The Abrahadabra Grid, The Hidden Diamond Sutra and the Doctrine of the TwinTrees: Introduction

On Saturday I was handed the answer to a question which has been puzzling me for some time. How many unique triangles, including triangles with triangles within them, are inside the Abrahadabra Grid? I needed some help from math whizzes as I wasn’t about to spend all weekend tracing copies of the Abrahadabra Grid. So I asked a subreddit full of just such math whizzes what the answer was. The formula, for those of you who are into this sort of thing, is below.

(4n^3 + 10n^2 + 4n – 1 + (-1)^(n)) /16 where n= {1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10}

ANSWER (and detailed commentary)

After I received the answer, I felt pretty great, now I had one more piece of the grand puzzle of Abrahadabra, but also a little lame since I couldn’t figure out the solution myself. (Not likely, since I majored in Art to Advanced Art III throughout highschool and took the bare minimum of Algebra I.) I gave the two key problem solvers Reddit Gold. Throughout my inquiry I was reticent to discuss anything in particular about the vanilla grid I had posted to them, shown below in its full glory. The image I posted to the group only shows the 100 triangles. 

After I gave out the gildings, I received an astonishing and eloquent letter from one of the two recipients of the gilding. (The full correspondence is here, and yes he does have a silver tongue…not very many people outside of TAI can convince me to write an article in response to their query – but I was convinced that this mathematically disposed fellow could easily surpass my understanding in Mutational Alchemy if I could expose him to m1thr0s’ work…)

Izi,

Your generosity is delightful and honestly made my day, many sincere thanks for the gold! I took the opportunity to check out your account, and it looks like you’re interested in more than a few interesting things yourself!

One of your recent comments stood out to me in particular. In a thread on the nature of Daath and the alleged Qliphoth, you note that you see the two trees as one aspect of a single tree.

This is an idea I have been grappling with myself lately, and I wonder if you might share with me another sort of gold and enlighten me as to your understanding of the tree?

Specifically, it seems as though many tarot decks hint at this same fact, that the two trees, knowldege of good and evil along with the tree of life, are two aspects of a single tree. I have been working with a somewhat obscure deck recently, the Sacred Rose Tarot, which seems to be using this mystery as its central theme.

But appealing to more common currents, when I look at the High Priestess of the standard RWS, I see the two pillars, with the Priestess herself as the central column. Yet also behind her visage is the virginal veil bearing yet another image of the tree in the form of palms and pomegranates, with Her lunar crown in the position of Daath. So there is the tree of which she herself is the central pillar and then there is the tree upon the veil.

This theme of the double tree can also be seen across many cards in many decks, but seems most clear in the Tower. The King and Queen flank the central pillar, but then the lightning takes the form of the flaming sword, indicating another tree. This is even more clear in the BOTA version, where the lightning takes again the form of the Flaming Sword, and, obscured by the prana like clouds above the queen, ten yods take the form of the tree of life. This almost implies 3 trees- the tower + king + queen, the lightning, and the yods.

This is even more pronounced in the golden dawn tarots of both Wang-Regardie and the Ciceros. Both of these versions show two trees clearly (one being the qliphoth) and one being the tree of life, with a central tower and a king and queen on the left and right. Cicero’s deck has the symbol of Mars stricking the tower, which makes enough sense, but Regardie keeps to the theme of the flaming sword bringing about the “calamity”. So there is a subtle implication of up to 4 trees in the vision provided by Uncle Al’s old secretary.

As I am sure you have noticed, the lightning itself, and not the tower, takes the most central and conspicuous place in the Crowley-Harris rendition, but here again the towers is also present, again implying at least a duplicity of trees.

I could go on and on, though such is clearly unwarranted. But again, while you asked for my expertise, I humbly ask for your wisdom in kind. Can you help me to understand this concept of the two trees as one, and how this somewhat illusory concept of the qliphot fits in, even though you clearly don’t buy into the concept yourself.

I am immensely grateful for the gilding, and am happy to have helped you! Now I would humbly ask that you bestow upon me a gold greater than that found in all the earth, but wholly accept if, for whatever reason, you cannot.

All the best!

 

9³ Phanes_,

There has been a tremendous amount of research done on this subject here at The Abrahadabra Institute, under the leadership of our founder, Magister Ouroboros 729 as he preferred to be called, or m1thr0s 729. Since you are familiar with Crowley it may be helpful to point out that he was initiated by Grady McMurtry and left the O.T.O. shortly after Hymenaeus Alpha’s death, for reasons I will not go into in great detail here, and I will try to keep this backstory only as long as necessary for you to get a full view of the origins of this work and what we are all about. First a photo of him so we know who we are talking about visually.


