Kabbalah Study: Magic

Magic is early science

By Rob Zucker

KabblaahHumans have learned that by following certain universal principles- then expanding on those concepts- the environment can be altered.

Much of what we have accomplished today- telephone, television, wireless, automobiles, airplanes and electricity - would have been considered acts of magic a few hundred years ago. Today, we call it technology.

Magic is the act of "causing change of occur in conformity with Will," according to Aleister Crowley the famed magickian of the early 20th century. Every act is a magical act.

Magic becomes occult when it is not understood how the event occured.

Forcing the tree to turn into a chair is the work of a carpenter.

Forcing nature to change its course, like making its rain on a sunny day, is through the will of the magician.

Early humans tried to alter their surroundings and control nature through ceremonial acts or rituals. Some of those ceremonies still exist today in the form of holidays like Halloween, Christmas and Hanukkah.

Science, religion and magic rest on the priniciples that the uiverse is controlled by natural forces and the application of certain knowledge can bring about amazing effects- magic, miracles or technology.


In reality, magic is a sacred science. It is, in the very true sense the sum of all knowledge because it teaches how to utilize sovereign rules."

- Franz Bardon

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Playing god with magic

As humans first became aware of the power of natural forces in the universe - air, water, earth, and fire - those elements were equated with Archetypal images- "gods." There was the god of air, god of water, god of fire, and so on. The gods were in control of nature- the universe.

When religion evolved from pagan worship, the study of those forces of nature became theoretical and practical science.

The study of air is today's aerodynamics and how to fly like birds in airplanes and rocketships. The study of fire evolved in learning how to harness its power to cook, provide light in darkness, heat in the cold. The control over water gave us irrigation, electricity and help spawn civilization. The gods had to share the forces of nature with the early scientists.

But before there were spacecraft, TV's, iPads, electricity, before printed books and running water, the forces of nature were controlled through ritual, magical spells and ceremonial magic.

Magic, science and religion all depend on strict conditions, and ceremonies, or achieve their goal.

If any one of the prescribed rites are neglected (forget to pronouce a proper name of a spirit or failure to properly land a plane), the desired effect will be evident in its results (you insult your diety or crash your plane).

The Kabbalah is magic

As civilization evolved, magic, science and religion took different routes to explain the same principles.

Kabbalah, the study of the mystical aspects of the universe, developed to bridge the gap between religion and magic. Science tried to prove the existence of both.

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Sefer Yetzirah: The Book of Creation
in Theory and Practice

By Aryeh Kaplan

This is the most authoritative text on the study of the "Sefer Yetzirah" or Book of Formation (Book of Creation). Kaplan's explanations are easy to understand and make common sense. A must have manual for anyone ready to decipher this ancient manuscript. Paperback: 398 pages. Publisher: Weiser Books; Rev Sub edition (May 1997). Language: English.

Book of Formation or Sepher Yetzirah:
Attributed to Rabbi Akiba Ben Joseph

by R. A. Gilbert (Foreword),
Arthur Edward Waite (Editor, Introduction), Knut Stenring (Translator)

Stenring has made a word-for-word translation from several texts, choosing only those parts which he believed to be authentic. He reveals the text’s secrets in his diagrams, tables, and extensive notes. His "Master Key to the Theoretical and Practical Kabala" is a diagram of the correspondences between the English and Hebrew alphabets and is not found in other translations of the Sepher Yetzirah. Also unique in this translation is Stenring’s assignment of certain tarot cards to the paths on the Tree of Life. Several authors have done this before, but Stenring asserts that he arrived at his correspondences on his own. The introduction by Waite surveys the historical background of the Sepher Yetzirah translations and the import of this foundational Kabbalistic text. About the Author: R. A. Gilbert's foreword provides background information on Waite's interest and involvement with Stenring's translation. Knut Stenring was a Swedish Hebrew scholar. He published this work in 1923.

A selection from INTRODUCTION: The "Sepher Yetzirah," or "Book of Formation," is perhaps the oldest Rabbinical treatise of Kabalistic philosophy which is still extant. The great interest which has been evinced of 1ate years in the Hebrew Kabalah, and the modes of thought and doctrine allied to it, has induced me to translate this tractate from the original Hebrew texts, and to collate with them the Latin versions of mediaeval authorities; and I have also published An Introduction to the Kabalah which may be found useful to students. Three important books of the "Zohar," or "Book of Splendour," which is a great storehouse of Kabalistic teaching, have been translated into English by S. L. MacGregor Mathers, and the "Sepher Yetzirah" in an English translation is almost a necessary companion to these abstruse disquisitions: the two books indeed mutually explain each other.

Sepher Yetzirah (Paperback: 48 pages). Publisher: Kessinger Publishing (December 30, 2005). Language: English

Sepher Yetzirah (Kindle) (Format: Kindle Edition). File Size: 226 KB. Print Length: 112 pages. Publisher: Oak Grove (March 20, 2008). Sold by: Amazon Digital Services

The Sepher Yetzirah or Book of Creation

by Charles F. Horne (Editor)

Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing (December 30, 2005). Language: English