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Metaphysical Dictionary

The dictionary posted here is a sampling of an over 4,700 word compilation of many years research about metaphysical terms from Pagan, Wiccan, Druid, Occult and other related terms.

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Definition of Kabbala

kab•ba•la (k²b“…-l…, k…-bä“l…) n. Variants of cabala. cab•a•la or cab•ba•la also kab•a•la or kab•ba•la (k²b“…-l…, k…-bä“-) n. Qabala, Qaballa, Quabala. Also spelled Kabbala, Kabalah, Kabala, Cabala, Cabbala, Cabalah, Cabbalah, Qabala, Qabbala, Qabalah and Qabbalah (1) Generically, Jewish mysticism in all its forms; a mystical Hebrew study of methods for controlling spirits and demons; Jewish mystical tradition. (2) Specifically, the Jewish esoteric theosophy; the system of esoteric mystical speculation and practice that developed during the 12th-century and crystallized in 13th-century Spain and Provence, France, around Sefer ha-zohar (The Book of Splendor), referred to as the Zohar, and generated all later mystical movements in Judaism. It is largely mathematical in nature, concentrating on the configurations of certain magical words, anagrams, names of angels, etc. (3) The word 'Kabbalah' is derived from the root 'to receive, to accept', and in many cases is used synonymously with 'tradition'. Kabbalistic interest, at first confined to a select few, became the preoccupation of large numbers of Jews following their expulsion from Spain (1492) and Portugal (1495). (1). Often Cabala. A body of mystical teachings of rabbinical origin, often based on an esoteric interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures. 2. A secret doctrine resembling these teachings. [Medieval Latin, from Hebrew qabb³lâ, received doctrine, tradition, from qibbl, to receive.] --cab“a•lism n. --cab“a•list n. (2) See Qabala (3) (spelled many ways). The ancient Hebrew magickal system. (4) Mystical teaching from the Jewish-Gnostic tradition. Ceremonial Magick and the Alexandrian traditions are based in these teachings. Also, Qabala. (5) Mystical teaching from the Jewish-Gnostic tradition. Ceremonial Magick and the Alexandrian traditions are based in these teachings. Also, Qabala. (6) (1) A Hebrew word for “collected teachings,” referring to several different lists of books and manuscripts on various occult and mundane topics. Sloppy translations of a handful of texts in the Kabbalah of Mysticism, with Christian names and concepts forcibly inserted, are responsible for much of what is now called “Cabala” by western metaphysicians. If you can’t think fluently in Hebrew, you have no business trying to do Kabbalistic magic. (2) A general term for collections of magical and mystical texts from various cultures, thus “Greek Kabbalah,” “Arabic Cabala,” etc. (7) (Qabbalah, Cabala) (Hebrew) "Tradition", Jewish mysticism; chain of inner transmission of the secrets of esotericism. (1) See Kabbalah. Cabala, Qabala, Kabala (2) A Hebrew theology based on esoteric doctrine. Spelling used when discussing the spread of Kabbalistic teaching and symbols into Christian circles during the Renaissance. (3) See Qaballa. (4) Also known as the Kabbala and Qabala. It is the ancient Hebrew magickal system. (5) See Qaballa. The ancient Hebrew magickal system. (6) (Also Spelled Kabbalah or Qabbalah) collection of Jewish theological and philosophical learning commonly used as the basis for the Western Ceremonial Magickal Tradition. (7) Also seen as Kabbala, Kabbalah and Qabala. The ancient Hebrew magickal system. (8) The ancient Hebrew system of esoteric philosophy centring upon the Tree of Life (q.v.). Probably the biggest single influence on the Wester occult tradition. Modern occult Cabalism is not identical with that of the old Rabbis, but its principles 'are the legitimate descendants thereof and the natural development therefrom' (Dion Fortune). (9) 1. Hebrew magickal system. (TRASB) 2. spelling usually employed when discussing the spread of Kabbalistic teaching and symbols into Christian circles during the Renaissance. (NAD) 3. KABBALA-traditional Jewish mysticism; chain of inter transmission of the secrets of esotercism (Hebrew) Soul aspect: yehida-archetype, hayah-divine emanation, Neshamah-thought, principles, rv’ah-spirit, nefesh-species, animal soul. Ten Emanations (Sephiroth): 1. Kether-Crown-Top of Head, 2. Hockman-wisdom -Right Brain 3. Binah-Understanding-Left of Brain 4. Hesed-March-Right Arm 5. Pechad-Strength- Left Arm 6. Teferet-Beauty-Heart 7. Nezah-Victory-Right of Pelvis 8. Hod-Glory-Left of Pelvis 9. Yesod-Foundation-Genitals 10. Halkhut-Kingdom-Genitals. Worlds – azilut, world of emanations, y’zirah-world of forms, b’riyah-creative world, assiah-world of object. Levels of Interpretation: Psnt-literal, Rmz-symbolic, Drsh-intuitive, Sud-spiritual. (NAD) (10) Jewish mysticism; this spelling refers to the magical/occult use of the Kabbalah starting the mid-1800s including Tarot and systems of correspondences. (11) Jewish mysticism; metaphysical practices based on the Judaic Qabalistic texts. (12) the ancient Hebrew system of esteric philosophy centering on the tree of life. Probably the single largest influence on the modern occult movement.

 

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