When Abraham arrived in Canaan, promoting a Mesopotamian tradition of Enlil, he was said to have access to a “uniquely inscribed tablet of ideograms”. These ideograms were conceptual symbols which did not specifically translate into words -- the same situation in some Chinese characters. The concept is also fundamental to Tarot, in that symbolism of the meaning of a card is more important than what can be interpreted by vainly attempting to reduce the meaning to words. Ideograms, in general, are not meant to be translated, but meditated upon, allowing the feelings to go where the mind will normally not.
Abraham’s “tablet” was revered as “the testament of a lost civilization -- a testament of all that humankind had ever known, and of all that would ever be known.”  Sumerians called this composition the “Table of Destiny”. According to Laurence Gardner , the Sumerian histories record that “the guardians of the Table had been Kingu (a son of Tiamat) and Tiamat’s great-grandsons, Enki and Enlil. In the esoteric Jewish tradition, the Table was also called the ‘Book of Raziel’ -- a collection of secrets cut into sapphire and inherited, at length, by King Solomon.”
Gardner goes on to note that, “The philosophical cipher of the Table became known as Ha Qabala (the QBL tradition of light and knowledge) and it was said that he who possessed Qabala also possessed Ram, the highest expression of cosmic knowingness.”
It might be worth reading that last sentence again, and letting the possibilities sink in.
The idea of possessing Ram is common to the traditions of India, Tibet, Egypt, and the Druids of the Celtic world. In all cases, it denotes a high degree of universal aptitude. It implied that the holder of Ram was the masters of eternal understandings. Allegedly, the Ha Qabala was passed from Abraham to his posterity.
Strictly speaking, according to Gardner, Qabala (or the QBL, meaning “enlightenment”) should not be equated to Kabalah (or the KBL, meaning “confusion”) or worse yet, to the Kabbalah (or KBBL, implying even greater intrigue and twisting). The latter, in fact, is related to the English work, cabal (which is defined as “a secret intrigue, a political clique or faction”). Similarly, the Jewish mystical tradition, the cabala, cabbala, or kabbala, is defined as “mystic interpretation; any esoteric doctrine of occult lore”. One can view the distinctions as two separate movements within mystical thought, one of which, the Ha Qabala, has been largely ignored in recent centuries.
One reason for this is that “Qabalistic masters maintain that it was not the serpent (Enki) [in the Garden of Eden] who was the deceiver as we are led to understand. The deceiver in this instance was Enki’s half-brother, Eloh-Jehovah (Enlil), who said that Adam would die from eating the fruit.” Small wonder that the “confusion” of the Kabalah has taken mainstage over the “enlightenment” of the Ha Qabala. And while Adam was ultimately enlightened by the female (having been prompted by Enki) as to the true circumstances of the eating of the fruit (and thus partially relieved of the deception), the ultimate victims of deceit are the recipients of the corrupted interpretation -- which is the mainstream of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic thought. Enlil’s deception lives on!
The role of the feminine is often discarded in the patriarchy, but in terms of the Ha Qabala two “goddesses” stand out. One is Ashtoreth (aka Ninlil), the wife of Jehovah (aka Enlil) and the other their daughter, Anath, Queen of the Heavens, aka Astarte (“womb”). In the Jewish tradition of the Ha Qabala, the two become merged as a single consort and known as the Shekhina. This figure portrayed the Holy Spirit and was the epitome of Wisdom. We might recognize her as the Greek Sophia, such that “sophy” has come to mean, “the wisdom, study, or knowledge of”. Inasmuch as “lo” is defined as “the amazing sight”; philosophy can be defined as “phi-lo-sophy”, or “the wisdom, study, or knowledge of the amazing sight of phi.” And “phi” is the Greek letter denoting The Golden Ratio, or the Golden Mean -- the most fundamental number in Sacred Geometry. It all ties in!
Shekhina, not unlike any other female in the world who disagrees with her husband -- on most any subject under the heavens -- was opposed to Jehovah/Enlil in many matters. As suggested in the book of Proverbs (24:29): “Say not I will do unto the man as he hath done to me. I will render to the man according to his work.” This wisdom is contrary to Enlil’s “life for a life, eye for an eye...” and so forth. Shekhina is in many respects, the archetype for Nin-khursag, Enlil’s half-sister and wife -- but not of the “obey” persuasion.
