On the Tree of Life, the key word for the sephira is "foundation", which had me struggling even more. Foundation for what? Obviously, something important. In my Tarot studies, I learned it the sphere for "fight or flight" or primal instincts or sexual forces. It is the sphere that connects the rest of the sephiroth with earth. Frater Robert calls it the "Doing something, just to get laid".
There's no coincidence that the ball is planted firmly in the groin area
The key for me understanding Yesod was in looking at the connecting sephiroth. I had to look at Netzach and Hod to get to my understanding. I already commented on Netzach and Hod in a different post . There are 3 phrases from that post that have lead to my understanding of Yesod:
- CH4 + 2O2 --> CO2 + 2H2O, stoichiometric equation for the combustion of methane (sans appropriate subscripts)
- A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. -Lao Tzu
- Hod and Netzach are the analogy of our legs, which work together on our 1,000 mile journey.
What I deduce from these 3 previous statements is that there exists an engine, that utilizes the fuel which drives a vehicle, the vehicle of our spirit.
YESOD IS THE DESIRE TO LIVE!!!
Yesod is the foundation of Life. The sephira is the realm where the cohabitation of opposites exists. This is the sphere which exhibits both particle and wave behavior. This is the place that is both the finite/infinite, stationary/mobile, and repelling/attracting. Now I understand why they kept using the metaphor of the electromagnetic field and the EMF is a perfect metaphor since the phenomena is one of the fundamental forces of nature!!!
The planetary ruler for Yesod is the moon. It contains the desire for our higher aspirations because, like the moon, the other planetary reflect their light upon the moon. Luna is our connection. She acts as an independent yet she is dependent upon the earth and is only a smaller part of the greater universe. This is the sphere, whereas, as a magician I decide whether I want to strive through the rest of the tree. Yesod is the part where I must make a conscientious and independent decision to change my patterns and let go of my past to BEGIN to become one with the universe. This is the part when I actually learn to Live.
What next? The final spheres within the middle pillar: malkuth, tiphareth and the invisible daat. The latter is something I probably will not be talking about for years.