Descent of YHVH on Tree—Waite's secret correspondences


In Waite's lecture "The Tarot and the Rosy Cross," (c. 1910), he describes the "mystery" of the Tetragrammaton as it relates to the Tree of Life and its descent through the Four Worlds. It's the very first time it has been revealed in the History of the Order (Golden Dawn), so he says. In each case the final Heh corresponds to a Portal path and a tarot trump. For example, the Portal of Atziluth is Path 13 (the High Priestess) represented by Daath which is positioned at the midpoint of that path; Path 25 (Temperance) is the Portal of Briah; and Path 32 (the World) is the Portal of Yetzirah.

In the case of Atziluth, Yod (Kether) is Father, Heh (Chokmah) is Mother, and Vau (Binah) is Son. Obviously all conventional meanings no longer apply. This unusual arrangement is discussed partially in Waite's Secret Tradition in Israel and The Holy Kabbalah. In the following quote Waite comments on the meanings of Chesed, Geburah and Tiphareth, but doesn't give much of an explanation for Netzach, Hod or Yesod.

"Fratres et Sorores, I have mentioned there and here the Divine Name Tetragrammaton, and this has been allocated after several manners to the Tree of Life in the old theosophy of Kabalism. I give you hereby and herein, for the first time in the history of our Holy Order, the mystery which appertains to its descent through the Four Worlds.

Yod, He, Vau, He are Kether, Chokmah, Binah, the He final abiding in Daath, at the centre of the Path of Ghimel. This is the Daughter of the Voice, who according to the symbolism, is begotten by the Eternal Mother from the Father Eternal and is nourished by the Begotten Son for the maintenance of the Eternal Covenant between all that is Divine and all that comes forth therefrom. Hereof is the world of the Supernals; and this Daughter is the High Priestess.

Yod, He, Vau, He: Chesed, Geburah and Tiphereth, with the Portal of the Rosy Cross [i.e., the Portal of Briah, path 25]. By Chesed the world was made; by Geburah it is re-made in Christ; and Tiphereth is the working of those forces which lead to the new birth. Hereof is the first Reflected Triad, and the second He, or the Daughter, is the Angel whom we call Temperance, standing at the Gate of Adeptship.

Yod, He, Vau, He, the Second Reflected Triad, or Netzach, Hod and Yesod, and the Portal of Yetzirah [path 32] looking towards the Pillars of Malkuth. Therein the Daughter—she who is the Second He—is represented by the Angel of the Presence in things manifest, and this is the 21st Key of the ancient Tarot cards."​

Here's a diagram illustrates all this.