Alchemy and Kabbalah by Gershom Scholem, Klaus Ottmann

By Gershom Scholem, Klaus Ottmann

Newly revised moment printing. Translated by way of KLAUS OTTMANN. A groundbreaking textual content on alchemy by means of the major student of Jewish mysticism is gifted the following for the 1st time in English translation. Scholem appears seriously on the connections among alchemy, the Jewish Kabbalah; its christianized forms, similar to the gold- and rosicrucian mysticisms, and the myth-based psychology of C.G. Jung, and uncovers forgotten alchemical roots embedded within the Kabbalah.

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In addition to these three mother letters, there are seven double letters (Bet, Gimel, Dalet, Kaf, Pey, Resh, Tav) which signify the contraries in the universe (forces which serve two mutually opposed ends): He caused the letter Bet to reign over Life, and He tied a crown to it, and He combined them with one another, and He formed through them: Saturn in the universe, the first day in the year, and the right eye in the body of male and female. He caused the letter Gimel to reign over Peace, and He tied a crown to it, and He combined them with one another, and He formed through them: Jupiter in the universe, the second day in the year, and the left eye in the body of male and female.

He caused the letter Dalet to reign over wisdom, and He tied a crown to it, and He combined them with one another, and He formed through them: Mars in the universe, the third day in the year, and the right ear in the body of male and female. He caused the letter Kaf to reign over Wealth, and He tied a crown to it, and He combined them with one another, and He formed through them: Sun in the universe, the fourth day in the year, and the left ear in the body of male and female. He caused the letter Pey to reign over Gracefulness, and He tied a crown to it, and He combined them with one another, and He formed through them: Venus in the universe, the fifth day in the year, and the right nostril of the body of male and female.

A parable was told. To what can this be compared? To a king of flesh and blood with many servants to whom he allotted tasks to perform. He made the cleverest among them a shepherd, whereupon that clever man protested: My colleagues stay in an inhabited place; why should I have to be in the wilderness? So, too, Ezekiel protested: All my colleagues were in Jerusalem, why should I have to be among the captives. No sooner did Ezekiel speak thus than the Holy One, blessed be He, opened seven compartments down below.

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