For example, for each sphere it will have the title, magickal image, Yetzirach text, titles given to the sphere, the God-name, the Archangel, the Order of Angels, mundane chakra, spiritual vision, virtue, vice, correspondences in microcosm, symbols, tarot cards, and associated colours.
It does not discuss the pathways very much, but I think that's okay because then the book would probably be very large and complicated. She talks about the 4 worlds, the kingdoms and the pillars a bit in the beginning of the book. I think I will keep this book for future reference and reread it. To be honest, some sections of the book I had to reread and take some time to think about it because it was beyond my understanding.
I'm sure that if I keep studying the mystical Qabalah I will understand it better. One thing that I might say is that this book is very detailed and "heavy". The way it is written is a bit old-fashioned, but the information is excellent.
Mar 21, Justin added it. I'm sure that if I keep studying the mystical Qabalah I will understand it better. Sep 12, Adrienne rated it it was amazing Shelves: It does not discuss the pathways very much, but I think that's okay because then the book would probably be very large and complicated. Each sephirah is considered to be an emanation of the divine energy often described as 'the divine light' which ever flows from the unmanifest, through Kether into manifestation. Aug 10, Parker East added it. Be warned that, although the principles of metaphysics that this book point to are eternal and do not change over time, the author's analogies are quite outdated, making her sound too much like an Edwardian-era British schoolmarm which may be to one's liking, but in the realm of metaphysics, it becomes a bit off-putting to me.
Take a look at it if you are interested in tarot, the mystical Qabalah, occultism or if you like Dion Fortune's work! I will definitely look into more of her books in the future. Oct 11, S Shah rated it liked it. I represent the observance of the Sabbath, as it is written, 'Remember Zakhor the day of the Sabbath'" p.
I read other things, and then finally decided to order another copy. I wasn't able to get into it the way I had before. Hard to say why. It is, in some ways very logically organized, but then in others seems to dive off into tangents that make its use as a reference somewhat complicated. At any rate, I wasn't nearly as receptive as I had been a few years ago. Reading mostly in transit, the completion of the book took an inordinate amount of time, so a rhythm was never established. These faults are mine. Fortune beats not around the proverbial bush, and attempts to lay the concepts out as clearly as possible.
Still, 80 year old English can be significantly more circuitous than the contemporary vernacular. A second attempt with more focus is needed, but for now other texts await. Jan 14, Gabriel Clarke rated it really liked it Shelves: Dense, comprehensive analysis of the Western Qaballah's ten sephiroth and the Tree of Life. Nothing is left under-analysed, every new age sin is here committed, frequently for the first time physicists just catching up to Theosophists? Freud as dimly grasping the truths of the ancient priesthoods?
When her presentation of this system and it is a system works, it works hard. Like Ezra Pound in modernist poetry, Fortune has to be taken account of. For anyone looking for a direct and clearly set-out within the limits of the esoteric subject matter insight into why some of the more creative and intelligent people of the s, s, s took this material so seriously, this is as good a starting point as any and still better than most.
May 22, James Hein rated it it was amazing. This is not a book you read in a day. Well you could read it in a day but not really understand it, nor absorb any deeper meaning. It is a book about the Tree of Life but not the more mundane Kabalah but rather a higher plane perspective. If read as an intellectual exercise it would provide one lesson. If studied and each item meditated upon it would take a long time and in some cases it would be beneficial to have a lot of background or a guide.
My actual rating is 4. For any serious student on the Pathway who is seeking some background, some guidance and starting points then this book will be useful. It took me weeks to get through it and I made comments in the margins in a number of places. Now I need to go back and test some of the information. Feb 27, Abe Fabella rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a very thorough survey and guided tour through the Qabalistic Tree of Life as practiced by occultists of the Golden Dawn variety. I enjoyed it, and it really helped clarify a lot of the functionality of various Sephira including Netzach, Hod and Yesod which have always been a bit hazy in my previous perceptions of them.
Fortune for illuminating me! Be warned that, although the principles of metaphysics that this book point to are eternal and do not change over time, the author' This is a very thorough survey and guided tour through the Qabalistic Tree of Life as practiced by occultists of the Golden Dawn variety. Be warned that, although the principles of metaphysics that this book point to are eternal and do not change over time, the author's analogies are quite outdated, making her sound too much like an Edwardian-era British schoolmarm which may be to one's liking, but in the realm of metaphysics, it becomes a bit off-putting to me.
As a guide for the student of mysticism, the book is indispensable. Sep 11, Letitia rated it liked it Shelves: It took me a long time to get through it, as it is all rather complex, and I could only process small sections at a time. I don't think this was the best book to pick for a complete novice to this system. While it is certainly very thorough, it is just so heavy.
