The Tree of Life Choices
(The Kabal Temple)
by Tom Gilmore
All graphics by Tom Gilmore
A cabal is a secret association of conspirators. The word cabal came from the secret society preserving the knowledge (gnosis) of the Kabal Temple which the religious perverts of the mid-evil Inquisition was intent on eradicating.
Part I – The Bohemian Kabalistic Tarot
The Bohemian Tarot consists of 78 cards broken into the Major and Minor groups called arcana. The Minor Arcana consists of 56 cards that hide the Egyptian seasonal calendar. The Major Arcana consists of 22 cards that have multiple purposes. The 22 cards originated as Hebrew alphabet cards during Hebrew enslavement in Egypt. The cards showed the 22 Hebrew letters in alphabetic order, along with a sequence number from 1 to 22.
These Hebrew alphabet cards were used as a basis for the Major Arcana of the Bohemian Tarot, the purpose of which was to hide, disguise and encrypt secret knowledge.
One significant purpose incorporated in the cards related to astrological numerology (refer to the article on the Color-Cube), but this numerology only extends to 17.
The main purpose for the cards related to what is termed the Kabalah, or knowledge of the Kabal Temple. Diagrams of the Kabal Temple show 10 pillars as circles with Hebrew “words” written inside. Most temple diagrams do not show the Hebrew letters, but rather the corresponding Romanized letters (Hebrew reads right to left but Romanized letters read left to right). In the commonly encountered form diagrammed below, the Romanized letters are shown, and the 22 commonly applied connections between the pillars are shown. The 22 lines are said to correspond to the 22 Tarot cards, but there is no consensus regarding the order.
Two labels (Jakn and Boaz) are traditionally placed under the right and left columns
In the physical temple, the pillars were painted with symbolic icons meant to be concatenated into a concept. When the Kabalistic Bohemian Tarot was devised, the original symbols were placed (sometimes hidden) in the pictograms of the cards and the corresponding Hebrew letters were shown on the Kabal diagram instead of the symbols themselves. Thus, the letters of the Hebrew “words” on the temple pillars pointed to icons to be substituted. These icons are meant to be concatenated according to the “words” on the pillars. The concatenation modifies the general symbolic concept, for example the general concept for N is food, and may be represented by bread or fish, depending on context. Additional problems arise from difficulties in Romanizing the Hebrew letters, for example the Hebrew letter Tzaddi (symbol fish-hook) cannot be Romanized, but the letter J is the shape of a fish-hook, so the “word” Tzaddi-Aleph-Kaph-Nun is Romanized as JAKN.
One of the most closely guarded occult secrets is the meaning of the labels JAKN and BOAZ. The concatenation of these “words” is revealed below.
The BOAZ label of pillars interprets as "house, pillar (support), man, sword", or taking possessions supported by force (being a soldier or mercenary).
The JAKN label of pillars interprets as "fish hook, man, hand (work), fish", or obtaining sustenance from work (being a laborer, by example a fisherman).
Revising the Temple Diagram
Many Tarot decks name the hidden symbols on the cards near the Hebrew letters, but these lists are not wholly reliable. This eventuality was understood and is why the temple diagrams provide keywords for the pillars.
A typical diagram is shown below-left. A revised version is shown to the right. The revised elements of the typical diagram are shown in violet. In the revised version the bottom pillar is moved to the central position (of Daath), and the four labels in violet are reworded to the self of mind, body, and spirit.
The revised layout assumes the conventional layout of the temple diagram was deliberately altered to hide the significance from the Inquisition. The revision shown above-right is a coherent temple layout of the 10 pillars with 22 logical symmetrical paths.
The 22 connections between pillars in the physical Kabal Temple were lintels (stones laid across the tops of pillars). In anticipation of the time when the religious stranglehold would abate, and enough knowledge was accumulated to allow the rediscovery of ancient wisdom, to aid in re-assigning the pictograms to their lintels, 3 categories of the cards were designated: Main, Compound, or Simple. These categories correspond in number with the 3 types of connecting lines in the revised Kabal Temple diagram above-right.
3 are "mother" or "main" (horizontal lines in
7 are "compound" (vertical lines in yellow and green above).
12 are "simple" (diagonal lines in red above).
The lines are called "paths" because the simple connections represent the Paths taken in life.
The “main” connections represent the Realms of mind, body, and spirit (mental, physical, and emotional realms).
connections (lines having compound functionality) are of two types:
Four of them represent the results of the path taken (left and right green verticals).
Three of them represent manifestations of the 3 Realms (central yellow verticals).
Self Realm Manifestation
Mind Mental Science
Body Physical Nature
Spirit Emotional Domain
Part II – The Symmetric Kabal Temple
For the Symmetric Kabal Temple diagram presented below, key-words for the Paths (pillar connections) were derived from the pictographic contents of the Bohemian Tarot cards, as demonstrated in Part III. The placement of the key-words are in accord with the Path (letter) category, and located according to a symmetrical numbering pattern (shown in Part III).
