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Need help understanding the Hermetic Qabalah?

Mostly, what the 10 sephirot and 22 paths are (I’ve heard many different definitions) and what you do about/with them. If anyone knows their stuff on this and would serve as an email contact, I’d really appreciate it; if not, please answer this question.


  1. (Hebrew) plural: Sephiroth. literally, “jewel.”
    1. An emanation of Deity.
    “The Ten Sephiroth of universal vibration emerge from the Ain Soph, which is the Microcosmic Star that guides our interior. This Star is the Real Being of our Being. Ten Sephiroth are spoken of, but in reality there are Twelve; the Ain Soph is the eleventh, and its tenebrous antithesis is in the Abyss, which is the twelfth Sephirah. These are twelve spheres or universal regions which mutually penetrate and co-penetrate without confusion.” – Tarot and Kabbalah by Samael Aun Weor
    In the Twenty-two Major Arcana, the card referred to as the number 21 is the Fool, which some authors have numbered as 0 or as 22. The fact remains, that in Gnostic Kabbalah it is number 21, which is represented by a wanderer walking aimlessly with no course or objective and carrying a bag on a stick over his shoulder; he holds a staff in his right hand. His clothes, in disarray, leave his sexual organs exposed, thus, a tiger cat (symbol of fire, Shin) follows him around, biting him incessantly. His face shows that he is unaware of this attack, thus, this is why he does not try to defend himself. So, unconscious sensitivity to the nature of fire is found represented in the Arcanum 21: the sensual mind slave of the sensations of the flesh, the impressions of material life. The Fool is the symbol of present humanity, which is the blind slave of matter and sex.
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  2. The sephirot are difficult to define states of consciousness. Think of them as a representation of a particular mystical experience. The paths are a set of experiences or forces that prepare you for that experience.
    More than that, both sephirot and paths are a place on the astral. Simply put the map known as the tree of life represents actual astral territory.
    To get the basics, read Lon Milo DuQuette. He has a very simple way of explaining the qabala. Buy his DVD “Qabala for the Rest of Us”.

  3. 1. the Hermetic Qabalah is somewhat different but is derived from the Qabalah of Jewish mysticism. The person quoting Samuel Weor has given the gist of Qabalist mysticism. It is a map for understanding the self and the universe (the microcosm and the macrocosm) in a mystical and psychodynamic way in a manner similar to that of the metaphysics of Tantric Hinduism. It includes the idea of an absolute and transcendent deity or first cause and a process of emanation through which the facets of our Reality come into being in a multidimensional and interdependent way. The 10 sephira are these planes of experience (as are the chakras in eastern lore and the planets in esoteric Gnostic and Hermetic lore). The 22 paths link the sephira as life themes playing against and leading into each other. They correspond with the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Like in Hindu mysticism, the letters of the alphabet each have a mystical signifance that one needs to understand to better understand the 22 paths.
    An important book on Qabala is the Yetzir Sefira. It is written in a poetic and antique style of writing that may be difficult for modern readers. I would suggest that you read it and also find a good book or essay that is simply written that explains passages within it. From there, you will have a foundation to read up on the vast amount of material that is available about Qabalah. (PS, the writings of Samuel Weor are useful to look into if you are interested in this and related topics.)


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