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>> Jeff, I have asked for your help before, but this is the first time I
have heard of the Qabalah. Total rookie here! <G> What do numbers have
to do with it? I saw a post on colors, etc. But no mention of colors, are
the number cominations of 4, 8, 16 and 24 significant? <<
I ran a series of posts once before on this, let me just dredge a few of
them up again for you.
Okay Part 1 <g>.
Trying to answer this reminds me of the archetypical test test question
"Describe the history of the world in 500 worlds or less, be specific,
cite examples". It can be done, but it takes a very special person to do
it. I'm not sure I have the grasp of Qabalah and the English language to
do it though. Nevertheless, I'll give it a whack. Please remember, what
I say here is colored through *my* interpretation and *my* workings. I
think each person has their own perspective of Qabalah.
In it's essence, I see Qabalah as a map. Not just any old map, but a
multi-purpose map. In one sense, it is very much a map of the mind, to
include the subconscious, conscious and the superconscious. In another
sense (and perhaps the same sense) it depicts our relationship with the
Divine. In another (again very related) how we relate with the
Omniverse. And in another the creation of the Omniverse. Embedded in
this are the concepts of Manifest and Unmanifest; Veils; Sephira; and
language (as in the Logos).
In it's most typical representational form, the Qabalah is presented by:
/ Ain Soph \
/ Ain Soph Aur \
/ /------------------------------------\ \
/ Kether \
The Ain is the Unmanifest. The Divine before All if you will. It
begins to contemplate itself and finds to Know Itself it needs to divide.
Thus we have the three veils. It moves from the Ain to the Ain Soph
(Limitless) to the Ain Soph Aur (Limitless Light). It is through the Ain
Soph Aur that creation then becomes Manifest. The initial manifestation
is through the 10 Sephiroth (11 if Daath, the unmanifest sephira is
included). These Sephiroth are perhaps easiest to describe as
Archetypical images. As you can see, they are separated from Ain Soph
Aur by the first of the Triple Veils. It is through these veils that
creation is allow to exist as a "separate' thing. Without the veils, all
would be subsumed within the Ain.
The Sephiroth names can be translated as roughly:
Kether - Crown
Chockmah - Wisdom
Binah - Understanding
Chesed - Mercy
Geburah - Strength
Tiphareth - Beauty
Netzach - Victory
Hod - Splendor
Yesod - Foundation
Malkuth - Kingdom
Daath, the unmanifest is translated as Knowledge
In Qabalah, these Sephiroth are also associated with alchemical and
astrological properties. The paths connecting them are also associated
with the Hebrew letters, alchemical/astrological properties and the major
arcana from the Tarot. I have a GIF in the Magick library that lays
these correspondences out. There are several other GIF's as well by
others as well as a series of Practical Kaballah workshops in the library
that can provide more details.
The Qabalist can then use these correspondences for specific workings.
For example the Sephira Tiphareth is typically associated with the
Christing process. The Qabalist uses the energies associated with the
Sephira in question as well as the pathways around it to perform his
working and accomplish his goal.
As a map of the mind, I've found it useful to break the Tree as follows:
Binah | | Chockmah SUPERCONSCIOUS
Geburah | | Chesed
| | CONSCIOUS
| Tiphareth |
Hod | | Netzach
| Yesod |
| Malkuth | SUBCONSCIOUS
Left | | Right
Thus we see the hemispheres of the brain and the "levels" of
consciousness. These can be used in the workings as well.
Note, you can visualize 3 Pillars here as well. Left, Right and Middle.
I see the Middle Pillar as the resolution of the Left and Right Pillars
(getting back the Chi we've discussed).
In addition, Qabalah often makes use of gematria to look for meanings in
words and the relationships between them. Each Hebrew letter has a
number associated with it. Thus we can add up the numbers corresponding
to the letters in a word and compare the word to other words that have
the same enumeration. It can get more complex than that for sure, but
the base line is that words that have the same enumeration are highly
related (many feeling they mean the same thing). I used gematria in "The
Willow and the Oak". Some of the explanations are contained in the text
that accompanies the poem.
A very quick and probably unorganized and difficult to follow over view.