A profound message can be constructed from the left and right stack of pillars as follows:
Reading the right and left stacks of column names and their connections in the graphic above it says: “The Wisdom and Grace of showing Mercy and seeking Peace result in Happiness and Success, while using Wit for the Affliction of Severity in Victory results in Suffering and Failure”.
According to Greek myth the Titan Explorers (who came to Earth from Sirius, a dual-sun system) were afflicted with the selfishness arising from our solar system having a single (sole) sun we call Sol (single). The temple was an effort by the Titans to provide guidance for dealing with the greed, avarice, cruelty and outright evil that the selfishness engendered in those afflicted.
Part III – Determining the Pictogram Sequence:
The temple diagram below is marked with colored arrows connecting the sequential numbering of the paths. There is a balanced pattern bifurcated into upper and lower sections. This bifurcation reveals why the left and right central pillars have two Hebrew “words”, one for the upper half and one for the lower half.
The Simple Pictograms
The “Simple” cards occur in pairs of opposites (in 2 groups of 6 cards each).
5 Simple Supplication
6 Simple Temptation
7 Simple Subjugation
8 Simple Arbitration
9 Simple Serenity
10 Simple Turmoil
14 Simple Temperance
15 Simple Enslavement
16 Simple Destruction
17 Simple Nurturance
18 Simple Cooperation (19)
19 Simple Conflict (18)
The Kabal path key-words have been added on the bar at the top of the cards for comparison to the pictograms. The top bar also shows the Main, Compound, or Simple letter designations, and any astrological associations to the card numbers (for which 17 is the highest number). In the bottom bars of the cards, the card numbers, the vulgar name of the card, the Hebrew letters, and the Romanized letters are shown.
Two Secrets Revealed:
Card 9 represents the “light on the path” that Jesus offers Thomas to find his way, saying “I am the way the truth and the light”. Those who follow the teaching of Jesus are illuminated, or in plural the Illuminati.
Card 10 depicts the wheel of change that has 4 quadrants: North, East, South, and West. There are 8 spokes because there is also Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, and Northwest. For the Moon the 4 stages of change are Full, Waning, New, and Waxing. For the Sun the 4 stages are Day, Dusk, Night, and Dawn. For the Seasons the stages are Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring. The TAROT was named for this card because the Latin word for rotation R-O-T-A are written on the quadrants and when the wheel is rotated a full circuit spelling ROTAR, from the top it spells T-A-R-O-T..
Angel vs. Devil
18 ßà 19
The pictograms of card 18 and 19 were switched in the Bohemian Tarot on purpose. The switch is indicated by the symmetry shown above, but are also revealed by the by the droplets on both cards, which represent the gravity from the Sun and Moon, which combine to produce the tides. These cards hide scientific gnosis. Notice the bay on the Moon card where the crustacean is exposed (for detail on the tides refer to the article on Sun, Earth, Moon). The gravitational force acting on Earth from the Sun and the Moon is nearly equal. The Sun is 400 times the size of the Moon, but also 400 times further distant from Earth, and although the Sun is much denser than the Moon, gravitational force decreases exponentially with distance, and the result is that the Moon exerts slightly more gravitational force than the Sun. The ratio of 18 to 19 should be in the order of Sun(18) to Moon(19).
sequence (Bohemian standard)
Notice that the Hebrew letter-to-number is preserved in the pictogram switch.
The Main and Compound Pictograms
1 Main Mental Realm
13 Main Physical Realm
22 Main Emotional Realm (21)
2 Compound Science (Mental realm)
3 Compound Nature (Physical realm)
4 Compound Domain (Emotional realm)
Alistair Crowley, reading in obscure occult literature that pictograms of some high number cards had been switched, incorrectly decided that the Bohemian switch was between cards 21 and 22 and incorrectly switched them, creating a jumbled final 3 cards.
The pictogram sequence of 22 for The Fool is supported by clearly representing the emotional realm, which by symmetry should be card 22 (see sequence diagram above).
The Compound Manifestations cards of 2, 3, and 4 (Science, Nature,
correspond with the Main “realm” cards (Mental, Physical and Spiritual).
The Compound Consequence cards relate to the consequences of Jakn or Boaz path choices.
11 Compound Happiness (Jakn
12 Compound Suffering (Boaz Consequence)
20 Compound Success (Jakn
21 Compound Failure (Boaz Consequence) (20)
20 ßà 21 The order should be Life vs Death.
“The World” pictogram conventionally shows Mother Nature (Gaia)
in front of the Earth.
Gaia is shown in the newer color version (below) of Card 20 (22).
Gaia is centered over Africa, where primates originated. Also depicted are the icons of the astrological fixed cross at the quadrants.
Taurus -- Bull
Leo – Lion
Scorpio – Bird of Prey
Aquarius – Serpent (Egyptian version - Cobra)
Gaia is shown to distinguish between the planet Earth and the living Earth (the Ecosystem). This relates to the 7 Magnitudes of the 13 Individual (Monad) Expressions, where the Ecosystem and Planet overlap as shown in the symmetrical diagram below.
“The Seven Magnitudes”, an oil painting by Tom Gilmore