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JournaloftheWesternMysteryTradition

No.3,Vol1.AutumnalEquinox2002
TheTreeofLife:
FilingCabinetoftheWesternMysteryTradition
andMethodstoRecalltheInformation
bySamuelScarborough
Introduction
TheTreeofLife,oneofthemostrecognizedsymbolsoftheWesternMysteryTraditionismorethanjust
asymbolorgraphtounderstandtheDivineEmanationsthatcreatedtheuniverseinKabbalisticthought.
TheTreeisusedasameanstoplacethevariousDivineNames,planets,Archangels,Angels,andmetals
inalogicalordersothatweasmagicianscanunderstandtheuniversearoundus.Mostofushave
lookedattheinformationthatisascribedtoeachofthesephirothoftheTreeofLifeandthoughtwhata
dauntingtaskitistolearnallthatinformation,andmanyofthebeginningmagiciansarefrustratedwith
tryingtorememberwhichofthesephirothrelatestotheArchangelRaphaellaprandwhichrelatesto
theSun.
SojustwhatistheTreeofLife?Well,IthinkthatoneofthebestdefinitionscomesfromDion
Fortune'sTheMysticalQabalah:
Itisaglyph,thatistosayacompositesymbol,whichisintendedtorepresentthecosmosinitsentirety
andthesoulofmanasitrelatesthereto;andthemorewestudyit,themoreweseethatitisan
amazinglyadequaterepresentation;weuseitasanengineerorthemathematicianuseshissliderule,to
scanandcalculatetheintricaciesofexistence,visibleandinvisible,inexternalnatureorthehidden
depthofthesoul.[1]
Tencirclesarrangedinaspecificpatternandconnectedbyaseriesoftenlinesmostoftenrepresentthis
glyph.ThetencirclesrepresenttheTenDivineEmanations,calledthesephiroth(pluralofthe
wordsephira)[2],andthelinessymbolizePathsthatconnecttheindividualsephiratooneanother.The
wordsephira,literallymeanscountingandisdistinguishedfromtheHebrewwordmispar,which
meansnumbers.Eventhoughthesephirotharesaidtorepresentthetenbasicdigits,theyarenot
numbers.[3]Inamoremodernmanner,theTreeofLifecanbedefinedas:
ThetenspheresorSephirothconnectedbythe22pathsoftheHebrewalphabet,formtheTreeofLife
(OtzChaim),thecentralglyphoftheQabalah.TheTreeofLifedescribesthestepsbetweenmundane
consciousness(representedbyMalkuth)andthedivine(representedbyKether).[4]
ThebasicformoftheTreeofLifethatisshownthemostisasfollowsanddepictsthetenspheresor
circles(sephiroth)connectedbythe22pathsoftheHebrewalphabet.

ColoredFigureoftheTreeofLifeusingGoldenDawnQueenScale
TheTreecanbeusedasameanstocatalogthevariousinformationthatisfoundintheHermetic
Traditions,afilingcabinetthatcanbeusedtosortthroughthisinformation.EachoftheTenSpherescan
relatetoacertainamountofinformationfromthecoloroftheparticularsephirothtothevariousgods
oftheworldpantheonsthatrelatetothesephirainquestion.Inthefollowingtext,wewillgooverthe
basicinformationthatisnormallyattributedtotheTreeofLifeintheWesternMysteryTraditions,and
discusswaystoremembertheseattributions.
BasicInformationontheTree
Eachofthetensphereshasanamethatdirectlyidentifiesthesephiraandtheideathatthissephira
represents.ThevariousnamesofthesephirotharederivedfromScripture.Thefirstthreeofthe
sephirotharenamedinExodus31:3:
AndIhavefilledhimwiththespiritofGod,inWisdom,andinUnderstanding,andintheKnowledge,and
inallmannerofworkmanship.

Inthekabbalisticbook,SeferYetzirah,thisisexplainedasfollows:the"spiritofGod"referstoKether,
while"Wisdom"and"Understanding"refertothenexttwosephiroth,ChokmahandBinah,aswellas
thehiddensephiraDaaththatfollowsthesetwosephiroth.[5]ThenextsevensephirothontheTreeof
Lifehavetheirnamesderivedfrom1Chronicles29:11:
Thine,OLord,istheGreatness,andthePower,andtheGlory,andtheMajesty:forallthatis
intheheavenandintheearthisthine;thineistheKingdom,OLord,andthouartexaltedas
headaboveall.
Hereallthenamesofthelowersephirotharedefined.Mostofthetimethefirstofthelowersephiroth
iscalledChesed(meaningLove),ratherthanGedulah(meaningGreatness),andthenexttothelast
sephirothisnormallycalledYesod(Foundation)ratherthanKol(meaningAll).[6]
ThisishowalloftheSephirothoftheTreeofLifearenamedstartingfromthetop,closesttotheDivine,
tothebottom,thePhysicalManifestationofDivineWill.Kether(Crown)isthetopmostsphere,followed
byChokmah(Wisdom),thenbyBinah(Understanding),Daath(Knowledge),Chesed(Mercy),Geburah
(Severity),Tiphareth(Beauty),Netzach(Victory),Hod(Splendor),Yesod(Foundation),andfinallyatthe
bottomoftheTree,Malkuth(Kingdom).Eachofthesephiraisnumberedfromonetoten,alsostarting
atthetop(Ketherasone)andendingwithtenatthebottom(Malkuthasten).
WhatfollowsisabasicdiscussionoftheTenSephirothwithsomeoftheirattributionsandnamesas
theyrelatetotheWesternMysteryTradition.Thesenamesandattributionsarenormallymemorizedby
thepracticingmagicianandusedtorelatetovariousaspectsofmagickandknowledge.Afterabrief
discussionofthebasicinformationontheSephiroth,thenwewillgooversomeadditionalinformation
thatcanbeplacedontheTreeofLife.
Kether
StartingwiththetopoftheTreeofLife,webeginwithKether
(spherenumberone),whichisthe
closesttotheDivine.KethermeanstheCrown,andrelatestothetopoftheTreeofLife.Therearealso
manyadditionaltitlesofKether;amongtheseareArikAnpin(meaningLongNoseinAramaic),Aur
Penimi(meaningtheInternalLight),andElyon(meaningMostHigh).[7]MostofthesetitlesareAramaic
andfromtheZohar,arenownedbookontheKabbalah.ThesetitlesofKetherarenotnormallyusedto
relatetoKetherinthemodernperiod,butwereusedatdifferenttimesinseveralofthedifferent
esotericschoolsthatwerefoundthroughouttheEasternMediterraneanandinSpain.[8]Thecolormost
usedtorepresentKetherisBrilliantWhite,whichcomesfromtheHermeticOrderofTheGoldenDawn's
attributionsofcolorsastheyrelatetotheTreeofLife.[9]TheDivinenameofKetheris
(meaningIAm);andtheArchangelofKetherisMetatron
(meaningTheAngelof
Eheieh
thePresence),headoftheAngelicChoir,ChayothhaQadesh
(meaningHolyLiving
Creatures),ortheOrderoftheSeraphim.
Ketherisalsothespherethatcontainsallthatwas,is,orwillbe.ItistheFirstEmanationandthesphere
ofpurespiritualbeing,thepointofabsoluteUnitywithoutdivision.Assuchoneofthesymbolsof

