8 HOD MAJESTY; CHET MARRIAGE; THE TAROTIC NEWLYWEDS

DRAFT JANUARY 10, 2017

This is the Lady de Pomona and her consort, PhoenixSpirit after their handfasting. Actually they were intended to be the archetypes for 6 RAHAMIM and representing VAV until I found that the letter CHET 8th sefira letter in the Hebrew Alphabet means “Marriage,” the problem being I didn’t have another couple more perfect for the most idealistic concept of Marriage than PhoenixSpirit and Lady de Pomona. In my opinion, it is no hyperbole to say they represent heroism in both their devotion to each other through the long term AND shouldering their daily health challenges both personally and for each other.

She had two children (a boy and girl) and was abused and abandoned by her first husband after a car crash which left her neurologically disabled. She went through severe depression after their divorce and continued to raise her son and daughter. They were exceptional children who stayed on track and are both successful in their own right.

PhoenixSpirit’s parents were polish who were sent to a Communist labor camp. His upbringing was dysfunctional and he ended up alcoholic. PhoenixSpirit fought his way through both alcoholic and drug addictions joining AA and ending up as an IT guy working for the government pulling down a 6 figure salary.  He spent a very long time in a passionless marriage before meeting Lady Pomona online and then in person at one of David and my parties. The rest is history. The true story in this though is how deeply they fell in love and became inextricably bound together.

GEMATRIA:   In essence, the number eight represents transcendence—a level beyond nature and intellect. Everything in the world of time revolves around the number seven: the seven days of the week, the seventh year being a Sabbatical year, the observance of a Hakhel year every seven years. Eight, however, represents transcendence, a level that is beyond the natural order.

MEANING:

The eighth sefirot HOD means Splendor and CHET is the 8th letter meaning Marriage. The eighth letter of the alef-beis is the ches. The ches, according to the AriZal,1 is a fusion of two letters: the vav and the zayin. On top of the vav and zayin is a chatoteres,2 a bridge that unites the two. In essence, vav represents the male principle, the hus­band. Zayin represents the female principle, the wife. The bridge that links them is THE MONAD. The Maggid of Mezritch illumi­nates the verse “The woman of valor is the crown of her hus­band”as: the zayin, the crown, signifies the position of the woman of valor safeguarding the man.

The design of the ches is representative of another type of bridge. If the relationship between vav (man) and zayin (woman) is to be complete, the two are united beneath a chup­pah, a marriage canopy. The form of the ches looks like a marriage canopy. The word chuppah, חופה,even begins with a ches, for the word chuppah means ches poches (G‑d, man and woman) is po (here). Ches is the heart of marriage. Man and woman are truly united only when they are joined beneath the chuppah with the third partner, which is THE MONAD.

OF INTEREST: The Talmud tells us that if man and woman, איש ואשה (ish v’isha), are meritorious, the Divine presence will rest between them. The word ish, man, is spelled איש, alef, yud, shin. Isha, אשה, woman, is spelled alef, shin, hei. In both ish and isha we find the letters alef and shin. Alef and shin spell eish, the Hebrew word for fire. The fire that exists between man and woman fuels a fiery, passionate relationship. But if there were only this flame igniting the marriage, the fire of passion could all too easily be transformed into a fire of destruction. G‑d must also be in the marriage, and fortunately He is: the yud of the ish, the man, when combined with the hei of the isha, the woman, denotes the very name of G‑d.

        
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