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Eliphas Levi, 1861

Each letter is an universal and an absolute conception, governed only by the number represented by the letter. The science of signs begins with the science of letters.

Letters are absolute ideas. Absolute ideas are numbers. Numbers are perfect signs.

In using ideas with numbers, one can operate upon the ideas like one can operate upon number and arrive at the mathematics of truth.

(Course of Kabalistic and Occult Philosophy, The Kabalistic and Occult Tarot of Eliphas Levi, 1861)

The Magus is truly that which the Hebrew Kabalists term MICROPROSOPUS —otherwise, the creator of the little world. The first of all magical sciences being the knowledge of one’s self, so is one’s own creation first of all works of science; it comprehends the others and is the beginning of the Great Work.

~ Éliphas Levi; Transcendental Magic

12 zodiac signs
10 fingers, 10 toes, a spiritual heart and a spiritual mind to carry out the work of god. 12 disciples
12 olympians, the principal gods of the greek pantheon
12 apostles and the 12 indian shrines called jyotirlingas
12 petals in the heart chakra
the egyptians followed a 12 god philosophy.
1+2 = 3 = the third eye. Kiddushin, was the rabbi’s twelve letter god. 12 fruits of the cosmic tree. HIH-HVVH-VIHIH = the kabalist’s named 12 letter god. the woman with the crown of 12 stars across her head. 12 reported sightings of jesus following his death.



Pisces—the night house of Jupiter
Aquarius—the day house of Saturn (Uranus)
Capricorn—the night house of Saturn
Scorpio - the night house of Mars
Sagittarius—the day house of Jupiter
Libra—the day house of Venus
Virgo—the night house of Mercury
Leo—the sole house of Sol
Cancer—the sole house of Luna
Gemini—the day house of Mercury
Taurus—the night house of Venus
Aries—the day house of Mars.

