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When its 19 triangles are divided into their 57 sectors and the latter then turned into
tetractyses, the lowest of any set of overlapping Trees of Life have 251 yods.* Eleven of these are SLs, leaving
240 black yods. There are four red yods below its top outside this Tree on either side of the central Pillar of
Equilbrium. The eight red yods symbolize the eight simple roots of E_{8} and the 240 black yods denote
its 240 roots. **248** yods are needed to construct the lowest Tree of Life (the most Malkuth
level of the Cosmic Tree of Life), starting from its apex. This demonstrates *par excellence* the
holistic nature of this number.

The roots of the E_{8} algebra can be described in terms of eight orthonormal unit
vectors {u_{i}}. Eight zero roots correspond to points at the centre of the root diagram and 240
non-zero roots all have length √2. They are given by

* Proof: the lowest Tree ("1-tree") consists of 19 triangles with (19×3=57) sectors.
When each sector is a tetractys, there are 57 hexagonal yods at the centres of the tetractyses. The 19 triangles
have 11 corners and 25 sides with (25×2=**50**) hexagonal yods lining them. Their sectors have 19
internal corners and 57 internal sides lined by (57×2=114) hexagonal yods. Total number of yods in 1-tree = 11 + 19
+ **50** + 114 + 57 = 251.

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