First off it is known
by many names, which is a little confusing in and of itself
Cabala, Cabala, Qaballa, Kabalah, Quabalah, Kabbalah
and just about any other phonetic spelling you can think of.
This is due to the fact it's been through many many hands :)
When you say the word,
most people think of the Hebrew or Jewish Faith
and you would be right, but it did not originate with them
in fact, by all accounts, they tried to get rid of it .
As its rendition of the
concept of Male AND Female aspects for God, made them afraid of its Pagan
and they did twist things around a bit to fit into their concept of things .. even they admit this .. however,
being the scholars that they are, even they could see this "thing" was an intellectuals delight
and could not just toss it away ... as it's very useful
Now useful.. for
Ein Sof, The Infinite
Keter, the Divine Crown
The Right Side
I will use the Hebrew
Image simply because it is the most commonly known but there are many others.
What you are looking at is a Tree .. Upon which you go from branch to branch ... a path to walk from point to point
Each relates to different
states of mind as well as different states of being or understanding. You
could look at this
as a training ground and each globe it's own world where one learns different things before moving on to the next world
and so on and so on. Like moving up in rank as one progresses in training
the mind. As each world has different things to teach
The Three Pillars of the Cabala
The Right side of Mercy
The Middle of Benignity
and the Left side of Severity or Justice
rank of " Worlds" looking in-line up and down
from right, middle, left are interrelated to each other and make up
the Pillars of the Cabala, which have their own uses
The thin Stole worn over
that is common to many priesthood's, is a representation of this concept
Dependent on what is being done.. it's worn many ways
The most commonly seen
is both sides hanging down
which makes the priest the pillar of Benignity
the balance between Mercy and Justice
Right over the Left would
Justice restrained by Mercy to work healing
Left over Right would be Severity over Mercy to work Justice or Banishing
It's why on some stoles
the two sides are different colors
and often have some devise embroidered or printed on them
right at the joining point .. as a physical representation of this union
A common ritual using
this concept is opening of the Way
the Right Pillar is Boaz .. the Left Jachin ... the Center is your doorway to the way between the worlds..
this is a very powerful bit of work.. using these principals
The names are taken from
of Solomon's Temple ... There's a great deal of Lore on these pillars
and the cubed altars of alternating squares Seen in the Knights of the Temple,
but more on that some other day
Anyway ... :)
I will explain in more
detail the Pillars
after the basic concepts of each "World"
have been explored a little
The point of the Senses,
touch, taste, sight , sound, the point
where we spend most of our lives is here. Also here is the
Shekhinah the presence of the Divine on Earth
according to the Rabbinic way ... the feminine principle of the Divine
( Also the Middle Pillar ... the Balance between them so Shekhinah is, in fact, both Male and Female )
The Great Mother, as I
would say is the Middle way
the way to connect with the ONE, from here on Earth
our channel to the Divine ONE ... is here according to the Cabal
In terms of training it means the time of life, when the senses have full sway
Youth and our Young lives
for the most part .. are centered around our emotions and reproductivity
One has learned what Malkut has to teach when one is in control of your emotions,
and is no longer swayed by the pull of hormonal influences to control your life
For training this is the
point of purification of the self of overt influence,
the beginnings of self control needed for Magick
It is also the Starting
point for Energy Output
During Rite and Ritual
number one.. the Snake of Sexual energy
is the first one called into play during the pull of Earths power to do ritual
which can be stopped right here, if we are not in control of our own sexuality This the Chakra of the Tribe ..
the procreation force the life force, that our sexuality assures
The challenge? To over
come our basic slothful nature
as this kind of work takes away from the more,
sensual pursuits and requires effort .. and planning
Pure Intelligence .. The
way of the mind ... at this point the way of the body
has been superseded to the way of the mind.
This is the space where meditation .. and coming to "know" the self
comes into play. The foundation of the Self is always the mind.
The Mind must learn itself
.. in all its forms.. and overcome the human resistance to change.
