Kabbalah Group in SF, Week of July 20, 1995

Reproduction from Z. ben-Shimon ha-Levi's The Way of the Kabblah.

This week we had a guest speaker from Harvard Divinity School, Christi. We talked about Ascent and Descent and 3 Worlds:

There is dynamic harmony:

The purpose of Ascent and Descent are

Methods of Ascent, Vehicles Chariots: Chemical Allies are NOT recommended, since we don't always get where we want. Plus, we need a context. Need the Water Allies.

Christi introduced us the the work of Luce Irigaray, a feminist philosopher. Christi's own work involves studying possible connections between Paleolithic worship and present-day Neo-Pagan Goddess worship.

I pointed out that within Judaism, a remnant of Goddess worship can be found in the Purim cookies, Hammentaschen. These are triangular-shaped cookies, usually filled with fruit jam: rasberry, strawberry, apricot. The shape suggests the vagina, which recently Judy Chicago has made quite explicit in her painting "Dinner Party".

We noticed that the name in Hebrew for the first woman, Eve, is which can be re-arranged so that it looks like a headless figure. This makes sense (?) if we recall that She made the Gods out of her head! This is an interesting speculation. It is also interesting to notice that this name is very close to which is life force.

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Reproduction from Z. ben-Shimon ha-Levi's The Way of the Kabbalah.

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