KetheristhePoint,andaPointisoftenplacedontheTreeofLifeinKethertorepresentthisideaof
Unity.ItisalsotheplaceontheTreeofLifethatcontainstheSourceofAllandtheHighestDivine
Essencethatwecanconceive.[10]ThisSourceofAllissometimesdescribedasthePrimumMobileorthe
FirstWhirlingsofManifestation,aphasethatcorrectlydescribestheactionofthecosmicenergyartthe
creationoftheuniverse.ThisPrimumMobileissometimesshownbythesymbolofaswastikaorfylfot
cross,whichisanotherofthesymbolsrelatingtoKether.
KetherCorrespondences
Kether

Crown
WhiteBrilliance(QueenScale)
(Divinename)
Eheieh
Metatron
(Archangel)
ChayothhaQadesh
(AngelicChoir)
HolyLivingOnes(TranslationofChayothhaQadesh)
Ambergris(Scent)
1stWhirlings(Planets)
N/A(Metal)
Diamond(Stone)
God(Creature)
Crown(tool)
Almondflower(Plant)
ThePoint(GeometricSymbol)
Chokmah
ThenextsephirathatwecometoaswecomedowntheTreeofLifeisChokmah
(spherenumber
two).ItisthenextclosesttotheDivine.ChokmahmeansWisdom.OthertitlesofChokmah
areAb(meaningTheFather),Abba(meaningTheSupernalFather),andKochmah(meaningThePower
(meaning
ofYetzirah).[11]TheDivinenameofChokmahisYah ,andtheArchangelisRaziel
SecretofGod),partoftheAngelicChoirOphanim
(meaningTheWheels).ThecolorofChokmah
[12]
intheQueenScaleoftheGoldenDawnisgrey.
ChokmahisthefirstsephirathatdevelopsapolarityandisplacedattheheadofthePillarofMercy,or
theRightHandPillar.[13]TheenergyofChokmahisdynamicandoutpouring,sortofastimulatorforthe
universe,relatingtomasculineprincipal.SomeofthesymbolsthatrelatetoChokmahareTheLine,and
thePhallus.AlsotheZodiaccanbeplacedheretoshowthephysicalrepresentationofChokmahonthe
TreeofLife.
ChokmahCorrespondences
Chokmah

Wisdom

Grey(QueenScale)
Yah (DivineName)
Raziel
(Archangel)
Ophanim
(AngelicChoir)
Wheels(TranslationofOphanim)
Musk(Scent)
Zodiac(Planets)
N/A(Metal)
StarRuby(Stone)
Man(Creature)
InnerRobe(Tool)
Amaranth(Plant)
TheLine(GeometricSymbol)
Binah
ThenextsephirathatwecometoontheTreeofLifeisBinah
(spherenumberthree),and
meansUnderstanding.LikeChokmah,BinahistheheadofoneofthePillarsontheTree,inthiscase,the
PillarofSeverityortheLeftHandPillar.TheforcesconnectedwithBinahaspassiveinnatureandrelate
tothefeminine.SolikeChokmah,Binahhasdevelopeditsownpolarity,butafeminineoneasopposed
toChokmah'smasculineone.OthertitlesofBinahincludeAma(meaningtheMother),Aima(meaning
theSupernalMother),andKorsia(meaningtheThrone).[14]TheDivineNameforBinahisYHVH
Elohim
(meaningLordGod),andtheArchangelisTzaphqiel
(meaning
ContemplationofGod).TheAngelicChoiristheAralim
(meaningtheThronesortheMighty
.[15]
Ones) ThecolorofBinahintheGoldenDawnQueenScaleisblack,andthescentassociatedwiththis
sephiraismyrrhorcivit.[16]
BinahisalsothesephirathatbuildsForm,anotherfemininefunction.TodothisBinahreceivesthe
overflowofthedynamicormasculineenergybuiltupinChokmahandorganizesitforthefirsttime
undertheconceptofForm.[17]TheconceptofFormonlyexistsatthispointontheTreeofLifeasa
polarity,thebasiccapacitytobuildForm.
BinahCorrespondences
Binah

Understanding
Black(QueenScale)
YHVHElohim
(DivineName)
(Archangel)
Tzaphqiel
Aralim
(AngelicChoir)
Thrones(TranslationofAralim)
Myrrh(Scent)
Saturn(Planet)

Lead(Metal)
Pearl(Stone)
Woman(Creature)
OuterRobe(Tool)
Cypress(Plat)
Triangle(GeometricSymbol)
Daath
,meaningKnowledgeisreallyanonsephiraoraninvisiblesephira.Itisalso
ThesephiraDaath
knownastheAbyssandisbelowChokmahandBinah,betweentheothersephirothoftheTreeofLife.It
isalsoontheMiddlePillaroftheTreeofLifebetweenTipharethandKether.Thisinvisiblesephirahas
noattributionsofDivineNameorAngelicChoir,andisoftennotshownonsomerepresentationsofthe
TreeofLife.
ThereisstillsomeinformationthatisrelevanttoDaath.Daathisproducedfromtheconjunctionof
ChokmahandBinah,whichareWisdomandUnderstanding.ItisinthisinvisiblesephiraDaath
(Knowledge),whichChokmah(Wisdom)andBinah(Understanding)combinewithwhatisknownasthe
BeautifulPath(Tiphareth).Thisistheconcealedorhiddenconceptthatwhichpervadesthewhole
emanation.[18]AnotherwaytosaythisisthatwithoutKnowledge,thestudentcannothave
UnderstandingandWisdom,asKnowledgehelpstobetterunderstandasituationorthing,andtogive
thestudentabetteropportunityinmakingthewisechoice.
Chesed
ThenextsephirathatwecometoisChesed
(spherenumberfour),themeaningofwhichisMercy.
ThissephiraissometimesreferredtoasGedulah
(meaningGreatness).Chesedisconsideredthe
FirstSephiraoftheMicroprosopos,themanifesteduniverse.[19]Thisistheplacewheretheenergythatis
FormedinBinahisgivenamoreconcreteform.TheDivinenameassociatedwithChesedisEl ,and
theArchangelisTzadqiel
(meaningJusticeofGod).TheAngelicChoiris
Chasmalim
(meaningBrilliantOnes),whilethecolorintheGoldenDawnQueenScaleisblue.
Chesedisoftenreferredtoasacohesiveintelligence.ThisisbecauseChesedcontainsalloftheholy
powers,orenergiesthatithasreceivedfromtheSupernals,thetopthreesephiraoftheTreeofLife.Itis
inChesedthattheunmanifestedpowerisgatheredandtheprocessofmanifestationbeginswithout
diminishingtheDivineEmanationsontheirwaytomaterializationinMalkuth.[20]
ChesedCorrespondences
Chesed

Mercy
Blue(QueenScale)
El (DivineName)
Tzadqiel
(ArchangelName)

