Chokmah, Wisdom
 
Chokmah
Chokmah, Wisdom

Two: Breath from Breath.
With it He engraved and carved
22 Foundation Letters:
Three Mothers,
Seven Doubles,
And twelve Elementals,
And one Breath is from them.
— Sepher Yetzirah

Chokmah is unconstrained creativity, a continuation of the urge to Bestow that is Ain. It is force in the duality of force and form. (Form is Binah.) Chokmah bestows on all, regardless of worth or readiness to receive.

PlanetFixed stars (Mazloth, ‏מזלות‎)[1]
NameChokmah, חכמה, wisdom
Divine Name Yah, יה
ArchangelRatziel (רזיאל‎)[2], Prince of Princes
Angelic host Auphanim (אופנים), Wheels or Whirling Forces; also called Order of Kerubim
Tarot the four twos
the four Knights (Kings in classical decks)
ColorGray[3]
Yetsiratic Attribution[4] Illuminating Intelligence (Radiant Consciousness, Sekhel Maz'hir, שכל מזהיר): it is the Crown of Creation, the Splendor of the Unity, equaling it, that exalts itself above all as the Head, and is named by the Kabbalists the Second Glory.
TriadSupernal

Chokmah is the Yod, י, in יהוה, and י designates Wisdom. Chokmah's divine name is given as יה, Yah[5], of which י is the first part. But Yod doesn't stand alone: it is joined to ה, a female principle designating Understanding. Wisdom without Understanding is meaningless. The two must be joined to give proper knowledge, and that is why that pair (ה is Binah) forms the base of the Supernal triad.

Chokmah and its sister, Binah, are the key to illumination. Sepher Yetzirah tells us, "Understand with Wisdom, be wise with Understanding" (I:4): Wisdom (nonverbal thought) can only be experienced — explained, made accessible to us — when it is clothed with Understanding (verbal thought). Wisdom without understanding, or understanding without wisdom, is empty. The Magician must learn to shift between them, oscillating between verbal Binah understanding and nonverbal Chokmah wisdom.

Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan notes that:

At the end of a word, when used as a suffix, the letter Yud means me or my. Wisdom is the essential nature of the individual, belonging to him alone. As such, it is the ultimate my. The same is true of the Sephirah of Wisdom (Chakhmah) with respect to the Infinite Being.

There are two parts to an occurrence, experience and analysis. Experience is the event itself as it occurs. At that point it is just an event, not good or bad or indifferent. Only after we think about the event does it acquire a conscience. This division between the event and its analysis is the division between Chokmah and Binah, Wisdom and Understanding.


[1]Some modern systems attribute Neptune to Chokmah.
[2]From the root רז, secret, this name means Secret of God.
[3]Colors listed are in the Queen scale. The complete set of colors are:
Pure soft blue - King scale (Atziluth)
Gray - Queen scale (Briah)
Irridescent pearl gray - Emperor scale (Yetzirah)
White flecked with red, blue and 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.
[5]This is most often translated as Lord, though Saadia Gaon translates it as The Eternal.
[1]Some modern systems attribute Neptune to Chokmah.
[2]From the root רז, secret, this name means Secret of God.
[3]Colors listed are in the Queen scale. The complete set of colors are:
Pure soft blue - King scale (Atziluth)
Gray - Queen scale (Briah)
Irridescent pearl gray - Emperor scale (Yetzirah)
White flecked with red, blue and 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.
[5]This is most often translated as Lord, though Saadia Gaon translates it as The Eternal.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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