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INTRODUCTION


1. WHAT IS KABBALAH?

2. OTHER PATHS TO KNOWLEDGE

3. PYTHAGORAS

4. THE TAROT

5. ADAM KADMON

6. ACT OF CREATION

7. THE TREE OF LIFE

8. THE FOUR WORLDS

9. HOD & NETZAH

 10. LIFE IS EVERYWHERE

11. LIFE AND DEATH

12. REINCARNATION

13. PSYCHOLOGY

14. THE VITAL PRINCIPLE

15. SYNCHRONICITY

16. TZIM-TZUM

17. BODIES OF MAN

18. HUMAN MIND

19. LILITH

20. KNOWLEDGE

21. OF ANGELS AND MEN

22. CREATION IN  GENESIS 2

23. THE LETTER YOD

24. TWENTY-TWO LETTERS

25. THE NAME OF GOD

26. THE ZOHAR

27. ABRAHAM AND SARAH

28. THE HEBREW LANGUAGE

29. THE PATRIARCHS

30. MALKHUT - THE LAST SEPHIRA

31 THE MYSTICAL KABBALAH

32. BETH – THE FIRST LETTER






INTRODUCTION


1. WHAT IS KABBALAH?

2. OTHER PATHS TO KNOWLEDGE

3. PYTHAGORAS

4. THE TAROT

5. ADAM KADMON

6. ACT OF CREATION

7. THE TREE OF LIFE

8. THE FOUR WORLDS

9. HOD & NETZAH

 10. LIFE IS EVERYWHERE

11. LIFE AND DEATH

12. REINCARNATION

13. PSYCHOLOGY

14. THE VITAL PRINCIPLE

15. SYNCHRONICITY

16. TZIM-TZUM

17. BODIES OF MAN

18. HUMAN MIND

19. LILITH

20. KNOWLEDGE

21. OF ANGELS AND MEN

22. CREATION IN  GENESIS 2

23. THE LETTER YOD

24. TWENTY-TWO LETTERS

25. THE NAME OF GOD

26. THE ZOHAR

27. ABRAHAM AND SARAH

28. THE HEBREW LANGUAGE

29. THE PATRIARCHS

30. MALKHUT - THE LAST SEPHIRA

31 THE MYSTICAL KABBALAH

32. BETH – THE FIRST LETTER





INTRODUCTION


1. WHAT IS KABBALAH?

2. OTHER PATHS TO KNOWLEDGE

3. PYTHAGORAS

4. THE TAROT

5. ADAM KADMON

6. ACT OF CREATION

7. THE TREE OF LIFE

8. THE FOUR WORLDS

9. HOD & NETZAH

 10. LIFE IS EVERYWHERE

11. LIFE AND DEATH

12. REINCARNATION

13. PSYCHOLOGY

14. THE VITAL PRINCIPLE

15. SYNCHRONICITY

16. TZIM-TZUM

17. BODIES OF MAN

18. HUMAN MIND

19. LILITH

20. KNOWLEDGE

21. OF ANGELS AND MEN

22. CREATION IN  GENESIS 2

23. THE LETTER YOD

24. TWENTY-TWO LETTERS

25. THE NAME OF GOD

26. THE ZOHAR

27. ABRAHAM AND SARAH

28. THE HEBREW LANGUAGE

29. THE PATRIARCHS

30. MALKHUT - THE LAST SEPHIRA

31 THE MYSTICAL KABBALAH

32. BETH – THE FIRST LETTER




INRODUCTION


1. WHAT IS KABBALAH?

2. OTHER PATHS TO KBOWLEDGE

3. PYTHAGORAS

4. THE TAROT

5. ADAM KADMON

6. ACT OF CREATION

7. THE TREE OF LIFE

8. THE FOUR WORLDS

9. HOD & NETZAH

 10. LIFE IS EVERYWHERE

11. LIFE AND DEATH

12. REINCARNATION

13. PSYCHOLOGY

14. THE VITAL PRINCIPLE

15. SYNCHRONICITY

16. TZIM-TZUM

17. BODIES OF MAN

18. HUMAN MIND

19. LILITH

20. KNOWLEDGE

21. OF ANGELS AND MEN

22. CREATION IN  GENESIS 2

23. THE LETTER YOD

24. TWENTY-TWO LETTERS

25. THE NAME OF GOD

26. THE ZOHAR

27. ABRAHAM AND SARAH

28. THE HEBREW LANGUAGE

29. THE PATRIARCHS

30. MALKHUT - THE LAST SEPHIRA

31 THE MYSTICAL KABBALAH

32. BETH – THE FIRST LETTER




INTRODUCTION


1. WHAT IS KABBALAH?

2. OTHER PATHS TO KNOWLEDGE

3. PYTHAGORAS

4. THE TAROT

5. ADAM KADMON

6. ACT OF CREATION

7. THE TREE OF LIFE

8. THE FOUR WORLDS

9. HOD & NETZAH

 10. LIFE IS EVERYWHERE

11. LIFE AND DEATH

12. REINCARNATION

13. PSYCHOLOGY

14. THE VITAL PRINCIPLE

15. SYNCHRONICITY

16. TZIM-TZUM

17. BODIES OF MAN

18. HUMAN MIND

19. LILITH

20. KNOWLEDGE

21. OF ANGELS AND MEN

22. CREATION IN  GENESIS 2

23. THE LETTER YOD

24. TWENTY-TWO LETTERS

25. THE NAME OF GOD

