Over the white altar a black cloth is placed. Just as the white altar symbolizes Spirit, the black cloth symbolizes Malkuth, or earth. A bit of white shows, however, demonstrating the true nature of the mundane. "We have this treasure in earthen vessels" When the glory descends on the altar, clairvoyant sight is less distracted by the draperies of black. Sometimes a small top covering of white is used, and if so, this is held to represent Kether.

Prepared by Emmanuel Rose
Ó Emmanuel Rose 2001