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Caballa magic is no longer an unintelligible mystery. Ophiel's classic Art and Practice of Caballa Magic is a clear, lively, and practical guide to occult magic.
"Dion Fortune wrote a great book about the Caballa but told nothing about the practices. This book starts to tell about how to use the Tree of Life, or Practices. It reveals what Dion Fortune left out because she received her knowledge from a lodge and was not at liberty to give it out. I received the knowledge from the inner sources and give it all out ...
Caballa magic is no longer an unintelligible mystery. Ophiel's classic Art and Practice of Caballa Magic is a clear, lively, and practical guide to occult magic.
"Dion Fortune wrote a great book about the Caballa but told nothing about the practices. This book starts to tell about how to use the Tree of Life, or Practices. It reveals what Dion Fortune left out because she received her knowledge from a lodge and was not at liberty to give it out. I received the knowledge from the inner sources and give it all out freely. Use it and test it and find out for yourself." -Ophiel
Other books merely offer a theoretical explanation of Caballa--Ophiel teaches readers how to use it. From Ophiel's Art and Practice series, Art and Practice of Caballa Magic begins with a brief history of Caballa. It then examines the correspondences of the Tree of Life and its symbolism. One chapter offers an interesting and unique interpretation of the Three Pillars, relating them to past, present, and future. As always, Ophiel's accessible, conversational language gives fresh insights and new understanding to occult students and interested readers alike. The book provides clear instructions for practical, productive work using the symbols of the Tree of Life daily.
"There exists an Occult system of Truth Knowledge called Caballa. . . The Caballa system has many advantages over any other system I have ever heard of in the matter of immediate accurate Truth Knowledge, but to my mind vastly more important is the fact that in this system you can grow in Knowledge and Power, and at your own pace, and NEVER REACH AN END."
What History of the Caballa is available.
For those who have found my books for the first time (to old readers I apologize for repetitions):
To my dear new occult student readers: I am an informal person. I do not believe in substituting a stiff literary formality, or a" canned" lecture talk, for achievability in the Occult Arts. I am not like any of the other occult teachers, in that I am not telling you what wonderful natural occult gifts I had given to me (by God?), and therefore you must come and follow me blindly, and throw all your material possessions at my feet, and buy meditation robes from me at $150 a robe, as some Swami is doing, or buy other occult sundries such as Akashic record readings for $250 or a lesser Akashic record of past lives reading for $150. No, I have none of these things available, just Occult Knowledge teaching and practices which YOU have to learn and do, yourselves, for your own benefit.
Also, dear students, the study of the Occult is not hard. BUT the study of the Occult is DIFFERENT, much different from any other earth plane study, and, unhappy as it may sound to you, I have found that the only really dependable manner in which I can convey these great and noble truths to your consciousness so they catch on, is through repetition which I do with important points throughout the book several times if I think/feel it is necessary to get the idea over. When you come to a repetition, then please consider that the repetition is not there to pad out the book but to emphasize an important point of Occult Knowledge which please make your own and study all over again. (The repetitions infuriate critics, but I am not writing glorious literature to entertain the critics but to teach a different kind of Knowledge; if I could do it a better way I would, or if I knew someone who did it better, I'd send you to him).
I may occasionally say in this book, and in my lectures, that I don't know. When you hear me say I don't know, or read this, don't get any ideas that I am denigrating myself. Oh, no, not at all. When I say, "I don't know," I also mean that to the best of my knowledge no one else knows (really knows), so don't let it throw you.
In the following pages I am going to give you several different kinds of examples of religious types of thinking. Please read them over carefully, making mental notes about how far apart these ideas are in time and space (a favorite expression of mine), but how they have similar basic ideas at the base/bottom of each.
I have covered some different ground here, and the critics are not going to like it, concerned as they are with their preconceived ideas of formality. I wanted you to have a quick picture of widely different religious ideas, I repeat, so get that out of the material following.
With these observations out of the way, we can now proceed.
In the case of the subject of this section, the History of the Caballa, there is no real definitive history of the Caballa to give! As was said before not only was the Caballa Tree of Life diagram not drawn nor the explanation written down in ancient times, but, on top of that, so few people could read and write that it wouldn't have helped much if it had been written down completely and handed out to the mobs everywhere!
You would have expected that Dion Fortune would have given some connected reliable history about the beginnings of the Caballa system, but she gives very little information.
