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I've always been interested in languages - and generally, the more obscure the better - and my interest in Hebrew was sparked because of my interest in the Qabalah and the Tarot. This page is not intended as a course in Hebrew - if you're interested in that, I've included an excellent book in the bibliography - but to point out a few of the esoteric aspects of Hebrew that attracted me to the language in the first place.
Introduction Hebrew is an ancient language, dating back at least 6000 years. It is in a completely different "family" to English. English is part of a family of languages called "Indo-European", which includes not only English but languages as diverse as French, German, Celtic languages like Gaelic and Welsh, several Indian languages like Hindi and Urdu, Russian and most Eastern European languages, Greek, Latin and most Mediterranean languages, and most Scandinavian languages. Indo-European is the largest family of languages in the world. Hebrew is part of the Haimo-Semitic family, which also includes Arabic. Like English, Hebrew has an alphabet. In fact, our word "alphabet" comes from the names of the first two letters of the Hebrew alphabet, Aleph and Beth. The Hebrew alphabet was almost certainly used as the basis for the ancient Greek alphabet, which in turn became the basis for the alphabet used by the Romans, and now by most languages in Europe. Unlike English, the Hebrew alphabet has no vowels, and words are written from right to left. This is why there can be confusion over how Hebrew words are pronounced. In modern Hebrew, vowels are usually missed out altogether in the written language. However, the Bible is considered such a sacred work that it is necessary to know how each word is pronounced. For this reason, Biblical Hebrew does indicate vowels by placing marks under or alongside each letter. These dots have names in their own right, but are not strictly speaking part of the alphabet, which consists of 22 letters. As an example, here is the first verse of Genesis, written without the vowel signs:
and with the vowel signs:
Words of Power We tend to take written language for granted. To the ancient Israelites, Hebrew was far more than just a language it was a means by which they could interact with God. According to Jewish legend, the Torah (the first five books of the Bible) was written before the Universe was created, and by implication, the letters themselves predated the
Universe. The Torah is supposed to contain all possible truth; since the Torah is a relatively small book, it is believed that the Torah contains not just the "obvious" reading, but many, many different hidden meanings as well. For example, in Genesis, it is written that "the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Later on in Genesis, "Adam" is referred to, but nowhere is Adam introduced - it's taken for granted that the reader understands that "Adam" must be the man in question. Now, in Hebrew, Adam is written like this:
This consists of three letters (right to left): Aleph, Daleth and Mem. The word for "blood" in Hebrew is "Dam" Daleth and Mem. Aleph by itself not only represents the "Ah" sound, but also the element of air, or breath - so "Adam" is seen as blood with the breath of life - the man created by God. There are many other such hidden meanings in the Bible - using letters as numbers, using a "cypher" so that the last letter of the alphabet corresponds to the first, the penultimate letter corresponding to the second, and so on, and hidden abbreviations. Scholars have spent many years finding meaning in these, and the Talmud is a body of writing which largely consists of commentaries - the "hidden meanings" - on the Torah. Even today, Jewish scholars are researching such hidden meanings. In recent years, the "Bible Code" has received a lot of publicity; this is a system where supposed hidden messages are teased out of the bible by picking, say, every 31st letter in a sequence, or every 42nd letter, to reveal new words. Unfortunately, a number of people have brought discredit to this idea by jumping on the Bible Code bandwagon and finding all sorts of apparent links which simply don't stand up to statistical analysis. However, the original idea was discovered by a statistician and quantum physicist, Eliyahu Rips, and his original paper on the Bible Code, though now generally dismissed, was sufficiently impressive to be included in an academic journal on statistics. One word in the Bible which is never pronounced "correctly" is the name of God - YHVH. There are several words used for God in the Bible - "Adon", meaning "Lord", and "Elohim", which is a curious word based on "El" (God) and the plural ending "im". However, God's name is often given as YHVH, which we know as "Jehovah". According to legend, if the name of God is ever pronounced correctly, the Universe will come to an end. For this reason, the "real" pronounciation is - sensibly - never given in the Bible. Instead, the vowel signs used for "Adon" are used for the middle H and V instead, giving us a pronounciation of "Ye-Hah-Vo". Some scholars maintain that the "correct" pronounciation is closer to "Yahweh" - but please don't practice this at home; we don't want the Universe to end just yet! Esoterica The Tree of Life has 22 paths on it, each path corresponding to a Hebrew letter. There are 22 major arcana cards in the Tarot, so there is a direct correspondence between the Tree of Life and the Tarot. This is, I realise, a very controversial statement. Devout Jews may strongly disagree with this, particularly if they view Tarot as a form of fortune telling, which is prohibited in the Torah. I personally see the Tarot as a tool for personal growth, rather than a predictive device, and for me, the mapping between the Tarot and the Tree of Life works.
Each Hebrew letter corresponds to a number; most Hebrew bibles actually use the letters to indicate chapter numbers and verse numbers. This means that every single Hebrew word has a numeric value, and scholars have long been fascinated by entirely different words that have the same numeric value as each other. A simple example: the word for love is Ahebah (Alef-Heh-Beth-Heh), which adds up to 13. The word for unity is Achad (Alef-ChethDaleth), which also adds up to 13. Thus there is a correspondence between love and unity. The art of finding words with the same numeric value is called gematria - the concept is vaguely similar to numerology (where a person's name is reduced to a number, to indicate their personality), except that gematria is usually conducted on biblical names and the names of angels. In addition, each Hebrew letter has a meaning in its own right - for example, the letter representing the "Ts" sound is called "Tzaddi", which means "fish-hook", and the symbol actually looks like a fish hook. Some of the correspondences are not terribly obvious - the "N" sound is called "Nun", which means "fish", but the symbol for Nun doesn't honestly look much like a fish! Finally, Hebrew letters are divided into three categories: three "mother" letters, which correspond to the three elements (Air, Water and Fire - Earth is considered to be a combination of all three elements, and not an element in its own right), seven "double" letters, which correspond to the seven planets known to the ancients (Moon, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn). Double letters are so called because they historically had two different sounds; for example, the letter "Peh" can have a "P" sound or an "F" or "Ph" sound; some of these distinctions have now disappeared - for instance, the letter "Gimel" only has a single sound now (a hard "G"), but used to have two sounds ("G" or "J"). The remaining twelve letters correspond to the twelve zodiac signs:
for example. known as the Tetragrammaton (from the Greek "Tetra". the four suits of the Tarot.For the Qabalist and devout Jew alike. the most sacred word is the four-letter name of God (Yod-Heh-Vau-Heh). Each letter has numerous correspondences . The four letters can also be combined to represent the human body: . Many types of meditation revolve around visualising the letters of the Tetragrammaton in various forms. four. word). and "Gramma".
Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit (of the Tree of Knowledge) and were banished from Eden.an esoteric group. Deuteronomy. Yahweh also snuffed out a number of angels: according to Jewish tradition. slaying people at the slightest provocation. but would account for some of the anomalies in the Bible. and the power of the Tetragrammaton has carried through to the modern day not only among Jews. So we have a jealous.until Moses' wife talked him out of it).and sometimes be talked out of it (either Yahweh. First. Following this. set up in the 19th century. the Golden Dawn . Johel. This does not sound like the loving. or one of his angels. even though that was in fact his designated role. then Yahweh regretted creating humanity in the first place (Genesis chapter 6) and decided to destroy everyone until he relented a little and saved Noah and his family. Numbers. but in esoteric groups too. On top of this. and uses the "formula" of the four letters in many of its rituals.has people of many different beliefs among its adherents. This is of course highly speculative. For example.the four-letter name of God . Not until Chapter Two does Yahweh put in an appearance. "I am a jealous God" he says in Exodus. And when the Israelites fought the Canaanites.. . Not only jealous. The Sumerians had a vast array of gods. they massacred tens of thousands of them with Yahweh's blessing. Nahum. Joshua. annihilated the Song-Uttering Chorister angels for failing to chant at the appointed hour..Who is Yahweh? The Tetragrammaton . but prepared to act on a whim too . and it has been suggested that Yahweh could have been a minor war god . violent God. who can sometimes be argued out of his tantrums. Yahweh became increasingly violent.Exodus 4:24 . and devoted to the study of Tarot and the Qabalah . except at times of war. There have been suggestions that Yahweh had his origins in Sumerian mythology.not a very important figure. their hosts and an entire legion of angels for objecting to the creation of man (although Yahweh himself subsequently regretted creating humanity). Yahweh was then adopted by the Israelites as the one and only true god. Yahweh's relationship with humanity takes a turn for the worse.is considered very sacred in Judaism. Yahweh burned the angels of peace and truth. and drowned the angel Rahab for espousing the cause of the Egyptians. was going to slay Moses at one point . And yet the first chapter of Genesis does not refer to this four-letter name at all . and from that point onwards.it simply refers to the creator of the Universe as "Elohim". all-powerful creator of the Universe.
uses the Bible (except the New Testament) as its primary holy book. and with Qabalistic viewpoints Literal . The Qabalah can be seen in many different ways .but at the end of the day it can't be taught. especially the Bible Symbolic . Sun. in his book "The New Living Qabalah". and so is spelt using Hebrew characters (written from right to left). (see bibliography) classifies the Qabalah into five parts: • • • • • Oral .Earth was considered to be a combination of all three. The Qabalah has its own literary history . which according to legend was written by Abraham. Qabalah is a Hebrew word.an oral tradition of knowledge passed on.the Talmud is one such set of writings. Air.concerned with understanding symbols. In this book.using all these aspects to effect change Although Judaism.the earliest and most influential book is the Sefer Yetzirah (The Book of Formation). Everyone has their own path. each letter of the Hebrew alphabet (there are 22) was assigned to either one of the three elements (Fire. you can read about it. write about it and think about it . Judaism has a long history of writing commentaries on the Bible . and not an element in its own right). Qabala. Will Parfitt. only experienced. one of the seven planets (Moon. Water . Venus.. it assumes that the Bible is far more complex than it appears at face value. especially the Tree of Life Practical . Saturn) or one of the twelve signs of the zodiac. Jupiter. Mars. Mercury. Like life itself. Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. like Christianity.an ancient Jewish saying is that "there are as many ways to Truth as human faces". although it was probably written between 1. Hebrew does not use vowels.Qabalah The Qabalah is a Hebrew word meaning "received" ..from books written about the Qabalah. and many of the consonants don't have a one-to-one correspondence with English. In 1280. the Spanish Qabalist Moses de Leon compiled the Zohar. .passed on by word of mouth from a teacher or spiritual traveller Written . So Qabalah can be spelt Kabbalah.from Qabalistic teachings. Cabala. or Book of Radiance.500 and 2.000 years ago. He probably wrote it himself. although he claimed it derived from the mystical writings of a second century Qabalist. and each of us carries with us our own Qabalah.
Above the Abyss. and represent the world of spirit. Chockmah (grey in this diagram) means "wisdom" and is associated with spiritual will. all opposites are reconciled. but this secrecy only occurred as a result of persecution of Qabalists by Christians. the Spanish Qabalist Abraham Abulafia opened the practice to include Jewish women and non-Jews . and modern physics holds much the same .the single source from which we all came.below the Abyss. The Supernal Triad represents the world of spirit . everything is duality. These three sephirot together are called "The Supernal Triad". I've allocated Spirituality and Taoism to these sephirot.The Qabalah has a reputation for being "secret". They lie above "The Abyss" . Indeed. The Supernal Triad: Kether. On these pages. and is associated with pure spirit. a balance of opposites. in the thirteenth century. This idea of all being part of a single source is common to many philosophies and religions. Chockmah and Binah Kether (white in this diagram) means "crown".a radical step. Binah (black in this diagram) means "understanding" and is associated with spiritual awareness.
in one absurdly mad. saint. and at least give a flavour of these sephirot. we live in a universe that presents two complementary aspects. which has heard more than enough of complacent." I've never achieved it myself. This can be a liability in the scientific community. Chockmah and Binah This is called "enlightenment. centipede. man. therefore. This isn't because I think these are the only two areas of relevance . and is everywhere interconnected. you'd. but that is merely their appearance in the four dimensions of spacetime. no-nonsense atheist approach) says: Suppose that.A State of the Universe(s) Report". and all went deep enough inside. shallow-draft assertions to the effect that science amounts to little more than proving what Lao Tzu and Chief Seattle were saying all along. old and expanding and in some sense mechanical.view. dog. the universe began as a hyperdimensional bubble of space. reflexologist and cab-driver. Yet some of the most important scientific and philosophical thinking in history has been impelled by mystical motives.but these are two areas I'm particularly interested in.Spirituality and Taoism. To assert that the universe is deeply interconnected is to echo what mystics have been saying for thousands of years. I'd discover that there'd only been one of us here all the time. every woman. Barefoot Doctor. Experiencing Kether. Those particles look to us like zillions of individual things. We peer through the keyhole of quantum weirdness and see a little of this ancient. I promise I'll put it up on this web site! Chesed and Geburah . original side of the cosmos. but if I ever do and I find an exercise that will achieve it. were simultaneously to drop an advanced level. suicide bomber. we'd all meet up. ever. butterfly. In hyperspace they could very well still be one thing . all but four of the dimensions of which compacted to form what we today call subatomic particles. as string theory implies. be not only connected but identical. The other is built on forms of space and time unfamiliar to us. along with everyone who's ever lived. Timothy Ferris in his book "The Whole Shebang . You'll notice I've only put two buttons below . a book on modern cosmology (and lauded in The Humanist magazine for its sensible. and to our utter astonishment (feigned of course).could. shark. hooker. huge inner chamber. One is large. we'd. hardcoreheavyweight meditation. In that case. bigot. in his splendid book "Barefoot Doctor's Handbook for the Urban Warrior: A Spiritual Survival Guide" sums it up more amusingly: If everyone in the entire universe. Martian.
and is associated with personal love and awareness.and can be frightening.Chesed (blue in this diagram) means "mercy". the god of war. every issue in life is a balance of these two. and from which we get the word "martial".the nervous breakdown that made us see where we needed to go next.his work on cosmology is far too important. Geburah (red in this diagram) means "severity" and is associated with personal will. you can do it. Chesed corresponds to Jupiter. she's a national champion at wheelchair dancing. Albert Einstein was told he would never amount to anything by his school teachers . However. he didn't believe them. He isn't ready to die just yet . It is the harsh lesson that we needed .from where we get the expression"jovial". Moving on sometimes means purging the past . the world will believe you and you will be. a parent can be too harsh with their child. If you decide that you are capable of doing something. It doesn't stop her being physically fit . I've allocated Magick and Ritual to these sephirot. stupid or unattractive. I have a friend who has been in a wheelchair all her life. has a sense of humour and outlook on life that is far richer than most. the angina attack that stopped you short on your road to a heart-attack.the side of free will. and a left hook that's the envy of many a boxer! . Geburah is a misunderstood sephira . Geburah corresponds to Mars. Geburah has its less harsh side too . For example.fortunately for the world. The ability to make things happen because you want them to. If you believe you are worthless. We create our own reality .a world of self-fulfilling prophecies.and that is usually painful. even if others have told you that you're not.she goes skiing. or too lenient. Known as Jove in Roman mythology. he was a powerful but generous god . Experiencing Chesed and Geburah Every time you make a decision that impacts on someone else. On these pages. This level of the tree can be seen as a continuum between Love and Will. Stephen Hawking was given two years to live after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease back in 1962. you are experiencing Chesed and Geburah: weighing up whether you are being "too hard" or "too soft".
