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How Does Angel Chamuel Represent Geburah (Strength) on Kabbalah's Tree of Life?


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In Kabbalah, the Tree of Life illustrates how God and his angels are at work in the universe with creative power, including Geburah (strength).

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Question: How Does Angel Chamuel Represent Geburah (Strength) on Kabbalah's Tree of Life?

Archangel Chamuel (also known as Kamael) represents the sephirah called "Geburah" (also known as "Gevurah",) -- which means strength, especially as it relates to tough love in relationships -- on the Tree of Life in Kabbalah (also called "Qabala"). Here's how Chamuel represents the quality of Geburah in the universe:


Tough Love

Chamuel helps put people in touch with the positive side of Geburah, empowering them to make wise decisions with tough love in their relationships, believers say.

In her book Total Kabbalah: Bring Balance and Happiness into Your Life, Maggy Whitehouse describes Geburah's meaning (using its alternately translated name, Gevurah): "This is the place of discernment, judgment, discipline, strength, and discrimination. At its best it is patience and at its worst it is cruelty. 'Gevurah' applies tough love to situations and takes no prisoners. ... Gevurah is the aspect of God that is most familiar to those with a basic knowledge of the Old Testament: the wrathful God of punishment. ... Without Gevurah to amputate a diseased limb, the whole person would die from gangrene."

Whitehouse continues by describing the positive side of this quality: "Positive Gevurah is the ability to make sound decisions without emotional involvement. Gevurah is detached, impartial, sensible, and feels clear, true, and very powerful. Gevurah is infinite patience, one swift strike, and infinite patience again."

In her book The Tarot Companion: An Essential Reference Guide, Tracy Porter writes that Geburah "represents the conflicts and challenges we must overcome and the lessons we must learn. These lessons are generally seen as oppositions that we encounter, and which, unless appreciated for the strengthening qualities they impart, will tend to be seen as trials, tribulations, and limitations. This position also tells us the qualities we must utilize in order to effectively deal with difficulties. Utilizing the constructive influence of this position can help us to take greater responsibility for our lives, and make assets out of those areas that were once considered liabilities. Physically this node represents discipline ... and angelically it depicts the archangel Kamael."

As the archangel in charge of Geburah in the universe, Chamuel helps people with a wide variety of decisions that can help them in their relationships, writes Ted Andrews in his book Crystal Balls & Crystal Bowls: Tools for Ancient Scrying & Modern Seership. Chamuel helps with: "Issues of strength and courage; tearing down of the old and building of the new; insight into all changes; insight into enemies and discord."

Peace Through Testing

Although it may seem paradoxical that Chamuel, the angel of peaceful relationships, expresses such a tough quality as Geburah, it actually makes sense when you consider that people need the strength to make wise and clear decisions for their relationships to be healthy. Healthy relationships aren't warm and fuzzy yet dysfunctional; they're bonds between people who have the spiritual strength to feel at peace with themselves and each other.

In her book Archangels 101: How to Connect Closely with Archangels Michael, Raphael, Uriel, Gabriel and Others for Healing, Protection, and Guidance, Doreen Virtue writes that Geburah denotes "strength and courage through severity." About Chamuel's mission expressing Geburah, she writes: "His holy mission includes the manifestation of universal peace through helping individuals attain inner peace, even during turbulent times."

Chamuel has the "ability to see the divine within another, as an archangel of testing," writes Christopher Penczak in his book The Temple of High Witchcraft: Ceremonies, Spheres and the Witches' Qabalah. "... The angel of the Geburah station tests our convictions and motivations, purifying them."

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