In The Vitruvian Square: Discoveries in Divination, you are given a vast collection of patterns to form when the Square’s Power Places are combined. As you may have already discovered, yourself, there are a fair number of additional structures inside The Vitruvian Square that do not appear in the book. Today, I want to share with you one of my favorites – The Tree of Life! There are actually two Tree structures to bring to light – one situated along the Axis of Power, the other is along the Axis of Protection.
The Vitruvian Square Tree of Life, as you might expect, is a symmetrical image comprised of seven squares, or Places of Power. The Tree of Life pattern that runs along the Axis of Power is made up of Squares 1 (A, J, S), 2 (B, K, T), 4 (D, M, V), 5 (E, N, W), 6 (F, O, X), 8 (H, Q, Z), and 9 (I, R) (Squares 3 and 7 are not present).
When this configuration appears in a reading, you have a situation where the acts of creating and destroying are absent, and the focus is more on moving forward and finishing what was started. Because of the presence of Square 1 and the absence of Square 3, this is a pattern that addresses outcomes more than obligations.
The Tree of Life pattern that runs along the Axis of Protection is made up of the consecutive Squares 2 (B, K, T), 3 (C, L, U), 4 (D, M, V), 5 (E, N, W), 6 (F, O, X), 7 (G, P, Y), and 8 (H, Q, Z) (Squares 1 and 9 are not present).
When this arrangement exists, you have a setting where the focus is on producing, generating, and bringing something into being. This is also all about the celebration of triumph for such an act of creation. However, notably absent from this pattern are the actual deeds of starting and finishing the project or idea. Because of the presence of Square 3 and the absence of Square 1, this is a pattern that addresses responsibilities more than consequences.
You can see that both patterns start in the Plane of Thought and, naturally enough, end in the Plane of Action. Both patterns, rightly, share the entire Plane of Passion.
This is merely the beginning of what can be found when applying Kabbalistic thinking to The Vitruvian Square. Naturally, The Tree of Life emulates the Kabbalah’s Etz haChayim (Tree of Life). This ancient role model is an ancient design intended, among other more sublime uses, to show both the act and the path of Creation. I wonder if you can now see that the Tree of Life patterns are representations of the Universe – treasure maps, if you will – and that they epitomize the concept of As Above, So Below.
In comparison, the Etz haChayim, in most depictions, has ten spaces (or Sephirot). Our Tree of Life is a symbolic shape and reminder of the Etz haChayim‘s deep-rooted concepts. In other words, when the Tree of Life appears in a Vitruvian Square reading, it speaks of the origin of your world and your place in it.
I encourage you to make more discoveries as to the comparisons and resemblance of the Kabbalah and The Vitruvian Square. I think you will be delighted to find the parallels that exist and that can be put into use by you in your readings.
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