Three Mother Letters
I made a poster version of this picture in the early 1990's which has sold out so I finally reproduced it and made it available as the high quality Giclee print. The red Shin ש and the blue Mem מ boldly show their triangular and rectangular forms - Shin, the 21st Hebrew letter (2+1 = 3 sides of a triangle); Mem, the 13th Hebrew letter (1+3 = 4 sides of a rectangle).
In this picture you can see the Three Mother Letters of Sefer Yetzirah:
See the large Hebrew letter Aleph א?
Now look at the yellow diagonal line. It can be seen as the Hebrew letter Vav pronounced Wow. It can also be seen as the numeral One. The Wow of this Aleph balances and united the red Shin ש the blue final Mem ם.
Three Mother Letters
Seven Double Letters
and Twelve Simple Letters
These are the Twenty-two Letters
with which God engraved and made Three Sepharim,
and with them He created His Universe.
And with them He formed all that was ever formed,
and all that will ever be formed.
God Faithful King rules over them all from His Holy abode forever and ever.
One on Three
Three on Seven,
Seven on Twelve,
and all are bound together.
The Sefer Yetzirah teaches that of the Twenty-two Hebrew letters, three are primary.
These are the Three Mother Letters - Aleph א, Mem מ and Shin ש.
Shin ש is in the triangle in the lighter red. The sound of Shin is an outward, chaotic, hissing sound. Shin is a vertically oriented letter that is open upward - like Fire that rises to the Heavens. Our orientation to the Heavens is vertical.
This picture can used as a focus for meditation. Sit comfortably and become aware of your chest rising and falling with your breath. Now breathe in through your nose down into your belly with your lips closed. This is the humming sound of the blue letter Mem in the lower part of this picture.
Three Mother Letters are Mem מ, Shin ש and Aleph א.
Their foundation is the (right) hand of merit, the (left) hand of liability,
and the tongue of decree that balances between them.
Three Mother Letters Aleph Mem Shin are a great mystical secret,
covered and concealed with six rings.
Out of them came Air, Water and Fire.
From them are born Fathers.
And from the Fathers, descendants.
Three Mother Letters Aleph Mem Shin -