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Climbing The Tree of Life: A Manual of Practical Magickal Qabalah


Climbing The Tree of Life: A Manual of Practical Magickal Qabalah

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    Available in PDF Format | Climbing The Tree of Life: A Manual of Practical Magickal Qabalah.pdf | English
    David Rankine(Author) Stephen Skinner(Preface)
Qabalah is a dynamic system of esoteric philosophy that underlies most of the modern magickal traditions. It explores the nature of divinity, the niverse, the human soul, creation, the function of life and a whole range of other philosophical and metaphysical subjects.The Qabalah offers the opportunity to follow a well-defined and multi-layered map of magickal ritual, consciousness expansion, self-integration and balance.Subjects covered in this book include: - The Development of the Qabalah through History - The Sephiroth, their symbols and temples - The Divisions of the Tree of Life, including the Pillars, Worlds and Triads - The Tetragrammaton or Unpronounceable Name of God - The Shekinah and the Divine Feminine in Qabalah - The Parts of the Human Soul and Qabalistic Doctrines on Reincarnation - Qabalistic Ritual and Ritual Techniques - Meditations on many aspects of the Tree of Life - Applying Qabalah in Daily LifeDavid Rankine has been studying & working within the Western Mystery Tradition since the 1970s and is a initiate of a number of traditions. He is the author of amany esoteric books - including Becoming Magick, The Guises of The Morrigan and Circle of Fire.He is also the co-author of Practical Angel Magic of Dr JohnDee's Enochian Tables and Keys to the Gateway of Magic, which are the first books in the "Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic" series, which he is co-producing with occult author Stephen Skinner.

This is a unique book which looks at the Qabalah from a Western Mystery magickal perspective, but which also gives relevant and interesting information and practical advice drawn from source materials. It is recommended to all students working within the Western Mystery tradition, ceremonial and ritual magick, Thelema and Wicca.

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  • By Jonathan LVX on 15 April 2006

    Qabalah, or Kabballah or whichever way you choose to spell it continued to be a painful experience for me until I bought and read this book. Rankine's take on it shows that he has done his research, but not only through books and journals, through hard work in the system itself.The book gives all the theory you could ever hope for. It gives practical examples and exercises and it gives insights that I could only vaguely glimpse in other books on the subject.No doubt that there will be some who struggled through Mystical Qabalah by Dion Fortune and other books of that era on the subject of Western Mystery Qabalah who will pick up this book and scratch their heads in disbelief. This book is no-nonsense, no-fluff, ultra-practical, ultra-readable, ultra-excellent.The author has been a practising magickian for many years and through the material made available in this book, I have no doubt that he must also be an excellent teacher.If you have an interest in magickal qabalah you can do no wrong purchasing this book. It will in time, I believe, replace most books on the subject available today. No doubt it will ruffle some feathers with new informed and thought through takes on the Middle Pillar and other such rituals, but it makes perfect sense and gives perfect well thought through reasons for doing so.Part of me felt like I should keep the knowledge of this book to myself. It is a real insight into the mysteries, but this book should be shared. You will save yourself years of struggle and gain great insights if you work through the exercises and visualisations in this book.Enjoy.

