Kabbalah: The Tree of Life



The Tree of Life describes the descent of the divine into the manifest world, and methods by which divine union may be attained in this life. It can be viewed as a map of the human psyche and of the workings of creation, both manifest and unmanifest. Indeed, any system can be more fully understood both in itself and relative to any other system by viewing it in relation to the Tree of Life. The Tree allows and requires a more holistic understanding of any topic to which it is applied - reason, spiritual perception and intuition are all needed, as is clear from the structure of the Tree itself.

It is important to realize that the pure nature of divinity is unity, and that the seemingly separate aspects or emanations exist only in view of the emanated, living in a state of illusory separation.

Qabalah could be thought on as the mathematics of the esoteric with the literary side consisting of legends, myths and lore. In Qabalah numbers have a deeper significance. This could be because numbers have mystical properties in themselves, or it could be that numbers, being the purest of symbols, are appropriate entities to hang metaphysical concepts on.

It is difficult to imagine, but the originators of Qabalah had a very different number system from the one we are familiar with today. There is a difference between cardinal numbers (how many there are: 1, 2, 3 ...) and ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd ...). To represent cardinal numbers the early Semitic people used letters : aleph = 1, beth = 2, ... This is the basis of Gematria, where words also have numerical values.


The Sephiroth and Paths of Qabalah represent ordinal numbers. And these have a deeper siginificance because Kether, the first emanation of the Divine, really represents the first, the first thing to exist. The number system we use in the west today is suited to modelling our environment and using these models to manipulate matter. The number system of Qabalah is suited to modelling metaphysical concepts and gaining insight. Qabalah could be thought on as the mathematics of the esoteric with the literary side consisting of legends, myths and lore. In Qabalah numbers have a deeper significance. This could be because numbers have mystical properties in themselves, or it could be that numbers, being the purest of symbols, are appropriate entities to hang metaphysical concepts on.

It is difficult to imagine, but the originators of Qabalah had a very different number system from the one we are familiar with today. There is a difference between cardinal numbers (how many there are: 1, 2, 3 ...) and ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd ...). To represent cardinal numbers the early Semitic people used letters : aleph = 1, beth = 2, ... This is the basis of Gematria, where words also have numerical values.

The Sephiroth and Paths of Qabalah represent ordinal numbers. (1st, 2nd, 3rd,...) And these have a deeper siginificance because Kether, the first emanation of the Divine, really represents the first, the first thing to exist. The number system we use in the west today is suited to modelling our environment and using these models to manipulate matter. The number system of Qabalah is suited to modelling metaphysical concepts and gaining insight.

Along with the Tarot, we can use different paths in the Tree of Life to reach insights, gain wisdom and finally Enlightenment.
from byzant.com & Merlyn's notes


1 Kether Crown The Goddesshead, Source, Creator, Infinite Light The source of all. Part of the soul: Jechidah, The Self.
2 Chokmah Wisdom Yang, Revelation, Divine Reality, Chi Wisdom on a cellular level that one cannot be aware of. Wisdom that permeates one's entire being.
3 Binah Understanding Intuition, Yin, Female Archetype, Love, Repentance It is the pull of Binah that is going to get the magician out of the Abyss. Understanding. Binah corresponds with the part of the soul Neschemah, interpreted as The Intuition. only member of the supernal triad accesible to the human mind
4 Chesed Mercy Vision, Grace, Love What will acts on. The Magician has to accept that there are limits to what Will can acheive. "Ah canny change the laws of physics cap'n!" Scotty, Star Trek.
5 Geburah Strength Will, Power, Courage, Heroism, Intention, Judgement Will in Action, Discipline and Perseverance necessary for the progress of the Magician.
6 Tiphereth Beauty Creativity, Balance, Compassion Consciousness of Consciousness
7 Netzach Victory Now, Uncontrolled Feeling, Contemplation, Initiative, Persistence Our Feelings, not yet under control.
8 Hod Splendour Symbols, Language, Intellectual, Observational, Surrender, Sincerity Hod represents the symbolising power of the human mind. It can be accessed through Language and Symbols.
9 Yesod Foundation Imagination, Manifesting, Foundation, Wholly Remembering Yesod can be accessed through Imagination. In the same way the Moon reflects the light of the Sun, Imagination reflects AZOTH, the Inner Light.
10 Malkuth Kingdom Physical, Healing, Lower Crown Visible Universe. Manifest matter. When exploring The Tree it is wise to remain grounded in Malkuth, your own personal manifestation. Samsara.


Sacred Geometry: The Tree of Life
in the Flower of Life
Links
Tree of life and the Circuits (10 though? :p)
Byzant Kabbalah, Tree of Life and Tarot
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Aleister Crowley: Liber 777
Kabbalah Streaming Vids