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(Judaism) a variant spelling of kabbalah
cabbalism n
ˈcabbalist n
ˌcabbaˈlistic, ˌcabbaˈlistical adj


or cab•ba•la or

(ˈkæb ə lə, kəˈbɑ-)

n., pl. -las.
1. (often cap.) a system of esoteric philosophy developed by rabbis, reaching its peak in the Middle Ages and based on a mystical method of interpreting the Scriptures.
2. any occult doctrine or science.
[1515–25; < Medieval Latin cab(b)ala < Hebrew qabbālāh tradition]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cabbala - an esoteric or occult matter resembling the Kabbalah that is traditionally secret
arcanum, secret - information known only to a special group; "the secret of Cajun cooking"
2.Cabbala - an esoteric theosophy of rabbinical origin based on the Hebrew scriptures and developed between the 7th and 18th centuries
theosophy - a system of belief based on mystical insight into the nature of God and the soul
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud


[kəˈbɑːlə] Ncábala f
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Yeatsian numerological symbolism, as Kathleen Raine has indicated, has a subtle potency linked, for instance, to the centres of force in the Cabbala, which are evoked for active purposes, and are not merely of descriptive or commemorative value after an event.
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Though he knew the correspondences the Golden Dawn developed between the 22 Tarot trumps--the "fifth" suit added to the regular playing deck to create the Tarot gaming deck in the fifteenth century and later imbued with esoteric significance--and the paths on the Cabbalistic Tree of Life, Waite did not include any overt references to Cabbala in his first deck.
as well as on occultism and any kind of hermetic gnosis; this passion for magical knowledge is in no way accidental; and it is with as much seriousness as credulity that Andre Breton states that the only incentive of surrealist activity is a hope to determine, and reach the point supreme in which yes and no are fused together, and from which for the Cabbala, the entire world is engendered .