Tarot and the Tree of Life

The Tarot is intrinsically interconnected with the wisdom teachings of sacred geometry and the Kabbalah, known as the Tree of Life. The Tarot is a deck of 78 illustrated cards that originated in 15th century Italy, but Its roots may date back to ancient Egypt or Mesopotamia. The Tarot’s original name was “Trionfi” (triumphs), which symbolized the triumphs and challenges one faces throughout life. The Tarot is divided into two sets: The Major Arcana of 22 cards, and the Minor Arcana of 56 cards. The word arcana is based on the Latin word arcanus, meaning hidden secret.

Major Arcana (important secret) represents 22 archetypal aspects of our life’s journey. It is helpful to imagine the major arcana arranged in a circle versus a line to visualize it as the wheel of life.

In Pythagorean terms, a circle is seen as the creator of many and the sum of all. It is both the beginning point and the container.

The first Major Arcana card “0” in Tree Spirit Tarot, is called the Wonderer, (Fool) “the one who is wondering”. Cards “1-21” represent the path one takes in finding their unique place in the world along with its challenges and opportunities. Eventually a desire to feel whole inspires the wonderer to know its soul. This journey of the soul is held in the ancient teachings of the Kabbalah.

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There are ten Sefirot (circles) in the Kabbalah (Tree of Life), each represents a unique emanation (wisdom) of divine will. These 10 sefirot mirror each other as they reveal and receive insights that challenge and support the (Wonderer/Fool). The left three branches represent the sacred feminine forces of darkness; the right three are the sacred masculine forces of light. The central trunk is the neutral, self-giving “one”. The Tree of Life diagram is based on the number seven that also aligns with the 7 chakras of our soul body.

Ten Sefirot – Divine Emanation – Location on Tree of Life (Kabbalah)

Kether – Crown – Central Trunk – White

Chokhmah – Wisdom – Right Branch – Violet

Binah – Understanding – Left Branch – Violet

Chesed – Mercy – Right Branch – Blue

Gebarah – Strength – Left Branch – Blue

Tiphereth – Beauty – Central Trunk – Green

Netzach – Victory – Right Branch – Yellow

Hod – Splendor – Left Branch – Yellow

Yesod – Foundation – Central Trunk – Orange

Malkuth – Kingdom/Earth – Central Trunk – Red

The soul (Wonderer/Fool) enters the Tree of Life through the top sefirot (Kether) and descends through the ten sefirot gathering wisdom as it manifests into human form. Once its reaches the bottom sefirot (Malkuth) the Wonderer’s innate desire is to remember itself as a soul. This inspires the Wonderer to ascend the Tree by revisiting each sefirot to attain spiritual oneness.

Sacred geometry aligns within the seven chakras. The Kabbalah’s Tree of Life is revealed in the Flower of Life located in the heart.

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The Tree of Life is also encoded in the seven-branched oil lamp known as the menorah.

Described as a blossoming almond tree in the Book of Exodus, it has three left and three right branches extending from a central trunk. Olive oil was used to light the lamp of Elohim as a symbol of enlightenment. The Menorah, Kabbalah and Tarot are all based on the seven “heavenly lights” also known as the “seven sages” or planets that could be seen with the naked eye (Sun, Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Mercury, Venus, Saturn) from earth.

Tree Spirit Tarot sheds light on our journey through life and death as told through the stories of trees. In a desire to be gender neutral the traditional names of some cards have been changed.

Major Arcana as the Trees on our Journey

  1. Wonderer – Birch – New Beginning
  2. Magi – Almond – Purpose
  3. Mystic – Gingko Biloba – Mystery
  4. Earth – Fig – Nurturer
  5. Sky – Oak – Divine Nature
  6. Teacher – Redwood – Lessons
  7. Lover – Pomegranate – Passion
  8. Chariot – Ash – Life Force
  9. Strength – Mangrove – Support
  10. Hermit – Banyan – Reflection
  11. Wheel of Fortune – Ceiba – Change
  12. Justice – Bristlecone Pine – Truth
  13. Hanged One – Yew – Paradox
  14. Death – Cypress – Transition
  15. Temperance – Laurel – Moderation
  16. Devil – Apple – Shadow
  17. Tower – Eucalyptus – Awakening
  18. Star – Cottonwood – Hope
  19. Moon – Willow – Intuition
  20. Sun – Orange – Joy
  21. Judgment – Olive – Peace
  22. The World – Baobab – Return

The 22 cards of the Tarot’s Major Arcana correspond with the 10 sefirot (plus Da’at) of the Tree of Life (Kabbalah) as depicted below.

