I am somewhat remiss in posting this exposition of the Lord’s Prayer, as it relates to the Cabalist Tree of Life, before I have completed posting my description of the tree. However, this is what we are discussing over on Covina Hermiticia, and so it is very much on my mind.
This is an analysis of the prayer as it may be used by one seeking communion with higher SELF for oneself, and may be easily extended to all of humanity. For Westerners, particularly those who were strongly exposed to dogmatic Christianity (e.g., accept that Jesus Christ died for your sins, or you will burn in Hell!), re-conceptualizing traditional Christian icons such as this one into non-dogmatic requests for union with SELF/God are useful.
This analysis is based on Lesson 34 in the book, The Tarot, by Mouni Sadhu.
I am referring to the Godhead as “Father,” according to traditional Christian usage. Goddess, Father/Mother God, etc., may be substituted as you prefer.
1. Our Father, who art in heaven,
BEYOND OUR ASTROSOME
We are seeking union with something that is as yet beyond our human understanding, incomprehensible to us. The Ain Soph of Cabala, located beyond Kether.
2. Hallowed be Thy name.
ABOVE OUR HEADS
We affirm devotion to that portion of the Name, which manifests as our personal Kether, our Higher SELF, our link to the Father.
3. Thy kingdom come.
We seek to bring consciousness of the Higher SELF , our link to the Father, into Tiphareth, the heart center, the appropriate center of our human identity.
4. As Thy will is done in heaven,
We recognize that the will of the Father is least distorted in our Binah, which descends directly from Kether, our Higher SELF.
5. Let thy will be done on earth.
LEFT SHOULDER, ARM, HAND
We seek that communion with SELF which will allow us to consciously know the will of the Father, and the strength to follow it in our actions, through our Geburah.
6. Give us this day our daily bread,
As we affirm this day our choice of the right-hand path, let us recognize that this may be the day that we achieve communion with the Father.
7. …silent transition through Tiphareth…
8. And forgive us our debts,
We affirm that we receive the forgiveness of the Father for our denials of SELF in our Chokmah intelligence.
9. As we forgive our debtors.
RIGHT SHOULDER , ARM, HAND
We seek to extend the same forgiveness to our neighbors for their denials of SELF that our Father extends to us.
10. And lead us not into temptation,
Let us not be deceived by our victories into recklessness, and then succumbing to temptation.
11. But deliver us from evil.
And let us not be attracted to and deceived by negative thoughtforms that do not belong to us.
12. For Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever and ever.
FEET AND BELOW
a. Traditional Christian interpretation (the cross): We offer to You, Father, our Malkuth (the kingdom), our Geburah (the power), and our Gedulah (the glory), forever and ever.
b. Traditional Hermetic interpretation (the middle pillar): We offer to You, Father, our Malkuth (the kingdom), our Tiphareth (the power), and our Kether (the glory), forever and ever.