Wednesday, 6 April 2016
The Star of David Origins of Kabbalah's Tree of Life
As we said, we don’t know if this was the exact process undertaken, but since the final result is a perfect replication of the Lurianic Tree, it’s hard to imagine arriving at this result without using a hexagon and an inscribed Star of David in some fashion similar to what we’ve done above. Additionally, there is a way to cut a cube in half so that the cross-section is a hexagon instead of a square, and this construction allows us to fully embed the tree within the cube, as is suggested by one of our above passages from the Bahir. The result is a truly beautiful diagram that combines the imagery of the Tree of Life with its predecessor model the Cube of Space. What follows are some images of this construction as seen from a variety of vantage points. Also, notice how appropriate it is that the center of the tree corresponds precisely with the center of the cube. Furthermore,this construction requires 49 lines (12 edges of the cube, 3 spatial axes, 6 sides of a hexagon, 6 for the Star of David, and 32 for the paths of the Tree of Life), and coincidentally this number is exactly the number of Hebrew letters in that declaration of faith known as the Shema.
- Sefer Yetzirah, the Cube of Space, and the Emergence of
the Tree of Life, by Christopher P. Benton, Maqom.com