According to the teachings of Mathers, Fortune, Crowley, and others, the cosmos is divided into ten fundamental archetypal essences; the ten sefirot (or “sephiroth”), which are organised in three pillars.
The Sefirot as understood in the Golden Dawn system are not so much attributes or structures of the body of God (only remnants of the original Jewish theology remained), as occult or psychic powers or archetypes, which were secondarily located within the human body.
Mathers also divided the Sefirot into three triads, which he called the “astral”, “moral”, and “intellectual”, the lowest sefirot meanwhile representing the physical world.
This system of ten sefirot and twenty-two paths is used as a stylised “map” of consciousness in ritual magic of the “Golden Dawn” tradition And while this form of Qabalah is certainly a workable magical system, it bears little similarity to the original Jewish metaphysic from which it…
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