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The 32 Paths of Wisdom
by Mstr. ... Arn ...
About the key of the 33 degree system in which the 32 Paths of Wisdom are embedded.
The thirty-third degree or path exalts above the other thirty-two paths as an intermediary between the Creator and the Seeker. The 33rd degree in its present form has been added in the 16th or 18th century.
The First Path is called the Admirable Intelligence, The Highest Crown - for it is the Light giving the comprehension of that First Principle which has no beginning, and it is the Primal Glory, for no created being can attain to its essence.
The Second Path is that of the Illuminating Intelligence. It is the Crown of Creation, and the Splendour of the Unity, equalling it. It is exalted above every bead, and named by the Kabbalists the Second Glory.
The Third Path is the Sanctifying Intelligence, and is the basis of foundation of Primordial
Wisdom, which is called the Former of faith, and its roots: It is the parent of Faith, from which virtues doth Faith emanate.
The Fourth Path is named Cohesive, or Receptacular Intelligence, and is so called because it contains all the holy powers, and from it emanate all the spiritual virtues with the most exalted
essences: they emanate one from the other by the power of the primordial emanation, The Highest Crown.
The Fifth Path is called the Radical Intelligence, because it is itself the essence equal to the Unity, uniting itself to the primordial depths of Wisdom.
The Sixth Path is called the Intelligence of the Mediating Influence, because in it are multiplied the influxes of the emanations; for it causes that affluence to flow into all the reservoirs of the Blessings, with which these themselves are united.
The Seventh Path is the Occult Intelligence, because it is the Refulgent Splendour of all the Intellectual virtues which are perceived by the eyes of intellect, and by the contemplation of faith.
The Eighth Path is called Absolute or Perfect Intelligence, because it is the means of the
primordial, which has no root by which it can cleave, nor rest, except in the hidden places of Magnificence, which emanate from its own proper essence.
The Ninth Path is the Pure Intelligence, so called because it purifies the Numerations, it proves and corrects the designing of their representation, and disposes their unity with which they are
combined without diminution or division.
The Tenth Path is the Resplendent Intelligence, because it is exalted above every bead, and sits on the throne of Binah. It illuminates the splendour of all lights, and causes a supply of influence to emanate from the principle of countenances.
The Eleventh Path is the Scintillating Intelligence, because it is the essence of that curtain which is placed close to the order of the disposition, upper and lower seeds (cause), and this is a special dignity given to it that it may be able to stand before the Face of the Cause of Causes.
The Twelfth Path is the Intelligence of Transparency, because it is that species of Magnificence, which is named the place whence issues the vision of those seeing in apparitions.
The Thirteenth Path is named the Uniting Intelligence, and is so called because it is itself the essence of Glory. It is the Consummation of the Truth of individual spiritual things.
The Fourteenth Path is the Illuminating Intelligence, and is so called because it is the founder of the concealed and fundamental ideas of holiness.
The Fifteenth Path is the Constituting Intelligence, so called because it constitutes the
substance of creation in pure darkness, and philosophers have spoken of these contemplations; it is that darkness spoken of in scripture (Job 38), "and thick darkness a swaddling band for it."
The Sixteenth Path is the Triumphal or Eternal Intelligence, so called because it is the pleasure
of the Glory, beyond which is no other Glory like to it, and it is called also the Paradise prepared for the Righteous.
The Seventeenth Path is the Disposing Intelligence, which provides Faith to the Righteous, to be clothed with the Holy Spirit by it.
The Eighteenth Path is called the Intelligence or House of Abundance; and from the midst of the investigation the arcana and hidden senses are drawn forth, which dwell in its shade.
The Nineteenth Path is the Intelligence of Secrets and of all the activities of the spiritual beings,
and is so called because of the affluence diffused by it from the most high blessing and most exalted sublime glory.
The Twentieth Path is the Intelligence of Will, and is so called because it is the means of preparation of all and each created being, and by this intelligence the existence of the Primordial Wisdom becomes known.
The Twenty-first Path is the Intelligence of Conciliation, and is so called because it receives the divine influence which flows into it from its benediction upon all and each existence
The Twenty-second Path is the Faithful Intelligence, and is so called because by it spiritual virtues are increased, and all dwellers on earth are nearly under its shadow.
The Twenty-third Path is the Stable Intelligence, and it is so called because it has the virtue of consistency among all Numerations (Sephiroth).
The Twenty-fourth Path is the Imaginative Intelligence, and it is so called because it gives a likeness to all the similitudes, which are created in like manner similar to its harmonious elegancies.
The Twenty-fifth Path is the Intelligence of Probation, or is Tentative, and is so called because it is the primary temptation, by which the Creator trieth all righteous persons.
The Twenty-sixth Path is called the Renovating Intelligence, because God - blessed be He - renews by it, all the changing things which are renewed by the creation of the world.
The Twenty-seventh Path is the Exciting Intelligence, and it is so called bemuse by it is created the Intellect of all created beings under the highest heaven, and the excitement or motion of them.
The Twenty-eighth Path is the Natural Intelligence, and is so called because through it is consummated and perfected the nature of every existent being under the orb of the Sun, in perfection.
The Twenty-ninth Path is the Corporeal Intelligence, so called because it forms everybody which is, formed beneath the whole set of worlds and the increment of them.
The Thirtieth Path is the Collecting Intelligence, and is so called because Astrologers deduce from it the judgement of the Stars, and of the celestial signs, and the perfections of their science, according to the rules of their revolutions.
The Thirty-first Path is the Perpetual Intelligence; and why is it so called? Because it regulates the motions of the Sun and Moon in their proper order, each in an orbit convenient for it.
The Thirty-second Path is the Administrative Intelligence, and it is so called because it directs
and associates, in all their operations, the seven planets, even all of them in their own due courses.
The Thirty-third Path is the Sublime Intelligence, and it is so called because it assimilates within itself the essence of all 32 paths.