Posted by Vivek (here)
Thanks for your contribution. Here is the webpage from which I gleaned my information:
And here is an excerpt:
This, I think (as I am by far an authority on the subject), is were the truly sacred knowledge of the ancients splits with the perversion that is the "Illuminaughty". I'm probably wearing out the term, but again, sand and sugar.Strictly speaking, according to Gardner, Qabala (or the QBL, meaning “enlightenment”) should not be equated to Kabalah (or the KBL, meaning “confusion”) or worse yet, to the Kabbalah (or KBBL, implying even greater intrigue and twisting). The latter, in fact, is related to the English work, cabal (which is defined as “a secret intrigue, a political clique or faction”). Similarly, the Jewish mystical tradition, the cabala, cabbala, or kabbala, is defined as “mystic interpretation; any esoteric doctrine of occult lore”. One can view the distinctions as two separate movements within mystical thought, one of which, the Ha Qabala, has been largely ignored in recent centuries.
One reason for this is that “Qabalistic masters maintain that it was not the serpent (Enki) [in the Garden of Eden] who was the deceiver as we are led to understand. The deceiver in this instance was Enki’s half-brother, Eloh-Jehovah (Enlil), who said that Adam would die from eating the fruit.” Small wonder that the “confusion” of the Kabalah has taken mainstage over the “enlightenment” of the Ha Qabala. And while Adam was ultimately enlightened by the female (having been prompted by Enki) as to the true circumstances of the eating of the fruit (and thus partially relieved of the deception), the ultimate victims of deceit are the recipients of the corrupted interpretation -- which is the mainstream of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic thought. Enlil’s deception lives on!
I've also read that the Age of Aquarius heralds mankinds (meaning man AND women if you follow the etymology) embrace of the intuitive feminine principle of spirituality. Completing the eventuality that was set in motion by eating from the tree of knowledge, lifting the veil of deception/reign of ignorance or something like that.
At least that's where I'm at right now. I'm open to learning more if you care to compare notes.This is pretty correct but you do not need to invest in the story. The stories are a means to convey a set of infomration. You do not ever need to remeber who did what where unless you really get into the numerological aspects and start assigning "sounds" (hebrew letters) numbers; all phonetically, hence my confusion why he would be caught up on the spelling of something that relies on phonetics.When Abraham arrived in Canaan, promoting a Mesopotamian tradition of Enlil, he was said to have access to a “uniquely inscribed tablet of ideograms”. These ideograms were conceptual symbols which did not specifically translate into words -- the same situation in some Chinese characters. The concept is also fundamental to Tarot, in that symbolism of the meaning of a card is more important than what can be interpreted by vainly attempting to reduce the meaning to words. Ideograms, in general, are not meant to be translated, but meditated upon, allowing the feelings to go where the mind will normally not.
However, more to the point; "These ideograms were conceptual symbols which did not specifically translate into words." This is a referance to the sephirot which do not have direct translations. Well--they do, but they shouldn't. A sephirot is a concept. For instance the concept of creating is a sephirot, concept of destruction is one, the concept of balance, concept of victory and the concept of glory. There are a few others but those are probably the least abstract.
This has the odd effect of making you invoke the experience of these things in order to define them rather than simply explain something in words that will be inherently hollow. The sephirot are the operandi, or motives but not the modus or what is causing them to go (dare I say by invoking those things you are causing them to go ). The thing that is making them go is forever unknowable (e.g. cannot speak the name of god.) What is produced by this unknown modus, however, is what we call da'ath wich is not really a sephirot, rather it is conciousness itself; the eye in the trinity of objective, subjective and 'field' that exists in all measurement (da'ath is the observer).
This movement of conciousness between these "spheres" of existence is portrayed as a snake. The sephirot the snake is moving through or between or the conjuction of sephirot it's moving between in a given order represent meanings. Due to each sephirot and path between them also being a letter/number these can be expressed mathamatically as well as tonally. (ever wonder where magic words came form?) These snakes also happen to form letters when placed on the tree of life (otz chaim).
That snake actually represents the full progression of sephirot form unknown to known. I'd go into this more but I don't want to get to technical. I've been meaning to make a thread for this stuff at some point.
I'll write more on this at some point but Dion Fortune is an exellent source.
p.s. If you really want to have some word fun ^_^ ~
kab (hebrew) - Container
alah(allah) - allah (arm, leg, leg, arm, head to my 5%ers )