He began studying the occult in his early teens, and at the time that I made the decision to join him in his work as his lover and eventual wife, I had known him for 10 years already, and had been studying his work alongside many others at abrahadabra.com for about 10 years with varying degrees of understanding. Although we had merely had a casual flirting relationship before this, after I became completely absorbed and fascinated with his work, we had fallen madly in love due to our shared love of intellectual pursuits, especially Hermeticism and the discipline he had pioneered called Mutational Alchemy – a hybridized branch of Hermetic Alchemy. As it turned out, since I had been born to a witch and sorceress familiar with Crowley and his ilk in her own right, he also viewed me as an asset in his intellectual pursuits. Because he had been studying the occult without halting for over 40 years, you can imagine among other things it was an incalculably interesting and rewarding relationship for me up until his death on December 26th 2016. 
      Now to the lengthy answer to your question. So much of what we do here at TAI is focused on building on the understanding of those who are already here, it seems all of the introductory texts to what makes Abrahadabra.com special get buried under more advanced, or tertiary, essays and videos, that treat offhand subjects of not direct interest to TAI’s core discipline of Mutational Alchemy. For true intellectuals, and lovers of numbers, in the Pythagorean tradition, this is where the real treats are to be found. The proofs I am about to go over with you are utterly astounding and I know you will appreciate them as much as I do and a few rare individuals with just the right mix of knowledge and understanding who come across this stuff, although they are just completely lost on the vast majority of those who come to us for our tarot deck or just for a sense of belonging to an ooey occult organization with a dangerous looking sigil at its helm. 
       The first major observation that m1thr0s 729 made, at some point in the 1970’s, shortly after his departure from the dysfunctional O.T.O., who had no interest in his work anyways, was that the Sephiroth/Tree of Life fits within a talisman of the highest order he created called the Abrahadabra Grid. (Note that in the image below, if you highlight all of the Sephiroth and the Ain Soph Aur Coordinate, it spells ABRAHADABRA!)

This came about through the dedicated research he was doing into the alchemical formula of Abrahadabra at the time. He observed the importance with which the praeter-human intelligence of Ra Hoor Khut treated it, announcing it in the first line of his chapter, and designating it as a *reward.* This alone was enough to key him into its importance. This is the grid you solved with the formula you gave me.  Here it is, below, in its full glory for you to observe. 


Note that the Tree of Life’s Sephira are affixed upon the intersecting lines of the grid as if it was made for it. According to Crowley, as you might recall, Abrahadabra emerges from the Tree, not the other way around, but this proof clearly demonstrates that he was wrong. The Star gives rise to the Tree, not the other way around! Additionally, the Four Elemental Worlds cascade from apex at Ain Soph Aur itself and fit perfectly within the entirety of Abrahadabra. The dark grey triangles mirror the structure of the Tetractys of the Decad – we refer to these per m1thr0s’ naming conventions as *The Secret Chiefs*. The only *Secret Chief* that touches a Sephira is centered at the groin area of the Adam Kadmon, the shadowy figure in the center of the Abrahadabra Grid, and appears to uphold Tiphareth. There are countless other secrets in this, one of the master formulas of Mutational Alchemy, but this is as far I will go into this particular map for the moment, as I have a lot more to cover.
      You asked about the “two trees” and say you have been wondering about three, or even four trees. Although we have not answered the question of the third or fourth tree with any certainty, I can fill in more than a few huge blanks that you might have been missing.  The first concept I want to introduce you to is one that is newer than the TwinTrees which I will cover below, but it is the logical first step towards understanding that master formula. If one connects all of the Sephiroth via paths that are “not there” we find that the image is rather stunningly beautiful. More than this, there are exactly 16 paths all together, corresponding not only to the 16 Court Cards, but to the 16 Geomantic figures of Medieval Europe and the 16 personality types of C.G. Jung. We discovered this independently during our research on the Mutational Alchemy Tarot, which is why it figures so prominently in that deck, since the way we use sigils and talismans is different from any other meditative discipline on Earth, and we discovered it had some very intriguing properties when used with a methodology we call scryation and the building of Mutational Fields. (Mutationism is the professional term for those who study the science of change within binary or ternary structures, i.e., the I Ching) There’s a whole series of articles and charts pertaining to this structure, and very few people have noticed this structure over the centuries. It was documented only twice in literature that we know of, and never given any proper attention for whatever reason. Those two people who mentioned it are now dead and didn’t name it, so we gave it a name: The Hidden Diamond Sutra, after its presentation as an exotic diamond and its value to us. It is named a Sutra to emphasize to neophytes a different way of thinking about Sutra as merely a doctrine framed within literature.
      The mere fact that we could use it to unify both the Court Cards and the Geomantic Figures along with the Jungian personality types was enough for us to justify utilizing it in the Tarot, but m1thr0s also discovered that it crossed Da’ath, functioning as a precise and powerful weapon with which a Mutational Alchemist can launch an assault on Da’ath from all directions, rather than wading through it from the Abyss, something which has haunted those who work with the Tree of Life for generations. (See the Da’ath Hack article on the forums, under The Book of Mirrors)

