“In Kabbalah, the good-evil axis is applied to the ‘distance’ between the Sefirot and their root in En Sof, the limitless essence of the transcendent God. Keter is the closest to the root, being the first arising of the impetus to manifestation, and is therefore designated as ‘good.’ Malchut is the furthest in the ray of emanation from En Sof, and is accordingly depicted as ‘evil.’ The Sefirah of Malchut is not intrinsically evil. Indeed, it is equated with the feminine presence of God, the Shechinah, which is understood as the pivotal point for all human spiritual progress in coming to know the divine. The notion of evil arises to the extent that Malchut may become separated from its higher source. In later Kabbalah, this idea became crystallized in the idea that the Shechinah is in exile from the higher divine essence…..

The Sefer Yetzirah‘s concept of the moral axis of good and evil ramifies throughout the kabbalistic understanding of human conduct; ultimately that which raises human consciousness towards its divine source is good, whereas those acts and thoughts which increase the separation from the divine root of consciousness are evil…..”

– Brian L. Lancaster (The Essence of Kabbalah)

Those who sow in winter reap in summer. The winter is the world, the summer the other Aeon (eternal realm). Let us sow in the world that we may reap in the summer. Because of this, it is fitting for us not to pray in the winter. Summer follows winter. But if any man reap in winter he will not actually reap but only pluck out, since it will not provide a harvest for such a person. It is not only […] that it will […] come forth, but also on the Sabbath […] is barren.

–Gospel of Philip

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