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The Art and Practice of Caballa Magic

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AUTHOR OF The Art and Practice of Astral Projection * The Art and Practice of Getting Material Things Through Creative Visualization * The Art and Practice of the…
AUTHOR OF The Art and Practice of Astral Projection * The Art and Practice of Getting Material Things Through Creative Visualization * The Art and Practice of the Occult * The Art and Practice of Clairvoyance * The Oracle of Fortuna * The Art and Practice of Talismanic Magic AND “Occult Vignettes”SAMUEL WEISER, INC.THE ART AND PRACTICE OF CABALLA MAGICDion Fortune wrote a great book about the Caballa but told nothing about the practices. This book starts to tell about how to use the Tree of Life, or Practices. It reveals what Dion Fortune left out because she received her knowledge from a lodge and was not at liberty to give it out. I received the knowledge direct from the inner sources and can give it all out freely. (Ophiel)The newest book in Ophiel’s Art and Practice Series begins with a brief history of the Caballa then examines the correspondences of the Tree of Life and its symbolism. One of the most interesting chapters offers a unique interpretation of the Three Pillars, relating them to past, present, and future. The Art and Practice of Caballa Magic provides clear instructions for practical, productive work using the symbols of the Tree of Life in daily life. As always, Ophiel’s accessible language gives fresh insights to the student and a new understanding to the general reader with an interest in the occult. By the same author The Art and Practice of Astral Projection The Art and Practice of Getting Material Things Through Creative Visualization The Art and Practice of the Occult The Art and Practice of Clairvoyance The Art and Practice of Talismanic MagicSamuel Weiser, Inc.DEDICATION To my students of the future – Hello!! For a large number of reasons, not the least the personality of Ophiel, today is not seeing the wide distribution of these books. Ophiel jokingly, although his heart is cracking up (more than one way), accuses others of allowing the Devil to fuddle up their minds so as to prevent this book from coming out, or, now that it is out, to slow down its distribution, as well as the distribution of the other books, to prevent Truth from being known and used. Oh well, into each life some rain must fall. (but does it have to be a permanent flood?) I’ll keep on going. Drops of water can wear away the hardest stone, in time! So mote it be! Ophiel West Hollywood, California Spring 1976Please note that in this edition color plates of the diagrams referred to in Chapters 3 and 4 appear at the end of the book.TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION AND FOREWORD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 CHAPTER 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 PREFACE TO CHAPTER 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 CHAPTER 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 PREFACE TO CHAPTER 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 CHAPTER 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 PREFACE TO CHAPTER 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 CHAPTER 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 CHAPTER 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 CHAPTER 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 CHAPTER 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 CHAPTER 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 CHAPTER 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 CHAPTER 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 REFERENCES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 COLOR PLATES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122Introduction and Foreword This World Plane presents confusion compounded by confusion to the seeking student of the Occult (who really “lives” on all planes at once). On every side, and also down from above and up from below, come all kinds of “screams” of supposed authentic knowledge – Information (is there a difference?) about what is what in/of the Occult, the voices of teachers and masters (?), revelations of “leaders” demanding instant obedience and obeisance to themselves, and dire threats if instant submission is not forthcoming at once. And so on far into the night – enough to drive any sincere Occult student mad with confusion (oh, I said that before!). As I have taken to saying lately, the study of the Occult is full of blinds, dead ends and traps for the student. IF HE CANNOT THINK HIS WAY OUT OF THESE BLINDS, DEAD ENDS, AND TRAPS HE WILL REMAIN FOREVER CAUGHT THEREIN AT SOME SPOT, AND NO FURTHER PROGRESS WILL BE POSSIBLE UNTIL HE RELEASES HIMSELF BY PROGRESSIVE ATTAINMENT, THINKING OF WHAT IS TRUE. It is true that Truth is