Daily Zohar # 1746 – Terumah – The 12 rivers of holy oil
Early studies on Zohar Terumah paragraphs 1 – 20 available here:
Song of Songs 3:9
“אַפִּרְיוֹן, עָשָׂה לוֹ הַמֶּלֶךְ שְׁלֹמֹה–מֵעֲצֵי, הַלְּבָנוֹן”
“King Solomon made himself a palanquin of the wood of Lebanon ”
The wood of Lebanon was used in the building of the Holy Temple.
The next verse describes it
“עַמּוּדָיו, עָשָׂה כֶסֶף, רְפִידָתוֹ זָהָב, מֶרְכָּבוֹ אַרְגָּמָן; תּוֹכוֹ רָצוּף אַהֲבָה, מִבְּנוֹת יְרוּשָׁלִָם”
“He made its posts of silver (Right Column), its back of gold (Left Column), its seat of purple (Central column); its interior was inlaid with love by the daughters of Jerusalem (Malchut).”
The Zohar teaches us about the relation between the words אַפִּרְיוֹן, ‘palanquin’, pronounced in Hebrew ‘Apiryon’ and the word אֲפַרְסְמוֹן, pronounced ‘Afarsemon’ translated nowadays to Persimmon (the fruit). In the Zohar it is referred to a perfume oil extracted from a special plant. It has a strong and pleasant scent especially when it is burning. It was used for incense (Ketoret), healing, and for lubricating the tools in the Holy Temple.
More reading on this oil here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shemen_Afarsimon
Afarsemon אֲפַרְסְמוֹן , represents the Light of Binah and the upper letter ה H of the name.
Apiryon, אַפִּרְיוֹן represents the vessel, which is Malchut and the ה H of the YHVH name.
The Zohar tells us that the Afarsemon was used during the service of Yom Kippur in the Holy temple. When the scent of that oil spread out the priests knew that the work of the High priest to draw light to the entire world was successful.
In the portion of Vayishlach the Zohar discusses twelve rivers of pure Afarsemon. They are the aspect of the flowing Light from Binah to Malchut through the 12 connectors of Zeir Anpin (see https://dailyzohar.com/daily-zohar-1677/)