Understanding the Tree of Life, and the Qliphoth

This is an appendix to my series of posts about my adventures during 2005, leading up to the performance of Paul Green’s play Babalon. The story is full of cloak and dagger, initiatory strangeness, chaos, and hysteria. It shows what can happen on the Magical path if one is not careful…(as if one has choice…)

Directed by occultist, Alison Rockbrand, Babalon was performed on December 5, 2005, at the John Gielgud Theatre at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts to a sold out audience of London’s finest occultists and magicians. If you want to listen to it, click Radio QBSaul: Archives: Babalon. I played Marjorie Cameron/Babalon. I am called Angela Murrow because I had to hide my identity.

Babalon Diaries: Appendix 1

I am very excited to announce that an interview with Paul Green, author of the play Babalon, is coming up on the Winterspells blog. This should be very interesting, as he is a wonderful writer with a lot to say. He shall bring us his insight into the magical paths of Jack Parsons. L.Ron Hubbard, Marjorie Cameron, and the Babalon Working.

Since Paul’s knowledge of magic, and  especially Thelema, is very deep, I thought I should give you an overview of the one of the most prevalent Magical Patterns in Occultism, or Western Mystery Tradition: the Qabbalistic Tree of Life. An basic understanding of the Tree will provide a foundation for understanding most magical systems, from Ceremonial Magic to Wicca.

My Background in Qabbalah

I began my study of the Qabbalah in 1983, when I was reading book by the esoteric author, Dion Fortune, a former Golden Dawn Magician. The book was the Mystical Qabbalah, a journey through the ten Sephiroth, with descriptions of the spheres of the Gods, and their corresponding planets, colors, numbers, choirs, and the Legions of Angels. The Qabbalah is the key to the Magic of the Angels and for the Union with the Holy Guardian Angel.

During the time of my studies, I was living in the servants quarters of big mansion in Seattle that was home of my  Middle Eastern Dance director and instructor, Elizabeth Dickinson. She gave me refuge when I broke up with my rock star boyfriend who was fun, but drank way too much. I couldn’t physically take it any more…wimpy I know, but I had to leave. (But his idol was Keith Moon who was dead, after all.) I also left because I read Dante’s Inferno as part of my study for a Shakespeare play I was in, and I realized I was, oh my God, in the Upper Hell!

I guess my latent Catholicism kicked in big time, because I went through a very holy phase. One holy thing I did was wake up at 5:00 every morning to study the Qabbalah book and meditate. I worked with it like this for a very long time and began having visions of the Sephiroth Gods and Goddesses, using all the correspondences to build altars, and just got into doing Magic. I think I wanted to be like Vivian LeFay Morgan from Dion Fortune’s Sea Priestess book among other things. I used the magical images and ideas I learned in the Mystical Qabbalah in my own dances for the troupe I was in called the  Companions of the Musavir. It was Sufi dance troupe. As the dance company was about using Scared Dance to tell Sufi stories, my contributions fit in very well. I always liked the idea of the theater as a temple.

So my knowledge of the Tree is pretty extensive, but also very old. I will give you what I have internalized over the years. It may be technically off for some people, but if you are one of those, please feel free to leave comments. I would enjoy an refresher and it will help the other readers as well.

Tree of Life, Tree of Lights

Above is a very nice diagram of the Tree of Life, the basic glyph, or magical pattern, on which the Qabbalistic system is based. But in case you are new to this, here is a simple one:

As you can see, there are ten spheres with thirty-two paths linking them together in various ways. The spheres are called Sephiroth and, in my experience, when you work with them, they open up as little chapels with altars in them that correspond to the qualities of the deities that work through them. Each Sephiroth is aligned to a planet and with the Gods, Goddesses, Planetary Intelligences, Angels that make up the consciousness of that Sphere.

You can also meditate standing within the Tree, so that your feet at at Malkuth (Earth), your pelvis is at Yesod  (Moon), heart is at Tiphareth (Sun) and so on. You must “Cross the Abyss” (Daath) so that your head is just below Kether whose symbol is appropriately enough, a Crowned King.

This is a huge topic that entire books have been written about, but these little keys can help you go through the doors on your own. It is the basis of Tables of Correspondences, relationships between powers and deities, and many other things. It is very enlightening to take your favorite Gods, say the Greek Gods, and put each one in a sphere according his or her planetary association and see how the energies collide and interact. You can understand things at a much deeper level when you play with the Tree of Life in this way.

The Dark Side of the Tree, Tree of Death?

Now, more appropriately for Parsons and Thelema, I shall do my best to explain the Dark Side of the Tree of Life. Think of it as the same as the Dark Side of the Moon, where a crater has been named for Jack Parsons, where everything is reversed like a reflection in a mirror.

The mirror can be front to back as with a coin, but also up and down as when a tree is reflected in a lake. (See  the image at the top of this post.) This essay is about the front/back dichotomy. The up/down has to do with the Underworld of Faery.

Most things that live in the dark, or on the dark side, have developed fearful shapes in the minds of the members of the Big Three religions that have been indoctrinated to to seek, exclusively, the Light. In Christianity, I think the idea that God is Logos, equated to the Sun, may have something to do with this. Therefore, the moon, or the dark being opposed, must be anti-God.

