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Kabbalah

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an introduction to the Kabbalah and the belief systems
an introduction to the Kabbalah and the belief systems

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Tarosophy®
 
FastTrack
 
Sheet
 
1:
 
Kabbalah
 
©
 
Tarot
 
Professionals
 
Ltd,
 
2010
 
www.tarotprofessionals.com
 
Tarosophy®
 
FastTrack
 
Sheet
 
1:
 
Kabbalah
 
Introduction
 
Why
 
learn
 
about
 
Kabbalah?
 
It
 
is
 
usually
 
seen
 
as
 
an
 
extremely
 
dense
 
and
 
diverse
 
subject,
 
and
 
often
 
associated
 
with
 
dry
 
intellectual
 
practice
 
and
 
obscure
 
terminology.
 
However,
 
in
 
actual
 
practice
 
it
 
is
 
an
 
incredible
 
way
 
of 
 
learning
 
to
 
see
 
the
 
patterns
 
of 
 
the
 
Universe
 
and
 
engaging
 
in
 
structured
 
mystical
 
experience.
 
It
 
is
 
so
 
widely
 
used
 
in
 
the
 
Western
 
esoteric
 
initiatory
 
system,
 
through
 
the
 
Hermetic
 
Society
 
of 
 
the
 
Golden
 
Dawn
 
which
 
flourished
 
in
 
the
 
1890
1910
 
period,
 
that
 
its
 
learning
 
leads
 
to
 
a
 
deeper
 
appreciation
 
of 
 
ritual,
 
esoteric
 
psychology,
 
and
 
Tarot,
 
amongst
 
many
 
other
 
subjects.
 
In
 
this
 
Tarosophy®
 
FastTrack
 
Sheet,
 
exclusive
 
to
 
Tarot
 
Professionals,
 
we
 
will
 
introduce
 
you
 
rapidly
 
to
 
some
 
of 
 
the
 
key
 
concepts
 
of 
 
Kabbalah,
 
point
 
you
 
in
 
various
 
directions
 
of 
 
study,
 
and
 
give
 
you
 
an
 
exercise
 
to
 
explore
 
Kabbalah
 
as
 
part
 
of 
 
your
 
Tarot
 
studies
 
or
 
in
 
its
 
own
 
context.
 
Do
 
enjoy
 
the
 
discovery,
 
and
 
feel
 
encouraged
 
to
 
continue
 
your
 
 journey
 
in
 
this
 
fascinating
 
subject!
 
If 
 
you
 
wish
 
to
 
explore
 
the
 
Kabbalah
 
more
 
fully,
 
you
 
might
 
consider
 
our
 
online
 
self 
study
 
Kabbalah
 
Course
 
which
 
is
 
available
 
at
 
 
or
 
purchase
 
the
 
Magician’s
 
Kabbalah
 
from
 
that
 
site
 
by
 
Marcus
 
Katz,
 
a
 
detailed
 
142pp
 
book
 
(published
 
December
 
2011).
 
Key
 
Concepts
 
The
 
Kabbalah
 
is
 
an
 
oral
 
(spoken)
 
tradition
 
of 
 
Jewish
 
Mysticism
 
The
 
Kabbalah
 
is
 
a
 
system
 
of 
 
Jewish
 
Mysticism
 
that
 
arose
 
in
 
the
 
early
 
first
 
century
 
at
 
the
 
same
 
time
 
as
 
Christianity.
 
There
 
are
 
many
 
aspects
 
of 
 
Kabbalah
 
that
 
are
 
still
 
debated
 
by
 
scholars,
 
but
 
it
 
can
 
be
 
seen
 
to
 
play
 
an
 
important
 
role
 
in
 
the
 
western
 
esoteric
 
tradition,
 
historically
 
and
 
in
 
contemporary
 
forms
 
of 
 
magical
 
practice.
 
Although
 
originally
 
an
 
oral
 
tradition
,
 
a
 
number
 
of 
 
books
 
were
 
published
 
and
 
widely
 
circulated
 
between
 
students
 
and
 
teachers
 
throughout
 
the
 
early
 
development
 
of 
 
Kabbalah.
 
The
 
most
 
important
 
books
 
(in
 
Hebrew,
 
Sepher 
)
 
are
 
usually
 
seen
 
as:
 
Yetzirah
 
Formation
 
Bahir
 
Illumination
 
Zohar
 
Splendour 
 
Kabbalah
 
is
 
a
 
Hebrew
 
word
 
from
 
the
 
root
 
meaning,
 
to
 
receive’
 
spelt
 
in
 
Hebrew:
 
VKCE
These
 
are
 
the
 
letters
 
HLBQ 
 
(don’t
 
forget
 
to
 
read
 
right
 
to
 
left!)
 
Hebrew
 
has
 
no
 
vowels,
 
and
 
the
 
letter
 
‘Qoph’
 
(Q)
 
is
 
pronounced
 
as
 
a
 
hard
 
‘K’,
 
so
 
when
 
written
 
in
 
English,
 
the
 
word
 
is
 
often
 
spelt
 
as
 
Kabbalah,
 
Qabalah,
 
Qabala,
 
Kabbala,
 
etc.
 
