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Qabbalah and the God Names

By Frater Barrabbas

One of the most important keys to the Qabbalah is associated with the various God names attributed to the Ten Sephiroth. These God names are used to unlock the ten attributes of the Deity, and to either commune with or harness them for occult purposes. In addition to the ten Godhead names, there are also other names, aspects and attributes for the unknown, unmanifest and nameless Deity that is responsible for the fusion of the worlds of Spirit, Mind and Matter. In order to understand these various names, we need to examine them in detail and determine their source. Doing so will show us that the Qabbalah appears to espouse a theological system that is polytheistic rather than monotheistic. For the sake of clarity, I will make a few points about monotheism just to ensure that we are all on the same page.

Monotheism is a very recent adaptation, and it’s an important part of the doctrine of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. However, Christianity is only loosely regulated by a monotheistic doctrine, since it proposes a trinity as the foundation for the One (as Father, Son and Holy Ghost), and it allows (in Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity) the display of icons depicting a myriad of saints, angels, disciples, the Virgin Mary, and even Jesus Christ himself. In contrast, Judaism and Islam allow no human images or icons to represent any aspect of their religious creed. So it would seem that while Judaism and Islam are strict monotheistic religions, Christianity is more representative of a synthetic mixture of Helenic paganism and Judaism, thus allowing for the use of idols, icons, relics and many other tropes that are patently pagan in origin. However, the supposed supremacy of monotheism in Judaism hides and represses a very recent pagan past.

Read the original article at: Talking About Ritual Magick

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