Dalet: Door, Gate, Entrance, Threshold and the number 4.
Ongoing with a few companions is a community-unfolding of each of the netivot-letters, bringing us to mysteries surrounding this fourth letter. When we see the correspondences to any letter, such as this one, we understand a new and dynamic way of contemplating scripture, for wherever these 'search word' correspondences occur, we're being sent directly to the mystery behind the moment of the scripture.
When I consider significant occurrences of four, I'm simultaneously considering the numeric value, meaning, and display of directionality.
A river flows out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it divides and becomes four branches. (Genesis 2.10)
The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
He will raise a signal for the nations,
and will assemble the outcasts of Israel,
and gather the dispersed of Judah
from the four corners of the earth. (Isaiah 11.2,12)
Yeshua: "And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." (Matthew 24.31)
As I looked, a stormy wind came out of the north: a great cloud with brightness around it and fire flashing forth continually, and in the middle of the fire, something like gleaming amber. 5In the middle of it was something like four living creatures. This was their appearance: they were of human form. 6Each had four faces, and each of them had four wings. 7Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the sole of a calf’s foot; and they sparkled like burnished bronze. 8Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. And the four had their faces and their wings thus: 9their wings touched one another; each of them moved straight ahead, without turning as they moved. 10As for the appearance of their faces: the four had the face of a human being, the face of a lion on the right side, the face of an ox on the left side, and the face of an eagle.
As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the earth beside the living creatures, one for each of the four of them. 16As for the appearance of the wheels and their construction: their appearance was like the gleaming of beryl; and the four had the same form, their construction being something like a wheel within a wheel. 17When they moved, they moved in any of the four directions without veering as they moved. (Ezekiel 1:4-10, 15-17)
He [Peter] saw the heaven opened and something like a large sheet coming down, being lowered to the ground by its four corners. 12In it were all kinds of four-footed creatures and reptiles and birds of the air. 13Then he heard a voice saying, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’ 14But Peter said, ‘By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is profane or unclean.’ 15The voice said to him again, a second time, ‘What God has made clean, you must not call profane.’ (Acts of the Apostles 10.11-15)
After this I looked, and there in heaven a door stood open! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, ‘Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.’ 2At once I was in the spirit, and there in heaven stood a throne, with one seated on the throne! 3And the one seated there looks like jasper and cornelian, and around the throne is a rainbow that looks like an emerald. 4Around the throne are twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones are twenty-four elders, dressed in white robes, with golden crowns on their heads. 5Coming from the throne are flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and in front of the throne burn seven flaming torches, which are the seven spirits of God; 6and in front of the throne there is something like a sea of glass, like crystal.
Around the throne, and on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: 7the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with a face like a human face, and the fourth living creature like a flying eagle. 8And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and inside. Day and night without ceasing they sing,
____‘Holy, holy, holy,
____the Lord God the Almighty,
____who was and is and is to come.’ (Revelation 4.1-11)
From these examples shared, the number four throughout prophetic writings speaks Dalet's mystery of plane directionality. Sophian Tradition, like so many meditative traditions throughout the world, honors these four directions as held by a cross in a sacred circle: the sojourner, encompassed by four distinct points, or arms of orientation, is walking in a direction at any one point in space-time. For the mystically inclined, these directions are entirely meaningful and experiential, as detailed in our Orders of St. Gabriel and St. Uriel. Is it any coincidence, then, that these four directions, these ד directions, are also gates? What is a gate, a doorway, a passage, will soon be related by companions' contemplation of ד.
May all who are asking, receive.
May all who are seeking, find.
To all who are knocking, may the door of the Lamb open.
Amen and amen!