The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. (Proverbs 1:7)
I, Wisdom, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge and discretion. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. (Proverbs 8:12-13)
Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. (Matthew 13:11-13)
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)
This website is for seekers of God who wish to grow in their understanding of the Mysteries of God through unconventional means. God rewards those who diligently seek Him, and He has made His mysteries known to those He has called according to His purpose. Understanding God involves learning discretion and applying wisdom. One must sift through the false doctrines of men in order to comprehend and accurately handle the word of truth.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. (1 Corinthians 3:19)
But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. (Matthew 5:19)
This website uses Tarot Cards and Bible Studies on different areas of the Qabalah as a means to better understand God and Biblical principles. If you were raised in a church, your first thoughts when reading the words ,"Tarot Cards" may include condemnations such as, "evil" or "satanic." Freewill, Christian Liberty, Discernment, and Understanding are difficult concepts for many to master; especially if they are not accustomed to thinking outside the box or applying uncritical judgment. So, if you are not comfortable eating meat that has been sacrificed to idols (Romans 14:20-24), then this site is probably not for you. I do not want to be a stumbling block to weaker brethren, so if you do not have an open mind or if your conscience is causing you distress, please exit this site now -- there is nothing on this website that you cannot learn elsewhere if you diligently seek God.
This website uses Tarot Cards (with Biblical images) and uses the Qabalah as a graphical aid to assist in understanding the mysteries of God. Before I go any further, I want to make a few comments regarding false doctrines and the wisdom of men. Christians are supposed to test all doctrines (Hebrews 13:9, Revelations 2:2), and discern between false doctrines and the truth. Tarot Cards and the Qabalah are a part of the 'wisdom of men' (i.e. things of this world) and the wisdom of men is considered foolishness to God (1 Corinthians 3:19). Neither Tarot Cards or the Qabalah are religious doctrines, so if either of these are used as part of your spiritual development, you must recognize them as an adjunct, and use them as aids to learning (and not attribute any undue significance to them). The Bible should be your sole source of doctrine, but that does not mean other things cannot be used to assist in your development. For example, you can hang a cross on a wall and it might cause you to think about God when you see it, or you might read a book containing commentaries on scripture that may help you understand Biblical principles; such things can be useful, even though neither the decorative cross nor the book of commentaries are holy doctrine from God.
Jesus used Parables to explain concepts (and to conceal mysteries), but the events of the parables were often fictional or were symbolic analogies of true concepts. When explaining Biblical principles to others, you might read them a Bible verse, but you might also relate the concept to a personal experience or make a reference to current events in order to help the person understand the concept (or see how it can be applied). For example, you might use the Disney cartoon Pinocchio and discuss how indulging in sinful behavior on Pleasure Island changed him (into a donkey) and before he realized the consequences of his behavior, his sins had made him into a slave. Using a cartoon as a reference to explain a Biblical concept does not equate to false doctrine, as long as you do not attribute undue significance to it, such as claiming that the author of Pinocchio was actually a Prophet of God sent to proclaim a universal message to humanity.
False doctrines are concepts that are treated as if they were from God, but they actually are not scriptural. One example of a false doctrine is the Doctrine of the Trinity, which is a manmade construct that claims God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit make up a single incomprehensible godhead. Besides the concept directly contradicting scripture, the key principle used in forcing belief in the dogma is that God is unimaginable or that it is impossible for humans to understand God; the dogma is evil, because the purpose of the Bible is for humanity to know and understand God. Basing one's faith on the premise that it is impossible to comprehend God, defeats the very purpose of the Bible, which is for us to build personal relationships with God and to be conformed into the image of His son.
With the Doctrine of the Trinity came even more debates, such as whether or not Jesus pre-existed his own birth, and throughout the centuries, anyone who disagreed with the Orthodox view of the Church was burned at the stake (a concept not taught in the New Testament) or excommunicated (which is another made up term). During the Reformation, Michael Servetus attempted to write a book aimed at restoring the true Christian faith based on the Bible. Michael started writing by arguing against the Catholic Doctrine of the Trinity. His arguments were completely derived from scripture and were sound, but he was labeled a heretic, condemned by the Catholic Church, and captured and burned alive by Protestant Reformer John Calvin. In response to the death of Michael Servetus, Sebastian Castello wrote a paper on the tolerance of heretics. Those principles influenced John Locke, who wrote a thesis on Tolerance, followed by the Two Treaties On Government, which were the beliefs that the United States of America was founded upon -- and why the Freedom of Religion exists in America today. Michael Servetus did not write any new doctrines, but attempted to 'accurately handle the word of truth' and not tolerate false doctrines (Revelations 2:2).
