From the Form-pole of Geburah-differentiation, we pass now to the Force-pole of Gedulah-similarity. Gedulah (pronounced "gedd-you-lah") means "greatness, majesty, magnificence" and is therefore associated with the majestically large, gaseous planet Jupiter.
In the Hebrew Tradition, this sphere is also given the title Chesed (pronounced "hess-ed" with a glottal, back of the throat 'h') which means "mercy, compassion, loving kindness". Associated with Gedulah/Chesed is the god-name EL, which translates simply as "god". This EL-god is masculine and singular, unlike the ELOHIM-god whose Hebrew name signifies a mixture of masculine and feminine. EL is, essentially, the masculine, forceful aspect of the ELOHIM.
As the supreme deity of the Olympian pantheon, Jupiter/Zeus is the archetypal symbol of the (mostly) benevolent, fatherly sovereign. This is the Divine Provider, the highest manifestation of the intimately personal, human concept of "god". Which is to say, Jupiter/Zeus stands just below the higher deity forms which are impersonal and universal.
As the non-sequentialized potentials of Binah/Saturn descend into the realm of sequence, the first level of sequentialization they encounter is similarity. Similarity is an attractive Force which binds the Binah-potentials together by virtue of their alikeness and commonality. This primal Force is typified by its qualities of love, mercy, inclusiveness and expansiveness. This sequentialization of the Binah-potentials by virtue of their similarity, causes them to form Individual groupings. At this level though, these Individuals are more united than they are separate -- in Gedulah, separation is a quality defined by degree of alikeness, not by degree of difference.
As we rise upwards, Gedulah marks the most rarified aspect of the Individual-self. Conversely, as the universal Being descends into manifestation, Gedulah marks the most primitive beginnings of Individuation. In Qabbala, Individuation has four basic stages: assimilation, differentiation, expression and personalization. The personalization is represented by the spheres Malkuth, Yesod, Hod and Netzach, through which the Individual-self takes on concrete physical form. The expression is symbolized by the radiant solarity of Tiphareth. The differentiation is symbolized by the exclusivity of Geburah where the Individual learns to constrict its boundaries and define itself by virtue of what it is not. The assimilation is symbolized by Gedulah/Jupiter, for here the Individual is an expansive thing, capable only of inclusiveness.
The ability of our Individual-consciousness to broaden its focus and encompass 'other' within its definition of 'self', is a higher, more potent power than its concurrent ability to bring those boundaries into the sharply limited focus of a physically manifest personal-self. In other words, the primal attractive force of loving kindness -- because it works through alikeness and threads of commonality!!! -- is even more powerful than the secondary repulsive force of severity and differentiation. The power experienced in the Geburah/Mars Temple is as nothing when compared to the power of loving kindness to be experienced in the Gedulah/Jupiter Temple.
In the Western Hermetic Tradition, Jupiter is associated with the major arcana Tarot card, X: Wheel of Fortune. This card symbolizes the cyclic force of change, typically called destiny, fortune or luck. In very concrete terms, Gedulah/Jupiter is that finger of change which ceaselessly touches the body of the present-moment.
The force of change (i.e., loving kindness, inclusiveness, expansiveness) works through alikeness. Change/future is always connected, as if by a thread, to the what-has-been/what-is, establishing a certain recognizable continuity of events (i.e., evident causality). The present is related directly to the past by virtue of these threads of commonality/causality upon which change is ceaselessly wrought. Exercising our free will within the confines of our present-moments' now-ness, we can self-consciously establish the what-is and to a great extent determine what threads of commonality are available for change to touch. But, as sequentialized Individuals, we have no power over which among those threads change will actually touch, nor do we have power over how and why change will touch them.
As we each know from personal experience, we have free will to either accept or rebel against the ceaselessness of change. From within the confines of our present-moments' now-ness, we either face forward into that change and meet it gladly, or we look back to our what-has-been and cling to its comforting illusion of changelessness, or we try perhaps to balance ourselves somewhere in between these poles. But whatever we do, we are powerless to alter the fact that change is ceaseless. Even looking back, we are swept forward.
In essence, our *Individual* free will extends only within the limits of our *present-moment* experience of now-ness. The Gedulah/Jupiter force of change is what forms our now-ness, it is what draws our now forward through sequence. Within the confines of our now, our one true power is our innate ability to determine how we ride the ever-cresting wave of change -- our ability to orient ourselves in such a way that change becomes for us a creative, positive, lovingly kind Force. This is our ability to *consciously* move forward *with* our now.
Forwardness to the Individual is the expansion of self, for as the Individual passes through the realm of sequence, it encompasses within itself all the sequence it's passed through. The Individual-self encompasses its past within the now-ness of its present-moment. In other words, the Individual grows. Indeed, growth is a primary expression of the aliveness which typifies all sequentialized Individual things.
The Individual does not die in the same way that the personal- and physical-selves do. The Individual passes through sequence until it matures and comes to encompass the whole infinity of sequence. This encompassing of the whole is a sort of death in that the end is thereby encompassed, but it is the opposite of physical death's finality. It is instead, a passage into all of Life, with a capital 'L'.
Gedulah/Jupiter is the primary manifestation/Individuation of Life and stands right at the lower threshold of the encompassing of the whole. Gedulah receives the descending Binah-potentials and expands with them. In other words, this is the lower side of the interface of the non-sequential and the sequential. Our perspective is from within the realm of sequence and we are looking upwards, perceiving the effects of the Binah-potentials entering our sequentialized realm. We experience this entry as the force of change which defines the forwardness of our present-moment now-ness.
The non-sequentialized Binah-potentials are infinite in number, so from within the realm of sequence, the process of sequentialization is never completed -- its duration is infinite. Thus change (our perception of the Binah-potentials entering our realm of sequence), is ceaseless, for since the Binah-potentials are infinite in number, they will always be descending into the sequential realm.
We sequentialized beings witness the Creation from front-row seats, as it were. The lovingly kind force of change is the Creation, happening in right-now real-time and we are planted smack dab at the center of the action. The Creation doesn't just happen around us, it is happening within us and it is we who are being ceaselessly Created.
Paul Foster Case wrote, in his Pattern on the Trestleboard, statement number 4: "From the exhaustless riches of its Limitless Substance, I draw all things needful, both spiritual and material." The infinite number of descending Binah-potentials are the Limitless Substance -- out of which our bubble of now-ness is formed and from which we therefore draw all things needful (a Gedulah/Jupiter process of assimilation, change and growth).
Our Gedulah/Jupiter meditation will focus on Case's statement. We will begin by rising through the six Temples we've already visited. We will do this as if we were putting on a ritual robe. Each Temple/sphere we pass through, we will gather to ourselves and wear as a part of our own bodies.