The subconscious and the conscious mind, are examined here learning to walk the path of the Astral to learn our truths
is here consulting the inner self .. for wisdom
# 2 ... of Chi .. the center of Energy as the Gut processes
the basic Energy requirements of the body
and the Ehteric body the foundation of all action, liberated by a free mind, that's come to terms with itself. Which allows us
to let the energy flow .. this is the Chakra of power
The challenge ? To allow
changes to happen. We don't like
to change things once we think we have a handle on them.
But the whole point of Ritual is to MAKE change,
so internal resistance to it is counterproductive.
Here we learn that all
things are Yin and
Yang, there is a balance
between the mind and body, male and female,
Goddess and God ... above and below, are one in the same
Here, ones learns to Open
your mind to include all things,
not just your personal preconceptions. To lose the tendency to try
and pigeon hole things into our limited scope and broaden the mind.
This is how the astral and the physical effect each other
and how these two planes can work together.
The Challenge.. ? to Accept this .. :)
The war of the mind, between
the acceptance that we are not the center of the universe,
while at the same time, accepting that we can be,
if only for a moment .. cute little paradox huh ? :)
The Way of the Witch,
the way of the Occult mind ... One knows oneself, One knows the path,
Now one starts to walk the path
One's Relationship with
others .. and how we relate to others
is examined here. Overcoming the Lust for power over others
Here we learn our deeper
need for others, how we are all one large
interrelated being .. from the same source .. as we were before
and will be again, after this incarnation is done
The challenge ? Hold love
for all things .. but it is
" Love under will " .. which is where that idea comes from
The Harmony of the path
, learning to walk the path in light
in balance from within and without. One is at peace
Once one learns to get over the feelings of Pride and Ego that is.
Once one learns what the
above worlds have to teach. It's a human tendency to puff up a bit..
We have just enough knowledge to get arrogant, about it all. This worlds lesson is often the hardest to learn,
as it requires that we re-learn true humility and care for our fellows
four .. The way of feelings and emotions and care for others
... control of these emotions is job one,
as a person in emotional turmoil has no business even trying to wield power, as they will have no control over it either.
The Challenge? .. Be a
true Spiritual Warrior .. who looks like a Peace nik .. because they are.
Just because they have the ability to wreak havoc, they are a big enough person..who really does care about their fellows,
that they don't have to ..
The Path of the Spiritual
Warrior... the way of Justice
The War for the Good ? .... The training is here
This is the point where
a good practicing Witch
spends a great deal of their time .. fighting the good fight ..
for the betterment of all things
The control and Use of power is here
The personal will is trained here and how to use it.
The challenge? ... to
overcome is our innate tendency to be unkind to each other,
especially those we have power over. Learning to HAVE power, without display or inflicting it on others,
just because we can.
It's is kinda like learning the marital arts and becoming a pacifist .. same concept
Sounds like Qwy Chang Cain don't it
learning not only to act
but when to refrain from action
How to listen to the Gods when they speak
How to know what one is to do .. and when not to do ...
Learning to temper action
with Mercy and Compassion
How to Love.. Learning what Real Love is
Love in the highest sense of the word
The challenge? .. Overcoming
our tendency towards
bigotry and hypocrisy, as we don't find ALL things Lovable
... You are now beyond the need to fight
beyond the need to "make" things right ... and rather let things Be right ..
when you are open and willing, as the means to help it be right
How to deal with confrontation in a passive rather than active sense.
The challenge?.. Overcoming
human avarice or greed for more..
learning the futility of possessions ... and how meaningless negativity is.
the Rod of power,The spiritual Will
The devotion to the Great Work and the blessings of the Divine
the Point when you know your a servant of the Mother
Now and Forever
There is no challenge
here.. as there is no need..
Mother accepts you as her own .. to work her work..
.. At this point the Work is complete
The tasks of re-uniting the world with all the Divine is complete
and the tree will no longer be needed ... as the Spirit of all
has been rejoined into the one, from which they came
7 ( indigo ) the point where it leaves us and rejoins the collective
from which it came.. somewhat changed and charged by an honest will
Now most Explanations
of the Cabala stop here,
other than to say the veil is there.
And that our knowledge stops here
That it holds all of possibility, but having no form .. It is, The Void
The Blank Rune of Odin as my current path would say
As I was taught ... it does not end here ... :)
The veil of light is there
and it can be reached, but one does so at risk,
as this is the realm of the Spirit, the point where one is no longer a single being
but part of the whole of the universe, at one with the light,
which is the force of All things
Most cultures would agree
that from this veil there is no returning.