relative, and, in the case of individuals, accumulative. However, the increasing accumulation of additional Truth Knowledge should not be at variance with the first early Truth Knowledge. Additional Knowledge should be an expansion of the first Knowledge, and so on. Truth about what? First, as much accurate Truth as can be acquired about the nature of God. Second, as much accurate Truth as can be acquired about the nature of the Physical Universe and the Inner Planes thereof (which Inner Planes are really physical, too). Third, as much accurate Truth as can be acquired about you – yourself, your possible powers, their use, and expanded use, and continued expanded use. There exists an Occult system of Truth Knowledge called the Caballa (there are a number of different ways of writing this word: Cabala, Caballah, Qabalah, all mean the same thing). The Caballa system has many advantages over any other system I have ever heard of in the matter of immediate accurate Truth Knowledge, but to my mind vastly more important is the fact that in this system you can grow in Knowledge and Power, at your own pace, and NEVER REACH AND END. No matter how much Knowledge, Truth, and Power you “get” there is forever a thousand million times more Knowledge and Power ahead with, as I said, no possible end in sight. Some basic description of the Caballa system is in order here now.First – there is the historical background of this system, not too much of which is known as the system was always held by its followers to be very secret; what was written down was incomplete, and the incomplete parts were never written down (they didn’t have to be for when a person acquired a definite portion on the Caballa Knowledge, he then knew the missing parts intuitively, and so will you!). As an aside, it appears that the Muslim religion in the 13th-15th centuries was not as straigthlaced as the hidebound Christians were, and it appears that they dealt freely and openly with the Inner Worlds – Planes – Matters of the Caballa – as well as invocations and evocations to all kinds of “Spirits,” good and otherwise, and in fact I am told, taught these things in their universities in Spain before the insane Ferdinand and Isabella drove them out in 1491. But before the Moors took up the Caballa, in point of fact, before the Jews existed as a Palestine nation, before Babylon in Egypt, some form of the Caballa existed because all the Gods and Goddesses of any nation, at any time, at any place, ALL FIT ON TO THE CABALLA PATTERN, and this does not seem to be an accident. Second – there is the “structure” pattern of the Caballa glyph, called the Tree of Life, and how you fit into this pattern, and how the Pattern allows for the life pattern of all of us, by embracing and demonstrating our lives, the past, the present and the future, thus presenting us with the key to Power over our Life. Third – there is the attachment of all Forces to the Tree of Life Pattern glyph and what this means to you in terms of how you can USE the FORCES that constitute the Physical Cosmos for your benefit and not allow them to use you for your detriment. This is done through Knowledge. Fourth – additional control over your life living is gained through Knowledge that all physical things, institutions, objects are attached or, as Dion Fortune says, filed under the headings of the various Sephiroth. Thus when you are working or going to work with a certain definite subject, you can look at the subject’s position on the Tree of Life glyph and determine at once the Forces (Gods) that rule that subject and how best to work with it, because you then know what its basic nature is, as well as the basic nature of the forces that “rule” that subject. Fifth – my researches have shown, to my satisfaction, that the Physical Cosmos Universe consists of Five Elemental Forces, and their combinations, and practically nothing else, as is shown by the Caballa pattern layout. These Five Elemental Forces, and their combinations, are irretrievably connected to the Tree of Life, and this fact has not been actively demonstrated, to my knowledge, by anyone before, or its significanceexplained. A whole new world opened up for me when I realized this. I hope it does for you. The object of all my writings is to make our lives better through Knowledge and Understanding of, let us say, “divine things.” So here is another book, an Occult book, for your benefit and advancement. This book is a part of a forthcoming series which I hope will continue to grow for as long as I am able to hold a pen. Since starting to write this book, I have been reading a very interesting and profound book about the history of the Golden Dawn type of secret societies, and some biographical material about some of the people involved in these societies from the year 1880 up until now. The author, in referring to Dion Fortune and her writings, says, “Dion Fortune’s occult