Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
> I also think it is fucking stupid to say
> one has to be Jewish to appreciate Jewish Kabbalah, by the same logic
> one would have to be Egyptian to appreciate Egyptian God forms.
I think this cuts to the heart of our problem here. AC & GD qabalists get
resentful when told that their qabala only represents a small portion of what
is there, and maybe sometimes think this implies the above and that they are
thus being told they can never really understand kabbalah.
I think the basic point Jeroen has been making is a good & valid one:
Eliphas Levi & Mathers & Westcott & Crowley only used a small bit of the
riches to be found in the Kabbalah, due to limited texts etc. Now Bro
Phosphoros may find this 'just plain funny', but to my mind it implies that
there is much more available to us now which we can & should make use of,
more treasures available to all, and more work to be done (in all sorts of
As for the question of how 'Jewish' Kabbalah is, I also think it clear that
it did not originate in a Jewish vacuum, so to speak, but that over the
millenia there has been a constant interweaving, borrowing & sharing among
various traditions, whereby the Jewish Kabbalah grew richer along with the
other mystery traditions. (Sages do tend to talk to each other & share
things above & beyond the ethnocentric jealousies .) Questions of the
mathematical bases for the, urm, filing cabinet, hehe, greek kabbalah,
pythagorean hermetic traditions etc...
for myself, i see the source of much of all the mystery traditions to be
found in that curious character the pharaoh Akhenaten who was also Moses &
Orpheus/Oedipus. I also see him, to slip into AC & tibetan metaphor, as the
first teacher of the AA, GWB, Celestial Masters, etc -- or at least of the
radical wing of it to which AC belonged... :-)
much love to all