It's a blank slate. Maybe it's time for an upgrade. this could lead to the airlines and banks having "catch and imprison the person who robbed our bank/hijacked our plane" as one of their actions . slowly. your life will have changed beyond all recognition. I'm indebted to the Western Order of Buddhists for the following meditation . Then expand it again to include people you actively dislike. in a place where you won't be disturbed.but use it with Love. and not to trample all over other people. and some toolbars. It's easy to love your friends when they love you back. Sit down comfortably. experience and so on.what sort of work would you really like? Design your perfect job. you could actually attempt to run it. but must be tempered with Mercy. . you then have to determine how you could go about achieving these things. Click on the job icon . The problem is. Then another. For each action.Cuddle a politician Geburah has to be balanced with Chesed. This is not an easy half-hour exercise. So .0 Things can't be that bad .and being banks and airlines. you may get error messages: "Caribbean Holiday Error: Insufficient funds to complete task".I first started meditating at a group run by the Western Order of Buddhists back in the early 1980s. so you're still alive. Alternatively. and can take many years. But maybe life isn't perfect for you . But how easy is it to love the guy who pulled out in front of you in his car and then took the only parking space in the car park? Or the hypocritical politician who just gave a speech attacking something you hold dear? Or the drunk driver who caused your injuries? Or the terrorist who was responsible for planting the bomb that killed your child? Chesed has a message of love and forgiveness that can be just as difficult as Geburah.until you can love your enemy. Geburah exercise . in the last exercise you could have decided that a suitable action to increase your wealth would be "rob a bank". Version 1 is getting a little stale and you're getting a bit fed up with it.Reality for Windows v 2. However. It is a long and daunting task.let's get Version 2 out of the box and see what we can do with it. What sort of holidays would you like? Design your perfect holiday scenario. start to create the reality you would like. or a suitable way to go to Bali would be "hijack a plane". Now. use it to make our Universe a better place.you can start to make positive changes to your life right this instant. Having designed your perfect life.it's warm and cosy and fills you with a nice glow. you first need to process your life through the Reality for Windows Action Compiler. Now. Otherwise. and so on . Just put one of the things on your list into action now. The idea of "Love Thy Neighbour" is a beautiful one . to do this.but can be a difficult one to put into practice. a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step . and part of their technique is to imagine your close friends and think loving thoughts about them.there are a few bits and pieces that you'd like to change. qualifications. when you try to run your new reality. The Action Compiler lets you specify a list of things you need to achieve each task: money. Not tomorrow.Chesed is a great big giant fluffy sephira . For instance. <program removed> This is your life.0! So use your Will . Close your eyes. Chesed exercise .there's a blank white screen. You load it up . they may have Reality for Windows v3. and another. Will is a fine thing. Then you expand this to include people that you don't feel that close to. you could just save it to disk and look at it. Before long.you're reading this. and breathe in and out.
Give them a big loving hug. a chat-show host. Keep going. Now breathe out.treat yourself. Breathe in again. Don't despair if you can't do this exercise. Embrace them warmly. Go on .As you breathe in. too .just like you. Go on . Don't worry if you can't actually feel it . They have a soul. newspaper deliverers and so on.it is. and you disagree with them. but that they are human like you and you love them . and feel the warm air blowing out gently through your nostrils. Now see if you can include people that have pissed you off a bit in the past . and me and everyone else in the Universe. Feel it flowing in through your nostrils and into your lungs. It may be a politician. and as you breathe out send waves of loving energy to that person. and smile. your boss . you may be just a bit annoyed with them. Hold a picture of them in your mind. concentrating on the feel of the breath Now imagine a close friend. Think loving thoughts of them. Repeat for several of your friends.you can love them too. Love them anyway.because you love the whole of humanity.anyone. Tell them that you loathe what they stand for. a TV evangelist. Hold the breath for a few seconds . someone you loathe and detest from the core of your being.just long enough to savour it. shop keepers. It takes a LOT of working up to! iphareth . concentrate on your breath. your heart chakra should be just buzzing with Love. Keep breathing rhythmically for a few minutes.not that you hate them.these may include work colleagues. and include people you feel neutral about . Hold an image of them in your mind. but not long enough to be uncomfortable. you're ready for the Big One.I know it's not easy. Think of someone that makes your skin crawl. I promise you! So now. the refuse collectors. But try. By now. It's OK . and out. It won't hurt. Imagine holding them and giving them a hug if it feels appropriate. Love them.
. you can dream and imagine . As we've seen. The subconscious is represented by Yesod. and Tarot is about discovering yourself. rather than a fortune-telling device.because for me. you'd still be you.but the YOU who has this body. you can think. You have an intellect. I've concentrated on Tarot and the Qabalah . On these pages. thoughts and feelings. and is associated with your inner self. not your feelings . You are more than just your body. True. these two are closely related.getting to know yourself.but you are more than just your dreams. Tiphareth corresponds to the Sun. not your thoughts.but you are more than just your thoughts. and is associated with "inner work" . You have a subconscious. Not your body. therefore I am". Experiencing Tiphareth Who are you? You have a physical body . the physical body is represented by Malkuth. The Qabalah is a road-map of yourself. you must exist to be able to think . and overcoming obstacles in your life that stop you achieving what you need.but if you had to have a leg amputated.Tiphareth means "beauty". The intellect is represented by Hod. The French philosopher Rene Descartes said "I think. This is the world of the real you.