 

The last doctrine we will go over is possibly the one that will attend to your questions as far as I can go within this short article, and it constitutes the master formula of Mutational Alchemy itself. This is the doctrine of the Twin Trees, which is an advanced set of Sephiroth paired to the I Ching. There have been at least half a dozen variations of this formula over the years in both single and twin form, (for reference, in order of creation they are called the *P’an Ku or Heaven Descending*, the *Nu Kua or Earth Ascending*, *The Emerald Tablet*,  The TwinTrees Prototype A and Prototype B [obsolete, kept in the archives for historical purposes, these were created in the search for the Temporals or a possible third Tree] and finally the TwinTrees Primordial and TwinTrees Temporals) but the two that concern us the most to this date are the *TwinTrees: Primordial* and the *TwinTrees: Temporal*.  The Mutational Alchemy Tarot itself is built on the framework of the Primordials. As we may remember it was Eliphas Levi who first thought of affixing the Tarot to the Tree of Life. While Aleister Crowley made a haphazard attempt at affixing some of the trigrams to the Tree of Life, he did so in such a sloppy nonsensical half-assed way as to render the attempt almost useless, and it was not ordered with any mathematical precision. He seemed to be oblivious to the nature of binary ordering, even though this knowledge would have been made available to him via the work of the much earlier genius of G.W. Leibniz. 

 One unfamiliar with the work of Leibniz or binary ordering in general might ask, how does one affix the Hexagrams in a rational way to the Tree of Life at all? This is a good question and lies in the way we assign numerical value to the binary structures, and to a little rule m1thr0s discovered called The Proximity Principle. Both of these will be covered in great detail in his upcoming book and will be taught in the upcoming March coursework, and a booklet has already been published on this material as well as a discussion available for free within the Mutational Alchemy Tarot Book itself, so it is really a subject for another time, but suffice it to say it allows us to determine in what order we should place the ATU and Hexagrams alike based on their inherent numerical value, and this determines where they are placed on the tree using the Proximity Principle. 
       The prime difference between the Primordials and the Temporals is that in the Primordials, the Hexagrams emerge and are affixed without any acknowledgement to Sephirothic primacy, they ascend on the left side (Earth Ascending) and descend on the right side (Heaven Descending) and this pays homage to both the Chinese observation of the natural tendencies of Heaven and Earth, as well as the placement of male and female elements in the West. (For example the Left Pillar on the Tree of Life is female, the Right is male, the right hand of the body is masculine, the left feminine and so on…) In the Temporals, special attention is paid to the Sephiroth, so that the paired Hexagrams with the nature of being reciprocal inverses (naturally, in the chronologies, this is not artificially arranged) are affixed in a rational ordering to the Sephiroth themselves first, and then the remainder of the Hexagrammal pairs are laid out according to the previously discussed Proximity Principle and binary value. 
      These two great charts are shown below for anyone to see for themselves what an astonishing and marvelous impact these will have on both the I Ching and the world of Hermetic Qabbalah.
      For an even more astonishing expose on just how perfectly these hexagrams are aligned with Western Hermetic Alchemy and Qabbalah, it’s suggested one examine the full range of the Tarot correspondences, both traditional and the new Mutational Alchemy ordering, where the Emperor has been corrected to be placed properly (with his new letter of Tzaddi, connecting him with the Liber Tzaddi transmission) instead of the Star. This was executed according to the Proximity Principle and it’s laws governing the rational ordering of the Hebrew letter system which Crowley failed to attend to, simply because he didn’t have the tools the scholars of antiquity used to formulate the Tarot correspondences that come down to us through the Golden Dawn lineage. (See the section on The Emperor in the MAT book for a detailed explanation. http://abrahadabra.com/mutational-alchemy-tarot-book/atu-xvii-the-emperor/)