Exploring the reverse side of the Tree of Life was forbidden, for it was said to be  the abode of demons, shells, and destructive, chaotic forces — the flip side of the acceptable qualities of the bright side of the tree. An example of this would be:

Chesed, ruled by Jupiter and all the Gods of beneficence, mercy, abundance, and expansion can flip over into excess, greed, compulsion, and cancerous growth. Think of the good and bad sides of Sagittarius: jovial, fun- loving, active, philosophical, but wow, can they be dogmatic, bullying, crude, and its my way or the highway!

Its like that for all of the Sephiroth, whether Netzach (Venus), Hod (Mercury) Geburah (Mars) Binah (Saturn), etc.. (See the charts) The Dark Tree houses  chaos, disintegration, unbalanced power, or forces out of conscious control — for what is in the dark is unconscious, instinctual, reacting without thought. Furies live on the dark side of tree, and all those beings that we, or society as a whole, reject. Death lives on the dark side, waiting in the shadows.

Qliphoth and Astral Shells

Some Occultists have a need to redeem these exiled entities, wishing to bring about wholeness and healing. In order to do that safely, one must have been initiated into their own shadow side, in a real way, so that when these beings show themselves, they can be understood.

Some Occultists feel that the Qliphoth are storehouse of power.  The truth is that the darkness brings you deep, and if you seek to look into what has been repressed, or forbidden, then the paths that work with the dark side of the Tree will have a magnetic pull for you.

The Qliphoth are what are called by Occultists, Astral Shells. What this means is that, at one time these were bodily forms with souls, perhaps human, but they are now dead and emptied out of any Divine spark, or consciousness. Ghosts are considered by some Parapsychologists to be Astral Shells, or just figments or imprints left behind in the aethers after the original occupant has moved on. These shells can be used, taken over by wandering entities, that seem a bit like hermit crabs looking for new homes. Since they are floating around on the dark side, the  spirits that take them over are, of course, low grade entities and demons who can be magically persuaded to do the bidding of Black Magicians. Nyahahah! The lovely Lillith is considered to be one of these.

Lilith by Anandazone

Lilith by Anandazone

Astral Realm or Sub Lunar Realm

I have a question about the idea of Astral Shells. The word Astral means Star, so it suggests that the Qliphoth are dead stars perhaps? But the Earth is under the Moon; we live in the Sub Lunar Realm. It is said that, at one time, the Earth and the Moon were joined. The Moon split off and we descended into denser material forms.

Therefore, are the demons Astral Shells or Lunar Shells? They sure seem to be of the dark side of the moon to me.

I understand why someone would want to do magic with the Underworld Tree, another forbidden zone by the Big Three Religions. It is because  I feel very resonant with Faery. But I must admit, even though I played Majorie Cameron/ Babalon in the play and was deeply effected by Her, I don’t understand the attraction of some people to destructive forces, chaos, and astral shells. there is a gap in my education that, hopefully, Paul Green will fill when we speak at the end of this week.

The interview will be recorded over Skype and then I will stream it from the blog. Cross fingers that all goes well. Technically speaking that is.

Of course, if you want to listen to podcasts of our December 5, 2005 performance of Babalon, the links are just below.

Babalon: Part One

Babalon: Part Two

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48 thoughts on “Understanding the Tree of Life, and the Qliphoth

