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Binah... The Wisdom Principle. She is the wisdom by which kings and queens rule, and when they reject her, well... You have the rulers of today. Sorry, I got off topic, hehe. Binah is the higher feminine aspect of God, her Gnostic equivalent being the goddess Sophia. Binah also seems to be related to the Holy Spirit, while Chokhmah seems to be related to Christ, with Keter to the Father.
Virgo Durand Leroy.

Binah is the third emanation of God that forms the Tree of Life, she is often equated with the Holy Spirit of Christianity or Sophia in Gnosticism due to her role as the other side of the coin of Chokhmah, who is said to be the equivalent of God the Son. She exists in a triad with Keter and Chokhmah.

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Binah (meaning "understanding"), is the third sephira on the kabbalistic Tree of Life. It sits on the level below Keter (in the formulations that include that sephirah), across from Chokhmah and directly above Gevurah. It is usually given four paths: from Keter, Chokhmah, to Gevurah and Tiphereth.

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According to the Bahir: "The third (utterance): quarry of the Torah, treasury of wisdom, quarry of God's spirit, hewn out by the spirit of God. This teaches that God hewed out all the letters of the Torah, engraving them with the Spirit, casting His forms within it."

Binah is 'intuitive understanding', or 'contemplation'. It is likened to a 'palace of mirrors' that reflects the pure point of light of Chokhmah, wisdom, increasing and multiplying it in an infinite variety of ways. In this sense, it is the 'quarry', which is carved out by the light of wisdom. It is the womb, which gives shape to the Spirit of God. On a psychological level, Binah is "processed wisdom," also known as deductive reasoning. It is davar mitoch davar—understanding one idea from another idea. While Chokhmah is intellect that does not emanate from the rational process (it is either inspired or taught), Binah is the rational process that is innate in the person which works to develop an idea fully.

Binah is associated with the feminine. The Bahir states: "For you shall call Understanding a Mother." Classical Jewish texts state Binah yeterah natun l'nashim ("an extra measure of Binah was given to women"). In its fully articulated form, Binah possesses two partzufim. The higher of these is referred to as Imma Ila'ah ("the higher mother"), whereas the lower is referred to as tevunah ("comprehension"). These two partzufim are referred to jointly as Imma ("the mother").

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It is understanding, the thing that brushes the infinite. It is context. Intuitive and contemplative. A Palace of Mirrors.
Binah.
All things, in all forms, under all light, are given shape. Under this axiom, potentiality falls away. A Song must begin, Thunder must crash from above, the Sun must rise (All from potential). If existence blossoms in a Palace of Mirrors, the Light cast there is called Binah.
A description of Binah.
The third Emanation. A flow of light that pours into the world. Like a candle whose flame may light another without diminishing its own. She seeks not only creation, but purpose. A flare of pure intent that blossoms from the heart of existence and out into the world. Her energy brings with it a desire for knowledge. She is the force that churns all the the potential from higher Emanations into a form that can be received by our consciousness.
The white orb of light, which illuminates the way forwards.
Binah sits atop "the pillar of severity", heading the feminine aspect of the diagram. Creating a perfect balance with Chokhmah at her side, together they represent a continuum of psychic understanding. While Binah represents the power of knowing, Chokhmah reveals the power of not knowing. One acts as a vessel as the other fills that vessel, giving it purpose.

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  • Binah is found in learning, shared experience and creation.
  • Binah is associated with the color black.
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