 
Tarosophy®
 
FastTrack
 
Sheet
 
1:
 
Kabbalah
 
©
 
Tarot
 
Professionals
 
Ltd,
 
2010
 
www.tarotprofessionals.com
 
It
 
is
 
often
 
seen
 
that
 
Cabbalah
 
relates
 
to
 
“Christian
 
Cabbalah”,
 
Kabbalah
 
relates
 
to
 
“Jewish
 
Kabbalah”
 
and
 
Qabalah
 
relates
 
to
 
“esoteric
 
or
 
new
age
 
Qabalah”
 
but
 
these
 
are
 
not
 
rigid
 
or
 
consistent
 
labels.
 
Early
 
Kabbalah
 
involved
 
Mystical
 
Experience
 
Early
 
Jewish
 
mystics
 
in
 
Palestine,
 
during
 
the
 
first
 
half 
 
of 
 
the
 
second
 
century,
 
developed
 
a
 
visionary
 
system
 
which
 
precedes
 
the
 
Kabbalah.
 
There
 
were
 
two
 
major
 
trends
 
or
 
schools,
 
namely
 
the
 
heikhalot
 
(palaces)
 
and
 
merkavah
 
(divine
 
chariot)
 
classes
 
of 
 
experience,
 
relating
 
to
 
the
 
visions
 
of 
 
the
 
supreme
 
halls
 
of 
 
the
 
divine,
 
and
 
the
 
means
 
of 
 
ascent
 
to
 
those
 
halls
the
 
chariot,
 
as
 
described
 
by
 
Ezekiel
 
(1:4
26).
 
These
 
early
 
versions
 
of 
 
Kabbalah
 
were
 
far
 
more
 
akin
 
to
 
shamanistic
 
practice
 
than
 
many
 
realise,
 
with
 
ecstatic
 
visions,
 
vision
 
quests,
 
practice
 
in
 
remote
 
places,
 
etc.
 
This
 
was
 
before
 
the
 
Kabbalah
 
became
 
a
 
complex
 
codified
 
system
 
of 
 
interpretations
 
of 
 
the
 
first
 
five
 
books
 
of 
 
the
 
Bible.
 
Renaissance
 
Scholars
 
introduced
 
Kabbalah
 
into
 
the
 
West
 
Giovanni
 
Pico
 
della
 
Mirandola
 
(1463
94)
 
is
 
credited
 
as
 
introducing
 
Kabbalah
 
into
 
Europe.
 
Pico
 
also
 
argued
 
that
 
Magic
‘the
 
perfect
 
and
 
highest
 
wisdom’
led
 
to
 
God
 
in
 
that
 
it
 
disclosed
 
the
 
wonders
 
of 
 
creation
 
by
 
‘assiduous
 
contemplation’.
 
He
 
utilised
 
specifically
 
Kabbalistic
 
concepts
 
such
 
as
 
the
 
four
 
worlds
 
(in
 
Heptaplus
)
 
and
 
classical
 
Gematria
 
(letter
 
analysis
 
and
 
numerology)
 
analysing
 
the
 
first
 
Hebrew
 
word
 
in
 
the
 
Bible,
 
Beresit 
 
‘in
 
the
 
beginning.’
 
In
 
Germany,
 
over
 
1400
1700,
 
Khunrath
,
 
Reuchlin,
 
Agrippa
 
and
 
Rosenroth
 
picked
 
up
 
the
 
threads
 
of 
 
Kabbalah,
 
Magic
 
and
 
Alchemy
 
and
 
published
 
works
 
which
 
would
 
form
 
the
 
basis
 
of 
 
contemporary
 
magical
 
practice.
 
llus.
 
Gates
 
of 
 
Light 
 ,
 
the
 
 first 
 
 published 
 
image
 
of 
 
the
 
Tree
 
of 
 
Life
 
(1516).
 
It 
 
is
 
actually 
 
Kircher’s
 
later 
 
version
 
of 
 
the
 
Tree
 
of 
 
Life
 
 from
 
1652
 
that 
 
is
 
the
 
more
 
commonly 
 
used 
 
diagram
through
 
the
 
Golden
 
Dawn.
 
 
Tarosophy®
 
FastTrack
 
Sheet
 
1:
 
Kabbalah
 
©
 
Tarot
 
Professionals
 
Ltd,
 
2010
 
www.tarotprofessionals.com
 
Magicians
 
have
 
used
 
Kabbalah
 
as
 
a
 
map
 
of 
 
the
 
Universe
 
Eliphas
 
Levi
 
(1810
1875)
 
suggested
 
that
 
there
 
are
 
three
 
sciences:
 
‘the
 
Qabalah,
 
Magic
 
and
 
Hermeticism’.
 
