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
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: Seraphim
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: Cherubim
Christian: Cherubim
R. Steiners: Spirits of Harmony
Other names: 
The Wheel, The Universal Wheels

Mundane manifestation:
Mazaloth

The zodiac
Uranus

Sephira 3: Binah – Understanding

Gods name:
Jehova (Jehova Elohim)
Severe God
God og Gods
The ability to relate
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

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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