  1. i do like the idead of kabalah but i don t find it alive enough. one guy told me once i had the tree of life in me.i like the idea that all the sphere come from one sphere and that they arranged the way you evolve and in the way you create bridges, but i don t believe in a tree of life thayt is the same for everyone as this to me more a frozen tree than a tree of life. moreover it rendered dead as the dark side is cut of and doesn t really make it alive. i like the idea that wjhat lives in the shadows makes the tree of life alive and gives it a different shape, but like that it looks to me like a safe road where knowledge is not really allowed to eveolve. it s like driving o the same road to visit your fanily for christmas if anyone does.i do believe in the dark side of the tree of life but i cant rall make my mind up as it to be a reflection or an upside down version, cause that is too safe for a place reacting without thought, so i d say you ve got this tree of life that is like a map but then for everyone it got a different shape in the end cause taimted with our own travels and bridges. i think i ve been unconsciously doing that kind of magic before but i find it very restrictive as there is a given path verytime, but maybe it is because there is no interplay with the dark side of the tree, i think a real tree would look like this realm without thought, and the rings of the tree would represent all the spheres interlocked and growing out of each other.
    as to the astral shells i believe that these are remnants as well, things unsolved by the person or things that are still attached to the previous life but purely because it hasn t been understood or confronted.then i believe that even if this oerson moves on it still got this attachement and yes it makes it vulnarable to demons to occupie this shell, and even worse it permits them to materialise as well as sapce and time is annihilted, it is just a cord that really has to becut. the result is like interference and sometimes also schizophrenia in certain cases, like being with other people, or being possessed sometimes.but also the new occupier is like a you but like a you that is almost independant but for the fact thwt it still feeds on your energy, and that sometimes the shell can become stronger than the original occupier. as to the astral shelves i agree that theyare dead stars resulting from being cut off from the moon as this is probably why they are still floating around, which is only then that they become demons. i believe in the fact that the moon as been cut from the earth and that in the process the moon has been cut off in half as well, like the tre of life without its dark side, the challenge really being to see things as a whole or as they do in faery, so interestingly this tree of life is contradictory as it keeps everythng apart and doesn tmake things whole which is really what bothers me. to go further the earth has lost contact with all the planets and not only tn=he moon and the tree of life is showing the path to those planets but by keeping them seperate, so it a tree of life with two dark sides , the one that is reversed and the one that joins by keeping thm seperate.i really see this as a map you unfold, and you just need a map when you re lost or when you want to avoid to be devoured in the wilderness., the idea being that it is all born from the abyss which seems to me like the navel of the tree of life but also, because most trees arent really displaying that point it kind of represents the moon being cut off from the earth.i found it very difficult to walk the path of the tree and seeing myself always needing to do calculations and feeling the enrgy of the sphere very boring so i prefered the unknown as all the pathes are just illusions and each sphere just grows out from another, the idea being a kind of nucleus wher eyou stand with all the atoms circling you like the planets do. also i don t like the idea that to go to a specific sphere you have to go through this one or this one as they all happen at the time. i sometimes associate it to tarot as i think that for one tarot card to be all the other tarot cards happen at the same time.so it is really like a scientific approach to magic tht is really burdensome to me.ther otherthing about those astral shell and about the dark side of the moon is that in addition to creating confusion, if you were walking on the dark side of the moon for real you would freeze which what confusion is about, so for me the tree of life is just frozen cause it permits and is needed by magicians or scientists to exercise their power as there is an insistnce of possessing controlling, which is easier which is a failure in itself and alredy a dead star as all scientific theories and black magic is based on what is frozen. the tree is for me a deformation of the tree of life which really comes from fairy and grows there and as you say comes from when the moon and the earth where still kind of dancing together, meaning this tree is just a stepping stone to the real one. even today in nature tree are more and more the same as if they lose life and they are just cloning each other just as humans do. then it is understandable that to recover what is lost you have to freeze time and space then give yourself and idea of movement and liberty by going to the the opposite site until you ve understood that it is all one. this is why i really prefer yggdrasill with it dangling branches and the branch runes which talk much ore to the mystery and to the moon than the tree of life. it is closer to the truth cause less frozen and still linked to the imagination.and at least on this tree you can feel the weather, whereas tis onre seems to haNG IN LIMBO AND IS SO HEAVY THAT ITS GROWTH IS STOPPED, THE IDEA BEING THAT TO MUCH KNOWLEDGE OR IMPORTANCE IS THE SIGN OF A TOATAL LOSS TO THE ROOTS, WHICH IS FAERY, ALSO ALL SPHERES COMING INTO ONE THE TREE BECOMES A SEED AND EVERYBODY CAN MAKE IT GROW AS HIS NATURE FEELS LIKE.I THINK IT IS LIKE DRIVING A SYOU ARE TAUGHT AT THE BEGINNING AND