books and articles . . . most of these were rather vulgar potboiling journalism.” (italics mine) I thought her books were quite good, and by no stretch of verbalization would I have called her writings vulgar or pot-boiling. So I am now wondering, what are my books called, or going to be called! Well, I’m sorry, dear Occult students, the writing I do is the best that I want to do. As I said before, I know my books are not glorious literature, but, while I suppose I’d like to write glorious literature, I am trying to write/teach the Occult and that subject is quite different. Don’t get the idea, dear students, that I think my books and writings are “pot boilers.” I DO NOT SO THINK. Naturally, I think my books are wonderful. I do write a little loose and apparently non-classic, but that is to present the subject instead of a glorious style of writing, so you don’t get distracted from the Occult material. There are a number of announcements in the back of this book which I trust will be of interest to you. Please read and consider them carefully. OPHIEL Hollywood, 1975 Post Script – As I start the, to me, agonizing job of getting this book ready for the printer I am reading it for the first time in a month, and I am struck by my references to KNOWLEDGE as a means of power ESCAPE from this WORLD or rather as a means of CONTROL over the turbulent disorganized Forces with which we now have to contend all our lives. DO NOT NEGLECT THIS BOOK, BUT THE NEXT BOOK IS ABOUT KNOWLEDGE which the Greeks called THE GNOSIS WHICH CAN HELP YOU ON YOUR WAY THROUGH THIS OUTER PHYSICAL WORLD AND INTO WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR.Additional Foreword It has occurred to me in getting this different book ready for the press that someone is going to step up and say to me, “How have you put all these things into use/practice yourself, and as you apparently have not done so, or if you did they didn’t work, hence they are no good, etc., etc.” No one regrets this more than me, that I don’t stop, STOP the seeking of new things and giving them out to you, but instead retire to some secluded spot and seek out the higher/deeper Occult Knowledge for my own use, and then USE it myself, and stop all this teaching. Well!! I can’t do it! I seem to be compelled to seek and publish, albeit somewhat slowly. You students out there are going to USE this material for your benefit much better than I’ll use it for my benefit. You’ll get more out of this than I will. I think my books will last long after I am gone, and others benefit from them much more than I will. And all I will have is fame (such is life). To the Critics: I don’t understand the critics’ reason for being critics. I didn’t write the Ophiel books for the critics. I wrote them to “help” (poorest damned excuse in existence) “others” (?). I certainly didn’t write them to make money, as I have made none to speak of. Others have chiseled me out of the money, and I have been left with the glory, which is now and then blasted by the critics. I don’t mind criticism if I learn something from it, but of the criticism that has turned up so far I have a very definite double feeling: (1) The critics didn’t read the book thoroughly and completely, and (2) the critics didn’t understand the material in the book while reading it. And, the reason they didn’t understand the material is that they weren’t capable of understanding the material in the first place. It was quite clear to me that the critics didn’t have the inner perception of the Occult so as to be capable of properly evaluating my book/books. So what the hell good was the criticism, except to show up their ignorance? I would gladly welcome some deep thoughts that would show/lead me into another forward view that I had missed, or not reached, but none of the criticisms were like that at all; most of them were carping cracks about my “style,” how my style is irritating, and such bull as that. In one of my books I made a statement/reference to the Elemental Force of Water, and to the fact that the Great Lakes had fallen in their levels, and suggested a connecting remedy, which passed entirely over the head of one Critic, whosaw no connection whatsoever. In his ensuing remarks he only revealed his abysmal ignorance of the Occult. By the way, what connection could there be between the water level in the Great Lakes, and the Elemental Force of Water? Or, how could Nature be helped to restore the Great Lakes by YOUR knowledge of the Elemental Force of Water?