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THE HOLISTIC QABALA
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART I: ASSIAH, THE PHYSICAL PLANE
Malkuth means "the Kingdom." All gross matter may be considered
as expressing the qualities of the four elements: fire, water, air, and
earth. In modern terms, there are four fundamental natural forces.
They are "strong" force, "weak" force, electromagnetism, and gravity.
"Strong" force holds the nucleus of the atom together, contributing to
the tability of matter; "weak" force occurs in many natural processes,
but the most familiar is radioactive decay. Malkuth is the corporeal
sphere of Earth.
The basis of any stable magickal development is the maintanance of physical
health through proper diet and exercise. Wrong diet, especially eating
at inappropriate times, is a major cause of physical, emotional, and mental
Opinions differ on whether man's natural diet should include meat.
But most meat is full of steroids and antibiotics that accumulate and cause
harm to the body. What serious aspirant would want to kill and living
creatures for food or sport? Is that not a lack of compassion?
Advantages of a meatless die include lower incidence of hardening of the
arteries, less uric acid, and chemical intake. According to yogis,
it also makes the body less distracting in meditation to eat Satvic, rather
than rajasic or tamasic foods. Nutritional suppliments for B-12,
lecithin and minerals ensure optimal physical and mental performance.
The best stress management programs consist of a combination of physical
exercise and meditation. One works with the sympathetic nervous system,
and other on the parasympathetic system.
Development of body-awareness is important for "coming to wholeness."
There are many techniques to choose from. A disciplined physical
fitness routine might include any of the following: aerobics, "chopping
wood and carrying water," Tai Chi, hatha yoga, or dance. If you seek
energy=aerobics; freedom=stretching, yoga, Tai Chi; power=martial arts,
muscle building; joy=dance; exercise + "inner-cize" can be done with guided
1. Physical Plane: The four natural forces. Resonance.
Sensory awareness. Diet and Exercise. Level of observation
in Physics; matter. Body; psychosomatics.
2. Astral Plane: The Magickal Image is a Young Woman, Crowned and Throned,
who is Demeter/Persephone, a dual form of the Goddess. She is at
once Earth Mother and her daughter (the Kore), the archetypal maiden.
This young bride becomes the Queen of the Underworld, or subconscious.
Persona, the social mask. Discrimination, avarice, inertia.
3. Causal Plane: The Personal Unconscious includes the memories
and repressed material which must be raised to consciusness. These
conflicts must be resolved before one is ready to confront the Collective
Unconscious. These repressed contents requires a specific technique
designed to "raised" them.
4. Archetypal Plane: Initiation into a Mystery has to do with
"initium"; an image of "going within, suddenly" as in the abduction of
Persephone into the Underworld, below the threshold of consciousness.
Her "going within" changed her in a fundamental way, suddenly and forever.
Book II Path 32: THE UNIVERSE, Saturn
Model: Archetypes, Fundamental Components of Daily Living
(1). Hera, the Mating Instinct
(2). Saturn/Kronos, the Puer/Senex Archetype
Path 32 bridges the Physical Plane to the Astral Plane. As it
is ruled astrologically by the planet Saturn, it has to do with space/time
and the propagation of recurrent patterns, (from archetypal manifestation
to human habits).
As the connecting link between malkuth and Yesod, Path 32 graphically
depicts how space/time connects EM fields to matter.
Path 32 is the first path encountered when the aspirant is initiated
into the Way of Return up the Tree of Life. It is a path of equilibrium,
since it is found on the Middle Pillar. It represents the beginning
and perfection of the Great Work.
1. Physical Plane: Melancholy and anxiety with fantasies of regeneration
and rejuvination. Path 32 is the avenue of reincarnation on the descent
of spirit into matter. The mind becomes introspective and turns away
from the field of sensory perception as a literal (and only) reality.
The 'well' symbolizes the subconscious, the Fountain of Youth, or immortality.
Alchemy was originally conceived as a life extension program, which renewed
one both psychically and physically (Yesod and Malkuth). Perception.
2. Astral Plane: The strongest image for this path is a descent into
the underworld. It is the beginning stage of mystical soul travel,
during which one concentrates on development of the astral body.
