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The Chicken Qabalah of Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford: Dilettante's Guide to What You Do and Do Not Need to Know to Become a Qabalist Paperback – August 1, 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books (August 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578632153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578632152
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

“A Dilettante’s Guide to What You Do and Do Not Need to Know to Become a Qabalist”, The Chicken Qabalah purports to be the teachings of Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford, who in reality is an alter ego of Lon Milo Duquette’s. Fed up with “authorities” in this burgeoning occult field who waste readers’ time with such pointless (if impressive) tasks as ‘counting the Nostril Hairs of God’, Lon’s very funny and very practical Chicken Qabalah empowers the would-be Qabalist to remember and distinguish between what is important in Qabalah—i.e., the idea of Unity—and what is not—i.e., almost everything else. Along the way, readers will giggle themselves silly through this truly funny book, and discover at its end that they have learned more Qabalah by accident than they ever would by studied intent. If one had to select just one of the treasures this book offers to encapsulate its message, it might be this: “…[W]e are not Qabalists to prove the Bible is holy—we are Qabalists because everything is holy. Look hard enough at anything and you will eventually see everything! Right now—right where you are, God is talking to you from the pages of the Bible, the Koran, the Vedas—from the funny papers, billboards, street signs, ticket stubs, and automobile license plates.” Lon Milo Duquette, always an edifying delight to read, is the author of The Magick of Thelema, The Tarot of Ceremonial Magick, Angels, Demons and Gods of the New Millennium, and the autobiographical My Life With the Spirits.

About the Author

Lon Milo DuQuette has been involved with occult studies since the late 60s, and has become an acknowledged and widely recognized authority within the world of modern occultism. His previous publications include Magick of Thelema, The Tarot of Ceremonial Magick, Angels, Demons & Gods of the New Millennium, and the humorous, biographical My Life with the Spirits.

More About the Author

Singer-songwriter and recording artist, Lon Milo DuQuette is also the author of 16 critically acclaimed books (translated in 12 languages) on Magick and the Occult. Critics have called him one of the most respected and entertaining writers and lecturers in the field of the Western Mystery Traditions.

Since 1975 DuQuette been a national and international governing officer of Ordo Templi Orientis, one of the most influential magical societies of the 20th Century. He is currently the Order's United States Deputy Grand Master. He is an internationally recognized authority on tarot and western ceremonial magick. Although he takes these subjects very seriously, he tries not to take himself too seriously. This rare combination of scholarship and humor has earned him in the last 20 years a unique and respected position in American spiritual and esoteric literature.

DuQuette appears occasionally on television and radio as a guest expert on subjects involving the occult. He is a contributor to the Magical Egypt DVD series' and a host on the new series, The Great Work.

He is a faculty member of the Omega Institute in Reinbeck New York, and Robert Anton Wilson's Maybe Logic Academy.

He lives in Costa Mesa, California with his wife of 45 years, Constance.

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I recommend this book to all levels of students.
Bonnie Cehovet
I can understand that some people would feel that the book doesn't give enough information but to those people I say read it again and read between the lines!
The Wizard Next Door
It is the meat of the matter put forth in a very easy to understand and digestable manner.