On page 3 of her book The Mystical Qabalah (note her spelling of the word), Dion Fortune intimates that, due to the fact that Abraham and Joseph went to Egypt (so did Jesus Christ according to Matthew): "Joseph and Moses were intimately associated with the court of the Royal Adepts." Then she says — "Solomon sending to Hiram, King of Tyre, for men and materials ... building of the Temple ... the famous Tyrian Mysteries must have profoundly influenced the Hebrew esotericism (!!)" " ... we read of Daniel being educated in the palaces of Babylon, we know that the wisdom of the Magi must have been accessible to Hebrew Illuminati." (Page 3, paragraph ten, The Mystical Qabalah. This is one of the books on the list at the end of this book that has some value as an Occult Book for Occult students.)
And this is about the extent of the "history" Dion Fortune gives of the Caballa, leaving us to make what we can out of it.
We can, however, do a little thinking on our own, or rather, a little deducing. Note how she refers to Tyre, then she refers to Babylon and the Magi, and also the word "Illuminati" appears.
All these references imply to me that these ancient religions had, to put it in modern colloquial terms, an "upper crust" in each of their religious systems. An upper crust to which only a privileged layer of someones could gain admittance, or were admitted only by some method of selection.
The logical conclusion to this seeming fact is that everywhere and perhaps everywhen, there was a group of illuminated men and women who had some grip on some "higher" Knowledge which they were using in various ways, "advanced" ways.
Does mundane history show any evidence of the existence of these inner groups? Perhaps if I were a historian, I might know where to look, but the average historian would not know what to look for, exactly. Historians, and others, have mentioned the Eleusinian Mysteries, religious mysteries celebrated at ancient Eleusis in worship of Demeter and Persephone. But little else has been said about these Mysteries. What effect did the rites have on their participants? Were the initiated any "different" after they went through the ceremonies? Were they "better"? If "better," in what ways? character-wise or financial-wise, or both? Or what?
All these questions remain unanswered by the historians. Beyond mentioning how many centuries the Eleusinian Mysteries lasted and some details of the dates of the meetings, nothing was said, and this is not surprising, as the historians-writers-scholars are not as a rule religiously inclined, let alone Occult religiously inclined enough to even wonder about the subject as we do.
Regarding these Eleusinian Mysteries, you can get a great deal of Knowledge about them from three sources, enough so that as time passes and you become proficient in Occult Knowledge you can reconstruct the Mysteries, perhaps not in exact details, but close enough so that you can understand them and arrive at the same benefits that the ancients obtained.
The three sources I mentioned are: One — all the ordinary history accounts of the Mysteries, their seasonal dates, descriptions of their festivals and parades, etc. Two — the study of the Goddesses involved, who and what they were, what they did, what their functions were, how they operated, careful analysis of all the myths about them and their actions and their relations to mortals — and to you students, especially their positions on the Tree of Life. And third — your Inner perception contacting the Akashic records and "reading" therefrom the Knowledge stored there regarding the Eleusinian Mysteries.
As time passed the Eleusinian Mysteries passed away, due I believe to the growing power of the Christian religion. Probably it went "underground" for a time and then that, too, passed away, but probably the initiated were forewarned by their Personal Powers of the coming events.
I regret very much that I will not be able to give you an exact history of the Caballa, as it just does not exist in an exact form. Dion Fortune says that it was not until the fifteenth century when the overwhelming power of the Church was weakened that some of the Caballa material appeared written down (some, she said).
I am inclined to think that it was when printing was invented, or rather, reinvented in the West after being used, in different forms, in China for many centuries, that the whole magical curriculum, some parts definitely false, began to appear in print, because of a good market for it.
Also, I now recall that a large amount of magical material seemed to be in existence even before then. I recall that one of the Popes gave Charlemagne a magical book of daily prayers, the seven mysterious Orisons. Here it is for your use. Use it and see if it gets any results for you! Can't hurt you.
(The next several paragraphs are reproduced from a book by Arthur Edward Waite, entitled The Book of Black Magic and of Pacts, published in London in 1898. The book has since been reprinted in paperback form, and the material in it is well known from different sources. It really contains no Black Magic or any Pacts, but probably should be owned by you ror research purposes.)
God, by whom all the faithful are saved, give unto me Thy peace, to remain with me for ever, both in this Life and that which is to come. Amen.
