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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Mystical Qabalah by 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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
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Forget the Qabalah you hear about from Hollywood and Madonna. This is an excellent book devoting a chapter to each of the sephiroth on the Tree of Life. Philosophically interesting regardless of your beliefs.
View all 3 comments. Jun 30, Ryan is currently reading it. I am always "currently reading" this book as it is not the kind of book that one can "finish". Aug 16, S. Dotson rated it really liked it Shelves: metaphysics-postth-century. My favorite basic book on the 17th century Kabbalistic tree of Life.
Good explanation of how the sephiroth and paths work together. Great primer for building the proper correspondences to each part of otz chiim, which then leads to the phenomenological understanding of the inner workings of the tree.
I've read this one several times, riveted all the more with every read as the concepts resonate and form a whole infrastructure. Aug 23, Gwyndyllyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: magic-traditions. It is important to note that the Qabalah is used differently in a lot of non-Jewish mysticism than it is in Jewish circles.
Very good book. Focuses primarily on the Sephiroth rather than the paths. Fantastic introduction to the topic. Aug 04, Nienke Van kerkhof rated it liked it. Nov 30, Christina Croft added it. I love Dion Fortune but I found this book quite difficult to fully absorb and understand. Perhaps it is a life's work to understand it and I have been told this is one of the most staight forward and simple books on the subject.
It is something to which I shall return, I am sure, but it is certainly not an 'easy' read, I think!! Dec 22, Princessjay rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction. A clear explanation of the philosophical structure of the Hermetic Kabbalah, filled with easily-understandable but profound analogies and metaphors to point the way towards true understanding.
Dion Fortune, being a magician and psychic in the early 20th Century, clothed her discourse with much discussion of the practicum of magic. My interest being primarily to use the Kabbalah as a vehicle to aid thought, I skipped through all the discussion of invocations and ether and psychic emanations.
What i A clear explanation of the philosophical structure of the Hermetic Kabbalah, filled with easily-understandable but profound analogies and metaphors to point the way towards true understanding. What is left remains immensely valuable. I think I finally have an idea of what the Tree is all about. Highly recommended!
Nov 13, Fredstrong rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the Western Qabalah. Shelves: all-time-favorites , hermetic.
The Qabalah is a very complex system, and one can spend liftimes studying it. This is the best introduction to what can seem overwhelming at the start. Jan 08, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-i-own , favorites , non-fiction , occult. So far, the best, most concise book on Qabalah. May 28, Babe of Darkness rated it did not like it. This audiobook was a total drag. 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. 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. Nov 16, S. I've been reading fairly widely regarding ascension paradigms lately, including later books partially based on this one, but there was so much to be learned in the original.
It's my first Dion Fortune book, and I really should have started with her earlier. I've been thoroughly confused about Kabbalah up to this point, and this has sorted out many things for me. I'm still confused about it -- I think it would take a teacher to help me really get some of the concepts -- but her clarity is phenome I've been reading fairly widely regarding ascension paradigms lately, including later books partially based on this one, but there was so much to be learned in the original.
I'm still confused about it -- I think it would take a teacher to help me really get some of the concepts -- but her clarity is phenomenal and has brought me quite far.
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It provides a key to the practical working of this mystical system for both novice and initiate alike. Let me just put this out there right now. I had no idea the rabbit hole I was diving into, nor did I realize either how well SquareSoft now Squeenix…unfortunately had done their research or had managed to align their usage of that term with the appropriate symbolism. Fortune does a phenomenal job laying out all aspects of the Holy Stations, and while I did have to be nominally awake to absorb some of the concepts, they were simply explained and easily laid out. The complication came in the rumination on higher meanings. It took me over a decade to finish this book. I bought it years before Goodreads existed when I was still in my twenties and reading tarot regularly.