The Ari Tree

the Ari tree layout The Ari, Rabbi Isaac Luria, was a Sixteenth Century C.E. Jewish mystic and scholar. He expounded a layout of the Tree of Life different from both the usual Hermetic Qabalah and the Gra. The Ari's layout, which you can see here, is the one generally used in Jewish expositions about Sefer Yetzirah and the Bahir.

This is the arrangement of Sephiroth we normally associate with the Tree, but you will notice some radical differences in the paths. First, perhaps most significantly, there is a path connecting Binah with Chesed; and so there are paths associated with the entire path taken by the Flash in its descent. This path and the one connecting Chokmah to Geburah are missing from the Hermetic Tree; and the paths in that tree connecting Malkuth with Hod and with Netzach are missing here.

Too, most of the paths are assigned to different letters. This and the Gra Tree hold to the idea that mother letters connect the left and right Pillars and doubles reach up the Pillars; but the Gra holds that simples connect between adjacent Pillars whereas the Ari breaks that pattern. Ari and Gra also disagree in their assignation of letters to paths.

You can explore these paths further by reading about Adam Kadmon.

Which one is "right"? Not my place to say, though I will say that this is my favored arrangement. See how this arrangement places ר, which we equate with the Sun, reaching up toward Tiphareth, the Sephirah we associate with the Sun. Ari and Gra share this arrangement, but see here too how ה and ו, two letters of the Ineffable Name, communicate between the Supernals: ה (indicating "breath") from Kether to Chokmah; and ו (indicating "phallus") from Kether to Binah.

[A] The FoolAlef, א, The Fool

[B] The MagusBeth, ב, The Magus

[G] The PriestessGimel, ג, The Priestess

[D] The EmpressDaleth, ד, The Empress

[H] The StarHeh, ה, The Star

[V] The HierophantVau, ו, The Hierophant

[Z] The LoversZain, ז, The Lovers

[X] The ChariotCheth, ח, The Chariot

[T] LustTet, ט, Lust

[Y] The HermitYod, י, The Hermit

[K] FortuneKaph, כ, Fortune

[L] AdjustmentLamed, ל, Adjustment

[M] The FoolMem, מ, The Hanged Man

[N] DeathNun, נ, Death

[S] ArtSamekh, ס, Art

[O] The DevilAyin, ע, The Devil

[P] The TowerPeh, פ, The Tower

[C] The EmperorTzaddi, צ, The Emperor

[Q] The MoonQoph, ק, The Moon

[R] The SunResh, ר, The Sun

[Sh] The FoolShin, ש, The Aeon

[Th] The UniverseTau, ת, The Universe

[KTR] Kether, Crown

[XKMH] Chokmah, Wisdom

[BYNH] Binah, Understanding

[XSD] Chesed, Mercy

[GBVRH] Geburah, Strength

[TPART] Tiphareth, Beauty

[NCX] Netzach, Victory

[HVD] Hod, Splendor

[YSVD] Yesod, Foundation

[MLKVT] Malkuth, Kingdom

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An Interactive QabalahThe Mother lettersSeven of Swords A Brief Introduction to QabalahNepheshSix of Swords Kether, the CrownNeshamahFive of Swords Chokmah, WisdomThe Veil of ParokethFour of Swords Binah, UnderstandingPermutations of the NameThree of Swords Daath, KnowledgeThe Three PillarsTwo of Swords QliphothThe ProfaneAce of Disks Chesed, MercyReflectionKnight of Disks Geburah, StrengthRuachQueen of Disks Tiphareth, BeautySefer Yetzirah, the Book of FormationPrince of Disks Netzach, VictorySeverityPrincess of Disks Hod, SplendorThe simple lettersTen of Disks Yesod, FoundationWhat is a Soul?Nine of Disks Malkuth, KingdomThe SoulsEight of Disks AlefThe Supernal TriadSeven of Disks BetThe FoolSix of Disks GimelThe MagusFive of Disks DalethThe PriestessFour of Disks HehThe EmpressThree of Disks VauThe EmperorTwo of Disks ZainThe HierophantAdjustment ChethThe LoversAeon TethThe ChariotArt YodAdjustmentThe Chariot KaphThe HermitDeath LamedFortuneDevil MemLustThe Emperor NunThe Hanged ManThe Empress SamekhDeathThe Fool AyinArtFortune PehThe DevilThe Hanged Man TzaddiThe TowerThe Hermit QophThe StarThe Hierophant ReshThe MoonThe Lovers ShinThe SunLust TauThe AeonThe Magus The Qabalistic WorldsThe UniverseThe Moon Atziluth, ArchetypesAce of WandsThe Priestess Briah, the CreativeKnight of WandsThe Star Yetzirah, the FormativeQueen of WandsThe Sun Assiah, the ActivePrince of WandsThe Tower The court cardsPrincess of WandsThe Universe The AcesTen of WandsHebrew alphabet transliterations The KnightsNine of WandsThe Triads The QueensEight of WandsThe Qabalistic Veils The PrincesSeven of WandsThe Name of Names, YHVH The PrincessesSix of WandsAlef The TensFive of WandsAyin The NinesFour of WandsBet The EightsThree of WandsCheth The SevensTwo of WandsDaleth The SixesAce of CupsThe double letters The FivesKnight of CupsGimel The FoursQueen of CupsHeh The ThreesPrince of CupsKaph The TwosPrincess of CupsLamed The 32 Paths of WisdomTen of CupsMem The AbyssNine of CupsThe mother letters Adam Kadmon, the Body of GodEight of CupsNun AlchemySeven of CupsPeh The Alef-Bet in Space and TimeSix of CupsQoph The Ari TreeFive of CupsResh The Astral TriadFour of CupsSamekh BalanceThree of CupsShin The double lettersTwo of CupsThe simple letters The Ethical TriadAce of SwordsTau the Flash of LightKnight of SwordsTeth The Gra TreeQueen of SwordsThe Tree of Life The 72 Hidden Names of GodPrince of SwordsTzaddi The Tree of LifePrincess of SwordsVau The Hebrew alef-bet letter classesTen of SwordsYod MercyNine of SwordsZain The Presence of the Most HighEight of Swords