On this page, the discussion will be around the Hermetic Kabbalah and the Ot'z Ch'im or the Tree of Life.
As in the introduction page, with the names of the tarot decks being known by similar, yet different names for the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. The term Kabbalah has different spellings that tend to be used by different groups of users.
I have heard it referred to in many ways. There is 'Kabbalah' with a K, 'Qabalah' with the Q, and 'Cabala' with a C, why the differences? The Hebrew alphabet or Aleph-Bet is a language that has no vowels in it at all, (although you will see the words written with them).
When you see the word Kabbalah written regardless of spelling with a vowel, it has only occurred because the true Hebrew Letters of (Q) Qoph, (B) Beth, (L) Lamed, and (H) Heh, have been through the process of transliteration. This process takes the four Hebrew letters to make the original letters sound similar, and a more readable word for non-Hebrew speakers to understand within the language of transliteration.
The definition of transliteration is the process of transferring a word from the alphabet of one language to another. [The first language for this page will be referred to is the original language Hebrew, the transfer word will then be transliterated into the second language of English]. It changes the letters from the word's original alphabet to similar-sounding letters in a different one. Another example is, in Hebrew, the Jewish winter holiday is חנוכה. Its English transliteration is Hanukkah or Chanukah.
Tree of Life
In general, the spelling 'Kabbalah' is used by the devout Jewish scholars, who know the language and can read, write and speak the language. I use this spelling myself although I am not a Jewish scholar. However, I am a very serious student of the Hebrew Aleph-bet. I am taking a course through the Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education Centre, as well as a lot of personal study learning, to read and write all the letters with the correct format, so when I see them as much as possible without transliteration to understand them. This is a slow and ongoing process, that I am happy to do to take my understanding of Kabbalah to a deeper level. I feel like a serious student of the Hermetic Kabalah, then this is how I build my knowledge base, with the alphabet of the Kabbalah, and then to be able to write all the letters in both the transliteration format and in the Hebrew Aleph-bet.
I use the Tree of Life, within the esoteric studies I follow, So, I use the term Hermetic Kabbalah, so it is understood that for me personally is the study of Hermeticism and the Western Esoteric System I use to study, and use the Aleph-Bet and the thirty-two pathways, as my text for learning the subject and all it encompasses.
The Qabalah, is the spelling that many authors of the subject use, the more modern, new age, or Occultists, examples of these would be Dion Fortune, with her 'Mystical Qabalah' book, Gareth Knight with many books including 'A Practical Guide to Qabalistic Symbolism, Vol I & Vol II', and R. J Stewart
The Tree of Life is a schema, a system, a tool used to categorise and organise various mystical concepts, and is central to the teachings Kabbalah, Aleister Crowley and the Hermetic Kabbalah. At its most simple level, it is composed of ten spheres, or emanations, called sephira (singular), sepiroth (plural). that are connected by twenty-two paths. When a piece of text will say there are 32 paths, it is counting the 10 Sephiroth, to confuse those who are not aware.
The sephiroth also have the correspondences of planets and the paths by the twenty-twoletters of the Hebrew alphabet, which are subdivided by the five elements, the seven classical planets, and the twelve signs of the Zodiac. The twenty-two Hebrew letters are also subdived into the three Mother letters, the seven double letters and the twelve single letters.
I will explain and discuss the Negative Veils, the Ain, Ain Soph, and Ain Soph Aur.
I will explain and discuss the three pillars of the Tree of Life (TOL)
I will explain and discuss the 10 Sephira (singular) and all the Sepiroth (plural) and the tarot card correspondences.
Also, the planetary aspects of the 10 Sepiroth, and the area known as Daath and The Abyss.
I will explain and discuss the 22 pathways in the TOL numbered from 11 through to 32 and the tarot cards that correspond to them.
I will explain and discuss the Hebrew letters on the TOL.
The subject of Hebrew Gematria will be discussed on this page.