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Default QBLH 101: Gevurah (5th Emanation)

Geburah is the perfect balance of Chesed. As Chesed builds up, Geburah
tears down. As Chesed is loving and merciful, Geburah is terrible and demanding
of due.

The fifth Sephira, called Strength, is often considered the most difficult
Sephira to approach because its lessons may be so overwhelming and
devastating. It offers a necessary corrective in our lives by tearing away all that
is useless, undesirable or outdated. We see the action of Geburah in the fire
sweeping a blighted and dried forest, in a war which tears down a diseased
society, or in any situation in our lives where we are forced by circumstance to
begin anew. Thus is Mars, the Planet as well as the Roman God of War,
attributed to Geburah.

Often the influence of Geburah is mistakenly considered evil, insofar as
it brings destruction in one form or another. It is, however, a necessary and
Holy force in the universe asserting, often painfully, a requisite balance. In the
Tarot, for example, the Fives are all cards in some way connected with strife, the
degree varying according to the World (Suit) in which they function. But strife
and destruction on the mundane level always brings with it a learning
experience. Who could say that they have experienced a truly difficult situation
in which they have learned nothing?

Geburah is a strict discipline which is ultimately necessary and
positive, and which serves well those who appreciate its virtue. It conveys the
ability to judge clearly, as well as the willingness to be judged. This is described
by the Hermetic axiom: "Watch the Watcher, Examine the Examiner, Judge the
Judge." Without the warrior sentinal qualities of Geburah, the merciful Chesed
qualities would overflow in an evil imbalance of force. And here we must
reiterate that there is a constant interaction between the two Sephiroth, a flow
and rhythm which is continuaL

Dion Fortune points out that "The great weakness of Christianity lies in
the fact that it ignores rhythm. It balances God with Devil instead of Vishnu
with Siva. Its dualisms are antagonistic instead of equilibriating, and therefore
can never issue in the functional third in which power is in equilibrium. Its God
is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and does not evolve with an evolving
creation, but indulges in one special creative act and rests on His Laurels."
In the Qabalistic system this rhythm is most dramatically seen in the
pull between Chesed and Geburah, the left hand which giveth and the right
hand which taketh away. The initiation of Geburah, that of the Adeptus Major
is required before that of Chesed. One must have learned perfect control before
being trusted with the abundance of the Fourth Sephira, And here, the attribute
deriving from the initiation of Geburah is Power.

In the sacred texts, Geburah is related to both Kether and Binah. It is
like Kether (Unity) in that it is a source of great power flowing outward. It unites
itself to Binah in that it tears down the hard structures first envisioned in Binah
and then realized archetypically in Chesed. This is, in effect, an application of
the death potential implicit in the birth through Binah. While the magical
image, that of a bearded warrior in his chariot, is masculine, the primary
qualities of Geburah are feminine. This idea is suggested by the attribution of
the five-petaled rose to Geburah. The rose is the symbol of Venus, a Goddess
closely associated with Mars. We shall see that the energies of the One are
transmitted from Geburah through the Christ center of Tiphareth, into Netzach,
to which Venus is assigned. Moreover, it should be noted that in the Golden
Dawn Tarot the rose is represented on the two, three, four, five, seven and eight
of Swords. The use of this rose, shown variously whole and hewn apart, is particularly
brilliant symbolism on the part of MacGregor Mathers.,

Any five-sided symbol may be related to Geburah, one of which is the
Pentagon, and another of which is the Pentagram. The latter is used in
invoking and banishing, and represents a potent regulation of force. It is only
through the relentless self-discipline of Geburah that the Elemental points of
the Pentagram may be brought into perfect balance in the individual. This is a
fitting symbol for that realm of the Tree directly above the (Tiphareth)
experience of understanding the mutable nature of the Personality in incarnation.
In Geburah is a certification that the true forces of the Individual are under
control of the Spirit represented by the uppermost point of the Pentagram, and
an initiation into the actual nature of that Higher Self first encountered in
Tiphareth. The experience has been described as a devastating immersion in
the Fires of Truth, where all that is unworthy is burned away. It has also been
described as a brutal silence of self-assessment.

The other symbols of Geburah are weapons. The Spear represents a
destruction which may be swift and complete, while the Scourge and the Chain
suggest the continual application of great force. This is the difference between
the compensating force which cuts away directly, and that which (as in
meditation) is a slow acting and continuous discipline. The final symbol of
Geburah is the Sword, which bears special mention in that it is one of the "magical"
instruments of the Order of the Golden Dawn. Beside the symbol of the
four Elements (or Tarot suits), the Wand, Cup, Dagger and Pentacle, there are
two additional weapons. These are the Lotus Wand and the Sword. While the
Lotus Wand stands primarily for the Will, and relates to Kether, the Sword
represents the great power exercised by the individual under perfect self-control.
The strength of Geburah is his greatest weapon.


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The 5th emanation is Martian adn commonly known as SEVERITY. Although it has other names such as STRENGTH, MIGHT and JUDGEMENT
Gevurah is certainly the card fo judgement. We can think oft he Wisdom of Solomon here...who proclaimed that the baby should be cut in half so that both mores could have the child. This then is the force that mediates tough decisions... Often feared, as this is a destructive force; but this emanation is our friend


Chocolate is good
Too much chocolate will make you fat
Gevurah tells us to not eat too much chocolate


As epitomised byt eh God of war, Mars..we can see Gevurah is a tough nut...a "being" who shows little or not compromise. Some link Gevurah to a feminine force seeing that Birth and Death are polar opposites and feminine qualiities.



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Gevurah is actually my favourite of the lot. (Quite surprising, huh, considering my affiliation with Da'ath.) I first came to understand Gevurah through my longstanding connection with the rune Naudhiz, which speaks of the need to do what must be done. Much like Gevurah, Naudhiz doesn't leave room for compromise and is often harsh in executing what it believes to be necessary and just. Naudhiz embodies the need-fire, the primal choose-the-lesser-of-two-evils, and is thus related to our 'wyrd'/fate in teaching us how to exercise control and power over our own lives. Naudhiz is said to bring destruction and hardships, but really it allows us to be the phoenix that burns and then rises anew from its own ashes.

Gevurah has the same kind of strength in itself. Tough decisions will always be there, but the way they are handled speaks either of great strength or great weakness. Gevurah has always been pretty rough around the edges in the sense that it doesn't play around and is very to the point in the lessons it has to give. I feel her hand in many of my own actions in this world, because I have learned to work with the power that comes forth from bare necessity. My motto is "I will rise up" and that's, I believe, something both the rune and the emanation have facilitated.
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