But then, maybe that just goes with the territory. By the end of the book, I must admit I was a little lost and unsure of exactly how to put this system to use, in both tarot and my magick. This doesn't reflect so much on Finally finished! This doesn't reflect so much on the quality of this book,but just my understanding of it. This is one I will probably come back to after reading some lighter texts on the subject.
Oct 15, Barry marked it as to-read. A perfect compliment to "The Essence of Kabbalah", a smaller volume that includes almost daily devotionals of the Kabbalistic belief system. This book, on the other hand, delves deeper into the meanings and practical uses of the kabbalistic Tree of Life and its sefirophs. Sometimes difficult in a good way to wrap your mind around the philosphies and ideas pertaining to this belief system, it turns out to be exactly what I've been looking for in my quest to understand this mystical system.
It A perfect compliment to "The Essence of Kabbalah", a smaller volume that includes almost daily devotionals of the Kabbalistic belief system.
It is a system, after all, not a "religion". I can't wait to read her other books. Not that I'd know what a true adept reads like, but Fortune reads like one. This book has the feeling of an Eastern book, but not in a fabricated way, but holistically. There are some sentences or ideas that are a bit dated, but for the most part, id recommend this as an introduction to the at least magical qabbalistic system.
It does get a bit repetitive, but only to induce several mantras that end up being really effective when used. This system goes mos I can't wait to read her other books.
This system goes mostly off of the Liber correspondences, so I'd recommend this to any Thelemite. Mar 22, N. Johnson rated it really liked it. On the other hand, it should be noted that it is very long, often boring, and at times quite racist and homophobic though I'm sure it was scandalously progressive for the 's and it should be noted that it is markedly different than the older Hebrew Qabalah in a few small but rather important aspects.
On the plus side again it was one of those works that gave me many ah-ha moments and insights into human nature. May 26, Blue rated it it was amazing. I read this book many years ago when I was first being introduced to Qabalah. There seemed just enough detail to make it interesting on re-reading it, actually there is a whole lot more that I didn't grasp at first , but not enough to confuse me, and the writing style is clear and concise. It amalgamated my lessons, brought them into perspective, really helped me to understand and whetted my appetite for more.
I would recommend this to anyone getting into these teachings as a sound basis. Jun 01, Rachel rated it it was amazing. I revere this book, because it is-- as others already say-- a masterpiece of clarity among its peers. It has proved utterly invaluable to me in my early studies of occultism; I now have a wealth of starter knowledge on the Sephiroth, and how to get at subjective pathworking.
Also, my understanding of practices I've been engaged in for years-- tarot, astrology, etc-- have been profoundly enriched. I cannot over-emphasize the power this book instills in the mind. Dec 13, Joan rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am certain I will return to this book and refer to it frequently. Dion Fortune's classic work on the Qaballah presents this system and schematic in a clear an logical manner.
How I wish she had completed her work on the paths. After reading this book I now understand that this is a map, a memory palace and a structure.
By the way, the cover artists sells lovely posters reproducing her work in greater detail, and I found that it helped me to refer to it as I read. Dec 07, Brian Montgomery rated it it was amazing. The Mystical Qabalah espouses a very practical approach to the Kabbalah. This really works for me. Dion Fortune keeps the information in a nice concise format.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to delve deeper into the Kabbalah without being overwhelmed. Sep 20, The Spiritualist rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dion Fortune gives a thorough and inspiring run down of the Tree of Life and its qabalistic correspondences. The spiritual facts she presents are detailed and correct, no myths here. This is a book you can read a few times and still enjoy it. It also serves as a reference book in case you need to quickly look up a qabalistic detail. Aug 10, Parker East added it.
The Mystical Qabalah is far and away the best introduction to the esoteric tradition of the Kaballah available.
The only exception I take is to the section on Yesod that needs updating due to out of date scientific analogies. This is a supreme reference to the West's body of mystical heritage that makes other books in the field look decidedly substandard. Occult Hermetic Qabalah arose alongside and united with the Christian Cabalistic involvement in the European Renaissance , becoming variously Esoteric Christian , non-Christian, or anti-Christian across its different schools in the modern era.
It draws on a great many influences, most notably: Jewish Kabbalah , Western astrology , Alchemy , Pagan religions, especially Egyptian and Greco-Roman it is from the latter that the term "Hermetic" is derived , neoplatonism , gnosticism , the Enochian system of angelic magic of John Dee and Edward Kelley , hermeticism , tantra and the symbolism of the tarot. Hermetic Qabalah differs from the Jewish form in being a more admittedly syncretic system, however it shares many concepts with Jewish Kabbalah. A primary concern of Hermetic Qabalah is the nature of divinity, its conception of which is quite markedly different from that presented in monotheistic religions; in particular there is not the strict separation between divinity and humankind which is seen in monotheisms.
