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14 april 2021

The Body and Its Symbolism – A Kabbalistic Approach

By Annick de Souzenelle, translated by Christopher Chaplin and Tony James.

457 Pages | Original published in 1974, fifth edition 2015 | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, Wheaton | ISBN: 9780835609326

An Embodied View of the Kabbalah

The Body and Its Symbolism is an intricate and profound expression of Kabbalistic symbolism applied to the human body. It represents the life work of nurse anesthetist and psychotherapist Annick de Souzenelle, whose tremendous understanding has been partially inspired by the depth psychology of C.G. Jung. Based on her deep knowledge of biblical Hebrew, her readings of the Bible shed new light on the Creation story, the nature of the Feminine, and the ultimate vocation of every human being. A best seller in France, this new edition, meticulously translated by Christopher Chaplin and Tony james, is the first to appear in the English language.

”This book is clearly the result of a lifetime’s reflection, revealing an inherant ladder of order from the physical body to that of the Divine Adam Kadmon. ”
– Z’ev Ben Shimon Halevi, author of Adam and the Kabbalistic Tree.

”A fascinating, embodied view of the Kabbalh. From breathing to sound, from sound to word, from word to action, Annick de Souzenelle takes us on a journey through the Creation story, the Tree of Life, the Hebrew alphabet, Greek and Egyptian mysteries, and more. Her wise GPS on the trip tells us: Knowledge is love. ”
– Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz, author of The Hidden Gospel

AUTHOR: de Souzenelle, A. / Chaplin,C. / James,T.
ISBN: 9780835609326

Prijs: € 28,95

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De Kabbala – Het Hart van de Joodse Mystiek

By Daniel C. Matt, vertaald door Julius Wintjes.

300 Pages | Eerste editie 1995, Nederlandse edities 1997 & 2005 | Hardcover | Rainbow Dimensie 8, onderdeel van Uitgeverij Maarten Muntinga BV., Amsterdam | ISBN: 9789041720283.

Engels origineel: The Essential Kabbalah: The Heart of Jewish Mysticism | Eerste editie 1995 | HarperSanFrancisco, onderdeel van HarperCollins Inc.

Kabbalisten hebben hun werk altijd beschouwd als een geheime leer, maar in navolging van beroemdheden als Madonna, Mick Jagger en Naomi Campbell wordt de kabbala vandaag de dag gezien als een schitterende leidraad voor spirituele zelfontplooiing. Maar wat is de kabbala?

Daniel C. Matt schrijft helder en beknopt over de eeuwenoude studie van de symboliek van de Thora, de Hebreeuwse Bijbel. Hij ontsluit de vele lagen en mysteries, die de kabbala omringen en dringt door tot de kern van de Joodse Mystiek. Voor iedereen, die geinteresseerd is in filosofie en spiritualiteit.

Ga naar je zelf (369)

” God zei tegen Adam: ‘Ga heen.’ (370) God zei tegen Adam: ‘Ga je naar je zelf (371), ken je zelf, vervul je zelf.

Dit vers is op iedereen van toepassing. Zoek en ontdek de wortel van je Ziel, zodat je deze kunt vervullen en in haar bron, haar essentie kunt herstellen. Hoe meer je jezelf vervult, des te dichter benader je je authentieke zelf. “


Prijs: € 9,95

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The Esoteric Tarot – Ancient Sources rediscovered in Hermeticism and Cabala

By Ronald Decker. 330 Pages | First Quest edition 2013 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835609081.

From the Introduction:

No explanation is known to have accompanied the Original Tarot. This book presents an interpretation, that will surprise most Tarotists (those, who are esoterists) and most academics (those, who are critics of the esoterists). My theory covers the evolution of the Tarot, the connotations of its symbols, the symbol’s sources, and their transmission to the proper places at the proper times. In truly ancient references, I have found forgotten patterns, that are definitely congruent with the Tarot. I will treat not merely isolated motifs, but symbolic systems. I hope to establish the meanings of the Tarot as it was understood by its inventor(s). Granted, my arguments require deductions and interferences. This is currently necessary, because of the scarcity of hard evidence. I welcome improvements to my theory. It offers many points from which further research can proceed. The following definition is typical of standard dictionairies: Tarot (TAR-o, ta-RO) noun [French < Middle French < Old Italian tarocco (plural: tarocchi)] a set of cards depicting certain allegories and providing a deck for oracles and games.

From Chapter 1 – ‘Thoth, Hermes and Hieroglyphs’ (p.28):

” The title Trismegistus (thrice greatest) presumably derived from the Egyptian practice of addressing the Gods as ‘great’, ‘twice-great’, etc. Hermes Trismegistus could still be considered a God, but if so, he was supposed to have begun as a man, one who attained enlightenment and ascended as divinity. More often, he was regarded as a sage, presumed to have lived in remote antiquity and to have inherited the wisdom of Thoth. Some authors tried to simplify the Hermetic traditions by creating a genealogy: Thoth was the father of Agathodemon, who was the father of Hermes Trismegistus, who was the father of Tat. ‘Tat’ is a variation of ‘Tot’, a variation of Thoth. “


Auteur: Decker, R.
ISBN: 9780835609081

Prijs: € 25,95

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The Fool’s Pilgrimage – Kabbalistic Meditations on the Tarot

By Stephan A. Hoeller.

