Tree of Life - An evocation of the Tol
Herein this article is described a method for evocation of the quaballistic
Tree of Life for specific magical exercises. A theory of why this
works that relies mostly upon previous articles such as the "Magic
Theory" series, "Notes on the music of the spheres"
series, "Magick mirrors, scrying, A method of Divination, etc.",
and "Joseph Asked" series is included. As the technique
is quite straightforward if not easy, let us commence with that after
a few formalities. First, it is assumed that the reader is familiar
with the procedures described within "Magick mirrors, scrying,
A method of Divination, etc." as well as good thought control
and the ability to relax the visual acuity relative to a set of interface
images as might be possibly found in the 'tratakam yoga' or yoga of
the fixed gaze suggested by Gnome de Plume.
Second, evocation is briefly defined for the purposes of this essay
as the calling on or bringing out of entities or processes from
the internal nature and essence of the magician. Third for the definition
of will see "Magic Theory II". Third by only briefly mentioning
each Sephira do I mean to do any of them short-shrift, only that
their classical understandings are well documented and should be
First, one remembers the structure of the Tree of Life and refers
to the Ascension Ladder sequence described in "Notes on the
music of the spheres" series.
Then one begins the scrying process described in "Magick mirrors,
etc.". Then one evokes the Tree of Life as
a part of the process of attempting to form a unity linkage. Note
that it helps also if one is able to utilize the True Names (see
Joseph Asked Series) of the mental faculties associated with each
Sephira, as well as the True Names of the Sephira themselves.
& Determination ~ Malkuth:
One contemplates briefly one's own consciousness (i.e. awareness
of awareness, see Magic Theory II), how it is different from whatever
state of consciousness and material being the scrying subject
has (or does not have) and whatever similarity exists, and why
consciousness and material reality both could be associated with
Malkuth. One should also contemplate the separation between the
two as the membrane or image interface one is using, see "Magick
etc." One then wills a change or shift of
mental state to the next faculty.
One contemplates briefly ones imagination and imaginations
the subject, attempting to form as perfect a resemblance in image
and relational dynamics as possible to the subject. If one lacks
intimate knowledge of the subject, one has to form a True Name
previously or quickly as per "Joseph Asked" series.
One also contemplates Yesod in conjunction. One wills the next
faculty into operation.
& Logic ~ Hod:
One attempts to apply one's reason and logic to the most
accurate dynamic representation one can imagine so as the formally
and explicitly understand all its permutations and variations
of manifestation, as well as the nature of Yesod. One wills
& Empathy ~ Netzach:
One then wills to empathize with the model, willing one's consciousness
to be transferred into the logically examined representational
model imagined, as well as emotionally identifying it, and contemplating
& Balance ~ Tiphereth:
One then wills the balancing and stabilization of the identification
process, emphasizing any principles of equivalence and elegance
one has discovered at stage 3 as well as developing the insight
gained during stage 4 into active relational equations, and contemplate
Tipheret's aspects: Beauty, balance, etc. The term equations here
do indicate the mathematical kind if one is able, either verbally
expressed or in mathematical symbols if one is able.
Using the balanced, beautiful, objective, perhaps even
mathematical model produced by stages 1-5, one then wills one's
mind to make judgements about what possibilities its present state
is in, as well as contemplating Guverah.
Using the probability distributions developed in stage 6, one
attempts to use intuition and inspiration to will the information
interface to converge to the current real state of the actual
subject, consistent with stages 1-5, as well as the nature of
At this point it is necessary to discuss KNOWLEDGE ~ DAATH. Both
my theory and the structure of the TOL (Tree of Life) when it
withholds assigning a separate Sephira to Daath implies that Knowledge
is a synthesis or synergetic combination or constructive interference
of the lower Sephira. If one is able to effectively and efficiently
combine the lower steps, this produces knowledge which allows
one to transcend the "Abyss" or potential barrier created
by the information transition gap. If one does not, then one cannot
cross the gap. Yes, no. Quantum discrete transition or probabilistic
entropy decay. Satori or Maya.
