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Mystical Qabalah Paperback – September 1, 2000
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DION FORTUNE'S The Mystical Qabalah remains a classic in its clarity, linking the broad elements of Jewish traditional thought -- probably going back to the Babylonian Captivity and beyond -- with both Eastern and Western philosophy and later Christian insights. Dion Fortune was one of the first Adepts to bring this "secret tradition" to a wider audience. Some before her often only added to the overall mystery by elaborating on obscurity, but her account is simple, clear, and comprehensive.
The Qabalah could be described as a confidential Judaic explanation of the paradox of "the Many and the One" -- the complexity and diversity within a monotheistic unity. Whereas the Old Testament outlines the social and psychological development of a tightly knit "chosen group" culture, the supplementary Qabalah provides a detailed plan of the infrastructure behind the creative evolutionary process.
A major limitation of the Authorized English Version of the bible is the translation of the many Hebrew God-names by the single name, "God". The Mystical Qabalah devotes a chapter to each of the ten schematic "God-names", the qualities or "Sephiroth", which focus the principle archetypes behind evolving human activity: the Spiritual Source; the principles of Force and Form; Love and Justice; the Integrative principle or the Christ Force; Aesthetics and Logic; the dynamics of the Psyche; and finally, the Manifestation of life on Earth in a physical body.
The Mystical Qabalah works in a profoundly psychological way. Its lessons for the individual are invaluable and this book is a must for all who feel drawn to know themselves better so that their inner and outer worlds may be as one.
This revisededition includes an additional chapter of Fortune's original writing, an editorial update for contemporary readers, and a foldout with Tree of Life diagrams to facilitate study of the text.
About the Author
Dion Fortune (1891?1946), founder of The Society of the Inner Light, was a prolific writer, pioneer psychologist, and powerful psychic. Author of the highly acclaimed Psychic Self-Defense, her novels include The Goat Foot God, The Demon Lover, The Winged Bull.
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While the text is readable, there are some annoying errors in it due to what I am guessing is a poor transition of a hardcopy/scan to digital. Things like S being replaced by 5, or "Qabalab" instead of "Qabalah". Occasionally I have been unable to make out what word was meant -- "catfle" anyone? Also, there seem to be numbers by what might/may be each paragraph in a printed text, but actual paragraph indentation? Forget it.
I suppose this meets my needs of being portable and avoiding another book in my overflowing shelves, but really wishing I'd just gone looking for a used paperback that might have been more professionally produced.
For a concise introduction to Judaic/Hebraic Kabbalah which is quite different from Hermetic Qabalah, I enjoyed Dovid Krafchow's "Kabbalistic Tarot."
Of further tremendous value, and a pleasant and unexpected bonus, was the afterword by modern adepts of the authors school. Here they lay out more modern findings, couching the authors work in some practical guidance on moving from sphere to sphere , or, from one state of perception to another more integrative one.