THEN YOU TAKE YOUR OWN HABITS, BUT THERE THERE IS THIS KIND OF FORMULA OF THE WOOMB THAT GOT LOST, BEING THE EARTH SEPERATED FROM THE MOON IS LIKE THE UMBILICAL CORD BEING CUT,JUST LIKE SOME PEOPLE SEE THIS STRING THAT ATTACH THEM TO THEIR BODY WHEN THEY HAVE OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCES, THIS STRING JUST BEING LIKE A PATH THAT GOES FROM ONE SPHERE TO ANOTHER, IT IS LIKE GOING IN CIRCLE ON THE TREE WITH NO WAY OUT. I DON T ABOUT CROSSING THE ABYSS AS I THINK MOST OF THE TIME THAT YOU HAVE TO FALL IN IT CAUSE THAT IS HOW YOU MAKE THE TREE GROW AND THAT IS HOW YOU CROSS IT, THE TREE BEING ACTUALLY TWO TREES, LIKE A VERTICAL HORIZONTAL AXIS.AND MAYBE PROBABLY THIS ABYSS IS WHERE EVERYTHING IS UNIFIED BUT ALSO THIS WHER YOUR DEMONS ARE SO YOU NEED TO MAKE THEM COME UP AGAIN, CAUSE LUCIFER TOO HAS BEEN CAST OUT IN THE ABYSS, AND THAT IS HOW HE CAN BE INDEPENDANT OF GOD .SO I FEEL IT IS INTERESTING TO GO INTO THE ABYSS AS SO AS TO LIGHT IT AND THEN IN THE END THERE IS ALWAYS ANOTHER ABYSS THAT IS BEING CREATED AS LIFE IS FULL OF CHALLENGES, AND ALL TREES GROW DIFFERENTLY DEPENDING ON THEIR ENVIRONMENT. TO CROSS THE ABYSS THERE IS NO BRIDGE, SO TO CROSS IT CAUSE EVERYBODY S ABYSS IS DIFFERENT YOU NEED TO LIGHT IT LIKE THE HERMIT AND THIS HOW THE BRIDGE MAKES IT SELF AND THIS HOW YOU CROSS. THE ABYSS ALSO BEING THE REAL OF DEAD STARS OR FALLEN STARS, AND THE REALM OF THE MOON.
    AS TO PEOPLES ATTRACTION TO CHAOS I GUESS HAVING BEEN IN THAT SITUATION, YOU RE ATTRACTED TO IT AS A PART OF YOU IS IN THE DARK OR IS AN ASTRAL SHELL, IT IS SOMETHING SEPERATED FROM YOU, IF SOMEBODY LIVES THERE IT IS WORSE, AS IT IS ALWAYS HARDER TO KICK SOMEBODY OUT OF YOUR HOUSE WHEN YOU VE LEFT IT BEHIND FOR ANOTHER ONE UNTIL COMES THE TIME YOU VE TO COME BACK, BECAUSE YOU RE LOOKING FOR ANSWERS, A FIEL THAT IS NOT USED AND THEY BUILD A HOUSE ON EVERYTHING HAS TO BE DETRYED IN ORDER TO MAKE THINGS GROW AGAIN CAUSE EVEN IN CHAOS THERE IS ORDER AND THIS IS WHAT YOU HAVE TO LOOK FOR, YOU HAVE TO FIND THE SEED OF CHAOS, BECOME CHAOS SO THAT IT DISAPPEARS, IT IS LIKE THE IDEA THAT A LIE IS BSED ON A TRUTH CAUSE IF FEEDS ON IT, SO YOU AHVE TO TARVEL THAT LIE JUST LIKE YOU TRAVEL CHAOS TO UNDERSTAND ITS ORDER.IT IS PROBABLY SOMETHING QUITE DANGEROUS TO DO, BUT I THINK IT IS BEYOND ATTRACTION AS WHAT WAS SEPERATD WANTS TO BECOME ONE AGAIN.IT SEEMS WEIRD TO ME TO CROSS THE ABYSS, AND TO HVE TO KEEP YOUR BALANCE ALL THE TIME, INSTEAD OF COMPLETLY LIGHTENING IT SO THAT THERE IS NO DANGER OF FALLING BACK INTO IT AT ALL AND SO ALL DEAD BECOME STARS AGAIN, AND NOBODY SQUATS YOUR HOUSE, AND THEN YOU BECOME THE TREE YOURSELF SPREADING ITS BRANCHES IN THE FOUR DIRECTIONS OF THE WINDS.THERE IS ALWAYS A NEW ABYSS HAT IS WHY THE TREE GROWS.AND THAT IS ALSO WHERE IT GROWS OUT FROM, THE ABYSS FOR ME JUST BEING AN UNLIT WOMB, WHERE SOMETHING NEW HAS TO EMERGE TO GROW. THE IDEA OF CHAOS IS THEN UNDERSTOOD AS BEING A DESTRUCTIVE IDEA THAT IS BORN FROM THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON WHERE EVERYTHING HAS BEEN FROZEN TOO LONG, ALL SENSES HAVE BEEN LOST CAUSE SEPERETED FROM THE SOURCE, SO YOU HAVE TO TRAVEL CHAOS TO BRING WHAT HAS BEEN SEPERATED TOGETHER, DEAD STARS AND ALL THAT, A DEAD STAR BEING JUST AN IDEA YOU CAN BE AFRAID OF SEPERATING YOU FROM THE MOON.AND BESIDES I DON T =SEE THE ROOTS ON THIS TREE OF LIFE, IT IS WAY TOO MUCH FLOATING IN SPACE, CAUS EI GUESS THAT IS WERE MOST PEOPLE ARE, WHY NOT ME TOO, MAYBE? I STILL PREFER YGGDRASYLL CAUSE IT IS IN A CUP WITH THE MOON, AND ALSO IT IS ROOTED IN THE HEART AND IS IN A SPHERE AND COMPLETE, IT IS THE ABYSS COME TO LIGHT, I FEEL IT IS THE CLOSEST POSSIBLE TO THE TREE OF LIFE IN EACH OF US, WHICH IS JUST THE KNOWLEDGE OF OUR OWN NATURE, AND THE FULFILLMENT OF OUR OWN BEING AS NOTHING IS LEFT BEHIND AND NOTHING IS DEAD, EVRYTHING IS WORKING TOWARDS GROWTH, JUST LIKE NATURE WHO MEETS ITS OWN ABYSS ONCE A YEAR.AND OUT OF IT COMES SPRING EVERYTIME AND THIS IS REALLY HOW YOU CROSS IT. I M NOT TRYING TO MAKE CHAOS APPEALING CAUS EI WONDER SOMETIMES IF I COULD HAVE PREVENTED IT BUT I ALWAYS REMEMBER AS CHOOSING THAT PASS AS THINKING IT WAS RTHE BEST WAY TO OVERCOME MY OWN DESTRUCTION. THE ONLY PROBLEM IS THAT IT CAN SOMETIMES BE VERY EXTREME SO IT IS BETTER ALONE, BUT ALSO YOU DON T ALWAYS COME OUT COMPLETE OUT OF IT PHYSICALLY, AND WHEN THE ABYSS IS LIT YOU WONDER IF EVERYTHING IS GOING TO GROW BACK, BUT THEN I GUESS IT IS DIFFERENT FOR EVERYONE, AND MY METHODS MIGHT NE EXTREME, SO I TOTALLY ACCEPT THE POSSIBILITY FOR AN ALTERNATIVE BUT AT THE SAME TIME I FEEL IT IS KIND OF INEVITABLE.I ALWAYS SEE SOCIETY AS THIS TREE OF LIFE WHERE EVERYTHING IS ORGANISED AND FROZEN AND NATURE DOESN T REALLY HAVE MUCH ATTENTION, EVERYTHING BECOMES MORE AND MORE PREVISIBLE AND SO EASY TO CONTROL, AND I FEEL THAT IF HUMANS WHERE ALL OF SUDDEN RID OF THIS SECURE WORLD, THEY WOULD FALL IN THE ABYSS AND CHAOS. SO THE IRONY IS THAT SOCIETY TELLS YOU THAT LAWS PREVENT SUCH THINGD STO HAPPEN BUT AT THE TIME THE MORE IT WAITS THE MORRE CHAOS IS GRANDIOSE AND THIS WHERE I THINK IT IS REALLY HARD TO RESIST IT AS IT TAKES YOU OVER. IT IS LIKE A BOMB WAITING TO EXPLODE, OR LIKE REPRESSED ANGER THAT FIND A SUDDEN OUTLET YOU BECOME BLINDED BY IT AND YOU TURN AND TURN AND YOU TURN AND DESTRY EVERYTHING ON YOUR WAY. SO GUESS IT REALLY DEPENDS ON HOW BIG IT IS AND ON HOW MUCH YOU RE SURROUNDED BY THINGS THAT COUNT FOR YOU, IT IS LIKE THIS UMBILICAL CORD THAT IS ATTACHED TO THE CORE, HOW STRONG IT IS, CAUSE WHEN IT IS CUT THEN THERE IS CHAOS AND FLOAT INTO NOTHINGNESS UNTIL SOMETHING MAKES YOU FIND YOUR ROTS AGAIN OR SOMETHING LIKE BABALON MAKES SLAVE AGAIN UNTIL YOU GROW NEW ROOTS OUT OF IT, CAUSE CHAOS ALSO MEANS LONELINESS AND NO INTERACTION, SO SOMETIMES A VIOLENT INTERACTION OR A POSSESSION MAKES YOU SHED YOU SKIN AND GIVES YOU A NEW WAY TO LOOK AT THE WORLD. BUT THEN IT IS DIFFERENT FOR EVERYONE I GUESS AND ALSO BABALON DOESNT HAVE THE SAME EFFECT ON EVERYONE EITHER AS HER TOO HAS HER OWN TREE AND ALL TREES GROW DIFFERENT FRUITS, SO THAT WOULD BE GOING REALLY DEEP.