If one has made the transition then the next step is to
will the generalization to the universal or transcendental Form
or Essence within the macrocosm of existence rather than the particular
Form or Essence within the microcosm of existence that the subject-model
relational interface exists within, and also the contemplation
One then wills a transition from correlation to causation, as
well as contemplating the nature of Chockmah. By willing a specific
symmetry into the transformation , one can limit or direct certain
causal propagation quantitative symmetries (Normalization, etc.)
and qualitative symmetries (dimensions, direction, spatial-temporal
mapping, etc.). The specific symmetry usually chosen in divination
techniques is one where measurement and observation cause relatively
little interaction intensities.
One then wills relaxation into the natural execution and embodiment
of the linkage prepared in stages 1-9.
First, the unfounded assumption or hypothesis that the TOL represents
a Fractal or Fractal-like structure is made. A Fractal is a term taken
from chaotic mathematics indicating a simple mathematical pattern
which when repeated numerous times cumulatively create a greater pattern.
This pattern has 'holographic' type properties that the pattern repeats
in scaling but unlike a hologram there are distinct unique variations
that are non-deterministic. A fractal does represent a structure that
is repeated at the basic underlying numerical summation, the broader
image formed, and the greater elaborations which extend from that.
fact, the hypothesis is made that the TOL represents a Fractal an
information pattern representing how the human mind processes information.
As such it could be said to form a Plank unit in the Quaballa system
of measurement of information. If by Axiom II (see Magic Theory II)
which states the assumption that human information processes at their
basic fundamental structure are similar to universal information structures.
Combining the two axioms, their combination indicates that the TOL
fractal also represents a fundamentally similar (exactly identical
structure) of the general universe.
Therefore by taking the relatively clumsy and large steps of mental
activity listed in the Evocation of the TOL, one then evokes or calls
forth from one's self process which is exactly identical with the
basic components of human information processing. By Axiom II, this
fundamental structure has an exact identity with general processes
in the universe at large. Therefore if these conditions hold, then
the formal conditions for the Theorem of Universal Magical Operation
(see Magic Theory II) are exactly and rigorously met.
While the theory and application contained herein are set specifically
for a divinatory scheme, a clever and inventive individual could with
a little innovation alter the process to apply to other processes
To wax poetic I note that Confuscius writes of Heaven, Man, and Earth.
To bring change into Heaven and Earth, Man must control himself and
act with sincerity and li (often translated as ritual, I translate
as appropriate or proper action which in a formal social context becomes
ritual). I also note that in the Emerald Tablet it is written as I
"As Above, so below. As below, so above."
Therefore I note that philosophically both statements contain the
same inference, that there is that which mediates between Heaven and
Earth, Above and Below, and that by making use of the fundamental
and identical similarities one creates relationships which allow novel
and dynamic action.
Summarised notes from a magical journal
I present this straightforwardly, pretty much as I subjectively experienced
it. I do note that I can trace the intellectual descent of my progress
to certain literally visionary and mystical moments of insight. I
do not imply that the formal presentation I have given so far is taken
word for word from this or any other moment I have experienced, but
like the ring of the snake eating its tale led a scientist to discover
the Benzene Ring these moments provided an insight which allowed me
to recognize already present patterns in reality, collect documentation
on them, and then present those observations. I do not have a formal
position one way or the other on the material or literal existence
of all the entities presented or implied in the experiences I have
had, but I do note that they have almost invariably lead to productive
work and wise choices which by me is a good sign of some sort of objective
validity whether or not all the entities involved are objectively
real in a material sense.
I was dreaming that I was in a race, a pro bicycle race in which I
fought to surpass someone else and I did. I won the race by great
effort, even though the other fellow might have been objectively better
or more skilled than me. Then I remember being "pulled up into
the sky" and standing relaxed before a half circle council table
raised on a dias. Sitting on this table were ten persons, with me
at the center of the half circle so they could look at me from both
the side and front. I wouldn't say they were dressed in light or white,
but they were clothed in a soft fuzzy yet distinctly pure glow that
seemed to merge with their flesh without seeming weird or out of place.
