The Tarot is intrinsically interconnected with the wisdom teachings of trees, sacred geometry and the Kabbalah, also known as the Tree of Life. The Tarot is a deck of 78 cards that first appeared 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 – 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 the beginning point and the container of all.
In Tree Spirit Tarot, the first Major Arcana card “0” is the Wonderer, (Fool) “the one who is wondering”. Cards “1-21” represent the path one takes in search of their unique place in the world along with its challenges and opportunities. Eventually the desire to feel whole inspires the wonderer to reconnect with its soul. This journey of the soul is also found in the ancient teachings of the Kabbalah.
Each circle on the Tree of Life is called a Sefirot (emanation of divine will). There are ten Sefirot that mirror each other as they reveal and receive information for the soul. The Sefirot challenge and support the soul as it travels up and down the Tree, providing insights or paths. The left branch represents the mysteries in the darkness; the right are the forces of light. The trunk is the neutral, self-giving one. The task is to know one’s self as human on earth.
The Kabbalah, represents the mystical journey of the soul as it descends through the Tree of Life to manifest into human form. From this place of awareness, the “Wonderer” longs to feel “whole” and ascends the Tree of Life to remember itself as an infinite soul. This “way of the return” supports the Wonderer as it transcends to spiritual oneness, here the psyche/soul attains Da’at. In this place of unity consciousness, one is able to comprehend the infinite nature of Ein Sof, the infinite space beyond the Tree of Life.
Ten Sefirot – Divine Emanation – Location on Tree of Life (Kabbalah)
Kether – Crown – Central Trunk
Chokhmah – Wisdom – Right Branch
Binah – Understanding – Left Branch
Chesed – Mercy – Right Branch
Gebarah – Strength – Left Branch
Tiphereth – Beauty – Central Trunk
Netzach – Victory – Right Branch
Hod – Splendor – Left Branch
Yesod – Foundation – Central Trunk
Malkuth – Kingdom/Earth – Central Trunk
Sacred geometry aligns within the seven chakras. The Kabbalah’s Tree of Life is revealed in the Flower of Life located in the heart.
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.
Major Arcana as the Trees on our Journey
- 0. Fool/Wonderer – Rowan – Calling
- I. Magician/Magi – Almond – Purpose
- II. High Priestess/Mystic – Pomegranate – Intuition
- II. Empress Sycomore – Fertility
- IV. Emperor – Oak – Divine Nature
- V. Hierophant – Cedar – Faith
- VI. Lovers – Myrtle – Harmony
- VII. Chariot – Ash – Life Force
- VIII. Strength – Mangrove – Support
- IX. Hermit – Banyan – Reflection
- X. Wheel of Fortune – Acacia – Change
- XI. Justice Bristlecone – Pine – Truth
- XII. Hanged One/Man – Yew – Paradox
- XIII. Death – Cypress – Transition
- XIV. Temperance – Laurel – Moderation
- XV. Devil – Apple – Shadow
- XVI. Tower – Eucalyptus – Challenge
- XVII. Star – Cottonwood – Hope
- XVIII. Moon – Willow – Illusion
- XIX. Sun – Date – Renewal
- XX. Judgment – Olive – Peace
- XXI. 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 – High Priestess & Sun
3. & 18. Binah – Empress & Moon
4. & 17. Chesed – Emperor & Star
5. & 16. Gebarah – Hierophant & Tower
6. & 15. Tiphereth – Lovers & Devil
7. & 14. Netzach – Chariot & Temperance
8. & 13. Hod – Strength & Death
9. & 12. Yesod – Hermit & Hanged One/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). The wonderer meets each sefirot twice as it travels through the Tree of Life, when it reaches (The World-Baobab) it attains Da’at. The 22 cards in the Major Arcana embody this archetypal journey.
The Tarot consists of 78 total cards (22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana). This number corresponds directly to the sacred geometry of 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 name Metatron means “the measurer”in Latin, connecting us with the planets, stars, sun and moon.
Genesis and Exodus were written between 600–200 BCE based on ancient and oral stories inspired by the desire to know the meaning of life and death. Both the Kabbalah and Tarot contain paths for understanding our “true nature.” The Sanskrit word taru (tree) formed the roots of the Anglo-Saxon word treo, (tree & truth). In essence, trees are the truth-tellers who hold our sacred stories.
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The elements of nature are the building blocks of life. They are revealed within the chakras and the 78 lines of Metatrons Cube.
Minor Arcana (lesser secret) are based in the four classical elements of:fire, water, air and earth. These elements symbolized the core functions of life that influence and support our daily journey. Fire relates to our passion and desires. Water represents our emotions, intuition and creativity. Air corresponds to our thoughts and actions while Earth embodies our physical nature. The 56 cards of the minor arcana are divided into four suits of 14 cards. These four suits (clubs, hearts, spades and diamonds) are found in a classical playing cards.
Tree Spirit Tarot renames the Tarot suits based on types of trees.
Element Tree Spirit Tarot (Traditional Suit) – Aspect of Life
Fire Evergreen Trees (Wands/Clubs) – Desires, passions
Water Fruit Trees (Cups/Hearts) – Emotions, creativity
Air Hardwood Trees (Sword/Spades) – Intellect, actions
Earth Nut Trees (Pentacles/Diamonds) – Security, health
Each suit of 14 cards starts with the Pioneer (Ace), marking the beginning point within each suit. The cards then progress numerically from 2-10 followed by four court cards: Messenger, Guardian, Earthkeeper and Wisdomkeeper. Each card represents a different aspect of our daily journey through life.
Tree Spirit Suit – Meaning
- Pioneer/Ace – New beginnings and potential.
- Two – Find balance before moving forward.
- Three – Influence of work, life, emotions.
- Four – Time of contemplation, rest period.
- Five – Adversity, conflict, loss.
- Six – Growth after adversity brings insights.
- Seven – Trust in the universe and yourself.
- Eight – Be the change you wish to see.
- Nine – Nearing completion can be uneasy.
- Ten – Outcome is based on your work.
- Messenger/Page – Message regarding a new phase.
- Guardian/Knight – Time to make your move.
- Earthkeeper/Queen – Seek the help of wise ones.
- Wisdomkeeper/King – Believe in yourself.
“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
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