  2. MY BELIEF IS ACTUALLY THAT THOSE PEOPLE LIKE PARSON AND CO THOUGHT IN AN ILLUSION THAT THEY CROSSED THE ABYSS, BUT DIDNT MAYBE JUST FLOATING ON IT OR USING DARK TECHNIQUES MAKING THEIR ABYSS DEEPER AND THE VACCUM STRONGER, THE WORSE IS THAT THEY ACTUALLY SEEM TO HAVE MATERIALISED OUTSIDE THEMSELVES, WHICH IS EVEN WORSE CAUSE IT IS LIKE WANTING TO SUBDUE IT AND CONTROL IT. THEN WHEN YOU REALLY CROSS IT YOU BECOME A COMPLETLY DIFFERENT PERSON ESPECIALLY FOR THEM AS THEIR DARK SIDE TOOK OVER MORE AND MORE BECAUSE OF THEIR RESISTANCE TO THEIR NATURE, MANIFESTING THE CHAOS OUSIDE THEMSELVES IT S LIKE WANTING TO PUPETEER THE CHAOS, THE BABALONS VAGINA BECOMES DEEPER AND THE ATROCITIES STRONGER, IT WENT COMPLETLY OUT OF HAND ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU TAKE MAGIC AS AN OBJECT OF POWER INSTEAD OF SOMETHING NATURAL. WHAT MAGICIAN REALLY WANTS TO BE IN THE PAPERS ALL THE TIME?OR ATTRACT ATTENTION TO DEMONSTRATE ITS POWER?IT S LIKE CREATING A BLACK HOLE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEA AND EVERYTHING GETS SWALLOWED ON ITS WAY? I UNDERSTAND THE FACT THAT MAGIC IS ATTRACTIVE IN ITS POWER AND THE BIG THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH IT IN THE WAY OF A SHOWMAN, CAUS EI VE PROBABLY DONE A FEW THINGS LIKE THAT, BUT I THINK IT SEPERATING YOURSELF FROM ITS ESSENCE. THE MORE YOU SEPERATE YOURSELF FROM YOUR OWN NATURE THE BIGGER VACCUM YOU CREATE WHERE RESIDES YOUR OWN DESTRUCTION. THS IS WHY I WONDERED A LOT ABOUT ALL THOSE FAIRY TALES WHERE FAIRIES EMPRISONNED HUMANS,A ND I THINK THEY BEING CLOSE TO NATURE AND DYING IN WAY THEY HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO FOLLOW IN THE FALL OF MAN, CAUS EMAN IS MORE CONNECTED TO NATURE THAN HE THINKS, AND ONE OF THE CONSEQUENCE IS AN IDEA LKE BABALON, WHO BEING THE MOON OR A FAIRY ORIGINALLY JUST REFLECTS THAT HUMAN GOING AWAY FROM HIMSELF AND TAKING HER WITH HIM.

