Tail in the Head
“The ten sefirot belimah are the basis. Their end is embedded in their beginning like a flame bound to a burning coal. For the Lord is singular, and He has none second to Him; and before one, what can you count?
The ten sefirot belimah are the basis; their measure is ten yet they have no limit” (Sefer Yetsirah §6–§7).
There is a thing of which one would say, “See this, it is new.” It already has been in the eons that were before us (Ecclesiastes 1:10).
That which was already has been, and what is to be already has been, and הָאֱלֹהִים (Ha-Elohim), God, seeks out the pursued (Ecclesiastes 3:15).
“Rabbi Ḥiyya opened, saying, ‘That which is has already been called by name, and what is to be [… already has been] (Ecclesiastes 3:15, 6:10). That which is has already [been]—corresponding to what we have learned: Before the blessed Holy One created this world, He created worlds and destroyed them, until the blessed Holy One entertained the desire to create this world, and He consulted the Torah. Then He was arrayed in His adornments and adorned with His crowns, and He created the world. All that exists in this world was already in His presence, rising before Him, arranged before Him“ (Zohar 3:61a–b).
“Gravings of engravings, like the appearance of a long serpent, extending here and there—tail in the head, head behind the shoulders, enraged and furious, guarded and hidden” (Zohar 2:176b, Sifra di Tsni’uta).
“תָּלִי (Tali)—a spark rendered as an illusory serpent. Its tail clinging to orbs, surrounding them. In its might it darkens the seven planets” (Berit Menuḥa: The Second Way, The Way of Love, Eight Vowel).