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Permutations of the Tree: The 182 Gates of the Gra Tree of Life Paperback – February 21, 2012
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As a piece of magical literature it is breathtaking how precise and densely meaningful the ideas transmitted in the Permutations of the Tree are. One sentence expresses what most books are still unable to after pages and pages of very baroque, anthropomorphic chatter. If we were living in a different age most of those Western Magic books on Qabalah of the past 150 years would quickly be forgotten and, like the Sepher Yetzirah, Permutations of the Tree would endure for centuries as a seminal text. Perhaps for those to whom it matters, it already is such a text.
Since the author doesn't have a Q&A section for this book on his website, I thought I'd copy and paste a response of his I found on the book's Facebook page, in case like me, you didn't think to look there either. Anyways, he clearly and succinctly addresses the question that came into my mind after reading it: how come in the author's other books (8T and 231Gates), you start at the bottom and work your way up, while in this one you start at the top and work your way down.
In reference to 8T, the author even states on abc.com, "The work of each of the Sephirotic Temples can be matched, Step for Step, with IIH and the same criteria *can* be applied to the 8T. But it all depends upon how thorough you wish to be. To *truly* incorporate the 8T and the 231 Gates, then you *must* be that thorough. It's not necessarily a "quick" process in temporal terms. :) But then *true* initiation is not quick, as you well know."
I thought that perhaps the difference was only in presentation--not in the method of practical working. In other words, that one would still start at the bottom, but for whatever reason he decided to do the Initiatory sequence in one and the Creative sequence in the other, and that one was supposed to apply the appendix to properly use the book with IIH. This is NOT the case. I don't follow or agree with all the thoughts of the asker and have deleted Q2, but here you go:
1) Considering that the more embracing states of consciousness (One self, Chokmah-self, Binah-Self..) are the ones a person's mind have less experience with, wouldn't it make more sense not to do the Creative Sequence, and work instead on the opposite sequence? Wouldn't it be easier to grasp?Read more ›
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