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PostSubject: Hermetic Qabalah   Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:13 am

Hermetism



Hermetism was a religion of Late Antiquity attested in a loose corpus of Hermetica (including the Corpus Hermeticum, Asclepius, Armenian Hermetic Definitions[1]). It forms a basis for later Western Esotericism, notably via Renaissance Hermeticism, which encompasses other works centered upon Hermes Trismegistus.[2] Hermetism has been described as part of the third pillar of Western culture which provides a balance between Greek rationality and biblical faith.[3]

Hermetism was a movement of early western esotericism, along with Gnosticism emerging in Late Antiquity. It encompassed both panentheism and henotheism within its belief system, which teaches that there is The All, or one "Cause", of which we, and the entire universe, are all a part. Also it subscribed to the notion that other beings such as gods and angels, ascended masters and elementals exist in the Universe.

Reincarnation

There are mentions in Hermeticism about reincarnation. As Hermes states:

"O son, how many bodies we have to pass through, how many bands of demons, through how many series of repetitions and cycles of the stars, before we hasten to the One alone?"[4]

Some may not refer to this as reincarnation of the body, but the rebirths of one's spiritual nature. It may refer to the number of subtle bodies, and the inner/outer demons we must face to achieve henosis.

[edit] Morality, good and evil

Hermes explains in Book 9 of the Corpus Hermeticum that Nous brings forth both good and evil, depending on if he receives input from God or from the demons. God brings good, while the demons bring evil. Among those things brought by demons are:

"adultery, murder, violence to one's father, sacrilege, ungodliness, strangling, suicide from a cliff and all such other demonic actions."[5]

This provides a clearcut view that Hermeticism does indeed include a sense of morality. However, the word good is used very strictly, to be restricted to use to the Supreme Good, God.[6] It is only God (in the sense of the Supreme Good, not The All) who is completely free of evil to be considered good. Men are exempt of having the chance of being good, for they have a body, consumed in the physical nature, ignorant of the Supreme Good.[7]

Among those things which are considered extremely sinful, is the focus on the material life, said to be the only thing that offends God:

"As processions passing in the road cannot achieve anything themselves yet still obstruct others, so these men merely process through the universe, led by the pleasures of the body."[8]

It is troublesome to oneself to have no "children". This is a symbolic description, not to mean physical, biological children, but rather creations. Immediately before this claim, it is explained that God is "the Father" because it has authored all things, it creates. Whether father or mother, one must create, do something positive in their life, as the Supreme Good is a "generative power". The curse for not having "children" is to be imprisoned to a body, neither male (active) nor female (thoughtful), leaving that person with a type of sterility, that of being unable to accomplish anything.[9]

[edit] Creation legend

The tale is given in the first book of the Corpus Hermeticum by God's Nous to Hermes Trismegistus after much meditation. It begins as the ALL creates the elements after seeing the Cosmos and creating one just like it (our Cosmos) from its own constituent elements and souls. From there, the ALL, being both male (Divine Father) and female (Universal Mother), holding the Word (the logos), gave birth to a second Nous, creator of the world. This second Nous created seven powers, or deities, (often seen as Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the Sun and the Moon) to travel in circles and govern destiny.

The Word then leaps forth from the materializing elements, which made them unintelligent. Nous then made the governors spin, and from their matter sprang forth creatures without speech. Earth then was separated from Water and the animals (other than Man) were brought forth from the Earth.

The Supreme Nous then created Man, androgynous, in his own image and handed over his creation. Man carefully observed the creation of his brother, the lesser Nous, and received his and his Father's authority over it all. Man then rose up above the spheres' paths to better view the creation, and then showed the form of the ALL to Nature. Nature fell in love with it, and Man, seeing a similar form to his own reflecting in the water fell in love with Nature and wished to dwell in it. Immediately Man became one with Nature and became a slave to its limitations such as gender and sleep. Man thus became speechless (for it lost the Word) and became double, being mortal in body but immortal in spirit, having authority of all but subject to destiny.

The tale does not specifically contradict the theory of evolution, other than for Man, but most Hermeticists fully accept evolutionary theory as a solid grounding for the creation of everything from base matter to Man.[10]

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Hermetic Qabalah


Tree of life

Hermetic Qabalah (from the Hebrew קַבָּלָה "reception"), is a Western esoteric and mystical tradition. It is the underlying philosophy and framework for magical societies such as the Golden Dawn, Thelemic orders, mystical societies such as the Builders of the Adytum and the Fellowship of the Rosy Cross, and is a precursor to the Neopagan, Wiccan and New Age movements[1].

Hermetic Qabalah draws on a great many influences, most notably: Jewish Kabbalah, Western astrology, Tarot, Alchemy, pagan religions (especially Egyptian and Greco-Roman), neoplatonism, gnosticism, the Enochian system of angelic magic of John Dee and Edward Kelley, hermeticism, rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, and tantra. It differs from the Jewish form in being a more admittedly syncretic system, however it shares many concepts with Jewish Kabbalah.

It is most often transliterated with a 'Q' rather than a 'K' or a 'C', distinguishing it from Jewish Kabbalah and Christian Cabbalah.