O great God, by whom all things have been set free, deliver me also from all evil. O great God, who hast granted Thy consolation unto all beings, grant it also unto me. O great God, who hast succoured and assisted all things, aid me also, and succour me in all my necessities and miseries, my enterprises and dangers; deliver me from all the hindrances and snares of my enemies, both visible and invisible, in the Name of the Father who created the whole world, in the Name of the Son who hath redeemed it, in the name of the Holy Ghost who hath accomplished the entire law in its perfection. I cast myself utterly into Thine arms, and place myself unreservedly under thy holy protection. Amen. May the blessing of God the Father Almighty, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, be always with me, Amen. May the blessing of God the Father, who by His only Word hath made all things, be with me for ever, Amen. May the blessing of our Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the great living God, be with me for ever, Amen. May the blessing and Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost be with me for ever, Amen. May the blessing of the Virgin Mary, and of her Son, be with me for ever, Amen.
May the blessing and consecration of the bread and of the wine, which our Lord Jesus Christ made when He gave them to His disciples and said unto them: Take and eat ye all of this, for this is My body which shall be delivered for you, in remembrance of Me and for the remission of all sins, be with me forever. May the blessing of the Holy Angels, Archangels, Virtues, Powers, Thrones, Dominations, Cherubim and Seraphim, be with me for ever. Amen. May the blessing of the patriarchs and prophets, apostles, martyrs, confessors, virgins, and of all the saints of God, be with me for ever, Amen. May the blessing of all the heavens of God be with me for ever, Amen. May the majesty of God Omnipotent sustain and protect me; may His eternal goodness lead me; may His boundless charity inflame me; may His supreme divinity direct me; may the power of the Father preserve me; may the wisdom of the Son enliven me; may the virtues of the Holy Ghost stand always between me and my enemies, both visible and invisible. Power of the Father, strengthen me; wisdom of the Son, enlighten me; consolation of the Holy Ghost, comfort me. The Father is peace, the Son is Life, the Holy Ghost is the consoling and saving remedy, Amen. May the divinity of God bless me, Amen. May his piety warm me; may His love preserve me. O Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have pity upon me a poor sinner.
O Emmanuel, defend me against the malignant enemy, and against all my enemies, visible and invisible, and deliver me from all evil. Jesus Christ the King hath come in peace, God made man, who hath suffered patiently for us. May Jesus Christ, the gentle King, stand always for my defence between me and my enemies, Amen. Jesus Christ triumphs, Jesus Christ reigns, Jesus Christ commands. May Jesus Christ deliver me from all evils for ever, Amen. May Jesus Christ vouchsafe me grace to triumph over all my adversaries, Amen. Behold the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Fly, therefore, O my enemies, at the sight thereof; the Lion of the Tribe of Juda and of the Race of David hath conquered. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. Saviour of the world, save and succour me, I conjure Thee, my God. O Agios, O Theos, Agios, Ischyros, Agios, Athanatos, Elieson, Himas, Holy God, Strong God, Merciful and Immortal God, have pity upon me Thy creature, N. Sustain me, O Lord; forsake me not, reject not my prayers, O Thou, the God of my salvation. Do Thou assist me always, O God of my Salvation.
Enlighten mine eyes with true light, that they may never be closed in eternal sleep, lest mine enemy should say: I have prevailed over him. So long as the Lord is with me I will not fear the malice of my enemies. O most sweet Jesus, preserve me, aid me, save me; at the name of Jesus let every knee bow, in heaven, on earth, and in hell, and let every tongue confess openly that Jesus Christ is in the glory of His Father, Amen. I know beyond doubt that in what day soever I shall call upon the Lord, in the same hour shall I be saved. O most sweet Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the great living God, thou hast performed most mighty miracles by the sole power of Thy most precious Name, and hast enriched the poor most abundantly, so that by force thereof the demons flee away, the blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk erect, the dumb speak, the lepers are cleansed, the sick cured, the dead raised up, for wheresoever the most sweet Name of Jesus is pronounced, the ear is ravished and the mouth is filled with pleasant savour; at that one utterance, I repeat, the demons take flight, every knee is bent, all temptations, even the worst, are scattered, all infirmities are healed, all disputes and conflicts between the world, the flesh, and the devil are ended, and the soul is filled with every heavenly delight; for whosoever invoketh or shall invoke this holy Name of God is and shall be saved, this holy Name pronounced by the angel even before His conception in the womb of the Holy Virgin.
