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06/03/2012 7:33 pm  

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It had been a practice of mine to sit in front of a framed, blank drawing of the Tree of Life and use it as a reference for memorizing the placement of attributes. As of late, I have instead been emptying my mind and looking at it as if I were looking through a doorway. I have watched as it rotates, spins and changes in different ways. Not that long ago something different happened. Malkuth, hanging at the bottom like a pendant began swinging. It swung towards me and away...as if the 27th path were a bar and Malkuth were a pendant hanging beneath. As it swung away from me it vanished for a second, swung forward and then up into the tree. I now have this image constantly on my mind and with it a new placement (of sorts) for man on it. Is there anything written about this anywhere? I can't seem to find anything and am reluctant to start rambling on about it.
Being sorely lacking in knowledge of qabalah I thought I would ask here for any input or thoughts you might have?
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06/03/2012 7:45 pm  

Nice.  🙂

It looks more balanced to me.

Of course, what it suggests will probably freak people out a bit... 😉

...but that doesn't mean it's wrong...


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06/03/2012 8:24 pm  

Swinging to exactly 4:18 minutes here sharpens the Point:

Station to Station


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06/03/2012 8:26 pm  

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O Dar! Please freak me out!

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06/03/2012 11:10 pm  

I have seen exactly that arrangement (the second 'new' one) in print somewhere.  I'll try and locate it and post what I find.

Freak people out? pfft 😉

Edit to add:  OK this was not what I am remembering but it's a start, something from David Chaim Smith here.


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07/03/2012 9:44 am  

Lol. 

Considering it as a proposition for a universe...

Well..., no matter how you look at the causality of anything, you can eventually lead everything back to the big bang.  So let's put the Big Bang at Kether. 

Then you have created a direct path between Kether and Malkuth... ok - so that puts gravity (Malkuth) before energy (Tiphareth) and spacetime (Yesod).  It's a very interesting proposition.  😀 

   


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07/03/2012 10:22 am  

... Or were you thinking of:


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obscurus
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07/03/2012 2:33 pm  

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Actually Dar in my mind, Tiphareth and Yesod maintained their original postions.
After all the Sun is the center of my known universe and the single greatest visible manifestation of God in my world.
It speaks to me of a transformation of the world in which we live, also the approaching transit of Venus. something which will not occur again until we are all long forgotten?I have some drawings I'm working on and will post when finished.
As far as Tiphareth...

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07/03/2012 6:47 pm  
"obscuruspaintus" wrote:
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Actually Dar in my mind, Tiphareth and Yesod maintained their original postions.
After all the Sun is the center of my known universe and the single greatest visible manifestation of God in my world.
It speaks to me of a transformation of the world in which we live, also the approaching transit of Venus. something which will not occur again until we are all long forgotten?I have some drawings I'm working on and will post when finished.
As far as Tiphareth...

93/93

Well, whatever you're doing with it, I generally think that playing with the arrangement of the tree is a stimulating experience that broadens the mind, ... although what happened to Frater Achad is a cautionary tale of course.  😉

Have fun!  93's.


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08/03/2012 12:18 am  

Hi.  Your description sounds like the Malkuth 'pendulum' swings up and lands at Da'ath.  Is that correct? 

Are you familiar with the 4 worlds aspect of qabala and the tree of life?  The 4 worlds is represented many different ways.  Here are three:  3-dimensionally where all four malkuths overlap and all four kethers overlap and the remaining sephirot are like the sides of a pyramid on bottom, box in the center and pyramid on top. (hope that makes sense).  Also, 2-D linearly where Kether of Assiah is Malkuth of Yetzirah, Kether of Yetzirah is Malkuth of Briah, etc. And finally, the one that may interest you most, 2-D linearly where Da'ath of Assiah is Malkuth of Yetzirah, Da'ath of Yetzirah is Malkuth of Briah, etc.  That's what your description reminds me of (just considering the sephirot, not including the movement of the paths).  So, one way to look at it is, your Malkuth of one world is swinging "up" and landing in the Malkuth of the next world. 

Feel free to play with the tree of life all you want.  It's just one type of qabalistic representation that has taken hold through hermetic magick.  The core concepts of qabala that form the foundation of the discipline are contained in the Sefer Yetzirah, which is all text and no images.  It would be good to study the Sefer Yetzirah a bit and detach from any expectation to conform to any single image of the tree.  One of the most radically different images is also one of the oldest - the onion, with kether at the center and every layer another sephira.

Keep at it and have fun.  Thank you for sharing a really interesting perspective.


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08/03/2012 3:31 pm  
"Dar" wrote:
Well, whatever you're doing with it, I generally think that playing with the arrangement of the tree is a stimulating experience that broadens the mind, ... although what happened to Frater Achad is a cautionary tale of course.  😉

What happened, Dar?