Stay in the same position. and is getting quite excited about his holiday. you can do this in a chair instead and imagine you're lying against a tree.so you're aware of them. and he's feeling a bit annoyed because he's having a dispute with his telephone company. For example. How do you feel? Happy or sad? Excited.Climbing the Tree Sit or lie down with your back resting against a tree. Now it's time for the real you to come out. anxious? Get in touch with your emotions . you may not be able to. "There's Chris. just notice them. You can sense their feelings. but imaging your "inner you" looking down on your body as you lie against the tree.. you can laugh and cry.the breeze through your hair.just notice them. Notice any pleasant sensations . If you're in serious physical pain. When you've finished.whether they're nagging thoughts worrying about something. thoughts and sensations . Does it feel any different. Describe what the person looks like. Tiphareth exercise . If it's not a nice day or you don't live near any trees.You have feelings and emotions. feelings and sensations. Sometimes you can get so bogged down in your emotions. But you are more than just your feelings. He's also worrying about whether an important letter he's waiting for is going to arrive before he goes away. or recalling something. calm. Tiphareth is above all these sephirot . for example. and close your chakras. using your name instead of "I". Describe what you see. Don't try to control them . If you do have the ability to detach it can be very useful indeed . The emotions are represented by Netzach. Yesod. He is fairly comfortable.. or pleasant thoughts looking forward to something. what they're feeling physically. but you're not wallowing in them. climb down the tree again and go back into your body.to be able to see your thoughts. He looks quite happy and content. Hod . Imagine that you are climbing out of your body and climbing the tree to a branch directly overhead. it feels as though that's all there is. what they're thinking and what they're feeling emotionally. Are you comfortable? Hot or cold? Be aware of every physical sensation the sensation of sitting. you may not be able to. thoughts and feelings. Sit still for a few minutes. Netzach and Hod. Be aware of how you feel physically.don't be overwhelmed by them. dreams. apart from a slight pain where he stubbed his toe. lying by the tree. looking down on yourself from a different perspective? Can you detach from this person temporarily? If you are going through a crisis. He's also feeling a little sad because a friend of his passed away recently. and who he should ask to feed his cat while he's away.it includes Malkuth. He's thinking about what he's going to do when he goes on holiday. and you're bogged down in your emotions. Chris is feeling quite positive. Notice any itches or aches." You're detached from this person sitting under the tree. Now be aware of your thoughts as they flit in and out. What are you thinking about? Notice them . It is the YOU that has a body. and put them into perspective.
the winged messenger of the gods. and are imbued with meaning and power. as the focus of this site is the Qabalah. A study of the Qabalah necessitates at least a basic appreciation of Hebrew. central to the Qabalah.I find I can pick them up fairly quickly in the early stages. astrology and cosmology. Hebrew I've always been interested in languages and the way they relate to each other. but I've never succeeded in becoming fluent in any language other than my native tongue. English. I've always been frustrated by the fact that I'm not actually very good at languages . and learn a little of a language quite quickly. The intellectual side of life is so vast. I'm going to concentrate on the intellectual side of the esoteric: the study of the Hebrew language. Click on the Hebrew icon below for a very brief introduction to the Hebrew language. and relevant links. because Hebrew to the Qabalist is far more than just a language. My study of astrology was triggered by my interest in the Tarot. Cosmology . So. a particular passion of mine. You will notice that each sephira on this site has its Hebrew name displayed. Click on the astrology icon below for more information about astrology. and relevant links. and I teach it at the Bristol School of Astrology. Hod corresponds to the planet Mercury. Astrology I’ve been interested in astrology since I was a child. The letters themselves are considered sacred. my chart. In our society. This is the world of thoughts and ideas.Hod means "splendour". and is associated with the intellect and the mind. which is also where I undertook my formal study of the subject. intellectual pursuits are highly prized and we spend a lot of our time experiencing this sephira. this site couldn't possibly begin to scratch the surface.
Mathematicians use the concept of number "space". no matter how indirect the association is. Words.like doing a crossword puzzle. quite separate from our space of three dimensions. As soon as you've finished the exercise.the study of the Universe.it's real. a very spiritual area of science . hear and generate some internal images for you. Do any of the words look strange? Sometimes everyday words can suddenly look strange.that thoughts existed in a "space". If you're reading this over the web. or writing a computer program. for me. our normal notions of space and time break down when we're engrossed in something very "mental" . and we have the idea of "cyberspace" . Greek philosophy had the concept of a "space of ideas" .first coined by the brilliant novelist William Gibson . This "program space" is quite different from the three dimensions that we normally know and live in. following the various paths. Sometimes. It exists . quickly write down any immediate impressions that may now be in your mind. It's space. Do you notice anything? This is a very simple form of ritual . While the logical side of your brain follows the instructions and is kept busy. twenty times. doing something that is essentially meaningless. Experiencing Hod My first experience of meditation was quite inadvertent . you're in cyberspace. thoughts and the intellectual challenge. Pick out the strange ones and say them out loud. Feel the rhythm of the word as you say it again and again. but not as we know it.and "Hod-space" is the world of ideas. we enter a different kind of "space".I became a computer programmer. When I'm really engrossed in a program. You have a "back" button on your browser . Click on the cosmology icon below for more information about cosmology. When we meditate. There are many different kinds of meditation space . very slowly.Cosmology is. You can navigate your way round in it. Jim. up or down. and how it came into being.you have kept your brain active. I feel as though I'm "inside" the program. and relevant links. Modern science seems to be coming to the same sorts of conclusions as many spiritual outlooks. and lose their meaning until your brain kicks back in again. Netzach . Look at the words you've written down and stare at them for at least a minute.to refer to the community of people connected via the Internet. Write it down. Now write down a dozen words that you associate with it. feel your throat vibrate or your tongue hiss as you say them. your intuitive side has time to listen.Words.but there's no North or South. Hod exercise . Pick one of the words and say it slowly. Feel them forming in your mouth. Words Think of a three-syllable word.
This book is so good. This meditation is my variant of the "Three Friendly Deities" meditation in the astonishingly good "Barefoot Doctor's Handbook for the Urban Warrior: A Spiritual Survival Guide" (see Bibliography). I've included it in the sphere of Malkuth instead. If you've ever experienced total and utter despair. This is closely related to Taoist ideas. Netzach is the world of feelings . Experiencing Netzach If you've ever fallen in love.but as walking is also a physical pursuit. On these pages. This is the world of feelings.Netzach means "victory".the idea of yielding. Netzach is associated with the idea of surrendering to the energy around you. can be very intense at times. and is particularly associated with pursuits such as art. Modify this meditation to include your own personal deities! .it's a lovely way of just letting go and relaxing. and sacred sites. The following meditation is not designed to be that intense .whether in the city or the country .which as we know. as well . and is associated with the emotions. I definitely recommend that you buy at least two copies of it. you've already experienced Netzach. I also associate Netzach with beautiful scenery and walks in places of beauty . I've included Bristol (because it's my home town and I love it). Netzach corresponds to the planet Venus. music and dance. you've already experienced Netzach. and just taking a back seat and enjoying life.