Major Arcana – Descending Order – Ascending Order

0. & 21.  Da’at – Wonderer (Fool) & The World

1. & 20.  Kether – Magi (Magician) & Judgment

2. & 19.  Chokhmah – Mystic (High Priestess) & Sun

3. & 18.  Binah – Earth (Empress) & Moon

4. & 17.  Chesed – Divine (Emperor) & Star

5. & 16.  Gebarah – Teacher (Hierophant) & Tower

6. & 15.  Tiphereth – Lovers & Devil

7. & 14.  Netzach – Chariot & Temperance

8. & 13.  Hod – Strength & Death

9. & 12. Yesod – Hermit – Hanged One (Hanged Man)

10. & 11. Malkuth – Wheel of Fortune – Justice

The Wonderer “0” and The World “XXI” represent the beginning and end of one’s journey. These two cards are added to the 20 cards that directly correlate to the 10 sefirot. The Wonderer begins the journey outside of the “Tree of Life” as a pure soul. The sefirot known as Kether, represents the entry and exit point in the journey of the Wonderer; as (Magi-Almond) and (Judgment-Olive.) It meets each sefirot twice as it travels through the Tree of Life. When the Wonderer reaches The World, it transcends the tree and attains Da’at. This is why there are 22 cards in the Major Arcana.

The Tarot consists of 78 total cards (22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana). This number corresponds directly to the sacred geometry found in Metatron’s Cube which contains 78 lines. In Judaic literature, Metatron is seen as the prophet Enoch, who became the angelic scribe of the Book of Secrets for mankind’s return to the Garden of Eden. In the Kabbalah, Metatron is associated with the sefirot Kether (Crown). The Hebrew word Metatron means “the measurer” in Latin, connecting it once again with sacred geometry.

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Genesis and Exodus were written between 600–200 BCE based on ancient stories inspired by trees and the natural world. The wisdom of the Tarot as the Tree of Life could date back thousands of years as a path for healing the original wounds of separation between mankind and nature. The divine laws of nature and nature’s “god” awaken our true nature as souls in human form.

Metatron’s cube reveals the elements of life within the chakras by uniting the circular and linear world with 78 lines. The Tarot consists of 78 cards based on Metatron’s Cube.

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Minor Arcana (lesser secret) originally represented the four classical elements of life: fire, water, air and earth. These elements symbolize core functions of life that influence and support our journey. Fire relates to our passion and desires. Water represents our emotions and intuition. Air corresponds to our thoughts and actions while Earth embodies our physical and material treasures.

The 56 cards of the minor arcana are divided into four suits of 14 cards. These four suits are identified differently based their function as a deck of playing/poker cards or tarot cards.

Four Elements – Suits

Fire – Clubs/Wands/Batons

Water – Hearts/Cups/Vessels

Air – Spades/Swords

Earth – Diamonds/Coins/Pentacles

Tree Spirit Tarot identifies these suits with types of trees.

Tree Spirit – Suits

Evergreen Trees – Wands/Batons

Fruit Trees – Cups/Vessels

Hardwood Trees – Swords

Nut & Seed Trees – Coins/Pentacles

Within each suit of 14 cards there are five cards that are not identified by number. The first card is the Ace, which marks the beginnings point with each suit. The cards progress 2-10. These are followed by four court cards based on increased levels of maturity that are similar to the progression in the major arcana.

Tree Spirit Tarot

Pioneer = Ace

Tree Spirit Tarot – Court Cards

Messenger = Page/Jack

Guardian = Knight

Earthkeeper = Queen

Wisdomkeeper – King

“To some people a tree is something so incredibly beautiful that it brings tears to the eyes. To others it is just a green thing that stands in the way.” – William Blake 

Note: Until I can find an agent or publisher to help create an affordable box set the physical book and card deck are available for purchase from these suppliers.

Tree Spirit Tarot book: Amazon

Tree Spirit Tarot deck at: Printers Studio

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