43. Soul Journey – Root Chakra – Kabbalah/Tree of Life – Oneness
The Kabbalah, or Tree of Life, represents the mystical journey of the soul as it descends the Tree of Life into human form and then transcends up the Tree to spiritual oneness. Each circle on the Tree of Life is called a Sefirot, (emanation of divine will). There are ten Sefirot that mirror each other as they reveal and receive information for the soul. The Sefirot challenge and support the soul as it travels up and down the Tree, providing insights or paths. The left branch represents the mysteries held in the darkness; the right are the forces of light. The trunk is the neutral, self-giving one.
The task is to know one’s self as a human grounded on earth (Malkuth.) From this place of awareness, one can embrace their humanness and travel up the Tree of Life to remember being a soul. This is called the “way of the return.” When the soul attains Da’at, it becomes one within the knowledge of unity consciousness and sees itself as both human and divine.
The 22 cards of the Major Arcana in the Tarot reflect this journey in both directions through the Tree of Life. The 56 Minor Arcana cards represent the elements of earth, water, fire, air; with 14 cards per suit. The 78 lines of Metatron’s cube (Knowledge of Life) inspired the creation of the Tarot. The 22 Major Arcana combined with the 56 Minor Arcana creates a deck of 78 cards. The Tarot emerged during the early Renaissance period as a tool for awakening and remembering our true nature.
Message: Multiple paths are in front of you now. You are being asked to make a choice. Remember that each path comes with its own lesson; therefore, there is not a right or wrong path. Choose a path that feels right for you. If you are in doubt follow your heart and you will find your path.
“We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are.” – Talmud
The sefirot – Tree of Life (Color-coded to the chakras from the perspective of being grounded in our awareness of ourself as a human.)
Root Chakra – Red
Malkuth – Earth/Kingdom/Center
Sacral Chakra – Orange
Yesod – Foundation/Center
Solar Plexus Chakra – Yellow
Hod – Splendor/Feminine
Netzach – Victory/Masculine
Heart Chakra – Green
Tiphereth – Beauty/Center
Throat Chakra – Blue
Geburah – Strength/Feminine
Chesed – Kindness/Masculine
Third Eye Chakra – Violet
Binah – Intuition/Mother
Chokmah – Wisdom/Father
Crown Chakra – White
Kether – Divine Will/Above
Metatron – Masculine Aspect/Shekinah – Feminine Aspect
Da’at – Grey – Oneness/Self Giving (often seen as separate from the Tree of Life as it is the all encompassing one.)
The Tree of Life diagram is modeled after the Menorah as spelled out in Exodus.
“He made the menorah of pure gold. He made the menorah of beaten work. Its base, its shaft, its cups, its buds, and its flowers were of one piece with it. There were six branches going out of its sides: three branches of the menorah out of its one side, and three branches of the menorah out of its other side: three cups made like almond-blossoms in one branch, a bud and a flower, and three cups made like almond-blossoms in the other branch, a bud and a flower: so for the six branches going out of the menorah. In the menorah were four cups made like almond-blossoms, its buds and its flowers; and a bud under two branches of one piece with it, and a bud under two branches of one piece with it, and a bud under two branches of one piece with it, for the six branches going out of it. Their buds and their branches were of one piece with it. The whole thing was one beaten work of pure gold.” – Exodus 37:17 22