We enter now, into the realm of Gevurah. The direction of North in the Wheel of the Year.
This is in relation to the Tree of Life.
Leaving out the Supernals, we have Tipheret in the position of East, Chesed in the South, Malkuth in the West, and now…Gevurah.
Gevurah is related to Fire. Words that lend themselves to Fire are restriction, judgement, purification/cleansing. Although Winter, in the Northern point of the Wheel is cold, the aspects of the cold are restriction, death, and other not so ‘happy’ key words – words that actually associate with Fire-Gevurah. We have to keep in mind that the Sephirot are not the actual manifested elements. Gevurah is NOT fire, but holds the characteristics. Gevurah lies upon the Pillar of Severity. Winter is quite severe.
The Blessing of the North is Fire. Once again, because it relates to Gevurah, but also because it is the heat of fire and brightness of light that allows us to tolerate the cold.
It takes little to notice the usage of red and gold at this time of year. They are colours chosen frequently for holiday decor. Both are colours of Gevurah.
In this cold, restrictive, harsh time of the year, (inner actions of Fire) we count on the heat and the light of the outer manifestion of Fire. Hence, we honour the Element of Fire at this time of year. To balance out the Cold. To provide comfort and light. We think about the light that will return, and we nurture that spark within ourself that needs to take hold and root during the darkness, in order to strongly reach toward the surface once again.