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Simplified Qabala Magic
Simplified Qabala Magic

By: Ted Andrews
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9780738703947
English  |  240 pages | 5 x 8 IN
129pp.
Pub Date: June 2003
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CHAPTER 1
THE KEY
The Qabala opens up access to the occult, to the
mysteries. It enables us to read sealed epistles and
books and likewise the inner nature of man.
-Paracelsus
(Medieval philosopher,
physician, and mystic)

Once upon a time, in the earliest eons of rational humanity,
there was a young man who was most discontent. Living to
work, raise a family, and then die did not seem fair to him. In a
village that prided itself on its rational and civilized manners,
this was quite irrational.
After all, of what use was it to work hard and build a good
life for one’s family and never see the fruits of the labor? Once
death arrived, all the work on the physical plane would certainly
be for nothing.
There had to be more to life. There had to be more to the
universe than what abided in his village. But no one would help
him find the answers. No one wanted to help him search for
the answers. It was wrong they said. It was not for humans to
know the will of God. It was wrong to question. It was wrong
to look beyond.
“Why?” he would ask. “Why is it wrong to search? Why
was it wrong to question?” After all, he did not want to know
the will of God. He merely wanted to know why his life had to
be limited by the village and the beliefs that he had inherited
from it. Certainly, there had to be more. Why did humans
have to struggle? Why weren’t humans allowed to find joy and
enthusiasm for life and in the adventures of life? Why?
But no one answered. No one helped. They were content.
Their lives ran smoothly—no matter how boring or limited
they might be. They were content, and there was no need to
go looking for things that may not exist. There would be no
shadow chasing for them. Oh, there might be some wonderful
things out there in the universe somewhere, but there could
also be some not-so-wonderful things as well. Best to leave
well enough alone. Best to be content with what was at hand.
Curiosity and the promise of dreams were strong within the
young man, and he set out in search of answers. He learned of
a wise old man who inhabited a cave at the crest of a distant
mountain. The man was a rumor and a legend, but as with all
myths, the boy knew there were elements of truth within it.
After many days of long climbs he reached the crest of the
mountain, and from this point he could see the towns and villages
and valleys and farms of what looked to be the whole
world, and he smiled. Surely, this is the place a man of wisdom
would choose to live!
As he turned from his view to seek out his teacher, he spied
a small cottage in the distance. Beside the cottage was a small
garden being tended by an old man. As the boy approached,
his spirits fell and his heart again ached. Before him was an old
man, but the old man was just that. There was no light about
him. There was no glow, no power that surely would emanate
from a true man of wisdom. There was none of this about the
old man. He was worn and wrinkled and looked like nothing
but a farmer.
The old man smiled and nodded in warm greeting and the
boy couldn’t help but return the smile. At least he could refresh
himself here. The old man lay down his hoe and sat himself
upon a tree stump across from the boy.
“What is it you seek, lad?”
The boy sighed. “I had hoped to find an answer.”
“I am not without a little bit of knowledge, perhaps I can
help you.”
“I don’t think so. I don’t need to know of farming or tending
gardens. The answers I seek are more. I seek to know the
answer to the universe. I want to know why humans must
struggle. I want to know why a person cannot have what he
dreams of. I want to know why birds can fly and humans
can’t. After all, are we not so much better than the beasts of
the air? I want to know. . . .”
The boy rattled on, citing question after question. He didn’t
know why he told all to this man, but he did. And the grizzled
old man sat and listened patiently, nodding now and again, but
saying nothing.
The boy’s words became interspersed with yawns as the
weariness of his journey and climb began to catch up with
him. He did not know when exactly, but sometime during his
talking, he drifted off to sleep. It was deep and long, and
when he awoke, he was refreshed.
He stretched and stood and then stopped in surprise. The
old man was gone! And so were the cottage and the garden! He
spun around, looking in all directions, confused and bewildered.
Had he dreamed it all? Had he imagined it all?
All that remained was the tree stump. Upon the stump
were two scrolls. The boy picked them up gently and glanced
about him as if someone were watching from behind a bush.
There was no one. He unrolled a scroll and read:
Son,
There is much to learn and an eternity to learn it, but before
we can learn the new, we must unlearn the old. Hold on to
your questions, for with the asking of the question we have
the beginning of the answer.
To you I bequeath this second scroll. It is a map of the
universe and all that resides within and without it. You may
notice that it appears quite simple, but this is the first that
must be unlearned. It is in the simple that the great can be
found. Intricacies complicate and confuse.
Build your universe from a simple and yet strong foundation.
