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hrj777
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posted July 28, 2003 04:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hrj777     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Aselzion,

Could you please explain the Qabalistic Worlds you mentioned in your "Tarot Basics" thread?

Also, could you please explain why there are so many different spelling of "Qabala"? I have seen it spelled with a K and C and Ch. Is it because different forms of Quabala use different values for the letters? If this is the case, wouldn't the only true spelling then be the Hebrew spelling?

Thanks,

Heidi

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Aselzion
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posted July 28, 2003 04:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aselzion     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Heidi...

Not ignoring your question, but I have to work again tonight, so just popping in to see what's up.

I'll be off for most of the week after tomorrow, so I will reply then in depth.

Blessed Be...
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hrj777
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posted July 29, 2003 05:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hrj777     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you Aselzion ... no rush.

Whenever you get a round to it. Thanks

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lathander
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posted August 08, 2003 05:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lathander     Edit/Delete Message
hrj777
pleased to meet you, i am nick.
i can't answer the question on the kabbalistic worlds (for obvious reasons) but i can help to clarify the spelling of the word kabbalah.
there are two correct spellings: kabbalah and qabbalah. some people use the qabbalah spelling as there are two characters of the hebrew alphabet to which the letter 'k' corresponds: kaph or caph, and koph or quoph. the second spelling is the hebrew character that is used, therefore the 'q' is merely used to denote to the reader that the correct character is koph, and not kaph. hope that clears it up.. hehe

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Aselzion
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posted August 08, 2003 02:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aselzion     Edit/Delete Message
Greetings Heidi...

I use the spelling Qabalah. This is partly due to my association with a particular mystery school, B.O.T.A., and partly because I was given to understand that the word comes from a Hebrew root generally translated QBL, meaning: "to receive". Legend has it that the Qabalah was brought to man through the agency of the archangel(s) variously rendered as Metatron or Uriel (Auriel).

In terms of the Qabalistic worlds, there are 4 which correspond to the 4 suits of the Tarot.

1) Atziluth: the archetypal plane of Ideas = Wands and Fire. The highest and innermost of the 4 planes of manifestation. It is the plane of abstract ideas and inspiration. The seed thought behind all of creation. For example, the seed thought may be relaxation. This is the idea behind the idea, as it were.

2) Briah: the creative plane of Patterns = Cups and Water. True creative thinking takes place as a result of the stimulation from the plane of abstract ideas. Here the seed thought of relaxation spawns a creative burst of thought such as sitting down or lying recumbant.

3) Yetzirah: the formative plane of Processes = Swords and Air. This is the plane of activity which plans what forms may best express the creative idea, and puts these into motion. To follow our example, the inner eye begins to "see" various shapes to make relaxation in the above mentioned fashion possible; sitting begins to take on the form of a chair, what it may look like or feel like. Lying down may take the form of a couch or a bed for example.

4) Assiah: the material plane of Results = Pentacles and Earth. This is the plane of outward manifestation; the product which came about through the inter-related activities of the other planes. This is where we actually see the finished product, the wing-backed chair or the brand new hide-a-bed!

OK, so there's a little gross oversimplification going on here, as Linda said on many occasions, all analogies are imperfect. But I hope this gives a brief and helpful example of the Qabalistic Worlds.

Let the discussions begin!

Peace and Light...
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Aselzion
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posted August 21, 2003 03:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aselzion     Edit/Delete Message
Greetings...

Heidi, any thoughts, questions or coments?

In L.V.X. Eternal...
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