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Fountain Spirits of Behmen
According to Jacob Behmen (see Jacob
Boehme) there are seven active principles, the "Fountain Spirits"
or "Mothers of Existence." These were-the astringent quality;
the sweet quality; the bitter quality; the quality of fire; the quality
of love; the quality of sound; the quality of essential substance. The reciprocal
action of the antipathetic qualities resulted in the Supreme Unity. Each
is at once the parent and the child of all the rest, for they generate and
are generated by each other. The seven golden candlesticks of the Apocalypse
typify them. A.G.H.