You are surprised that I say “build.” But that is what you
will be doing, for as you discover the universe, you will recreate
your own.
You will notice that the directions are simple and rational,
a term you disfavor, but it must be. As much as you disfavor
the rational, it is a part of your makeup. It is a tool with which
you will be able to grow and understand. Remember that it
is only in its unbalanced state that the world becomes barren.
Be true to yourself and to the knowledge contained herein.
Herein lies the foundation to live in light, grow in wisdom and
express with love. It is for you as it is for all humankind who
wish to remove their self-imposed blinders and discover the
Hidden Light behind all lights.
In Love and wisdom,
Your First Answer
Overwhelmed, the boy sat down and began to read the
second scroll. He savored it; he studied it and time lost all
meaning. He now stood upon the brink of a new world. He
had found what had been hidden . . .
(To be continued)
Mention the word “occult” and people call to mind images
of spell casting, devil worship, Halloween, evil witchcraft, and
bizarre happenings behind closed doors. To mention that you
are a student of the occult is to invite an often rude awakening
as to whom your true friends are. In reality, it is merely a sixletter
word, derived from the Greek language, meaning “hidden.”
It refers to the hidden knowledge, mysteries, and truths
of God and life. It is neither sinful nor demonic in itself. It is
simply veiled knowledge, so as to allow man the opportunity
to seek and grow and mature enough to use it responsibly in
its highest capacity.
There are those who argue that such knowledge is hidden
and obscured because God does not want humans to discover
it. If that were the case, the alphabet, algebra, and electricity
would be just as “demonic” as other so-called “occult” ideas
and truths. They were understood by relatively few, but no
one today would deny their usefulness. The Master Jesus
stated, “Things are hidden only to be revealed at a later time”
(Mark 4:22). The knowledge is obscure because the majority
refuses the discipline and dedication necessary to seek it out,
much less to attempt an understanding of it.
It is unfortunate that the term has acquired such a strong,
negative connotation. There are now those who attribute any
outbreak of trouble to that unknown nemesis known as the
“occult.” When there is disruption or disintegration in the
ranks of religious groups, it must either be an occult attack
from outside the group or the retaliation of some “occult”
forces of evil with which they have been waging daring battles.
It is the stuff of fiction!
Humankind has made great progress technologically. Physically,
we are stronger and healthier. Mentally, we are sharper
and expanding, but spiritually, as a whole, we are stagnant. Our
knowledge has outstripped our spiritual teachings. They are
growing incompatible. Without the expansion of our spiritual
understanding, the gap can only widen. Simple conformity with
approved theological institutions no longer satisfies. There is an
increasing need for a more personal and complete, spiritual
experience.
All major religions teach that we are to return to some “primal
point” from which we came. Some call this heaven, some
nirvana. This ultimate of experiences is called Divine Union,
but other than teaching church doctrines and moral codes, the
major religions are not teaching the extent to which we can
manifest this link while in the physical. They do not teach the
extent to which we progress through a natural course of
evolvement—as if progressing through a school—accumulating
greater skills, abilities, and knowledge to assist us in our life.
They do not teach the practical means to enhance and accelerate
this natural course of evolvement, of expanding our spiritual
knowledge and applying it to all aspects of life. They do not
teach how to make use of the so-called metaphysical gifts as a
working aspect of our daily life.
In every person, the qualities essential for accelerating this
spiritual evolution are innate. Within each of us are gifts and
potentials that we can use to enhance our lives. Whether we
call these psychic gifts, metaphysical powers, miracles of life,
or spiritual wonders does not matter. They exist within each
of us, but even people who recognize these potentials need an
effective means of unfolding them. There needs to be a system
that allows us to recognize and then utilize all of the spiritual
potential within us.
For any such system to be of true benefit to all, it must be
easily understood—at least in its most basic form and conception.
It must be a living and growing system that allows itself
to be adapted to each individual and his or her particular stage
of unfoldment while holding its basic, primary form and content.
It should awaken our inherent abilities and open the
doors to our higher conscious. It should enable us to feel and
experience increasingly the universal forces operating within
it. The practices, energies and forces within the system should
be such that they can be experienced in a manner that encourages
continued pursuit, inspiration and exploration throughout
its use.
The mystical Qabala is just such a system. It is one of the
most esoteric, occult, and yet practical systems for expanding
our consciousness and unfolding our spiritual gifts and awareness.
