To my third volume of initiations into hermetics I have given the title of Key to the TrueQuabbalah, which, strictly speaking, is a theology dealing with the Knowledge of the Word.When engaged in Theurgy, one must, in any case, have gone through a magic development;i.e., one must at least completely master the practices described in my first volume
Initiation Into Hermetic
s. Like my first two works, the present book, too, consists of two parts. In itsfirst part, the theory, I prepare the reader for the difficult field of the Quabbalah, whereas thesecond part contains the actual practice.Much has been written about Quabbalah, a hard nut in hermetic literature, but in practice onlylittle can be used of all this. Nearly always it is claimed that the person engaged in Quabbalahmust have a command of the Hebrew language, without which it is impossible to studyQuabbalah. The academic Quabbalah, in most books, is usually of Hebrew origin and is saidto convey to the scholar a philosophy of life on the line of a quabbalistic paragon. But thenumber of books also indicating the practice and the use of the true Quabbalah is verylimited. A few Jewish clergymen (rabbis) had a knowledge of Quabbalah, but, probably due totheir orthodox thinking, kept it strictly confidential, thus not even fragments of quabbalistic practices have become known to the public.The many descriptions of Quabbalistics do not even offer any theoretical details to theseriously interested student, to say nothing of any true hints for the practice. They only supplyat the most, a philosophical representation of the micro-and the macrocosm. The student of Quabbalah cannot get any idea of the Quabbalistic philosophy of life at all, since, on the onehand, he will not be able to see his way in this great confusion of ideas and since, on the other hand, he will still be left in darkness due to the contradictory statements made in different books.My present volume contains the theory as well as the practice, the latter being especiallyample, as the diligent student of Quabbalah will see for himself. To represent the whole,comprehensive Quabbalah in one book is, of course, impossible for mere technical reasons.However, I have taken pains to string together the pearls of this wonderful science to anextremely beautiful chain. In doing so, I have naturally taken into account the laws of analogies referring to the micro- and macrocosm, for it could not be done otherwise, if thetotal aspect of the Quabbalah is to be done without any gaps. I make as little use as possibleof the numerous Hebrew terms which have commonly been used in Quabbalah up to now and prefer such terms which are easily understood by everybody. At any rate, the reader studyingmy book will get quite a different idea, i.e., the right idea of the Practical Quabbalah.He who wants to be successful in convincing himself of the reality of the Quabbalah in practice must go through my two first books
Initiation Into Hermetics
The Practice of Magical Evocation
systematically. Otherwise, the training to achieve perfection would taketoo long and any success would ensue very late. However, it is quite up to the reader to studymy books merely theoretically. In doing so, he will acquire a knowledge which he would not be able to get from any philosophical book. But knowledge is not yet wisdom. Knowledgedepends on the development of the intellectual features of the spirit; wisdom, on the other side, necessitates the equable development of all four aspects of the spirit. Therefore,knowledge is mere philosophy, which by itself alone can make a man neither a Magician nor a Quabbalist. A learned man will be able to say a lot about magic, Quabbalah, etc., but hewill never be able to understand the powers and faculties rightly.