Chasmalim
(AngelicChoir)
TheBrilliantOnes(TranslationofChasmalim)
Cedar(Scent)
Jupiter(Planet)
Tin(Metal)
Sapphire(Stone)
Unicorn(Creature)
Wand(Tool)
Rush(Plant)
Square(GeometricSymbol)
Geburah
(spherenumberfive),meaningSeverity.Thereare
NextontheTreeofLifewecometoGeburah
othertitlesforthissephiraandtheyincludeDin(meaningJustice),andPachad(meaningFear).Geburah
(Severity)isthepolaroppositeofChesed(Mercy)meaningthatanextremeisreachedthroughharsh
.TheArchangelof
action.[21]TheDivinenameassociatedwithGeburahisElohimGibor
GeburahisKamael
(meaningSeverityofGod),sometimesspelledKhamaelorCamael,whilethe
AngelicChoiristheSeraphim
(meaningPowers)[22],andthecolorlinkedtoGeburahintheQueen
ScaleoftheGoldenDawnisscarlet.
Ascanbeseenintheprevioustwosephira,ChesedandBinah,thepolaritiesofmasculineandfeminine
arereinforced.JustastheenergyofChesedisthesameasChokmahonalowerlevel,Geburahhasthe
sameenergyasBinah,butalsoonalower,moremanifestlevel.[23]AtthisleveloftheTreethemasculine
andfemininetraitsoftheDivineenergyandofeachsephiraisbecomingmoreandmoreapparent,with
GeburahseemingharsherthanBinahonthemasculinesideoftheTree.
GeburahCorrespondences
Geburah

Severity
Scarlet(QueenScale)
(DivineName)
ElohimGibor
Kamael
(Archangel)
Seraphim
(AngelicChoir)
Powers(TranslationofSeraphim)
Tobacco(Scent)
Mars(Planet)
Iron(Metal)
Ruby(Stone)
Basilisk(Creature)
Sword(Tool)
Cactus(Plant)

Pentagram(GeometricSymbol)
Tiphareth
ThenextsephiroththatisontheTreeofLifeisTiphareth
(spherenumbersix),meaningBeauty.
ThissephiraoccupiesthemiddleoftheTreeofLifeandisprominentlyseenonallthedrawingsofthe
glyph.OthertitlesofTipharethareZauirAnpin(meaningLesserCountenance),Melekh(meaning
King),SeirAnpin(meaningBeardedCountenance),Ben(meaningTheSon),andIsh(meaningTheMan).
TipharethisdirectlybelowKetherontheMiddlePillaroftheTreeofLife.TheDivineEmanationsor
EnergiesaremixedinthissephirafromKether,Geburah,andChesed,andareperfectlybalanced.[24]The
(meaningLordGodofKnowledge).
DivinenameofTipharethisYHVHEloahvaDaath
TheArchangelisRaphael
(meaningGod'sHealing).ThisisthemorecommonArchangellinkedto
Tiphareth,butsometimestheArchangelisgivenasMichael
.TheAngelicChoiristhe
(meaningKings).TheGoldenDawngavethecolorofTipharethintheQueenScaleas
Melekim
gold.
ThisisthesphereofharmonybetweentheMercyofChesedandtheSeverityofGeburah,theperfect
balancebetweentheaggressiveandbenevolentenergiesofthesetwosephira.Becauseitisinadirect
linewithKether,TipharethmirrorsthepurityofKether,butinamoremanifestlevel.[25]
TipharethCorrespondences
Tiphareth

Beauty
Gold(QueenScale)
YHVHEloahvaDaath
Raphael
(Archangel)
(AngelicChoir)
Melekim
Kings(TranslationofMelekim)
Frankincense(Scent)
Sol(Planet)
Gold(Metal)
Topaz(Stone)
Phoenix(Creature)
Lamen(Tool)
Sunflower(Plant)

(DivineName)

Netzach
(spherenumberseven),whichmeansVictory.
AfterTiphareth,wecometothesephiraNetzach
NetzachisthelowestofthesephirothintheRightHandPillarorthePillarofMercy.ItisinNetzachthat
thebalancedforcesofTipharethcontinueontowardsmanifestationinMalkuth.Thisenergycanbe
expressedinart,dance,music,andpoetry.TheDivineNameofNetzachisYHVH
Tzaboath
(meaningLordofHosts).TheArchangelnameisHaniel
(meaningGrace

ofGod)[26]oftheAngelicChoirElohim
(meaningGods),andisalsocalledtheOrderof
.[27]
Principalities TheGoldenDawnassignedtheQueenScalecoloremeraldgreentoNetzach.
Netzachisadynamicenergyorforcethatinspiresanddrivesus.Itisthereflectionofthefieryenergyof
Geburah,butatthelevelofhumanpersonality,butistemperedbythebalancingforcesofTiphareth.
Thiswaythefieryenergybecomesdesireandemotion.[28]NetzachisthecounterbalanceofHod.
NetzachCorrespondences
Netzach

Victory
EmeraldGreen(QueenScale)
YHVHTzaboath
(DivineName)
Haniel
(Archangel)
(AngelicChoir)
Elohim
Gods(TranslationofElohim)
Rose(Scent)
Venus(Planet)
Copper(Metal)
Emerald(Stone)
Lynx(Creature)
Lamp(Tool)
Rose(Plant)
Heptagram(GeometricSymbol)
Hod
(spherenumbereight),whichmeansSplendor.Hodissometime
ThesephiraafterNetzachisHod
translatedtomeanGlory.ThissephiraisatthebottomofthePillarofSeverityandsymbolizesthe
intellectual,rationalpartofthebrain,asopposedtotheemotionsthatarerepresentedinNetzach.The
DivineNamelinkedtoHodisElohimTzaboath
(meaningGodofHosts).TheArchangelis
[29]
Michael
(meaningWhoisasGod) ,andtheAngelicChoiristheBeni
(meaningSonsofGods),butismoreoftenreferredtotheArchangels.Thecolor
Elohim
associatedwithHodbytheGoldenDawnintheQueenScaleisorange.
TheenergyinHodisalowerformoftheenergyinChesed,butbalancedbytheforcesinTiphareth.In
HodtheemotionsandinstinctsofNetzachtakeonformandbecomeaction.Thissphereisa
counterbalancetoNetzachbecausewithouttheemotionsofNetzach,therationalintellectofHodis
uninspired.[30]Likewise,theemotionsofNetzachneedthedisciplineoftheintellectprovidedinHod.
HodCorrespondences
Hod

Splendor
Orange(QueenScale)

ElohimTzabaoth
(DivineName)
Michael
(Archangel)
BeniElohim
(AngelicChoir)
SonsofGods(TranslationofBeniElohim)
Storax(Scent)
Mercury(Planet)
MercuryorQuicksilver(Metal)
FireOpal(Stone)
Hermaphrodite(Creature)
Names(Tool)
Orchid(Plant)
Octogram(GeometricSymbol)
Yesod
(spherenumbernine),whichmeansFoundation.Itis
AfterHod,wecometothesephiraYesod
sometimesreferredtoasTzadiqYesodOlam(meaningTheRighteousistheFoundationofthe
World).[31]ThissephiraisdirectlybelowTipharethontheMiddlePillar.TheDivineNameofYesodis
ShaddaiElChai
(meaningAlmightyLivingGod).TheArchangelisGabriel
(meaning
[32]
(meaningAngels).Thecolorgivento
GodismyStrength) ,andtheAngelicChoirisKerubim
YesodintheQueenScalebytheGoldenDawnisviolet.
YesodisthesephiraontheMiddlePillarthatcontainsthetwocompletedforcesofHodandNetzach.
Yesodisabasicbuildingblockonwhichfurtherdevelopmentscanbebuilt.Inmanyaspects,Yesodis
muchlikeafullyformedfetusinthewomb.[33]Itisherethatanewerabeginsandtheoldoneends.
YesodCorrespondences
Yesod

