SteveM wrote: SteveM wrote:
Well, back at home tomorrow night, so I can check myself.
Back home (yeah) -- look on the bookshelf - Peter Hayman, Leonard Glotzer -- no Kaplan:(
Either lost it or left it back in friends attic in UK (sure I have referred to it while being here, but hey, old age).
So, no I can't check it myself:(
But I have been able to find a reference in Glotzer (p.139):
He [Gra] says as follows:
The moon in the physical world represents kindness; therefore it is white, since White is Kindness. This is the same order as in their creation, as it is stated in the Tikunei Zohar*
, White is associated with the Moon, red with Mars, yellow-green with the Sun, black with Saturn, and blue with Jupiter. These are the colours of Chesed, Gevurah, Tiferet, Yesod and Malkuth. Netzach and Hod are associated with Venus and Mercury."**
So at least I can confirm, as I suspected, the Gra's authority/source was the Tikunei.
* Tikunei Zohar, Tikun 70
** The Gra's commentary on the SY, ch. 5 MIshnah 8
edited to add:
Friend checked for me, she reports back, p.184:
Although most versions of Sefer Yetzirah set the planets in the order in which they were created, the Gra version, which we are using, follows a different system. It is based on the ordering of the planets as found in the Zohar.[n.52]. There, we find the following relationship between the planets, Sefirot and colors:
Moon Mars Sun Saturn Jupiter Venus Mercury
White Red Yellow Black Blue upper lower
Chesed Gevurah Tiferet Yesod Malkhut Netzach Hod
Sun. Mon. Tues. Fri. Sal. Wed. Thurs.
When the Sefirot and days are placed in their usual order, the planets appear in the order given in our version of Sefer Yeuirah, This version therefore is that which fits most closely to the teachings of the Zohar.
n. 52 (p.371) says:
52. Tikuney Zohar 70 (128b), Kiseh Melekh, ad loc. (58a, No. 18). Also see Gra here. For a different ordering of Sefirot and days, see Maarakhet Elohut 183a.