The 1st Level of Higher Consciousness on the Tree of Life – YESOD – The 9th Path

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The 9th path or sefirot on the tree of life, YESOD, forms the first level of higher consciousness  in Kabbalah.  The consciousness found in YESOD path is the essential awareness that there is more at work in existence than material existence.  This is the path represented by the 9 of each suit of the Tarot.

This is the path used to define the 2nd Absolute found in my book, Choosing Honor.  2) We all have equal power.  All human beings are autonomous and independent reflectors of the Light. Some of us seem to master reflecting the Light, patying attention, “knowing,” faster, more clearly than others. But no human has any greater ability than any other to affect existence by reflecting the Light. All of us have the potential to achieve Messianic consciousness.

Each suit represents a personality type. Your personality type can be divined by using your astrological or element sign.  Pentacles represent earth signs. Cups represent water signs. Swords represent fire signs. Wands represent air signs.  It should be noted some Cabals differ over the fire and air signs. Some think swords are air and wands fire. I don’t.  Jung didn’t either. I follow Carl Jung on this.

Whole personalities according to Jung are born dominated by one personality type. These types are four parts of a circle of wholeness that is a fully realized personality. Jung’s theory is that a person dominant in one type is usually lacking the most in the aspects of the type counter clockwise on the circle. A person’s  suppressed or lacking aspects are the key to personality disorders. Realizing full consciousness, to be whole, is to achieve/realize a  full balance of all four personality type’s consciousnesses.

The Sensate personality on this 9th path is represented by the 9 of Pentacles. The key to wholeness for the sensate, on this path, is found in the placement of the figure’s hands. The right hand, which brings our reality to form, is resting securely on a pile of Pentacles: mastery over material concerns. While, the left hand is holding a trained, or in training, hooded falcon: training of our wild instincts. Wholeness requires a balance of mastery over material and natural life. This is evident in a comfortable acceptance of nature in this image, the wild, the cultivated and the “ugh,” the slug/snail on the ground are all accepted. Wholeness for the sensate on this path requires that he/she un-hood the Falcon sometimes or balance will be blocked.

The Feeling personality type is represented by the 9 of Cups. . The feeling personality on this path is smugly self-satisfied. All is very good for the person who operates on emotions on this path. Though note how high up the row of cups are in relation to this figure. The FeelingThe Feeling personality has to discover what he or she is not feeling, what others are feeling. Wholeness for the feeling personality requires the awareness of all feelings, empathy.

Swords represent the thinking personality type. The 9 of Swords is the card of great pain, suffering. This is the path where we stuff things we do not want to face or think about. Wholeness requires that we feel pain, legitimate pain, for what it is. Pain is an important part of life. The flowers on the bed’s vibrant quilt show us the potential for illegitimate pain. This quilt revels this figure to be  rooted in abundant beauty if he/she would simply open his/her eyes to see. Also on the quilt are the symbols for the 12 signs of the Zodiac. These signs symbolize the transient nature of pain, the reality that “this too shall pass.”  Wholeness requires opening our eyes and facing the pain, feeling the pain, accepting it, and seeing past it to all that we are connected to.

The 9 of Wands represent the intuitive personality type on the 9th Path. Note the figure in this card is battered and holding onto the last “wand”. In a positive light this figure is determined to do the work and know all. In a negative light this figure is a stubborn “git” who doesn’t know how to let go, and know what he/she doesn’t know. Wholeness for the intuitive on the 9th path requires knowing what one does not know.

Mary T. Ficalora, is the author of the award winning book, Choosing Honor: a philosophical treatise that applies the symbolism found on the Tree of Life to reveal an unpredictable tonic for what ails America. For more on Kabbalah and how it relates to the tonic prescribed in Choosing Honor go to

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