His
 
definition
 
of 
 
Magic
 
was
 
‘the
 
science
 
of 
 
universal
 
equilibrium’
 
and
 
in
 
this
 
Levi
 
made
 
a
 
new
 
emphasis
 
on
 
the
 
syncreticism
 
of 
 
Magic,
 
Kabbalah
 
and
 
Alchemy.
 
He
 
went
 
on
 
to
 
define
 
Kabbalah
 
as
 
the
 
mathematics
 
of 
 
human
 
thought
.’
 
However,
 
his
 
understanding
 
and
 
presentation
 
of 
 
Kabbalistic
 
principles
 
was
 
often
 
inconsistent!
 
It
 
was
 
Levi
 
who
 
most
 
popularly
 
suggested
 
that
 
the
 
Tarot
 
 –
 
in
 
the
 
form
 
of 
 
the
 
deck
 
of 
 
78
 
cards
 
 –
 
symbolised
 
the
 
‘Keys
 
of 
 
Solomon’
 
and
 
as
 
such
 
corresponded
 
to
 
the
 
paths
 
of 
 
the
 
Kabbalistic
 
Tree
 
of 
 
Life
.
 
In
 
this
 
he
 
led
 
the
 
way
 
for
 
Mathers,
 
Waite,
 
Crowley,
 
Regardie
 
and
 
Fortune
 
(all
 
members
 
of 
 
the
 
Golden
 
Dawn)
 
in
 
grafting
 
Kabbalah
 
to
 
other
 
traditions
 
and
 
creating
 
the
 
syncretic
 
Western
 
Esoteric
 
Tradition.
 
However
 
it
 
was
 
The
 
Comte
 
de
 
Mellet
 
who
 
first
 
made
 
this
 
suggestion
 
in
 
publication,
 
in
 
his
 
article
 
included
 
in
 
Court
 
de
 
Gebelin's
 
Monde
 
 primitif 
 
in
 
1781.
1
 
Kabbalah
 
is
 
a
 
Model
 
of 
 
the
 
Universe
 
and
 
the
 
Soul
 
Kabbalah
 
is
 
a
 
system
 
which
 
is
 
based
 
on
 
four
 
worlds
 
through
 
which
 
the
 
Universe
 
manifests
 
in
 
ten
 
emanations.
 
The
 
four
 
worlds
 
are
 
placed
 
in
 
descending
 
order,
 
or
 
outwards
 
order:
 
Atziluth
 
The
 
world
 
of 
 
emanation
 
Briah
 
The
 
world
 
of 
 
creation
 
Yetzirah
 
The
 
world
 
of 
 
formation
 
Assiah
 
The
 
world
 
of 
 
action
 
These
 
four
 
worlds
 
hold
 
the
 
manifestation
 
of 
 
all
 
creation
 
through
 
ten
 
“numerical
 
emanations”,
 
which
 
is
 
the
 
literal
 
meaning
 
of 
 
the
 
Hebrew
 
word
 
Sephirah
 
(plural
 
Sephiroth
).
 
These
 
are
 
often
 
drawn
 
as
 
the
 
“Tree
 
of 
 
Life”
 
diagram,
 
as
 
spheres
 
or
 
circles,
 
but
 
they
 
should
 
be
 
considered
 
abstract
 
concepts
 
rather
 
than
 
solid
 
objects!
 
The
 
Sephiroth
 
have
 
channels
 
for
 
the
 
light
 
of 
 
creation
 
to
 
manifest
 
(and
 
through
 
which
 
we
 
can
 
learn
 
and
 
ascend
 
back
 
up
 
the
 
Tree
 
of 
 
Life)
 
which
 
are
 
called
 
paths.
 
There
 
are
 
twenty
two
 
paths
 
corresponding
 
to
 
the
 
letters
 
of 
 
the
 
Hebrew
 
alphabet.
 
These
 
are
 
the
 
same
 
paths
 
which
 
are
 
then
 
corresponded
 
to
 
the
 
twenty
two
 
Major
 
Tarot
 
cards.
 
The
 
human
 
soul
 
is
 
also
 
seen
 
in
 
terms
 
of 
 
these
 
four
 
worlds,
 
with
 
different
 
parts
 
of 
 
our
 
being
 
corresponding
 
to
 
different
 
worlds
 
or
 
Sephiroth.
 
It
 
is
 
important
 
to
 
stress
 
that
 
Kabbalah
 
states
 
we
 
cannot
 
know
 
directly
 
the
 
Sephiroth,
 
because
 
they
 
are
 
part
 
of 
 
the
 
divine
 
emanation
 
from
 
the
 
unknowable
 
source,
 
but
 
we
 
can
 
deduct
 
their
 
activity
 
and
 
nature
 
through
 
the
 
paths,
 
through
 
the
 
letters,
 
and
 
of 
 
course
 
through
 
the
 
Tarot.
 
This
 
is
 
a
 
philosophy
 
of 
 
exemplarism
,
 
where
 
the
 
world
 
and
 
nature
 
teach
 
us
 
as
 
a
 
living
 
example
 
of 
 
the
 
reality
 
from
 
which
 
all
 
arises.
 
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