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Jewish Mysticism, Magic and Lore, Oy Vey!

This semester I’m taking another course on magic at university. I love my school. Last night was our first class and I already can’t wait for next week. Apparently we will be learning ancient Hebrew, Aramaic and I think some Arabic. Our professor (just “Professor” from now on) assures us that this is possible, but I’m not the best at learning languages (as my Japanese teacher, Kayawaki-sensei, can attest). But hopefully, success will prove to be 10% linguistic ability and 90% hard work and enthusiasm.

Ancient Hebrew is an animistic language. In fact, Professor mentioned that they may have at one time even been considered sentient. The letters used to be ‘polite’ in that they had to ‘face’ the reader. For instance, a Hebrew letter (or word) placed around a door frame would remain in its original orientation on the right side of the door (Hebrew reads right to left), turned 90 degrees over the door, and 180 degrees on the left side of the door. This way, the letters were always ‘open’ and never ‘turned their backs’ on you.

Professor gave us a mini-lecture on just one letter, Beit (second letter in the alef-beit), which turned into several revelations that included the possibility that reality as we now it may have been born out the mind and imagination of God who also may be female and invented the human language in order to create life. Abracadabra. Seriously. It’s Hebrew. Awesome much?

So, as I dive into the Torah and books about the calendrics of the Jewish Zodiac and Lilith, I wish you all well, and hope you wish me the same as I’m gonna need it! Ah, too many books, too little time. Sometimes I wish I could just reach into a pile of books and absorb all the knowledge from them like Willow in season six of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Don’t you? Doesn’t everybody? That scene was like a wet-dream for bibliophiles. So jealous.

Blessed Bees ;)
Moz

I’m a pan(en)theistic Pagan with a quick tongue, black thumb, and no sense of elemental direction. Otherwise, I’m awesome.
Posted By Mnemosyne Mars

I'm a pan(en)theistic Pagan with a quick tongue, black thumb, and no sense of elemental direction. Otherwise, I'm awesome.

2 Responses to “Jewish Mysticism, Magic and Lore, Oy Vey!”

  1. newworldwitchery.com says:

    Whew! I feel you on this. I was doing a graduate course on Biblical literature over the summer and had to learn some fundamental Hebrew and Greek. I always think of that scene from Buffy whenever I encounter new things I need to learn, too. Maybe if we can figure out how to work *that* spell, everything else will be easy, right?

    This is a lovely site and post, by the way! Looking forward to seeing more from you in the future!
    -Cory

  2. Mnemosyne Mars says:

    @newworldwitchery Thank you for the support! I would definitely be smarter if I could find a way to work this spell on a few of my classes. If only. Ah, Willow. We can hardly relate to ye.

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