This blog is used to discuss various issues and topics pertinent to ritual magick and ritual magicians as proposed by Frater Barrabbas Tiresius - author, witch and ritual magick practitioner.
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Here's a question that came up in a discussion last night. Regarding the attributions of the Godnames to the sephira, how old is this "standard" arrangement? Have the names pretty much remained the same since the arising of the tradition, or have they varied a bit over time like the structure of the paths has?Also, I see you list Adonai Melek for Malkuth, and I've seen other arrangements that use Adonai Ha-Aretz. Are these different strands of the tradition? Is there any particular benefit related to using one rather than the other?
@Ananael Qaa - Most of the lore for the Qabbalah (as we know it) was determined by the Spanish and Sefed qabbalists. So I would suspect that the God Names were developed at that time, including all of the fancy grammatons. As for Adonai Malek, that is the tradition Godname for Malkuth, whereas Adonai ha-Aretz is the Godname for the element of Earth. These two Godnames are often conflated, mainly due to the fact that Malkuth and the Element of Earth are analogous.FB
THANK YOU, Fr Barrabbas, for the very clear explanations above regarding the difference between the meanings for YHVH and Elohim:Yahweh...represents that the hosts are unified into a single essence to ensure victoryElohim...is broken out and multiplied to characterize an attribute of the Deity that is a glorified multitudeIn all my readings, this is the first time I've seen someone put it so succinctly.