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Iamus wrote:Hey, everyone. I've been struggling to understand the relationship between a related set of concepts within the Thelemic system(s) and am looking for a little help.
To what extent are the following terms related, different from each other, or synonymous: the Qlippoth; darkness (though not in the Supernal/N.O.X. sense); the shadow (in the Jungian sense); the "darkly splendid world" of Liber Tzaddi; hell (again from Tzaddi, and elsewhere); death; the "dark night of the soul"; depression; chaos; matter; the path of Tav; the underworld; nigredo, putrefaction, etc.; the unconscious (in the Jungian or Freudian sense); the Nephesh; the animal; the ignorant/uninitiated state of consciousness... I'm sure I could add to the list, but you get the idea.
I understand, of course, that to a certain extent the sense of these words can vary drastically from author to author and even work to work. I guess what I'm looking for is a way to at least begin to categorize these things (especially through Qabalah) to have a better understanding of my own path. Are they the same thing but on different levels of intensity? Which levels are safer and/or even essential for those well below the level of an Adept to explore? Where's the line, if there is one, between those things that are "dark" because of social taboos, lack of self-knowledge, etc. and those that are "dark" because they are genuinely degraded and unhealthy aspects of reality?
I'd appreciate any help or perspectives on this. 99% of the resources out there on this stuff are worse than useless...
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