Tree of Life – kabbalah

In this article you can find the main concepts related to the Tree of Life in Kabbalah. Many of the hebrew terms are translated into english and synonyms from different traditions are also listed. (Press for Norwegian / Norsk versjon)

The Tree of Life as a concept is used in 3 ways.

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1. It is an archaic symbol to show the relation between heaven and earth. Where the roots take a good hold on the earth and the crown is stretching into the subtle realms of light and flight. You find illustrations of this in many cultures carved in stone and wood, on carpets and pictures.

2. It is also used as a concept in science, where the whole evolution is mapped. Today genetics is used to map the degree of similarity and relation between all the living species we have found.

3. The third is the symbol in the kabbalah tradition. Spiritual experience of the higher worlds was passed on and described as a ladder, a tree, a row of pearls or concentric circles. The most prevalent of these is the Tree of Life (see illustration) with three columns, stretching through four worlds. These Trees all have 10 spheres but the amount of lines between them can be different. You can learn more about this in my lectures on kabbalah.

The Tree of Life can be viewed as Gods drawing of the universe. The drawing of God as an architect.

Here are the main concepts or different parts of that drawing. Each of the 10 sephiroth or spheres have 5 levels of expression; Gods name, Spheres name, Archangel, Hierarchy and Mundane manifestation.

We will start from the top down.

Sephira 1: Kether – The Crown

Gods name:

Eheieh

I am that I am

The ability to be

Aleph He Iod He  (Click on the letter to read more about its meaning)

Living Aleph / breathing Aleph 
+ Living Iod / breathing Iod

Archangel:

Metatron

Above the throne

The Prince of Countenances

The lesser IHVH

Hierarchy:

Hebrew Kabbalah: Hayot Ha Kodesh
  (The holy living beings / Holy Living Ones)

Biblical greek: Seraphime

Christian: Seraphim

R. Steiner: Spirits of Love

Mundane manifestation:

Reshit Ha Galgalim


Primum mobile

The first turning

Neptune

Sephira 2: Chokmah – Wisdom

Gods name:


Yah

The word  (or rather the verb)

Logos

The ability to do

Iod He – living Iod – living individuality/individuation

Archangel:


Raziel 


Secret of God

Gods Herold

Author of the Sepher Raziel

Hierarchy:

Hebrew Kabbalah: Ophanim (Wheels)

Biblical greek: Cherubime

Christian: Cherubim

R. Steiners: Spirits of Harmony

Other names: 
The Wheels, The Universal Wheels

Mundane manifestation:

Mazaloth
  (Read more about the Mazaloth, Mazaroth and Zodiac here)

The zodiac

Uranus

Sephira 3: Binah – Understanding

Gods name:

Jehova (Jehova Elohim)

Severe God

God og Gods

The ability to relate

Iod He Vav He

Iod living and living

Archangel:


Tsaphkiel


Observing God

Contemplating God

Hierarchy:

Hebrew Kabbalah: Aralim
 /Erelim   (Brave Ones)

Biblical greek: Thronos

Christian: Thrones

R. Steiners: Spirits of Will

Other names: The 24 elders. Lions of God, Lords of Karma, The Mighty.

Mundane manifestation:

Chabtai

Saturn

Sephira 4: Chesed – Mercy

Other names: Gedulah Love, Majesty.

Gods name:
 

El


God of Mercy

God the creator

The ability to take a point of view, perspective, overview

Aleph Lammed 
- The light of Aleph

• All angel names end with  “el” meaning God

Archangel:


Tsadkiel

God of Justice

Hierarchy:

Hebrew Kabbalah: Hachmalim / Hashmallim (Glowing Ones/ Amber Ones)

Biblical greek: Kyriotetes

Christian: Dominions

R. Steiners: Spirits of Wisdom

Other names: 
The Lords, The Leaders, De electric sparks, Brothers of Joy, The Brilliant

Mundane manifestation:

