There are 4 'worlds' or levels to the QBLH. Like the Sephiroth & pathways of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, each level has its own associations and colors and experiences associated with it, and as a whole can be quite complex. Each realm is an emanation of the world above it, and a section of the Tree of Life is apportioned to each realm. Even though a section of the Tree is said to emanate from each realm, each realm also contains its own entire tree within it.
I've used the four worlds as a meditative and visualization device, but haven't worked with them as a concrete idea. While one can, at a stretch, associate various mundane activities or experiences of the mundane world to the higher worlds there is only one that is the actual 'real' world. The others are closer to the spiritual, intangible world, and connecting to them as a physical being is the hard part.
The four worlds are Atziluth (also spelled Atzilut), Beriah (Briah), Yetzirah (Yetsirah) & Assiyah (Assiah).
Atziluth is the 'highest' realm, closest to being pure divine energy. Kether, Binah and Chokmah emanate from Atziluth. Atziluth is considered masculine as it is active and projects everything else from it. Going into Judeo-Christian symbology, it is the 'Light' in 'Let there be Light!'. Without it, darkness would still be upon the waters. This is the source of the Tetragrammaton, YHVH and sacred names. The initial Yod of YHVH.
Beriah is the next world. It is the world of pure intellect and ideas - everything here is unformed and still in the planning stages. Chesed, Geburah and Tiphareth emanate from Briah. The Archangels dwell here. The initial Heh.
Yetzirah is the Astral Plane. Everything exists here, waiting to be born into the physical. It is the source of archetypes, the Collective Unconscious, and everything is symbolic. Netzach, Hod and Yesod emanate from Yetzirah. Regular ol' angels live here. Vau/Vav
Assiyah has but one sephirah, Malkuth, the Earth itself. It is the physical world, our world. Form is given flesh, ideas are manifested. The finial Heh.
The four suits and Court Cards of the Tarot are attributed to the four realms - Wands/Kings/Atziluth, Cups/Queens/Beriah, Swords/Knights/Yetzirah, Pentacles/Pages/Assiyah.
This is all over-simplified to give the Tarot reading some backbone, lol. I don't even know why I decided to do this reading, because it's been a long time since I delved into the four realms, and I'm not sure how to apply the cards to the reading, or how to apply the symbolism to myself.
My question: Who am I, and why am I here?
Who am I? The Tower
So in the formless, primordial Light of Atziluth, I am the Destroyer of Worlds. Nice. I call The Tower 'shaken foundations'. It's usually a revelation of something so devastating or life-changing that it rocks the foundations of the querent to the core. In my recent pathworking, I've found myself adding bits & pieces to my notes on the cards, and it came to me that The Tower is a good symbol of people or cultures or societies that rely on single things for survival - like monoculture farming. If that one thing is removed or destroyed, it leads to collapse.
Why am I here? IV of Swords, reversed
Opposition, Unrest, Avarice, Circumspection, Precaution, Testimony, Quarantine, Depression. Long illness. Forced isolation. Possible imprisonment or hospitalization. Good opportunities. Tread carefully & use discretion. Familial problems. Make no promises. Renewed activity. Social unrest. Other people bring renewing energy to Seeker. Sleeping Beauty's Prince Charming. Failure of peaceful negotiation. Excommunication. Plans of revenge manifest themselves in daydreams.
Who am I? IV of Pentacles, reversed
In the world of conception and ideas, I fail.
Opposition, Delay, Spendthrift, Shortsightedness, Stasis, Loss, Obstacles. Inability to delegate authority. Clinging to old ways. Avoiding action for fear of loss. Make new plans. Inability to hold life together or give it meaning.
Why am I here? V of Cups, reversed
Hope, Meeting, Ancestry. Unexpected anxieties & unforeseen problems. Unwanted changes to way of life. Things are looking up. New courage. Consider new job or home. Build new ideas or plans. New alliances. Return of old flame. Courage in the face of obstacles. False projects. Relationship not working out as hoped. Remorse. Disappointment.
Who am I? X of Wands
This one is pretty straight-forward. This is who I am.
Jadedness, Exhaustion, Despair, Disguise, Pressure, Changes, Overwork, Burdens, Responsibilities, Resentfulness. Do not carry every one else's burdens. Succumbing before the onslaught of inevitable forces. Difficulties of success. Burden of worry. One who carries an oppressive load. Weak heart, loss of spirit. Ruined plans. Dark before the dawn. Hope based on the ability to imagine a better situation. Willingness to do everything & anything to make a situation work. Being paralyzed by overwork & heavy responsibility, sometimes as an excuse to avoid doing anything truly constructive, including getting out of a bad situation. Inability to disseminate responsibility among others. Perseverance to meet impossible goals. Overburdened. Searching.
Why am I here? Death
In Yetzirah, I am here to change.
Who am I? Ace of Cups
Joy, Peace, Health, Inspiration, Contentment, Gifts, Birth, Receptivity, Pleasure, Happiness. Emotional fulfillment. Getting in touch with your roots. Beginning of a relationship or friendship, possibly a wedding leading to a happy marriage. Beginning of all good things. New understanding of a spiritual matter. House of the true heart. Inner light. Changes result in happiness. Love affair. Attend to small details. Womb of life. First true intimacy in a love relationship. Heart or third eye opening up. Beginning of love & pleasure. Influence of the Great Mother or being blessed by any of the love-related deities. Richness of feeling. Fertility.
Why am I here? King of Wands, reversed
Sounds like my parents.
Someone who is narrow-minded, Quarrelsome, Unreasonable, Seeking Out or Creating Battles or Opposition. Frustration, Indecision, Discord, Brutality, Rupture, Dissension, Diversion. Restriction of minor duties. Lack of energy. Encouragement needed. Follow your conscience. Jealousy causes odd behavior. Interrupted work. Time to check progress toward goal- something may have changed. Someone who pursues you for weeks then disappears. Running from commitment or a preference for shallow & casual relationships. Dangerous atmosphere.