The Highest Consciousness on the Tree of Life – KETHER – the 1st Path- The 10th Absolute in Choosing Honor

Illustrations from the Albano Waite Tarot@deck reproduced by permission of US Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. Copyright c 1990 by US Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT. Further reproduction prohibited.

The 1st path in the Yoga of the West tradition, Kabbalah, using the Tarot, is the path known as KETHER, the path of pure being represented by Aces. The power on this path is often referred to as the “hand of God.” Each Tarot card’s image is dominated by a hand extending from clouds delivering or offering gifts. The gifts are consciousness that exists before words. Wands and Cups are brought to us by left hands while Swords and Pentacles are delivered via right hands. The balance of right and left hand power is repeated throughout the symbolism found on the Tree of Life. The right hand refers to severity and material form. The left hand refers to compassion and oneness. KETHER is the seed of consciousness, as we know it.


KETHER is the path used to define the 10th Absolute found in my book, Choosing Honor.  10) All of creation is one creation. All of creation is one connected whole powered by the Light. The same frequencies of attraction hold all and bring all of creation into form

Each circular path known as Sefirot is represented by the corresponding numerical suit card in the Tarot.  Each suit represents a personality type. Your astrological sign determines your personality type.  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 out of four personality types. 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 realize a full balance of all four personality type consciousnesses on all ten sefirots or circle paths on the Tree of Life.

For Sensate personalities experiencing KETHER is to realize the gift of our incarnation. This card represents our material consciousness. The material world we are delivered into is a garden; all that we need is available. The archway out of the garden is rounded thus mystical. If we move out of the garden, our safe and familiar material incarnate place, we move to a place of higher understanding. Note this is the one Ace card that does not have symbolic floating letters or seeds. The sacred seed in this Suit is the pentacle itself. The sacred is in the material form in this aspect of our being.  The Pentacle is the symbol for the material teaching that our bodies are the temple of God.

KETHER for the Feeling personality overflows with feelings. The imagery on the Ace of Cups incorporates mankind’s major religions. Christian “knowing” and communion is seen in the dove, host, and chalice. Hinduism and Buddhism rising from the dark depths into the light, is seen in the lotus flowers floating in the water at the base of the card.  Hebrew symbolism is seen in the floating letters, Yod, “cause of all being,” floating all around the five streams of water, our five senses, which “floweth over.” From this Cup we receive reverent awe, unremitting joy and spiritual freedom with every sense of our being.

The Ace of Swords symbolizes the thinking aspect of our personality on KETHER. Here we find the peak power of intellect. The crown on the sword tells us that human intellect given to us by the hand of God is our crowning glory. The sword pierces the crown, to show us that above all truth reigns supreme. Hanging from the crown we see laurel leaves for victory and palm leaves for peace. These leaves tell us that the best use of the intellect is to divine balanced victory, the win-win situation in which everyone walks away satisfied. Intellect of the Sword cuts to the truth. Truth in turn invariably reveals solutions that are for the good of all. 

The Ace of Wands is the seed that drives the intuitive personality. The card depicts God gifting us with the wand of knowing. Wands are the suit most closely aligned to sexuality. This Ace wand is the big bang of creation. The leaves bursting off of the wand are the abundant seeds of creation. From these seeds nothing becomes something.  From the seeds of the wand we receive the power of knowing,the power to create something out of nothing: the power to create the castle on the peak in the distance.

Please note:

This reading is meant for the practice of Yoga of the West, a Tarot meditation designed to build a bridge of intuition between the reader’s unconscious mind and the symbolism found in the cards.  People also consult the cards as an oracle. Caution is advised. An oracle opens the door to spiritual deception as easily as spiritual truth. To read more about Yoga of the West go to

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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  1. SWPAnnA

    My consciousness of the tarot has helped me see that we are all connected in subconscious and that we “reach” each other in various ways when the exchange is in order. While doing a reading recently – I was working simultaneously with my hand-written journal and my laptop outdoors on my patio- the Ace of Wands came up to say that the Other Side had given me the “Like” on something I had just discerned and noted. It showed me that it could work with the Face Book technique to collect reinforcement for my notes. It went on to remind me that sometimes, a card has a specific contemporary meaning that is burnished as Civilization advances. The Other Side pointed out that another instance where a hand emerges from the cloud to offer a new work is the 4 of Cups. When the 4 of Cups comes up inverted in a reading, it asks me to apply the most contemporary meaning to the card that follows. In context, the Ace of Cups asks me to go a degree further in trust to write whatever comes through as though I am scribing the transcript of our meeting with the other side. Disembodied but conscious loved ones connect me to things that, if I could see as they do, would give me great faith. The Aces and the 4 of Cups always encourage me to feel for what I need instead of “looking” for something I cannot yet see. They are in position to help me sense something that is impending.


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