Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Tree of Life III - Qabalah is the New Black


''Tis true without lying, certain and most true - that which is below is like that which is above and that which is above is like that which is below 
to do the miracles of one only thing.'' 
from a translation of the Emerald Tablet by Isaac Newton

I remarked to a friend of mine last night about what an honour it is to be part of the noble tradition of esoteric practitioners which forms an unbroken chain from Hermes Trismegistus to the present day - Greek philosophers, Arab scholars, central European astronomers - the list of the great minds that have fertilized our tradition is both humbling and inspiring.  I see their achievements as a constant challenge to my own.

''He formed substance out of chaos and made nonexistence into existence

He carved great pillars from air that cannot be grasped.''
Sefer Yetzirah, 2:6, Gra Version


A particularly passionate subject of mine is the Sefer Yetzirah, this compact text from over a thousand years ago that has provided the fuel for so many of the intellectual fires that have burned brightly through the stories of alchemy and Kabbalah.   

Intensely cryptic and compelling, Aryeh Kaplan (the great Kabbalistic scholar and elucidator) remarks ''many of the commentaries upon it have shed more light upon the author's own philosophies than upon the text itself...'' - this little book has done more to inspire the fusion of alchemy and Kabbalah that lead us to the wonders of modern science than any other.


''This is a sign

[Alef with them all, and all of them with Alef]
He foresees, transforms and makes
all that is formed and all that is spoken:
one Name.
A sign for this thing:
Twenty-two objects in a single body.'' 
Sefer Yetzirah 2:6, Gra Version


As you can see from the above comparison Alef - the seed letter of the Alefbeit, the ''in-breath'' - shares many similarities with the X chromosome.  The idea that there is some association between the Alefbeit (the alphabet only arose *once* in history and then proliferated from ancient Canaan) and genetics is fascinating - a book called the ''Book of Formation'' used to create life (golems) based on letters which have a similar number to the number of chromosomes, or of proteinogenic amino acids - even beyond my own detailed studies on the subjects of Cellular Consciousness and the Metabolism of Time.  Is not a protein, a *word* spoken by the DNA?


In this fragment of Ch. 2:6 we see the notion that these letters must be combined in order to form a single name - is this not the same notion that the admixture and combination of amino-acid or chromosomal ''elements'' are arranged to form a unique individual, a ''one name''?  It is certainly possible to read the Sefer Yetzirah in the imperative as well - ''forsee, transform and make'' - an *instruction manual* for the creation of life.  What can we forsee with genetics?  What can we transform?

''Twenty-two Foundation Letters:
He placed them in a circle like a wall with 231 Gates.
The circle oscillates back and forth.'' 
Sefer Yetzirah 2:4, Gra Version

This moves beond a crude understanding of DNA lego bricks and into the deeper nature of these threads of life.  Many of you know of the work I have been undertaking with the 231 Gates (the 22 letters combined with each other)  at Edward Kelley's Tower in Malastrana - beginning under the auspices of my own work with the Ruach of the Maharal that brought me to Prague, influenced by (the late) Vincent Bridges and the accompanying spirits of Dee and Kelley, and finally in the silence of my own chambers. It is clear to me that the cycles spoken of in the passage about the 231 Gates are the cycles of time, that the true nature of our DNA, something in the underlying quantum code of that caduceus, is the substance of time itself.  All living things that were ever made were made from these ''letters'' and these ''letters'' form an unbroken link to the beginning of our life-line - that we may travel, have we the discipline, the courage and the knowledge of the ''names''.

By dividing the 231 Gates into 3 concentric circles, mothers at the centre, surrounded by the doubles (planets) and surrounded finally by the simples (zodiac signs) - it is a possible to create a ''horoscope'' for a particular time.  By whirling the Gates (oscilate) one can open a ''wormhole'' in consciousness for the purposes of exploration and experimentation.


These men of the Western Mystery Tradition today, with their fevered egoes and grand claims to material success, are not the giants upon whose shoulders Newton stood, they are not the Renaissance men of old with Utopian goals and far-reaching intellects.  Our tradition is clearly at the lowest ebb in history when these are the men that make the news, when these are the men that are discussed and celebrated as if they matter.  It is not that these men couldn't become those giants but they are not now. 


Those of you out there, who still believe in the quality and potential of our tradition, who believe infinity needs restoring to the heart of the manifest, our souls repairing, our Earth healing, plunge deep into the ocean of wisdom that is Alchemy, that is Kabbalah, that you may grasp those pearls of salvation.  

Time travel, free energy and hermetic revolution - these are the ambitious goals for the restoration of the tradition.  Move above and beyond your petty aspirations of personal enrichment, of obtaining love, of preserving your dynastic line - of setting up these strange attractors**  - and embrace the truth of what the mysteries have taught you.  The tradition does not ask that you be poor or unloved only that you do not limit your work to material riches.  Be the heart that loves knowledge and yearns for understanding and not the one that is only covetous for terrestrial gold.



*This is the Ispaklaria - the glass or mirror one stares into to see a spiritual revelation.  All other prophets stared through a dull ispaklaria, Moses saw through a clear one.  All other prophets looked through nine ispaklariot while Moses looked through only one.  Other accounts liken the Ispaklaria to a lense, a barrier or membrane.  The Ari refers to the Ispaklaria as the Sefirot.  - taken from Meditation and Kabbalah by Aryeh Kaplan pg316/317 notes to the text.

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