Sunday, August 12, 2012

17/18th Century Amulet Reconstructed - Part 5 [image corrected 29/11/2013]

Now, continuing with the details surrounding the Ineffable Name in the centre of the Kamea, we recognise the Names (Agala’a) and (Ehyeh) respectively located above and below the unique “magical” presentation of the Ineffable Name. These Divine Names have a lot of special significance in Jewish magic and mysticism. As explained fairly extensively in “The Book of Sacred Names,” whilst the Divine Name (Agala’a) (also Agulo’o, Agula, Agli, Agila, etc.) “is generally associated with the sphere of Malchut (Kingdom) on the sefirotic Tree of Life, it has been claimed that it pertains to Gevurah (Might).” As it is, this magical Divine Name is an acronym constructed from a phrase in the Amidah prayer:
Atah Gibor l’Olam Adonai
You are mighty throughout eternity Adonai
We are informed the Name Agala’a is the “measure of Yehudah,” the basic reasoning being that it is aligned with powerful “spirit forces” inherent in the “blessings of Judah” listed in Genesis 49:8—11 reading:
(Verse 8) Y’hudah atah yoducha achecha yad’cha b’oref oy’vecha yishtachavu l’cha b’nei avicha
(Verse 9) gur aryeh yehudah miteref b’ni alita kara ravatz k’aryeh uch’lavi mi y’kimenu
(Verse 10) lo yasur shevet mihudah um’chokek mibein raglav ad ki yavo shiloh v’lo yik’hat amim
(Verse 11) os’ri lagefen iroh v’lasoreika b’ni atono kibeis bayayin l’vusho uv’dam anavim sutoh
(Verse 8) Judah, thee shall thy brethren praise; thy hand shall be on the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s sons shall bow down before thee.
(Verse 9) Judah is a lion’s whelp; from the prey, my son, thou art gone up. He stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as a lioness; who shall rouse him up?
(Verse 10) The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, as long as men come to Shiloh; and unto him shall the obedience of the peoples be.
(Verse 11) Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’ colt unto the choice vine; he washeth his garments in wine, and his vesture in the blood of grapes.
Since the Name Agala’a is generally employed for protection purposes in Hebrew amulets, it is a further indication that the Kamea we are considering was composed for personal protection.
Regarding the remarkable Divine Name (Ehyeh), we note that it is attributed to both Keter (Crown) and Binah (Understanding) in the primary literature of theoretical and practical Kabbalah. I again noted in “The Book of Sacred Names” that related, as it is, to the loftiest sphere on the Etz Chaim (Tree of Life), “Ehyeh has a special relationship via YHVH in Tiferet (Beauty) with Adonai in Malchut (Kingdom),” a connection which benefits our existence “in the most abundant manner.” In this regard Joseph Gikatilla informs us in his “Gates of Light” to “know that the activity of the upper Name which is Ehyeh is the activity of absolute mercy, and that this is the Name that brings good and gives for free and has mercy not out of judgment but out of absolute mercy.....” So now we also understand that the two Names Agala’a and Ehyeh respectively located above and below the Ineffable Name, are positioned such in order to invoke the protective powers of might and the forces of absolute mercy, in harmony with the all encompassing dominion of the most Holy Name of the Divine One in the very centre of the amulet.
(More to follow)