ON THE OPERATION AND RULE OF THE TREE OF LIFE IN THECELESTICAL HEAVENS PROJECTED AS IF IN A SOLID SPHERE
When the Tree of Life is considered not as being a plane but as a solid figure, and when it is projected in the Sphere, the North Pole of the Sphere will coincide with Kether, and the South Pole with Malkuth.
As we have before sufficiently learned the Ten Sephiroth are repeated not alone in each whole figure, but also in the parts thereof, so that every material thing created, will have its own Sephiroth and Paths.
Now as the North Pole corresponds with Kether, and the South Pole corresponds with Malkuth, the central Pillar of the Sephirotic Tree will form the invisible Axis of the Sphere, the Central point coinciding with Tiphareth. This latter Sephirah together with that of Yesod will be completely hidden from view, so that Tiphareth will be the exact centre of the Sphere.
Also the Sephiroth Chokmah, Binah, Chesed, Geburah, Netzach and Hod will be duplicated. As also the Paths, Aleph, Beth, Gimel, Vau, Cheth, Caph, Mem, Qoph, and Shin, and so many of the others will be even quadrupled. But although Tiphareth and Yesod will be concealed, there will be four especial points on the sphere where the influence of each will be indicated.
As projected in the before-described Celestial Sphere, Kether will govern a Radius of 10°
around the North Pole, thus embracing the whole body of the Constellation Draco.
Chokmah will be on the 60° North Latitude; embracing a radius of 10°, the right foot of
Hercules, the left arm, hand, and part of head of Bootes. Also on the other side of the
Heavens, a radius of 10° including the head and shoulders of Cephus, and the head of
Binah, has a similar radius and is posited on the same parallel of Latitudes, and includes the pole Star of the Earth, the head of Camelopardelus, the tip of the tail of Draco; also Lyra and left knee of Hercules in the opposite side of the Heavens.
Chesed with a similar radius, and posited in the 30° of North Latitude, will include part of Coma Berenices, of Bootes, and of Virgo, and parts of Andromeda and of Pegasus.
And so with the other, Sephiroth of the outer Pillars, each being 30° distant from the line of the Sephiroth above and below it, and having a radius of 10°.
The central line of the Two Pillars of Mercy and Severity will respectively traverse that of Mercy the 15° of Virgo and 15° of Pisces; that of Severity the 15° of Gemini and the 15° of Sagittarius. The four Yesod points will be on the line of the 60° of South Latitude, and at similar Zodiacal points. From which circumstances the path of Influence or nature of the Sun will be along the line of the Ecliptic, coinciding with Tiphareth, and that of the Moon will be on the 60° of South Latitude answering to the Yesod points on that line.
THE LAW OF THE CONVOLUTED REVOLUTION OF THE FORCES
SYMBOLISED BY THE FOUR ACES ROUND THE NORTH POLE
In the Book “T,” it is written: “Also the Dragon (i.e. Draco, the constellation at the Northern pole of the Heavens) surroundeth the Pole Kether of the Celestial Heavens.” It is further laid down that the Four Aces, (symbolised by the Knaves), rule the Celestial Heavens from the Northern Pole of the Zodiac unto the 45th Degree of Latitude North of the Ecliptic, and from the Thrones of the Four Aces which rule in Kether.
And again it is stated that:
The Throne of the Ace of Cups is the head of Draco.
The Throne of the Ace of Swords is fore part of body.
The Throne of the Ace of Pentacles is the hind part of body.
The Throne of the Ace of Wands is the tail of Draco.
Regard thou then the form of this Constellation of the Dragon. It is convoluted in the four places answering unto the rule of the Aces.
Head, First convolution is the Ace of Cups.
Second convolution is the Ace of Swords.
Third convolution is the Ace of Pentacles.
Fourth convolution is the Ace of Wands.
This convoluted course will represent the Law of the Aces.
Now in the Four Faces of YHVH, Fire and Water be contrary, and also Earth and Air be contrary. The throne of the Element will attract and seize, as it were, the Force of that element, so that herein be the Forces of Antipathy and of Sympathy, or what are known chemically as attraction and repulsion.
Recall also the allotment of the Triplicities:
Aries, Leo, Sagittarius is Fire, Wands of the Tarot.
Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces is Water, Cups of the Tarot.
Gemini, Libra, Aquarius is Air, Swords of the Tarot.
Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn is Earth, Pentacles of the Tarot.
Now the order of the Knaves, and consequently of the Thrones, is formed from right to left:
Knave of Wands is Leo and Fire.
Knave of Cups is Scorpio and Water.
Knave of Swords is Aquarius and Air.
Knave of Pentacles is Taurus and Earth.
The order of the Aces is formed from left to right, though their motion is from right to left:
Ace of Wands.
Ace of Cups.
Ace of Swords.
Ace of Pentacles.
This, then will be the order of their movement. Let us first suppose the Aces on the following stations:
Ace of Wands.
