Daily Zohar # 3833 – Vaera – Beware of demons
Daily Zohar 3833
117. וְאָמַרְתָּ אֶל אַהֲרֹן קַח אֶת מַטְּךָ. מָה הַטַּעַם מַטֵּה אַהֲרֹן וְלא מַטֵּה מֹשֶׁה? אֶלָּא אוֹתוֹ שֶׁל מֹשֶׁה יוֹתֵר קָדוֹשׁ, שֶׁנֶּחְקַק בַּגָּן הָעֶלְיוֹן בַּשֵּׁם הַקָּדוֹשׁ, וְלֹא רָצָה הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא לְטַמֵּא אוֹתוֹ בְּאוֹתָם מַטּוֹת שֶׁל הַמְּכַשְּׁפִים, וְלֹא עוֹד, אֶלָּא לִכְפּוֹת אוֹתָם לְכָל אוֹתָם הַבָּאִים מִצַּד הַשְּׂמֹאל, מִשּׁוּם שֶׁאַהֲרֹן בָּא מִיָּמִין, וְהַשְּׂמֹאל נִכְפֶּה לַיָּמִין.
Continued from previous DZ
From the Tree of Knowledge, Good and Bad is like the rod that turns into a serpent, meaning turn into real evil, not from mercy to judgment as mentioned above. Sometimes women turn into female demons and men into demons.
“וַיַּגֵּד יַעֲקֹב לְרָחֵל” “And Jacob told Rachel” (Genesis 29:12). The sages learned from this verse that a man should converse with his wife before intercourse to ensure that the woman won’t exchange her with a demon because the sword of flame in the Tree of Knowledge, good and bad, can turn into real evil.
“וַיַּעֲשׂוּ כֵן הַחֲרְטֻמִּים בְּלָטֵיהֶם וַיַּעֲלוּ אֶת הַצְפַרְדְּעִים עַל אֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם.”
“And the magicians did so with their enchantments and brought up frogs on the land of Egypt.”
The Egyptian magicians could make their magics from the side of the Tree of Knowledge that could turn to evil.
God created the demons on Friday at twilight, but they were not complete. The aspect of judgment in demons is visible, and they can not be corrected by elevation to Binah as in the holy levels. The demons damage the world because wherever they attach themselves to, they reveal judgments and cause the light to go away.
“כִּי יְדַבֵּר אֲלֵכֶם פַּרְעֹה לֵאמֹר תְּנוּ לָכֶם מוֹפֵת וְאָמַרְתָּ אֶל אַהֲרֹן קַח אֶת מַטְּךָ וְהַשְׁלֵךְ לִפְנֵי פַרְעֹה יְהִי לְתַנִּין.”
“When Pharaoh speaks to you, saying, ‘Show a miracle for yourselves,’ then you shall say to Aaron, ‘Take your rod and cast it before Pharaoh, and let it become a serpent.'”
The Zohar asks why Hashem chose the rod of Aaron and not Moses’s rod. He explains that the rod of Moses was on a higher level of holiness because the Holy Name was engraved on it in the supernal Garden of Eden. The Holy One Blessed be He didn’t want to connect it to the impurities of the Egyptian rods because Aaron’s rod needed to swallow the Egyptians rods as it is written;
“וַיַּשְׁלִיכוּ אִישׁ מַטֵּהוּ וַיִּהְיוּ לְתַנִּינִם וַיִּבְלַע מַטֵּה אַהֲרֹן אֶת מַטֹּתָם.”
“For every man threw down his rod, and they became serpents. But Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.”
Another reason is that Aaron is from the Right side, a priest, and the Left surrenders to the Right.
The Egyptians used demons to help them create the serpents, but they had to surrender to the rod of Aaron.
God created the demons on Friday, but they were not completed because the Light of Shabbat began to shine. Hashem could have completed their creation earlier, but he did that on purpose to add another aspect of free choice to the people.
Demons’ play’ with the senses of people. They raise the sexual desires in men and can physically touch women that are spiritually elevated. They can even leave a mark on the body, usually on the legs or back. The demons are afraid of the holy name, and that is why it is essential to do the bedtime Shema before going to sleep.
The female demons arouse sexual desires in men and women, especially in the morning when the soul returns to the body. If a woman is known for sexual desires and giggles a lot, she may carry a negative spirit. (https://unityzohar.com/zohar-books/beresheet-b/346)
Pure physical lust can draw demon spirits into a person, which is the case with rapists.
It is a good habit that before a couple enters their bedroom and gets undressed to have sex, they drink water and make a blessing on the water. They would have some holiness with them to push away any negative spirit. The demons and other negative spirits want to connect to the couple and use the seeds spilled outside the vessel. A man should stay inside the vessel until he is soft and releases everything. This is to avoid exposing the seeds that are pure light to the other side.