Best wishes,

Michael.


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08/03/2012 3:42 pm  
"MichaelStaley" wrote:
"Dar" wrote:
Well, whatever you're doing with it, I generally think that playing with the arrangement of the tree is a stimulating experience that broadens the mind, ... although what happened to Frater Achad is a cautionary tale of course.  😉

What happened, Dar?

Best wishes,

Michael.

People say (and I'm not saying that it's true), but people say that he turned the tree upside down and went mad.  🙂 


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09/03/2012 1:23 pm  

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mika...thank you for sharing your thoughts, they are most helpful.
You are correct, Malkuth swung like a pendulum ending up in the position of Da'ath.
In subsequent viewings I watched as the entire tree "folded up" back upon itself, at the different "pivot" points until it vanished.
It has I believe, germinated a certain feeling of the understanding of existance in my mind. Something completely senseless to try and communicate as it is completely meaningless.
Best wishes.

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09/03/2012 2:19 pm  
"Dar" wrote:
"MichaelStaley" wrote:
"Dar" wrote:
Well, whatever you're doing with it, I generally think that playing with the arrangement of the tree is a stimulating experience that broadens the mind, ... although what happened to Frater Achad is a cautionary tale of course.  😉

What happened, Dar?

Best wishes,

Michael.

People say (and I'm not saying that it's true), but people say that he turned the tree upside down and went mad.  🙂 

He certainly *did* turn the paths of the Tree upside-down-- a simple and elegant solution only to be expected from the Magister Templi to Crowley's Magus.

Isn't that an old British Military March Song? "The World Turned Upside-Down?"


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09/03/2012 3:05 pm  
"Walterfive" wrote:
"Dar" wrote:
"MichaelStaley" wrote:
"Dar" wrote:
Well, whatever you're doing with it, I generally think that playing with the arrangement of the tree is a stimulating experience that broadens the mind, ... although what happened to Frater Achad is a cautionary tale of course.  😉

What happened, Dar?

Best wishes,

Michael.

People say (and I'm not saying that it's true), but people say that he turned the tree upside down and went mad.  🙂 

He certainly *did* turn the paths of the Tree upside-down-- a simple and elegant solution only to be expected from the Magister Templi to Crowley's Magus.

Isn't that an old British Military March Song? "The World Turned Upside-Down?"

I've never heard tell of *why* he turned the Tree upside down. What was it a solution to Walter?  🙂

I don't know many marching songs... but I liked "Pack up your troubles in your ol' kit bag..." though.


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09/03/2012 10:09 pm  

Dar:

To the verse "Tzaddi is not the Star," as I understand it. I *think* I recall reading Soror Meral saying much the same thing in her "The Thoth Tarot, Astrology, & Other Selected Writings,"...

And yes, "The World Turned Up-Side Down" was the song the Military Band played when British General Charles Cornwallis surrendered to American General George Washington at Yorktown in 1780, now that I think about it.


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10/03/2012 12:29 am  

"The World Turned Upside Down" was indeed played at Cornwallis' surrender but it's not originally a military marching song, more a protest song against the po-faced restriction of revelry, see here.

My favourite marching song is a WWI one to roughly the tune of Auld Lang Syne - "We're here because we're here because we're here because we're here." (Repeat as long as you are marching or until you get told to shut up).

Still no luck finding that arrangement as an image in print though I know its there - I suspect that it (like the David Chaim Smith I linked to) has more to do with Jewish Kabbalah than that deriving from the Western Esoteric Tradition, possibly connected to the situation of potential prior to actual manifestation of the 'Tree' though that may just be internal Chinese whispers...


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10/03/2012 12:41 am  
"Dar" wrote:
"MichaelStaley" wrote:
"Dar" wrote:
Well, whatever you're doing with it, I generally think that playing with the arrangement of the tree is a stimulating experience that broadens the mind, ... although what happened to Frater Achad is a cautionary tale of course.  😉

What happened, Dar?

Best wishes,

Michael.

People say (and I'm not saying that it's true), but people say that he turned the tree upside down and went mad.  🙂 

Thus my reference to the Bowie lyrics in my post above, "Here are we, one magical movement from Kether to Malkuth"

Interestingly enough how "Malkuth" landed on 4:18 min. in the soundtrack,  for in the Formula of ON. ... Men have a downward connection to Malkuth via the Formula of O-418.

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10/03/2012 6:27 pm  

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Thank you all for your input. 666tsaeb thank you for the links they are most informative.
This has turned into quite a pile of sketches. There were two more that I wanted to share, I will spare you the rest.
Best wishes.

