The Tree of Life considered as a Memory
The "memory theatre" was an aspect of a science of the
imagination which was practiced from Classical times up to the Renaissance. It was used
for the development of memory, and also as a "mind-map" - a connected symbolic
space, often represented as a building, which spanned the imaginative or conceptual
The Kabbalistic Tree of Life, along with its associated
correspondences, is an excellent example of this latter idea.
I like to think of the Tree correspondences as "memory
theatre", as there is great utility in this idea, and it is a beautiful and
accessible entry-point for a modern person to enter into an archiac aspect of right-brain
science: a world of images, associations, symbols, inarticulate connections, and
The definitive text is The Art of Memory by Francis Yates.