Definition of cabala:
- A kind of occult theosophy or traditional interpretation of the Scriptures among Jewish rabbis and certain mediaeval Christians, which treats of the nature of god and the mystery of human existence. It assumes that every letter, word, number, and accent of Scripture contains a hidden sense; and it teaches the methods of interpretation for ascertaining these occult meanings. The cabalists pretend even to foretell events by this means.
- Secret science in general; mystic art; mystery.
Here appear the allegorical beings mentioned above, half concept, half symbol; the ten Sephiros of the Cabala, immutable forms of being; the syzygies or couples of Gnosticism- soul and reflection, depth and silence, reason and life, inspiration and truth, etc.- "Essay on the Creative Imagination", Th. Ribot.
- "Secret Societies And Subversive Movements", Nesta H. Webster.
- "The Influence of India and Persia on the Poetry of Germany", Arthur F. J. Remy.