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See also: Sefer Yetzirah
General Worlds
in Kabbalah
Shiviti on vellumTetragrammaton.jpg
  1. Atziluth
  2. Beri'ah
  3. Yetzirah
  4. Assiah
Yetzirah wheel

Yetzirah (also known as Olam Yetsirah, עולם יצירה in Hebrew) is the third of four worlds in the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, following Atziluth and Briah and preceding Assiah. It is known as the "World of Formation".

"Yetsirah" as in "making" is as opposed to "Beriah" as in "Creating": actually taking whatever matter that was created in "Beriah" and shaping it into the basic elements.


On the Tree of Life diagram Yetzirah is associated with the Sephiroth Chesed, Geburah, Tiphareth, Netzach, Hod and Yesod. Together, the six Sephiroth are known as the Microprosopus (Zeir Anpin) also known as the 'Lesser Countenance' or the 'Small Face.' In this sense, it stands in contrast with the Macroprosopus (Arich Anpin).

Non-permanent angels dwell in the world of Yetzirah, unlike archangels which reside in Briah.

In addition, Yetzirah corresponds to:

References and further reading[edit]

  • Dion Fortune, The Mystical Qabalah, Samuel Weiser publisher, 1984, p. 64