Aryeh Kaplan’s commentary on the Sefer Yetzirah contains an in-depth explanation of the mechanism of the Celestial Serpent, and its connection to the Villon (Vellum).
Many Kabbalists identify the Teli with the constellation of Draco as the guardian of the pole upon which the Universe is reflected into material form, others identify it as the Milky Way- in all interpretations it seems to denote a celestial serpent or dragon that is closely linked to the galag (‘cycle’, or ‘sphere’) as in the verse “He set them in the Teli, the Galag, and the Lev[‘heart’]”(Sefer Yetzirah 6:1). This triadic division actually pertains to the Hebrew alphabet and to the 12 Elemental, 7 Doubles, and 3 Mother letters. Within the alphabet, Teli reigns over the 12 Elemental letters and thus over the 12 zodiacal constellations aligning this celestial serpent with the Solar path and the cyclic Universe. Several sources identify the Teli with Nachash Bariach (‘Encompassing Serpent’) perhaps a reference to the ecliptic or zodiac itself, and as stated in the Sefer Yetzirah “the…
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