Jesus’ Crucifixion on the Tree of Life

Our father’s God raised up Jesus, whom you slew and hung on a tree. – Act 5:30

Huh?They hung him on a tree after crucifying him? That doesn’t sound like the good old crucifixion, does it? Is this a Biblical contradiction or a Biblical accident?

It’s not a tabu subject. Check out the image below, taken from an album published by Bowles & Carver in the later 18th century. The title: The Tree of Life bearing twelve manner of fruits.

Jesus On The Tree of Life

By the way, the featured image is taken from a medieval prayer book, The Book of Hours, published around 1455. It shows Jesus Christ on the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden.

Act 5.30 doesn’t stand alone: We are witnesses of all those things he did, both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, he whom they slew and hung on a tree. – Act 10:39

And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a sepulcher. – Act 13:29

Three verses can’t be a coincidence, can they? Maybe there’s something wrong with the translation. Let’s have a  look. The original Greek word is ευλον. It does mean tree, but it’s not the word the Greek commonly use for tree – that’s δένδρον.
Let’s check Strong’s concordance. The primary meaning of ξυλον’s ‘wood’ or a ‘piece of wood’: ευλον xulon {xoo’-lon} from another form of the base of 3582; TDNT – 5:37,665; n n AV – tree 10, staff 5, wood 3, stocks 1; 19 1) wood 1a) that which is made of wood 1a1) as a beam from which any one is suspended, a gibbet, a cross 1a2) a log or timber with holes in which the feet, hands, neck of prisoners were inserted and fastened with thongs 1a3) a fetter, or shackle for the feet 1a4) a cudgel, stick, staff 2) a tree

Alright, they meant the wooden beams of the cross. No need to rewrite Christian history. These three verses still startle though. Why did the authors of the New Testament use the word tree instead of cross or beams? It’s also odd that Jesus was killed first and then hung on a tree, he wasn’t nailed either. Well, one could say he was hung on nails. Satisfied? No, something doesn’t feel right.

Let’s have a look where else ευλον appears in the New Testament. What’s this? ξυλον also shows up three times in the Revelation. Coincidence? There is really means tree, since it is part of the phrase ξυλον ζωης, Tree of Life:

Through the middle of the city’s main street. On each side of the river was the Tree of Life producing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And its leaves served the healing of the nations. – Revelation 22:2

Blessed are those who wash their robes, so they will have the right on the Tree of Life and may enter the city through its [twelve] gates. – Revelation 22:14

And if anyone should take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share from the Tree of Life and from the holy city described in this book. – Revelation 22:19

That can’t be a mistranslation or coincidence. Hooray, we stumbled upon a Biblical mystery!

The Tree of Life is an ancient mystical Hebrew symbol rooted in even older myths – Babylonian myths to be precise, likely adapted when the Israelis compiled the Torah (Old Testament) during their exile in Babylon around 2600 years ago.

Today, the Tree of Life is known as a glyph made of ten spheres and twenty-two paths.

Tree of Life

The Tree of Life isn’t a tree-tree and its wood and fruit aren’t common either. The wood of the Tree of Life is said to be miraculous. Its magical capability is revealed by the Hebrew of acacia, AQQYH (Rabbinical Hebrew). AQQYH counts 216 and shares its value with Geburah (the 4th Sephirah), lapis philosophorum (the Philosopher’s Stone), and Horeb, another name of Mt. Sinai. Spiritual traditions inform us that the burning bush where Moses encountered God was actually an acacia tree. Qabalists readily associate the burning acacia with the Tree of Life in Atziluth, the spiritual world.

The Hebrew for fruit, periy, counts 290. This is the value of Carmel, another prophetic mountain, as well as Miryam, the Hebrew for Maria. Miryam was a prophetess and the elder sister of Moses. Interestingly, when the cloud of the tabernacle lifted, Miryam became leprous, white as snow (a symbol of purification) – that’s Num 12.10. Interestingly, the Greek for leprous is λεπρα, which counts 216, arching back to the Gematria of acacia.

But enough of ancient Hebrew mysteries. Let’s have a look how Jesus could be crucified on the Tree of Life. We get something like this:Jesus on the Tree of LifeOf course, this is just one of few possible positions. For example, at the time of death, Jesus’ body sagged, meaning his arms’ positions would point more upwards, towards Binah and Chokmah. Could this have a deeper meaning, e.g. when it was fulfilled, Jesus reached out to universal understanding (Binah) and universal wisdom (Chokmah)? Noteworthy, when he died, the veil of the Holy of Holies or adytum ripped apart. Adytum in ancient Hebrew is dabir, DBYR and counts 216 too – surprise!

A crucified body has the form of an upsilon. The upsilon is a symbol of Christ, in particular, it hints at Jesus Christ’s title son. This goes back to the fish symbolism of early Christianity. In Greek, fish is written Ιχθυς. These five letters stand for Ιησους Χριστος Θεου Υιος Σωτηρ, Iesouschristostheouyiossoter, Jesus Christ, God’s son, Savior. The fourth words, Υιος, son, begins with Y.

Since the Upsilon is made of three lines it stands also for the orthodox trinity and the three esoteric principles or three universal modes of consciousness.