The Wisdom of Man may seem foolish to God, but that does not necessarily mean the concepts are evil. Portraying Pinocchio as having a nose that grows when he lies may seem foolish, but there is nothing wrong with teaching the concept of honesty. Tarot Cards and the Qabalah are a part of man's wisdom, but that does not mean that they are devoid of wisdom -- you just need to use discernment while sifting through the concepts. The word 'Qabalah' means to 'receive', and it originated in Jewish Mysticism. The spelling 'Kabbalah' refers to the Kabbalah in Jewish Mysticism, which is associated with the Oral Tradition of the Jews and concepts taken from various books. The Sefer Yetzirah 'Book of Formation', examines the 32 Paths of Wisdom, which is made up of Ten Sefirot (associated with 10 numbers) and 22 connecting paths (associated with Hebrew letters) that make up the Kabbalah. The Sefer Ha-Bahir (Book of Illumination) connected the 10 Sefirot with names and attributes of God. The Zohar, (Book of Splendor) is another work that is now associated with Jewish Kabbalah as a primary text. The Zohar is made up of stories about Rabbis talking to each other and speculating ridiculous conclusions about verses from the Torah. These are not commentaries or interpretations of the verses, but are speculations that are often completely unrelated to the verses. Jewish Kabbalists also use Gematria to assign numbers to words in Bible verses, and then relate the produced number to other words or sentences with similar numbers in an attempt to obtain 'secret meanings of verses.' Practical Kabbalah consist of Jewish Kabbalists who use the Kabbalah as a magical system, and ignore the scriptural prohibitions on practicing witchcraft by claiming they are practicing "white magic." They make talismans to ward off demons they also study, and some are considered 'Masters of the Name', who use the name of God while practicing white magic. Ignoring prohibitions related to magic and using the name of God in vain, does not seem like intelligent actions for people who claim to be devout followers of the Torah. Speculations about the world being created by Hebrew letters, using gematria to produce speculatory nonsense, or the irrational conclusions of Rabbis in the Zohar are all representations of the foolishness contained in the wisdom of man. Very little of what is referred to as the Hebrew Kabbalah is related to the 10 Sefirot or 22 Paths that make up the structure of the Tree of Life (Qabalah). The Hebrew Kabbalah is more often used as a term to describe their Oral Tradition or a mystical tradition within Judaism in general. However, the basic structure of the Tree of Life (10 Sefirot 22 paths) that the Kabbalists started would later be expanded on by Christians. The spelling, 'Cabala' refers to the Christian version of Qabalah, which incorporated Jesus and the Holy Spirit into the Kabbalist's system, but did not really catch on within mainstream Christianity. Those concepts were further refined by Hermetic Qabalists, who used the Qabalah in magical pursuits, as the Practical Kabbalists did. The Hermetic Qabalah was used by occultists and secret societies such as the Golden Dawn and Rosicrucians. These societies were secret (occult) because as observed in the death of Michael Servetus, any departure from the Orthodox Church of the time risked a slow and torturous death. In the Qabalah, the 22 cards in the Major Arcana (secrets/mysteries) of the Tarot were added to the 22 Paths connecting the 10 Sefirot. The Hermetic orders also connected the Qabalah to attributes from the gods of other religions, because they were secret magical societies who studied magical practices from around the world. A. E. Waite (a member of the Golden Dawn) designed his Tarot Cards with the Qabalah in mind, which is evident by the High Priestess (on a path in the middle pillar of the Qabalah) being depicted sitting between the other two pillars (Mercy/Severity) of the Qabalah, and other Christian and Jewish symbolism is also present, such as the two pillars representing the enterance to the Temple of Solomon, the woman can represent the Shekinah (indwelling of God) in Judaism or the Bride of Christ (church) in Christianity; the curtain represents the entrance to the Holy of Holies.
The version of the Qabalah used on this website is based on its latest adaptation. It includes the Tarot Cards linked to the 22 Paths, but I removed all of the Pagan gibberish that the Hermetic Orders added to it. This site uses the structure of the 10 Sefirot and 22 Paths, but uses scripture as its sole source of enlightenment. It does not include gematria or any random speculations, but consists of Bible studies on the 32 Paths of Wisdom. Using the Qabalah as a visual aid allows you to remember that God is more than just one attribute. God's attributes include both justice and mercy, love and hate, and a balance between them. The Qabalah can be used as a means of studying different attributes of God, or for personal development, you can view yourself as the tree, and evaluate the fruit you are producing in the different areas of the Tree of Life -- recognizing that any tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and cast into the fire (Matthew 7:19)