by Bruce Johnson —
Bruce Johnson has over 30 years of study in the fields of Ancient Wisdom and occultism. He has taught classes on a wide range of topics, from Atlantis to mediums to Zoroaster. He is also a Spiritualist minister, with a background in spiritual astrology. He lives in Colorado with his wife and their cat.
The Doctrine of Emanation was universally known throughout the ancient world. Emanation was fundamental in the philosophies of India, Egypt, Chaldea, and Greece. Emanation is the root principle in the teachings of the Zoroastrians, Gnostics, and Hebrew Kabalists. The process of Emanation was often depicted symbolically in a triangular form. Emanation triangles can be both esoteric and exoteric. Let’s review Emanation and the most well-known Emanation triangle of the ancients.
Emanation is the means whereby the infinite formless life of Supreme Deity is condensed, solidified, and eventually manifested in dense physical form. Emanation involves the unfolding of inner latent energies and forces that flow outward and downward into manifestation. This is the same as Involution. Emanation is the means by which Involution takes place. The outward and downward energy flow of Involution and Emanation is balanced by the inward and upward current flow of Evolution. Emanation creates the planes, forms, and vehicles for the boundless life of the unrevealed First Cause to manifest throughout every level of the universe.
Every primary Emanation triangle is upward pointing, and whether esoteric or exoteric, have a positive point, a negative point, and a dual or neutral point. Hovering above the vertex or peak of the Emanation triangle was usually a symbol of the nameless, formless, infinite Cause of Causes called different names by various cultures. This invisible, universal Divine Essence is known as Ad or En-Soph to the Chaldeans, Zerona Akerne to the Zoroastrians, Ain- Soph to the Kabalist, and Sige’ to the Gnostics.
The most commonly used Emanation triangle of antiquity by far was as follows. The point at the peak of an upward pointing triangle was dual in nature and positively and negatively charged. Floating above the peak was a depiction of the unrevealed, incomprehensible First Cause, the Ain-Soph of the Kabalist. The right –hand point of the triangle was positively charged, active and male in nature. The left-hand point was negatively charged and feminine in quality.
The Chaldean magicians knew of many types of triangles. They had both an esoteric and exoteric version of the Emanation triangle. The exoteric one is described in the above paragraph. The esoteric Chaldean Emanation triangle is quite different than the exoteric one and was not available to the public. Like the exoteric triangle, it has a symbol of En- Soph above the peak of the triangle. Unlike the exoteric triangle, the top point of the esoteric Chaldean Emanation triangle was positively charged. The right-hand point was negatively charged, and the left-hand point was positively and negatively charged. With the esoteric triangle, the second emanation was along the left-hand side, and not the right-hand side of the triangle like traditional Kabalism holds. The left side of the esoteric triangle is positive, the right side is negative. The left side of the Kabalistic triangle is negative, with the right-hand side positive.
The esoteric Chaldean Emanation triangle is identical to the energy-based triangle known to occultists. Both these triangles have a positively charged summit, negatively charged right-hand point, and a positive/negatively charged left-hand point. A Kabalistic Emanation triangle is created by turning the esoteric Chaldean Emanation triangle one hundred and twenty degrees clockwise.
With triangles, I prefer using the Chaldean esoteric form. If the left-hand point of the triangle isn’t positive and negative, how can the dual Son sit at the right hand of the Father?