* When these statements were written, the Great Lakes were low. I saw in a magazine article recently that the Great Lakes are full again and overflowing, and, incidentally, causing a great deal of damage. So Nature does correct herself and does go in cycles which idea-fact of cycles I commend to your most careful consideration and attention, for now and for the future.The only type of person who is capable of reviewing my occult books is a person like Dr. Francis Israel Regardie, and he is too busy to do it. So, unless you’ve got plenty on the occult ball don’t make a fool out of yourself by trying to review my books. If you want to do a good job of reviewing and criticising, then follow the directions and develop yourself, and talk about that and forget the other, which is nothing. As I am about to give this book over to the printer I am beset by an anxious feeling that this book is not going to be an entertaining book to read for amusement, or to pass an idle hour! This book is about a very different subject than ordinary life, and hence my organization of the materials is not an ordinary quickie stuff. Please treat the material in this book as notof-this-world-familiar-Knowledge. Follow the study as it unfolds, and don’t look for instant connections!!! Ophiel West Hollywood, California 1976Chapter 1 What History of the Caballa is available For those who have found my books for the first time (to old readers I apologize for repititions): To my dear new occult student readers: I am an informal person. I do not believe in substituting a stiff literary formality, or a “canned” lecture talk, for achievability in the Occult Arts. I am not like any of the other occult teachers, in that I am not telling you what wonderful natural occult gifts I had given to me (by God?), and therefore you must come and follow me blindly, and throw all your material possessions at my feet, and buy meditation robes from me at $150 a robe, as some Swami is doing, or buy other occult sundries such as Akashic record readings for $250 or a lesser Akashic record of past lives reading for $150. No, I have none of these things available, just Occult Knowledge teaching and practices which YOU have to learn and do, yourselves, for your own benefit. Also, dear students, the study of the Occult is not hard. BUT the study of the Occult is DIFFERENT, much different from any other earth plane study, and unhappy as it may sound to you, I have found that the only really dependable manner in which I can convey these great and noble truths to your consciousness so they catch on, is through repetition which I do with important points throughout the book several times if I think/feel it is necessary to get the idea over. When you come to a repitition, then please consider that the repitition is not there to pad out the book but to emphasize an important point of Occult Knowledge which please make your own and study all over again. (The repetitions infuriate critics, but I am not writing glorious literature to entertain the critics but to teach a different kind of Knowledge; if I could do it a better way I would, or if I knew someone who did it better, I’d send you to him). I may occasionally say in this book, and in my lectures, that I don’t know. When you hear me say I don’t know, or read this, don’t get any ideas that I am denigrating myself. Oh, no, not at all. When I say, “I don’t know,” I also mean that to the best of my knowledge no one else knows (really knows), so don’t let it throw you. In the following pages I am going to give you several different kinds of examples of religious types of thinking. Please read them over carefully, making mental notes about how far apart these ideas are in time and space ( a favorite expression of mine), but how they have similar basic ideas at the base/bottom of each. I have covered some different ground here, and the critics are not going to like it, concerned as they are with their preconceived ideas of formality. Iwanted you to have a quick picture of widely different religious ideas, I repeat, so get that out of the material following. With these observations out of the way, we can now proceed. In the case of the subject of this section, the History of the Caballa, there is no real definitive history of the Caballa to give! As was said before not only was the Caballa Tree of Life diagram not drawn nor the explanation written down in ancient times, but, on top of that, so few people could read and write that it wouldn’t have helped much if it had been written down completely and handed out to the mobs everywhere! You would have expected that Dion Fortune would have given some connected reliable history about the beginnings of the Caballa system, but she gives very little information. On page 3 of her book The Mystical Qabalah (note her spelling of the word), Dion Fortune intimates that, due to the fact that Abraham and Joseph went to Egypt (so did Jesus Christ according to Matthew): “Joseph and Moses were intimately associated with the court of the Royal Adepts.” Then she says – “Solomon sending to Hiram, King of Tyre, for men and materials . . . building of the Temple . . . the famous Tyrian Mysteries must have profoundly influenced the Hebrew esotericism (!!)” “ . . . we read of Dan
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