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Above all, Keter means "Crown", it is the first emanation of God from the Tree of Life. So sublime, incomprehensible, unknowable. Infinity, the current from which Ein Sof is channeled. Pure awareness, moreover, timeless.
Carl Black.

Keter is the first of the emanations of God in creation that form the Sefirot, the Tree of Life. He is guarded and maintained by none other than Archangel Metatron, God's Spokesman in creation and the most powerful Angel.

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Keter's Symbol (Art from Angelarium)

At top-most, Keter means "Crown", he is the first emanation of God, being the Sefirot that serves as a process for the Light of God to pass through and arrive at creation, existing at the top of Atziluth, beyond the limits of the understandable world, in an "ineffable heaven" where all descriptions and conceptions of anything remotely terrestrial and recognizable cease to exist or apply. He is guarded and maintained by Metatron, the Voice of God, as opposed to Malkuth, the lesser emanation of God who is ruled by Sandalphon.

Since its meaning is "crown", it is interpreted as both the "topmost" of the Sephirot and the "regal crown" of the Sephirot. It is between Chokhmah and Binah (with Chokhmah on the right and Binah in the left) and it sits above Tiferet. It is usually given three paths, to Chokhmah, Tiferet and Binah. Keter is so sublime, it is called in the Zohar "the most hidden of all hidden things", and is completely incomprehensible to man. It is also described as absolute compassion, and Moses ben Jacob Cordovero describes it as the source of the 13 Supernal Attributes of Mercy.

An interesting association would be to compare with Planck's time, from the Big Bang. In Hinduism, it is understood as Brahma, the vital principle of all forms of energy (and consequently life). His virtue is the achievement, the accomplishment of the great work. The spiritual experience attributed to this sephirah is union with God.

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According to the book Bahir: "What are the ten utterances? The first is supreme crown, blessed be His name and His people."

The first Sephirah is called the Crown, since a crown is worn above the head. The Crown therefore refers to things that are above the mind's abilities of comprehension. All of the other Sephirot are likened to the body which starts with the head and winds its way down into action. But the crown of a king lies above the head and connects the concept of "monarchy", which is abstract and intangible, with the tangible and concrete head of the king.

This first Sefirah represents the primal stirrings of intent in the Ein Soph (infinity), or the arousal of desire to come forth into the varied life of being. But in this sense, although it contains all the potential for content, it contains no content itself, and is therefore called 'Nothing', 'The Hidden Light', 'The air that cannot be grasped'. Being desire to bring the world into being, Keter is absolute compassion.

The name of God associated with Keter is Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh (Hebrew: אהיה אשר אהיה), the name through which he revealed himself to Moses from the burning bush. "It is from the name Ehyeh that all kinds of sustenance emanate, coming from the source, which is the infinite".

Keter, although being the highest Sephirah of its world, receives from the Sephirah of Malkuth of the domain above it. The uppermost Keter sits below no other Sephirah, although it is below Or Ein Soph which is the source of all Sephirot.

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Keter. Highest of the Sefirot. Crown of Ein Sof's Will.
Unnamed Priest.
So sublime, incomprehensible, unknowable. The infinite, the stream from which Ein Sof is channeled. Pure consciousness, beyond all, timeless. The opening, a singularity from which the Sephirot are created.
A silver rim, adorned with a single drop of pure light dancing to an unknowable rhythm. It thrums in the dark and a melody pours from it, slow and out of Time.
The first Emanation. It is the first utterance. The font of energy through which Ein Soph permeates into the universe. The crown sits above the head and embodies that which is beyond our comprehension. One must envision Keter not as an object that can be perceived, but as the light that is cast upon it. Keter’s light is beyond knowability, a timeless expanse of pure consciousness. Only through our respect for our own limitations do we begin to see the shadow of its nature.
It is dark orb through which The Infinite lies beyond.
As the highest point on the tree, all continuums cascade downwards from it. Keter stands in contrast to Malkuth, who rests at the very bottom of the tree. The span that lies between them measures the complete distance from most spiritual, to the most physical aspects of our existence. Journeying downwards from this point, all other Emanations become increasingly close to our present experience.

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Trivia

  • Keter is found in spiritual epiphany, faith and humility.
  • Keter is invisible and colorless.
  • In the SCP Foundation, "Keter" is one of the primary classifications for anomalous objects or entities. Specifically, the "Keter" classification denotes objects or entities that are exceedingly difficult to reliably contain.
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