Scary words

Crowley translates Hebrew עולה as “common holocaust”.  Yikes. Let’s look into it. First off, he published Sepher Sephiroth years before the rise of Hitler to power.  Whew. Second, he lifted the definition straight from von Rosenroth’s “comm. holocaustû” which dates back centuries. The word actually refers to the Israelites’ burnt offerings, particularly while they were … Continue reading Scary words

The peak and the thorn

I’m going through every Hebrew entry in Crowley’s Sepher Sephiroth (“book of emanations”, or simplified, “book of numbers”) and looking at what each Hebrew word actually means by comparing it to Hebrew Biblical dictionaries, and sometimes looking at modern Hebrew ones too for a backup (being aware of linguistic change, of course). There are lots of typos.  This will … Continue reading The peak and the thorn

Crowley the Hebraist, again

Continuing to work on fixing Crowley’s gematria entries, I find the Hebrew word אשת.  Crowley doesn’t define it; he simply says “Deut. xxiii. 1.” Deuteronomy 23:1 does not contain this Hebrew word.  But it translates to: He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation … Continue reading Crowley the Hebraist, again

Holy Breakfast, Baresman!

In the central ritual of Zoroastrianism, the Yasna, while the priests are reciting their professions of faith and the hymns of Zarathushtra, thanking God for his blessings, opposing the forces of evil, asking that all people have freedom to follow their consciences (yup, that’s in there too), there’s a few other things they are doing … Continue reading Holy Breakfast, Baresman!

I curse the Eddorians

I’ve noticed some remarkable similarities between a classic of pulp space opera and a classic of ancient religion.  If you don’t want spoilers for either Zoroastrianism or the Lensman series by “Doc” Smith, you should stop reading now. Not every Zoroastrian would agree with every single point herein (the non-omnipotence of the Wise Lord, as … Continue reading I curse the Eddorians

I pledge myself to the well-spoken word

Yesterday’s tragic shooting in Tucson has given me much pause for thought. See, I’m part of the problem in some sense. I don’t carry a gun to political rallies (or anywhere else).  I don’t publicly call for the “targeting” of politicians or the use of “Second Amendment remedies”.  But in private?  In private, with my … Continue reading I pledge myself to the well-spoken word

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