has discovered that the Plan of the Quabalistic Tree is based on
the Vesica Piscis, or, to be precise, on the proportions
resulting from the intersection of two Vesicae, and that,
through using this discovery geometrically, the Plan of the Tree
and Paths may be expanded towards the Infinitely Great or
contracted towards the Infinitely Small. He also shows that the
Plan may be viewed as a three-dimensional figure, likewise
capable of indefinite increase or decrease.
Now all this is very interesting, but it has little connection
with the true Quabalah, being only a materialistic
interpretation of the purely formal element. The true
Quabalistic Tree is a projection of thoughts and not of things.
It was conceived as a ladder for thoughts to climb up and down
and to ultimately transcend what we call thought. It has three
main points, like a ladder—the two supports and the step in
between. The supports form the Tree of the Knowledge of Good
and Evil, and may be denoted by the signs + and -; the step is
0. We start with what I call positive thought. The ladder is
positive, plus is actual (good), minus is actual (evil), and
zero is actual (change). When we enter what I call negative
thought, plus and minus are balanced out and the step in between
becomes zero, or equilibrium. Thought then stands on nothing
thinkable (the Abyss).
Now all this is intellectual and not material; it is a process,
not a thing. Frater Achad, however, who lives in the most
materialistic city in the most materialistic country, sees the
universe as a solid conglomerate of Sephiroth. This is
interesting, but there it ends. Frater Achad seems to feel
this, so, to give his system life, he gives the body of God a
strong injection of Egyptian form by means of his pet hose-pipe—Liber
For these reasons I find it difficult to take his book
seriously. The chief ingredient of cosmic consciousness is
superabundant life; here we get a superabundance of form. To
return to the forms of the past is ridiculous and largely a
confession of failure to understand the present. The spirit is
always new. Every age has its own forms. The man in advance of
his age will create the forms of the future; he will not accept
the forms of the past. We can learn much from the past, but not
all Spiritual progress is like a tree, not all roots; it must
grow to live. To return to Egypt is to mummify the spirit. And
this is what Frater Achad has done. But I do not mean to imply
that he has done this consciously; there are many indications
that he is a sincere Aspirant who has the welfare of humanity at
heart. I think that he has absorbed undesirable elements from
and has unconsciously reacted to the atmosphere of Chicago.
However, now that he has severed his connection with Therion and
the A\\, we may look
forward to future publications by Frater Achad written in the
true Light of Knowledge.
Starr and Another.
Occult Review, December 1925.