Tarot and Kabbalah: The Tree of Life
The Tree of Life
If we observe the Tree of Life as it is written by the Hebrew Kabbalists, we see ten Sephiroth.
The tree begins with the Ancient of Days, Kether, who is in the most elevated place of the tree. Chokmah follows as the second Sephirah, in other words, the Second Logos, which is precisely the Cosmic Christ, or Vishnu. Then Binah follows, which is the Third Logos, the Lord Shiva. Kether, Chokmah, and Binah are the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as they are drawn in the Tree of Life of the Hebraic mysteries; this is how the Rabbis taught it.
Kether, Chokmah, and Binah are the trimurti of perfection; they are the divine triangle: the very beloved Father, the very adored Son, and the very wise Holy Spirit.
There is an abyss found after this divine triangle. After this abyss, a second triangle is formed by Chesed—the fourth Sephirah that corresponds to the Innermost, or when speaking in Sanskrit, Atman the ineffable one—continuing with Geburah, the might of the law, the fifth Sephirah, Buddhi, the Divine Soul, which is feminine. Then follows Tiphereth, the sixth Sephirah, the Human Soul, which is masculine.
A third triangle comes as an unfoldment and this is represented by Netzach—the mind, the seventh Sephirah—continuing with Hod, the eighth Sephirah, the astral body. Further down is Yesod, the ninth Sephirah, the main foundation of sex, the vital depth of the physical organism, the vital body or the ethereal vehicle, the Theosophist lingam sarira.
Finally, at the lowest part of the Tree of Life, we find Malkuth, the tenth Sephirah, the physical world or physical body, the body of flesh and bones.
The first triangle—Kether, Chokmah and Binah—is Logoic. The second triangle—Chesed, Geburah, and Tiphereth—is Ethical. The third triangle—Netzach, Hod, and Yesod—is Magical. Malkuth, the physical world, is a fallen Sephirah.
The first triangle, or Logoic Triangle, obviously has its center of gravity in the divine Father, the Ancient of Days, Kether. This is something that anyone can observe. Kether is a mathematical point in the infinite, immense, and unalterable space. This triangle is the triangle of the Father.
If we analyze the second triangle, we find that it is Ethical. Why is it called ethical? It is simply because ethics or upright behavior is primed there. There, we know the might of the law; there, we know good and evil, about what is good and evil. This triangle is the world of pure Spirit, which is Atman, Buddhi, Manas—that is, the Hindu Trimurti. Obviously, the center of gravity in this triangle becomes at a simple glance the Human Soul, that Soul who suffers and who gives that human part to us; the Sephirah Tiphereth coincides with the causal body. This triangle is also denominated as the Triangle of the Son. Here we find the Cosmic Christ, Chokmah, who when so endowed manifests himself through the Human Soul, which is Tiphereth in the Hebraic Kabbalah.
The third triangle becomes very interesting because this is the Magical Triangle formed by the mind or Netzach, the astral body or Hod, and the ethereal body or Yesod, which is also the basic sexual principle of universal life. Why this is called the Magical Triangle? Undoubtedly, it is because High Magic is exercised in the kingdom of the mind and the kingdom of the astral and even in the Klipoth or the infernal worlds.
There is no doubt that Netzach is where we can find Hermetic Magic, and in Hod we find Natural Magic. Other authors think differently. They believe that Natural Magic is found in Netzach; I have to disagree with them in that matter because when precisely seen, the mind is found to be Mercurial. There are authors that disagree with my concepts. They suppose that the mind is Venusian. I regret to discuss this type of concept because anyone can realize that the mind is Mercurial. Therefore, Hermetic Magic must be identified with Mercury, which is related with the mind. Regarding natural, ceremonial, or ritualistic magic, we find it in the astral world, in the astral body.
Where do we find the central gravity of the Magical Triangle? Obviously, it is found in sex, because it is from here that birth, death and regeneration come. Everything rotates around sex. In other words, the third triangle has its center of gravity in sex, or Yesod, which is the force of the Third Logos, the sexual potency.
In this way we have found that there are three basic centers of gravity in the whole Tree of Life. In the first triangle, the center of gravity is in the First Logos, Kether, the elder of the Centuries.
In the second triangle, Chokmah, the Cosmic Christ, the Second Logos, has its center of gravity in the Human Soul, Tiphereth.
In the third triangle Binah, the Holy Spirit, the Third Logos has its center of gravity in Yesod. It is from within the sexual force that life emerges, where the physical body emerges, where all living organisms emerge. Since we are the children of a man and a woman, not even Malkuth could exist without the presence of sex. Therefore, Yesod is the foundation of the Third Logos; Yesod is the center where the sexual force of the Third Logos gravitates.
There are two trees in Eden: the Tree of the Science of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life.
The Tree of the Science of Good and Evil is sex, and this Tree of Knowledge is represented by the sexual organs.
The Tree of Life is the Being, and in our physical body this tree is represented by the spinal column.
Every true cultural doctrine has to study in detail these two trees, because the study of one tree without the study of the other gives incomplete and useless knowledge.
For what purpose do we study the Being if we do not know about sex? Both Trees are from Eden and even share the same roots. These are the two main great columns of the White Lodge: wisdom and love. Wisdom is the Tree of the Science of Good and Evil, and love is the Tree of Life.
The doctrine of the two trees was deeply studied in ancient Egypt. The fatal shadow of the Tree of Life is the psychological “I.” The fatal shadow of the Tree of Knowledge is fornication. People usually mistake the shadows for reality.
Whosoever finishes with the processes of the psychological “I” will Self-realize his Being. Whosoever stops fornicating is converted into a Christ.
And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat, But of the tree of the Knowledge of good and evil, thou shall not eat of it, For in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. - Genesis 2:16, 17
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. - Genesis 3: 6
And the Lord God said, Behold the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever...
So he drove out the man and he placed at the east of the Garden of Eden Cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. - Genesis 3: 22, 2
If the fallen human being could have eaten from the delicious fruits of the Tree of Life, then today we would have fornicating gods. That would have been the damnation of damnations. That would have been the most terrible sacrifice. That would have been the impossible.
Therefore, the flaming sword of cosmic justice is brandished; it is blazing, frightening, and terrible guarding the way towards the Tree of Life.
The Innermost was born from the Sephirothic Crown: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Innermost is enveloped within six inferior vehicles that interpenetrate one another and form the human being. All of the faculties and powers of the Innermost are the fruits of the Tree of Life. The human being will eat from the fruits of the Tree of Life when he returns to Eden in the same way that he departed. Then, the human being will see God face to face without dying. Lightning will serve as a scepter for him and tempests as carpet for his feet.
There are ten surges of life that interpenetrate each other without any type of confusion; these ten eternal emanations are the ten Sephiroth of Kabbalah, the ten branches of the Tree of Life. Now we begin to understand why God put ten fingers on our hands.
The twelve senses of the human being (7 chakras or churches + 5 physical senses = 12) are related with our spinal column. The spinal column is the physical exponent of the Tree of Life. The twelve senses are the twelve fruits of the Tree of Life.