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Qabbalah and Non-Hebrew Languages

By Frater Barrabbas

Hebrew is the paramount language that is used in the Qabbalah, with perhaps some consideration for the Aramaic language. The original books written about the Qabbalah were either written in Hebrew or Aramaic, but both used the same alphabet consisting of twenty-two letters. Almost all of the sacred books of the Hebrew . . . → Read More: Qabbalah and Non-Hebrew Languages

Dead Things on the Altar

By Juniper

I am always on the look out for feathers. If I wore a bumper sticker on my butt it would say “I stop for animal parts.” I have piles of feathers. My altar is decorated with not only feathers but also a clump of squirrel fur, deer fur, horse hair, antler tips, an . . . → Read More: Dead Things on the Altar

Qabbalah, the Four Worlds and the Human Spirit

By Frater Barrabbas

We have already covered the mysterious process of creation that explained how the material world and everything in it was created from nothing, or actually, a form of proto-matter. We saw the stages that showed how the unmanifest Godhead as the Ein Sof became the manifest Godhead of the Ehieh (I am). . . . → Read More: Qabbalah, the Four Worlds and the Human Spirit

Lurianic Doctrine of Creation

By Frater Barrabbas

Isaac Luria spent much of his time seeking to discover and expound on certain specific revisions in the Qabbalah of Spain and Sefed so that he might more effectively answer some of the most puzzling questions about the nature of creation and the manifestation of evil. This is very likely where Luria . . . → Read More: Lurianic Doctrine of Creation

Qabbalah, Creation and the Mysteries of the Unmanifest Deity – Pt. 1

By Frater Barrabbas

Jewish theology proposed that God created the world and all it contains in six stages (called days), and at the end (the seventh stage), he rested, marking this point as the cosmic Sabbath. Christianity and Islam have both adopted this creation myth, and so it has powerfully impacted our culture, and . . . → Read More: Qabbalah, Creation and the Mysteries of the Unmanifest Deity – Pt. 1

History of Qabbalah – Moses Cordovero

By Frater Barrabbas

Moses Cordovero – born 1522, died 1570 – was a resident of Safed in Palestine. Little is known about Cordovero’s actual birthplace, but it was likely somewhere in Spain, undoubtably due to his family name. Cordovero was something of a remarkably intelligent man, having written his first monumental work when he . . . → Read More: History of Qabbalah – Moses Cordovero

Celebrating Lughnasadh with Bread

By Greycatsidhe

The sun is shining and, like Balor from the myths, threatens to kill anything that lingers in its rays too long. Many in the US have been experiencing drought. In Upstate NY, those of us who understand and value food worry about the relative lack of rain. Thankfully there has been some this . . . → Read More: Celebrating Lughnasadh with Bread

Legends and Lore of Lammas (Lughnasadh)

By Patti Wigington

In many cultures, there are different legends and lore surrounding Lammas (Lughnasadh). Here are a few of the stories about this magical harvest celebration from around the world.

• In Israel, the festival of Shavout commemorates the beginning of the harvest, as well as honoring the date that Moses received the . . . → Read More: Legends and Lore of Lammas (Lughnasadh)

Art of Path Working – Magickal Envisioning and Visualized Meditation

By Frater Barrabbas

Finally, since we have discussed in detail the various elements of the Twenty-two Pathways (and the ten Sephiroth), we should now discuss how the student could go about assembling these components together to formulate what is known as Art of Qabbalistic Path Working. This methodology is a rather recent innovation, particularly since . . . → Read More: Art of Path Working – Magickal Envisioning and Visualized Meditation

Lammas

By Glaux

Lammas is the first of the three harvest festivals, and is sometimes called “first fruits”. It is a symbolic wake for the Sacred King (the Oak King) after his annual sacrifice. Although it seems here in the Midwest that summer is at its peak, Lammas marks the end of summer and the start . . . → Read More: Lammas