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Qabbalah – Ascension, Transformation and Gnosis

By Frater Barrabbas

Studying the Qabbalah isn’t just a lot of book reading, memorization or picking up handy practical techniques for working magick. The themes that it relates, the esoteric doctrines it explores and the various Godhead names, spirit lists, symbolic tables of correspondence and practical techniques that it reveals are not the source and core of the spiritual discipline of the Qabbalah. Like everything else, the Qabbalah is not reducible to being nothing more than the sum of its parts. Qabbalah is a living and breathing tradition, and for those who do not engage with it so as to make it come alive for themselves are missing something very crucial and important in their occult studies and practices.

It’s quite obvious to anyone who seeks to be proficient at magick that at some point, you have to put down the books, papers, notes and other materials, and actually attempt to perform rituals and ceremonies. Nothing is more contemptible than an armchair magician, but what about the armchair qabbalist? That would seem to be OK, as the Qabbalah often gets lost in the details of its various and multitudinous amounts of lore. Yet as the discipline of magick requires one to perform rituals and ceremonies, so too does the Qabbalah require one to adopt a qabbalistic spiritual discipline. To be a true adherent of the Qabbalah, one must practice and perform qabbalistic operations, exercises and rites. The key to a true realization and understanding of the Qabbalah is that it must become a living and breathing spiritual tradition for anyone who seeks to use it in any manner other than a purely mercenary one. A student of western occultism and magick can also be a qabbalist without also having to be an adherent of one of the Abrahamic faiths, particularly, Judaism and Christianity. Qabbalah lends itself quite well to the polytheist, animist, gnostic, theosophist and pagan witch, but it is also quite important to anyone who seeks to work ritual or ceremonial magick. Why do I think that this is true?

Read the original article at: Talking About Ritual Magick

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