Lord as Ladder of Perfection

In her book Christian Mystics: Their Lives and Legacies throughout the Ages, Ursula King writes: “A wealth of scriptural passages have inspired Jewish and Christian mystics alike. Through an allegorical reading of Scripture, the mystical significance of particular texts was heightened so that biblical images and teachings nourished Christian mystics through the ages. In theContinue reading “Lord as Ladder of Perfection”

A. E. Waite on The Hanged Man

Here’s what Arthur Edward Waite had to say about The Hanged Man in the Pictorial Key to the Tarot: “He who can understand that the story of his higher nature is embedded in this symbolism will receive intimations concerning a great awakening that is possible, and will know that after the sacred Mystery of Death there isContinue reading “A. E. Waite on The Hanged Man”

Understanding the Hindu use of Ash

In seeking to understand Hinduism more thoroughly I came across an interesting little article called, “Hindu Rituals and Routines – Why Do We Follow Those?” It covers a number of aspects of Hindu practice that, while familiar enough from observation, I’ve never heard explained so well for before. One in particular was the Hindu use ofContinue reading “Understanding the Hindu use of Ash”

Is the name of God, YHWH, without vowels?

Some unexpected questions about the Hebrew language came up for me today. While researching Hebrew letter symbolism I came across a reference on Wikipedia which suggested that “In the traditional form, vowels are indicated [in the Hebrew language] by the weak consonants Aleph (א), He (ה), Vav (ו), or Yodh (י) serving as vowel lettersContinue reading “Is the name of God, YHWH, without vowels?”

Why pentacles are unnecessary for the Esoteric Christian

I thought I would share some interesting nuggets of information about pentacles as used in tarot and esoteric ritual. Pentacles in the Tarot Did you know that the pentacles of the tarot weren’t always pentacles? The four suits of the minor arcana of the tarot are popularly known as swords, cups, wands and pentacles. That theContinue reading “Why pentacles are unnecessary for the Esoteric Christian”