Da Kether a Malkuth – Station to Station – David Bowie
In title song „Station to Station” from the album of the same name, David Bowie mentions ‘‘kether’’ and ‘‘malkuth’’. At time of song’s release only few knew what he is saying and even fewer what it means, although David ‘‘always accompanied the line on stage with a hand movement sliding from “top” to “bottom.”’’ Kether and Malkuth are Jewish Kabalah terms that represent two of 10 Sephirots in the Tree of Life.
Kether also known as Keter is the topmost of the Sephirot, called “crown” in Hebrew. It sits in a triptih, above Chokmah and Binah to the right and left.
Keter is so sublime, it is called in the Zohar (radience or sublime) “the most hidden of all hidden things”, and is completely incomprehensible to man. It is also described as absolute compassion, and Rabbi Moshe Cordovero describes it as the source of the 13 Supernal Attributes of Mercy.
In metaphor it is known and taught as “The lily amongst the thorns”.
Malkuth meanwhile meaning „kingdom” is at the very bottom of the tree.
Unlike the other nine sephirot, it is an attribute of God which does not emanate from God directly. Rather it emanates from God’s creation—when that creation reflects and evinces God’s glory from within itself.
Although Malkuth is seen as the lowest Sefirah on the tree of life, it also contains within it the potential to reach the highest. This is exemplified in the Hermetic maxim ‘As above so below.
The actual phrase “kether to malkuth” means “crown to kingdom/royalty/kingship” in Hebrew, and should be pronounced keter to malchoot (ch like the Scottish ch in loch).
MALKUTH – IL REGNO
E’ IL FEMMINILE DELL’ESSERE DOVE OGNI MANIFESTAZIONE TERRENA DA LUOGO ALL’UNIONE DIVINA E DALLA QUALE LA LUCE TANTO DESIDERATA SI PRESENTA IMMUTABILE NEL TEMPO. E’ LA SPOSA TANTO DESIDERATA LA SHEKHINA’ OVVERO LA PARTE FEMMINILE DI DIO.
NELL’ANIMA INDIVIDUALE E’ L’ABBASSAMENTO SENZA IL QUALE OGNI ATTO DI GOVERNO E OGNI ESPRESSIONE DI POTERE SONO FASULLI, DESTINATI PRIMA O POI A CROLLARE MISERAMENTE NEL BUIO. INFATTI A LIVELLO FISICO E’ LA NOSTRA PIANTA DEI PIEDI, O LA TERRA STESSA.
MALKUTH E’ L’ORIGINE DI OGNI RECIPIENTE, E’ IL MONDO FISICO, IL PIU’ VICINO ALLE FORZE DEL MALE E QUINDI IL PIU’ BISOGNOSO DI PROTEZIONE, CHE VIENE ACCORDATA GRAZIE ALL’OSSERVANZA DEI PRECETTI ED ALLA PRATICA DEL GIUSTO AGIRE.