Daily Zohar # 3168 – Beresheet – Foundations and colors
“וְהָאָרֶץ הָיְתָה תֹהוּ וָבֹהוּ וְחֹשֶׁךְ עַל פְּנֵי תְהוֹם וְרוּחַ אֱלֹהִים מְרַחֶפֶת עַל פְּנֵי הַמָּיִם.”
“The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.”
Darkness is a strong black fire. Darkness also looks like a strong red fire and also in a form of strong green fire. A white fire includes all of them. Darkness is the strongest fire of all fires. Darkness is fire, not fire in darkness, except when it supports Tohu, spreading the light.
The second Tzimtzum is when Malchut elevated to Binah to reveal the Sefirot and the process of Zeir Anpin. It is called by the Zohar, fire. The Sefirot have the colors of White, Red, Green, and Black. The colors come from the Masach (Curtain) of Malchut. Malchut itself has a black color that can absorb all other colors. Chokmah is white that has all other colors in it and can give to all. The middle is Tiferet with a green color. Red is for Binah.
The foundation of the sefirot are; water, fire, air (Ruach) and earth; Chokmah (Water) and Binah (Fire), Tiferet (Z”A) (Air, Ruach) and Malchut (Earth, soil). From the aspect of the Masach, they are shown as colors.
Ruach is the voice as it says, “and the Spirit (Ruach) of God (ELHYM) was moving over the surface of the waters”, “And God said…” is when the voice that becomes a sound of Creation in Malchut.
Over Tohu we have the name ‘שדי’. This name is at the border where the spread of light stopped as between Zeir Anpin and Malchut. The name over Bohu is ‘צבאות’ (commonly translated as ‘hosts’, the literal meaning is ‘armies’). It is the name of Yessod where there are unifications and ‘birth’ of the ‘armies’ of God. Bohu is the correction of the Masach with the unification that brings Light.
The name ‘אֱלֹהִים’ (ELHYM) is over the darkness. It represents the second Tzimtzum that brought Malchut and Binah together. Malchut is included in this ‘darkness’ and gained the name ‘אֱלֹהִים’. Over the Ruach the name ‘יהוה’ ‘YHVH’.