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The concept of a many-branched tree illustrating the idea that all life on earth is related has been used in science, religion, philosophy, mythology and other areas. A tree of life is variously, a) a mystical concept alluding to the interconnectedness of all life on our planet, b) a metaphor for common descent in the evolutionary sense, and c) a motif in various world theologies, mythologies and philosophies.


The Tree of Life, or Etz haChayim (עץ החיים) in Hebrew, is a mystical symbol used in the Kabbalah of esoteric Judaism to describe the path to HaShem and the manner in which He created the world ex nihilo (out of nothing). The Kabbalists developed this concept into a full model of reality, using the tree to depict a map or blueprint of Creation. Some believe the Tree of Life of the Kabbalah corresponds to the Tree of Life mentioned in Genesis 2:9. This mystical concept was later adopted by some esoterically inclined Christians as well as some Hermeticists. Among the Christian Kabbalists, the Sephiroth were called Dignities, and were referred to by their Latin names, instead of Hebrew Names. Christian Kabbalah also places emphasis on Christ, as Sustainer and Preserver of the Universe, and the Malkuth of Jewish Kabbalah is absent, as it is considered of a different order-of-being . Ramon Llull, beatified by the Catholic Church, is well known among Christian/Catholic Kaballah lore for his writings on the subject.
Tree Of Life
KETHER  

(Kaph, Tau, Resh)  
Concealed of the Concealed, Ancient of Ancients, Lux Occulta, Lus Interna  
Archangel: Metatron -- Tarot: Aces of Wands, Cups, Swords, Pentacles  
The Point, The Crown, The Swastika   (Roots of the Powers of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth) 

<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<the Abyss >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

BINAH 
 
(Beth, Yod, Nun, He) 
Ama, Aima, Khosia, Marah, the Great Sea 
Archangel: Tzaphkiel -- Tarot: Threes of Wands, Cups (Female), Swords (Male), Pentacles (Established Strength, Abundance, Sorrow, Material Works)  
Yoni, Kteis, Vesica Pisces, Cup, Chalice  


CHOKMAH

Cheth, Kaph, Mem, He)  
Power of Yetzirah, Yod of Tetragrammaton 
Archangel: Ratziel -- Tarot: Twos of Wands, Cups, Swords, Pentacles (Dominion, Love, Peace Restored, Harmonious Change)  
Lingam, Phallus, Yod, Tower, Rod of Power 


DAATH 
 
Mystery of Knowledge, Yod, the inner beautiful path  
In line with the Kundalini, coiled in Yesod 

<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<the Veil>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  

GEBURAH 

 (Gimbel, Beth, Vau, Resh, He) 
Din: Justice, Pachad: Fear   
Archangel: Khamael -- Tarot: Fives of Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles (Strife, Loss in Pleasure, Defeat, Earthly Trouble)   
 Archangel: Tzadkiel -- Tarot: Fours of Wands, Cups, Swords, Pentacles (Perfected Work, Pleasure, Rest from Strife, Earthly Power)  
Pentagon, Sword, Spear, Scourge, Chain 

 
CHESED
 
(Cheth, Samech, Daleth) 
Gedulah, Love, Majesty 
Archangel: Tzadkiel -- Tarot: Fours of Wands, Cups, Swords, Pentacles (Perfected Work, Pleasure, Rest from Strife, Earthly Power) 
Tetrahedron, Pyramid, Cross, Wand, Scepter 


TIPHARETH 
 
(Tau, Pe, Aleph, Resh, Tau)  
Zoar Anpin, the Lesser Countenance.  Melekh, the King.  Adam, Son, Man  
Archangel: Raphael -- Tarot: Sixes of Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles   (Victory, Joy, Earned Success, Material Success)  
The Lamen, Rosy Cross, Calvary Cross, Truncated Pyramid, Cube. 

 

NETZACH 

(Nun, Tzaddi, Cheth)  
 Title: Firmness 
Archangel: Haniel -- Tarot: Sevens of Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles (Valour, Illusory Success, Unstable Effort, Success Unfulfilled)    
Lamp and girdle.  The Rose 



HOD

(He, Vau, Daleth)
Image:  An hermaphrodite 
Archangel: Michael -- Tarot: Eights of Wands, Cups, Swords, Pentacles  (Swiftness, Abandoned Success, Shortened Force, Prudence) 
Names, Versicles, Apron 

  

YESOD 
 
Archangel: Gabriel -- Tarot: Nines of Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles  
(Great Strength, Material Happiness, Despair and Cruelty, Material Gain)  
 Perfumes and Sandals 

                

MALKUTH 
 
(Mem, Lamed, Kaph, Vau, Tau)  
Gate of Death, Shadow of Death, Tears, Justice, Prayer, Garden of Eden, Virgin  
Archangel: Sandalphon -- Tarot:  Tens of Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles   (Oppression, Perfected Success, Ruin, Wealth, Physical Manifestations, )  
Double Cube, Equal-armed Cross, Magic Circle, Triangle of Art 
According to Henrietta Bernstein [1], the Tree of Life may be thought of as a philosophy of evolution, a picture of creation.  Out of the void, the cosmos manifests itself through 32 paths of wisdom, 10 of these associated with ten Sephirah, and the remaining 22 with the various paths connecting each individual Sephirah.  The Tree is symbolic of the flow of creation from the divine to the lower world and back again.  It is as much the gradual evolution of the Deity from negative paradise or heavenly existence, as to moving into positive existence (i.e. the physical universe).  Each Sephirah acts as a container or vessel through which Divinity is emanated into man.  Light and luminescence -- the essence of life and existence -- permeates each sphere as the manifestation of God.   