But hopefully a real Adept will come along and straighten things out.
Part II <g>
This is your brain (normal picture of a brain). This is your brain on
Qabalah (a huge amoeba-like thing with connections everywhere and
tendrils shooting out looking for more).
If the words seem to foreign, just substitute the English ones I
provided. It'll get the point across.
I purposely didn't get into the planar aspect of Qabalah, but since you
brought up mind, body soul, I guess I'll have to <g>. (And it hits on
alchemy as well <g>).
Briefly, there 4 planes that we can touch in Qabalah. Assaiah,
Yetsirah, Briah and Atziluth. These can be thought of as physical,
astral, spiritual and Divine. I also tend to look at them as Body, Mind,
Soul and Spirit. Qabalists can really make the interplay of these planes
confusing when they want to. The two simplest ways I've seen it depicted
are a Tree for each plane or breaking the Tree into 4 planes.
In a Tree for each plane, the Trees are then "linked" to each other in a
kind of ladder ascending to the Divine. I've seen the linkage point as
Malkuth (Kingdom) of the "higher" Tree being Kether (Crown) of the lower.
And I've seen Malkuth (Kingdom) of the "higher" as Tiphareth (Beauty) of
the "lower". Both methods have their advantages.
With the one Tree divided into four planes, I've again seen several ways
to do it. Some have Malkuth as Assaiah (Body), Yesod (Foundation) as
Yetzirah (Mind), Hod (Splendor) - Chesed (Mercy) as Briah (Soul) and
Binah (Understanding), Chockhmah (Wisdom) and Kether (Crown) as Atziluth
(Divine). There are other ways as well. The point of division is whether
one believes an incarnate person can cross the Abyss (located at Da'ath
in most schemes) and enter into Binah and Chockhmah.
Frankly, I think it's all moot. The Tree works the way you make it work.
If you believe you cannot cross the Abyss, then you can't. If you
believe you can, then you can. The mind is a powerful thing. Kind of
reminds me of a quote from Crowley, "The word of sin is restriction".
I see our goal is to meld the planes together. But first, we have to do
it on each plane and then through the planes. Thus, it is something like
Alchemy. Analysis proceeds Synthesis. Thus we pull the planes apart (and
thus pull Body, Mind, Soul and Spirit apart) and work and Alchemical
process on each to purify it. Then when each part is integrated we put
it all back together.
Probably clear as mud right? Basically it says get your body together
and come to terms with the physicality. Then work with the mind, for
example working to bring both left and right hemispheres together for a
new way of thought process. Continue on with "religion" and figuring
that out. Then meet with the Divine by awakening that part of the Divine
within you. Finally tie it all together and integrated between the
planes. I've kind of laid it out as a sequential, serial process. It can
be that, but it can also performed in a parallel processing mode.
The trick there is to know what you are working with at any given time.
As Llew Wykel says, "keep the planes separate". But remember,
ultimately we will integrate them, but only when ready.
Hopefully this is not *too* obtuse. Hell, I'm still struggling with the
>> The four aspests you talked about are part of a five essence
quintessence in my records < Oriental of course <S>> mind , body, soul,
heart and life <<
There are most likely 5 (possibly more) planes. The 5th plane is beyond
Atziluth and is considered beyond human experience. If I remember
correctly, the Theosophists postulate 7 planes. Again the higher planes
are beyond human experience.
In my workings the number 5 does pop up a lot. Typically 5 is
associated with man and 6 with the Divine. There are 4 base elements:
Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. To these 4 is added a 5th: Spirit. Often,
these are arrayed in a pentagram. My alignments (in most depictions Fire
and Air are reverse of this) are:
Fire / \ Water
Earth/ \ Air
I have a GIF of this in the Magick library that includes the colors
often associates with the elements (Fire-Red, Water-Blue, Air-Yellow,
Earth-Black, Spirit-White). This a little different than the colors
normally associated with the Tattwas.
