From an understanding of the planes, it is but a short step to see man as made of levels, usually described as interpenetrating subtle bodies. Like the concentric model of the Tree, the more dense levels lie within the less dense and are interpenetrated by them.

There are usually said to be seven levels and seven subtle bodies, although the list varies from authority to authority. That there are seven is suggested by the assignment of the tarot Chariot, which depicts the vehicles, to Key 7.

The following table comparing the constituent parts of man gets its inspiration from A Garden of Pomegranates by Israel Regardie. However, it differs from that work slightly, particularly in the arrangement of the Egyptian subtle bodies where it instead follows Schwaller de Lubicz.

SPHERE

PLANE

 THEOSOPHICAL PLANE
(Microcosmic)

CHAKRA

EGYPTIAN SUBTLE BODY

SYSTEM OF MATHERS

1

KETHER

divine

monadic

SAHASRARA

Maat
(KHABS)

YECHIDAH

2

CHOKMAH

spiritual

ATMA


AJNA

KHU

CHIAH

3

BINAH

intutional

BUDDHI

BA

NESCHAMAH

---

DAATH

---

---

VISSUDDHI

---

---

4

CHESED

abstract
mental



HIGHER
MANAS


ANAHATA


AB

RUACH ASMEMORY

5

GEBURAH

RUACH AS WILL

6

TIPHARETH

ANAHATA/
MANIPURNA

RUACH AS IMAGINATION

7

NETZACH


astro- mental


KAMA-
MANAS


MANIPURNA


KA

RUACH AS DESIRE

8

HOD

RUACH AS INTELLECT

9

YESOD

etheric

PRANA

SVADISTHANA

SAHU-
KHAIBIT

NEPHESH

10

MALKUTH

physical

SHARIRA

MULADHARA

KHAT

GUPH

Prepared by Emmanuel Rose
Ó Emmanuel Rose 2000

The Nature of Man

Almost the entire corpus of occult theory has been said to logically flow from two basic concepts, the Principle of Polarity and the Principle of the Planes or levels of existence. If the vertical columns of the Tree of Life illustrate polarity, then it is clear that the horizontal rows of spheres on the Tree illustrate planes or levels.