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How I made – “Synthesis of the Tetractys and Tree of Life”

Today you will see how I made this piece titled “Synthesis of the Tetractys and Tree of Life”.


 A friend and I were speaking about the Tetractys  and how it was a sort of tree of life for the Pythagoreans (ancient greeks who were followers of pythagoras) - especially being that the ten aspects of the Tetractys can been seen to correlate with the ten Sephirot (attributes) of the Kaballistic Tree of Life. Knowing that both the Tetractys and the Tree of Life fit into the flower of life separately, I realized that it must be possible for them to fit together. Soon I had this small sketch showing how I envisioned them. The larger triangle made of ten points that starts with one point at the top is the Tetractys. Each lower row has two, then three, and finally four dots. 1+2+3+4=10 This forms a perfect triangle of ten. In the center is the tree of life, which shares three dots with the Tetractys. Each Sephirot (attribute) is a representation of the infinite through which the physical and metaphysical realms are constantly emanating.


To start the piece I found the center of my paper and then drew two perpendicular lines. After this I drew a large flower of life pattern and a larger circle that holds three of the smaller circles within it's diameter.tetractystreeoflife1

Next I drew a smaller flower of life pattern that is one half of the size of the first. Each “petal” holds two smaller petals.


The next step was to layout a grid of equilateral triangles for my representation of the Tetractys. This was easy to achieve, as the flower of life grid creates equilateral triangles if you connect the centers of each flower. This is one of the uses of the flower of life - creating a theoretically perfect grid of equilateral triangles.


I then added an even smaller flower of life layer within this triangle. The circles are again one half the size of the last flower of life pattern that I drew.


Next I inked the outer circle.


Here is the larger flower of life inked in:


I then added all seventeen circles - seventeen because the Tetractys and Tree of Life each have ten, but share three in my depiction.


Next I added the lines that connect all the sephirot in the tree of life - 22 connections - 1 for each letter of the ancient Hebrew alphabet.


I then finished inking the piece and used watercolors to paint the background colors. Once the watercolor dried I used colored pencils to add another layer of color.  All that was left was some final touches and that's it! I hope you enjoy seeing how I make my artwork.


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6 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “How I made – “Synthesis of the Tetractys and Tree of Life””

  1. Pauline May 12, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Loved the explanation. Thanx for your time

    • sacredgeometryatx May 21, 2016 at 7:33 am

      For sure =) I’m glad you liked it Pauline!

  2. Gregory May 13, 2016 at 10:10 am

    This is AMAZING thx a lot for share this Ansel.
    I go buy a compass now haha

    • sacredgeometryatx May 21, 2016 at 7:32 am

      Thanks =) I’m glad I could spark some interest!

  3. Gregory May 13, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Can you made a review for the paint work????

    • sacredgeometryatx May 21, 2016 at 7:32 am

      Unfortunately I don’t have any photos of that I was working so quick =/

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