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THE QABALAH CAME ALIVE FOR ME,
By A Customer
This review is from: Angels, Demons and Gods of the New Millennium: Musings on the Modern Magick (Paperback)
This book by Lon Milo DuQuette surprised me. Not because it is well written - I'd heard Lon's presentation at the Denver ATA in 1998 and had experienced the eloquence and energy he commands (whether aided by unnamed entities or not I do not know). What surprised me is that for the first time the Qabalah came alive for me. I had read parts of the major works on it before - Waite, Knight, Fortune and others - but it has always seemed a dry, over-elaborate, even disembodied, system to me. My study and practice, except for Tarot has been in Eastern systems. I am still not a Qabalist but now I am able to understand the appeal the Qabalah holds for others.
Lon explains the methods of Qabalistic scriptural exegesis - system for transforming words into other words - in a way that brings out their spiritual power. The text derived by these methods is not necessarily more profound than the exoteric one. What is important is that the process reveals a universe rich in interconnections which increase the more one seeks them.
The value of the method is the process of seeking and finding these interconnections. This was an important insight for me because it does away with the objection that the correlation's found are arbitrary. They may seem arbitrary but the divine becomes present in the act of finding these correlation's. What starts out seeming to the random if found unexpectedly to reveal the cosmic order.
Although Lon does not discuss Tarot, something like this occurs in Tarot divination. Suppose the spread includes the 4 of swords. Somehow a piece of cardboard with a peculiar picture connects to a late twentieth century person's need for respite from conflict. This is the miracle of divine intelligence operating in our lives and Lon's book made me able to see for the first time how Qabalah manifests this. His way of using Qabalah also resembles Tarot reading in that it is an active process, not simply study.
Lon wears his extensive learning lightly in contrast with too many books on Qabalah which are ponderous, humorless and inflated. It could be said that the combines the authority of the Hierophant with the skill of the Magician and the playful charm of the Fool.
Buddhism divides students into those of superior, average and inferior ability. With respect to Qabalah, I must acknowledge that I fall into the last category. This book's achievement is that it can reach even students like myself. I recommend it highly to anyone curious about Qabalah.
Review by Geoffrey Redmond, CTR From The ATA Newsletter A publication of the American Tarot Association Vol. IV NO. 1 Winter, 1999
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