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10/03/2012 6:35 pm  

One could also make a unicursal hexagram (on the Kircher Tree) with sephiroth 1,2, 3, and 7, 8, and 10 (or 7,8,9). The intersection would occur somewhere near the intersection between the paths of Teth and Gimel, presumably.


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10/03/2012 6:43 pm  

I enjoyed the sketch of the little man on your tree.  Perhaps you could draw a little woman too?  🙂


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11/03/2012 2:41 pm  

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Dar...thank you for the thought. As I laid down my head for last nights slumber, my dreams were filled with placing her on the tree.

  For he is ever a sun, and she a moon. But to him is the winged secret flame, and to her the stooping starlight.

  Burn upon their brows, o splendrous serpent!
  O azure-lidded woman, bend upon them!

My day is set.
Best wishes.

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23/03/2012 8:59 pm  

I suppose such an arrangement could show the fall of man, with Malkuth at the bottom, and the regenerated man, with Malkuth in Da'ath.


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23/03/2012 9:17 pm  
"Dar" wrote:

I've never heard tell of *why* he turned the Tree upside down. What was it a solution to Walter?  🙂

I don't know why Achad did it, but having the paths reversed would mean that the progression of a magician along the paths, moving from Malkuth up to Kether, would start with the Fool, the Magus, etc.. and end at The Universe; rather than the other way around. 

So either you have the system of initiation and process of spiritual development represented in the major arcana of the tarot shown as a right-side up progression, in which case your tree is upside down; or you have the process of development on the traditional tree of life, in which case the trumps of the Tarot are all backwards.

The answer that I decided on was that actually, the Trumps of the Tarot show two different accounts of the Spiritual Path, whether you read them in the order of 0 then I-XXI, or whether you read them in the order of XXI-I then 0..


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16/07/2012 5:40 am  

      I applaud your patience and vigilance. There is much that can be gained from such an disposition. Should one succeed in emptying the intrusive contents of consciousness whilst fixating - "tatarak" in raja, laya &ct schools of yoga, then verily, this beautiful ancient glyph of the Universe may verily act as a trigger to doorways of antiquity within oneself.

      I recommend the same technique but compose all, of what I call, the hidden paths upon the Tree of Life. Key to drawing this glyph is to include the childe Daath. Hence, for example, you will draw a path from Kether to Chessed; you will also draw a path fron Kether to Geburah; from Daath to Chokmah; from Daath to Binah ... & so on until all of the hidden paths have been placed by you upon the Tree. You may very well observe the Magickal mundi of Daath at the centre of a Unicursal Hexagram - and that just makes perfect sense.

      I hope to read your magickal, mystical, psycho-sexual entries concerning this modus of the Tree of Life/

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16/07/2012 8:07 pm  

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

For what it may be worth, I have come to rest with the drawings below. I see the Court Cards on the four added paths and I see the English Alphabet on it also.
An after-thought for Dar. She does not fit upon these drawings as the entire scheme is contained within Her.

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17/07/2012 3:54 pm  

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Please take into consideration that writing is not something I excel at.
    I feel that I should say a few things on this subject before letting it fade away. I have shared this with you as it has unfolded for me. I expect that it is completely meaningless to most everyone but me. This version of the tree, I consider to be the Thelemic Tree of Life. It is to me a point of pure light that unfolds in nothingness. It has mapped out for me a constitution of the new man. That "new man" may not fully exist yet...but he is coming.
    In spending some time with it I have re-thought some of the attributes of the middle pillar. When I originally envisioned Malkuth swinging up and into the position of Daath, I originally thought that there is were it was meant to remain. But not so. It is a complete transformation. Malkuth remains at the bottom with Yesod above it and Tiphereth above that. As the moon reflects the light of the sun, the sexual function of man imitates the divine nature of creation. It speaks to me of the Khu desiring intimate union with the Khabs. It is movement in the direction of union with the god within. I openly and freely admit that there is alot that I do not understand yet. Surely someone else has seen this and probably expanded on it far better than I will ever be able to.
    It was many decades ago that I looked into my hand while contemplating, "Every man and every woman is a star." It was in my hand that I seen the sub-atomic? if that is the right word, particles that stretched back through time to the very beginning. I seen in a flash every sexual release that occurred transmitting the divine spark of life carried by the spermatozoon. They were like stars cast into the womb of space falling upon that fertile plain, were new life begins to grow. It is all simple biology, what matters is the perspective in which it is viewed. If you are reading this I'm sure that it is nothing new to you.
    I will not pretend to tell you what to do but will tell you what I have done. I have taken the blank diagram (in the post above jpeg11)  of this new to me tree and placed it on the wall and the ceiling directly above where I sleep. Looking at this symbol I have cleared my mind. I ceased trying place any thing or idea upon it. Simply looked at it as I enter that special state of mind. My mind eventually begins to focus back and forth on the sephiroth and the paths. A double cube appears and begins to spin. This double cube presents itself from different angles. Eventually it presents itself as a pyramid, which alternates between upright and inverted. After that a never ending series of shapes present themselves. This confounds my mind and defies description.
    I will not pretend to know where "everything" belongs. I see where the Court Cards are on the paths added above Tiphereth and I see the English Alphabet placed on the paths. You might place them differently than were I do so I will say no more. I will just say that this one little exercise along with the writings of another, which I recently stumbled upon, have caused my perspective to change more than any other event in this life. I do now view my fleshly body as the lamp which holds the invisible light. Every love song that is sung is to that divine light. I long for union with that which is the purest of I...no, beyond I.
    In hopes that just one may benefit and some discussion will occur.

