This reexamination of the Kabbalah and the Tree of Life is not just another regurgitation of a particular esoteric point of view, either of a Jewish or Christian bias. This exercise was to create a complete reconstruction of the Tree of Life without any digressions into the question of its’ origins: Except for the references to the Sefer Yetzirah for its’ conceptual considerations and historical significance in the discussion of the Tree of Life as we know it esoterically today.
Starting with the three fundamental language categories of the oldest Kabalistic text called the Sefer Yetzirah; Numerical, Astrological, and the Verbal construct of the Hebrews. From this premise of consideration, without the prejudice, or need, of religious or historical justifications to adhere too. I have then reexamined the fundamental notions, and reconfigured the numbers, astrology and the geometry to be consistent with these notions of the Sefer Yetzirah about the Tree of Life to see what may come out of these unbiased observations.
The majority of the commentaries on the Kabbalah and the Tree of Life are so convoluted with superfluous references to untenable claims of divinity, authorship, and generally ‘putting the cart before the horse’, i.e. reverse justification logic, that the relevant concepts of the Sefer Yetzirah are completely obscured.
The excessive justifications of unverifiable fairy tales where the God of reality has been replaced with the God of fantasy is the norm in both Kabbalah (Jewish) and Qabalah (Western) literature. I was simply seeking to have an exercise of the intellect into the practical wisdom that may have been originally intended in the text; so I choice to leave these other topics of discussion for others to worry about.
I had no idea or preconception of where this exercise would lead me to, nor did I expect any particular results, I simply had a curiosity and a question “What if the “Ten ineffable numbers” were referring to the ten ideal numbers zero thru nine? The pat answers that were given as to why the numbers were supposed to be the numbers one thru ten were just not very convincing to me; and it really couldn’t hurt to just give the idea of zero thru nine a try just to see what fruit it may bear.
One question led to more questions of whether there could be a correlation between the 10 ideal numbers, the geometrical construct of the Tree of Life, the consideration of colors from the interaction of light instead of from the perspective of pigments, the ancient origins of the 12 division measurement system, as well as, the reconsideration of the astrological factors?
This study was just a curiosity at first, nothing that was going to be taken seriously academically, and far too cerebral for most of the consumers of esoteric material. Non the less, my research kept yielding a plethora of pertinent patterns and relevant references; enough to keep me interested and rewarding enough to justify my time for over forty years.
The Tarot was included in this research project to see if the notions presented in these cards would work in harmony with the recurring themes and patterns that I was observing in the Tree of Life. But it was soon very clear that the Tarot literature was just as much in disagreement over attributes and origins as the Tree of Life and would also need to be reexamined without prejudice. And the Tarot has a greater general consumer base than the Tree of Life, with even more emotional attachment to their projected ideas of what the cards mean than to any real research or actual code breaking. They tend to miss the difference between Tarot as a tool for divination and Tarot as a loose leaf book of life.
The Tarot posed a problem right away; for there wasn’t any agreement over the astrological, and even some of the numerical attributes, for the major arcana. Furthermore, the elemental associations and overall significance and context of the minor arcana was never very well explained either. Not to mention the same lack of clarity as the Sefer Yetzirah had regarding origins and original intent of the cards. Never the less, it has been included in the path arrangements of the western versions of the Tree of Life since the 1800s because it has the same amount of cards as the Hebrew letters.
These are like hidden codes or complicated puzzles to me, knots to be unraveled; they beg me to unravel them, if for no other reason than just for the fun of it. I wasn’t expecting this endeavor to bear any real fruit, that is no more than a crossword puzzle does or finding hidden figures in a picture. But it did and the fruit was very sweet. I felt like I had found an old discarded key that opened a well hidden door that everyone else had mistaken for a wall.
Now I had two separate mysteries systems that shared several common categories of consideration: the esoteric knowledge of numbers, astrology, words, color and geometry. And although the words varied in many different language constructs, the notions that were being conveyed by the words were very much the same. And the notions and constructs of the numerical and astrological languages were exactly the same. So then my next question: How can these two systems be brought together in a more harmonious and coherent manner then has been done before?
This study all started with the consideration of the Ten Ideal Numbers, and ended up with a completely new approach to the Tree of Life and the Tarot. These were some of my major questions I had and these are some of the answers I came up with along the way. If this perspective adds something new to the discussion of the Tree of Life and the Tarot and somehow helps a seeker gain a little more insight into the subject, then my work was not in vain.