Foundation
Violet(QueenScale)
ShaddaiElChai
(DivineName)
(Archangel)
Gabriel
Kerubim
(AngelicChoir)
Angels(TranslationofKerubim)
Jasmine(Scent)
Silver(Metal)
Quartz(Stone)
Elephant(Creature)
Scent(Tool)
Comfrey(Plant)
Enneagram(GeometricSymbol)

Malkuth
(spherenumber10),which
ThelastofthesephirothontheTreeofLifeisMalkuth
meansKingdom.SomeoftheadditionaltitlesofMalkuthareMalkah(meaningThe
Queen),Kalah(meaningTheBride),Shekinah(meaningTheDivinePresence),SharorThroa(meaning
TheGate),andBetulah(meaningTheVirgin).[34]ItisinMalkuththattheDivineWillorenergyismade
manifesttothePhysicalWorld.TheDivineNameisAdonaihaAretz
(meaningLordofthe
[35]
Earth).TheArchangelofMalkuthisSandalphon
(meaningCoBrother) ,whiletheAngelic
(meaningFlames).TheQueenScalecolorgiventoMalkuthbytheGolden
ChoiristheEshim
DawnisdifferentfromtheothersephirothinthatMalkuthisdividedintofourdifferentcolorsdivided
byan"X".Thetoppartofthe"X"iscoloredcitrine;theright,olive;thebottom,black;theleft,russet.[36]
MalkuthisthefinalreceptacleforthecombinedenergiesoftheTreeofLife.Wheretheotherspheres
arebasicallykineticandmobile,Malkuthisstableandinert,andunliketheothersephira,itisnotpartof
atriad.[37]MalkuthisthePhysicalWorldaroundus,theCreationoftheDivine.
MalkuthCorrespondences
Malkuth

Kingdom
Citrine/Olive/Black/Russet(QueenScale)
AdonaihaAretz
(DivineName)
(Archangel)
Sandalphon
Eshim
(AngelicChoir)
Flames(TranslationofEshim)
DittanyofCrete(Scent)
FourElements(Planet)
N/A(Metal)
RockCrystal(Stone)
Sphinx(Creature)
Circle(Tool)
Lily(Plant)
Decagram(GeometricSymbol)
AdvancedInformationontheTreeofLife
TheaboveinformationisthebasicconceptsandimagesthatrelatetothevarioussephirothoftheTree
ofLife.Inthissection,wewilldiscusssomedifferentthingsthatcanbeplacedonthevarioussephiroth
andonthepathsoftheTreeofLife.Someoftheseideaswillbethegodsandgoddessesofthevarious
pantheonsoftheworld,theTarot,theHebrewalphabet,andotherlesserknownattributions.Thispart
ofthediscussionontheTreeofLifewillnotcovereveryaspectofwhatisattributedtothevariousparts
oftheTree,butwillgiveanideaastowhatcanbeplacedwhereontheTree.
ThefirstthingthatwewilllookatontheTreeistheplacementoftheTarot.AsweknowtheTarotis

dividedintotwoseparategroupscalledtheArcanas,thesebeingtheLesserArcanawhichconsistsof
fiftysixcardsofthefoursuitsandtheMajorArcanawhichconsistsofthetwentytwocardsofthe
trumps.ThefiftysixcardsoftheMinorArcanaarearrangedAcethroughKinginthevarioussephira,
whilethetwentytwocardsofMajorArcanaarearrangedtooneofthetwentytwopathsoftheTree.
TheGoldenDawndevelopedthisformofattributionoftheTarottotheTreeofLife.Inthecaseofthe
PrincesandPrincesses,IhavealsoincludedthecommonvalueattributedtotheseTarotcards.Thiscan
beseeninthefollowingchart.
Sephira/Path

Hebrew
Alphabet

Tarot

Color

Kether

Aces

WhiteBrilliance(QS)

Chokmah

Kings&Twos

Grey(QS)

Binah

Queens&Threes

Black(QS)

Chesed

Fours

Blue(QS)

Geburah

Fives

Scarlet(QS)

Tiphareth

Princes(Knights)&Sixes Gold(QS)

Netzach

Sevns

EmeraldGreen(QS)

Hod

Eights

Orange(QS)

Yesod

Nines

Violet(QS)

Malkuth

Princes(Pages)&Tens

Citrine/Olive/Black/Russet(QS)

Path11

TheFool0

BrightPaleYellow(KS)

Path12

TheMagicianI

Yellow(KS)

TheHighPriestessII

Blue(KS)

Path13

Path14

TheEmpressIII

EmeraldGreen(KS)

Path15

TheEmperorIV

Scarlet(KS)

Path16

TheHierophantV

RedOrange(KS)

Path17

TheLoversVI

Orange(KS)

Path18

Path19
Path20

Path21

Path22

Path23
Path24

Path25

Path26

Path27

Path28
Path29
Path30

Path31
Path32

TheChariotVII

Amber(KS)

StrengthVIII

YellowGreen(KS)

TheHermitIX

GreenYellow(KS)

WheelofFortuneX

Violet(KS)

Justice

EmeraldGreen(KS)

TheHangedManXII

DeepBlue(KS)

DeathXIII

GreenBlue(KS)

TemperanceXIV

Blue(KS)

TheDevilXV

Indigo(KS)

TheTowerXVI

Scarlet(KS)

TheStar

Violet(KS)

TheMoonXVIII

Crimson(KS)

TheSun

Orange(KS)

JudgementXX

GlowingOrangeScarlet(KS)

TheUniverseXXI

Indigo(KS)

IntheColorsectionoftheabovechart,theKSreferstotheKingScaleoftheGoldenDawnandtheQSto
theQueenScale.ThedifferentscaleshelptoshowthedistinctionbetweentheSephirothandthePaths.
OtherattributionscanbemadetothePathsoftheTreeofLife.Thiscanbeseeninthefollowingchart.
TheattributionscanbeplacedonadrawnversionoftheTreeofLifetobettershowtheirplacementif
thestudentwishes.
PathAstrology

Animal

Plant

Stone

Scent

Tools

11 Air

Eagle

Aspen

Topaz

Galbanum

Dagger

12 Mercury

Swallow

Vervain

Opal

Mastic

WandorCaduceus

13 Luna

Dog

Almond

Moonstone Camphor

Bow&Arrow

14 Venus

Sparrow

Myrtle

Emerald

Girdle

Sandalwood

15 Aries

Ram

TigerLily

Ruby

Dragon'sBlood Horns&Burin

16 Taurus

Bull

Mallow

Topaz

Storax

17 Gemini

Magpie

Orchid

Alexandrite Woormwood Tripod

18 Cancer

Crab

Lotus

Amber

Onycha[38]