Ace of Cups.
Ace of Swords.
Ace of Pentacles.
Now the Station 2 is the Throne of the Ace of Wands, while the movement of the Aces is steadily from right to left in the direction of the numbering of the stations. In the ordinary course the Ace of Wands would pass to Station 3; the Ace of Cups to Station 2; the Ace of Swords to Station 1; the Ace of Pentacles to Station 12.
But the Station 2, being the Throne of the Ace of Wands, attracts and arrests the move ment of that Force so that instead of passing into Station 3, it remains on Station 2 until the other Aces have passed over it in turn.
Ace of Wands remains on Station 2.
Ace of Cups passes also on to Station 2,
Ace of Swords passes on to Station 1,
Ace of Pentacles passes on to Station 12.
Ace of Cups passes to Station 3,
Ace of Wands remains at Station 2,
Ace of Swords passes also onto Station 2,
Ace of Pentacles passes also on to Station 1.
Ace of Cups passes on to Station 4,
Ace of Swords passes on to Station 3,
Ace of Wands remains at Station 2,
Ace of Pentacles passes also on to Station 2.
Ace of Cups passes to Station 5,
Ace of Swords passes to Station 4,
Ace of Pentacles passes on to Station 3,
Ace of Wands still remains on Station 2.
But Station 5 is the Throne of the Ace of Cups. Therefore it attracts and arrests that Force, in the same manner that the Throne of the Ace of Wands acted previously in attracting and arresting the Ace of Wands, the result of which has been to make that Force which previously was leading become the last of the Four.
Ace of Cups remains on Station 5,
Ace of Swords passes also on to Station 5,
Ace of Pentacles passes also on to Station 4,
Ace of Wands, now at last passes into Station 3.
For it has now become the last of the Four, and the Ace of Cups has commenced to act through its Throne. The Ace of Pentacles, moving to Station 4, would create a hiatus in the movement of the Aces, if the Ace of Wands did not move forward to Station 3. Also there is the attraction of the motion of those Aces in front of it. Wherefore all these Forces combining, at length cause it to move forward.
The movement then continues, thus:
The Ace of Swords passes on to Station 6,
The Ace of Cups remains on Station 5,
The Ace of Pentacles passes also on to Station 5,
The Ace of Wands passes also on to Station 4.
The Ace of Swords passes on to Station 7,
The Ace of Pentacles passes on to Station 6,
The Ace of Cups still remains on Station 5,
The Ace of Wands passes also on to Station 5.
The Ace of Swords passes on to Station 8, its Throne,
The Ace of Pentacles passes on to Station 7,
The Ace of Wands passes on to Station 6,
The Ace of Cups still remains on Station 5.
The Ace of Swords remains on Station 8,
The Ace of Pentacles passes also on to Station 8,
The Ace of Wands passes on to Station 7,
The Ace of Cups now at length passes on to Station 6, and so on.
The movement of the Aces will be very similar to the convolutions of Draco thus:
The Course of the Aces:
This will imply a much more sustained exercise of force through the Thrones than elsewhere. So that the generic effect of the Thrones will be that of the seasons, while the other stations will give the variations thereof in accordance with their natures and with the order of the movement of the aces in them.
Order of Movement of Elements
And as Kether acted directly upon Tiphareth which is, as it were, the centre and focus of the Sephiroth when projected in a sphere, so do the Aces act upon the Sun as the centre and focus of the Solar System. So that the Sun, according to his position with regard to the Equinox and the Earth’s surface will translate the effect of the seasons, he being the translator of the force of heat thereto, whether the then position of the Equinoctial points coincide with what we call 0° Aries, and 0° Libra (reckoning from Regulus) or not. So that his effect North of the Equator shall produce when just leaving the Equinoctial point, the effect of Aries, whether he be with that constellation actually in the heavens or not.
Conversely also, for the South of the Equator (as in the country of Australia) his quitting the Equinoctial point southward will translate the same effect of Aries.
But this rule shall not for one moment affirm that Aries and Libra are identical in nature. Nor that the Zodiac proper is inoperative. Nor that the nature of the Sun is not modified by the constellation in which he is. But only that the direct effect of the physical impact of his rays falling upon a certain portion of the Earth’s surface, will be in proportion to the duration of their action, in the excitement they produce in the terrestrial forces.
And now as the Forces symbolized by these Aces, pass in succession over these stations, so will they awake certain terrestrial action according unto the sign of the division of the Zodiac above which they pass in the domain of the Knaves and according unto the nature thereof. Nevertheless, the force roused by the Ace when on its Throne will be of longer duration than at other points.
And hence it is that the Signs of the Zodiac be divided into Fixed or Kerubic, Moveable or changing, and Common or fluctuating, according unto the nature of the power which can be awakened therein. And again, these will be varied according unto their Elements, for the Elements have a various classification.
G.H. FRATER S.R.M.D.