By W Wynn Westcott

Historic Ritualistic Lore and Prophecies of the longer term Made show up to guy. With 8 Diagrams. Contents: The Kabalah; the sensible Kabalah; The Dogmatic Kabalah

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Encausse of Paris, who writes under the pseudonym of "Papus," has also a work relating to the Tarots and gives a Kabalistic attribution of the Trump cards which Rosicrucians consider to be erroneous. So far as is kno\vn to me the practice of Kabalah 30 THE KABALAH as a Magical Art is now almost·restricted to Russian and Polish Rabbis, and to a few students of occultism in this country, some of whom constantly wear a Kabalistic talisman although they are Christians. THE DOGMATIC KABALAH. "THE great doctrines of the Theoretical I{abalah," says Ginsburg, "are mainly designed to solvp.

That Being should arise from non-being is impossible. That matter should create itself is absurd; matter cannot proceed from Spirit; the hvo words mean that the hvo ideas are entirely apart; then matter cannot exist. Hence it follows that what we call matter is but an aspect, a conception, an illusion, a mode of motion, a delusion of our physical senses. Apart from the Kabalah, the same truth has been recognised by a fe\v exceptional Christians and Philosophers. , Ideal Theory" 'was promulgated I40 years ago by Berkeley, Bishop of Cloyne in Ireland; it is nearly identical \vith the Kabalistic doctrine of all things being but Emanations from a Divine source, and matter but an aspect.

And inbreathing, of ~ranifestation and of Repose. Of Divine Repose, or Chaos, the human intellect can form no conception, and only the highly spiritual man can conceive any of the sublime and exalted stages of Manifestation. To the worldly man such notions are but dreams, and any 'attempt to formulate them leads only to suspicions of one's sanity. To the metaphysician these ideals supply a theme of intense interest; to the theosophist they supply an illustration drawn from a foreign source THE DOGMATIC KABALAH 37 of the Spiritual traditions of a long-past age, which lead one to accept the suggestion that these Spiritual conceptions are supplied from time to time by a Great Mind of another stage of existence from our o\vn.

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