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A unique and humorous -- and also practical -- approach to the increasingly popular study of Qabalah. This is a seriously funny book Traditional Qabalistic (or Cabalistic, or, indeed, Kabbalistic -- read this book to find out what the difference is...we know you've always wondered) sources tend to be a bit, er, dry. DuQuette spices up the Qabalah and makes it come alive, r A unique and humorous -- and also practical -- approach to the increasingly popular study of Qabalah. This is a seriously funny book Traditional Qabalistic (or Cabalistic, or, indeed, Kabbalistic -- read this book to find out what the difference is...we know you've always wondered) sources tend to be a bit, er, dry. DuQuette spices up the Qabalah and makes it come alive, restoring the joy of learning the fundamentals of this admittedly arcane system by using simple, amusing anecdotes and metaphors. This account, written psuedepigraphically (fictitiously attributed to a supposed authority), allows DuQuette as Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford to soar to outrageous heights and, when necessary, stand apart from the silliness to highlight the golden eggs of Qabalistic wisdom nested therein. Sure to be a revelation to those who think that learning about the Qabalah needs to be tedious and serious, DuQuette shows that great truths can be transmitted through the medium of laughter. * A Dilettante's Guide to What You Do and Do Not Need to Know to Become a Qabalist .


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A unique and humorous -- and also practical -- approach to the increasingly popular study of Qabalah. This is a seriously funny book Traditional Qabalistic (or Cabalistic, or, indeed, Kabbalistic -- read this book to find out what the difference is...we know you've always wondered) sources tend to be a bit, er, dry. DuQuette spices up the Qabalah and makes it come alive, r A unique and humorous -- and also practical -- approach to the increasingly popular study of Qabalah. This is a seriously funny book Traditional Qabalistic (or Cabalistic, or, indeed, Kabbalistic -- read this book to find out what the difference is...we know you've always wondered) sources tend to be a bit, er, dry. DuQuette spices up the Qabalah and makes it come alive, restoring the joy of learning the fundamentals of this admittedly arcane system by using simple, amusing anecdotes and metaphors. This account, written psuedepigraphically (fictitiously attributed to a supposed authority), allows DuQuette as Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford to soar to outrageous heights and, when necessary, stand apart from the silliness to highlight the golden eggs of Qabalistic wisdom nested therein. Sure to be a revelation to those who think that learning about the Qabalah needs to be tedious and serious, DuQuette shows that great truths can be transmitted through the medium of laughter. * A Dilettante's Guide to What You Do and Do Not Need to Know to Become a Qabalist .

30 review for The Chicken Qabalah of Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford: Dilettante's Guide to What You Do and Do Not Need to Know to Become a Qabalist

  1. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Evangelina Allen

    ~HELL, NO!~ DuQuette's cute masterpiece was the first book on Qabalah I read. I read the book attentively and even highlighted the phrases I thought to be useful for later work. Well... I have NO idea what Qabalah is and how to use it. Should I be upset about it? Hell, no! I am a Chicken Qabalist!!! I will share with you the two Highly Profound Thoughts that stumble into my head while I was reading this book (I am sure they simply got lost on their way to Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford's mind, but you k ~HELL, NO!~ DuQuette's cute masterpiece was the first book on Qabalah I read. I read the book attentively and even highlighted the phrases I thought to be useful for later work. Well... I have NO idea what Qabalah is and how to use it. Should I be upset about it? Hell, no! I am a Chicken Qabalist!!! I will share with you the two Highly Profound Thoughts that stumble into my head while I was reading this book (I am sure they simply got lost on their way to Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford's mind, but you know what... let's not worry about it, after all he and I are Chicken Qabalists!!): 1. Everything is Sacred, everything contains the ultimate sense, everything is the ONE. 2. Be what you are and do what pleases you: you are here exactly for that reason. Do not compare yourself, but live the life that pleases YOU and once you have the ingredients together something that is greater than the parts emerge and you will be surrounded with people who treasure the YOU that you are, and who will need exactly what you have to offer. Basically, "build it, and they will come." "The Qabalah doesn't enable me to merely interpret what somebody else meant to say; it forces me to hear what I need to hear! Each time I make another connection on paper, I am creating a new connection in my head (or perhaps reattaching a connection that was disconnected from heads of our ancestors vast ages ago), and I am one step nearer to the realization that everything in Heaven and Earth is connected to everything in Heaven and Earth." (p.186) "Gods, archangels, angels, spirits, intelligences, and demons are personifications of all our abilities and potential abilities - a wondrous hierarchy of consciousness that represents the subdivisions of our own soul." (p.130) Since I did not know what I needed to learn about Qabalah and what exactly it was, I could not figure out if the writer was making too much fun, or if the descriptions were much too simplified or if it was even worth wasting time trying to finish this book (which reads more like a short O'Henry story than a "study" manual) but in the end it all, magically, came together. I did not have a clear and loud "A-HA!" moment (do I care about it? Hell, no! I am a Chicken Qabalist!!) but I did get more light onto the question of what Qabalah is, what is "inside" of it, and, most important HOW TO use a trick or to to enhance my own life and lives of people who turn to me for friendship, help, advice, support: you name it. AND I learned a new way to uncover messages from above, be it in the repeating numbers I meet through the day, in a phrase that is stuck in my mind or in the additional layer I can, with some practice, put out of any Tarot spread. For me, the whole book was a prelude to the Chapter 9 The Chicken Tarot and Holy Guardian Angel, an astonishingly practical view on how to "place" all the cards in your head and how to use Qabalah, Astrology, timing, magic: you NAME IT! - in your Tarot readings. And once again, the last chapter, on the numbers-letters and other Qabalistic "games" is an awesome how-to guide on getting Divine messages every moment of your existence. I five this book 4 Stars only because I feel that Lon Milo DuQuette could have put so, so, so much more into it. I feel like he has uncovered a tiny look-through hole in the fence between me and the rest of the World. I wish he showed me where the door is :) But then, as Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford said, "I've worked hard to gain enlightenment just so you won't have to" (p.149) Oh, well... Does DuQuette, the author, care that I gave the book 4 out of 5 stars? Hell, no! He is the Chicken Qabalist!!! Victoria Evangelina Belyavskaya PS I cannot leave without assuring you that if you ever wanted to learn Hebrew Alphabet: how to write letters and their meanings, the guide in the book is THE solution to your quest. It is so easy that after reading it once I may not remember the names of the letters yet, but I will never confuse Gimel and Nun, for example, for my eyes have been trained to see the subtle difference. PPS you HAVE TO learn Hebrew Alphabet to apply Qabalah knowledge in Tarot and every-moment-everywhere-divine-message-readings!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stefan Emunds