  3. THEN WHEN THE BALANCE IS ESTABLISHED AND THIS IS THE ANNIHILATION OF ILLUSION, CAUSE ILLUSION IS TWO SIDED, THE STRONGER YOU FIGHT THE STRONGER THE RETALIATION, IT IS A MIRROR THING, AND THE IDEA IS TO BREAK THE MIRROR AND GO BEYOND THE UPSIDE DOWN IDEA.

  4. SO THE STRONGER YOU FIGHT THE STRONGER THE RETALIATION, BUT BECAUS EYOUR FIGHT IS AN ILLUSION WHAT YOU CREATE AS RETALIATION IS AN ILLUSION TOO, SO ACTUALLY THERE IS NOTHING HAPPENING. WHEN YOU RE TOO MUCH IN SPACE YOU PROBABLY WANT TO RECREATE EVERYTHING OUTSIDE YOURSELF CAUSE YOU RE NOT GROUNDED, SO IT MAKES THINGS EVEN MORE REAL AND MORE SCARY AND ALSO MOR IMPORTANT IF THIS IS WHAT YOU RE LOOKING FOR.AND THOSE THINGS SEEM TO TAKE A LIFE OF THEIR OWN INSTEAD OF BEING RESOLVED INSIDE YOURSELF, YOU ACTUALLY TAKE THE WHOLE WORLD DOWN WITH YOU IN THE WAY OF CROWLEY, IT IS PRETTY EGOCENTRIC.

  5. THEN YOU VE GOT THE FAMILY TREE OR THE TREE OF YOUR FIRM WITH BOSS, KING EMPLOYEES ALL THAT, WHEN THE IDEA REALLY IS NICE THAT THE HIERARCHY IS ANNIHILATED CAUSE IT IS A FALSE IDEA, THE UPPER SPHERE AND LOWER SPHERE ARE REALLY TEH SAME, AND EACH SPHERE IS AGAIN A MINIATURE TREE OF LIFE, IT GOES FOREVER WITHOUT DYING CAUSE IT NEVER LOOKS AT HIMSELF IN THE MIRROR, AND NEVER GROWS.

  6. SO I THINK THE NICE IDEA IS TO MAKE ATREE GROW FROM THE ABYSS WITH NEW PATHS AND NEW WAYS OF LOOKING AT THINGS, BUT IT WOULD PROBABLY BE A TREETHAT WOULDN T LOOK LKE THIS ON EAS ALSO I WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO DRAW AND REALLY BORING AS WELL AS IT WOULD GROW ALL THE TIME AND BE FREE FROM LOOKING AT ITSELF. THAT WOULD BE NICE, THERE WOULD BE THE SEASONS AND THAT S IT

  7. ALSO I DOESN T REALLY HAVE TO BE A TREE IT CAN BE A FLOWER , OR IT CAN BE A PLANT YOU FEEL REALLY CLOSE TO

  8. EVEN AGRAMANT CLIMBS UP A SPECIFIC PLANT FROM HIS PIT, SO IT REALLY ADDS A LITTLE BIT OF COLOURS

  9. BUT THEN I ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS CONFUSION SO THAT CHAOS IS REALLY WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW WHEN IS LABELLED AS ORDER AND THAT CONFUSION IS THE WAY TO BLIND YOU BECAUSE YOU WANT TO GET ADMITTED UNTIL YOU HAVE THE CHAOS INSIDE THAT MATERIALISES OUTSIDE UNTIL YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE CONFUSION AGAIN TO BECOME INNOCENT AGAIN WHO IS THE REAL NEOPHYTE.IT S AN UPSIDE DOWN THAT EATS ITSELF

  10. THE IDEA BEING THAT WHEN YOU ARE CONFUSED YOU RE CUT OFF AND THAT IT IS AT THAT SPECIFIC TIME THAT YOU RUN THE RISK OF BEING HOOKED UP ON SOMETHING THAT LOOKS LIKE AN OMBILICAL CORD BUT THAT IS ACTUALLY A BINDING

  11. Hi Alex, I read some of your posts, but not the whole things because they are very long. You have such a great imagination and use it in such an amazing way. Your comments are like extra blog posts. Its like we are co-blogging!

  12. Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon.