26. THE ZOHAR

27. ABRAHAM AND SARAH

28. THE HEBREW LANGUAGE

29. THE PATRIARCHS

30. MALKHUT - THE LAST SEPHIRA

31 THE MYSTICAL KABBALAH

32. BETH – THE FIRST LETTER



INTRODUCTION


1. WHAT IS KABBALAH?

2. OTHER PATHS TO KNOWLEDGE

3. PYTHAGORAS

4. THE TAROT

5. ADAM KADMON

6. ACT OF CREATION

7. THE TREE OF LIFE

8. THE FOUR WORLDS

9. HOD & NETZAH

 10. LIFE IS EVERYWHERE

11. LIFE AND DEATH

12. REINCARNATION

13. PSYCHOLOGY

14. THE VITAL PRINCIPLE

15. SYNCHRONICITY

16. TZIM-TZUM

17. BODIES OF MAN

18. HUMAN MIND

19. LILITH

20. KNOWLEDGE

21. OF ANGELS AND MEN

22. CREATION IN  GENESIS 2

23. THE LETTER YOD

24. TWENTY-TWO LETTERS

25. THE NAME OF GOD

26. THE ZOHAR

27. ABRAHAM AND SARAH

28. THE HEBREW LANGUAGE

29. THE PATRIARCHS

30. MALKHUT - THE LAST SEPHIRA

31 THE MYSTICAL KABBALAH

32. BETH – THE FIRST LETTER



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24. TWENTY-TWO LETTERS OF HEBREW ALPHABET

 

THE HEBREW LETTERS

 

In the following paragraphs, first appear the Hebrew letters, next in bold-face type is the English of the letter-name which heads the paragraph; the last is the name of the Sephirotic “path” assigned to that letter; the others are Kabbalistic correspondences, mostly taken from the Sepher Yetzirah, as they appear in An Introduction to the Study of the Tarot by Paul Foster Case.

 

   ALEPH

Ox, or Bull: Apis, Mithra, Dionysos; creative energy, vital principle, solar force.

Ruach: “life breath”, Spiritus, Pneuma, Prana; all-pervading cosmic energy; vital principle of all creatures.

Fiery Intelligence: joins Kether to Chokmah.

 

    BETH

House: abode; location; concentration; specialisation.

Above: “That which is above” is Purusha, the “superior nature”; Adam.

Mercury: Hermes, Thoth; this planet rules Gemini (Zain) by day, Virgo (Yod) by night. Life and Death: Specialisation implies construction and destruction.

Intelligence of Transparency: joins Kether to Binah.

 

  GIMEL

Camel: travel; commerce; intercourse; reciprocal action.

Below: “That which is below” is Prakriti, the subordinate nature; Eve.

The Moon: Artemis. Diana, Hecate; rules Cancer (Cheth) by day and by night.

Peace and Strife: implied by commerce; symbolised by the bow of Artemis.

Uniting Intelligence: joins Kether to Tiferet.

 

  DALETH

Door, or womb: passage; transition; conception; development.

East: “womb of light”; source of illumination; opposite of West (Kaph).

Venus: Aphrodite, Ishtar, the Great Mother; Prakriti, termed “the great womb” in the BhagavadGita; rules Libra (Lamed) by day, Taurus (Vav) by night.

Knowledge and Ignorance: as Buddhi, principle of judgment. Prakriti confers knowledge; as Maya, mistress of illusion, she causes ignorance.

Illuminating Intelligence: Joins Chokmah to Binah.

 

  HE

Window: admits light and air: gives outlook.

Sight: vision, contemplation, discernment.

North-East: combines North (Peh) and East (Daleth); opposite of South-west (Nun); complement of South-cast (Van).

Aries: diurnal house of Mars (Peh); complement of Scorpio (Nun), the nocturnal house.

Constituting Intelligence: To constitute is to make anything what it is, to frame, to compose: this path joins Chokmah to Tiferet.

 

  VAV

Nail: fastening; union; yoga.