    Excellent book. Books on Qabalah get easily nerdy, but this one is kept simple. I recommend it to any newbie. It's also funny. You can read some hilarious parodies on nerdy Qabalists. Haven't laughed that well for a long time. Excellent book. Books on Qabalah get easily nerdy, but this one is kept simple. I recommend it to any newbie. It's also funny. You can read some hilarious parodies on nerdy Qabalists. Haven't laughed that well for a long time.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mack Hayden

    I’ve been meaning to get around to figuring out just what the hell the Qabalah is for years now. I really don’t think I could’ve found a better introduction. It feels like the Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jewish Mysticism—at turns absurd and insightful. It’s also just astonishing to me how nearly every mystical tradition, no matter where it crops up in the world or from which religious or cultural edifice, reaches the same conclusions about reality and our place in it. DuQuette also does a pretty good I’ve been meaning to get around to figuring out just what the hell the Qabalah is for years now. I really don’t think I could’ve found a better introduction. It feels like the Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jewish Mysticism—at turns absurd and insightful. It’s also just astonishing to me how nearly every mystical tradition, no matter where it crops up in the world or from which religious or cultural edifice, reaches the same conclusions about reality and our place in it. DuQuette also does a pretty good job of showing how Qabalism intersects with other western occult traditions. I found myself more interested in the Qabalah proper than in these connections, but it’s worth noting that’s a big part of the book. It’s not an exhaustive resource but it’s definitely an accessible one.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Schafer

    The hands down, best Qabalah book out there. If you would like to have a clear understanding of the concepts of Qabalah then read this book. There's none of the confusing, word heavy, Elizabethan language to be found here, it's just real experience laid out in a plain and easy to understand fashion. Thanks Lon for another gem! The hands down, best Qabalah book out there. If you would like to have a clear understanding of the concepts of Qabalah then read this book. There's none of the confusing, word heavy, Elizabethan language to be found here, it's just real experience laid out in a plain and easy to understand fashion. Thanks Lon for another gem!

  5. 5 out of 5

    James M. Madsen, M.D.

    This is a hilarious tongue-in-cheek book that can be read at that level but that hides the deceptively simple truth (well, maybe it's a truth!) that if you study a single part of the universe deeply enough, you understand the universe itself. Whatever you think of this, it's a fun read! This is a hilarious tongue-in-cheek book that can be read at that level but that hides the deceptively simple truth (well, maybe it's a truth!) that if you study a single part of the universe deeply enough, you understand the universe itself. Whatever you think of this, it's a fun read!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Linda Walters

