Yesod is the Ninth sephirah, placed directly above Malkuth, and acting as the vehicle between the material and the formative world. Yesod means “Foundation”, its colours are indigo and violet and its guardian angel Gabriel. The Angels that govern Yesod are the Cherubim – the Strong Ones.

The ruling planet of Yesod is the Moon, the metal silver and the stone quartz.

The full moon fell into my time of Yesod, and unknowingly (or subconsciously, as Yesod governs the subconscious), I incorporated a lot of violets into the moonboard I made. Quite apt, as it ties together all the important aspects of Yesod: of transition, of mediating between the conscious and subconscious, of the Moon, of the violet.

Peko left our family to explore new paths and play with an endless supply of paper bags in another Universe – he closed his eyes and was buried in a violet blanket that he used to sleep in during his last weeks. The quartz I had put next to him to protect him was found cloudy and broken the night before he died.

I felt an urge to put up my Gabriel icon on the wall, and so I did. Now it hangs right above the Princess of the Stars.

In Kabbalah, Yesod is the foundation on which God built our world. The light the flows down through all the other sephiroth, especially from Hod and Netzach, become one in Yesod, from where it is transmitted into Malkuth and manifests. Whatever Yesod channels, Malkuth shall receive.

The theme of the unconscious continues in Tarot, as we venture to the Nine of Swords – which the classic RWS calls the “nightmare card”. Indeed we see swords hanging over a damsel in distress who has just seen something very disturbing. Our subconscious is not always friendly, sending us messages we need, rather than we desire.

9 of Swords – Tarot Illuminati

The 9 of Cups speaks of joy, abundance and love. Yesod is linked to sexuality and it manifests through the Water element as pleasure and intimacy. Beware of overindulging – to me, this card is often a warning of substance abuse.

Shadowscapes Tarot – 9 of Cups

The 9 of Pentacles also speaks of success – this time of fertility and material gain. Hard work has paid off, we are finally about to see completion. This reflects how everything “comes together in Yesod”, to manifest conclusively in Malkuth.

Shadowscapes Tarot – 9 of Pentacles

The 9 of Wands is a little different. It does signify strength and the ability to uphold, but it also speaks of being battered in the war, of resilience, or a wounded soldier who still keeps fighting on. No matter how many times you’ve thought it’s the end, there is yet another obstacle to call. It is the purgatory before hell.

Mary-El Tarot – 9 of Wands
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