  13. also i believe too lilith is an astral shell i ve always compared to isis.the interesting thing about astral shell is that if everybody leaves remnants of his self behind, then it is like the pilot fishes who swim with shark and eat what is left of the food or what goes amiss.then if lilith is an astral shell she has to be resolved too so you have to ask eve

  14. so apart from being an astral shell and that you actually command cause they thrive on you, the interesting thing is that lilith is somebody real, that she would then have another name, that you could talk with her and have fun with her and exchange things with her on the real level which is much more enriching.

  15. there is also a game that you play in school in france, i don t know about other countries but it is very similar to the tree of life, it is called “le jeu de la marelle”. the interesting thing is that it has the same shape than the tree of life, and so you have like seven squares you have to go through by throwing a stone and you have to attain heaven and come all the way back down , there is the hell square that you actually have to dodge, if you think that the pit is not good. then you ve got different versions that goes up to 9 squares.it is mostly played by girls with white dresses. also you have to go through the square by jumping on one foot.in greek marelle means mother of light. but it is like a remnant of things that come out deformed but i think it is interesting how magic starts with being a child, though and how it is there where you don t expect it

  16. and for boys you used to play”billes”, i dont know about other countries either, but you play with kind of glass spheres thta had different colours , and different values assigned to them so you can t play any sphere to against any other. yhey all had names like semi precious stones, or planets, some had specific characteristics so they where of higher value. but the game was to do a pit and to start from a point, so you d actually choose the landscape , flat or with bumps and also you chose where to make your pit, then you have to tick them with your finger in the pit, the one who get them all in there won the whole lot.

  17. Thank you for stopping by Sulumits. I’m glad you enjoy the blog. I pots about 3-5 times a week.

    And Alex – that game is fascinating! We call that Hop Scotch but have no idea of its origins. I might edit what you wrote and make a blog pots about the magical origins of hop Scotch unless you want to write it. I will give you credit if I write it.

  18. well i don t know of its origins either but that it is i guess in my imagination,that s all i had to say about it, but thanks.

  19. This is a really beautiful site. I have been trying to find a source, larger image or poster of the Qabalistic Tree of Life image you used here. I want to use it as a teaching aid for my daughter. Does anyone have any ideas where I might find it?

  20. Hmmm. I found this online. I’m willing to bet if you search the web you shall stumble over a shop that sell posters like that. Some occult bookshops have them.
    I’m glad you like the site — I work very hard on it, so its nice to know!
    Arlene

  21. I don’t mean to upset the author of this article, but I must say that the Qabalah is a far more complex system than is given off here.

    Vibes always come and vibes MUST be medicine for the wounded warrior. Only the wounded need to seek refuge.

    I personally would not DARE write a page on it myself because I am not a teacher. I don’t know enough though I have traveled far.

    There is little nectar in this article. These are the same cold and robotic words repeated again in a sweet, familiar voice. They may speak loudly to the Jewish community because these images boil in their blood, but most of us are not Jewish. We must seek warmth from our own hearths.

    Those of us with American – European blood rushing through our aching hearts MUST seek our elixers in seriously POTENT archetypes.

    WHERE is the nutrition for the young?

    I believe it is where it was it when I fought SO hard to find it? It was MAINlY in the still spaces between the abstract rantings of the “imprisoned” lovers.
    Deep inside the potent and magical words of the ancient CHILD BALLADS.

    If we are not a tree we can not bear fruit. We MUST accept this if we want to “DIE” to “LIVE”.

    I think this is the lesson a desperate student can learn from this particular page, and see DESPERATE students are the ONLY students.

    I am sorry if this offends the author, but this issue has nothing to do with her or with I. It’s just a crumb.

  22. Hi Lucky,
    I am not offended. I am not an expert on Qabbalah but I do have experiences with it, very subjective ones.
    It is a blog post nevertheless and not a book.
    I have numerous articles on the blog on Celtic Faery Tradition which is what I really practice and pages of Child Ballads and articles and videos.
    You must have found this article separately from the blog.
    I am also not desperate about anything spiritually. I have been on the path for far too long —since the 1970s. Any desperation you read
    in this article must be your own projection. I wrote it only because it was on my mind and there are people who don’t know anything about these things. I am mostly interested in the Tree of Life as a pattern that works in magic and not the rest of it.
    The Tree of Life appears in all cultures not just Jewish. I am not Jewish but French. This form of Qabbalistic Tree of Life has been taught as part of Western Mystery Tradition since before I was born and continues to be used in most paths including Wicca.
    I hope you find your way. When I was young I read books. There was no internet. I went to workshops and gatherings. Those are still out there if you want to find them.

  23. I just looked at it again. Its part of the Babalon Diaries. It has a particular slant related to Crowley and Thelema and entirely experiential.

  24. You quite clearly misunderstood what I said. Also, I am not a writer or a teacher but I am not lost. It is obvious that you have been offended but don’t want your fans to think you are. Good luck with your web page.

    Lucky Strike Out

  25. ах деца деца ..
    само еден совет , тоа што го читате , читајте го на оригиналниот јазик од каде што потекнува !!
    а доколку не сте способни да го научите тој јазик , тогаш не го заслужувате тоа знаење !

