Jachin and Boaz
The names of two symbolical pillars of King Solomon’s Kabalistic
temple. They were believed to explain the mystery of
the meaning of life. One was black and the other white, representing
the powers of good and evil. It was said that they symbolized
the need of ‘‘two’’ in the world. Human progression requires
two feet, the worlds gravitate by means of two forces,
generation needs two sexes.
The symbolism of the two pillars has been discussed in the
book The Garden of Pomegranates, by Rabbi Moses Cordovero,
a book on the Kabala first published in Cracow, Poland, in
1591. The two pillars have also become part of the symbolism
of Freemasonry and ceremonial magic.