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Mau'dib on April 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
Well, I am a physician and spent years learnig about authentic Jewish Kabbalah. Learned biblical hebrew from a rabbi, own most of the major texts and have been studying for 12+ years. While I was vaguely familiar with Qabalah I had been avoiding it since I had so many bad experiences with the Occult version of this mystical system. Well, a few months ago the universe kept trying to get me to read this book. I laughted and said you have got to be kidding me and blew it off repeatedly for about 3 months. Finally I broke down one day in boredom and bought it thinking "You have to be kidding me. No one can make fun of a spiritual system and effectively teach it. This should at least be good for a laugh" Boy was I wrong. It was a fast entertaining read that taught me many things. First it is traditionally accurate to the best of my knowledge. The Tarot section alone was worth it. For years I had read the Tarot was Kabbalistic but no one touched the subject any further. In 20 pages Lon had me hooked and trained. I literally finished it in an airport and was so deep in thought for 3 hours I almost missed my flight. I have since authored my own course with all the connections I have learned prior to this. The text alone is well over 200 pages of correspondence material. And I had such a great time laughing. I do feel that sometimes his explainations were too simplistic but for people with no background the ideas still communicate the essence. As you go along they will flesh out later into more depthy understanding. Read this book for he Tarot section and Ark of the Covenant section alone if for no other reason and prepare to have a fantastic ride of pure spiritual entertainment and learning. :-)
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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Graham D. Lincoln VINE VOICE on March 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
Finally, a book that explains The Qabalah in a user-friendly, comprehensible format! I highly recommend The Chicken Qabalah to anyone interested in the subjects of; Qabalah, Magick, Masonry, Astrology, Tarot, etc. This wonderful Treatise on the subject explains The Qabalah in a fun, entertaining manner that sort-of tricks you into learning the subject.
Most books about The Qabalah (Cabalah, Kabalah...spell it however you want, and don't worry about it) will put you to sleep-thus are not conducive to teaching the subject. However, The Good Rabbi has figured-out a way to trick us into staying-awake long-enough not-only to get through a chapter, but THE ENTIRE BOOK !
My wife and I both finished this book very quickly-in fact, we could not put it down. After reading the book, my wife made some wonderful Qabalah Flash Cards, based-upon The Good Rabbi's work, "777" (Crowley --ISBN: 0877286701) and "Paths of Wisdom," by John Michael Greer (ASIN: 1567183158 ). We have found this is the easiest way to learn Qabalistic Correspondences, The Hebrew Alphabet, etc. My wife's idea was brilliant and we now have requests for the Flash Cards, from other would-be Chicken Qabalists.
"The Chicken Qabalah" is, without question, the most fascinating book I have ever read, on the subject! Anyone who can make The Qabalah interesting as The Good Rabbi has should get a Gold Medal, or...perhaps, a Gold Chicken award.
I will treasure my copy of "The Chicken Qabalah" and give it a clear-contact-paper cover to protect it on it's journey about the house-it doesn't take a Psychic to see that this book will be a constant resource / reference in my studies and will rarely find it's way back to the bookshelf.
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Thabion on October 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
The Chicken Qabalah
Of Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford
By Lon Milo DuQuette
Samuel Weiser, 2001
Reviewed by Poke Runyon
After some thirty years of studying, practicing and even daring to
teach what is called "Hermetic Qabalah" (or Kabbalah or Cabala, or
what ever ) I was recently confronted by a person (not even Jewish)
who condescendingly informed me that the word was pronounced
"Kab-ah-LAH" and that if I had not studied it under a bone fide Rabbi
I really knew nothing about it. Even though I had taken a class in
Jewish mysticism in college from a real Rabbi, that didn't seem to be
good enough. I was a "Chicken Qabalist" and I was made to feel as if I
should sit in the back of the metaphysical bus.
Before the mid-1970s we Hermetic qabalists lived in a happy dream
world where we thought we actually were studying and practicing a
deeply profound system of spiritual growth and magical attainment
based on long-forgotten medieval Jewish and renaissance Rosicrucian
roots. We had no idea the "real" Kab-ah-LAH had no Tarot cards, no
Pagan Gods (certainly no Pagan Goddesses!), very little astrology, and
absolutely no magick. But then came our sad awakening. Faced with too
many brilliant young people committing themselves to various forms of
Eastern mysticism, Jewish Biblical and Talmudic scholars, led by
Greshom Scholem and followed by Aryeh Kaplan, dusted off and
refurbished the old, nearly forgotten orthodox Jewish kabbalah.
We Hermetic qabalists (if we even dared to call ourselves qabalists
at this point ) were now second class metaphysical citizens.
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