So what is it?

Kabbalah isn’t a religion, a cult or even a single system. My understanding is that Kabbalah is a current that emerged in Jewish mystical thought in 12th and 13th century southern Europe, especially Provence and Catalonia. What distinguished it was its focus on a series of ten cosmological symbols, the Sefirot (singular Sefirah), originally conceived as emanations from a divinity beyond human comprehension. Different attributes were associated with each of the Sefirot (understanding, mercy, etc.), and later they were often represented in relation to each other on a ‘tree of life’ glyph. Over the centuries, the Kabbalah has been elaborated in many different ways, not only within diverse schools of Judaism but by Christian mystics, occultists of all shades, psychologists and many others.


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