Chesed, Mercy
 
Chesed
Chesed, Mercy

Four: Fire from Water;
With it He engraved and carved
the Throne of Glory
Seraphim, Ophanim, and holy Chayot
and Ministering angels
From these three He founded His dwelling
as it is written:
"He makes His angels of breaths,
His ministers of flaming fire."[1]
— Sepher Yetzirah

Chesed is the Builder, the framework of Manifestation, the loving Father who is King, the receptacle of all power. It is conditioned creativity, reflecting the unconstrained creativity of Chokmah but moderated by the boundaries imposed by Binah. Chesed creates within the boundaries established by Binah, and wants to push those boundaries around. It is the beginning of the possibility of form, the first day of creation where form begins to emerge from the possibility of form established in the world above it.

Planet Jupiter (Tzedeq, ‎צדק‏)
NameChesed, ‎חסד‏, mercy (kindness); also called Gedulah, ‎גדולה‏, greatness (majesty)
Divine Name El, אל
ArchangelTzadkiel (צדקיאל‎)[2], Prince of Mercy and Beneficence
Angelic host Chasmalim (חשמלים), Brilliant Ones (also called Order of Dominions or Dominations)
Tarotthe four fours
ColorBlue[3]
Yetsiratic Attribution[4] Measuring or Cohesive Intelligence (Settled Consciousness, Sekhel Kavua, שכל קבוע), because it contains all the holy powers, and from it emanate all the spiritual virtues with the most exalted essences: they emanate one from the other by the power of the primordial emanation (The Highest Crown), blessed be it.
TriadEthical

חסד is 72, 2 x 6 x 6; as such, it represents the 72 hidden names of God.

Also called Gedulah (גדולה, Magnificence), this sephirah is where godhood begins to descend into worldliness. It is the first of the emotive attributes, the expression of Divine Love below the Abyss and the desire to bestow that Love upon all of Creation. It is also the first day of Creation, day one (יום אחד -- from Genesis 1:5):

ה. ויקרא אלהים לאור יום ולחשך קרא לילה ויהי־ערב ויהי־בקר יום אחד
5. And Elohim called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, day one.

I said above that Chesed is the beginning of the possibility of form. In geometry, four points (remember, Chesed is the fourth Sephirah) are the minimum number required to have a three-dimensional figure. The simplest figure in solid geometry is the triangular pyramid, which has four faces and four points.


[1]Psalms 104:4:
עשה מלאכיו דוחות משרתיו אש להט
[2]From צדק, a root meaning righteousness, this name means Righteousness of God
[3]Colors listed are in the Queen scale. The complete set of colors are:
Deep violet - King scale (Atziluth)
Blue - Queen scale (Briah)
Deep purple - Emperor scale (Yetzirah)
Deep azure, flecked yellow - Empress scale (Assiah)
[4]From the 32 Paths of Wisdom, often printed as an appendix to Sepher Yetzirah. However, see this article for additional (and contradictory) information on these Paths.
[1]Psalms 104:4:
עשה מלאכיו דוחות משרתיו אש להט
[2]From צדק, a root meaning righteousness, this name means Righteousness of God
[3]Colors listed are in the Queen scale. The complete set of colors are:
Deep violet - King scale (Atziluth)
Blue - Queen scale (Briah)
Deep purple - Emperor scale (Yetzirah)
Deep azure, flecked yellow - Empress scale (Assiah)
[4]From the 32 Paths of Wisdom, often printed as an appendix to Sepher Yetzirah. However, see this article for additional (and contradictory) information on these Paths.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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