The Twin Trees Imperial Edition 2012

 

I hope this little ditty has answered some of the more pressing questions that I hope more than a few of you are having. None of the assertions that we make here are based on guesswork, but on careful scholarly work and much time and effort has been put forth to assist anyone in handling this work for themselves in order that they might experience the amazing effects that m1thr0s 729 encountered decades before and than so many have testified to in working with this strong and powerful monstrosity of a system. It has so many secrets laying beneath its surface that we will certainly not see the end of its mystery in my lifetime, or the next few dozen generations is my guess. There is also a ton of work I have not discussed right here, but this is the core doctrine we adhere to around here that both deviates sharply from most other schools out there, yet is exceedingly attractive to those who are coming from old and stale Western traditions with seemingly no clue in sight as to where to go to next. “It furthers one to have somewhere to go.” the I Ching.
       Those who understand and appreciate this stuff will do so because they have the faculty to understand it at a fundamental and mathematical level and can check all of the godamned proofs for themselves. The detractors will whine on and on about how it “isn’t what Crowley believed” or that it is merely another New Age attempt at degrading their traditions, but those who understand and appreciate progress will see that this sort of work is the breath of fresh air Hermetic Alchemy has needed desperately for over a century now. The problem with tradition and the I Ching is nonexistent since the Chinese government has been actively hostile towards the mere mention of the I Ching for over a hundred years now, so that even my modern friends in China have never even heard of the I Ching and they are mostly forbidden from discussing it in depth, even though we now know that the underlying mathematics forms the backbone of the DNA code itself (See my article under the I Ching section: DNA and the I Ching explained, or Yan’s book DNA and the I Ching) The same goes for detractors on the scientific spectrum. They will all play catch up with this eventually, just as they did in 1952 with the official discovery of the DNA strand by Watson and Crick. 

“Dedicated evolutionists don’t much give a shit about the misconceptions of lesser mortals…they are already engaged in an aggressive dialog with nature itself at the highest levels…and they usually know this.[…] Proponents of modern science are routinely guilty of imagining that it is uniquely qualified to evolve and has therefore earned some special privilege to redefine its own parent disciplines in as pejorative a light as possible, as if the clock had somehow stopped for them. This may impress a few, for a time, but necessity is still the mother of invention. At the end of the day, Metaphysics will perpetually rediscover and redefine itself with or without the approval of modern science as mandated by the needs of real people in real time, attempting to answer the same questions that have been with us from the beginning. “

  • m1thr0s, Magister Ouroboros 729

I’ll leave it here since this article is already getting too long, but rest assured the proverbial rabbit hole does get a whole lot deeper than this for those who are brave enough to go there and who have the patience to continue receiving directives and dialogue from both necessity and Nature himself. We have never made a secret of our source work, but neither have we pretended that this work did not desperately need bright minds working on it and the further secrets that Mystery itself holds in hands, the promise of the future evolutionary dharma of our species and our theoretical starhood, encapsulated in the axiom *Every Man and Every Woman is a Star*.

Izi Ningishzidda, Magister Ouroboros 777

 