After breakfast. You walk through the beautiful scented gardens to the doors of the palace. and decide to go for a stroll before lunch. a benevolent if scruffily-dressed Merlin-type character with mischievous eyes and a beard you could hide a badger in. which being made entirely of polished ruby coming as it does straight from a fairy-tale.Netzach exercise . listening to the waves breaking far below. the cool sand on the soles of your feet. you hug goodbye and start to walk up the cliff path. You're going to be having lunch with the prince at the palace later. and the ocean in the other.your guardian angel stands next to you. your lover . It's nearly time for breakfast. and there is no need for words . and the lakes in one direction. or a tarot reading.if I'm intending to do a different sort of meditation. getting the parasols ready for another warm day as you walk out of the water and slowly up the beach. The prince walks out. until you reach the plateau at the cliff top. And you get a friend. You feel absolutely safe. The red glow in the sky gets stronger . moonlit tropical ocean listening to the waves breaking. You pass the cave with the hermit and acknowledge him with a smile and keep climbing until you reach the summit. and you stand awe-struck at the magnificent view over the other mountains. and you and Rita sit down chatting and drinking. a strong espresso with a perfect crema on it and a freshly-baked croissant. and you're swimming in a warm. too! You sit in the gardens cuddling each other.you have total trust in each other. I'll stay at the top of the mountain. Not only does she run the perfect café. smiling. I'll come down to the palace and stay there. You sit watching the sunrise. and she brings you a freshly squeezed orange juice. You kiss "au revoir". or a friend needs a shoulder to cry on. and bobbing up and down with them. he's your best friend. When you feel ready. and Rita is just opening up her café on the beach. The great thing about this meditation is you can do it whenever you want. or playing badminton. just before dawn breaks. You really appreciate him . If I'm going to do physical exercise . You see the psychedelic purples and pinks in the sky as the day breaks.I'll come down to the beach again. I tend to come down to the appropriate level . If I am going to socialise.you are moved beyond them. to kiss you tenderly. and always helps you out if you're in trouble and gives you a hug when you're down. sparkle in the morning sun. and it's completely free of charge. and start to walk up the steep mountain path. and you are aware of a presence . You see her setting the tables on the beach. but from the light reflected on the magnificent crimson palace on the top of the cliff. until you are nearly at the snow-capped peaks at the top. You climb and climb. You absorb the view. Golden eagles soar overhead. She smiles and waves to you. you can descend the mountain again. the seagulls crying. and you wave back happily as you walk up to the café. the invigorating mountain air filling your lungs. a lover and an angel of your choice into the bargain! Yesod . or doing T'ai Chi .and such a fashionable address. You peer into the crystal cave and look at the sparkling citrine and amethyst on your way up. You sit down at a beach table.a long walk. and hear the sounds of the seagulls as they circle around. it's better than the description in the holiday brochure.not just from the dawn hue of the sun. and Rita's uninhibited hoot of laughter as she relates the rather dubious joke about the goat and the watermelon to the clientele yet again.Three Friendly Deities It's early in the morning. unable to find words. she's also a great friend and confidante. and walk along the plateau a short way to the foot of the mountain.
astral travelling and dreamwork. our conditioning and our sexuality. A "just a dream" is what is says . Other times.I was actually there.meditation and the chakras . The spheres surrounding it (Netzach .seeing the astral body. Dreams have always had special significance for me. Yesod is the "place" where things are formed before they are acted out in Malkuth. Keep a pencil and paper by your bed. frequently you will have forgotten them completely within half an hour . try the following over a period of two weeks. Experiencing Yesod Yesod is associated with dreams. others have only a vague impression. write down your dream. One thing that most people have in common is that no matter how vividly you remember your dreams on waking. Hod . This is MUCH easier said than done! There are numerous practical problems: . I wake up feeling as though it wasn't "just a dream" . On this site.intellect and Malkuth . The effect on me is sometimes very profound. Yesod carries with it the ideas and conditioning of the past as well. I've divided my dreams into "just a dream" and "a real dream".emotions. to form the full experience.although really the whole Tree is associated with different sorts of meditation and different chakras. It is also associated with spiritual experiences that lie just outside the physical . the physical world. I've chosen this page to represent the psychic side of life . Some people remember their dreams vividly on waking. I haven't. It is associated with the subconscious. When you wake up. and is as "real" as any physical experience. I wake up with anything from a vague impression to a vivid recall .the astral or subconscious realm. This isn't to say that if I dream of a person that I believe I've physically been to that person's house.Yesod means "Foundation" . Yesod corresponds to the Moon. every since I was a child. and still others have no recollection at all. the subconscious and the Moon.Dream Recall To experience Yesod. I've astrally been with them.and yet it doesn't seem important.it felt like just a dream and nothing more. Yesod exercise .physical) are in the present.or even less.
This tip works well if you live alone. I tried to say the first line before writing it down. after your brain has started working. If you really can't write the second you wake up. write down some key words in your dream (for example: "boat". Unfortunately. and then realised that it was utter gibberish. If you want to try to analyse them. so your experience now consists of your day-to-day reality together with a knowledge of your dreams. that's fine . "bubonic plague". elegant and amusing. This dream exercise gives you a taste of Yesod by helping to crystallise the fleeting experience that is dreaming. because in my dream someone had quoted a short. After doing this for at least two weeks. "multi-tasking operating system") Notice anything odd. Malkuth . the act of writing is usually enough to get your brain to start working. It can't be done. I woke up and just had to write it down quickly before I forgot. Just being aware of them means that my Universe is a larger than it would otherwise be.but Yesod is obscure. Trying to experience Yesod directly is like trying to catch moonbeams. Admittedly. and you know what the difference looks like. and you know what it looks like with the reflection. Without thinking about it. but can cause misunderstandings if you live in a shared house. "playing backgammon with Genghis Khan").but just a series of grunts and moans. personally. on one occasion I woke up laughing. You may have absolutely no recollection of your dream whatsoever. Don't panic! If you possibly can. Or draw a quick picture. "toadstool".• • • Once your brain really kicks in. This may seem a bit obscure . there's a good chance you'll forget your dream.I don't bother. the act of vocalising the words (which may well be easier than writing them) makes it more likely they'll stick in your mind so you can write them down a few minutes later. "arguing". You may feel too groggy to be able to write coherently. To give an example. Not even writable gibberish that would have been quite interesting in its own right . see if you feel any different internally. shout out some key words at least three times. it rhymed and the meter of the poem was just perfect. this DOES make writing it down a bit of a problem. But you do know what the sea looks like without the reflection of the full moon in it. The act of writing down your dreams means that you are less likely to forget them. succinct poem that was beautiful. "cat". It was only four lines long. particularly if you share a house with a psychiatrist. write down the first few words that come into your head (for example.
For example. and have no idea what it looks like. but when you bite into something. It is at the bottom of the Tree of Life and yet. you experience a whole set of thoughts and emotions: that ice-cream you're eating may remind you of a similar taste experience you had years ago. Sit down quietly where you won't be disturbed. at the same time. because even the most hardened sceptic is aware of physical sensations! However. Malkuth is about more than simply physical experience. that you have a dental appointment tomorrow. or somewhere public. You will need a small piece of food for this . and so it has four colours: Russet for fire Citrine for air Olive for water Black for earth On this site. what the people and animals and plants are like. It may be in your house. what sort of food humans eat. try the following exercise. it is also the top sphere of another Tree of Life. your garden.the physical realm. Imagine that you are an alien visitor to Earth . and reminds you. I've chosen this page to represent the physical side of life . and all the memories associated with that come flooding back. we rarely experience anything physically without a whole load of other thoughts and feelings being associated with it. or it may be so cold it sets your teeth on edge. taste is part of the experience of Malkuth. You don't have ANY preconceived ideas.a piece of fruit or a sandwich.Alien Visitor To experience Malkuth. Malkuth exercise . nervously. None of these associated thoughts and feelings are part of Malkuth just the physical sensation. for instance. .Malkuth means "the Kingdom" . Malkuth is the easiest sephira for us to relate to. Normally.like walking and eating. Experiencing Malkuth In many ways. Malkuth corresponds to the planet Earth and to all the elements.you have never been here before. or you may be on a diet and start worrying about how many calories it contains.
