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Sefer Yetzirah (Book of Formation ספר יצירה) is the earliest extant book on Jewish esotericism, and is a fundamental literature for Qabalah. The book starts with the following passage:

“In thirty-two mysterious Paths of Wisdom did Jah, the Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel, the Living Elohim, the King of ages, the merciful and gracious God, the Exalted One, the Dweller in eternity, most high and holy–engrave his name.”

The Tree of life which graphically illustrates the Qabalistic idea of the creation of anything and everything consists of 10 Sephiroth. Ultimately these 10 energy centers are connected by 22 paths and becomes the complete image of the entire Tree. The “thirty two mysterious Paths of Wisdom” in Sefer Yetzirah refers to these 10 Sephirotht and 22 paths.

In Tarot, 10 Sephiroths are associated with 1 to 10 Minor Arcana respectively and each of the Major Arcana is assinged to the 22 path. This association between Qabalah and Tarot deepens the meanings and significance while facilitating systematical understanding of the cards.






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