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Gnostic Alphabets

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.magick,alt.thelema
From: jake 
Subject: Gnostic Alphabets
Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2000 21:46:50 +0100

In article <8i3e3g$>, hara 
>50000612 Vom
>jake 'my favourite religious Thelemite' 

'I thenk yew'

>>This would of course suggest that a 'Qabalah' was implicit in 'Latin'
>>long prior to Kabbalistic influence.
>could you explain this in detail for me, I'm afraid you lost me
>and I'm not sure where you went from gematria's pre-Jewish origins
>to "a 'Qabalah'" and its pre-Jewish incidences. are you here
>talking about a 'ritual language' again? if so, why not be
>clearer and just say 'ritual language'?

two reasons, firstly it doesn't suit my personal agenda to do so, as I
wish the term Qabalah to be wider in application than in it's current
'Hermetic' usage. 

Also, ritual language isn't any clearer to most folks either. Many
things can be, and are, comprehended under either heading. 

Use of one term or the other doesn't save any time or trouble - the
reader is still obliged to undertake considerable work before the terms
will convey much at all.

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The 'Etruscan' system we are here inferring would likely involve a body
of religious doctrine and associations, Oracular methods, letter
symbolism including correspondences, and most likely of all, a
Calendrical Secret. The Proto-Canaanite 'Pagan Mystery Alphabet', the
ancestor of the Hebrew alphabet, is also extremely likely to have
involved some or all of these properties. These elements are of course
to be understood as bearing a huge 'etcetera'.

I don't think it is misleading or insulting to use the term 'Qabalah' to
describe such systems as these. One might even argue that it is
flattering to the Jewish system to use it as a generic term to cover
other systems with similar properties.


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