The Gra Tree

the Gra tree layout The Gaon of Vilna, also called the Gra (an acronym of Gaon Rabbi Eliyahu), was an 18th Century kabbalist and Talmudic scholar. His layout of the Tree sets out the thirty-two paths as shown here. In this picture, you can see —

  • The three mother letters acting as horizontal connectors between the positive and negative Sephiroth of the three Triads, connecting the active and passive Pillars
  • The seven double letters acting as vertical connectors between all ten Sephiroth, forming the Pillars
  • The twelve simple letters connecting the slantwise paths, communicating between adjacent Pillars

The assignations shown for each letter in this diagram are not the same as the ones shown elsewhere on this site. This is a different interpretation than the one commonly used today. There is, moreover another layout yet: the older Ari tree. Gra and Ari agree in some things, disagree in most regarding the placement of letters on the Paths. The Ari layout is the one most commonly expounded in writings about Sepher Yetzirah and the Bahir.

[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