Day 19 Counting the 49 days of the Omar, Hod of Tiferet (Humility in Compassion). Humility in compassion is the recognishion that our ability to be compassionate does not make us a better person than the one who recieves it. The Heh card, symbolic of a Wind-Door, that allows the breath of life to flow equally in and out, underlines the importance of our recognition, that true compassion must be combined with humility. So, as we fully experience breathing life as life breathes us, we recognize that the one in need of our compassion offers us the gift of being able to experience the good feeling of connection we can only get when we give. Thus the Hod of Tiferet combined with the Heh emphasizes that true compassion is circular and not hierarchical.
5 ה HEH WIND-DOOR BREATH OF LIFE
Essence: Hehas Wind-door is symbolic of where we know ourselves to be inspired—literally, breathed into life by the Divine breath. We become individuated, begin to make our own choices and create our life, yet we remain in communication with the Mother.
Rider-Waite Tarot: Emperor
5 ה HEH WIND-DOOR BREATH OF LIFE
Heh, the number 5, represents a window or wind-door. Unlike Dalet, Heh is the door for air, for the breath of life. It is allows us to receive our first breath and return to Source, our last breath. Heh is to breathe, to be, to form, to become anything, to be changed and be capable of changing oneself. As air is in the space between beings, Heh is to be individuated. Yet as the air we breathe is the same air breathed by all that lives or has ever lived, it is also that which connects us to the Whole.
To understand Heh, it helps to see the evolution from Aleph to Heh as follows: Aleph is before beginning. It is the Great Mystery, all-potential, the fertile chaos. Bet is the beginning of order, focus. It is the impulse to create an other, a yearning to give life. Bet is the beginning of duality, the beginning to create and the first seed of creation. Gimel channels The Creative Energy, bringing this Source-energy in to nourish the first seeds—first creation. Dalet is the door through which all must pass to be born into individual life. And Heh is the first breath we take in order to become a living, individual existence. It is the moment we are inspired by the Divine breath, the moment the Divine enters us
The number five, Heh, reflects our five senses, which awaken with the breath of the Eternal. Our fingers and toes, our four limbs plus our body, even the five seeds nestled at the heart of a cut apple all reflect and announce the sacred presence of Heh. Now we are invited to spread our wings and fly. We can know that each breath is a gift and to trust the blessing of existence. As we fully experience breathing life as life breathes us, Heh is to answer, to Shine and to be fully present. We need breath to speak, and so in the sound of every word there is breath. So Hehis the sound of being fully alive, grounded, present. Hehis where we come close to the Divine Energy, opening the wind-door that breathes us and invites our participation. Heh is God asking us, as God asked Adam, ”Where are You?” And we answering, “Here I am.” Here, we enter the real world: Being, where we may become and express our lowest or highest. Hehis a dreamer, a visionary, inspired, and yet still practical, grounded and capable of turning our dreams and visions into tangible achievements.
The Hehshares some symbolism with the archetype of the Rider-Waite Tarot Emperor. The Heh has left the body of the mother, drawn a first breath and by so doing, has become an individual existence, a separate being, yet still in relationship to Mother. Heh is the counterpart of the Daletthe Divine Feminine. The Hehcard may also represent one who is capable of uniting with the Divine in the act of mutual creation: Male and Female as the Hieros Gamos, uniting heaven and earth. “…he that looketh forth at the windows, showing himself through the lattice…” (Solomon’s Song,2:9), Hehis the curtain that moves in the breeze as He shows Him Self at the window. The connection flows with love.
When reversed the breath is suffocated, all speech silenced. There is no air and so our vital connection is lost.
When Hehis out of relationship to the Feminine it is a mocker or fool, only concerned with worldly power. Reversed Hehis to be forgotten and to have to review the lessons that remind us that we are but a part and not the whole. It is rigidity and inability to be fully present for the other, an inability to love.