Water as Yin and #1080 Referred to the Same Principle. It receives the energy from yang. With the featured picture the water of Oquaga Lake, it receives the in coming light from the sunset. Yin and water were thought of as female. Yang and jagged mountains were male. Yin is the essence of the central circle of Tif’eret pictured below. In the picture 8 paths are connected to it. So where is 1080 in Tif-eret?
Water as YIN IS CONNECTED TO THE NUMBER 1080
|The Sephirot in Jewish Kabbalah|
- Tif’eret is connected to 1080, the ancient principle of yin as follows: Eight paths (the straight lines) lead to and from this emanation. In effect they can be seen as outlining an octagon. An octagon has eight sides and eight angles. Each angle is 135 degrees. Thus, 8 x 135 = 1080.
- In ancient Hebrew letters doubled as numbers. There was only one notation for both. Thus, “aleph” actually was “A” and number “1”. This was called gematria. Spell Tif’eret in Hebrew. תפארת. By gematria the letters total 1081. By the rule of gematria called “colel” one could be added or subtracted from a word. In Hebrew Tif’ereth (1080) is at the core of the Tree of Life.
- Tif’eret tempers yang and yin. Six was thought of as a yang number. Tif’eret is the 6th circle or emanation. Although 8 paths radiate from it, the circle is also surrounded by a hexagon: This is outlined by six circles.
- 6 and 8 balance through their squares: 6² + 8² = 10². In effect they are as the shorter legs of a 6-8-10 right triangle.
These eight paths were used by Buddha. He made them into the eightfold noble path that led to the ideal state. Confucius (below) also based his philosophy on the Tree of Life model. In his commentary to the I Ching he states:
Change has an absolute limit:
This produces two modes;
Two modes produce four forms,
The four forms produce eight trigrams.
Paradise is at the core of these eight paths. The nature of paradise becomes “change.” We must be flexible to the flux and flow of cycles. Just like the story of Joseph in the Torah, (Genesis 41:37-57) there are cycles of good years and bad years. Those who expect good times will last forever are always disappointed. Likewise, those who bemoan the bad times must realize, they too will eventually give way to good times. How the Neolithic cultures also balanced extremes of good and bad times will be the topic of future blogs. They saw time as a fourfold cyclic entity and structured their environment accordingly.