Theurgical Exercises on the Zohar
by +John Cole (Tau Iohannes Harmonius)
Theurgical Exercises on the Zohar presents the most profound work of esoteric Judaism as a text through which one can receive spiritual illumination.
Part I examines the history and development of the Zohar and discusses the practices of kabbalistic theurgy and kavvanah (the setting of intention during ritual and prayer).
Part II presents four exercises for individual or group operations, exploring the Holy of Holies, the Mysteries of Metatron, the Mysteries of the High Priest, and The Four Living Creatures. Exercises consist of prayers for and commentary on vesting, lighting the sanctum lamp and incense, the practice of kavvanah, invocation and dispersion of sephirotic angels, recitation of the Shema', relevant readings from the Zohar, meditations and commentary.
This illuminating work will be of value to any serious and discerning students of the western esoteric tradition.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John Cole (1953-2010) was a leader of Gnostic, Martinist, Rosicrucian, Masonic, and Templar movements. He was Bishop of l’Église Gnostique Apostolique-Catholique (the French Gnostic Church) and Primer Grand Master of the Ancient Martinist Order. Cole also served as Grand Commander of the Rosicrucian Order of the Grail and Grand Master of the Blue Lodge Mixed Rite of the Ancient and Primitive Rite of Memphis and Misraim.
PART I – PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATIONS
Freemasonry and the Zohar
The Personality of God
Moses and the Zohar
Man’s Destiny in the Zohar
Kavvanah and the Zohar
CHAPTER 1 - The Zohar: Its History and Development
Rabbi Simeon bar Yohai
Moses de Leon
The first publication and initial influence of the Zohar
Rabbi Isaac Luria (the Ari) and his circle
CHAPTER 2 - Kabbalistic Theurgy
Background and Practice of Theurgy in General
Examples of Kabbalistic Theurgy
PART II – THE EXERCISES
The Components of the Exercises
CHAPTER 3 - Exercise #1: The Holy of Holies
CHAPTER 4 - Exercise # 2: The Mysteries of Metatron
CHAPTER 5 - Exercise #3: The Mysteries of the High Priest
CHAPTER 6 - Exercise #4: The Four Living Creatures
© John Cole, 2010.
John Cole (Tau Iohannes Harmonius).