    First, a disclaimer - I am a bona fide graduate of ZIPY and have studied under the good Rabbi. That said, this is the most approachable, and understandable introduction to one of the most complex areas of all Western Hermeticism.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Perfect for beginners. Even if you're not a beginner, some things come into perspective in this little ridiculous book, and one can still learn a couple things. Highly recommended if one is interested in Hermetic Qabalah and doesn't know where to start. Perfect for beginners. Even if you're not a beginner, some things come into perspective in this little ridiculous book, and one can still learn a couple things. Highly recommended if one is interested in Hermetic Qabalah and doesn't know where to start.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    A light-hearted and easily accessible work investigating the occult tradition of Qabalah, looks at the tree of life and other mystical traditions that characterise this belief system. An interesting investigation of mysticism and its practice.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Darrell Kinney

    A hilarious and immediately practical toolbox for Qabalah. This book takes an abstruse subject and turns it's on it's head, making it easily accessible. Part mockumentary/part magick essay this book delights as it introduces the basics of Qabalah along with some novel approaches towards numerology, gematria, etc. Full of wisdom and chuckles. A hilarious and immediately practical toolbox for Qabalah. This book takes an abstruse subject and turns it's on it's head, making it easily accessible. Part mockumentary/part magick essay this book delights as it introduces the basics of Qabalah along with some novel approaches towards numerology, gematria, etc. Full of wisdom and chuckles.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    Hysterical and straight forward explanations of the fundamental concepts of Qabalah. A must read if you have any interest in the subject at all.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Manuel

    The best book for beginners. Shows what Kabbalah is all about in a compact, easy to understand way, funny and also reflective.

  12. 4 out of 5

    The Spiritualist

    Simple and excellent. Qabalah gets easily nerdy, which Lon Milo DuQuette mocks to no end. Hilarious passages - I haven't laughed as well for a long time. I was reminded of the spiritual saying, 'in the evening the wise went out and cleaned their hearts with laughter'. The Chicken Qabalah lends itself to beginners or those who just want to get a hold of the essentials. - The Spiritualist, www.thespiritualist.net Simple and excellent. Qabalah gets easily nerdy, which Lon Milo DuQuette mocks to no end. Hilarious passages - I haven't laughed as well for a long time. I was reminded of the spiritual saying, 'in the evening the wise went out and cleaned their hearts with laughter'. The Chicken Qabalah lends itself to beginners or those who just want to get a hold of the essentials. - The Spiritualist, www.thespiritualist.net

  13. 4 out of 5

    Strangerealms

    This is an excellent introduction book on the Qabalah that the Golden Dawn uses in their workings and their tarot decks. Duquette manages to teach us in a funny way the basics. I'd say for anyone who wants to dabble into Hermetic Qabalah and is looking for an introduction book this is it. This is an excellent introduction book on the Qabalah that the Golden Dawn uses in their workings and their tarot decks. Duquette manages to teach us in a funny way the basics. I'd say for anyone who wants to dabble into Hermetic Qabalah and is looking for an introduction book this is it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Doug Luberts

    Lon DuQuette takes a whimsical approach to esoteric Qabalah studies through the eyes of fictional Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford. Beginners start here, then head on over to Dion Fortune's "Mystical Qabalah". Lon DuQuette takes a whimsical approach to esoteric Qabalah studies through the eyes of fictional Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford. Beginners start here, then head on over to Dion Fortune's "Mystical Qabalah".

  15. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Even better on my second read. Captures the fundamentals and elaborations of Practical Qabalah. Worth repeated study and serves as a practical guide and useful cornerstone in my Qabalistic and Magical library.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lisbeth

    Hands down the cheekiest, and one of the finest, qabalah tomes yet.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    a great introduction to true QBL-ism

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chris Feldman

    Best intro to Qabalah that I know of.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    I learned I need to read it again. And it is another of my books that has the ability to wander off.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    Love this book! Great intro to Qabalah that is both informative and very funny.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Doug

    Great book by Fr. Duquette. Highly reccomended

  22. 4 out of 5

    Fumi

    It's all in your Head ... You just have no idea how big your head Is It's all in your Head ... You just have no idea how big your head Is

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mauricio Bruce

    If you're interested in learning more about the Quabalah--a GREAT introduction. If you're interested in learning more about the Quabalah--a GREAT introduction.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ganesh Ubuntu

    This book is doing an amazing job rendering a difficult subject into simple language and making it accessible to anyone who might want to learn some basics. It also contains enough depth to it that it can be used as a reference book for years of study. However, the main attraction of The Chicken Qabalah is that it is simply hilarious. It is a breath of fresh air in the world of solemn spiritual development literature. Anyone who is serious about their study of anything even remotely related to K This book is doing an amazing job rendering a difficult subject into simple language and making it accessible to anyone who might want to learn some basics. It also contains enough depth to it that it can be used as a reference book for years of study. However, the main attraction of The Chicken Qabalah is that it is simply hilarious. It is a breath of fresh air in the world of solemn spiritual development literature. Anyone who is serious about their study of anything even remotely related to Kabbalah, Cabala, or Qabalah should revisit this book every year as a reminder not to take themselves too seriously!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Harry

