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"Khabs am Pekht" in Sepher Sephiroth

Postby sk4p » Wed Sep 09, 2015 4:38 pm

The phrase "Khabs am Pekht" (light in extension) is translated אור בפאהה (AVR BPAHH) in Sepher Sephiroth. While "light" is "aur", yes, and "in" can be rendered "b-", PAHH is more of a mystery.

I've not been able to find a good match for the word in Jastrow's dictionary of Targumim, or in Strong's Concordance. I find PAH, "corner", but no form of it gets an extra H, and it doesn't really have that "extension, radiating, shining" connotation, so far as I can tell. Or PH, "mouth", which can mean "edge"; that might be more meaningful, but I cannot find a spelling of that word as PAHH or even PAH.

I note that the value of the phrase is 300, the number of Liber CCC Khabs am Pekht, which makes me wonder: Did Crowley contrive a word which would add up to 300? Or did he get the word (through some means) with no preference as to its number and it happened to be 300? Am I forgetting some Golden Dawn significance to 300 which would have made that a desirable value?

Really, all I can come up with at this point is he meant to transliterate "Pekht", literally, as though it were a proper name; and in fact, both Cheth and Tau can look a bit like He if you're not careful, so "b'pecht" בפאחת would be the result. (And then the Liber would be numbered 698!)

The latter theory seems plausible to me -- especially since I have just about finished my process of going through all of Sepher Sephiroth and correcting/corroborating it, and I know how often Crowley has transposed letters, or confused a Cheth for a He, or a Resh for a Daleth, or what have you.

So in short: Anyone know if 300 was important before Crowley put that entry in the book, or if not, a good etymology for the phrase?
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Re: "Khabs am Pekht" in Sepher Sephiroth

Postby Gnosomai Emauton » Wed Sep 09, 2015 6:19 pm

Yes, 300 was important before Crowley put it in the book.

RVCh ELHIM = Ruach Elohim = The Spirit of God
Sh = the letter Shin
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Re: "Khabs am Pekht" in Sepher Sephiroth

Postby sk4p » Wed Sep 09, 2015 6:42 pm

Gnosomai Emauton wrote:Yes, 300 was important before Crowley put it in the book.

RVCh ELHIM = Ruach Elohim = The Spirit of God
Sh = the letter Shin


Well, sure, but I should have specified "important in a way which pertains to 'Khabs am Pekht' directly". Is there any citation that either of those was linked to KaP by the Golden Dawn? :)

I can't find a reference to KaP being connected with the number 300, Shin, or Ruach Elohim (in addition to the magick of Google, I just looked at every indexed page under K.a.P. in Regardie's The Golden Dawn).

(Edit to add) If anything, I would have imagined trying to match it to the (Greek isopsephy) value of Konx Om Pax.

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Re: "Khabs am Pekht" in Sepher Sephiroth

Postby Jim Eshelman » Wed Sep 09, 2015 8:32 pm

I'm going to write this discretely, with respect to those who haven't passed through certain ceremonies.

In crossing the Path of Shin, 300, there is a certain symbol that the candidate bears. The geometry of that symbol is terribly important and, in particular, is emulated by the key officers' gestures at the moment, in the first initiation, when something happens that is immediately followed/confirmed by KaP.

Does that help?
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Re: "Khabs am Pekht" in Sepher Sephiroth

Postby sk4p » Thu Sep 10, 2015 3:38 am

It does. Thank you, Jim.

The question remains, though, does anyone know of a "correct" grammatical meaning of BPAHH (בפאהה) in Hebrew which would validate the Sepher Sephiroth entry?

Because if 300 was a "desired" value, then (in the absence of evidence from Jastrow, Strong, Gesenius, or a fair amount of googling, even in old rabbinical texts) it looks like Crowley simply made it up to sound close to "pekht" yet still have the value 300.