Hearing: unites man to man by speech, and man to Spirit by the Word of the Inner Voice.

South-east: combines South (Resh) and East (Daleth) : opposite of North-west (Lamed); complement of North-east (He).

Taurus: nocturnal house of Venus (Daleth): complement of Libra (Lamed), the diurnal house.

Triumphant and Eternal Intelligence: Joins Chokmah to Chesed.

 

  ZAIN

Sword: opposition; separation; sex.

East-above: combines East (Daleth) and Above (Beth); opposite of West-above (Samekh) ; complement of East-below (Cheth).

Gemini: diurnal house of Mercury (Beth); complement of Virgo (Yod), the nocturnal house.

Smell: keen perception, sagacity, discrimination. A Kabbalistic aphorism says, “Properties are discerned by the nose.”

Disposing Intelligence: Joins Binah to Tiferet; to dispose is to place apart, to separate, to classify.

 

  CHETH

Field: location; that which requires cultivation.

East-below: combines East (Daleth) and Below (Gimel); opposite of West-below (Ayin); complement of East-above (Zain).

Cancer: diurnal and nocturnal house of the moon (Gimel).

Speech: mastery of language is mastery of thought: the practical occultist devotes much labour to the field of speech.

Intelligence of Influence: Joins Binah to Geburah.

 

  TETH

Serpent: wisdom, subtlety, secrecy; regeneration; Eliphas Levi’s “Astral Light.”

Taste: refinement; experience; enduring. patience. fortitude.

North-above: combines North (Peh) and Above (Beth); opposite of South-above (Tzaddi): complement of North-below (Yod).

Leo: diurnal and nocturnal house of the suit (Resh).

Intelligence of the Secret: Joins Chesed to Geburah.

 

  YOD

Hand: dexterity. skill; power, might, supremacy; symbol of the Supreme Spirit.

North-below: combines North (Peh) and Below (Gimel); opposite of South-below, (Qoph); complement of North-above (Teth).

Virgo: nocturnal house of Mercury (Beth); complement of Gemini (7ain), the diurnal house.

Coition: the union of the male and female, the fixed and the volatile.

Intelligence of Will: joins Chesed to Tiferet.

 

 

 KAPH

Grasping Hand: control; authority; comprehension; property. West: opposite of East (Daleth).

Jupiter: rules Sagittarius (Samekh) by day, and Pisces (Qoph) by night.

Wealth and Poverty: the extremes of “property”; the external signs of one’s grasp of circumstances.

Intelligence of Conciliation; accommodation of differences; adjustment, establishment of orders; joins Chesed to Netzah.

 

  LAMED

Ox-goad: urges and guides the “ox” (Aleph).

Work: action; Karma.

North-west: combines North (Peh) and West (Kaph); opposite of North-east (He); complement of South-west (Nun).

Libra: diurrial house of Venus (Daleth); complement of Taurus (Van), the nocturnal house.

Faithful Intelligence: joins Geburah to Tiferet.

 

  MEM

Water: “mother, seed, and root of all minerals”; the first mirror; reproduction; reflected life.

Stable Intelligence: “the source of consistency in the numerations”; joins Geburah to Hod.

 

  NUN

Fish: compare Joshua, son of Nun, with Jesus (Joshua), whose sign was that of the prophet Jonah. Early Christians called Jesus Ichthys. This also was the name of a son of Aphrodite. South-west: combines South (Resh) and West (Kaph); opposite of North-east (Vav); complement of North-west (Lamed).

Scorpio: nocturnal house of Mars (Peh); complement of Aries (He), the diurnal house.

Motion: all motion is change.

Imaginative Intelligence: joins Tiferet to Netzah.

 

 

  SAMEKH

Prop: support, assistance; improvement, refinement, purification.

West-above: combines West (Kaph) and Above (Beth); opposite of East-above (7ain); complement of West-below (Ayin).

Sagittarius: diurnal house of Jupiter (Kaph); complement of Pisces (Qoph), the nocturnal house.

Wrath: in Greek, thumos, desire or appetite; akin to the Rajas of Hindu philosophy.

Tentative Intelligence: Joins Tiferet to Yesod.

 

  AYIN

Eve: the instrument of vision; orb; circle; limitation; bondage; appearances, Avidya.

Laughter: usually caused by incongruity; human weaknesses, distress, and pain furnish the elements of comedy.

West-below: combines West (Kaph) and Below (Gimel); opposite of East-below (Cheth); complement of West-above (Samekh).

Capricorn: nocturnal house of Saturn (Tau); complement of Aquarius (Tzaddi), the diurnal house.

Renewing Intelligence: joins Tiferet to Hod.

 

  PEH

Mouth: organ of speech; out of it are the issues of life.

