Hexon.Arq wrote:I'm no Kaballah expert (despite what I vowed to myself last summer), but if that is a conscious take on the Sephirotic Tree, then it seems to encompass all that is not part of this mundane world; Divine and lesser conscious thought and awareness without any connection to concrete reality.
Before I shall post anything purely theoretic concerning this matter, I need to check I've got the sephiroth right. To me it seems that the ones on that book cover are Kether, Hochmah, Binah, Hesed, Geburah and Tipheret, with Da'ath (the eleventeenth, non-existent sephira of knowledge) in the center. The paths aren't correctly connected though, for example the direct path between Binah and Tipheret has been removed and new paths leading to Da'ath have been added. My assumption is that this is due to stylistic reasons, as Da'ath is not normally placed into the system (also, a symmetrical cover logo might be considered more pleasing to the eye).
Now, this site says the following about the sephiroth:
The first nine sephirot were grouped in threes, each triad including a masculine element, a feminine element, and a combining element. The first three sephirot represented the world of thought; the second, the world of emotions and morals; the third, the world of nature. The tenth sephirah, Malkut, existed alone as the harmony of the other nine.
"This triune was paralleled by the Kaballists' version of the three-part soul - an idea expressed earlier by Plato, Aristotle, the Bible, and the Talmud. The soul called Neshamah represented the intellect and corresponded to the first three sephirot. The soul called Ruah represented the emotion and corresponded to the Hesed-Geburah-Tipheret triad. The soul called Nefesh represented man's animal nature and corresponded to the lowest triad of sephirot.
Indeed, it appears to be just as Hexon said. So, if that symbol on the book cover really is the upper, divine part of Sephirothic system, that would make quite a lot sense in the context of R.O.D.
Originally posted on: 05.10.2005, 04:34 PM