SEPARATION OF THE MASCULINE AND THE FEMININE, AND CONCERNING THEIR
1026. ALSO we have learned in the "Book of
Concealed Mystery" 1 that all the judgments which
arise from the Masculine are vehement in the commencement, and relax in the
termination; but that those which are found to arise from the Feminine are
relax in commencement, and vehement in termination.
1027. And were it not that they could be
conjoined, the world could not suffer them; whence the Ancient of the Ancient
Ones, the Concealed by all things, separateth the one from the other, and
associateth them together so that at once they may be mitigated.
1028. And when He wisheth to separate them He
causeth an ecstasy (or trance, cf. Gen. ii. 21) to fall upon
Microprosopus, and separateth the Woman from His back.
1029. And He conformeth all Her conformations,
and hideth Her even unto Her day, on which She is ready to be brought before
1030. This is that which is said, Gen. ii. 21:
"And Tetragrammaton Elohim caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he
1031. What is this, "And he slept?" This is
that which is written, Ps. xliv. 24: "Awake! wherefore sleepest thou, O
1032. And He taketh away one of his sides. What
is this one? This is the Woman.
1033. And She is taken away and conformed; and
in Her place is inserted Mercy and Benignity.
1034. Like as it is said: "And he hath shut up
flesh before her." Ezek. xxxvi. 26: "And I will take away from you the stony
heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh."
1035. And when He wisheth to introduce the
Sabbath, then did He create the spirits, and the malignant demons, and the
authors of disturbance; neither at first did He finish them, until the Mother
could come into Her formation, and could sit before Him.
1036. When She could sit before Him, He ceased
from those creatures, and they were not completed because the Mother sat
before the King, and they were associated together face to face.
1037. Who shall enter between Them? Who shall
stir up war between Them mutually?
1038. Because the Arcanum of the matter is
hidden in the time of the disciples of wisdom, who know our Arcanum, from
Sabbath unto Sabbath.
1039. And when they are associated
together, then are They mutually mitigated in that day on which all things are
mitigated. And therefore are the judgments mitigated mutually and restored
into order, both superiors and inferiors.
"Book of Concealed Mystery," ante, ch. iii. § 27.
Chapter XLIII: Concerning the Judgements