Conception of Divinity

A primary concern of Hermetic Qabalah is the nature of divinity, its conception of which is quite markedly different from that presented in monotheistic religions; in particular there is not the strict separation between divinity and man which is seen in monotheisms[2]. Hermetic Qabalah holds to the neoplatonic conception that the manifest universe, of which material creation is a part, arose as a series of emanations from the godhead[3].

These emanations arise out of three preliminary states that are considered to precede creation. The first is a state of complete nullity, known as Ain (אין "nothing"); the second state, considered a "concentration" of Ain, is Ain Suph (אין סוף "without limit, infinite"); the third state, caused by a "movement" of Ain Suph, is Ain Suph Aur (אין סוף אור "limitless light"), and it is from this initial brilliance that the first emanation of creation originates[4].

[edit] Sephirot
The Sephirothic tree showing the lightning flash and the paths.
The Sephirothic tree showing the lightning flash and the paths.

The emanations of creation arising from Ain Suph Aur are ten in number, and are called Sephiroth (סְפִירוֹת, singular Sephirah סְפִירָה, "enumeration"). These are conceptualised somewhat differently in Hermetic Qabbalah to the way they are in Jewish Kabbalah[5]. See Sephirot for the Jewish conceptualisation.

From Ain Suph Aur crystallises Kether, the first sephirah of the Hermetic Qabalistic tree of life. From Kether emanate the rest of the sephirot in turn, viz. Kether (1), Chokhmah (2), Binah (3), Daath, Chesed (4), Geburah (5), Tiphareth (6), Netzach (7), Hod (8), Yesod (9), Malkuth (10). Daath is not assigned a number as it is considered either a false or a hidden sephirah[6].

Each sephirah is considered to be an emanation of the divine energy (often described as 'the divine light') which ever flows from the unmanifest, through Kether into manifestation[7]. This flow of light is indicated by the lightning flash shown on diagrams of the sephirotic tree which passes through each sephirah in turn according to their enumerations.

Each sephirah is a nexus of divine energy and each has a number of attributions. These attributions enable the Qabalist to form a comprehension of each particular sephirah's characteristics. This manner of applying many attributions to each sephirah is an exemplar of the diverse nature of Hermetic Qabalah. For example the sephirah Hod has the attributions of; Glory, perfect intelligence, the eights of the tarot deck, the planet Mercury, the Egyptian god Thoth, the archangel Michael, the Roman god Mercury and the alchemical element Mercury[8][9]. The general principle involved is that the Qabalist will meditate on all these attributions and by this means acquire an understanding of the character of the sephirah.

Tarot



Hermetic Qabalists see the cards of the tarot as keys to the Tree of Life. The twenty two trumps are known as the major arcana and are seen as corresponding to the twenty two Hebrew letters and the twenty two paths of the Tree; the ace to ten in each suit correspond to the ten Sephiroth in the four Qabalistic worlds; and the sixteen court cards relate to the classical elements in the four worlds[10][11][12]. While the sephiroth describe the nature of God, the paths between them describe ways of knowing God[13]

History

Jewish Kabbalah was absorbed into the Hermetic tradition at least as early as the 15th century when Giovanni Pico della Mirandola promoted a syncretic world-view combining Platonism, Neoplatonism, Aristotelianism, Hermeticism and Kabbalah[14]. This was further developed by Athanasius Kircher, a Jesuit priest, hermeticist and polymath, who wrote extensively on the subject in 1652, bringing further elements such as Orphism and Egyptian mythology to the mix[15]. Modern Hermetic Qabalah is the product of all these influences.

[edit] Hermetic Order Of The Golden Dawn

Hermetic Qabalah reached its peak in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn,[16] a 19th century organization that was arguably the pinnacle of ceremonial magic. Within the Golden Dawn the syncretic fusing of Qabalistic principles such as the ten Sephiroth with Greek and Egyptian deities was made more cohesive and was extended to encompass other systems such as the Enochian system of angelic magic of John Dee and certain Eastern (particularly Hindu and Buddhist) concepts, all within the structure of a Masonic or Rosicrucian style esoteric order.

Aleister Crowley, a member of the Golden Dawn, is the most widely known exponent of Hermetic Magic[17] or Magick as he preferred to render it. Crowley's own writings on the Qabalah were idiosyncratic, and in some cases purposely blasphemous. However his book Liber 777 is a good illustration of the wider Hermetic approach. It is a set of tables relating various parts of ceremonial magic and Eastern and Western religion to thirty-two numbers representing the ten spheres and twenty-two paths of the qabalistic Tree of Life. The attitude of syncretism embraced by Hermetic Qabalists is plainly evident here, as one may simply check the table to see that Chesed (חסד "Mercy") corresponds to Jupiter, Isis, the colour blue (on the Queen Scale), Poseidon, Brahma, and amethyst.

