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Malkuth represents the Physical World. Kabbalah generally represents existence through the human being's body, so think of Keter existing at the top of the head, where is the awareness that is intangible and invisible, and Malkuth existing between the legs, in the sexual parts, where is the instinct and the desire.
Carl Black.

Malkuth is the last emanation of God in creation that form the Sefirot, the Tree of Life. She represents the material and physical world, Malkuth is also called the Inferior Mother, in contrast to Binah, the Superior Mother.

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Malkuth's Symbol (Art from Angelarium)

Malkuth is the last Sefirot of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. It represents the Material Realm. But malkuth is not just matter, it is also a psychic and subtle aspect. Its symbol is divided into four different color quadrants: Citrine, olive, reddish-brown and black; the citrus being facing upwards, to Keter, and the black quadrant facing downwards, pointing to the Qliphoth. These four colors also represent the four elements of nature: Water, Air, Fire and Earth. Symbols associated with this sphere are a Bride (a young woman on a throne with a veil over her face) and a double cubed altar.

The tenth and final Emanation. Malkuth is the physical world in which we live. The domain of mankind. She is an emanation of Emanations, the culmination of the many aspects that form the Tree of Life. Everything from our bodies, to the experiences we have in them, to the world in which we exist is Malkuth. The infinite space that expands across the universe is a manifestation of her.

Below the feel of the tree, the ground stretches outwards forming a base. This is the space that Malkuth exists. She is beyond just being the lowest point, she is the foundation itself. Being the thing that we experience every moment in our lives, Malkuth contrasts clearly with Keter, whose existence is marked by its total unknowability. As with all things in the tree, one mirrors the other, forming a complete continuum through which we can understand the boundaries of existence.

The Names of God associated with Malkuth are Adonai Melekh and Adonai ha-Arets. The Archangel of this sphere is Sandalphon; its angelic choir are the ashin, souls of fire; and its correspondence in the microcosm is the feet or the anus. The study of the sephiroth must start from the top down on the Tree of Sephiroth, not the other way around. The study should start with Keter and end with Malkuth so that there is a proper understanding of them.

Its correspondence in the macrocosm is the materialization of form. Keter, who is the emanation of all, passed through all the sephirahs, materializing more and more, and his last form was malkuth. This sephirah is also described as the inferior mother, corresponding to Binah, the superior mother. In the Solar System, Malkuth is represented by planet Earth.

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Malkuth means Kingdom. It is associated with the realm of matter/earth and relates to the physical world, the planets and the Solar System. It is important not to think of this sephirah as "unspiritual". Even though Malkuth is the emanation "furthest" from the Divine Source, it is still on the Tree of Life and therefore has its own unique spiritual qualities. It is often said that Keter (the "highest" sephira) is in Malkuth and Malkuth is in Keter. As the receiving sphere of all the other sephiroth, Malkuth gives tangible form to the other emanations. The Divine energy comes down and finds its expression in this plane, and our purpose as human beings is to bring that energy back around the circuit again and back up the Tree.

Due to her role as the smallest emanation and the representative of matter, she can be compared to Yaldabaoth of Gnosticism, who is creator and ruler of the material world and the emanation of the three-dimensional world. Another interesting association would be with the goddess Sophia, as both are the inferior emanations of God, with Sophia being the inferior mother while Barbelo is the superior mother.

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The Earthly, the lowest of all the Sephirot and most grounded in comprehension.
Unnamed Priest.
There is a mighty Tree and at the root of it, there is a Kingdom. So much light emanates from beyond the leaves above it. We live in the shadows of those leaves and that is how we know Malkuth.
A description of Malkuth, unknown person.

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  • Malkuth is found in The earth, our bodies and a home.
  • Although Malkuth is seen as the "lowest" sephiroth on the tree of life, it also contains within it the potential to reach the highest. This is exemplified in the Hermetic maxim 'As above so below', and "Kether is in Malkuth, and Malkuth is in Kether".
  • In the Tree of Qliphoth the equivalent of Malkuth is represented by the demonic order Nehemoth, ruled by the Archdemon Naamah.
  • Malkuth embodies the lesser feminine aspect of God.
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