Yesod (“Foundation”) is the Ninth Sefira, located between and below Chesed and Netzach, centered below Tiferet. The text of the matching Ninth Path of the Thirty-Two Paths of Wisdom reads
The Ninth Path is Named the Pure Intelligence (Sekhel Tahor טהור שכל), so called because it purifies the Sefirot. It tests the decree of the design of their representation, brightens the decree of their form with which they are combined without diminution or separation.
Yesod is the last Sefira before the material world, the Gate of Dreams which must be first passed before proceeding the upper portions of the Tree of Life. Thus, it is the Astral Filter through which the other Sefirot are viewed. What did God do on Friday, the Sixth Day, of Creation?
And Elohim said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and they shall rule over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the heaven and over the animals and over all the earth and over all the creeping things that creep upon the earth."
And Elohim created man in His image; in the image of Elohim He created him; male and female He created them.
And Elohim blessed them, and Elohim said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and rule over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the sky and over all the beasts that tread upon the earth."
And Elohim said, "Behold, I have given you every seed bearing herb, which is upon the surface of the entire earth, and every tree that has seed bearing fruit; it will be yours for food.
And to all the beasts of the earth and to all the fowl of the heavens, and to everything that moves upon the earth, in which there is a living spirit, every green herb to eat," and it was so.
And Elohim saw all that He had made, and behold it was very good, and it was evening and it was morning, the sixth day.
It is interesting to keep track of the verb roots here. God/Elohim, using either the Royal "We" or speaking to His Angels, depending on which commentator one follows, says "Let us make" [AYIN SIN HEH] man, but makes [BET RESH ALEF] mankind directly instead.
Once again, there is no conflict here between Genesis and Modern Science. Man is recent, period, and certainly master of the other animals. Please note that, in Hebrew, there is no neuter gender. Therefore, “He” does not imply that God/Elohim is “Male”. In fact, the indication would be that both male and female are in the Image of Elohim.
The Angels of Yesod are the ever-popular Cherubim, whose Archangel is Gabriel (“God’s Strong One”). The God Name is Shaddai El Chai (“Almighty Living God”). The “Planet” is Luna, the Earth’s Moon. The main Color for Yesod is Violet.
In Nova Thought, Yesod relates to correlates to the Shadow Principle, the Color Violet, Monday, Number Seven, the Vedic Manas (“ Mind”) or Anupadaka Tattva (“Parentless Principle”), and the three Shadow Runes, Perthro, Ehwaz, and Ingwaz. The Character is the Seer.
An interesting relationship between the Western and the Eastern Worlds is the similiarity between the Name “Yesod” and the Name “Yasodhara”. You may remember, from this writer’s previous article, that Yasodhara was the wife of Siddharta Gautama, the Buddha. Her Name means “Bearer of Glory”. “Hod” can mean “Glory”, and Yesod is immediately below Hod. There are no coincidences!
The Nines in the Tarot Deck have to do with changes, and dealing with Illusion.
The Nine of Wands is Yesod in Atsilut, and has to do with standing one’s ground and being able to defend oneself, possibly against incredible odds. With proper preparation, however, nothing is as impossible as it seems.
The Nine of Cups, as Yesod in Beriah, implies a Time of enjoyment and fulfillment, which may only be transitory. Enjoy the implied pleasure while it lasts. How long will that be? This would depend on what other Cards precede and follow.
The Nine of Swords is Yesod in Yetzirah, and deals with inner turmoil. This deeply-felt remorse or guilt must not be ignored. It may indicate a Time to focus on what is real versus imaginary.
The Nine of Disks is Yesod in Assiah, and reveals a Time of material enjoyment. It implies a sense of accomplishment, which must be balanced with Spiritual achievement. Abundance is available, but must be utilized properly. Avoid over-indulgence.
A good Affirmation for Yesod might be:
I am now becoming aware of my resources in a Way that is bringing me into Conscious Contact with Universal Abundance.