1. The third Sephirah of the cabalisticTree of Life, the topmost Sephirah on the Pillar of Severity. The term is a Hebrew word meaning "Understanding." It represents the archetype of the number 3, the feminine aspect of the Godhead. It corresponds to the divine name YHWH Elohim, the archangel Tzaphqiel, the angelic choir called Aralim (The Mighty Ones) and Shabbathai, or heavenly Sphere of Saturn.
2. In Binah is a thick darkness which yet veileth the Divine Glory in which all colours are hidden, wherein is mystery and depth and silence, and yet, it is the habitation of the Supernal Light. There is the Supernal Triad completed. And the Sphere of its Operation is Shabbathai, or rest, and it giveth forms and similitudes unto chaotic matter and it ruleth the sphere of action of the planet Saturn. And Jehovah Elohim is the perfection of Creation and the Life of the World to Come. And its archangel is Tzaphqiel, the Prince of the Spiritual Strife against Evil, and the Name of the Order of Angels is Aralim, the Strong and Mighty Ones who are also called the Order of Thrones. The angel Jophiel is also referred unto Binah.
3.Aima Elohim, the Divine Mother, the third Sephirah on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, Understanding. It is the primal feminine power. Also known as Ama, the dark sterile mother; Aima, the bright fertile mother; and Marah, the great sea. It is located at the top of the Pillar of Severity.
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