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22/07/2012 11:18 pm  

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

While on the subject of hilarity, let me say that I was mistaken on the above placement of the court cards. They went elsewhere.
What I have done here is to place myself on the very sheer face of a very tall mountian...and I'm climbing with no ropes. My Qabalah and my Tree of Life have become just that, mine. Most all of it has changed. I have now found something that makes sense to me. Just as I have recently discovered about The Holy Books. They are Aleister experience in his own Universe. I can draw inspiration from them but they will never be mine.

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10/02/2013 11:11 pm  

I really did not want to revisit this, but I have forced myself.
I do not know if something like this has been brought forth somewhere else? I can only say that I have come to this on my own. I would appreciate being directed to where I can find this if it is out there somewhere? I would also greatly value any  thoughts you may have. Having spent some time with this now I have arrived at an image I am satisfied with and which rings true for me. It contains the double cube within it, which is the altar that the work is done upon. The English alphabet has its place on the paths. The four court cards of each suit take a place on a path.
The Sephiroth retain their original placement, the only difference being the middle pillar which all get bumped up a position. From the true Solar perspective the Abyss no longer exists being the dark creation of the mind of man? The Sun shines in the center of a Unicursal Hexagram that may be glimpsed. Man takes his place in the lower pentagram as before, the only difference being that both feet are firmly planted in Malkuth. His arms outstretched and his hands in Geburah and Gedulah, he faces outward from the light. Solar consciousness. The left and right pillars serve only to balance the nature through opposites and act as a sort of flechette on an arrow, directing motion upward/inward in a straight line. While contemplating the blank image many dimensions may be found.


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11/02/2013 10:42 am  

No. Not at all. I don't see it as a crucifix but more as a cross of equilibrium or balance.
We each have our own unique view of the universe which we inhabit. My placement of the attributes on the paths may not be the same as yours. As in contemplating or meditating on the whole image, different images and ideas will emerge. Each unique to you.
I see all the court cards of the same suit occupying the same path. They are all just different aspects of the similar type being, or different stages of the development of the individual.


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13/03/2013 2:29 am  

I see said the blind man!
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20/05/2013 3:09 pm  

...and he picked up his hammer and saw!


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04/06/2013 3:28 am  

Walterfive,

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Indeed! It is time to gather the tool kit for a trip.

I have been struggling for understanding of this since the day I experienced it. Passively, patiently waiting while diligently searching. As I sat and watched Malkuth swinging to and fro I was truly puzzled by it and my mind reeled at attempts to grasp what it could mean. One thing is certain, The Tree has changed permanently for me. The old order is broken and thrown upon the scrap heap of indeterminate history.

If you will for a moment, picture within your mind the path Pѐ as the axis and with Hod and Netzach (with all their attributes) acting as counterweights and drivers on each end. As Malkuth swings towards you and away it drags Yesod and all the connected paths with it. With each cycle of forward and backwards motion it builds force. On a backwards cycle the pendulum vanishes as it is parallel with the axis. On its forward swing and having built up its greatest force it breaks free of what is. The spheres of Malkuth, Yesod and Tiphereth undergo a sort of melding and alignment. An explosion in the mind. An eclipse. It is an instantaneous destructive/creative transformation. It is a birth. A new Man with new Understanding and a new Order.

Equilibrium and balance first and foremost.

Physical, psychological and emotional preparation.

Terrestrial and celestial factors are crucial.

To be at a specific place at a specific time with specific intent. There is an internal and external alignment that will occur for a brief moment, a doorway or channel will be open. I know this will sound absolutely crazy to some and that this attempt at description by me is even less than feeble. Words cannot describe my internal condition. As I have done since a child, when That Little Voice whispers in my ear, I pay attention. The time is not that far off and there is much to do.

Oh yeah…hey! it’s just an eclipse!

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