Byzant MysticalTarotSymbolsKabbalahBiographyAstrologyScriptorium

The Kabbalah

KabbalahThe Kabbalah has its roots in esoteric Judaism, but its body of wisdom has been developed over the centuries by people of many faiths and beliefs. The heart of the Kabbalah is the Tree of Life, which encapsulates creation, existence and the return to the divine in ten spheres and twenty-two connecting paths. Explore this venerable system through the articles and artwork of Byzant Kabbalah, and see how its universal applicability gives the Kabbalah its continued power and presence today.
Free On-line Tarot ReadingsOracle of QuotationsByzant Psi Lab
Introduction to the Kabbalah What is the Kabbalah and where did it come from? Our introduction looks at these questions and follows the development of this sovereign spiritual system from the Merkabah mystics to modern occultists.
The Tree of Life Central to modern Kabbalistic study is Otz Chiim, the Tree of Life. The Tree encapsulates creation, existence and the return to the divine in ten spheres and twenty-two connecting paths. Discover the uses of the Tree of Life and the ways in which its components combine and interrelate.
Sefirot on the Tree of Life The ten sefirot that form the Tree of Life have many attributions and correspondences with innumerable other systems. Here you can view the properties of each sefira individually, including the mysterious "sefira which is not a sefira," Da'ath.
Paths on the Tree of Life The Tree of Life is formed from 32 paths: ten objective paths known as the sefirot and 22 subjective paths that connect pairs of sefirot together. The latter set are mapped to the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, the Major Arcana of the Tarot and a host of other systems. Correspondences and attributes of each individual path are presented in this section.
The Four Worlds Kabbalists view the Tree of Life as acting through four worlds, which form a hierarchy of their own. Just as from Kether to Malkuth there is a successive movement from the abstract to the manifest, so there is in the Kabbalistic worlds from Atziluth to Assiah. The worlds can be expressed through a single Tree or as a series of Trees, with Malkuth in one world being Kether of the next.
The Qelippot The qelippot are the unbalanced counterparts of the sefirot, and they form an infernal tree that may be viewed as congruent with the sefirotic Tree or as growing down from Malkuth of Assiah in an inversion of the Tree of Life. The qelippot exist as a consequence of the "Lightning Flash of Creation," manifesting in the three lower Kabbalistic Worlds.
The Negative Veils What lies beyond the topmost point of the highest Tree of Life, beyond Kether of Atziluth? It can hardly be conceived, let alone expressed, but the Kabbalah's ineffable trinity, the Veils of Negative Existence, are drawn above that supreme sphere to hint at true transcendence and the first cause of Creation.
The Menorah and the Tree One of the most ancient symbols of Judaism, the seven-branched candlestick known as the menorah is also an embodiment of the three pillars and ten sefirot that compose the Tree of Life.
The Hebrew Alphabet The Hebrew alphabet has many important esoteric applications, and each of the 22 letters are shown here, including their written forms, pronunciations, meanings, English transliterations and numerical equivalents.
Sefirotic Meditations Meditation on the sefirot of the Tree of Life is the best way to deepen understanding of the Kabbalah. For those already familiar with the sefirotic attributes, our customizable meditation aid is a great tool for exploring the Tree in both the immanent and transcendent directions.
Tarot and the Kabbalah The Kabbalistic Tree of Life is built from ten spheres and 22 paths, the Tarot from 22 trumps and suits of ten cards. The Tree acts through four worlds, the Tarot through four suits. The Tarot embodies the Tree.