mylittleillumination:

THE TREE OF LIFEAS PROJECTEDIN A SOLID SPHEREThe Planets’ sphere which illustrates this manuscript, a part of the Z.A.M.’s Abstract of the Tarot, has been drawn by S.R.M.D. as instructed. It represents the Heavens polarized on the plane of the Ecliptic, not on the plane of the Equator of our Earth, so that its North Pole is the veritable North Pole of our Heavens and not merely that part of them to which the North Pole of our Earth now points.
Another very important difference is that, throughout the true Tarot, the teaching assigns the commencing Point of the Zodiac to the bright Star “Regulus” which is in Leo. And it measures Right Ascension and Longitude from that point, and not from a suppositious point divided by the Equinox and called the 0” of Aries (though in reality now far removed from the constellation of that name), which has been adopted by modern or western astronomy and astrology.
By this now usual way of reckoning, and the Precession of the Equinoxes, it has graduallycome to pass that the signs (or divisions, each of 30°, of the Zodiac) no longer coincide with the constellations of the same name, and each decade of years shows them slowly but surely receding.
But the Tarot method of reckoning from the star named Regulus has, it will be seen, the effect of making the Signs and the Constellations coin-cide.
"Regulus" is also named Cor Leonis - "The Heart of the Lion." "Regulus"means "Star of the Prince."Regulus" coincides with the position of the "heart" in the figure of Leo upon the Star Maps.
(Note: The principia or fundamental ideas of this astronomical view of the Tarot may be found, as least in its essential form, in the astronomical writings of Claudius Ptolemy of Alexandria. Naturally, this reference only concerns the signs, constellations and other astronomical divisions noted. The expansion of this scheme, and its allocation to other forms of universal symbolism, such as the Tarot cards, Hebrew letters, and Enochian Tablets, has its roots in the synthetic genius of the Golden Dawn.
The idea of projecting the Tree of Life into a solid sphere, having application among other things to the starry heavens and the constellations,  certainly is peculiar to this system alone. Most of the fundamentals inhering in the other aspects of the Golden Dawn teaching may be found in exoteric occult literature of past centuries. But, as again I must insist, the peculiar practical application of them as exemplified in the Golden Dawn routine can nowhere else be found, save, of course, in other authentic esoteric systems. The student is urged to study this whole section very thoroughly; it is well worth it. In the early days of the Order there was a special group which devoted its time and energies to the study and application of the principles involved herein. Incidentally, may I point out how much light this particular instruction throws on innumerable passages in Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine-especially in Volume 11.-I.R.)Tabular View of the Dominion of the symbols of Book T in fhe CelestialHeavens, and of the Operation, and Rule of The Tree of Life in the same as Projected on a Solid Sphere. (Abridged Treatise arranged for the use of the Z.A.M. ‘s in Anglia by S.RM. D.)
The Zelator Adeptus Minor shall know that the great “King Star” or “Heart of the Lion,” which is in Leo upon the path of the Ecliptic and one of the “Four Tiphareth Points” (see later) of the Celestial Heavens, is the commencement and Ruler of all our reckoning of Longitude (or Ecliptic). The Path of the Sun itself is the commencement of our reckoning of the Latitude in the searching out of our Hidden Wisdom.
Also the Dragon, the constellation Draco, surroundeth the Pole Kether of our Celestial Heavens.
But the Northern Pole and Kether of the Material Planet (even of our Erthe, earth) looketh constantly unto Binah, for as much as she is under sorrow and suffering.When, oh Lord of the Universe, shall she turn from her evil ways so that she shall again behold Kether? Wherefore she is now a place of trial. For each thing in this world of Assiah looketh towards that which is its Natural Governor, and to what part of the Celestial Heavens the Kether of a Planet constantly looketh, by that part is that Planet ruled. For in all things shine the Sephiroth even as hath been sufficiently said.
The Four Knaves (Princesses) rule the celestial Heavens from the North Pole of the Zodiac to the 45” of Latitude North of the Ecliptic. They form the Thrones of the Four Aces, who rule in Kether. The Four Kings, 4 Queens, 4 Princes rule the Celestial Heavens from the 45” of North Latitude down to the Ecliptic. The 12 Tarot Keys attributed to the 12 Signs of the Zodiac rule the Celestial Heavens from the Ecliptic, down to the 45” of South Latitude. The 36 smaller cards of the Suits (from two to ten) rule the Celestial Heavens from the 45” South of the Ecliptic to the South Pole, or the Malkuth place therein. And all calculationarises from the Star “Regulus,” the 0” of our Leo.
— Israel Regardie: The Complete Golden Dawn

mylittleillumination:

THE TREE OF LIFE
AS PROJECTED
IN A SOLID SPHERE

The Planets’ sphere which illustrates this manuscript, a part of the Z.A.M.’s Abstract of the Tarot, has been drawn by S.R.M.D. as instructed. It represents the Heavens polarized on the plane of the Ecliptic, not on the plane of the Equator of our Earth, so that its North Pole is the veritable North Pole of our Heavens and not merely that part of them to which the North Pole of our Earth now points.

