Thursday, 17 October 2013

Hazy Shade of Winter

It's almost the end of October and yet the weather in London remains remarkably warm. Anyway, despite not managing to do all my preparatory work for the upcoming match between the Lions and the Bengals the signs are fairly positive. Numbers 11:23 "Hashem said to Moses, "Is the hand of Hashem limited? Now you will see whether my word comes to pass or not". So yeah, a bit of faith goes a long way... all the way to the end zone.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Watcher from Multiple Angles

A useful technique that I have used on many occasions in the past with regards to geopolitics is to read about the same story from lots of different news sources. It is really helpful to see what bias each news source has and what information they are and are not reporting on. Sometimes the absence of a particular news story is more telling than the story reported with the usual disinformation and distortions of context in terms of history, politics, etc.

I have in the past tried to apply the same technique when it comes to researching similar topics in Kabbalah, Western Mystery Traditions and other paths. Whilst the intrusion of an author's ego, bias and prejudices may be relatively easy to detect, the accuracy of the information is in my experience a lot harder to verify. And some topics are so ancient that it gets really hard to use linguistic archeology or other techniques to strip away the layers.

One of the more obscure topics that I have so far had little success investigating involves the Watcher angels. Two conflicting sources of information that I have come across recently are Gordon's Rune Soup blog and Rabbi Ariel Bar Tzadoks koshertorah.com site. For example, compare the archonology series by Gordon with this much, much shorter essay on Watchers by Rabbi Bar Tzadok.

To understand the former takes in my view a detailed understanding of Gnosticism, about which I don't know much. To grasp the latter takes a detailed understanding of Angelic lore in Kabbalah, about which I don't know much either.

Every Angel has a given role, some heal, others destroy
So having established my ignorance on both fronts and not feeling very amused by either (to misquote a Croft villain), the thing that matters to me how to act on the knowledge? After all, we've got a physical body that operates in a physical world. Hence I believe we're supposed to act on the physical plane.

I am left with a whole host of questions and few answers. Too many sources which are cloudy mirrors and messages from non-human sources which have become garbled by ego and agendas. As well as fistful of questions... I have the vague sense of unease that despite all the incorrect predictions of the past, things may indeed moving at an accelerated pace now.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Divining the Brown Bombers

So I did a brief bibliomancy divination about the upcoming game between the Lions and the Browns. The meaning was pretty straightforward from verse Deut. 24:27: "Cursed be he who strikes his fellow in secret. And all the people shall say, 'Amen!'". The Browns might try so underhand tackles or tactics... So Lions beware.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Don't know much about Gnosticism...

I don't know much about Gnosticism, either it's ancient or modern incarnation, but I keep coming across it in multiple sources. So in an effort to start doing some more reading of academic articles, I came across the following article last night by Prof. Joseph Dan:

Jewish Gnosticism? by Joseph Dan
Jewish Studies Quarterly Vol. 2, No. 4 (1995), pp. 309-328
Published by: Mohr Siebeck GmbH & Co. KG

Having read a book on Jewish Gnosticism by the late Prof. Gershom Scholem in the past I thought that there were a number of links, exchange of ideas and influences from one set of texts to another between Jewish Kabbalists and Gnostics... but turns out that more recent research has proven that not to be the case.

Here is a snapshot of the summary:



Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Foundation Stones

The book of Genesis spends a lot of time covering the lives of the patriarchs and matriarchs. A lot of words. Numerous commentators including some prominent Kabbalists (such as Nachmanides for example) pay very careful attention to any seemingly out of place words and letters. Hence there are entire libraries worths of books written over the past couple of millenia on just the book of Genesis.

With that in mind, a simple question is: why were the matriarchs and patriarchs put through so many trials?

What it boils down to is that the partriarchs and matriarchs had to go through a number of trials in order to purify their character which would be the spiritual basis upon which the entire Israelite nation was built. Any flaws in those initial blocks would ripple upwards and outwards through all the generations since then.

So the take away message is... always look at the foundation stones. Who was/were the founding members of a movement, religion or magical order? How succesful were they in life and more importantly how refined was their character? Because if you follow in their footsteps, you are building on whatever flaws lie bried in the foundation stones.