the periodic table of alchemy and wizardry

This article is for members only. To skip this preview and go straight to the forum article, click here.
      There is a style of thinking in the occult today that I would like to see corrected. Occultists seem to be obsessed with irrelevant things, such as how much a book costs, how old a set of data is, (the more ancient the better) where that person comes from, who rubs shoulders with who.
      I ran into this problem recently with someone who considered any metal other than steel, titanium, silver or gold to be useless as ritual jewelry. Pewter was completely out of the question, he said, because it was “cheap!” Most people know that pewter has an ancient and venerable reputation, both as a material of the wealthy, like aluminum, but that each metal has its place in witchcraft and ceremonial magick in turn. Pewter especially has an important connection to the Star Goddess, Nuit, which I will explain here, presently.
      Opinions, in and of themselves, have no bearing or relevance to the work we do here at The Abrahadabra Institute. Older occult data is no more authentic and useful than solid new research, just as old scientific theory is not necessarily more useful than the latest lab results that conflict with older theories. Occultists who indulge in these vain and shallow preoccupations, seem to be of the opinion that our body of knowledge is frozen in time, ready to be discovered by anyone willing to pay $500 for the (limited edition) secrets of mystical enlightenment.
      Most of the greatest knowledge in the occult can be acquired from a dozen books, all modestly priced and sometimes, sadly, out of print, due to lack of interest, such as the Tai Hsuan Ching translated by Derek Walters. Nobody has yet achieved the goals set forth in many of alchemy’s greatest workings, including myself. These goals of the Great Work are all out there waiting to be accomplished by anyone with the motivation and dedication to attempt them. The byproduct of the struggle, even if they are not achieved, is a very high and valuable class of gnosis. These operations are not widely known, but if they had ever been achieved, the world would be completely different than it is now. This is how we know that they have not yet been accomplished. The results of these operations are theoretical game changers. To figure out how to succeed here, we need to be willing to do the work, just as our species, via one or another intrepid explorer, found the will to work hard to invent the steam engine, the electric light bulb or the space rocket, for example. Our area of study is underfunded and ignored, but so what? Many of technology’s greatest fields of study were completely off the map when some intrepid explorer or inventor decided to throw their life and energy at it. [Continue Reading…]

memberships now open…

Memberships are now available to the world’s foremost experts on Abrahadabra and the central hub for Mutational Alchemy, the legendary ninth limb of Yoga. The chart below is a quick and dirty synopsis of what we are all about.



Annual Membership card, certificate of membership, lapel pin, mission statement premise print $32

Annual Membership + Mutational Alchemy Tarot $64

For a number of years now, those following The Abrahadabra Institute’s activities over the past 18 years have asked us for official memberships. After a tremendous amount of work having been completed, towards formulating what such a membership might look like, in order to suit the needs of persons interested, we’ve come to the conclusion that the best direction for TAI, much to our founder’s chagrin, is as an educational institution and (co-ed) fraternity – for the purposes of social fun, and thirdly as an initiation gateway into the 418 current. Anything that dares to connect itself with Abrahadabra is necessarily signing up for a rough and fast-paced ride, and we have hitched our wagon to that particular train a long, long time ago. This is certainly optional. Abrahadabra loves loners – our clan consists of the Hermits and the Magus. They don’t need a group. But the path can be lonely and we’re willing to take the heat in representing the 418 current in this world. If you want to join us, fine. If not, we still respect you just as much, fam. 
       A significant investment of time has been dedicated towards composing a seven year long (open source) curriculum, leading into Mutational Alchemy. We are using an introduction to this steep climb via the foundational elements we had identified over five years ago, and we are very pleased to announce that The Abrahadabra Institute is finally, after all these years, ready to take on the stewardship of a formal membership body.
      Almost everyone human with a pulse is welcome to join. While it’s true that we are open to just about everybody, it is not a decision to take lightly. This stuff that we study here is as real as anything, extremely potent, and we can’t be held responsible for the fallout if one joins frivolously and tries to make Abrahadabra some kind of joke or subject to one’s Will.  Below is a link to the comprehensive guide to membership. also on the menu to the left “join TAI.”

The Alchemical Word of Perfection by m1thr0s 729

The above link will answer most pressing questions, but it doesn’t cover all of them. Those who wish to ask questions of us directly should visit the public area of the forums, here: http://abrahadabra.freeforums.net/board/64/pubbies-live and create a new thread or post in the existing Q & A.
      This organization is designed to endure for at least a thousand years, depending on circumstances surrounding success towards the Aeon of Hrumachis as defined by Liber al vel Legis. If that sounds like something you are interested in building, we are open to studious, intelligent, patient, dedicated and self-controlled individuals.

m1thr0s, Magister Ouroboros 729, founder of The Abrahadabra Institute and creator of Mutational Alchemy the so-called *Ninth Limb of Yoga*

      Any post about opening up memberships to The Abrahadabra Institute would be incomplete without mentioning our founder, who died on December 26th 2016, and who was pushing hard to stay alive for as long as it took to stabilize this body of work and TAI itself, with the intention that I could continue where he left off. The future is going to be a lot of fun here at TAI and you’re not going to want to miss it. 

Izi Sesa Ningishzidda
Magister Ouroboros 777

Izi Ningishzidda in Olympia, WA, meeting m1thr0s for the first time and learning about Mutational Alchemy in person. Last week of January, 2008.

a meaningful abrahadabra coincidence…

Abrahadabra is not the only formula we research around here, but it is a large enough topic that the discoveries and insights pertaining to the Word of the Aeon are constantly popping up…

!gridproofs002 The Abrahadabra Grid comprised of letters revealing the Tree of Life in red letters.

