The Bahir is another significant kabbalistic text. Sefer ha’Bahir literally means the ‘Book of the Bright’. Again, this text cannot be definitely ascribed to any one author. It seems to originate around the first century CE, but it became popular in the twelfth century, and sections of it may have been written during the period between the first and twelfth centuries.
Like Sefer Yetzirah, the Bahir is a mystical treatise, some of which is a commentary on the meaning of Sefer Yetzirah. It is in the Bahir that we come across the idea of the sefirot as divine attributes – in Sefer Yetzirah they are numbers. In the Bahir, the ten sefirot are the energy of God, the forms in which His infinite potential manifests itself. Creation consists of appearances of everything that was latent in the first sefira: Or ha Ganuz – the hidden light, called Keter Elyon, the supreme crown of the Tree of Life.
I titled Sigil III The Book of Illumination because a big theme in this section of The Angel of Secrets is unusual states of consciousness, the value they have, and what it can mean to ‘be enlightened’. This Sigil is structured in three parts, titled after the three ‘mother’ letters ( א מ ש ). Three unusual new characters also appear in this Sigil.