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 on: September 09, 2014, 03:10:03 AM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by C_A
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 on: September 09, 2014, 12:17:15 AM 
Started by Angel87 - Last post by Alchymist
Hey FS, of what I have read if you add the sephiroth Daat, you have 11 . Keter,hoshma,binah,chesed,geburah,Tiphareth,netzach, and Malkuth.
And if you include Daat makes eleven sepiroths, am I getting this wrong?

No. Well, yes in one respect; "Sephiroth" is plural; the singular is "Sephira". But there are, in fact, as you say Angel, eleven Sephiroth, although a great many quabalists seem to be extremely uncomfortable with this. They tend to mention Da'ath only in passing, or to ignore it entirely - yet, there it is, splat in the middle of the Tree, as if to say "Okay, ignore me all you want, but here I am; what are you going to do about it?" I would even say that perhaps Da'ath is the most important Sephira of all.

"Da'ath" has many meanings, as do all the Sephiroth, but the one that seems to override all the others is "The Abyss". The thing is; nice safe guided meditations, known as "pathworkings" by quabalists, won't get you there. The Abyss is elusive - yet inevitable. All of us - if not in this present lifetime, then in the next, or the next after that - must encounter The Abyss at least once; and having successfully crossed The Abyss is what distinguishes the Mage from the mere magician. The Abyss can come upon you without warning; it can reach out and grab you when you least expect it. Other traditions call it Chapel Perilous, or the Dark Night of the Soul - but it's all the same place. Well, not really a place, nor a state of mind; the words to describe it simply don't exist in the English language - nor, I think, in any other.

You can't get there, of your own free will; but you will, inevitably, go there.

Transliterating ancient Hebrew characters into modern English is a process fraught with traps for the unwary, but the Tetragrammaton - "Yod-He-Vau-He" as it is normally rendered, is usually, nowadays, taken to be pronounced as Yahweh (although the JW's still persist in using the older form, "Jehovah" - which, as Firesong says, is incorrect). "Yod" can be rendered as Y, I, or J, although the letter J didn't exist until the 15th century. "He" is H, but more of a "breathed" H rather than the hard H typical in English. "Vau" can be V, U or W. So even the pronunciation "Yahweh" is more guesswork than anything, especially as in ancient Hebrew, vowels were never written down except as the initial letter of a word.

So; here's something intriguing. If we take the normal vowels of the Latin alphabet, which is more or less the one we use today - AEIOU - and write them in a different order - IAOUE - then try to pronounce it, we end up with something like "Yah-ou-eh". Or, again, write them in the order IEOUA, and we get "Ye-oh-wah"

From here, it's perhaps not too imaginative a leap to suppose that the Tetragrammaton, Yod-He-Vau-He, is not intended to represent a word, or a name, at all, and certainly isn't intended to be pronounced as such; it is a cryptic code, meant to represent all the letters that are never written; in other words, a possible translation would be "The God whose Name is Never to be Written or Pronounced." Or, perhaps, "The God Whose Name is Hidden." Which, from the Quabalistic point of view, would make sense.

But then we recall that the Old Testament God was inexplicably unwilling to show his face to his followers, and perhaps we then begin to think "H'mmm... what if this Yahweh character is, in fact, not who he claims to be.... what if he's the exact opposite of who he claims to be....?"

Which leads us straight into the Gnostic heresy.

Which may altogether be no bad thing; the derivation of the word "heretic" comes from a Greek word, by way of Latin, which means "one who chooses". Or; one who thinks for him- or herself. But Gnosticism deserves a thread all to itself.

Any respectable Hebrew scholar or Quabalist will probably scream indignantly at such blasphemy, but I can't help that. All I said was; it's an intriguing thought.

Blessed Be everyone, Newbies especially,

Alchymist.