We also see a 5-fold formula arising from the 4-fold formula. The
4-fold formula is the Tetragrammaton you have have seen, YHVH. This is
the unpronouncable name of God (but many pronounce it Yehovah <g>). These
letters are associated with the 4 elements. To the these letters, the
Hebrew letter Shin descends down into the middle to create the 5-fold
formula YHShVH. Shin is often associated with Spirit and in a sense
gives spiritual life to the 4-fold formula. Adding some vowels (Hebrew,
like many older mideastern languages doesn't have vowels per se) we get
Yeheshuah or the Christ. This word was latter "Anglicized" into Jesus.
Thus, Jesus is not a name really. It is more like a title, indicating a
Christed being. As I mentioned earlier, the Sephira Tiphareth is
normally associated with Christing.
>> I only have one question, Why is the number six identified as the
Six is the first perfect number. By that I mean the sum of its factors
(exluding itself) is equal to itself. Thus, the factors of 6 are 1,2,3.
1+2+3=6. The next perfect number is 28 (1+2+4+7+14=28).
Six is also the mystyq number of Binah, the third Sephira and thus
completes the Upper Triad on the Tree. The mystyq number is the sum of
the numbers leading upto and including. Thus Kether is 1, Chockhmah is
1+2=3, Binah is 1+2+3=6, Chesed is 1+2+3+4=10, Geburah is 1+2+3+4+5=15,
Tiphareth is 1+2+3+4+5+6=21, Netzach is 1+2+3+4+5+6+7=28, Hod is
1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8=36, Yesod is 1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9=45 and Malkuth is
1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9+10=55. Note the mystyq number of both Binah and
Netzach are perfect numbers.
The Divine is also represented by the Magan or hexgram. This can be
thought of as the conjuction of two triangles, an upward pointing one and
a lower pointing one. Within the hexagram are the symbols of the four
Fire Water Air Earth
/\ \-------/ /\ \------/
/ \ \ / /__\ \ /
/ \ \ / / \ \--/
/______\ \ / /______\ \/
\ / \ /
/ \ / \
The upright by itself is Wire. The inverted by itself is Water. The
base peice of the inverted and the upright triangle forms Air. The base
peice of the upright and the inverted form Earth. I have a GIF in the
Magick section of the library that shows this.
Thus, 6 brings all 4 elements together.
The planets are also attributed to the hexagram as follows:
Mars \------------/ Jupiter
\ / \ /
\ Sun /
/ \ / \
Mercury /___\____/___\ Venus
The number of the Sun, the giver of Life in many systems is 6. Note,
the Sun is in the center, like Tiphareth is on the Tree. The Sun
corresponds to Tiphareth, which is the 6th Sephira.
I've been working with another layout of attributes for the Magan that
shows a Divine union of Male and Female Divinity. I use this as a
"Tablet of Union" on my altar. The hexagram works well for these forms.
>> What do numbers have to do with it? I saw a post on colors, etc. But
no mention of colors, are the number cominations of 4, 8, 16 and 24
Hopefully the preceding 4 posts gave you a bit of a flavor. I know that
is sketchy, but it should provide a start. There are many good books on
Qabalah if you are interested. Let me know if you want more information
or book titles.
Now as for colors. Color is vibration. Each vibrational rate of
"light" generates a different color. That is the meaning of
"ultraviolet" light for example. It simply means the vibrational rate is
higher than that of violet light. The vibrational rate is also tied into
the length of the wave. Thus, all color is number. And as science is
now showing us, everything is a form of vibrational energy. The more
dense the matter (remember E = mc2), the longer the wave function and the
lower the vibrational state.
There are six primary colors that are often associated as well with the
chakras as follows:
Purple Brow/3rd eye
Yellow Solar Plexus
In addition black and white are often associated with the root and the
crown chakras respectively.
Also note the way the secondary and the primary colors are interspersed
in the arrangement. The secondary color is laid out between the two
primary colors that generate it. This is also the layout of light when
it is broken into colors by a prism.
Color is very much associated with many esoteric studies, to include the
Qabalah. The color does several things:
1) It evokes certain "feelings" via association
2) There is some evidence that it has a physiological effect as well
Esoterically, the colors are also associated with the elements often as
As you can see, these are the 3 primary colors and black and white. The
interplay between black and white as two polarities is important. Also
note White=Red+Blue+Yellow. Black is not included. This is also
reflected in the 3 "mother letters" in Hebrew: Aleph, Mem, Shin. These
letters are associated with Air, Water and Fire respective. Earth is not
included in the correlations. There are several explanations for this,
the simplest being that we are physically present here on Earth.