One of the ways of knowing you’re on the right track with theoretical magick of any kind is that even random hunches will tend to pay off at an accelerated pace. In this example I have taken the word Abrahadabra and written it 6 times forward to forward, each letter taking up one of the 66 points that make up the Abrahadabra Grid. I have then gone in and colored those letters that would correspond to Tree of Life sephiroth in red. Daath is not included according to the argument that Daath is not a sephiroth, but the Highest Crown is included whose corresponding number is 0.  This would be significant in itself but the hunch has something more to reveal!

!gridproofs002A The Abrahadabra Grid with the Four Elemental Worlds and Tree of Life highlighted in letters which spell Abrahadabra.
Editor’s Note: The Four Elemental Worlds (Circles) overlaid upon our Abrahadabra Grid.

Next I remove all the letters save for the ones in red. What remains is an encrypted Abrahadabra with no omissions or duplications, stretching all the way to 0! Embedded in the letters is an unexpected egg-drop. It amounts to another proof that the Tree of Life is a physical subset of Abrahadabra and not the other way ’round. Proofs of this kind mean a little taken by themselves but when added to the pile of harder hitting proofs are profoundly significant. It’s a novelty but novelties have their place.  The whole of gematria is rooted in just this kind of  meaningful “coincidence”.

m1thr0s

 

Editor’s Note: The Abrahadabra Grid, although similar in appearance to the Chinese chart of Heavenly Superiority documented and illustrated by Bouvet, has an extra row of triangles which is what allows us to extend to Ain Soph Aur (0) and was invented by m1thr0s, our founder.
      Those interested in the Institute’s work should consider joining us, as our research on this topic is ongoing. More information is available to members. Some other articles that might interest you are listed below:

The Mutational Alchemy Tarot Tetractys Spread

Excerpt from Abrahadabra: The Anatomy of the Body of Light

the mutational alchemy tarot: sephiroth spread

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Sephiroth spread with astrological correspondences and Da’ath by m1thr0s. Background photo by Izi Ningishzidda on location at The Abrahadabra Institute, Olympia, Washington, Winter 2014.

To many people the Sephiroth spread seems large and intimidating, but it’s important to remember it’s the same size as the Sword and Shield or Celtic Cross. Sure, you need to memorize a little Hebrew and the ordering of the Sephiroth to pull this one off from memory, but it’s not that hard. I started using this spread spontaneously after my studies required that I memorize the ordering of the Sephiroth for pathworking. Don’t be afraid to play with Kabbalah and the Sephiroth. Let m1thr0s and I tell you as a Jew you are welcome to it and don’t let anybody tell you it is anything less than your human inheritance if you want to claim it. 

On this handy sheet which you are welcome to print out, the Sephiroth are denoted by their classical planetary attributions from antiquity. The symbols m1thr0s created to represent the astrological signs are very important and have their own secrets. For example, the symbol for Terra or Earth has points that are at a 23.5 degree angle – the same as the axis of the Earth in relation to the sun. It’s also got a vesica pisces in the center, the universal symbol of unity and the vagina and it’s a symbol for the swastika, a traditional symbol of the goddess Kali. The little dot in the center resembles the eye of Siva or the All-seeing eye.

When m1thr0s put all of these symbols and meanings together in one killer talisman for Earth, I was really fucking impressed. I immediately disposed of all of the concept art I had done on the astrological signs and gave it over to him. I also love how Ma’at or Saturn, at Binah, The Sorrowing Great Black Mother looks like a huge pregnant lady opening her arms to give the viewer a hug. 

So when you start this reading you’ll decide whether or not to do Earth Ascending or Heaven Descending. These are the two fluxes. Earth ascending tends to be violent, unstable and chaotic, like the Kundalini Shakti, while Heaven Descending is steady, ordered and logical like Mercury or Logos. We’ve numbered this chart in the Heaven Descending order, as it is more common. You may want to use Earth ascending for help in attacking a difficult problem or situation which requires shaking things up. Just reverse the chronological order for Earth Ascending.

A note about Da’ath: You can cast Da’ath first or last. I usually cast it last. It’s not a Sephiroth so it doesn’t get a number, but it is important. Think of it as like a non-Sephiroth that acts as the seat of God, or if you like, the Cosmic Vagina. It’s called the Seat of Knowledge and it can also be thought of as the fruit of the tree of the knowledge. 

