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Tetragrammaton Formula [Jan. 16th, 2005|12:50 pm]
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frmantis
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I was sent a link to a page containing an essay called "The Tetragrammaton Formula: The Evolution of Matter and the Soul." I have not had a chance to read it, but I plan to later this afternoon or evening. I am interested in seeing what others thoughts on the essay, both critical, and just along the lines of "what does this make you think about." In fact, I think I am more interested in peoples reactions to the article, then any type of evaluation (though respond with that if you have Will to do so).
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angels and archangels [Jan. 13th, 2005|09:33 am]
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kirakira
Anyone willing to talk about the angel and archangel energies and what it's like to work with them?
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qabbalah workshop [Jan. 13th, 2005|09:31 am]
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kirakira
Went to a free qabbalah workshop last night. The woman obviously offered it as a teaser for longer, more expensive classes in the future. I liked her well enough, but I don't think I'm going to take her class. The presentation entailed an hour of lecture, which I found interesting in the bits that I hadn't known, and then some experiential work. I enjoyed the latter immensely; I always like to be walked through something I'd only read about.
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where does the peacock live? [Jan. 11th, 2005|04:55 pm]
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kirakira
miriams_well and I have put him at Tiphareth, but this person argues for Netzach and this person puts the peacock animal on the path between Chokmah and Tiphareth. And I'm not sure I made sense of this OTO text at all (search for "peacock" on the page), nor this article about ritual construction that mentions only in passing a Vision of the Universal Peacock. This source says that Samael goes in Netzach, though I don't necessarily believe that Samael = Melek Taus or Azazel either, though some might say so.
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promethea [Jan. 11th, 2005|09:18 am]
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kirakira
Just in case I haven't mentioned it before: Alan Moore's "Promethea" series has a bunch of cool qabbalistic stuff in it. Plus, it's Moore, so what's not to like?
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Semi-daily status update: MbatA - the Bahir [Jan. 11th, 2005|08:05 am]
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miriams_well
After yoga, I came home and settled in to finish reading the Bahir, although I haven't started yet with Kaplan's commentary.

I did get to the section on the Sephiroth, which I'll note as starting at section 174. (You may thank me now.) However I need to go through all of this again - the numbering starts getting really funky beyond 6 -- Netzach and Yesod seem to be reversed, and we don't seem to actually get 10 Sephiroth like in the advertising. I'll just have to go through this again more slowly and try to struggle through it on the Hebrew side.

Speaking of which, I had another head smacking moment with the language. These are perhaps the things that happen when one starts with the Western Esoteric side and backs into the Hebrew. Regarding the origins of creation:

Bahir 198: But we must say that the Torah uses [three different words]: "formed" (yatzar), "made" (asah), and "created" (barah).

Okay. Three first-year verbs. Ten years of reading about the four worlds. And this basic connection to b'riah, yetzirah and assiah never quite meets till now . . . even though I know exactly that yetzirah is 'formation'. This is because, my dear readers, Miss Miriam is a big dork.
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Qlippoth: addendum [Jan. 8th, 2005|05:28 pm]
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amberlaine
As an addendum to the last post I wanted to talk a but more about exploration of the qlippoth.

The turning away from God, traveling in the direction evil, we may find ourselves going deeper and deeper into the self. Exploring our own inner and hidden worlds, discovering what we want, who we are, where we want to go. Sometimes traveling along that path is frightening. We experience the dark night of the soul. We descend into the underworld.

But even as we climb deeper down into the broken tree, seemingly further and further away from God, we travel towards the abyss itself and God is there, too, in the abyss. We have only to call him out. Because really, there is no traveling away from God. Just like Israel sinned and turned away from God and the Shechina went into exile with them as they sinned, so does something of God descend with us as we make our way into the qlippoth. But if we reach out to God we can conjure him out of the abyss like in Psalm 130:
”Out of the deep have I called unto thee, O Lord.
Lord, hear my voice.
O let thing ears consider well the voice of my complaint!”

Scholem writes that according to the Zohar this does not mean, “I have called unto Thee from the depths [where I am]” but “from the depths [in which Thou art] I call Thee up.” (Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism, 33) No matter how far into the darkness of the shells we climb we will never reach the deepest darkness, for even in the abyss God is there waiting for us to come to him. The Psalm continues,

“O Israel, trust in the Lord!
For with the Lord, there is mercy.
And with him is plenteous redemption
And he shall redeem Israel from all his sins.”

And once we make that choice, entering into that partnership with God, we begin again to travel in the direction towards good. And our journey begins, of course, in Malkuth.

I still love the idea of the qlippoth as the structure for creation, that which had to exist before anything else could come to be. I like the idea of the descent being an integral part of the journey towards Wisdom; indeed an integral part of the body of God itself. For me it means that self discovery is every bit as important as the outer work. Blind faith alone won’t work. God wants our willing and informed cooperation for the unfolding of the work.
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the holiness of doing (fortune and kushner) [Jan. 8th, 2005|03:43 pm]
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kirakira
Fortune says that we cannot "escape the discipline of matter before we have mastered the lessons of matter."  This is echoed in Kushner's Honey from the Rock where he says, "doing in this world must precede recieving holy awareness. This is because the way to such understanding is by doing.  And doing is the only thing that can be done here in the wilderness."

Later he says, "In other words, you must do in the place where you are, the only thing that can be done in that place, for that is the only way to get to the next place. If you try only to attain spiritual understanding here you will get nothing done and understand nothing. But if you try to do holy deeds here you will get a little bit done and so rise to higher worlds. Worlds where the only thing you can do is understand. And once you understand, you will be able to return to this place with enough understanding to do what is next to be done."
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fortune on malkuth [Jan. 8th, 2005|03:40 pm]
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kirakira
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fortune's list of titles for malkuth [Jan. 8th, 2005|03:04 pm]
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kirakira
"The Gate. The Gate of Death. The Gate of the Shadow of Death. The Gate of Tears. The Gate of Justice. The Gate of Prayer. The Gate of the Daughter of the Mighty Ones. The Gate of the Garden of Eden. The Inferior Mother. Malkah, the Queen. Kallah, the Bride. The Virgin."

Working with the four worlds model (rather than the four trees model), Malkuth is the only sphere in Assiah, so it's the only one with corporeality and density. That makes me say that it's the only place in which Death exists. (Tiphareth has dying and resurrected gods, and spiritual death and rebirth, but I place physical death as organic beings know it in Malkuth.) So Fortune's titles makes sense to me.
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