My work is based on the Qabbalah, which is the jewish mystical tradition.
The heart of this tradition is the tree of life. It is the center of this western mystery tradition. It is also called Etz Ha-Chaim, which comes from Hebrew and means receiving, accepting.
All famous magicians such as Agrippa von Nettesheim, Paracelsus, Eliphas Levi, Papus, Aleister Crowley, Dion Fortune, Walter E. Butler, and many others have studied the Qabbalah.
The Tree of life is mentioned for the first time in Genesis (first book of the Jewish Tanach and the Christian Bible).
It uses symbols to summarize every human force - the soul (microcosm) and the universe (macrocosm)
- in a diagram.
This is a so-called glyph. A graphic representation of a character. It is the representation of the universe in a diagram.
With the tree of life it is possible to illuminate and perfect all different aspects in our soul. As an example: In meditation you can also use it to balance opposing elements in your life.
But ultimately, the tree is the core of the Western Mysteries. Through study, we gain knowledge about the nature of creation and the human soul. Here we find everything that exists. From the highest spiritual dimension, to matter.
The individual points on the tree are called Sefirah, the plural form is Sefirot, they show us what it is about. All Sefirot are interconnected with paths. These paths are about how we get from one Sefirah to the next.
There are 10 Sefirot in number and one transformation point, which is not directly counted as a Sefirah, but also a very important part of the tree of life. Only the paths count 22. Overall, with the ten Sefirot there are 32 development paths on the tree.
Each Sefirah symbolizes an essential principle of existence.
The 22 paths fit the 22 Hebrew letters and also the 22 trumps in the Tarot. In astrology, the individual planets are assigned to the Sefirot and here we also find the Little Arcana of the Tarot.
Thus, it is clear that the tree is the common thread through these three systems, and in this way we are looking at the entire universe from different angles.
And last, but not least; Unlike many other religions, the Qabbalah assigns humanity a more active role in the creative process. It is not just about recognizing the true, eternal, divine values and striving to realize them in our own life, in the Qabbalah man is partner of "God" - or the Light - in the process of "Tikkun ha-olam" (Repair of the world).
So this also includes the material plane we are all living on. Only through the active work of man on this planet does the actual perfection of creation comes true.
The tree of life represents creative principles. These can be classified according to the qabbalistic tradition macrocosmically and microcosmically. This idea corresponds to the hermetic axiom "As above, so below." All senses, such as the creative and abstract thinking, the emotions or our sensory impressions exist in ourselves, but can also be linked with more universal cosmic principles.
The fact that the qabbalistic tree of life provides a systematic overview of these levels up to abstract higher regions of consciousness, these principles can be trained in our inner self-perception, but also quite practical in our interactions with the world around us.