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כ וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים--יִשְׁרְצוּ הַמַּיִם, שֶׁרֶץ נֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה; וְעוֹף יְעוֹפֵף עַל-הָאָרֶץ, עַל-פְּנֵי רְקִיעַ הַשָּׁמָיִם
כא וַיִּבְרָא אֱלֹהִים, אֶת-הַתַּנִּינִם הַגְּדֹלִים; וְאֵת כָּל-נֶפֶשׁ הַחַיָּה הָרֹמֶשֶׂת אֲשֶׁר שָׁרְצוּ הַמַּיִם לְמִינֵהֶם, וְאֵת כָּל-עוֹף כָּנָף לְמִינֵהוּ, וַיַּרְא אֱלֹהִים, כִּי-טוֹב
כב וַיְבָרֶךְ אֹתָם אֱלֹהִים, לֵאמֹר: פְּרוּ וּרְבוּ, וּמִלְאוּ אֶת-הַמַּיִם בַּיַּמִּים, וְהָעוֹף, יִרֶב בָּאָרֶץ
כג וַיְהִי-עֶרֶב וַיְהִי-בֹקֶר, יוֹם חֲמִישִׁי

20 And God said: 'Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let fowl fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.'
21 And God created the great sea-monsters, and every living creature that creepeth, wherewith the waters swarmed, after its kind, and every winged fowl after its kind; and God saw that it was good.
22 And God blessed them, saying: 'Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.'
23 And there was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.

We come to the fifth day and the sixth act of witchcraft. There are three parts to this act, three events on this day. First, the Seas are filled with life, then the Heavens are filled with life. Afterwards, G-d commands for the first time.

The first part of the sixth act of witchcraft is the creation of the creatures of the Seas. There are two types of creatures. The first is the great sea-monsters. The Zohar relates these as numbering two: the behemoth and his mate. Many Christian translations translate them as whales. The word is תנין, tanniyn, meaning dragon or serpent or sea monster. This is the only place the word is used. Whale sounds unlikely, but could be seen as a sea monster. These could be water-based dinosaurs, which still are seen in places across the world, or they could be some type of sea-based monster that is no longer on the earth. Or a giant squid for that matter.

The second type of creature is described as creeping creatures swarming in the water. Living creatures are נפש חי, nephesh chay, living souls. Literally, these are everything living in the waters below, the Seas. Figuratively, these could be water-based Fey in the waters above, the sea of Mem in the World of Forms.

The second part of the sixth act is the creation of the fowl that fly above the earth. The word fowl here is עוף, `owph, meaning flying creatures, fowl, winged insects, or birds. Basically, all the creatures of the air were created. This could also include air-based Fey as well.

Both types of creatures are created after their kind. I take this to mean that groups of creatures were created, with some ability to mutate or evolve to make the variety we have today. The balance of the creatures of the waters and the creatures of the air is said to be good.

The third part is the first command. G-d tells the water and air-based creatures to multiply and fill their respective spheres, the Seas and the Heavens. This is important because it shows that G-d created a smaller number with the final result of them multiplying to fill their spheres.

This is the fifth day. Five is Heh, the first Breathe and the Window. The first Breathe represents this being the first day that creatures which breath, as opposed to plants, are created.

The Window takes some explaining. Why were the Seas and Heavens filled before the Earth? It could be so the Earth can dry out more after the gathering of the waters, by the heat of the Lights. It could be for the plants to grow more before things are placed on the Earth to eat them. But I think the secret is the Window. The most important part of creation is yet to come. G-d uses the creatures of the Seas and the creatures of the Heavens to frame the creatures of the Earth, to create a Window through which we can focus on the sixth day.

~Muninn's Kiss


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