FURTHER CONCERNING THE
SKULL OF MACROPROSOPUS.
52. THE whiteness of this skull shineth
in thirteen carved out sides: in four sides from one portion; in four sides
from the part of His countenance; and in four sides from another part of the
periphery; and in one above the skull, as if this last might be called the
53. And thence is the Vastness of His
Countenance extended into three hundred and seventy myriads of worlds; and
hence ARK APIM, Arikh Aphim, Vastness of
Countenance is His name.
54. And He Himself, the Most Ancient of the
Most Ancient Ones, is called ARIK DANPIN, Arikh Da-Anpin, the Vast
Countenance, or Macroprosopus; and He Who is more external is called ZOIR
ANPIN, Zauir Anpin, or
Him Who hath the Lesser Countenance (Microprosopus) in opposition to
the Ancient Eternal Holy One, the Holy of the Holy Ones.
55. And when Microprosopus looketh back upon
Him, all the inferiors are restored in order, and His Countenance is extended,
and is made more vast at that time, but not for all time (then only is it),
vast like unto the (countenance) of the More Ancient one.
56. And from that skull issueth a certain white
shining emanation, towards the skull of Microprosopus, for the purpose of
fashioning His head; and thence towards the other inferior skulls, which are
57. And all the skulls reflect this
shining whiteness towards the Ancient of Days, 1
when they are numbered out of their mingled confusion. And by reason of this
there existeth herein an opening towards the skull below, when they proceed to
hidden sense of this somewhat obscure passage is, that the brightness arises
from the skull, which it conceals, which latter is therefore the emblem
of the Concealed One. The thirteen parts are three tetragrammatic forms, which
give twelve letters, and symbolize thus the Trinity of the Tetragram; and the
one supernal part is the unity. The meaning therefore is, the Trinity in
Unity, proceeding from the Concealed Unity, which also proceedeth from the
Negatively Existent. Thirteen, moreover, occultly points out unity. for AChD.
Achad, Unity, adds up for thirteen.
AVRKA DANPIN, Aurikha Da-Anpin, the Vast Countenance.
Chapter VI: Concerning the Membrane of the Brain of Macroprosopus