Another very important difference is that, throughout the true Tarot, the teaching assigns the commencing Point of the Zodiac to the bright Star “Regulus” which is in Leo. And it measures Right Ascension and Longitude from that point, and not from a suppositious point divided by the Equinox and called the 0” of Aries (though in reality now far removed from the constellation of that name), which has been adopted by modern or western astronomy and astrology.

By this now usual way of reckoning, and the Precession of the Equinoxes, it has graduallycome to pass that the signs (or divisions, each of 30°, of the Zodiac) no longer coincide with the constellations of the same name, and each decade of years shows them slowly but surely receding.

But the Tarot method of reckoning from the star named Regulus has, it will be seen, the effect of making the Signs and the Constellations coin-
cide.

"Regulus" is also named Cor Leonis - "The Heart of the Lion." "Regulus"means "Star of the Prince."Regulus" coincides with the position of the "heart" in the figure of Leo upon the Star Maps.

(Note: The principia or fundamental ideas of this astronomical view of the Tarot may be found, as least in its essential form, in the astronomical writings of Claudius Ptolemy of Alexandria. Naturally, this reference only concerns the signs, constellations and other astronomical divisions noted. The expansion of this scheme, and its allocation to other forms of universal symbolism, such as the Tarot cards, Hebrew letters, and Enochian Tablets, has its roots in the synthetic genius of the Golden Dawn.

The idea of projecting the Tree of Life into a solid sphere, having application among other things to the starry heavens and the constellations,  certainly is peculiar to this system alone. Most of the fundamentals inhering in the other aspects of the Golden Dawn teaching may be found in exoteric occult literature of past centuries. But, as again I must insist, the peculiar practical application of them as exemplified in the Golden Dawn routine can nowhere else be found, save, of course, in other authentic esoteric systems. The student is urged to study this whole section very thoroughly; it is well worth it. In the early days of the Order there was a special group which devoted its time and energies to the study and application of the principles involved herein. Incidentally, may I point out how much light this particular instruction throws on innumerable passages in Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine-especially in Volume 11.-I.R.)

Tabular View of the Dominion of the symbols of Book T in fhe Celestial
Heavens, and of the Operation, and Rule of The Tree of Life in the same as Projected on a Solid Sphere. (Abridged Treatise arranged for the use of the Z.A.M. ‘s in Anglia by S.RM. D.)

The Zelator Adeptus Minor shall know that the great “King Star” or “Heart of the Lion,” which is in Leo upon the path of the Ecliptic and one of the “Four Tiphareth Points” (see later) of the Celestial Heavens, is the commencement and Ruler of all our reckoning of Longitude (or Ecliptic). The Path of the Sun itself is the commencement of our reckoning of the Latitude in the searching out of our Hidden Wisdom.

Also the Dragon, the constellation Draco, surroundeth the Pole Kether of our Celestial Heavens.

But the Northern Pole and Kether of the Material Planet (even of our Erthe, earth) looketh constantly unto Binah, for as much as she is under sorrow and suffering.When, oh Lord of the Universe, shall she turn from her evil ways so that she shall again behold Kether? Wherefore she is now a place of trial. For each thing in this world of Assiah looketh towards that which is its Natural Governor, and to what part of the Celestial Heavens the Kether of a Planet constantly looketh, by that part is that Planet ruled. For in all things shine the Sephiroth even as hath been sufficiently said.

The Four Knaves (Princesses) rule the celestial Heavens from the North Pole of the Zodiac to the 45” of Latitude North of the Ecliptic. They form the Thrones of the Four Aces, who rule in Kether. The Four Kings, 4 Queens, 4 Princes rule the Celestial Heavens from the 45” of North Latitude down to the Ecliptic. The 12 Tarot Keys attributed to the 12 Signs of the Zodiac rule the Celestial Heavens from the Ecliptic, down to the 45” of South Latitude. The 36 smaller cards of the Suits (from two to ten) rule the Celestial Heavens from the 45” South of the Ecliptic to the South Pole, or the Malkuth place therein. And all calculationarises from the Star “Regulus,” the 0” of our Leo.

