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The Sepher Yetsira/Sefer Yetzira - Short Version - Aryeh Kaplan Translation http://www.psyche.com/psyche/txt/kaplan_sy_short.html The Sefer Yetzirah Short Version: Aryeh Kaplan translation Hypertext Sepher Yetsira 1:1-2 | Cube of Space Astrological Correspondences in the Sepher Yetsira | Sepher Yetsira Links Chapter 1 1. With 32 wonderous paths of Wisdom engrave Yah, the Lord of Hosts, [God of Israel, the Living God, King of the Universe, Almighty God, merciful and gracious, High and Exalted
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  The Sefer Yetzirah Short Version: Aryeh Kaplan translation Hypertext Sepher Yetsira 1:1-2 | Cube of SpaceAstrological Correspondences in the Sepher Yetsira|Sepher Yetsira Links Chapter 1 With 32 wonderous paths of Wisdom engrave Yah, the Lord of Hosts, [God of Israel,the Living God, King of the Universe, Almighty God, merciful and gracious, High andExalted, dwelling in eternity, whose name is Holy, and create His universe] with three books, with text (Sepher), with number (Sephar), and with communication (Sippur).1.Ten Sefirot of Nothingness plus twenty two [foundations] letters: Three Mothers, SevenDoubles, and Twelve Elementals.2.Ten Sefirot of Nothingness: The number of the ten fingers, five opposite five, with asingle covenent precisely in the middle, like the circumcision of the tongue and thecircumcision of the membrum.3.Ten Sefirot of Nothingness: Ten and not nine; ten and not eleven. Understand withWisdom, and be wise with Understanding. Examine with them and probe them, make athing stand on its essence, and make the Creator sit on his base.4.Ten Sefirot of Nothingness: Their measure is ten which have no end. A depth of  beginning, a depth of end; a depth of good, a depth of evil; a depth of above, a depth below; a depth east, a depth west; a depth north, a depth south. The singular Master,God faithful King, dominates them all from His holy dwelling until eternity of eternities.5.Ten Sefirot of Nothingness: Their vision is like the appearance of lightening , their limit has no end. His Word in them is running and returning . They rush to his sayinglike a whirlwind, and before His throne they prostrate themselves.6. The Sepher Yetsira/Sefer Yetzira - Short Version - Aryeh Kaplan Translationhttp://www.psyche.com/psyche/txt/kaplan_sy_short.html1 of 77/31/2010 10:07 PM  Ten Sefirot of Nothingness: Their end is embedded in their beginning, and their  beginning in their end, like a flame in a burning coal. For the Master is singular, He hasno second. And before One, what do you count?7.Ten Sefirot of Nothingness: Bridle your mouth from speaking and your heart fromthinking. And if your heart runs, return to the place, as it is written, The Chayotrunning and returning (Ezekizl 1:14). Regarding this covenant was made.8.Ten Sefirot of Nothingness: One is the Breath of the Living God, blessed and benedicted be the Name of the Life of worlds. Voice, Breath and Speech. This is theHoly Breath (Ruach HaKodesh).9.Two: Breath from Breath. With it engrave and carve twenty-two foundation letters -three, Mothers, seven Doubles, and twelve Elementals - and one Breath is from them.10.Three: Water and Breath. With it engrave and carve chaos and void, mire and clay.Engrave them like a garden plot, carve them like a wall, cover them like a ceiling.11.Four: Fire from water. With it engrave and carve the Throne of Glory, Seraphim,Ophanim, holy Chayot, and Ministering Angels. From the three establish His dwelling,as it is written, He makes His angels of breaths, His ministers from flaming fire (Psalms 104:4).12.Five: With three of the simple letters seal above . Choose three and place them in Hisgreat Name: YHV. With them seal the six extremities. Face upward and seal it withYHV.Six: Seal below . Face downward and seal it with YHV.Seven: Seal east . Face straight ahead and seal it with HYV.Eight: Seal west . Face backward and seal it with HVY Nine: Seal south . Face to the right and seal it withn VYH.Ten: Seal north . Face to the left and seal it with VHY.13.These are the Ten Sefirot of Nothingness. One is the Breath of the Living God. Breath[from Breath], Fire [from water, and the extremities], up, down, east, west, north andsouth.14. Chapter 2 Twenty-two foundation letters: three Mothers, seven Doubles, and twelve Elementals.The three Mothers, AMSh, their foundation is the pan of merit, the pan of liability, and1. The Sepher Yetsira/Sefer Yetzira - Short Version - Aryeh Kaplan Translationhttp://www.psyche.com/psyche/txt/kaplan_sy_short.html2 of 77/31/2010 10:07 PM  the tongue of decree deciding between them.Twenty-two letters: Engrave them, carve them, weigh them, permute them, andtransform them, and with them depict the soul of all that was formed and all that will beformed in the future.2.Twenty-two foundation letters: They are engraved with voice, carved with breath, and placed in the mouth in five places: AChHO, BVMP, GYKO, DTLNTh, ZSShRTz.3.Twenty-two foundation letters: They are set in a circle as 231 Gates. And this is thesign: There is no good higher than delight (ONG), and there is no evil lower than plague(NGO).4.How? Weigh them and transpose them, Aleph with each one, and each one with Aleph;Bet with each one, and each one with Bet. They repeat in a cycle. Therefore,everything formed and everything spoken emanates in one name.5.From substance out of chaos and make nonexistence into existence. Carve great pillarsout of air that cannot be grasped. This is the sign: One forsees, transposes, and makesall creation and all words with one Name. And a sign of this: Twenty-two objects in asingle body.6. Chapter 3 Three Mothers, AMSh: Their foundation is the pan of liability, the pan of merit, and thetongue of decree deciding between them.1.Three Mothers, AMSh: A great, mystical, concealed secret, sealed with six rings,. Andfrom it emanate fire and water, separating themselves as male and female. ThreeMothers, AMSh, are their foundation, and from them are born the Fathers, from whichev erything was created.2.Three Mothers, AMSh, in the Universe are air, water, and fire. Heaven was createdfrom fire, earth was created from water, and the air decides decides between the fireand the water.3.Three Mothers AMSh, in the year are fire, water, and breath. The hot is created fromfire, the cold is created from water, and the temperate from breath decides betweenthem.4.Three Mothers, AMSh, in the Soul are fire, water, and breath. The head is created fromfire, the belly is created from water, and the chest, created from breath, decides5. The Sepher Yetsira/Sefer Yetzira - Short Version - Aryeh Kaplan Translationhttp://www.psyche.com/psyche/txt/kaplan_sy_short.html3 of 77/31/2010 10:07 PM   between them.Three Mothers, AMSh: Engrave them, carve them, permute them, and with them sealthree Mothers in the Universe, three Mothers in the Year, and three Mothers in theSoul, male and female.6.Make aleph king over breath, bind a crown to it, and combine one with another. Andwith them seal air in the Universe, the temperate in the year, and the chest in the Soul,the male with AMSh, and the female with AShM.7.Make Mem king over water, bind a crown to it, and combine one with another. Andwith them seal earth in the Universe, the cold in the Year, and the belly in the Soul, themale with MASh, andthe female with ShMA.8. Chapter 4 Seven Doubles, BGD KPRT: Their foundation is life, peace, wisdom, wealth, grace,seed, dominnance. Each hastwo sounds: B-Bh, G-Gh, D-Dh, K-Kh, P-Ph, R-Rh, T-Th.Astructure of soft and hard, a structure of strong and weak, double because they aretransposes. The transpose of life is death, the transpose of peace is evil, the transpose of wisdom is folly, the transpose of wealth is poverty, the transpose of grrace is is ugliness,the transpose of seed is desolation, the transpose of dominance is subjugation.1.Seven Doubles, BGD KPRT: Seven and not six, seven and not eight. Examine withthem and probe from them, make each thing stand on its own essence, and mke theCreator sit on His base.2.Seven Doubles, BGD KPRT, parallel the seven extremeties. These are thesixextremeties: up, down, east, west, north, south. And the Holy Palace precisely in themiddle upholdsthem all.3.Seven Doubles, BGD KPRT: Engrave them, carve them, combine them, as planets inthe Universe, days in the Year, and gates in the Soul. From them engrave sevenfirmaments, seven earths, seven weeks. Seven is therefore beloved under all heavens.4.How? Make Bet king over life, bind a crown to it, and with it depict Saturn in theuniverse, Sunday in the Year, and the right eye in the Soul.5.Make Gimel king, bind a crown to it, and with it depict Jupiter in the Universe, Mondayin the Year, and the left eye in the Soul.6. The Sepher Yetsira/Sefer Yetzira - Short Version - Aryeh Kaplan Translationhttp://www.psyche.com/psyche/txt/kaplan_sy_short.html4 of 77/31/2010 10:07 PM
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