Many of the Golden Dawn's rituals were published by Crowley and were eventually compiled into book form by Israel Regardie. The versions Crowley published were often updated so as to be more consistent with his research into New Aeon magick, Regardie tending instead to publish the rituals along more traditional lines.[18]

[edit] After the Golden Dawn

Dion Fortune, an initiate of Alpha et Omega, wrote the seminal book The Mystical Qabalah, widely considered one of the best general introductions to modern Hermetic Qabbalah.[19][20]

Pat Zalewski is a student of Jack Taylor, who was in turn a student of Robert Felkin's school, as taught in New Zealand after Felkin emigrated there.

Samael Aun Weor has written many significant works that discuss Kabbalah within many religions, such as the Egyptian, Pagan, and Central American religions, which is summarized in his work The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of Tarot and Kabbalah.

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PostSubject: Re: Hermetic Qabalah   Wed Jan 27, 2010 6:25 pm

Great ,
some naturally known info , finally put into layman terms ,







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PostSubject: Re: Hermetic Qabalah   Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:22 pm

I'm not a hermit, but I am rather reclusive.
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PostSubject: Re: Hermetic Qabalah   Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:30 pm

Wallstone wrote:
I'm not a hermit, but I am rather reclusive.


LOL... I go thru phases ...

let's hold hand and skip over here and see if we can get some free advice



opppsss ...it says "operation aborted" C9crackUPslap

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PostSubject: Re: Hermetic Qabalah   Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:41 pm

c/thru wrote:
Wallstone wrote:
I'm not a hermit, but I am rather reclusive.


LOL... I go thru phases ...

let's hold hand and skip over here and see if we can get some free advice



opppsss ...it says "operation aborted" C9crackUPslap

If two reclusives became a couple, would that make them exclusive reclusives?
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PostSubject: Re: Hermetic Qabalah   Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:43 pm

Wallstone wrote:


If two reclusives became a couple, would that make them exclusive reclusives?


cheesy
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PostSubject: Re: Hermetic Qabalah   Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:05 pm

c/thru wrote:
Wallstone wrote:


If two reclusives became a couple, would that make them exclusive reclusives?


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As they say on 'Family Feud', "Good answer!"
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PostSubject: Re: Hermetic Qabalah   Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:11 pm

I'm trying to think what preceeds my reclusives bouts....


sometimes, I've just played too much, been running around and having fun and
administrative stuff for running my life gets piled up and I gotta pulls in the reins for a bit

sometimes, I have mini meltdowns over the state of human civilization and I need to withdraw for a few days

sometimes, I have done something terrible and need to hide out for awhile giggle

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PostSubject: Re: Hermetic Qabalah   Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:41 pm

c/thru wrote:
I'm trying to think what preceeds my reclusives bouts....


sometimes, I've just played too much, been running around and having fun and
administrative stuff for running my life gets piled up and I gotta pulls in the reins for a bit

sometimes, I have mini meltdowns over the state of human civilization and I need to withdraw for a few days

sometimes, I have done something terrible and need to hide out for awhile giggle
I value my alone time. Plus, I tend to be a night owl.
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PostSubject: Re: Hermetic Qabalah   Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:38 pm

i'd read all this but i hate having religion shoved down my throat
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PostSubject: Re: Hermetic Qabalah   Thu Jan 28, 2010 1:23 am

well, just skip to the riveting confessions Wallstone and I are trading USA


this is a way old thread anyways....
alivegenieII musta been going through our closets looking for blasphemy idunno

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PostSubject: Re: Hermetic Qabalah   Fri Jan 29, 2010 12:14 am

c/thru wrote:
Wallstone wrote:
I'm not a hermit, but I am rather reclusive.


LOL... I go thru phases ...

let's hold hand and skip over here and see if we can get some free advice



opppsss ...it says "operation aborted" C9crackUPslap
I was half joking about being a recluse, but the folks on that site are serious.
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PostSubject: Re: Hermetic Qabalah   Fri Jan 29, 2010 12:20 am

Wallstone wrote:

I was half joking about being a recluse, but the folks on that site are serious.

I know...I actually got it to load and peeked around a bit

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PostSubject: Re: Hermetic Qabalah   Fri Jan 29, 2010 1:13 am

c/thru wrote:
Wallstone wrote:

I was half joking about being a recluse, but the folks on that site are serious.

I know...I actually got it to load and peeked around a bit
I had to look up 'Hikikomori':

Hikikomori (ひきこもり or 引き籠もり, Hikikomori?, lit. "pulling away, being confined", i.e., "acute social withdrawal") is a Japanese
term to refer to the phenomenon of reclusive people who have chosen to
withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement because of various personal and social factors in their lives. The term hikikomori refers to both the sociological phenomenon in general as well as to people belonging to this societal group.
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PostSubject: Re: Hermetic Qabalah   Tue Feb 02, 2010 10:01 pm

Wallstone wrote:
c/thru wrote:
Wallstone wrote:

I was half joking about being a recluse, but the folks on that site are serious.

I know...I actually got it to load and peeked around a bit
I had to look up 'Hikikomori':

Hikikomori (ひきこもり or 引き籠もり, Hikikomori?, lit. "pulling away, being confined", i.e., "acute social withdrawal") is a Japanese
term to refer to the phenomenon of reclusive people who have chosen to
withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement because of various personal and social factors in their lives. The term hikikomori refers to both the sociological phenomenon in general as well as to people belonging to this societal group.
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