 83 
 on: September 08, 2014, 11:03:52 PM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by marisol
I have always felt that charging for something that is free for all to learn is unethical. We should not charge for teaching, that is just my personal opinion. We are not compelled to teach at all. Most Solitary's have learned their craft by studying on their own, with maybe
occasional assist from others. Practice makes perfect. Much of what we learn sparks a great need to study, such as tarot or rune readings. We are not all meant to learn all in one lifetime.

If a group such as a coven is desired to follow a certain tradition I still see little need for money to change hands. As a matter of fact it would make me suspicious.

 84 
 on: September 08, 2014, 10:52:45 PM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by MoonlitWings
Fairy Tale Illustrations and bookmaking sounds wonderful! This is also my favorite season besides Winter.

I thank you for your thoughts. I had TRIED to fly under the radar for a long time, still haven't mentioned me being Pagan to my family. My sister only knew I had an interest in Wicca and Paganism and threw me under the bus the first chance she got. The changes I've been going through lately have been sadly adding fuel to the fire: me going vegan, wanting to use more eco friendly stuff, even attempting to stop using a hair relaxer forced onto me as a child in the near future. If we do end up moving into a 4 bed room place, that'll help hopefully. Kept hinting to mom that since we (my sister, brother, and I) are all 24, we should be allowed to decorate our rooms however we want within the rules of the complex because it would be our rooms and we help pay the rent and bills as well because I really want my crystals placed decoratively in my room lol. Only things so far I've gotten away with is my pentacle necklace. They haven't realized what it is. All they see is a flower. Super subtle and another necklace that says Blessed Be on the back. My runes they have never seen, only my Pendulum. Just glad my beliefs and my remaining belongings haven't been stripped from me.

Oooh that still sounds interesting Peridot. Eventually, I will buy a tarot card deck. Always been interested in them and want to use them as well as my pendulum and runes openly in my workings, at least if its in my room with the door locked ;D

Why would I mind if you use that idea Peri? Go right on ahead lol. Not like I claim the rights to being the only one allowed to use acorns in my ritual silly.

 85 
 on: September 08, 2014, 10:41:54 PM 
Started by Seraphina Blair - Last post by marisol
Seraphina we are here to help with anything you  may need. My advice read all you can and keep reading. There is a book list under Wicca Q&A. Wicca is a religion that requires seeking that which you require. Many Wiccans are polytheist, but most follow the Lord and Lady as a starting point. A year and a day is usually recommended for study to give yourself time to understand what you are looking
for. There are many pagan religions, it never hurts to wander around and study as much as you can.

We do not share spells here and do not recommend the casting of spells for some time later on in your studies. Ask as many questions
as you wish, but do try the search button first. There is much knowledge to be found in the threads. So read, read,read.Looks as tho
you have already received good advice.


Blessings

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 on: September 08, 2014, 10:38:29 PM 
Started by Seraphina Blair - Last post by MoonlitWings
You're really lucky Sera to have 5 Wicca books at your library lol. My college library only had 2! The library thats a few miles away I need to check and see if they have any books on witchcraft or Wicca. Just can't check out any books on the subject due to family :( *tides myself over with A Dialogue Concerning Witches & Witchcrafts by George Gifford* yay for PDFs I can hide x.x

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 on: September 08, 2014, 10:27:59 PM 
Started by Seraphina Blair - Last post by Seraphina Blair
This is great! I'm really excited to start reading!

 88 
 on: September 08, 2014, 10:23:23 PM 
Started by Seraphina Blair - Last post by Peridot
He's a great place to start! Keep in mind to take everything with a grain of salt. There is a really fascinating discussion started by Ashe Isadora about Cunningham in the forum now! It's a good read for a little background. http://wicca.com/forums/index.php?topic=9678.0

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 on: September 08, 2014, 10:21:57 PM 
Started by Seraphina Blair - Last post by Seraphina Blair
Thank you all for making me feel so welcome here :)

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 on: September 08, 2014, 10:20:38 PM 
Started by Seraphina Blair - Last post by Seraphina Blair
Thank you so much! My library happens to have Scott Cunningham's book (One of the five books on Wicca they have) so I'll start reading that one asap :)

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