Genesis 5:3 and 4

       Genesis 5:3 “When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth.”

       The initial number presented in this descendancy, 130, calls up some relevant ideas. The first is a Hebrew grammar verb form, קל, kal, ‘to form, create, generate.’ And the second is a noun, עמודי, amudi, ‘pillars, columns, posts.’ Each sums to 130. These are the ‘pillars’ illustrated on the High Priestess Tarot Key, Jachin and Boaz. All creation is a mixture of Yin and Yang. What is being established here at the very beginning of Seth’s line is the “forming, creating and generating” of the right-hand “pillar” on the Tree of Life (as we look at it). The “Pillar of Mercy,” is formed by the three spheres Chokmah, Chesed and Netzach. If you have read the entire Adam Through Cain – Genealogy I (my compliments if you have), it was pointed out under Genesis 4:19, where Lamech’s first wife, Adah, was the branch which formed the “Pillar of Severity” by virtue of עדה, Adah’s name summing to 79, that of בעז, Boaz, the “Pillar of Strength or Severity.” Adam, the root, has ‘established, created,’ the other half of the Tree of Life here with the first branch in Seth.

       ימינך, yeminehkah, ‘your right hand’, sums to 130. This is the right hand of Tetragrammaton and the Pillar of Mercy on the Tree of Life (as we look at it). It is taken as an instrument of deliverance. "Your right hand will save me" – Psalm 138:7. The following personifications of Seth’s lineage details the ‘instrument of deliverance’.


       Seth in Hebrew is שת, Sheth, which means ‘to constitute’ as a verb; and ‘foundation, basis’ as a noun. The Dictionary of Targumim, Talmud and Midrashic Literature states: “Seth (foundation), because with him the world’s foundation was laid.” The “World’s Foundation” is the Qabalistic Tree of Life. Seth will be dealt with more detail when verse 6 is investigated. 


       Genesis 5:4 “Then the days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred years, and he had other sons and daughters.”

       The first number to be looked at here is not even presented. That is 670, derived by subtracting 130 from 800 (800-130 = 670). There is reason for this nuance because one special idea brought to surface by this hidden method is נ'שערים, nun’sharim, ‘50 gates,’ also summing to 670. It emphasizes by most arcane subtlety two Pillars, Jakin and Boaz, by suggesting the “50 Gates of Understanding” (Binah) with the “50 Gates of Wisdom” (Chokmah). The Pillars and the Tree were ‘constituted, established’ after the branch of Seth became its own root. Delving into the detailed meaning behind the ‘50 gates’ here would be overwhelming. They are volumes of erudite Qabalah in themselves.


A look back might be warranted here. Genesis 4:251 teaches:

       “Adam lay with his wife again, and she gave birth to a son [and named him Seth, saying ‘God has granted me] another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.’”

...ותקא את־ שמו שת כי שת־ לי אלהים…

...wat-tiq-ra et semow Seth ki sat li elohim...


       In the bracketed English phrase above ‘Seth’ and ‘granted’ are high-lighted two different colors. The same two words are also high-lighted in the Hebrew. The Hebrew verb שת־, variously translated as ‘placed, set, made, granted, established and constituted,’ is also the same spelling as a noun meaning ‘foundation, basis’ and is Seth’s name. With this verse in Chapter 4, Seth (שת) became the branch of Adam and Eve, who established the root of both pillars. In Chapter 5 here, he becomes the root establishing the ‘Right Pillar of the Tree.’


       Genesis 5:4 (cont’d) “...the days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred years...”

       Eight-hundred is the number within שרש, shresh, ‘a root.’ This again reiterates the implication of this descendancy establishing a foundation. Number 800 is also that of Hebrew letter Peh-final (ף). In The Tarot Dr. Paul F. Case wrote: “Peh (P, Ph, F; value 80; as a final letter, 800) means ‘the mouth as an organ of speech.’ It therefore symbolizes power of utterance. Out of it are the issues of life.”


       In the second verse of the Song of Songs self-consciousness cries out: “Let Him kiss me with kisses of His Mouth.” 'His Mouth' in the Hebrew verse is פיהו, peiho. Literally this is “the Mouth of Yeho.” יהו, yeho (Yod, Heh, Vau) is the Divine Name in the Book of Formation, the permutation of which seals the six directions, forming the Cube of Space (the Second Veil of the Absolute, Ain Suph,  אין סוף). Peh (פ) is that Mouth, symbolic of the fiery, martial force that brings enlightenment by re-channeling the reproductive force rooted in the Svadishthana Chakra, the Mars Center, or the Metal Iron of the alchemists. The flash (that kiss) is the discovery of the First Matter and the beginning of the Alchemical Process.


       The path of Peh on the Tree of Life is the third reciprocal path connecting sphere seven, Netzach (Victory), with sphere eight, Hod (Splendor), and the Pillar of Mercy with the Pillar of Severity. In the 32 Paths of Wisdom attached to certain volumes of Sepher Yetzirah, Arthur Edward Waite’s commentary on this path states: “The sixteenth path is called the Exciting Intelligence, the delight of glory, the paradise prepared for the just.” This refers to the raising of Kundalini. When Kundalini is raised the blessed recipient actually sees that all existence is fundamentally composed of light, and this world becomes the Heaven (paradise) on Earth. All this and much more may be gleaned from number 800.


       Seth’s name in Hebrew, שת, sums to 700. And, once again, 700 is the number of letter Nun-final (ן). 2 This number associated with Seth is indicative of the Nun Force, the reproductive force which created what was said of Moses earlier in the Preface, “his eye was not dim, nor his vigor abated.”


       Coupling together these final letters Peh and Nun within the one verse here establishes the Reproductive Force with the Fire of Heaven in the line of Seth. The Spiritual Force that created the universe resides within the descendancy of Adam-Seth. Chiah is the Spiritual Life-Force residing within us. By learning and living the precepts and tenets disguised as personalities (roots and branches) in this and other hidden lessons in sacred literature a Qabalist may actually change the fundamentals of his human structure to receive the Lightening Flash from within. Those Qabalists accomplished enough with the ‘uses of the Qabalists’ eventually come discover the Path of Return.


       All this was gathered from within the partial section of verse 4. More could be gleaned if it were investigated letter by letter, and if the Tarot keys were used to spell out the names.

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1  This verse in English and Hebrew is from the Interlinear NIV Hebrew-English Old Testament.

2  Please refer to letters PEH and NUN in the Glossary section of this site.