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Needing pronunciation for Qabalah words

To: alt.magick.tyagi
From: (Bill Heidrick)
Subject: Re: Needing pronunciation for Qabalah words
Date: 27 Apr 1995 15:03:22 GMT

93 asks:

>So, what I'm seeking,
>if you have the time, is a phonetic signification of the 
>following words:

Here's some of them.  This is from a longer file also containing stuff
for ritual.  This is Copyright (c) Bill Heidrick, but it's ok to put
it anywhere you like so long as it isn't sold for more than costs and
isn't included on a CD or other disk package.

       PRONUNCIATION GUIDE to Sephiroth, Letters and Divine Names used on
the Tree of Life, with some additions for the Lesser Pentagram Ritual.
Adapted from: "QABALAH No. 1" by Bill Heidrick, Copyright (c) 1982 and from: "O.T.O. Newsletter" #4, pp. 11-14, Copyright (c) 1978

   There are two common methods for pronouncing Hebrew, the Ashkenazic or
German style and the Sephardic or Spanish style.  The suggestions given
below are for Sephardic pronunciation.  Sephardic is closer to ancient
Hebrew than is Ashkenazic.



First Sephira: KETER, KThR, meaning "Crown.
Ke-ter --- e as in met.  Accent first syllable.

Second Sephira: CHOKMAH, ChKMH, meaning "Wisdom".
Chok-Ma --- ch is a cough-like sound.  o like in born.  a like in father.
              Accent last syllable.

Third Sephira: BINAH, BYNH, meaning "Understanding"
Bi-Na --- i like in police.  a like in father.  Accent last syllable.

The Latent Sephira: DA'AT, Da'aTh, meaning "Knowledge".
Da-at --- a double "a" sound like that in bard.  These two "a" sounds are
          separated by a "glottal stop", a sudden interruption of breath
          by very brief closing of the epiglottis.  This unique sound is
          not used in English speech, but is sometimes used in German and
          in many other languages.  When the Letter Ayin occurs in the
          middle of words, it almost always requires this effect.
              Accent the first syllable.

Fourth Sephira: CHESED, ChSD, meaning "Mercy".
Che-sed --- Ch is a cough-like sound.  Both e's are like in met.
              Accent first syllable.

Fifth Sephira: GEBURAH, GBVRH, meaning "Severity".
Ge-boo-Ra --- e as the first in believe.  oo as in moon.  a as in father.
              Accent last syllable.

Sixth Sephira: TIPHERET, ThPARTh, meaning "Beauty".
Tip-E-ret --- i like in bit.  Both e's like in met.  Accent mid syllable.

Seventh Sephira: NETZACH, NTzCh, meaning "Victory through Endurance".
Ne-tzach --- e as in met.  a as in bard.  ch like ck in "ICK!"
             (This ch sound is not in standard English).
             Accent the first syllable.

Eighth Sephira: HOD, HVD, meaning "Glory".
Hod --- o like in bore.

Ninth Sephira: YESOD, YSVD, meaning "foundation".
Ye-Sod --- e like the first e in believe.  o like in bore.
           The last syllable should be louder.

Tenth Sephira: MALKUT, MLKVTh, meaning "Kingdom".
Mal-Koot --- a as in bard. oo as in moon.  Last syllable accent.


93 93/93
Bill Heidrick

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