About Counting Paths

About Counting Paths, it can get rather confusing.  We are told there are twenty-two paths.  But when you count them, it comes out instead to thirty-two paths.  Which one is right?


About Counting Paths
About Counting Paths


About Counting Paths

About Counting Paths on the Tree of Life, the Occultists have set calculation traps.  This is why the non-initiate needs to be smarter than the average bear.  Even though books tell us that there actually are twenty-two paths on the Tree of Life, they add up to thirty-two anyways.

It would be a grave error to think that there are thirty-two paths on the Tree of Life.  Because there really are just twenty-two paths.  Instead of leaning upon the words of somebody telling you that there are twenty-two of those, it is best if you knew how one comes up with the number twenty-two.  But first, let us get on the same page together when speaking of Paths.

Let us get on the same page together

Let us get on the same page together when speaking of Paths.  Indeed, There are twenty-two Paths on the Tree of Life!  First, you need to understands what is referred to as Paths.

There are two ways of understanding what Paths are on the Tree of Life.  Both methods are correct.  However, only one of those two leads to successful practical workings.

We know that there are ten Sephiroth and the Lines connecting them.  Both the Sephiroth and the Lines  appropriately referred to as “Paths”.  That is because both “channel Divine influence”, Dion Fortune.  In other words, Divine power is directed through both the Spheres and the Lines on the Tree of Life.  To read more about this, click on Understanding Paths and Spheres.

Considering Paths from the perspective of “channeling Divine influence”, you would indeed count thirty-two Paths.  However, from the viewpoint of ‘Practical Workings’, only the number twenty-two would bring you success.  So how can we come up with just twenty-paths then? To read more about how to differentiate between the two types of Paths, click on Twenty-two Tarot Higher Mysteries.

How to get just twenty-two Paths

How to get just twenty-two Paths, so to do practical workings?  By working in the ‘Light of Knowledge’.  In the Light of knowledge, we know that “each Path Line connects together two Sephiroth.  And that each one of the Path Lines represents ‘the equilibrium’ of the two Sephiroth it connects.

So let us count ‘the equilibrium’ (the Path Lines).  Because, for particle purposes, we call the Sephiroth – spheres.  And for the same reasons, we call Lines ‘Paths’.

Symbols are placed upon the Paths of Equilibrium (the Lines).  Such symbols as:

  • the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet
  • the 12 signs of the Zodiac
  • the 7 planets
  • and the 4 elements

Added up together:

  • 12 signs of the Zodiac
  •   7 planets
  •   4 elements

Equals 23 Symbols.  Obviously, looking at it in this way, we do not get the number 22.

However, there is another way so to get the number 22!

Always keep at the front of your mind, that the Tree of Life is a glyph on which our consciousness travels up and onto the astral planes.  As our consciousness is already in the element of Earth, we do not need to count the element of Earth.  Tadaaa!!!

For this apparent reason, “leave out the element of Earth from our calculations when making contact with the Unseen world”, Dion Fortune.

When we leave out the Symbol of Earth, we get the correct set of correspondences:


  • 12 signs of the Zodiac
  •  7 planets
  •  3 elements

22 Symbols.  Tadaaah!

About Counting Paths On the Tree of Life is all about arriving at the correct twenty-two Symbols placed on the Lines (Paths).  For Practical Workings such as Tarot, we mainly think twenty-two Major Arcana Cards equals twenty-two Paths.  This can all get rather confusing.

At first glance, the glyph of the Tree of Life appears to have thirty-two Paths; but once you count the Paths in the correct way, you discover the number twenty-two!  After all is said and done, it is about counting Paths On the Tree of Life


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