Back in 2010, one of my Psychic School teachers suggested that we keep a journal of all of our experiences in class. That journal could help new students down the line as you tend to forget what its like for a beginner, and more importantly, it keeps you from forgetting things! A few months later this blog was born and if you start here, you can read my entire journey! Keeping notes also came in handy because I can be thickheaded, and even if the answer is right in front of me, the message will make sense years later. This was the case for me with the Tree of Life (covered here), a glyph that summarizes the Kabbalistic theory of creation and our relationship with the spiritual world.
Eons ago the Big Bang happened. Before the universe was created all we had was nothingness and light. That emptiness exploded into an abstract sphere of light (Keter) that cascaded down through nine more spheres, the last of which became the physical universe. Each of these spheres is an aspect of what we call God: wisdom, understanding, compassion, judgement, mercy, etc. The last sphere represents our physical universe. In between we have the spiritual realms, where angels, loved ones and other beings reside. I first discovered the Tree of Life at the Kabbalah Centre and later at the College, it was often mentioned in my angel channeling classes, as each Archangel is linked to a sphere of light. A few years ago we were connecting with Raziel, one of the more magical angels and I kept getting the same image: a book that was full of incandescent light. Raziel is also the angel of Kabbalah & the so-called keeper of secrets. It felt like he wanted me to connect with the individual spheres but I didn't know how. A few weeks later I signed up for classes at the Kabblah Centre, and though I really enjoyed them, there was no class were you "astral traveled" to the spheres and my teacher gave me a funny look when I asked her if we could go there ourselves.
All of this was in late 2012, early 2013. At the time, I actually found the answer in a book called Magical Qabala for Beginners, but I only realized that a few months ago when I finished reading the book. It teaches something called Kabbalistic Pathworking, were you use clairvoyant meditations and astral projection to move up from the lowermost sphere. Each of the spheres has an angel and a planet and get this, the pathways between the spheres can be linked to Tarot Trumps (the 22 Major Arcana). For those of us who aren't familiar with the Hebrew alphabet, tarot trumps and archangels may be the easiest way to connect with the Tree of Life. Geek that I am, I went on to read three books on the subject, the one pictured was easiest to understand. If I'm not mistaken, the correspondence between the Tree of Life and Tarot was developed by a group of English magicians in the 1880's known as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. One of its members was A.E. Waite, the creator of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. The group is said to have imploded thanks to their big egos, and some of their techniques I am not entirely comfortable with, but the path-working concept is exactly what I was looking for.
My next post is going to be on the Tree of Life, the Angels and Tarot, focusing on how we can use the Major Arcana cards in meditation to connect with the energy in the Tree of Life (or at least to become familiar with it). I won't focus on Astral Projection so much because I've only tried it very recently, but if you're interested check out Astral Dynamics by Robert Bruce. We should also famliarize ourselves with the Tree of Life and Tarot, you can get a head start by reading this fun post on the Major Arcana in Cinema. I love movies and as the Tarot Trumps are based on major archetypes, its easier to link them back to movie characters and get a feel for their energy that way. Stay tuned for more!