|12 Simples: Pashootote|
Seekers of the true cube will find wide variation in the formative assignments B'Olam, where
the zodiacal energies operate to form the edges, or "infinite extremities" of the universe/space of the cube.
All these schemes should be analyzed for internal coherence and integration with their linked categories.
The primary variations arise from two approaches to distributing the signs around the edges of the cube: either four groups of three or two groups of four plus two (of two). Thus the Long and Gra versions consider the faces of the cube in the order: East, South, West, North, around the perimeter of the cube three at a time, while the Short version and the Bahir view them in the order: East, North, West, South, with the two signs each of the North and South connecting the full four-sign faces of the East and West. The Saadia version appears to be a blend of the two systems.
The Long, Gra and Saadia versions do not produce cubes with any faces containing four consecutive signs. For the Long and Ari-Gra, this is a consequence of arranging the astrological triplicities from top to bottom with zodiacal oppositions meeting either across the top/cardinal and bottom/mutable faces or diagonally through the center (middle/fixed).
The Short and Suares cubes intermingle triplicities and oppose two groups of four consecutive signs on the East and West faces, connected by two groups of transitional signs on the North and South faces. The East face contains the zodiac from Aries to Cancer, while the West contains Libra through Capricorn. The oppositions Leo/Aquarius (above) and Virgo/Pisces (below) form the directions on the left and right hands of Adam Kadmon, who faces a psychological future determined by the involution of energy from Cancer to Aries, and has his back to the unconscious conditioning of the past, described by the evolution of physical energy from Libra to Capricorn.
|Physical and Psychological Faces|
|12 Simple Hebrew Formative Letters and Zodiacal Correspondancs|
|From the Saadia Version of the Sepher Yetsira|
|Twelve Elementals: Direction Variation in the Sepher Yetsira / Sefer Yetzirah & Sepher Bahir|
|East High||East North||East High||East North||East North||East North||East North||East North||East High||East North|
|East North||East South||East North||East High||East South||East South||East South||East South||East North||East South|
|East Low||East High||East Low||East Low||East High||East High||East High||East High||East Low||East High|
|South High||East Low||South High||North West||East Low||East Low||East Low||East Low||South High||East Low|
|South East||North High||South East||North High||North Low||West South||North High||North High||South East||North High|
|South Low||North Low||South Low||North Low||North West||West North||North Low||North Low||South Low||North Low|
|West High||West South||West High||West South||North High||West High||West South||West North||West High||West South|
|West South||West North||West South||West High||West Low||West Low||West North||West South||West South||West North|
|West Low||West High||West Low||West Low||South West||South High||West High||West High||West Low||West High|
|North High||West Low||North High||South East||West High||South Low||West Low||West Low||North High||West Low|
|North West||South High||North West||South High||South Low||North High||South High||South High||North West||South High|
|North Low||South Low||North Low||South Low||South High||North Low||South Low||South Low||North Low||South Low|
Bahir: The Bahir by Aryeh Kaplan, Weiser 1979 p.34 Verse 95 (note "twelve diagonal boundaries of a tree")
Short (Donash) and Long Version from Kaplan, Sefer Yetzirah, p.261-204 but see this version for different order.
|Sepher Yetsira / Sefer Yetzirah: Comparative Structures in the Cube of Space|