it merely accepts that certain sensory inputs trigger reactions in the brain.or if it does. Notice the texture.the day-to-day way of operating. or metaphor. and they work for me. science doesn't really "believe" in love . When I first started to meditate. Compare the experience . if there is an energy centre. which is a mixture of various sephiroth coming into play. Now pick up the piece of food. I use them. kinetic. After you have eaten half the food. So frankly. after all. I don't care whether chakras are "real" or a metaphor. Eat the rest of the food in the normal way. But then again. They're new to you. . Notice the taste. which in turn manifest as psychological states. it believes in the concept as a purely psychological construct. because you have never eaten Earth food before. and at what rate? So it is that science doesn't believe in chakras . Chakras Chakras are "energy centres" in the body. and seeing things through different eyes. Notice the sensation of your mouth chewing the food. sit quietly for a few minutes while you come back into the "real world". Just EXPERIENCE the sensation of looking around and seeing images. then what kind of energy? Electrical.you don't see "a cat" or "a road accident" . electromagnetic? And energy can be measured .Take a look around you . and start being human again. and start to chew it. for instance. Just be AWARE of the sensations.you don't know what these things are.what do you see? Don't give the things that you see labels . I didn't believe that chakras were "real". Start looking around you and name the things you see around you. and we have seven primary chakras. There are no other sensations .the food does not remind you of anything. What aspects are the same? What aspects are different? You're comparing "raw" Malkuth to your normal experience.how many kilojoules were these energy centres processing. very slowly.
When you feel horny. Imagine the feeling.Contacting your chakras Chakra means "wheel". As there are seven main chakras and seven colours of the rainbow. and I've used this colour correspondence on this page. You can visualise your chakras as you like. The "sensations" I've listed for each chakra are a little simplistic . Pure. but in the middle of your body as opposed to down your back. the buzz you get when you feel really satisfied after strenuous physical exercise . many people correlate each chakra with a colour.the area you can feel when you contract your anus.that's the base chakra feeling. raw physical energy. Svadisthana: Sexual chakra The sexual chakra is situated near your genitals . Raw sexual energy. . but personally I find this a useful correspondence. Each chakra has a name (I've given the English and Indian names here) and is located at a certain point of the body.try practising the colour visualisation exercise a few times and see if you can sense what each chakra "feels" like for yourself. Each chakra is situated on a line running parallel to the spine. Muladhara: Base chakra The base chakra is situated at the very base of the spine but inside a little .the base of the penis or clitoris. that's your sexual chakra doing its stuff. and your chakras can be visualised as spinning wheels of energy.
a very warm or buzzing sensation in your third eye. It is a focus of spiritual energy. Imagine feeling really confident about something . but just above the top of the head. If you meditate. and the chakras are the pumping stations that help to move this energy around.congratulations! I admit that I don't! Opening and balancing your chakras According to the system of Chinese philosophy called Taoism. and the sensation associated with it is a feeling of connectedness and contentment with the Universe. The energy of communication. If you actually know what this feels like . you will be familiar with the sensation of this chakra . science does not admit to such a thing . as its name suggests. the middle to the heart chakra and the upper to the third eye chakra. lice. This is a powerful psychic centre and its sensation can't be described easily in everyday terms.Manipura: Solar plexus chakra The solar plexus chakra.the warm glow of satisfaction.is the sensation of the heart chakra.you. or even spiritual enlightenment. rats. of course. which is in the middle of your forehead between your eyebrows . or just that powerful feeling of warmth and benevolence of love freely given . .your throat chakra is working overtime. I say "correspond" in a loose sense . and in living organisms . called "Tantiens" (pronounced "Dan-tee-ens"): the lower tantien corresponds to the solar plexus chakra. cats. Anahata: Heart chakra The heart chakra is situated near the heart. your child. Love .but the term "gut feeling" sums up this chakra. not on the outside. mice.but inside your head. fleas and trees Chi manifests as a life-force which flows through us. Ajna: Third eye chakra The third eye chakra is situated in the "third eye". and many conventional medics are now referring patients for acupuncture. your friends . me. This energy is present in all things. Taoism also recognises three areas of the body which can be seen as reservoirs of Chi. but in the middle of the body (rather than to one side). Sahasara: Crown chakra The crown chakra is not situated in the body at all.to your mother. the tantiens are "pools" of energy. bats. the Universe is filled with a vital energy called Chi. If the flow of Chi is blocked. When you're just bursting to have your say and just want to chatter on and on .and yet the whole of acupuncture is based on this principle. is situated in the area of your solar plexus. Of course. then disease results. Visuddhi: Throat chakra The throat chakra is situated in your throat.whether you're "in love" with someone.in effect. It's a difficult sensation to describe .
Now. visualising the stream turning orange and gather around your sexual chakra. After this. and note the colour of the smoke you're blowing out. until you are breathing in orange energy to your sexual chakra. Do this a few times. it's a good idea to close them again afterwards. in through your nose and out through your mouth. becoming indigo. turning green in the process. in combining the Chinese concept of Chi with the Indian concept of chakras. Be aware of the base of your spine. and start breathing easily and evenly. If your upper chakras are working overtime and your lower ones have ground to a halt. until you are blowing out yellow smoke. Close your eyes. Maybe the stream flows. breathing through your nose. If it's the other way round. I find that sometimes I can get it to work in one direction but not the other. Be aware of these blockages. or bored all the time. and blowing out yellow smoke. I use the following meditation to do a health check on my chakras periodically. On a convenient in breath. getting paler as it rises up towards your stomach. Any blockages there have been cleared. Colour meditation This meditation works best if your spine is vertical. Truth is Universal! To achieve balance.maybe you have difficulty visualising the stream moving from one particular chakra. or it looks "dirty". Do this until you are breathing in yellow energy to your solar plexus chakra.just keep gently breathing in the red energy to the base of your spine. you may feel "spaced out" all the time. Blow out. These can indicate blockages. and blowing out orange smoke. and blowing out until the smoke you're blowing out is red smoke. You can do this meditation from the top downwards. Don't worry . you may feel physically well but feel discontent. You can either do it standing up. or muddy. Carry on breathing.situated about 5cm below your navel. or from the bottom upwards. the indigo energy in your third eye will flow up to the top of your head. the green energy in your heart will flow up to your throat. Blow out through your mouth. I may be accused of mixing and matching my philosophies here . Open your mouth. and helps to balance them. Imagine your feet are bathed in a red pool of energy. you need to have all your chakras working fairly evenly. See what works best for you. becoming yellow in the process. Once you've done any sort of meditation. and the feeling of your feet on the ground. but you may find that the visualised smoke you blow out is grey. I'm going to describe the meditation from the bottom up. becoming violet. turning blue.but who cares. the blue energy in your throat will flow up to your third eye. Breathe in. visualising the pool of orange energy flowing upwards again as you breathe in. Continue this process for the other chakras . Now as you carry on breathing. Your intention is to blow out orange smoke.the yellow energy in your solar plexus will flow up to your heart. visualise a stream of red energy going in through the soles of your feet. visualise the pool of red energy that has gathered at the base of your spine and imagine it rising up in a stream to your sexual chakra . and gently blow out. if your throat chakra has a . and see if there are issues in your life that need to be resolved associated with the chakras involved. Make a note of any difficulties you find . Strange though it seems. For example. or sitting in a chair. Do this for a few breaths. Your intention is to blow out red smoke. Imagine you are blowing out smoke. and the act of visualising them working properly is usually enough to clear the blockage. This meditation opens your chakras one by one. and finally. As the stream flows up. it gets paler and becomes orange. to make sure the out colour is the same as the in colour each time. or some other colour. but the smoke you blow out is not the colour you intended. and is doing its job properly. You may find some chakras easier than others. Now just be aware that your base chakra is balanced. up your legs and gathering at the base of your spine.