Furnace

19 Leo

Lion

Sunflower

Cat'sEye

Olibanum[39]

Disciplines

20 Virgo

Virgin

Snowpop

Peridot

Narcissus

Lamp&Wand

21 Jupiter

Eagle

Hyssop

Amethyst Saffron

22 Libra

Elephant

Aloe

Emerald

23 Water

Eagle

Lotus

Aquamarine Onycha

Cup&Cross

24 Scorpio

Scorpion

Cactus

Snakestone Benzoin

Obligation

25 Sagittarius Centaur

Rush

Jacinth

LignumAloes Arrow

26 Capricorn Goat

Hemp

Black
Diamond

Musk

TheSecretForce

27 Mars

Horse

Rue

Ruby

Pepper

TheSword

28 Aquarius

Man

Cocanut

Artificial
Glass

Galbanum

Censer

29 Pisces

Fish

Unicellular
Organisms

Pearl

Ambergris[41] MagickMirror

30 Sun

Lion

Sunflower

Crysoleth

Olibanum

Bow&Arrow

31 Fire

Lion

RedPoppy

FireOpal

Olibanum

Wand

32 Saturn

Crocodile Ash

Onyx

Assafoetida[42] Sickle

Galbanum[40]

Preperations

Scepter
Crossof
Equilibrium

NextontheTreeofLifewecanstudythevariousworldpantheonsastheyareplacedontheTree.The
godsofthesevariouspantheonsareplacedinthedifferentsephirothastheyrelatetoeachsephira,i.e.
Venus(Roman)andAphrodite(Greek)maybeattributedtoNetzach.Thesecanbeseeninthefollowing
chart.[43]

Sephira

Greek
Roman Egyptian Norse Hindu
PantheonPantheon Pantheon Pantheon Pantheon

Voodoo Santeria
Pantheon Pantheon

Kether

Aither

Aether

Osiris

Ymir

Brahman

Dambhalah
Olofi
Wedo

Chokmah

Uranus

Coelus

Thoth

Odin

Vishnu

Maraca

Obatala

Binah

Rhea

Magna
Mater

Maut[44] Frigga

Bhavani

Brigitte

Oddudua

Chesed

Zeus

Jupiter

Ptah

Balder

Rama/Chandra

Adoum
Guidi

Orunla

Geburah

Ares

Mars

Seth

Loki

Shiva

Ogou
Ferraille

Oggun

Tiphareth

Apollo

Helios

Ra

Thor

Indra/Surya

Ogou
Chango

Chango

Netzach

AphroditeVenus

Hathor

Freyja

Sita

Erzulie

Oshun

Hod

Hermes Mercury Anubis

Freyr

Hunaman

Legba

Eleggua

Yesod

Artemis Diana

Isis

Sif

Lakshmi

AidaWedoYemaya

Malkuth

Demeter Ceres

Nephthys Nerthus Ganesha

Zaca

Orisha
Oko

TheCelticpantheoncanbeplacedontheTreeofLifeinasimilarmannerasabove.Itcanbeseeninthe
followingchartderivedfromarticle,TheIncompleteMythologicalPantheonsoftheGoldenDawnbyPat
Zalewski.[45]
Sephira

CelticPantheon

Kether

NuadaoftheSilverHand

Chokmah

Lugh

Binah

Dagda

Chesed

Lir

Geburah

Fergus

Tiphareth

Cuchulainn

Netzach

Fand

Hod

Ogma

Yesod

Bridget

Malkuth

Danu

MethodsofRememberingtheInformation
Theabovetwosectionsofthisarticledealwithsomeoftheinformationthatcanbeplacedontheglyph
oftheTreeofLifeinthevariouspositions.SomeitemscanbeplacedintheSephiroth,otheronthe
Paths.ThequestionishowcanweasstudentsoftheWesternMysteryTraditionsrememberallthese
diverseattributionsastheyrelatetotheTreeofLife.Thereareacoupleofmethodstoaccomplishthis.
Firstofall,rotememorycanbeusedtorememberalltheattributionsoftheTreeofLife.Thiscanbe
doneisacoupleofdifferentmanners,oracombinationthereof.SimplymemorizingeachSephira,Path,
andattributionthatcorrespondstotheappropriateplaceontheTreeofLifethroughstudyofthe
variouscharts.AnothermethodmaybetodrawoutmultipleglyphsoftheTreeofLifeandplaceallthe
numerousrelatedmaterialinthecorrespondinglocationontheseglyphs.Thisisagreatmannertolearn
theinformationasitrelatestotheTreeofLife.Thereisadrawbacktothisparticularmethodthough,
andthatisthatyouwillhaveanotebookfullofdrawingsoftheTreeofLifethatyouwillhavetogo
throughoverandoveragain.[46]Thiscanbeadifficultprocessforthestudent.
AnothermethodisonethatpromotesmemoryandisanoldHermeticmethodforremembering
multipleandcomplexitems.Thiscanbeamagickalmethod,ifyouwill,toremembertheseitemsand
otherthingsaswell.
ArsMemorativa(theArtofMemory)
Nowadays,surroundedaswearewithdozensofwaystomakeupfortheweaknessesofhuman
memory,thereisonethingthatisstilleasytoforget:thatlifewasn'talwaysquitesosimple.Inthe
MiddleAges,mostofourmodernmethodsofcollectingandstoringinformationhadn'tevenbeen
imagined.

Forgetaboutmicrofilm,memorychipsandsimilarhightechapproaches;lesscomplexdeviceslikefiling
cabinetsandindexcardswerecompletelyunknowninthemiddleages,andevenpaper,thebottomline
ofmoderninformationstorage,wasunheardofintheWest.Rather,parchmentmadefromsheepskins
wasused,amaterialsoexpensivethatitwasoftenlaboriouslyscrapedcleanaftershorttermusesso
thatsomethingelsecouldbewrittenonthesamesheet.[47]
So,justhowdidamagicianoftheMiddleAgesrememberalltheinformationthatwasrequiredofhim

