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Symbols and Correspondences
“[Symbols] serve as a culture’s consciousness and conscience. Theycontain a people’s memory, its values, and it’s dreams
Encyclopedia of Jewish Symbols (pg xiii)
Symbols are a key to a deeper story, myth, or reality
Elements of a Symbol
Character is cultural, not natural2.
Interpretation is inexhaustive3.
Significance is expressed within a social context4.
Content is both emotional and cognitive5.
Sum equals more than its parts
Encyclopedia of Jewish Symbols
A relation between sets in which each member of one setis associated with one or more members of the other
Merriam Webster Dictionary
Elemental Correspondences from Zohar
Element Water Fire Air EarthDirection South North East WestArchangel Michael Gabriel Uriel RaphaelAspect Love Strength Balance ShekhinahPatriarch Abraham Isaac Jacob DavidMatriarch Sarah Rebekah Leah RachelMetal Silver Gold Bronze Iron
Twelve Tribes Correspondences from Sefer Yetzirah (excerpted)
Month Sign Tribe (Ex) Tribe (Num) HouseNissan Aries Reuben Judah LifeIyyar Taurus Simeon Issachar PropertySivan Gemini Levi Zebulon AttractionTamuz Cancer Judah Reuben AncestorsAv Leo Issachar Simeon DescendentsElul Virgo Zebulon Gad Health
, Aryeh Kaplan translation
Psalm Correspondences from Traditional Sources:
20, 28, 85, 86, 102, 130, 142
Recovery from illness: 6, 30, 41, 88, 103Healing
(R’N of Breslov)
: 16, 32, 41, 42, 59, 77,90, 105, 137, and 150Gratitude: 9, 18,21, 57,91, 95, 116,118, 138Grief: 13, 77, 88Protection: 16, 23, 91Pregnancy: 1, 4, 5, 8, 20, 35, 57, 93, 108Labor and Birth: 20, 118, 12
Four Elements of Ritual