The semantic, or formative, dimension of the autiot and sephirot have always been just under the
surface, waiting for man's capacity for abstraction to catch up. The root icons of the Hebrew letters
(ox, house, camel, door, window, etc) carry meaning as individual letters, but
no one would think of stringing the icons "ox-ox goad-window-hand-water" together to say something
-- the letters are considered as place-markers in an arbitrary linguistic system, not as signs in themselves
with inherent qualities.
As a thought experiment, we can do just that, and consider the autiot as signs which
unite signifier and signified
across the range of structuration in an integral mode of thought. Instead of limiting ourselves
to the arbitrary, particularizing semantics of sense-bound colloquial languages, we can consider an abstract
language of consciousness and energy, where the signs signify the most abstract and generalized concepts of
which the specific literal icon is a particularlized material representation. Then, for example, ox=fundamental power,
ox goad=controlled movement, window=life, hand=existence and water=biosphere and we can begin to understand the
internal structure and meaning of the equation called Elohim.