Hermetic Qabalists believe the Tree of Life to be a diagrammatic representation of the process by which Man, the Universe, and God came into being.
"Each Sephirah (which is the singular form of the word of which Sephiroth is the plural) is a phase of evolution, and in the language of the Rabbis they are called the Ten Holy Emanations. The Paths between them are phases of subjective consciousness, the Paths or grades (Latin, gradus, step) by which the soul unfolds its realization of the cosmos. The Sephiroth are objective; the Paths are subjective... It is not my intention to write a historical study of the sources of the Qabalah, but rather to show the uses that are made of it by modern students of the Mysteries. For although the roots of our system are in tradition, there is no reason why we should be hidebound by tradition... I do not claim that the modern Qabalistic teachings as I have learnt them are identical with those of the pre-Christian Rabbis, but I claim that they are the legitimate descendants thereof and the natural development therefrom." - Dion Fortune
[Note: The source material for this app came from a public domain book entitled, The Mystical Qabalah, by Dion Fortune.]