The Kabbalah

The Kabbalah

Adolphe Franck

This is a scholarly study of the origin and evolution of the Kabbalah. Originally published in French in 1843, with a second French edition in 1889, this book traces the origins of the philosophical concepts of the Kabbalah to the ancient Zoroastrians. Franck goes into fascinating detail about the doctrine of the Kabbalah, as expressed…

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The Mystical Qabalah

The Mystical Qabalah

Dion Fortune

Dion Fortune’s classic, The Mystical Qabalah, explores all aspects of the Qabalah, including the esoteric sciences of astrology and tarot, which form the basis of the Western Mystery Traditions. It provides a key to the practical working of this mystical system for both novice and initiate alike.

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The Secret Teachings of All Ages

The Secret Teachings of All Ages

Manly P. Hall

With over 200 black and white illustrations. If you read this book in its entirety you will be in a good position to dive into subjects such as the Qabbala, Alchemy, Tarot, Ceremonial Magic, Neo-Platonic Philosophy, Mystery Religions, and the theory of Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry. Each of the nearly 50 chapters is so dense with information…

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The Cabala

The Cabala

Bernhard Pick

This is a short monograph on the Kabbalah, written from a purely academic and somewhat critical point of view. Pick traces the origins and background of the Kabbalah to Jewish scholars of mediaeval Spain. He does not attribute any deeper roots to it historically, nor does he examine the roots of Jewish mysticism except for a brief mention of the Merkabah. If you are looking for an introduction to the subject…

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Collectanea Hermetica Volume IV

Collectanea Hermetica Volume IV

William Wynn Westcott

This is Volume 4 (Aesch Mezareph) of 7 Volumes. From the Preface: “THE Aesch Mezareph or Ash Metzareph, is only known to persons of Western Culture from the Latin Translation found in a fragmentary condition in the work entitled Kabalah Denudata by Knorr von Rosenroth, published at Sulzbach in 1677-84. These volumes have as a sub-title “The Transcendental, Metaphysical and Theological Doctrines of the Hebrews”, and they…

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Selected Religious Poems

Selected Religious Poems

Solomon Ibn Gabirol

Solomon ibn Gabirol was a Jewish Neoplatonist philosopher and poet who lived in Spain during the Islamic period. Of interest here is the extensive discussion of the structure of the cosmos in the extended poem ‘The Royal Crown,’ which includes a section which describes each of the celestial spheres in turn. Also apparent are references to Kabbalistic concepts. But the main focus of these poems is Gabirol’s intense relationship with God.

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The Sepher Ha-Zohar Or The Book of Light

The Sepher Ha-Zohar Or The Book of Light

Nurho de Manhar

This is the only extensive translation of a portion of the Zohar, the longest and one of the most important texts of the Kabbalah, in the public domain. The Zohar is a Kabbalistic commentary on the Hebrew Bible. Long before the ‘Bible Code,’ Jewish scholars were attempting to wring deep meaning out of every syllable of the text of the Hebrew Bible…

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Readings XXXII; The Words Kadosh and Hierodom

Readings XXXII; The Words Kadosh and Hierodom

Unknown

“There is no proof that the Templars who survived the destruction of the Order, were reorganized anywhere as Kadosli. In fact the Degree of that name cannot be traced back to the beginning of the 18th century. But when it was made, it assumed to be a revival of the Order of the Temple, and to conceal this pretension from those to whom it would have been odious if it had appropriated the name of the old Order, it took the name…

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Sepher Yezirah; A Book on Creation

Sepher Yezirah; A Book on Creation

Isidor Kalisch

This book is considered to be the oldest known Jewish mystical text and is now an important part of Cabalistic studies. It first appeared in historical records during the first century C.E., but its principles had been passed down for centuries before this, with Jewish scholars believing that the patriarch Abraham had received the teachings directly. It is written from the perspective of an observer who is relating the work of God’s creation…

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The Secret Doctrine in Israel

The Secret Doctrine in Israel

Arthur Edward Waite

The Secret Doctrine In Israel is a work of critical analysis of Zoharic doctrine, for the specific purpose of proving that behind each and all there lies a single radical and essential thesis which is spoken of in general terms as the Mystery of Faith.

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Mysteries of the Qabalah

Mysteries of the Qabalah

Elias Gewurz

Written from a Theosophical viewpoint, this volume has a lot more Kabbalah content than Hidden Treasures of the Ancient Qabalah (Gewurz’s other book). Gewurz explains the ‘signatures’ of each Hebrew letter, the use of techniques such as permutation and numerology to find deeper meaning in the sacred writings, and the history and bibliography of Jewish…

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The Kabbalah Unveiled

The Kabbalah Unveiled

S. L. MacGregor Mathers

Explores three important books of the Zohar; Siphra Dtzenioutha: The Book Of Concealed Mystery; Greater Holy Assembly; and, Lesser Holy Assembly. Together, these three books examine the development of the creative deity and of creation itself.

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