posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 02:05 PM
I think this is one of the deepest and most esoteric concepts there is.
As above, so below, is a general and axiomatic esoteric concept. It basically means what exists in abstract, conceptually, is reflected physically in
the world we see with our 5 senses.
This idea cannot be proven better by comparing and analyzing the associations between the Sefiroth and the physical world.
First, creation takes place in a "void", a state of nothingness. This is outer space where planet earth hangs.
But planet Earth represents the sphere of creation; the egg of existence, the womb of reality.....Creation takes place within planet earth.
Geographically, the earth reflects the 10 sefiroth or divine archetypes in its geological and oceanic differentiations.
The 3 continents of Asia, Africa and Europe correspond to Chesed, Gevurah and Tifereth.
Asia is Chesed, which is the power of expansion. Asia is the largest continent, with the most people, and spiritually speaking, they are in a state of
spiritual closeness with divine which their various religions reflect.
Africa is Gevurah, which is the power of contraction. Africa is only slightly connected with the Euroasian land mass by a thin strip of land, and this
would seem to allude to the process of "Tzimtzum", a contraction. a thinning of the energy. Africa is the poorest continent; its ipeople are
impoverished (in a state of lack) both physically and spiritually (a lack of knowledge. Africa is the most primitive continent).
Europe is Tifereth, which is the combination of Chesed and Gevurah. Interestingly, the kabbalists explain that Tifereth is really just the perfection
of chesed, and so it is apart of the Euroasian landmass. Europe is the most propserous continent, the source of the elightenement and industrial
revolution. It is also the 'center' ie; the banks, etc, are located in Europe.
Beneath the upper triad of Chesed, Gevurah and Tifereth is Netzach and Hod. The kabbalists say Hod and Netzach are like one, symbolized by the two
likewise North and South America are united together, separated from the 3 continents of Asia/Europe/Africa
Netzach is North America. Netzach is the outer expression of the power of expansion, and so refers to the quality or archetype of confidence, victory,
power.... North America has completely dominated the world for the last 150 years. American culture has spread, and America/Netzach has "conquered".
Hod is South America. Hod is the outer expression of the power of contraction, and so refers to the quality of submission. South America is completely
dominated by the world around it, particularly America (netzach). It is in a state of submission.
Yesod, which is separate from the other sefiroth, or archetypes, and serves to channel them all to Malkuth, is Australia. Australia lies below Asia,
and it is, zoologically speaking, the most diverse continent on earth. Animals found nowhere else are found in Australia. This expresses the quality
of Yesod - foundation, which contains all the energies of the upper sefiroth. Australia/Yesod inclines towards the "left", and Australian culture
inclines towards American influence.
The frozen continent, Antartica, refers to Malkuth, kingdom. Because Kingdom symbolizes the power of self control, it is currently frozen, ie; in a
state of inactivity, as man is currently exiled from himself ie; in a state of egoic ignorance.. In the 7th day, in the 7th millenium, one can only
wonder what will happen to the physical earth. Will Malkuth, Antarctica, defrost? Will a pole shift be the impetus behind this? Or perhaps the melting
of the ice caps?
The 3 oceans reflect the intellectual, abstract, and 'fluid' quality of the intellect. Hokmah, wisdom, which is the 'total picture', and is
relatively calm, is the pacific (peaceful) ocean. The Atlantic conversely is the power of Binah - cogitation. This is a more active force, and so the
Atlantic ocean is the more active of the two. The indian ocean is Da'ath. Interestingly, no continent expresses the quality of knowledge the way the
peoples of the Indian Subcontinent do. They live near the energy, or sphere, of Daath - Knowledge.
Jerusalem is the physical naval, or crown of the head (a better analogy, i think) where creation (both spiritual and physical) unfolds. It is the
nexus between the 3 sefiroth of Chesed, Gevurah and Tifereth. It is the "crown" of the head, or the opening of the seed where the root sprouts out.
The physical structure built atop the physical spot of this opening attunes the energies of creation to the model of the structure. Right now, a pagan
gnostic structure exists on the mount.
The octagonal shape of the Dome of the Rock refers to Sophia - the '8th' sphere, akin to Binah. This is the basic structure which the 9th sphere,
the pleroma, symbolized by the golden dome, covers.
The Jewish temple concerns itself not with the abstract energies of the higher worlds (The Rabbis say the gentiles are tied to the number 8) but with
the lower world - the 7 - and so the Jewish Temple reflects the model of creation, from the highest worlds to the lowest. Each gradation squared to
the cause it derives from. It is the model of Gods wisdom, here on earth, whereas the gnostic Dome of the Rock seeks to circumvent that connection
between God the creator and his creation by having the concept of 8 - the octagon - being the base of the metaphysical structure.