Revised: April 2020
The Water of Life, or Living Water. This is yet another term for the Limitless Light, AIN SUPh AUR (see same), the Universal First Matter. Most commonly termed ‘water’ by alchemists, 'Water of Life' is much more descriptive and accurate. By Latin Cabala Simplex, Aqua totals 36 and Vitae equals 52. Number 52 is familiar as the sum of AIMA (see same), the name given by Qabalists to Binah, Understanding, as the Pregnant Mother. Binah is Universal Subconsciousness and the Substance mode of One Life. The Water of Life is a living substance and fully pregnant with all possibilities whatsoever. Another Hebrew phrase, אבא ואמא, aba v-ama, 'Father and Mother', sums to 52. Here in one word both spheres, Wisdom, the Father, and Understanding, the Mother, are combined to equal AIMA in Hebrew gematria.
In the New Testament, may I suggest opening it to the Gospel according to John 4:7 thru 15. Jesus meets the ‘Woman of Samaria’ to draw water from a well. In the Latin Vulgate version, verse 10 ends with the two Latin words: aquam vivam, ‘living water’. Through the scene He speaks of the difference between well water and the ‘living water’. The woman doesn’t really get it. And so is it with many of us today.
Number 36, in aqua, equals a Hebrew phrase, בכחו, be-kochu, 'by His Power'. Chiah, the Life-Force from Chokmah, is the implied power that impregnates AMA, forming AIMA. Chiah is the ‘life’ in the Water of Life. This Water of Life is both genders, yet is it solely neither. Thinking Aqua Vitae to be an actual physical substance has sent many avid explorers throughout the world in search of the legendary and magical Fountain of Youth, poor Ponce De Leon (sigh). And pity the poor, literal, would-be alchemist boiling, steaming or distilling tap water in an attic, garage or basement laboratory. There, unbeknownst to his very self, stands his body made of the Watery Substance, which in turn, stands completely surrounded and submersed within the very boundless and invisible solution, like a fish in its ocean of Aqua Vitae. Please refer to WATER, APAS TATTVA and ARGENT VIVE.