  1. Ruling Power or Energy.

    Kether.  Neither wholly male or female, it’s transliterated as “Crown”, and the brilliant white gold light of Kether represents the highest you can go on the tree, the “star” of the yuletide tree you put on the top of your evergreen for the holiday. It’s not the absolute highest, that doesn’t begin until you go even higher into Ain, Ain Soph, and Ain Soph Aur. These are on the map where Abrahadabra is concerned. (Abrahadabra Grid Proofs, The Abrahadabra Institute, m1thr0s www.abrahadabra.com, The Book of Mirrors) but we don’t address them in this spread. Consider them to be acting through Kether which is synonymous with the all-good well-wishing Will of Heaven or The Dragon. The position of Kether will tell you what the primary energy of the situation or person is. It dominates all of the other cards in the spread and if it’s a bad card of any sort, examine “afflictions” elsewhere in the tree. Otherwise it may indicate the need for a major change in thinking and behavior. When in doubt, remember you can ALWAYS cross a card you don’t understand, with another card. You can also do an I Ching reading in order to solve any confusion.

  2. The Wise All-Father, Logic 

    This position can illuminate the logic and rationality of the person or situation, and also signify one’s atttitude towards men and career relationships. Chokmah is called Wisdom in English. It also represents the grey All-Father and is the top commanding Sephiroth of the male pillar. The energy here is powerful and wise of course, able to discern between things and manifesting perspective from the Yang side of universal energy. Bright, logical, thinking, communicating active warm and passionate energy resides here. A good symbological representation for it in the archetypal library of humankind is Mercury or Logos. It can represent males in the situation or in the person’s life. Adventure, plans,  fun and technology are all ruled by this Sephiroth. There is a chance it is talking about a marital proposal. He also rules over words, while Binah rules over sound. It can talk about the relationship to society and to males, and looks at the big picture that can be difficult to see in the sandstorm of emotion and detail. Ouranos, also known as King George, is the ruling planet. This planet is all about eccentricity and futuristic ideas. He’s the guy that guides us into a better place, the world we can only dream of. All in all you should trust this guy because he has a better way of doing things, but emotions can often blind us to what is correct dharma. Chokmah is the aspect of the masculine side of universe that walks besides us when we are afraid or facing a challenge that requires thoughtfulness and courage.

  3. The Understanding All-Mother, Emotions 

    This position can illuminate deep seated emotions influencing the person or situation especially in relationship to loved ones. Binah is called Understanding in English, she’s the Great Black Mother in the East. We know this because in Kabbalah she’s the “mother of mothers”, as the mother to the Shekinah or personification of the wife/house of Hashem. This also applies to the Sanatana Dharma concept of the overarching Devi principle who stands above all Devis. Also known as The Sorrowing and the Great Sea of Binah. She’s the All-Mother and is associated with learning and teaching. Life itself is precious as it teaches and she grows. She is always virgin and whore. This is the last of the three supernals, forming the squat triangle that is called The Cave of the Ancients. Stillness, peace, justice, emotions, dreams and intuition are ruled by Binah. There is a Jewish saying that says “The mother understands what the child does not say” This position can reveal emotional issues in the subconscious or problems with women or ideas about women. It can also reveal hidden injustices. Saturn, her ruling planet has long been associated with justice, karmic repercussions and the gods of time, as a woman it is closely associated to the goddess Ma’at. Binah is the feminine aspect of universe that is with us to support us when we are suffering, either emotionally or physically, especially where there is injustice or sorrow.

  4. Generous, Helping and Kind Actions, Relationships 

    This position can advise how to rule the situation. Chesed is properly translated as Merciful-Benevolence, but it’s often given other titles like Love, Mercy and Kindness. It’s got an alternate name: Gedulah, which means Majesty. He is the ruler and is signified by a scepter, where Geburah his partner is signified by a sword. A good deity association is Elohim or any of the thunder-related sky gods, Rudra, Zeus, etc. It’s the middle part of the male pillar and there is also a saying to go with it and its partner, Geburah, Severity. “A turn of severity must be followed by a turn of kindness”. Chesed is all about stability and joy, taking care of things as they are and preventing misery and displeasure. If afflicted it may mean someone is being too lenient, or laws are not strict enough, but it can also mean tyranny and overstepping one’s bounds of authority. Its ruling planet, Jupiter, is bombastic and not interested in the small stuff. Its energy asks us to ignore details that arn’t important and forces us by its sheer size and presence to pay attention to “reality”. The magick of Jupiter can offer extreme joy and pleasure or it can draw our higher selves away from the task at hand. It’s also associated with sex and reproduction, but in the physical sense, down to genes and DNA, and not past lives and karma.