    Excellent overview of the basic principles of the Hermetic Qabalah for beginners. DuQuette has a breezy and engaging style, but is definitely serious about the material. I certainly had insights I had never thought of before in reading just the first couple of chapters. One caveat--DuQuette does in some respects take a Thelemic viewpoint, which he neither hides nor discusses at length explicitly. For those who have issues with Aleister Crowley in particular or Thelema in general, one should be a Excellent overview of the basic principles of the Hermetic Qabalah for beginners. DuQuette has a breezy and engaging style, but is definitely serious about the material. I certainly had insights I had never thought of before in reading just the first couple of chapters. One caveat--DuQuette does in some respects take a Thelemic viewpoint, which he neither hides nor discusses at length explicitly. For those who have issues with Aleister Crowley in particular or Thelema in general, one should be aware of this. I'm not the biggest fan of them myself, and yet this did not at all stand in the way of my enjoyment of this book. I would definitely recommend it to all!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christian

    Maybe the best introduction into the field from a practical hermetic point of view which should be balanced under all circumstances by the orthodox but no less and rather deeper elucidations of Aryeh Kaplans book "Innerspace". This here is an enjoyable, iconoclastic read, introducing some core kabbalistic concepts. Sadly, most people would buy more of the anti-religious parts than necessary and loose in effect the freedom to explore the older scriptures. Best was the second third of the book on Maybe the best introduction into the field from a practical hermetic point of view which should be balanced under all circumstances by the orthodox but no less and rather deeper elucidations of Aryeh Kaplans book "Innerspace". This here is an enjoyable, iconoclastic read, introducing some core kabbalistic concepts. Sadly, most people would buy more of the anti-religious parts than necessary and loose in effect the freedom to explore the older scriptures. Best was the second third of the book on the world and the soul.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    The writing style is enjoyable and easy to read, much less academic than other mystical writings. Unlike other reviewers, I didn't find the sense of humor off-putting at all. I get the feeling there is more to Qabalah than numerology (including the realm of philosophy, psychology), but this seemed to mostly be about numerology. The focus on numerology seems pretty normal for Qabalah, so I might write off Qabalah for now. The writing style is enjoyable and easy to read, much less academic than other mystical writings. Unlike other reviewers, I didn't find the sense of humor off-putting at all. I get the feeling there is more to Qabalah than numerology (including the realm of philosophy, psychology), but this seemed to mostly be about numerology. The focus on numerology seems pretty normal for Qabalah, so I might write off Qabalah for now.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Ceyton

    I find Baba Lon's 'trickster' attitude a bit annoying, like it's more of a defense mechanism than a actual sense of humor. I also find his whole "Rabbi Lamed" persona and "Chicken Qabalah" vaguely culturally insensitive and again, defensive. That said the man is a scholar and impressive practitioner who tries his very best to lay some heavy concepts down. I always get something important out of his books. I find Baba Lon's 'trickster' attitude a bit annoying, like it's more of a defense mechanism than a actual sense of humor. I also find his whole "Rabbi Lamed" persona and "Chicken Qabalah" vaguely culturally insensitive and again, defensive. That said the man is a scholar and impressive practitioner who tries his very best to lay some heavy concepts down. I always get something important out of his books.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ton

    The writers language lacks pretense, and is a good jumping off point. After I read this, I was able to read Dion Fortunes 'Mystical Qabalah,' enjoy it, and understand 90-95% of it. I highly recommend this book as an introduction to Qabalah/Kabbalah, or any other esoteric teaching. DuQuette presents his work in a easy, digestible format, that will set you up to continue your studies theoretically, or begin practical Qabalistic exercises. The writers language lacks pretense, and is a good jumping off point. After I read this, I was able to read Dion Fortunes 'Mystical Qabalah,' enjoy it, and understand 90-95% of it. I highly recommend this book as an introduction to Qabalah/Kabbalah, or any other esoteric teaching. DuQuette presents his work in a easy, digestible format, that will set you up to continue your studies theoretically, or begin practical Qabalistic exercises.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Nicholas

    As a student of the occult sciences I'm ashamed to say that I've avoided Qabalah for years...years out of fear and confusion. This book obviously reached me at the right age to fully understand the weight of the situation. Amazing read as always by Mr DuQuette. I will be reading mystical Qabalah next to go a bit deeper in this paradigm. As a student of the occult sciences I'm ashamed to say that I've avoided Qabalah for years...years out of fear and confusion. This book obviously reached me at the right age to fully understand the weight of the situation. Amazing read as always by Mr DuQuette. I will be reading mystical Qabalah next to go a bit deeper in this paradigm.

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