There is a traditional Chinese proverb: “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.” The words made me smile ruefully but they also brought an Equilibrium bottle to my mind …
B76 Pink Gold
This combination is named Trust. Surprising since “trust” is normally a blue word. However in pink / gold we have a particular kind of trust – it is a trust in what we have learned from experience. The gold within digests the experiences of life and offers a resource that is able to meet the tests that life brings us.
Binah and the Teacher
I then noticed that, in the Tree of Life, B76 appears in the sphere of Binah, ths same sphere in which B62 appears. B62 is Maha Chohan, the Greater Teacher, and it is this energy which creates the tests of life. Interesting then that both the test (from Maha Chohan) and the understanding of the lesson (in Trust) sit in the same place in the Tree.
The Pillar of Severity
Binah is at the top of the left hand pillar of the Tree. It is traditionally called the Pillar of Severity. It could also be described as the pillar of growth through responsibility. The two paths which constitute this pillar are The Chariot and The Hanged Man. It is fascinating to realise that these two paths are the ones most commonly associated with tests and initiations!
Pulse of growth
Imagine it like this. The impulse for the test comes from Maha Chohan. The challenges are in the paths that leads out from and return to Binah. The fulfillment of the lesson is also in Binah in Trust. If the energy can flow out and return fully then we are fully adept in life.