and do the same . Repeat this three times. and used as a tool of instruction for those who couldn't read. with one exception. If you leave it open. Whatever its origins. 3.some say that it derives from the ancient Egyptians. various events will open certain chakras . and imagine a stream of green light flowing out from your heart and into the Universe around you.but try to make this a temporary measure. if your heart chakra is involved. from bottom to top. 2. Protection visualisation. Zip up the sleeping bag. opening the lily on your heart as you do so. dreaming will open your third eye chakra. the correspondences between Tarot and the Qabalah are striking. then slowly breathe out (through your mouth or nose). and is associated with universal love. you leave yourself open to give love unconditionally to those around you. Repeat twice more. tarot cards were used for fortune telling. visualise your crown chakra as a lotus flower (or water lily). Then breathe out. Or at least. with a purple light streaming in through the top of your head as you breathe in. and so when you wake up one or more of your chakras may be open. this takes less than five minutes and avoids leaving any chakras inadvertently open. and the sleeping bag. maybe you are having difficulty in communicating your needs to someone. There are various ways to close down your chakras: 1. but it does. Colour closedown. with an indigo light streaming in through your third eye. try to leave your heart chakra open. This is good if you wake from a nightmare: imagine you are inside a sleeping bag. Repeat twice more. It is also the basis for modern playing cards.in particular. Carry on for all the other chakras (including the heart chakra). The heart chakra is a very special one. I use the tarot for gaining insights into myself.just getting out of bed and walking around is usually enough to close the chakras that were opened up while you slept. and they'll give you love back. enough of them will to make it worthwhile! If you are feeling really. and the zip has come undone. are bathed in a pale blue light. The Tarot works on many levels. Repeat this opening twice more. and to help friends gain similar insights. or you'll end up feeling cut off from the community around you. Exercise. Starting from the crown chakra. This doesn't have to be vigorous . this may leave you feeling drained or vulnerable. Then gently open your heart chakra: breathe in deeply. really hurt and feel that you need all the love you've got for yourself then shut your heart chakra down too . just peering out from it. It is more likely that it was invented in the early 14th century.blockage. so that you are cocooned inside it. so it's a good idea to shut them down again. . Closing chakras: psychic protection Even if you don't meditate regularly. Tarot Tarot is an ancient system of knowledge of unknown origin . After finishing this meditation. If your chakras remain open. Now move on to the third eye chakra. maybe you are being too self-centred (or conversely. some that it derives from Atlantis.although the other methods are quicker. I don't pretend to know how it works. close the lily (use your fingers to physically go through the motions of closing the leaves). I always do this after I've meditated . As it streams in. By the 1800s. giving too much of your self to others and neglecting your own needs). and was also used for gambling. close your chakras.this time. Then imagine you.
but in traditional decks they are: Wands. These suits have different names in different decks .and 22 paths on the Tree of Life. the five of each suit corresponds to Geburah. So. representing "severity".although my deck uses King. Queen. many different decks available . representing the element of earth Each suit has ten numbered cards.. The major arcana consists of 22 cards with descriptive titles . There are ten numbered cards in each suit .such as "Death". The sixes correspond to Tiphareth. There are 22 major arcana cards .and the sixes tend to have positive balanced messages.and there are many. Queen. Ace to Ten. This is a very positive and balanced sephira. and four "court cards" . "The Star".which are traditionally King. representing "beauty" . and are divided into four suits. "The Hanged Man" and "The Wheel of Fortune". and a major arcana card: ..and ten sephirot. split into the "Major Arcana" and the "Minor Arcana. representing the element of water Swords. Knight and Page . The 22 paths of the tree of life each have a Hebrew letter associated with them.and the fives in tarot tend to have quite harsh messages. The numbered cards correspond to each sephira .for example. Prince and Princess.Tarot and the Tree of Life The Tarot consists of 78 cards." The minor arcana are the basis for modern day playing cards. representing the element of air Pentacles. representing the element of fire Cups. This is quite a challenging sephira.
This is the deck that I prefer to use personally.The attributions of the cards to the Tree are not accepted by everyone . This system is the one used by an esoteric organisation called the Golden Dawn. called the "Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot". the Tree of Life with its ten sephirot. The Golden Dawn produced a new deck in the 1980s. Its literature is well worth reading. these can be split into "traditional" decks and the "mystical" decks.some systems swap the Emperor and the Star. still widely used. the number seven (seven stars. Decks There are numerous different sorts of tarot decks available. the Thoth deck. For example. Generally. seven pointed star on the woman's head) is representative of Venus (the planet associated with sephira number seven. Netzach). This was a society set up in 1888 as a "magickal fraternity" of men and women. and included Dion Fortune and Aleister Crowley among its members. and there are a number of references in the bibliography. the Hebrew attribute (Tzaddi. the "Star" card below shows the astrological meaning (Aquarius. both in its imagery and the astrological symbol on the bottom of the card). Aleister Crowley produced his own deck. . as it has the Qabalistic symbolism embedded in each card. for example. the fish hook). represented by the woman on the card. The best-known traditional deck in England is probably the "Rider-Waite" deck.
for example. the Mythic Tarot with Greek mythological symbolism. . I've seen it in various Golden Dawn books. It is a form of meditation. and a similar meditation is described in Mary Greer's "Tarot for Your Self" (see bibliography) and various others. Use whatever deck you relate to best . the Greenwood deck with its pagan imagery. Tarot is a way of gaining insights into myself. The following meditation is one I use frequently . various Arthurian decks and the Osho Zen deck which has completely different suits and even an extra major arcana card. To me.More modern decks have different symbolism .you will know when you see the right deck for you. Meditation Tarot is usually seen as a "fortune-telling" method. and to close my chakras afterwards. The meditation (often called "scrying") is very powerful. and I find it useful to perform a banishing ritual before and after doing this. of finding out what lessons I can learn in this lifetime.I would acknowledge the original source if I knew who it was.
Initially. Notice anything else that you might see in this landscape. Make sure you are sitting comfortably. we may be grown up now. afterwards. preferably longer. Health warning! If you haven't meditated before. Breathe in and out gently. choose a card that looks "friendly" to you. and close your chakras. Once you can picture the tarot card in all its details with your eyes shut. any unexpected images that crop up.but most of us can remember sitting round at night as kids. Alternatively. Open your eyes. Try the Friendly Deities meditation or the Climbing the Tree meditation first. Write down what you experienced. positive experience. and then breathing out again. tarot cards are very powerful tools. Become aware of the room you're sitting in. This may sound silly . Choose a character in this tableau (it doesn't have to be human) and talk to it. and keep your eyes closed. don't spend too long in the landscape. Magick Magick is the art of achieving results by using your Will.don't talk to it. into your lungs. but it's still possible to scare yourself. and see whether you've missed anything. Meditation should be a pleasant. Shut the door firmly behind you. or even days. looking at the various images on the card. to help you. ignore it. Remain seated for a while. talking and three-dimensional. for most of us. and do make sure you come back down to earth afterwards. where you will not be disturbed for at least half an hour. and hold the picture of the card in your mind's eye. look at your chosen tarot card. Now open the door and walk through it. After you've talked to your character. Don't get sidetracked . (Tipareth represents the inner work) .Choose a tarot card from the major arcana. the Devil and the Tower probably aren't good candidates for scrying if you've never tried this before. Finally. you're in a landscape that looks like the depiction on the card. turn around and walk through the door back into this reality. don't start with this one. However. telling each other ghost stories and scaring the living daylights out of ourselves. This is not the same as magic. and the experience can be frightening. Close your eyes. imagine the card growing in size. and stay relaxed. until it's the size of a small door (the door should be slightly shorter than you). the purpose of this (even if you don't "believe" in chakras) is to provide a technique for protecting yourself against frightening situations.you're talking to one character on the card. If another character wanders on to the scene particularly if it's a character not on the card . and sometimes they will connect you with aspects of your personality that you may not feel comfortable with. The characters on the card are moving. Instead of a static image. feel yourself drawing it in through your nostrils. often when you least expect it. focusing on your breath. Observe it closely. Being dragged out of a mental landscape suddenly can leave you feeling very uneasy for hours. background noises and familiar surroundings before you open your eyes. I've described how to close your chakras elsewhere on this site. cards like Death. Ask it what lessons it has for you. walk backwards through the door so that the landscape you've just been in recedes. which is using conjuring tricks and sleight of hand. When you feel relaxed. all tarot cards have positive and negative aspects. if the phone or doorbell rings in the middle of your meditation.
but he was certainly no Satanist. I should just mention a couple of points. Your Will should be in harmony with the Universe . as "ha-satan". The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentragram The following ritual I find very powerful . Once they have performed their duty. The instructions indicate that a word should be "vibrated". Aleister Crowley. . or summon up beings. Actually. I suppose that as Magick is achieving results using Will. A famous magician. by all accounts. as it will backfire on you. for example. or Satanism. burning incense and lighting candles. these rituals are Qabalistic . was appallingly egotistical. Real Magick is not like this. Satan only appears as the prince of evil in the New Testament. However. I certainly wouldn't bother trying to invoke him even if I did believe in his existence. meaning "adversary". ritual plays a major part in many Christian groups. or some kinds of meditation. Secondly.but as I'm not a Christian. or make someone love you.A lot of people are scared by Magick . Before going into the details."black magic". It is a very spiritual symbol if the point is upwards. Crowley was never a good diplomat. Satan is mentioned in the Old Testament. without regard for others. The answer is: yes. This ritual summons up the four heavenly archangels to clear a space of energy. I think it is only polite to thank each of them and ask them to depart with your love and thanks. and was adopted by the early Christians too. both good and bad. you will ultimately fail. Magicians are often asked "Can you do real magic? Can you create things out of thin air. And that's REAL magick. The pentagram is an ancient symbol. not all. You can do this ritual directly. but not if you do it purely for your own ends. to be sure .the ritual still works. This is done by saying the word slowly and in a very deep voice. who consider it to be "Satanic".I always used to have negative connotations with the word "banishing" I like my house to be friendly and welcoming . and strange looking people dressed in robes. and positively revelled in winding people up and in his notorious reputation he was a difficult man to get on with. We have probably been exposed to far too many films showing "Black Masses".they are based on Judaism for their symbolism. Many people took this to mean that you should do what ever you want. chanting strange names and summoning up the devil. Quakers and many fundamentalists) eschew the use of ritual altogether. This is ultimately futile. and yet is not generally considered evil.but this ritual is to clear a space of energy. But you can effect a change within yourself that brings to you that which you need. the word "pentagram" has negative connotations for many Christians. or gain great wealth?". and to protect it. but that doesn't stop me using the same symbolism that Judaism uses . then Magick can be used for negative purposes. such as Anglicans and Roman Catholics. This is a useful thing to do before doing a Tarot reading. towards heaven. or use some accessories to make the associations stronger. It means that you should act in accordance with your Will. but are universal. It doesn't. Firstly.if you try to go against the Universe. and had a rather wicked sense of humour.and many Christian groups (such as Methodists. and that your Will is in tune with the Universe at large. Magick has had something of a bad press. so he's something of major character in Christianity . if your Will is to further your ego without regard for others. was reviled by the popular press as "the most evil man in England" for describing himself as the reincarnation of the Beast 666. and for formulating his Law: "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law". to swim against the tide. most religions make use of ritual. I'm not Jewish.they assume that anything that involves some kind of process or ritual must be evil .
. visualising a line of white light as you go. Stage Two: Summoning the angels Face East. Vibrate the word "ATAH". Move your finger down to your groin.. You have the power to do what you want. and imagine it blazing in fire: Thrust your index finger through the middle of the point and vibrate "YOD HEH VAV HEH".. the kingdom.Stage One: The Qabalistic Cross The words for this ritual are taken from the last part of the Lord's Prayer: "For thine.. and vibrate "AMEN". ..the four-letter name of God. You "will" this ritual to happen.. drawing in energy from the Universe. Visualise yourself standing on the world. Vibrate: "VE GEDULAH". breathing slowly and regularly. Raise your right hand high in the air. NOW. Now move your finger across to your left shoulder. and visualise a line of white light following your finger. Now move your finger to your right shoulder and vibrate "VE GEBURAH". Draw divine energy down from the sky and to your forehead. touching your third eye. Be aware that you are doing this as a result of your WILL. Be aware that you harbour no hatred for anyone.. Vibrate: "MALKUTH" (pronounced Mal-Koot). Open your arms wide apart in a cross. Amen". Be aware of standing on the Earth and being grounded. index finger pointing directly upwards to the ceiling. for ever. This is the tetragrammaton . and that your love is unconditional and universal.. the glory. Now cross your arms across your chest and vibrate "LE OLAHM" (pronounced "Lay O Lahm"). Be aware of being HERE.. Stand upright. the power. Draw a pentagram in the air with the index finger of your right hand..
inscribing white light again. russet. Now imagine a six-rayed star above your head (the hexagram): Say: "For about me flame the pentagrams." Stage Three Repeat the Qabalistic Cross.Turn round clockwise. Visualise the archangel of Fire dressed in robes of red and green rising up.GABRIEL". Draw another flaming pentagram. Draw another flaming pentagram. Say "behind me . .and the flaming pentagrams. Turn round to the East again. Turn to the North. Draw another flaming pentagram and vibrate "ADONAI". Say "before me . Turn to the West. and above me and within me shines the six-rayed star. and inscribe a line of pure white light as you move towards the South. olive and black. facing outwards.RAPHAEL".facing outwards . Visualise all the angels . He is wearing robes of yellow and violet. This means "Lord". my Lord". Visualise the archangel of Water dressed in robes of blue and orange stepping out of the sea behind you. dressed in robes of citrine. This means "I am that I am".URIEL". Say "at my left hand .which means "Thou art great forever. and vibrate "EH HEH EE EH". This is AGLA. finger still pointing out. inscribing white light as you go. inscribing white light as you go. short for "Atah Gibor Le-Olahm Adonai" . and vibrate "AH GAH LA". the obscure answer that God gave to Moses when Moses asked God his name. vibrating the angelic name and visualising the archangel of Air rising up before you.MICHAEL" (pronounced "Mee-kye-el"). Say "at my right hand . Visualise the archangel of Earth.
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