The Tree of Life is considered an esoteric (“for the few”) subject, associated with Jewish, Christian and New Age mysticism.  It is considered by some as a road map leading back to the heavens from which we came.  By others, a means of progressing through the 22 paths of The Fool’s Journey (the Major Arcana of the Tarot), and thus encountering the actual or virtual reality of all the diverse forms of experience available to the human race.  By still others, it is representative of: 1) different states of consciousness and 2) subjective experiences arising from internal conditions which an individual psyche can undergo while traveling the various paths.  In all aspects, the Tree of Life provides a focus of meditation on the cosmic knowingness of life.   

Because of its esoteric nature, the Tree of Life cannot be encapsulated in a few pages of a website.  It is a life-spanning study, one which is loath to readily give up its secrets.  This is as it should be, in that any knowledge “for the few” is potent, but is not necessarily a good pursuit by the uninitiated.  Edouard Schure has quoted by Henrietta Bernstein [1] as saying: “Moses had the courage to establish the highest principle of initiation as the sole dogma of a national religion, and the prudence to reveal its consequences to only a small number of initiates, while imposing it upon the masses through fear.”    

The “prudence” not to provide the knowledge of power for those unlikely to appreciate its proper usage, is a fundamental tenet of all truly esoteric information.  Would one think it appropriate, for example, to provide Adolph Hitler with such access?  (And he did indeed make every effort to thoroughly acquaint himself with such powerful knowledge.)   

The idea of imposing the consequences of this knowledge “upon the masses through fear” might seem to be less than enlightened.  However, a basic part of any esoteric initiation worthy of the name is the overcoming of fear on the part of the initiate.  Some of the Egyptian initiation rituals, for example, involved swimming with crocodiles!  Thus fear and overcoming it, is basic to the process of initiation, and thus fear has its place.   

One means of maintaining such knowledge secret is to provide alternate, false versions.  If close to accurate, they may seem authentic and be readily accepted by the seekers who are not using enough Discrimination in their search for the truth.  In many cases, all one has to do is “tweak” the information in such a way as to mislead the unwary.  This might include the addition of some feature which has no real value, but is manufactured complete with a history or rationale, such that it appears important (even when it isn’t).  Another idea is to mislabel certain features, and wait for the true initiate to uncover it.   

One possible example -- i.e. this may or may not be a “red herring” -- is the lightning flash [Figure 1 in Variations of a Theme], which connects the Sephiroth (plural for Sephirah).  A “flash” suggests a form of instant illumination for the seeker, which may be unlikely.  “The Word is in them as they rush forth and as they return, they speak as from the whirlwind, and returning fall prostrate in adoration before the Throne.”[2]  Such a picture is certainly dramatic, and therefore may be very appealing, but there is the very strong suggestion that drama is not the essence of reaching enlightenment.  It’s not necessarily hard work, but it is likely a continuous, soul-searching, undramatic process.   
This is just a very basic introduction to the Tree Of Life. The Tree represents (blueprint) of the boundless abilities and processes of creation itself !!! You can never learn all that there is on this subject because it takes you into the miriads of dimensions of all that is & beyond.....Therefore, one page is hardly sufficient to explain the powerful knowledge that this symbol of realities produces. 

The Tree Of Life is multi-leveled, multi-dimensional, & multi-diverse in it's aspects. It is used with Astrology, Tarot, Chakras of the human body, Auric Fields, Sacred Geometry, is found in the very center of the Flower Of Life Geometric Sacred Symbol (check out my Sacred Geometry link in the left side of this page), and the list goes on and on. It is literally the blueprint that corresponds with all of the sacred knowledge that entails every belief system available to the esoteric, religious, scientific, & gnosis seeking individual.

As mentioned above, the study of The Tree Of Life takes time & patience. The knowledge received will stretch your mind and allow your higher self to communicate the many levels of energies of information that you have forgotten by becoming a human being born into Malcuth. Your higher self can take you up and down the tree with ease, if you will only allow your ego to free itself of the fears & trust your better half.....You as a spiritual being, is who you really are, always was, & will always be, no matter what form you take.....

Namaste' 
Many Blessings in your search, Astoria Brown
OM
This symbol (as seen in the image above) is a sacred syllable representing  omnipresence, omnipotence, and the source of all manifested existence.
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The Sephirothic Tree Of The Later Cabbalists.