Tsedek

Jupiter

Sephira 5: Gebourah – Strenght

Other names:

Din  Justice

Pachad Fear

Gods name:

Elohim Gibor


Almighty  God

Powerful, potent God

Ability to respond

Archangel:

Kamael


Like God

Powerful as God

He who sees God

Standing in front of his countenance

Hierarchy:

Hebrew Kabbalah: Seraphim  (Burning Ones)

Biblical greek: Dynamis

Christian: Mights

R. Steiner: Spirits of Motion

Other names: 
Mights, The Mighty, Fiery serpents, Angels of  
execution

Mundane manifestation:

Maadim


Mars

Sephira 6: Tipheret – Beauty

Other names:

Rachamim Mercy, tender love, and pity

Gods name:


Eloha va Daath


God Lord of Knowledge

Mighty God

Ability to govern

Archangel:

Michael


Like God, similar to God

Representative of God

”Identical” to God

God´s simillimum

Hierarchy:

Hebrew Kabbalah: Malahim
 / Malakim (Messengers, angels, ambassadors, kings)

Biblical greek: Exusiai (Elohim)

Christian: Powers (Authorities)

R. Steiner: Spirits of Form

Other names: The Virtues, Lords of the Sun, The Authorities, The Kings.

Mundane manifestation:

Shemesh


Sun

Sephira 7: Netzach – Victory, eternity, stability

Gods name:


Jehova Tsebaoth


God of Hosts

Ability to feel, ability to relate

Archangel:

Haniel,

Grace of God

Hierarchy:

Hebrew Kabbalah: Elohim
 (Godly beings)

Biblical greek: Archai

Christian: Principalities (Primal beginnings)

R. Steiners: Spirits of Personality

Other names: 
Powers, The lords that create and form, primal forces.

Mundane manifestation:

Noga


Venus

Sephira 8. Hod – Glory, reverberation

Gods name:


Elohim Tsebaoth

Lord of hosts

Ability to compute, conceptualize

Archangel:

Raphael 


Healing God

Hierarchy:

Hebrew Kabbalah: Bnei Elohim / Bene Elohim (Sons of Eleohim)

Biblical greek: Archangeloi

Christian: Archangels

R. Steiner: Spirits of Fire, National spirits, Folk spirits, Spirits of Races

Other names: Sons of God, The enlightened with basic powers

Mundane manifestation:

Kohav

Mercury

Sephira 9: Yesod – Foundation

Gods name:


Shadai El Hai


The Most Holy Living God

Ability to use energy

Shadai – highest  Hai – being  
Pl. Haioth

Archangel:


Gabriel


Power of God

Strength of God

Hierarchy:

Hebrew Kabbalah: Kerubim
 /Cherubim -The great / mighty / propitious / blessed

Biblical greek: Angeloi

Christian: Angels (Messengers)

R. Steiners: Spirits of Twillight, Sons of Life

Other names: Life carriers, Life guides, Guiding spirits, Seats of the sons

Mundane manifestation:

Levanah


Moon

Sephira 10: Malkuth – Kingdom

Other names:

Shekinah – Shelter, Abode

Gods name:


Adonai Melek


Lord the King

Gods ability to utilize matter

Archangel:


Sandalfon

Sandolphon = Prins of Prayers, The Brother (of Metatron)

Nephesh ha Messiah = The Soul of the Saviour

Messiah

/ Uriel / Auriel


Angel of light

Light of God

Hierarchy:

Hebrew Kabbalah: Ischim / Eshim (Men/Man-like beings, Fires)

Other names:
 Flames of fire, The Just, The Righteous

Prophets, Masters, Saints, Martyrs

The real humans

Mundane manifestation:

Olam Iesodoth

The elemental world

The four elements

Earth

Other names:

Cholem Yesodoth

The destroyer of the foundation

Holon, unity and wholeness, holonistic knowledge, self-development, spirituality, nature and mysticism as the search for truth

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