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32 Paths of Creation

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The following quote is from the very beginning of Sefer Yetzirah.
These are the Hebrew words that can be seen surrounding
the Tree of Life diagram in this picture:



 

"With Thirty-two Mystical Paths of Wisdom
God (Yah...) engraved and created His Universe
with Three Sepharim:
with Sefer (letters),
with Sephar (numbers)
and with Sippur (a story).

 

 
(The Thirty-two Paths are:)
Ten Sefirot of Nothingness and Twenty-two Foundation Letters -
Three Mother Letters, Seven Double Letters and Twelve Simple Letters."
 

 
The Thirty-two Paths of Mystical Wisdom derive from the first chapter of Genesis, the story of Creation in which the Name of God (Elohim) is mentioned thirty-two times.  Elohim, a plural Name of God, is used in the Story of Creation because Creation is the process whereby the One manifests as the Many through Ten Divine Utterances - Ten Sefirot.  Look at the ten phrases that contain the Name of God (Elohim) and encircle the ten ‘clusters’ of dots that are in this picture.  This version of the Tree of Life diagram is based on the system of the Vilna Gaon (Rabbi Eliyahu of Vilna) who wrote a famous commentary on Sefer Yetzirah, but I have made some changes of my own.   In this picture the Ten Sefirot are associated with the ten phrases from Genesis in the following manner:
 

1 - ‘In the beginning Elohim created...’
Keter

3 - ‘Elohim said, Let there be a firmament...’                        2 - ‘Elohim said, Let there be light...’
                     Binah                                                                                    Chochmah

6 - ‘Elohim said Let there be luminaries in the firmament...’
Tiferet

5 - ‘Elohim said, Earth, bring forth grass...’                    4 - ‘Elohim said, Waters, gather together...’
                  Gevurah                                                                                     Chesed

9 - ‘Elohim said, Let us make Adam...’
Yesod

8 - ‘Elohim said, Earth, bring forth animals...’              7 - ‘Elohim said, Waters, swarm with life...’
                          Hod                                                                                      Netzach

10 - ‘Elohim said to them, Be fruitful and multiply...’
Malchut
 

 
The Name Elohim can also be seen in the twenty-two phrases that connect the Ten Sefirot to each other.  These are associated with the Twenty-two Foundations Letters in the following manner.  In the three Paths that connect the Ten Sefirot horizontally are three phrases from Genesis Chapter One that say ‘Elohim made’, and one of the Three Mother Letters:
 
Elohim made the firmament...’ connects Chochmah to Binah and contains the Letter Aleph א
Elohim made two luminaries...’ connects Chesed to Gevurah and contains the Letter Mem מ
Elohim made the beasts of the earth...’ connects Netzach to Hod and contains the Letter Shin ש.
 
 
In the seven Paths that connect the Ten Sefirot vertically are seven phrases from
Genesis Chapter One that say: ‘Elohim saw...’; and one of the Seven Double Letters:
 
Elohim saw that the light was good...’ connects Keter to Tiferet
and contains the Letter Bet ב
Elohim saw that it (land and sea) was good...’ connects Chochmah to Chesed
and contains the Letter Gimel ג
Elohim saw that it (plant life) was good...’ connects Binah to Gevurah
and contains the Letter Dalet ד.
 
Elohim saw that it (the luminaries) was good...’ connects Chesed to Netzach
and contains the Letter Kaf כ
Elohim saw that it (fish and bird life) was good...’ connects Gevurah to Hod
and contains the Letter Peh פ
Elohim saw that it (animal life) was good...’ connects Tiferet to Yesod
and contains the Letter Resh ר
 
Elohim saw all (He had made and it was very good)...’ connects Yesod to Malchut
and contains the Letter Tav ת.
 
 
In the twelve Paths that connect the Ten Sefirot diagonally are the remaining twelve phrases that contain the Name Elohim in Genesis Chapter One; and the Twelve Simple Letters:
 
‘The spirit of Elohim hovered...’ connects Chochmah to Keter
and contains the Letter Heh ה
Elohim separated between (the light and the dark)... ’ connects Keter to Binah
and contains the Letter Vav ו
Elohim called the light...’ connects Chochmah to Tiferet
and contains the Letter Zayin ז
‘Elohim called the firmament...’ connects Tiferet to Binah
and contains the Letter Chet ח.
 
Elohim called the dry land...’ connects Chesed to Tiferet 
and contains the Letter Tet ט
‘Elohim placed (the luminaries)…’ connects Tiferet to Gevurah
and contains the Letter Yod י
Elohim created the whales...’ connects Chesed to Yesod
and contains the Letter Lamed ל
Elohim blessed (the fish and birds)...’ connects Yesod to Gevurah
and contains the Letter Nun נ.
 
Elohim created Adam...’ connects Netzach to Yesod
and contains the Letter Samach ס
In the image of Elohim He created...’ connects Yesod to Hod
and contains the Letter Ayin ע
Elohim blessed them (Adam)...’ connects Netzach to Malchut
and contains the Letter Tzadi צ
‘Elohimsaid, I have given (plants for food)…’ connects Malchut to Hod
and contains the Letter Kof ק.