SKULL OF THE ANCIENT ONE, AND CONCERNING HIS BRAIN; AND CONCERNING THE THREE
HEADS, AND THE HAIR, AND THE DISCRIMINATORY PATHS.
51. THE skull of the White Head hath not
beginning, but its end is the convexity of its joining together, which is
extended, and shineth.
52. And from it the just shall inherit four
hundred 2 desirable worlds in the world to come.
53. And from this convexity of the joining
of this White Skull daily distilleth a dew into
Microprosopus, into that place which is called Heaven; and in that very place
shall the dead be raised to life in the time to come.
54. Like as it is written, Gen. xxvii. 27: "And
Elohim shall give thee from the dew of heaven."
55. And His head is filled with that dew, and
all the place of the apple-trees distilleth therewith.
56. He, the Most Holy Ancient One, is hidden
and concealed, and in that Skull is the Supernal Wisdom concealed, who is
found and who is not found.
57. For assuredly in Him, the Ancient One,
nothing is revealed save the Head alone, seeing that that Head is itself the
Head of all heads.
58. The beginning of that Supernal Wisdom which
also is itself the Head, is hidden therein, and is called the Supernal Brain,
the Hidden Brain, the Tranquil and Calm Brain; neither doth any man know it
save He Himself.
59. Three Heads have been formed forth, one
within the other, and the other above the other.
60. One Head is the Concealed Wisdom, which is
covered and is not disclosed.
61. And this Hidden Wisdom is the Head of all
things, and the Head of the remaining wisdoms.
62. The Supernal Head is the Most Holy Ancient
One, the Concealed with all Concealments.
63. The Head of all Heads, the Head which is
not a Head 1--namely, that which is in that
Head--neither knows nor is known, because it cannot be comprehended either by
Wisdom or Understanding.
64. And therefore is it read, Num. xxiv. 11:
"Fly thee in thy place;" and Ezek. i. 14. The Chaioth, living
creatures, are said to run forth and return.
65. And therefore is the Most Holy
Ancient One called AIN, Ain, the Negatively Existent; seeing that back from
Him dependeth the AIN, the Negative Existence. 1
66. But all these hairs and all those locks
depend from the Hidden Brain.
67. And all are calm (otherwise, are disposed)
in the Equilibrium; neither in any manner is the neck seen (i.e., because
of the locks which overshadow it).
68. Because He the Most Holy Ancient One is in
an unvarying condition of joy, neither changeth He from mercy for ever.
69. But in the thirteen measurements 2
of mercies is He found, because that Wisdom hidden in Him is divided into
three, 3 paths in a quarternary, and He Himself
the Ancient One comprehendeth them, and through them doth He reign over all
70. One (path) which shineth in the
midst of the hairs going forth from the Skull, is that path by whose light the
just are led into the world to come.
71. Like as it is written, Prov. iv. 18: "And
the path of the just shineth as the light."
72. And concerning this it is written, Isa.
lviii. 14: "Then shalt thou delight thyself in Tetragrammaton."
73. And from that path 1
are all the other paths illuminated which depend from Microprosopus.
74. He the Eternal Ancient of the Ancient Ones
is the highest Crown among the Supernals, wherewith all Diadems and Crowns are
75. And from Him are all the Lights
illuminated, and they flash forth flames and shine.
76. But He verily is the Supreme Light, which
is hidden, which is not known.
77. And all the other Lights are kindled by
Him, and derive (their) splendour (from him).
78. He the Most Holy Ancient One is found to
have three heads, which are contained in the one Head. 2
79. And He Himself is that only highest supreme
80. And since He the Most Holy Ancient
One is thus symbolized in the Triad, hence all the other Lights which shine
are included in Triads.
81. Moreover, the Most Holy Ancient One is also
symbolized by the Duad.
82. And the division of the Ancient One in the
is so that the (one form is) the Highest
Crown of all the Supernals, the Head of all Heads.
83. And (the other is) that superior
Head, and It is not known.
84. So also all the remaining Lights are
mystically divided into Duads.
85. Furthermore, the Most Holy Ancient One is
symbolized and concealed under the conception of the Unity, for He himself is
One, and all things are One.
86. And thus all the other Lights are
sanctified, are restricted, and are bound tog-ether in the Unity or Monad, and
are One; and all things are HVA, Hoa, Himself.
is the number of Th, the last letter of the Hebrew Alphabet, which includes
the symbology of the cross.
is to say, which will hardly admit even of so vague a definition, seeing it is
the Indefinite Absolute in Kether.
must be most careful not to misapprehend the meaning intended to be conveyed
in this passage. Kether, the Ancient One, Macroprosopus, is not in the more
restricted sense of the first Sephira. the AIN, but that that idea links back
from Him must be manifest on consideration. Not even He, the Vast Countenance,
is hidden and concealed; how much more, then, the AIN! From Negative to
Positive. through Potential Existence, eternally vibrates the Divine Absolute
of the Hidden Unity of processional form masked in the Eternal Abyss of the
Unknowable, the synthetical hieroglyph of an illimitable pastless futureless
PRESENT. To the uttermost bounds of space rushes the Voice of Ages, unheard
save in the concentrated unity of the thought-formulated Abstract, and
eternally that Voice formulates a Word which is glyphed in the vast ocean of
thirteen conformations of the beard of Macroprosopus.
Trinity completed by the Quaternary.
the first Sephira, from which all the other Sephiroth, proceed, namely, those
which are summed up in the Tetragrammaton.
His manifestation is triune.
refers to the Triads in the Sephiroth, when the Autz Chaiim. is formed. (See
Introduction.) It will be found that in this arrangement of the ten Sephiroth
there are ten Triads, viz.:
(1) Kether, Chokmah, Binah.
(2) Chesed, Geburah, Tiphereth.
(3) Netzach, Hod, Yesod.
(4) Chokmah, Chesed, Netzach.
(5) Tephereth, Yesod, Malkuth.
(6) Binah, Geburah, Hod.
(7) Chokmah, Tiphereth, Hod.
(8) Binah, Tiphereth, Netzach.
(9) Chesed, Tiphereth, Hod.
(10) Geburah, Tiphereth, Netzach.
Wherein Kether and Malkuth are each repeated
once: Chokmah, Binah, Chesed, and Geburah thrice; Tiphereth, six times,
Netzach and Hod each four times; and Yesod twice.
Chapter III: Concerning the Forehead of the Most Holy Ancient One