Sword of Moses and Barbarous Names

This evening I’m sitting down in the stifling heat (why isn’t summer over yet???) to read through a new translation of “The Sword of Moses,” which is a compendium of magical recipes from Jewish antiquity. The translation that is usually sold in occulture is by Moses Gaster from the 1890s. In occulture (and in Christianity, […]

Reading for Abramelin & Kabbalah: Likutey moharan, Crossing the Narrow Bridge

Friday I got the first volume of Rebbe Nachman’s Likutey Moharan [Gleanings of Our Master Rabbi Nachman], a work which dates from 1811, although this is a recent English translation with Hebrew side-by-side and copious footnotes for us Kabbalistic ‘tards. This first volume is just an introduction to the twelve-volume work and was written by […]