The Kabbalistic Tree of Life is a mystical map thousands of years old that teaches us to unfold the divine potential within us through its 32 paths of wisdom. The Tree of Life of Kabbalah reflects the microcosmic and macrocosmic realities that allow us to gain insight into creation and its laws.
Tree of Life – it can be structurally divided into 10 Sephiroth and 22 channels or paths. The individual spheres in the Tree are called sephiroth. The 22 connecting channels are characterized by the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The columns and triads of the diagram are also meaningful. The right and left columns are polar to each other, the middle one between them acts as a mediator and compensator.
The right column, the column of grace, symbolizes the element of fire, the masculine and self-confidence. The left column, the column of severity, represents the element water, the feminine and the subconscious. The middle column balances the two poles and represents the superconsciousness. The original Tree of Life contains no polarity and represents unity. It also represents the key of creation. In the Hermetic Academy, teaching is based on the initiatory Tree of Life. The Hermetic Academy preserves unique Kabbalistic courses that help to experience conscious unity with the Creator and to attain Enlightenment.
In the Garden of Eden, the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life are symbolically placed next to each other. In a certain stage of evolution, man ate from the Tree of Knowledge and thus fell out of the Garden of Eden into the knowledge of polarity, where he experienced the state of suffering and separation. The Tree of Life was guarded, so that as yet undeveloped man could not attain immortality from the gods for himself. For it is through the consciousness of the Tree of Life that man becomes immortal. Therefore it is also called the Tree of Life. The diagram of the Tree of Life shows us the path to immortality.
This path is a process of maturity and development that guides the striving person, expects a lot from him and rewards him generously. The aspirant starts in Malkuth, the lowest Sephirah, which signifies the physical, the manifestation. Together with the Sephiroth Yesod, Hod and Netzach, these four represent the Lesser Mysteries, where the different parts of the personality (body, behavior patterns, thoughts, feelings and desires) become balanced. In the Middle Sphere Tiphareth the true ruler of personality will be consciously experienced. The contact to the Higher Self becomes more conscious and solidifies. The Magnum Opus, the Great Work of Personality Development, starts at Tiphareth. It leads through the Sephiroth Geburah and Chesed to mastery over the Sephiroth Binah, Chokmah and Kether.
“The only purpose of Kabbalistic training is to lead man from the blinded profane existence of the material world to the radiant reality, away from mortality, to eternal life, which can be experienced here and now”. (Elias Rubenstein)