The legacy of Ha Qabala actually predates Adam and Eve. Enki and Lilith, for example, were jointly defined as the “Tree of Knowledge”. Qabala is about tradition and everything from whence it arose. “It emphasizes the intuitive [feminine] grasp of the absolute truth of the ancient Masters -- the great Archons who brought forth the world out of primeval chaos.”  Wisdom (aka the Holy Spirit) is always feminine. She was Tiamat, Sophia, Anath-Ashtoreth, and Shekhina. And it is maintained, even today, that only when reunited with Shekhina can the patriarchal god (Jehovah/Enlil) become complete again.
An alternative view is that the “Kabbalah is an ancient aspect of Jewish mysticism dating back to the time of Moses. Consisting largely of speculations on the nature of divinity, creation and the soul, Kabbalah is said to have originated from the oral law which Moses received from God. The principle root of Kabbalistic tradition is a belief in the divinity of the Torah (the first five books of the bible), and that by studying it one can unlock the secrets of creation. Some of the unique manifestations and symbols of the Kabbalah tradition can be seen at ka-gold's Kabbalah Jewelry.
“The film [p] not only deals with Kabbalah, but also with Gammantria, or the use of mathematics to unlock the secrets of the Torah. Ancient Hebrews used the alphabet as their numerical as well as there lettering system, therefor, each letter was assigned a numerical value. For example the Hebrew ‘A,’ aleph, is equal to one, while ‘B,’ bet, is equal to two and so on. Taking this into consideration, we can then convert the entire Torah into a large string of numbers. When these numbers are analyzed, patterns emerge, not unlike the patterns revealed in the hotly contested book, ‘The Bible Code.’” “The Torah is just a long string of numbers. Some say that it’s a code sent to us from God.” 
But if you really want to get into this subject -- be sure to investigate the Kabbalah Links Page , which is incredibly complete. Just keep in mind the warning from the first portion of the website:
“Once you have followed several of these links and appreciate the extent of the written material on Kabbalah, your eyes will begin to glaze over and you may find yourself slumped at your terminal in a catatonic stupor of information overload. This is the beginning of that mystical state described in this paraphrase of W.B. Yeats' Long-Legged Fly:”
“That the Great Work may not fail,
And it's secrets be lost,
Switch on the modem, log on the Net,
Whatever the cost;
The Kabbalist is wired,
Where the grimoires are spread,
His eyes fixed on nothing,
A hand under his head.
Like a long-legged fly upon the stream
His mind moves on silence.”
The key, apparently, is that studying the Kabbalah is a life long activity. The Ha Qabala might be considerably more than that!
Meanwhile, for the ultimate in Esoterica literature, an excellent website is: Twilit Grotto: Archives of Western Esoterica .
They  begin by noting: “In 1453, Constantinople fell to the Turks, ending the Byzantine empire. This date also marks the beginning of the Renaissance, since the waves of Greek refugees spread knowledge of Greek throughout Europe. Included with the newly available Greek manuscripts were the Corpus Hermetica, Plotinus, and the works of the Neoplatonists.
“Shortly thereafter in 1492, Isabella and Ferdinand expelled the Jews from Spain. This sent waves of Jewish refugees throughout Europe, spreading knowledge of Hebrew and of the Kabbalah. Renaissance philosophers sought to integrate these traditions with the view of unifying the rapidly disintegrating religious factions and also ending the constant political strife. Thus they are the forerunners or prophets of the Rosicrucian and Illuminati movements.”
The thought that anyone -- however enlightened or demented -- might not want to take advantage of the secrets of the Ha Qabala, in some manner or another -- is simply naive.
 Suares, Carlo, The Cipher of Genesis, Samuel Weiser, Maine, 1992.
 Gardner, Laurence, Genesis of the Grail Kings, Bantam Press, New York, 1999.
 Lenny Meyer, p, <http://www.pithemovie.com/kaba.html>.
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