.The Tree of Life is an attempt to explain the entire Universe with one symbol, Arguably, the implications of this attempt, are so vast that it may seem a ludicrous proposition.
This simple diagram is composed of Ten Spheres called Sephiroth (circle)
and twenty-two connecting lines called Paths. By adding the Sephiroth and Paths together, we get the collective:Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom.
The Ten Sephiroth are:
1)Kether- meaning-The Crown
[Note: Between Binah and the next Sephiroth is an invisible Sephira called Daath, meaning -Knowledge. it is invisible because it is a potential bridge built by each individual, across the Abyss between the Upper Three Sephiroth and those below.]
4) Chesed-Meaning- Mercy.
5) Geburah; Meaning- Severity. 6) Tiphareth; Meaning - Beauty. 7) Netzach; Meaning-- Victory. 8) Hod: Splendor. 9) Yesod:Meaning--Foundation. 10) Malkuth: Meaning ---Kingdom.
The Tree- of- Life, as used by modern Hermetic- Qabalists, was published in Kircher's Oedipus Aegypticus in 1635
. As this is the first published image of the Tree, a general developmental sequence is difficult to establish, as Jewish Qabalists profess different forms of the Tree of Life.. Thus the most that can be stated, is that the Tree of Life has evolved over the ages by reflecting the perspectives of contemporary philosophy.
The Tree that is presented in this blog, is the Hermetic Qabalah Tree of Life, that embodies in its pillars ( vertical rows of Sephiroth), the principle of five; four balanced elements, infused with the fifth element ---Spirit. The Qabalah teaches that our Universe evolved both organically and sequentially, which is illustrated by the Path of the Flaming Sword (left side). The First formed from the Mysterious Unmanifest, emerged Kether then Chokma then Binah, comprising the Supernal Triangle (seen right), a spiritual height bridged by the invisible Sephiroth- Daath.
The next Triangle formed is composed of Chesed, then Geburah, then Tiphareth and is called the Ethical Triangle. The Final Triangle is comprised of Netzach, then Hod, then Yesod. and is called the Astral Triangle The Last Sephira-Malkuth, stands alone, yet it is the recipient of the influences of all the other Sephiroth, containing the reflected perfection of Kether and yet is still described as the Fall, which may confuse the issue. Malkuth really is the crystallization, solidification, of all that was once fluid and radiant.making visible what was once invisible and since it is the absolute limit the Element Energy can go------it is the ending of the sequence and thus the beginning from whence we journey up to our inheritance for the "Higher sources of Self"., Higher being a euphemism for faster vibratory frequency than the visible spectrum.
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!