The Anatomy of Self
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Sephiroth or Tree of life
  1. Origin                      (p.1)
  2. The Sephiroth
  3. The Ten Commandments
  4. The Lord's Prayer
  5. Numerology

    The Sephiroth & the Tarot.

  6. The Hebrew Alphabet       (p.2)
  7. Major Arcana of the Tarot
  8. Groupings within the Major Arcana
  9. Overview
Anatomy of Self
  1. The new Tree of Life        (p.3)
  2. The Aspect of Colour
  3. The Chakras

  4. Hermetic Alchemy                 (p.4)
  5. Astrology.
  6. Spirit, Mind, Soul and Body
  7. Overview

    Index page


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TL 2.4 - Hermetic Alchemy

Amphora with dragon, by Claus 1992
Alchemy is commonly known as a Mediaeval process of making an elixir to prolong life or making gold out of the base metals.
However those alchemic processes were originally used in a symbolic sense to describe and define "mastery of mental forces".
Alchemy was forbidden by Christianity.

This mental oriented use of alchemy is also called Hermetic Alchemy or Hermetic Philosophy, after the ancient philosopher Hermes Trismegistus (3000 BC) who is the discoverer of this occult *. wisdom.

The basis of Hermetic alchemy rests on the Seven Hermetic Principles. These Principles form part of a compilation of Basic Hermetic Doctrines called The Kybalion *.

The Kybalion was not written down, but passed on from mouth to ear for several centuries, and forms the basis of several occult wisdoms and ancient philosophies. It was a collection of maxims, axioms, and precepts, which were non-understandable to outsiders, but which were readily understood by teachers and their students.

The Seven Hermetic Principles

After Mentalism . all are dual

  1. The Principle of Mentalism   (Kybalion : "The All is Mind" - "The Universe is Mental")
    This Principle embodies the truth that "All is Mind"

  2. The Principle of Correspondence   (Kybalion : "As above, so below; as below, so above")
    This Principle embodies the truth that there is always a Correspondence between the Laws and the Phenomena of the various planes of Being and Life.

  3. The Principle of Vibration   (Kybalion : "Nothing rests: everything moves; everything vibrates")
    This Principle embodies the truth that everything is in motion, everything vibrates.( Facts which each new scientific discovery tends to verify.)

  4. The Principle of Polarity   (Kybalion : "everything is dual")
    This Principle embodies the truth that everything is dual, everything has two poles, everything has its pair of opposites.

  5. The Principle of Rhythm   (Kybalion : "everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides")
    This Principle embodies the truth that in everything there is manifested a measure of motion, to and fro; a swing backward and forward a pendulum-like movement between the two poles which exist in accordance with the Principle of Polarity .

  6. The Principle of Cause and Effect   (Kybalion : "every cause has its effect; every effect has its cause")
    This Principle embodies the fact that there is a Cause for every Effect; an Effect for every Cause. It explains that " "Everything happens according to Law" that nothing ever 'merely happens".

  7. The Principle of Gender   (Kybalion : "Gender is in everything")
    This Principle embodies the truth that there is Gender manifested in everything : the Masculine and Feminine Principles ever at work.
    Not only in the Physical Plane, but also in the Mental and the Spiritual Planes.
A study of the hermetic philosophy of ancient Egypt and Greece by three Initiates.
Published by: The Yogi publication society. Masonic Temple Chicago, ILL.

The Hermetic Principles correlate with the Tree of Life in the following way.


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TL 2.5 - Astrology - (The DNA of the Soul).

Astrology studies and interprets the motions and relative positions of the planets, sun, moon and the two nodes in terms of human characteristics and activities ( Dynamics ).
It there by provides the Soul with 'the moment of birth Signature' and how that interacts with the present constellation.
Astrology is amongst the oldest sciences.
Because a lack of computing power and the calling on Intuition it is kept out of modern science.

Astrology gives the Soul a character like DNA gives the physical body a Signature.

Below a brief descriptions of the planets, sun, moon, earth and the two nodes.

