Ladders, Nothingness, and Side-Paths

Frater BT,

Somewhere along the line I picked up the idea that creation starts in the Abyss and we "evolve" up through the animal states to human state and finally to a divine state of being. In the Gnosticism that I was studying they explained it as follows:

We start off as in innocent little spark of God that was sent out of the vastness to Self-realize and go back to the Absolute a fully awakened and Self realized being. We are sent out into manifestation first in the mineral kingdom, then to the plant kingdom, then to the animal kingdom and finally take incarnation as a humanoid. During this "realization" process, we obtain what they termed "egos" and it is in the humanoid state that we consciously observe and dissolve these ego states with the power of the Divine Mother. These egos are the lower states that we needed in the animal kingdom to survive and learn so that we could evolve into the humanoid states. In the process of dissolving the ego and with other spiritual work that you can only do as a human (which I won't get into), we transmute our energies from human to divine. The egos are defined as ultimately stemming from Lust, but manifest in various forms, namely the 7 deadly sins....Lust, Greed, Vanity, etc. But, Lust is supposedly the root of all evil and it is this that we must ultimately destroy or rather understand completely and request it to be destroyed within us. If you don't voluntarily take on this task of self-sacrifice and continue to live in the human state, then eventually we will run out of incarnations and start to devolve back down into the animal state to the plant kingdom, to the mineral kingdom and finally into the deepest Abyss where these states will be burnt off without our conscious will and we will return to the Absolute the way we came out.....totally innocent without any Self-realization at all. We will be happy, but in total worship of those sparks who self-realized and became fully conscious divine beings.

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This reminds me of the “Ladder of Life” I learned in Gardenarian Wicca, as well as the “Great Chain of Being” (abstractly) in Christianity. The main thing about it, which may be where the limitation is coming in, is that it is very strictly linear, as far as “this came first, then this, and in the future it will be like this”. I am personally rather fond of Pierre Tielhard de Chardin’s vision of God continually giving birth to and being born from the magnificent organism that is the universe, and that we, all life, are connected through our mother the earth and our father the source of our Being, and our spirit – all of which is happening now in present time, and unfolding continually. As far as the Tree of Life, though, there are many stories and ideas which relate to it and which are told as stories with a linear sequence. It is of assistance, though, to approach the Tree of Life as something that is happening now, and the body, now, is happening – and that is Malkuth, at the bottom. And Keter, the source of all, is happening now – of course – otherwise there wouldn’t be anything at all. All of the various layers of the soul are happening now as well – from Chesed to Yesod, and our Divine Mother and Divine Father, Binah and Chockma, are happening now.

Some approach the Golden Dawn from a strictly Christian perspective, and are challenged to accept various Pagan ideas as possibly containing Truth. Some approach the Golden Dawn from a strictly Pagan perspective, and are challenged to accept various Christian ideas as possibly containing Truth. Some approach the Golden Dawn from a standpoint of reincarnation – others do not – and we do not require one to approach it one way or the other.

I believe that the model you’ve described, of the evolution of the soul from minerals up to humans then dissolving through the Divine Mother (the Abyss, on the way to Binah, perhaps) can harmonize well with the Tree of Life model – but the Tree of Life model does not necessarily imply the evolution of the soul model specifically. There are some parallels in the abstract, though, with the upward progression of the grades of the order. In the grade after neophyte, for example, you work with Malkuth. Then, with Yesod, and so on. The difference is that Yesod, rather than being one step up the latter of life, is actually beyond all time and space and even beyond what we usually term “astral”, where the ladder of life model works only within a reincarnation context of working our way up through the various species, and such.

“Ego” in the context of its modern usage would basically refer to the Ruach, which includes the Nephesch – though the word “ego” usually implies that it is in a corrupted state somehow. In order to experience the Supernals, or Divinity in its fullness, it is necessary to leave this soul, to ego, behind. The true “self”, though, remains – but the illusion of self, or perhaps the temporal “self”, ceases to be. That may correspond with what you describe as: “we consciously observe and dissolve these ego states with the power of the Divine Mother.” I find that this temporal self, though, is useful while we are alive and going to the grocery store and interacting in this world and such.


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So, with this understanding, I am having a hard time grasping a couple of things:
Why is the red cross sitting above the triangle, if the triangle is representative of the Realized Self and the cross is representative of the middle soul.


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In the Neophyte initiation, the White Triangle on the altar represents “Light” in ways defined in the ceremony itself. The Red Cross above the white triangle represents the unfolding of Light into Life. There are two contending forces being reconciled, and out of that reconciliation, life unfolds. There are other layers of meaning which will unfold through contemplation. In this context it’s not so much that the triangle is inferior to, or below, or created by the cross – rather, the light is the foundation for the life.

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I totally don't understand the description of the circumambulation becoming a vortex that attracts the Divine Light, which rises from nothingness. How does something arise from nothing? What is the definition of nothingness?

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Very good question! Giving it my best shot at the moment: When all of the officers move clockwise three times, we are moving as the sun rising and setting three times – projecting the Light from the East each time we pass by. The idea is that as we are doing this, the vortex is also opening in the “above” or in the spiritual realm. Before we begin the circumambulation, is it not there. After the circumambulation, both vortexes have occurred, touched, and allowed that current of sprit to appear, as if from nowhere, in the temple.

As far as a definition of nothingness, I would define it by taking an eraser and erasing the word nothingness – or by being silent – or some other way, which would be more true that some negation like saying the word “no-thing-ness”.


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In the Tree of Life, is there something higher than Kether?

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The three veils of negative existence. We delve into those in theoricus. In short, they are: “No Thing”, “No Limit” and “Endless Light”. Though the actual Hebrew words would translate better as “There is no”, “There is no end” and “there is no end of light”.

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How is the Triune represented when it is united into one?

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In various ways. The triangle, for example.

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Where do the lower realms come in and why are they not represented in the Tree of Life.

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By lower, do you mean demonic realms and such? If so, they are beneath the Tree of Life. Most humans are an imperfect reflection of the Tree, which can mean that not all of our sephirot or paths are in harmony with one another, and it can also mean that there are some influences from below the Tree of Life. The Tree of Life model that we use is an image of all things in their perfection, and so it is something to aspire to. It can be used as a map through the Divine Realms, but is not a map to those realms below the Tree. The lowest realms represented on the Tree are the body (malkuth) and the astral just above the body, and the path of the moon which can be seen as the subconscious. These paths can include traumatic memories and the shells of the dead, and such, but these are not considered “evil” realms.

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What is the Middle Path of the straight line from Malkuth, Yesod, Tiphareth and Kether and what are the other paths? Can you fight to take the Middle Path only and still fully Self Realize?

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In the Golden Dawn we don’t ignore the other paths, but we do work them, get to know them, learn to use them – and learn to recognize when they are exalted and in harmony with the whole tree, and when they are out of harmony. At the same time, we always seek to return to the center. There are times, for instance, when severity is appropriate – and other times mercy is appropriate. When we stand n the center, we can access both, without leaning too far one way or the other.

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I have not gotten very far in the studies yet. I just wanted to write these things to you as a record for one, so that as I go along I may come across the answers in reading, or in a dream or in an astral experience. If you don't want to answer just yet, that is fine. But, if you see something where I am in error and it will mislead me as I go along, please correct it so that I can move.

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I hope that my words helped in some way. :)
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