O sacred Name, Name which strengthens the heart of man, Name of life, of salvation, of joy, previous Name, resplendent, glorious, agreeable Name, which fortifies the sinner, Name which saves, conserves, leads, and rules all. May it please Thee, therefore, most precious Jesus, by the power of this same (Name of) Jesus, to drive away the demon from me; enlighten me, O Lord, for I am blind; remove my deafness; set me upright, who am lame, give me speech, who am dumb, cleanse my leprosy, restore me to health, who am sick. Raise me up, for I am dead; give me life once more, and enrich me in all my parts, within and without, so that, furnished and fortified by Thy holy Name, I may abide always in Thee, praising and honouring Thee, because all is due to Thee, and Thou only art worthy to be glorified, the Lord and eternal Son of God, in whom all things rejoice, and by whom all are governed. Praise, honour, and glory, be given Thee for ever and ever, Amen. May Jesus be always in my heart and in my breast, Amen. May our Lord Jesus Christ be ever within me, may He establish me for ever, may He be around me and preserve me; may He be before me and lead me; may He be behind me and guard me; may He be above me and bless me; may He be within me and give me life; may He be near me and rule me; may He be beneath me and fortify me; may He be always with me and deliver me from all the pains of eternal death, who liveth and reigneth for ever and ever, Amen.
Jesus, Son of Mary, salvation of the world, may the Lord look favourably upon me, with mildness and propitiation; may He give me a holy and willing spirit, to respect and honour Him only, who is the Liberator of the world. On Him could no one lay hand, for His hour was not yet come, He who is, who was, who shall remain, God and man, the beginning and the end. May this prayer which I offer unto Him deliver me eternally from my enemies, Amen. Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, honourable title, Son of the Virgin Mary, have pity upon me, a poor sinner, and lead me, according to Thy loving-kindness, in the way of eternal salvation, Amen. Now Jesus, knowing what things must come to pass concerning Him, came forward and said unto them: Whom seek ye? They answered Him: Jesus of Nazareth. But Jesus said unto them: I am He. And Judas, who was to deliver Him, was with them. As soon then as He had said unto them: I am He, they fell backward upon the earth. Then asked He them again: Whom seek ye? And they said: Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus answered: I have told you that I am He; if therefore ye seek Me, let these go their way (speaking of His disciples). The lance, the nails, the cross, the thorns, the death which I have endured, prove that I have effaced and expiated the crimes of the unfortunate. Preserve me, O Lord Jesus Christ, from all afflictions of poverty and from the snares of my enemies. May the five wounds of our Lord be unto me an everlasting remedy. Jesus is the Way, Jesus is the Life, Jesus is the Truth, Jesus has suffered, Jesus has been crucified, Jesus, Son of the living God, have pity on me. Now, Jesus, passing went through the midst of them, and no one could place his murderous hand upon Jesus, because His hour was not yet come.
Pater Noster, & c. Deliver me, O Lord, I beseech Thee, me even, thy creature, N., from all evils past, present, and to come, whether of body or soul; grant me peace and health in Thy goodness; incline favourably unto me Thy creature, by the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of Thy holy apostles, Peter, Paul, Andrew, and of all the saints. Vouchsafe peace unto Thy creature, and health during all my life, so that, strengthened by the mainstay of Thy mercy, I may never be the slave of sin, nor go in fear of any trouble, through the same Jesus Christ Thy Son, our Saviour, who, being truly God, liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Spirit for ever and ever, Amen. May the peace of the Lord be always with me, Amen. May that peace, O Lord, which Thou didst leave to Thy disciples abide ever with power in my heart, standing always between me and my enemies, both visible and invisible, Amen. May the peace of the Lord, His countenance, His body, His blood, assist, console, and protect me, Thy creature, N., in my soul and my body, Amen. Lamb of God, who didst deign to be born of the Virgin Mary, who didst cleanse the world from its sins upon the Cross, have pity on my soul and my body. O Christ, Lamb of God, immolated for the salvation of the world, have pity on my soul and my body. Lamb of God, by whom all the faithful are saved.
This, of course, was long before printing was rediscovered. Also some of this church magic had a suspicious connection to Tree of Life setups. Then again there were some documents dealing with calling, or invoking, certain types of inner plane entities which were connected to various levels of the Tree of Life. This "calling" could not be done without some background knowledge of what and where the entities were located and from which they could be called or invoked.
I would say myself, without making any great research, that from some other hints and scraps of evidence given in this same book, and only because I am looking for it because of the past occult experience I had in accumulating the material for my books, that a great deal of occult Magic was carried on by members of the clergy in the Catholic Church and thoroughly disguised under Church routines.
Excerpted from The Art and Practice of Caballa Magic by Ophiel. Copyright © 1976 Edward C. Peach. Excerpted by permission of Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC.
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INTRODUCTION AND FORWORD