They were not andryogenous as much as gender did not seem to apply
in any usual sense.
I was asked to justify my actions. I proudly drew myself up, looked
them straight in the eye and said: "My prime directive is to
protect and preserve all life."
I was astonished that I had said this, even in a dream. For since
childhood, I had held the firm conviction that I was capable of doing
great good and that I had a responsibility that I could accept to
do so, or not as I choose. But in the race and unceasing self-imposed
regimen of self-improvement to achieve these unrealistically high
goals, I took more and more short-cuts and until in desperation and
despair I decided to abandon my quest, my mission, the defining purpose
of my life and live only for self-satisfaction. This marked the turning
of myself freely to the left hand path, and the study of any technique
and method that would achieve my rather egocentric ends.
I was astonished that I had so answered, revealing how deeply within
me the original impulse toward good was rooted. What I said obviously
met the approval of the council, for above their heads blazoned a
beautiful verdant glowing leaf, which I was given to understand was
a token of the Tree of Life itself. Up to that time, the only reference
I had ever had to the Tree of Life was from the Holy Bible. I had
not yet read about the myths of the Norse and Vikings, nor the works
of Confuscius or Lao Tzu or Chuang Tzu or the following Taoists, nor
the Quaballa in any form.
Along with this vision which was burned into my mind quite gently
but firmly, was this wild symphony of smells and sounds and sensations.
I remember the sounds the most, this delicate yet brassy fanfare of
a thousand voices in polyphony and harmony, every instrument I had
ever heard, yet somehow creating specific changes in me and passing
on uncounted streams of data implicit within its natural and harmonious
I then woke up. I did not know what to make of it at the time. It
did however mark a turning point for me that lead eventually to the
completion of my Dark Pact and me winning back my soul, as well as
studying the right hand path. I also began to study classical and
historical forms of magic, seeking in them some poor reflection or
echo of what I had witnessed. It took me years of painstaking effort
to transform that one sublime moment of epiphany into a form I could
communicate usefully to others.
I also became gradually aware that those before me, judging me, could
potentially be some of those called Ippissimus, The Ten who are One,
the Council of the White Masters, the Secret Chiefs, etc. At the time,
I had no idea what irony lay in the idea of an individual uneducated
in any classical or formal forms of magic (I had studied only self-taught
sorcery) being revealed some secret truth about the nature of the
Tree of Life and Quaballa by the "Secret Chiefs". It was
to put it now in Golden Dawn terms, quite similar to Mather's story.
Except of course, I don't claim that the work I did descended directly
from them since I clearly did it, only that the insight came from
a vision of them. And the vision was quite spontaneous, rather than
a potential fictional cover up of forged documents.
I do note that like all the spirits and entities I have met in magic-
vision, dream, or otherwise - they did not announce themselves under
a label. Of them I can only remember the impression of wisdom so subtle
it was hardly noticeable even to sharp perception, and an air of majesty
so humble as to embody perfection in the ordinary. The name "Secret
Chiefs" is only a name I put on them to help me come to grips
with what went beyond words and names, the ineffable.
For a time I thought to use this only for myself, and for a
time after that I thought to use it to help others, and for a time
after that I thought to use it to teach others the right way. Now
like the Great Tree of Taoist stories I have stopped trying to use
it, and have let it be itself, and planted it to let it grow into
its own majesty in the minds of others so that it might twine up and
have its branches embrace Heaven while rooted firmly in Earth. This
incorruptible and verdant token of the Tree of Life, given to me for
God knows what reason since I am obviously not worthy in myself, I
pass to you in this true and faithful relation of what happened to
Aikeena means many things to me, the first time I heard it I spoke
it mimicing that wordless yet beautiful sound of comfort someone gave
to me in a moment of loneliness and despair at the magnitude of my
self imposed tasks.
It means many things: sorrow, pain, determination, grief, but also
too - You are not alone.
I therefore give it back to you, you are not alone.
Spells and Spell Breaking
Tree of Life