    вака само паѓате во дупката која сами си ја копате …

  26. Oh you shameless hussy! But that’s cool. I might go there myself! My article is specifically related to an personal event—Its not that great for people wanting to learn qabblah

  27. Hello, it’s late here now so I’m afraid I was not able to read all the information here. Though I would like to ask a question. Is there a detailed made for learners style version of the Qabbalah, or at least a good version in English? I have(ever since the night of my brother’s 18 birthday in 2009)been developing a work of fiction that demands extensive knowledge of the Tree of Life.

  28. Hello, I really enjoyed reading your blog. I was guided to it tonight while doing some personal study on the Tree of Life. I’ve been studying and practicing Wicca and Witchcraft for a little over 11 years now and I’m finally making the jump from “lower” to “higher” magicks. I have come across the Tree of Life many times in my Wiccan studies but never could understand it before. Long story short, I’ve been reading about it lately and realized that I am finally starting to get it. It’s like I was trying to read latin before but now I have an English version, so to speak! I only started reading about it tonight when I came across your page and I think your page is great! Like you said it’s not a book it’s just an experience and understanding you’ve had. I thank you for this because “fact” or not I like learning from others views and experiences! Your blog makes since to me and I love that you included the dark side of the tree too. I haven’t heard anything like that yet and I imagine I won’t find too much on it either. Too many people (Even Wiccans!) forget that life is a balance of positive and negative, good and bad, light and dark. Though it is always best to follow a path of light and positivity, it’s still important to learn about the opposing forces in life. The things that are negative or “evil’. It’s up to you what you do with your knowledge but its like the saying, “A witch who cannot curse cannot heal.” These kinds of things are a part of our world and our lives and who we are as a whole. It’s ok to at least learn about them and even ok to explore them in positive ways.

    Sorry that was so long! lol Anyway, thank you for sharing your views!

    Blessed Be,
    Nick

  29. Thank you Lawrence. i used to be very naive and needed to do my shadow work. Otherwise you never grow up. I appreciate you kind words about my subjective article on the Tree.

  30. Happy Christmas. Let all of your desires may possibly come true for yourself along with your family members and let us hope the following year or so be successful for all all of us. Merry Christmas

  31. The Qliphoth has been of immense help to me. I contact them in order to discover hidden aspects of my own personality. They are the only ones that can show you where your blockages are, where you are working against yourself and if contacted properly, will remove those blockages, allowing you to take better control over certain situations. Venus or Netzach as a qliphoth (Herab Serepel) has this beautiful ugliness, she is attractive in a strange way even though her bodily structure seems twisted. Any way thru her I discovered my manipulative nature and how I was attracting people that wanted to be used and mistreated, loved and hated at the same time(It is the best way I can explain it). She has this dirty refreshing feeling as though to be told that you are loved while silently knowing that you are being used strengthens her. Any way thru the light of my consciousness she has led from dark acts to acts that result in genuine happiness.

  32. That is amazing Luis! She reminds me of the Loathly Lady of the Arthurian Legends that when the knight accepts her as his wife, she becomes beautiful. We all have these buried aspects of ourselves. I have seen some doors opened, though, that are dangerous — at least for those who do not have the insight that you have. There is also the ancient Washer at the Ford you remind me of.
    Thank you for these comments.
    Alyne

  33. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the e-book in it or something. I feel that you can do with a few percent to power the message home a little bit, however other than that, that is fantastic blog. A great read. I will certainly be back.
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  35. Thanks!
    I have less desire to send a message than to explore these things from a fresh perspective. I hope that come sthrough.

  36. I’m glad you like this. Thanks. I am far from an expert. I have just thought a lot about these things and they have been with me for a long time.

  37. There is no excuse. Certainly, the tree of life is withing us, but people is looking for something they can see, something easy to do, but they are not willing to do the effort as to find that tree inside of them. They come up with all this paraphernalia in an attempt to either find fault or diminish the system in the Kabbalah. Is true that some Kabbalah preachers are nothing else than phony, but you must search for the right Order. The Kabbalah system does not fail, we are the ones who fail for not following or doing the work in the right way. This work is not for every one.
    If you are there to just get powers you got it all wrong, you can not be watching “Flash” or “Arrow” in Netflix and expect Kabbala to give you similar powers. Habbalah is for people with patience, reading, meditation, intellect, knowledge of symbols, how to use them ..and most of all how to respect them. In Kabbalah you do not worship the symbols …but what is behind them that they represent. People fail because they expect to get results too fast and when this does not happen they abandon the whole thing. It takes along, long time…yet for some it was so fast. Why?? They made Kabbalah the very first priority of their lives. Nothing easy. Some people called themselves kabbalists for their intellectual knowledge and ritual, but the true kabbalist must internalize that knowledge to become one with the soul. When that happens you will find the tree of live withing yourself, then you know what miracles mean. The tree of life, among other things, are the laws of the universe. When we, conscientiously, discover that universe withing ourselves then we can make what the ignorants call “miracles”. But there are not such miracles, it is only the right way of using the universe law. Hope this helps ….

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