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SEPHER YETZIRAH
The Book of Formation
CHAPTER I
Section 1. In thirty-two (1) mysterio
us Paths of Wisdom did Jah, (2) the
Jehovah of hosts, (3) the Go
d of Israel, (4) the Living Elohim, (5) the King of
ages, the merciful and gracious God,
(6) the Exalted One, the Dweller in
eternity, most high and holy–engrave his name by the three Sepharim (7) —
Numbers, Letters, and Sounds.
(8)
Supplement to Chapter IV
NOTE.–This is one of several modern
illustrations of the allotment of the
Seven Letters; it is not found in the an
cient copies of the “Sepher Yetzirah.”
He produced Beth, and referred it to Wisdom ; He crowned it, combined and
formed with it the Moon in the Universe, the first day of the week, and the
right eye of man.
He produced Gimel, and referred it to Health; He crowned it, combined and
joined with it Mars in the Universe, the second day of the week, and the
right ear of man.
He produced Daleth, and referred it to Fertility; He crowned it, combined
and formed with it the Sun in the Universe, the third day of the week, and
the right nostril of man.
He produced Kaph, and referred it to Life; He crowned it, combined and
formed with it Venus in the Universe, the fourth day of the week, and the
left eye of man.
He produced Peh, and referred it to Power; He crowned it, combined and
formed with it Mercury in the Universe, the fifth day of the week, and the
left ear of man.
He produced Resh, and referred it to Peace; He crowned it, combined and
formed with it Saturn in the Univer
se, the sixth day of the week, and the
left nostril of man.
He produced Tau, and referred it to Beauty; He crowned it, combined and
formed with it Jupiter in the Universe, the Seventh Day of the week, and
the mouth of man.
By these Seven letters were also made
seven worlds, seven heavens, seven
earths, seven seas, seven rivers, seven deserts, seven days, seven weeks
from Passover to Pentecost, and
every seventh year a Jubilee.
Mayer Lambert gives:–Beth to Satu
rn and the Hebrew Sabbath–that is
Saturday; Gimel to Jupiter and Sunday;
Daleth to Mars and Monday; Kaph to
the Sun and Tuesday; Peh to Venus an
d Wednesday; Resh to Mercury and
Thursday; and Tau to the Moon and Friday.
CHAPTER V
1. The Twelve Simple Letters are Héh,
Vau, Zain, Cheth, Teth, Yod, Lamed,
Nun, Samech, Oin, Tzaddi and Qoph; (4
3) they are the foundations of these
twelve properties: Sight, Hearing, Smel
l, Speech, Taste, Sexual Love, Work,
Movement, Anger, Mirth, Imagination,
(44) and Sleep. These Twelve are also
allotted to the directions in space: No
rth-east, South-east, the East above,
the East below, the North above, th
e North below, the South-west, the
Northwest, the West above, the West
below, the South above, and the South
below; these diverge to infinity, an
d are as the arms of the Universe.
2. These Twelve Simple Letters He
designed, and combined, and formed
with them the Twelve celestial conste
llations of the Zodiac, whose signs are
Teth, Shin, Tau, Samech, Aleph, Beth
, Mem, Oin, Qoph, Gimel, Daleth, and
Daleth. (45) The Twelve are also the Months of the Year: Nisan, (46) Yiar,
Sivan, Tamuz, Ab, Elul, Tishri, Hesvan
, Kislev, Tebet, Sa
bat and Adar. The
Twelve are also the Twelve or
g
ans of livin
g
creatures:
(
47
)
the two hands,
the two feet, the two kidneys, the spl
een, the liver, the gall, private parts,
stomach and intestines.
He made these, as it were provinces, and arranged them as in order of
battle for warfare. And also the Elohim
(48) made one from the region of
the other.
Three Mothers and Three Fathers; and
thence issue Fire, Air and Water.
Three Mothers, Seven Doubles and T
welve Simple letters and sounds.
3. Behold now these are the Twenty
and Two Letters from which Jah,
Jehovah Tzabaoth, the Living Eloh
im, the God of Israel, exalted and
sublime, the Dweller in eternity, formed
and established all things; High and
Holy is His Name.
Supplement to Chapter V
NOTE.–This is a modern illustration of
the allotment of the Twelve Letters;
it is not found in the ancient copies of the “Sepher Yetzirah.”