132 Pages | Copyright 1975, Second Quest Edition 2004 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835608395.

Including an accompanying CD.

Stephan Hoeller’s handbook for heightening consciousness is unrivaled for its clarity in explaining the ancient mystical Kabbalah in relation to the Tarot’s Major Arcana. On the new enclosed CD, Dr. Hoeller narrates twenty-two meditations to guide the reader easily into a contemplative state.

From Chapter 7 –  ‘The Fools’s Pilgrimage’ (p. 65):

” The human being is a fool. Shakespeare was right when he said: ‘What fools we mortals be!’ The first card of the greater Arcana, the Fool, pictures man as a carefree youth, striding gaily forth in such a position, that his next step may send him over the edge of the cliff. As noted in connection with the Eleventh Path, we are this fool ourselves, divine and immortal souls ready to descend into manifest existence. It is also we, ourselves, having descended from Kether to Malkuth, now ascending from earth to the heavens. Of all the Arcana, the fool manifests the greatest freedom. “

Auteur: Hoeller, S.A.
ISBN: 0835608395

Prijs: € 18,50

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Hidden Wisdom – A Guide to Western Inner Traditions

By Richard Smoley and Jay Kinney.

400 Pages | First edition 1999, revised edition 2006, incl. suggested reading lists per chapter | Softcover | Quest Books U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835608442.

For decades, our modern society has looked to the East for spiritual guidance and renewal. Here is a guide much closer to home. Its subjects range comprehensibly from Jungian psychology to the Kabbalah and Gnosticism, and from Freemasonry and the Templars to Alchemy, Shamanism, the work of Gurdjieff, Neopaganism, Sufism and esoteric Christianity.

Authors Smoley and Kinney speak with sensible, even-handed objectivity, covering the strengths and weaknesses as well as the history and ideas of each tradition. They also end each chapter with a wealth of resources for further exploration. Whether you are just beginning to seek a spiritual practice or want to know more about a particular teaching; Hidden Wisdom is an invaluable resource for finding the Path, that is right for you.

From Chapter 5 – ‘Magicians: Sculptors of the Astral Light’ (p. 105):

” Magic is the traditional science of the secrets of Nature, which has been transmitted to us from the Magi. By means of this science the Adept is invested with a species of relative omnipotence and can operate superhumanly – that is, after a manner which transcends the normal possibility of man. “

Richard Smoley is the former editor of <em>Gnosis</em> magazine and today is editor of Quest Books.



auteur: Smoley, R./Kinney, J.
ISBN: 9780835608442
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“Covering the gamut from Kabbalah, Gnosticism, and Sufism to shamanism, Neopaganism, Theosophy, and mystical Christianity, Hidden Wisdom is the handbook to the Western wisdom traditions. Also included are the teachings of C.G. Jung, G.I. Gurdjieff, Alice Bailey, and Rudolf Steiner. Authors Smoley and Kinney examine the key figures and movements of these traditions throughout history to offer a balanced and coherent view of esoteric Western practices. Accessible to all readers—whether they’re considering membership or long-term practice of any one tradition or teaching or they’re simply curious about their options—this book lends advice on how to find groups and like-minded individuals and how to best avoid possible pitfalls. This book is a reliable and truly helpful guide. It is clear, intelligent, grounded, and appropriately critical. If you want to add a vital dimension to your life, start with this book and discover a fascinating world that lies hidden all around you”. —Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and Dark Nights of the Soul


Prijs: € 21,95

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The Game of Wizards – Roots of Consciousness & the Esoteric Arts

By Charles Poncé (1946 – 2016).

179 Pages | 1991, First edition | Paperback | The Theosophical Publishing House, Wheaton | ISBN: 0835606694

Astrology, Tarot, Alchemy, kabbalah, I Ching may make you think of ”fortune telling.” But Charles Poncé argues that there is a deeper significance to all these systems. They all arose out of the human imagination, and thus carry certain insights into the structure of the psyche.

Poncé’s analysis of astrology from a Jungian and spiritual context has been compared to that of astrologers such as Dane Rudhyar and Stephen Arroyo, and it insights will convince even the skeptical. Likewise, Poncé shows how the I Ching demonstrates the Jungian theory of how and why divination works. The rich symbolism of the Tarot is also explored.

