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Crowley's QBL, Sources, and Magical History

To: alt.magick,alt.magick.tyagi,alt.pagan.magick
From: (John E."Papa John" Mayer)
Subject: Re: (O) Crowley's QBL, Sources, and Magical History (was Gematria...) (fwd)
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 1999 03:36:03 GMT

In article  squeegee@yr.3rd.aye.beeATCH (G Leake) writes:

>channel to Yahweh--I have little doubt Crowley viewed QBL quite
>differently in this regard, in fact his perception of The Universe
>involves a pantheon of Gods, not a single angry male god. 

This is close, but allow me to remind you that AC wrote (Magick
w/o Tears?) that only those who have passed the Abyss can
truly be considered monotheists, and that we poor fools on the
south side of it must, for practical purposes, remain polytheists.

>Never let your mind wander from the fact that your Qabalah is not my Qabalah; a good many of the things which I have noted may be useful to you, but you must construct your own system so that it is a living weapon in your hand.
>-Aleister Crowley, _Magick Without Tears; Letter # F, 8/23/43_

Oh yes, great quote!

Papa John

John E."Papa John" Mayer
If it don't hurt a little bit, it ain't rock & roll!

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G Leake wrote:
originally the sephira were a
> channel to Yahweh--I have little doubt Crowley viewed QBL quite
> differently in this regard, in fact his perception of The Universe
> involves a pantheon of Gods, not a single angry male god.

Yet he also notes, in several places, that all gods are symbols, and
cautions the student not to confuse symbol and substance.
remember that the perfect and the perfect are none.

"I am a god of war and vengeance" 

Jewish Kabbalah is a system: it includes methodology, symbology and
much, much, more. 
Hermetic Kabbalah is really just the bare bones of the symbology with a
bunch of other attributions tacked on.

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