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Plotinus (204/5-270 CE) used to be the 1st and maximum of Neoplatonic philosophers. His writings have been edited by way of his disciple Porphyry, who released them a long time after his master's demise in six units of 9 treatises every one (the Enneads).

Plotinus seemed Plato as his grasp, and his personal philosophy is a profoundly unique improvement of the Platonism of the 1st centuries of the Christian period and the heavily comparable considered the Neopythagoreans, with a few affects from Aristotle and his fans and the Stoics, whose writings he knew good yet used severely. he's a special mix of mystic and Hellenic rationalist. His concept ruled later Greek philosophy and motivated either Christians and Moslems, and remains to be alive at the present time as a result of its union of rationality and excessive spiritual adventure.

In his acclaimed version of Plotinus, Armstrong presents first-class introductions to every treatise. His necessary notes clarify vague passages and provides connection with parallels in Plotinus and others.

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The vertical organization of the Sephirotic Tree means that there is a base and a summit, but Elohim Gibor, for example, is exactly the same God as Shadai El Bai, El, or Ehieh.

Below them, the Principalities, Archangels, and Angels are a second reflection. And it is up to us now to make the effort to become the third reflection of that divine perfection by learning to work with all the love of our hearts, all the light of our minds, and all the strength of our wills. IT When you wake up in the morning, why not start your day by thinking of all those creatures of light going up and down between the earth and the throne of God? If you did this, your whole day would be illuminated.

Introduction to the Sephirotic Tree of Life 29 Finally the cosmic bodies or planets, which correspond to our physical body : Rashith HaGalgalim First Swirlings Mazloth The Zodiac Saturn Shabbathai Tzedek Jupiter Mars Maadim Shemesh Sun Venus Noga Mercury Kokab Moon Levanah Earth; or Aretz Diem HaYesodoth World of Foundations The Ancients, who knew only seven planets, did not include Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto on the Sephirotic Tree. They attributed the nebulae, or first swirlings (Rashith Ha­ Galgalim), to Kether, and the Zodiac (Mazloth) to Chokmah.

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