1. God produced Hé predominant in Speech, crowned it, combined and
formed with it Aries in the Universe, Nisan in the Year, and the right foot of
Man.
2. He produced Vau, predominant
in mind, crowned it, combined and
formed with it Taurus in the Universe, Aiar in the Year, and the right kidney
of Man.
3. He produced Zain, predominant in Movement crowned it, combined and
formed it with Gemini in the Universe,
Sivan in the Year, and the left foot of
Man.
4. He produced Cheth, predominant in Sight, crowned it, combined and
formed it with Cancer in the Univer
se, Tammuz in the year, and the right
hand of Man.
5. He produced Teth, predominant in Hearing, crowned it, combined and
formed with it Leo in the Universe, Ab
in the Year, and the left kidney in
Man.
6. He produced Yod, predominant in Work, crowned it, combined and
formed with it Virgo in the Universe, El
ul in the Year, and the left hand of
Man.
7. He produced Lamed, predominant in
Sexual desire, crowned it, combined
and formed with it Libra in the Univer
se, Tishri in the Year, and the private
parts of Man. (Kalisch gives “gall.”)
8. He produced Nun, predominant in Smell, crowned it, combined and
formed with it Scorpio in the Universe, Heshvan in the Year, and the
intestines of Man.
9. He produced Samech, predominant in Sleep, crowned it, combined and
formed with it Sagittarius in the Un
iverse, Kislev in the Year, and the
stomach of Man.
10. He produced Oin, predominant in Anger, crowned it, combined and
formed with it Ca
p
ricornus in the Universe, Tebet in the Year, and the liver
of Man.
11. He produced Tzaddi, predominant in Taste, crowned it, combined and
formed with it Aquarius in the Year, and the gullet in Man).
12. He produced Qoph, predominant in
Mirth, crowned it, combined and
formed with it Pisces in the Universe
, Adar in the Year, and the spleen of
Man.
NOTE.–Mediaeval authorities and mo
dern editors give very different
allocations to the twelve simple letters.
CHAPTER VI
Section 1. Three Fathers and their gene
rations, Seven conquerors and their
armies, and Twelve bounds of the Univ
erse. See now, of these words, the
faithful witnesses are the Universe,
the Year and Man. The dodecad, the
heptad, and the triad with their province
s; above is the Celestial Dragon, T L
I, (49) and below is the World, and la
stly the heart of Man. The Three are
Water, Air and Fire; Fire above, Wate
r below, and Air conciliating between
them; and the sign of these things is th
at the Fire sustains
(volatilises) the
waters; Mem is mute, Shin is sibilant,
and Aleph is the Mediator and as it
were a friend placed between them.
2. The Celestial Dragon, T L I, is plac
ed over the universe like a king upon
the throne; the revolution of the year
is as a king over his dominion; the
heart of man is as a king in warfare.
Moreover, He made all things one from
the other; and the Elohim set good over
against evil, and made good things
from good, and evil things from evil:
with the good tested He the evil, and
with the evil did He try the good. Happi
ness (50) is reserved for the good,
and misery (51) is kept for the wicked.
3. The Three are One, and that One stands above. The Seven are divided;
three are over against three, and one
stands between the triads. The Twelve
stand as in warfare; three are friends, three are enemies; three are life
givers; three are destroyers. The three
friends are the heart, the ears, and
the mouth; the three enemies are the li
ver, the gall, and the tongue; (52)
while God (53) the faithful king ru
les over all. One above Three, Three
above Seven, and Seven above Twelve: and all are connected the one with
the other.
4. And after that our father Abraham had perceived and understood, and
had taken down and engraved all thes
e things, the Lord most high (55)
revealed Himself, and called him His
beloved, and made a Covenant with
him and his seed; and Abraham believed
on Him (56) and it was imputed
unto him for righteousness. And He made
this Covenant as between the ten
toes of the feet–this is that of circ
umcision; and as between the ten fingers
of the hands and this is that of the tongue. (57) And He formed the twenty-
two letters into speech (
58) and shewed him all the
mysteries of them. (59)
He drew them through the Waters; He bu
rned them in the Fire; He vibrated
them in the Air; Seven planets in the heavens, and Twelve celestial
constellations of the stars of the Zodiac.

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