I work an immanent model of the tree, rising up its pathways and growing into the tree. Practically this means beginning from Malkuth and working towards Hod, Yesod and Netzach in the first instance (the ‘lower supernal’ or first triangulation). The core of this first triangulation revolves around the 21st path from Malkuth to Yesod, the Tau path, in which there are three moments – Malkuth itself, the path (World) and then Yesod. Three is the magic number of the tree.
The temple of Malkuth is approached from a wood, in which we begin. The greens and browns of the forest, the lushness of life and the tree itself offer our entrance into the trance pathworking. Coming out of the wood we move onto a grass plain, mountains in the distance, birds in the air, water flowing somewhere near us, we can hear it, and the temple of Malkuth sitting amidst the growth and green of the plain, surrounded and watched over by the archangel of this realm, Sandalphon. Given time to form its image as we cross the grass towards the temple, we see the four steps leading up to the platform where we find the entrance, the four steps reminding us of the four worlds of the Kabbalah, the platform itself enabling us to pause after climbing the steps, giving us time to acknowledge the motto of Malkuth carved above its entrance, the motto ‘Know thyself’, the motto of Socrates. As we push open the door the black and white tiles of the floor and the flickering firefly of the Ashim fill our vision and surround us as we step inside.
The following pathworking is the first in a new series of travels on the tree.