This facilitates the experiencing of reality through psychic senses, which
are metaphorical perceptions through the agencies of sight, taste, touch,
smell, and hearing. These so-called ESP phenomenon do not require
the introduction of a new sense, but only this new metaphorical mode of
apprehending through those with which we are familiar. This plane
of Path 32 also represents the beginnings of devotional mysticism.
Also included is the concept of karma, and the mating instinct. The
combination of these two leads to the concept of the soul-mate, who cannot
be found until this plane is experienced. Clairvoyance.
3. Causal Plane: The stability confered by Saturn through this path
helps promote concentration, particularly in relationship to images.
These images arise spontaneously in the Astral Plane, and percolate through
to normal ego-consciousness through this Path, with varying amounts of
distortion. Focused concentration eliminates fuzziness. Both
magick and psychoanalysis provide the means for focusing and following
images through their transformations into an equilibrated state in Tiphareth
4. Archetypal Plane: Space/time creates certain limitations or boundary
conditions of both human physical and psychic existence. Acceptance
of these conditions and the form it produces are necessary for realization.
With persistence, it is possible to attain perfection through rejuvination.
There is harmony among the Chakras of the physical body (CNS and endocrines).
This produces a cosmic consciusness and a yearning for further experiences
of soul travel on the path to God-Realization. Einstein's Special
Theory of Relativity is relevant.
PART II: YETZIRAH.
THE ASTRAL OR EMOTIONAL PLANE
YESOD, Sphere of the Moon
Yesod is the lunar world of the Great Mother. The Moon exemplifies
the notion of dynamic equilibrium; it builds a firm foundation of stability
based on cyclic change. This ebb and flow is characteristic of the
Feminine Ms.teries and Lunar Magic. Emotional-sexual sphere.
The Moon of Yesod symbolizes fertility of body, soul, mind, and imagination.
Its manifestation range from reflective and purely automatic impulses of
generation to providing a source of inspiration. This fluctuating
world of shape-shifting forms is know in mythology as ISIS, the Great Mother
who contains all otherr goddesses. She represents the archetypal
virginity of the feminine aspect of Godhead, its all-encompassing receptivity.
The characteristic experience of Yesod or the lower astral plane is
a trance state of varying depth. Most commonly, ego, memory and control
are weak or absent. There is dissociation from an ordinary state
of consciusness. If memory of the imagery experience is retained,
it may be misinterpreted or distorted, resulting in no effective
assimilation into daily life. This is the disrete state where channeling
Receptivity is the keyword for Yesod, which in the Four Worlds
is represented by the following:
1. Physical Plane: In the phenomenal world Yesod is characterized
as electromagnetic fields, known by physicists to be the formative basis
of matter. In the human body, the genitals represent Yesod.
Instincts act on the body producing psychomotor automatisms, or the automatic
gut-feel responses. Subconscious micromotions also account for the
responses of such phenomena as the Ouija Board, dowsing, and pendulums.
Astrologically, Yesod is the Moon or Luna. Gareth Knight links Pan
to Yesod, stating that "Pan gives the idea of archetypal strength which
is characteristic of the etheric and of the action of the Moon on Earth."
Pan's appearance here also indicates his other manifestations including
panic reactions or attacks, nightmare, guilt, and disturbed erotic involvement.
2. Astral Plane: At this level one can tap the reservoir
of life-force or pranic energy. Kundalini is a physical manifestation
of the astral form of Yesod. The therapeutic practice of Bioenergetics
resolves repressions and traumas releasing vitality. This level of
lunar consciusness includes one's personal reactions to the complex environment.
Yesod is a sphere of personal awareness. The personality is a unique
complex of emotions and thoughts. This is the level of shamanism
and Moon Magic--Wicca. It provides no access past the Astral Plane.
Its negative effects include superstition, overemotionalism or reactiveness.
Astral psychism. Independence; idleness.
3. Causal Plane: From the psychological perspective, Yesod
is the realm of Imagination and Archetypes. One may experience it
through Trance or various Art forms. There is understanding of the
contrasexual aspects of the anima and animus. There is release from
possession and enhanced control of emotions through employing the imaginative
technique of personification of divine forces.
