- Tapa blanda: 464 páginas
- Editor: Digitial Brilliance (12 de junio de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0993303404
- ISBN-13: 978-0993303401
- Valoración media de los clientes: 2 opiniones de clientes
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº361.575 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
The Hermetic Kabbalah (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 12 jun 2015
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Before there was modern science there was another way to comprehend reality. When someone wanted to discover deep and hidden secrets about nature, they would study ancient books and traditions looking for divine revelations, seek out scholars and teachers, and perhaps summon and talk to spirits or angels ... This ancient wisdom (and it was the best knowledge of its day) has come to be known as the Hermetic Tradition. It is an intellectual and practical tradition dating from the late Roman Empire, and it viewed the Cosmos as a living being composed of living beings, a whole composed of parts, like the human body. The tradition was founded on an intuitive view of processes at work in living things, a dynamic of relationships, connections and interactions, a world of qualia and imagination, all set forth in startling visionary metaphors of giant androgynous beings and sexual dynamics. "The Hermetic Kabbalah" shows how the tradition has developed through two millennia to the present day, its ideas intertwining with Jewish mysticism and Kabbalah like the serpents in the Caduceus of Hermes. It includes a detailed exposition on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, the ten sefirot, and many other traditional themes including the Partzufim, the Primordial Adam, theurgy, and ascent mysticism. It also describes the Rectification of the Soul, in which the soul is awakened to an understanding of its place in the Cosmos. Profusely illustrated, with over 60 diagrams and illustrations, this book is a distillation of a lifetime of study and practice.
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Colin Low has published material about Hermetic Kabbalah on the Internet since 1989. For forty years he has studied the practical and scholarly aspects of Kabbalah and the Hermetic Tradition, both as a student and teacher. He is chairman of the Rockwax Foundation, a charity created to improve public understanding of the Hermetic Tradition.
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This author, a writer, as well as an academic, so the prose itself is clever, richer than usual. I learned a great deal reading it. Thanks, Mr. Low!
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A very important work by a master of his craft. However, should this book more accurately be called, ‘(Yet) Another Book on the (Hebrew) Kabbalah’, as one which can worthily join the others on the shelves. Although here issue is taken with the inclusion of the word Hermetic in the title, which is more usually associated with the Qabalah. Indeed, Colin Low’s website shows a flowchart, relating to Hermetic Kabbalah, positioning the influence of Hermeticism as a major stream, rising at the beginning of the Common Era, with the Kabbalah only crossing paths with Western Esoteric Tradition in the late 19thC. Yet this work does not reflect this. Having a profound respect for the author’s clearly expressed encyclopaedic knowledge of the Kabbalah, the point has been missed by this reader, as to the title choice, of ‘Hermetic’. Apart from a brief comment in the Introduction Hermeticism barely rates a mention, or references in the index. A top book Mr Low, but not one that contributes to the Divine journey or this Hermetic Qabalist. (ps. To other reviewers, Dion Fortune was a Qabalist, rather than a Kabbalist).
Don’t get me wrong: Low provides plenty of interesting and worthwhile information in this text. But this is overshadowed by his failure to grok and proficiently elaborate the Kabbalah. And this failure pertains to both the mystical-ecstatical and the theosophical-occult Kabbalahs.
Regarding the mystical-ecstatical Kabbalah, the “higher” Kabbalah, he has virtually nothing to say. Clearly, he is an un-Initiated mystic, hence the via mystica lies beyond his apprehension and comprehension. He doesn’t broach the subject of the Ruach HoKodesh, or Holy Spirit, in the Kabblistic project. By contrast, Moshe Idel, in his fine text “Kabbalah New Perspectives,” focuses considerable attention on the divine efflux downward.
Most tellingly, in the chapter titled Awakening, Low effectually reduces true Kabbalistic spirituality (relating to and receiving the Supernal Influx) to a reductive theurgical operation. He writes:
“I have spent decades summoning spirits from the vastly deep, for the most part using the ancient model of Iamblicus, Ficino, and Agrippa, that of sympathy – sunathemata. As outlined in Theurgy on page 129, the ritualist uses perfumes, sounds, symbols, music, gestures, plants and objects that are connected through innate occult sympathy with a specific cosmic power, usually anthropomorphised as a spirit.”
Unfortunately, Low’s exegetical deficiencies are not limited to the mystical Kabbalah, but also infect his discourse on the theosophical and occult Kabbalahs. His descriptions of the Tree of Life and Sefirot are askew (which isn’t surprising given the sources he cites), and, dismayingly, he all but ignores astrology and tarot, without which the “code” of the occult Kabbalah cannot be cracked.
Ordinarily, I would give a book as flawed as this one no more than two stars, but given that it is a well written and contains worthwhile general, historical, and explanatory information, I have decided to give it three.