In the Sepher Yetsira, the Hebrew letters "form" the planets and signs
B'Olam , in the Universe.
The Hebrew formative letter of the planet defines its role in the basic
matrix of structural
energies and its primary manifestation on one of three levels -- archetypal, existential and
cosmic. For a fuller understanding of the related and linked categories, we would need to know why
Bayt, for instance, forms Saturn in the Universe with the contrary qualities of Life and Death
in the signs of Capricorn and Aquarius. Later kabbalah and its non-Hebrew western derivatives
are content to move these categories around to fit their needs. We think it is better to
understand that Bayt, the container of the intemporal Aleph , forms Shabatai, where Sheen,
the cosmic Breath, developes another Bayt, consiousness, as a Tabernacle of cosmic energy, Tav, in
existence, Yod. And that Saturn is alive in Ghedi, the sign of a new formation, and dead
in Aquarius, where structures are dissolved.
For those unfamiliar with Hebrew letters, let alone their inner, formative energies, the icons
of the Tarot can provide an immediate window into the interior sturcture of the planets and
signs themselves. Where "Saturn" tells us nothing, Shabatai
is eloquently self-descriptive of its role in the hierarchy of structuration, and the World (see above) is a well-duh representation of
the duality of the container and the uncontainable (Aleph inside Bayt).
Those accustomed to later interpretations of the astrological and formtive letter "attributions"
can test the syntax with appropriate reverse substitutions (Magician for World, World for High Priestess,
Empress for Tower, etc.).
See the Cube for an analysis of the
planetary and zodiacal energies. Here, we note that the planets are impersonal cosmic energies
which form the "dimensions" of experiential or developmental space and the signs are their active
environments. The energies of the planets pass through us; the energies of the signs would elude us
entirely were it not for their planetary foci (see below).
Each planetary and zodiacal equation, considered together with their formative Hebrew letters,
accurately and precisely describes the inner energy, or true name, of the familiar astrological
bodies. These true names, by which the energies may be invoked, are given below in the
sign-language of the Tarot. Note that if any of the "attributions" are incorrect, the
invocation will fail.