These emanations arise out of three preliminary states that are considered to precede manifestation.
These are conceptualised somewhat differently in Hermetic Qabalah to the way they are in Jewish Kabbalah. From Kether emanate the rest of the sephirot in turn, viz. Daath is not assigned a number as it is considered part of Binah or a hidden sephirah. Each sephirah is considered to be an emanation of the divine energy often described as 'the divine light' which ever flows from the unmanifest, through Kether into manifestation. Each sephirah is a nexus of divine energy, and each has a number of attributions.
These attributions enable the Qabalist to form a comprehension of each particular sephirah's characteristics. This manner of applying many attributions to each sephirah is an exemplar of the diverse nature of Hermetic Qabalah. For example, the sephirah Hod has the attributions of: Glory, perfect intelligence, the eights of the tarot deck, the planet Mercury, the Egyptian god Thoth, the archangel Michael, the Roman god Mercury and the alchemical element Mercury.
Hermetic Qabalists see the cards of the tarot as keys to the Tree of Life. The 22 cards including the twenty-one Trumps plus the Fool or Zero card are often called the " Major Arcana " or "Greater Mysteries" and are seen as corresponding to the twenty-two Hebrew letters and the twenty-two paths of the Tree; the ace to ten in each suit correspond to the ten Sephiroth in the four Qabalistic worlds; and the sixteen court cards relate to the classical elements in the four worlds.
According to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn's interpretation of the Kabbalah , there are ten archangels , each commanding one of the choirs of angels and corresponding to one of the Sephirot. Traditionalist Judaic views of Kabbalah 's origins view it as an original development from within the Jewish religion, perhaps expressed through syncretic terminology from Medieval Jewish Neoplatonism. Contemporary academics of Jewish mysticism have reassessed Gershom Scholem 's theory that the new doctrine of Medieval Kabbalah assimilated an earlier Jewish version of Gnosticism;  Moshe Idel instead has posited a historical continuity of development from early Jewish mysticism.
According to this view, "Hermetic Qabalah" would be the original Qabalah, [ citation needed ] even though the word itself is Judaic Hebrew, over the Christian Cabalah or the Jewish Kabbalah. Jewish Kabbalah was absorbed into the Hermetic tradition at least as early as the 15th century when Giovanni Pico della Mirandola promoted a syncretic worldview combining Platonism , Neoplatonism, Aristotelianism , Hermeticism and Kabbalah. It contributed strongly to the Renaissance view of ritual magic's relationship with Christianity. Pico's Hermetic syncretism was further developed by Athanasius Kircher , a Jesuit priest, hermeticist and polymath, who wrote extensively on the subject in , bringing further elements such as Orphism and Egyptian mythology to the mix.
Once Hermeticism was no longer endorsed by the Christian Church it was driven underground and a number of Hermetic brotherhoods were formed. With the Enlightenment Age of Reason and its skepticism of mainstream religion, the tradition of exoteric-theological Christian Cabala declined, while esoteric-occult Hermetic Qabalah flourished in the Western mystery tradition [ citation needed ].
Non-Jewish Cabala, unlike in Judaic Kabbalah 's mainstream censure of its magical side , became a central component of Western occult, magic and divination. Rosicrucianism and esoteric branches of Freemasonry taught religious philosophies, Qabalah, and divine magic in progressive steps of initiation. Their esoteric teachings, and secret society structure of an outer body governed by a restricted inner level of adepts, laid the format for modern esoteric organisations.
Post-Enlightenment Romanticism encouraged societal interest in occultism, of which Hermetic Qabalistic writing was a feature. Francis Barrett 's The Magus handbook of ceremonial magic gained little notice until it influenced the French magical enthusiast Eliphas Levi His fanciful literary embellishments of magical invocations presented Qabalism as synonymous with both so-called White and so-called Black magic.
Levi's innovations included attributing the Hebrew letters to the Tarot cards, thus formulating a link between Western magic and Jewish esotericism which has remained fundamental ever since in Western magic. Levi had a deep impact on the magic of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
Through the occultists inspired by him including Aleister Crowley , who considered himself Levi's reincarnation Levi is remembered as one of the key founders of the 20th-century revival of magic. Hermetic Qabalah was developed extensively by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn ,  Within the Golden Dawn, the fusing of Qabalistic principles such as the ten Sephiroth with Greek and Egyptian deities was made more cohesive and was extended to encompass other systems such as the Enochian system of angelic magic of John Dee and certain Eastern particularly Hindu and Buddhist concepts, all within the structure of a Masonic or Rosicrucian style esoteric order.
Aleister Crowley, who passed through the Golden Dawn before going on to form his own magical orders, is the most widely known exponent of Hermetic Magic  or Magick as he preferred to spell it. Crowley's book Liber is a good illustration of the wider Hermetic approach.