The concept of flashing colors is also important. Flashing colors are
pairs of colors, which when combined create white. Also they are
negatives of each other. If you stare at say yellow on a bright
background and then close your eyes, you will soon see the image in
purple, yellow's flashing color. This can be important when working to
develop your "mind's eye" and on the astral. The flashing color pairs may
also be important in some of your lucid dreaming. I have two files in the
Magick section library that work with the flashing colors. The flashing
Note, they are the primary color and the secondary color formed from the
other two primary colors. That's why we get back to white, as with each
flashing color pair, we wind up mixing red, blue and yellow together.
Hope this helps on the colors.
Some decent books on Qabalah:
_The Mystical Qabalah_ Dion Fortune
_The Book of Thoth_ Aleister crowley
_777 and Other Qabalistic Writings_ Aleister Crowley
_A Garden of Pomegranites_ Israel Regardie
_A Practical Guide to Qabalastic SYmbolism_ Gareth Knight
_The Golden Dawn_ Israel Regardie (Much more than Qabalah, but has a lot
_Modern Magick_ Donald Kraig (More of a workbook on Golden Dawn magyq,
but the Qabalah is central to much of it)
I've loaned my copy of David Shienikin's book out, and I can't remember
the title. It is very good though and I highly recommend it.
H'levi also has several books on the Kaballah,. These are more in the
traditional Jewish vein. I enjoyed his _School of the Soul_. I never
finished _Adam and the Kabbalistic Tree_
These should get you started.
>> Do the letters correspond to the seven heavens and the main angels
sons of god? <<
The Hebrew alphabet has 22 letters. These are divided into the 3 Mother
letters, 7 Double letters and 12 Single letters.
The 3 Mother letters, Aleph, Mem and Shin, correspond to the elements
Air, Water and Fire respectively. Notice there is no Earth
correspondance. Delving a bit deeper, and using the Golden Dawn
attributions, we see:
Element Archangel Angel Ruler
Air Raphael Chassan Ariel
Water Gabriel Taliahad Tharsis
Fire Michael Aral Seraph
I work a different correspondance, but these are the traditional ones.
The 7 Double letters are Beth, Gimel, Daleth, Kaph, Peh, Resh, Tau.
They correspond to the 7 traditional planets: Mercury, Moon, Venus,
Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Saturn respectively. From the planetary
correspondaces, we get the following:
Planet Archangel Angel Intelligence Spirit
Mercury Michael Raphael Tiriel Taphthartharath
Moon Gabriel Gabriel Malka be-Tarshishim
vs-ad be-Ruah shehakim Chashmodai
Venus Haniel Anael Hagiel Kedemel
Jupiter Tzadqiel Sachiel Iophiel Hismael
Mars Kamael Zamael Graphiel Bartzabel
Sun Raphael Michael Nakhiel Sorath
Saturn Tzaphqiel Cassiel Agiel Zazel
The 12 single letters correspond to the 12 signs of the zodiac. They
are: Heh (Aries), Vau (Taurus), Zayin (Gemini), Cheth (Cancer), Teth
(Leo), Yod (Virgo), Lamed (Libra), Nun (Scorpio), Samekh (Sagittarius),
Ayin (Capricorn), Tzaddi (Aquarius) Qoph (Pisces)
Sign Archangel Angel
Aries Malkidiel Sharhiel
Taurus Asmodel Araziel
Gemini Ambriel Sarayel
Cancer Muriel Pakiel
Leo Verkiel Sharatiel
Virgo Hamaliel Shelathiel
Libra Zuriel Chedeqiel
Scorpio Barkiel Saitzel
Sagittarius Advakiel Saritiel
Capricorn Hanael Sameqiel
Aquarius Kambriel Tzakmiqiel
Pisces Amnitziel Vakabiel
Note: there are angels of tripicities associated with the zodiac as
All correspondances above are drawn from _Godwin's Cabalistic
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