— Israel Regardie: The Complete Golden Dawn

amxha:

"We begin the process of our own spiritual development, or return, by the invocation of our own Kether. This Kether unconsciously guides and directs us. The very act of calling attention to the "Light above our heads" brings about a subtle activity on the Inner Planes.
It is a conscious affirmation of the Personality in manifestation of its mutability, and that the source of all true life is above. 
As the universe begins and ends with Kether, so all work of spiritual development, whether meditative or ritualistic, must begin with an invocation of the Highest. The God name in Kether is Eheieh, meaning I WILL BE, a name which has been likened in its sound and meaning to breath.”
- Robert Wang, The Qabalistic Tarot

amxha:

"We begin the process of our own spiritual development, or return, by the invocation of our own Kether. This Kether unconsciously guides and directs us. The very act of calling attention to the "Light above our heads" brings about a subtle activity on the Inner Planes.

It is a conscious affirmation of the Personality in manifestation of its mutability, and that the source of all true life is above. 

As the universe begins and ends with Kether, so all work of spiritual development, whether meditative or ritualistic, must begin with an invocation of the Highest. The God name in Kether is Eheieh, meaning I WILL BE, a name which has been likened in its sound and meaning to breath.”

- Robert Wang, The Qabalistic Tarot

theallseeingcat:

Thomas Karlsson’s Qabalah, Qliphoth and Goetic Magic
Title page illustration by T. Ketola

theallseeingcat:

Thomas Karlsson’s Qabalah, Qliphoth and Goetic Magic

Title page illustration by T. Ketola

theallseeingcat:


THE KABBALISTIC TREE OF LIFE, by Patricia Waldygo

Original signed oil painting on linen canvas
(1982-83, 60” X 40”)

This painting of the
Kabbalistic Tree of Life had a long public life as a best-selling poster. Beginning in 1984, it was in print for 15 years and sold more than 15,000 copies. Samuel Weiser, Inc., the publisher, also used it as a book cover for The Mystical Qabalah by Dion Fortune and as the cover of Weiser’s 1984-85 catalogue.

I did this meditation painting in the early 1980s for students of the Judeo-Christian traditions. It took one and a half years to complete and was the only painting I worked on during that time. Each sephiroth (sphere) is a tiny, detailed miniature painting in its own right. This interpretation of the Kabbalah would appeal to both Christians and Jews, especially those whose beliefs are not strictly Orthodox. If you are interested in Christian mysticism or esoteric Christianity, gnosticism, theosophy, or a New Age version of Christianity, this painting may inspire you to look more closely at your Judeo-Christian roots. The painting is based on Dion Fortune’s view of the sephiroths and combines Greek, Egyptian, and Vedic mythology, Tarot cards, and other Western symbolism. Dion Fortune, an early theosophist, first published her book
The Mystical Qabalah in 1935, at a time when information about Kabbalah was restricted to Jewish males. One element of her Tree of Life that illustrates its Christian viewpoint is the yellow center sephiroth, called Tiphareth, which has a Crucifix superimposed over a Star of David, as well as the young Christ child and a King.. This sephiroth corresponds to the heart center or heart chakra in yogic traditions. In the painting, the sephiroths are laid over a fiery silhouette of Adam Kadmon, the universal man. During the years when the poster was in print, I received many letters from an eclectic assortment of people who had bought the poster: students of Kabbalah, New Age teachers of various types, and even a letter from a Christian priest studying at seminary.

Just as Far Eastern sacred art attempts to guide spiritual seekers to enlightened states of mind by using imagery from Buddhist and Hindu cosmology, each sephiroth on
The Kabbalistic Tree of Life uses archetypal symbols that are familiar to Westerners. The Kabbalah is an ancient tradition of esoteric teachings that sprang up within Judaism. In the late 19th century, the Theosophists incorporated its teachings into a mystical form of Christianity.

Source: http://www.patriciawaldygo.com/kabbalistic-tree-of-life.html

mylittleillumination:

Frontispiece from The Secret Doctrine in Israel by Arthur Edward Waite

mylittleillumination:

Frontispiece from The Secret Doctrine in Israel by Arthur Edward Waite