The Tree of Life The Tree of Life, with its ten spheres and twenty-two pathways, is the central organizing schematic (right) of a profoundly durable symbol system known as Kabbalah. It comes to us by way of the revealed observations of 12th century CE Jewish mystics. To study Kabbalah is to apprentice to the tradition… Continue reading 35. Kabbalah–Beyond Science and Religion
Journey by day, Pilgrimage by night Before a journey gets underway, in the ordinary course of daily life–“where are we headed?”–is asked and answered. Not so, a pilgrimage of self-inquiry: “How best to keep one’s company, forever?“, for example. This question has captured the interest and energy of sages and mystics, average people and savants–throughout… Continue reading 34. Rewilding Occultism
Today, we take a first step in the direction of the Kabbalah. The hermetic modalities of Astrology, Alchemy and Tarot, to this point in the Astrologers’ Folio series, have out-competed the Kabbalah for time and attention. The cogency and spiritual discernment practices in the West owe a huge debt of gratitude to the contributions of… Continue reading 33. The Secret of the Possible
“All streams run to the sea but the sea is never full.” Ecclesiastes 1:7 Welcome to the Astrologers’ Folio, installment No. 32, “Review: en route to Love and Wonderment”. Imagine: we have reached a landing along a spiral stair where we might rest before continuing. Today we pause to review four (4) key concepts which… Continue reading 32. Review: en route to Love and Wonderment
“Religion should give instruction in optimum living.” Source of the opening quote: C. C. Zain from the introduction to “Spiritual Alchemy, The Hermetic Art of Spiritual Transformation” as first published by the Church of Light,, Los Angeles c. 1914-1934. For more than twenty-centuries in the West, and even longer in the East, the concept of… Continue reading 31. The Archaeology of Silence; Hierarchy and Obedience
“It Came To Pass Not To Stay“ The classic image of Libra, blindfolded, a woman holding a balance scale at its fulcrum. The scale idealizes a measure of fairness when two pans suspended from a common beam attain equilibrium. The hermetic interpretation of the beam is suggested by its fulcrum—a still point representing Love as… Continue reading 30. Momentary Equilibrium
Assertions for Reflection Nature is “a prophetic language whose hieroglyphics are beings and forms…revealing herself as a world of materialized dream.” Gotthilf Heinrich von Schubert (1780-1860), scientist and philosopher. Germany. “Man, it has been said, is a symbolizing animal; it is evident at no stage in the development of civilization has man been able to… Continue reading 29. Is belief the enemy?
Agnostic Meets Believer “Gravity is nonfocusable and shadowless.” * The reference to gravity in the sub-title is supported by the physics of this unique force. As a force of Nature it defines mass, like a planet or a tree, even as it is incapable of casting a shadow. Neither can it be beamed or “focused”–gravity’s… Continue reading 28. Waking v Non-Waking; Agnostic meets Believer
This post is best viewed by desktop—it is not optimized for iPhone or Android. “How to self-audit transcendent inheritance.” Today we are going to take a step back from technical discussions of Tarot Keys or Astrology topics per se. And while we have touched briefly upon Spiritual Alchemy and the theory and practice of Kabbalah,… Continue reading 27. Brain, Mind, Universe, Cosmos.
Water is today’s theme. Water is one of four aboriginal substances comprising the Western hermetic canon of sacred elements. Water inhabits our world in literal and symbolic forms. Today’s AF practicum considers two symbolic forms for water—the River as Time and the Ocean as Memory. All physical rivers empty onto the shores of a distant… Continue reading 26. “I am the River, I am the Ocean, I still don’t know much about Water…”