Geburah↭Strenght 🐉

Written by probationideadlyi on February 11th, 2013. Posted in Sephiroth

  • Name of Divine Essence:Elohim Gibor
  • Sphere of fixationmoon ball phase change:Madim or violent rushing Force and it bringetli fortitude, and war and strength and slaughter, as it were, the flaming Sword of an avenging God.The Sephira Geburah is also called Pachad, Terror and Fear
  • Archangel:Kamael– the Prince of Strength and Courage
  • Order Angels:Seraphim -the Flaming Ones who are also called the Order of Powers
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  • Astrology link:Mars as Sphere of Action of the Planet Mars 


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Geburah is the perfect balance of Chesed. As Chesed builds up, Geburah tears down. As Chesed is loving and merciful, Geburah is terrible and demanding of due. The fifth Sephira, called Strength, is often considered the most difficult Sephira to approach because its lessons may be so overwhelming and devastating. It offers a necessary corrective in our lives by tearing away all that is useless, undesirable or outdated. We see the action of Geburah in the fire sweeping a blighted and dried forest, in a war which tears down a diseased society, or in any situation in our lives where we are forced by circumstance to begin anew. Thus is Mars, the Planet as well as the Roman God of War,
attributed to Geburah.

Often the influence of Geburah is mistakenly considered evil, insofar as it brings destruction in one form or another. It is, however, a necessary and Holy force in the universe asserting, often painfully, a requisite balance. In the Tarot, for example, the Fives are all cards in some way connected with strife, the degree varying according to the World (Suit) in which they function. But strife and destruction on the mundane level always brings with it a learning experience. Who could say that they have experienced a truly difficult situation in which they have learned nothing?
Geburah is a strict discipline which is ultimately necessary and positive, and which serves well those who appreciate its virtue. It conveys the ability to judge clearly, as well as the willingness to be judged. This is described by the Hermetic axiom: "Watch the Watcher, Examine the Examiner, Judge the Judge." Without the warrior sentinal qualities of Geburah, the merciful Chesed qualities would overflow in an evil imbalance of force. And here we must reiterate that there is a constant interaction between the two Sephiroth, a flow and rhythm which is continual.

Dion Fortune points out that "The great weakness of Christianity lies in the fact that it ignores rhythm. It balances God with Devil instead of Vishnu with Siva. Its dualisms are antagonistic instead of equilibriating, and therefore can never issue in the functional third in which power is in equilibrium. Its God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and does not evolve with an evolving
creation, but indulges in one special creative act and rests on His Laurels."
In the Qabalistic system this rhythm is most dramatically seen in the pull between Chesed and Geburah, the left hand which giveth and the right hand which taketh away. The initiation of Geburah, that of the Adeptus Major is required before that of Chesed. One must have learned perfect control before being trusted with the abundance of the Fourth Sephira, And here, the attribute deriving from the initiation of Geburah is Power.

In the sacred texts, Geburah is related to both Kether and Binah. It is like Kether (Unity) in that it is a source of great power flowing outward. It unites itself to Binah in that it tears down the hard structures first envisioned in Binah and then realized archetypically in Chesed. This is, in effect, an application of the death potential implicit in the birth through Binah. While the magical image, that of a bearded warrior in his chariot, is masculine, the primary qualities of Geburah are feminine. This idea is suggested by the attribution of the five-petaled rose to Geburah. The rose is the symbol of Venus, a Goddess closely associated with Mars. We shall see that the energies of the One are transmitted from Geburah through the Christ center of Tiphareth, into Netzach,
to which Venus is assigned. Moreover, it should be noted that in the Golden Dawn Tarot the rose is represented on the two, three, four, five, seven and eight of Swords. The use of this rose, shown variously whole and hewn apart, is particularly brilliant symbolism on the part of MacGregor Mathers.,
Any five-sided symbol may be related to Geburah, one of which is the Pentagon, and another of which is the Pentagram. The latter is used in invoking and banishing, and represents a potent regulation of force. It is only through the relentless self-discipline of Geburah that the Elemental points of the Pentagram may be brought into perfect balance in the individual. This is a fitting symbol for that realm of the Tree directly above the (Tiphareth) experience of understanding the mutable nature of the Personality in incarnation.
In Geburah is a certification that the true forces of the Individual are under control of the Spirit represented by the uppermost point of the Pentagram, and an initiation into the actual nature of that Higher Self first encountered in Tiphareth. The experience has been described as a devastating immersion in the Fires of Truth, where all that is unworthy is burned away. It has also been described as a brutal silence of self-assessment.

The other symbols of Geburah are weapons. The Spear represents a destruction which may be swift and complete, while the Scourge and the Chain suggest the continual application of great force. This is the difference between the compensating force which cuts away directly, and that which (as in
meditation) is a slow acting and continuous discipline. The final symbol of Geburah is the Sword, which bears special mention in that it is one of the "magical" instruments of the Order of the Golden Dawn. Beside the symbol of the four Elements (or Tarot suits), the Wand, Cup, Dagger and Pentacle, there are two additional weapons. These are the Lotus Wand and the Sword. While the Lotus Wand stands primarily for the Will, and relates to Kether, the Sword represents the great power exercised by the individual under perfect self-control.
The strength of Geburah is his greatest weapon.

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