-Cherry

THE THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM

The First Path is called the Admirable or the Hidden Intelligence (the
Highest Crown): for it is the Light giving the power of comprehension of that
First Principle which has no beginning; and it is the Primal Glory, for no
created being can attain to its essence.
The Second Path is that of the Illuminating Intelligence: it is the Crown of
Creation, the Splendour of the Unity, equalling it, and it is exalted above
every head, and named by the Kabalists the Second Glory.
The Third Path is the Sanctifying Intelligence, and is the foundation of
Primordial wisdom, which is called the Creator of Faith, and its roots are
AMN; and it is the parent of Faith, from which doth Faith emanate.
The Fourth Path is named the Cohesive or Receptacular Intelligence; and is
so called because it contains all the holy powers, and from it emanate all
the spiritual virtues with the most exalted essences: they emanate one from
the other by the power of the Primordial Emanation. The Highest Crown.)
(1)
The Fifth Path is called the Radical Intelligence, because it resembles the
Unity, uniting itself to the Binah, (2) or Intelligence which emanates from
the Primordial depths of Wisdom or Chokmah. (3)
The Sixth Path is called the Mediating Intelligence, because in it are
multiplied the influxes of the emanations, for it causes that influence to
flow into all the reservoirs of the Blessings, with which these themselves are
united.
The Seventh Path is the Occult Intelligence, because it is the Refulgent
Splendour of all the Intellectual virtues which are perceived by the eyes of
intellect, and by the contemplation of faith.
The Eighth Path is called the Absolute or Perfect Intelligence, because it is
the means of the primordial, which has no root by which it can cleave, nor
rest, except in the hidden places of Gedulah, (4) Magnificence, from which
emanates its own proper essence.
The Ninth Path is the Pure Intelligence, so called because it purifies the
Numerations, it proves and corrects the designing of their representation,
and disposes their unity with which they are combined without diminution or
division.
The Tenth Path is the Resplendent Intelligence, because it is exalted above
every head, and sits on the throne of Binah (the Intelligence spoken of in the
Third Path). It illuminates the splendour of all the lights, and causes an
influence to emanate from the Prince of countenances. (5)
The Eleventh Path is the Scintillating Intelligence, because it is the essence
of that curtain which is placed close to the order of the disposition, and this
is a special dignity given to it that it may be able to stand before the Face of
the Cause of Causes.
The Twelfth Path is the Intelligence of Transparency, because it is that
species of Magnificence called Chazchazit, (6) the place whence issues the
vision of those seeing in apparitions. (That is the prophecies by seers in a
vision.)
The Thirteenth Path is named the Uniting Intelligence, and is so called
because it is itself the Essence of Glory. It is the Consummation of the Truth
of individual spiritual things.
The Fourteenth Path is the Illuminating Intelligence and is so called because
it is that Chashmal (7) which is the founder of the concealed and
fundamental ideas of holiness and of their stages of preparation.
The Fifteenth Path is the Constituting Intelligence, so called because it
constitutes the substance of creation in pure darkness, and men have spoken
of these contemplations; it is that darkness spoken of in Scripture, Job
xxxviii. 9, “and thick darkness a swaddling band for it.”
The Sixteenth Path is the Triumphal or Eternal Intelligence, so called
because it is the pleasure of the Glory, beyond which is no other Glory like
to it, and it is called also the Paradise prepared for the Righteous.
The Seventeenth Path is the Disposing Intelligence, which provides Faith to
the Righteous, and they are clothed with the Holy Spirit by it, and it is
called the Foundation of Excellence in the state of higher things.
The Eighteenth Path is called the Intelligence or House of Influence (by the
greatness of whose abundance the influx of good things upon created beings
is increased), and from its midst the arcana and hidden senses are drawn
forth, which dwell in its shade and which cling to it, from the Cause of all
causes.
The Nineteenth Path is the Intelligence of the Secret of all the activities of
the spiritual beings, and is so called because of the influence diffused by it
from the most high and exalted sublime glory.
The Twentieth Path is the Intelligence of Will, and is so called because it is
the means of preparation of all and each created being, and by this
intelligence the existence of the Primordial Wisdom becomes known.
The Twenty-first Path is the Intelligence of Conciliation and Reward, and is
so called because it receives the divine influence which flows into it from its
benediction upon all and each existence.
The Twenty-second Path is the Faithful Intelligence, and is so called because
by it spiritual virtues are increased, and all dwellers on earth are nearly
under its shadow.
The Twenty-third Path is the Stable Intelligence, and it is so called because
it has the virtue of consistency among all numerations.
The Twenty-fourth Path is the Imaginative Intelligence, and it is so called
because it gives a likeness to all the similitudes which are created in like
manner similar to its harmonious elegancies.
The Twenty-fifth Path is the Intelligence of Probation, or Temptation, and is
so called because it is the primary temptation, by which the Creator trieth
all righteous persons.
The Twenty-sixth Path is called the Renewing Intelligence, because the Holy
God renews by it all the changing things which are renewed by the creation
of the world.
The Twenty-seventh Path is the Active or Exciting Intelligence, and it is so
called because through it every existent being receives its spirit and motion.
The Twenty-eighth Path is called the Natural Intelligence; by it is completed
and perfected the nature of all that exists beneath the Sun.
(This Path is omitted by Rittangelius: I presume by inadvertence.)
The Twenty-ninth Path is the Corporeal Intelligence, so called because it
forms every body which is formed in all the worlds, and the reproduction of
them.
The Thirtieth Path is the Collective Intelligence, and Astrologers deduce
from it the judgment of the Stars and celestial signs, and perfect their
science, according to the rules of the motions of the stars.
The Thirty-first Path is the Perpetual Intelligence; but why is it so called?
Because it regulates the motions of the Sun and Moon in their proper order,
each in an orbit convenient for it.
The Thirty-second Path is the Administrative Intelligence, and it is so called
because it directs and associates the motions of the seven planets, directing
all of them in their own proper courses.

“Both Herodotus and Pliny noted the general resemblance in shape between the phœnix and the eagle, a point which the reader should carefully consider, for it is reasonably certain that the modern Masonic eagle was originally a phœnix.”

- Manly P. Hall: The Lost Keys of Freemasonry

“The triad, being the fundamental principle of the whole Kabalah or Sacred Tradition of our fathers, was necessarily the fundamental dogma of Christianity; the apparent dualism of which it explains by the intervention of a harmonious and all-powerful unity. 

Christ did not put His (Cabalistic) teaching into writing, and only revealed it in secret to His favored disciple, the one Kabalist (John) ,and he a great Kabalist, among the apostles.”

Lévi, Eliphas: Transcendental Magic

12 zodiac signs
10 fingers, 10 toes, a spiritual heart and a spiritual mind to carry out the work of god. 12 disciples
12 olympians, the principal gods of the greek pantheon
12 apostles and the 12 indian shrines called jyotirlingas
12 petals in the heart chakra
the egyptians followed a 12 god philosophy.
1+2 = 3 = the third eye. Kiddushin, was the rabbi’s twelve letter god. 12 fruits of the cosmic tree. HIH-HVVH-VIHIH = the kabalist’s named 12 letter god. the woman with the crown of 12 stars across her head. 12 reported sightings of jesus following his death.



Pisces—the night house of Jupiter
Aquarius—the day house of Saturn (Uranus)
Capricorn—the night house of Saturn
Scorpio - the night house of Mars
Sagittarius—the day house of Jupiter
Libra—the day house of Venus
Virgo—the night house of Mercury
Leo—the sole house of Sol
Cancer—the sole house of Luna
Gemini—the day house of Mercury
Taurus—the night house of Venus
Aries—the day house of Mars.