Although some may think the Kabbalah difficult to understand, Poncé gracefully guides one through the Tree of Life and other basic concepts, and then explores the oft-neglected subject of the mathematical basis of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. His explanation of alchemy is nothing short of outstanding. Poncé offers not only the Jungian approach to the subject but also ancient and modern explorations of alchemy, making it comprehensible to the newcomer.

Valuable for anyone interested in integrating divinitory systems and psychology, this book gives a new perspective to the occult or esoteric arts.

”. . . an excellent introductory overview of several of the most important Occult Disciplines. The chapter on astrology is one of the most insightful I have ever read. Poncé’s treatment [of alchemy] is of such lucidity that a reader can gain a solid, accurate understanding just from reading this chapter. ”

— Stephan Hoeller, author of Jung and the Lost Gospels

auteur: Poncé, C
ISBN: 0835606694
Author: Poncé, C

Prijs: € 13,40

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The Royal Road – A Manual of Kabalistic Meditations on the Tarot

By Stephan A. Hoeller

119 Pages | First edition 1975, third printing 1988 | Softcover | Quest Books, USA | ISBN: 0835604659.

Integrating the two diciplines to heighten the experience of meditation.

Those, who are into Tarot and those, who are interested or involved in meditation will be attracted by this new book by the director of the Sophia Gnostic Center of Los Angeles. Designed to lead the reader easily into a meditative state, it includes 22 illustrations of the Major Arcana each juxtaposed with an appropriate meditation.

As the reader relates the cards to the paths that lead upward on the Kabalistic Tree of Life, heightened spiritual consiousness can result. The author has addressed The Royal Road to the general reader interested in the values in both the Tarot deck and in the Kabalistic interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures.

From Chapter 2: ‘Tarot and Kabalah (p.13):

” Can the Tarot predict the future? Perhaps! The true answer, however can not be given so simply. If we recognize that, even though unconsciously, we are constantly shaping our future, it then follows that by establishing a magical contact with our unconscious we can learn much about our future and, what is more, we can influence and alter our future, thereby becoming, at least to a degree, masters of our own destiny. Time is a continuum, not a division, and its mysteries are often pierced when we recognize the proper significance of material clues to spiritual processes. Tarot divination is merely one particular application of these principles to the concerns of daily living. “

auteur: Hoeller, S.A.
ISBN: 0835604659

Prijs: € 8,51

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De Mystieke Kabbala – Sleutel tot Kennis der Wetten van Geest, Ziel & Lichaam

Door Dion Fortune (1890 – 1946), vertaling Henry van Noord.

253 Pagina’s | Uitgegeven in 2012 | Softcover | Uitgeverij Schors, Amsterdam | ISBN: 9789063789725.

Engels origineel: The Mystical Qabalah | Uitgegeven in 1939 | Weiser Books, New York | ISBN: 9781578631506.

Dion Fortune is het pseudonym van Violet Firth, één van de belangrijkste vrouwelijke esoterici uit de eerste helft van de vorige eeuw. Zij was de oprichtster van de ‘Society of Inner Light’ en werd in 1919 ingewijd in de ‘Hermetische Orde van de Gouden Dageraad’ (Golden Dawn). Dion Fortune schreef diverse handboeken over occultisme en parapsychologie.

De Mystieke Kabbala geldt tot op de dag van vandaag als één van de belangrijkste boeken ooit over dit onderwerp geschreven en kan dan ook worden beschouwd als haar grootste werk. De eerste Nederlandse vertaling verscheen in 1939 en werd vele malen herdrukt. De Mystieke Kabbala is het eerste boek dat de metafysische en magische kanten van de Kabbala tot een praktisch bruikbare en overzichtelijke structuur smeedt, waardoor de lezer inzicht verkrijgt in de geheimen van de evolutie van de kosmos en van de mens in zijn drievuldigheid: geest, lichaam en Ziel.

Afkomstig uit Hoofdstuk XII – ‘De Goden op de Boom’ (p. 75):

” Op de Boom des Levens met de tien Heilige Sefiroth baseert de moderne occultist zowel een metafysica als een magie. Hij gebruikt een filosofisch concept van de Boom om dat, wat die voor zijn bewuste verstand is, te vertolken; en hij gebruikt een magische en ceremoniële toepassing van zijn symbolisme om dit met zijn onderbewust denkvermogen te verbinden. De ingewijde maakt derhalve gebruik van beide werelden, de oude en de moderne; een zo goed mogelijk gebruik van beide werelden, de oude en de moderne; want de ‘moderne wereld’ is geheel oppervlaktebewustzijn, en heeft tot haar eigen grote schade het onderbewuste vergeten en onderdrukt; de Oude Wereld was voornamelijk onderbewustzijn en bewustzijnsontwikkeling is van nog recente datum. Als die beiden aaneengeschakeld worden tot gepolariseerde functie gebracht, brengen zij bovenbewustzijn voort – wat het doel van inwijding is. “

auteur: Fortune, D.
ISBN: 9789063789725

Prijs: € 19,50

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