There are three practices and spellings of Kabbalah: Jewish Kabbalah, Hermetic Qabalah, and Christian Cabalah. Three spellings: Kabbalah, Qabalah, and Cabalah. What are the principle practices of these three types of Qabalistic practice?
The Jewish Kabbalah
Jewish Kabbalah is a diverse and multifaceted mystical tradition within Judaism, which seeks to understand and describe the divine realm and the nature of God. The principal practice of Jewish Kabbalah is Merkavah mysticism, a meditative practice focused on the prophet Ezekiel's vision of the "Chariot" or "Merkavah" described in the Hebrew Bible.
Merkavah mysticism requires intensive study and reflection. Its practitioners endeavor to perceive, understand, and ultimately experience the divine realms and the cosmic order, attempting to ascend through different heavenly realms to attain direct communion with the Divine.
This spiritual journey is intricately structured, guided by the principles described in the primary Kabbalistic text, the Zohar. Besides, the practice of Kabbalah is also highly focused on the interpretation of the Torah, the application of Gematria (numeric symbolism), and understanding the divine nature through the Ten Sefirot (the Tree of Life) - ten attributes through which God manifests in the physical and spiritual worlds.
The Hermetic Qabalah, distinct from the Jewish tradition, is a Western esoteric tradition that incorporates elements of Kabbalah but also integrates concepts from a broad array of religious and philosophical systems, including Gnosticism, Neoplatonism, and Alchemy. Central to this tradition is the practice of Ritual Magick.
Ritual Magick in the Hermetic Qabalah tradition is a complex system of symbols, correspondences, and rituals designed to evoke and harness cosmic forces. These practices aim to bring about personal transformation, spiritual enlightenment, and manipulation of perceived reality. The rituals often involve the use of ceremonial tools, symbols, invocations, and a meticulous structure.
The Tree of Life in Qabalah is also used as a central diagram, but it encompasses broader correspondences including planetary, elemental, and tarot symbolism. Major figures in this tradition include Aleister Crowley and the organizations like the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
Christian Cabalah emerged in the Renaissance and represents a Christian reinterpretation and incorporation of Jewish Kabbalistic principles. The Christian Cabalah practice centralizes Devotion to Christ and the Christian trinity.
In Christian Cabalah, practitioners explore the mysteries of the Christian faith through the lens of Kabbalistic symbolism and numerology. This practice places Christ at the center of the Tree of Life, interpreting the sefirot as stages of Christ's incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection.
Devotion to Christ involves prayer, contemplation, and the study of Christian sacred texts, often with a focus on finding hidden meanings and connections to the Kabbalistic system. Christian Cabalah offers a mystical approach to Christianity, seeing Christ not just as a historical figure, but as the central figure in a divine cosmic drama that can be understood more fully through the Kabbalistic lens.