I was taught that this is just one of many "Way Stations" along the way,
where even more could be learned. Where ones soul could be cleansed
of any remaining doubts or fears, and become a part of the universe
from which we came
But I do agree .. One
Does not come back out to Earth,
but go onward to other planes, other realities ... ?
Now that you know a little
more about the Worlds themselves
My explanation of some of the Magical aspects of the Pillars
might be a little more clear
Left is the Pillar of
Severity the Dark forces called female
Right is the Pillar of Mercy the forces of light called male
the Middle is the balance between the two..
as either one to excess is not a good thing..
Balance between the yin and yang .. Mercy and Justice ..
Now one might think, both
are needed and you would be right..
but in the correct amounts
A world of nothing but
Mercy, would mean, nothing could eat
as none would kill any other thing in order to feed the self.
A world of all Justice
would be a dictatorship of Law .. without regard for the humanity of life
and the need for making choices based on merit .. not just fact ..
( Sounds like our current
of Law to me ..)
sigh.. anyway onward.. ;)
The middle Pillar is the
union of both aspects
which is where the Craft comes in ... the active Will
The passive Female and the Active male
( I know sounds like stereotyping, but bear with me here :)
These things are both
needed to MAKE the middle work,
no matter which side you call what, as you need to be
passive to the forces at work, while at the same time
active, in adding TO the Work .. reaching the Middle ground
of The Active Will ,which is the basis behind all Craft
There are correlation's
between these "Worlds"
to create different effects of learning and action
The "Sword" of the Cabala
is the Zig Zag path along the tree
as shown above ... which is the path one travels to learn
the Ways of the Witch .. to become the trained person
who can walk the Worlds of Sedhir, of the ways of Magick
This path allows one to
dip into both passive and active energies alternately,
maintaining the balance between the two
The path of the Chakra
is the arrow .. the Chakraic tree
a more direct route, but the lessons are the same.
Any and all are the path of Magick, to learn the way, to perfect the Craft
Walking The path of Magick
And learning each "Worlds" lesson
one advances in the Ways of the Witch .. and of the Craft
One of many Triads on
the tree ...
which is ,Yesod, Hod, Netzach
on the shaft of the Middle Pillar of Malkut
Which is the way of the
mind ... in balance ...
well Grounded in the Path of Earth which is the path of the Witch,
which is why I use this format in spell casting
It is also the sign for
Water .. with the grounding of Earth.
The fluidity of Mind .. well rooted in reality..
sounds like Spell work to me :)
If comprehension is the thing ..
Binah would be the part of the picture to bring into focus
Walking your way around
the Tree to get to the point
you need, to make the Spell being cast, work best
This is very simplified
way of saying it .. but with a little thought
you can see how this would work ... it's part the Tree of life and part you
.. which are one in the same thing :) ..
Just one is Astral and general and one is here and personal
As you can see by the
Cabals overall layout ..
it's a training ground, a visual map of the very universe itself,
a very good tool for training of the mind .. and getting to know the self,
A point to aim the Will and the Word of Spell Craft
When doing rite and ritual .. Very Useful indeed ..Yes ? :)
As above ... so below
This IS the above....
WE are the below
The human being who has
learned the Ways
and uses the Path to knowledge and enlightenment
This IS one of the Paths
we walk .. to gain that enlightenment
I hope this simple(r)
explanation helps you to understand
a tiny bit of a very complex subject :) without ... I hope
boring you to tears in the process hehehehe ... :)
I wont even begin to say
I understand the numerology that goes
with the naming of the names etc. because I don't... but there are many who do
... and the information is easy to obtain for those interested .. but for my part ..
this form of training and thought .. works for one's life ... one's Path
and one's work with the Craft.. at least it does for me..
Perhaps it's something of use to you
Blessings on One and All
To see the relationship between the Cabala and the Craft
To See the relationship between the Cabala and the Tarot
For a very decent page that shows some
of this in animated form..
which may help you to understand the relationships please see
off site link
The Tree of Life Buddha Style :)
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if you find it useful :)