  5. Restrictive, Punishing, Just and Warlike Actions and Karma. 

    This position can advise on what actions to take. Geburah doesn’t mess around. She is the Law and Management. She’s red like blood and has Mars in the palm of her hand. This planet carries out the orders of Binah above her in the name of justice. What causes sorrow must be eliminated. This is far more complicated than one would think, as we can see from the state of the world today. Geburah can be set against the querent, representing a challenge, but it can also be benign. The reasoning of Geburah rules the chaos in Hod below and it also regulates Tiphareth. This area of the tree can indicate past karma influencing the situation, or some injustice being perpetrated that must be answered for eventually. It can also have to do with war and conflicts, soldiers or trials. There is a connection with the feminine as well. Even though Binah is the mother, Geburah can be considered the womb, where Chesed is the consort father. Geburah is also the proper seat of the Prince of Darkness which is probably why it’s been earmarked as the secret entry to the underworld by Satanists. The reason for this is not only the womb connection but that fact that it’s ruled by Mars, so it can be depicted as a knight in a chariot going to battle. The chariot is the uterus. Crowley depicted this scene on his Chariot card, as a golden knight decorated with the stars of Assiah.  Geburah is associated with the transition from spirit to the physical world, Karma and past lives in a newborn. 

  6. The Future to Be, True Will, Higher Self, Good Direction 

    Tiphareth translates as Beauty and it connects to all of the other Sephiroth with the exception of Malkuth. Many of the attributions spouted about Tiphareth are merely incorrect assumptions, mostly perpetrated by Cabalists (Christian Kabbalah practitioners.) It is called The House of the World to Come in the Bahir, and represents a perfected and complete world template which Malkuth is bound to follow. It is also the throne of light, so that adherents of Luciferianism may find it interesting, but since Lucifer is associated with the moon in the Greek language it is more properly the domain of Yesod, which may be considered the Alembic that filters the data from Tiphareth to Malkuth.  The position will indicate the current aspect of the energy and information coming from Kether that is at play in the situation, relationship or activity in question. Consider that this position is always positive no matter how weird or bad the card seems to you, it is basically good in this spot. For example, if you get Debauch you may need to live it up a little more in your life. 

  7. Endurance, Challenges, A Journey, Romantic Relationships,Trials

    Netzach is associated with the planet Venus and translates as “Victory”. I used to keep getting “bad” cards here and I thought I had an affliction in Netzach, but it was just a failure to comprehend that this sephiroth is all about the current challenge that needs to be addressed. Consider that it’s the quest given out by Tiphareth in order to achieve its splendid state. It can especially address problems in romantic relationships as it is ruled by Venus. Love is often a key to winning the war revealed here.

  8. Art, Creativity, Scholarly Pursuits, School, Non-Romantic Relationships

    Hod, is properly associated to Mercury and is defined by its orange and electrical energy. Ritual, art, religion, scholarly and intellectual activity are constants here. The act of creating a representation of invisible concepts is the property of Hod.  On the tree Hod represents the left thigh and Netzach the right. 

  9. Tomorrow, Spirit Manifesting, Entheogens, Possibilities

     Yesod is called Foundation, which is important to us in the sense that Malkuth isn’t the Foundation of Man. The procession of the Aeons marks the steady progress Man is making towards the glorious future of Tiphareth where everything will be perfect and ecstatic. This position will indicate actions or events that are coming into being. Right now they are only present in the intimations from fate or they are on the horizon about to come into being. The card here will indicate something that is already happening or will happen very shortly. 

  10. Present Circumstances and the Physical Reality

    Malkuth is finally the present enviroment surrounding the querent and is a matter of fact summary of things as they stand in the relationship, activity or venture. It also represents the querent’s physical self but not the higher self. Remember the entire Sephiroth is YOU. 

  11. Mystery, Knowledge, Magick

    The mysterious non-Sephira Da’ath called the Seat of Knowledge can be placed at the beginning or at the end of the spread. It can be a hidden ally or power, and the card will tend to be magnified in this area. If it’s afflicted, consider flushing Da’ath by actual banishment rituals of one’s choice, especially helpful would be the TwinStar ritual or the Da’ath hack.