Gifted spiritual advisors use this ancient knowledge to provide guidance on subjects like love, relationships, and career through online Kabbalah readings. Knowing the origins of Kabbalah can help you better understand your reading and make the most of it.
What is Kabbalah?
In Hebrew, the word Kabbalah means “received,” a nod to the traditional belief that ancient figures like Abraham and Moses received these teachings and subsequently passed them down through a discreet chain from teacher to student.
Over time, Kabbalah evolved and has been adopted into various disciplines and schools of belief. It’s difficult to pin down a single definition, but we can say that it transcends a single book, or one codified set of teachings. Rather, it’s best to see Kabbalah as a loosely related web of symbols and practices that share a foundational belief in the power of the Hebrew alphabet and ancient Jewish texts as wellsprings for hidden wisdom.
Early Kabbalistic texts have given us a sort of skeleton key from which most traditions pull from. The first of these books, the Sefirah Yetzirah, is a short, cryptic meditation on the Hebrew alphabet and its role in the creation of the universe. The most influential of Kabbalistic texts is the Zohar, or “Book of Radiance,” a dense, esoteric collection of teachings that expounds on the hidden meanings of the Torah as well as concepts such as reincarnation and the nature of the soul. It was the Zohar that first set down a vocabulary of Kabbalistic themes, and inspired myriad rabbis and other spiritual seekers to develop their own schools of mystical thought.
One of these was the 16th-century rabbi Isaac Luria, who systemized Kabbalah into a cosmology of symbols that is known today as Lurianic Kabbalah. Much of modern Kabbalah draws from the Lurianic system, which is responsible for well-known concepts like the sefirot, ‘channels’ of divine energy through which God created and interacts with the world.
Kabbalah has typically been practiced in 1 of 3 ways:
- Theoretical Kabbalah: in general, the study of Kabbalah in order to gain a deeper understanding of the Torah, the universe, and ourselves
- Contemplative or Meditative Kabbalah: the use of meditational techniques, such as Hebrew-letter permutations, to gain first-hand insight into the nature of the universe
- Practical Kabbalah: a highly advanced form of Kabbalah used to alter physical reality. Tales of the Golem of Prague are examples of practical Kabbalah
Though approaches and beliefs may differ, these are a few terms you’re likely to see mentioned by Kabbalistic practitioners.
Gematria: The system of numerology that uses the assigned numerical value of every Hebrew letter to find inner meanings to the Hebrew bible and other texts.
The Zohar: The 13th century Kabbalistic work that includes mystical interpretations on the Hebrew bible along with esoteric teachings on the nature of the soul, reincarnation, as well as expositions on the healing properties of colors and Hebrew letter configurations.
The Sefirot: Mentioned in the Zohar and arranged into a cosmological system by Rabbi Isaac Luria, the sefirot are generally designed as the 10 channels, or vessels, through which divine light flows into creation. The sefirot are typically displayed in a diamond-like array (often referred to as the Tree of Life), which includes 22 paths between the 10 sefirot that represent combinations of spiritual dynamics, and mirror the “22 Paths of Wisdom” mentioned in the text of the Sefer Yetzirah. The Tree of Life begins up top with the sefira of Keter, or “crown,” and moved down through “Chochma” (wisdom), “Bina” (understanding), and “Da’at” (knowledge) until finally reaching the lowest sefira, “Malchut” (foundation). The sefirot are said to be manifestations of divine creation and interaction with the world, and are mirrored inside each of us as representations of our own spiritual makeup.
What is a Kabbalah Reading?
Many kabbalistic readings use gematria, the method of numerology based on Hebrew letters, to reveal the secret meanings behind names, birthdays, and texts. Gematria was originally used to interpret Torah passages, with rabbis calculating the numerical sums of letters, words, and phrases and drawing correspondences between passages with the same sums, thereby revealing associations and deeper shades of meaning within a text.
Whether the person using gematria is a practicing rabbi or a Hollywood celebrity, they’re likely going by the alpha-numerical values. For example, alef, the first of the Hebrew letters, has the numerical value of 1 in the gematria tradition. Bet, the second, has a value of two, and so it continues through yud, the 10th letter, which has a value of 10. The next letter, Kaf, has a numerical value of 20. After that the letter-values increase by integers of 10s, and finally by 100s. By assigning each letter its numerical value, gematria practitioners can calculate the sum value of names, words, and phrases, and find their spiritual equivalents.
The idea behind this, as outlined in Sefer Yetzirah, is that numbers and letters are two of the raw materials used in the creation of the universe, and are therefore intermingled in meaning and power. Applying the same process to our names and personal details, practitioners say they can reveal important spiritual facets of our lives.
Another common Kabbalistic reading involves scanning of the Zohar. The Zohar is a dense and difficult book to understand—all the more so because it was written in Aramaic. Some people claim, however, that one does not need to understand the words to benefit from its power. Simply scanning the Zohar with your eyes, they say, can unlock the spiritual energies packed into each letter. Some practitioners provide selected passages that when scanned can bring about health, help you find your soulmate, or protect you from the evil eye.
Others yet have incorporated Kabbalistic symbolism into their tarot card decks. Tarot-live.com pairs the 10 sefirot of Lurianic Kabbalah with the major arcana, drawing spiritual connections between the layout of the deck and the levels of the Tree of Life array in order to reveal a person’s spiritual makeup as defined by the 22 Paths outlined in the Sefer Yetzirah.
How Does it Work Online?
Because Kabbalah is centered around letters, numbers, words, and texts, it’s easy to perform readings remotely. Practitioners who use gematria can do numerical readings with little more than your name, birthday, and other word-number combinations.
Where to get a Kabbalah Reading
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