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וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים יְהִי רָקִיעַ בְּתוֹךְ הַמָּיִם וִיהִי מַבְדִּיל בֵּין מַיִם לָמָיִם
ז וַיַּעַשׂ אֱלֹהִים אֶת-הָרָקִיעַ וַיַּבְדֵּל בֵּין הַמַּיִם אֲשֶׁר מִתַּחַת לָרָקִיעַ וּבֵין הַמַּיִם אֲשֶׁר מֵעַל לָרָקִיעַ וַיְהִי-כֵן
ח וַיִּקְרָא אֱלֹהִים לָרָקִיעַ שָׁמָיִם וַיְהִי-עֶרֶב וַיְהִי-בֹקֶר יוֹם שֵׁנִי

6 And God said: 'Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.'
7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so.
8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.

The second day is marked by another change, a second act of witchcraft. G-d spoke, and then he acted, making the firmament.

After He created Light and separated the Light from the Darkness, G-d said it was good. Here he doesn't. The first separation was a separation of two opposites, but here water is separated from water. This is not good. It isn't until the next day that it is good, not until he gathers water together.

I see the two waters as being the Water of Mem in the World of Forms, Yetzurah, and the Water of Malkuth in the World of Action, Assiah. The Firmament is created here, separating the two Worlds and the two Waters. Yetzurah and Briah, the World of Creation, are sepaated by the Veil, and Briah and Atziluth, the World of Emanations, are separated by the Abyss.

Another thing occurs here, which I didn't talk about in the previous post about the First Act of Witchcraft. G-d names. In the previous passage, he names the Light Day and the Darkness Night. Here he names the Firmament Heaven. Naming something gives power over it. I'll talk more about this in a future post.

Heaven is an interesting word because it has two meanings. שמים, Shamayim, is a plural word, so we should be using the word Heavens in English. The first time it is used is the first verse of Genesis: "In the beginning, G-d created the Heavens and the Earth". The passage we are looking at is the second use. As I said, it has two meanings. The first is the visible heavens, the sky, the atmosphere, the planets and stars, etc. The second is the abode of G-d.

Interestingly, this is the second day. Two in Hebrew is the letter beth, meaning house, and symbolically, G-d's house: the Temple. Or, the abode of G-d: the Heavens. Interesting use of words.

~Muninn's Kiss


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