I suppose it could be a typo for בהפאה where the "extra" H moves to the front of the word to make it "light in the corner", but it's ungrammatical to use both a b' and a ha- prefix on a word at the same time (not that that would stop a kabbalist). :)
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Re: "Khabs am Pekht" in Sepher Sephiroth

Postby Jim Eshelman » Thu Sep 10, 2015 4:46 am

I'll have to dig through things - some of which are boxed and stored. Might or might not remember to get back to this thread now that the 'new' tag is gone from this post, so feel free to bump it about Saturday.
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Re: "Khabs am Pekht" in Sepher Sephiroth

Postby Hermitas » Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:26 am

http://www.tyndalearchive.com/tabs/Gesenius/

Gives more than "corner" at least..
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Re: "Khabs am Pekht" in Sepher Sephiroth

Postby Hermitas » Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:29 am

Well, shoot. It's not giving a direct link. Click on "peh" on the left and then go back a page from the entry that shows up (prev. page button, top left of entry page).
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Re: "Khabs am Pekht" in Sepher Sephiroth

Postby sk4p » Thu Sep 10, 2015 7:29 am

Thanks, Hermitas. I do have Gesenius in my list (the Tyndale Archive one is indeed handy).

I suppose "blow, scatter" is promising (light "scattered around", maybe), but the B' would still be problematic, then, as I don't think that goes right on a participle. Ahh, Crowley. :)
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Re: "Khabs am Pekht" in Sepher Sephiroth

Postby Gnosomai Emauton » Thu Sep 10, 2015 11:22 am

sk4p wrote:Well, sure, but I should have specified "important in a way which pertains to 'Khabs am Pekht' directly". Is there any citation that either of those was linked to KaP by the Golden Dawn?


The reason I highlighted those two is that RVCh ELHIM is the name of God that moved upon the waters, that breathed life into creation, etc, etc. It is, thus, the particular divine name associated with extending the Light into creation. I would guess that it's for that reason (along with it's interrelationship with Shin) that 300 was a desirable value for the magical words announcing that event.
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Re: "Khabs am Pekht" in Sepher Sephiroth

Postby sk4p » Thu Sep 10, 2015 11:26 am

No, that entirely makes sense. I've just been trying to get citations where possible for "doubtful" entries, so I was hoping for something where some GD knowledge lecture or grade ritual drew a clear tie, like "And here as we initiate you into the path of Shin, the password is Khabs Am Pekht" or something similar. :)
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Re: "Khabs am Pekht" in Sepher Sephiroth

Postby Gnosomai Emauton » Thu Sep 10, 2015 4:22 pm

But those are secret. :wink:
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Re: "Khabs am Pekht" in Sepher Sephiroth

Postby Jim Eshelman » Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:03 pm

OK, I found a few moments to look at this...

First, in terms of provenance: There is a very great likelihood that this originated in Allen Bennett's notebooks. A lot of obscure references came straight from there, and this is the sort of thing that he would have worked on. I'm guessing, of course; but I think it's pretty likely.

Now, on the issue of, "What in the world does it mean?"

First try out of the gate: The Hebrew root PAH means to divide, "cleave into pieces," etc. The addition of a Hé at the end is a common enough construction," and the meaning would be "Light in Dividedness" - exactly the meaning intended!

I think there is a good chance that this is what they intended (it seems to be what it means) and that Bennett worked it out (or AC workshopping with Bennett). Either they found it in some old Hebrew reference (Bennett was constantly digging through such things) or one of the composed it to ensure that the phrase came to 300 - the number and idea deeply connected with Khabs am Pekht etc.
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Re: "Khabs am Pekht" in Sepher Sephiroth

Postby sk4p » Thu Sep 10, 2015 7:13 pm

Jim Eshelman wrote:The addition of a Hé at the end is a common enough construction," and the meaning would be "Light in Dividedness" - exactly the meaning intended!


I found several sources which say that an affixed He is a directional marker, and it can be used with the prefix b', which then becomes effectively "into" instead of just "in" so perhaps that explains it: b'-pa'ah-ah "into division, into dividedness".

All righty. I think I'm satisfied. Thank you (both) for the input!
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