4. Archetypal Plane: On the highest level, Yesod manifests
as dream experiences and divination. This is the level of oracular
HOD, the Sphere of
(Reason, Intellect, Hermetism, Technology)
a. Initiation: Practicus
b. Ritual: Science Fantasies
and Technological Thought
c. Practical QBL: Synchronicity
a. Psychological Model:
Psychological Types of Personality
b. Archetypal Encounter:
Hermes (or Mercurius), the Trickster
Eros, as Puer
c. Mythic Correspondences:
Casteneda's Indian Sorcerer, Don Juan
The "mad scientist" controvery
3. ASTROLOGY AND ALCHEMY
a. Mercury, Planet of
b. The Alchemical Mercurius
a. A taxonomy of Altered
States of Consciousness
b. Jungian Typology Test
HOD, Sphere of Mercury
Hod is the Sphere of the rational intellect, and its ability for logical
thought processes. In QBL, this Sphere is known as Splendour, the
force through which man extends his will. It symbolizes the magnificent
riches and grandeur of the mental faculty. Mental functions and thought
work largely through the process of assication, for the purpose of relating
that which previously was separate.
Hod represents the ability to communicate and peceive. It relates
especially to academic and intellectual matters. Development of this
Sphere enhances one's ability to communicate clearly and honestly.
You are able to transmit your messages and ideas to others so that they
are received without distortion. Multi-level communication includes
intelligibility and gut-feeling awareness.
Since Hod rules logic, it also presides over our fields of philosophy,
science and technology. These sciences and their applications on
a practical level categorize discrete portions of the great unknown for
specialized study. Adoppting the techniques and use of knowledge
and skill helps us to function in a more effective manner. The intellect
reflects the tonal quality of an individual.
1. Physical Plane: Cerebral tissue and nerves. Magical
force, or prana. The electrical charge traveling through the nervous
system. Hermes, or Mercury is the "chemical messenger." Hod
also signifies Synchronicity, which is like meaningful coincidence.
2. Astral Plane: Hod represents the principles of
relatedness, association, and interchange. Fluidic thought-processes
may bring revelations to one who seeks to know himself. In this sense,
Hermes rules the therapeutic explorations of depth psychology. The
Magickal Image of Hod is the Hermaphrodite. The messenger of the
Gods is this same androgynous Mercury who nightly brings our dreams.
He appears negatively in those who feel perpetually "misunderstood."
3. Causal Plane: Hod represents the forms of all philsophies
and sciences, but is corresponded with Parapsychology, in particular.
Because this area seeks explanations for curious borderline phenomena,
it forms a link between "hard" sciences and the occult. Hermeneutics,
or the science of interpreting scriptures also comes under the influence
of Hod. Self-analysis.
4. Archetypal Plane: Hod represents the archetypal Trickster,
which manifests alternatively as magician, or clown. Thus, Hermes
embodies the comic spirit functioning as a soul guide, enabling us to accept
and laugh at our shortcomings. Hermes, as soul guide, , also opens
up the way to the hidden depths of the unconscious, bringing us the messages
of the Gods. Hermetic Philosophy began in the Third Century B.C.,
and revealed the "secrets of nature." It discovered a network of
sympathies and antipathies which is categorized in correspondences.
It is a Mystery and an initiatory transmission of that mystery. It
maintains that with the help of this special knowledge, man can "become
god." Hermetism is a revealed secret doctrine which communicates
esoteric wisdom. This esoteric knowledge ensures salvvation, not
through an initatory chain, but through proper interpretation, application
and assimilation of sacred texts. This assimilation is equivalent
Sphere of Venus
(Values and human love)
a. Initiation: Philosophus
b. Ritual: Divination
c. Practical QBL: Electromagnetic
Fields and their relationship to the "Astral Plane"
a. Psychological Model:
Image, the Imaginal, and Imagination
b. Archetypal Encounter: Aphrodite
c. Mythic Correspondence:
Tristan and Iseult, or Guinevere and Lancelot
3. ASTROLOGY AND ALCHEMY