Hebrew Tradition

During this time a Jewish mysticism and theosophy seems to have suddenly appeared from origins which remain a mystery, and are the subject of some research. The secret teaching with the appealing name «kabbalah» originates in the Mediaeval Judaism of the Provence and is, to the outsider, unusually fascinating. The 32 ways of the «kokma», the wisdom of God, point not only to the 22 consonants of the Hebrew alphabet, but also to the sum of the ten so-called original numbers, the ten «sephiroth». In the kabbalistic diagram shown, both sets of numbers have a chromatic role to play. Ten circles are connected by 22 lines to create seven planes which can be visualised, combined and passed through in various ways. (Detailed text)

Date: 12th – 17th century

Bibliography: Z. S. Halevi, «Kabbalah tradition of hidden knowledge», London 1979; G. Scholem, «Ursprung und Anfänge der Kabbala», Berlin 1962; Carla Randel, «Farbe, Tarot und Kabbala», Heinrich Hugendubel Verlag, Munich 1994.