In the book The True and Invisible Rosicrucian Order, Paul Foster Case wrote: The total, 400, is the number of the Greek letter Upsilon, closely resembling in form our letter Y; and this letter is the initial of the noun huios, meaning “son.” In Gnostic Christianity, therefore, it was a familiar symbol of the second Person of the Trinity, God the Son, viz., Jesus Christ. Erudite readers familiar with the Pythagorean doctrines would have been struck by this correspondence, for the Romans called Upsilon the “Letter of Pythagoras,” who is said to have taught that it represented by its two horns the two different paths of virtue and vice, the right branch leading to the former, and the left branch to the latter. Thus, this letter was the symbol of the Way of Life, and here we may remind ourselves that God the Son, or Jesus Christ, who is also represented by the letter Upsilon, is reported to have said: “I am the Way.” Finally, alchemists also used this letter to designate their great secret. On text says: “This heavenly dew and its power is contained in everything. It is treated by the world with contempt and rejected by it. As it grows, it becomes divided into two branches, white and red, both springing from one root – Y.” The text from which this is quoted shows the Pythagorean Y, or Upsilon, with the alchemical symbol for Sulphur above the left-hand branch of the letter and the symbol for Mercury above the other branch. – The True and Invisible Rosicrucian Order, page 39.

The Upsilon indeed reminds of the road fork of daily choices. Every time we face a challenge we need to choose between a good way and bad way. Do you feel that Christians don’t choose the right way often enough? It’s the curse of Christian hypocrisy, which is, on a closer look, not at all what it seems.

If we turn the Y upside down, it symbolizes a balance or consolidation between two opposites and the reconciliation of the dualism of existence. Isn’t that something Jesus Christ achieved?

What about the body’s position on the Tree of Life? Jesus’ hands stretch towards Geburah (Severity) and Chesed (Mercy). These represent the positive and negative cosmic forces (Yin and Yang). Tiphareth is the center of the Tree of Life, which balances the Sephiroth around it – from Chesed to Yesod. Tiphareth is the Sephirah of Christ, Adam, God Son, and generic humanity. Astrologically, it’s associated with the Sun. The Sun rules the heart and Jesus’ heart is approximately at the same place as Tiphareth. His feet are nailed to Malkuth, the Kingdom, which designates physical life as well as the physical body. The invisible Sephirah Daath, the Sephirah of mystical knowledge, is above his head and can pass as a halo. Yesod is at his thighs, which isn’t a coincidence. Yesod is known as the Reproductive Organs of the Grand Man (Adam Kadmon). Don’t think of that as genitals-genitals. The Tree of Life illustrates forces and their spheres of operation.

The twenty-two major Tarot arcana illustrate the paths that connect the Sephiroth. One particular Tarot card comes in handy for the subject at hand: Tarot card 5, The Hierophant. Hierophant means Revealer of Sacred Things. He also represents the Pope (literally Father), who is supposed to be Jesus’ institutional successor.

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The two kneeling ministers bear the symbol of the Y, upsilon, on their vestments. The Y evokes the image of a yoke. What does the yoke have to do with anything? A yoke is a link between a driving power and a machine, vehicle, or tool. In old days bulls were the driving power of plows. Don’t take this literally, the bull is a symbol of the life-power or spirit, which animates our mind and body.

This is the way to redemption:  we must invite the Sacred Spirit to take over our lives. That’s why Jesus recommended to people to take his yoke upon them, and learn from him, for he is meek and lowly in heart. – Mat 11:29. Apparently, life becomes a walk in the park if we allow the Sacred Spirit to pull our lives along. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. – Mat 11:3.

The Hebrew letter assigned to Tarot card 5 is ו, V. The letter name is vav, which means nail – the means by which Jesus was fastened to the cross. Symbolically speaking, a nail is a symbol of union, just like the yoke. V is also the Hebrew equivalent of the English conjunction and, cementing the symbolism.

Union – that’s what religion and spirituality are all about. It’s the union of personal and universal consciousness that enables the knowledge or gnosis of divine levels of existence, the union of the lower mortal self with the higher immortal self, the union of people with God, the union of people – the brother and sisterhood of mankind. Last but not least its the mystical union symbolized by the Stone of the Wise. The philosopher’s stone or miraculous acacia turns into the Stone of the Wise after it was purified (became leprous).  The Hebrew word for stone is spelled ABN. ABN can be extrapolated to AB + BN, meaning Father and Son. Its Gematria is 53, to which belong as well the terms garden (garden of Eden) and sun.

Despite the appearance to the contrary, union describes the deeper mystery of the crucifixion. In Hebrew union means achad, AChD, which counts 13 as does ahebah, AHBH, meaning love. 13 is 1 + 12, like Jesus and his twelve apostles – mind the picture above where the tree on which Jesus is crucified bears twelve fruits.

We achieve this union by becoming one with the Tree of Life. Well, actually we are already a Tree of Life, since it’s not just a glyph of God and the cosmos, but also the microcosm. But we are crooked, dried-out trees. Our Sephiroth are out of balance and many paths muddy and impassable. And we hardly carry fruits. We gotta turn ourselves from a dead tree into a Tree of Life. 10 Sephiroth and 22 paths, that’s 32 altogether. 32 reduces to 5 (3+2). We are back at Tarot card 5, the Hierophant, the mysterious builder of the temple not made with hands, the Magical Gardener. Do you want to know more about this mysterious architect who can turn our body into a temple of the Sacred Spirit? Read the post The Mystery of Hiram Abiff and Bezalel.


The crucified Jesus was taken from a picture made by robodread @ 123rf.com


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4 comments on “Jesus’ Crucifixion on the Tree of Life

  1. What I read of you paper rings through, I wear a Upsilon on my key ring. The acacia tree has a valid connection with freemasonery. The Upsilon and the crucifixion and tree of life are connected. Overall the paper was very interesting ,not original 90 percent I had read before.
    Thank you for tidying up the lose ends.

    • Thank you for reading. I agree to the connection with Freemasonry, though I’m not one of them.

  2. When you say AQQYH (אקקיה) is rabbinical hebrew for acacia, what do you mean? I tried this translation on the web and couldn’t find anything.

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