toknow.Well,heusedamethodofmnemonicrecalltosortthroughallthisinformation.Themnemonic
methodofArtofMemoryheldaspecialplaceinthepracticingmagician'srepertoire.TheNeoplatonic
PhilosophyoftheRenaissancegavememoryandthetechniquesmnemonicsavitalplaceintheGreat
Work.ThisinterpretationofmemorygaverisetonewunderstandingoftheArt,turningwhathadonce
beenthepracticalwayofstoringinformationintoameditativedisciplinecallingonthepowersofthe
willandimagination.[48]
Oneofthequestionsisjusthowdidthisformofmnemonicrecallcomeintobeing.Thereisnoexact
knowledgeastohowthisoccurred,butthereisaclassicallegendastotheoriginsofthismethodofArt
Memory.
ThepoetSimonidesofCeos,asthetalehasit,washiredtoreciteanodeatanobleman'sbanquet.In
thefashionofthetime,thepoetbeganwithafewlinesinpraiseofdivinitiesinthiscase,Castorand
Polluxbeforegoingontotheseriousbusinessoftalkingabouthishost.Thehost,however,objectedto
thisdiversionoftheflattery,deductedhalfofSimonides'fee,andtoldthepoethecouldseektherest
fromthegodshehadpraised.Shortlythereafter,amessagewasbroughttothepoetthattwoyoung
menhadcometothedoorofthehouseandwishedtospeaktohim.WhenSimonideswenttosee
them,therewasnoonetherebutinhisabsencethebanquethallcollapsedbehindhim,killingthe
impiousnoblemanandallthedinnerguestsaswell.CastorandPollux,traditionallyimagedastwo
youngmen,hadindeedpaidtheirhalfofthefee.[49]
TherearemanytaleslikethisthroughoutGreekliterature,buttheabovehasanaddedmoraltothe
story.Whentherubblewasclearedaway,thebodiesweretoomangledtoidentifythosewhomhad
beenkilled.Simonidesrecalledtomemorytheorderinwhichtheguestswereseatedashehadlastseen
it,thusidentifyingthedead,andaccordingtolegend,hefoundedthefirstclassicalArtofMemory.[50]
Thisframeworkcontinuedintheclassicalworld,throughHellenisticGreeceintotheRomanschoolsof
rhetoric.TherewasabitofdifferencebetweentheGreekandtheRomanversioninthattheRomans
taughttheirstudentstomemorizelargebuildingsaccordingtocertainrulesdividingthebuildinginto
specificlociorplaces,thenmarkingeveryfifthortenthlociwithaspecificmark.[51]
ThenextstepcameafterthefalloftheRomanworldandthecomingofChristianity.TheChristianmonk
hadtomemorizegreatdealsofmaterialandtobeabletorecitethemfrommemory.Theyusedthe
samemethodsaswerepracticedinclassicalRome.
WiththedisintegrationoftheRomanworld,thesesametechniquesbecamepartoftheclassical
heritageofChristianity.TheArtofMemorytookonamoralcastasmemoryitselfwasdefinedasapart
ofthevirtueofprudence,andinthisguisetheArtcametobecultivatedbytheDominicanOrder.Itwas
fromthissourcethattheexDominicanGiordanoBruno(15481600),probablytheArt'sgreatest
exponent,drewthebasisofhisowntechniques.[52]
SonowthatwehavelookedatabitofthebeginningandhistoryoftheArtMemory,howdoweapplyit
totheTreeofLifeandtheinformationthatcanbefiledusingtheTreeofLife?Bruno'smethodisa
dizzyingcomplexcombinationofideas,images,andalphabets,whichrequireagreatdealofmnemonic

skilltobeginwith.FirstletuslookatanexampleofthemethodthatBrunogaveusinhisDeUmbris
Idearum(1582)[53],thehighwatermarkoftheHermeticArtofMemory.
thetraditionalimageofthefirstdecanofGemini,aservantholdingastaff,couldstandfortheletter
combinationbe;thatofSuah,thelegendaryinventorofchiromancyorpalmistry,forne.Thedecan
symbolsarepartofasetofimagespriortotheinventors,establishingtheorderofthesyllables.Putin
onelocus,thewholewouldspellthewordbene.[54]
Atfirstglance,theabovesystemisverycomplexandwouldgivethebestmagicianahardtimetryingto
rememberallthelittledetailsthatareinvolved.Butitissubtlerthanmeetstheeye.
Themethodhasagreatdealmoresubtletythanthisoneexampleshows.Bruno'salphabetincluded
thirtyletters,theLatinalphabetplusthoseGreekandHebrewletterswhichhavenoLatinequivalents;
hissystemthusallowedtextswritteninanyofthesealphabetstobememorized.Hecombinedthese
withfivevowels,andprovidedadditionalimagesforsingleletterstoallowformorecomplex
combinations.Besidestheastrologicalimagesandinventors,therearealsolistsofobjectsand
adjectivescorrespondingtothissetoflettercombinations,andallthesecanbecombinedinasingle
memoryimagetorepresentwordsofseveralsyllables.Atthesametime,manyoftheimagesstandfor
ideasaswellassounds;thusthefigureofSuahmentionedabovecanalsorepresenttheartofpalmistry
ifthatsubjectneededtoberemembered.[55]
NowletuslookatamoremodernexampleofBruno'smethodthatwillshedmorelightonhowtouse
theArtMemory.
Tomakesenseofthesestrangetechniques,itisusefultolookovertheshoulderofastudentoftheArt
ashebeginstheconstructionofasetofmemoryplacesandimages.

Imagine,then,ayoungBrotherAnselmashestandsoneeveninginthecloisteredgardenoftheAbbey
ofSt.Quilibet.Anovice,hehasjuststartedonthetaskoflearningLatin;theArtofMemoryisalsopart
ofthecurriculumandhehasresolvedtousememorytomakelearningLatineasier.

Heturnsslowlyaround,staringattheoldgraystoneofthecloisterarches,thetiledroofsabove,the
herbsandflowersallabout,committingthewholeimagetomemory.Therearesevenentrancestothe
garden;aLatinnouncantakesevendifferentcases,andrememberingallofthemhasbedeviledhis
earlylessons.Hedecidestobeginwiththat.

Firstisthenominativecase.HethinksofwhitehairedBrotherMartin,easilytheabbey'smostdevout
monk,beginningthesignofthecross,"InNomine..."Thatformshisfirstmemoryimage;heimagines
BrotherMartinonhiskneesinthefirstentrance,eyesturneduptoHeaven,tofixthepictureinhis
imagination.

Nextcomesthegenitivecase.ThefirstimagethatcomestomindmakesBrotherAnselmturnbrightred;
hemurmursaprayeragainstsinfulthoughts,andreplacesitwithapictureofAdamandEve,the

progenitorsofhumankind.Thisimageheplacesatthesecondentrance.

Thenexttwo,thedativeandaccusativecases,areeasyenough.Dativemakeshimthinkofthegreat
calendarofsaint'sdaysintheabbeylibrary;tosuggesttheinitialletter,heputsitinthearmsofthinand
weaklyBrotherDaniel,whostaggersundertheburden.Thatmakeshimfeelguiltyalthoughnotquite
guiltyenoughtochangethepictureandsofortheaccusativecaseheusesaluridpictureoftheDevil,
theaccuserofhumankind,pointingaclawedfingerathimasiftoremindhimofhissins.Andsoon.

Herunsthroughtheimagesonceagaininhisimagination,makingsurehehasrememberedallofthem,
andthenleavesthegardenintimeforVespers.Everydaythereafter,hewalksthroughhisgrowing
collectionofmemoryplacesinhisimagination,notingtheimagestomakesurethateachonestillcalls
itsmeaningtohismind.Withpractice,hefindsthattheimagesremainclearandmeaningfulformonths
atatime,evenifheleavesthemunvisited;healsofindsthatifhewantstousethesevenentrancesfor
somethingelsethesevencardinalvirtues,forexampleallheneedstodoisconstructdifferentimagesin
thoseplacesandvisitthatportionofhisinnerkingdom.Bythattime,though,hewillbewellonhisway
tomasteringtheArt.[56]
TheaboveexampleshedsalittlemorelightonjusthowtousethemethodofArtMemorytorecall
variousideas,thoughts,andimages.ThereisadiscussionbyJohnMichaelGreerinhispaperArs
Memorativa:AnIntroductionToTheHermeticArtofMemory,whichIwouldliketoshareatthispoint.
Greerdiscussesamodernmethodforapplyingtheabovemnemonicmethods.Heusestheideaand
imageryofgardensandgazebostocataloganassortmentofideasandknowledge.Hecallsthis
methodTheGardenofMemory.Thediagramsmentionedinthefollowingarticledonotappearwiththe
Internetversionofthisarticlethatthisinformationistakenfrom.
TheGardenofMemoryislaidoutinaseriesofconcentriccircularpathsseparatedbyhedges;thefirst
fourofthesecirclesaremappedinDiagram1.Eachcirclecorrespondstoanumber,andhasthesame
numberofsmallgazebossetinit.Thesegazebosanexample,theoneintheinnermostcircle,isshown
inDiagram2bearsymbolswhicharederivedfromthePythagoreannumberloreoftheRenaissance
andlatermagicaltraditions,andserveastheplacesinthismemorygarden.Likeallmemoryplaces,
theseshouldbeimaginedasbrightlylitandconvenientlylarge;inparticular,eachgazeboisvisualizedas
largeenoughtoholdanordinaryhumanbeing,althoughitneednotbemuchlarger.

Thefirstfourcirclesofthegardenarebuiltupintheimaginationasfollows:

TheFirstCircle

ThiscirclecorrespondstotheMonad,thenumberOne;itscoloriswhite,anditsgeometricalfigureis
thecircle.Arowofwhiteflowersgrowsattheborderofthesurroundinghedge.Thegazeboiswhite,
withgoldtrim,andistoppedwithagoldencirclebearingthenumber1.Paintedonthedomeisthe
imageofasingleopenEye,whilethesidesbeartheimageofthePhoenixinflames.

TheSecondCircle

ThenextcirclecorrespondstotheDyad,thenumberTwoandtotheconceptofpolarity;itscolorisgray,
itsprimarysymbolsaretheSunandMoon,anditsgeometricalfigureisthevesicapiscis,formedfrom
thecommonareaoftwooverlappingcircles.Theflowersborderingthehedgesinthiscirclearesilver
gray;inkeepingwiththeruleofpuns,whichwe'llcoveralittlelater,thesemightbetulips.Bothofthe
twogazebosinthiscirclearegray.One,toppedwiththenumber2inawhitevesica,haswhiteandgold
trim,andbearstheimageoftheSunonthedomeandthatofAdam,hishandonhisheart,ontheside.
Theother,toppedwiththenumber3inablackvesica,hasblackandsilvertrim,andbearstheimageof
theMoononthedomeandthatofEve,herhandtouchingherhead,ontheside.

TheThirdCircle

ThiscirclecorrespondstotheTriad,thenumberThree;itscolorisblack,itsprimarysymbolsarethe
threealchemicalprinciplesofSulphur,MercuryandSalt,anditsgeometricalfigureisthetriangle.The
flowersborderingthehedgesareblack,asarethethreegazebos.Thefirstofthegazeboshasredtrim,
andistoppedwiththenumber4inaredtriangle;itbears,onthedome,theimageofaredman
touchinghisheadwithbothhands,andonthesidestheimagesofvariousanimals.Thesecondgazebo
haswhitetrim,andistoppedbythenumber5inawhitetriangle;itbears,onthedome,theimageofa
whitehermaphroditetouchingitsbreastswithbothhands,andonthesidestheimagesofvarious
plants.Thethirdgazeboisunrelievedblack,andistoppedwiththenumber6inablacktriangle;itbears,
onthedome,theimageofablackwomantouchingherbellywithbothhands,andonthesidesthe
imagesofvariousminerals.

TheFourthCircle

ThiscirclecorrespondstotheTetrad,thenumberFour.Itscolorisblue,itsprimarysymbolsaretheFour
Elements,anditsgeometricalfigureisthesquare.Theflowersborderingthehedgesareblueandfour
petaled,andthefourgazebosareblue.Thefirstofthesehasredtrimandistoppedwiththenumber7
inaredsquare;itbearstheimageofflamesonthedome,andthatofaroaringliononthesides.The
secondhasyellowtrimandistoppedwiththenumber8inayellowsquare;itbearstheimagesofthe
fourwindsblowingonthedome,andthatofamanpouringwaterfromavaseonthesides.Thethirdis
unrelievedblueandistoppedwiththenumber9inabluesquare;itbearstheimageofwavesonthe
domeandthoseofascorpion,aserpentandaneagleonthesides.Thefourthhasgreentrimandis
toppedwiththenumber10inagreensquare;itbears,onthedome,theimageoftheEarth,andthatof
anoxdrawingaplowonthesides.[57]
ThesystemgivenbyGreerabovecanbeveryhelpfulinrememberingitemsforeachofthesephiraof
theTreeofLife.IfyouapplytheideaofCirclestoeachoftheSephirothandplacewithineachofthem
thecorrespondinggazebooftheappropriatecolor.Thenyoucanbegintofiletheinformationthat
relatestothatsephira.Asanexample,wewilllookattheFirstCircleoftheGardenofMemoryand

applyittoKether,thefirstsephira.
TheideathattheFirstCirclerelatestotheMonad,ortotheOne,whichisthenumberofKether,helpsa
greatdealhere.Also,bylookingatthecoloroftheGarden,whichisWhiteandthewhiteandgold
trimmedGazebowecanthinkoftheQueenScalecolorofKetherandtotheclosenessoftheDivine.In
thiscaseEheieh(IAm)istheDivineName,thisagainalludestotheMonad.TheGeometricSymbolof
thePointisalsoreflectedintheMonad.TheimagesoftheArchangelMetatroncanbeplacedeitheron
orintheGazebo,alongwiththeAngelicChoir.ThepathintheFirstGardentotheGazebocanbemade
ofDiamonds,theStoneassociatedwithKether.ThispathcanbelinedwithfloweringAlmonds,thePlant
associatedwiththissephira.AnimageofaCrown,theToollinkedtoKethercanalsobeintheGazebo,
orifyoulikeanimageofGodwearingaCrowncanbeseatedintheGazebo.Torepresenttheideaof
theFirstWhirlingofCreation(Planet),perhapsaswirlingmassofAmbergris(Scent)incensesmoke
beforetheimageofGodwearingaCrown.
ThenextstepwouldbetomoveontotheSecondCircleandChokmah,fillinginthevariousimagestofit
thatparticularsephira,andthenontoBinahandtherestoftheSephirothoftheTreeofLife.
ThePathsontheTreeofLifecanbedoneinasimilarmannerbyimaginingthemasgardenpathswith
plants,animals,imagesandlettersthatconnecttheTenlargegardensofthesephiroth.Anexample
mightbePathNumberThirtythatconnectsHodandYesod.
PerhapsthePathcanbeimaginedashavingagatelikethetarotcardTheSunXIX,withtheHebrew
letterrinthecenterofitasanOrangepathleadstothenextGarden.Sunflowersborderthepathwitha
brightSunoverhead.AlongthepathaLionplays.OntheOrangepathisaBowandArrowmadeof
Crysoleth.
ThisisjustanideaofhowtoincorporatethemethodgivenbyGreerinhisGardenofMemoryinour
studyoftheTreeofLife.Canyouthinkofotherimagestousetobetterrememberthedifferentgroups
ofinformationassignedtothesephiraoftheTree?
Conclusion
TheTreeofLifeisavaluableglyphforcatalogingthevariousideas,images,andknowledgesassociated
withtheWesternMysteryTraditions.Thereareseveralwaystoplacethisinformationontheglyphof
theTreeandseveralwaystorecallthatinformation.TheonethatisbestforthestudentoftheWestern
MysteryTradition,andparticularlytheHermeticArtsiscompletelyuptothestudentinquestion.How
manywayscanyoufindtousetheTreeofLifeasasourceofinformationandafilingcabinet?
Wecanusethemodernstoragedevicesofpaper,disk,orcomputerspaceasaneatfilingcabinetto
catalogandremembertheinformationinthisarticle.Thisworksbestforsomethinglikerotememory
wheretheideas,imagesandcorrespondencesaredrylyrecitedandrememberedthroughrepetition.
TheothermethodistouseamethodistouseatraditionthatrelatestotheWesternMystery
Traditions.Inthiscase,onethatrelatesspecificallytotheHermeticTradition.Theoldersystemgivenby

