The Tree of Life is a remarkable tool we can use on a daily basis to increase awareness of the bigger, spiritual picture and find ways to overcome challenges, and improve our life.
The aim is for us to master the energy of the physical plane and find happiness and fulfilment through creative ability. Everyone has a reason for being here, and a purpose to fulfil on the earth plane. All life has a purpose. No matter how things may appear, there is always a bigger picture – we just have to be willing to see it.
The Tree of Life offers insights to help us on our journey towards creating our ideal life on earth. This dynamic arrangement covers all aspects of spirituality, and although the teachings are vast, they are also beautifully simple and very effective.
We can relate the teachings to ourselves, as individuals, and also to the bigger spiritual picture that affects the whole of humanity.
To look at a picture of the Tree of Life we can see 10 circles and connecting lines. The circles are called sephiroth (plural) or sephirah (singular).
Every sephirah is numbered and corresponds with information i.e. symbols, spiritual experience, vice, virtue, angels etc. associated with the area being examined. Each sephirah focuses on a different aspect of energy and offers insights and challenges to overcome to help us on our quest to return to our spiritual roots and reunite with the spiritual source (Kether – white sephirah).
The sephiroth are also known as Temples or inner connection points. A temple is a place where we can make a very strong connection with our higher mind. The way the temples work for us is through the power of visualisation, and through our senses and feelings.
The lines are called ‘paths’ – they align with the 22 major trump tarot cards. As we journey deeper into the Tree of Life we begin to walk the paths. Each path is situated between two sephiroth. The path has its own specific intention and links two sephiroth together in one complete experience. Like the temples, this experience will often be reflected in everyday life.
As with all things the best place to start is at the beginning and the sephirah of the earth plane – Malkuth.
Malkuth is sephirah number 10 and known as the Kingdom. All temple work begins and ends in Malkuth. In Malkuth we are introduced to the 4 worlds and the basics of the Tree of Life. To access the rest of the Tree of Life we have to go through Malkuth.
The Temple of Malkuth is made of wood and situated within an ancient, and vast, oak tree which stands in a large forest clearing. Inside the temple the walls are made of wood and set in the walls, in each quarter, there are 4 massive, circular stained glass windows depicting the 4 fixed signs of the zodiac.
At the back of Malkuth temple, past the pillars and altar, there are 3 oak doors. These oak doors lead us onto other paths and temples. Straight ahead of you – facing east – the door in the middle leads to the Temple of Yesod (Universe Path). The door on the left leads to the Temple of Hod (Aeon Path), and the door on the right leads to the Temple of Netzach (Moon Path).
Once inside the realms of Yesod we discover 4 more doors. The door through which we entered leads us back onto the Universe Path and the Temple of Malkuth. The other 3 doors take us deeper into the Tree of Life, towards other paths and temples:
- Hod (Sun Path)
- Netzach (Star Path)
- Tiphareth (Art Path)
Within each temple there are doors that lead onto other paths and temples. We can visit each temple and gain insights to help and inspire us, and then move onto the next region to explore through the inner doors and connecting paths.
Each temple helps us in different ways with the various aspects of our life – they are not all the same. We would meditate in the Temple of Malkuth for grounding and stability, and to glean insights into managing the mundane aspects of day to day life. We would meditate in the Temple of Yesod for help with emotional stability, to connect with the astral worlds and personal spirit guides, and for past life information.
For more information on the sephiroth, and the different areas of life they represent, please click on the relevant link:
See also our series of practical Qabalah and Tree of Life workbooks. Each workbook explores a different sephirah. They are designed for beginners. The teachings are easy to follow and incorporate into everyday life. Please read the reviews to help you to decide if they may be of use to you.
We also have a series of taster Videos. Each video provides a short insight into each sephirah.