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16. The Stars
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Yesodei HaTorah 3:7 The ninth sphere does not itself have any divisions, nor are the constellations actually in this sphere. Rather, the stars of the constellations are in the eighth sphere. The signs of the Zodiac correspond to the divisions of the ninth sphere as things were at the time of the flood. Since then, […]
15. The Zodiac
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Yesodei HaTorah 3:5 The total number of spheres that surround the Earth is 18; the number of smaller spheres that do not surround the Earth is eight. The number of spheres and their orbits are calculated by observing the movement of the planets combined with our knowledge of their revolutions, their position in the sky, […]
14. Smaller Spheres
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Yesodei HaTorah 3:3 The spheres possess no weight and no color. They appear to us as blue because of the atmosphere. Similarly, the spheres have no taste and no smell. These phenomena only exist in the physical things that the spheres contain. Yesodei HaTorah 3:4 All the spheres that surround the world are round and […]
13. The Heavenly Spheres
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Yesodei HaTorah 3:1 There are spheres that are called “heavens,” “firmament,” “habitation” and “skies.” All together, there are nine. The closest sphere is that of the moon. The second sphere contains the planet Mercury. The third sphere contains the planet Venus. The fourth sphere contains the sun. The fifth sphere contains the planet Mars. The […]