  • By IM on 14 August 2017

    This is a valuable and useful practical guide to an arcane subject and I would recommend it to a wide readership. However a little constructive criticism may be helpful so that newcomers to the western esoteric tradition may not be inadvertently led astray by some of the contents.Firstly, it is not invariably the case that every technique discussed is supported by a persuasive rationale. For instance, it is not made clear in regard to the Tarot Contemplation Exercise why the suit of Discs (Earth) is to be placed on top of the suit of Wands (Fire) nor is there any explanation at least on first reading as to why the suit of Cups (Water) is placed to the left and the suit of Swords (Air) is placed to the right. Resourceful readers may wish to speculate that they are meant to imagine themselves at the centre of an equilateral cross within a magic circle facing North and that could account for the attributions which otherwise seem to me to be rather arbitrary if not random.Secondly, Mr. Rankine attributes Yesod to Elemental Water (See page, 130). It seems here that the author may be confusing the planetary correspondences with those of the sephiroth and he goes on to explain that is why the Elemental Archangels are also attributed to planets. However, it is generally understood that there is much more to any given sephiroth than its planetary associations. Furthermore, as the late and greatly missed occultist, Donald Michael Kraig, clarified years ago the Elemental Archangels are not the same entities as the Planetary Archangels just as in a typical Welsh village “Jones the Post” is not the same entity as “Jones the Butcher”.This category error is not a matter to be lightly dismissed as merely a subjective preference on the part of a highly respected author because it would inevitably result in significant impediments to the practitioner’s training and development. The difficulty is that this mistaken attribution flips the progress of the practitioner through the Elemental Grades on its head as shown below:Grade Theoricus (Golden Dawn) 2 = 9 Yesod AirGrade Zelator (Crowley) 2 = 9 Yesod AirGrade Practicus 3 = 8 Hod WaterGrade Practicus (Crowley) 3 = 8 Hod WaterIt is worth bearing in mind that even the iconoclastic Crowley – whose work the author is certainly familiar with – was content to continue to assign Yesod to Elemental Air specifying that mastery of pranayama and the astral plane were to be the chief achievements of that Grade.Speaking of which within the single paragraph regarding pranayama (See page, 176) there is no mention of the important benefits of suspension of the breath after exhalation. Whole books have been written in respect of the complex procedures of pranayama which surely deserved at least a chapter to itself in the present work. Furthermore the goal which is proposed albeit gradually of achieving a ratio:inhale 6 counts/ hold 24 counts/ exhale 12 countsshould have come with a very severe health warning. Put simply, an intensely prolonged retention of breath after inhalation needs to be practised extremely cautiously otherwise irreparable harm can result. Realistically anyone training outside of a hatha yoga ashram is likely to require several years to reach this ratio safely. Even then the practitioner would have to prepare progressively to perform such a challenging ratio by means of:1. Establishing the relationship between inhalation and exhalation without retention of the breath2. From there the practitioner should build up the holding of the breath in successive steps3. Having achieved the target ratio the practitioner should take some time to come down from there by virtue of further gradual stages.I suspect I might be the ninety-fourth reviewer to remark that not only is the illustration of the Sign of the Enterer absent from the text but the actual technique is devoid of any meaningful discussion: there being rather more to its successful execution than a “stamp forward” (See page 248).In excess of forty years of study I thought I had encountered every possible variation of the LBRP. that is until I came across the aberration presented in Chapter 43. Here three of the anthropomorphic images of the Elemental Archangels are supposed to be envisaged within the magic circle and one outside of it is but this is such an irrational displacement of these potencies and such a radical departure from accepted custom and practice as well as logic that I wonder whether there has been a drastic typographical error?And yet there is in truth much to commend in this book including many genuinely innovative insights and I am confident that a serious scholar of the occult such as Mr. Rankine will resolve any issues left over from the present work in his follow-up volume “Climbing The Tree Of Life Through The Twenty Two Paths Of Wisdom”. I would however spare a thought for the poor soul who is tasked with proof-reading it!

  • By J Sef Salem on 23 February 2011

    I asked a friend this question, as I had intended to pursue a series of pathworkings using the Thoth deck and so on, and wanted to gather as much information as possible. Having copies of 777, the Kabbalah Unveiled, the Sepher Yetzirah and other titles from which to draw such data, I thought I only needed a few other bits and pieces.My friend suggested this book, Climbing the Tree of Life, and I have thanked him heartily. It is a concise, readable and engaging book on a very hard topic to approach, which covered not only the topics I wanted to investigate, but also suggested other related topics that I would otherwise have ignored. As an initiate of OTO I know this is a book which will serve me well for many years both for quick reference and deeper insights. I am much obliged to the author.

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