There are two paths upon the Tree of Life, each presenting one aspect
of the practical Qabalistic work. Utilmately the distinction between these paths is false, however it is useful for practical
reasons to make this distinction. The two paths are the way of the Sword and the way of the Serpent.
The sword represents the downward path of the Divine as it manifests
upon the earth. This is the way of creation. Upon the path of the sword a student learns about ritual, morality, magick, and
other such things. The path of the Sword has particular resonance with the Pillar of Severity.
The serpent represents the upward path of material existence reaching
back up towards its divine origins. This is the way of return. Upon the path of the Serpent a student learns about meditation,
personal growth, and the quest for knowledge and understanding. The path of the Serpent has particular resonance with the
pillar of Mercy.
On the right hand side of this section, alongside this text, the
fundamental practices of Qabalah will be introduced. They are given in the order that a student new to Qabalah should
approach them, familiarising themselves with the practice of each one before moving on to the next.
More in depth and advanced aspects can be found on the following pages: