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(no subject) [May. 31st, 2007|08:22 pm]
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'Crowley writes [about the tarot tens] that Malkuth, "depends on the other nine Sephiroth, but is not directly in communication with them. It is become a blind Force; so, the most violent form of that particular energy, without any modifying influences."

-- Lon Milo DuQuette, Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot, p. 222
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Snakes and Ladders [May. 27th, 2007|11:30 am]
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And so it is, that you get to a certain point on the tree, and then suddenly -- poof! -- you are somewhere else. The Work calls you where you need to be, and where the Work needs you.

And so it is that my Work is suddenly calling me to very Malkuthy concerns: work, finance, house, garden, elements, earth.

And so it is that I realize, in a blinding flash of "Duh!", that it might not be bad timing to try doing Gates of Light again as a structure for the Work.

So: June. Malkuth, again, for me. For you, perhaps it is something else, which is lovely and fitting.

Shall we re-open the Gates?
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Intro and beginning [May. 25th, 2006|06:05 pm]
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[mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]
[music |none]

Hello all! I joined this group a bit ago, and hadn't really had the time to do anything about it. Now I'm going to start working through the sephiroth with Malkuth in June. Earth, material issues, stability - this is definitely the time for it. (I just moved into a new house, and I have a job interview June 1.)

So, me. My current description of my path is Eclectic/NeoWiccan, Feri Seeker, Thelemite. I got interested in the Hermetic Kabbalah because of ceremonial magic, but have also begun learning about Judaism. I began working with the paths of the Tree of Life this year during the Thelemic Holy Season, and wanted to explore the sephiroth too. Lo and behold, I found this group. :)

I'm passionate about magic and creativity, and they are intimately connected for me. This should be interesting.
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angel help [Apr. 19th, 2005|09:22 am]
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Anyone know how to classify/have some interpretation for an angel I saw in a trance yesterday?

It was white and translucent and in flowy robes like on the Temperance card. I didn't see its wings but I knew they were there. I was asking for an ally for Dream work, but I'm not sure if that's its purpose. It appeared, and left into the above where it became a star. It gave me the gift of flames in my palm.

My intuition (and some quick reading) say that it might be one of the aishim, an angel of fire that resides in Malkuth (though Ellen Cannon Reed puts them in Yesod, which appealed to my inner Virgo because we were working with dreams). But I don't know if they're white. Or what they look like. Or what they do. I don't want to overdetermine whoever that angel was, but I also have few ideas of where to look to find out more.

(Alternatively, it was my HGA as my guide for dream work. I'm just not sure.)
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Machinery of the Universe [Feb. 2nd, 2005|06:05 pm]
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I set up my Yesod altar this evening, with:

Two purple cloths
A mirror
A white quartz
A mirror, and on top of it
A lovely purple quartz
An Artemis statue from Mythic Images
An offering bowl with a mix of damiana, mandrake root, and jasmine oil
All the nines from the Cosmic Tribe tarot, going down the right side in tetragrammaton order of the elements

Am I ready for a vision of the machinery of the universe? The month will tell. I am very much looking forward to the month's work, I know, and to tying together some other mirror work I'm doing with my intuitive hit of mirrors in Yesod.

Happy Brigid/Imbolc/Eimolc/Candlemas/Groundhog's Day to all, and welcome to the Foundation!
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malkuth: radical amazement [Jan. 20th, 2005|01:55 pm]
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Plato writes, “The right way of Eros, whether one goes alone or is led by another, is to begin with the beautiful things that are here and ascend ever upwards aiming at the beauty that is above, climbing, as it were, on a ladder from one beautiful body to two, and from two to all the others, and from beautiful bodies to beautiful actions and from beauty of actions to beautiful forms of knowledge, till at length from these one reaches that knowledge which is the knowledge of nothing other than Beauty itself.”

This for me represents my ascent towards Heaven, beginning here in Malkuth with the most beautiful things and striving towards the ultimate Beauty of the ineffable God.

A J Heschel defines man’s relationship to God as one of radical amazement. Not merely awe, but a complete transparency of self that allows the utter mystery of God to move through us and utterly astound us. We can’t stand in radical amazement of God as it is, because we can’t understand it, and cannot relate to it on any real or substantial level. And so to begin the journey towards knowledge and beauty we begin here, in this body, on the earth, amongst these beautiful things.

“The stars sing; the mountains tremble in His presence. To think of God man must hear the world” writes Heschel, and I can’t helped but relate this to my own understanding of Malkuth. It is the gateway, it is the portal. But before we step through, before we shed the skin of the earthly body and direct our attention toward something more sublime and that white light, we have to understand this world, the things here which amaze us. Standing in relation to a mountain, we are as nothing. Standing in relation to stars, we are as nothing. How then, in relation to the ineffable? And thinking on that brings me pure wonder and awe of God, and if I open my eyes to the things in relation to which I am great—a blade of grass, an ant, an atom—and I see the complexity and perfection of god in all it’s sizes and forms here around me. And only once I succumb to that amazement and let that beauty carry me can I walk through the gateway.
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SDU w/ MbA [Jan. 19th, 2005|08:20 am]
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I'm still working my way through Liber ABA, having not burned out on said obsession in under three days as I thought I might. Finished the introduction last night, which leaves me in a position to read Part 1 (on Yoga and mysticism) through the remainder of the month, dovetailing the yoga reading nicely with Malkuthy goodness.

I also still need to plow through the Malkuth-relevant bits of the Sepher Yetzirah before the month is out, but given we're not quite 2/3 of the way through the month I'm not overly worried.

I did realize since a conversation last night that I have picked up one Malkuthy specific praxis this month, which is a further dedication to and understanding of the br'achot, based in the Gikatilla Malkuth writings. So, that's one. But my querent is right that it's rather difficult for us on the material plane to do anything which isn't Malkuthy.
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(no subject) [Jan. 18th, 2005|10:22 pm]
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[music |Parliament - Flash Light]

This is just so much cheese I have to share. It's like, I don't know, pinball Qabalah.
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Semi-daily update with your host M batA [Jan. 17th, 2005|10:00 pm]
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Okay, not so daily. However:

- Finished Gikatilla's Malkuth chapter Saturday. Much more productive discussion this time; I believe that 2d session's lack of insight needs to have responsibility located solely in my 6 hours of sleep and not the text.

- Sunday mostly made obscure qabalistic notes in my Witchcamp planning meeting, but that's par for the course. I did have a coven sister wholly inadvertently illumunate a word (yad) which I'd written without realising it.

- (This also reminds me that I had a dream a few night back about HaYad v' HaLev (the hand and the heart) - something about humanity being Ha Yad v' Ha Lev of G-d - the latter of which of course is not new but relates explicitly to the Levites.)

- Tonight have started reading the introduction of the Big Blue Brick, Liber ABA, or Book Four in the slightly insane impulse I get now and again to try to read the entire damn thing. Whether this yetzer is in fact ra or tov is an exercize left to the reader's imagination . . . however I have learnt a bit more of my thelemic history perusing the introduction, which is not by far a bad thing.
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Aiwaz [Jan. 17th, 2005|09:40 pm]
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Aiwaz is not (as I had supposed) a mere formula, like many angelic names, bus is the true most ancient name of the God of the Yezidis, and thus returns to the highest antiquity . . .

-- A.C., as quoted in the introduction to Liber ABA, p. lxvii
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