Brunoisabitcomplexandcanbeconfusingtothemodernpractioner.TheGardenof
MemorypresentedbyJohnMichaelGreergivesthemodernmagicalpractionerthemeanstoeasily
rememberthenumerousimages,ideas,andknowledgesconnectedtoeachofthesephirothoftheTree
ofLife.
Italsohasitspracticalside.ThemethodsoftheArtofMemoryworksomuchbetterthanordinaryrote
memorization,thatevenalittleexperiencewiththeArtcanmakeastartlingdifference.Anythingfrom
shoppingliststoclassnotescanberememberedquicklyandefficiently,andyouaren'tlikelytoleave
yourmemoryathomewhenyougototakeafinalexam!Sosityourselfdown,closeyoureyes,andstart
puttingtousethispopularMedievalpractice.[58]
Whichofthemthatthestudentandpractionerchoosestouseiscompletelyuptotheindividual
involved.Maybetheuseofourmindtobetterremembermaymakeusbettermagicalpractioners.Try
thesemethodstorecallthediverseamountsofinformationthatcanbestoredontheTreeofLife.See
whatworksbestforyou.
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Notes
[1]Fortune,TheMysticalQabalah,p.37.

[2]Ibid,p.37.
[3]Kaplan,SeferYetzirah:theBookofCreation,p.23.
[4]Whitcomb,TheMagician'sCompanion,p.209.
[5]Kaplan,SeferYetzirah:theBookofCreation,p.23.
[6]Ibid,p.25.
[7]Godwin,Godwin'sCabalisticEncyclopedia,p.162.
[8]Adiscussionofsomeoftheseesotericschoolscanbefoundinthebook,MeditationandKabbalahby
AryehKaplan.
[9]TheGoldenDawnattributedacertaincolorscaletoeachofthesephiraandpathsoftheTreeofLife
neartheendofthe19thcentury.Therearefourdifferentcolorscalesthattheyused,theQueenscale,
theKingscale,thePrincessscale,andthePrincescale.ThesescalesrelatetotheFourKabbalistic
Worlds.ThescalemostseenistheQueenscale.
[10]Cicero,SelfInitiationintotheGoldenDawnTradition,p.61.
[11]Godwin,Godwin'sCabalisticEncyclopedia,p.79.
[12]Kraig,ModernMagick,p.102
[13]Cicero,SelfInitiationintotheGoldenDawnTradition,p.62.
[14]Godwin,Godwin'sCabalisticEncyclopedia,p.58.
[15]Ibid,p.27.
[16]Civitisamuskthatcomesfromthemuskglandsofatypeofcat.Itisrarelyusedanymore,with
myrrhbeingreadilyavailable.
[17]Cicero,SelfInitiationintotheGoldenDawnTradition,p.63.
[18]Fortune,TheMysticalQabalah,p.47
[19]Ibid,p.163
[20]Cicero,SelfInitiationintotheGoldenDawnTradition,pp.6465.

[21]Zalewski,TheKabbalahoftheGoldenDawn,p.65.
[22]Godwin,Godwin'sCabalisticEncyclopedia,p.118.

[23]Cicero,SelfInitiationintotheGoldenDawnTradition,p.65.
[24]Zalewski,TheKabbalahoftheGoldenDawn,p.66.
[25]Cicero,SelfInitiationintotheGoldenDawnTradition,p.66.
[26]Davidson,ADictionaryofAngels,p.134.
[27]Godwin,Godwin'sCabalisticEncyclopedia,p.213.
[28]Cicero,SelfInitiationintotheGoldenDawnTradition,p.67.
[29]Davidson,ADictionaryofAngels,p.193.
[30]Cicero,SelfInitiationintotheGoldenDawnTradition,p.68.
[31]Godwin,Godwin'sCabalisticEncyclopedia,p.341.
[32]Davidson,ADictionaryofAngels,p.117.
[33]Zalewski,KabbalahoftheGoldenDawn,p.69.
[34]Godwin,Godwin'sCabalisticEncyclopedia,p.185.
[35]Davidson,ADictionaryofAngels,p.257.SandalphonisGreekratherthanHebrew.Metatronis
likelyGreekaswell,asthetwoArchangelsaretwopartsofthesamebeing.
[36]Kraig,ModernMagick,p.104.
[37]Cicero,SelfInitiationintotheGoldenDawnTradition,p.70.
[38]OnychaistheshellorcoverofaspeciesofmusselfoundinthelakesofIndia,whichwhenburned
producesamuskyodor.
[39]OlibanumistheancientnameofFrankincense.
[40]GalbanumisfromtheGalbanumplantnativetoPersia.Aresinfromthisplantisburnttoproducea
scent.
[41]AmbergrisistheoilofaSpermWhale.NowitisasyntheticoilratherthanfromtheSpermWhale.
[42]AlsospelledAsafetida.AplantfromAfghanistanandeasternPersia.Theresinisusedtoproducea
scent.
[43]Whitcomb,TheMagician'sCompanion,p.163.
[44]AlsospelledMaat.
[45]Zalewski,TheIncompleteMythologicalPantheonsoftheGoldenDawn.TheMagicalPantheons:A

GoldenDawnJournal,BookIV,pp.129136.
[46]Ipersonallyhavedonethisandhaveanotebookthathas53differentTreesofLife.
[47]Greer,TheArtofMemory,InternetpageatWesternEsotericaonLineLibrary.
[48]Greer,ArsMemorativa:AnIntroductionToTheHermeticArtofMemory,InternetpageatWestern
EsotericaonLineLibrary.
[49]Ibid.
[50]Ibid.
[51]Ibid.
[52]Ibid.
[53]Ibid.
[54]Ibid.
[55]Ibid.
[56]Greer,TheArtofMemory,InternetpageatWesternEsotericaonLineLibrary.
[57]Greer,ArsMemorativa:AnIntroductionToTheHermeticArtofMemory,InternetPageatWestern
EsotericaonLineLibrary.
[58]Greer,TheArtofMemory,InternetpageatWesternEsotericaonLineLibrary.