It has been called the Western Tradition of Occultism,
and within it lies the wisdom of the ancients and all of the
powers of the universe. Within it lies the means to contact
those divine powers and be touched by them. Through it, one
can go as far and as deeply into the mysteries of life as one
desires. It is especially suited to the rational Western mind
because it is a system that allows us to see some organization
of the powers and energies of the universe and how they play
upon each of us as individuals and as a group.
Qabala comes from the ancient word qibel which means
“to receive” or “that which is received.” In the ancient world it
had a more general meaning of “the law.” It is the earliest
form of Jewish mysticism. There are many stories of how it
came to be. Most claim that it was the knowledge given to
Moses on Mount Sinai during the episode of the burning
bush. Another version says that it was taught by God to the
Angels who formed a school based upon it in paradise. After
man’s fall, the Angels passed it on to the children of the earth
so that they may again overcome the earth plane and ascend
to the heavens.
It is told that the Archangel Metatron gave the Qabala to
Adam, who in turn passed it on down to Noah and then to Abraham.
When Abraham emigrated to Egypt, a portion of it leaked
out. Thus the Egyptians obtained greater spiritual and mystical
knowledge (along with other Eastern nations) that assisted them
in establishing one of the greatest civilizations in the history of
humankind.
In this version, Moses, who was first initiated into its uses
by the Egyptians, became quite proficient in it during his
forty years in the desert. Tradition states that during this time
he received more instruction in it from the Angels and used it
to overcome many of the difficulties in the desert. The “mannah
from heaven” is attributed to his knowledge of the
Qabala. He passed it on to the elders who in turn passed it on
from generation to generation by word of mouth. David and
Solomon were probably the most deeply initiated into its wisdom
and mysteries.
The modern Qabala is a mixture of the Jewish Qabala and
the core ideas of the most ancient Egyptian religion that led
to illumination. It has been found in the Chaldean religion. It
was a part of the teachings of Pythagoras, and Jesus made
numerous references to it. The phrasing of the Lord’s Prayer
is very Qabalistic in itself.
Even with its ancient origins it is still a very living system
of evolvement. Its uses and interpretations vary, expand and
adapt from generation to generation. Its foundations are firm,
but its uses involve changes that meet and coordinate with the
outside world. It is a changing system, but changing only in
that it grows and expands. Since there can be no growth without
change, this is quite appropriate. It is studied and used to
initiate change within ourselves and thus also within our environment.
Change does not come from life itself, but from living
that life and by acting upon and within it. The Qabala
assists in this.
Today’s student of the Qabala must reinterpret the doctrines
and reformulate methods in the light of modern knowledge
if it is to be of use. The purity of a tradition or idea must
be tested if it is to have any life in it. Dead doctrines and faith
never ensure belief. Tradition is fine, but to let it rule to the
exclusion of new growth is a denial of the basic tenets of a living
system.
Any tree is a living, growing thing, and if alive,
implied within it is change. All tools and teachings are capable
of being changed and extended beyond their first applications.
The Qabala is a plan for a flower garden. Provided are the
tools, the tasks, the sunshine, the water, the fertilizer, and seed
enough for infinite plant life. Provided are the instructions and
procedures for the planting, hoeing, and harvesting. But with
all this, the actual work is up to the individual. No other system
is as complete in providing the energy, inspiration, confirmation,
and greater realization of mystical experience. It will
even go so far as to point out where the weeds are, but the task
of pulling them is still ours. That choice is always ours.
“We are the masters of our own destiny.” Working with
the Qabala makes this absolutely dear. When working with
the Qabala, you must be careful what you ask, for you will get
it! It demonstrates on all levels of our life that we are the
authors of all our experiences, from the nonaccident of birth,
to the parents we chose, the environment in which we now
live, and the time and circumstances of our own death. We
write the scripts. This is not an easy concept to accept for it
lays the responsibility for everything that occurs in our lives
on us—and only us! If you are not ready to accept the responsibility
for where you are now and where you want to be, the
Qabala will make it quite evident. It will open new worlds
and new wonders. It will show you your greatest dreams and
potentials. It will make you face your greatest fears and darkest
secrets.
As children, we had very few limitations in our life. We experienced
realities that we closed down as we got older. The openness
of that child is still within us. It’s what makes us dream of
that magic wand that will make all our troubles disappear and
create new wonders and beauty within our world. That wand is
out there, but we have to search it out. The Qabala shows us
where to look.
“Know what it is to be a child? . . . it is to be so
little that the elves can reach to whisper in your
ear. It is to turn pumpkins into coaches and mice
into horses . . . for each child has his fairy Godmother
within his own soul.”
—Fr. Francis Thompson


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