Pluto - Neptune - Uranus - "Chiron" - Saturn - Jupiter - Mars - Venus - Mercury - Sun - Moon - Nodes - Earth

Name Approximate Rotation
around the Earth
Symbol Astrological Description
Pluto Once every 240 years tree2p01.gif Pluto is the urge to sacrifice oneself to the demands of an evolving structure. When this dynamic is used positively, it eliminates the parasitic growths that would otherwise destroy its host, man.
Neptune Once every 170 years tree2p02.gif Neptune is the dynamics by which social obligations are fulfilled in response to spiritual duty. It also reflects appreciation for the highest and most sublime creative manifestations.
Uranus Once every 84 years tree2p03.gif Uranus is the individual need to be free from the bonds of responsibility. It expresses great spiritual concern that society enjoy freedom from the shackles of ignorance.
Chiron Once every 50 years chirin.jpg Chiron Represents the aspect of consciousness that eventually developed in the Human condition. It is the search for growth and perfection, personal as well as for the species.
Saturn Once every 29 years tree2p04.gif Saturn is the development of personal worth. It is the judgment refined by experience. It is the wisdom that results from the thoughtful application of knowledge.
Jupiter Once every 12 years tree2p05.gif Jupiter is the higher mental faculty that seeks meaning in the affairs of life beyond labels. Every process that urges growth and expansion of consciousness is given a spiritual value, and a distinction between right and wrong is established.
Mars Once every 2 years tree2p06.gif Mars is the fuel that operates the ego. It represents the residual traces of man's animal nature. It is the force in nature that establishes the survival of the fittest.
Venus Once every year tree2p07.gif Venus shows adjustments made to encourage relationships. Venus is tenderness and affection, understanding and compromise, refinement and beauty.
Mercury Once every year tree2p08.gif Mercury represents the intellectual faculties, curiosity and wanting to know all there is to know. Mercury interprets and solves problems with deductive logic.
Sun Once every year tree2p09.gif The Sun represents the ego, individuality, will, striving for significance and the conscious side of the personality. It is the active life-force aggressively trying to use all potentials and develop all available resources.
Moon 12 times a year tree2p10.gif The Moon is the unconscious side of personality, the set of habits and instincts. It is the constantly changing personality that responds and reacts to external stimuli.
North Node
tree2p11.gif The North Node shows the experience that allows a person to access aspects of one's psychological awareness.

The Nodes of the Moon are not planetary bodies. They are points formed in space by the Moon's orbit around the Earth intersecting with the Earth's path around the Sun. There are two nodes, the North Nodal point located to the Earth's North, the South Node located exactly opposite to the Earth's South.

South Node
tree2p12.gif The South Node depicts an aspect in our character that has been over-emphasised in one's past lives.
tree2p13.gif The Earth represents the fundamental presence of the individual.
With its own Dailey rotation it creates a 12 House System reflecting the Dailey changes from rest (formation) to activity (expression) .

Descriptions for the planets are based on Planets in Aspect. by; Robert Pelletier *
Descriptions for th the Nodes are based on Astrology for the Soul. by: Jan Spiller *

I have placed the eight planets, the Sun, the Moon, the two Nodes and the Earth on the 13 spheres of the new Tree of Life

  • According to their relative speed of rotation around the Earth and their distance away from it.
    From bottom to top : their distances increase and their rotation speeds decrease.

  • There by creating a perfect mach with their astrological meaning and interpretations.

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TL 2.6 - Spirit, Mind, Soul and Body in The Philosophers' Stone

The Human Identity, as symbolised in the Philosophers' Stone,
consist also of a Spirit, Mind, Soul and Body
overlaping with the Tree ofLife.

  1. Universal Love - focusing on the All in One
  2. Personal Love - considering the other
  3. Desire - focused on oneself
  4. Bio Energy - building the Body Mind
    1. Universal Understanding - focusing on the All in One
    2. Reason - considering the other
    3. Will - focused on oneself
    4. Instinct - sustaining the Body

    Soul (Identity)
    1. Wisdom -The union of Understanding and Love
    2. Self control - considering the other
    3. Essential Nature - focused on oneself
    4. Body - the "eye" of Consiousness.

2005. C.F.

On the Philosophers' Stone the components of the Body, Soul, Mind and Spirit rise upwards and converge until they join at the top in Enlightenment.
On either side the rise is a gradual progression from personal to holistic components. The Philosophers' Stone shows the development from Micro Cosmos to Macro Cosmos, or this material reality achieving spiritual union.

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See also Mutus liber

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TL 2.7 - Overview

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