Red Three of Conquest

Tree of Life HalexandriaThe Tree of Life 

“And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.  And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.”  — Genesis 2:8-9

The Tree of Life is representative of both of these trees, and from the Ha Qabala is shown in several forms.  The above form [see picture], the traditional form, can be said to have grown from the Vesica Pisces, the Seed of Life and the Flower of Life.

Two other forms, which are more detailed with information and symbolism, include:    




Out of the limitless light crystallized the primal point Kether.

Perfect and self-sustaining, it remains in eternity, the focus of a circle,

whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.

the Abyss







With a roar of silence, the limitless energy of Kether broke bonds and escaped into the infinite void.  This incredible moment of pure existence is symbolized by Chokmah; with the boundless thrusting energy of Chokmah confined, locked in a circle of its own making.  An unconditioned force has died; but in dying has given birth to the first idea of form, a closed circle of energy, Binah.  Kether, the point, has become the line (Force), and the circle (Form).




the Veil





Severity / Strength

Mercy / Majesty





As a reflection of Kether, Chokmah and Binah — pointing down — the elements of duality, Chesed and Geburah, conjoin and from their union the new unity of Tiphareth is born.  There is one reality; all else are images and reflections.  By adding another dimension to the first triangle, a circle has become a sphere, with the polarities reversed.  Chesed carries the form, Geburah the dynamism and Tiphareth, as equilibrium, the essence of the next phase.





Victory / Power

Beauty / Glory





The process is repeated, the triangle pointing down (still a reflection of Kether-Chokmah-Binah).  Netzach is the dynamic partner, Hod represents the form, Yesod, the product of their interaction.  From the harmony of Tiphareth came Netzach, pure elemental force.  Hod is the astral form, while Yesod is the resultant condition of the entire Tree of Life, and bears the titles: the treasure, house of images, and the machinery of the universe.


Earth a Moon

The Kingdom

Malkuth represents the physical world of matter, the final stage in the descent into matter, the lowest point on the great arc of evolution.  If Kether has within it the idea of all created life, unfolded like the oak in the acorn, then Malkuth represents life’s most complete expression.  If Kether is the alpha of the universe, then Malkuth is its omega.

Students of the Tree of Life will note a difference in the designation of specific planets to the Sephiroth.  It is believed that the above version is a more accurate description.  There is, for example, beneath Kether, Chokmah, Binah and Daath a horizontal barrier known as the Veil.  The Veil can be thought of as separating those planets (e.g. Saturn) visible to the naked eye from those beyond, i.e., Pluto, Neptune and Uranus.  Thus between Saturn and Uranus is a chasm likened unto a Veil.  Saturn becomes Geburah, where the connotation of “Severity/Strength” is a better description of Saturn than “Understanding”.

Uranus, on the other hand, is “Understanding”, i.e. “I Know” (collective initiation), just as Neptune is “Wisdom”, i.e. “I resolve, redeem, and expiate”.  Pluto is simply “Gnosis/Knowledge” (with Daath being hidden, esoteric or profound knowledge).  An Abyss separates Kether from all the rest, as if it represented a tenth planet which has an abyss between it and the rest of the solar system.  Like the Veil, the Abyss delineates a chasm in consciousness; the first between seen and unseen, and the second between known and unknown.

This variation in the traditional tree in order to account for the Abyss and Veil, also places Mars as Netzach (“Victory/Power”), Venus as Hod (“Beauty/ Glory”), and Mercury as Yesod (“Foundation” — “Ye shall know the truth…”); all of which are more appropriate.  Malkuth (“The Kingdom”) then combines the Earth-Moon system — astronomically and esoterically, more likely the truth than the traditional, hand-me-down version.

The Cabalistic description provides for three pillars, ruled by the “mother letters”, Mem, Aleph, and Shin, and which represent “Severity, Mildness, and Mercy.”  Severity is thus Uranus, Saturn, and Mars; Mercy is Neptune, Jupiter, and Venus, and Mildness is Pluto, Sun, Mercury, Moon, and Earth.  These are almost ideal descriptions, astrologically.  Also the Star of David is represented by a Daath-Venus-Mars triangle (pointing up), and the Mercury-Saturn-Jupiter triangle (pointing down), and surrounding the Sun (Tiphareth).  The upper triangle of Kether, Binah, and Chokmah makes Pluto, as Daath — the “rainbow bridge” between the outer and inner planets — essential to the Kabbalistic Tree of Life.  The Rabbinical assignment of knowledge to Daath/Pluto also makes perfect sense.  

Fundamentally, a flaw in virtually all presentations of the Tree of Life is the use of a two-dimensional page to depict a three- (or multi-) dimensional concept.  The “Lightening Flash” of the traditional Ha Qabala may be more accurately represented by a spiral (e.g.  The Golden Spiral), a Ram’s Horn in orthodox Judaic symbolism, the Kudu Antelope (in Geometry of Alphabets a spiraling shape generates the entire Hebrew alphabet — the latter which may also be thought of as three-dimensional symbols), and/or the spiraling horn of increasing dimension as one enters the mundane world, the zero-point access.



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