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One of the tricks to understanding discussions about the Kabalistic Tree of Life is realizing that there are many ways to approach it. From just looking at it, many people think it has ten Sephiroth and 22 paths. However, some writers refer to the Sephiroth as paths themselves, thus making 32 the total number of paths on the Tree. 32 is also:

A) The number of teeth in the average adult human mouth

B) The number of joints in a pair of human hands

C) The number of bones in the human spine

D) The numerological value of the Hebrew word Ararita, an important word in the Banishing Ritual of the Hexagram

E) The age of Jesus at His crucifixion

F) The number of degrees in Scottish Rite Freemasonry

G) The number of pairs of hexagrams in the I Ching


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