Sunday, 13 January 2008

The Quabalah

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The Qabalah or Kabalah or Cabalah, (depending on what spelling you prefer), traditionally comes from Jewish mysticism. Our interpretation of the Qabalah is very different from any other Qahalah book you might read, as we have given it a matercentric interpretation. So because of this we have put a U in its spelling. This is because the U is a feminine symbol, as in ancient times it represented the crescent moon or the woman’s uterus. There is not the letter U in Hebrew and this probably was because the U is so clearly a feminine symbol.
The Quabalah, or Tree of Life, is a map of the spirit, mind or emotions, and can be used by people at any level of consciousness. Its origin is in an oral Jewish tradition which was first written down in its present form in the Middle Ages. Though some people claim it was also the Freemasons and Rosicrucians that preserved this ancient knowledge. In many circles it is regarded as dangerous or heretical because it gives equal value to the masculine and the feminine, although it does assign negative qualities to the feminine pillar and positive ones to the masculine pillar. Before the Quabalah was written down, it was probably changed and censored to make it acceptable to patriarchal religions. We can see the distortions quite clearly, because when we look at the meaning of some of the Sephiroth, they are quite clearly on the wrong pillar.
The first two Sephiroth, at the top of the masculine and feminine pillars, could be in their right places. We can perhaps accept Binah, understanding, as feminine, and Chokmah, wisdom, as masculine, though we could also argue that they should be the other way round. But when we move down to Geburah on the feminine pillar, we find it is associated with severity, punishment, and fear, and with Mars, who is the traditionally accepted male god of war. None of these things can be linked with the feminine, since it is men who indulge in war, fear, punishment and severity, even though it may be said that women are often the victims of these things.
Likewise, Chesed, which is on the masculine pillar, is associated with love, grace, mercy and compassion, traditionally female qualities which have little to do with the typical behaviour of patriarchal man. Moving down the feminine pillar, we reach Hod, which means splendour and glory. Again, these are very masculine sounding ideas, unless we are discussing women in a matercentric society. At the base of the masculine pillar is Netzach, which is associated with triumph and victory. This at least seems to be in the correct position until we discover that Netzach is also linked with Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. She seems an incongruous figure to have on the masculine side.
All this merely allows us to realise that the Quabalah we have today is probably very different in form from the original. It had to be radically changed to conform with patriarchal values, just as many other mythologies and belief systems were when the last matercentric age came to an end. Of course no-one knows its origin, but there are many theories, including one which suggests it came as a gift from the Angels. This is not as ludicrous as it sounds. In the Old Testament, all the Angels are male, but even now, we still associate the word " Angel" with a kind, saintly or stunningly beautiful woman, not a man.
We already know that originally, deities were goddesses and that the first 'spiritual' people were priestesses. Later, these were replaced by gods and male priests. In much the same way, the gender of angels was changed from female to male in religious texts, though it was never modified in normal speech. People continued to assume that Angels were female, as they always had been. This leads us to believe that the Quabalah came from the priestesses of the old matercentric age, and contains valuable information which can help us in our understanding of our spiritual path.

2 comments:

conspiro Bob Org said...

Great work!!
Will continue reading.

John Bozeman said...

Why should Jewish mysticism conform in any way to Greek mythology?