-Cherry

Central panel of the altarpiece at Bad Teinach. Commissioned by the Princess Antonia of Württemberg, she became closely involved in the composition, which is extensively symbolic, and considered a personal testament to her deep involvement in Christian Kabbalah

Note the soul stands at the threshold of the garden of paradise, depicted in a dense web of esoteric symbolic imagery.

“The sign of the Cross adopted by the Christians does not belong to them exclusively. It is also kabalistic, and represents the contrasts, and the quaternary equilibrium of the elements, The sign of the Cross is absolutely and magnificently kabbalistic.”

“Let the water return to water! Let a fire burn! Let air circulate! Let earth fall upon the earth.”

~Eliphas Levi: Transcendental Magic: Its Doctrine and Ritual

Evil: Kabbalistic views

“ The primary Kabbalistic term for evil is sitra achra, which means "the Other side.” In the subtle depth of this term alone lies some of the most transformative wisdom of the Kabbalah. Although often mythologized in terms of demons and devils, the “Other Side,” at its root, is not separate from the Divine. Coins have two sides; papers have two sides; God has two sides, atleast from our perspective. All are essentially one thing; what we experience as evil is as Divine as what we experience as good.

Naturally, no one wants to believe this. It’s fine to think “everything is God” on a warm summer’s day, when the birds are singing tunes of Heaven. But what about in a hospital, where a child is dying of cancer? What about in the gas chambers? For that matter, what about any situation in which our moral faculties are aroused, and the presence of evil is as palpable as the sunlight?

To say that evil is part of God is not to say it doesn’t exist. Everything is part of God: the self, objects in the world, this computer. “Exist” is a property we ascribe to these objects, and which we do not ascribe to, say, dragons or unicorns. That is because this computer does things that a unicorn does not – it appears, it reliably functions as an object, and so on. Likewise, to say that evil is “only” part of God and is not “ultimately real” does not alter its significance in our daily lives.

But it does alter how we relate to it. Many texts in the Kabbalah, including the Zohar, say that the task is not to destroy evil but to return it to its source – to “include the left within the right,” in the Zoharic metaphor, “to uplift the fallen sparks” in the Lurianic one. In Chabad Hasidism, it is stated that evil exists as part of the Divine revelation itself. Indeed, to think that evil really is separate from God is, itself, the essence of evil, which is precisely the illusion of separation.

The most common form of this evil is something we all do all the time: assume that we are separate from God. The natural consequence of this belief is that “good” and “bad” are best evaluated according to how they benefit or harm the self. Thus, enriching the ego, making ourselves feel good (materially, usually, but also spiritually) – all these quintessentially human endeavors stem from the illusion of separation. The yetzer hara, conventionally known as the “evil inclination,” might be better thought of as the “selfish inclination” or the “separating inclination.” It is that which grounds all experience in the separate self, and does its best to enlarge, enrich, and empower that self above others.

Conventional morality posits a dualistic psychology, in which a yetzer tov, a good inclination, balances out the evil one. For the Kabbalah, however, there is only truth and falsity: the truth that only God truly exists, and the falsity that all of our own conventional existence is real. Truth leads to those acts which benefit God – for traditional Kabbalists, that includes ritual as well as ethical behavior. Falsity leads to those which seem to benefit the separate self.

This is hardly the end of the story. Some heretical Kabbalists believed that “acts which benefit God” include deliberate forays into the world of “sin,” where the illusory nature of evil can be more readily exposed, and the sparks thereby elevated to their Source. Traditional Kabbalists and Hasidim, however, maintained the opposite: that the Torah provides the blueprint for right action, and that once the selfish inclination is abnegated, what remains are the commandments. The fundamental cosmology is the same, but the consequences are completely different.

Letting go of the reality of separate evil, and really accepting that the sitra achra is a side of Divinity, is easy on paper and very difficult in reality. Sitting in a cozy armchair, it’s possible to meditate on the unity of all being, even those which are horrible. But when one is in the midst of the horror, I suppose, it becomes a rather different enterprise, and much closer to the ideal of the saint.

Still, to the extent it is possible to do so, the notion is indeed life-changing. Everything is a flavor of Divinity — we may naturally want more hesed and less gevurah, and indeed, the Kabbalah contains thousands of incantations, intentions, and actions to shift the balance in just that way. But even the dinim, the harsh judgments which we experience, are a side of the Divine manifestation. I think all of us can find the edge of tolerance in this area. Some endure life-threatening traumas and yet are able to maintain the wider view. Personally, I can lose my proper perspective after only mild physical violence. Perhaps the right work on the self is to find the edge and expand it, gradually allowing more of God to exist without forgetting. This does not remove the imperative to fight against evil, of course — only the constriction and delusion which can sometimes accompany it. “