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It gathers in all the information from the physical and psychological realms and focuses it into readable images. Thus you remember scenes with sounds and smells, recall telephone numbers, set out the elements of a problem to be solved, replay or rehearse a situation that has been or is to be enacted. It is a reflector of what cannot be seen directly of the psyche or body. It is a personal mental read-out screen for a working scientist, and the inner projection room for an artist. Yesod hovers, a fragile ephemeral structure held in equilibrium on the lowest rung of consciousness.
This can be taken many ways, but in this case it is like the analogue of a seed. Within the tough dense kernel of a chestnut resides not just one possible new tree, but a whole forest of generations. Another meaning is that within the thickest of matters is spirit; imprisoned, I TREE OF LIFE 50 yes, but present and always ready for the reascent back to the Absolute. This is Malcut, the lowest of the Sephiroth yet the most loaded with potential. In man, within the vehicle of his physical body, is the possibility of rapid development.
Embedded in it we lose sight of it. As our bodies are composed of it, we forget it is a temporary form through which the four elemental states pass. At death the physical mould is broken and the elements disperse, each to its level in the planet. Malcut is die Bride, the great Terrestrial Mother recognised by all civilisations, be they agricultural or industrial. Gaea, the Greek Earth Mother, was the great provider and nourisher. Without her, men, animals and plants could not live, and she must be wooed and husbanded for raw material and food.