree each sphere gains more density- less clarity of brilliance of light until we come to rest in the earth plane of Malkuth. Each sphere has both an English and Hebrew name and countless correspondences attributed to each. These are keywords only.

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Sphere 1 – Kether – The Crown- The Crown of Attainment- the ‘Cause of causes”- the unknowable- The Mystical Consciousness

Sphere 2 – Chokmah– Wisdom- The Word of God- true Will untainted by the material nature- The Radiant Consciousness

Sphere 3 – Binah– Understanding- The Great Sea- absolute belief- The Sanctified Consciousness

Sphere 4 – Chesed– Mercy- Majesty- The place of greater awareness and pure compassion-The Settled Consciousness

Sphere 5 – Geburah– Might – Strength and Justice- excision and the necessary cutting away- The Rooted Consciousness

Sphere 6 – Tiphareth– Beauty- Sacrifice- the receptive place of the flow of emanations from Kether- The Transcendental Influx Consciousness

Sphere 7 – Netzach– Victory- The Beauty of Nature- The Hidden Consciousness

Sphere 8 – Hod– Glory- Splendor- the sphere of science and craft- the analytical nature and communicative learning- The Perfect Consciousness

Sphere 9 – Yesod– The Foundation- sphere of the subconscious- the Lunar Gates- dreams and illusion – the astral – The Pure Consciousness

Sphere 10 – Malkuth– The Kingdom- the plane of physical existence and manifest reality- the elements and all of manifest Life- The Scintillating Consciousness

In example:::

This is a poem I wrote about the energy of the sphere of Geburah and gives a hint to the potency and dynamics of this sphere.

I sit shivering in the dark
Eyes closed and all of my being
Filled with fear that I will
Lose my most valued possession.

Flame and heat surround
Yet the air is dense with
Energy that moves like
Cold steel wielded by a
Forceful hand.

What I cling to so fiercely
I have long ago outgrown
But the comfort and safety
Provided are like soothing
Ointment on wounds that
Have yet to be opened.

I want to be free of these chains
I want to be whole and reborn…

What I carry are bits and pieces
Of my own folly and the thought of
Excision sends me into retreat.

As reason gives way to desire
And understanding stands at the
Threshold with outstretched hand
I rise from this place of cowering.

I open my eyes to see what lay
Ahead and a cold dark hand
Grasps my own as I look into
The eyes of myself.

The only demons I have to fear is what
Lay within the spectre of my shadow
With the single act of embrace
All that is to be discarded
Falls from me
I am Free.

I am strong and what I had
Feared losing the most
Has only been transformed
And forged anew.

The dark gives way to light and
I step forward to greet the
Final outcome.

Whetting Your Appetite..

In the months ahead, I’ll post more about the spheres and some specifics of correspondence relevant to each. Reflect a little on the brief glimpse I’ve given for now..