Keter (esotericism)

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In Kabbalah, and Hermeticism, and Neohermeticism the name of the first Sefirah which is regarded as the first condensation of spiritual substance from the limitless unmanifest En Sof; the first manifested existence or cosmic being. Keter contains involved within itself all the other nine Sefirot, which it proceeds in regular serial order to emanate forth. Other terms applied to it are the Most Holy Ancient One, the Ancient of Days, and White Head, the Great Aspect, and Macroprosopus (long countenance, in the sense of Long-Suffering One Its Divine Name is Ehyeh (I am). It emanated in turn the second Sefirah, Hokmah.

It is not entirely clear why the Keter archailect that emerged in and around Aleph Absolute should identify Emself with this sefirah, since Keter in Kabbalah is a downward rather than an upward principle of manifestation. [Hebrew - Crown]

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Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Initially published on 29 November 2001.