The Tree of Life in Kabbalah
The Tree of life is believed to be the pathway to eternal life; a way to heaven. It is thought to be a guide to heaven from the physical without having to die first. The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn believed that the lessons in the Major Arcana could lead to the same goal; A soul's route to heaven without having to go through the channels of death. The Tree of life is a theoretical tree; a message of unity. We are all part of a larger unit, a force that holds us all together as equal parts of a larger whole.
The Tree has three pillars, a symbol seen throughout several of the Major Arcana cards. The right pillar is the pillar of Mercy, the left pillar is the pillar of Harshness The middle pillar is the pillar of Harmony, balance, and integration. The pillars integrate the dark and the light and help us to negotiate the acknowledgement of both.
There are ten sefirot in the Tree of life, and ten pip cards in each suit. The Sefirot (singular is Sefirah) are the circles seen on the pillars of the tree of life and pip cards are the minor arcana cards minus the court cards. A sefirah is a vessel with divine energy of God that exists in all that is. The sefirot at the top of the tree are luminous and iridescent while the serifot at the trunk of the tree are darker and more solid. Keter as the first sefirah on the tree correlates to the aces, chochma to the twos, Binah to the threes etc etc.
Nowadays, the system of Tarot has merged into the teachings of Kabbalah, and by learning one system, it is easier to understand the other. By assigning the pip cards to the sefirot the tarot can be categorised into smaller and more manageable groups that are easier to remember.
Kabbalistic Elements Specific to the Fool
Expanding just slightly on the numbering of the Fool card, Keter, the ‘sephiroth’ that sits at the top, represents the static source of the universe – the unleashing of potential energy into a physical universe - the release of which meets the energy represented by Chockmah, the male force (to simplify this notion lets for a moment compare it to the moment of insemination when the spark of life begins and cells then divide). The lines between the 'Sephiroth' (Keter and the other nine circles) or 'emanations' on the tree are known as paths, and there are 22 of them -as previously mentioned- one for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
Aleph (0 – the Fool) is the first path. So here we have the beginning of everything, projected into one-dimensional space. As soon as we arrive at the first projection of zero, 1, we are confronted by dimensional expansion. This is the basis of Aleister Crowley's (also a member of the Golden Dawn society) equation for explaining existence, 0=2.
The letter Aleph represents the beginning of everything; everything to follow is foreshadowed in it - it contains all the other letters. This is the true meaning of the Fool.
Some thoughts on energy
The tarot deals heavily with energies, those desires and needs and actions manifesting into experience. The ebb and flow of frequencies which will ultimately influence intangible into tangible, the breath of innocence before a decision and the results that take form. The fool is unencumbered by what lies ahead since he is being portrayed in a fixed moment in time – he is unknowingly moving within and towards dimensional expansion -towards release- it is only the viewer that undertakes to carry and conceptualize the weight of consequence due to the events that will inevitably unfold.
The Planetary associations with the Fool
The Fool’s astrological counterpart is the innovative planet of Uranus. Uranus liberates those from whatever is holding them back and guides us towards something better. Sometimes this can happen suddenly and they can be thrust out of their comfort zone with no warning. Uranus is associated with the sign of Aquarius and the 11th house. The 11th house rules friends, groups, work colleagues, the collective and hopes and goals. Aquarius is very much the sign of the individual thinker – someone who walks their own path and whose priorities are very much around being true to themselves. Uranus also rules unusual professions and radical shifts as well as challenges and exciting adventures along the way.
Planetary influence: URANUS
Kabbalistic Tree Placement: ALEPH
Upright: INNOCENCE, FREEDOM, ORIGINALITY, ADVENTURE, TRAVEL, FOOLISHNESS, CARELESSNESS, IDEALISM, YOUTH, SPONTANEITY, LACK OF COMMITMENT, NEW BEGINNINGS.
Reversed: RECKLESSNESS, CARELESSNESS, NEGLIGENCE, STUPIDITY, DISTRACTION, APATHY, IRRATIONALITY, LACK OF FUN, HOPE OR FAITH.
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