North: darkness, cold, sterility; place of the sun’s annual death; opposite of South (Resh).

Mars: rules Aries (Hell) by day, and Scorpio (Nun) by night. Grace and Indignation: contrasting expressions of the fiery power of Mars.

Exciting Intelligence: joins Netzah to Hod.

 

  TZADDI

Fish-hook: that which pulls the fish (Nun) out of water (Mem): to hook is to draw, entice. procure by artifice.

South-above: combines South (Resh) and Above (Beth); opposite of North-above (Teth); complement of South-below (Qoph).

Aquarius: diurnal house of Saturn (Tau); complement of Capricorn (Ayin), the nocturnal house.

Meditation: Dhyana, “an unbroken flow of knowledge in a particular object”; a diving into the depths of the mind for ideas-a fishing for truth.

Natural Intelligence: Joins Netzah to Yesod.

 

  QOPH

Back of head, or knot: location of medulla oblongata, which forms a knot on the spinal cord near the nape of the neck. It controls or greatly influences many functions which make it directly responsible for the maintenance of bodily life.

South-below: combines South (Resh) and Below (Gimel); opposite of North-below (Yod) ; complement of South-above (Tzaddi).

Sleep: period of physiological repair, during which nerve substance Undergoes the subtle changes that make the advancing student of occultism ready to experience and understand facts, concealed from ordinary men, which are the basis of the ancient wisdom.

Pisces: nocturnal house of Jupiter (Kaph); complement of Sagittarius (Samekh), the diurnal house.

Corporeal Intelligence: joins Netzah to Malkhut.

  RESH

Head, or face: guiding power, organiser, director; the face is the countenance, from the Latin continere, to hold together, to repress, to contain.

South: place of sun at his meridian height; opposite of North (Peh).

Sun: rules Leo (Teth) day and night.

Fruitfulness and Sterility: extremes of the manifestation of solar energy. The sun causes all growth, and is also the maker of waste places.

Collecting Intelligence: Joins Hod to Yesod. Note the correspondence between collecting and countenance.

 

  SHIN

Tooth: probably serpent’s fang; sharpness; acidity; active manifestation of the fire-principle.

Fire: the Spirit of God is a “consuming fire”; in Hebrew that Spirit is Ruach Elohim, and the letters of these two words represent the numbers 200, 6, 8, l, 30, 5, 10 and 40, giving a total of 300. This is the value of Shin, the sound of which suggests the hissing of fire.

Perpetual Intelligence: joins Hod to Malkhut.

 

  TAV

Cross: the Egyptian Tau was a tally for measuring the depth of the Nile, also a square for measuring right angles; among the Hebrews it was a sign of salvation (Ezek. ix. 4); in Freemasonry it is a “symbol of salvation from death, and of eternal life.”

The palace of holiness in the midst, sustaining all things: the “heavenly city”; the “temple”: a structure complete, whole and perfect, built four-square by the Master-Builder.

Saturn: he who swallows his children: that which absorbs all things into itself; rules Aquarius (Tzaddi) by day, and Capricorn (Ayin) by night.

Power and Servitude: service is the secret of power: he who would rule Nature must obey her laws.

Administrative Intelligence: joins Yesod to Malkhut.

 

A Renaissance etching of the Creator as an Architect

 

THE NUMERICAL VALUES OF LETTERS

 

The numbers, as we write them in English and most other languages, are not used in the Hebrew language. Instead, each letter of the Hebrew alphabet also represents a number. From Aleph to Teth the letters are signs for units from 1 to 9; from Yod to Tzaddi they designate tens from 10 to 90; and from Qoph to Tav they stand for the first four multiples of 100 — 100 to 400.

The last letter of the alphabet is the number 400.

However, there are also the so-called final letters, which represent the numbers from 500 to 900. The five letters, Kaph, Mem, Nun, Peh and Tzaddi, if they appear at the end of the word, look somewhat different – elongated or closed (in the case of Mem), and have a different numerical value.

There follow the 22 letters and the 5 final letters, together with their English names and the numbers they represent:

 

THE TABLE OF LETTERS & THEIR VALUES

 

Letter

 

English

Value

Letter

English

Value

  Aleph  

1

Yod

10

Beth

2

Kaph

20

Gimmel

3

Lamed

30

Daleth

4

Mem

40

He

5

Nun

50

Vav

6

Samekh

60

Zain

7

Ayn

70

Chet

8

Peh

80

Teth

9

Tzaddi

90

 

Qoph

 

100

 

Resh

 

200


Shin

 

 

300

 

 


Tav

 

 

400

 

 

Kaph Final

500

Mem Final

600

Nun Final

 

Tzaddi Final

700

 

900

Peh Final

800

 





 



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