A QABILISTIC CROSS

A simple ritual gesture should be made before and after occult meditation work. The most appropriate for our purpose is the Qabalistic Cross:

1. Touch the forehead with the right hand and say “Ateh”.
2. Touch the breast and say “Malkuth”.
3. Touch the right shoulder and say “Ve Geburah”.
4. Touch the left shoulder and say “Ve Gedulah”.
5. Clasp the hands on the breast and say “Le Olahm, Amen”.

The Christian form of this is embodied in the words: “For thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory, forever, Amen. ” This, as it appears at the end of the Lord’s Prayer usually is sometimes put forward as the reason for believing Our Lord to have been a Qabalist. Tempting though this  supposition may be to Qabalists, it cannot be proved by this evidence for the phrase was a liturgical interpolation some centuries after Our Lord’s death.

To touch the brow and say “Ateh” (Thou) is to affirm the existence not only of the Architect, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe, but also of the Godhead within, the Spark of Divine Fire, or Monad, which is the center and architect, creator and sustainer of ones own being. The top of a brilliant white cross should be visualized as starting from just above the top of the head.

On bringing the hand down to the breast the vertical arm of the cross should be imagined to extend down to the floor beneath the feet. Obviously it is impossible to trace such a cross exactly without considerable physical contortion, so the touching of the brow and breast are symbolic indications of intention and actual visualization.

The touching of the breast and saying “Malkuth” (The Kingdom) affirms ones faith and rightful position in the Kingdom of Earth, both macro-cosmically and micro-cosmically, which is to say, both as being operating upon this physical planet created by the Father of Humanity, and also in a physical vehicle or body created by ones own True Self.

The touching of each shoulder in turn accompanies the visualization of the horizontal arm of the cross, also in brilliant white light. Again, this should extend just beyond the periphery of the physical body. The translation of the words Geburah and Gedulah causes their intention to become perhaps less apparent – which is why it is better to use the original Hebrew, or as the early Church Fathers did, to substitute the words the Power and Glory, which are the translations of the titles of the seventh and eighth Sephiroth on the Tree, which are diametrically opposite Geburah and Gedulah, the fifth and fourth Sephiroth, and in a way, lower reflections of them.

Without becoming involved in technicalities beyond our present state of understanding, the point that is intended in the drawing of the horizontal bar of the Qabalistic Cross is the affirmation of the underlying principle of the whole manifest universe, macro-cosmic and micro-cosmic. This principle is the Principle of Polarity.

This simple means that all things are the result of the equilibration of opposites in complementary action. The atom is a result of opposing electrical forces or particles, the child is the result of the union of opposite sexes – and so on.

“Le Olahn”, which translates as “the world or universe” and also as “forever” indicates a concept midway between these two approximate translations. One could perhaps render it as “the Eternal Beingness” and what is here affirmed is a faith in and acceptance of the whole sum of creation and uncreation, which is, was, and is to come.

“Amen”” is the final personal affirmation, “So be it”. It can come after a greater or lesser pause and marks the end of the formula and the cessation of active visualization, though the effects of this exercise may be felt for some time after.

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