“From the Spirit he produces Air, and formed in it twenty-two sounds, the letters. Three are mothers, seven are double, and twelve are simple, but the Spirit is first and above these.”
- From the Sepher Yetzirah
The second Part of the Kabbalistic training explores the 22 Paths of the Tree of Life. In the Kabbalistic teachings, a path is described as the subjective experience that each individual undergoes in the process of moving from one state of consciousness to another, from one sphere, or Sephirah, to another. This is why these paths have been associated to the 22 Hebrew letters or intelligences/fields of consciousness, to the Elements, planets and star signs, and to the Major Arcana of the Tarot.
The origin of this association comes from a brief, but major document of the Jewish tradition, the Sepher Yetzirah or Book of Formation. It is a very ancient philosophical treatise about the origin of the universe and mankind, which describes the process of creation according to an alphabetical and numerological process. In this book we find the connection between the Paths, the Hebrew Letters, the Tarot card and its explanation.
The symbolism of the paths threefold. Firstly, the 22 Paths are strongly related to the Hebrew letters, which can be defined as the key to the consciousness represented by the path itself. Secondly, the Paths are associated to the 3 Elemental signs, the 7 ancient Planets and the 12 Zodiacal signs, as they describe the Spiritual Significance of the individual journey and the influences of the cosmic factors that operate behind the surface of life. Thirdly, they are related to a Tarot card to reveal the esoteric mysteries that each individual has to face within in order to move from a sense of separation to a feeling of oneness.
During this four-day course, we will explore in depth the meaning and different aspects of each path in relation to the understanding of the movement of consciousness that each individual has to experience in the process of self-awakening.
Outline of Part 2:
- The Tree of Life and the 22 Paths: the Elements, the Planets and Signs, Gateways and Points of Transformation
- Description of the Intelligence of each Path, the Hebrew letter related to it, its Theory and its Tarot card
- Questions and answers.
Pre-requisites: Kabbalah Part 1, Hebrew Letters, Esoteric Tarot Card, Esoteric Astrology Part 1 and 2